Manchester United

Manchester United boosted by Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera 9/10s

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:15:00 PDT

Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the team that lost to West Brom over the weekend and got the result that keeps them well clear of Liverpool for 2nd. After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. Jose Mourinho was asked to rate Paul Pogba and respond to Paul Scholes' scathing criticism of the Frenchman after the West Brom match. In winning 2-0 away at Bournemouth, Manchester United produced a performance almost unrecognisable from their home loss against West Bromwich Albion. Here was a showing rich in speed and ruthlessness, both of which qualities were bafflingly absent just days ago at Old Trafford, and which sets United up well for their FA Cup semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur. Positives Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera dictated play, as one would expect them to at their best, whilst Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford...

Pogba, Man United respond to Mourinho criticism with win

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:02:00 PDT

Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the team that lost to West Brom over the weekend and got the result that keeps them well clear of Liverpool for 2nd. After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. Jose Mourinho was asked to rate Paul Pogba and respond to Paul Scholes' scathing criticism of the Frenchman after the West Brom match. BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Three points on Manchester United's 2-0 win vs. Bournemouth in the Premier League: 1. Pogba impresses as United get confidence boost If a challenge had been laid down to Paul Pogba, the midfielder's 40-yard run and slide-rule pass that allowed Romelu Lukaku to seal this 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday might just have answered it to Jose Mourinho's satisfaction. While other expensive stars took a rest, Pogba was put through almost 80 minutes of what was ultimately a routine...

Fergie, Van Gaal, scoring at Anfield and more -- Rafael da Silva talks to ESPN

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:57:00 PDT

Rafael da Silva was a fan favourite during his seven seasons in Manchester United's first team. LYON, France -- For 90 minutes, talking over a meal in Lyon's beautiful Gare des Brotteaux last month, Rafael da Silva was open and enthusiastic about his life as a footballer. The Brazilian full-back worked hard, got his rewards and had some great moments along the way. Now 27, he beams when recalling his Manchester United debut in 2008 vs. Peterborough -- "It didn't matter that it was a friendly. I knew then that I could play for the first team" -- and about great performances and memorable goals...

Transfer Rater: Paul Pogba to PSG, Andrija Zivkovic to Liverpool

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:57:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Jack Grealish to Leicester City Grealish's outstanding season in the Championship with Aston Villa has not gone unnoticed, and Leicester City are reportedly plotting a move...

Scouting Spotlight: Kieran Tierney, Julian Brandt, David Selke

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:59:00 PDT

Kieran Tierney could be set to replace Luke Shaw. Scouting Spotlight looks at a Celtic defender targeted by Man United and two young Germans who could be on the move to England. Kieran Tierney -- Celtic Regarded as one of the best left-backs in Britain by Brendan Rodgers -- along with Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand, whom the Celtic manager worked with earlier in his career -- sources told ESPN FC that Tierney has emerged as a target for Manchester United this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to solve his problem position by buying a replacement...

Transfer Talk: Barcelona tracking Manchester United's Anthony Martial

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:37:00 PDT

Jose Mourinho must decide how to handle Paul Pogba and the rest of his lineup against Bournemouth, while keeping an eye towards the FA Cup semifinals. Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window. Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Barcelona mull Martial move Manchester United forward Anthony Martial will be in demand this summer, with the Mail saying Barcelona "are considering a £60 million move" and Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain interested. Earlier this month, reports suggested Martial had rejected a new contract amid frustration over a lack of playing time. The France forward has started only four...

Mourinho's public criticism confirms change is coming at Man United

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:41:00 PDT

Ian Darke takes issue with Jose Mourinho slamming his Man United squad for overcelebrating their derby win and "paying the price" against West Brom. Jose Mourinho says several players who appeared in Man United's defeat to West Brom "don't have a place" in the team to face Spurs in the FA Cup semifinal. There will be some who believe that Jose Mourinho broke an unwritten rule by criticising his Manchester United players in public following Sunday's 1-0 defeat against bottom club West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford. It wasn't the first time he's done it, either. Only a month ago, Mourinho accused some of his players of lacking "class" and "personality" after seeing them claim an unconvincing FA Cup quarterfinal victory against Brighton. His reaction to the West Brom defeat, a humiliating loss...

