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Manchester United took a massive leap towards securing second place with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Chelsea took the lead through in-form Brazilian attacker Willian, who started and ended a good counter-attack by smashing the ball beyond David de Gea. That lead didn't last long though as United drew level through Romelu Lukaku, putting a dent in his reputation for failing to score in big games. He got ahead of Marcos Alonso to pick up Martial's pass to convert. Lukaka almost scored an audacious volley to grab the lead for United but Courtois tipped it away. However a cross from the Belgian striker with a quarter of an hour to go was met by Lingard, who headed past Courtois to complete United's comeback and win the tie. United are back in second and the pressure is back on Antonio Conte again to ensure Chelsea qualify for the Champions League next season.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 25 - 11:31 AM

Manchester United left Seville with a 0-0 draw after their first Champions League knock-out game in four years.

However, were it not for the heroics of goalkeeper David de Gea, the scoreline could have been very different. The Spaniard was called upon a number of times, particularly in the first half, to keep his side in the game. He was equal to efforts from former Stoke midfielder Stephen N'Zonzi and Joaquin Correa before his most startling contribution. That was a point-blank save from a Luis Muriel header from 6.6 yards which he stopped with one hand just 0.18 seconds after it left the attacker's head. United had a single shot on target and never looked like they had aspirations of scoring an away goal, though Lukaku and Rashford could have done better with the best chances which fell to them.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 22 - 7:16 AM

Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist taking a swipe at his backroom staff after Ander Herrera limped off just 17 minutes into his return from injury.

The 2016/17 Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year has endured a disappointing campaign on the back of what was arguably one of his best for United. With just 8 Premier League starts, this year will prove to be his lowest return since joining from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, and the Spaniard is set to miss more games. Herrera had been cleared to resume full training on Saturday and was named in the starting line-up against Sevilla in the Champions League. However, his evening was cut short following a recurrence of the hamstring injury which has hampered him since January. "It didn't look like he was fully fit," said Mourinho. "I think he has a bad injury. He had a small injury that stopped him for the last couple of matches, but the medical department gave him 100% ready. Then it was a back-heel, and a back-heel creates a contraction in the muscular area."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 22 - 4:25 AM

Manchester United could face Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday evening with up-to eight first-team players missing.

Following his sides FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, manager Jose Mourinho explained that several squad members were forced to miss out at the Kirklees Stadium because of injury. "I brought two kids [Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes] that played 90 minutes yesterday [for the U23s] because I don’t have another player," he said. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, I think they have a chance. Paul [Pogba], I don’t know," although the latter was seen in training on Sunday. However, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will definitely miss the clash due to unspecified knocks while Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimović have not yet recovered from their respective knee injuries.
Source: Goal.com
Feb 19 - 11:47 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has given a fitness update ahead of his side's Champions League Round of 16 first leg at Sevilla on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of the game, Mourinho said that he will have to do without Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some [injury] problems." However, Mourinho is a lot more hopeful about the return of a number of players, including Paul Pogba. The Frenchman missed the FA Cup win over Huddersfield with illness but has trained since. Marcus Rashford, Antonio Valencia, and Ander Herrera are also likely to be fit, with Mourinho surmising that they have a "chance".
Source: @BenDinnery
Feb 19 - 5:54 AM

Manchester United progressed into the FA Cup quarter-finals with ease with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium.

United were ahead by the third minute through striker Romelu Lukaku, who latched onto a Mata through ball after initially crating a platform for United's attack with good hold-up play. He held off Schindler and finished at the near post. Tom Ince had two good chances in the first half but failed to convert. Instead Mata thought he had doubled United's lead against the run of play but VAR swooped in to deny the strike for offside minutes later as the first half drew to a close. Lukaku doubled United's lead in the second half to complete a counter-attack by the visitors. A Huddersfield corner was defended and the Belgian broke from his own final third, supplying Sanchez and receiving the ball back in the other half, showing great composure under pressure with his shot. All eleven United players could be seen in their own half at stages, again throwing into question Mourinho's negative tactical outlook.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 19 - 3:33 AM

Paul Pogba will play no part in Saturdays FA Cup fifth-round tie against Huddersfield at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho fielded a host of questions during the build-up to this game about his relationship with Pogba and growing speculation of a rift, accusations which were given short shrift by the United boss. "I don't want to speak to you about my conversations with my players. It's a big lie that our relationship is not good, a big lie that we don't communicate, a big lie that we don't agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team." Mourinho revealed that Pogba would play a part this weekend, but news on Saturday broke confirming he was ill sending the rumour mill into overdrive. Academy prospect Ethan Hamilton has taken his place in the squad. Eric Bailly is poised to provide a timely boost after more than 3 months out, but Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford remain sidelined, although the pair are hoping to be ready for the Champions League meeting with Sevilla on Wednesday.
Feb 17 - 11:31 AM

Respected Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez Haya believes Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will make a return to full training this week.

