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
Wayne Rooney sustained a knee injury that left him out of action for around 2 months but the Englishman managed to complete a full recovery and he was featured for 67 minutes during Manchester United’s 1-0 triumph over Aston Villa.
Manchester United sealed all 3 points from this match but despite having snatched the victory, Wayne Rooney was furious for being subbed off from the game at the 67th minute as he was replaced by Jesse Lingard.
Louis van Gaal admitted that Wayne Rooney was angry after being removed the pitch as the Dutch coach said: “Wayne was angry because he wanted to play for 90 minutes. But I could see he was starting to lose the ball and I told him that he could not be ready for a full game after three training sessions. It is a good spirit to have. He wanted to play the full game, and I like that, but the rhythm of the Premier League is high and you cannot build up your capacity in three days’ training sessions.”
Despite not having a played a single match for 2 months, Rooney made a fantastic return to the pitch against Aston Villa as he was involved in the buildup that finished up with Marcus Rashford scoring the only goal of the entire game. Continue reading
Manchester City is keen to reinforce their team, especially with their disappointing season. One area that will want to strengthen will be their defense where the new players that they signed last season failing to deliver the goods.
One player that is constantly being linked with Manchester City is the German defender Matts Hummels. Various media reports are linking the Borussia Dortmund with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola, who is supposed to take control of the Manchester City team next season, will be interested in strengthening a sector that has been conceding goals quite often this term. Indeed, only Vincent Kompany can be considered as a world class player, and Guardiola will be desperate to add more talented players to his squad.
However if City wants to land the Dortmund defender, they will need to move quickly since Liverpool as well as Chelsea seems to be interested in the player. With Jurgen Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund manager now at Liverpool, there is still chances that Hummels might prefer Liverpool over Manchester City. Only time will tell which club will be able to land the talented Manchester City defender.
Another player that has been linked with Manchester City is the young Jetro Willems. Aged 21, Willems currently plays as left-back for PSV Eindhoven and is considered as a talent prospect in his home country. Indeed, he has made more than 100 appearances for his club and would improve a City team that is desperate for new players. Continue reading
It’s been over 4 months since Mario Gotze has played from the start of a Bayern Munich match and now the future of the 23 year old German midfielder is being linked with the both Liverpool and Manchester United.
Mario Gotze is considered to be one of the best youngsters in the world of football as the German player has everything that is needed to become an efficient midfielder with dribbling and play-making skills as well as having just enough speed to edge his way past defenders. Continue reading
Louis van Gaal had to deal with a plethora of questions surrounding the poor performance of the team in the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool.
One of the biggest derbies in English football was the scene for the Europa League last 32 round. Both teams are fighting to featuring the last 16 round with United having more to lose than Liverpool. Continue reading