Player News - Manchester United

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Sergio Romero has been ruled out of this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

The Argentine Football Federation confirmed on Tuesday that the Manchester United goalkeeper will undergo surgery to remedy a "joint blockage in his right knee". Romero had just returned to the United first-team on the final day of the Premier League season having sustained an injury while on international duty. However, he was dropped for the FA Cup final six days later due to a lack of fitness affording David de Gea only his second start of the competition. "Romero was injured for a long, long time," Jose Mourinho said in the build-up to Wembley. "He was injured for two and something months. It’s not about trust, it’s not about confidence in him." Romero was initially named in Argentina’s 23-man squad, but it remains unclear whether he suffered a setback in training with the national team or whether he arrived carrying the problem. There has been no official timeline offered at this stage. Nahuel Guzman has been called up.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 23 - 7:52 AM

David de Gea will start in this weekends FA Cup final because Sergio Romero is not fully match fit following his recent knee injury.

Jose Mourinho confirmed during Fridays press conference: "De Gea plays, because [Romero] was injured for a long, long time. He was injured for two and something months," he said, before adding: "It’s not about trust, it’s not about confidence in him." And despite the rumour mill going into overdrive, there is no reason to doubt his reasoning behind the decision. In 2016/17, Mourinho backed his Number Two throughout United’s Europa League campaign, he started every game, including the final, which was arguably a much bigger fixture and ultimately meant qualification to the Champions League competition. Elsewhere, Anthony Martial has been cleared after recovering from a minor knee injury but a decision on Romelu Lukaku, who missed the last three games of the season will be a late call. "I don't want to lie to you and say he doesn't play and then he plays, so we have to wait."
May 19 - 5:38 AM

Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial look to be winning their race to be fit for this weekends FA Cup final at Wembley.

Lukaku has just returned from a stint of rehab in Belgium after missing the final three games of the campaign with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, concerns over the fitness of Martial have been quashed after he picked a knee problem in training last Friday. Both players were pictured as part of the group travelling to London as they boarded the train at Stockport Station. Marouane Fellaini is also in contention after recovering from a slight muscular strain which forced him off during the 1-0 defeat at Brighton. Sergio Romero is over his recent knee injury and he will provide back-up for David de Gea after making his first Premier League appearance of the season against Watford on the final day. There were no notable absentees from the squad and it should mean that Jose Mourinho has a full complement of players to choose from against Chelsea.
Source: The Metro
May 17 - 9:15 AM

Anthony Martial has emerged as an early doubt for next weekend’s FA Cup final after picking up an injury.

Speaking ahead of the final game, Jose Mourinho confirmed that Martial would start following his non-appearance as a substitute in the bore-draw at West Ham on Thursday: "Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony [Martial] played against Brighton, today was for Alexis [Sanchez] and Lingard and Sunday is again for Martial and Rashford," he said. "I play some players that didn't play today, I play Romero, I play Daley Blind, I play Eric Bailly, I play Rashford, I play Martial, I play Mata." However, there was no sign of Martial in the matchday squad sparking rumours of a falling out while reports began to surface that the Frenchman had left Old Trafford prior to kick-off. But, Mourinho moved quickly to quash any suggestion of a disciplinary problem following the 1-0 win: "It's his [left] knee. He was injured in the Friday training session and yesterday he couldn’t train. I’m waiting for the doctor [but] I have my doubts [for the cup final]."
Source: Sky Sports
May 14 - 6:29 AM

Michael Carrick bowed out of professional football after a trophy-laden career with a 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford.

The game reflected its importance in many ways, with neither side really pushing for victory. Carrick was instrumental in United taking the lead in the first half. His fabulous lobbed pass from his own half took out the whole Watford defence and left Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford alone against Gomes. Mata passed, Rashford finished. At the other end Richarlison was denied by a great save from Romero. The second half saw the pace pick up but no major chances of note. Instead, the highlight was Carrick's substitution for Pogba after 84'. His departure from the field was greeted by a standing ovation and hugs from many United players and staff. He was the last starter remaining of United's '09 Champions League triumph.
Source: BBC Sport
May 13 - 12:02 PM

Neither Manchester United or West Ham got out of first gear as the sides played out a 0-0 draw in London on Thursday evening.

In the first half, United had the best chances but Adrian was equal to them. Alexis Sanchez was largely ineffective in a Number 9 role but he still forced Adrian into a good save whilst Luke Shaw hit the post with a driven effort. The second-half continued in end of season spirit, with no decisive contributions from either team. The most controversial event of the half came late on when Pogba appeared to kick-out at Mark Noble, enraging the Irons captain. Both players were cautioned but came together at the final whistle like old friends, again demonstrating the friendly nature of the game. The point confirms that Man United will finish in second, their best position since Sir Alex departed. West Ham hover at the bottom, with questions about the long-term future of David Moyes still swirling and lots of scope for improvement next term.
Source: BBC Sport
May 10 - 4:48 PM

Manchester United deservedly lost at the AMEX Stadium on Friday after making six changes to the side which beat Arsenal.

While the absence of Romelu Lukaku [foot] was known in advance, the omission of Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia from the matchday squad came as a surprise. There was no mention of the latter during either the pre or post-match media briefings, but Mourinho did confirm prior to kick-off that Sanchez was not available due to an unspecified problem: "Of course, Alexis and Lukaku have injuries, so they weren’t an option." Although the precise nature of his setback is still unknown, the United boss remains cautiously optimistic that the pair will be back for the FA Cup tie against Chelsea on May 19: "I hope they can play in the final." United were hugely disappointing on the south coast and had it not been for a fine first-half display from David de Gea, the 1-0 score line could’ve been a lot worse. "We are probably not as good as people think we are individually," mused Mourinho at full-time.
Source: BBC Sport
May 5 - 7:20 AM

Already missing Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United was expected to have a tough time but no one anticipated a 1-0 loss to Brighton.

