Former Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Manchester United are no longer able to attract some of the world’s best players. The Red Devils were on the hunt for a new striker with the injury to Marcus Rashford and ultimately, they made the surprise signing of Odion Ighalo on a temporary deal from Shanghai Shenhua before the deadline.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Podcast, the former Blues forward branded Ighalo as the luckiest man after making the move back to the Premier League with United after three years in China. He added that the Red Devils have fallen behind the elite teams in England and that includes Chelsea with whom they are competing for the final Champions League spot.
When the transfer window opened at the start of January, there were a number of names being linked to Manchester United – mainly young, hungry players who had yet to prove themselves at the very highest level – which is probably as good as Man United could hope for. The biggest question seemed to be whether they would be able to tempt any of these bright young things across to Old Trafford, but there was one player who they knew would definitely be on the move, with his club having missed out on Champion’s League football, and a big money move well and truly on the cards – Erling Haaland.
Haalannd had the chance to join Juventus like De Ligt did during the summer, go to Manchester United (in dire need of a striker that knows how to score goals) or head to new pastures elsewhere – and the Norway international ended up at Borussia Dortmund, which many Norwegian commentators believe was the best choice to make. Continue reading
Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard has acknowledged that the Red Devils have had a mindset problem when it comes to facing mid-table teams in the Premier League. The Mancunian giants have remained unbeaten against the top-six in the top-flight this term but the same has not been the case with the lower-level sides, where they have dropped costly points.
United started the month of December with splendid wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City but the joy has definitely evaporated with a draw and defeat to Everton and Watford in the next couple of games. As a result, many have questioned their mentality against the smaller teams in the division and Lingard has admitted that the players have a concern which needs to be sorted out.
Manchester United midfielder Fred has talked about his blossoming midfield partnership with Scott McTominay following the club’s victory over Manchester City on the road. McTominay recently returned from an ankle injury and he has impressed alongside Fred as the club have registered deserved wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
Speaking to The National, Fred was pleased with the glowing partnership between the pair and talked about the importance of winning the Manchester derby over the weekend. He added that the club not only need to perform in the big games and they must show the same level of performance against the mid-table teams hereafter.
The Red Devils have won the Europa League last time they were in it, back in the 2016/17 campaign. Their first-ever trophy in the second-strongest continental competition was the key for a place in the following term of the Champions League as Manchester United came only sixth at the end of the Premier League season back then.
The team then led by Jose Mourinho saw off Ajax 2-0 in the final in May 2017. Luckily for their fans, the Red Devils can’t be drawn with the Amsterdam giants and the Champions League semi-finalists in the last 32 round having won their respective Europa League group. Continue reading
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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man for the job. He said that the manager has brought about a new sense of hope at Old Trafford since Mourinho left, even if results haven’t quite matched up to expectations.
Anthony Martial has worked with three different managers ever since he joined Manchester United and he reckons that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the best one so far. Continue reading
Former Manchester United star Louis Saha has said that Jesse Lingard should not be rewarded with the number seven shirt following the departure of Alexis Sanchez on a season-long loan. The Chilean recently made the temporary switch to Inter Milan following a dreadful 19-month spell at the Red Devils, where he contributed just five goals from 45 appearances.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Saha acknowledged that Lingard has been with the Red Devils since the youth ranks but does not feel the attacker warrants the iconic number seven jersey with the performances displayed, he told: “I mean, no disrespect, Jesse’s a player from the academy and he’s been there a long time, he understands. But as I mentioned it’s not just something that you just claim.
Scotland international Scott McTominay is determined to cement the starting role with Manchester United. The youngster has been in-and-out of the first XI for the Red Devils over the past two seasons but he has been afforded with the chance to solidify the starting berth alongside Paul Pogba this campaign.
Speaking to MUTV, McTominay said that he is keen to impress the manager such that he can command the midfield role on the weekly basis, he quipped: “Yeah, of course. You have to look game by game and look to try and keep impressing the coaches and training is a big part of it. I feel like the game is the end result of a big training week and obviously we don’t get too many long training weeks like we’ve had the last couple of weeks and obviously it’s important to show the coaches you are capable of being in midfield every week and if you’re not you have to show them that you are capable of it. That’s the way that a lot of the lads in the changing room look at it.”
As speculation increases on the possible move of Paul Pogba from Manchester United to Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane has consistently refused to be drawn into commenting on the issue. The World Cup winner was the subject of a huge expectation of a move from England to Spain (especially as Zidane is a fan) but the deal has not happened… yet!
There are rumours that Madrid offered less than £30 million and James Rodriguez, so it’s no wonder United swiftly rejected. Continue reading