Aug 31 2016

Manchester United confirm striker sale

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Manchester United striker Will Keane has left the club to join Hull City on a permanent transfer, for an undisclosed fee.

The striker is believed to make the switch to KCOM Stadium in a bid to regular first team actions. The 23-year-old will join the side, who suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s side, courtesy to Marcus Rashford’s late goal in the stoppage time. 

The striker will play under the former United assistant manager Mike Phelan at Hull. He has signed a three year deal with the Tigers.

“Will Keane is joining Hull City on a permanent basis after the striker agreed a switch to the KCOM Stadium,” a statement on United’s official website read.

“Will, whose twin brother Mike is impressing with Burnley, links up with former Reds assistant manager Mike Phelan and will be out to prove his worth in the Premier League after signing a three-year contract with the Tigers. Everybody at United would like to wish him the very best of luck for the future,” it added.

Keane was the leading the line in 2011 FA Youth Cup winning side that boasted of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison. Despite being the attack spearhead back them, the player did not develop as expected, with his array of injuries to be largely blamed as he suffered major knee and groin injury setbacks, forcing him onto the sidelines.

Former manager Louis van Gaal   recalled the number nine from Preston North End to galvanize the attack amidst  an injury crisis at Old Trafford last season.

But another injury against Shrewsbury in his second game for the Red Devils curtailed his season that term and with a number of quality forwards at his disposal, current manager Mourinho has decided to offload him, as the new boss continues his squad trimming.

On his transfer from United, Keane said: “I’m really excited. For me, it’s a fresh start and a new challenge so I’m looking forward to coming here and getting underway.”

“I’m 23 now so I wanted to come here on a permanent deal and get settled. My aim is to play as many games as possible and get a real run of games hopefully to help the team do well.”


Aug 30 2016

City star Aguero charged by FA, could miss Manchester United clash

Sergio Aguero

The Football Association (FA) have confirmed they have charged Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero for an alleged act of violent conduct for his incident during his side’s 3-1 victory over West Ham United.

The Argentine international was involved in an incident where he punched the Hammers player Winston Reid with elbow in the 76th minute of the match at the Etihad last weekend. The former Atletico Madrid star’s behaviour was caught on camera, but was not noticed by match referee Andre Mariner.

However, the video replay shows that Aguero has been guilty and City star has until 6pm on August 31 to respond to those charges.

A statement on the FA’s official website read, ” Sergio Aguero has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.”

“The Manchester City forward was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 76th minute of the game on Sunday [28 August 2016]. He has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August to reply.”

“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite match officials.

“Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”

According to the Mirror, Aguero could be slapped with a three match ban for his violent conduct. This means City star striker will miss the Manchester derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford after the international break on 10 September.

 

 

Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/governance/2016/aug/sergio-aguero-charged-manchester-city-west-ham-united#L7b2T0QKRF2CRrs8.99


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.


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Aug 27 2016

Hull City vs Manchester United: Confirmed XI

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The last Premier League match on 27 August, Saturday will see Jose Mourinho takes his side to the Kingston Communications Stadium, where Manchester United will face Hull City in the third league tie.

Both the Red Devils and the Tigers have managed to win the first two matches, taking their overall competitions to three wins. United started with a 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Community Shield, while Hull defeated Exeter City in the EFL Cup.

United registered a 2-0 victory over Southampton in the last fixture, which saw summer signing Paul Pogba make his full debut for the Premier League giants. The France international is likely to retain his place in the starting lineup against Hull on Saturday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovi? has scored four goals in three matches and the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain striker will lead United’s attack as he looks to continue his scoring streak.

The confirmed lineups are given below:

Hull City

Confirmed XI:Jakupovic, Robertson, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Hernandez, Snodgrass, Clucas, Livermore, Diomande, Elmohamady

Manchester United

Confirmed XI:De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Pogba; Mata, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic


Aug 27 2016

Manchester United confirm loan deal for Brazilian star

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Manchester United have confirmed their midfielder  Andreas Pereira has joined  La Liga side Granada on a season-long loan switch.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Manchester United midfield prospect Andreas Pereira is set for a loan switch to Granada in La Liga after the two clubs agreed on a season-long transfer.”

The talented Brazilian Under-23 international is set to see out  the campaign  with Paco Jemez’s side and will  have  the first team game time, which is pivotal to his development.

After appearing 13 times for the senior team under Louis van Gaal, the 20-year-old marked his name in the score sheet in current boss Jose Mourinho’s  first pre-season friendly at Wigan Athletic.

Pereira is touted to have a bright future and is expected to hack it at United in future. The creative midfielder signed for United from PSV Eindhoven in July 2012.

One of the  most talented prospects, Pereira signed a new improved contract  on 1st May, 2015, making him a United player  until 2018, with an option for an extension of one more year.

“I love Andreas Pereira as a player and I would love to have him in my squad.  But he will go to Granada,” United manager explained.

Take a look at Pereira pictures at Granada training:

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Aug 27 2016

Mourinho launches attack on top Manchester United star

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken a jibe at Bastian Schweinsteiger and trolled his former club Bayern Munich in his own style.

