Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho is set to change up his starting eleven for United's Carabao Cup clash with Championship side Burton Albion on Wednesday.

Luke Shaw has recovered from the foot injury sustained last April against Swansea, only being passed fit by Mourinho last week. He has played three times for United's reserves but is yet to get back in the first team squad. This may be his chance to prove his form and return to the fold. Angel Gomes, who made his debut against Palace in GW38 last season is also potentially in line to start while Scott McTominay and Michael Carrick will both expect to get the nod in the rotated side. Neither man has played a minute for the first team yet in 2017/18.
Sep 18 - 12:28 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho thinks his side's late goals in the PL so far this term have come because of the defensive setup of Premier League sides.

United's 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday followed the general script of a few United games already this term. With United ahead thanks to Valencia's early stunner, Everton pressed looking to get back on level terms and United punished them when they left space in behind. Mourinho says that PL sides often "try to match each other and play in the same system", which leads to a 1-0 or 0-0 scoreline. He added "...in the last part of the game they were losing 1-0 and then 2-0 and they tried to come more, and they gave us more spaces." The Portuguese claimed United's third and fourth didn't reflect the game and he concluded they were the product of a heavy morale shift after the Red Devils' second. Mourinho also credited the stability which Ander Herrera gave his side after his introduction for the final 20 minutes.
Sep 18 - 12:21 PM

Romelu Lukaku continued his stellar start to the season with a goal and assist in a 4-0 win against Everton.

The summer arrival from Everton waited until late to put the dagger into his former side, scoring in the 89th minute after following through on a blocked free-kick opportunity. The goal won't sit well with Everton fans as the Belgian sought out the away section and celebrated in retaliation for their boos earlier in the match. Lukaku also added an assist on Henrikh Mkhitaryan's 83rd minute goal to double the lead while Anthony Martial finished things off with a penalty kick in stoppage time. It was Antonio Valencia who got things started early in the fourth minute with a crackling strike from outside the box that swerved to beat Jordan Pickford. Now the Red Devils find themselves back atop the table once again their fourth clean sheet of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 1:03 PM

After suffering an injury in Tuesday's win against Basel, Paul Pogba's hot start could come to a indefinite stop.

Fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on this story as the club continues to assess Pogba following a hamstring injury that saw him leave the pitch after just 18 minutes. While Jose Mourinho couldn't say for sure, the manager said he expects Pogba to be missing for a couple weeks: "I don't know (what the severity is). I just know from experience it's a muscular injury. In my experience, muscular injury stops you from playing for a few weeks, I think. It looks for me too (like a hamstring injury) but I haven't spoken yet to the medical department."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 13 - 6:18 AM

Manchester United comfortably beat FC Basel 3-0 in their first Champions League group game of this campaign.

United returned to Champions League football for the first time since 2015 under lights at Old Trafford, delivering a fine performance in the process. They started stronger than their Swiss opposition but suffered a setback after 19 minutes when Paul Pogba had to be taken off with an apparent hamstring injury (he left the stadium in crutches). His replacement Marouane Fellaini more than delivered in his absence, heading in United's first before half-time. The goal was set up by an Ashley Young cross. The Englishman's accuracy was exactly what United lacked at Stoke in GW4. Lukaku extended his purple patch by winning an aerial battle to finish a Blind cross and Rashford came off the bench to seal the result and scuff home a low cross from, who else? Fellaini. Mkhitaryan hit the post with one effort and should have opened his account for 2017/18 but he was not the only one guilty of wasting some of the many clear chances Mourinho's men created.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 12 - 8:38 PM

Paul Pogba is almost certain to miss this weekend’s clash with Everton at Old Trafford after limping off in the Champions League.

The French midfielder went down clutching the back of his left thigh as he overstretched going into a challenge on 19 minutes, and if tests confirm a tear, then he could be missing for at least a month. This is the second time Pogba has injured his hamstring since re-joining the club - he suffered a similar problem in the Europa League last season which hampered his availability from mid-March until early May. Marouane Fellaini, himself just back from a calf injury, looks favourite to replace Pogba in the starting XI having scored in his last two appearances for United.
Sep 12 - 4:04 PM

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is not worried about his limited game time so far this season.

The 2-2 draw on Saturday was Herrera's first start since the Euro Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in August. He was taken off in the second half of the game at the Bet365 Stadium as United chased a victory and pressed their opponents. Herrera said: "I am always ready to play. I always say the same. I am a team player and when the manager needs me I will be there and that’s it. In football there are no surprises." Herrera was linked with a move away from United in the summer in spite of playing a starring role under Mourinho last term. United are expected to trigger the one year contract extension built into his current deal soon.
Sep 11 - 4:42 PM

Jose Mourinho will give Marouane Fellaini every chance to prove his fitness ahead of the Champions League tie against FC Basel.

