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.” 

Aug 23 2016

Manchester United coach attacks his own players


As Manchester United reserves lost 0-2 to Southampton counterparts, coach Warren Joyce has launched scathing attack on his players, seriously questioning their commitment.

As Joe Riley deflected  a Josh Sims shot and Jack Stephens headed a corner, the Red Devils lost to the Saints in their reserves’ match, prompting coach Joyce to brand his players ‘deluded’ and ambition-less. The coach, being quite damning on the Under-23 players, said that he was ’embarrassed’ by them.

Renowned for nurturing  and having an eye for young talents, Joyce  was appointed Reserves’ full time  coach back in 2010. Since  he has superintended the buildout of umpteen players with internationals James Chester and Craig Cathcart of Euro 2016 fame, the highly-rated Burnley defender Michael Keane, Leiceter City’s title-winners Danny Drinkwater and Simpson and a certain Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard being the most distinguished ones.

In post match interview with MUTV, infuriated Joyce said: “I certainly thought we didn’t look like we had a method to our play, with and without the ball.”

“We looked like a group of individuals just thrown together, but that can be too easy, because you can still have a desire and still have a passion to play for Manchester United.”

“It’s not the first time that I’ve actually said to this group straight after the game ‘You’re actually embarrassed – the way we’ve played,’ it’s probably the third time in the pre-season games.”

“So it’s a situation where it’s not an automatic thing at this place that players just go on and be successful, as they have been in the last few years, where if they’re not good enough to play for Manchester United they drift into leagues and have successful careers.”

“This group are almost deluded really, as to where they’re at. And there is certainly a lot of hard work to be put in during the coming season to keep our head above water, really.”

“You want your team to have the personality of yourself, so that’s why it’s frustrating for myself really,” Joyce added. “I think I’ve got a little bit more ambition than some of them they have for them to have successful careers.”

“There’s one or two who have been in and around the group, while not necessarily in the team, for a while now, and they’ve got to look at the players that have gone in the past and what they’ve had and what they’ve given and what they’ve done, and how much desire and drive they have to play for the club and try to play for the first-team.”

“There’s no shame in not quite being good enough to play for Manchester United but you can’t be deluded and think you’re further along than you are as well. We were second best by a long way.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger  did not feature and with the departures of Ashley Fletcher and James Wilson on loan, the reserves team was really weak. But probably the tongue lashing of Joyce would egg the young ones on.

Aug 22 2016

Photo: Manchester United confirm defender transfer

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Manchester United have confirmed their defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has left Old Trafford temporarily and completed a loan switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the 2016-17 season.

The 19-year-old came up through the ranks of the Red Devils’ youth system and was one of the star players for United’s Under-21 side in the last season. His form saw being voted as United’s Under-21 Player of the Year earlier in May.

Under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, Borthwick-Jackson was handed the first team debut due to the lack of options in the left-back position. Luke Shaw suffered a horrific injury, which kept him out of action for the majority of the previous campaign.

The left-back made 14 appearances for the Premier League giants and following the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Borthwick-Jackson signed a new deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Talented Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan for the rest of the 2016/17 season.”

“The Mancunian played in the Reserves’ first Premier League 2 game of 2016/17, against Leicester City, and will now link up with Walter Zenga’s side at Molineux as he bids to gain more first-team experience.”

Wolves are in the Championship and Borthwick-Jackson will be looking to gain first team experience and also help them make it to the Premier League next season.

Aug 22 2016

€100m Manchester United transfer target hints at Premier League move


The influx of world class superstars at Manchester United is unlikely to end it seems, as France and Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann has probably hinted that he would fancy a move to Old Trafford in the future.

The 25-year-old signed a contract extension and a new deal will keep him with his current employers until the summer of 2021. He is unlikely to leave the La Liga giants this summer, but could be open to a move to England’s top flight club competition in the future. 

Griezmann has revealed that his childhood idol has been the United legend, David Beckham and the Atletico striker wears No 7 because of the former England international. He also says that he will ponder over coming to Premier League in future, following the footsteps of Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Sergio Aguero- the yesteryear superstar strikers at the Spanish capital club.

Following the Euro Final heartburn and the inception of new season, in an interview with The Guardian, the forward revealed Beckham’s impact, saying: ”I liked him a lot. He was my idol. That’s why I wear a long-sleeved jersey and wear the No7.”

Griezmann also says he will certainly think about a Premier League move in future; ”Yes, why not?,” he answered when being asked about a switch to the Premier League.  If I am out of contract with Atletico I would ask myself that question.” 

On his current team, Atletico, Griezmann said: ”We live well. Personally, it is a club that can bring titles. I really have no desire to go to another club. I want to win titles with Atletico.”

”It’s not a personal mission to win La Liga but I want it very badly. We have strong desire to win both La Liga and the Champions League and I am going to give my all to help my team to succeed. This season I hope we will be better more than ever.”

The forward, who found the net 32 times in 54 games for the club last season, also says that he wants to win La Liga with the Madrid based side.

Griezmann has signed a new extended contract with the club, committing his future to the La Liga club until 2021 and as confirmed by Spanish outlet AS, his release clause stands out at €100 million.

It is certainly not the problem with United and providing the star selling history of Atletico, do not be surprised if Griezmann is seen in Red Devil’s attire, more so because Zlatan Ibrahimovic is at United for two years only ( as confirmed by Mourinho) and Wayne Rooney being at the wrong side of 30. 



Aug 22 2016

Manchester United player makes shocking claim about his team-mate


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


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.”


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



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.


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

Paul Pogba

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

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