Manchester United FC are set to offer right back Antonio Valencia a new deal, according to reports.
The Ecuador international is a regular in the current set-up after successfully adapting to the new role.
The 31-year old was supposed to finish his deal at the end of the season but manager Jose Mourinho wants the player to remain for another year.
“Big clubs like Manchester United want to keep their best players. And the best players at the biggest clubs want to stay for the rest of their career,” Mourinho said of Valencia’s new contract.
On the other hand, United’s dream of ever signing Antoine Griezmann received a boost as the player recently revealed he could move to the Premier League. The French player has a lot of admirers, with the Red Devils being among those desperate for his services. The 25-year old Atletico Madrid player ruled out a move to archrivals Real Madrid and a move to French side Paris St. Germain but left the possibility of a Premier League move open.
“A transfer between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is not an option. Barcelona would be an option. But they have three untouchables in attack at the moment. PSG could be an interesting option, but I do not want to move to Ligue 1 at this stage of my career,” said Griezmann
The player dropped the bombshell discreetly, saying, “I prefer to stay in La Liga or maybe move to the Premier League. I have heard the Premier League is crazy, so why not?”
However, the player who is in line for a Ballon d’Or award this year added that he would not want to break the heart of his current employers by handing in a transfer request.
Thiscurrent Premier League season of 2016-17 isthe debut of Jose Mourinho as the head coach of Manchester United and after 11 matches, they are sitting at the 6th spot.
The start of Manchester United’sseasonstarted off in a positive way as theymanaged to claimconsecutivevictoriesoverBournemouth, Southampton and Hull City.
Thingshoweverbegan to fallapartforJose Mourinho and hissquadstartingfromSeptember 10 whentheylost 1-2 to theirrivals Manchester City and fromthereonout, JoseMourinho’steamjustappeared to not be thesameteam as thestart of theseason, itappearslikethisdefeatagainsttheirrivalshaveshookthem.
Following their defeat against Manchester City, Manchester United has dropped a significant amount of points after losing 1-3 with Watford and a few days later suffering an overwhelming 0-4 defeat against Chelsea while only being able to secure draws against Stoke City, Liverpool and Burnley.
Despite all of these fairly underwhelming results, Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes to know what is going on and why his team has been playing at such a mediocre level in recent times and the Swedish attacker believes that it has to do with Mourinho still not being able to find the balance, which might be a difficult thing to do especially in a club like Manchester United that has a large age range with some players being 20 years old and others being 35.
‘’We have a mix of ages, experienced players, young players, the quality is there. Every day that goes by, the more you get to know each other and it becomes like a family. You know what you need. I know what I need to do to get the maximum out of my team-mates and the same thing on the other side; they know what they need to bring that out of me.The pieces are there, we just need to put the puzzle together’’ Manchester United’s Ibrahimovic said.
Eric Bailly is getting better at English slowly and steadily as he says himself.
As per Bailly, he is not uncomfortable even now as some of his Man U colleagues know the French language which he knows as well. So, with the help of those guys, he is able to stay connected with everyone so far.
But, he knows he can’t do without English if he has to be in the Premiership for a long time. So, he has joined a coaching institute as his coach had suggested to him and the lessons in the institute are benefitting him already.
Bailly was quoted as saying, “I can communicate with a couple of boys in French and they are getting me to gel in the squad. I am working on my English as well and in some time hopefully, my English will be good enough for communication.”
“United is like a dream for everyone in Football, for me too. I have felt thoroughly welcomed, so much warmth here.”
“I will grab this opportunity. This is a great opportunity.”
Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs says that the club should get used to do Jose Mourinho adopting a defensive approach in some of the key games.
Manchester United have been criticised for changing their style of play and going all out defensive in the recent match at Anfield. Many saw this as a sign of Mourinho giving too much respect to Liverpool and their recent form. United have a tradition of playing attractive football and very rarely have they performed so poorly in the last three decades. However, Giggs says that Mourinho’s judgements should be trusted
since it may be one of the ways to win trophies.
Even the great Sir Alex Ferguson used defensive tactics from time to time if he thought that it was the best possible way for United to win trophies. Ferguson, however, provided beautiful and attractive football to the club on most occasions and the defensive minded games were largely forgotten. Mourinho is struggling to match the same since he has a reputation for being a defensive coach on almost all occasions. Giggs tried to look on the positive side by claiming that a defeat would have caused a lot of pressure on the team going into the next few weeks.
Manchester United are rationing the shirts of its players this season, according to reports rife in the English media.
The reports say that the rich club moved to ban players from swapping shirts with opponents or gifting it to fans, and others, after a game. The move is reported is one that would save the management cash.
Old Trafford splashed as much as £150 million this summer to land top stars, but they would not be spared from the new regulations. Swede international Zlatan Ibrahimovic, French superstar Paul Pogba, and United and England skipper Wayne Rooney are believed to be suffering a similar fate as the rest of the squad.
