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Tuesday, November 08, 2022


EPL: Manchester United pick two strikers to replace C Ronaldo

Manchester United have identified strikers to sign in the next summer transfer window as replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The players are Dusan Vlahovic from Juventus and RB Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko.

Ronaldo is expected to leave Old Trafford either in January and in the summer of 2023 when his current deal will expire.

The other options for the United’s point man position, Anthony Martial is regularly battling with injuries while Marcus Rashford enjoys operating out wide most of the time.

The Red Devils are heading back to the transfer market of United in the summer and both Vlahovic and Sesko are being considered as their targets up front, reports the Telegraph.

22-year-old Vlahovic moved to Juventus from Fiorentina in January and he has been a hit at Juve, scoring 13 goals in his first 25 Serie A games for the club.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2022


Transfer: Man Utd take decision on allowing Wan-Bissaka join EPL rivals

Manchester United have received offers from Crystal Palace and West Ham about signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to The Athletic.

It’s believed both bids were rejected as the Red Devils.

United don’t have any intention to sell or loan the 24-year-old right-back before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

If Wan-Bisssaka was to depart a replacement would be required to ensure manager Erik ten Hag has two options in that position.

There is little expectation of that happening at this late stage.

Wan-Bissaka moved to Old Trafford three years ago in a deal worth £50 million. Dailypost 

Saturday, August 27, 2022


Osimhen’s agent debunks Man Utd rumour, Ronaldo’s swap deal

Robert Calenda, agent to Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen has denied reports his client could join Manchester United this summer.

Reports emerged in Italy on Friday that Osimhen is a subject of swap deal with Manchester United involving Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes is reportedly working on a deal that will bring Osimhen to Manchester United and his star client to Napoli on loan.

Napoli, according to the report are also demanding €120 to sell their star striker.

Calenda has however debunked the report circulating around and stated
that there are no ongoing negotiations with Manchester United.

“No ongoing negotiations, no swap deals,” Calenda wrote on Twitter handle.

“Osimhen is a Napoli player and wants to play in the Champions League with his Napoli side after conquering it on the pitch with pride along with his teammates and the coach.”

The 23-year-old has scored 30 goals in 64 appearances for the Partenopei.


Monday, August 15, 2022


Transfer: Man Utd consider selling C Ronaldo with only one Champions League club interested

Manchester United are considering selling Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

And according to Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, Atletico Madrid are the only club interested in signing the player.

Ronaldo is keen to feature in the Champions League this season, something the LaLiga club can offer him.

Balague claims Atletico’s boss, Diego Simeone, also wants Ronaldo to come and replicate Luis Suarez’s impact at the club.

Atletico are now looking at a possible deal that would please the 37-year-old’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

“Manchester United have considered the departure of #CR7 for a while, Ragnick thought getting rid of him was essential for the good of the team. But only one club really interested but can’t adjust the numbers

Simeone wants him at Atl├ętico to do a Luis Suarez with him. And CR7 likes the idea and might explain his behaviour.

“Atl├ętico looking at all kinds of possibilities to please Simeone…and Jorge Mendes who has an exceptional relationship with the decision-makers at the club,” Balague tweeted. Dailypost 

Monday, August 08, 2022


Transfer: Ten Hag speaks on Man Utd signing Arnautovic after latest defeat

Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has reacted to reports linking his team to sign Bologna striker, Marko Arnautovic.

Man United have been linked with Arnautovic this summer.

Speaking on the development after Man United’s Premier League 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Sunday, Ten Hag refused to confirm a move for the 33-year-old Austrian attacker.

Asked about Arnautovic and the need to reinforce his attack line this summer, Ten Hag told reporters at his post-match press conference: “I don’t go into names because I think in this pre-season maybe 250 players are linked with Man United, so that’s it.

“We have two strikers, maybe a third one with Rashford as well – who we considered as a striker, but he had a really good pre-season on the left side and also today he had two really good chances coming in from the left-hand side.

“So I think it was the right decision to do it like this. But we didn’t have the typical nine, it was not available today.” Dailypost 

Tuesday, May 03, 2022


EPL: Real reasons Man Utd re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo – Roy Keane

Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club was “a short-term fix for the fans and the share price”.

Keane stated this on Monday night, after Ronaldo scored his 18th Premier League goal in the 3-0 drubbing of Brentford.

However, Keane insists there is “no logic” to any possibility of letting Ronaldo leave Old Trafford.

