Manchester United

  • 'We know we can do better' - Fellaini wo...

    Marouane Fellaini conceded Manchester United are going to find it difficult closing the gap on the Premier League's leading pack after drawing 1-1 with Wolves on Saturday. Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at Old Trafford for the first time since suffering a br...

    'We know we can do better' - Fellaini worried by Man Utd's gap to leaders

    Marouane Fellaini conceded Manchester United are going to find it difficult closing the gap on the Premier League's leading pack after drawing 1-1 with Wolves on Saturday. Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at Old Trafford for the first time since suffering a brain haemorrhage in May and United were unable to secure a win. Although Fred gave the hosts the lead against the run of play in the 18th minute , Wolves battled back and deservedly levelled just after the break – Joao Moutinho finding the top-left corner after good hold-up play by Raul Jimenez. United piled the pressure on towards the end, though clear-cut opportunities remained infrequent and Wolves held on to a well-earned point. The result leaves United eight points adrift of pacesetters Liverpool - who beat Southampton 3-0 - and Fellaini is already concerned by that gap. "Everyone is disappointed," the Belgian told Premier League Productions. "We know we can do better. "We had to win today because after that it will be difficult to close the gap. Everyone is disappointed, but that is football. "We have to move the ball quicker, when we create the chances we have to score." And a frustrated Jose Mourinho was scathing in his assessment of his team for how they got caught on the ball in the build-up to Wolves' equalising goal.  "It’s a situation that the players knew perfectly, that they press in midfield," he said after the game.  "These two Portuguese boys [Ruben Neves and Moutinho], they are both the kind of player that likes to bite, that likes to [give] short distance, to press, we know that they don’t give a long time for you to have the ball, to turn, to one-touch, two touches. "You don’t have much of that, so you concede in a situation which is much harder to accept but that is one goal that you concede and you have 90 minutes to show a different attitude and I think we have to do better."  

  • 'The attitude made the difference' - Mou...

    Jose Mourinho was unhappy with his team's attitude and also pointed the finger at his attacking players after Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Wolves. In front of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was back at Old Trafford for the first time since suffering a brain haemorrh...

    'The attitude made the difference' - Mourinho annoyed by Man Utd draw with Wolves

    Jose Mourinho was unhappy with his team's attitude and also pointed the finger at his attacking players after Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Wolves. In front of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was back at Old Trafford for the first time since suffering a brain haemorrhage in May , United produced a disappointing performance and Wolves left with a deserved point. Fred gave the hosts the lead against the run of play in the 18th minute , but Joao Moutinho brought Wolves back on level terms early in the second period with a fine finish. Clear-cut chances were hard to come by for United thereafter, and Mourinho was angered by the displays from the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez. "I think it's a fair result," Mourinho told Premier League Productions. "They deserve the point and I think we deserve the punishment of only one point. "They started better, more aggressive, more intense. I don't know why, but they were more motivated and for 10, 15 minutes they showed the good team they are and were in control. "We had a slow start in the second and they scored, then they defended with a lot of people. "Honestly, I was expecting more from my attacking players. [There was] not enough creativity, movement, dynamism, so we made it quite easy for them to cope with our supremacy. "Then we tried to go direct and cause some problems, but overall we don't deserve more than this. "[The performance] surprised me. You can see the way we conceded, the ball was lost in midfield. They [Wolves] were fresh as they didn't play in midweek. We know how Moutinho and [Ruben] Neves play, they don't give us much time to play. But honestly, our performance wasn't consistent, dynamic, creative." Reflecting further on United’s attitude, Mourinho said: “I think Wolves, by the way they faced the game, they deserve it because they play like I like to play, which is like the World Cup final. “That’s the attitude that I like my teams to have every match, and we didn’t have that. They had, we didn’t. “The attitude made the difference. They were in the game since the first minute, they played every ball, every second in the maximum of their intensity, their desire, and we didn’t. “This is something you learn as a kid in the academy. You don’t need to have experiences at the highest level to learn that. That’s a basic law of football, you have to play with the maximum of your potential, with the maximum of your focus. Unless you are playing in such a weak league where you play against really weak opponents and then playing 20 per cent of potential is enough to win. That’s not the case, and we all know that.  Mourinho introduced Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Andreas Pereira from the bench in the final half-an-hour and all looked sharp, but the manager was in no mood to praise them. "When they came on the score was the same, it didn't change anything for the better," Mourinho said of his substitutes. "The improvement [towards the end] is natural, for home team to go stronger in last part of the game, but I think our attacking players weren't creative enough."

  • Manchester United 1 Wolves 1: Moutinho s...

    Manchester United dropped points for a second successive Premier League home match on Saturday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Wolves. Former manager Alex Ferguson was back at Old Trafford for the first time since his May health scare, but United failed to put on mu...

    Manchester United 1 Wolves 1: Moutinho stunner sees Red Devils falter at home again

