Sep 01 2016

Manchester United confirm Tottenham youth coach’s appointment

Kieran McKenna

Manchester United have confirmed that Kieran McKenna has been appointed as the club’s new Under-18 coach on Thursday, September 1.

He started out as a midfielder with Enniskillen Town, before he signed for Tottenham Hotspur. However, a hip injury forced him to end his playing career and he moved to take the coaching role at the north London club.

Paul McGuinness left the role at United in February and that was vacant, which will now be filled by McKenna. He signed for the 20-time English champions from rivals Tottenham.

United Under-18 side will take on Middlesbrough in the upcoming clash on Saturday. That will be McKenna’s first game in charge and he will be seen in the dug-out for the first time with his new club.

McKenna’s former club Tottenham knocked United out of the 2015 FA Youth Cup, which they lost to Chelsea in the semi-final.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Kieran McKenna has been confirmed as Manchester United’s new Under-18 coach.”

McKenna, who is a boyhood United fan is delighted to have completed his move as he has already started working with the Red Devils’ youngsters.

“It’s been excellent. I’ve been here about a week now, getting to know the staff, the players and everyone in the building. Everyone has been very welcoming and it helps that I knew quite a few of the staff already and had a good relationship with some of the people here,” McKenna told MUTV.

“I feel I’ve slotted in very quickly and the work with the boys on the grass has all gone extremely well so it’s been very smooth so far.

“I was involved with Tottenham since a 14-year-old lad coming across from Ireland to train with the youth team there,” he added. “I was full time since 16 and had seven fantastic years as a player. Obviously, the last couple were heavily disrupted by injury and I finished my playing career at 23 years old.

“I learned a lot and Tottenham have had a lot of success with Academy and I’m sure they will continue to do so now. To go to Manchester United, there is no bigger move you can make, it’s another fantastic Academy and it’s a dream come true really. I was a massive United fan, my dad brought me over to my first game in the 1994 season to see them lift the Premier League trophy.”



Aug 31 2016

Manchester United confirm striker sale

Will Keane

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

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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Aug 27 2016

Mourinho launches attack on top Manchester United star


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken a jibe at Bastian Schweinsteiger and trolled his former club Bayern Munich in his own style.

Marked with the anchored float of unsettling rumours of his uncertain Old Trafford future, veteran German midfielder  vowed that United will be his last club in Europe, as he issued this message on his official twitter account.



Schweinsteiger was even linked with a move to the Major League Soccer, but the experienced midfielder committed his future to United. But Mourinho does not seem to be very impressed with the idea, as he has openly stated that the 32-year-old can stay at the club to see through his remaining two years of contract, but he will not probably play. Not only this, the boss said that even the academy young midfielders will also be higher in the pecking order than Schweinsteiger.

The international friendly with Finland is going to be Schweinsteiger’s final appearance for Germany. The public tonguelash of Mourinho, might well be a ploy to offload the star, who is on a staggering £200,000-a-week wage.

Even Bayern Munich could not evade Mourinho’s sarcasmic wrath, as the gaffer mocked them for not following up their rumoured interest in capturing their ex-skipper on the silhouette of vast censure in Germany that he has treated the star disrespectfully.

”I think it’s very difficult for Schweinsteiger to play this season. I’m not saying it’s impossible. I’m saying it’s very difficult. We have a decision made about Pogba, Herrera, Scheniderlin, Fellaini and Carrick. That’s five players for two positions. It’s very, very difficult that an opportunity will arise,” Mourinho explained.

“If we have any kind of problem or opportunity. I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to accelerate their process by bringing them up.”

“I have spoken to him about it. I cannot answer for him. It’s his life. It’s his career. He has a contract with Man United and he has a right to make that decision and stay. That’s not a problem for us.”

”Football is made of decisions. I did that all my career. Not just me, everyone does. Some players react in a different way and have those kind of decisions. To be honest Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave this last statement, which he is free to do in an objective and polite way like he did.”

“No problems at all. I thought after I read some quotes from people at Bayern Munich that they would run to Manchester to bring him back, but no, it did not happen.” – concluded United manager on Schweinsteiger issue

Aug 26 2016

Mourinho opens up about possibility of Manchester United completing fifth signing


After the completions of much vaunted, much anticipated summer transfers to Manchester United, of high profile stars like Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Eric Bailly being the icing on the cake, manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that a ”quiet” wrap up of this transfer window is to be expected.

As the transfer window is coming to an end, Mourinho says he expects a ”very quiet” final few days in the transfer arena, with the Red Devils boss being content with the squad he has at his disposal.

During recent days, Southampton defender Jose Fonte has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, reports the Manchester Evening News. The Portuguese international was set to become United’s fifth signing of the summer transfer window. But today’s Mourinho quotes have poured cold water on these speculations.

United helmsman Mourinho has said today in his presser: “I have 23 players in the squad and in principle there is nobody leaving and nobody is coming.”

“Twenty-three players is more than enough and, if you have a problem or an opportunity, then I have a few young players in the Academy that I will be more than happy to give an acceleration in their process.”

“I like Cameron Borthwick-Jackson very much but he will go to Wolverhampton to play [on loan] because I have Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind to play left-back. These are the kind of decisions every club makes.”

