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
Wolfsburg striker Andre Schurrle says that Manchester United are almost certain to spend a lot of money on new players in the summer.
The club went on a spending spree only in the transfer window before last. They allowed manager Louis van Gaal to spend vast sums of money on players like Angel di Maria. The spending spree, though, did not bring dividends for the club, as they did win only one major honour under the Dutchman. Failure to qualify for the Champions League twice in the last three seasons raises questions about the quality of the squad even after the vast expenditure.
As a result, the club are looking to once again open the wallet in order to back manager Mourinho, who is regarded as one of the best in the transfer window. Even though the Portuguese has been accused in the past of not developing in players at the club, he has always made a major impact with his signings. The likes of Wesley Sneijder at Inter, Didier Drogba at Chelsea, and Cesc Fabregas in his second spell at Chelsea are a testament to this fact.Schurrle was allowed to leave Chelsea when Mourinho was the manager of the London outfit, but the German has no grudges against his former manager.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has accepted that he will never have the same kind of relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson because he would never forgive him. Ferguson is regarded as one of the most successful managers of all time, but he would have Roy Keane to thank for many of his successes. The combative midfielder played a huge role in the title winning teams of United between 1995 and 2005. However, his exit from United came in acrimonious circumstances after he fell out with Ferguson during the end of his time.
In a recently published autobiography, Keane has come out with the complete details about the fallout that led to his United exit. He also reckons that his former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough was much better manager than Ferguson since he was great at dealing with different individuals. He reckons that Ferguson is nothing but a manager focused on winning matches and not about the mentality of the players. The duo have been at loggerheads for the last few years, but this is the most stunning attack from Keane. He is yet to get a response from Ferguson, who has been in retirement for the last few years.
The 43-year-old, Keane, is currently working as the assistant manager at Aston Villa. “The problem I had, is that when you hope you have known someone for some time, it’s afterwards when people start coming out with all sorts of nonsense. When you think what he made out of it, millions of pounds, statues, and standing. But to criticise people who have earned him success….would I forgive him? I don’t know. If we cross paths. I’m sure we will….cross paths, that is. Lots of stuff I let go, but eventually you have to go, enough is enough. You have to defend yourself,” said Keane.
Manchester United continues to disappoint their fans after struggling just to snatch a draw against West Bromwich Albion in their latest Premier League match which reached its end with a final score of 2-2.
Having struggled so much in these past few years, it comes as no surprise to why Manchester United is always being linked with a number of players that they could sign and hopefully help the Premier League club in their recent disastrous seasons. Continue reading
United recently gave debuts to a number of their new summer signings in the 4-0 win over QPR, but one most important names among them was Radamel Falcao. The Colombian international is regarded as one of the deadliest strikers in world football after having scored more than 200 goals in just under 350 matches in his career. The 28-year-old recently joined United for a season long loan deal. Soon to be a 29-year-old, several eyebrows were raised at United spending over £ 6 million just on the loan fee, while they could end up paying another £ 43.5 million if they decided to make the move permanent.
In addition to the impressive figures surrounding the transfer fees, Falcao is also thought to be earning around £ 18 million per season. This makes him more expensive than Wayne Rooney in this regard. He made his debut against QPR. Even though he failed to score in his first appearance at Old Trafford, the new number nine promises to be an excellent addition to the squad. He thanked his supporters for their immense appreciation ahead of his debut. Other players who made their home debuts include the likes of Angel di Maria and Daley Blind.
Di Maria was the star of the show after scoring and assisting several goals. “I am very happy for this victory and the support was great. I want to continue that way. I want to say thank you to the fans and I enjoyed that a lot, this match. It was fantastic. I almost scored. The goalkeeper was good. I hope to score the next game. It felt good to make my debut here at Old Trafford and I am happy to get the win. I am enjoying this moment. It is an extraordinary stadium, a legendary stadium,” said Falcao.
After grabbing a class left back in the form of Luke Shaw from Southampton, Manchester United is looking for another player for that position and the guy whom they have set their eyes on is Daley Blind, the 24-year old Ajax Amsterdam player.
Blind is also eager to unite with his compatriot Louis Van Gaal.
The amount of money that is being demanded by Ajax for the player is about 17 million Pounds.
What Van Gaal wants to do by bringing in Blind is to keep Luke Shaw on his toes. He wants a fierce competition within the team for that all important left-back place in the XI.
Apart from the competition, the other thing is that Shaw is not believed to be fit for selection in the starting few matches in the league. He has been battling with a few fitness issues. Patrice Evra is not there in the squad either now. So, signing one more defender to play in the left has sort of become necessary for the Red Devils.
Blind was brilliant featuring for the Holland national side in the FIFA World Cup 2014. In Oranje’s first match in the tournament in which they had thrashed the reigning champions Spain, he had set up a couple of goals.
During the World Cup, when Blind was asked about him being linked to United, he had said, “A couple of my countrymen, Louis and Robin, are associated with United. So, it’s easy for people to link me to that club.”
“It’s obviously great for a young player to attract attention, but, I am not going to go too much into it.”
In his 99 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax so far, Blind has found the back of the net 3 times.
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has intensified as rumours linking him with Manchester United by admitting that he would like to play for the Premier League giants. United are set to undergo a massive spending spree in order to overhaul the squad, which finished in a disappointing seventh place last season. The overhauling is interested in the hands of Louis van Gaal – one of the top managers involved football. Vidal has been placed as one of the transfer targets for United.
The Juventus midfielder has established a reputation for being one of the best in the last few seasons. Last season, he scored 11 goals in just over 30 league appearances. This helped Juventus claim a third straight league title. Vidal was also crucial towards Chile almost reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014. They came close to beating Brazil in the last 16 stage. Vidal has been consistently linked with Real Madrid in the last few months, but United have now entered into the frame. Van Gaal is reportedly keen on a competitive midfielder who has the ability to go forward as well.
Vidal perfectly fits into this philosophy and he could finally be the player to replace Roy Keane – a player United have never managed to replace in the last decade. Vidal’s latest statements about playing for United will concern Juventus. “I’ve heard about the rumours, but I haven’t spoken more about this subject. I’m enjoying my holidays, and when I return to Italy I’ll see what happens. I’m very calm, but anyone would love to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said the midfielder.
If United are looking to sign Vidal, then they will have to part with at least £35 million in transfer fees for the 27-year-old. Vidal joined Juventus in 2011 from Bayer Leverkusen.
Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney for tomorrow’s visit of Newcastle United after receiving his fifth booking of the season in Wednesday evening’s defeat to Everton.
Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa are both doubtful through injury and illness respectively, though Phil Jones could return after serving his ban.
Manchester City will not make an approach for Wayne Rooney in the summer, according to reports in The Sun.
The Premier League Champions are one of only a handful of clubs who could afford the striker, who has been linked with a move away from United after being left out of the starting line up in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
Rooney was linked with a move across Manchester back in 2010, before signing a new five year deal with the Red Devils.
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