Player News - Manchester United

Date: Team: Pos:

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan for the season.

Manchester United have sent the young left back on loan in order to get valuable first-team experience in order to aid his development. The 19 year old made 14 appearances for United's first 11 last term however the return of Luke Shaw from injury meant that he would have been unlikely to play often this season. This loan move does not appear to be the beginning of the end of the young Englishman's Old Trafford tenure as he was just rewarded with a new contract at the beginning of the summer.
Source: ESPNFC
Aug 23 - 12:17 PM

Manchester United centre-back Tyler Blackett has joined Championship side Reading on a permanent basis.

Blackett, who spent 6 months on loan at Celtic last year, is not part of Jose Mourinho's plans. The 22 year old made 12 first team appearances for United during the 2014-15 season for Louis Van Gaal however the young former England U-21 international only made 8 appearances for Celtic last term. He now links up with former Manchester United player Jaap Stam who manages Reading, where he has signed a 3 year contract. He will hope to continue his development and make a return to Premier League football sooner rather than later.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 23 - 12:01 PM

Young Manchester United striker James Wilson has been loaned out by the club to Championship promotion chasers Derby County.

Wilson, 20, does not feature in Mourinho's plans for the near future as the club find themselves with a plethora of striking talent. Rooney, Ibrahimovic, Martial and the newly emerged Marcus Rashford all stand between Wilson and the starting XI. The starlet, who scored a brace on his senior United debut vs Hull in May 2014 spent most of last season on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion where he scored 5 times in 25 appearances as the club narrowly missed promotion. Wilson will spend the season in the Midlands before making a decision on his long-term future.
Source: ESPNFC
Aug 21 - 3:00 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his second and third Manchester United goals in his second match and led the Red Devils to a 2-0 home victory over Southampton.

You could write off United's first two wins as being over a bottom half team in Bournemouth and a team in Southampton that is still finding itself after another summer of key players leaving the club. Still, United dropped six points in the two corresponding fixtures so seeing Wayne Rooney cross to Zlatan for the opener and Luke Shaw draw a penalty leading to Zlatan's second will look a world apart from what was on offer last season. Paul Pogba made his debut and contributed a little of everything from a deep-lying midfield role. David De Gea was never really troubled. A comprehensive United victory.
Aug 19 - 4:57 PM

Jesse Lingard could be available for Jose Mourinho if necessary but it seems unlikely that he will feature in Week 2 with others ahead of him in the pecking order.

With Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata having started and played well in Week 1 to the tune of two goals and two assists between the three of them and Henrikh Mkhitaryan waiting in the wings, Lingard looks more likely to be a League Cup player this season than a Premier League starter. The youngster played reasonably well last season but isn't the sort of star performer that will win Manchester United a title. His future probably lies away from Old Trafford if he wants to be a regular starter. If he stays, he will likely have to content himself with spot duty.
Aug 19 - 8:55 AM

Chris Smalling is available to Jose Mourinho for Friday's match against Southampton after missing Week 1 due to suspension.

The England international may be eligible to play again but may find that he has to earn his way back into the starting eleven. Eric Bailly and Daley Blind played well as a partnership last weekend against Bournemouth. The expectation is that Smalling and Bailly will be the long term partnership with Blind settling in to the John O'Shea super-sub role across a variety of positions, just with much better hair.
Aug 19 - 8:52 AM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Premier League debut goal vs Bournemouth last weekend was not a consequence constant involvement in dangerous areas for the Red Devils.

The reality was that it was his world class finishing and opportunism which helped him to open his PL account. The Bournemouth defence were successful in smothering the Swede in the final third. He was limited to just two shots, both from well outside the box but one of which he converted. Other than that, the 34 year old managed to make only a couple of passes into dangerous. He failed to receive the ball from his teammates even once in a threatening area. All this points to caution if you're considering the big man for your fantasy team.
Source: FourFourTwo
Aug 18 - 1:50 PM

Wayne Rooney's underlying stats from last weekends victory over Bournemouth highlight that the Englishman is being deployed in a more attacking role by new manager Jose Mourinho.

While continuing to receive the ball back the pitch as he did in the Van Gaal era, Rooney also took on the ball in central areas on the edge and inside the box. However, his own passing lacked guile, with most of it being directed out to the right flank. England's record goalscorer also took three shots on goal from dangerous positions within the box. One of these was scored while the other two drew saves out of Artur Boruc. All in all, Rooney may prove to be a fantastic FPL option priced at only 9.0m in the official game and also in non-salary capped formats where he was once a must-have.
Source: FourFourTwo
Aug 18 - 1:29 PM

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba is set to play "some minutes" in Friday night's clash with Southampton.

