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
José Mourinho has admitted that he has drastically changed his style of football in order to satisfy the requirements of a club like Manchester United.
Known as a pragmatic manager, Mourinho has often placed a victory more than the style of the game. This has often led to many supporters being left treated with dour action at much of his previous clubs like Chelsea and Inter Milan. Mourinho made the first obvious change to attractive football when he took over at Real Madrid a few years ago.
Now, the Portuguese is once again requested to offer entertaining football as he is in charge of Manchester United – a club with great tradition when it comes to playingin a certain style. Since taking over from Louis van Gaal in the summer, Mourinho immediately set the target of winning the league and other multiple trophies. Continue reading
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.