De Gea – the Premier League’s best

If there was any doubt before, Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham proved beyond doubt: David De Gea is the Premier League’s best goalkeeper. The Spaniard has been one of the most consistent number ones in world football for the past couple of years, and there is a strong argument to suggest he’s now the best in the game. Against Spurs, De Gea repelled everything that came his way, making 11 saves and almost single handily ensuring United won their sixth game in a row under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – a man who knows a thing or two about top goalkeepers.

During his 11 years at Old Trafford as a player, Solskjaer played alongside Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar – two of the best goalkeepers in Premier League history. The United interim manager was glowing in his praise of De Gea after the Spurs win, claiming the Spain international could one day be considered to be the club’s greatest ever goalkeepers. The 28-year old’s 11 saves at Wembley was his highest in a Premier League game, and again highlighted just how important he is to this United team. (more…)

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Manchester United considering fresh attempt to sign Diego Godin

Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the proceedings of Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin with a view to a renewed approach at the turn of the year. The Red Devils had supposedly come on the cusp of signing the Uruguayan during the summer but the centre-back made the surprise U-turn to remain with the Europa League champions.

Godin has since continued to command a regular starting role with the Madrid giants but there remain question marks regarding his future with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season. According to The Mirror, the Red Devils are keeping a close track on the developments of the experienced defender and they could make an approach, should Atleti fail to reach an agreement over a new contract.
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Gary Neville unsurprised by Anthony Martial’s contract decision

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has said that he is not surprised by Anthony Martial’s decision to snub a new long-term contract with the Red Devils. The France international has recently found form for United with three goals scored from as many matches and this has encouraged the board to open talks regarding a contract extension.

However, according to Sky Sports News, the Frenchman is said to have turned down the latest contract offer from the club and Neville is not surprised with the decision, he said: “I’m not surprised he’s turned down a new deal. I think it’s probably the general answer of everybody that gets offered a new contract nowadays, that they turn a new one down. He probably wants the same level of money some of the other players in the squad are on, he is probably looking at his options externally. From that point of view, at this moment in time, it doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s turned it down.”
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Frank Lampard urges Manchester United players to stand up for Jose Mourinho

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has admitted that he is pleased about Jose Mourinho guiding Manchester United to a much-needed triumph over Newcastle United and he is hopeful that the players can produce a similar performance on a weekly basis. The Portuguese tactician had come under fire after United went winless for four matches on the bounce but they came back in style with a dramatic 3-2 comeback triumph after being 2-0 down at one stage.

Speaking in a news conference, Lampard was personally content with Mourinho ending United’s lean patch and believes the players must stand up for the head coach in the forthcoming games, he said: “For Jose Mourinho, being a manager myself now, I know how tough it is when things aren’t quite going right. (The result against Newcastle) was a massive win, which I was personally very happy with for him, and now it’s down to the players. The players have to perform at the level they did in the second half against Newcastle every week.”
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Park believes in Mourinho

Former Manchester United forward Ji Sung Park still believes in Jose Mourinho. On the back of their latest comeback (and hopefully a fresh start with a new impetus on attacking football) he said that every team has a poor period and that it is important that the players and the fans get behind the coach, especially given that the Portuguese manager is one of the best managers in the world who will surely find a solution to their problem.

With United supposedly having one of their best games under Jose in the 3-0 home defeat to Spurs, unfortunatley their next match (a convincing win) turned out to be a false dawn, with United slipping to turgid defeats and draws in their next few games. On the eve of the Newcastle tie on Saturday, the press were asking whether it would be acceptable for Manchester United to go 5 games without a win (a sequence not seen since the David Moyes days), and pundits were calling for Mourinho to be sacked. (more…)

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John Terry believes Manchester United are lacking leadership qualities

Chelsea legend John Terry believes Manchester United’s average start to the season could be blamed on the players rather than manager Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils have made a disappointing start to the campaign with just six points from the opening four games and this has supposedly made Mourinho the bookies’ favourite to be sacked.

Despite this, a number of former players and pundits have come in the support of Mourinho and Terry has now stated that United are missing big characters within the squad who can stand up when needed, he told The Mail: “At every club he has had big characters and I’m not sure he has that at Manchester United at the moment. At Chelsea, he did. You have to stand up and turn up at training every day and show him that you want to win at all costs. If you’ve got that, he’s 100 per cent on your side. I do think he’ll bring success to United, but it needs patience.”
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