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.”
Manchester United manager Solskjaer has predicted Axel Tuanzebe to have a bright future with the club following his standout performance against Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup. The youngster has been a regular feature the club’s pre-season tour of the United States following an impressive 2018/19 season on loan with Aston Villa.
Speaking in a press conference, Solskjaer heaped praise on Tuanzebe, who played through 61 minutes of the club’s 1-0 friendly win over Inter Milan, he said:“He has got a future at Man United, yes, of course he has. Today was the best for him, playing against different opposition. Against Leeds, we knew he could play at that level and that is why he didn’t play against Leeds. Now, he has showed today that he is very capable at this level. Axel is going to be the future of this club.”
Manchester United have confirmed that they have rewarded Marcus Rashford with an improved four-year contract. The England international was previously contracted with the club until the summer of 2020 but he has now penned a fresh four-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.
“Manchester United has been everything in my life since I arrived here at the age of seven. This club has shaped me, both as a player and as a person, so it is such a privilege every time I get the opportunity to wear the shirt. I want to thank Ole and his staff for everything they have done for me; they are the perfect group of coaches to learn from as I continue my development and look to push on to the next level,” he told the club’s official website.
Rashford has been a regular with the first-team over the past three-and-a-half seasons and during this period, he has amassed 45 goals for the club. Nonetheless, he has drawn criticism over the poor finishing at different stages of every season and there remain a section of the supporters, who are far from pleased with the bumper £200,000-a-week extension.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about the potential of Daniel James shortly after the Welshman was confirmed as the club’s first summer signing. The Red Devils already confirmed an agreement with Swansea City for the attacker earlier this month and they have now announced that he has officially penned a contract with the club.
Speaking after the occasion, Solskjaer praised the qualities of the highly-rated youngster and said that his exceptional pace could be one of the attributes to look at during the forthcoming campaign, he told the club’s official website: “Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic. He had a great season with Swansea and has all the attributes needed to become a Manchester United player. We are delighted and we are all looking forward to working with him. This is the perfect environment for Daniel to continue his development.”
BBC Sport pundit Danny Mills has said that Sean Longstaff should resist the prospect of joining Manchester United from Newcastle United this summer. The 21-year-old made his debut for the Magpies in December 2018 and he thereafter provide a couple of standout displays before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Still, that has been sufficient to attract interest from some of England’s elite and United have been touted to be leading the race to sign him. Speaking to Football Insider, Mills said that Longstaff should stay put with the Magpies for next season, given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not have the track record of working with youth unlike Rafael Benitez.
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has vowed to comeback stronger next season after suffering a medial knee ligament injury during the recent1-1 Premier League draw against Chelsea. The Ivorian was a surprise starter against the Blues at the weekend but his game ended on a sad note after he was taken off injured during the final quarter of the match.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since confirmed that the versatile defender has suffered a knee injury which requires an operation and Bailly has now welcomed the fans support with an Instagram message which read: “I would like to thank everyone for the messages of love and support I have received. Some injuries are unavoidable. It’s true that this season hasn’t smiled down upon me very much, but I will return soon and with more strength next season, God willing.”
Marcos Rojo claims that he is ready to repay the faith shown by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the absence of Luke Shaw. The 29-year-old has had fitness issues throughout the campaign and he has been able to start in just three league matches so far. The record in the other competitions has also not been great with the Argentine starting just one game in the Champions League. However, the 29-year-old was able to feature for United in the recent game against West Ham. Even though he did not last the whole match, the Argentine did complete 75 minutes of action.
His availability is a major positive for Solskjaer, who will be without Luke Shaw due to suspension. Rojo’s Manchester United future is a major doubt with the player reportedly on the verge of leaving the club at the end of the season. However, Rojo has now claimed thatSolskjaer has promised him a place in the squad once he returns to fitness. Signed by Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2014 from Sporting CP, Rojo has had to work under three different managers at United. His best season with the club was during the 2016-17 campaign when he made 41 appearances, but he has been unable to even hit 30 appearances in the other three full campaigns.
Jesper Blomqvist remains as one of the high-profile Swedish players to have represented Manchester United in the past. The former winger, who played for United between 1998 and 2001, has claimed that defender Victor Lindelof is on his way to becoming one of the key players for the Red Devils. The 24-year-old was signed after a long pursuit by then-manager Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2017. He was about to join United even as early as a year ago. The total fee for the defender was around € 35 million in addition to a bonus of around € 10 million depending on performances.
Even though Lindelof has not been able to produce a consistent set of performances throughout his time at United, the defender has been slowly growing in confidence. He has now been able to establish himself more often in the first-team in his second full season with the club. After making 29 appearances in his first season with United, Lindelof has featured in 35 games so far. Even after a managerial change that saw the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 24-year-old has kept himself in the first-team reckoning. His versatility is a major factor that has helped him grow, andBlomqvist claims that Lindelof can only get better in the coming years underSolskjaer.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has said that his former club have no reason to deny Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the permanent head coach role. The Norwegian took charge of United on an interim basis after Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December and he has since transformed the club’s league fortunes with an unbeaten run.
Speaking to Goal.com, Ferdinand said that the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has no reason to deny the Norwegian with the permanent managerial position, given the club’s exceptional progress over the past few months, he said: “Ole gets a blank canvas now to go into the club, do what he wants to do and move it forward. It doesn’t matter how many players because the turnover has been so great over the last seven or eight years.