Sep 07 2016

Manchester United star beats Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bag club award

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Manchester United summer signing Eric Bailly has managed to beat  Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daley Blind to bag the club’s Player of the Month award for August.

The 22-year-old was Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford as the central defender completed his switch to Old Trafford from Villarreal. He was followed the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain striker to the Premier League.

Ibrahimovic has scored four goals in four matches, which includes a winner in United’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City and a brace against Southampton in the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

However, the Swedish star failed to beat Bailly after the Ivory Coast international was voted by several fans – via Twitter and United’s official website. Bailly bagged 55 percent of vote and was 18 percent ahead of Ibrahimovic. The Dutch international had 8 percent and was third, behind his centre-back partner and the striker.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Eric Bailly is the convincing winner of Manchester United’s first Player of the Month award for the new season.”

“The Ivory Coast international has made an instant impact at Old Trafford and earned the Man-of-the-Match accolade in three of the Reds’ four games last month, only missing out when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was star man in the 2-0 win over Southampton.

“Thousands of supporters cast their votes on Twitter and ManUtd.com with the 22-year-old beating off competition from fellow summer signing Ibrahimovic (37 per cent) and his defensive partner Daley Blind (8 per cent) to land the trophy with 55 per cent of the overall tally.”


Sep 03 2016

Injury update of Manchester United star prior to Manchester Derby against City

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Manchester United attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to miss the Manchester Derby of 10th September against Manchester City through injury, going by statement released by Armenian Football Association.

The Armenian international suffered the injury owing to an off the ball collision with Czech Republic defender Marek Suchy, when the two countries locked horns in their international friendly fixture, which saw Armenia getting defeated 3-0 to Czech Republic. Mkhitaryan, who was subbed off immediately after the collision will also miss the tie against Denmark tomorrow.

The statement on Mkhitaryan’s injury update, released by Armenian FA, confirming that the attacking midfielder has suffered a thigh muscle injury, that will require seven to ten days to heal , means the player would be cutting it tight to make it to the much anticipated Manchester Derby.

As reported by Sky Sports, the 27 year old will now return to Carrington to be assessed by United’s medical staff ahead of the big game at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The statement released by the Armenian FA read: ”As reported, senior national team captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan received an injury against Czech Republic and as a result was unable to continue the match.”

“Mkhitaryan has had a medical examination in a clinic in Mlada Boleslav. Unfortunately, the results are not encouraging.”

“Mkhitaryan was found to have an injury in the lower third of the left thigh muscle. Such injuries usually require a week to 10 days to heal, which means that Mkhitaryan will miss the Denmark-Armenia match on September 4.”

Just when Mkhitaryan was getting his match rhythm, his injury diagnosis has made him doubtful for the derby as the player is facing a race against time to get fit. Manchester City will also be without the services of their mercurial striker Sergio Aguero.

Here is Mkhitaryan’s message to the  United fans on his injury

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“My dear fans, I appreciate much that you worry about me, thank you! I’m now back in Manchester for treatment and hope to be fit very soon!” the player tweeted.

“I wish my Arm. teammates a successful start of the #WorldCup2018 campaign. As NT’s Captain, I expect a fighting spirit as always #GoArmenia.” 


Sep 01 2016

Manchester United star doubtful for Manchester City clash

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Ahead of the much vaunted Manchester Derby, Manchester United were struck with an injury blow as attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was forced off in the first half with rib injury on his international duty.

In Armenia’s friendly clash against the Czech Republic, the 27-year-old suffered a rib injury and was subbed off. United will be warily, waiting for his injury status report to come. Mkhitaryan  had a collision with the Czech Republic and Basel defender Marek Sukhy.

According to reports, the substitution was  precautionary  ahead of Armenia’s World Cup qualifier with Denmark on Sunday, which the midfielder is likely to play. He signed for United from Borussia Dortmund in the recently concluded summer transfer window. Mkhitaryan is yet to start for the Premier League giants, since making a switch to Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan starred for United after coming from the bench in his side’s 1-0 win over Hull City. His form saw him he could make it to the starting lineup for the clash against Pep Guardiola’s side. 

