Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia is back in training after overcoming a calf injury sustained in preseason.

However, Valencia will not feature for United in Gameweek 2 against Brighton at the AMEX. Paul Pogba will captain United again in the Ecuadorian's absence, with Matteo Darmian presumably deputising at right-back again for the Red Devils. Valencia could regain his place in the starting XI in GW3. Incidentally, José Mourinho has confirmed that Darmian will not be leaving the club this summer. United left the door open for a move, but ultimately the player is staying put. Mourinho expressed his satisfaction at retaining the Italian's services.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 17 - 11:50 AM

Romelu Lukaku is in with a chance of starting for Man Utd on Sunday afternoon after coming off the bench in the season opener at Old Trafford last Friday.

Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia are all back in training following rest and injuries, though none of the trio will be ready to take to the field this weekend. Paul Pogba will captain the side again in Valencia's absence.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 17 - 11:45 AM

José Mourinho is bidding to sweep a summer of turmoil and negative messages from Paul Pogba under the carpet, claiming that he "couldn't be happier" with the World Cup winner.

The 25 year-old's relationship with his manager has never seemed right, with Pogba hinting at his dissatisfaction at the club in the wake of the 2-1 win over Leicester last Friday. Mourinho said: "He's playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that's what I want. I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him." That's why Mou gave him a surprise start on Friday and the captain's armband. He will lead United out at the AMEX in GW2 too. It's clear that all is not well at Old Trafford, but if Pogba can keep performing in spite of the clouds surrounding him, then it will be a huge aid to Man Utd's cause.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 17 - 11:34 AM

Barcelona's club president has not ruled out a move for Paul Pogba before the end of the transfer deadline.

While the Premier League transfer window closed before the start of the season, the Spanish window doesn't close until the end of the month, meaning Pogba could feature in two more Premier League games and still make the move to Barcelona. Although a big-money move to Barcelona seems unlikely given that United wouldn't be able to sign a replacement this month, Pogba made his frustrations clear after a 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday where he converted a penalty: "If you're not happy, you cannot give your best. There are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 14 - 1:47 PM

Despite all of the controversy surrounding the offseason, Manchester United started the season with a 2-1 win over Leicester.

Paul Pogba’s future has been the centre of speculation this summer after reports of infighting between Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward, but without Romelu Lukaku in the starting lineup, Pogba scored the first goal of the season after Daniel Amartey was penalised for a handball in the box following a shot from Alexis Sanchez. Then, a resurgent Luke Shaw secured what turned out to be the game winner in the 83rd minute after taking a pass from Juan Mata, giving United the three points despite a watered-down lineup to start the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 10 - 5:42 PM

The ongoing Anthony Martial saga drowned out the headline, but Manchester United beat Real Madrid in the US last night.

Alexis Sanchez scored one and was instrumental in the creation of the second goal against a mainly reserve Madrid XI. Ander Herrera scored the second goal with a first-time shot, whilst Fred impressed over the course of an hour in the centre of the pitch, barely putting a foot wrong. David de Gea started in goal. Luke Shaw did not have a great game, doing his GW1 starting prospects no favours in the process as part of a back four which also featured Darmian, Bailly, and Fosu-Mensah.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 1 - 4:39 PM

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has seemingly struck back at manager José Mourinho's criticism of him earlier this week.

The young Frenchman was subject to ire of his boss in the media for failing to return to his side's pre-season tour the United States after the birth of his daughter. Mourinho had voiced his displeasure that Martial had not immediately returned after the birth. Today on social media, he posted "..for the mom it was harder but thanks to God she's better now. Sorry but my family will always come first." Mourinho's attack on Martial has been further fuelling speculation that Martial will not start the season at Old Trafford. Even before this public breakdown in relations, Martial was rumoured to be looking for a move to get more game time after missing out on a place in France's triumphant World Cup squad. Martial also confirmed that he will link up with the squad on Thursday.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 1 - 4:33 PM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that Romelu Lukaku is back training with the team early.

Lukaku, along with Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford, each cut their post-World Cup holidays short with the hopes of being available to face Leicester City in next Friday's season opener. Said Mourinho: "In a few days, we go to Munich and in 11 days, we start the Premier League and these are the players that we have, plus (Victor) Lindelof, that started training two days ago. Plus Marcus Rashford, (Phil) Jones and (Romelu) Lukaku because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holiday, so they're coming back three days early to try and be available for the team."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 1 - 11:41 AM

Over the weekend, Manchester United went down 4-1 to Liverpool in the The Big House in Michigan. The result was followed by some extraordinary comments from United manager José Mourinho.

