Aug 04 2016

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

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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

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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.

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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. 


Aug 04 2016

Manchester United beaten by rivals in signing €38m star forward

FILE - In this June 17, 2015, file photo, Brazil's Gabriel Jesus celebrates following a under-20 soccer World Cup semifinal game against Senegal in Christchurch, New Zealand. Brazil football fans are more excited with their young Olympic team than with the squad playing now at Copa America Centenario in the United States. The main reason is 19-year-old Jesus, a striker at Sao Paulo club Palmeiras, who may wind up being the star in the Olympics as Brazil shoots for its first soccer gold medal.(AP Photo/Ross Setford, File)

Manchester United have been beaten by Manchester City in the signing of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus. The Citizens confirmed the capture of the Palmerias star on August 3, Wednesday.

The Brazil international, who was a initially part of the national squad for the 2016 Copa America Centenario in the United States. However, an issue with his passport forced him to withdraw from the squad.

Jesus, who was wanted by the Red Devils as the Brazilian publication Globoesporte reported that United were ready to pay a fee of €38 million. However, the 19-year-old has decided against joining Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in favour of playing under his City counterpart Pep Guardiola.

City confirmed that Jesus will continue with Palmerias until the end of the calendar year and will be at the Etihad from January 2017. A statement on City’s official website read, “Manchester City are delighted to announce the signing of Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras.”

“Gabriel Jesus is recognised as one of South America’s most exciting talents and he was named “best newcomer” in the 2015 Serie A Campeonato.

“The 19-year old has signed for Manchester City FC despite strong interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world. He will join the team in January 2017, with a contract that runs until the end of the 2020/21 season. He will remain at Palmeiras until December 2016.”

City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain remains hopeful that the South American forward can hit the ground in the Premier League when he moves to England next year.

“We are delighted that Gabriel has chosen to join us. He is one of the most exciting young prospects in world football and plays the game in a spectacular way. We look forward to him making a big impact at Manchester City in January,” Begiristain said, as quoted by City’s official website.


Aug 04 2016

Wayne Rooney and his son laughs at Manchester United player during Everton clash

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Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match against his old club Everton ended in a rather boring goalless draw, but the match witnessed a moment of pure comedy gold when Rooney and his son Kai laughed at Memphis Depay, as the young dutch winger’s ambitious overhead kick went absolutely gas.

Depay’s hilarious bicycle kick attempt on a cross had Rooney and his little man giggling, as the 22 year old tried something out of the box but zero anticipation and vision saw that going  miles over his head, he missed the ball and ended up ludicrously on the Old Trafford turf.

Ironically, Depay posted Rooney tribute in his Instagram page with a caption, “Still that same boy. Honoured to be your team mate. “

Was it the last match in a United shirt for players like Depay and Rojo? Time will tell but there is no denying that the Depay slapstick offered ”comic relief” in the dull draw, where both team failed to make much chances.

Click here to Watch the video here. 


Aug 03 2016

Manchester United v Everton, Wayne Rooney’s testimonial: Confirmed XI

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Wayne Rooney’s testimonial will see Manchester United take on the England international’s former club Everton at the Red Devils’ home ground, Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

The fixture will see Jose Mourinho take charge at Old Trafford for the first time since he was appointed as the Premier League giants’ manager in May. The former Chelsea manager replaced Louis van Gaal at United after the Dutchman was relieved from his duties after he guided them to the FA Cup triumph.

United have signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovi? and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the summer transfer window. The trio could be seen in action when the 20-time English champions face the Merseyside club.

It will be the Red Devils’ last friendly fixture, before they take on Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield at the Wembley Stadium later this weekend. Rooney admitted that he could be emotional before and after the match.

Confirmed lineups

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic 

Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Baines, Funes Mori, Stones, Holgate, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku.


Aug 03 2016

Manchester United edging closer towards completing fourth summer signing

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Spanish newspaper AS has gone on to the extent of claiming that Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has agreed a world-record move to rejoin Manchester United.

 According to the outlet, the Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and manager José Mourinho are hopeful that the French midfielder will complete his €120 million to Old Trafford, where he will sign a five-year deal.

While Pogba will earn around  €20 million a year as wage, his agent Mino Riola is also set to pocket a handsome figure of around €24 million. Read Madrid were also interested in the France international, but going by the reports of Spanish outlets, Zinedine Zidane was not ready to pay such astronomical transfer fee. 

