Manchester United

  • Depay back to Man Utd? Dutch winger quiz...

    Memphis Depay has refused to be drawn into a debate regarding a possible return to Manchester United just six months after leaving for Lyon. The Netherlands international brought a frustrating 18-month stint at Old Trafford to a close during the winter transfer window when he co...

    Depay back to Man Utd? Dutch winger quizzed on Old Trafford return prospects

    Memphis Depay has refused to be drawn into a debate regarding a possible return to Manchester United just six months after leaving for Lyon. The Netherlands international brought a frustrating 18-month stint at Old Trafford to a close during the winter transfer window when he completed a £21.6 million move to France. Get Lyon at 18/1 to win Ligue 1 title He was allowed to take on a new challenge after making just eight appearances under Jose Mourinho, and 53 in total following a 2015 arrival under Louis van Gaal. Depay struggled to make his mark in England, but the door has been left open for him to return to United should he rediscover his best form in the future. Quizzed by TuttoMercatoWeb on whether he has given any thought to such a switch, the 23-year-old said: "No, to be honest. It’s not in my thoughts. "I’m very focused on Lyon, and I’m very happy about my choice, and I don’t think of anything else other than to do the best for this team." Despite offering him limited game time over the first half of the 2016-17 campaign, Mourinho admitted upon Depay’s departure that he would continue to monitor the forward. Depay ends 2016-17 on highest high He said: "Potentially, he is a very good player. "I think when Mr Van Gaal decided to buy him, he did well. He knew him well from the national team, when he was young in the World Cup he had flashes of top quality. "He was playing well in Holland but not the same here, but he was showing very good things. "He didn't succeed in his 18 months but he is very young, so I think it is very important for the club to keep control of this talent, and we all wish he plays very well at Olympique Lyon and why not come back, because everyone really likes him." WATCH: Memphis' new rap song While he was quick to head for the Old Trafford exits once transfer talk escalated, Depay is reluctant to speculate on whether former team-mate Anthony Martial could do likewise this summer. The France international is not a guaranteed starter for United and has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A outfit Inter – potentially as part of a deal to take Ivan Perisic in the opposite direction. On those rumours, Depay said: “Anthony is a great player, no doubt, and he is also a great person, I cannot do anything but wish him the best for the continuation of his career." Depay did start to find form after linking up with Lyon in the New Year, with five goals netted in 18 appearances – including an audacious effort from the halfway line against Toulouse in March.

  • Lukaku addition makes Man Utd 'frighteni...

    Manchester United boast “frightening” firepower, according to Luke Shaw, with Romelu Lukaku joining an already star-studded unit. The Red Devils struggled for goals throughout the 2016-17 campaign, with a lack of cutting edge costing them vital points in the battle for a top-fou...

    Lukaku addition makes Man Utd 'frightening' going forward, says Shaw

    Manchester United boast “frightening” firepower, according to Luke Shaw, with Romelu Lukaku joining an already star-studded unit. The Red Devils struggled for goals throughout the 2016-17 campaign, with a lack of cutting edge costing them vital points in the battle for a top-four finish. Back Man Utd to beat Barca with dabblebet However, chances were created and Jose Mourinho will be hoping for more end product this season, with his options further bolstered by the £75 million addition of Lukaku. The Belgium international has been acquired to complement the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Shaw of the opinion that United now boast an enviable collection of forward-thinking talent. He told MUTV: "You look at the pace and skill we have up top and the finishing ability and it’s frightening. "The attacking players have shown a lot of quality on tour, especially when you look at Rom’s goal against City. It wasn’t an easy finish and Marcus has been in great form too and has scored a few goals. “Micki's also scored and played how he always plays and Martial – wow, the skill for the goal [against Real Madrid] was fantastic. Dazzling assist sparks Martial's summer "You can’t forget Jesse as well; for me, Jesse is my standout player so far on this tour. He’s everywhere and always willing to set up the play and chip in with a goal or an assist. Hopefully all the boys can carry on doing their thing." Lukaku and Co have been catching the eye during United’s pre-season fixtures in America, with one more game to come against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup. Another fresh face, Victor Lindelof, has also been introduced to the fold while in the United States, with Shaw impressed by the speed in which the new arrivals have settled into the squad. The England international defender, who is currently nursing his way back from injury, added: "Romelu and Victor have settled in very well. 'Lindelof isn't guaranteed games at Utd' “It’s good for Rom as he knew a few of the players before he came so it was pretty easy for him to settle and Victor was new to the group but he has settled really well and he’s enjoying it. “The main thing now is to build up fitness and make sure everyone is in peak condition for the start of the season." United’s first competitive fixture of the 2017-18 campaign will see them face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8, before they open the new Premier League season at home to West Ham the following Sunday. 

  • Lindelof may have cost £40m but is not g...

    Victor Lindelof is not a guaranteed starter for Manchester United and faces fierce competition for places, says Gary Pallister. The Red Devils made the Sweden international their first signing of the summer transfer window back in June, with a £40 million deal put in place with ...

