Sep 09 2016

Manchester United handed massive injury boost for Manchester City clash

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Manchester United have been handed a massive injury boost after confirming that the Red Devils do not have any injury worries for the upcoming derby clash against Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola will take his men to Old Trafford on Saturday as the Premier League football returns after the international break. Summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan suffered an injury while in action for Armenia against the Czech Republic, while Luke Shaw was withdrawn from England squad.

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder missed his national’s side World Cup qualifiers and his participation in the derby was doubtful.

In addition to this Antonio Valencia’s participation for the City fixture was doubtful as the full-back was set to return from his time with Ecuador duties just a day before the league tie.

However, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager has confirmed he has fully fit squad. Mourinho also suggested that the Armenian international is fit to face their local rivals, but is unlikely to play the full 90 minutes.

“Everybody is available. It’s not the same as if we were here all week and working, resting and not travelling, but there are no injuries and everybody has returned safely and on time for at least one training session. Everybody is ready and wants to play of course,” Mourinho told United’s official website.

“I’m not saying Micki is ready to play 90 minutes but he is ready to help us,” revealed the manager in relation to the Armenia captain, who hurt his thigh while representing his country. “There are no injuries.”


Sep 08 2016

Chief backs Manchester United star to be as good as Arsenal legend

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Manchester United Head of Academy Nickyy Butt believes Marcus Rashford can go on to become as good as Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

The former France international was instrumental during his time at the north London club and was also impressive for his national side. Butt believes the 18-year-old new Red Devils star can go on to develop to become as good as the ex-Gunners star.

Rashford was given a first team debut by Louis van Gaal earlier in February. He impressed as he finished the previous season on a high, which saw him being included in England’s squad for the European championship. Despite the Three Lions’ disappointing performance in France, the teenager was one of the few bright spots in the tournament.

“Yes. Blistering pace. When Marcus runs at you, you can’t stop him,” Butt told The Times, when he was aksed if he would compare his style to that of Henry.

Butt also went on to suggest that Rashford started out on the wide left and believes he can excel in that position under the guidance of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

“He wasn’t a centre forward as a youngster; he probably developed into that more out of necessity last season than design. He actually was on the left. I believe his best position is off the side,” the former United midfielder explained.

“Until he gets his physicality about him he’s going to find it very hard to play up against some of these centre-halves. It depends how the manager [Jose Mourinho] is going to play; if he plays a Michael Carrick, who can clip balls in for Marcus to run on to, then it’s all different, he can run in behind all day.”


Sep 07 2016

Manchester United star beats Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bag club award

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Manchester United summer signing Eric Bailly has managed to beat  Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daley Blind to bag the club’s Player of the Month award for August.

The 22-year-old was Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford as the central defender completed his switch to Old Trafford from Villarreal. He was followed the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain striker to the Premier League.

Ibrahimovic has scored four goals in four matches, which includes a winner in United’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City and a brace against Southampton in the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

However, the Swedish star failed to beat Bailly after the Ivory Coast international was voted by several fans – via Twitter and United’s official website. Bailly bagged 55 percent of vote and was 18 percent ahead of Ibrahimovic. The Dutch international had 8 percent and was third, behind his centre-back partner and the striker.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Eric Bailly is the convincing winner of Manchester United’s first Player of the Month award for the new season.”

“The Ivory Coast international has made an instant impact at Old Trafford and earned the Man-of-the-Match accolade in three of the Reds’ four games last month, only missing out when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was star man in the 2-0 win over Southampton.

“Thousands of supporters cast their votes on Twitter and ManUtd.com with the 22-year-old beating off competition from fellow summer signing Ibrahimovic (37 per cent) and his defensive partner Daley Blind (8 per cent) to land the trophy with 55 per cent of the overall tally.”


Sep 03 2016

Injury update of Manchester United star prior to Manchester Derby against City

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Manchester United attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to miss the Manchester Derby of 10th September against Manchester City through injury, going by statement released by Armenian Football Association.

The Armenian international suffered the injury owing to an off the ball collision with Czech Republic defender Marek Suchy, when the two countries locked horns in their international friendly fixture, which saw Armenia getting defeated 3-0 to Czech Republic. Mkhitaryan, who was subbed off immediately after the collision will also miss the tie against Denmark tomorrow.

