Manchester United

Man United players know tragedy puts Europa League triumph into context

May 26, 2017 11:40 AM PDT

Man United and Ajax shared a moment of silence in honour of all those affected by the Manchester terrorist attack. The FC panel were all positive after watching Manchester United thoroughly dominate an electric, albeit young Ajax side. The conversation gets heated between the FC guys when talking about whether or not this season can be considered a success by Man United standards. Manchester United's team bus began to edge away from Stockholm's Friends Arena at 12:50 a.m. on Thursday morning, the sound of the engine mixed with banging on the windows and the muted cheers of footballers singing in celebration of their Europa League final victory. A steward told a bystander that under no circumstances should a photograph be taken of the vehicle, which had been camouflaged in red, white and black and featured the Manchester United badge with "Going Holm" written on the front,...

Trending: Jose Mourinho's Manchester United target four summer transfers

May 26, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Anthony Richardson recaps an eventful Europa League final, but was Man United's season deemed a success? Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... MAN UNITED: Manchester United are not planning a major overhaul of their first-team squad this summer, with the club working on bringing in four new players ahead of next season, sources have told ESPN FC. -  United gave their entire city a "lift" by beating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final on Wednesday, according to former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. - United's Antonio Valencia has signed a contract...

Manchester United legend Patrice Evra excited about Old Trafford return

May 26, 2017 07:41 AM PDT

Manchester United legend Patrice Evra is heading back to Old Trafford this summer -- and he wants everyone to know how excited he is. ��Red alert �� ������breaking news!!! I'm coming to #carricktestimonial @carras16 @manchesterunited @red����������OT ��baby I'm coming home �� Fergie ☺️sorry#beyonce i kill it ��������...

Five questions for Man United's summer: Griezmann in, Zlatan to stay?

May 26, 2017 03:57 AM PDT

The FC panel try to sort through the conflicting messages and swirling rumours regarding Antoine Griezmann's future. The FC crew assess Man United's style of play under Jose Mourinho after criticism from Ajax after the Europa League final. Manchester United are gearing up for a busy summer. Jose Mourinho has jetted off on holiday leaving executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward with a list of transfer targets and there is hope that at least a couple of new signings will be in place before the club head to the United States for their preseason tour on July 9. However, there is also an acceptance at Old Trafford that this summer's market will be very challenging with increased revenue in the Premier League and European heavyweights like...

Transfer Rater: Victor Lindelof to Man United, Marko Arnautovic to PSG

May 26, 2017 03:13 AM 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 for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Victor Lindelof to Manchester United Victor Lindelof has reemerged as a transfer target for Manchester United. The Europa League winners are looking for a...

Antoine Griezmann to Man United not clear cut as Atletico weigh up options

May 26, 2017 03:02 AM PDT

The ESPN FC crew delve into the Antoine Griezmann transfer saga. From a certain angle it seems clear Antoine Griezmann has been trying his hardest to force through a move from Atletico Madrid to Manchester United. Griezmann's behaviour looks similar to anyone who has followed previous summer sagas, such as Paul Pogba's United move for a world record £89.3 million last summer. Jose Mourinho and his players have also been doing their part, talking about what a great player the France international is. All that remains is for the Old Trafford club to let Atletico...

Bernardo Silva lands in Manchester, United eye Griezmann's €100m clause

May 26, 2017 02:32 AM PDT

The FC panel try to sort through the conflicting messages and swirling rumours regarding Antoine Griezmann's future. With rumours surely to intensify surrounding Antoine Griezmann and Manchester United, the FC panel talk what the striker will bring to Old Trafford. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Man United to trigger Griezmann buyout clause Manchester United are stepping up their transfer plans after securing Champions League football next season, and the first move could be to meet Antoine Griezmann's €100 million release clause at Atletico Madrid, according to the Mirror. If United bring in Griezmann,...

Thanks to Europa title, Man Utd's gruelling season couldn't have ended better

May 25, 2017 01:45 PM PDT

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved the doubters wrong by winning the Europa League against Ajax. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved the doubters wrong by winning the Europa League against Ajax. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved the doubters wrong by winning the Europa League against Ajax. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved the doubters wrong by winning the Europa League against Ajax. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved the doubters wrong by winning the Europa League against Ajax. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved the doubters wrong by winning the Europa League against Ajax. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved the doubters wrong by winning the Europa League against Ajax. It's only the Europa League. Try telling that to the thousands of Manchester United supporters who were bouncing around the streets of Stockholm and Manchester on Wednesday evening. They likely surprised themselves by how happy winning the Europa League made them. It would be wrong to say the outpouring of joy was solely a result of lifting the trophy after the horrible week Mancunians had endured, but United's win provided a moment of happiness. Less than a five-minute walk from where Monday's...

