Manchester United: Transfer News

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It’s open arms as United welcome back Axel Tuanzebe after his loan spell at newly promoted Aston Villa. The 21-year-old was apart of the squad that saw the club promoted to the Premier League last season, where he made 25 appearances for the Birmingham club. His loan spell came to an end at Villa and Tuanzebe was welcomed back to United with a 3-year contract. Keeping the youngster at the club until June 2022.

Mr ‘goal of the season’, Andreas Pereira, is another of the United players to sign a new contract with the club. The Brazilian international has signed a contract seeing him stay at the club until 2023. Pereira has made his way from the United academy to making 15 appearances for the Red Devils last season. He conceded his first ever goal in the Premier League that saw him win the clubs Goal of the Season Award. The midfielder will be looking for more starts this season as he heads to Australia for pre season with the team.

Ready Or Not?

Inter Milan begin to slow down in the Romelu Lukaku race. United want a refund with a price tag of £75 million, the price they paid for the player in 2017 with the move from Everton. But the Italian club doesn’t seem to be budging with the price tag. This could see the Belgium international go on pre season with United. If inter make a last-minute deal it could mean Marcus Rashford manning the front line at Old Trafford next season.

Take It Or Leave It

Take it or leave it for goal keeper David De Gea as Manchester United make him a whopping 350k weekly wage offer. This would make the United goal keeper the highest paid goal keeper in the world of football. The Spaniard has interest from Real Madrid and PSG as he enters the final year of his contract. Previous talks with Real Madrid may give us hints on where De Gea next destination may be. Will he stay in the Premier League or will he head to the Santiago Bernabéu?

Where’s Pogba?

Everyone headed back to Old Trafford for the start of pre season on Monday. That was except one, of course. Pogba didn’t return to pre season with United, beginning speculation that the French star may be looking for a new move this summer. It’s rumoured that Real Madrid have their eye on Pogba, bringing him to Madrid, joining their newly signed summer transfer, Eden Hazard. The Red Devils have a £170 million price tag for Pogba but they continue to reiterate that he is not for sale. The move will all be down to whether Madrid are ready to pay out for Pogba or will United reject all bids?

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Premier League Review: Match Week 3

The Weekend’s Premier League instalment certainly didn’t disappoint this week, with Pochettino’s fluid Spurs side undoubtedly stealing the headlines.

The Lilywhites thrashed Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford as the home side’s troubled start to the season continued. Jose Mourinho, critical of his players and frustrated at the failure to make further signings, cut a sombre figure at the end, with some wondering whether it might also be the end for the controversial manager if there is a failure to improve.

Strangely he had midfielder Ander Herrera in a three-man central defensive system alongside Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof dropped.

Mourinho was desperate to add central defensive reinforcements in the transfer window, yet he was the man who signed Bailly and Lindelof at a cost of more than £60 million. Is third-year syndrome, when Mourinho either leaves clubs or is moved on, about to bite again? Harry Kane’s header put Spurs in command at the start of the second half. Lucas Moura doubled their lead two minutes later and the Brazilian scored a second late on to make things emphatic.

One hundred per cent records for Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Watford, three wins out of three, so far this season.

Liverpool saw Mohamed Salah’s first-half strike secure a 1-0 victory over a battling Brighton side. Salah, who scored a record 38 goals in the Premier League last season, clinically finished off the inside of the post. Wolves managed a deserved point after they held Manchester City 1-1 at Molineux.

The visitors hit the post twice in the first half – first through Sergio Aguero and then when Wolves keeper Rui Patricio brilliantly turned Raheem Sterling’s 25-yard drive onto the bar. Wolves’ striker Raul Jimenez had a goal ruled out for offside. And the hosts took the lead in controversial fashion when defender Willy Boly’s attempted diving header went in off his hand from Joao Moutinho’s free-kick.

An Aymeric Laporte header rescued a point for the champions. Both sides had opportunities in the closing stages, with Aguero’s free-kick glancing off the bar with virtually the last kick of the game.

Arsenal managed their first win under new head coach Unai Emery, beating West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were caught out on the counter for the opener, West Ham captain Marko Arnautovic slotting low past Petr Cech. Nacho Monreal struck back, firing into an unguarded net after Bellerin’s cross deflected into his path off Alex Iwobi.

Hammers’ debutant Issa Diop diverted Alexandre Lacazette’s volley across the area into his own net and then Danny Welbeck sealed it in added time. The result perhaps flattered Arsenal whose defensive frailties remain.

Chelsea went to Newcastle and turned over the Geordies 2-1. Eden Hazard, on his first start this season, netted from the penalty spot in the 76th minute before substitute Joselu levelled with a terrific header at St James’ Park. But late on Newcastle were sucker punched when Marcos Alonso’s shot deflected in off DeAndre Yedlin. Chelsea dominated the game with 82 per cent possession.

