Manchester United

Manchester United

Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United's defense continues to have injury issues as Chris Smalling will miss Week 3 against Burnley after limping off in Week 2 at Sunderland.

After losing Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra over the summer Manchester United were a bit thin at the back. With new recruits Luke Shaw (injury) and Marcos Rojo (work permit) not yet available, they are thinner still. Returning defenders Rafael and Jonny Evans have been absent so far this season as well which has left relative youngsters Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to anchor a defense made up of kids and midfielders. Just when the light at the end of the tunnel (Evans returning) looked like it was coming, Chris Smalling went out injured with a groin issue. Looks like it will be Valencia, Jones, Evans, Blackett, and Ashley Young at Burnley.
Aug 29 - 5:03 PM

Jonny Evans returned to active duty against MK Dons this week and will likely eye a return to league action this weekend against Burnley

He isn't likely to put it on his resume given the embarrassing result but Jonny Evans is fit again and featured for Louis Van Gaal in the Capital One Cup this past week. With a central defense that featured little experience after Chris Smalling went out last weekend and Marcos Rojo still awaiting a work permit, Evans is likely to be welcomed back to the starting eleven this weekend as United search for a much-needed victory.
Aug 29 - 4:57 PM

Manchester United's Robin van Persie can open his goal account for the season against Burnley in Week 3.

The return to fitness of van Persie is likely to have a negative impact on Wayne Rooney's fantasy returns as the two men share attacking points, but you cannot ignore RvP at £12million when he has a match against Burnley. Especially when you remember the Dutchman will take penalty duty back from Rooney.
Aug 29 - 4:48 AM

Manchester United have reportedly accepted an £8million bid from Aston Villa for oft-criticized midfielder Tom Cleverley.

It wasn't long ago that Tom Cleverley was in contention for the honor of "next big thing" for Manchester United and England. After a couple seasons where he failed to show significant progress he has gone from hot prospect to maligned suspect. Perhaps a move away from the spotlight and to a club where he might have a chance to play more is exactly what the player needs to revitalize a flagging career. The price is a little steep for Villa but there is certainly upside if Cleverley realizes all or even some of his potential.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 28 - 1:21 PM

Antonio Valencia showed that he is up to the task of being a right wing back with a strong all-around performance in Week 2 for Manchester United.

One of only two United players in double digits in fantasy in Week 2, Mata was the other, Antonio Valencia had a strong match when it came to the "phantom points" that the Yahoo format gives out. Named a Joel Ward All-Star by the Rotoworld.com Monday Morning Manager for Week 2 for his combination of blocked shots (1), tackles won (6) and passes intercepted (3) this is the sort of performance that can be repeated because it wasn't driven by goals, assists or clean sheets which are harder to predict.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:42 AM

Juan Mata led only two Manchester United players in double figure Yahoo fantasy points in Week 2 despite a rotten overall showing as a team against Sunderland.

Juan Mata, on the strength of his goal, put up 13 points in the Yahoo format and 10 in the PL.com format for a strong overall week. In the Yahoo game it brings his season average to 10 points/match which is a solid output for a player who was priced just over 10 to start Week 2. The question with Mata will now be how his role is impacted by the arrival of Angel di Maria. United's upcoming schedule is still very soft but until they sort out their line-up certainty of production will be a worry.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:38 AM

Manchester United were shocked 4-0 by MK Dons in League Cup action tonight.

On the night that the red half of Manchester was celebrating the arrival of Angel di Maria a mixed team of senior and relative youngsters were thrashed 4-0 by MK Dons. The starting team did contain Johnny Evans, Danny Welbeck, and Adnan Januzaj so the loss can't be completely dismissed as the result of young players. Di Maria or not Louis Van Gaal has his work cut out for him getting the club back to their former glory.
Aug 26 - 6:44 PM

Angel di Maria's move from Real Madrid to Manchester United for approximately $100million has been completed today.

The hero of last season's Champions League final and one of the best players in Europe for the past couple years, Angel di Maria represents a real statement by Manchester United. It has been many years since United flexed their fiscal muscle to buy one of the biggest talents in the world in the prime of his career. Making such a move for Maria in addition to bringing in Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, and Marcos Rojo with others (Daley Blind? Arturo Vidal?) potentially to follow helps reverse years of talent erosion within the squad. It is questionable whether United will be able to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City this season but their big spending certainly puts them back in the frame to contend in the near future.
Source: @manutd
Aug 26 - 3:57 PM

Juan Mata scored an early goal to give Manchester United a 1-0 lead but Jack Rodwell equalized soon after to give Sunderland a 1-1 draw against the Red Devils.