    Manchester United dropped points for a second successive Premier League home match on Saturday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Wolves. Former manager Alex Ferguson was back at Old Trafford for the first time since his May health scare, but United failed to put on much of a show for him, instead producing a performance which surely would have resulted in the Scot's infamous "hairdryer" treatment. Although United looked particularly off the pace early on and rode their luck, they broke the deadlock in the 18th minute, with Fred getting his first goal for the club. Joao Moutinho scored Wolves' deserved equaliser with a fine finish early in the second half and, although United upped the pressure late on, they could not find a winner in 'Fergie time', as they slumped to another disappointing result. Wolves looked vastly superior to their hosts in the early exchanges and forced David de Gea into two smart saves, as Raul Jimenez and Willy Boly threatened. But United made the most of those let-offs and took the lead against the run of play 18 minutes in – Fred finding the bottom-left corner from 20 yards after Paul Pogba's clever disguised pass. The Brazilian nearly got a second on the stroke of half-time, but his fine free-kick was tipped on to the post by Rui Patricio. Wolves deservedly restored parity just after the interval, however, as Jimenez teed up Moutinho on the edge of the box and the midfielder found the top-left corner. United huffed and puffed towards the end, with substitute Juan Mata offering a little more creativity than Alexis Sanchez, but Wolves held on, Nuno Espirito Santo successfully frustrating his "inspiration" Jose Mourinho.   What it means: Lukaku's supporting cast lacking craft Romelu Lukaku endured a difficult outing on Saturday, with the supply to him generally poor. Pogba looked the most likely to create chances for him, but otherwise United's attacking players were disappointing, with Sanchez and Jesse Lingard particularly ineffective. But, to be fair to Sanchez and Lingard, neither would consider themselves to be natural wingers, yet Mourinho persists with them on the flanks.   Selfless Jimenez leads from the front He may not have got on the scoresheet, but Jimenez made a real impact in attack for the visitors. His hold-up play was excellent, as shown when setting up Moutinho, he dropped deep to good effect and even his runs in behind troubled United. His former Benfica colleague Victor Lindelof had a difficult day.   Sanchez produces little spark once again United's Chile forward certainly cannot be accused of not trying but his passing was sloppy and he made little impact in the final third. You have to wonder how long Mourinho will continue to play him out wide.   Key Opta Facts - Wolves have avoided defeat at Old Trafford against Man Utd in all competitions for the first time since November 1980, stopping a run of eight successive losses. - Fred is the 500th different player to score a competitive goal for Man Utd (excluding own goals). - Paul Pogba has been directly involved in six goals in his seven starts in all competitions for Man Utd this season (4 goals, 2 assists).   What's next? After an EFL Cup date with Frank Lampard's Derby County on Tuesday, United's next Premier League outing sees them travel to West Ham. Wolves host Leicester City in the cup, before then welcoming Southampton to Molineux in the league.

  • Fred becomes Man Utd's 500th goalscorer ...

    Fred has become the 500th player to score a goal for Manchester United. The Brazil international fired home from the edge of the box after Paul Pogba's delightful pass during United's clash with Wolves on Saturday, and won the distinction of being the 500th player to hit the bac...

    Fred becomes Man Utd's 500th goalscorer with first goal for the club

    Fred has become the 500th player to score a goal for Manchester United. The Brazil international fired home from the edge of the box after Paul Pogba's delightful pass during United's clash with Wolves on Saturday, and won the distinction of being the 500th player to hit the back of the net in all competitions, excluding own goals. Signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer for a £52 million fee, Fred had been left out of both of United's recent wins over Burnley and Watford, but he completed 69 minutes in the 3-0 Champions League win over Young Boys in midweek, prior to his start against the promoted side. Of course, Fred will have to hit the back of the net a few more times to match the leading goalscorers in United history, with Wayne Rooney the current leading scorer. Now at D.C. United, Rooney hit 253 goals between 2004 and 2017, ahead of second-placed Sir Bobby Charlton, who scored 249 goals between 1956 and 1973.     The highest-scoring player currently at United is attacking midfielder Juan Mata, who has netted 39 times, with Anthony Martial just two behind on 37. Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku have 32 and 31 goals respectively, with Antonio Valencia next on 25. As it stands, Fred joins the likes of goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, defender Jaap Stam and left-back Luke Shaw on one goal for United. The moment will have been extra special for the Brazilian as former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was there to see the ball ripple the net after making a recovery from a brain haemorrhage. The 76-year-old was pictured arriving at the ground ahead of United's match against Wolves in the Premier League, and told MUTV of his health.     “I’m really good. Obviously, it’s been a long journey. I’m gradually making steps forward, doing what my surgeon tells me and the doctors tell me so, yeah, I’m really good," he said. “I’m a bit nervous (about being back at Old Trafford) to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because I think my last game was Arsenal back in April some time, so it’s a long time. But it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.”

  • Scholes one of the best ever - Kovacic

    Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes is one of the 'best ever' midfielders, according to Chelsea's on-loan Croatia international Mateo Kovacic. Scholes won a multitude of trophies at Manchester United, making over 700 appearances for the club, and is widely regarded as one...

    Scholes one of the best ever - Kovacic

    Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes is one of the 'best ever' midfielders, according to Chelsea's on-loan Croatia international Mateo Kovacic. Scholes won a multitude of trophies at Manchester United, making over 700 appearances for the club, and is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation. And Kovacic, who is on loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid, believes he can still learn from Scholes as he bids to settle into the Premier League, and regularly watches videos of the United legend. “Every player has to be himself— but for me Scholes was one of the best ever. He was amazing. I still enjoy watching his videos on YouTube,” he told The Sun . “Sometimes I go home and watch him to learn something new. He had everything, he was the modern midfielder — scoring goals, defending well, tackling. “I don’t copy anybody but I do like to watch Scholes. I also watch other players to see what I can do better. Players like Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta, too.” And Scholes’ goalscoring record in particular is something Kovacic is keen to translate into his own game. “That is the problem in my career, I have not scored enough — and it’s something I need to improve on,” he said. Having spent long spells on the bench in Madrid, Kovacic is happier with the game-time he has received thus far, having featured much more regularly since arriving at Stamford Bridge. He said “It was difficult when I was playing less – now I am involved more and it helps me a lot. I was 18 when I went to Inter and then Madrid at 21. Maybe it was a bit too fast. “Alvaro [Morata] told me Chelsea are on the same level as Madrid. The fans can expect me to always give 100 per cent. I will do my best to play good football for them.”

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