Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has heaped praise on the performance of Paul Pogba following the club’s 2-0 triumph over Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round. The France international has been one of the club’s in-form players since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he continued to provide another commanding performance with a goal and an assist against the Blues.
Speaking after the game, Mata was full of admiration for his teammate, who made the key difference during the first period. He added to praise the midfielder’s all-round ability on the playing field and hailed him as one of the best midfielders in the world, he said: “Yes, he assisted the cross for the first goal, scored the second one. Even in the second half, 80, 85 minutes he was still defending, going forwards. He’s very, very complete. He’s got physique, he’s got quality, he’s got a pass, he can go box to box. He’s one of the best. Today he showed why.”
Former Liverpool ace Danny Murphy predicts that Romelu Lukaku could make way from Manchester United when the season comes to a close. The Belgium international was the undisputed choice upfront during his maiden campaign with the club last term and he contributed 27 goals across all competitions.
However, he has not been able to replicate the form this season with just nine goals and things have become recently become tough for him with the inability to command a starting role. Speaking on TalkSPORT, Murphy has said that Lukaku may not fancy being the club’s number two behind Marcus Rashford in the long-term and this could eventually tempt him to pursue a fresh challenge during the summer.
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.
Valencia head coach Marcelino has hailed the qualities of Eric Bailly and believes the centre-back needs better luck to cement a regular starting role with Manchester United.
The Ivory Coast international joined the Red Devils from Villarreal in the summer of 2016 but he has yet to become a regular starter amid concerns over his form and fitness. Continue reading
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.”