“It [Ronaldo’s signing] was a short-term fix, for the fans, for the share price. But he has still scored the goals.

“I just think with the goals that he has got, his performances, warrants staying at the club. But Manchester United have to get players around him, they have to get other strikers in, there has to be competition for places.

“If the leading goalscorer, the man you are depending on, is 37 years of age then that is certainly not good but I would certainly be holding onto Ronaldo,” Keane told Monday Night Football. Dailypost 

Thursday, April 21, 2022


EPL: Man Utd reveal next permanent manager to players

Manchester United have informed the players that Erik ten Hag will be appointed as their next permanent manager imminently.

The UK Mirror reports an official announcement will be made after their trip to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

United’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Tuesday night, shows the scale of the task ahead for Ten Hag.

The 52-year-old will be tasked with rebuilding the club from this summer.

That has already begun after United’s chief scout, Jim Lawlor, and Marcel Bout, head of global scouting, both left the club on Wednesday.

Lawlor joined United in 2005 under Sir Alex Ferguson and was promoted to chief scout in 2014.

Bout came in under former United boss Louis van Gaal, initially as a coach, before moving into a scouting role. Dailypost

Wednesday, April 06, 2022


EPL: Fresh details emerge of Rangnick’s next role at Man Utd

Ralf Rangnick will work only six days in a month, when he begins a consultancy role at Manchester United this summer, SportsMail reports.

The German, who is currently the interim manager of the first team, has agreed a two-year stay beyond this season.

Although United have remained tight-lipped on the details of his next role, it is understood that it would constitute 144 days’ work should Rangnick remain at Old Trafford until 2024.

The 63-year-old has not been consulted in the Red Devils’ hunt for a permanent manager, with Mauricio Pochettino of Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag the frontrunners for the job after talks.

Rangnick’s part-time duties at United are likely to depend on which manager is appointed.

But there is a real mystery surrounding what will be expected of him, with Darren Fletcher, John Murtough and Matt Judge in charge of the various aspects of the club’s football operations. Dailypost 

Tuesday, March 08, 2022


EPL: Awful body language – Rio Ferdinand blasts Man Utd stars after defeat to City

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has blasted the club’s players for their ‘awful’ body language during their Premier League derby defeat against Manchester City on Sunday.

Ferdinand said that all Man United players are trying to be friends and no one is ready to put ‘someone’s nose out of joint’ against Man City.

Man City defeated Man United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium, thanks to two goals each from Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.

Giving his verdict on the match, Ferdinand said in his Vibe With Five YouTube channel, “I feel from the outside looking in, they all just want to be mates. No one wants to put someone’s nose out of joint. It’s like they are all in an office job in the city. They are all being nice and they don’t really like each other but they won’t tell each other.”

“To win, you have got to be pulling people about telling them you are rubbish, sort yourself out. You don’t have to be that aggressive either… It can be a simple conversation. Please tell me they are (doing that).

“I don’t see a response. Their body language is awful, walking about slumped, like the world’s against them, looking unhappy. You are playing for Man United, in a derby, do you know how much those fans in that stadium would give to be on that pitch and you are walking around like, ‘I could be doing better things than this on a Sunday.'” Dailypost

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


EPL: Man Utd finishing in second position is not an achievement – Ole Solskjaer

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted that finishing second in the Premier League is not an achievement.

The Red Devils have a strong grip on second spot with two fixtures left.
If United beat Fulham on Tuesday night, they would seal their runners-up spot.

It would be an improvement on last year’s third-placed finish under Solskjaer – the first time the club has secured successive top four finishes since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

But Solskjaer has refused to accept the idea that United finishing second would be an achievement for the club.

“For the last few years they have been taken by the same two teams and for us to go into them and divide them it’s good, it’s a good performance but we can’t say it’s an achievement, it’s not an achievement.

“We’ve taken steps as a team but we’re not where we want to be, we know we have some deficiencies as a group there’s parts of the game that we need to improve on but I’ve felt we’ve made strides in most places and I’ve been very pleased with the players and I’ve got to say I’ve been impressed by them but we want to take the next step as well,” he told a press conference on Monday. Dailypost

Tuesday, May 11, 2021


'He's been unbelievable' - Priceless Edinson Cavani brings more to Manchester Utd than goals

For all the talk of summer transfer budgets and the constraints imposed after another season impacted by Covid-19, there are some things money cannot buy.

