10/2018

Manchester United are having to do the same thing to mask their defensive problems

As the debate rails on over whether Mauricio Pochettino has underachieved at Tottenham, there’s one football figure who has unquestionably overachieved: Chris Smalling. The Everton game was the Manchester United centre half’s 300th appearance for the club. Smalling, who turns 29 in November, has forged a longer Old Trafford career than Nemanja Vidic and is on course to equal...

RB Leipzig director of football responds to Manchester United rumours

RB Leipzig head of recruitment and development Paul Mitchell admits he is flattered by rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United. United are interested in recruiting a director of football to oversee the club’s transfer activity as part of a proposed restructuring of the club’s football operation. Manchester-born Mitchell is one figure to have been linked with...

Manchester United selection decision could help Jose Mourinho in the next transfer window

When the team-sheet dropped into the Old Trafford press box on Sunday afternoon, all eyes were on the forward line named by Jose Mourinho. Romelu Lukaku was the man dropped from the starting XI for the fixture against Everton, however it was the man who replaced him who soon grabbed attention. While the front line of Marcus Rashford and...

Why Anthony Martial stayed at Manchester United after he wanted to leave

After Anthony Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley declared the striker’s intention to leave Manchester United in June the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward received a phone call from the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. Levy asked about two United players – Martial and Juan Mata – in what was the only formal telephone conversation between the clubs in the summer. United...

Graeme Souness finally praises Manchester United player Paul Pogba for Everton performance

Paul Pogba’s performance against Everton was a welcome sight for Manchester United fans, and it was so impressive the United number six earned praise from his harshest critic. Pogba scored – a rebound from his own penalty miss – and later found Anthony Martial to curl in a sublime second for United. It was a much-improved performance from Pogba...

Finally, Manchester United arrive on time for a game at Old Trafford – thanks to a police outrider

Manchester United’s players finally arrived on time for a game at Old Trafford – thanks in part to a police outrider. Jose Mourinho has previously blamed Greater Manchester Police for his team’s failure to arrive at the Theatre of Dreams in good time. The force, which struggles to cope with rising crime on a vastly reduced budget, decided before...

How Manchester United should line up vs Everton in the Premier League fixture

Manchester United will be hoping to continue their revitalised domestic form when they welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side have played some great football over their last two Premier League encounters, with the second-half displays against Newcastle and Chelsea showcases of their fantastic attacking ability. However, the midweek defeat to Juventus has dampened spirits and...

Jose Mourinho is using a not so subtle tactic to get what he wants at Man Utd

Another centre-back target potentially on show? Yerry Mina has yet to play for Everton, but is in line to make the match day squad against the side he was heavily linked with just a few months ago. United were put off a move for the former Barcelona defender because of agents’ fees but how Jose Mourinho would have welcomed...

Man Utd have already made the right call before January transfer window

Jose Mourinho is not one to talk about prospective new signings but occasionally he makes an exception – and he did at Carrington on Friday. You might have seen that rumour doing the rounds about Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to United on a five-month loan deal in January. A la David Beckham at AC Milan. The Swede may be 37...

How Manchester United can crack their transfer formula

Whether the Manchester United manager next season is Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane or ZZ Top the squad needs a defensive overhaul. Mourinho has gradually started United’s maintenance at full-back through luck and judgement. Luke Shaw is maybe the sole beneficiary of the split transfer strategy and injury has denied Diogo Dalot from building on the momentum of his auspicious...