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

Aug 17 2016

Manchester United’s Mourinho urged to complete triple signing after Pogba capture


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been urged to completed three more signings in the summer transfer window by the former Red Devils defender Paul Parker.

The Premier League giants have already added four new faces, which includes the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba. The latter returned to Old Trafford from Juventus for a world-record transfer fee of £89 million.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager earlier admitted that he wanted four specialists in his team and with Pogba’s acquisition, he has completed that. However, Parker believes Mourinho’s side are still needs a central defender, midfielder and a striker in the current transfer window if they have to win the league this season.

“They still need a forward and a centre-half and another midfield player. Manchester United aren’t finished yet; they can’t be because that present squad just isn’t going to win the league and Mourinho is all about winning the league,” Parker told

United started the campaign with a 3-1 comfortable victory over AFC Bournemouth last Sunday. Parker believes it is difficult to judge whether his former club will finish in top four this campaign.

“Would you say United can even finish top four after what we saw in the Bournemouth game? I’d have to say not really,” he added.

“Liverpool look good and Arsenal will improve. Tottenham and Chelsea are hard to break down and will be in there.

“So United have some work to do between now and the end of August to bring in at least three players to guarantee a Champions League spot and maybe win the league.”

Aug 16 2016

Liverpool legend labels Manchester United star as rough diamond

Zlatan Ibrahimovic-Eric Bailly

Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp has labelled Manchester United new star Eric Bailly as a “rough diamond” and has backed the defender to become a fan favourite at Old Trafford.

The Ivory Coast international became Jose Mourinho’s first signing since he was appointed as the Red Devils’ manager in May. He arrived in the Premier League from Villarreal and has started in all the matches, including the pre-season fixtures, the Community Shield and even the Premier League opener against AFC Bournemouth.

While on the pitch, Bailly has been impressive and his display in the first Premier League match of the 2016-17 season saw him bag the man of the match award as United sealed a 3-1 win at the Vitality Stadium. 

Redknapp has been closely following the centre-back since the pre-seasons and has been impressed with his playing style. He also added that his ability to move forward with the ball will help the midfielders at Old Trafford.

“I was so impressed with Bailly. He’s a rough diamond. We all make mistakes. He’s raw, he’s quick. I watched his first game against Wigan and he kept diving in and I thought he’s got a lot to work on,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“But he’s a midfielder’s dream because he can also play. He’ll pop the ball into midfield at times, he’s got great pace, he’s uncompromising. Man Utd fans are going to love him.

“He is a very, very good defender. He doesn’t mess around – when it’s got to go, he’ll kick it forward. He is very strong and could be money well spent.

“[He played] Alongside Daley Blind, who I also thought played very well today. Before the game, I thought they’d have problems with the front three of Bournemouth but they didn’t really. They were composed and I was very impressed with Bailly.”

Chris Smalling was suspended for the clash against Bournemouth. It should be seen whether the England international will partner Bailly in the heart of the back four for United or will he play alongside Blind in the upcoming fixtures.

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 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

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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