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

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:30 pm

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.


Mar 30 2016

Manchester United news round-up including Aubameyang, Ibrahimovic and Lukaku

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:30 pm

Manchester United news round-up including Aubameyang, Ibrahimovic and Lukaku

Here is the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.

Manchester United will face competition from Porto if they are to complete a deal for Braga midfielder Rafa Silva, according to reports. Man United are said to be keen admirers of the 22-year-old but Porto are also in the race to secure his services.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that the German club would only consider selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if they were offered at least £78m for his services. Aubameyang has enjoyed a remarkable campaign for Dortmund this term, scoring 32 goals in 36 appearances.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that he could retire at the end of the season if he does not receive a suitable offer following his exit from Paris Saint-Germain. The Swede is said to be the subject of interest from clubs such as Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal but he hinted that he could just retire altogether.

Lastly, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed that he understands why Romelu Lukaku would want to move to a club such as Man United. The player’s father recently claimed that his son should choose between a transfer to Man United or Bayern Munich. Wright insisted that Lukaku has more of a chance of making the “next step” in his career at Old Trafford.


Mar 28 2016

Could Rashford displace Rooney?


When Marcus Rashford slid the ball past Joe Hart in the derby it was the composed finished of a seasoned striker, not a teenager with less than a dozen senior appearances under his belt.

It’s safe to say Rashford has exploded onto the Premiership scene, with goals against bitter rivals City and Arsenal he could not have had a better start to his United career. Aside from the headline debut, Rashford’s name has been cited for an England call up, and news broke that his £500 a week salary has risen to a colossal £20,000.

With Wayne Rooney having a difficult season, struggling with both form and injuries, could the 18-year-old sensation really be a threat to the Manchester United skipper’s place in Van Gaal’s starting eleven?

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Mar 22 2016

United handed FA Cup date

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west-hams-emmanuel-emenike-tussles-with-guillermo-varela-of-manchester-unitedManchester United will face West Ham United in the replay of the FA Cup quarter finals on Wednesday 13th April at 7pm, with the winner set to face Everton at Wembley on Saturday 23rd April.

Ten days ago, the two sides drew 1-1 at Old Trafford, as a later Anthony Martial’s goal rescued a draw for United, who had gone behind after Dimitri Payet scored a superb free-kick.

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