Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones is in the starting lineup for the club's U21 side tonight in his first match action during his recovery from an ankle injury.

The defender has missed the last month—five Premier League matches—since suffering the injury against Swansea City in Week 20. Since returning to training last week, the club has deemed him ready to participate fully and will surely welcome his return, which could allow Daley Blind to move to the club's thinnest position at left-back when Jones returns to pair with Chris Smalling. Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj will also start for the U21s as neither have seen much action in 2016, combing for 62 minutes of Premier League action since Week 21.
Feb 8 - 3:23 PM

Jesse Lingard's ascendancy may have been somewhat accidental this season but he has taken the opportunity and continues to produce results.

The Manchester United midfielder has now scored in consecutive matches and has been part of what has at least been a mini-revival of United's attacking play featuring Lingard and Martial playing wide, Juan Mata playing centrally behind Wayne Rooney. Rooney's revival has been well documented but it has been the speed and skill of Martial and Lingard and the creativity of Mata that have created opportunity for Rooney and put some sting in the Red Devil attack. Lingard won't keep scoring a goal a match but continue to look for contributions from him.
Feb 7 - 1:15 PM

Jesse Lingard fired in an excellent shot falling away from the goal to give Manchester United the lead but it was David De Gea who came to the rescue to ensure that the Red Devils left Stamford Bridge with at least one point.

David De Gea couldn't keep Diego Costa out after the Brazilian/Spaniard was put in on goal beautifully in stoppage time. It was hardly the Spanish goalkeeper's fault but it was the only thing that could possibly be held against him in what was an excellent display. His most notable save was from a Branislav Ivanovic drive that looked bound for the top corner. He also did well to save from a second half Costa shot that was aimed for the near post top corner. United owe the one point they did pick up at Stamford Bridge to the continued excellence of their number one.
Feb 7 - 1:03 PM

Marouane Fellaini's ability to feature on Sunday against Chelsea is in question after he picked up a knock against Stoke City in midweek.

Manchester United just can't buy a break when it comes to injuries this season. The defense is decimated and the holding midfield spots have seen Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Morgan Schneiderlin trade off injuries for much of the season. Now comes news that Marouane Fellaini has joined the parade of potential injuries after picking up a knock in mid-week. If Fellaini can't go then expect Carrick and Schneiderlin, the only two healthy options, to start against Chelsea.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 5 - 1:19 PM

Phil Jones is getting close to a return but won't be back in time to ease Manchester United's defensive injury crisis for their match with Chelsea.

With Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young all missing for sure, Manchester United will be happy to get Phil Jones back as cover in the near future. He won't be ready for the Chelsea match which should see a quartet of Borthwick-Jackson, Smalling, Blind, and Darmian get the start. The issue is that depth behind those four is perilously thin and Red Devils have been dropping like flies this season.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 5 - 12:51 PM

There has been no stopping Wayne Rooney in 2016 as the Manchester United captain continued to produce in a 3-0 thrashing of Stoke City.

The forward recorded a goal and an assist to give him four goals in the past five Premier League matches, which accounts for more than half of the club's goals in that span. But more importantly, Manchester United broke its infamous 12-game streak without a goal in the first half at Old Trafford thanks to Jesse Lingard's first half effort. Rooney then set up Anthony Martial just nine minutes after the opener for a 2-0 half-time lead before capping the night with a goal himself in the 53rd minute to put United into fifth place with 43 points. In injury news, Matteo Darmian returned from a rib injury to start at right-back while Michael Carrick was preferred to Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 2 - 5:07 PM

Louis Van Gaal will continue on as Manchester United after his Red Devils eased past Derby County 3-1 in a driving rain at Pride Park.

Whether we can consider ourselves to have learned anything new about Manchester United after watching a mostly first team starting eleven beat Championship opposition is debatable. What we can say for sure is that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard looked good on the wings and Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata took advantage with goals in the win. Perhaps the most important thing that happened for the Red Devils is that they didn't invite any additional scrutiny by losing or drawing with modest competition.
Jan 29 - 5:05 PM

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has refuted claims that he offered to resign last weekend after Manchester United's 1-0 loss to Southampton.

