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REAL MADRID AND MAN UNITED ARE MOST VALUABLE CLUBS

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

Ibrahimovic Takes the Blame for United’s Draw with Bournemouth

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

MKHITARYAN: MAN UTD NOT MY DREAM CLUB

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

MOU REACTS TO LIVERPOOL DRAW

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

Manchester United Have Changed the Attitude and Style of Football, claimsJosé Mourinho

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

MAN UNITED TO OFFER VALENCIA NEW DEAL

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.

Ibrahimovic says that he knows what Manchester United needs

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

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.”
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Manchester United Legend Defends José Mourinho’s Approach against Liverpool

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.
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MAN UNITED RATION PLAYERS’ SHIRTS

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.
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