    Lindelof may have cost £40m but is not guaranteed games at Man Utd, warns Pallister

    Victor Lindelof is not a guaranteed starter for Manchester United and faces fierce competition for places, says Gary Pallister. The Red Devils made the Sweden international their first signing of the summer transfer window back in June, with a £40 million deal put in place with Benfica. Get Man Utd at 10/3 to win the PL title He has been eased into the fold during pre-season, with Jose Mourinho eager to get minutes under his belt and help smooth the transition into English football. With such a hefty price tag around his neck, Lindelof will be expected to take up a position alongside another big-money sign in the form of Eric Bailly when both men are fit and available. The 23-year-old has, however, been warned that he cannot take such a standing for granted, with Pallister, speaking to exclusively to 888sport, saying: “With the amount of games United will be facing next year everybody is going to play a certain amount. Lukaku aiming to emulate Ronaldo “Maybe Lindelof has been brought in as first choice but that’s not always the case. Chris [Smalling] or Phil [Jones] can put in performances and that changes. “We saw that with [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan where it took five months before he got into the first team and proving himself on a regular basis. Who is to say that won’t happen with Lindelof? “It’s not just about how you play but how you are in training and around the place. Smalling and Jones are both England centre-halves and when they came back towards the latter half of last season they had to prove themselves and did well. They never sulked and took the criticism on board.” Former United centre-half Pallister added: “I’ve not seen an awful lot of Lindelof but I’m hearing reports that he’s a top quality centre-half and you need strength and depth to any squad, and there were question marks over Smalling and Jones last year and Jose felt he wanted another defender. Mourinho crashes Lingard interview “It just makes the competition for places even harder for the English players in the side and the problem both Smalling and Jones have had throughout their careers is they have been blighted by injuries. That’s why Jose has gone out and bought.” While understanding why Mourinho dipped back into the transfer market for defensive reinforcements, Pallister believes that the arrival of Lindelof completes that particular puzzle and leaves United well stocked heading into the 2017-18 campaign. He said: “They’ve brought in a new defender in Lindelof and when you add him to Bailly it looks very good. “They’ve also got [Marcos] Rojo in there who came to the fore last year and was terrific until he suffered a serious knee injury. Then you also have Smalling and Jones who have a lot to prove. “It looks like we’re keeping [David] De Gea which is great because we’ve seen in the past how difficult it is to replace top quality goalkeepers - it took us a long time to replace Peter Schmeichel when he left the club.  Bailly suspended for Super Cup “[Antonio] Valencia has come on leaps and bounds and his outstanding performances led to Jose calling him one of the best right-backs in the world. “The only question mark is at left-back. [Luke] Shaw has had injury problems and he’s found it hard to catch the manger’s eye. Jose was quite tough on him last season. Then there’s [Matteo] Darmian who is a right-back playing at left-back. “Overall though we have a lot of the bases covered and there’s a lot of quality in there.” Read the full 888sport interview with Gary Pallister, including his thoughts on which club made the best signing of the transfer window.

  • Man Utd complete the signing of promisin...

    Manchester United have bolstered their goalkeeping ranks with the addition of highly-rated teenager Theo Richardson. The 18-year-old, who has previously spent time on the books at Leeds United, first linked up with the Red Devils on a trial basis. Back Man Utd to see off Barca ...

    Man Utd complete the signing of promising goalkeeper

    Manchester United have bolstered their goalkeeping ranks with the addition of highly-rated teenager Theo Richardson. The 18-year-old, who has previously spent time on the books at Leeds United, first linked up with the Red Devils on a trial basis. Back Man Utd to see off Barca in ICC He made his debut in an academy derby with Manchester City in March, catching the eye with a number of impressive stops in a 2-2 draw. Richardson continued to impress as the 2016-17 campaign came to a close and was named on the bench for the penultimate fixture of the season for United’s Under-23 side against Arsenal. Since then he has figured in the Dallas Cup and will form part of the Red Devils squad at the Super Cup NI tournament in Northern Ireland. Any involvement in that competition will be made as a fully-fledged member of the Old Trafford ranks, with United confirming on their official website that a permanent deal is now in place. Having added Richardson’s profile to those within Kieran McKenna’s youth set-up, the Premier League giants said: "Signed on a permanent contract after arriving on a short-term basis towards the end of the 2016/17 season. Lukaku aiming to emulate Ronaldo "One of four keepers with the reserves squad at the training camp in Austria - with Kieran O'Hara, Max Johnstone and Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui - and likely to push for a place in the Under-23s and UEFA Youth League squad. "Formerly with Leeds United, he produced some outstanding performances when thrust into the Reds' under-18 team to earn a deal over the course of the summer." Richardson becomes the seventh goalkeeper on United’s books, alongside David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira, Kieran O’Hara, Max Johnstone and Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui. Sam Johnstone and Dean Henderson are also contracted to the Red Devils, although they have been sent out on loan to Aston Villa and Shrewsbury Town respectively. Bailly suspended for Super Cup While Richardson is clearly an addition with one eye on the future, Jose Mourinho is currently seeking to strengthen his senior squad before the 2017-18 campaign gets underway. He has already completed deals for Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, but more movement is expected before the summer transfer window slams shut on August 31.

  • Ronaldo confirms Real Madrid stay by air...

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken about his future with the European champions, saying he wants to win more trophies with the club. Get 5/1 on Real defending UCL crown The four-time Ballon d'Or winner was linked with a shock exit from the Santiago Bernabeu earlier i...

    Ronaldo confirms Real Madrid stay by airing trophy target

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken about his future with the European champions, saying he wants to win more trophies with the club. Get 5/1 on Real defending UCL crown The four-time Ballon d'Or winner was linked with a shock exit from the Santiago Bernabeu earlier in the close-season, with Paris Saint-Germain and former employers Manchester United believed to be among those interested. Ronaldo led Madrid to four trophies last season, including the Champions League and a first La Liga crown since 2012. The 32-year-old – who is contracted until 2021 – wants more of the same, saying a repeat of that campaign would do just fine. "Winning major trophies with my club last year was great, just like the individual trophies," Ronaldo told Marca. "Doing it again would be fine." Ronaldo motivated by Messi rivalry He added: "You have to work hard, year after year, I will continue to do it. Football is my life, it is my passion." Ronaldo is widely expected to win a record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or this year, to draw him level with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

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