Player News - Manchester United

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Luke Shaw has been impressed with United during their 2017 tour, especially in attack.

Despite being sidelined until mid-September, Jose Mourinho felt it was important to keep Shaw involved with the group as he continues his recovery from a foot ligament injury. United are unbeaten in their 4-games to date, scoring ten goals in the process: "You look at the pace and skill we have up top and the finishing ability and it’s frightening," the full-back told MUTV before singling out Lingard for special praise. "Jesse is my standout player so far on this tour. He’s everywhere and always willing to set up the play and chip in with a goal or an assist. Hopefully all the boys can carry on doing their thing." Romelu Lukaku has settled quickly following his arrival from Everton, a deal which could be worth in excess of £90 million, while Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been in great form.
Jul 25 - 11:08 AM

Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly will not feature for the Red Devils against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday, August 8.

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings into an incident in United's Europa League Second-Leg clash with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford in which the defender was sent off. Bailly saw red for lashing out at Celta frontman John Guidetti in that match and received an automatic one match ban as a reprimand. However, Europe's football governing body have now opted to add two more games to that suspension. The Ivorian served the first portion of the suspension by sitting out the Europa League final. The UEFA Super Cup will be the second game and the final part of the suspension will be served during United's first Champions League group game.
Jul 25 - 1:46 AM

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial's pre-season performance against Real Madrid has not gone unnoticed, least of all by his manager, José Mourinho.

Martial's quick-feet to bypass Lucas Vazquez, Luca Modric and Dani Carvajal as he breezed into Madrid's box from the left before teeing up Jesse Lingard for his goal has received plenty of attention in recent days, and it delighted Mourinho. The boss admitted that he left the Frenchman on for 90 minutes off the back of the sublime assist in order to build his confidence. Martial's experimentation and clear enjoyment on the pitch excited Mourinho, who called on Martial "to bring his talent more in a consistent way." Perhaps Mourinho's tough love for Martial last season is paying dividend now, as Mou added that Martial is training better and working harder than before. Maybe United won't need Perisic after all.
Jul 24 - 9:36 PM

Jose Mourinho has finally given us a little insight into when he expects injured trio Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo to return to action.

All three players travelled to America as part of the clubs summer tour, with many speculating that they could be close to re-joining the group. But, speaking to reporters in San Jose on Saturday, the United manager confirmed the players have "no chance" of being ready for the opening weekend: "It’s good to have them here, the group is really strong" he said before adding. "Luke Shaw is the first one to recover, Marcos [Rojo] will be last and Ashley [Young] will be in between. Luke is September, Young is October and Rojo is December, or maybe January." Zlatan Ibrahimović also continues to rehabilitate at the club and Mourinho hasn’t ruled out the possibility of resigning the striker once he completes his recovery from a serious knee ligament injury.
Jul 24 - 6:42 AM

Manchester United beat Real Madrid on penalties last night in front of a disappointing crowd at the Levi Stadium, California.

This fixture drew over 109k three years ago in Michigan, but the 68,500 stadium in Santa Clara looked well under-capacity despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Jesse Lingard opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time before Casemiro equalised from the spot midway through the second half, and that’s how the game remained until Jose Mourinho’s men edged a shootout 2-1. However, the victory came at a cost as Herrera was forced off just minutes after his introduction: "It must be very painful for Ander to come off," the United boss said in response to questions about the severity of the injury. "I always say to the players that you don't risk anything in friendly matches. If you feel something is coming, even if it is a little injury, get off because the result is not important. Maybe it is ribs but I don't know."
Jul 24 - 6:05 AM

Romelu Lukaku was once again on the score sheet as Manchester United beat their city rivals in Texas during the early hours of Friday morning.

The two sides met as part of the International Champions Cup and it was the red half of Manchester who managed to steal the early season bragging rights with a 2-0 victory. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring, his second in successive games while Marcus Rashford was also on hand to double the lead before the break. After the match, Jose Mourinho was quick to play down the significance of the result, although Paul Pogba "whether it is a friendly game or not, you want to win against Manchester City" took a decidedly different view: "It was a very good training session," said the United mboss. "That is what we thought when we organised the pre-season. Two matches against MLS teams and then we move on to the best teams in the world. It was a good intensity, the players are tired, I am really pleased and I am sure Pep [Guardiola] is the same."
Source: The Mirror
Jul 21 - 4:16 AM

Jose Mourinho plays down injury fears after Juan Mata was forced off during the 2-1 friendly win over Real Salt Lake.

The Spanish playmaker was introduced at the break after the United boss opted to make 11 changes at half-time. However, it wasn’t long before Mata was back on the sidelines following an overexuberant challenge from midfielder Sebastian Saucedo on the hour mark. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like the youngster left any lasting damage and Mata who should be back soon: "He has a big ankle but I hope nothing important," revealed Mourinho after the game. "A few days, a week probably." He was also quick to play down any concerns regarding Matteo Darmian who picked up a knock late on in the match [89 minutes] and limped straight down the tunnel: "[His injury] is not an important problem."
Jul 18 - 4:24 PM

Manchester United overcame Real Salt Lake at altitude on a 2-1 scoreline as they continue their pre-season preparations.

