Player News - Manchester United

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The ICC match between local rivals Manchester United and Manchester City in China has been cancelled due to poor pitch conditions after significant rains.

With both clubs featuring new managers and needing pre-season action to solidify their new systems, the cancellation is probably more frustrating than the average pre-season cancellation might be. United are coming off a drubbing at the hands of Borussia Dortmund and would certainly have been eager to put something other than that in short term memory. City lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich last Wednesday and will now face Dortmund next Thursday.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 25 - 10:18 AM

Manchester United has announced youth defender Guillermo Varela has joined Eintracht Frankurt on loan this summer.

The 23-year-old was left off the club's preseason tour of China after failing to make an impression on new manager Jose Mourinho during the summer. Varela will now join up with the Bundesliga side after sparsely appearing throughout the past few seasons since his arrival from Uruguayan side in 2013. The Uruguay international made 10 appearances for the senior side in the past season after making his debut at right-back against West Ham in December.
Jul 24 - 11:51 AM

Despite having sold him while in charge at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has indicated that Juan Mata has a place in his Manchester United squad.

Amid reports that Everton and other suitors in Spain are hot on the trail of Juan Mata, Jose Mourinho has indicated that the playmaker has a place at Old Trafford. Whether this is true or just a negotiating tactic isn't clear but Mourinho was quoted as saying "I think since the first day everything is clear between us. There is space for him. He's a talented player and I don't promise places to anyone. I promise respect and I like him, so if he wants to stay and I think he wants [that]. Until this moment I don't have one little sign that he wants to leave, so I think he wants to stay and, yes, there is space for him and, yes, I think he can be useful to the club." More to come for sure.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 22 - 11:11 AM

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a goal against his former club but United were demolished 4-1 in their ICC Champions League opener.

Jose Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford among much fanfare as well as bringing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Eric Bailly to the club. With Paul Pogba presumably on his way as well optimism has been running rampant. United started a strong line-up featuring Bailly and Mkhitaryan as well as holdovers like Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Memphis Depay, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford. That strong line-up was demolished by a Dortmund side that was a mix of likely starters and reserves. Not a great start for Mourinho but there will certainly be more to come once Zlatan, Martial, Rooney and (maybe) Pogba join up.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 22 - 11:00 AM

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw completed his road to recovery from a broken leg by playing in a preseason friendly.

Shaw played 45 minutes for Manchester United in a 2-0 friendly win against Wigan on Saturday after missing the last 10 months due to a broken leg that was fractured in two different places during a Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven last fall. The Red Devils' win was also Jose Mourinho's first match as manager as the Portuguese coach admitted he was surprised by Shaw's recovery: "He sacrificed his holiday He was at the training ground every day putting himself in condition. Of course, you lose a bit of sharpness and confidence but he is trying hard. He was mad to play for more but for me it is better to play 45 safe minutes than more, so let’s go step by step."
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 17 - 8:41 PM

Germany's Euro 2016 ends with a 0-2 loss to France, with a handball by Bastian Schweinsteiger marking the turning point in the match.

It looked as though it would only be a matter of time before Germany would grab the opening goal, as they controlled the possession and tempo of the first 45 minutes of the match. Emre Can came closest, but his low drive was pushed aside by Hugo Lloris. Then, just before the break, a moment of blunder by Schweinsteiger opened the door for the host country. A cross was sent in to Patrice Evra, who was being marked by the Manchester United midfielder. Inexplicably, Schweinsteiger leaped into the air with his hands outstretched in front of him and Eva's header smacked the German's right hand. A penalty was awarded and France converted, allowing them to dictate the play in the second half. Germany could not break through and tasted defeat against France in a competitive match for the first time since 1958.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 7 - 5:24 PM

Jose Mourinho has made a series of statements to reporters that puts into serious question how much Wayne Rooney can expect to play this season.

Mourinho, in his first Manchester United news conference, indicated that he did not consider Wayne Rooney to be a deep-lying midfielder. Put that together with a later statement endorsing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford as a strong forward duo. Throw in the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan announced earlier today that will likely see the central attacking midfield role settled. With all of those positions spoken for Rooney's status is very much in question.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 6 - 12:24 PM

Robin van Persie had a solid rebound season with Fenerbahce last season and could use it as a stepping stone back to the Premier League with Middlesbrough.

The Dutch international scored 20 goals over 45 matches for his Turkish side last season which was a significant rebound from his final, injury-plagued season at Manchester United. Boro have had trouble recruiting forwards dating back to their previous stint in the Premier League so landing van Persie, even the somewhat over-the-hill version, is a significant step forward if it happens. Look for van Persie to come in around 12 goals and 6 assists for fantasy purposes if he does arrive at Boro.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 6 - 12:05 PM

Manchester United have announced the completion of a deal with Borussia Dortmund to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Old Trafford.

