Player News - Manchester United

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Manchester United turned around a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 win against undefeated Watford.

Both United goals came within a three-minute span starting in the 35th minute. Following a set piece, Ashley Young's pass into the penalty area was deflected by a defender before it fell to Romelu Lukaku at the back post as the Belgian star chested the ball into the back of the net. Following another set piece just three minutes later, Chris Smalling found himself at the end of a Marouane Fellaini header and acrobatically smashed the ball into the back of the net with an arching kick. Despite a goal from Watford in the second half, Manchester United held on even after Nemanja Matic was sent off in stoppage time with his second yellow card.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 2:35 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has rebuffed criticism of his deployment of Marcus Rasford.

Mourinho arrived to his pre-match press conference for this weekend's meeting with Watford accompanied by a prepared fact sheet detailing the young England international's statistics under him. Mourinho displayed a new facet of his siege mentality, pointing out that he will probably be criticised for leaving Rashford out of his squad this weekend even though the player is suspended after his red card against Burnley before the break. Mou detailed Rashford's minutes and appearances at the club, concluding that "[he has] an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions."
Source: The Guardian
Sep 14 - 7:16 AM

Ander Herrera is a doubt for Man Utd's clash with Watford in GW5.

The Spaniard picked up an ankle issue in training with the club during the international break. José Mourinho's update ahead of GW5 indicates that the problem is a small one with just short term consequences. He will probably be available again for GW6.
Source: manutd.com
Sep 14 - 7:11 AM

Marcos Rojo and Diego Dalot will both feature for Man Utd's reserves on Friday evening against Reading.

Both defenders have missed the start of the season through injury. The news that the pair are nearing a return to first team action will be welcome news for manager José Mourinho as weekday Champions League fixtures begin.
Sep 14 - 7:08 AM

Marouane Fellaini missed Belgium's two games during the international break and he may now miss his club's encounter with in-form Watford in GW5.

Even after José Mourinho's pre-match press conference, question marks remain but his chances aren't good. Mourinho updated us succinctly: "Fellaini is a doubt". It shouldn't make a huge difference to United's plans if the Belgian does miss out. Ander Herrera (ankle) is also in doubt but Andreas Pereira will be able to take a berth in midfield with Fred and Pogba.
Source: manutd.com
Sep 14 - 7:05 AM

Luke Shaw will miss Manchester United's clash with Watford this weekend as he takes a compulsory 7 day break to recover from a suspected concussion.

The left-back suffered in the injury on Saturday night in an accidental clash of heads with Spain's Dani Carvajal at Wembley on Saturday night. England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed on Monday that Shaw spent a few days being seen after by the national team medical team before returning to Manchester United's training base at Carrington on Monday."He was obviously knocked out before he hit the floor. Our medical team dealt with that really well I think. He's spent the last day with us for some recovery and he has gone back to his club", said Southgate. "All being well, he has a mandatory seven-day period that he has to serve with the concussion, but he should be back in the fold as soon as that's done," he added. Shaw was clearly knocked out cold by the incident but regained consciousness and managed to tweet a reassurance to fans at the weekend.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 11 - 11:23 AM

Luke Shaw will return to Carrington on Monday following a sickening clash of heads which left him unconscious.

The United defender fell awkwardly after a collision with Spain right-back Dani Carvajal smashing his head into the Wembley turf. After 5-6 minutes of treatment, Shaw left the field on a stretcher in a neck brace. Fortunately, the Football Association confirmed he was "walking and talking" in the dressing room and did not travel to hospital - he was seen post-match using his mobile phone. On Saturday evening Shaw posted his own update via Twitter: ‘Thank you for all the love and support I am doing fine and am in the best hands. I’m a fighter so I will be back soon!’ He will be assessed over the coming days and could still face Watford next weekend. Concussion protocol indicates that Shaw would need to be cleared medically before a return to play. Following rest, he will undertake light exercise before progressing onto sports specific work and then onto non-contact training. He could then rejoin the group.
Sep 10 - 4:26 AM

Luke Shaw has revealed how he "nearly lost" his leg after suffering a double-leg fracture in the Champions League three years ago.

The United full-back was speaking ahead of England’s upcoming fixtures against Spain and Switzerland, in which he admitted, he feels "honoured and privileged" to be a part of the Three Lions squad again. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about stopping playing," he said. "I had a lot of complications and that was the really hard moment for me in my career. No-one knows but I was really close to actually losing my leg. I never knew that until six months later when the doctor told me." Shaw has had a troubled relationship with Jose Mourinho but revealed it was the United boss who kept him focused ahead of the new campaign. "I had a chat with the manager and he said to me that he wanted me to stay and fight for my place, and that motivated me a lot over the off-season."
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 7 - 6:44 AM

Marouane Fellaini will not feature for Belgium in the upcoming internationals against Scotland and Iceland.

