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De Gea signs new contract

Manchester United are confident that goalkeeper David De Gea will put pen to paper on a new five-year contract that will see him stay at the Red Devils until 2023.

The Spaniard has been Manchester United’s most influential player over recent years, winning three Player’s player of the year awards in the last five seasons, and was the winner of the Premier League golden glove award last season, keeping 18 clean sheets. News of his contract renewal was released in the press as De Gea made the worst start possible to the World Cup, making a huge mistake in a draw with Portugal. Continue reading

Juventus interested in Martial

It is believed that Italian side Juventus might be interested in signing the young French forward Anthony Martial from Manchester United. Jose Mourinho has hinted that he might allow the player to leave at the end of the season if he gets the right offer.

Juventus who are keen to build a side that will allow them to win the Champions League are reported to be interested in the player. Having crashed out in the Quarter Finals this time around, they are keen to strengthen the side, with a new goal-scoring striker being top of the club’s shopping list! Continue reading

Is there a future for Paul Pogba at Old Trafford?

The 2017-18 season was a major disappointment for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. Despite finishing second in the English Premier League, the club was unable to kick-on from the previous year.

Mourinho was able to win three trophies in his first season but followed it up with a goose egg in all competitions this term. Continue reading

POGBA SITUATION UNCERTAIN

Paul Pogba’s situation at Manchester United remains a delicate one, even as the end of the season draws nigh. There are strong speculations that the French playmaker could exit the team with decreasing confidence in his abilities by the coach Jose Mourinho but then the huge financial investment in him is a major hindrance.

Pogba’s international teammate Antoine Griezmann has asked him to rise up to the occasion and prove his critics wrong. Both players are on international duty with France playing warm up games in preparations for the forthcoming World Cup. Continue reading

Mourinho rubbishes Manchester United exit talk

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly responded to suggestions that he could leave the Red Devils in the near future. In a recent interview with Portuguese Television, the tactician admitted that he won’t finish his career at Old Trafford, although he is no hurry to leave the club.

Since then, the Special One has been linked with a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain, amongst others, though he has been linked with them before. The 54-year-old has stressed that he has only United on his mind, he said, “I think you English media have the answer for that because, in one day, it says that I am going to sign a five-year contract, for £1billion per season and then, the next day, you say that I am leaving and going to PSG. I think that is the answer. The answer is that nothing is happening. I am not signing a new five-year contract and I am not leaving for PSG. I am at Manchester United and I have a contract. And that is it.” Continue reading

Mkhitaryan admits Manchester United face ‘very difficult’

Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits that the Red Devils face a ‘very difficult period’ after Paul Pogba pulled his hamstring in the Champions League opener against Basel. The France international was forced off the pitch in the first-half of the 3-0 victory over the Swiss champions, and initial reports have suggested that the midfield could be out for up to 12 weeks.

While Jose Mourinho has played down the reports, Mkhitaryan believes the club will face a tough period without their leading midfielder, but he is confident that the manager will guide them through any struggles, he told SFR Sport: “It’s hard, because he’s a top player for us. It’s going to be very difficult, but the coach knows how to make up for that. We are going to help him come back stronger.” Continue reading

IT COULD HAVE BEEN ARSENE

Martin Edwards, who was the chief of Manchester United in the early 2000s, has disclosed that a situation had arisen during his reign when Arsene Wenger could have been given the manager’s role of the Red Devils.

According to Edwards, when Sir Alex Ferguson conveyed to the board in the summer of 2002 that he did not intend to continue further at his post which he had held for the past 16 years, it took all the members of the board by extreme surprise. However, Sir Alex appeared to be very firm about it and the board finally had to accept that he could not be convinced to stay. Continue reading

Manchester United’s Transfer Targets

One of the major differences Jose Mourinho has brought to Old Trafford which few United managers have shared in recent years has been a matter of fact willingness to discuss potential transfer targets. As with any manager, he needs to be cautious not to be accused of ‘tapping-up’, however, the general consensus is that when the media are the ones asking then it’s perfectly fine to state a carefully worded reply. So far we’ve seen this as work in almost all of the transfers that he has made.

So far we’ve seen this as work in almost all of the transfers that he has made. The Lukaku saga dragged on for weeks, and in just a similar way to the latest speculation/courting of England defender Danny Rose. The only major deal that was kept hush-hush until just before it was announced was that involving Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, possibly because Mourinho (a long time fan of the player) couldn’t believe his luck that Chelsea was willing to part with him. Continue reading

ON THE DEFENSIVE

Manchester United, in need to backup their future as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic’s career grew towards the twilight, threw their money at Chris Smalling seven years ago. Throughout his professional life the former Fulham man gave out displays that showed that he was capable of being a decent reliable defender and had potential to be up there with the very best. Smalling is known for his ability to read games, his positional sense and his penchant to start forward plays right out of the defence.

However, despite all these attributes, it is safe to say that the Englishman failed to become the player with which United can build their ever wavering future on. It can be argued that the troubling post-Ferguson era would have been too much for any player to handle, but the thing is, it is in the moments of great adversities that players prove themselves the most – and the Englishman utterly failed to do so.
There is a reason each coach that joined the fray at Old Trafford since the legendary Scot’s departure has made the signing of a new centre-back his priority – the ones they met (including Smalling) simply weren’t good enough. Continue reading

Why Manchester United can breathe a sigh of relief

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have never been fond of the Europa League. The latter has especially termed this competition as a ‘big disappointment’ in the past. Yet, the 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final could possibly be one of the most important results in the history of Manchester United. It is also an extremely important result for Mourinho’s career.

Manchester United are the biggest name in English football, and one of the biggest in the world. Yet, the giant has been going through a struggling period since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Even after more than £400 million in transfer fees and three managers, the club had been struggling to return to the glory days. Now, the Europa league victory gives access to the riches of the Champions League and restores the brand value of the club in a big way. Continue reading