In a stadium standing at 4,500 feet above sea level, the air is deprived of oxygen, however United started brightly with McTominay twice getting shots in before Silva put RSL ahead on 20'. However, the Reds drew level again through Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored his second goal in two pre-season games with a left footer into the bottom-right corner. RSL changed their whole XI on 33' with the ongoing MLS in mind, and Romelu Lukaku struck soon after, ably assisted by Mkhi. The Belgian rounded a defender before slotting home with ease. Mata went off injured around the hour mark having only come on along with 11 teammates at half-time. United went down to ten men when Valencia saw red for a rash challenge, though the PL side were never truly threatened for the rest of the game.
Source: manutd.com
Jul 18 - 12:56 PM

Luke Shaw refuses to put a timeline on his return to first-team action but the Manchester United full-back admits "he is feeling really good."

Shaw suffered ligament damage in his foot – versus Swansea City – at Old Trafford back in April, and despite being sidelined, he was still included him in the pre-season touring squad. His commitment and attitude since picking up the injury hasn’t gone unnoticed as he aims to convince Jose Mourinho of his credentials. "I feel this is my season to prove myself and I am feeling in good shape," Shaw told ManUtd.com. "In myself I feel confident. I want to show everyone that I believe in myself and show the manager that he can believe in me." But, once Shaw is back up-to speed then the 22-year-old will face some stiff competition for a place in the starting XI. Matteo Darmian remains first-choice, although arguably he is more comfortable on the opposite flank, while Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo are also capable of playing on the left, however the latter is currently recovering from a serious knee injury.
Jul 16 - 7:13 PM

Manchester United began their pre-season preparations in style with an effortless 5-2 win over L.A Galaxy.

United faced the MLS side's second team in the first-half and duly trashed their inferior opponents clinically. Rashford scored after just minutes after being played in by Jesse Lingard. Lingard was sharp to punish some lackadaisical LA play by intercepting a pass. Rashford had a brace by the 20', finishing well after Mata player him through. Lingard provided the assist again for United's third, receiving a deft Herrera pass before teeing up Fellaini to smash home. Rashford blew a chance to complete his hat-trick before being subbed along with all ten of his teammates at the interval. Lukaku couldn't take any of the chances presented to him to open his United account but Mkhitaryan and Martial were both rewarded for solid individual performances with goals. United conceded two late consolation goals, with Lindelhof well out-manoeuvred by Giovani dos Santos for the host's first.
Source: manutd.com
Jul 16 - 6:13 PM

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has signed a new contract with the club.

The deal will run for four years, keeping Romero at the club until June 2021. The Argentine arrived at United in the summer transfer window of 2015, and has primarily provided cover to David De Gea since. However, José Mourinho placed his trust in Romero in United's cup runs last season, including in the Europa League. Romero kept a clean sheet in the final victory over Ajax in Stockholm. He has made 28 appearances in all for United. "I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Who wouldn’t want to be at the biggest club in the world? We have great goalkeepers here and we are always learning from each other," Romero said. Manager José Mourinho praised the player and wondered at United's strength at number one with both Romero and DDG available for selection.
Source: manutd.com
Jul 16 - 5:58 PM

Manchester United have sent out young goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on-loan to Aston Villa for the season.

Johnstone, 24, performed admirably as The Villain's number one in a loan spell for the second half of last season, when he made 22 appearances. There was reported interest from a plethora of clubs to secure his services for the season, but Steve Bruce has succeeded in bringing the Englishman back ahead of pre-season. "I am delighted to be back," Johnstone told Villa's official website. "I really enjoyed my last spell here – it’s a great club with top players and passionate fans... I can’t wait to get started now. I believe it can be a special season for all of us and I will be working hard each and every day to produce the kind of performances that will help us achieve what we’re aiming for."
Source: manutd.com
Jul 14 - 11:28 PM

Manchester United's pursuit of Ivan Perisic has taken an interesting turn with Inter making an enquiry about Anthony Martial.

Sky Italia report that Inter have broached a potential move for the player as part of United's attempts to sign Croatian winger Ivan Perisic. They report that United are coming closer to matching Inter's £48 million fee for the player. Martial arrived at Old Trafford back in 2015 from Monaco in a deal which could eventually rise to £58 million. He made just 18 PL starts last season, often outside his most potent striker role on the wing. He scored just eight goals.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 14 - 11:24 PM

Manchester United expect Real Madrid to attempt to sign goalkeeper David De Gea this summer.

United have been more strong than ever before with their stance that the Spaniard will not be sold for any price. However, Real will proceed in spite of this. Two seasons ago during Louis Van Gaal's premiership, De Gea was a fax delay away from signing for Real. The goalkeeper was reportedly enraged with the Madrid side at the time. He pledged his future to United soon after by signing a new contract which still has two years left to run. Mourinho has no intention of relinquishing his grasp on the player, while "Dave" himself has not showed any desire to move, unlike in 2015. Thus, United feel much more secure than they did two seasons ago.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 14 - 10:54 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho is keeping an open mind to the possibility that Zlatan Ibrahimovic may re-sign for the club.

Ibrahimovic, 35, was out of contract in June with the Manchester club, and was officially released. However, the striker has actually stayed at the club's training ground, Carrington, to rehabilitate the knee injury which cut short his season last April. Mourinho said that it is "possible" that the Swede will return to the squad on another short term contract once he is fit. A deal will not be done until the player is fit: "If the decision is to stay and wait until December - he can't be back until them - why not wait?" said Mourinho. Mourinho elaborated by saying that Zlatan's agent, Mino Raiola, and United CEO Ed Woodward will "deal with" a future contract if the time comes. Zlatan himself has been silent on the issue, but has promised his fans a "big announcement" on his career soon.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 14 - 10:10 PM


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