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Premier League News: Weekend Review

 

Man United 2 Arsenal 1

In what was a crucial round of Premier League games, the standout fixture, Man United vs Arsenal, had a far more gentile feel than in years gone by. There have been plenty of dust-ups between the pair, but this was not a day for recrimination.

Arsene Wenger’s old foe Sir Alex Ferguson was in a generous mood as the Frenchman was rightly lauded at Old Trafford for all he has done for football. And while the Gunners won the title there in 2002, this time it was United triumphant 2-1 on the day.

Both teams have been eclipsed by ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City this season, United at least though had the opportunity to cement second place and claim the “best of the rest” prize.

Sir Alex was master of ceremonies in a pre-match presentation to Wenger who will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after 22 years as manager. The crowd applauded as Wenger received a silver vase and the pair embraced in what Wenger would later call a “classy” touch. It was a sign of the enduring respect the former rivals hold for one another.

When play got underway it was United who opened the scoring when a header from former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez was knocked on to the post by Hector Bellerin, Paul Pogba then stabbed home the rebound.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalised, gifted plenty of space to weave and strike through the legs of Victor Lindelof.

But United had the last laugh with an injury-time winner from Marouane Fellaini. The bruising midfielder was a constant threat in the air as United bombarded the Arsenal penalty area, and the pressure finally paid off with two minutes remaining.

It felt almost like a testimonial game, with Arsenal playing mostly reserves, resting the first team ahead of the Europa League semi-final second leg.

 

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Fellaini’s game winning header all but assures United of second place

West Ham 1 Man City 4

Manchester City’s Premier League victory celebrations continued with a comprehensive 4-1 demolition of West Ham.

And in the process, they hit another milestone – 100 Premier League goals for the season. History was also made, as they became only the second Premier League side to win 30 league games in a campaign.

The champions took the lead when Leroy Sane’s shot deflected off the head of Patrice Evra and wrong-footed Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

A comedy of defensive errors culminated in a Pablo Zabaleta own goal for their second.

Aaron Cresswell pulled one back with a sumptuous free kick. However, not long after Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho finished off the hopeless Hammers, who are still in danger of being dragged into a late relegation battle.

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Aaron Cresswell’s brilliant Free-Kick turned out to be nothing more than a consolation.

Liverpool 0 Stoke City 0

Following their great Champions League feats in the week, a tired-looking Liverpool could only manage a 0-0 draw against relegation-haunted Stoke at Anfield.

The Reds goal machine Mo Salah for once misfired in a rare off game for the PFA player of the year, while the Potters feeble attack line has been misfiring all season.

Swansea 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea, hanging on the coattails of Tottenham in the race for a Champions League place next season, scraped a 1-0 victory away to Swansea.

In the process, Cesc Fabregas notched his 50th Premier League goal, a wonderfully improvised finish that turned out to be enough on the day, as Swansea failed to make their few chances count.

But troubled manager Antonio Conte admitted that the “situation is not in our hands”, as even if Chelsea manage to beat Liverpool next weekend, the Reds need only a win at home to Brighton to confirm Champions League football for another year.

Swansea meanwhile are back deep in the relegation mire.

Southampton 2 Bournemouth 1

Speaking of the relegation dogfight, Southampton triumphed in the South Coast derby against Bournemouth, who have already assured their Premier League status for another year.

A Dusan Tadic doubled inspired the Saints to a crucial victory, which leaves them just a point behind Swansea in 18th place.

Crystal Palace 5 Leicester 0

Palace meanwhile are all but safe after a stunning 5-0 victory over seemingly ‘on the beach’ Leicester. Wilfried Zaha was the catalyst, contributing a goal of his own early on, with MacArthur, Loftus-Cheek and Van Ahnholt compounding the misery.

A late penalty by Christian Benteke ended the Belgian’s long goal drought, to round off a thoroughly convincing win at Selhurst Park.

Huddersfield 0 Everton 2

Huddersfield might just be looking over their shoulder, as a home defeat to Everton leaves them on 35 points, just three above the drop zone.

Newcastle 0 West Brom 1

Many would have labelled Saturday’s encounter on Tyneside this weekend as a bit of damp squib but try telling that to Albion fans. A 1 -0 win at Newcastle courtesy of winger Matt Phillips, means they aren’t relegated – for now at least.

Burnley 0 Brighton 0
And finally, Europe chasing Burnley took on Brighton at Turf Moor, with the two sides playing out a 0-0 draw. It leaves Burnley still in the hunt for Europa League qualification, but the less said about this one, the better.

