Aug 22 2016

Manchester United player makes shocking claim about his team-mate

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With the mojo  of superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba hogging the entire limelight onto them, there is another Manchester United star, who is silently impressing the Red Devils fans and team mates alike. That’s Antonio Valencia for you and his team mate Ander Herrera has hailed him as the ”Best right-back in the world” in an interview with MUTV.

Herrera has hailed Valencia as the best right back in the world, also claiming that the 31-year-old belongs to the same bracket as ex-Barcelona fullback Dani Alves, who is now at Juventus.

In his eighth season at Old Trafford, the winger turned full-back seems to thrive under new manager Jose Mourinho as not only his defending, but more notably his pinpoint crosses and meticulous deliveries are catching everyone’s eye as he registered three assists in United’s pre-season game against Galatasaray.

Carrying his sublime form, Valencia provided assist to Ibrahimovic’s Community Shield winning goal. Proving to be still a bullet, Valencia played pivotal part in Rooney’s goal against Bournemouth. In Southampton match, the former Wigan Athletic man had the figures of 89% pass accuracy, four blocks, three take-ons, three clearances  and two interceptions.

Talking to MUTV, Herrera said: ”I know him and have always liked the way he plays. I know he’s not a normal right-back because he used to play as a winger, but I think that, right now, he is the best right-back in the world, maybe with Dani Alves, because I like Dani Alves a lot. I think Antonio is one of the best right-backs in the world.”

”When you have a right-back who is quick to defend and he is crossing maybe six or seven times a game, always or almost always successfully, then he understands the football. When I have the ball, I know that Antonio’s always ready to receive it, always to give you one solution.”

”I think he’s going to be very important this season. He has already been very important for the club, he has already been here eight years, but I think I told you at the end of the last season something good is being cooked and everyone wants to be part of that.”

While Valencia is certainly a top class right-back but branding the Ecuador international as the best in the world, is a little bit over the top, one may feel.


Aug 22 2016

Manchester United complete loan deal for striker, defender transfer close: Report

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Manchester United have confirmed that the Red Devils and Derby County have reached an agreement for  young striker James Wilson of completing a season long loan move at the Championship side.

Soon after joining the  United youth academy, Wilson made his professional debut for United Under-18s against West Bromwich Albion. Being plagued with ankle injury soon, he had to wait till next season to show his calibre. Became Under 18s highest scorer with 14 goals in  18 league matches.

Having been made the captain of Under-18s, 2013-14 season saw him scoring nine goals in ten appearances, including five goals in six games in the UEFA Youth League. This earned him his dream United debut under club legend Ryan Giggs at the fag end  of that season. He scored a brace against Hull  at Old Trafford.

Wilson saw his game time limited in 2015/16, under Louis van Gaal and the England Under-21s were  sent on loan deals to Brighton & Hove Albion.

With United having quality strikers in abundance with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rahford at their repertoire, it is for the best interest of both parties to send the academy graduate on a loan move, getting him regular starts.

United have stated: ”Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish James good luck for this season.”

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United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is all set to join Wolves on a season long loan deal, according to Di Marzio.

As reported, Wolves director Andrea Butti was in attendance at Old Trafford when United beat Southampton. He is looking to seal the deal and his relationship with  Jose Mourinho helped engineering the move.

The versatile left-footed defender(can play as left-back, left centre-back) signed a  four year contract this year after impressive season, which saw him bad the Under-21 Player of the Year.

Borthwick-Jackson missed  United’s pre-season tour with  groin injury, which  may well has triggered his loan move to the Championship side.

United have Luke Shaw as the first choice player in that position. In addition to this, Mourinho has Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind as a back up in that position. A loan move is best for Borthwick-Jackson in order to get some playing time and experience. 


Aug 20 2016

Player ratings: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

 

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 36th minute header and 52nd minute penalty saw Manchester United through, as they retained the top spot in the Premier League table. Southampton saw more of the ball though, as they dominated ball possession with 57% . 

United made four on target goal attempts, while the Saints had one. Also the Red Devils got four corners, whereas Southampton got none.

Let’s take a look at how the United players fared:

David de Gea 7: The Spanish player barely had to touch the ball as United’s defense was impressively organised. De Gea has hardly had to do anything , looks like he finally  isn’t carrying the Red Devils on his shoulders week in week out. His distribution was really good as usual.

Antonio Valencia 8: Valencia looks to be back into his old form , as the  fullback seemed rejuvenated with Mourinho’s arrival. The workhorse through the right flank made  32 accurate passes, three completed Take-ons, one Tackle , five Ball recoveries , two Interceptions and one Block.