The experience that Edinson Cavani has brought to Manchester United’s forward line is priceless, with his decision to stay with the club for another season one that has saved United millions this summer.

Speak to anyone at the club and they could talk about Cavani's impressive goalscoring record, including 10 goal involvements in his last seven games, but the first thing that gets mentioned is how he is teaching those around him. 

“In the last month or so he’s been unbelievable,”  Luke Shaw told Sky Sports after United’s 3-1 Premier League win away to Aston Villa. “Not just the goals but the experience he brings to the team and the younger players.

"He pushes them a lot and hopefully he can keep doing that towards the end of the season.”

United’s first-half performance at Villa Park left them screaming out for the Uruguay international. They were again lacking that focal point up top; something which has been true in many of the games when Cavani has not featured. 

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood were switching between the central striker position, but too often they drifted out to the wings or dropped too deep. They are both top level forwards but neither, at this moment in time, have honed their craft as real No.9s.

At the other end of the spectrum is Cavani.

His finishing is as clinical as you could imagine for a 34-year-old who has played at the highest level for 17 years, but it is his movement which is on another plane.
His goal off the bench on Sunday was a perfect example, as he darted between Matty Cash and Ezri Konsa to get on the end of a very good cross from Rashford.
It was an elite finish, but his vision and movement really took the breath away.
“He’s the centre forward you want in the box. His movement is incredible and it’s something everyone can learn from,” manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said in the past.
Greenwood does not have much to learn when it comes to finishing. That might be a big statement to make on behalf of someone who is just 19, but his goal on Sunday further added to that argument.

He threw Tyrone Mings off with ease after a jinking turn, before finishing at the near post. It was his 16th Premier League goal and makes him the highest goalscoring teenager in the club’s history.

Although his finishing is not under any question, both he and Rashford can learn from what Cavani does in the box. 

It is what the former Paris Saint-Germain star does off the ball which really adds to United’s attacking play. He knows precisely how to time his runs, how to play on the shoulder of the defender and drop his marker and how to drag the opposition across the box to give his team-mates more space.

Add to that, his vision is second to none.

They are all attributes that he has learned over nearly two decades of playing top-level football. So while big-money figures are thrown about for the likes of Erling Haaland and Harry Kane - both of which would be a great fit in United’s system - Cavani has a level of experience that neither of them could bring.

While there is genuine belief that Greenwood has a long career ahead as a No.9, he needs to learn from Cavani while he can.

"He’s learning on the job which is not easy. It’s difficult and he’s had to bear a lot of responsibility and he’s popped up with so many important goals for us," Solskjaer said.

"The kid just turns the game around in one split second and the goal against Villa was excellent, so I’m delighted that he’s got back to his goalscoring best and he’s learning more and more all the other bits as well."

You can see why Solskjaer has done everything he can to persuade him to stay, despite his apparent wish to return to South America. 

Cavani's goal involvements are vital, but his influence on the training ground is just as important.

He is the master teaching the apprentices, and another year of that is priceless for Solskjaer’s long-term plan. (Goal)

Friday, April 16, 2021


Europa League semi-final: Ole Solskjaer warns Man Utd about one Roma player

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said Edin Dzeko will pose the biggest threat when they face Roma in the Europa League semi-finals.

United confirmed their place in the last four thanks to a 4-0 aggregate win over Granada.

Roma await in the next round after the Italian side advanced with a 3-2 aggregate win over Ajax.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also in line to face his former side although Chris Smalling is likely to miss out through injury.

“I’ve not really seen too much of them. I know they’ve had two good games against Ajax where they defended well, as Italian teams always do.

“They are an experienced team and we all know Dzeko. Any ball in the box is a dangerous one.

“We are looking forward to it, we are in the semi now and it feels like a proper European tie.

“Roma is a club with loads of traditional and history but we have done well against Italian teams before,” Solskjaer told BT Sport. Dailypost

Saturday, March 06, 2021


EPL: Pep Guardiola identifies 5 Man Utd players who will be threats to Man City

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has named playmaker Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Dan James and Edinson Cavani, as the biggest threats in Manchester United’s team, ahead of Sunday’s Derby.

Guardiola feels United are “so strong in all departments”, but named Fernandes and Cavani as players to watch out for.

Both Manchester clubs face each other with City looking to maintain their 28-match unbeaten run.

United, however, are on a 21-match unbeaten streak in away Premier League matches.

“They are so strong in all departments.

“Defensively. Bruno Fernandes, the speed upfront with [Dan] James, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial.

