Aug 12 2016

Photo: Manchester United star signing Paul Pogba’s first training pictures

Paul Pogba

Manchester United completed their fourth signing of the summer transfer window as Paul Pogba returned to Old Trafford from Juventus.

The 23-year-old left the Red Devils as a free agent in 2012 and joined the Turin club, where he won four league titles along with other silverware. His form for both club and also France attracted interest from the Premier League giants.

United re-signed him for a world record fee of £89 million on the day after they defeated Leicester City 2-1 to win the 2016 Community Shield. Jose Mourinho’s side take on AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League opener later this Sunday and the France international will not feature against them.

Pogba has already started training with the Old Trafford club and has reunited with some of the former players at United. In addition to this, he has also joined other players at United’s first team training session on Friday.

A statement on United’s official website read, “New Manchester United signing Paul Pogba was part of the squad that featured in a session at the Aon Training Complex on Friday morning, as the Reds continued preparations for the opening Premier League fixture against Bournemouth on Sunday.”

Here are some of the pictures from the training session:


 Paul Pogba

 Paul Pogba 

Paul Pogba

Aug 11 2016

Manchester United stars linked with move away from Old Trafford

Adnan Januzaj 2014

Manchester United stars Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata are seeking move out from the club, according to The Times.

The report claims that Januzaj feels “humiliated” by manager Jose Mourinho after the latter was demoted to train with Under-21 side and also pushing him towards  exit. He is not included in the Red Devils coach’s plan at Old Trafford for the upcoming season.

The Belgium international  is set for a transfer to  Sunderland on loan this window after the manager  dropped him from United’s first team squad and forced  him to train with the Under-21s. Mourinho has stripped the 21-year-old winger of club legend Ryan Giggs’ iconic No 11 jersey.

Sunderland are managed by David Moyes and the Scot was in charge during Januzaj’s breakthrough season. He is now the winger to the Stadium of Light on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season.

The Times have also reported that  United have indicated that Mata is not up for sale but he is expected to try a move out  after being subbed off by  Mourinho just after 27 minutes on the middle,  in the Community Shield at Wembley against Leicester City. Everton being one of the suitors and their manager Ronald Koeman is looking at the option of signing the Spaniard.

Everton are  reportedly  pondering over  signing  Mata with it appearing that the Red Devils attacking midfielder has no future at Old Trafford with the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the rise of the likes of Jesse Lingard.

Should the report be true, Mata, with the history and Januzaj with the current ”humiliation” will probably join the outgoing list of United stars with Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Aug 11 2016

How tactfully Mourinho bagged Manchester United transfer revealed

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke  has revealed the back end story of Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer to Old Trafford, in an interview with SportBild and how polite and cordial was Jose Mourinho, when he made a phone call to Watzke regarding the move.

The Armenia international has been one of the most eye-popping marquee signings of Mourinho as Manchester United boss.

Initially, Dortmund were reluctant to sell the 27-year-old and were adamant that the player must see off his contract at the club, which was set to expire next summer as he refused to sign a contract extension. The Bundesliga were reasonably disinclined to let Mkhitaryan go, as the forwards scored 23 and assisted 32 goals for the German club last season.

Watzke and the United boss are very good pals and  SportBild asked the Dortmund chief if the friendship got estranged  when the Red Devils  and  Dortmund were engaged in transfer talks. The German side’s chief admitted that he had a telephone call with the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss ensured things to  remain cordial.

As translated by Sportwitness, Watzke said: ”Of course we have personally talked about it, and for me a remarkable statement by Jose remained hanging, about which I have been thinking a lot.”

”He (Mourinho) said: ‘At the end you decide. And no matter how the thing goes – the important thing is that our friendship does not suffer. Because there are many more good players than good friends. He’s absolutely right.” 

Mourinho might give the impression of being an arrogant manager at times, but during the time of need, the Portuguese coach reacted in an intelligent way, as he decided to talk directly with his friend Watzke and conducted the transfer talks in a very cordial and polite manner. As a result, Dortmund decided to sell Mkhitaryan for £26 million to the Manchester club. 