The Portuguese's comments about his own youth players in the aftermath of the loss were quite scathing, he asked how could Alexis be "very happy with the players around him", referencing a largely youth side; "not even 30% of [the] squad." Mou also stated he "wouldn't spend his money to see [the two] teams" who contested the friendly. Mourinho's shots at his team, including the unfit Valencia and new-father Anthony Martial, who is yet to rejoin the squad, won't help squad cohesion either. At board level, Chief Executive Ed Woodward may be railing from his manager's criticism of Utd's lack of signings this summer. Problems with his players; problems with his board; these are two of the components which led to Mourinho's sacking after a dismal start to a season at Chelsea in 13/14. United are potentially on a disastrous course.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 30 - 5:41 PM

Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the season after failing to recover the abdominal injury he suffered while representing Serbia at the World Cup finals.

Jose Mourinho confirmed on Sunday that the Manchester United midfielder had left the club’s US tour to go under the knife: "Matic arrived from the World Cup, holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup," he said following the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool. "He has had surgery. He is out for the start of the season. I don't know how long he will be out for." The setback serves as another major blow for United who have already lost Antonio Valencia [calf] and Diogo Dalot [knee] from the opener against Leicester while a further eight players are yet to return following their involvement in Russia. "I just hope the boys on deserved holidays, they take care of themselves a little bit and somebody wants to do what [Marcus] Rashford and [Phil] Jones do, which is to be back a little bit earlier to help the team because we are going to be in trouble."
Jul 29 - 5:27 PM

Marcos Rojo may not join Manchester United on their US tour as he continues his recovery from the unspecified injury he suffered during Argentina’s 4-3 last-16 defeat by France in the World Cup.

Nemanja Matic re-joined the squad last weekend and completed his first full pre-season training session with his team-mates on Monday following his extended leave. Meanwhile, David De Gea and Fred are expected to follow suit, but Jose Mourinho was unable to give any assurances over the availability of Marcos Rojo who has been sidelined for almost a month: "I don’t know. He is with the medical department," the United boss revealed. "[I have been] in contact since the World Cup, where he had some physical problem and the medical department has to make a decision if he joins us here or if he goes to Manchester to recover and wait for the team to be back." Diogo Dalot has already been ruled out until at least September and club-captain Antonio Valencia is being assessed after suffering a calf problem during the opening minutes of the game against San Jose Earthquakes.
Jul 25 - 2:02 AM

Manchester United confirm Alexis Sanchez will join the squad in the United States after visa complications were resolved by club representatives.

Earlier this week, manager Jose Mourinho expressed his disappointment that Sanchez was unable to enter the country as he is currently serving a 16-month sentence for committing tax fraud in Spain. "It's really bad and he's really sad," he said of the Chilean. "It's not good for him and not good for me, or for the team. There is no-one to blame. I know the club is making the effort but the US authorities have their processes." However, just days later, Sanchez hinted that he could be heading Stateside: ‘Last training session in Manchester’. United confirmed on Friday that the 29-year-old could be available for the match against San Jose Earthquakes after flying to Los Angeles: "It’s about when Alexis lands," said Mourinho. "Because he trained with us for five days before we departed. When he arrives, he has to play. If he is coming, he has to play."
Jul 21 - 1:19 AM

New Manchester United signing Diogo Dalot will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee.

The 19-year-old has been sidelined since suffering a training ground injury back in April, but Jose Mourinho didn’t want to risk missing out on the highly-rated defender. "Dalot is injured; we knew that but we didn't want to lose him because of that," revealed the United boss. "He is recovering really well. He will not be ready for the start of the season but we think he'll be ready for September." Dalot cut his teeth playing for Porto B before finally making his first senior start in February, a 5-1 thrashing of minnows Portimonense, in which he provided two-assists. Coach Sergio Conceicao kept faith in the versatile full-back a week later for the top-of-the-table clash with Sporting Lisbon, and he didn't disappoint, starring in the 2-1 win. Dalot impressed the onlooking United scouts just days later as Porto played out a goalless draw in the Champions League at Anfield.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 19 - 2:03 AM

Daley Blind has left Manchester United to return home to his old club in the Netherlands, Ajax.

Blind, 28, signed for United for £13.8m when Louis van Gaal was in charge in 2014. Under his fellow Dutchman, Blind was a first team player usually occupying the left side of midfield or defence but sometimes a central berth at the back. Under José Mourinho, Blind's game time was greatly reduced though he did end up playing in the victorious finals of the FA Cup and Europa League in 2016. After a season as a squad player in 2017/18, United have done well to turn a £0.2m profit on the Netherlands international four years later.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 5:02 PM

Alexis Sanchez has been forced to miss the start of Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States as his visa application was unsuccessful.

The 29 year-old accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in February for tax fraud in Spain. According to US law, no person found guilty of fraud can be granted a visa to enter the country. Sanchez will be able to enter the US if he and his lawyers can successfully navigate the waiver scheme to get a visa granted, but this is taking longer than they originally thought. Sanchez was pictured at Carrington last week training with the rest of his Manchester United teammates.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 4:35 PM


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