Manchester United

  • 'I can't wait to continue my progress' -...

    Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023. The 22-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season and was linked with a loan move in the January transfer window. “Manchest...

    'I can't wait to continue my progress' - United youngster McTominay agrees new contract

    Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023. The 22-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season and was linked with a loan move in the January transfer window. “Manchester United has been my life since the age of five and playing for the club I've always supported is all I've ever wanted to do," he said. “I'm still young and I'm learning all the time from the manager, his coaching staff and from the world-class players in the squad. ”I can't wait to continue my progress at this great club.“ Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: "Scott has been with the club from a very young age, he has progressed through our Academy ranks and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years. ✍️ We are delighted to announce Scott McTominay has extended his contract with #MUFC until June 2023, with the option to sign for a further year. Congratulations, @McTominay10!

  • Man Utd flying but Mata admits Solskjaer...

    Juan Mata admits Manchester United “want more” after stretching a record-setting run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seven successive wins. The Red Devils were going nowhere fast prior to making a change in the dugout back in December. Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties and...

    Man Utd flying but Mata admits Solskjaer's resurgent side 'want more'

    Juan Mata admits Manchester United “want more” after stretching a record-setting run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seven successive wins. The Red Devils were going nowhere fast prior to making a change in the dugout back in December. Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties and replaced by Solskjaer, who returned to Old Trafford on an interim basis. He has enjoyed a dream start to life at the helm, and is yet to suffer a setback of any kind, but there is a desire within the squad he has inherited to achieve even more. Mata wrote on his personal blog after seeing United edge out Brighton 2-1 on home soil: “We continue on our good run of results. “To win seven games from a possible seven is not a simple task in any way, so we are proud and happy with how things have gone in recent weeks. But we want more. “We know that we are on the right track, but the most important part of the season is still ahead of us. “We have to continue in the same way if we want to achieve our targets, and we are all motivated to make the coming months very positive ones.” “As I’ve said, the win against Brighton on Saturday was our seventh in a row. We battled through at the end, to be honest, but I believe it was deserved. “When you’re on a good run, there are games that you win which otherwise, in other circumstances, you might have ended up drawing. “We played with energy and the desire to keep on improving. We started out by making it 2-0, thanks to a penalty from Paul [Pogba] and a great goal from [Marcus] Rashford. “Marcus is a truly special player. He already is, and is going to continue to be, a very important player for club and country and it is a pleasure to see his progression up close. “He’s also a great lad, with his mind focused on the important things and extraordinary physical attributes. He has everything to keep on growing without slowing down, and he deserves to.” The big games keeping on coming for United, who are now just three points adrift of the Premier League’s top four. They sit level on points with Arsenal just outside the Champions League spots, with the Gunners providing their next opposition in a heavyweight FA Cup fourth round clash. Mata added: “Now we’re looking ahead and, on Friday evening, the FA Cup returns with a very tough clash away against Arsenal. “The Emirates is a spectacular stadium, it is always tough to play there, and this time the game is important given that we are playing to go through in a competition which, as you all know, is very important to us. “Our opponent just beat Chelsea and will, therefore, be in a good place in terms of confidence, but we intend to keep pressing on in the cup.”

  • Lukaku hits out at 'lies' amid Man Utd e...

    Romelu Lukaku has hit out at the “lies” being spread about him as speculation builds regarding a possible transfer away from Manchester United. The Red Devils invested £75 million ($96m) in the Belgium international back in the summer of 2017. Jose Mourinho moved to prise him a...

    Lukaku hits out at 'lies' amid Man Utd exit talk

    Romelu Lukaku has hit out at the “lies” being spread about him as speculation builds regarding a possible transfer away from Manchester United. The Red Devils invested £75 million ($96m) in the Belgium international back in the summer of 2017. Jose Mourinho moved to prise him away from Everton after seeing the 25-year-old become one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League. He delivered a 27-goal return in his debut season at Old Trafford, before going on to net four times for his country at the 2018 World Cup. Lukaku was, however, to endure a slow start to the current campaign, going 12 games without finding the target for United at one stage. As he toiled, Mourinho was eventually shown to the exits and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The new man at the helm is yet to hand Lukaku a Premier League start, with a substitute role having to be accepted as Marcus Rashford shines in a central striking berth. A lack of minutes has sparked talk of a move being made, with Juventus among those said to be open to the idea of landing a proven frontman. Lukaku, though, appears to have quashed the exit talk with a post on Instagram which read: “When the hate don’t work they start telling lies.” Solskjaer has already sought to assure Lukaku that he still has a part to play in his plans. The Norwegian knows all about life in a star-studded squad at Old Trafford from his own playing days. He often had to contend with being an impact option off the bench, and thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson to establish a reputation as one of the best in the business in that role. Lukaku may have to do likewise, but has impressed enough in training to suggest that he will get regular opportunities to impress. Solskjaer said: “I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three. “There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them. “No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.” Despite starting just one FA Cup game under the Red Devils’ new boss, Lukaku has managed three goals in his last five appearances. More chances will come his way, but for now Rashford is leading the line with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial offering support from wide attacking posts.

