Sep 26 2016

Antonie Griezmann opens up on Atletico Madrid future amid Man United interest

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Antonie Griezmann opens up on Atletico Madrid future amid Man United interest

French striker Antoine Griezmann has pledged his allegiance to Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone amid speculation surrounding a potential move to Manchester United next summer.

Griezmann’s decision to part ways with his agent, electing instead to represent himself, served as a possible sign of the 25-year-old’s desire to seek a move away from the Vicente Calderon.

It was also reported by French paper L’Equipe that it was “only a matter of time” before Griezmann comes to Old Trafford.

However the Frenchman, speaking to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, made it clear he is happy at Atletico, as long as Simeone remains at the club.

“I am very good at Atleti, with my team-mates, I see that we can achieve important things,” Griezmann said.

“With Simeone I am learning so much. Right now, I do not think about anything other than Atleti. The aim is to continue with Atleti and to see the new stadium.

“I was afraid of Simeone leaving this summer – I need to continue learning from him. I called him and he reassured me. I need to work with Simeone, I need to learn from him and Atleti needs it too.”

Griezmann’s future in Spain appears to hinge on how long Simeone – manager since 2011 – stays at the Vicente Calderon. Atletico’s sturdy, almost tribal approach to scalping results stems from the Argentine’s warrior-like persona, and one imagines that his departure will signal a quick decline in potency.

And despite Simeone’s reassuring words to fans and players concerned about his potential departure, speculation surrounding his future continues to loom, meaning that Griezmann – a tricky, effervescent presence at No.9 – could find himself wearing a United short at some point in the near future.


Sep 23 2016

Manchester United vs Leicester City: Team News, Predicted Lineups & Key Stats

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Manchester United vs Leicester City
Premier League 2016/17
24th September 2016, 12:30 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United Team News and Preview

Jose Mourinho will have a decision to make whether to star his captain Wayne Rooney for the clash or not. The England international struggled for the Red Devils in the Premier League and failed to impress in their 3-1 EFL Cup victory over Northampton Town.

Juan Mata is one player who can play in the No 10 role. In addition to this, Henrikh Mkhitaryan can also feature in that position, but it should be seen whether the Armenian is fit for this weekend’s clash.

Luke Shaw was heavily criticised by the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager. He is also struggling due to injury, but reports suggest the left-back is likely to be fit for the fixture. It should be seen whether the Portuguese tactician will start Shaw on Saturday.

United ended their three-match losing streak when they defeated Northampton Town midweek, but South African online casinos predict that Mourinho will have a much tougher test against the Foxes as he will be looking to set things right in the Premier League.

Possible XI: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Carrick, Herrera, Pogba; Rashford, Mata, Ibrahimovic

Leicester City Team News and Preview

Leicester have managed only two wins in the Premier League this season, which came against Swansea City and Burnley. Both these matches were played at home and they are yet to win a match away from home.

Claudio Ranieri is aware that it will be difficult for his side to win the title this season, especially when clubs like United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have strengthened their squad.

In the last fixture, the Foxes suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the west London club in the third round of the EFL Cup. Leicester will be looking to bounce back from their defeat when they travel to Old Trafford this weekend.

Possible XI: Zieler; Simpson, Morgan, Huth. Fuchs; Mahrez, Amartey, Drinkwater; Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy

Manchester United vs Leicester City Key Stats

  • Leicester City have lost their away matches played in the Premier League this season.
  • Manchester United have been unbeaten in last seven Premier League matches at home.
  • The Foxes have only managed one win in 18 trips to Old Trafford.
  • In the last 14 league fixtures between the two sides, United have netted 33 times.

Manchester United vs Leicester City: Betting Tips

United have conceded only two goals in the Premier League, while have netted three times in the two matches played at Old Trafford. Leicester have scored two goals in their three away fixtures this season. A score draw could be on the cards, but we think a repeat of the Community Shield scoreline is more likely.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City.

Aug 27 2016

Man United fans pleased with Zlatan Ibrahimovc’s impressive performance against Hull City

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Man United fans pleased with Zlatan Ibrahimovc’s impressive performance against Hull City

Manchester United fans were once again impressed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their side’s 1-0 win over Hull City in the Premier League.

The big Swede may have failed to find the net against Mike Phelan’s side, but his link up play, reading of the game and positional sense brought others into the game, keeping Man United on the front foot all evening.

United fans were quick to acknowledge the 34-year-old’s strong performance.

Zlatan is slowly eradicating the myth that his one and only function is scoring goals. The striker didn’t score, but his smart manipulation of the ball and physical presence enabled Jose Mourinho’s side to mount pressure, culminating in Marcus Rashford‘s late winner.

The Swede was most prominent in the first-half, heading just wide after 25 minutes and producing a sublime piece of skill, bringing a high ball down with optimum precision inside’s Hull’s penalty area, alongside drawing the likes of Anthony Martial and Juan Mata into the game.

But despite a positive performance, Zlatan will, no doubt, feel underwhelmed by failing to get on the scoresheet, such is his monstrous appetite for dominating opponents. And with Manchester City lingering around the corner, the Swede will be in a carnivorous mood come September 10.


