Jul 22 2016

Manchester United star feared he could not play football again

Luke Shaw

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has admitted he feared that he could never play football again after suffering a horror injury in the Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven in September 2015.

The left-back fractured his leg in two places and it took him a long time to recover from the injury. After the 21-year-old went down following the tackle, he  knew the extent of the damage it had done and feared whether he could never be back on the pitch again at that moment.

Shaw, who joined the Red Devils from Southampton in the summer of 2014 had a disappointing first season. In the 2015-16 season, he had a very good start and his progress was hindered after the injury.

“When I first did it the first thoughts that went through my head were ‘am I going to play football again’ and ‘how long am I going to be out for’,” Shaw told United’s official website.

“I wasn’t thinking too much of the pain because I can deal with that at that point but yes there was a fear of how long it was going to take or even if I was going to get back playing football.

“Obviously as I was going through it [the rehabilitation process] I knew I was coming back. I think now I’m just looking past it, I’m not going to look back, I’m just going to look forward now and obviously my leg feels great and you know I just want to push on in this pre-season and get fully fit.”

The England international never featured for United last season and he returned to action during their pre-season fixture against Wigan Athletic earlier this month. He even started Jose Mourinho’s second match in charge against Borussia Dortmund in China on Friday.

Shaw admitted that he was emotional following his return and has thanked United fans for the support he has received when he was seen in action for the Red Devils at the DW Stadium.

“It is the best feeling ever. When I had my first game on Saturday against Wigan, I felt so emotional,” the full-back said.

“The way the crowd were with me, the cheers when I first had my first touch… you know that meant a lot to me. Obviously my family were there to see it and like I said it was the best feeling.”

Jul 22 2016

Reason revealed why Barcelona not competing with Manchester United for Euro 2016 star

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Quarter Final - Second Leg - Juventus v Bayern Munich - Juventus Stadium

Barcelona were looking at the option of signing Juventus star Paul Pogba, according to the Catalan club’s international adviser Ariedo Braida. The La Liga ended their interest in signing the talented midfielder due to the player’s hefty price tag.  

The France international has been a star player for the Old Lady, since joining them on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012. He has won four Serie A titles in his four seasons, along with other silverwares.

Pogba has also been a regular for his country and was a part of France squad that lost to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final. His form for both club and his national side has seen him attract interest from top clubs across Europe.

Barcelona were one of those clubs keen on landing the Pogba, along with their league rivals Real Madrid and Premier League giants Manchester United. However, it Jose Mourinho’s side who are now leading the race in signing him.

The Red Devils are believed to have agreed personal terms with the Frenchman and are ready to pay a world-record fee of £100 million for Juventus star, according to The Daily Mail. Braida suggested the finances associated with Pogba’s transfer was not viable for Barcelona. 

“Clearly when you talk about figures that go over €100m, you need to reflect on them,” Braida told Canale 21.

“It all comes down to the TV rights that brought in a lot of money and completely changed the logic of the transfer market. Clearly all players are overrated to some degree or another at this stage.

“We know Pogba, he is a player who proved to be very strong and, for a while, Barcelona were interested, but clearly the dynamics changed and once the figures reached a certain point, we were no longer interested.

“It’s hard to keep up at some stage, because you don’t only have to consider the price of the transfer fee, but also the player’s salary. Over the course of five years, that can amount to tens of millions.”

Jul 21 2016

Manchester United reveal provisional squad numbers for 2016-17 PL season


Manchester United have confirmed provisional squad numbers for the 2016-17 Premier League season on Thursday.

The Red Devils completed three signings so far this summer and that includes the likes of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The recently retired Swedish international has so far been the high profile signing of the summer for the 20-time English champions.

Ibrahimovic was wearing No 10 at his former club Paris Saint-Germain. However, at Old Trafford, club captain Wayne Rooney wears that number and that forced the former Juventus and Barcelona striker to settle for No 9, which was worn by Anthony Martial in the last season.

The France international will be wearing No 11, which was worn by United legend Ryan Giggs. Adnan Januzaj had that number in the 2015-16 season and he has taken No 15 in the provisional list.