“The experience of Cavani, a player I admire the most for what he’s done with his career. It’s Manchester United.

“It’s a privilege to compete with them, to be in front of them. Tomorrow is no exception. It’s our target to do what we’ve done later,” Guardiola said. Dailypost

Monday, January 18, 2021


Man Utd's slim title hopes may rest on Paul Pogba form - Gary Neville

Paul Pogba may hold the key for Manchester United's slim Premier League title hopes, Gary Neville insists in his latest podcast.

Despite sitting top of the Premier League in a bizarre season, Manchester United are currently third favourites with the bookies to win their first title since 2013

Pogba has been given a run in the side by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and after hitting the winner at Burnley in midweek, the Frenchman again had the chance to be the matchwinner at Liverpool on Super Sunday, seeing a late effort saved by Alisson in the goalless draw.

Neville, speaking in his latest podcast, says title winners need the belief and positive arrogance that Pogba possesses, and insists if United are to win it, it will be down to a run of special form from the midfielder, if he can find it.

"I think Manchester United's chances of winning this league are slim - Liverpool and Man City are still the best two teams in this league.

"But the slim chance they have to win this league will depend on something like Paul Pogba delivering a cameo of two or three months of brilliance, which he is capable of.

"He's got confidence, he's got arrogance - good arrogance, in a sense that he believes in himself. He thinks he should be playing in the biggest games in the world, and winning titles, and thinking positive thoughts, thinking you're the best is a big thing when you're looking to win.

"Just in that last 20 minutes, I felt United just had that little bit of missing belief. It's not a long way away, but that's the bit that will stop them winning the title.

"I thought it was tough for him on Sunday. I've seen it over the years, where Sir Alex Ferguson had to put Wayne Rooney or Danny Welbeck out on that right-hand side, and it's not easy when you don't play there, to play there. It's easier to come off the left onto your right and slip inside, but it's not natural for them on that right wing, so I thought he was given a tough gig on Sunday in terms of his natural position.

"If you asked Paul Pogba: you can play any position in midfield or any up front, that's the one he wouldn't pick, right of midfield. I didn't criticise his performance at Anfield because I thought it was a tough gig - the same with Rashford, who prefers to play on the left - but I do think he can have a big influence on United." (Skysport)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Man Utd keeper Pereira explains reason for Hearts loan

Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Periera has explained his reasons for going out on loan to Hearts.

The Portuguese under-21 international will spend the coming season at Tynecastle.

The youngster is hoping that he can gain first-team experience and prove his value to the United coaching staff.

“I spoke with the staff at Manchester United and the idea was for me to get out on loan and to get as many minutes as I can,” he told Hearts TV.

“I’ve been working with David de Gea and Sergio Romero for some time now and it’s amazing. Lee Grant is also there and they are like big brothers to me.

“They only want the best for me and are always trying to help. Being around world-class ‘keepers has definitely made me a batter goalkeeper and also a better person. The GK union is amazing there!

‘When I was younger I was a fan of van der Sar. I’ve had the chance to meet him at the training ground.

“Manchester United have had some unbelievable goalkeepers; Schmeichel, Barthez, van der Sar and now David de Gea. Hopefully, they can continue this legacy.”


Sunday, August 11, 2019


Martial vs Rashford: Dimitar Berbatov picks his preferred Man Utd No.9

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov has picked his preferred Red Devils main No.9 striker between Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Man United sold Striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan on transfer deadline day and their efforts to sign a replacement for the Belgium international proved unsuccessful.

Recalls that Lukaku joined Antonio Conte’s men from Manchester United on Thursday night.

The former Chelsea and Everton star joined the Serie A giants on a five-year deal for £73million.

Berbatov now wants Rashford to play like Man United’s main striker ahead of Martial this season.

Asked who should play in the No.9 role at Man United this term, Berbatov told MEN Sport: “Marcus Rashford. I’m a big fan of Anthony Martial and played with him at Monaco, but I’d keep him on the left where he can cut inside and shoot.

“When you a play a mobile front three they can switch and confuse defenders, so I hope to see United’s frontmen mixing it up in this one.”


Friday, August 09, 2019


Transfer deadline: Man Utd star angry after club blocks last-minute exit

Manchester United defender, Marcos Rojo, was left annoyed after his proposed move to Everton failed, SportsMail reports.

The Argentina star has made only 18 appearances in the past two seasons and had been persuaded to leave Old Trafford.