 

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Liverpool draw a blank against Southampton

Liverpool faced one of their toughest tasks in their race for Champions League qualification to date… Southampton. The Reds have met Southampton 3 times already this season and have failed to score on all three occasions. The Reds dominated the game in terms of possession but failed for produce that moment of magic to break the Southampton defence. Liverpool were awarded a penalty but James Milner failed to convert from the spot for the first time in his Liverpool career. Klopp’s side are currently 3rd in the table, if they win all of their remaining games they will playing in the Champions League next season.

Claude Puel said after the match:

“It was difficult for them to come into our box and for me it was a harsh penalty and a good save. It was a deserved point.”

Liverpool’s next game is on 14th May 2017 against West Ham United.

Arsenal welcome Manchester United to The Emirates

Manchester United arrived at the Emirates in good form, on Thursday they secured a 1-0 away win against Celta Vigo in the Champions League. The Red Devils were also on a 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, their last defeat came against Chelsea back in October.

The first 30 minutes of the game was uneventful both sides wanted to keep things tight and grow in to the game. Out of nowhere Arsenal midfielder Xhaka let a shot fly from 35-yards out, the shot took a massive deflection off Herrera and left De Gea with no chance. Following the goal Arsenal were full of confidence and managed to bag a second goal thanks to a Welbeck header.

Mourinho did react to the goals and brought on Rashford and Lingard, despite their best efforts Arsenal managed to hold on to their lead and won the game 2-0. This was Wenger’s first ever Premier League win over Mourinho and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Jose Mourinho holds first Manchester United press conference

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has held his first press conference since taking charge of the Old Trafford club.

‘The Special One’ took charge of the Red Devils after previous manager Louis Van Gaal was sacked in May, shortly after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

At his first press conference the 53-year-old stated, “I think it is a job everyone wants and not many have a chance to have and I have it.”

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager has wasted little time in making additions to his squad having already secured the signatures of defender Eric Bailly (FC Villarreal) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) and Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG).

These signings are certainly exciting additions to the Manchester United squad and they are sure to be fan favourites at The Theatre of Dreams.

Another superstar could soon be about to join the ranks with rumours circulating that France and Juventus star Paul Pogba could be on his way to the Premier League in a deal worth £100 million.

Mourinho looking to bring titles back to Manchester United in the 2016/17 season

After rivals Manchester City unveiled new manager Pep Guardiola on Sunday, Mourinho laid down the gauntlet to his old foe, stating that he is at United to “win it all”.

Mourinho said in his press conference: “It would be quite pragmatic to say let’s work and let’s try to be back to the Champions League, be back to the top four.

“I am not good on that and I didn’t want to be good on that. I am more aggressive. We want to win. I want everything. I want to win matches, I want to play well.”

The Portuguese maestro then went on to add that the style of play under previous managers David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal would be a thing of the past, saying: “I could not approach this job in a defensive point of view by saying the best we did was fourth and the FA Cup.

“I can’t go there. The last three years, I want to forget. I don’t want the players to start by thinking we have to do better.”

Mourninho will be the first Manchester United manager in 29-years to begin a season without Ryan Giggs at the club.

The record-appearance holder has been part of the coaching staff in recent-years but has ended his nearly three-decade association with the club.

But Mourinho has vowed to move club captain Wayne Rooney further up the field saying: “Maybe he is not a striker any more, maybe he is not a number nine any more, but with me he will never be a number six or somebody who plays 50 metres away from the goal.”

One thing is for sure the season is sure to be an explosive one with Mourinho at the helm.

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Jose Mourinho confirmed as new Manchester United manager

Manchester United have confirmed Jose Mourinho as their new manager, with the ‘Special One’ signing a three-year-deal at Old Trafford.

On Monday United announced that manager Louis Van Gaal would leave the club, 48-hours after delivering the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley; the clubs first win in the competition for 12-years.

Mourinho won the Premier League title with Chelsea in the 2014/15 season, but was unable to reach the same levels in 2015/16 and left Stamford Bridge in December. But his record as a manager is unrivalled, particularly in the Premier League where his 66% win ratio is the best in the history of the league.

After a turbulent two seasons under Van Gaal, which has seen vocal criticism from both fans and pundits for the style of play, it will be interesting to see how Mourinho changes things. But one thing is for certain, ‘The Special One’ guarantees success.

Manchester United a special club for the Special One

Manchester United released a statement saying: “Jose, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.”

While Mourinho added, “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”

The move also adds another fascinating subplot to the Manchester Derby, as Mourinho goes head-to-head with new Man City manager Pep Guardiola. The pair enjoyed a superb rivalry when in they were in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona – and fans will be hoping for the same levels of drama.

While the potential signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will excite the Old Trafford crowds.

One thing is for sure the Premier League needs Mourinho and it is great to have him back.