Aug 11 2016

Photo: Manchester United confirm two new signings

Tahith Chong-Joshua Bohui

Manchester United have confirmed two more summer recruits, academy signings they are though. The Red Devils have added to the list of eight new  scholars in the club’s academy with two new signings in Tahith Chong and Joshua Bohui, before the season opener against Derby County on 13th August.

“Manchester United have added to the list of eight new first-year scholars in the club’s Academy with two confirmed signings processed in time for the season opener against Derby County on Saturday,” a statement read on United’s official website.

“Tahith Chong has completed his move from Feyenoord with the exciting left-winger winning the individual trophy for best attacking player at the Otten Cup last weekend. Another new face is forward Joshua Bohui after the England Under-17 international sealed his switch from Brentford and was also part of the squad that finished runners-up in the Eindhoven tournament.”

Chong has completed his move from Feyenoord. The talented  left-winger has won the  trophy of best attacking player at the Otten Cup last weekend. The left forward Chong’s technique, oversight, vision and pace are fantastic. He is comfortable with both feet.

Last season, he took everyone by surprise within his elegant dribbling, calculated crosses and a tally of 15 goals in 21 matches. Chong can play  as inverted winger and also as the focal point of the attack. His acceleration, dynamism, flair, finishing and ball control makes him a special player but his defensive contribution and tactical awareness have been found wanting.

Another signing is teenage forward Joshua Bohui. The England Under-17 international moved from Brentford and was also part of the   runners-up squad in the Eindhoven tournament. His work rate is top notch.

The eight first year academy scholars of the Red Devils’ 2016-17 are: Aidan Barlow, Jake Barrett, Max Dunne, Luca Ercolani, Angel Gomes, Lee O’Connor, Harry Spratt, George Tanner.

Aug 10 2016

Mourinho aims dig at Arsenal and Liverpool managers


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at Liverpool and Arsenal managers Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger yet again.

The Mourinho-Wenger rivalry, the push-gate affair and most certainly their continuous swipes at each other, certainly make the duel between the managers more crispy. As United have completed a world record €105 million transfer of midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus, Mourinho taken a jibe at Klopp and Wenger. As reported by Goal, the Arsenal boss branded the eye-popping Pogba transfer as ”completely crazy”.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Klopp remarked on Pogba’s transfer:”If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney. The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.”

”Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money,” he added.

Mourinho has taken jibes on the rival manager duo now and suggested both Arsenal and Liverpool are not capabe of smashing the world-record fee.

“I know the discussion, I understand that, sometimes in football, things happen and the club breaks the record, but this is only possible at clubs like Man United,” Mourinho remarked in an interview with MUTV, as reported by Goal.

“When I heard some of the comments and heard some of the managers criticising that, I don’t think they ever have this problem because, to have this problem, you need to be at one of the top clubs in the world. So at Man United it can happen.”

According to the Liverpool Echo, the Red Devils’ boss had some particular words for Klopp. On the ”Normal One”, the ”Special One” told reporters:”You are right, he (Klopp) was one of them (who had spoken) but I don’t comment.”

”He made comments about us but I don’t comment about him. Or about his club.”

”I heard already two of my colleagues from other clubs speaking about us. I do not like that. It is not ethical. There are things that when I do (them) are not ethical, and when others do it everything is normal.”

”All that matters is what happens in my house, not in my neighbours’ house”- concluded Mourinho.

Taking swipe at Klopp and Wenger and implying Arsenal and Liverpool are not big enough to get a world class player like Pogba, is typical Mourinho. Love him or hate him, you can not ignore his gift of the gab.

Probably it was a timely dig at Wenger for the backlash he is getting for not being active in the transfer market. But hours after  Wenger’s  “We have Mourinho, Conte, Guardiola and Klopp. It’s a world championship of managers” comment, where he puts Mourinho in good light, how “ethical” was it of Mourinho to take jibe at Wenger, one may question. 