There is a stubbornness to Louis Van Gaal that leads you to believe that he'd never resign a post. He has clearly struggled both with results and in creating the sort of playing style that Red Devil supporters have come to expect over the years. Still, he claims that no conversation took place between he and Ed Woodward in which he offered his resignation after the Saturday loss. He has stated that a loss to Derby County in the FA Cup 4th round could spell the end of his tenure but he still didn't indicate any willingness to resign.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 28 - 12:12 PM

Unable to decide between a defense-first option (Fellaini) or an attack-first option (Mata) in central midfield, Louis Van Gaal tried each for a half on Saturday and failed on both counts.

Louis Van Gaal appears to have a midfield conundrum that he has been unable to solve. He has started Marouane Fellaini frequently at the base of midfield over the past few months. Fellaini's presence helps United, who aren't particularly tall elsewhere on the pitch, defend set pieces and crosses. It also tends to clog the attack. LVG had seen enough after the 11th consecutive scoreless first half at home on Saturday and he pulled Fellaini for Juan Mata at halftime. Mata couldn't produce much in the attack and the absence of Fellaini was felt when Charlie Austin scored the late winner from a James Ward-Prowse set piece.
Jan 25 - 5:41 PM

There were concerns on Saturday when manager Louis van Gaal confirmed that Matteo Darmian had been taken to hospital after coughing up blood following a clash with Saints forward Shane Long.

"He was spitting blood. It looks like his rib and his chest, but we have to wait and see as I cannot say," the Dutchman revealed post-match. "It was not a nice view for the players to see that." However, after further tests the player has been able to provide an update via social media stating he is "fine" although there is no indication at this stage on how long the full-back could be out. Darmian joins an ever-growing injury list which already contains defensive team mates Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo. United face Derby County in the FA Cup this weekend, closely followed by a Premier League tie at the Britannia. If the summer signing fails to recover in time then Paddy McNair could be called upon to help fill the void.
Jan 25 - 7:31 AM

The defensive crisis at Manchester United continues to grow with Matteo Darmian in the hospital after a collision with Shane Long caused an injury to his ribs.

They continue to drop like flies at Old Trafford with Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian joining the ranks of the injured Manchester United defenders. That list already included Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, and Marcos Rojo. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has taken over the left back role but with Darmian out United doesn't have a right back waiting in the wings. The next person to play that position will be a makeshift solution at best.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 23 - 5:17 PM

Bastian Schweinsteiger will again miss out for Manchester United in Week 23 as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

The German international misses out again in Week 23 along with his presumptive first team partner at the base of midfield, Michael Carrick. The Red Devils are likely to face Southampton with a holding midfield of Morgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini, the duo that saw them to victory over arch-rivals Liverpool in those same roles. Neither are likely to score big for fantasy purposes but do demonstrate the quality depth that United possess in this particular position group.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 4:04 PM

Bastian Schweinsteiger will again miss out for Manchester United in Week 23 as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

The German international misses out again in Week 23 along with his presumptive first team partner at the base of midfield, Michael Carrick. The Red Devils are likely to face Southampton with a holding midfield of Morgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini, the duo that saw them to victory over arch-rivals Liverpool in those same roles. Neither are likely to score big for fantasy purposes but do demonstrate the quality depth that United possess in this particular position group.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 4:04 PM

Michael Carrick continues to be a fragile presence for Manchester United as he will miss another match with a knee injury in Week 23.

The base of the Manchester United midfield has been as beset by injuries as has the back line. Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger have been the most frequent absentees and both will be missing again in Week 23. The duo of Marouane Fellaini and Morgan Schneiderlin are likely to deputize as they did in Week 22 against Liverpool.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 2:14 PM

Michael Carrick continues to be a fragile presence for Manchester United as he will miss another match with a knee injury in Week 23.

The base of the Manchester United midfield has been as beset by injuries as has the back line. Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger have been the most frequent absentees and both will be missing again in Week 23. The duo of Marouane Fellaini and Morgan Schneiderlin are likely to deputize as they did in Week 22 against Liverpool.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 2:14 PM


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