Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm to claim the Europa League for the first time in the club's history.

The victory means that United have secured a berth in the group stages of next season's Champions League, ultimately rendering Jose Mourinho's first season in charge as a success. United stood off Ajax and prevented them playing their direct, free-flowing game by creating a classic Mourinho barrier. Their rigid defensive system blocked the young Dutch side and Ajax's attempts to play over the lines were thwarted by United's superior physical attributes. Marouane Fellaini was particularly impressive in this regard. Pogba put United in control after just 18 minutes, benefiting from a fortuitous deflection. Mkhitaryan extinguished any residual hopes of a comeback after half-time with a snap overhead kick from three yards while Lingard fluffed a late one-on-one. Jose Mourinho triumphs again in a big game thanks to a bespoke plan for the big day.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 5:14 PM

Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela has scuppered his chances of appearing in the German Cup final for Eintracht Frankfurt as well as his chances of securing a permanent deal at the club.

Varela has been on loan at Frankfurt since last summer and had been due to play the final against Dortmund on Saturday. However, he was ruled out of the final after a tattoo he acquired contrary to the expressed wishes of his German club became infected. The Uruguayan right-back has now been suspended and sent home to Manchester, with a Frankfurt board member quoted as saying "With this action, Guillermo’s time at Frankfurt is over." The club had previously been exploring extending his loan. Manchester United manager José Mourinho is rumoured to be planned to eject Varela from the club this summer.
May 24 - 2:08 PM

Manchester United have been handed an injury boost ahead of their Europa League final with Ajax.

United duo Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling, who were absent for the final game of the Premier League season with Crystal Palace, trained on Tuesday morning with the squad at Carrington before the team flew out to Stockholm. Victory in the final will see United qualify for the Champions League next season, and thus define José Mourinho's first year in charge at Old Trafford.
May 23 - 9:46 AM

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has said that his future will be decided in the next fortnight, one way or another.

His manager at Atleti, Diego Simeone, had previously admitted a move away from the club was possible but this is the strongest statement yet from the player himself. When asked to rate his chances of moving to United out of ten, Griezmann said "Six". He went on to rate his chances of staying put and signing a new contract at "Seven". He completely ruled out a cross-city move to Real Madrid. Sky's Spanish Football expert Guillem Balague has claimed that Griezmann is holding out to discover if United will play in the Champions League next season before coming to a decision. Balague expects United to trigger the Frenchman's buyout clause of €100 million to make the deal go through.
Source: Sky Sports
May 23 - 9:11 AM

Jack van Gelder, the host of Dutch sports television channel Ziggo Sport, claims Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been carrying a secret injury for almost two months.

Following the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, Van Gelder told Ziggo that Pogba’s return "went well" before going on to suggest the 24-year-old had been receiving treatment from Dutch physiotherapist – Leo Echteld – for the past eight weeks to help cure a troublesome hamstring injury. Pogba played a little under 45 minutes on Sunday having missed the two previous matches following the death of his father, as Jose Mourinho carefully manages his £89m star ahead of Wednesday night’s Europa League final against Ajax. United made seven changes for the visit of Sam Allardyce’s men on the final day and it was one of those newcomers, Josh Harrop, on his senior debut, who set the home side on their way to victory with a stunning opening goal.
Source: The Metro
May 22 - 5:56 PM

Manchester United's inexperienced team overcame Crystal Palace comfortably at Old Trafford in a 2-0 win.

United took the lead memorably through debutante Josh Harrop. The 21 year old playmaker received the ball from Pogba on the left, before bursting into the box and bamboozling Martin Kelly. He shifted the ball onto his right foot and slammed it in at the far post. United doubled their lead soon after through the provider of their first, Paul Pogba. Joel Ward missed his attempted interception on a Lingard through ball, and Pogba had a simple finish beyond Wayne Hennessy. Benteke beat Pereira with a second half header but it hit the post. Wilfried Zaha had a frustrating day and was physically dominated. He was substituted late on. Wayne Rooney was unable to convert any of his chances in what may be his last game for United, though you wouldn't think so given his low key withdrawal for Angel Gomes on 88'.
Source: BBC Sport
May 21 - 12:05 PM

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has made a remarkable recovery and is fit to play Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Manchester United's medical team has previously ruled the young Dutchman out until the end of the season due to a soldier injury suffered in the Manchester derby in April. However, a glimmer of hope appeared earlier this week when Mourinho said the 19 year old had a "little chance" of making the Europa League final. Fosu-Mensah's recovery has been further expedited now and his manager has confirmed that he will start in an experimental line-up on Sunday against Crystal Palace alongside Paul Pogba and a number of youngsters. Joel Pereira will start in goal while O’Hara, Mitchell, Harrop, Gomes, McTominay, Tuanzebe, Willock and Dearnley are all fighting for places in the starting XI and on the bench.
May 19 - 8:14 AM

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is set to be rested for the remainder of the season, according to Jose Mourinho.