Man United U23s' relegation offset by breakthrough of Scott McTominay

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:06:00 PDT

Ian Darke takes issue with Jose Mourinho slamming his Man United squad for overcelebrating their derby win and "paying the price" against West Brom. When the Manchester United board were talking about the possibility of launching a women's team, under considerable outside pressure it must be said, the issue of the impact on the club's brand was raised. United are associated with winning. It is one of the reasons companies from all over the world throw money their way to put a logo on a shirt, tracksuit or advertising board. A women's team, it was decided, would have to fit in with the brand. Simply put, it would have to win and, therefore,...

Man City vs. Liverpool, Man Utd vs. Liverpool pick of ICC 2018 games

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:25:00 PDT

The 2017 ICC featured a five-goal Clasico thriller between Barcelona and Real Madrid. The International Champions Cup returns in July, with games between the leading clubs in the world played across three continents in July and August. Here, we pick out six of the biggest games coming up this summer. July 25: Manchester City vs. Liverpool, MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey) Manchester City will arrive in the United States as Premier League champions, but they will face Liverpool having lost all three of their meetings with Jurgen Klopp's team in 2018. If anyone knows how...

Manchester United's full-back weakness exposed again by West Brom

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:28:00 PDT

Paul Pogba was subbed off in Manchester United's defeat to last-place West Brom, but is he being used as a scapegoat for United's latest mishap? Ian Darke takes issue with Jose Mourinho slamming his Man United squad for overcelebrating their derby win and "paying the price" against West Brom. Jose Mourinho says several players who appeared in Man United's defeat to West Brom "don't have a place" in the team to face Spurs in the FA Cup semifinal. Manchester United's 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion was a collective failure, one where Jose Mourinho and almost every one of his players were substandard. As a result, it seems unfair to single anyone out. What is important, though, is to identify a key area where the team have both advanced and regressed, and this is in relation to United's full-backs. Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are two of the squad's most reliable performers, defensively diligent from week to week, but there is...

Manchester United continue to infuriate - Mourinho must raise standards

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:56:00 PDT

Paul Pogba was subbed off in Manchester United's defeat to last-place West Brom, but is he being used as a scapegoat for United's latest mishap? Paul Pogba was subbed off in Manchester United's defeat to last-place West Brom, but is he being used as a scapegoat for United's latest mishap? Manchester United lose to the worst team in the Premier League, gifting their rivals Manchester City the 2017-18 Premier League title. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Man City deserve to be champions after his team's loss to West Brom gifted the title to their rivals. Well, that was grim, wasn't it? Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to West Brom may have provided a highlight for downtrodden Baggies fans, but it was comparable with United 0-1 West Brom in 2015 or United 1-2 West Brom in 2013. Or United 0-0 West Brom in 2017. Their record at Old Trafford in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson years is as good as Manchester City's, the team they helped win the title on Sunday. Despite their struggles, the Baggies have won three, drawn one and lost only once in their past five...

Premier League title race: How can clubs catch Manchester City?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:29:00 PDT

The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. The FC boys share their thoughts on Pep Guardiola's assertion that the Premier League is harder to win than the Champions League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Watch the best goals from Manchester City from their 2017-18 title-winning campaign. The Premier League title race is over already, but what can the chasing pack do in order to change things around next season? ESPN FC's club correspondents discuss one thing their clubs need. MAN UNITED: Consistency is key Jose Mourinho's team have to be more consistent if they want to win the title next season. The last week has summed up the entire campaign -- beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium then lose to bottom side West Brom at Old Trafford. The quality is there: United have beaten...

Transfer Talk: Maguire tops United's wishlist, but Mourinho won't 'go crazy'

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 05:47:00 PDT

Paul Pogba was subbed off in Manchester United's defeat to last-place West Brom, but is he being used as a scapegoat for United's latest mishap? Paul Pogba was subbed off in Manchester United's defeat to last-place West Brom, but is he being used as a scapegoat for United's latest mishap? The FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's consistency, Jose Mourinho's standing among top managers and Antoine Griezmann's future. Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window; Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Maguire tops Man United shortlist It looks like Jose Mourinho has found his first target for the summer, with Harry Maguire the latest name to be linked with a move to Manchester United. The giant centre-back has been in impressive form since joining Leicester from Hull for £17 million, winning his first England cap in October. Maguire could soon be on the plane to the World...