Aug 08 2016

Manchester United season preview and expected challenges this season

Tag: Manchester United News @ 12:54 pm


We begin our 2016-17 Premier League season at Bournemouth on Sunday with more optimism among fans than at any point over the past three seasons since Sir Alex’s retirement.

The arrival of José Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovi?, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and imminent transfer of Paul Pogba has certainly got many fans excited.

Mourinho has already played down our chances of the title after finishing 5th last season and work to do strengthening the deference and getting goals out of the attackers.  The smart manager playing his mind games already!

Here’s a look at how far we can go this season:

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Jul 28 2016

Pogba has landed in LA, will now have Man United medical: report

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Pogba has landed in LA, will now have Man United medical: report

Paul Pogba is set to undergo his medical for Manchester United in a Los Angeles centre, according to reports emanating from France.

Journalist Nabil Djellit says Pogba landed just after 1.30pm local time and will now travel to undergo his medical which is the final piece in the puzzle before he completes his move to Man United.

A fee of just over €110m has been agreed between United and Juventus and Mino Raiola’s percentage cut has also been resolved as United will pay that also, taking the total fee to between €120m-130m. Regardless of Raiola’s cut, it’s a world record transfer.

Why would Pogba be having his medical in Los Angeles? Well, United are flying to Sweden tomorrow for our pre-season friendly against Galatasaray. Plus, in the interests of pushing through the deal quickly, an initial medical can be carried out remotely to complete the deal before a more intense one happens back in Manchester at a later date. This has happened previously.

Once Pogba successfully passes that medical – and as he played all the way through to the Euro 2016 final there should be no issues with that – then Juventus can officially release a statement confirming Pogba will join United. It’s at that point we can start to celebrate, until then we will all wait with baited breath.


Jun 28 2016

Pelle: David de Gea can perform miracles in goal

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Pelle: David de Gea can perform miracles in goal

Graziano Pelle says David de Gea is capable of performing miracles in goal and rues chances missed against him in a Spanish and Manchester United shirt.

De Gea did an excellent job of keeping Spain in their last 16 clash with Italy with two point blank saves and was unlucky to have conceded when Spanish defenders reacted slowly to a free-kick save he made.

Having come in for some criticism after the Croatia game, De Gea had all eyes on him as he tried to repel an Italian attack that boasts the speedy Eder and physical Pelle in its ranks.

The Southampton striker scored at the end of the game to put his side 2-0 up but understands how rare it is to beat De Gea.

“Scoring at the end feels great, but I had also tried in the first half and De Gea performed a miracle. He’s done that to me before in the Premier League too, so I reminded him and we had a laugh.

“This is my first major tournament and the affection of the fans when we arrive at the stadium is marvellous. We are distant, but close, so I thank the Italy supporters all over the world.”

He has only recently surpassed Iker Casillas in Vicente del Bosque’s Spanish side and has had a relatively good campaign for his country. When you consider the fact that Sergio Ramos was poor and Spain were lethargic and susceptible to counter-attacks against both Croatia and Italy, De Gea did well for much of those games.

Jose Mourinho is in the process of rebuilding Man United’s defence and with Luke Shaw returning and Eric Bailly coming in to give Chris Smalling a legitimate long-term partner in central defence and De Gea will get a good opportunity to repeat the excellent form he has shown in a United jersey in previous years.

A failed move to Real Madrid last summer appears to have dissipated completely with reports that De Gea has decided to stay in Manchester for the foreseeable future to see what Mourinho builds at the club. A perennial Champions League competitor with a long history of winning domestic league titles will ensure United return to their former glory days.


Jun 14 2016

Euro 2016 Player Watch: Martial, Schniederlin and Pogba

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Euro 2016
Date: Wednesday, 15th June, 2016
Time: 20.00pm BST
Venue: Stade Velodrome, Marseille

The second round of group games at Euro 2016 starts on Wednesday with hosts France taking on Albania at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille in the evening kickoff.

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May 29 2016

Roy Keane: Jose Mourinho ‘irritating’ but the right man for Manchester United

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Roy Keane: Jose Mourinho ‘irritating’ but the right man for Manchester United

Roy Keane believes that Jose Mourinho is the right man to lead Manchester United, although he did label the Portuguese as “irritating.”

Mourinho was named as Louis van Gaal’s successor at Man United on Friday, a decision which divided those associated with the club.

Some have hailed Mourinho’s pedigree within the game, but others believe that his off-field antics and tendency to neglect youth are not becoming of a United manager. Keane acknowledged Mourinho’s flaws but insisted that he approved of the appointment.

“He was always going to be a good option when United didn’t qualify for the Champions League,” Keane said.

“Fantastic CV and seems like a good fit. Maybe not for me. He’s not my kind of cuppa tea. I find him really irritating when I’ve coached against him, but that’s just a personal thing.”

It’s hard to think of many people who Keane approves of so Mourinho will not take the comments too personally. Keane’s most high-profile fall out came with Sir Alex Ferguson prior to the Irishman’s Old Trafford departure in 2005 during his playing days.

Mourinho has certainly divided United’s fanbase but most are agreed that his determination to win trumps all else.

United supporters have been forced to settle for mediocrity for too long and Mourinho’s arrival should signal a return of a winning mentality at the club. And that’s exactly how it should be.


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