Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United have triggered a clause in the contract of right-back Antonio Valencia to extend his contract until the summer of 2018.

Valencia's contract was due to expire in the summer. Valencia, who is now 31, arrived at Old Trafford from Wigan back in 2009 as a winger. He has since been converted to a wing-back by Louis Van Gaal after being introduced to the role by Alex Ferguson. Valencia has been a stalwart for Jose Mourinho since arriving at the club, figuring 26 times for the side. That total is only exceeded by key men Ibra, De Gea and Pogba.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 18 - 12:01 AM

Sheffield United have signed Manchester United's young full-back Joe Riley on loan until the end of the season.

The Blades, who currently sit at the summit of the League One table, had been chasing the 20 year old for a number of weeks but were forced to patiently wait for him to recover from a hamstring problem before swooping in for the youngster. Riley made two appearances for United's senior team last season. He came on as a substitute in the FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town and started in the 5-1 victory over Midtjylland in the Europa League after Chris Smalling pulled up injured.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 17 - 11:56 PM

Manchester United dominated possession for most of the match but trailed for the majority before Zlatan leveled in the 84th

The big Swede kept his hot streak going with a late goal that went in off the frame. The goal canceled out James Milner's penalty earned when Paul Pogba handled the ball in the box. The result was a fair one as neither side created an excess of strong chances in the hotly contested rivalry.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 15 - 1:42 PM

Manchester United have rejected a £13 million bid from Lyon for Memphis Depay.

Both player and club are looking to let the want-away winger who is best suited to a role on the left, where United are currently saturated with talent. 22 year old Depay arrived at United for £22 million from PSV in June 2015, making 45 appearances under Van Gaal, scoring on seven occasions. However, the youngster has been ostracised by Mourinho, allegedly because of his attitude. United are willing to let him go permanently if a club meets their valuation of Depay. Lyon did not manage this but rumours of interest from PSG could see him depart very soon.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 13 - 3:06 PM

Paul Pogba has claimed that his recent upturn in form for Manchester United is down to the freedom that manager Jose Mourinho has entrusted in him.

Pogba received quite a lot of criticism in his early games at Manchester United as he failed to make an impact that matched his world record breaking £89 million price tag. However, his role in United's recent recovery and nine game winning run has allowed Pogba show off some of his best skills, chipping in with 3 goals and 3 assists in the last 10 games. To put that in perspective, he had just 1 assist in the 10 games previous to that. His number of shots has not really changed much in that period, however his shots on target more than doubled from 6 to 13. He also has 106 more touches in the opposition box (652) plus his number of of touches in the opposition box has increased to 50 from 30. All in all, Pogba has grown into a fantasy prospect worth serious consideration.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 13 - 2:55 PM

Manchester United have opted to trigger a clause in Marouane Fellaini's contract to keep him at the club until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Fellaini signed in 2013 for £27.5 million from Everton to rejoin then United manager David Moyes. His original contract tied him down on a 4 year deal but United have now exercised their right to hold onto his services for an extra season. Fellaini's period at the club has been turbulent and he has received the ire of fans in the stands on multiple occasions, even this season. His EFL cup semi-final goal against Hull was celebrated joyously by manager Jose Mourinho this week and this has been one of a number of important interventions by the big Belgian in recent weeks since he cost United 2 points against Everton on December 4th by giving away a penalty. Mourinho has stated the importance of Fellaini to his plans at various times since arriving in the summer.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 13 - 2:41 PM

Jose Mourinho delivered on his promise to field a strong United XI, but Hull made them work hard for their 2-0 win.

United lacked penetration in the opening period, notching up just two shots on target in the first half. Jakupovic made a fine save from Mata while a long-range cannon from Pogba was pushed harmlessly over the bar. Rooney and Rashford also had chances, but the former couldn't make contact wit the ball and the latter scuffed his opportunity. In the second half, Mata made the breakthrough for the Red Devils, tapping in from a Mkhitaryan header for his 7th of the season. Marouane Fellaini came on as a sub and deservedly extended United's lead late on ahead of the return leg at the KCOM Stadium in two weeks time.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 11 - 11:44 AM

Zlatan Ibrahimović was not included in the match day squad which faced Hull on Tuesday despite Jose Mourinho stating the big Swede would return for the EFL Cup semi-final.

The 35-year-old was given last weekend off, but speaking after the game on Saturday, Mourinho hinted at change with those rested poised for a recall: "In the next match against Hull City we are going to play again with fresh players. So, it's easy to know our team - Zlatan, Pogba, Herrera, Valencia. The guys that didn't play today." Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera were the only players to retain their places as United made seven changes. The club confirmed before kick-off that Ibrahimović was missing due to illness although his absence appears to be more of a precaution with a big game against north west rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Jan 10 - 2:51 PM

Jose Mourinho has given some indications about the side that will be sent out at Old Trafford on Tuesday to face Hull City.