The statement on Mkhitaryan’s injury update, released by Armenian FA, confirming that the attacking midfielder has suffered a thigh muscle injury, that will require seven to ten days to heal , means the player would be cutting it tight to make it to the much anticipated Manchester Derby.

As reported by Sky Sports, the 27 year old will now return to Carrington to be assessed by United’s medical staff ahead of the big game at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The statement released by the Armenian FA read: ”As reported, senior national team captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan received an injury against Czech Republic and as a result was unable to continue the match.”

“Mkhitaryan has had a medical examination in a clinic in Mlada Boleslav. Unfortunately, the results are not encouraging.”

“Mkhitaryan was found to have an injury in the lower third of the left thigh muscle. Such injuries usually require a week to 10 days to heal, which means that Mkhitaryan will miss the Denmark-Armenia match on September 4.”

Just when Mkhitaryan was getting his match rhythm, his injury diagnosis has made him doubtful for the derby as the player is facing a race against time to get fit. Manchester City will also be without the services of their mercurial striker Sergio Aguero.

Here is Mkhitaryan’s message to the  United fans on his injury

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“My dear fans, I appreciate much that you worry about me, thank you! I’m now back in Manchester for treatment and hope to be fit very soon!” the player tweeted.

“I wish my Arm. teammates a successful start of the #WorldCup2018 campaign. As NT’s Captain, I expect a fighting spirit as always #GoArmenia.” 


Sep 01 2016

Manchester United confirm Tottenham youth coach’s appointment

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Manchester United have confirmed that Kieran McKenna has been appointed as the club’s new Under-18 coach on Thursday, September 1.

He started out as a midfielder with Enniskillen Town, before he signed for Tottenham Hotspur. However, a hip injury forced him to end his playing career and he moved to take the coaching role at the north London club.

Paul McGuinness left the role at United in February and that was vacant, which will now be filled by McKenna. He signed for the 20-time English champions from rivals Tottenham.

United Under-18 side will take on Middlesbrough in the upcoming clash on Saturday. That will be McKenna’s first game in charge and he will be seen in the dug-out for the first time with his new club.

McKenna’s former club Tottenham knocked United out of the 2015 FA Youth Cup, which they lost to Chelsea in the semi-final.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Kieran McKenna has been confirmed as Manchester United’s new Under-18 coach.”

McKenna, who is a boyhood United fan is delighted to have completed his move as he has already started working with the Red Devils’ youngsters.

“It’s been excellent. I’ve been here about a week now, getting to know the staff, the players and everyone in the building. Everyone has been very welcoming and it helps that I knew quite a few of the staff already and had a good relationship with some of the people here,” McKenna told MUTV.

“I feel I’ve slotted in very quickly and the work with the boys on the grass has all gone extremely well so it’s been very smooth so far.

“I was involved with Tottenham since a 14-year-old lad coming across from Ireland to train with the youth team there,” he added. “I was full time since 16 and had seven fantastic years as a player. Obviously, the last couple were heavily disrupted by injury and I finished my playing career at 23 years old.

“I learned a lot and Tottenham have had a lot of success with Academy and I’m sure they will continue to do so now. To go to Manchester United, there is no bigger move you can make, it’s another fantastic Academy and it’s a dream come true really. I was a massive United fan, my dad brought me over to my first game in the 1994 season to see them lift the Premier League trophy.”

 

 


Sep 01 2016

Manchester United star doubtful for Manchester City clash

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Ahead of the much vaunted Manchester Derby, Manchester United were struck with an injury blow as attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was forced off in the first half with rib injury on his international duty.

In Armenia’s friendly clash against the Czech Republic, the 27-year-old suffered a rib injury and was subbed off. United will be warily, waiting for his injury status report to come. Mkhitaryan  had a collision with the Czech Republic and Basel defender Marek Sukhy.

According to reports, the substitution was  precautionary  ahead of Armenia’s World Cup qualifier with Denmark on Sunday, which the midfielder is likely to play. He signed for United from Borussia Dortmund in the recently concluded summer transfer window. Mkhitaryan is yet to start for the Premier League giants, since making a switch to Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan starred for United after coming from the bench in his side’s 1-0 win over Hull City. His form saw him he could make it to the starting lineup for the clash against Pep Guardiola’s side. 

