Player News - Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney scored a hat trick in Brugge to ensure that Manchester United moves to the group stages of the Champions League after a one year absence.

Rooney's season has been a complicated one to analyze. In his first two matches he didn't really have any significant opportunities and his goalless streak continued. Early in the Newcastle match he appeared to have scored only to have it disallowed, wrongly as replay showed, via a linesman's decision. Now we add in a hat trick against a weak opponent. Hard to know how to view Rooney going forward but the suspicion is that if he gets opportunities that he'll convert at least his share. The question is whether United can generate sufficient opportunities against Premier League opposition.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 26 - 4:56 PM

Phil Jones is back to training after a mild thrombosis scare but will reportedly not return to active duty until September 12 against Liverpool.

With Chris Smalling and Daley Blind having yet to concede this season in the Premier League, the absence of Jones has yet to be felt. It may be that when the England man is healthy, he'll take a seat on the bench as the third center back. Marcos Rojo is also unavailable as he continues what seems like an exceptionally long recovery from his summer participation in the Copa America. Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez are both back after featuring in that competition but Rojo has yet to be deemed ready.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 25 - 1:00 PM

With the transfer deadline fast approaching, David De Gea has been left out of Manchester United's traveling party for their trip to Brugge for the second leg of their Champions League playoff.

With United holding a solid-seeming 3-1 lead after Marouane Fellaini's goal on the final touch of the first leg last week, the Red Devils are probably in good shape with our without De Gea. What will be of more concern is that the relationship between De Gea and Louis Van Gaal appears to be horribly damaged leaving supporters to wonder whether De Gea will feature and be at his best if a move to Real Madrid doesn't come off in the next week.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 25 - 12:56 PM

Wayne Rooney had a goal perhaps wrongfully ruled offside and the Red Devil attack was stifled by an inspired defense performance by Newcastle United as the two sides played to an entertaining goalless draw.

Rooney is under pressure after looking poor in his first two matches, and today he has to feel cursed as he could have given United the early advantage, but his goal was called off, even though replays show he appeared level with his marker. United stayed on the front foot for much of the first half, but the longer their chances were coming up empty, the more the game began to shift to Newcastle. The Red Devils can rejoice in keeping three clean sheets to begin the season, but naturally, they are expecting more from the attack, given the addition of Memphis Depay to the group. Louis van Gaal needs to make a few friends and coax another major striker to join the team before this transfer window closes. Today's result should see that need filled quickly.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 22 - 10:04 AM

Manchester United still don't have any plans to use David De Gea in a competitive match with Sergio Romero set to start against Newcastle.

Romero has been an excellent fantasy goalkeeper so far with two clean sheets so far. With Newcastle presenting no better than a middling opponent this weekend, he should continue to be one of the top options in almost all formats. United's defense has been excellent so far which should put Romero in a good place as long as he remains the starter.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 21 - 11:54 AM

Manchester United used a late Marouane Fellaini goal to take a two goal lead in their Champions League play-off match with Club Brugge at Old Trafford.

Things were looking at least slightly uncomfortable for the Red Devils as the match entered injury time. They were up 2-1 but Brugge had an away goal courtesy of a Michael Carrick own goal in the 8th minute and the tie would be heading back to Belgium. It was a Belgian that broke the hearts of his countrymen as Marouane Fellaini scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give United a more comfortable 3-1 lead. Memphis Depay was the star of the show before Fellaini's heroics with his first two goals for United in competitive action. Before we get too carried about Depay having "turned the corner" after two lackluster Premier League outings, let's remember he has an excellent scoring record against clubs the caliber of Brugge so this should be no big surprise.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 18 - 4:57 PM

Adnan Januzaj scored the lone goal in Manchester United 1-0 win away at Aston Villa.

Januzaj opened up the scoring in the first half after a great pass from Juan Mata and the score never changed again. Manchester played a decent game but failed to be overly impressive, with the biggest issue being how bad Wayne Rooney played. Manchester now finish their two first matches with a total of two goals scored but they've got to be happy with the results as they have six points. Aston Villa looked poor in attack and may look to start Rudy Gestede in week three.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 14 - 4:48 PM

Manchester United's XI vs Aston Villa: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Januzaj; Rooney.