The centre-back has been sidelined since suffering a training ground ankle injury while on international duty more than three months ago, and Haya believes Bailly will be available for the Champions League tie with Sevilla on February 21. However, while Bailly may have fully recovered from his surgery, with less than a week with the group, it’s unlikely in my opinion that he will make the matchday squad due to a lack of conditioning. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof are all better placed in terms of fitness and involving Bailly at this stage in his rehab would represent a huge risk. Zlatan Ibrahimović, heavily linked with a move to MLS side LA Galaxy, has also returned to the training pitches after suffering a setback in his recovery from a serious knee injury in December.
Feb 15 - 5:42 AM

Jose Mourinho confirmed the absence of Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera at St James’ Park on Sunday was due to injury.

Prior to kick-off there had been no official word from the club on either player. Indeed, during Fridays press conference, the United manager had said there were no fresh injury concerns with Zlatan Ibrahimović, Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind the only squad members ruled out. However, press reports during the build-up to the match did confirm that Rashford was being monitored after suffering a minor muscular problem against Huddersfield, and the injury was enough to rule the 20-year-old out of the game on Tyneside, leaving Mourinho without any attacking options on the bench. "Both are injured," revealed Jose, who doesn’t believe either player will be ruled out long-term. "I don't think so, but let's wait a little bit. When it's little tweaks in muscles you never know until you know for sure, but it's not possible for them to play today."
Feb 12 - 7:54 AM

Anthony Martial will be up late tonight wondering what he had to do to score the equalizer against Newcastle as he saw two gilt-edged opportunities go begging as the Magpies bested the Red Devils 1-0.

It was hardly a scintillating performance by Manchester United but despite not being at their best, the Red Devils will feel like they deserved at least a point from the match. In addition to the expected dominance in possession, Jose Mourinho's men produced two fantastic opportunities for Anthony Martial in the late going only to see both blocked before making it to new Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. It will be back to the drawing board for Mourinho next season, assuming the Magpies stay up, as he looks to break his St James Park jinx.
Source: espn.com
Feb 11 - 11:31 AM

Manchester United utility defender Daley Blind will not be available for selection this weekend due to an ankle injury.

The Dutchman has been a bit-part player for United this term, a disappointing turn of events after he nailed down a starting place at the end of last season, starting the Europa League final. He has played just 15 times this season with a third of those coming in the Premier League. Rumours swirled around his Old Trafford future during the January transfer window with Serie A giants Roma claiming they rejected an offer to take the player to Italy to replace Emerson Palmieri who joined Chelsea. Blind is unlikely to become central to José Mourinho's plans at United again this term and given his lack of first team football, it is unlikely that he will continue his run of starting every Champions League game thus far in 2017/18 when the knock-out phase begins.
Source: @ManUtd
Feb 9 - 8:50 AM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has confirmed that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to first team training.

The 36 year-old had been sidelined after the knee injury he suffered last April needed to be strengthened up further before he would be ready again for first team action. The Portuguese also added that Eric Bailly is United's only injured player ahead of their visit to St. James's Park on Sunday. That means that Phil Jones, who missed out of GW27 through illness, is fit to play again.
Source: @ManUtd
Feb 9 - 8:31 AM

Manchester United expect Marouane Fellaini to be back in action in about six weeks after the midfielder underwent surgery over the weekend.

The Belgian midfielder briefly took to the field in the midweek defeat to Spurs but lasted just seven minutes before he was forced off with an injury to his knee. José Mourinho confirmed that Fellaini's left knee went under the knife to remove a displaced fragment of lateral meniscus. United's official website described the procedure as "straightforward" and added that Fellaini is able to begin rehabilitation immediately. Mourinho was quick to stress that Fellaini will be back to play his part in United's crucial run-in at the end of the season and that his World Cup hopes have not been dashed.
Source: manutd.com
Feb 5 - 10:33 AM

Manchester United patiently and calmly wore down Huddersfield Town's waning defense in a 2-0 win at home.

The Red Devils were boosted by Alexis Sanchez's first Premier League goal in a United shirt, which came in the 68th minute after he was taken down just inside the box. Sanchez stepped to the spot and saw his first attempt saved by Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, but the ball rebounded back to Sanchez who easily tucked it away. Just before, in the 55th minute, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with his 12th goal of the season after dispatching a sharp cross from Juan Mata into the back of the net. With Manchester City drawing with Burnley, United gained on the crosstown rivals to come within 13 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 3 - 11:54 AM

Manchester United's eight-match unbeaten run in the league came to an end with a poor performance in a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Jose Mourinho's side were doomed from the start as Spurs needed just 11 seconds to take the lead at Wembley. Christian Eriksen capped off a lightening quick move from the opening kickoff when he slotted the fastest goal of the season past David De Gea. The match took another bad turn when Phil Jones, under no immediate pressure, turned a botched attempt to clear Kieran Trippier's cross into his own net in the 28th minutes. United had their chances but the match was void of creative moments from the new look front four. Mourinho tried to jumpstart the attack with the introductions of Mata and Fellaini, but the latter was forced off after seven minutes with a knee injury. Having just return from a knee ligament strain, the Belgian's injury could be a big concern.
Source: NBC Sports
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