The Armenian international scored 11 goals and contributed 15 assists in 28 Bundesliga starts and three substitute appearances last season so his credentials as a creator are exceptional. With Manchester United struggling mightily to create chances last season this is a huge acquisition, perhaps even bigger than the arrival of Zlatan last week. Fantasy managers should consider Mkhitaryan seriously in salary cap leagues depending on his price and should expect him to go in the first round or two of draft leagues. In the second round he's a steal as he's probably this season's De Bruyne/Payet as far as new arrivals to the league go.
Source: @manutd
Jul 6 - 11:02 AM

Following England’s early exit from Euro 2016, Chris Smalling’s misery has been further compounded after the defender ended up in hospital while holidaying on a small Indonesian island.

Although there has been no official statement [Manchester United are said to be investigating the matter], social media reports seem to confirm that Smalling was taken to hospital for treatment for what looks to be head and / or neck injuries. Local news suggested the 26-year-old had taken a heavy fall when learning to surf while they also say Smalling may have been stung by a jellyfish. Photographs appear to corroborate the story with hospital medical records displaying his correct date-of-birth. However, the sight of Smalling signing a hospital workers Man United shirt seems to suggest his injuries cannot be too serious as he lies with his head bandaged and neck fixed in a brace.
Source: The Sun
Jul 4 - 6:20 AM

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Euro 2016 tournament hangs in the balance after the German captain injured his knee during Saturdays penalty shootout win over Italy.

Schweinsteiger has endured an injury blighted calendar year and only just made Joachim Loew’s 23-man European Championship squad following back-to-back knee ligament injuries in January and March respectively. Having been restricted to four substitute appearances in France, the 31-year-old replaced the injured Sami Khedira [groin] after only 15 minutes of the quarter-final, a game which saw Schweinsteiger miss a decisive sudden death penalty before Die Mannschaft eventually edged past Italy to set-up up a mouth-watering tie with host nation France. However, the Man United midfielder could miss out after the German Football Federation revealed that Schweinsteiger "had an MRI scan at a hospital in Annecy" after taking a knock to the knee. "He has been diagnosed with a lateral collateral ligament strain."
Jul 4 - 5:53 AM

With the Tweet "Are you ready? It's #ZlatanTime", Manchester United began a new era at Old Trafford signing one of the world's most iconic forwards on a one year contract.

Manchester United have been craving a superstar as Wayne Rooney's star has faded and there has been no new Beckham or Ronaldo to lead one of the biggest brands and teams in world sport. Anthony Martial might make it there eventually but he's neither accomplished enough nor big enough a personality to give supporters hope after three seasons in the post-Ferguson wilderness. Zlatan may be aging but he is, in some senses, the logical successor to King Eric Cantona at Old Trafford. Whatever comes next, it won't be dull.
Source: @manutd
Jul 1 - 3:11 PM

In his typical style, Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on his official Twitter page that he will be playing for Manchester United this coming season.

After a legendary career that made stops in the Eredivisie with Ajax, Serie A with Juventus, Inter and AC Milan, La Liga with Barcelona and most recently Ligue One with PSG, the larger-than-life striker will finally make his mark in the PL. Much anticipation awaits for the Red Devils this coming season, with Jose Mourinho managing and Zlatan now arriving. It should officially end the era of Wayne Rooney playing at striker and Marcus Rashford will likely be making more appearances off the bench and starting in cup games assuming Zlatan stays fit. Then again, Mourinho may have just bought himself the newest version of Falcao and everything goes sour. Zlatan will certainly look to improve on his Euro performance but he should have plenty of improved quality around him. Expect his fantasy price tag to be through the roof. It could be a boom or bust early/expensive pick in draft leagues while FPL managers may want to wait and see before breaking their banks.
Jun 30 - 11:25 AM

Spain's tournament ends more quickly than most would have imagined, getting knocked out in the round of 16 by a magnificent Italian side with a 2-0 loss.

This was a really tough draw for the first round of the knockout stage as two of the historically best tournament teams went up against each other and one had to go home. It was deservedly Spain that did, as Italy outplayed them thoroughly. David De Gea came up with two huge saves in the first 11 minutes but a save from a free kick was not cleared away and Italy pounces on the loose ball to take the lead. De Gea may have been at fault for the goal, but he also single-handedly kept Spain in it with a couple more top-drawer stops. In the end, the Spanish attack could not break down Italy, with just an occasional flash of hope for Andres Iniesta, while PL players like David Silva and Cesc Fabregas offered very little. Gerard Pique had a chance to level the score on 89 minutes but his shot from 8 yards was stopped by veteran Gianluigi Buffon. Italy then added a second goal moments later to put the game to bed.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 27 - 2:09 PM

Luke Shaw is closing in on a return to action with the Manchester United full-back pencilled in to play in the International Champions Cup against Borussia Dortmund in July.

The 20-year-old was originally said to be targeting a place in United’s FA Cup final squad in May but following a minor setback, the then manager Louis van Gaal confirmed, Shaw would not be ready and instead would use the time to get ready for pre-season. Shaw posted a social media update this week confirming he was on track to re-join the main group when they return in early July: "Training done for the day. Building up to pre-season now." The left-back will be assessed before a decision is made on whether he will travel to Shanghai for United's first game of the summer and his first since suffering a double leg fracture in September 2015.
Jun 24 - 1:51 PM


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