Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has signalled his intention to play Zlatan Ibrahimovic twice this week.

The Swede will start Thursday's must-win Europa League clash with Zorya Luhansk as well as the Stoke game in Gameweek 7. Even though Zlatan is turning 35 on Monday, Mourinho believes that his body is able for the intensity since he will not be playing during the international break immediately after. Some FPL managers will fear that fatigue will affect the big man in this weekend's game - they had better hope the Red Devils are out of sight quickly tomorrow night so that their precious Zlatan is ready to inflic more misery on the Potters.
Source: manutd.com
Sep 28 - 9:10 AM

Jose Mourinho has revealed a few players who will not be able (by choice and necessity) to play in the Europa League against Zorya Luhansk this Thursday.

Luke Shaw was deemed unwell by the Man Utd club doctor and sent home from training today, this does not appear to be a serious setback for the young Englishman. Having confirmed that Wayne Rooney would play against Zorya earlier in the week, Mourinho has cast doubt on this as he has a back issue, which prevented him training yesterday. Mkhitaryan will not be in action in spite of training in the last few days. Anthony Martial has recovered from the calf injury which meant he didn't even make the squad for last weekend's Leicester victory.

It is understood that Wayne Rooney will not be recalled to the Manchester United starting 11 to face struggling Stoke City this Sunday.

However, he is expected to start this Thursday in the Red Devils' Europa League clash against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford. This all comes after Rooney was suddenly dropped by Jose Mourinho last weekend in the Premier League as United beat champions Leicester 4-1. A comprehensive victory which highlighted some of the reasons why Rooney should be on the field. The fact that United scored as a result of three corners from Daley Blind being just one of those - their conversion rate from them with Rooney taking was considerably lower. Chris Smalling has insisted that Rooney is still United's 'main man', but is he Jose Mourinho's?
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 27 - 5:44 PM

Last weekend's huge win against Leicester got United back to winning ways but it also highlighted even more of Daley Blind's versatility and class.

Blind was dropped for the Watford game, but bounced back with a superb performance at left back in Luke Shaw's absence. His ability to read the game and skillfully attack make up for his lack of pace - his link up play with both Pogba and Rashford was clinical. Blind also nullified Mahrez in the first half before he was hooked off, building off his success in the game's early duels. Lets not forget his corner taking too, three of United's goals came as a result of Blind corners. This will probably strip Rooney of this duty too, and allow United properly utilise their big, physical squad.
Sep 26 - 7:14 AM

Manchester United squashed all the negativity surrounding their recent three game losing streak by exploding for four goals in the first half and comfortably disposing of Leicester City, 4-1.

There was one significant change for the Red Devils today and it has to be said it was the key to their success. Wayne Rooney was dropped for this one and Juan Mata was given a rare chance in the #10 role and he absolutely thrived in it, as United had a free-flowing attack we haven't seen for some time. They torched the Foxes with three goals from set pieces, the first of which came when Chris Smalling headed home a Daley Blind corner. Jesse Lingard then found Mata who struck with his left foot to make it 2-0. The rout was on from there. Another Blind corner was played short to Mata and he picked out Marcus Rashford who scored from point blank range. Then a final goal came whe Paul Pogba opened his account, heading home yet another Blind corner. You have to think Jose Mourinho will keep this new-look attack intact for United's next match against a poor Stoke City defense.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 24 - 9:36 AM

Wednesday's Capital One cup game between United and Northampton highlighted the importance of Michael Carrick to the United team in his first start of 2016/17 outside of the Community Shield.

Carrick's intelligence, experience and game sense mean that he can martial the midfield alongside Pogba better than any other player in the United squad. Carrick has the ability to hold the ball and make space for his teammates with his phenomenal passing ability. In addition to this, unlike many of the other United midfielders, he is not going to be bullied or a liability in possession. Carrick's presence behind should give Pogba the space to roam and impress himself physically on his opponents, he'd also have far greater freedom to press forward - to play to his strengths. Expect Carrick to start in GW6.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 22 - 11:09 AM

Michael Carrick was the star of the show in his first appearance in the Mourinho era as United saw off League One team Northampton Town.

3-1 suggests that United had it easy but in reality it was two unfortunate mistakes Northampton 'keeper Adam Smith which added gloss to the scoreline. Carrick latched on to a rebound from a blocked Rooney free kick to open the scoring - a free they got because Smith picked up a back pass. Daley Blind gave away a penalty just before half time which gave the underdogs a glimmer of hope at 1-1. Herrera returned United to the fore with a crisp low drive in the 67th, assisted by substitute Marcus Rashford, before Rashford himself scored a simple goal unopposed after Smith failed to make a basic clearance.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 22 - 10:57 AM

Marcus Rashford's first 90 minutes this season in the league saw him yet again show all of his senior teammates up.

