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.”


Aug 01 2016

Photo: United and City summer target spotted in Manchester, club also confirms

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Manchester City are edging closer towards completing a deal in signing Manchester United summer target Leroy Sane in the summer transfer window after Schalke confirmed the player is in Manchester on August 1, Monday.

“Leroy #Sané is currently in Manchester and will not be travelling  with #Schalke to the training camp. #s04,” Schalke’s official Twitter account tweeted.

The 20-year-old has been linked with both City and United after his impressive display in the Bundesliga last term, which saw him score eight goals has seen him attract interest from both the clubs in Manchester. The Daily Mail report suggests the Red Devils were looking at the option of signing him, who is valued around £40 million this summer.

However, that Sane is set to snub Jose Mourinho’s side and BBC reports claim he will join their local rivals City this summer. Pep Guardiola even confirmed that the Premier League outfit are looking at the option of bringing the Schalke star to the Etihad in the current transfer window.

“Of course we talk to him – Schalke know we are interested but at this moment we don’t have many possibilities to get him,” Guardiola said.

“There is a difference [in opinion] between Manchester City and Schalke and it is quite big. I do not know what is going to happen but right now he is with Schalke,” the former Barcelona manager added.

There were even pictures of Sane spotted in Manchester, which was reported by The Mirror.

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Jul 31 2016

Chief confirms Mourinho was desperate for Manchester United to complete £20 signing

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was desperate in bringing Breel Embolo to Old Trafford, Schalke sporting Christian Heidel has revealed.

The 19-year-old came up through the ranks of Swiss club FC Basel and after impressing in the youth teams, he was promoted it to the first team in 2014. He spent two seasons with them and his impressive form saw him make debut for his national side last March.

Embolo was also a part of Switzerland side that lost to Poland in the Round of 16 of the recently concluded European championship. After his national side were knocked out of the Euro 2016, he signed a five-year deal with Schalke for a reported fee of £20 million.

The Switzerland international had attracted interest from United, while Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal were also in the race for his signature. However, the forward rejected a chance to move to England in order to join the Bundesliga club. Heidel admitted that Schalke were forced to make a quick approach in order to beat competitions from other top clubs from Europe.

“There are a number of reasons why we signed Embolo,” Sky Sports quoted Heidel as saying.

“First and foremost, there are sporting reasons. It’s nothing new that he is a great player. There is a reason why Mourinho desperately wanted to sign him for Manchester United.

“But we also see him as a player the Schalke fans can identify with, a bit like Benedikt Howedes, Leroy Sane and someone like Ralf Fahrmann.

“Embolo had a similar role at Basel, where 80 per cent of the shirts they sold had his name on it. He is very open, is always smiling and makes it easy for people to like him.”

“When we realised there was a possibility that we could miss out on signing him due to other clubs’ interest, we had to move fast..

“President Clemens Tonnies happily made his plane available. We flew out to Montpellier at 1300 CET and returned five hours later. We had wrapped up the deal in that short period,” he added.


Jul 30 2016

Manchester United v Galatasaray, pre-season: Confirmed XI

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Jose Mourinho has taken his men to Sweden as Manchester United will face Galatasaray at the Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg in the pre-season fixture scheduled between the two clubs.

The Old Trafford club’s star signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is yet to feature for his new club. The 34-year-old striker joined his new teammates in the training earlier this week and he could feature for United for the first time against the Turkish giants in his homeland on Saturday.

The Red Devils saw their last pre-season fixture against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in China cancelled due to bad weather. That leaves United playing only two matches so far, which came against Wigan Athletic and Borussia Dortmund.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager will be keen on giving his first team players some playing time for the start of the new season. After the clash against Galatasaray, United have two fixtures before the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

United take on Everton in the next clash and following that, they face Leicester City in the 2016 Community Shield clash at Wembley. The confirmed lineup for United’s clash against Galatasaray is given below:

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic

Galatasaray XI: Muslera, Linnes, Chedjou, Hakan, Carole, Selçuk, Dzemaili, Yasin, Sneijder, Bruma, Sinan.


Jul 30 2016

Mourinho confirms injuries to Manchester United duo, reveals star will miss season opener

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed defenders Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Chris Smalling are sidelined with minor injuries, which has ruled them out for the upcoming clash against Galatasaray.