Eric Bailly 8: Another commanding display, infused pace in the United back line.  93.3% pass accuracy, 9 clearances and 4 interceptions speak volumes. Old school clearance and proper forwarding centre back.

Daley Blind 7: Decent partnership is blossoming between Bailly and Blind. Game reading and vision was immense.

Luke Shaw 8: In the off day of Anthony Martial, Shaw looked more threatening through the left channel and earned the penalty. Brilliant performance, furnished directness in the left.

Marouane Fellaini 7: As Mourinho said his phone call to Fellaini has instilled confidence in the player, another decent performance as holding midfielder proved likewise. Made 40 accurate passes among attempted 46. Kept things simple, astute display. Composed, no rash challenges.

Paul Pogba 8.5: Took time to settle in, but soon showed why United paid a fortune for him.  Audacious passes, dynamism was at full display, as the provided the extra edge in the attack. Made most  touches (103), most key passes(2), most shots (4), most dribbles (8) and most interceptions (5) in the game. Impressive second debut.

Juan Mata 7: Offered pace but disrupted United’s attacking advances at times. He  beat players and laid off a nice pass at times. Was decent at defensive contributions though: 100% aerial duels won,100% tackles won, made 4 clearances,2 blocks and 1 interception.

Wayne Rooney 6: Made superb cross to assist Zlatan in his first goal, perfect out-swinger to latch onto. A  blooming Rooney-Ibrahimovic partnership is on the cards. Matured and composed display.

Anthony Martial 5: Looked poor, went into the Euros in excellent form but his confidence probably got knocked after being subbed off  in their 2nd match. Squandered a good chance in second half. Raced into the areas but failed to take them and lacked  sharpness in the box.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 9: His header and United’s opener reminded Shearer in his prime. Scored another as he converted from the spot. Man of the Match. Made 48 touches, covered 9.33km, took 3 shots and scored 2 goals. Class.

Subs

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6.5: Showed class and nice touches in last 20 minutes. Needs to start.

Ander Herrera 5: Average.

 

 


Aug 19 2016

Manchester United v Southampton: Confirmed XI, Pogba starts

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Manchester United will play their first Premier League match of the 2016-17 season at Old Trafford when the Red Devils will take on Southampton on August 19, Friday.

This will United’s new manager Jose Mourinho’s first official game in charge in front of the home fans, since he was appointed as their manager in May. The fans at Old Trafford have been not used to enjoying attractive football in the last season, when Louis van Gaal was the manager.

United have added four new faces to the squad. The list includes the likes of defender Eric Bailly, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovi?, playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and midfielder Paul Pogba.

It should be seen how many of these four would start for the Premier League giants when they face South Coast club on a Friday evening. In the previous match, United won 3-1 against AFC Bournemouth and Mourinho will be targeting another win over Southampton, who also have a new manager, Claude Puel.

The confirmed XI are given below:

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

Southampton XI: Forster, Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Targett, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Davis, Tadic, Redmond, Long


Aug 18 2016

Mourinho explains Manchester United transfer plans after Pogba capture

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that his side are open to completing transfers in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils have already added four new faces to their side in the current window. The list includes the likes of central defender Eric Bailly, star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and midfielder Paul Pogba. The France international rejoined his former club from Juventus for a world-record fee of £89 million earlier this month.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager was attending his pre-match press conference on Thursday as United prepare for their first home game against Southampton at Old Trafford on Friday, August 19. In his first press conference as the manager of the Premier League giants, Mourinho admitted that he is targeting four specialists signings, something he and his club have achieved this summer.

United boss admitted that he is content with the business done so far, but refused to suggest that his have concluded the business in this window.

“The market is open until 31 August, but I am very happy with the players I have. I keep saying that I don’t talk about players from other clubs,” Mourinho explained, as reported by United’s official website.

United started the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth. He is now preparing for his first match at Old Trafford and Mourinho has admitted that how his side can bring the fear factor back at Old Trafford.

“Not me, but the team, yes. The fans can also help. Everything starts there: the relationship between the team and the fans. If there is a connection then the factor of being really strong at home has to back. The way we play [will help] and if the fans play [a part] there’ll be no chance for the opponent,” United manager explained.


Aug 17 2016

Manchester United’s Mourinho urged to complete triple signing after Pogba capture

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been urged to completed three more signings in the summer transfer window by the former Red Devils defender Paul Parker.

