Player News - Manchester United

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Following on from Friday’s press-conference, highly respected journalist Miguel Delaney, believes Jose Mourinho is set to make a surprise call ahead of the late game with Newcastle.

The chief football writer for the Independent newspaper claims the Special One will hand Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo an instant recall. Speaking yesterday, Mourinho was keen to stress the importance of Pogba and his influence during the early part of the season: "You can clearly see before Paul’s injury and after. There are qualities in our football, there are qualities that influence our approach in matches with Pogba and without Pogba - it's as simple as that." The £89 million midfielder has missed the last two months due to a hamstring problem, but Mourinho will be hoping Pogba can hitting the ground running as United’s form has faltered of late. However, it would be the inclusion of Rojo which will shock most. The Argentina defender played 45 minutes for the Reserves on Wednesday, his first competitive game since suffering a knee ligament injury back in April.
Nov 18 - 8:56 AM

Jose Mourinho made a shock announcement on Friday with Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to return today against Newcastle.

Just days after saying he expected Ibrahimovic back before the end of 2017, Mourinho confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that the Swedish legend will be on the bench to face Newcastle today just seven months after suffering an ACL injury that required surgery and a long-term layoff. It's a remarkable turnaround for a 36-year-old who will now put pressure on Romelu Lukaku's starting spot. Said Mourinho: "As a start, I see him on the bench and it's where I see him. It's where he's going to be tomorrow [Saturday], on the bench."
Nov 18 - 4:29 AM

Manchester United fans will be thrilled with the latest news surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic's recovery from long-term injury.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that the forward is on track to return before the end of the year with Ibrahimovic even eyeing a return for the club's December 10 matchup with Manchester City. That would put the 36-year-old's recovery at less than eight months despite suffering a serious knee injury in April. Said Mourinho: "He is a lion, he is a fighter. I think that is a good description of him, he has the anger all the time and that's the reason why he's almost coming back. As we expect, he's reduced the timing of his recovering and, as we were saying a few weeks ago, he will be back in 2017, which is a magnificent recovery."
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 16 - 10:35 AM

Marouane Fellaini has rejected a contract offer from Manchester United and is demanding a pay increase.

The Belgian midfielder has again reminded fans of his importance to José Mourinho's set-up in recent weeks with a string of decent performances in the absence of Paul Pogba. The chance of losing the player on a free next summer is sure to upset Mourinho who certainly won't sanction a sale to recoup a cut-price fee in the January transfer window. From the start of 2018, Fellaini would be free to agree a pre-contractual agreement with any club outside the PL. He turns 30 next week and wants a raise from a reported weekly wage of £120,000.
Source: The Guardian
Nov 16 - 9:54 AM

Marcos Rojo took a major step in his recovery from a 7 month absence due to a knee injury by playing the first half of an U-23s game on Wednesday.

The Argentine centre-back has been sidelined since he was forced off on April 20 in Manchester United's tight Europa League win over Anderlecht at Old Trafford, coincidentally the same night Zlatan suffered a knee injury too. Original forecasts indicated that Rojo would not play again in 2017 though it looks like he may confound expectations and return to action in the next few weeks. Rojo became one of Mourinho's first-choice centre-backs as 2016/17 unfolded and it was there that he was deployed for the reserves against Spanish side Athletic Club. His withdrawal at half-time for Tyrell Warren was pre-planned but the outing should give his manager cause for optimism that he will have his player back soon.
Source: manutd.com
Nov 16 - 8:47 AM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has publicly criticised the England national team for fielding Phil Jones against Germany last Friday.

The United manager said that the centre-back, who went off after 25 minutes in that encounter, will not be fit to face Newcastle at Old Trafford in GW12. Jones, who has been a mainstay in United's first choice XI this season, had been hampered by a thigh complaint prior to the international break which had forced him off early in the loss to Huddersfield. Mourinho said that Jones was still carrying that injury when he played an hour against Chelsea in GW11. Mourinho was cynical in his own self-appraisal for allowing Jones go on duty, bemoaning the fact that he was "naive" and "too pure" compared to other managers who had many key men withdraw.
Nov 16 - 6:51 AM

Manchester United fans and fantasy managers alike will be fretting over the latest injury to Phil Jones.

The Manchester United center-half has found a new lease on life this season under Jose Mourinho, playing the full 90 minutes in every league match but two this season. However, against Germany in a friendly on Friday, the English international left the match in the 25th minute, to be replaced by Joe Gomez, with a thigh injury that will need assessing before Manchester United play Newcastle in a week. Without Jones, Mourinho may have to rely on a Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly with Victor Lindelof and Daley Blind also in reserve.
Source: Mirror
Nov 10 - 5:46 PM

Jose Mourinho provided a promising injury update with a clutch of United players expected to return for the Christmas period.

Speaking to MUTV, the United boss revealed "we have [a] group of players which we hope will recover as soon as possible." Although Mourinho wouldn’t be drawn on a definitive timeline, he said the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimović are closing in on a return. "They are in good positions so I think we can go into this part of the season, the Christmas period, and after, in a strong position." He also went onto single Marouane Fellaini out for special praise following his return at Stamford Bridge having only re-joined the group 24 hours earlier. With the majority of the United squad leaving for international duty, Mourinho confirms Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera - who weren’t selected by their respective country's - "really deserve [after so many matches] to have a week off; which I’m going to give them."
Nov 7 - 5:25 PM

Jesse Lingard has emerged as an early doubt for the clash with Chelsea after suffering a back injury in the Champions League.

