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.
Just as they did in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford back in November, goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney secured a 2-0 win for Manchester United over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Again, like earlier in the season, it was a spot-kick from Van Persie that put the champions in front though this time around they had to wait until after half time to make the breakthrough.
Manchester United’s top four challenge restarts after a break of ten days with a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
The Premier League champions, who have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, may welcome back Phil Jones after the defender recovered from the concussion that has kept him out of the last two weeks, though Nani and Jonny Evans are doubtful with hamstring and calf injuries respectively.
The Mirror understands that Adnan Januzaj is ready to commit his international future to England.
The eighteen year old has the option to play for a number of countries including Belgium, Turkey and Serbia, while Kosovo are another option, should they be granted recognition by FIFA.
Manchester United dropped more points at home as Darren Bent’s late equaliser secured a draw for Fulham on Rene Meulensteen’s return to Old Trafford yesterday afternoon.
Steve Sidwell fired the visitor’s in front inside twenty minutes, only for Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick to turn the match on its head late in the second half.
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Manchester United suffered an eighth league defeat of the season, losing 2-1 at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
Goals either side of Robin van Persie’s 47th minute strike from Scotland international Charlie Adam secured a victory for Mark Hughes’ men, leaving United seven points off the top four, and fifteen behind league leaders Arsenal.
Borussia Dortmund are set to offer Ilkay Gundogan a new contract in a bid to stave off interest from Manchester United, according to the Mirror.
The Germany midfielder is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, and manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to not lose another of his prize assets after Robert Lewandowski agreed his summer move to Bayern Munich this week.
Manchester United will face Sunderland in the semi-final of this season’s Capital One Cup after beating Stoke City 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium yesterday evening.
Stunning second half goals from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra secured victory for David Moyes’ men, though at one point the game looked close to being abandoned though play was suspended only shortly during the first forty-five minutes.
David Moyes has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this evening’s Capital One Cup quarter final clash with Stoke City.
Darren Fletcher may again be involved after making his comeback in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Aston Villa.
Manchester City and Sunderland both went through to the semi-finals last night, while managerless Tottenham Hotspur host West Ham United in this evening’s other match.
Newcastle United are close to securing a loan deal for out-of-favour Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, according to the Independent.
The former Crystal Palace man has made just two Premier League appearances since joining up with David Moyes’ squad last summer, and is set to be farmed out when the transfer window reopens next month.