The Premier League giants have already added four new faces, which includes the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba. The latter returned to Old Trafford from Juventus for a world-record transfer fee of £89 million.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager earlier admitted that he wanted four specialists in his team and with Pogba’s acquisition, he has completed that. However, Parker believes Mourinho’s side are still needs a central defender, midfielder and a striker in the current transfer window if they have to win the league this season.

“They still need a forward and a centre-half and another midfield player. Manchester United aren’t finished yet; they can’t be because that present squad just isn’t going to win the league and Mourinho is all about winning the league,” Parker told 888Sport.com.

United started the campaign with a 3-1 comfortable victory over AFC Bournemouth last Sunday. Parker believes it is difficult to judge whether his former club will finish in top four this campaign.

“Would you say United can even finish top four after what we saw in the Bournemouth game? I’d have to say not really,” he added.

“Liverpool look good and Arsenal will improve. Tottenham and Chelsea are hard to break down and will be in there.

“So United have some work to do between now and the end of August to bring in at least three players to guarantee a Champions League spot and maybe win the league.”


Aug 16 2016

Liverpool legend labels Manchester United star as rough diamond

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Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp has labelled Manchester United new star Eric Bailly as a “rough diamond” and has backed the defender to become a fan favourite at Old Trafford.

The Ivory Coast international became Jose Mourinho’s first signing since he was appointed as the Red Devils’ manager in May. He arrived in the Premier League from Villarreal and has started in all the matches, including the pre-season fixtures, the Community Shield and even the Premier League opener against AFC Bournemouth.

While on the pitch, Bailly has been impressive and his display in the first Premier League match of the 2016-17 season saw him bag the man of the match award as United sealed a 3-1 win at the Vitality Stadium. 

Redknapp has been closely following the centre-back since the pre-seasons and has been impressed with his playing style. He also added that his ability to move forward with the ball will help the midfielders at Old Trafford.

“I was so impressed with Bailly. He’s a rough diamond. We all make mistakes. He’s raw, he’s quick. I watched his first game against Wigan and he kept diving in and I thought he’s got a lot to work on,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“But he’s a midfielder’s dream because he can also play. He’ll pop the ball into midfield at times, he’s got great pace, he’s uncompromising. Man Utd fans are going to love him.

“He is a very, very good defender. He doesn’t mess around – when it’s got to go, he’ll kick it forward. He is very strong and could be money well spent.

“[He played] Alongside Daley Blind, who I also thought played very well today. Before the game, I thought they’d have problems with the front three of Bournemouth but they didn’t really. They were composed and I was very impressed with Bailly.”

Chris Smalling was suspended for the clash against Bournemouth. It should be seen whether the England international will partner Bailly in the heart of the back four for United or will he play alongside Blind in the upcoming fixtures.


Aug 14 2016

Mourinho explains how his strategy helped Manchester United to complete summer signings

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Jose Mourinho has expressed his delight after Manchester United’s transfer strategy paid off in the current summer window. He admitted that he analysed the Red Devils’ squad since he was sacked from his post at Chelsea last December and suggested how that helped the 53-year-old coach in completing his transfer business. 

The Red Devils have added four quality players this summer, which includes the likes of defender Eric Bailly, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovi?, playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and midfielder Paul Pogba.

Pogba, who left United as a free agent in 2012 rejoined them from Juventus for a world-record fee of £89 million and was the Old Trafford club’s fourth addition of the summer transfer window.

Despite not being in the Champions League, United were able to attract star players. They are arguably, if not the best, but one of the best in the respective leagues they played in the last season.

In his first press conference, Mourinho admitted that he wanted to bring in four players. The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager is delighted to have completed those business even before the start of the new season.

“First of all, I didn’t buy these players. I don’t have enough money to pay these amounts! Credit should go to the club and the potential the club has, not just financially, but in what the club means to the world of football, which helps attract players,” Mourinho explained, as quoted by United’s official website.

“I think I gave a contribution because I was very objective. I think some managers have doubts and find it difficult to decide. The clubs get the impression that you are not so sure on a signing. I was objective from day one.

“Of course, I have been in the country for many years  and was able to watch United many times from December, so I had an idea about the squad. When I arrived, I was ready to be objective and could say what I wanted to have and explain the numbers I wanted for each position. That way, if you could not get option one, you go for the second or third.

“Every time, I made a written report to the board, the board could feel consistency in the analysis,” he continued. “The targets were there on the table, so, after that, the club’s powers did everything. They were very strong, doing everything before the 14th. They could do it by 30 August, but no, they did everything much earlier. I am very happy with the market.” 



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