Former Manchester United star Paul Parker has praised the impact of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since taking interim charge of the Red Devils but does not think he would be the right choice for the permanent job. Speaking to Talk SPORT, Parker said that Solskjaer would be perfect for the short-term fix but looking forward, United must recruit an experienced head coach capable of luring some of their preferred targets next summer.
He said: “Ole is a lovely fella. He’s come in and he’s brought his smile into the place and everybody’s feeling happy. You’ll get the best out of anybody when they’re happy. But long-term, I don’t think so. As good as it can be this season, you have to look at the long-term. Manchester United need that little bit more, someone who is really going to attract the top players. With his lack of experience, players are not going to want to go there, and agents are not going to watch to take their players there.”
Former Manchester United defender David May believes the Red Devils attackers need more time to get used to Diogo Dalot’s deliveries from the right side of the backline. The Portuguese footballer made his maiden league start for the Red Devils earlier this month and he has since impressed against Fulham, where he was a regular threat with crosses into the box.
Speaking to MUTV, May highlighted that the sight of Dalot is refreshing for the United team, who have been adjusting with makeshift right-backs in the form of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in recent seasons. He added that the United attack front may need additional time to get the knowledge over the Portuguese’s style of play.
Jose Mourinho once again was not happy with the attitude of the players of Manchester United after the Red Devils could only secure one point from their visit to Southampton yesterday.
This was one away game where United were the strong favorites and should have won by opinion of premier league experts, not only because they had the stronger team on paper, but also because Southampton’s form in the Premiership has been terrible in the on-going season and they have remained in the relegation zone right from the start of the season. Continue reading
Manchester United will reportedly refuse Jose Mourinho with the funds to bolster the squad in the New Year. The Red Devils have endured a frustrating start to the Premier League season with just 20 points from their opening 12 matches and this had recently spread the speculation that they could go on a winter spending spree.
However, according to The Independent, that may not be the case when the transfer window reopens with the hierarchy still concerned over the lack of sufficient impact from Jose Mourinho’s signings. In particular, there are said to be concerns regarding the failure of both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof to sufficiently impress at the heart of the defence while the same goes for midfielder Fred, who was recruited from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer after a huge outlay of nearly £52m.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is not confident of David de Gea extending his contract with the club. The Spain international has been with the Red Devils for the past seven-and-a-half seasons and during his period, he has transformed into one of the world’smost sought after goalkeepers.
As a result, there has been regular speculation regarding his future at Old Trafford and speaking to Sky Sports News, Mourinho has acknowledged that the club are still far off from extending his current deal, he said: “I am not confident. I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens. Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and, if the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.”
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Jose Mourinho does not face the immediate risk of being sacked despite the Red Devils’ average start to the campaign. The Mancunian giants have begun the campaign in not best of ways with three defeats from their opening eight league matches.
Despite this, Mourinho’s managerial position has remained intact and Moyes feels the Portuguese has the support of the board, given the success he has achieved with a number of his former sides, he said: “I think the club are firmly behind the manager, and he’s been a winner, Jose, throughout his career, so I don’t see why that should suddenly change. It was a great result – any team that comes from 2-0 down.
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.