Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard has acknowledged that the Red Devils have had a mindset problem when it comes to facing mid-table teams in the Premier League. The Mancunian giants have remained unbeaten against the top-six in the top-flight this term but the same has not been the case with the lower-level sides, where they have dropped costly points.
United started the month of December with splendid wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City but the joy has definitely evaporated with a draw and defeat to Everton and Watford in the next couple of games. As a result, many have questioned their mentality against the smaller teams in the division and Lingard has admitted that the players have a concern which needs to be sorted out.
Manchester United midfielder Fred has talked about his blossoming midfield partnership with Scott McTominay following the club’s victory over Manchester City on the road. McTominay recently returned from an ankle injury and he has impressed alongside Fred as the club have registered deserved wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
Speaking to The National, Fred was pleased with the glowing partnership between the pair and talked about the importance of winning the Manchester derby over the weekend. He added that the club not only need to perform in the big games and they must show the same level of performance against the mid-table teams hereafter.
The Red Devils have won the Europa League last time they were in it, back in the 2016/17 campaign. Their first-ever trophy in the second-strongest continental competition was the key for a place in the following term of the Champions League as Manchester United came only sixth at the end of the Premier League season back then.
The team then led by Jose Mourinho saw off Ajax 2-0 in the final in May 2017. Luckily for their fans, the Red Devils can’t be drawn with the Amsterdam giants and the Champions League semi-finalists in the last 32 round having won their respective Europa League group. Continue reading
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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.