The United winger was forced off at half-time during the unconvincing 2-0 win over Benfica on Tuesday, although his potential absence, won’t be the cause of any great concern. Lingard has mustered only 217 Premier League minutes this term, including just one start [the 2-1 defeat Huddersfield], as he struggles to force his way into the first-team reckoning. Following the lacklustre victory, which leaves United on the verge of qualifying for the knockout phase, Mourinho confirmed his side came through without any "significant injuries" although Lingard felt "something" in his back but "hopefully nothing important." Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all began last night’s game on the bench suggesting the quartet could be set to start against the current Premier League Champions this weekend.
Source: The Metro
Nov 1 - 4:42 AM

Manchester United face Benfica at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in their fourth group game of this year's Champions League.

Back in contention to start for the first time since April is England left-back Luke Shaw. The 22 year-old has just two appearances thus far in 2017/18, both off the bench in the Carabao Cup - he hasn't even made a PL or CL squad yet this term. José Mourinho is expected to exclude both Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia from his match-day squad with a PL clash with Chelsea at the weekend in mind. Neither player was seen at United's team hotel. Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini remain sidelined for The Red Devils. José Mourinho described Romelu Lukaku as "untouchable" in the same press conference referring to the respect with which he believes the Belgian should be held. That said, Rashford and Martial may start up front for United to rest Rom for The Blues.
Oct 31 - 7:28 AM

Anthony scored his fourth goal of the season as a substitute as a gritty affair went Manchester United's way in a 1-0 win over Tottenham.

On a rainy day at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho decided to deploy three center backs for the first time this season and the result was a predictably tight affair with few chances in the first half. What threat there was came from Marcus Rashford, who along with Romelu Lukaku looked poised to break the deadlock in the 55th minute, but Tottenham survived a flurry of activity. Enter impact sub Martial, who replaced Rashford with fresh legs and, in the 81st minute, slotted home the winner after a flick-on from Lukaku. All four of Martial's goals have been from off the bench and he has totaled only 267 minutes of pitch time. Not a bad weapon to turn to.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 28 - 9:34 AM

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has provided an update on his return to action from a knee suffered back in April.

In an interview with United's club TV channel MUTV, Zlatan said that he is taking his recovery "day by day" but he has not ruled out the possibility of confounding expectations and returning before the end of 2017: "... when I’m ready I’ll be ready. Let’s see if it’s before the New Year or not – I’m following my schedule and doing exactly what I’m able to do, and I’m very excited because I’m feeling like I’m getting closer and closer." Outside of the injury discussion, Zlatan was complimentary about the team's performances so far this season as well as his successor Romelu Lukaku's performances at striker. On the Belgian he said: "He’s doing fantastically well, but it’s no surprise." "And I think he’s doing exactly what he needs to do – scoring goals and using his power, and not doing things he’s less good at and things he doesn’t need to do."
Source: manutd.com
Oct 27 - 1:30 PM

José Mourinho refused to sympathise with Spurs' loss of Harry Kane ahead of their crucial PL battle on Saturday as United still have a long injury list themselves.

Only Phil Jones and possibly Eric Bailly are fit to play from the large pool of players who had red flags over their heads during the week. As Mourinho himself put it: "We have no Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no Paul Pogba, no Marouane Fellaini, no Marcos Rojo, no Michael Carrick, so don’t speak to me about Harry Kane." The return of Eric Bailly will be very welcome for United, with Phil Jones' legs seemingly being held together with glue in the last few weeks to get him through games. Victor Lindelof's introduction last weekend in the Premier League at Huddersfield when Jones was forced off reminded us that United are still vulnerable when injuries force them to test unpractised defensive partnerships. With no Kane to deal with, fantasy managers can be a lot more confident in the chances of United keeping a clean sheet in GW10.
Source: manutd.com
Oct 27 - 1:17 PM

Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones should be fit to face Spurs on Saturday after being named on the bench for his side's Carabao Cup win over Swansea City.

Jones had to limp off in the first-half of Huddersfield's unexpected victory over the Red Devils with both sides goalless and initial fears suggested that his previous long-term hamstring complaint may have returned to bite. However, José Mourinho gave clarity about Jones' injury after the Swansea win: "I think Jones will be [back] because, today, he was on the bench and he told me he will be ready in case I need him. So I believe he'll be even better for Saturday." Aside from that Mourinho was unspecific adding: "Apart from that, I have no news and no hopes [for any other players]." Defenders Bailly and Rojo are thought to be nearing a return whilst the status of Paul Pogba remains a mystery.
Source: manutd.com
Oct 25 - 11:20 AM

Manchester United cruised past Swansea City 2-0 in the Carabao Cup 4th Round thanks to two goals from Jesse Lingard.

Lingard started in a central attacking role behind United's youthful pair Martial and Rashford, benefiting hugely from the freedom in the role. United showed little of what Mourinho dubbed a "poor attitude" which saw them lose to Huddersfield at the weekend. Spurred on by his words, he ended the evening praising his side's mindset. A smart Rashford backheel teed up Lingard for his first which he put into Nordfeldt's bottom corner. The second was also impressive, with Tuanzebe advancing out of defence with the ball and spreading to Darmian, whose cross found the onrushing Lingard's head. McTominay was handed his first start for the Red Devils in a rotated XI whilst Paul Clement had made 8 changes to the side which lost to Leicester at the weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 25 - 10:19 AM


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