A loan was put in place, but United changed the parameters on Thursday morning and the deal collapsed.

Everton had offloaded defender Matty Pennington to Hull on loan and let Mo Besic join Sheffield United for the season, with the hope of landing Rojo.

However, the Toffees did beat the deadline, to complete a dramatic late swoop to sign Alex Iwobi from Arsenal for £40million.

Everton had failed with a £30m offer for attacking midfielder Iwobi on Wednesday.


Saturday, March 30, 2019


EPL managers react to Solskjaer’s appointment as Man Utd’s Permanent Manager

 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United’s permanent manager, several reactions have been trailing the news recent reactions include a bunch of English Premier League (EPL) managers who have added their voice to the lots.
Recall that Solskjaer was on Thursday appointed as Man United’s new permanent manager after winning 14 of his 19 matches in charge as caretaker manager.
Reacting to Solskjaer’s appointment, Everton manager, Marco Silva was quoted by Manchester Evening News as saying: “He has shown his quality as a manager. For me, it is not a surprise. Since he joined they have improved. He is deserving of this new contract.”
On his part, Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “I think he has done a fantastic job so far. The wins he has managed with the team are fabulous and I think because of his history as a player, the fans love him and he is in a very good standing there. He showed that he can handle this job, so it’s not the worst decision.”
Also, West Ham United manager, Manuel Pellegrini said: “I think it’s a manager that knows the club and that is very important. I wish him for him to be a very successful manager in the next three years, especially winning this weekend. They play against Watford.
“I don’t think it’s about age. I think he’s done the perfect job there. I want to congratulate him. He had some good wins, I wish him all the best for the future.”
Reacting, Burnley manager, Sean Dyche said: “Solskjaer has brought a different feel to it, partly because of his history and the fantastic player that he was, but also his links with the club. Micky Phelan going back in as well, maybe it’s a different inside understanding of how that works.
“From the outside, that seems to have been important and the players have grown from that as well. The feeling has changed around the stadium and in general. Even at the level, with the quality of their players, they can still get a bit tight about things. There has been a looseness and free way to how they’ve been playing and delivering performances.”
On his part, Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers said: “Firstly, congratulations to Ole because he’s done a great job since going in. He knows the club inside out. There’ll be a great challenge for him, but he’s definitely had a response from the players since he’s gone in, so I’m sure he’ll look to continue with it.
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“He knows the fabric of the club. He knows the identity and he has that affinity with the supporters, which is a good start, but ultimately, he’s got results. He’s maximised what he has from the players in the period of time he’s been in.”

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Sports: Tottenham to face Man City, Man Utd draw Barcelona in Champions League quarter-finals

Tottenham to face Man City, Man Utd draw Barcelona in Champions League quarter-finals
Tottenham have been drawn against Manchester City in an all-English Champions League quarter-final tie, while Manchester United will face Barcelona.
In the other two ties, last season's finalists Liverpool were drawn against Porto, while Real Madrid's conquerors Ajax will face Juventus.

Read also: Arsenal book Napoli in Europa quarter-finals  
Full Champions League quarter-final draw
Ajax vs Juventus
Liverpool vs Porto
Tottenham vs Manchester City
Barcelona vs Manchester United

Friday, February 22, 2019


Sports: Rashford may force Lukaku out of Man Utd

Rashford may force Lukaku out of Man Utd
Romelu Lukaku could be the victim of Marcus Rashford’s rise to Manchester United’s primary attacking option, according to Danny Higginbotham.
sLukaku has been on the decline since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford, scoring just two goals in five starts under the United caretaker boss.
Rashford has however seized the opportunity to lead the United line with both hands, firing seven goals in his last 10 appearances.
Higginbotham, speaking on The Debate, explained that Rashford’s form and fluidity in attack could leave Lukaku surplus to requirement at Old Trafford this summer.
“It would be a huge step back if Rashford had to take a step backwards after what he has done.
“If Solskjaer does get the job, I don’t see Lukaku staying. We’ve seen he likes the flexible front three.
“Lukaku is a fantastic centre forward but he is a centre forward, whereas Rashford will interchange with (Jesse) Lingard and (Anthony) Martial.
“Can Rashford be that one No 9 at United? I don’t think there is the necessity to have a No 9 because of the way that they play.
“Rashford can play in a number of different ways, and because of that I’d be very surprised if Lukaku didn’t go in the summer,” he said.
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