Ashley Young heads to the bench in favor of Adnan Januzaj.
Aug 14 - 1:54 PM

Marcos Rojo is still not ready for action and will miss Manchester United's trip to Villa Park for Week 2.

With Phil Jones ill and Rojo still not fit, this season looks to be starting the same way they went through last season, with a constant array of injuries to their center back corps. It isn't clear whether Daley Blind would be a starter at center back regardless but for right now Chris Smalling and Blind are the starters both in fact and, to some extent, by default.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 14 - 10:37 AM

Louis Van Gaal has confirmed that David De Gea will again be a spectator as Manchester United travel to Villa Park in Week 2 action in the Premier League.

On the heels of United including De Gea in their squad for their Champions League play-off match against Club Brugge they have decided to omit the Spanish goalkeeper from their squad for their Week 2 match at Villa Park. De Gea's absence means that Sergio Romero will get a second consecutive start. The move also casts further doubts on De Gea's near-term future at Old Trafford as Van Gaal's reasoning for the omission was that he wasn't sure of De Gea's "state of mind".
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 13 - 4:20 PM

After being held out of Manchester United's first match of the season, David De Gea was added to their Champions League squad for their play-in match against Club Brugge.

This news isn't quite as momentous as it might sounds due to a technicality in UEFA rules that states that there is an exception to a player being Cup-tied made for play-off matches like the one United has named De Gea for. He would be free to play in the match against Club Brugge and then, regardless of whether United moves on in the tournament, play in the tournament proper for Real Madrid if the two clubs can come to an agreement on a contract. There have been rumors that United are confident of keeping De Gea for this season as well but this action should neither reinforce nor detract from those rumors.
Aug 12 - 3:19 PM

Louis van Gaal has praised club doctor Dr Steve McNally for his early intervention after Phil Jones was found to be suffering from "mild thrombosis" prior to Saturdays’ opener against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Having already confirmed that Shaw, Darmian and Daley would start against Spurs the last remaining defensive spot looked to be a straight decision between Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. However as the teams were announced for the early kick-off Jones was conspicuous in his absence from the match-day squad. News later emerged that the 23 year-old had been sent for checks by a specialist after feeling a tightness in his calves during the build-up to game week one. It was after these tests - which revealed a blood clot - that Jones was diagnosed with "mild thrombosis." Clots can occur when the blood flow within the veins and arteries is impeded causing tissue to die due to a lack of a supply. Jones will be out for a minimum of 3-weeks.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 10 - 7:49 PM

With David de Gea left out of Louis van Gaal's thinking, Sergio Romero gave Manchester United supporters reason for optimism with a strong first start, keeping a clean sheet as the Red Devils edged Tottenham, 1-0.

United unveiled their new looking side, featuring the likes of Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, and Morgan Schneiderlin, but it was the goalkeeper that deserved the most plaudits today. Scoring chances were few, and the Red Devil goal was scored by a Tottenham player, so it was the work by Romero that earned them three points, as he made a couple of big saves on Christian Eriksen efforts. Whether the attack is worth asking questions about yet or if more credit needs to be given to an improved Spurs defense will take another match or two to determine, but if Romero is out there in your fantasy league, you should think about getting him.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 8 - 10:59 AM

Marcos Rojo will miss Manchester United's season opening match against Spurs as he continues to recover from his summer Copa America exertions.

Louis Van Gaal has been starting Daley Blind as a center back in pre-season and will likely pair him with either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling. Even if Rojo were healthy, it seems unlikely that he would have started. Regardless, he will be given time to recuperate and regain match fitness after Argentina made it all the way to the finals of Copa America on the heels of having done the same in the World Cup last summer. Expect him to be available for Week 2 or 3.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 7 - 11:41 AM

Bastian Schweinsteiger will not feature in Manchester United's season-opener against Spurs as he builds match fitness.

One of the concerns about the German World Cup winner, pointed out by his former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola after he was sold to United, is that his fitness has been a problem for the last three years. It will be at least mildly concerning that Schweinsteiger starts the season not fit for action despite not having a significant summer tournament he is rebounding from. With Michael Carrick also an injury risk at any given moment, Morgan Schneiderlin could get lonely at the base of the United midfield.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 7 - 11:38 AM


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