The 18 year old English striker repaid Jose Mourinho's first domestic placement of faith in him by scoring last weekend against Watford. It was the youngsters second league goal, following his late intervention at Hull to seal 3 points in GW3. Calls for him to become a consistent start have reached a deafening level, with Martial and Rooney especially facing the chop. The stats don't lie, per 90 mins, Rashford has 4.1 shots. 1.8 of those within the box. Coupled with 1.2 key passes, his energetic and dynamic performances are sure to continue bringing returns.
Sep 20 - 11:09 AM

The return of Sergio Aguero from suspension has seen a fire sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic among fantasy managers.

However, the underlying stats suggest that his one game barren spell in the league may not be the emergency that some believe it is, even with the team underperforming. Last weekend at Watford, where the Red Devils capitulated, Zlatan was one of their main attacking threats alongside Rashford. He had 5 shots, 3 of those coming from inside the box. His header from 6 yards was excellently saved by Gomes to deny him his 5th league goal. Maybe dumping the Swede isn't such a wise idea?
Sep 20 - 10:44 AM

Manchester United are waiting to learn the extent of the injuries sustained by Anthony Martial in the defeat to Watford on Sunday.

The French international suffered a nasty-looking clash of heads with Daryl Janmaat on 26 minutes but following medical attention Martial was able to continue. However, it wasn’t long before the 20-year-old was down again, losing out to two Watford players who broke for the opening goal. Martial stayed down this time and was replaced by Ashley Young. Speaking post-match Mourinho said: "I didn't know why he came off, whether he was injured in his knee, his ankle or his head. I don't know. I just know, in that moment, he is not in a condition to carry on." But news broke today that Martial had been suffering the after-effects of his clash with Janmaat, suspected concussion, prompting brain injury charity Headway, whose mantra is 'if in doubt, sit it out', to call into question the application of the Football Association’s concussion protocol.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 19 - 11:32 AM

Wayne Rooney delivered another near anonymous display in United's 3-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road today.

It was another error strewn performance for the English record holder with mishit passes and shots throughout along with some bad touches. Only a third of his crosses and half his long balls were accurate but these stats fail to highlight how elementary the errors were. There were many failed passes and crosses of an unacceptably low quality. His rash challenge on Pereyra near the corner flag rught at the death earned him a caution which rounded off another poor display. Many fans feel that Rooney is being accommodated in the current system under Mourinho and hindering the play of others such as Pogba, hence calls for his exclusion are only becoming louder.
Sep 18 - 6:01 PM

All of a sudden, Manchester United defenders and goalkeeper David De Gea appear to be toxic assets in fantasy football squads.

Today's 3-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road capped off a horrendous week for the Red Devils, who had looked so commanding before the derby only a week ago. However, this week, they have conceded 5 goals while playing near enough full strength sides. Watford's energetic press ruffled the United defence who appeared disorganised. Both Capoue and Zuniga scored from unmarked positions, with Shaw especially out of position in the lead up to the Colombian's strike. Sell up your assets, Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea await the Red Devils in their next 4.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 18 - 5:38 PM

Marcus Rashford scored his second goal of the season (one shot on target) in Manchester United's 3-1 loss to Watford.

Rashford made his first Premier League start of the season in what would end as United's third consecutive loss, following defeats in the Manchester derby and Europa League. The striker's goal was created by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a chipped-cross, which rebounded off Valon Behrami and saw Rashford first to react on the rebound. The 18-year-old has now scored two goals from three shots on target and positioned himself back in the starting XI conversation.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 18 - 11:08 AM

Manchester United slumped to a second defeat on the trot in their Europa League game against Feyenoord.

Tonny Vilhena's strike in the 79th minute was all that separated the sides. Zlatan never looked like scoring after coming on as a sub in the 63rd minute. Pogba meanwhile failed to click into gear, playing at seemingly half pace, especially in the first half. Playing alongside Herrera and Schneiderlin should have given him the space to show off and prosper but he never took that opportunity. Two long shots in the 2nd half as part of a positional move further forward were off target. He didn't show the quality to open up the Dutch defence.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 15 - 8:27 PM

Phil Jones was a notable absentee from the Manchester United travelling squad which flew to Feyenoord on Wednesday.

The United defender had been earmarked for a return to action in the Europa League but Jose Mourinho confirmed during the build-up to the match that Jones had suffered a lateral collateral ligament [LCL] injury in training which would keep him out for around a month. This setback represents the latest in a long line of injuries for the former England international, who has played just 45 competitive minutes in 2016. On-going ankle problems, interspersed with the odd knee injury have resulted in 28 injuries during his five years at the club with days missed totalling an eye watering 694 [and counting]. With Mourinho expected to dip into the market again for a defender, Jones’ days at Old Trafford appear to be numbered as he slips further down the pecking order.
Sep 15 - 5:47 AM


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