The move is a surprising one, if true – as we await official confirmation, because Man United is reported to be worth over £2 billion. Someone in the know told news outlet, The Sun: “They are asked not to swap shirts so they don’t have to be replaced,” he claimed. “It seems daft given how much the club is worth,” he added.
Former Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has lifted the lid on the dressing room talk after Paul Pogba joined the club on a free transfer back in 2012. The French midfielder had been a Manchester United youth team product, but he was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.
Juventus had to pay a training compensation fee of £ 800,000. Even though he was still a teenager, Pirlo claimed that everyone in the dressing room could see that Pogba was about to become one of the best in the world. Yet, they were amazed at how at how a big club like United would let him leave on a free.
Pirlo is not surprised that Pogba has become the most expensive player in the world. He has just made an £ 89 million move to Old Trafford. Pogba is seen as a complete midfielder because he is someone who can score goals, defend at the back, and also conduct play from the midfield. Even though his record in recent years has not been great, manager José Mourinho is the type of character to get the best out of a player like Pogba. Further, at 23 years of age, the midfielder has the best years ahead of him.
Wolfsburg striker Andre Schurrle says that Manchester United are almost certain to spend a lot of money on new players in the summer.
The club went on a spending spree only in the transfer window before last. They allowed manager Louis van Gaal to spend vast sums of money on players like Angel di Maria. The spending spree, though, did not bring dividends for the club, as they did win only one major honour under the Dutchman. Failure to qualify for the Champions League twice in the last three seasons raises questions about the quality of the squad even after the vast expenditure.
As a result, the club are looking to once again open the wallet in order to back manager Mourinho, who is regarded as one of the best in the transfer window. Even though the Portuguese has been accused in the past of not developing in players at the club, he has always made a major impact with his signings. The likes of Wesley Sneijder at Inter, Didier Drogba at Chelsea, and Cesc Fabregas in his second spell at Chelsea are a testament to this fact.Schurrle was allowed to leave Chelsea when Mourinho was the manager of the London outfit, but the German has no grudges against his former manager.
Jose Mourinho has been officially presented as the new Manchester United manager.
As usual, the Portuguese manager was quite bullish with his statements and stated that he want to win everything with Manchester United.
He said that he wants to turn Manchester United into a competitive team and make sure that they win trophies. For him, it is not sufficient to play good football, but you need to win. Jose Mourinho admitted that the past three years have been difficult for Manchester United fans, but he believes he can turn things around.
He believes that the players should believe in themselves and make sure that they start winning again. Mourinho said that he is not aiming the fourth place or to get back in the Champions League. He is aiming the title itself and believes that Manchester United has the resources to achieve this as from next season itself.
Spanish giants, Real Madrid are convinced that they would sign Manchester united goal keeper, David De Gea.
David De Gea is likely to stay at Manchester United this summer in the event Jose Mourinho becomes the club’s next manager but the United goalkeeper’s future at Old Trafford will become much less certain if the club opt to keep faith with Louis van Gaal.
Another player whose future could also be linked to the managerial situation at United is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Reports in France on Monday night that United had offered the Paris St-Germain striker a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months were denied as “not factual” by the player’s agent, Mino Raiola. The Red devils are believed to be interested in signing the Swede as a free agent when contract with PSG expires at the end of the season. It remains to be seen whether any deal for the 34-year-old would also hinge on Mourinho succeeding Van Gaal.
Ibrahimovic has been highly critical of Van Gaal in the past but has a close relationship with Mourinho, under whom he won the Serie A title with Inter Milan in 2009.
United would need to win the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday as it represents Van Gaal’s last opportunity to salvage something from a miserable season. They would also get the chance to play in the group stage of the Europa League next season. United have an agreement in principle with Mourinho, but despite the former Chelsea manager’s belief that he will succeed Van Gaal in Manchester this summer, nothing has yet been signed with the Portuguese. Continue reading
Roy Keane used to perform with Manchester United starting from 1993 until 2005, during this period of time; the Irishman was able to win a multitude of competitions including the Premier League and the Champions League as well as a few other pieces of silverware.
According to Keane, the current squad of Manchester United is nowhere close of winning the Premier League title as the Irishman has recently talked about the current situation of his former club and what he thinks that they need to do in order to start winning competitions on a consistent basis.
“If they are going to recruit again then whatever about good players, what United need is two or three characters so on their bad days they’re able to grind out results. Chelsea will be stronger next year, Arsenal, and Man City too with their new manager. It’s not going to get any easier. I don’t think they have enough characters in that team to get them back into winning league titles.” Roy Keane said as he voiced his thoughts about what Manchester United needs in order to become one of the elite clubs of Europe. Continue reading