The big Belgian missed Saturdays 2-2 draw with Stoke after aggravating a calf injury while on international duty, a setback which irked the United boss. "He had a problem in the national team and then he played the match against Greece. After the match he felt a problem," said Mourinho who is keen to involve Fellaini on Tuesday evening. "He's a very important player for me, much more important than you can imagine. I feel weaker without him in my squad, it doesn't matter if it's on the pitch or if it's on the bench." Fellaini failed to train on Sunday but Mourinho insists "if his condition improves then he will be selected." Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling look set to start as Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are suspended. David De Gea will be included in the line-up following the managers decision not to rotate his goalkeepers in the cup this season.
Sep 11 - 3:28 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has confirmed that number one goalkeeper David de Gea will start in the Champions League versus Basel this week.

The news comes as a bit surprise to fans given that Sergio Romero was United's main man between the sticks in Europe last term. Romero even started for The Red Devils in their Europa League Final win against Ajax. Mourinho had previously stated in pre-season that he was unlikely to rotate 'keepers as much as 2016/17 in pre-season with United back at the top table, the Champions League. Romero is likely to get his first competitive start of this season against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup next week. Mourinho also confirmed previously that Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling would start in the centre of defence as United's starting PL pair Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are suspended for the early European matches. Marouane Fellaini is a doubt due to an injury but Mourinho assured the media that the Belgian would feature if fit.
Sep 11 - 12:08 PM

England has moved one step closer to World Cup qualification thanks to Marcus Rashford's efforts on Monday night.

The Manchester United youngster led the way with a goal and an assist in the Three Lions' 2-1 win in a crucial match against group rival Slovakia, which took them five points clear of the second-place side and within one win of qualifying for Russia 2018. After England conceded the opener in the first three minutes, Rashford set up Spurs defensive midfielder Eric Dier with the equalizer in the 37th minute. Then it was the forward's turn to add his name to the score sheet by slotting home the match-winner for Gareth Southgate's side in the 59th minute.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 5 - 5:31 AM

Manchester United officially confirmed young midfielder Andreas Pereira has signed a new contract with the club.

The 21-year-old has signed a new two-year deal through 2019 with an option for another year. However, Pereira, who has made 13 first-team appearances for the Red Devils, will spend the upcoming season on loan at Valencia after spending last season at Granada. Said manager Jose Mourinho: "Andreas is already a very good footballer. He is a young player with great natural ability and a good attitude towards continuing his development. I have no doubt that he has the potential to be one of the future great players of this club."
Sep 3 - 3:55 PM

Jose Mourinho suggests Phil Jones has been playing through the pain barrier and revealed the centre-back is a slight doubt for the matches against Malta and Slovakia.

Mourinho spoke following his sides third successive Premier League win and clean sheet, a victory which took United to the top of the table: "He's potentially a very good player," he said about the injury-plagued 26-year-old. "He's still young, still at a learning age, but for years and years and years he was injury prone." Mourinho went onto add that Jones has all the key attributes to be "everything" but admits he requires constant monitoring from the club’s medical department: "He has a problem now. He’s complaining about ankle problems. He’s the kind of player where we need to have him always in our hands, with a lot of care." Jones has joined up with his England colleagues at St George’s Park and sources from within the camp insist the defender is "fine".
Aug 28 - 4:54 PM

Manchester United's perfect start to the season continued on Saturday with a 2-0 win against Leicester City.

The Red Devils couldn't ask for a better opening three matches after recording three wins and three clean sheets in a spotless August start. However, it took longer than expected with Marcus Rashford scoring just three minutes after coming off the bench in the 70th minute. The United starlet was left unmarked in the box and latched onto a Henrikh Mkhitaryan corner for the lead. Then in the 82nd minute, second-half sub Marouane Fellaini doubled the lead with an awkward tap-in following a Jesse Lingard cross. Romelu Lukaku had the chance to give United the lead in the 53rd minute, but saw his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 26 - 3:07 PM

He's baaaaack—Manchester United officially the signing of forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a one-year contract.

Manchester United fans will be salivating at the chance of seeing Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku playing together in the second half of the season. It is currently uncertain how long the Swedish international will need to recover from a serious knee injury he suffered at the end of his debut Premier League season, where he scored 28 goals in 46 games. Said Ibrahimovic: "I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club's intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch."
Aug 24 - 12:44 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has posted a video showing off his kickboxing abilities captioned "Which knee?"

The video suggests that Zlatan is eager to return to professional football after his prolonged absence since suffering a season ending knee injury last April. José Mourinho previously admitted that Ibra and Manchester United had been speaking about handing the veteran striker a new contract once he could prove his fitness. Earlier this month, he said: "He's injured and needs time to recover. He's not ready to play tomorrow so it's not urgent. We're not desperate to have it done or not done." "We are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season," he added. Rumours are now suggesting that the Swede will indeed sign on for The Red Devils for the coming PL season, providing an exciting backup option for Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 20 - 11:37 PM


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