Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United officially announced that midfielder Marouane Fellaini has signed a new contract with the club.

The Belgian international has played a critical role for the country at the World Cup. Despite not playing in a regular role under Jose Mourinho, Fellaini has committed to two more years at Old Trafford with an option for a third year after making 156 appearances in the last five seasons. Said the midfielder: "I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve. I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead."
Jul 1 - 2:25 PM

Roberto Martinez is expected to make a raft of changes as Belgium face England in the final game of Group G on Thursday.

Following back-to-back wins, both sides have comfortably qualified for the knockout phase and their focus will now shift to the Last 16. The Red Devils manager refused to rule out the possibility of making up-to 10 changes which would include Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens who picked up minor knocks during the win over Tunisia. Romelu Lukaku is a concern after a scan confirmed he suffered "external ligament" damage to his left foot. Meanwhile, those players who have already been booked in the competition will not be risked – Kevin de Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Meunier – for fear of collecting another yellow card and receiving an automatic one-match ban. Vincent Kompany will be handed his first minutes of the 2018 World Cup following his recovery from a slight groin strain and he could be partnered alongside Thomas Vermaelen as he continues to build fitness after a recent hamstring injury.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 27 - 8:35 AM

Bayern Munich reveal Jerome Boateng is not "unsellable" and the Bundesliga Champions are prepared to listen to "important" offers for the centre-back.

Manchester United have been monitoring the situation closely, and according to CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Boateng could leave at the right price. The 29-year-old is said to be one of several backline targets as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his defensive options. Victor Lindelof has struggled since arriving at the club while Eric Bailly is fast becoming an injury liability. Despite returning from a ruptured ACL in December, Marcos Rojo was unable to nail down regular game time. With Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian expected to leave, the United boss is considering other options and the Germany international appears to fit the bill. Boateng spent a season at local-rivals City back in 2011 before moving to Munich, but in a recent interview with Socrates magazine, he hinted that he might leave: "I've experienced everything at FC Bayern. Do I, time and time again, want to prove myself at the same club with the same pre-conditions?"
Source: The Metro
Jun 13 - 10:51 AM

Marcus Rashford has emerged as an early doubt for the World Cup opener against Tunisia although Gareth Southgate insists the Manchester United attacker is not a serious injury concern.

The England manager confirmed Rashford picked up a "slight knock" which would be assessed ahead of the group’s first training session in Repino on Wednesday. "[It’s] nothing too serious," he said to the BBC in an interview at St Petersburg airport. "Other than that, everybody came through fine." Rashford is vying with Raheem Sterling for a place in the starting XI on Monday following his wonder strike against Costa Rica at Elland Road last week which capped an excellent performance. Southgate said he would "probably know" his line-up if the game was tomorrow but insists there was still plenty of time for players to stake their claim. "We have another week of preparation and a lot of competition for places. That is good, things can change pretty quickly."
Jun 12 - 6:00 PM

New Manchester United signing Frederico Rodrigues Santos, or Fred for short, will be assessed after picking up an injury in training on Thursday.

The £52 million Brazil star was announced as United’s latest signing on Tuesday after Ukrainian Champions Shakhtar Donetsk agreed a deal. Fred is currently preparing with the national team ahead of the World Cup, but his availability in Russia was thrown into doubt following a heavy challenge by teammate Casemiro in training which ended his session prematurely. The extent of the injury will hopefully be known by Friday: "Today Fred had trauma in his ankle. It is too early to say, we have to see how he develops in the next 24 hours," team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said. "He started working out right after. Tomorrow we will know whether he will have to be further examined or not." Brazil kick-off their campaign in 10 days against Switzerland, and if there are any doubts over his fitness, Fred is likely to miss this weekend’s final warm-up game in Austria.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 7 - 4:33 PM

Manchester United have completed the signing of 19 year-old right-back Diogo Dalot from Portuguese side Porto.

United paid out the release clause in the youngster's contract, meaning that they have got a great deal at £19 million if he meets José Mourinho's appraisal as the "best young full-back in Europe". Dalot is a youth product of Porto and has made 7 senior appearances, including one against Liverpool in the 0-0 draw in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16. Dalot will provide competition for current starting player Antonio Valencia, who is advancing into his thirties. The arrival of Dalot is expected to expedite the departures of Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, both of whom are surplus to requirements under Mourinho.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 6 - 4:49 PM

Manchester United have completed their first bit of summer transfer business by signing Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The transfer fee for the midfielder is reportedly £47m. The 24 year old, part of Brazil's hotly tipped World Cup squad, has been in Europe starring for Shakhtar since 2011 when he arrived from Internacional. He has won a number of domestic titles with the Ukrainian giants and featured in both of Europe's club competitions. South American football expert Tim Vickery compares Fred to his compatriot and now cross-city rival Fernandinho. Fred is short, strong, and has the stamina to maintain a box to box game. One would imagine that Ander Herrera's place in United's first preference midfield trio with Pogba and Matic has likely vanished.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 5 - 6:53 PM

Sergio Romero has been ruled out of this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

The Argentine Football Federation confirmed on Tuesday that the Manchester United goalkeeper will undergo surgery to remedy a "joint blockage in his right knee". Romero had just returned to the United first-team on the final day of the Premier League season having sustained an injury while on international duty. However, he was dropped for the FA Cup final six days later due to a lack of fitness affording David de Gea only his second start of the competition. "Romero was injured for a long, long time," Jose Mourinho said in the build-up to Wembley. "He was injured for two and something months. It’s not about trust, it’s not about confidence in him." Romero was initially named in Argentina’s 23-man squad, but it remains unclear whether he suffered a setback in training with the national team or whether he arrived carrying the problem. There has been no official timeline offered at this stage. Nahuel Guzman has been called up.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 23 - 7:52 AM

David de Gea will start in this weekends FA Cup final because Sergio Romero is not fully match fit following his recent knee injury.