Mourinho has indicated that Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start for the Red Devils. It is unclear whether or not United will give Sergio Romero another game, with Mourinho claiming he wants to use "all the power that is at his disposal". Luke Shaw is fit again and back in contention to play but his defensive colleagues Marcos ROjo (injured) and Eric Bailly (AFCON) are absent.
Source: manutd.com
Jan 9 - 1:57 PM

Manchester United could be entering crisis mode in defense with the latest injury to defender Marcos Rojo.

The Argentine international left the club's 4-0 FA Cup win against Reading on Saturday in the 19th minute with a muscle injury and will be assessed this week. The club is already without Eric Bailly, who is at the African Cup of Nations, and is now down to two center-halves, not including Daley Blind. Said manager Jose Mourinho: "I don't know [what the damage is]. We have to wait a little bit. A muscle is a muscle and you're always afraid of it but let's see what is going on. It would be so important for us to keep our central defenders fit for the month of January. But I prefer to wait. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones did a very good job for us."
Jan 8 - 1:58 PM

Manchester United have decided to send goalkeeper Sam Johnstone out on loan to Aston Villa.

Johnstone, 23, has not been in Jose Mourinho's plans this season and is yet to play a competitive game in a United shirt. He is currently behind Romero in the pecking order at the club. He has been sent out for more first-team experience, having played mostly at League One and Championship level at his previous 5 loan clubs. Johnstone is Bruce's first signing at Villa, who he joined in October. He has steered them to a mid-table position since arriving at the club. Former United man Peirluigi Gollini is also playing for the Villains, but it is Mark Bunn who is expected to lose his starting XI spot to Johnstone. Johnstone's debut is expected to be against Spurs in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 8 - 7:13 AM

Jose Mourinho has reasserted that Bastian Schweinsteiger is within the first team fold at Old Trafford and is likely to get game-time during the hectic January schedule.

Mourinho made these claims in the run up to United's FA Cup third round triumph against Reading and backed them up by deploying Schweinsteiger as a sub towards the end of the game. Schweini's 12 minutes against the Royals represented his 2nd appearance of the season after he came on as a sub in the League Cup win over West Ham last November. Since then, he has had no major injuries but Mourinho chose to use other players instead of him as the Red Devils enjoyed their longest winning run since September 2009 (9 wins). Mourinho also admitted that the World Cup winner would be permitted to leave the club if a suitable fee was offered.
Source: manutd.com
Jan 8 - 6:59 AM

Manchester United ran out deserved 4-0 winners to secure their spot in the FA Cup 4th round.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was rested for the game and Wayne Rooney stole the headlines in his absence, netting his 249th goal for the club to equal Sir Bobby Charlton's tally in a red shirt. Rooney's goal was United's first. He got his knee up to redirect Juan Mata's deftly lobbed pass over the hapless Al-Habsi between the sticks. In terms of objective performances, Anthony Martial should have earned man of the match. It was his surging run down the left in which he beat two defenders before teeing up Mata which created the goal. He then got United's second after playing a one-two with Rooney that created the space and time for him to carefully side-foot in. Carrick bisected the Reading defence to send Rashford through one-on-one after the break, the youngster made no mistake grabbing United's third before being gifted his brace by an Al-Habsi howler.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 8 - 6:47 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that winger Memphis Depay is not in his future plans.

The writing has been on the wall for weeks that the 22-year-old doesn't look to have a home at Old Trafford, but Mourinho, ruling out a loan exit, said the club would be willing to sell as soon as this month if the deal is right. "I have to say that in the past couple of months my decisions in relation to Memphis were influenced by the feelings and information that he would like to leave in January and that we were going to have a real offer that we would be willing to accept." The Dutch international joined the club in the summer of 2015 from PSV Eindhoven for £25 million, but could never get past Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford under Mourinho.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 5 - 3:13 PM

Marcus Rashford created a great opportunity for Juan Mata that ended up being the winner as the Red Devils beat ten-man West Ham United 2-0 at the London Stadium to stay firmly in sixth place.

It wasn't just the assist that Rashford deserved credit for on the day. Starting in a wide left position, he also fed Paul Pogba a similarly effective ball that ended with the most expensive player in the world putting the ball just to the far side of Darren Randolph's goal. It was his ball to Juan Mata that ultimately provided the difference in the match. Zlatan's second goal, from a scramble in the box, was offside and West Ham could have claimed they deserved a share of the points if that had been United's only goal but Rashford's assist for Mata's goal was high strong work from both players and the Red Devils deserved their three points.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 2 - 2:46 PM



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