The Frenchman who arrived at the club for a world record fee only a fortnight ago, is ready to take part having served a suspension during last weekend's victory over Bournemouth. This was a suspension which carried over from an Italian cup match for Juventus last season. Mourinho added that Pogba's lack of a preseason isn't an issue - he believes Pogba does not need time to adapt to life in Manchester given that he played there before. Mourinho sees Pogba's lack of match fitness and need to understand how the team plays as being the final hurdles that need to be overcome before he is ready to start.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 18 - 1:08 PM

Anthony Martial's two assists in Manchester United's Gameweek 1 victory over Bournemouth were fortunate occurrences rather than the result of great play.

The Frenchman assisted the Red Devils' second and third goals on his way to scoring 8 points in the official FPL game with an additional 3 bonus points. Closer inspection highlights that neither assist can be taken as a sign of "form" in this department. The first of the two came as the result of a horrendously mishit left footed volley which bounced and looped to Rooney’s waiting forehead. The latter for Ibrahimovic was less of an accident but merely coincidental. A poor challenge on the Frenchman 10 yards inside the Cherries’ half saw the ball drift away from Martial to the Swede who drove in a tidy finish from range. Martial also failed to record a single cross or shot on target in three attempts. Based on GW1, there are better options available for your fantasy team.
Aug 17 - 7:02 AM

Manchester United centre back Daley Blind has been given assurances by manager Jose Mourinho that he will be an important member of the squad this season.

Initial rumors indicated that Blind would be on his way out of Old Trafford as he didn't fit his manager's mould for a centre back. However, the lack of commanding central defenders similar to first Mourinho era John Terry available for a reasonable price means the Dutchman's short term future is secure. Management at the club also see Blind as a great mentor for physically gifted raw talent signing Eric Bailly. The 22 year old £30 million signing partnered Blind last weekend in the centre of defence as the Red Devils opened their account with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
Source: The Times
Aug 17 - 6:18 AM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his debut in the same fashion he always makes his debut, scoring a brilliant goal to cap off the scoring as Manchester United disposed of AFC Bournemouth, 1-3.

It is being reported in every outlet, so it may as well be repeated here: Ibrahimovic has scored on his debut in Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, the Champions League and now, the Premier League. The first half was a bit lacking in action but a mistake by the Cherries deep in their end gave Juan Mata the unassisted opener. The attack got stronger in the second half as Wayne Rooney opened his account with a header off of a bungled shot by Anthony Martial. Martial then got a second easy assist when he gave the ball to Zlatan who fired from 25 yards into the bottom corner to put the game to bed. Bournemouth would grab a consolation goal to spoil a clean sheet for the Red Devils but it was an otherwise very positive first match in charge for Jose Mourinho.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 14 - 10:30 AM

Chris Smalling will miss Manchester United's Premier League after carrying over a one match ban from last season.

Jose Mourinho will be without both Smalling and new signing Paul Pogba as the duo are both bringing suspensions into the new season. The absence of Smalling likely means that Phil Jones will get a chance to establish himself under Mourinho partnering newcomer Eric Bailly who was very impressive in pre-season. Smalling should be back to his starting spot for Week 2.
Source: thefa.com
Aug 12 - 11:40 AM

Paul Pogba picked up two yellow cards in his final match at Juventus and as a result will miss Manchester United's curtain-raiser against Bournemouth.

Whether Pogba would have started without the benefit of a single pre-season match with his new teammates is up in the air. As it turns out, circumstances will dictate that Jose Mourinho has no choice in the matter as the FA will honor the suspension earned in Italy. Manchester United's starting line-up will continue to be a bit of a mystery until we see a few matches under Mourinho so who will start in Pogba's absence or even how they'll line up isn't clear but we know for sure that the France international won't participate.
Source: @FA
Aug 12 - 9:22 AM

Juan Mata's future at Manchester United has been a source of speculation all summer and he is once again linked to a move to Everton.

We all know that Jose Mourinho famously sold Juan Mata once before deeming him unfit for purpose at Chelsea. Enter Mourinho at Manchester United where he sold Mata and the logic was obvious that the Spaniard would be sold again. With a perceived snub during the Community Shield the rumors of a move to Everton have taken on new life. If he moves to Goodison Park, he will be an extremely valuable contributor who can be expected to start regularly. If he stays at Old Trafford then his value is far less. Consider him a lottery ticket appropriate for late rounds of your draft leagues and unworthy of your squad in salary cap until such time as a move goes through.
Source: The Times
Aug 11 - 10:44 AM



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