Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has admitted that he was surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to join Juventus during the summer transfer window. The Red Devils favourite had expected the Portuguese to either retire with Real Madrid or Manchester United and he was surprised that Jose Mourinho’s side declined to make a move for the Portuguese superstar.
Speaking to The Manchester Evening News, Rob highlighted that he was surprised with the attacker’s decision to join the Bianconeri and believes the Portuguese can change the dynamics of any side he plays for, he said: “I was surprised that Ronaldo didn’t finish his career at Real Madrid or Manchester United. That was a surprising move when he went to Juventus. Someone like Ronaldo can change your season. It can happen.”
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has urged his club to show their support towards manager Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils recently suffered a second straight league defeat as Tottenham Hotspur humbled them by a 3-0 scoreline but Neville believes the club should continue backing the Portuguese tactician.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Neville admitted that Mourinho has the history of underperforming during his third season with his former sides but he does not want the repeat of the same at Old Trafford, he said: “You can’t keep jumping around with managers. I hear the third-year Mourinho stories and all the rest of it and you can’t disagree with those stories because there is some history.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that he has no knowledge regarding any potential arrivals at Old Trafford between now and the transfer deadline. The Red Devils secured quick deals for Fred and Diogo Dalot prior to the summer World Cup and they have since made a solitary addition with veteran goalkeeper Lee Grant joining them on a free transfer.
Speaking in a news conference, Mourinho was asked about any potential arrivals in the coming weeks to which he replied: “I’ve no idea. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m not going to say somebody is coming or nobody is coming. We did Lee Grant because we have a fantastic young goalkeeper (Joel Pereira) who needs to play football. Fred we did quite a long time ago. We started the process. We lost Michael Carrick and I think Fred is the kind of player we need to complement the qualities of our midfield players.”
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has hailed the influence of N’Golo Kante during the opening stages of the summer World Cup. The pair are presently part of the France national side who have qualified for the round of 16 stage and Pogba took time to praise his compatriot following Les Bleus’ 1-0 win over Peru, he said: “We’ve all been very, very good together. With NG (Kanté) it’s easier, he runs everywhere, he has fifteen lungs. Football is much easier with players like that.”
Pogba has often received criticism for his inability to track back at Old Trafford but a similar job has been eased at the World Cup with Kante during most of the dirty work. So far, the Frenchman has managed recover the ball on 27 occasions for his nation and his showing in the coming weeks could be key to ending France’s two-decade long wait for the World Cup.
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