The Red Devils take on the Turkish giants in the pre-season fixture scheduled between the two sides in Sweden on Saturday. The Dutch defender and the former Fulham man have not travelled with the squad to face Galatasaray.

Fosu-Mensah had a breakthrough season after making his first team debut in February in United’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal. His rise has seen him backed to be one of the standout players for the Red Devils in the future.

Smalling, on the other hand, was in fine form alongside Daley Blind in the heart of the back four. The England international picked up a red card in the last season’s FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace and that will see him miss the season opener against AFC Bournemouth.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager has provided a latest update on the duo’s injuries.

“Fosu-Mensah is not so much injured. But he has this little thing that we want to be careful with given that he is young. He is separate from the group until he is 100 per cent back,” Mourinho told MUTV.

“Chris Smalling has had a recurrence of an old injury from the previous season. We shall see what happens, but already he is suspended for the first game against Bournemouth.”


Jul 29 2016

Photo: Manchester United launch third kit for 2016-17 season

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Manchester United have launched their third kit for the 2016-17 season on 29 July, Friday.

The Red Devils’ kit manufacturer adidas have manufactured the kit as they head into the second year of 10-year contract, which is worth £750 million. They have taken inspiration from the club’s early years as Newton Heath LYR Football Club for the third kit.

The new kit pays homage to the club’s illustrious history in which it rose from humble beginnings as a local railway workers’ team to become the biggest and best known football club in the world. The transformation from their humble beginnings to the globally renowned “Red Devils” is represented through each of the new 2016/17 kits.

The white kit with black accents takes inspiration from the City of Manchester’s Coat of Arms which features a worker bee, a symbol of the city’s history as a leading-light at the forefront of the UK’s industrial heritage.

Adidas has incorporated this symbolism into the new design as a Badge of Honour to demonstrate that, through hard work, a ‘never say die’ attitude and audacious football, Manchester.

The white kit with black accents takes inspiration from the City of Manchester’s Coat of Arms which features a worker bee, a symbol of the city’s history as a leading-light at the forefront of the UK’s industrial heritage.

Adidas has incorporated this symbolism into the new design as a Badge of Honour to demonstrate that, through hard work, a ‘never say die’ attitude and audacious football, Manchester United have evolved to become pioneers of the international football game. The kit will be worn in the club’s first way game of the season against Bournemouth on Sunday August 14.

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Jul 28 2016

Pogba has landed in LA, will now have Man United medical: report

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Pogba has landed in LA, will now have Man United medical: report

Paul Pogba is set to undergo his medical for Manchester United in a Los Angeles centre, according to reports emanating from France.

Journalist Nabil Djellit says Pogba landed just after 1.30pm local time and will now travel to undergo his medical which is the final piece in the puzzle before he completes his move to Man United.

A fee of just over €110m has been agreed between United and Juventus and Mino Raiola’s percentage cut has also been resolved as United will pay that also, taking the total fee to between €120m-130m. Regardless of Raiola’s cut, it’s a world record transfer.

Why would Pogba be having his medical in Los Angeles? Well, United are flying to Sweden tomorrow for our pre-season friendly against Galatasaray. Plus, in the interests of pushing through the deal quickly, an initial medical can be carried out remotely to complete the deal before a more intense one happens back in Manchester at a later date. This has happened previously.

Once Pogba successfully passes that medical – and as he played all the way through to the Euro 2016 final there should be no issues with that – then Juventus can officially release a statement confirming Pogba will join United. It’s at that point we can start to celebrate, until then we will all wait with baited breath.


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Jul 28 2016

Photo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes part in his first Manchester United training session

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Manchester United’s second signing of the summer transfer window and he moved to Manchester in the last few days.

The 34-year-old took part in his first training session since joining the Red Devils. Jose Mourinho’s side played Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium and Borussia Dortmund in China in the pre-season.

Their clash against Manchester City was cancelled due to bad weather and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward expressed disappointment after the fixture was cancelled.

Ibrahimovic was not a part of any of these matches as Mourinho handed him an extended break following his participation in the Euro 2016 with Sweden, which was his final appearance for the national side as he announced retirement from international football.

United will take on Turkish giants Galatasaray in the upcoming pre-season fixture in Sweden on Saturday. The former Juventus and Barcelona striker could feature for the first time in the Red Devils’ shirt in his homeland. The pictures from Ibrahimovic’s first training session is shown below.

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