Mkhitaryan gets No 22, while the Ivory Coast international has taken jersey No 3, which was worn by Luke Shaw. The former Southampton man has taken No 23 for the upcoming season.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Manchester United is pleased to announce the Premier League squad numbers for the much-anticipated 2016/17 season, including those to be worn by the club’s three new signings.”

Manchester United squad

Premier League squad numbers for 2016-17 season*

1: De Gea 3: Bailly 4: Jones 5: Rojo 7: Memphis 8: Mata 9: Ibrahimovic 10: Rooney 11: Martial 12: Smalling 14: Lingard 15: Januzaj 16: Carrick 17: Blind 18: Young 19: Rashford 20: S. Romero 21: Herrera 22: Mkhitaryan 23: Shaw 24: Fosu-Mensah 25: Valencia 27: Fellaini 28: Schneiderlin 31: Schweinsteiger 32: Johnstone 33: McNair 36: Darmian 38: Tuanzebe 43: Borthwick-Jackson 44: A. Pereira 48: Will Keane

*These numbers are provisional 

Jul 21 2016

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho responds to Paul Pogba rumours

Paul Pogba

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has refused to either confirm or deny whether Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will join the Red Devils this summer.

The France international left United and joined the Italian champions on a free transfer in 2012. Since then, he has won four Serie A titles and other silverware with the Old Lady and in the process, has become one of the best midfielders in Europe.

United are believed to be closing in on completing a deal in bringing Pogba back to Old Trafford. The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano and Marcus Christenson claim the Premier League club will have to pay a world-record fee of £92 million and also his agent fee of £18.4 million to seal the deal.

“I don’t confirm and I don’t deny. I cannot tell you,” United’s official website quoted Mourinho as saying when asked about rumours linking Pogba to United. 

“First of all because I don’t think it is correct to talk about players at other clubs. He is a Juventus player, not a Manchester United player.”

The former Chelsea manager was announced as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May. Mourinho officially took charge at the club earlier this month and the 53-year-old manager revealed in his first press conference confirmed that he had informed United chiefs that he is targeting four specialists in the summer transfer window.

United have already completed the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer. Mourinho is delighted with his side’s business in the transfer window and remains confident that United will help him complete the fourth specialist signing.  

“All I can say is my board and directors did fantastic work to do 75 per cent of the job I asked them to do,” United manager explained.

“I asked them for four players, four profiles of players I needed and I gave them options. So 75 per cent of the job is done. We have just 25 per cent left to do until 31 August. We are in great conditions to have what I would consider to be a good market for us.

“We are calm. We know the kind of players we want. We have three faces to fill the profile and I am really confident Mr [Ed] Woodward and the owners will get the player I want to have the good balance.”

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.


Apr 29 2016

Manchester United news round-up including Mourinho, Sanches and Aubameyang

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Manchester United news round-up including Mourinho, Sanches and Aubameyang

Here is the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.

Manchester United have agreed to pay €80m for Benfica youngster Renato Sanches, according to Record. They have published fresh reports that Man United are willing to pay €40m up front for Sanches with another €40m in bonuses and they support O Jogo’s claims Benfica’s president Luís Filipe Vieira was in Manchester this week to finalise negotiations over the 18-year-old.

Sky Sports News are reporting that no agreement has been reached between Man United and Jose Mourinho over the manager’s job at Old Trafford. The former Chelsea and boss is supposedly keen on the post should United look to replace Louis van Gaal in the summer, they suggest Ed Woodward is still mulling over whether the Dutchman will see out the remaining 12 months of his three-year contract.

MailOnline are suggesting that Man United have confirmed their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s £70m-rated striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of the summer transfer window. Aubameyang has enjoyed a sparkling campaign for Dortmund this term, scoring 34 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga side.

Adnan Januzaj has named Luke Shaw as the hardest defender he has ever faced. Shaw started off this season in magnificent form having undergone an intense pre-season training regime and was one of our best players in the early part of this campaign but a cruel injury away at PSV Eindhoven scuppered his chances of having a breakthrough year with Man United.