Jose Mourinho confirmed during Fridays press conference: "De Gea plays, because [Romero] was injured for a long, long time. He was injured for two and something months," he said, before adding: "It’s not about trust, it’s not about confidence in him." And despite the rumour mill going into overdrive, there is no reason to doubt his reasoning behind the decision. In 2016/17, Mourinho backed his Number Two throughout United’s Europa League campaign, he started every game, including the final, which was arguably a much bigger fixture and ultimately meant qualification to the Champions League competition. Elsewhere, Anthony Martial has been cleared after recovering from a minor knee injury but a decision on Romelu Lukaku, who missed the last three games of the season will be a late call. "I don't want to lie to you and say he doesn't play and then he plays, so we have to wait."
May 19 - 5:38 AM

Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial look to be winning their race to be fit for this weekends FA Cup final at Wembley.

Lukaku has just returned from a stint of rehab in Belgium after missing the final three games of the campaign with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, concerns over the fitness of Martial have been quashed after he picked a knee problem in training last Friday. Both players were pictured as part of the group travelling to London as they boarded the train at Stockport Station. Marouane Fellaini is also in contention after recovering from a slight muscular strain which forced him off during the 1-0 defeat at Brighton. Sergio Romero is over his recent knee injury and he will provide back-up for David de Gea after making his first Premier League appearance of the season against Watford on the final day. There were no notable absentees from the squad and it should mean that Jose Mourinho has a full complement of players to choose from against Chelsea.
Source: The Metro
May 17 - 9:15 AM

Anthony Martial has emerged as an early doubt for next weekend’s FA Cup final after picking up an injury.

Speaking ahead of the final game, Jose Mourinho confirmed that Martial would start following his non-appearance as a substitute in the bore-draw at West Ham on Thursday: "Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony [Martial] played against Brighton, today was for Alexis [Sanchez] and Lingard and Sunday is again for Martial and Rashford," he said. "I play some players that didn't play today, I play Romero, I play Daley Blind, I play Eric Bailly, I play Rashford, I play Martial, I play Mata." However, there was no sign of Martial in the matchday squad sparking rumours of a falling out while reports began to surface that the Frenchman had left Old Trafford prior to kick-off. But, Mourinho moved quickly to quash any suggestion of a disciplinary problem following the 1-0 win: "It's his [left] knee. He was injured in the Friday training session and yesterday he couldn’t train. I’m waiting for the doctor [but] I have my doubts [for the cup final]."
Source: Sky Sports
May 14 - 6:29 AM

Michael Carrick bowed out of professional football after a trophy-laden career with a 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford.

The game reflected its importance in many ways, with neither side really pushing for victory. Carrick was instrumental in United taking the lead in the first half. His fabulous lobbed pass from his own half took out the whole Watford defence and left Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford alone against Gomes. Mata passed, Rashford finished. At the other end Richarlison was denied by a great save from Romero. The second half saw the pace pick up but no major chances of note. Instead, the highlight was Carrick's substitution for Pogba after 84'. His departure from the field was greeted by a standing ovation and hugs from many United players and staff. He was the last starter remaining of United's '09 Champions League triumph.
Source: BBC Sport
May 13 - 12:02 PM

Neither Manchester United or West Ham got out of first gear as the sides played out a 0-0 draw in London on Thursday evening.

In the first half, United had the best chances but Adrian was equal to them. Alexis Sanchez was largely ineffective in a Number 9 role but he still forced Adrian into a good save whilst Luke Shaw hit the post with a driven effort. The second-half continued in end of season spirit, with no decisive contributions from either team. The most controversial event of the half came late on when Pogba appeared to kick-out at Mark Noble, enraging the Irons captain. Both players were cautioned but came together at the final whistle like old friends, again demonstrating the friendly nature of the game. The point confirms that Man United will finish in second, their best position since Sir Alex departed. West Ham hover at the bottom, with questions about the long-term future of David Moyes still swirling and lots of scope for improvement next term.
Source: BBC Sport
May 10 - 4:48 PM

Manchester United deservedly lost at the AMEX Stadium on Friday after making six changes to the side which beat Arsenal.

While the absence of Romelu Lukaku [foot] was known in advance, the omission of Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia from the matchday squad came as a surprise. There was no mention of the latter during either the pre or post-match media briefings, but Mourinho did confirm prior to kick-off that Sanchez was not available due to an unspecified problem: "Of course, Alexis and Lukaku have injuries, so they weren’t an option." Although the precise nature of his setback is still unknown, the United boss remains cautiously optimistic that the pair will be back for the FA Cup tie against Chelsea on May 19: "I hope they can play in the final." United were hugely disappointing on the south coast and had it not been for a fine first-half display from David de Gea, the 1-0 score line could’ve been a lot worse. "We are probably not as good as people think we are individually," mused Mourinho at full-time.
Source: BBC Sport
May 5 - 7:20 AM

Already missing Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United was expected to have a tough time but no one anticipated a 1-0 loss to Brighton.

It looked like the Reds would be off to a fast start but Fellaini’s third minute finish was ruled offsides. But while they controlled possession, they were unable to do anything to test the Brighton defense and found themselves behind the pace once Pascal Groß rose highest in the 57th minute to finish a header. Manchester United tried to find an equalizer but their efforts came up futile in the end as Brighton found the win.
May 4 - 9:14 PM


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