Aug 08 2016

Manchester United season preview and expected challenges this season

Tag: Manchester United News @ 12:54 pm


We begin our 2016-17 Premier League season at Bournemouth on Sunday with more optimism among fans than at any point over the past three seasons since Sir Alex’s retirement.

The arrival of José Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovi?, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and imminent transfer of Paul Pogba has certainly got many fans excited.

Mourinho has already played down our chances of the title after finishing 5th last season and work to do strengthening the deference and getting goals out of the attackers.  The smart manager playing his mind games already!

Here’s a look at how far we can go this season:

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Aug 08 2016

Manchester United given permission to complete fourth summer signing

Manchester United have just confirmed that France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is set to undergo medical at AON training complex and have used the hashtag ”Pogback”. 

The Manchester Evening News have reported that the Serie A side Juventus  are in London for West Ham clash and their spokesman has confirmed the 23 year old midfielder has been allowed to go to Manchester to complete his transfer.

The official statement, released by United, regarding Pogba is: ”Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical in order to finalise his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.

The Red Devils got £800k for Pogba from Juventus back in 2012. They are about to re-sign him for more than £100 million, which would set a new transfer record, shrouding the £86 million transfer fee that Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur  for Gareth Bale back in 2013.

As quoted by BBC, Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager at the time when Pogba left the Red Devils in 2012, said on the player’s decision: “I don’t think he showed us any respect at all so, to be honest, I’m quite happy [he is leaving].” Pogba also expressed his unhappiness over the treatment from the Manchester club.

But as they say, letting go is knowing that there is a future, hopefully Pogba and United will go on to win many Titles and accolades.

Aug 06 2016

Report: Manchester United complete fourth summer signing

Paul Pogba

”Go to the Winchester, have a pint and wait for this all to blow over” – If we replace Winchester with Manchester and link it with the Paul Pogba saga, this famous Simon Pegg quote will immaculately depict the psyche of Manchester United fans.

Now the wait seems to over, as according to the Daily record, Pogba has signed for United in a mind-boggling  £110 million deal.

United and Juventus sources have reportedly told the Daily Record that the terms of this transfer were agreed back on Wednesday. The Serie A club’s asking price was £108.9 million for the France international, including a £83.8m payment to the Turin club and a further £25.1 million add-on to cover a 30 per cent sell-on clause owed to Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola.

The 23-year-old left Old Trafford as a free agent in 2012, despite the Red Devils’ attempts to keep him at the club. The Frenchman has established himself into one of the world class players, having impressed for both club and country. 

United manager Jose Mourinho has already admitted that his side are closing in on completing fourth summer signing and the Portuguese coach revealed that he wants it to be done before the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season. 

The Manchester Evening News have said  United could complete Pogba transfer over weekend though. According to Independent, Paul Pogba deal to be announced  by the Red Devils ‘once midfielder returns from holiday’.

Aug 06 2016

Timeline set for Manchester United to complete fourth summer signing

Paul Pogba looks pensive on United bench

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed the Red Devils will complete their fourth signing before the end of next week. This has hinted that Juventus star Paul Pogba could be edging closer towards completing a switch to England.

The 23-year-old left Old Trafford as a free agent four years ago and is currently one of the best midfielders in Europe. His form for both club and country has seen him attract interest from Jose Mourinho’s side.

Earlier, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager admitted that he is not willing to talk about players of other teams, when asked about Pogba rumours. The France international is a target for United and is linked with a world-record move to rejoin his former club.

The 2016-17 Premier League season will kick start next weekend and United will take on AFC Bournemouth in the first match of the new campaign. Mourinho remains hopeful that his side can complete their fourth signing of the summer transfer window before August 14.

“I don’t like to speak about other players. Other managers like to do that. What matters to me is only what happens in my house, not the house of my neighbour. Pogba is a Juventus player until officially he isn’t. It stays like this,” Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by ESPN FC.

“Honestly, the market closes on Aug. 31, but I think my club is trying to do everything to close our market before Aug. 14. So hopefully be next week we will have our squad closed.” 

Aug 05 2016

Photo: Manchester United star duo spotted in training prior to Leicester clash


Manchester United maanger Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chris Smalling and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are fit to face Leicester City in Sunday’s Community Shield fixture at Wembley.

The centre-half Smalling and centre-back cum defensive midfielder Fosu-Mensah were both snapped with the senior squad at the Aon Training Complex, today morning, after missing out the pre-season matches against Galatasaray  and Everton. 

Though Smalling was not at the best of his elements in the FA Cup final, the English-man is a vital cog in the wheel for United, as even in the pre-season games, he and a decent right-back were utterly missed. Fosu-Mensah has also donned full ground now.

“They are fine now,” Mourinho told MUTV. “They have recovered and they are training with the group as normal, so they are fine. Everybody needs minutes – that is the reality. We had so little time to play and Smalling is a player who has not even played one minute, but it is a little bit the same for everyone.”


Putting more light on the players’ attitude and approach in training, Mourinho said: “The reality is that they are working magnificently well, they are working really hard and I am really confident for the season because of the attitude they have. Of course we need time but in training they use every minute they have on the pitch to try to improve and adapt to new ideas. I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Though the ”Special one” does not have any more significant injury in his squad, the manager seems to get a bit of crack on his forehead in a bid to improve the match fitness of his players, who joined late in training, owing to their  international commitments this summer, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial, who joined first team training in the last week of July.

