Manchester United

  • Valencia claims to have been dropped by ...

    Antonio Valencia claims a “tactical decision” is keeping him out of the Manchester United side, with his absence under Jose Mourinho not down to any fitness issues. The 33-year-old defender is club captain at Old Trafford, but has taken in an eventful 2018-19 campaign. He start...

    Valencia claims to have been dropped by Mourinho at Man Utd, not rested

    Antonio Valencia claims a “tactical decision” is keeping him out of the Manchester United side, with his absence under Jose Mourinho not down to any fitness issues. The 33-year-old defender is club captain at Old Trafford, but has taken in an eventful 2018-19 campaign. He started the season nursing a knock and found himself back on the sidelines in early October. A slip out of the starting XI coincided with Valencia liking an Instagram post calling for Mourinho to be sacked by the United board. The Ecuadorian apologised for his actions, which he put down to a simple mistake, and claimed to be “fully supportive” of his manager. Mourinho has, however, kept him out of action and Valencia has revealed after netting for his country in a clash with Peru that a lack of domestic football is down to being dropped. He told Area Deportiva: “Right now I haven’t been playing, but it’s more of a tactical decision. “The player who has been in my place [Ashley Young] has been playing well. You have to respect the decision. “The only thing I can do is prepare and be ready for when he [Mourinho] needs me and be in the right condition to compete. I’m calm right now and I know I’ll get an opportunity to play again. “The relationship with Mourinho has always been a good one.” Valencia was on target for his country in a 2-0 victory on Thursday and is preparing to head back to England with the intention of forcing his way back into contention at United. He will not be figuring for Ecuador against Panama, with a return to full match sharpness set to be sought in Manchester. “I told the coach that I can only play with Peru, with Panama the recovery time is smaller and I asked him to let me go to the club,” said Valencia. United will be back in Premier League action on November 24 when they welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford. They will take to the field in that contest sat eighth in the table, 12 points off leaders Manchester City and seven adrift of the top four.

  • Another look at Alderweireld? Mourinho w...

    Jose Mourinho was among those in attendance as Belgium took on Iceland in the UEFA Nations League, sparking reports that Manchester United may still be keen on Toby Alderweireld. With domestic football having shut down during the international break, the man in charge at United ...

    Another look at Alderweireld? Mourinho watches Belgium beat Iceland despite no Fellaini or Lukaku

    Jose Mourinho was among those in attendance as Belgium took on Iceland in the UEFA Nations League, sparking reports that Manchester United may still be keen on Toby Alderweireld. With domestic football having shut down during the international break, the man in charge at United has taken the decision to head out of Old Trafford, seemingly on a scouting mission. His first port of call was Brussels, with the Portuguese heading to the King Baudouin Stadium on Thursday evening. Mourinho was not there to watch two of his own players, however, with Belgian duo Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini both unavailable for selection. The former is currently nursing a calf injury which is preventing him from being risked while the latter was left out of Robert Martinez’s latest squad amid issues regarding his fitness. Who, then, was Mourinho keen to take a look at? Tottenham defender Alderweireld would be the most obvious choice, given the long-running rumours regarding a possible move to Manchester for the 29-year-old. “José, what brings you to misty Belgium?” - “The weather.”

  • Rooney became 'embarrassed' at end of Ma...

    Wayne Rooney has explained how he felt "embarrassed" in his final years at Manchester United and was left with little choice but to leave the club. Rooney spent 13 years at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2017, becoming the club's record goalscorer in the process. But the striker...

    Rooney became 'embarrassed' at end of Manchester United career

    Wayne Rooney has explained how he felt "embarrassed" in his final years at Manchester United and was left with little choice but to leave the club. Rooney spent 13 years at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2017, becoming the club's record goalscorer in the process. But the striker, who made his 120th and final appearance for England in a 3-0 friendly win against the United States on Thursday, revealed how he knew his United career was coming to an end when he felt reluctant to lift the EFL Cup trophy having been an unused substitute in the 2017 final. "There are times when you doubt yourself as a player, you think: 'Am I good enough?'" Rooney told Sky Sports . "The time Jose Mourinho left me out of the Manchester United team. There are moments when you do doubt yourself, I believe I was good enough to get back in the team, but I never really got that opportunity. "I came on for one minute in the Europa League final, I was about to come on against Southampton in the League Cup final, and in those moments it was embarrassing. "It was getting to a point where I was embarrassed, I thought: 'I can't keep doing this,' as hard as it was to leave Man United. "In the Southampton game, Mourinho came to me and said: 'I want you to lift the trophy.'  "I was like: 'Well, I didn't even play in the game.'  "He was persistent with it, and I literally lifted it and moved it on! I just knew... what was I doing? I need to move on and go somewhere else." It wasn't the first time Rooney, now playing with D.C. United in Major League Soccer, had experienced a dip in confidence. Despite collecting five Premier League titles and the Champions League among an enviable haul of silverware, Rooney detailed how it took then-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's advice to get him back on track during a rough spell in the 2006-07 season.  "I think there are periods throughout my career where you do lack a bit in confidence, where you doubt yourself at times. I think there was a time at Manchester United [2006/07 season] where I was scoring goals, and then for some reason I couldn't score," Rooney said. "You're down, because I love football, love playing football, and after the games I'd go home and watch the games back, to try and see where I've gone wrong in certain moments, and I couldn't work it out. It was so frustrating. "I couldn't work out why I wasn't scoring, why I wasn't playing as well. Then you end up trying harder, it becomes worse, you feel like you're just stuck. "I always remember Sir Alex Ferguson pulling me into his office, and he said: 'Listen, you're trying too hard, just keep the game simple. Get the ball, lay it off, get in the box. Your chance will come, you will score and you'll continue to score.'  "That's what I did the next game, got the ball, played one or two touch, and I think I scored a hat-trick against Bolton away. I remember sitting there thinking: 'It can't be that simple!' That's always stuck me when I've gone through difficult moments."