Aug 10 2016

Mourinho starts Manchester United clearout by sanctioning sale of two players

Paddy McNair

Summer exodus by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has begun as Paddy McNair and Donald Love are all set to join Sunderland after both clubs zeroed in on a fee, as reported by Sky Sports.

Northern Ireland international featured several times under the guidance of the former anager Louis Van Gaal. United signed Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly and his arrival has strengthened their back four, but also increased competition for a place in the starting lineup

McNair is not included in Mourinho’s plans for the 2016-17 season and the Red Devils manager is looking to sanctioning his sale.

Scotland Under-21 international full-back Love, who made his last two appearances in United shirt, back in February, was also certain to fall beneath the pecking order further, as left-back Luke Shaw has returned to fitness.

Thus, a deal for the duo looks to be beneficiary for both the clubs, as current Sunderland manager David Moyes has decided to raid his former club, United, to settle the defensive woes at the Stadium of Light.

Sky Sports reveal that the Black Cats will  pay an initial £5 million fee for McNair, which could rise to £7 million with add-ons, with a four year contract on the cards, while  Love could cost the Black Cats £1 million. Reportedly both players will have medicals in Sunderland.

Aug 10 2016

Photo: Manchester United manager Mourinho’s summer target signs six-year deal with rivals


Manchester City have confirmed they have completed the signing of Manchester United defender target John Stones on August 9, Tuesday.

The 22-year-old left Everton and made a switch to the Etihad, signing a six-year deal with Pep Guardiola’s side. Before he joined City, he was also a target for their local rivals as the Sun reported that the England international was wanted by the Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho, who is an admirer of the central defender.

United manager is looking to further strengthen his side’s back four for the 2016-17 Premier League season, having already added Eric Bailly to the squad.

However, Stones decided to join City as he became their eighth signing of the current summer transfer window. They have already added Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Aleksandar Zinchenko, Aaron Mooy, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno this summer.

A statement on City’s official website read, ” Manchester City are delighted to announce the permanent transfer of John Stones from Everton. The England international defender has signed a six-year deal which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2022.”

Stones will wear No 24 shirt at City and he explains why he decided to join the former Barcelona manager at the Etihad. He also went on to thank Everton and wished them lick for the upcoming campaign.

Stones 2

“I’m absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal’s done I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career,” Stones told City’s official website.

“I’ve obviously seen what’s going on here at the Etihad, it’s an ambitious Club with a great manager so I can’t wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals.

“I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I’m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success. I had a wonderful time with Everton and wish them and their fans all the best but now I’ll give my all for City.”

Aug 10 2016

Futures of Manchester United star duo and Januzaj revealed


Juan Mata will continue at Manchester United beyond the summer transfer window and will not be sold by Jose Mourinho, reports Sky Sports.

The Spain international was ostracized by manager Mourinho during their time at Chelsea, with the latter eventually selling the Spaniard to the Red Devils in the 2014 January transfer window. The 53-year-old replaced Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford earlier in May and following his appointment, there were concerns over Mata’s future with his current employers.

There is no dearth of number 10s in United team, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Wayne Rooney’s almost certain to be the first choice central attacking midfielders. He can also play on the right side of the wings as that is where Van Gaal deployed him for the majority of the last season.

Mata’s departure stories were fuelled recently as Mourinho subbed him of at Wembley after just 27 minutes of stay on the pitch. United manager later played down the incident though. The former Chelsea star is expected to be an inverted wing forward in Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 system.

Sky Sports also reveals that German veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has no future at Old Trafford, as the 34-year-old seems to  have already played his last match for the Premier League giants.

There are offers in the table from several clubs for Schweinsteiger and Turkish publication AMK reports that Galatasaray may make an approach for the World Cup winning defender if they fail to land Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva.


Sky Sports also report that Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj  is expected to go out on loan spell again as  Mourinho believes the 21-year-old would benefit from  first team football elsewhere. 

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