Jan 12 2017

Man United Ready To Beat Chelsea To Signing Of £40m Conte Favorite

Tag: Manchester United News @ 5:13 pm

Manchester United are reportedly ready to beat Chelsea to the signature of Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The 22 year old who has 13 caps for the France Under 21 side plays primarily as a defensive midfielder and is valued at around £40m (€46m) by his club. He is also rumoured to be on Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s wish list according to an exclusive report last month in the Times.

Whilst United would be happy to wait until the summer to get Bakayoko, Chelsea’s interest has forced them to make their move mid-season with Mourinho determined to beat his former club to the player who is yet to be capped by the senior French national team.

With Morgan Schneiderlin close to completing his move to Everton and Bastian Schweinsteiger frozen out of the first team, Bakayoko is seen as a player who could come in and make an immediate impact for United this month.  Long term, he is seen as a possible replacement for veteran Michael Carrick by United manager Jose Mourinho.

Bakayoko has been a key part of Monaco’s excellent start to the season and whether they will allow him to leave in January remains to be seen.

The former Rennes man has appeared 27 times for the side currently 2nd in Ligue 1 and with a huge Champions League tie with Manchester City coming up next month, the French side may be reluctant to part with their man who has also chipped in with 2 goals so far this season.

The arrival of Bakayoko would be further evidence of Mourinho’s desire to put his own stamp on the United squad and bring in his own players as soon as possible. With Schneiderlin expected to be followed through the Old Trafford exit by Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay the United boss is quickly banishing the uninspiring Louis Van Gaal era from the memory at Old Trafford.

At 22 Bakayoko has his peak years ahead of him and even though £40m seems an extortionate sum for an uncapped player, the United board have already shown their willingness to back the manager financially as he looks to rebuild the squad he inherited last summer.


Dec 25 2016

Everton send fan a Ross Barkley shirt with Manchester United’s badge on it

Tag: Manchester United News @ 2:35 pm

Everton send fan a Ross Barkley shirt with Manchester United’s badge on it

One Everton fan got a bit of a surprise when he was given a Ross Barkley shirt ordered from the official store as there was a Manchester United badge printed on the bottom of it.

That’s some top trolling from Everton there to do that. To be fair, I’ll take Barkley off Everton’s hands – he can be included in any deal which sees Morgan Schneiderlin or Memphis Depay heads in the other direction.

And to prove it wasn’t a prank, the lad even uploaded a video showing it wasn’t even a sticker!


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Nov 25 2016

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: This is what I really think about Wayne Rooney at Man United

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:30 pm

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: This is what I really think about Wayne Rooney at Man United


Zlatan Ibrahimovic has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney, labelling the 31-year-old as a fantastic person and a perfect player.

The captain impressed Manchester United fans with a commanding performance against Feyenoord on Thursday night, picking up a goal and an assist to wrap up a convincing 4-0 win.

Rooney’s goal – a cooly taken chip in the 35th minute – secured the Englishman’s place as Man United’s all-time leading European goalscorer.

Ibrahimovic, speaking after the game, was quick to shower praise on the 31-year-old.

“First of all as a person he is fantastic. I have [had] the luck to get to know him as a person,” he said.

“As a player, there are no words to say about him because he is the perfect player.

“Everyone knows what he can do and what he has done so I am happy for him that he broke the record.

“When you are a person like that, people are interested and want to know everything. I don’t know what happened – I didn’t even ask him because it’s not important for me.”

Rooney’s performance against Feyenoord was evocative of a happier time in the Englishman’s career. He was faster, more clinical, more energetic, and angry. Angry in the old-fashioned Rooney way, where pent up fury would manifest itself through a rip-roaring performance, as opposed to the current form of angry Rooney, which essentially consists of him shouting expletives at the referee.

The captain clearly felt as if he had a point to prove. This game, you could tell, was significant. Whether such a change of attitude came as a result of recent tabloid noise surrounding his drunken antics is unknown. The prospect of being within touching distance of history – both with the European goalscoring record and all-time goalscoring record – could have also been a motivating factor.

Either way, United fans will hope to see this Rooney more often this season.


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Nov 13 2016

Smalling’s injury another blow for a shaky United defence

Tag: Manchester United Players @ 5:13 am

Although Jose Mourinho’s comments about commitment to the cause after the win over Swansea City were more than likely aimed at Chris Smalling, the defender’s injury gives the Portuguese coach another headache with Arsenal in waiting after the international break.

