Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has confirmed that he will draw the curtains on his playing career when the season comes to a close. The England international spent most of the first-half of the season on the sidelines after he required a surgery to rectify an irregular heart rhythm. He made his comeback during the FA Cup outing against Yeovil Town in January, and he has since featured in the same competition versus Huddersfield Town.
Despite his return, manager Jose Mourinho had suggested that Carrick would be hanging up his boots during the summer, and the 36-year-old has now publicly confirmed of the decision, he said via Manutd.com:“I think it’s pretty much already been said, to be honest with you. There comes a time when, as much as you like or don’t like it, your body tells you it’s time to stop playing football. That’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine. It’s something you have to accept. That’s where I’m at.” Continue reading
Football pundit Graeme Souness has urged Manchester United to recruit a craftsman in the form of Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, if they are to provide better service to Romelu Lukaku up front. The Red Devils started the campaign in bright form, netting four goals in three of their first Premier League matches.
However, as the season has gone, the goals have dried up for Lukaku and United, and this has hampered their chances of keeping up with arch-rivals Manchester City in the pursuit of the Premier League title, which they last won in 2013.
Jose Mourinho has insisted that Manchester United are not in the hunt to sign Gareth Bale during this summer’s transfer window.
The Real Madrid midfielder has been heavily linked with an Old Trafford move this summer with the Red Devils looking to bolster their attack front.
United have been largely unsuccessful in their quest to sign a new attacker with a deal for Ivan Perisic far off from being complete. Inter Milan are said to demand fees of at least £48m, and this is still far from United’s £26m offer for the Croatia international.
Mourinho had highlighted last week that a deal for Ronaldo is ‘mission impossible’, and a reported asked Mourinho whether he shares a similar stance with Bale, for which, he replied: “The same [as Ronaldo]. You have contacts and feelings, you understand things, and it was clear that Bale likes Madrid, the challenge and situation. They are in a very good situation now and I never felt a desire for him to leave, so why waste time on it? No.” Continue reading
Manchester City is keen to reinforce their team, especially with their disappointing season. One area that will want to strengthen will be their defense where the new players that they signed last season failing to deliver the goods.
One player that is constantly being linked with Manchester City is the German defender Matts Hummels. Various media reports are linking the Borussia Dortmund with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola, who is supposed to take control of the Manchester City team next season, will be interested in strengthening a sector that has been conceding goals quite often this term. Indeed, only Vincent Kompany can be considered as a world class player, and Guardiola will be desperate to add more talented players to his squad.
However if City wants to land the Dortmund defender, they will need to move quickly since Liverpool as well as Chelsea seems to be interested in the player. With Jurgen Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund manager now at Liverpool, there is still chances that Hummels might prefer Liverpool over Manchester City. Only time will tell which club will be able to land the talented Manchester City defender.
Another player that has been linked with Manchester City is the young Jetro Willems. Aged 21, Willems currently plays as left-back for PSV Eindhoven and is considered as a talent prospect in his home country. Indeed, he has made more than 100 appearances for his club and would improve a City team that is desperate for new players. Continue reading
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has apologised to his teammates following comments he made after Tuesday evening’s 2-0 Champions League last sixteen first leg defeat to Olympiakos, according to the Mirror.
The Dutch international had complained about his teammates running into areas he was supposed to be, but has insisted that his criticisms were aimed at himself.
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Manchester United have given themselves a mountain to climb if they are going to make this season’s Champions League quarter finals after losing the first leg of their last sixteen tie 2-0 to Greek champions Olympiakos.
Goals either side of half time from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell, who is on loan at the club from Arsenal secured victory for Michel’s side, who will travel to Old Trafford for the second leg in three weeks’ time.
Manchester United dropped more points at home as Darren Bent’s late equaliser secured a draw for Fulham on Rene Meulensteen’s return to Old Trafford yesterday afternoon.
Steve Sidwell fired the visitor’s in front inside twenty minutes, only for Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick to turn the match on its head late in the second half.
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Wayne Rooney is set to return to the Manchester United starting line-up for tomorrow afternoon’s trip to Stoke City.
The England international came on for the final half an hour of the Premier League champions’ 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday evening – his first appearance for the club since New Year’s Day.
Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their FA Cup disappointment with victory over Sunderland in tonight’s League Cup semi-final first leg at the Stadium of Light.
Rio Ferdinand is a fitness doubt after picking up a knock at the weekend however Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic could all return.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has said that Wayne Rooney has ‘a chance’ of being fit for tomorrow afternoon’s visit of West Ham United.
The striker has been struggling with a groin injury, but will hopeful of helping his side avoid a third straight home defeat following recent losses to both Everton and Newcastle United.