Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed that Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are injury doubts for the week.

The Red Devils manager has ruled out the duo for the club's Europa League second leg match with St Etienne on Wednesday and even expressed doubt that they would be available for the League Cup final on Sunday against Southampton. However, Mourinho said there are no issues with Antonio Valencia and David De Gea, who were each rested in the FA Cup win against Blackburn over the weekend: "De Gea was rested. Rooney is injured. Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover [to face Saint-Etienne on Wednesday]. Valencia was rested but Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday."
Feb 20 - 3:51 PM

Wayne Rooney may not be fit in time for the EFL Cup final on February 26th.

The captain has been struggling with a minor muscular issue and has missed United's last four games along with Phil Jones who is in a similar race against time to recover. Elsewhere, De Gea and Valencia should be in contention again to face St. Etienne on Wednesday after missing the FA Cup win over Blackburn after Mourinho gave them a rest.
Feb 20 - 8:42 AM

Manchester United overcame Blackburn 2-1 to go through to the FA Cup quarter finals where they will face Chelsea on March 11.

Blackburn opened the game energetically, pressuring a sloppy and toothless UNited in the opening stages. Marvin Emnes saw a rasping shot from outside the box denied by Romero but soon after teed up Danny Graham who turned Smalling before firing the hosts ahead. However, United drew level just ten minutes later. Man of the match Henrikh Mkhitaryan surged beyond Mulgrew before releasing Marcus Rashford with a stunning 40 yard ball off the outside of his foot. Rashford made no mistake in rounding the Rovers' 'keeper and slotting home. Save for Mkhi, United struggled and Blackburn spurned a number of opportunities to retake the lead before Mourinho sprung Pogba and Ibra from the bench. The pair combined in the 75th minute to put United ahead. Pogba found the Swede with a long ball and he made no mistake on the half-volley. Blackburn thought the were level late on but Stokes' goal was ruled offside correctly.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 20 - 8:26 AM

Manchester United have a relatively clean bill of health going into Sunday's FA Cup fifth round clash at Ewood Park.

After Thursday's Europa League success against Saint Etienne, United go into this clash as firm favourites to progress. United manager Jose Mourinho has asserted on a number of occasions this season that he wants his side to compete on all fronts, including the FA Cup. He ominously predicted that he can see trouble brewing due to the oncoming fixture congestion for the team, but for now he need not worry too much. Phil Jones is hoping to be fit for the weekend clash after a minor foot injury, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back in training but remains doubtful after missing the Thursday match through illness. Both Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are major doubts as they continue their comeback from muscular problems.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 17 - 4:08 PM

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is continuing to put pressure on Jose Mourinho to keep him in the side with a string of good performances.

The Frenchman started Thursday's clash with St. Etienne probably because fellow winger Henrikh Mkhitryan was injured. However, he delivered yet another good performance. Martial was positive in his contributions, drawing saves from Ruffier, drawing men away from teammates and he was also inventive, sometimes to his detriment but portraying a confidence unseen in him since last season. While the performance didn't deliver a goal, his time on the pitch and late substitution highlight the thinning gap between player and manager as a mutual respect grows.
Source: The Guardian
Feb 17 - 9:38 AM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first hat-trick for Manchester United as they overcame French opponents Saint Etienne 3-0 at Old Trafford.

The comprehensive first leg win in the Europa League Round of 32 first leg will make the return fixture in eastern central France a formality. United led thanks for a fortuitous Ibrahimovic free-kick which deflected beyond the hapless Stephane Ruffier in the first half. However, United were not good value for the scoreline given that the survived multiple scares at the back in the opening half. Mourinho summarised it saying: "In the first half, we played so bad, and we managed to finish it winning 1-0 when we don't deserve". Ibra nabbed his second through a tap-in on 75' to finish off decent work by Rashford before completing his treble with a late penalty. United may not play in GW26, but fantasy managers will fear offloading the Swede with porous Bournemouth visiting Old Trafford in GW27.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 17 - 7:10 AM

There are some serious doubts over the future of Luke Shaw after being left out of Thursday's Europa League squad.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made no effort to keep his frustration with the young defender private, criticizing Shaw after he pulled himself from a Week 11 match with Swansea City due to an injury complaint. Since, Shaw has not played a single minute in the Premier League and continues to be overlooked. However, this weekend's FA Cup match against Blackburn could be a promising opportunity: "The only thing I can say is that Luke is working well," Mourinho said. "He doesn't have any problem and he is working well. He is fighting hard. There is no problem with him. He is fighting hard."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 16 - 3:50 PM

Jose Mourinho provided a mixed update ahead of his sides Europa League clash against Saint Etienne at Old Trafford on Thursday evening.