“One thing is to start five weeks ago like some of them and another thing is to start one week ago, it is completely different. But with the way we work we try to bring them on as fast as we can. I won’t say to top form but to a level where they are ready to compete,” United manager explained.

“That is the reality of modern football, especially when you are a team with a lot of players that go to the Euros and the Copa America. They come later, they don’t have enough holiday and we have to make them ready for the competition in a short period of time.”

“It is hard but this is what we have and complaining or crying is not the way to do it. The way to do is to work hard, like they are doing all the time.”

Aug 05 2016

Manchester United star thanks fans and Jose Mourinho

Wayne Rooney 2014

The Wayne Rooney testimonial at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Everton was played out to a nil-nil draw but the outstanding Rooney Mosaic, the Guard of Honour and the applause for Rooney depicted what the forward means to the club for last 12 years.

After match, Rooney thanked everyone for their support. The English veteran said to MUTV:”Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully there will be some more trophies to come.”

“I’d like to say to the Manchester United fans, I’ve had great success and hopefully there’s more to come.”

Manager Jose Mourinho payed homage to Rooney, talking to MUTV, the gaffer said: “He is my man, I think the best is yet to come. I see a guy who has huge motivation. I can say as everybody knows it – I tried to buy him. I always wanted him and finally I have him.”

The mercurial 34-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic poured his heart out, too. The Swedish striker said on Rooney: “Players come & go. Top players are coming & going but Rooney is still staying. I’m absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside Rooney. I think he’s had a fantastic career.”

“I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker & the team.”

Ex-United manager David Moyes, current England manager Sam Allardyce and Sir Alex Ferguson were in attendance too. The former Everton manager had some nice words to say on Rooney.

After 12 seasons of world class performances, Rooney deserves every bit of praise coming his way. Many would not care how dull the match was, the testimonial was about celebrating the England international and his fund raising for his selected charitable funds. 

Aug 04 2016

Bayern new star confirms Manchester United approach, says it was too late


Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson talked to him about United’s managerial job after his retirement, but it was ”too late”.

Ferguson stepped down from his post as the Red Devils manager after he guided United to their 20th league title in May 2013. The Scot was looking for candidates to replace him and the former Chelsea manager was considered for the post.

However, Ancelotti had already decided to join Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain. On the other hand, United had appointed David Moyes as Ferguson’s successor, who was sacked just 10 months into his job at Old Trafford.

“After he retired in 2013 he spoke to me, but I had already given my word to go to Real Madrid Manchester United were too late. But otherwise I would have been interested in going to Old Trafford,” Ancelotti told FourFourTwo.

Ancelotti, who returned to management after a year without a job replaced Pep Guardiola at Bayern. He is the new star at the Allianz Arena and the Bundesliga outfit will be hoping he can help them win the Champions League.

On asked, whether he would consider a job in England in future, the ex-Real Madrid boss said:”At this moment I would prefer to have a club job, but maybe in the future. England? Why not? I would have no problem doing that.”

Recently, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been heavily linked with a return to Bayern, a year after he left them to join United. However, Ancelotti has brushed off all these rumours.

“I don’t have this news! If? In football… there is no if. Schweinsteiger is not in our idea. He was a fantastic player for Bayern and a fantastic player for football in general but I don’t think it’s the time for him to come back to Munich,” the Italian explained.

Aug 04 2016

Manchester United manager talks about Pogba, Smalling injury update

Paul Pogba

The drawn out nature of Juventus and France  midfielder Paul Pogba is sending media in a tizzy so much so that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was asked questions about the midfielder after Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match.

United have already signed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly in this window.

When asked on Pogba, Mourinho said‘I don’t want to speak about Paul because he’s a Juventus player, and I don’t like other managers to speak about my players, and I don’t speak about their players. We are going to sign one more player, that’s for sure.”

”But the reality is that we are going to sign one more player, as you know the market closes on August 31, so we have plenty of time to do that, but obviously I’d like to do it before the season starts.”

According to The Telegraph, Manchester United are on the verge of announcing an agreement to sign Pogba  after already  having zeroed in on a fee with Juventus and there is optimism  from United’s side that the announcement might happen before the Community Shield clash against Leicester  City on Sunday.

The report claims the Red Devils want to announce the deal before Pogba undergoes a medical, signs a contract with the the Old Trafford club and the formalities are concluded.

Juventus have already decided to give the much coveted number 10 jersey of Pogba to Dybala. To fuel the fire, Adidas stores in Paris are already selling the Juventus #10 jersey with Dybala on the back.  But, on Juventus site and Pogba still listed as No 10 and Dybala 21. So, it is dubious.


In another good news, according to Physio Room, Chris Smalling is expected to be available for Community Shield match against Leicester, after his ankle injury lay-off. Mourinho confirmed the England international picked up a minor injury and that saw the central defender miss out on the friendly fixtures against Galatasaray and Everton. 

Smalling will miss the Premier League opener against AFC Bournemouth for the red card he received in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace last season. 

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