Alexis Sanchez 6/10, sub Anthony Martial 2/10 as Man United fall to bottom West Brom

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:11:00 PDT

Manchester United lose to the worst team in the Premier League, gifting their rivals Manchester City the 2017-18 Premier League title. Manchester United lose to the worst team in the Premier League, gifting their rivals Manchester City the 2017-18 Premier League title. Paul Pogba was subbed off in Manchester United's defeat to last-place West Brom, but is he being used as a scapegoat for United's latest mishap? Paul Pogba was subbed off in Manchester United's defeat to last-place West Brom, but is he being used as a scapegoat for United's latest mishap? Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Man City deserve to be champions after his team's loss to West Brom gifted the title to their rivals. After denying Manchester City a historic title win last weekend, Manchester United only had to avoid defeat against bottom side West Brom to delay their party further. That was beyond them. The visiting side saw very little of the ball but scored from a corner and United had no answer for it. To lose to the worst team in the league at home is a hugely embarrassing and painful result, given the consequences. Positives Alexis Sanchez picked up where he left off from the Etihad and put in a great...

Man United gift City Premier League title with shock defeat vs. West Brom

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:13:00 PDT

Manchester United lose to the worst team in the Premier League, gifting their rivals Manchester City the 2017-18 Premier League title. Manchester United lose to the worst team in the Premier League, gifting their rivals Manchester City the 2017-18 Premier League title. Paul Pogba was subbed off in Manchester United's defeat to last-place West Brom, but is he being used as a scapegoat for United's latest mishap? Paul Pogba was subbed off in Manchester United's defeat to last-place West Brom, but is he being used as a scapegoat for United's latest mishap? Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Man City deserve to be champions after his team's loss to West Brom gifted the title to their rivals. MANCHESTER, England -- Three points on West Brom's 1-0 win vs. Manchester United in the Premier League, a result that confirms Manchester City as champions. 1. United gift City the title In the end, Manchester United did hand the Premier League to Manchester City; it just happened eight days later than everybody expected. Having worked so hard to deny Pep Guardiola's side the trophy at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday, United inexplicably lost to bottom-of-the-table West Brom to crown their cross-city...

Man United and West Brom are rivals Sunday but allies in stadium safe standing movement

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:06:00 PDT

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Manchester United's style and where Pep Guardiola ranks among the top managers of all time. As if the fans of West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United's opponents on Sunday at Old Trafford, haven't had enough kicks while they are down. Albion fans have watched their ageing squad, seen their best players injured, bemoaned their lack of goalscorers and had Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew, two of the most unpopular managers in their history, in charge of their team this season. They signed Daniel Sturridge on loan for the season and hoped he'd be as successful as Romelu Lukaku was. Sturridge...

Transfer Rater: Alfie Mawson to Manchester United, Jean Michael Seri to Chelsea

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:32:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Alfie Mawson to Manchester United Mawson was recently linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur but it was Manchester United who had scouts at Swansea City's recent 1-1 draw...

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford still key for Man United and must be patient

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 01:00:00 PDT

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Manchester United's style and where Pep Guardiola ranks among the top managers of all time. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have a lot in common: two young, quick forwards, both exciting and, occasionally, frustrating. They would both like to play more often for Manchester United, too. The arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January has provided more competition for places up front at Old Trafford. For Martial, where once he was fighting Rashford for a place on the left of Jose Mourinho's front three, he is now battling Rashford, Juan Mata and, at times, Jesse Lingard for a spot on the right....

Transfer Talk: Man United target Alfie Mawson; Arsenal weigh Saul move

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 06:51:00 PDT

Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window; Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Man United target Swansea's Mawson Alfie Mawson has emerged as a surprise target for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his defensive options in the summer. According to The Sun, Mourinho sent his scouts to watch the Swansea centre-back in last weekend's 1-1 draw against West Brom, with Mawson viewed as a potential starter at Old Trafford next season. The...

Manchester United's Anthony Martial should be patient if he wants to succeed

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 03:47:00 PDT

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Manchester United's style and where Pep Guardiola ranks among the top managers of all time. Anthony Martial is a player who splits fans' opinions and it appears as though Jose Mourinho is yet to make his mind up on him too. The Frenchman will go through spells of great form for Manchester United, with the manager picking him every week, then out of the blue will haul him out of the team and he'll be forgotten for a few weeks. Many supporters were disappointed to see him left out of the starting line-up for the all-important Manchester derby on Saturday. He has proven he can keep his cool...


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