Another factor might have been instrumental in Pogba’s decision to choose United, that is, according to new tax rules of Spain, the player would have to pay 54% of his earnings as tax, had he gone to the Spanish club like Real.

The inclusion of Pogba would certainly bolster United squad for the new season. Pogba has the physicality, height, strength, agility, balance, power and synergistic movements to succeed in the Premier League. His dribbling skills can’t be questioned.

Instead of penetrative dribbles, the 23-year-old performs technical quick link-up play higher up the pitch and he showboats his best dribbling from deeper areas. He dribbles to shield the ball, to keep possession and to bring his teammates into play.

Pogba’s acceleration, deceleration, body feints and receiving moves have bamboozled many defenders and deep lying midfielders. He has a decent technique to back his passing; back-heel passes, outside of the boot passes- you name it and the entity is there in Pogba’s book. Juventus star’s vision and diagonal play making can make difference in the Premier League and for United.  


Aug 02 2016

Manchester United legend reveals reason for rejecting Liverpool

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Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic has revealed he was on the verge of joining Liverpool before making a move to Old Trafford.

The 34-year-old Serbian, who joined the Red Devils from Spartak Moscow in January 2016 went on to become one of the star players under Sir Alex Ferguson.  Liverpool, who were managed by Rafael Benitez then wanted Vidic to join the Merseyside club. However, the 34-year-old joined their arch-rivals after snubbing a chance to join the Anfield outfit.

In an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, Vidic said: ”Yes. Rafa Benitez called me and I nearly went there [Liverpool]”

”I was interested in going but my English wasn’t good and I was struggling to communicate. ‘Then Manchester United came. Fergie called me at my apartment and said: ‘I watched you play for Serbia against France – I want you here. ‘United were decisive. Everything was done very quickly, within two days.” – concluded Vidic.

The centre-half, who formed an outstanding CB partnership with Rio Ferdinand and went on to win five Premier League titles, one Champions League and three League Cups with the Red Devils, has also expressed his desire to become a manager.

“I would like to be a manager, but only if I had the opportunity first to be a coach and learn from someone for maybe one or two years,” he added.

United’s current manager Jose Mourinho signed  Eric Bailly from Villarreal in the summer transfer window. The Ivory Coast international earlier admitted that Vidic was his favourite Red Devils player and is hoping to emulate what the Serbian has done at Old Trafford.

“I like John Terry but, especially, Vidic. I watched them both on television when I was in Spain. They are very strong and powerful, like I try to be,” Bailly told The Sunday Times.

“Terry plays well and plays the ball well but Vidic was more hard and played really hard. He was my favourite player at Manchester United and in the Premier League. I want to be like him with my performances for United.”


Aug 02 2016

Photo: Manchester United summer target signs for Premier League rivals

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Manchester City have managed to beat Manchester United in the signing of German international Leroy Sane.

The 20-year-old was spotted in Manchester after Schalke confirmed their player was in England ahead of his proposed move to the Premier League. According to The Daily Mail reported that the Red Devils were looking at the option of signing the winger in the summer transfer window in order to bolster their squad for the new season.

Sane was also wanted by Pep Guardiola at the Etihad. He decided to join City and became their fifth summer signing of the current transfer window.

The winger, who is one of the brightest prospects in Germany has left the Bundesliga outfit and signed a five-year deal to play under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager on Tuesday. Sane will be wearing No 19 shirt at his new club.

A statement on City’s official website read, “Manchester City are delighted to announce the signing of Leroy Sane from Schalke 04. The German international becomes our fifth signing of summer 2016 and will wear the No.19 shirt.”

“Sane has signed a five-year deal which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2021.”

After signing for City, Sane expressed his delight on becoming Guardiola’s fifth signing at his new club. He said, “I feel really good, I’m happy to be here and happy that it has all worked out. Now I can settle here in Manchester and play for City.”

“One of the reasons I decided to join City was Pep Guardiola; he convinced me to come here and that I can continue to progress. I know I will learn a lot under him and now I can take the next step in my career.

“I followed Pep at Barcelona and at Bayern where he achieved a lot and worked really well with young players.

“I think he can make me a more complete player. I think I will need a bit of time to start with because it’s another league and there’s a different style of play but I think I can adapt very quickly.”