Antonio Valencia made a run down the right to set up Juan Mata for a tap in in the 17th minute and give United a 1-0 lead. After that, it was all downhill for United. They weren't able to hold their own defensively, mainly due to the lack of defensive effort and skill from wing-backs Ashley Young and Valencia. On top of that, Valencia and Young weren't able to provide enough of an attacking spark to offset the defensive inability. Add to that the lack of defensive presence from Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Tyler Blackett and you have a recipe for a 1-1 draw against a bottom of the table team.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 24 - 4:13 PM

Reports in Spain and England are reporting that Real Madrid are edging closer and closer to finalizing a deal for Angel di Maria.

There can be no doubt that the supporters are getting nervous at the lack of a truly big name transfer coming in at Old Trafford this summer. Luke Shaw is good but has a couple of years before he's likely to be a star. Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are above average players but neither is likely to ever be a big star. Angel di Maria is the name that everyone has been salivating for and Manchester United appear to be getting close to making it a reality. Guillem Balague is reporting that it WILL happen next week and he will wear the legendary number 7 jersey.
Aug 23 - 4:33 PM

Louis van Gaal confirmed during yesterday’s press conference that new signing Ander Herrera will be absent from Sundays team sheet after the player suffered an injury in training.

Herrera joins an ever growing list of players currently sidelined after the midfielder was reported to have injured his ankle during a training session on Thursday becoming the third Manchester United casualty within the last seven days. Jesse Lingard hobbled out of the opener against Swansea City with suspected knee ligament damage while teammate Marouane Fellaini was spotted at hospital on Tuesday with his ankle in a protective cast. Herrera will undergo further tests next week once the swelling subsides allowing for a more accurate assessment and diagnosis.
Source: Daily Star
Aug 23 - 5:01 AM

Louis Van Gaal's team notes feature fantasy managers' least favorite term - could return - in relation to Robin van Persie.

There was a great deal of excitement about the potential partnership between RvP and his international manager when the hiring of Van Gaal was announced. Van Persie's success at the World Cup (at least in the group stage) just built the anticipation. With the Dutch forward held out to recover from his World Cup exertions uncertainty has been introduced to the equation. Today's United team notes indicate that van Persie could return this weekend against Sunderland but that doesn't seem like enough to commit a starting spot and the requisite budget necessary to have him in your fantasy team. Probably best to wait a week and see how things progress.
Source: bbc.com
Aug 22 - 11:00 AM

Despite a rotten showing from his team, Phil Jones managed to score well for fantasy managers without the benefit of a clean sheet, goal or assist.

There are certainly worries all over the pitch for Manchester United supporters and fantasy managers who own United players alike but Phil Jones wasn't one of them in Week 1. He managed to fill the stat sheet with interceptions (4) and tackles (4) as well as being fouled by Swansea players (4 times). In the Yahoo format that led to 11 points which is a very solid performance for a defender on a losing team. The only immediate concern is whether the arrival of Marcos Rojo and return of Jonny Evans to full health will impact Jones' playing time. For the record, I don't think either will have an impact but we don't know what Louis Van Gaal thinks of his central defenders yet since he hasn't had enough where he's been able to show a preference.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:23 AM

Given the overall disaster that was Manchester United's opening match, it's hard to get a strong sense of how good Herrera can be in reality or in fantasy this season.

By all accounts, Ander Herrera is a very good player. By those same accounts, Manchester United were a rotten team on Saturday. By the numbers, Herrera's debut was a bomb with the player scoring a mere two points in both the Yahoo and PL.com formats. Watching him actually play the match the best thing you could say about his performance was that United's midfield conspired to get worse when he was substituted out in the second half. It is probably worth waiting to see what United's team looks like after the transfer window closes and injured players return before writing Herrera off as a fantasy player.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:17 AM

After a protracted transfer saga Argentine international defender Marcos Rojo has joined Manchester United with Nani going the other way to join Sporting Lisbon.

The versatile defender may give us some insight into Louis Van Gaal's tactical intentions. Rojo is able to play the left-most of three center backs or left wing back in a 3-5-2 formation as well as left back in more conventional four-defender alignments but as not typically played as a center back in four-defender alignments. Given the huge investment in Luke Shaw earlier in the summer to play left back, the acquisition of Rojo seems to indicate that United intend to play a 3-5-2 more often than not with Shaw as the preferred wing back on the left and Rojo with Johnny Evans and (presumably) Phil Jones as the central trio. When Shaw is not available Rojo would slide to the left and play wing back with Chris Smalling slotting into his center back slot.
Aug 20 - 9:32 AM


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