Trending: Wayne Rooney dropped by England, set to decide future

May 25, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

The conversation gets heated between the FC guys when talking about whether or not this season can be considered a success by Man United standards. Wayne Rooney and Manchester United raise the Europa League trophy following their 2-0 victory over Ajax. Wednesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... MAN UNITED: Wayne Rooney says he has "more or less" made a decision on his Manchester United future -- but he won't reveal it for another two weeks. - Jose Mourinho has not ruled out Wayne Rooney staying at the club, saying the striker is "a very important player for us." - Mourinho has labelled Manchester United's Europa League triumph as "the most important trophy" of his career, while adding...

Jose Mourinho's 'spin' doesn't hide the hard work ahead for Man United

May 25, 2017 07:16 AM PDT

The conversation gets heated between the FC guys when talking about whether or not this season can be considered a success by Man United standards. Rafa Benitez famously commented that "Football is a lie." I wouldn't go quite that far, but it's pretty obvious to me that so much of the game is "spin." Often, the very same event, viewed from different perspectives, can be read and defined in so many ways. Watching Jose Mourinho after Man United won the Europa League drove the point home. It felt as if he was an actor in someone else's play. I don't mean it in a negative way, either. He has little choice. We like very simple, black-and-white...

Juve, Madrid on top before Champions League final; Man United a new entry

May 25, 2017 06:58 AM PDT

Watch some of the best moments from Juve's raising of their 33rd Serie A trophy, as well as some locker room celebrations. Real Madrid celebrated winning their first La Liga title since 2012 with fans on an open top bus parade in the Spanish capital. The conversation gets heated between the FC guys when talking about whether or not this season can be considered a success by Man United standards. The top two each wrapped a league title last weekend, Next stop Cardiff, via Shaka Hislop's latest Power Rankings! 1. Juventus (no change) A 3-0 win against Crotone confirmed what, in truth, most of us have expected all season: Juventus are champions of Italy for the sixth straight game. With two parts of a treble complete, only Real Madrid stand between Max Allegri's men and footballing immortality. 2. Real Madrid (no change) With Barcelona poised to take advantage of any slip, Madrid...

Who had the better season: Liverpool or Man City? Spurs or Man United?

May 25, 2017 06:55 AM PDT

The FC crew rate the success of Manchester United's season and debate which Prem team will have the most UCL success next season. Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season. Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. They've all qualified for the Champions League but in contrasting ways. Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United: Who had the better season? Each side's fans will have a case for why their team enjoyed the best 2016-17 behind Chelsea. Tottenham finished second, while Manchester United finished sixth and won two trophies. Elsewhere, Liverpool and Manchester City finished in the top four.  We have pitted Tottenham and Manchester United together to settle the age old debate about...

The seven stages of Wayne Rooney: Prodigy to professional at Man United

May 25, 2017 05:10 AM PDT

Wayne Rooney received a rapturous ovation in possibly his last match at Old Trafford. "He is a very important player for us, if he stays next season I'd be very happy," said Jose Mourinho of Wayne Rooney on Wednesday night after Manchester United's Europa League final win over Ajax. Time will tell, but Rooney leaving United appears more likely than not. With his Thursday omission from Gareth Southgate's England squad all but finishing an 118-cap career, this is set to be a summer at the crossroads for the 31-year-old. Should he depart this summer, he will leave with a glorious...

Transfer Rater: Ross Barkley to Man United, Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid

May 25, 2017 03:32 AM 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 for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Fabinho to Manchester City Manchester City have turned their attentions to Monaco defender Fabinho as a cheaper alternative to Tottenham's Kyle Walker, according...

Man United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan congratulated on UEL win by Djorkaeff

May 25, 2017 02:37 AM PDT

UEFA Europa League: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (48') Ajax 0-2 Man United Wayne Rooney and Manchester United raise the Europa League trophy following their 2-0 victory over Ajax. In winning the Europa League with Manchester United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan fulfilled a childhood pledge he made long ago to one of his footballing idols. The Armenia forward scored United's second goal in their 2-0 win over Ajax, and received a special message of congratulation from his old chum Youri Djorkaeff. Indeed, Djorkaeff, a World Cup winner in 1998 for France who is himself of Armenian descent, posted a lovely old photograph of himself and the young Miki, adding: "You told me you would one...

