Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United fans will be pleased to hear that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently holding contract talks with the club.

Manchester United has a club option already activated for next season, but it is still up to the 35-year-old to choose to stay, and rumors have swirled in recent weeks of interest from Los Angeles Galaxy, the Chinese Super League and even Serie A. But Ibrahimovic said he is still in talks with the Red Devils after scoring 15 Premier League goals and 26 in all competitions this season: "I never leave a job unfinished. I always go in, do my job, and in the way that is a fair play, a fair deal, that is what I do. Let’s see what happens, we are talking. I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I’m here, so let us see, there is a lot of time."
Mar 29 - 3:20 PM

Jose Mourinho provided a mixed injury update ahead of his sides clash with West Brom this weekend.

As expected, defenders Chris Smalling [knee] and Phil Jones [toe] will miss out, although there has been no official update on how long either will be sidelined. Both players were injured while on international duty amid reports that they could be unavailable for between 4-6 weeks. The United boss also "thinks" Paul Pogba will fail to recover from a hamstring strain while Zlatan Ibrahimović and Ander Herrera serve the final game of their domestic ban. On a more positive note, it looks like Wayne Rooney will come back into contention after a knee injury and Marouane Fellaini is fine following his release from the Belgium squad due to a top complaint. Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Sergio Romero will be assessed on their return from international duty, however, there are no obvious issues with the trio.
Mar 29 - 1:44 PM

Out-of-favour Manchester United striker and record goalscorer Wayne Rooney may not find it easy to get a move to the MLS.

The United skipper has been reduced to a fringe player in 2017, with just one PL start to his credit since the new year. After losing his place, he has been linked to his boyhood club Everton, along with teams in both China and the MLS. However, according to Houston Dynamo's president Chris Canetti, MLS teams may not queue up to acquire the England international to try and recreate the hype around David Beckham's move a decade ago: "David Beckham brought worldwide relevance to Major League Soccer. He was a trailblazer for other players to look to come over and he opened a lot of eyes... I'm not sure if Rooney is as big a brand - just because Beckham was so pop culture". He clarified further saying: "But with David Beckham, you don't need to be a football fan to know who he is and what he represents."
Mar 29 - 5:51 AM

Manchester United will not be too disappointed that they received no transfer fee for Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the MLS.

The World Cup winner and former German international announced his move to Chicago Fire on his Twitter account on the 21st of March, but that move was subject to him acquiring a visa and passing a medical. All of these formalities have been completed by the central midfielder at this point, and he will arrive at O'Hare Airport today to fanfare. From his former club Manchester United's point of view, the deal has worked out well too. Both club and player feared that there would be little interest in Schweini by the summer transfer window and so by letting him go now, Man Utd saved £6 million plus in wages as per his contract which ran until 2018, which would have been a huge figure for a player exiled from the first team squad by manager Jose Mourinho.
Mar 29 - 5:39 AM

Chris Smalling is unlikely to feature against West Brom on Saturday after the United centre-back was pictured with his right knee in a brace.

Smalling was released from England duty on Friday due to an unspecified injury and returned to the Aon Training Complex for further tests. There has been no official word from the club, but the latest images suggest Smalling will be sidelined for weeks as opposed to days. The brace in question is typically used to limit flexion and extension of the knee joint and to support the knee from lateral and medial movement, possibly indicating ligament instability. For those of you who prefer the glass half full, Smalling may be using the brace as a precaution until a full and thorough assessment can be carried out, but the early signs do not look promising. In addition, United are expected to provide an update on teammate Phil Jones anytime now, after he sustained a toe injury during England training seven days ago.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 28 - 1:24 PM

Manchester United are facing a potential midfield crisis when they take on West Brom at Old Trafford this weekend.

Marouane Fellaini becomes the latest addition to the United treatment room after he was released from the Belgium squad because of a "minor" toe complaint. The news follows quickly on the heels of Bastian Schweinsteiger who left for pastures new [MLS side Chicago Fire] last week, while Jose Mourinho’s men will definitely be without Ander Herrera due to suspension in game week 30. With Paul Pogba [hamstring] struggling, Wayne Rooney maybe called upon as a makeshift midfielder. The setback caps a miserable seven days for the club who lost Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to injury while Zlatan Ibrahimović is also serving a domestic ban. Fortunately, Jesse Lingard [ankle] and Henrikh Mkhitaryan [hamstring] appear to be over their recent problems with United facing a hectic month of Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League fixtures.
Mar 27 - 9:19 AM

The future of Manchester United defender Luke Shaw at the club is thought to be intertwined with Man City's hunt for Spurs' Danny Rose

The former Southampton man has fallen out of favour at United this season under new manager Jose Mourinho and has been subject to much speculation of late. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is understood to believe that he has a good chance of luring England international Danny Rose to the Etihad in a deal worth £50 million, with Spurs looking to draft in Luke Shaw to replace him.
Mar 26 - 6:40 PM

Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has earned his first England call-up for the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday in place of the injured Chris Smalling.

