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
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.
Jose Mourinho has been officially presented as the new Manchester United manager.
As usual, the Portuguese manager was quite bullish with his statements and stated that he want to win everything with Manchester United.
He said that he wants to turn Manchester United into a competitive team and make sure that they win trophies. For him, it is not sufficient to play good football, but you need to win. Jose Mourinho admitted that the past three years have been difficult for Manchester United fans, but he believes he can turn things around.
He believes that the players should believe in themselves and make sure that they start winning again. Mourinho said that he is not aiming the fourth place or to get back in the Champions League. He is aiming the title itself and believes that Manchester United has the resources to achieve this as from next season itself.
Manchester City is keen to reinforce their team, especially with their disappointing season. One area that will want to strengthen will be their defense where the new players that they signed last season failing to deliver the goods.
One player that is constantly being linked with Manchester City is the German defender Matts Hummels. Various media reports are linking the Borussia Dortmund with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola, who is supposed to take control of the Manchester City team next season, will be interested in strengthening a sector that has been conceding goals quite often this term. Indeed, only Vincent Kompany can be considered as a world class player, and Guardiola will be desperate to add more talented players to his squad.
However if City wants to land the Dortmund defender, they will need to move quickly since Liverpool as well as Chelsea seems to be interested in the player. With Jurgen Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund manager now at Liverpool, there is still chances that Hummels might prefer Liverpool over Manchester City. Only time will tell which club will be able to land the talented Manchester City defender.
Another player that has been linked with Manchester City is the young Jetro Willems. Aged 21, Willems currently plays as left-back for PSV Eindhoven and is considered as a talent prospect in his home country. Indeed, he has made more than 100 appearances for his club and would improve a City team that is desperate for new players. Continue reading
Louis van Gaal has begun the mind games ahead of the Manchester derby by claiming that arch rivals City have the distinct advantage before the match.
Manchester City have been the team to beat in the league so far this campaign. They lead the table – albeit with only a two-point advantage over United – after having taken 21 points from the opening nine games. United have the advantage of this game being played at Old Trafford for this first major derby of the season between the two sides. Both teams will be looking to avoid a draw since it will favour the teams like Arsenal.
Aside from the recent form, Van Gaal also says that the scheduling of the European fixtures puts United at a major disadvantage. United have been involved in a Champions League game against CSKA Moscow. Even though they played on the same night as City, they had to travel far away for this away trip. City, who entertained Sevilla at Etihad stadium, had the comfort of playing at home for the third consecutive game in all competitions. United claimed a 1-1 draw in the game whereas City enjoyed a last-minute winner from Kevin De Bruyne. Continue reading
Manchester United’s record signing Angel di Maria has faced intense criticism following a string of poor performances in 2015. After being an immense reason behind the fortunes of United being revived at the start of the season, di Maria’s form nosedived in the second half of the campaign. Despite having cost the club £ 60 million only last summer, several astonishing transfer rumours linking him with an exit. Paris St Germain, who are one of the few clubs with the financial muscle to afford a player like di Maria, have been rumoured to be preparing an offer.
The Argentine, though, dismissed most of the transfer rumours by saying that he will definitely be at Old Trafford next season. After being an integral part of the Real Madrid team for several years, di Maria appears to be struggling with the large number of matches required from English clubs. Across the continent, teams often have a winter break and this is not available to players in England. Instead, they have to go through a rigorous schedule of matches and this largely appears to have caused di Maria’s alarming dip in form. The Argentine already came into the club with little rest following a World Cup campaign. Continue reading