Manchester United are willing to part ways with Ander Herrera to Barcelona, should they receive Jordi Alba in a straight exchange deal.
The 27-year-old had a top season with the Red Devils last term as they celebrated an EFL Cup and Europa League double under Jose Mourinho. As a result, the Spaniard was named the club’s Player of the Season as he put in a real shift in central midfield alongside veteran Michael Carrick.
Spanish outlet Don Balon claims that the Mancunian giants could end their association with Herrera with the midfielder yet to extend his contract beyond next season. New Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde worked alongside Herrera for a single campaign(Athletic Bilbao) between 2013 and 2014 before the midfielder left for United, and the manager is now eager on a reunion at Camp Nou.
There have been talks over a four-year contract on the table for the former Basque player, but this has not diminished speculation about his future with Barcelona an admirable option for any top player in professional football. Herrera struggled to make the starting lineup on a regular basis under former boss Louis van Gaal, but the arrival of Mourinho has done wonders to his careers after he settled to a deeper holding midfield role.
Carrick has duly delivered in a similar position for the Red Devils, but Herrera appears to have made the spot his own with Mourinho looking to slowly drift the former from first-team duties. Carrick, 35, inked a one-year extension at United recently, but he may not expect as much playing time as he earned during the course of the previous campaign. Herrera bagged exactly 50 appearances for Manchester United, who will back in the Champions League next term.
Marcus Rashford broke into the first team of United in unlikely circumstances. Louis van Gaal was head coach at the time and the Red Devils were in a injury crisis involving most of the first teamers.
Prior to his debut, Rashford was largely unknown to most of the United supporters despite his terrific performances with their reserves. However, it didn’t take long for the football world to know of his special abilities as 4 goals in his first 3 matches did the announcement
Mou’s appointment as head coach in the summer of 2016 did pose a threat to the youngster’s cocoon-to-butterfly journey. The Portuguese is an unrepentant advocate of experience over youth, a special signature to never have the patience of giving team reserves enough time to prove their worth. From letting Lukaku leave for Everton while he was working at Chelsea, to loaning Madrid homeboy Alvaro Morata to Juventus during his time at the Spanish capital.
The signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite having two potential world class strikers in the mould of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford re echoed the legendry stubbornness of old habits. Continue reading
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
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
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
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.