Marked with the anchored float of unsettling rumours of his uncertain Old Trafford future, veteran German midfielder  vowed that United will be his last club in Europe, as he issued this message on his official twitter account.

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Schweinsteiger was even linked with a move to the Major League Soccer, but the experienced midfielder committed his future to United. But Mourinho does not seem to be very impressed with the idea, as he has openly stated that the 32-year-old can stay at the club to see through his remaining two years of contract, but he will not probably play. Not only this, the boss said that even the academy young midfielders will also be higher in the pecking order than Schweinsteiger.

The international friendly with Finland is going to be Schweinsteiger’s final appearance for Germany. The public tonguelash of Mourinho, might well be a ploy to offload the star, who is on a staggering £200,000-a-week wage.

Even Bayern Munich could not evade Mourinho’s sarcasmic wrath, as the gaffer mocked them for not following up their rumoured interest in capturing their ex-skipper on the silhouette of vast censure in Germany that he has treated the star disrespectfully.

”I think it’s very difficult for Schweinsteiger to play this season. I’m not saying it’s impossible. I’m saying it’s very difficult. We have a decision made about Pogba, Herrera, Scheniderlin, Fellaini and Carrick. That’s five players for two positions. It’s very, very difficult that an opportunity will arise,” Mourinho explained.

“If we have any kind of problem or opportunity. I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to accelerate their process by bringing them up.”

“I have spoken to him about it. I cannot answer for him. It’s his life. It’s his career. He has a contract with Man United and he has a right to make that decision and stay. That’s not a problem for us.”

”Football is made of decisions. I did that all my career. Not just me, everyone does. Some players react in a different way and have those kind of decisions. To be honest Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave this last statement, which he is free to do in an objective and polite way like he did.”

“No problems at all. I thought after I read some quotes from people at Bayern Munich that they would run to Manchester to bring him back, but no, it did not happen.” – concluded United manager on Schweinsteiger issue


Aug 26 2016

Mourinho opens up about possibility of Manchester United completing fifth signing

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After the completions of much vaunted, much anticipated summer transfers to Manchester United, of high profile stars like Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Eric Bailly being the icing on the cake, manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that a ”quiet” wrap up of this transfer window is to be expected.

As the transfer window is coming to an end, Mourinho says he expects a ”very quiet” final few days in the transfer arena, with the Red Devils boss being content with the squad he has at his disposal.

During recent days, Southampton defender Jose Fonte has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, reports the Manchester Evening News. The Portuguese international was set to become United’s fifth signing of the summer transfer window. But today’s Mourinho quotes have poured cold water on these speculations.

United helmsman Mourinho has said today in his presser: “I have 23 players in the squad and in principle there is nobody leaving and nobody is coming.”

“Twenty-three players is more than enough and, if you have a problem or an opportunity, then I have a few young players in the Academy that I will be more than happy to give an acceleration in their process.”

“I like Cameron Borthwick-Jackson very much but he will go to Wolverhampton to play [on loan] because I have Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind to play left-back. These are the kind of decisions every club makes.”

“I think we are going to have a very quiet week, not surrounded by helicopters waiting for someone to arrive or leave – I am more than happy with the squad I have.”

Whether these quotes are sugarcoated because of Mourinho’s rumoured failure to lure Raphael Varane to United or the boss is indeed happy with the existing squad, one can never know. But, the squad depth and squad management under ‘The Special One’ have indeed been special, as the Portuguese made shrewd signings, as well as made clever loan moves.


Aug 23 2016

Photo: Manchester United confirm defender’s permanent transfer

Tyler Blackett

Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett has completed his transfer to Reading on a permanent deal on Monday, August 22.

The 22-year-old came up through the ranks of the club’s youth system and was given a first team debut two years ago when Louis van Gaal was the manager. He was a regular inclusion in the starting lineup at the start of the 2014/15 season, but saw his first team opportunities limited in the previous campaign.

The Red Devils have confirmed the transfer on their official website. A statement read, ” Young defender Tyler Blackett has completed a transfer from Manchester United to Reading, the Championship club managed by Treble-winner and Reds legend Jaap Stam.”

The left back (with left centre-back being his auxiliary position) departed from Old Trafford and joining Reading, where he signed a four-year deal.  The fee is officially  undisclosed though, it is reportedly believed to be around £5 million. Blackett is going to be managed by  United legend Jaap Stam at the Championship side.

A statement on Reading’s official website read, “We are delighted to confirm that Tyler Blackett has today signed a four-year contract with Reading Football Club, joining the Royals on a permanent deal from Manchester United. “

After his unsuccessful loan spell at Celtic last season, where he managed to make only eight appearances in six months, he would be keen for  upturn of fortunes.

As United legend and Reading manager Stam completed his eleventh signing this summer with the arrival of Blackett, he told Reading’s official website, as reported by The Guardian: ”As we know, Tyler is a talented defender who has played for United’s first team.”

“He can play as a left-back or a left-sided centre-back. He has got great potential in the sense that he is quick and athletic, defensively he is strong and he is good at set pieces. As a defender he can go and play high up the pitch as well and that is what we need in the squad.” 



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