“I think we are going to have a very quiet week, not surrounded by helicopters waiting for someone to arrive or leave – I am more than happy with the squad I have.”

Whether these quotes are sugarcoated because of Mourinho’s rumoured failure to lure Raphael Varane to United or the boss is indeed happy with the existing squad, one can never know. But, the squad depth and squad management under ‘The Special One’ have indeed been special, as the Portuguese made shrewd signings, as well as made clever loan moves.

Aug 22 2016

Photo: Manchester United confirm defender transfer

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Manchester United have confirmed their defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has left Old Trafford temporarily and completed a loan switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the 2016-17 season.

The 19-year-old came up through the ranks of the Red Devils’ youth system and was one of the star players for United’s Under-21 side in the last season. His form saw being voted as United’s Under-21 Player of the Year earlier in May.

Under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, Borthwick-Jackson was handed the first team debut due to the lack of options in the left-back position. Luke Shaw suffered a horrific injury, which kept him out of action for the majority of the previous campaign.

The left-back made 14 appearances for the Premier League giants and following the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Borthwick-Jackson signed a new deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Talented Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan for the rest of the 2016/17 season.”

“The Mancunian played in the Reserves’ first Premier League 2 game of 2016/17, against Leicester City, and will now link up with Walter Zenga’s side at Molineux as he bids to gain more first-team experience.”

Wolves are in the Championship and Borthwick-Jackson will be looking to gain first team experience and also help them make it to the Premier League next season.

Aug 22 2016

€100m Manchester United transfer target hints at Premier League move


The influx of world class superstars at Manchester United is unlikely to end it seems, as France and Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann has probably hinted that he would fancy a move to Old Trafford in the future.

The 25-year-old signed a contract extension and a new deal will keep him with his current employers until the summer of 2021. He is unlikely to leave the La Liga giants this summer, but could be open to a move to England’s top flight club competition in the future. 

Griezmann has revealed that his childhood idol has been the United legend, David Beckham and the Atletico striker wears No 7 because of the former England international. He also says that he will ponder over coming to Premier League in future, following the footsteps of Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Sergio Aguero- the yesteryear superstar strikers at the Spanish capital club.

Following the Euro Final heartburn and the inception of new season, in an interview with The Guardian, the forward revealed Beckham’s impact, saying: ”I liked him a lot. He was my idol. That’s why I wear a long-sleeved jersey and wear the No7.”

Griezmann also says he will certainly think about a Premier League move in future; ”Yes, why not?,” he answered when being asked about a switch to the Premier League.  If I am out of contract with Atletico I would ask myself that question.” 

On his current team, Atletico, Griezmann said: ”We live well. Personally, it is a club that can bring titles. I really have no desire to go to another club. I want to win titles with Atletico.”

”It’s not a personal mission to win La Liga but I want it very badly. We have strong desire to win both La Liga and the Champions League and I am going to give my all to help my team to succeed. This season I hope we will be better more than ever.”

The forward, who found the net 32 times in 54 games for the club last season, also says that he wants to win La Liga with the Madrid based side.

Griezmann has signed a new extended contract with the club, committing his future to the La Liga club until 2021 and as confirmed by Spanish outlet AS, his release clause stands out at €100 million.

It is certainly not the problem with United and providing the star selling history of Atletico, do not be surprised if Griezmann is seen in Red Devil’s attire, more so because Zlatan Ibrahimovic is at United for two years only ( as confirmed by Mourinho) and Wayne Rooney being at the wrong side of 30. 



Aug 22 2016

Manchester United complete loan deal for striker, defender transfer close: Report


Manchester United have confirmed that the Red Devils and Derby County have reached an agreement for  young striker James Wilson of completing a season long loan move at the Championship side.

Soon after joining the  United youth academy, Wilson made his professional debut for United Under-18s against West Bromwich Albion. Being plagued with ankle injury soon, he had to wait till next season to show his calibre. Became Under 18s highest scorer with 14 goals in  18 league matches.

Having been made the captain of Under-18s, 2013-14 season saw him scoring nine goals in ten appearances, including five goals in six games in the UEFA Youth League. This earned him his dream United debut under club legend Ryan Giggs at the fag end  of that season. He scored a brace against Hull  at Old Trafford.

Wilson saw his game time limited in 2015/16, under Louis van Gaal and the England Under-21s were  sent on loan deals to Brighton & Hove Albion.

With United having quality strikers in abundance with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rahford at their repertoire, it is for the best interest of both parties to send the academy graduate on a loan move, getting him regular starts.

United have stated: ”Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish James good luck for this season.”


United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is all set to join Wolves on a season long loan deal, according to Di Marzio.

As reported, Wolves director Andrea Butti was in attendance at Old Trafford when United beat Southampton. He is looking to seal the deal and his relationship with  Jose Mourinho helped engineering the move.

The versatile left-footed defender(can play as left-back, left centre-back) signed a  four year contract this year after impressive season, which saw him bad the Under-21 Player of the Year.

Borthwick-Jackson missed  United’s pre-season tour with  groin injury, which  may well has triggered his loan move to the Championship side.

United have Luke Shaw as the first choice player in that position. In addition to this, Mourinho has Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind as a back up in that position. A loan move is best for Borthwick-Jackson in order to get some playing time and experience. 

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