Roberto Martinez has decided against risking the United midfielder after he arrived at his homeland training camp with a minor back issue. Fellaini made his first Premier League start of the campaign at Turf Moor on Sunday, but picked up the problem during the 2-0 win. Despite completing 90 minutes, Fellaini was assessed by the national team doctors who agreed to release him, so he can be treated at the Carrington Training Centre. The news will please Jose Mourinho, and avoids a potential club versus country row, after Martinez risked Fellaini, who was returning after an Achilles injury, in a meaningless World Cup qualifier against Bosnia last year. He suffered knee ligament damage and spent the majority of the next five months side-lined, an injury which ultimately needed surgery to remedy the problem. "I cannot control what they do in the national team. I was surprised, yes. Not angry," Mourinho said back in October.
Sep 6 - 8:36 AM

Marcus Rashford will miss Manchester United’s next three domestic fixtures after his sending off at Turf Moor.

The striker was given his marching orders following an altercation with Burnley full-back Phil Bardsley on Sunday. Rashford reacted to a late challenge and pushed his head into the defender, and although there was minimal contact, referee Jon Moss was left with no option but to dismiss the 20-year-old for violent conduct. ‘Emotions got the better of me, I shouldn’t of reacted like that. Sorry to everyone at the club and all the fans,’ he wrote on Twitter. The suspension means he will miss the upcoming league matches against Watford - after the international break - and Wolverhampton Wanderers seven days later, although he is eligible to play in the Champions League versus Swiss side Young Boys which is sandwiched between the two. Rashford will serve the final game of his ban in the third round of the Carabao Cup later this month.
Sep 4 - 9:44 AM

A 2-0 win for Manchester United is just what the doctor ordered for Jose Mourinho and company heading into the international break.

After losing two straight matches, where they conceded six goals combined, the Red Devils bounced back in a big way to relived the pressure on Mourinho with three points on the road at Burnley. Lukaku returned to his scoring ways in the 27th minute with a powerful header after connecting with an Alexis Sanchez cross. And before the end of the half, Lukaku had two when he pounced on a deflected shot in the 44th minute. But in the 69th, Lukaku was denied a hat-trick when Paul Pogba took a penalty, which Joe Hart saved. But the bad news for United is that Marcus Rashford will miss the next three games for violent conduct when he was sent off for a headbutt on Phil Bardsley.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 2 - 12:57 PM

Alexis Sanchez was able to shake off a leg injury ahead of schedule in a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham.

The Chilean winger was not expected to return from a leg injury until next weekend after already missing one game, unexpectedly announced at the last minute. But Sanchez came off the bench in the second half against Spurs, too little too late as Spurs had already built a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford thanks to two goals in two minutes. Tottenham added a third in the final 10 minutes to given Jose Mourinho his worst loss at Old Trafford since arriving two years ago.
Aug 27 - 5:14 PM

Alexis Sanchez is working hard to make himself available after missing the 3-2 loss at Brighton last weekend due to an unspecified injury.

Jose Mourinho revealed the Chilean was going to play at the AMEX Stadium "but he had a little problem" which could keep him out for up-to a fortnight. "I don’t know really [know the extent of the injury]. Let’s wait for the results of the studies, but I don’t think it’s a big thing. I think it will be one or two weeks maximum." On Tuesday, Sanchez posted an update from his Instagram account hinting that he could ready to face Tottenham. ‘Training to be back soon. Come on United’. Despite his indifferent form since joining the club, the availability of Sanchez would certainly provide a shot in the arm given the current mood at Old Trafford. For all his failing in terms of overall performance, no-one can question the attitude of Sanchez and his work ethic, points raised by the United captain Paul Pogba on Sunday when trying to explain their loss to Brighton.
Aug 22 - 5:48 AM

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw will be assessed after picking up a knock on his left-foot during the 3-2 defeat at Brighton.

The 23-year-old fell down the pecking order in 2017/18 and seemed surplus to requirements with many believing Shaw was primed to leave Old Trafford. But, with Marcos Rojo injured and Daley Blind now at Ajax, Shaw was handed his chance in the opener due to the late return of Ashley Young [post-World Cup], and he didn’t disappoint scoring the winner with his first senior goal. "He made one mistake in 90 minutes, he was very good defensively," said Mourinho after the victory. "He had a good pre-season." However, ESPN report that Shaw was involved in clashes either side of half-time and, despite being able to complete the game, he will be managed carefully over the next week to ensure he is fit to face Spurs. United will be looking to bounce back and should have Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia back with the group following their return to training on Thursday.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Aug 20 - 4:19 PM

Alexis Sanchez could be sidelined for up-to two weeks after picking up an unspecified injury on the eve of the game with Brighton.

Concerns began to grow on Sunday morning when the Chile star was missing from the 20-man squad boarding a private jet, sparking rumours that he would miss out on the south coast. Those fears were well-placed as United made three changes at the AMEX Stadium which included the omission Sanchez. "Alexis was going to play but he had a little problem," revealed Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off. His absence afforded Romelu Lukaku his first start of the season while Marcus Rashford made way for Anthony Martial who was a surprise inclusion. But while the Belgium took full advantage, opening his account, Martial was hooked after an hour following a lacklustre performance. Post-match Mourinho revealed he is unsure when Sanchez will return. "I don’t know really. Let’s wait for the results of the studies, but I don’t think it’s a big thing. I think it will be one or two weeks maximum."
Aug 19 - 3:54 PM


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