Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford says that he is extremely delighted and proud to have earned the trust and faith of manager Jose Mourinho.
In the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United have been utilising Rashford as the central striker. It has been a sea change in the fortunes of the young forward, who looked lost in the United squad earlier in the campaign. The presence of Ibrahimovic was an intimidating factor. The goals from the Swedish forward also made it extremely difficult for Jose Mourinho to even consider dropping the 35-year-old. As a result, Rashford had to be content with a place on the wings now and then.
In the last few weeks, the 19-year-old has been playing regularly and has been selected for the key matches as a central striker. He has rewarded the faith shown by Jose Mourinho by scoring a key goal in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals with Celta de Vigo, while he assisted a goal in the return leg at Old Trafford. Continue reading
The remainder of this season for Manchester United is an all-or-nothing scenario. Winning the Europa League will resolve an ultimately successful season. The primary objective was to secure Champions League qualification, and Europa League success can provide an unlikely route to achieving that target. However, defeat in the final against Ajax will place Jose Mourinho in a precarious position for the start of next season, as wasted efforts in Europe have compromised their league campaign.
Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford with the reputation and charisma requisite for the job, and this instigated optimistic notions of a title challenge. A summer defined by spending £150 million marked a side keen to banish memories of the past few seasons while recapturing their status as the most feared side in the league. However, it has not quite transpired that way. Continue reading
Manchester United have been dealt a major blow in their efforts to win the Manchester Derby after it has emerged that Paul Pogba is also unavailable for the game.
The world’s most expensive player appears to have suffered a muscle injury in the 2-0 win over Burnley during the weekend. United are looking to secure a win in this Manchester derby in order to move into the fourth spot of the Premier League table. After having witnessed Liverpool suffered a 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace, it is imperative that United take advantage of the two games in hand to close the gap on the Reds.
While there are doubts about the availability of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, United are certainly boosted by the return of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia. Mourinho has tried to play down the significance of the rivalry between United and City coming into the game. Continue reading
Spanish super weight Real Madrid and Premier League giant Manchester United have been ranked the most valuable clubs in football, according to a study by one of the Big Four audit firms KPMG.
The valuations for the clubs were at least £2.5billion at the end of 2016. Both clubs were ranked ahead of La Liga champions Barcelona – though they followed closely at £2.4billion.
German champions Bayern Munich came at a distant fourth with valuation of £1.89billon. Arsenal made the top five most valuable clubs with worth of £1.45billion.
The report might be surprising to some considering that Manchester United have struggled with getting the results since the retirement of long time manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
“It’s a study that associates several criteria. These include the popularity of the clubs with their number of followers on social media, their sporting potential given the value of their players, TV rights and their ownership situation, notably the stadiums,” an analyst from KPMG explained. Continue reading
Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that he would accept the blame for the club’s failure to win against Bournemouth during the weekend.
The Swedish striker has been one of the best forwards in the Premier league this season. His goals have been a major factor behind United maintaining their push for a top four finish this season. However, Ibrahimovic had a day to forget on Saturday after missing a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth. He also was caught on video cameras elbowing a Bournemouth player and this could result in a retrospective ban, which could run into three games.
Ibrahimovic has scored 15 goals in the league this season. Not many expected the 35-year-old striker to have such an impact in the league. He has been so influential that Manchester United are reportedly considering the possibility of extending his contract by two years. He came to United on a free transfer from Paris St Germain. Continue reading
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted Manchester United did not top his wishlist of club’s to play for, but insists they were still a step up.
Manchester United may not be Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s dream club but the challenge they offered was enough to convince him to leave Borussia Dortmund for the Premier League.
Mkhitaryan established himself as one of the hottest properties in European football during a three-season spell in the Bundesliga, the midfielder scoring 41 goals and creating 49 in 140 appearances in all competitions.
Naturally Dortmund were desperate to hold on to the Armenia international when United came calling, but the 28-year-old opted could not turn down a switch to Old Trafford.
“United might not have been my dream club, but they have always been among the best clubs in the world for me,” Mkhitaryan told Sport Bild.
“Manchester United are a bigger club than Borussia Dortmund, everyone knows that and we should just accept that. It was a new challenge for me that I could not turn down.” Continue reading
Like a fine wine, Zlatan Ibrahimović only gets better with age. The 35-year-old netted his 26th goal of the season in Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over Southampton in the EFL Cup final at Wembley Stadium and he could be set to sign a one-year contract extension before the end of the campaign.
Simply put, Ibrahimović is a superstar of European football and his relationship with Jose Mourinho has been key to United’s success this year. Continue reading
Speaking to MUTV and in the post match conference after his team drew points with Liverpool at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho claims his ward did not get the result they fought for in the encounter.
“The result is not the result we wanted, but it is a result we have to accept. We were the team with the chances in the first half but they were the team who scored with the penalty then in the second half, we dominated them and had more chances, but they defended well and tried to smell the possibility of a counter-attack.
“It was a very emotional game and I believe both set of players were very tired because they gave everything. But I think Manchester United can play better than we did and I also think Liverpool can play better. So the game was below the quality of both teams, but in terms of a proper Premier League match and a derby, it had a lot for people to enjoy.”
The former Real Madrid manager said even as they were losing the game, he was looking to the left as he had a problem with his neck. He said the team changed their approach to the game, that playing a more “direct” attack helped them against Liverpool. Continue reading
Wayne Rooney has been one of the greatest players ever to grace the Theatre of Dreams, but it may be time for Manchester United to let the legend add to his nest egg by living out his playing days in China.
Football insight sites have been keeping their ears to the ground in the January transfer window. Patrick van Aanholt is on his way to Crystal Palace and Robert Snodgrass has completed a move to West Ham United, but this revelation will come as a surprise even to the experts. According to the Express, Rooney is on the way out of Old Trafford in a shock move to the Chinese Super League. Continue reading
When Jose Mourinho was appointed as Manchester United manager in the summer, there was a sense of optimism around Old Trafford. Under the departing Louis van Gaal, United had failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League and were playing pretty dull football.
Mourinho was supposed to bring back the winning mentality that the Red Devils had lost under Van Gaal. The Portuguese may have left Chelsea under a cloud, but given his pedigree and managerial record, United fans were brimming with optimism. Well, most of them anyway.
United were expected to be challenging for the Premier League title, but as things stand, they may not even finish in the top four. Chelsea are the frontrunners for the title, and it is hard to see any team catching the London club. With Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City also aiming for the Champions League places, Mourinho’s team are in for a hard run. Continue reading