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera excel as Jose Mourinho delivers Europa League

May 25, 2017 01:12 AM PDT

As the world's most expensive player, Paul Pogba's return to Man United has been anything but sunshine and rainbows. The FC panel were all positive after watching Manchester United thoroughly dominate an electric, albeit young Ajax side. Wayne Rooney and Manchester United raise the Europa League trophy following their 2-0 victory over Ajax. Paul Pogba had a message for all those saying Manchester United had a bad season. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved all doubters wrong by winning the Europa League and ensuring a spot in next season's Champions League. Man United and Ajax shared a moment of silence in honour of all those affected by the Manchester terrorist attack. Former Manchester United midfielder Jasper Blomqvist feels that the Europa League final can lift spirits following the Manchester terrorist attacks. Manchester United claimed the Europa League on a night of rare emotion with a performance from the proudest pages of Jose Mourinho's textbook. They prevailed 2-0 against Ajax despite completing far fewer passes; their use of the ball efficient and devastating. Paul Pogba opened the scoring with a deflected strike early in the first half, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided the killer strike fairly early in the second. Meanwhile, Ajax hardly had a chance of note. It was not the most elegant of wins,...

Everton want £50m for Ross Barkley; Man United, City vie for Ederson

May 24, 2017 04:30 PM PDT

Brian McBride talks Ross Barkley's future as the Everton midfielder finishes up a forgetful season with Everton. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Everton want £50m for Barkley Everton have given up hope of keeping Ross Barkley with the Mirror reporting that contract talks have failed to progress. The England midfielder has one year remaining on his contract and Ronald Koeman has given the player an ultimatum: sign a new contract or go. Everton's £50...

Europa League win ensures Man United have a brighter future under Mourinho

May 24, 2017 03:30 PM PDT

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved all doubters wrong by winning the Europa League and ensuring a spot in next season's Champions League. BT Sport highlight: Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved all doubters wrong by winning the Europa League and ensuring a spot in next season's Champions League. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved all doubters wrong by winning the Europa League and ensuring a spot in next season's Champions League. Wayne Rooney and Manchester United raise the Europa League trophy following their 2-0 victory over Ajax. The FC panel were all positive after watching Manchester United thoroughly dominate an electric, albeit young Ajax side. The conversation gets heated between the FC guys when talking about whether or not this season can be considered a success by Man United standards. STOCKHOLM -- It was relief in the end. Relief, and then joy and an outbreak of emotion from Jose Mourinho that emphasised just what it means to him and Manchester United to win the Europa League. It has been a traumatic week for Manchester and, by definition, for United in the wake of the terror attacks in the city on Monday that shocked the world and placed this game, against Ajax in Stockholm, under the microscope for so many reasons beyond football and the prize at stake. Football did not matter...

Manchester United players celebrate Europa League triumph over Ajax

May 24, 2017 02:52 PM PDT

Mission accomplished for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's squad finished the season with European hardware and they celebrated accordingly while also paying tribute to those lost in Monday's bomb attack in Manchester. This trophy is for you, #MANCHESTER. ��❤️. @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/wSxm1W2ejY - Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) May 24, 2017 For Manchester. pic.twitter.com/UgWP5eLQyi - Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 24, 2017 UNITED we did it!!!!! @manchesterunited...

Man United end Jose Mourinho's first season on a high, win Europa League

May 24, 2017 01:57 PM PDT

Anthony Richardson recaps an eventful Europa League final, but was Man United's season deemed a success? Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved all doubters wrong by winning the Europa League and ensuring a spot in next season's Champions League. BT Sport highlight: Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved all doubters wrong by winning the Europa League and ensuring a spot in next season's Champions League. Wayne Rooney and Manchester United raise the Europa League trophy following their 2-0 victory over Ajax. Paul Pogba had a message for all those saying Manchester United had a bad season. The FC panel were all positive after watching Manchester United thoroughly dominate an electric, albeit young Ajax side. The conversation gets heated between the FC guys when talking about whether or not this season can be considered a success by Man United standards. STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Here are three quick thoughts after Manchester United lifted the Europa League trophy with a 2-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. 1. United end Mourinho's first season on a high note Manchester United are back to winning European trophies and back in the Champions League. Their 2-0 win over Ajax in the Friends Arena was not without some nervous moments against the young, energetic Dutch side, but as they have often done in the Europa League...


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