Romelu Lukaku reveals Paul Pogba’s jovial mood in first-team training

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that Paul Pogba is clearly happy in the training ground when compared to earlier in the season. The France international was in-and-out of the starting lineup when Jose Mourinho was at the helm of things and there had been a point where he was linked with a potential departure after a bust-up with the manager.

However, things have since moved smoothly with the Portuguese being dismissed from the head coach position and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought the best out of his abilities. Speaking about the same, Lukaku told Canal Football club: “At training we are constantly saying Paul looks so happy and then he laughs. Everyone is more positive. Everyone is smiling more. And now we have to continue like this. And enjoy.
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United in February – PL trends to look for

Thanks to the efforts of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the battle for fourth place has now become more of a ‘battle’ and less of a formality. As ever, February will act as a pivotal month in the league season in terms of seeing how valid that standpoint is. Based on head-to-head histories and recent trends, this is what we can expect in a Premier League month that United will underestimate at their peril.

Fulham (A)

United ‘lost’ by a 5-4 aggregate scoreline across three trips to Craven Cottage in the calendar year of 2009, but the age-old stadium is no longer the fortress it was back in the mid-to-late 2000s. Since then, United teams have won thrice and drawn once on the banks of the Thames. It should be a stroll against a Fulham side that returned to its shoddy ways after a brief revival in the autumn. (more…)

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Willock’s Future at Manchester United Looks Dubious

Manchester United currently have the oldest of three footballing siblings in their ranks, the likes of which probably haven’t been seen since the Wallace brothers came through at Southampton.
The three current brothers are Joe, Chris and Matty. All three started out with Arsenal, having been born in Waltham Forest. Matty, now 22, moved to Manchester United after being released by the Gunners at 15.

Chris has perhaps had the most success to date. He’s represented England up to Under-20 level, but in 2017 chose to leave these shores to seek his fortune, signing for Portuguese side Benfica on a five-year deal. (more…)

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Gary Neville heaps praise on Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has heaped praise on the performances of Marcus Rashford and believes the Englishman would be the player to transform the club’s fortunes in the future. Rashford had been in-and-out of the first-team under the guidance of Jose Mourinho earlier in the summer but the Portuguese’s dismissal has meant that he has regularly led the line ahead Romelu Lukaku.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville highlighted that the United graduate has enormous potential within himself and he could set the example for the club’s success in years to come, he quipped: “The spring in the counter-attack is there and Rashford playing up front is fantastic – I love him to bits. He’s played nearly 150 games at the age of 21 and his potential is enormous. It’s actually now stepping up beyond the potential to where he will be a top-class player. People will talk about Romelu Lukaku and how is he getting back in the team – don’t worry about that, worry about the kid that’s playing that’s going to devastate teams.”
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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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