Player News - Manchester United

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The Belgian forward was 9n the bench to start but came in to put away United's 2-0 win over Bournemouth.

With the World Cup looming Lukaku's form was of some concern as the second half of the season hasn't been particularly prolific by his or United's standards. Everyone from Jose Mourinho to Roberto Martinez will be happy to see Lukaku score as the season winds down.
Source: Espn.com
Apr 18 - 6:49 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho is set to drop a number of first team players after Sunday's 1-0 loss to bottom side West Brom.

The Telegraph report that the insipid performances of Paul Pogba (substituted early), Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera, and Juan Mata have been particularly frustrating for the boss. United face Bournemouth in the league on Wednesday, and it is in this tie that Sunday's squad players will have a chance to stake their claim to start the FA Cup semi-final against Spurs on Saturday. The manager has made it clear that the Cherries game is an opportunity for others, not rotation: "So it is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player that plays against Bournemouth is to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final. So the word is not rotation – it is an opportunity for people, for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs.." Mourinho answered in the affirmative when directly asked if West Brom underperformers would not play, saying "the only way [to select a team] is to go with performance".
Apr 17 - 6:40 AM

Manchester United's patchy season continued on Sunday, with the thrill of last weekend's derby victory forgotten in a disappointing defeat to last-placed West Brom.

United were ponderous in possession early on, failing to create opportunities in spite of their dominance. Instead WBA struck them on the break, with De Gea to the rescue early to prevent Livermore putting the visitors ahead. United could feel aggrieved that they weren't awarded a penalty just before the 20th minute but second later they failed to finish good chances which fell to Lukaku and Sanchez. Paul Pogba was booked by trying to recreate his derby header with his hand, and was presumably substituted with this in mind after the break. His replacement Anthony Martial gave United impetus and was lauded by fans, but ultimately United couldn't respond when a West Brom corner was converted via a Matic miscue by Jay Rodriguez. The loss results in Manchester City being crowned PL champions, with a 16 point cushion.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 1:06 PM

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is considering his options after enduring a frustrating season under José Mourinho at the club.

Reports in France have suggested that the 22 year old rejected the offer of a new contract from the club, though the UK's The Independent states that Martial's first preference is t stay at the club if possible. The arrival of Alexis Sanchez has further limited Martial's first team chances in a season where his performances have been inconsistent. That said, he has still done enough to win United's player of the month award three times via a fan vote. United's manager apparently feels Martial does not apply himself enough, whilst there is also a clear difference in how both parties view the role of a left sided winger/forward. Spurs, Juventus, PSG, and Atletico Madrid all have an interest in securing the player's signature should Mourinho deem him surplus to requirements in the summer when he is expected to enter the forward market again.
Apr 10 - 1:09 PM

Reports from French newspaper L'Equipe suggest that Marouane Fellaini will leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The outlet suggests a surprising destination for the Belgian midfielder - Liverpool. They go so far as to say that The Reds have drawn up a three year contract for the player. Ligue 1 giants Monaco and PSG are also in the race to sign the player, who has endured a turbulent spell in four seasons at Old Trafford where he has been an important first team player and a symbol of the failed Moyes era at the club.
Source: L'equipe
Apr 9 - 10:55 AM

Manchester United spared themselves a brutal memory with an inspiring comeback win over Manchester City.

Down 2-0 at half-time against a Manchester City side with Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus all on the bench, the Red Devils rallied behind Paul Pogba's second half effort to deny City the chance to clinch the Premier League title at home in the Manchester derby. Pogba opened the scoring in the 53rd minute when he valiantly pursued a chested pass from Ander Herrera and collided with Ederson as he cut the City lead in half. Just two minutes later, he headed in his second goal to knot the game at 2-2. And in the 69th, Chris Smalling added the final blow with a header goal off a free kick to deny City another trophy for the time being.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 7 - 3:51 PM

Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez struck early for Man United to secure a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

United started with intent and were duly rewarded rapidly, with Lukaku notching up his 100th Premier League goal. The goal came after neat interplay between Lingard and Sanchez, with the latter delivering the ball for Lukaku's shot which deflected beyond Fabianksi. Lingard was integral to United's second too, teeing up Alexis Sanchez who deftly put the ball into the net. The Red Devils pushed to add to their tally for the rest of the half but ultimately couldn't breach Swansea's defence again. The highlight of the second half was two saves in quick succession by De Gea on Abraham. As has so often happened this season, United failed to punish their opponents and put the result beyond doubt, though twice the reinstated Pogba set up chances for Lukaku and Mata.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 31 - 12:07 PM

Jose Mourinho has dismissed any suggestion that Paul Pogba’s poor form is down to the muscular injury he suffered earlier in the season.

The £89 million midfield star spent more than two months on the sidelines after suffering extensive damage to his hamstring, which according to Mourinho, would ordinarily result in a player going under the knife. "His recovery was good. He is very fine after the injury. It was a difficult injury, it was an injury that other players, other clubs, other medical assessments – they end in surgery, his option with the medical opinions was not to go to the surgery table and his recovery was really good." The United manager recently denied any rift between the two, calling stories in the press "lies" while stating that rumours of him enlisting the help of Didier Deschamps, on how to best utilise the 25-year-old, were "absolutely false". Pogba’s fall from grace over the past 4-6 weeks has seen the rise to prominence of Scotland international Scott Tominay.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 31 - 9:00 AM

Tests have revealed that Manchester United's second-choice 'keeper Sergio Romero was not badly injured in a clash with Diego Costa which forced him off during the international break.