Jose Mourinho would probably love to throw Mkhitaryan into the mix against City, as his pace, directness and skill can cause havoc for the opposition’s defence. United and their fans would be on bated breath, waiting for the assessment of the injury.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the injury is not serious and the player is hoping to take part in Armenia’s clash against Denmark. Going by the report, being asked on chances of his availability in their first 2018 World Cup qualifier match, Mkhitaryan answered: “I hope so.”

Sky Sports has reported that  Mkhitaryan is a doubt to be part of United squad for the Manchester derby due to a knee injury, caused by the off-the-ball collision with Sukhy. Marouane Fellaini may also miss the derby on September 10 with a back injury, though the midfielder has joined Belgium squad.

Mourinho confirmed that the former Everton suffered a “bad” injury following his side’s third league win over Hull. Fellaini’s involvement for the derby is something that still needs to be assessed. A section of United fans will be hoping the Belgium international could be fit enough to start against City.

 


Sep 01 2016

Manchester United allow goalkeeper to leave Old Trafford on loan

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Manchester United Under-21 goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira has completed a season long loan move to Belenenses in Portugal.

The 20-year-old man between the woods, is departing from  the club second time on the trot on loan, after playing for Rochdale in the 2015-16 season.

Pereira, who was included in Portugal’s Olympic squad as well, was on the substitue’s list in the senior team’s Europa League clash triumph over FC Midtjylland back in February. The goalkeeper was vice captain for Under-21s, when the rookie Red Devils won the title at  White Hart Lane in May earlier this year.

As 26 year old Ricardo Ribeiro left Belenenses this  window,the Lisbon based club’s hunt for new goalie saw them capturing the young United prospect. Reportedly, Belenenses has no option to buy the keeper, as they secured only temporary move.

“Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira has agreed a loan move to Belenenses in the Reds’ final piece of business on transfer deadline day,” a statement read on United’s official website.

“The 20-year-old, who was part of Portugal’s Olympic squad, is leaving Old Trafford for the second time on a temporary basis after representing Rochdale last term.

“Pereira was on the bench for the first team’s Europa League win over Midtjylland in February and deputised for James Weir as Under-21s captain when the young Reds clinched the title at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane in May.

“Ricardo Ribeiro left Belenenses in the summer and the Lisbon-based club’s search for a new goalkeeper led them to pull off a late swoop for the United man.”

With David De Gea being arguably the best goalkeeper of the Premier League, if not in the world, the first team chances of Pereira were minuscule. So the move makes sense. 


Sep 01 2016

Manchester United confirm English midfielder’s sale on deadline day

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Manchester United have allowed their midfielder James Weir leave the club on the  deadline day transfer. The midfielder has joined Hull City on a three-year contract, becoming the  second player within a week to move from the Red Devils to the KCOM Stadium after the departure of Will Keane from Old Trafford.

The midfielder, who has spent last eight years at Old Trafford has secured move to KCOM Stadium. He will be playing under the former United assistant manager Mike Phelan.

Weir has signed a three-year contract, as the Tigers have continued their transfer dash with  Dieumerci Mbokani being the most hyped capture.

“James Weir has joined Hull City from Manchester United in a deadline-day departure, signing a three-year contract with the Tigers,” a statement read on United’s official website.

“Wednesday night’s transfer means Weir has followed his United Under-21s colleague Will Keane in making a permanent switch to Hull, the club where former Reds coach Mike Phelan is the caretaker manager. Everybody at Manchester United wishes James well for the future.”

Weir, who left the club on undisclosed fee, also marked his name in first team substitute sheet, though unused,  seven times under former manager Louis van Gaal. Though he continued to catch eyes in Warren Joyce’s Under-21s side, that won the title in White Hart Lane. The creative midfielder deputised the young guns and finished the term  with six goals. He has one first team appearance to his name when he came on as a substitute in United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford earlier this year.

Talking to the Hull City’s official website, Weir said: “It’s an important time in my career and I think every player of my age wants to try and start playing regular first team football.” 

“I couldn’t be happier to join Hull and really get my career started. The key thing for me is that I can be a regular part of the first team squad here and I hope I can help as the club continues to move forward.”

“I’m just looking forward to cracking on now and getting started here. It will be an exciting time once the international break is over and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the lads.”

“I can play in a few positions in midfield, which is a good asset of my game. I can play in the centre, off the striker or on the right or left. Hopefully I can contribute with some goals and assists as I like to be creative, but I also don’t mind putting my foot in when needed.” 



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