Jose Mourinho would probably love to throw Mkhitaryan into the mix against City, as his pace, directness and skill can cause havoc for the opposition’s defence. United and their fans would be on bated breath, waiting for the assessment of the injury.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the injury is not serious and the player is hoping to take part in Armenia’s clash against Denmark. Going by the report, being asked on chances of his availability in their first 2018 World Cup qualifier match, Mkhitaryan answered: “I hope so.”

Sky Sports has reported that  Mkhitaryan is a doubt to be part of United squad for the Manchester derby due to a knee injury, caused by the off-the-ball collision with Sukhy. Marouane Fellaini may also miss the derby on September 10 with a back injury, though the midfielder has joined Belgium squad.

Mourinho confirmed that the former Everton suffered a “bad” injury following his side’s third league win over Hull. Fellaini’s involvement for the derby is something that still needs to be assessed. A section of United fans will be hoping the Belgium international could be fit enough to start against City.

 


Sep 01 2016

Manchester United allow goalkeeper to leave Old Trafford on loan

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Manchester United Under-21 goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira has completed a season long loan move to Belenenses in Portugal.

The 20-year-old man between the woods, is departing from  the club second time on the trot on loan, after playing for Rochdale in the 2015-16 season.

Pereira, who was included in Portugal’s Olympic squad as well, was on the substitue’s list in the senior team’s Europa League clash triumph over FC Midtjylland back in February. The goalkeeper was vice captain for Under-21s, when the rookie Red Devils won the title at  White Hart Lane in May earlier this year.

As 26 year old Ricardo Ribeiro left Belenenses this  window,the Lisbon based club’s hunt for new goalie saw them capturing the young United prospect. Reportedly, Belenenses has no option to buy the keeper, as they secured only temporary move.

“Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira has agreed a loan move to Belenenses in the Reds’ final piece of business on transfer deadline day,” a statement read on United’s official website.

“The 20-year-old, who was part of Portugal’s Olympic squad, is leaving Old Trafford for the second time on a temporary basis after representing Rochdale last term.

“Pereira was on the bench for the first team’s Europa League win over Midtjylland in February and deputised for James Weir as Under-21s captain when the young Reds clinched the title at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane in May.

“Ricardo Ribeiro left Belenenses in the summer and the Lisbon-based club’s search for a new goalkeeper led them to pull off a late swoop for the United man.”

With David De Gea being arguably the best goalkeeper of the Premier League, if not in the world, the first team chances of Pereira were minuscule. So the move makes sense. 


Sep 01 2016

Manchester United confirm English midfielder’s sale on deadline day

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Manchester United have allowed their midfielder James Weir leave the club on the  deadline day transfer. The midfielder has joined Hull City on a three-year contract, becoming the  second player within a week to move from the Red Devils to the KCOM Stadium after the departure of Will Keane from Old Trafford.

The midfielder, who has spent last eight years at Old Trafford has secured move to KCOM Stadium. He will be playing under the former United assistant manager Mike Phelan.

Weir has signed a three-year contract, as the Tigers have continued their transfer dash with  Dieumerci Mbokani being the most hyped capture.

“James Weir has joined Hull City from Manchester United in a deadline-day departure, signing a three-year contract with the Tigers,” a statement read on United’s official website.

“Wednesday night’s transfer means Weir has followed his United Under-21s colleague Will Keane in making a permanent switch to Hull, the club where former Reds coach Mike Phelan is the caretaker manager. Everybody at Manchester United wishes James well for the future.”

Weir, who left the club on undisclosed fee, also marked his name in first team substitute sheet, though unused,  seven times under former manager Louis van Gaal. Though he continued to catch eyes in Warren Joyce’s Under-21s side, that won the title in White Hart Lane. The creative midfielder deputised the young guns and finished the term  with six goals. He has one first team appearance to his name when he came on as a substitute in United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford earlier this year.

Talking to the Hull City’s official website, Weir said: “It’s an important time in my career and I think every player of my age wants to try and start playing regular first team football.” 

“I couldn’t be happier to join Hull and really get my career started. The key thing for me is that I can be a regular part of the first team squad here and I hope I can help as the club continues to move forward.”