It looked like the Reds would be off to a fast start but Fellaini’s third minute finish was ruled offsides. But while they controlled possession, they were unable to do anything to test the Brighton defense and found themselves behind the pace once Pascal Groß rose highest in the 57th minute to finish a header. Manchester United tried to find an equalizer but their efforts came up futile in the end as Brighton found the win.
May 4 - 9:14 PM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that forward Romelu Lukaku won't be available on Friday.

The Red Devils head to Brighton on Friday night for the first match of their double gameweek but will have to do so without their top scorer after Lukaku left the club's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday with a foot injury. While the club doesn't yet know the full extent of the injury, Mourinho said he thinks the Belgian international should be ready to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final later this month: "I don't know [how long he will be out]," Mourinho said. "I just know that he will not play tomorrow. Apart from that we need to wait for more scans, more time. I hope [he will be ready for the FA Cup final], it looks positive."
Source: Sky Sports
May 3 - 3:46 PM

Romelu Lukaku will be fit for the FA Cup final in three weeks but it remains unclear if the Belgium international will feature in any of United’s three remaining Premier League matches.

There were growing concerns on Sunday when Lukaku was replaced following a heavy challenge by Arsenal youngster Konstantinos Mavropanos. Although the contact looked minimal, manager Jose Mourinho hinted that his withdrawal was the cause for some worry: "He wants to play all the time. He is never tired and, when he has small things, he doesn't care. He still wants to go." However, a scan on his right ankle confirmed there was no significant damage and Lukaku will be fit to face Chelsea at Wembley on May 19. With Champions League qualification already assured for 2018/19, and second place all but guaranteed, there will be no reason to take any unnecessary risks with Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial able to come into the side. United travel to Brighton on Friday evening and Mourinho is expected to provide an official update as part of his pre-match press conference.
Source: Daily Mail
May 2 - 12:18 PM

Romelu Lukaku will be assessed after suffering a foot injury during the 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The Belgium international was caught by Konstantinos Mavropanos early in the second half and indicated that he was unable to continue. Although the contact didn’t look too serious, Lukaku limped off and walked straight down the tunnel. The victory secures a Champions League qualification spot, and with second place all but assured, United can now focus their attention on the FA Cup final in three weeks: "I don't know if he is going to be out, or if he’s okay" Jose Mourinho said. "He wants to play all the time. He is never tired and, when he has small things, he doesn't care. He still wants to go. So, for him to say immediately, to change him, it is because he couldn't play. I don't think it's something, or I hope it's not." His absence is likely to see Marcus Rashford recalled to the starting XI while Mourinho may look to involve some of his fringe players during the run-in.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 10:53 AM

Arsene Wenger's swan song at Old Trafford was marked by a number of the failings that supporters have criticized for seasons as Marouane Fellaini rose above Granit Xhaka to seal a 2-1 for the home side.

Manchester United were solid and did what they had to do to secure a top four spot and a spot in the Champions League for next season. The story of the day was Arsene Wenger's final trip to Old Trafford as manager of Arsenal and it was marked by familiar storylines. Whether it was the careless pass that led to United's first goal, the failure to replace a player who has long since proven not good enough (Xhaka), concession of a late goal, or weakness on balls into the box all of Arsene Wenger's greatest hits were on display. Mostly lost in the Wenger narrative was the impact of likely summer departure who was ruthlessly effective in his substitute role.
Source: espn.com
Apr 29 - 1:33 PM

Eric Bailly's absence in the FA Cup semi-final as well as two Premier League games has been attributed to illness.

Bailly's disappearance from United's starting XI in Gameweek 34 caused eruptions amongst fantasy managers, as it had appeared that the "nailed-on" Ivorian had been dropped. That was only exacerbated by the sight of him on the bench against Bournemouth days later and his omission from the match day squad entirely for the FA Cup. However, reports this week have said that Bailly was suffering with illness and thus unable to play against West Brom. From then, he has been excluded as a precaution. He may be named as a starter on Sunday, presumably replacing Phil Jones or Chris Smalling. One would expect the former is more likely to be benched.
Source: Metro.co.uk
Apr 27 - 11:08 AM

Sergio Romero is the only Manchester United player unavailable for selection ahead of Arsene Wenger's final visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal boss on Sunday afternoon.

There had been doubts surrounding the availability of de facto captain Antonio Valencia in the wake of United's FA Cup Semi-Final win over Spurs last week after he was forced off early. However, the Ecuadorian full-back has recovered from that injury meaning that Matteo Darmian will not be given a chance to move in from the fringes of the United squad. "Everybody’s fine," manager José Mourinho said. "I have 22 players and apart from Romero as a goalkeeper, everyone is fit to play."
Apr 27 - 10:54 AM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has responded absolutely to questions about the future of star man David de Gea at the club.

DDG is approaching the final year of his contract next season, which United have the right to extend by an extra 12 months to 2020. Local outlet the Manchester Evening News report that United are actually in the process of drawing up a new contract for the Spaniard. Questions about de Gea's future have emerged recently as it has become increasingly apparent that long-term admirers Real Madrid may enter the market in the summer to replace Keylor Navas, who has been culpable for goals on a number of occasions this season. However, Mourinho ruled out de Gea's departure, saying there is "no chance" of a move.
Apr 27 - 10:46 AM


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