Manchester United’s success in the Sir Alex Ferguson era was based on great defence, with some legendary partnerships at the heart of the team’s rearguard.

From Pallister and Bruce through to Vidic and Ferdinand, a host of excellent centre-halves have graced the Old Trafford turf in the modern era, but the current crop do not inspire such confidence.

Smalling is set to be on the sidelines for a month with a broken toe and although the England international has not been an automatic first-choice for Mourinho this term, it is robbing the Red Devils of arguably their best defender.

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Oct 26 2016

Ander Herrera explains why Man United performed so well in the second half

Tag: Manchester United News @ 10:40 pm

Ander Herrera explains why Man United performed so well in the second half


Ander Herrera has revealed what changed for Manchester United in the second-half against Manchester City in the EFL Cup.

Jose Mourinho’s side claimed a 1-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s squad as Juan Mata found the only goal of the game at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard was pressing high to win the ball inside Man City’s box and opened up the chance for Mata in the second-half.

Speaking after the game, Herrera explained that Mata’s goal allowed players to remain calm.

“In the first-half it’s always tough as no one wants to lose and there’s tension,” he said.

“In the second-half we were more calm and with Mata scoring the goal it was easier, it’s for the fans and we lost the last derby they were disappointed but now they can be proud.”

Man United looked like a completely different team in the second-half as Luke Shaw came back, despite getting continuously ripped by Jesus Navas in the first-half, a new solid player.

Fans were left furious with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first 45 minutes and Jamie Carragher even labelled it as the big Swede’s worst half of his entire career, but he also came back and held the ball up incredibly well.

What clicked it all into place? A Mourinho prep talk perhaps? We’ll never know but whatever did happen seriously changed the outcome of the game as United were terrible throughout the first-half.


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Oct 21 2016

Chelsea v Manchester United Preview: Can Mou beat the curse of the returning manager?

Tag: Match Preview @ 9:17 am

Chelsea vs Manchester United Prediction, Odds & Preview ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture.

Chelsea vs Manchester United
Premier League 2016/17
23rd October 2016, 16:00 pm BST
Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea Team News & Preview

Chelsea come into this game on back-to-back comfortable Premier League wins – 2-0 at Hull City before the international break and then the 3-0 thrashing of Leicester City last weekend.  Both of these wins to nil coming after Antonio Conte has switched to a 3-4-3 formation.

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Oct 06 2016

Longest odds on Man Utd you should consider

Tag: Betting,Manchester United @ 3:40 pm

In football, like in many other areas, you need to invest if you want to be successful. The more you are willing to invest, the more likely it is to succeed. José Mourinho knows that full well. Despite the fact that the club’s transfer policy has been criticised, we hope that spending all that money will take the club where it belongs – at the very top of English and European football.

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Sep 26 2016

Antonie Griezmann opens up on Atletico Madrid future amid Man United interest

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:30 pm

Antonie Griezmann opens up on Atletico Madrid future amid Man United interest


French striker Antoine Griezmann has pledged his allegiance to Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone amid speculation surrounding a potential move to Manchester United next summer.

Griezmann’s decision to part ways with his agent, electing instead to represent himself, served as a possible sign of the 25-year-old’s desire to seek a move away from the Vicente Calderon.

It was also reported by French paper L’Equipe that it was “only a matter of time” before Griezmann comes to Old Trafford.

However the Frenchman, speaking to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, made it clear he is happy at Atletico, as long as Simeone remains at the club.

“I am very good at Atleti, with my team-mates, I see that we can achieve important things,” Griezmann said.

“With Simeone I am learning so much. Right now, I do not think about anything other than Atleti. The aim is to continue with Atleti and to see the new stadium.

“I was afraid of Simeone leaving this summer – I need to continue learning from him. I called him and he reassured me. I need to work with Simeone, I need to learn from him and Atleti needs it too.”

Griezmann’s future in Spain appears to hinge on how long Simeone – manager since 2011 – stays at the Vicente Calderon. Atletico’s sturdy, almost tribal approach to scalping results stems from the Argentine’s warrior-like persona, and one imagines that his departure will signal a quick decline in potency.

And despite Simeone’s reassuring words to fans and players concerned about his potential departure, speculation surrounding his future continues to loom, meaning that Griezmann – a tricky, effervescent presence at No.9 – could find himself wearing a United short at some point in the near future.


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