“I’m just looking forward to cracking on now and getting started here. It will be an exciting time once the international break is over and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the lads.”

“I can play in a few positions in midfield, which is a good asset of my game. I can play in the centre, off the striker or on the right or left. Hopefully I can contribute with some goals and assists as I like to be creative, but I also don’t mind putting my foot in when needed.” 


Aug 31 2016

Manchester United confirm striker sale

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Manchester United striker Will Keane has left the club to join Hull City on a permanent transfer, for an undisclosed fee.

The striker is believed to make the switch to KCOM Stadium in a bid to regular first team actions. The 23-year-old will join the side, who suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s side, courtesy to Marcus Rashford’s late goal in the stoppage time. 

The striker will play under the former United assistant manager Mike Phelan at Hull. He has signed a three year deal with the Tigers.

“Will Keane is joining Hull City on a permanent basis after the striker agreed a switch to the KCOM Stadium,” a statement on United’s official website read.

“Will, whose twin brother Mike is impressing with Burnley, links up with former Reds assistant manager Mike Phelan and will be out to prove his worth in the Premier League after signing a three-year contract with the Tigers. Everybody at United would like to wish him the very best of luck for the future,” it added.

Keane was the leading the line in 2011 FA Youth Cup winning side that boasted of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison. Despite being the attack spearhead back them, the player did not develop as expected, with his array of injuries to be largely blamed as he suffered major knee and groin injury setbacks, forcing him onto the sidelines.

Former manager Louis van Gaal   recalled the number nine from Preston North End to galvanize the attack amidst  an injury crisis at Old Trafford last season.

But another injury against Shrewsbury in his second game for the Red Devils curtailed his season that term and with a number of quality forwards at his disposal, current manager Mourinho has decided to offload him, as the new boss continues his squad trimming.

On his transfer from United, Keane said: “I’m really excited. For me, it’s a fresh start and a new challenge so I’m looking forward to coming here and getting underway.”

“I’m 23 now so I wanted to come here on a permanent deal and get settled. My aim is to play as many games as possible and get a real run of games hopefully to help the team do well.”


Aug 27 2016

Hull City vs Manchester United: Confirmed XI

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The last Premier League match on 27 August, Saturday will see Jose Mourinho takes his side to the Kingston Communications Stadium, where Manchester United will face Hull City in the third league tie.

Both the Red Devils and the Tigers have managed to win the first two matches, taking their overall competitions to three wins. United started with a 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Community Shield, while Hull defeated Exeter City in the EFL Cup.

United registered a 2-0 victory over Southampton in the last fixture, which saw summer signing Paul Pogba make his full debut for the Premier League giants. The France international is likely to retain his place in the starting lineup against Hull on Saturday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovi? has scored four goals in three matches and the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain striker will lead United’s attack as he looks to continue his scoring streak.

The confirmed lineups are given below:

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Confirmed XI:Jakupovic, Robertson, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Hernandez, Snodgrass, Clucas, Livermore, Diomande, Elmohamady

Manchester United

Confirmed XI:De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Pogba; Mata, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic


Aug 27 2016

Manchester United confirm loan deal for Brazilian star

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Manchester United have confirmed their midfielder  Andreas Pereira has joined  La Liga side Granada on a season-long loan switch.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Manchester United midfield prospect Andreas Pereira is set for a loan switch to Granada in La Liga after the two clubs agreed on a season-long transfer.”

The talented Brazilian Under-23 international is set to see out  the campaign  with Paco Jemez’s side and will  have  the first team game time, which is pivotal to his development.

After appearing 13 times for the senior team under Louis van Gaal, the 20-year-old marked his name in the score sheet in current boss Jose Mourinho’s  first pre-season friendly at Wigan Athletic.

Pereira is touted to have a bright future and is expected to hack it at United in future. The creative midfielder signed for United from PSV Eindhoven in July 2012.

One of the  most talented prospects, Pereira signed a new improved contract  on 1st May, 2015, making him a United player  until 2018, with an option for an extension of one more year.

“I love Andreas Pereira as a player and I would love to have him in my squad.  But he will go to Granada,” United manager explained.

Take a look at Pereira pictures at Granada training:

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