  • 'People hate me' - Mourinho accepts stat...

    Jose Mourinho accepts his role as football management's pantomime villain after splitting opinion throughout his career. The 55-year-old has taken charge of some of the biggest clubs on the planet, including Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United. Having regula...

    'People hate me' - Mourinho accepts status among rival supporters

    Jose Mourinho accepts his role as football management's pantomime villain after splitting opinion throughout his career. The 55-year-old has taken charge of some of the biggest clubs on the planet, including Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United. Having regularly antagonised opposing players, coaches and supporters, Mourinho is a divisive figure in the game. And the Portuguese tactician says his willingness to commit 100 percent to his club and total disregard for his own image has contributed to his unpopularity, "It is my own nature," he told beINSPORTS. "I arrive at the club, I wear the shirt and I only take the dirty and sweaty shirt off the day I left.  "I fight for the club and I don't care about my image and I don't care about any consequences. "I fight for the club. I don't care about my image. I don't care about any consequence." Why Mourinho feels he is hated by certain clubs.#beINMourinho #beINPL #ARSCHE pic.twitter.com/WZwNjakk55 — beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) January 19, 2019 "I go to Real Madrid, I become an enemy of Barcelona. I go to Inter and in Torino I cannot go in because people hate me there. "Arsenal fans, maybe not anymore, but when I was Chelsea manager they hate me. I played 15 times against them, I won 12 and drew three. I never lost. They hate me." Mourinho is without a job after being sacked by United in December, after 144 matches and two-and-a-half years at the helm at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been installed in interim charge and has won his first seven matches in a row to become the favourite to succeed Mourinho. Reinstalling a spirit and drive within the United squad has been among the central successes of Solskjaer's reign but Mourinho insists those characteristics were evident even during his spell. Winning games in "Fergie Time" isn't a matter of luck it's all about "fighting against the demons".#beINMourinho #beINPL #MUFC pic.twitter.com/u8VXfDmdaV — beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) January 19, 2019 Speaking about United's history of scoring late goals, he added: "Fergie time is not an occasion it is a consequence of his mentality his spirit, his relationship with his players. "I don't think I have a bad record even at Man United of winning matches in extra time. Against Juventus we win in the 90th minute. Against Newcastle we won in the last minute. "You can force your luck. Fundamentally when a team has a strong collective personality and has players who are not afraid to fight against the demons of the last minute you can force. The details are important on that."

  • Matic: Man Utd ready for top-four fight

    Nemanja Matic says that Manchester United will do their best to finish in the top four after reviving their campaign with a strong run of form. The Red Devils looked to have been left behind after a poor start to the Premier League campaign under former manager Jose Mourinho, wh...

    Matic: Man Utd ready for top-four fight

    Nemanja Matic says that Manchester United will do their best to finish in the top four after reviving their campaign with a strong run of form. The Red Devils looked to have been left behind after a poor start to the Premier League campaign under former manager Jose Mourinho, who was sacked following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. However, since then, United have won seven on the spin in all competitions and are back to within three points of a top-four finish, with Chelsea's 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium closing the gap. And Matic insists his side are up for the fight to finish in the top four and earn Champions League football ahead of next season. “In the Premier League, it’s always hard,” Matic said. “We will try to give our best to reach the top four until the end of the season. “The teams in front of us have quality and they will also try to play in the Champions League next season. “But I’m sure that we have enough qualities to compete with them. “We will give our best and we will try to make our supporters happy.” Following United's 2-1 win over Brighton, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reserved special praise for Matic's midfield partner Ander Herrera. “Ander is a midfielder who is a bit different to Paul [Pogba] and to Nemanja [Matic] with their physical attributes. He runs and runs. He runs with the ball and plays it simple," Solskjaer said. “He also makes some good runs into the box, although we let Paul do more of that job and Ashley [Young] maybe from the right-hand side, but I’ll never stop him making runs into the box and, hopefully, he’ll continue making them like he does.” United face a trip to the Emirates next in the fourth round of the FA Cup, before hosting Burnley in the Premier League.

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