  • Dybala 'not thinking about the transfer ...

    Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has rejected the notion that he could leave the club next year and has pledged to help the team fight for major trophies. The Italian champions are on course to retain their crown after just three-and-a-half months of the new season, having already ...

    Dybala 'not thinking about the transfer market' as Man Utd rumours resurface

    Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has rejected the notion that he could leave the club next year and has pledged to help the team fight for major trophies. The Italian champions are on course to retain their crown after just three-and-a-half months of the new season, having already moved six points clear of second-placed Napoli. Massimilano Allegri's men are unbeaten in Serie A after 12 matches and are also exerting their dominance on the European stage, sitting top of their Champions League group ahead of Manchester United. Dybala has played a vital role in Juve's recent success, contributing six goals in 14 games so far this term, and at 25 years of age he appears to be approaching his prime. The Argentine playmaker sat down with the Daily Mirror to discuss his life in Turin and took the opportunity to dismiss rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford. "I’m not thinking about the transfer market," Dybala said. "Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here." Dybala went on to discuss his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived at the Allianz Stadium during the summer from Real Madrid and has been an instant hit in Italy. It had been suggested that the Portuguese maestro's presence might overshadow his own ability to make an impact on the pitch, but the Bianconeri star is adamant that they work well in tandem. "Ever since Ronaldo arrived, we have been, and we are, really happy together," Dybala added. "I think we have been doing well. We have scored really important goals for Juventus together. "Cristiano arrived only recently, but we all know the importance that he has on everyone and we knew his style from before. "We know how he plays and how he works. Of course, you have to make small changes, but we are happy and we are going to score a lot of goals together." Next up after the international break for Juventus is a home game against SPAL on November 24, before a Champions League showdown against Valencia three days later.        

  • Mourinho and players ‘fully united’ in b...

    Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United players are ‘fully united’ in their determination to get their season back on course, the club’s executive vice-chair Ed Woodward said on Thursday. United headed into the international break sitting in eighth place in the Premier League fo...

    Mourinho and players ‘fully united’ in bid to turn Man Utd season around - Woodward

    Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United players are ‘fully united’ in their determination to get their season back on course, the club’s executive vice-chair Ed Woodward said on Thursday. United headed into the international break sitting in eighth place in the Premier League following their 3-1 derby loss to Manchester City on Sunday, and they are now 12 points adrift of their league-leading neighbours. But Woodward insisted that, despite talk of rifts between players and manager which have dogged their progress so far, the playing staff are unified in their hope to get their league campaign back on track. “On the pitch we remain well positioned in the Champions League, and although we’ve had a mixed start to our domestic campaign the squad and the manager are fully united in their determination to regain our momentum in the Premier League,” Woodward told investors. He was speaking after the release of the club’s financial results for the first quarter of 2018-19, which detailed a significant raise in salary costs following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January. United’s total wage bill for the quarter ending September 30, 2018 was £77 million, an increase of £7.1m (10.2 per cent) on the same period in 2017-18 before the winter signing of the Chilean attacker. The club have also handed new contracts to Marouane Fellaini and Luke Shaw since the spring, but it is the £390,000 weekly wage of Sanchez which has seemingly had the biggest impact on the club’s costs. There was also some regression in revenues, with commercial incomings being down 5.7% year-on-year and matchday revenues having dropped 27.2%. However, the club reported that the reduction in commercial money is in large part due to them having undergone a shorter summer tour in 2018. Meanwhile, managing director Richard Arnold added that the £6.1m drop in matchday revenue was entirely foreseen due to the one-game reduction in both Premier League and Champions League home fixtures before the end of September compared to last season. As a result, the total revenue loss of £8.7m is expected to be made up during the current financial quarter, which ends on December 31, 2018.

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