The circumstances around Smalling’s withdrawal appear to be shrouded in mystery, prompting conspiracy theorists to attribute his release from the squad, to Jose Mourinho, who has already lost Phil Jones to a toe injury during the international break. England announced on Friday afternoon that Smalling would be replaced by Gibson due to an unspecified injury, and the lack of information regarding his sudden departure, certainly adds credence to the notion that the Special One has expressed concerns with Man United facing a hectic month ahead [9 matches]. However, with Gary Cahill suspended, Gareth Southgate won’t be looking to take any chances, so in reality, Smalling probably has an issue which United need to assess. Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo could line-up against West Brom if both Jones and Smalling are ruled out.
Source: Sportinglife
Mar 25 - 11:27 AM

Phil Jones has arrived back at the Carrington Training Complex following his release from the England squad.

Gareth Southgate confirmed on Tuesday that Jones had sustained a foot injury in training and would be returning to his club for further tests. "It was an innocuous tackle and he caught the bottom of somebody's foot. We'll know more over the next 24 to 48 hours," the Three Lions manager confirmed. Initial reports suggest that the Manchester United centre-back suffered a broken toe in a challenge with club and international teammate Chris Smalling, and if confirmed, Jones is likely to miss around six weeks ruling him out of key FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League matches. With nine games scheduled for April, Jose Mourinho can ill-afford to lose a key member of his squad, but at least United are well-stocked in this area with the aforementioned Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly all capable of playing in the heart of defence.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 22 - 2:19 PM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about young striker Marcus Rashford's troubles in front of goal of late.

Rashford has started United last two games against Chelsea and 'Boro in the absence of the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he spurned his opportunities. However, his manager has backed him to return to scoring ways, while complimenting other parts of his performances: "Marcus is a completely different player to Zlatan and we have to try to adapt to his qualities. Rashford is in trouble to score a goal. It's really difficult to score a goal for him... But his movement is top class. His dynamic is second to no one. He's so intelligent, so sharp, the first touch to put the ball in the best positions to attack the space, to attack the goal. For me he played phenomenal. Goals will arrive, no problem at all."
Mar 20 - 5:01 PM

Manchester United are now just three points off fourth-placed Liverpool after Saturday's 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

Manchester United were without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the injured Paul Pogba and Wayne but that didn't stop them from taking all three points from Middlesbrough. United started the match on the front-foot and found the breakthrough after 30 minutes when Marouane Fellaini headed home a Ashley Young cross to beat Victor Valdes at the back-post. Next to strike was Jesse Lingard who, in the 62nd-minute, scored the goal of match with a rocket into the top right corner. Middlesbrough would pull one back 13 minutes from full time, but a slip by Valdes allowed for Valencia to add a third in stoppage time.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 19 - 10:48 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be content with his club's draw for the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

After overcoming Rostov on Thursday, United have been drawn against Belgian league leaders Anderlecht in the last 8 of the competition. The first leg is scheduled for Thursday, 13 April and the return game will follow 7 days later.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 17 - 2:44 PM

"Sky Sports" report Manchester Untied will be without star midfielder Paul Pogba for the next three weeks.

The world-record signing sustained a hamstring injury that saw him leave the club's match early in the second half against FC Rostov in the Europa League round of 16 second leg. Manager Jose Mourinho has already ruled Pogba out for the weekend match against Middlesbrough and international duty with France. When asked about the three-week timeframe, Mourinho responded: "Yeah. I don't know for sure but, for sure, no Middlesbrough [on Sunday] and no national team." The only silver lining is that Pogba won't miss too much Premier League action due to the international break, which will give him an extra 10 days of rest.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 17 - 6:06 AM

Manchester United beat Rostov 1-0 at Old Trafford to seal their progression to the quarter-final of the Europa League on a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

In a drab affair, Juan Mata scored the sole goal after poking home a flick by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. United held control for most of the match with 69% possession but it was Sergio Romero who took home the club's official fan MOTM award, after he made two fine late saves from a header and free-kick to prevent United being forced into extra-time against inferior opposition. While United were largely toothless, before their 70th minute goal they had chances of note which were spurned by Mkhitaryan who failed in a one-on-one situation and Ibra, who hit the post on two occasions. Mourinho has reason to be worried though, as his injury list has expanded with a head injury to Daley Blind and more worryingly, a hamstring injury for the under-fire Paul Pogba.
Mar 16 - 10:06 PM

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial will miss Thursday night’s Europa League tie against Rostov at Old Trafford because of injury.

It was widely expected that Rooney would return to the squad after missing the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup, but the England captain is still unable to train: "He stays inside the medical department," confirmed Jose Mourinho ahead of the Round 16 second-leg clash. Rooney was said to have sustained a "kick to the knee area" following a collision with Phil Jones during Sundays final session before travelling to Stamford Bridge. There is no timeline on his expected absence at this moment. Martial will also miss out due to an unspecified injury, although he was seen training away from the main group today alongside Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Zlatan Ibrahimović and Ander Herrera will be available even though the pair are serving a domestic ban.
Mar 15 - 2:10 PM


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