Romero started for Argentina against Spain on Tuesday at the Wanda Metropolitana stadium in Madrid, and conceded a goal in the 13th minute to Atleti striker Costa. In the process of scoring, both players were injured though Romero was eventually forced off and replaced by Willy Caballero after initially trying to play on. A statement the Argentine FA said: "Sergio Romero suffered a trauma to his right knee. The tests done have ruled out any serious bone or ligament damage." It remains to be seen whether or not Romero will be fit to take his usual place on the bench for United on Sunday as his opponent on Tuesday, David de Gea, continues his majestic season between the sticks.
Source: goal.com
Mar 28 - 8:11 PM

Manchester United may have Phil Jones available for selection for their Gameweek 32 clash with Swansea at Old Trafford.

The 26 year-old has been absent from United's last seven games, including three league matches. That absence followed a scattered set of appearances where it was clear the centre-back was not fully fit. ESPN report that Jones is back in first team training with the United first team at their Carrington training base whilst some of his teammates have been representing their national teams. United manager José Mourinho has suddenly got his full contingent of central defensive options available to him save for Daley Blind. Eric Bailly will be expected to hold down his nailed down starting berth, however it remains to be seen whether Jones or the fit-again Marcos Rojo can dislodge Chris Smalling who has been first choice alongside the Ivorian.
Source: ESPNFC
Mar 28 - 8:04 PM

Luke Shaw could be a surprise inclusion for Manchester United this weekend after Ashley Young picked up an injury while representing England at Wembley.

The winger, come full-back, completed 90 minutes despite taking a heavy whack to the knee late on in a collision with Italy midfielder Lorenzo Insigne. Fortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any structural damage and Young is said to be optimistic of featuring against Swansea at Old Trafford. However, if there are complications, then Luke Shaw could come in from the cold. The defender was singled out recently by Jose Mourinho for a poor first half performance in the FA Cup: "Every time they come in his corridor, the cross was coming and a dangerous situation was coming so I was not happy." Alternatively, the United boss may look to Marcos Rojo who was back for Argentina during the break having spent the last month on the sidelines. Phil Jones has also returned to the training pitches, although he lacks match-fitness after missing the last 6 weeks.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Mar 28 - 2:55 PM

Paul Pogba was back at the heart of midfield for France as they beat World Cup hosts Russia 3-1 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

It was an important win for France after they blew a 2-0 lead to lose to Colombia last week. Manager Didier Deschamps rang in the changes for this clash and his decisions paid dividends, eventually. The team had started slowly as Mbappé failed to take a chance created by a block on Martial shot, however the PSG man did better just before half-time as Les Blues impressed their controlled, as he took on a Pogba through ball and opened the scoring. Just after the interval, Pogba made it 2-0. He earned a free-kick 25 yards from goal and expertly converted it himself into the bottom corner. Russia briefly got back into the game after Smolov scored but Mbappé put the result beyond doubt late on.
Source: The Guardian
Mar 27 - 9:45 PM

Romelu Lukaku hit the back of the net twice as Belgium easily overcame Saudi Arabia 4-0 in Brussels.

The win extends the Belgian national side's unbeaten streak to 16 games, which highlights the strength of the country's "golden generation" ahead of the summer's World Cup. Kevin de Bruyne and Dries Mertens were integral to setting up Lukaku to open the scoring, but the striker did well to through off his marker to make space to shoot. Eden Hazard worked his magic to tee up Lukaku for his second of the evening and Michy Batshuayi added a third. Kevin de Bruyne scored to complete the scoring and underline his man of the match performance, but he can be thankful to Lukaku for his work to create the chance. A confidence boosting game for Lukaku ahead of Man United's end of season run-in.
Source: The Guardian
Mar 27 - 9:38 PM

The BBC report that Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will leave the club "imminently".

Whilst the club are yet to release an official statement, it is believed that José Mourinho has agreed to let the Swede leave midseason, well before the end of his current contract in June. Speculation suggests that Ibra is going to move to MLS side LA Galaxy, but as yet there is no hard evidence available. Zlatan arrived at United in 2016 from PSG and enjoyed a fantastic first season before picking up a cruciate ligament knee injury. He made a few appearances at Christmas time this season, much sooner than anyone expected, though his prolonged absence since suggests he is not yet over the injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 22 - 12:06 PM

Jose Mourinho is monitoring the situation in France very closely after manager Didier Deschamps confirmed that two Manchester United players were unable to train on Tuesday because of injury.

Anthony Martial has a problem with his toe - picked up during the FA Cup win over Brighton on Saturday - while club teammate Paul Pogba, who was a part of Mondays session, is reportedly suffering from a hip complaint. Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny worked away from the main group as he continues his recovery from the back injury which forced off him off in the Europa League. Les Bleus face Colombia at the Stade de France in Paris on Friday before travelling to St. Petersburg to take on World Cup hosts Russia.
Mar 21 - 12:23 PM


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