Chile international Alexis Sanchez has admitted that he has found it hard since his winter move to Manchester United. The 29-year-old joined the Red Devils in a straight-swap agreement, which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal, but he has since failed to impress with just three goals in 18 appearances.
Speaking in the aftermath of FA Cup defeat to Chelsea, Sanchez said that he has struggled to adapt to the club’s style of play, he said: “I think that in every game I’ve played in I’ve maybe found it hard to adapt to the style of play and I’ve been getting to know my team-mates. I believe that United really is a very big club on a worldwide scale and even more so in England where it’s the biggest. They always want to win and to be fighting on all fronts and that’s the reason I wanted to come here.”
Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc believes Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has plenty of time to improve on his game and he could become a key player for club and country in the next few years. The Frenchman has come for plenty of stick owing to his inconsistent performances at Old Trafford but Blanc is confident that Pogba will reach his potential in the future.
He said:“I think [Pogba] still has room to improve. In my generation, we have very physically impressive players, like Patrick Vieira, for example. Technically speaking Patrick is really good, but he is not as good as Pogba, especially in terms of attacking. [Pogba] is well ahead of the other players in terms of physical levels. In the next few years, I think if Pogba does not suffer from injury problems, he will be one of the key players for France and also his club, we’re lucky enough to have Pogba.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that Paul Pogba would not be leaving the club during this summer’s transfer window. The France international has experienced a mixed run of form this season and this has witnessed him feature on the substitutes’ bench on a couple of occasions.
Despite this, the Frenchman has remained a valuable member of Mourinho’s side since his arrival and the Portuguese manager has now ruled out the possibility of his exit by saying: “I think he’s going to be here next season. That’s my feeling. I can give the guarantee that I don’t want him to leave, that the club doesn’t want to sell him and I can give you the guarantee that we don’t have any approach from him or his agent or from any club. In this moment for me, he’s staying, yes.” Continue reading
France captain Hugo Lloris believes compatriot Paul Pogba is still struggling to find his form after overcoming multiple injuries during the current campaign. The midfielder started the season in sublime fashion as he contributed goals as well as assists for Manchester United, but his game time became restricted from September after suffering a hamstring issue.
Pogba has since not been in the best of form for the Red Devils, and Lloris admits that it is a complicated situation. The 24-year-old’s inconsistency has cost him a regular role with United, but Lloris has backed the midfielder to return to his old-self sooner rather than later, he said: “Paul stays a strong player in our team, he is one of our leaders.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to first-team training, though he is unlikely to return for this weekend’s Premier League game at Newcastle United. The 36-year-old suffered a minor recurrence of his knee problem back in December, and the club’s medical staff decided to give him an extended rest in order to avoid any further setbacks which could potentially end his professional career.
Ibrahimovic had begun his individual training regime earlier this month, and Mourinho has now confirmed that the big Swede is into full training with his teammates. Speaking to MUTV, he said: “The squad is good, everything is fine Eric Bailly and Daley Blind are the two players that are out. Zlatan started training with the team two days ago, so two days with the group and improving. We are fine.”
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has confirmed that he will draw the curtains on his playing career when the season comes to a close. The England international spent most of the first-half of the season on the sidelines after he required a surgery to rectify an irregular heart rhythm. He made his comeback during the FA Cup outing against Yeovil Town in January, and he has since featured in the same competition versus Huddersfield Town.
Despite his return, manager Jose Mourinho had suggested that Carrick would be hanging up his boots during the summer, and the 36-year-old has now publicly confirmed of the decision, he said via Manutd.com:“I think it’s pretty much already been said, to be honest with you. There comes a time when, as much as you like or don’t like it, your body tells you it’s time to stop playing football. That’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine. It’s something you have to accept. That’s where I’m at.” Continue reading
Football pundit Graeme Souness has urged Manchester United to recruit a craftsman in the form of Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, if they are to provide better service to Romelu Lukaku up front. The Red Devils started the campaign in bright form, netting four goals in three of their first Premier League matches.
However, as the season has gone, the goals have dried up for Lukaku and United, and this has hampered their chances of keeping up with arch-rivals Manchester City in the pursuit of the Premier League title, which they last won in 2013.
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini claims that he is being unfairly treated in English football due to his reputation for being a physical player. The Belgian has already received three sending-off in his time in English football. He was also found guilty of elbowing Robert Huth back in 2016. This forced him to spend three matches on the sidelines. Fellaini last received a red card when he played in the Manchester derby back in April. This is one of the several incidents involving the Belgian, who is coming to the final few months of his Manchester United career.
Fellaini was expected to leave Old Trafford back in the summer, but Jose Mourinho chose to offer him a one-year contract extension against the wishes of most fans. However, it looks highly unlikely that Fellaini will receive another contract in the next few months. The midfielder came in from Everton for around £ 27 million under the regime of David Moyes. He has started only three Premier League matches this season and has appeared in a further six as a substitute. In comparison, he featured in 18 games from the start last season and made further 10 substitute appearances in the Premier league.
French forward Anthony Martial is looking to add more goals to his tally for Manchester United between now and the end of the season. The 21-year-old has been in tremendous form for the Red Devils in the early part of the campaign, producing key goals including the winner against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Martial has already racked seven goals in the United shirt across all competitions, and he is just one short of achieving last season’s tally under Jose Mourinho. Despite this, the Frenchman wants to take his game to another level as he aims to make a greater impact with the Europa League holders.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has rebuffed claims that Paul Pogba could miss up to three months of first-team action with a hamstring problem.
The France international suffered the muscular injury in the first-half of the 3-0 Champions League triumph over Basel, where he was named as the captain.
A recent report from The Times suggested that Pogba could be out for six to 12 weeks with his injury after initial MRI scans revealed a potential tendon damage. However, Mourinho has dismissed the claim by stressing that the exact nature of the problem will only be discovered in a week’s time.
He said after the Everton game: “I don’t know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days, honestly. Any comment or any new rumour is totally wrong because we don’t know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days. The player was diagnosed initially after the match because of the conditions of the muscle and the bleeding. The decision was one more week to wait to see really clearly in the scans, that I mentioned, of the injury. In the hamstring, it’s a normal procedure and we wait a few more days. So it’s completely nonsense information.” Continue reading