Marcos Rojo will return to the squad after missing the 2-0 win over Watford last weekend as a precaution, but despite the availability of Luke Shaw, the United manager insists he won’t be involved with Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Chris Smalling expected to make up the back four. Mourinho also confirmed he will look to "protect" Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick due to "little [muscular] problems" and the pair will sit this one out. Phil Jones is still struggling with the foot injury he sustained against Hull almost three weeks ago even though the initial prognosis was only a "few days". The game will see Florentin Pogba, older brother of Paul, pitted against the United midfielder: "We've given each other some stick and there was some banter straight after the draw was made, but since then we've been so focused on our respective league games."
Source: eirSPORT
Feb 16 - 3:53 AM

Anthony Martial put in a Man of the Match performance as Manchester United defeated Watford 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's decision to recall Martial paid off in a big way against the Hornets. While the 21-year-old voiced displeasure with his lack of game time earlier this week, the pacy winger let his performance capture the headlines. Martial was menace on the left flank, assisting on Juan Mata's opener before beating Heurelho Gomes with a nifty near post strike. The victory extended Manchester's 16 match league unbeaten, while Martial has now been involved in more PL goals for United than any other player (14 goals, 8 assists).
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 11 - 1:19 PM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that club captain Wayne Rooney is back in contention to face Watford in gameweek 25.

Rooney, 31, missed last week's 3-0 victory over struggling champions Leicester City in gameweek 24 through illness. However, Mourinho confirmed that Rooney has recovered and is available for selection.
Feb 10 - 12:04 PM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday that centre-back Phil Jones will miss United's game with Watford on Saturday.

Jones, 24, missed United's clash with champions Leicester last weekend due to a foot injury, and the same ailment is ruling him out of this fixture too.
Feb 10 - 12:01 PM

In the light of comments by Zlatan Ibrahimov's agent, Mino Raiola, linking the striker with a move to Napoli, Jose Mourinho is not worried.

The Swede originally came to United in the summer one a one year contract, with the option to extend that by a year if he chose to. He has 20 goals already this season and has adapted well to life in Manchester according to his manager. Furthermore, in spite of the rumours, Mourinho is relaxed, instead claiming that Zlatan is so dedicated to the Red Devils' cause that he is refusing days off:"I'm totally convinced that he is going to stay... He come with the intention to stay two years, the first year is going probably not in his mind, because he is a very ambitious guy, but in the minds of everyone the first year is going better than every expectation... He's also adapted to the club, he's adapted to the situation, I don't see any problem with his family, I gave him the possibility of an extra day off to go somewhere to relax, to go to Sweden, he doesn't want, he never goes.."
Feb 10 - 11:58 AM

Both Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward have ruled out mass personnel changes in the summer like we have seen in recent years

In recent years, United have been among the most active PL clubs in summer transfer windows, with four big names last season a reduction from the six arrivals in each of Louis Van Gaal's summer sprees. On a United investors' call on Thursday, Ed Woodward ruled out a "churn [of] a large number of players", and Jose Mourinho echoed his statement in a pre-match press conference on Friday. Mourinho instead claims he is seeking a maximum of four quality players, and for the most part trusting the potential of the squad to flourish.
Feb 10 - 11:49 AM

Henrikh Mkhitaryan put on a stellar display as Manchester United defeated Leicester 3-0 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Mkhitaryan scored the first and assisted on the third as Jose Mourinho's side moved to within two points of the top-four, and just one point off fifth place Liverpool. After a slow start United found their form just before the break, scoring three goals within six match minutes across halftime. Mkhitaryan was first to strike as he latched onto a ball and raced through the Foxes' defense, and finished a one-on-one with Kasper Schmeichel. The Red Devils added a second just two minutes later when Ibrahimovic buried a first-time strike, while their third came three minutes after the restart. On 49 minutes, Mata played a one-two with Mkhitaryan and buried the ball from close range. The win for United ends their run of three consecutive league draws.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 5 - 2:00 PM

Manchester United's young defender Axel Tuanzebe has signed an extension to his current contract with the club.

The new deal will see him stay at the club until June 2020, with the option of an extra year included. Tuanzebe made his first team debut just last weekend in the emphatic 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, coming as a 68th minute substitute for Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Of the 19 year old Jose Mourinho said: "Axel is a young player with great potential. We brought him up to the first team to give him more experience and he has adapted really well. I am pleased that he has signed a new contract and I am delighted with the progress he is making."
Source: manutd.com
Feb 2 - 12:28 PM



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