With nothing left to play for in the Premier League this season, Mourinho opted to start Sergio Romero against Southampton on Wednesday and said he plans to hand 20-year-old keeper Joel Pereira his Premier League debut when the club faces Crystal Palace on Sunday. And with Romero set to start against Celta Vigo in the Europa League final, De Gea could have played his last match at the club with Real Madrid lurking in the transfer window. Said Mourinho: "I hope to play Joel against Crystal Palace. I hope to play Sergio in the final. Hopefully we don't have problems with these two keepers. But David is top in the world and obviously we want to keep the top in the world."
Source: Sky Sports
May 18 - 5:28 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has given an early indication of the second-string outfit which will start at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

With the Europa League Final just around the corner, the Portuguese is keen to hold back many of his first choice options, and will instead blood youngsters in the largely meaningless encounter. Mourinho namechecked Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly as two of the 4 or 5 senior players who will "give some stability to the kids" as he does not believe they are ready for the challenge alone. Among the starlets named were Mitchell and McTominay who were on the bench against Southampton, Axel Tuanzebe who started. Demi Mitchell, Matty Willock, Josh Harrop and Zak Dearnley have spent their whole careers at Old Trafford, and thus Sunday will be both their senior debuts and Manchester United debuts. Mourinho also confirmed that Joel Pereira will start in goal for the Red Devils.
Source: manutd.com
May 18 - 9:39 AM

Manchester United and Southampton played out a scoreless draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in both teams' penultimate PL game of the season.

The Saints continued a miserable run at home, having now failed to score at St Mary's for 365 minutes. Manolo Gabbiadini had the best opportunity to change that, after Southampton were awarded an early penalty after Eric Bailly handled in the box. However, Gabbiadini's attempt was saved by Romero, who made only his second start of the season in the league. Bailly and Martial went closest for United while Puel's men had more less noteworthy attempts than the visitors. It was a classic end of season bore-fest, with neither side truly applying themselves to get the win as expected.
Source: BBC Sport
May 17 - 4:58 PM

Manchester United manager Paul Pogba will not be present at St. Mary's on Wednesday night as he has returned home to France for his father's funeral.

United manager José Mourinho has granted his world record signing compassionate leave after his father passed away last Friday after a long illness. Pogba was not named in the squad which visited White Hart Lane on Sunday. In comments posted on the club's official site, the manager said: "I don't think that Paul has the conditions to play. We have left him completely free to be back when he thinks he's ready."
Source: Sky Sports
May 16 - 1:38 PM

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero will be rewarded for his good form in United's Europa League run by being given a starting berth in the final in Stockholm.

David De Gea started United's defeat to Spurs in the final match at White Hart Lane at the weekend, but is unlikely to start both of United's final two matches of the season either as third-choice 'keeper Joel Pereira will be given a chance to impress. Speaking about his abundance of resources at number one, the manager said: "We need three good goalkeepers and we have them, but only two are experienced... Joel is fantastic and I am going to give him a chance to play in the Premier League this season. I couldn’t be happier with the players we have for the position..." Romero admitted that while sometimes he is frustrated by his bit-part role as De Gea's stand-in, he is happy playing at a big club, joking about the surprise of people in his home country of Argentina that he is a Red Devil.
Source: The Guardian
May 16 - 1:31 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has admitted that he will field teams "with the minimum of conditions to fight for a result" against Southampton and Crystal Palace.

United can no longer make the top four, and so they're sole route into the Champions League lies with a win over Ajax in the Europa League final. Thus, Mourinho will rest key players. A number of youngsters were spared from United's reserve team's match on Monday including Axel Tuanzebe, Demi Mitchell and Scott McTominay. Joel Pereira is also in line to make his PL debut soon. All four may feature against Southampton on Wednesday. However, Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial are expected to figure.
Source: manutd.com
May 16 - 1:20 PM

Manchester United's ailing defense could see a welcome boost for the Europa League final next Wednesday.

Previous reports confirmed that Fosu-Mensah would miss the rest of the season after suffering a shoulder injury in the Manchester derby last month. But manager Jose Mourinho confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the versatile defender has a chance to return for next Wednesday's Europa League final against Celta Vigo: "Fosu-Mensah has a little chance to be ready [for the final]. But even this kid is trying everything because the others [who are out injured] are impossible."
May 16 - 1:09 PM

Anthony Martial was the bright spot for a Manchester United side that would fall short of a comeback, assisting their only goal in a 2-1 loss.

United have struggled all season on the road, having failed to score once on their travels against the top six, but they managed to end that drought today, courtesy of Martial. The Frenchman provided the Red Devils their best scoring chance in the opening half, but he dragged his shot just wide of the target. Down 2-0 after 48 minutes, Martial again came close, turning his defender around and sending a curling effort toward the far top corner of goal, but it drifted off target. In the 71st minute, United finally broke through, cutting Spurs advantage in half, when Martial sent a cross into the box and Wayne Rooney steered it in, given credit for the goal despite the ball taking a touch off Jan Vertonghen on the way in. Marcus Rashford had a chance in stoppage time to grab a draw, but his effort missed the mark. The loss mathematically eliminates United from a top four finish.
Source: NBC Sports
May 14 - 1:44 PM


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