Manchester United

Jesse Lingard a bright spot for Man United as Herrera, Mata struggle

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:04:00 PST

After a narrow escape at West Brom, Shaka Hislop ponders whether Man United are capable of being more convincing under Jose Mourinho. After a narrow escape at West Brom, Shaka Hislop ponders whether Man United are capable of being more convincing under Jose Mourinho. Jose Mourinho offered an explanation to why he and Romelu Lukaku didn't celebrate after the Belgian's header put United up 1-0. Manchester United made far harder work of this away win than was necessary, surging out to a two-goal lead then seeing West Bromwich Albion score late and almost draw level. Alan Pardew's side were ultimately too limited to make the pressure count, and United's poor second half means that this cannot not be filed away as an efficient performance. Yet a victory is a victory -- and, at this stage, anything which keeps them vaguely within reach of the fast-vanishing Manchester City must be welcomed. Positives Jesse...

Man United beat West Brom 2-1 to keep faint title race hopes alive

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:20:00 PST

Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard scored in the first half and Manchester United weathered West Brom's onslaught in the second to come away from the Hawthorns with a 2-1 win. After a narrow escape at West Brom, Shaka Hislop ponders whether Man United are capable of being more convincing under Jose Mourinho. After a narrow escape at West Brom, Shaka Hislop ponders whether Man United are capable of being more convincing under Jose Mourinho. WEST BROMWICH, England -- Three thoughts from Manchester United's 2-1 win at West Brom on Sunday. 1. Man United show character to carry on title fight Manchester United have at least shown they want to give themselves a chance of catching Manchester City. On a cold, wet December afternoon at The Hawthorns, playing a West Brom team that has a new manager and is battling relegation, it would have been easy for them to play like they know second is about as good as it's going to get this season....

Bailly's prolonged absence underlines Man United's injury woes this season

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:18:00 PST

Eric Bailly's ankle injury, which could sideline him for three months, is a major problem for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. After being without his best player, Paul Pogba, for two months, this long-term injury to another key member of the squad is a huge blow. The manager loves to find an excuse for his failings but it would be unfair not to acknowledge that United have been unfortunate when it's come to injuries this season. Rivals Manchester City have had their most important players,...

Transfer Rater: Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, Willian to Manchester United

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:31:00 PST

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. Daniel Sturridge to Newcastle United Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is looking to bring in reinforcements during the January transfer window in an attempt to...

Manchester United's Paul Pogba shows off hot new hairstyle

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:37:00 PST

With winter upon us and the temperature plummeting, Paul Pogba has sought inspiration from a nice, warm, glowing fire for his latest daring hairstyle. The Manchester United midfielder took to social media to show off his new barnet, which features and eye-catching orange swath and some intricate detailing on the flank. Hair is burning =% #poghair pic.twitter.com/fNekssLLvc— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) December 14, 2017 "Hair is burning," Pogba exclaimed, while taking care to thank the professionals responsible, A Star Barbers in Chessington, Kent. The 24-year-old is serving a three-match league...

Man United eye Chelsea's Willian, expecting winter Mkhitaryan bids

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:55:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Willian to Manchester United? It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Jose Mourinho has asked his scouts to find him a "magician" in January and Chelsea's wing wizard Willian has emerged as the leading target, according to the Daily Mail. The Brazilian was in fine form in the Blues' victory over Huddersfield on Wednesday but...

Power Rankings: Man City stay top, Man United drop, Real Madrid return

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:10:00 PST

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop presents his latest power rankings, as Man City remain top and Real Madrid crack the top 10. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. ESPN FC's Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City's chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson delve into the finer points of Man City's derby win and its impact on the title race. Is there any stopping the top team in England? They stay at No. 1, while below them, their local rivals slip and two Portuguese sides are on the up. Dropping out: Chelsea, Liverpool. Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV! Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!

Man United might feel second-best to City but there's still reason for hope

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:41:00 PST

Although it was a narrow 1-0 victory, Jose Mourinho was happy for Man United to follow their derby loss with three points. Steve Nicol looks past Romelu Lukaku's game-winning goal and instead focuses on his 'horrendous' challenge on Bournemouth's Nathan Ake. Romelu Lukaku's first-half header was enough to give Man United a scrappy 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Man United boss Jose Mourinho gives a cagey response when asked about the extent of Eric Bailly's injury. Jose Mourinho walked out of the Old Trafford news conference after Man United's 1-0 victory over Bournemouth and into an area of the main stand used by directors and their guests. Mourinho normally keeps on walking but this time, he spent 20 minutes talking to Ed Woodward and Avi Glazer. There were smiles; they all looked at ease. Taken on a financial or even playing level, 2017 has been a success for Manchester United. The team won two trophies, got back into the Champions League and have progressed...

With City so far ahead, Premier League focus may shift for the chasing pack

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:54:00 PST

The Exploding Heads recap the midweek Premier League fixtures, including some social media expertise from Benjamin Mendy. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. Although it was a narrow 1-0 victory, Jose Mourinho was happy for Man United to follow their derby loss with three points. If nothing else, Jose Mourinho said all the right things after Manchester United's unconvincing 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday night ensured that Manchester City's 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League did not stretch any further. "If the title is over, I'll go on holiday tomorrow, to Brazil or Los Angeles." Mourinho said. "But I think it is over in May. We play match after match, one at a time. And I believe all the teams behind, the third, fourth, fifth, sixth are going to...

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil could be answer to Man United's No. 10 woes

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:20:00 PST

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into the latest transfer rumours surrounding Luke Shaw, Mesut Ozil, Danny Rose and many more. Arsene Wenger has no fears that rumours linking Mesut Ozil to Man United will have any impact on the German's performances. That Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho likes Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is not in dispute. He has said as much: calling his former playmaker at Real Madrid "the best No. 10 in the world" in 2013. But Mourinho's admiration is likely to be growing with each passing day he stands on the sidelines at Manchester United's Carrington training base. He already has two natural No. 10s in his squad, yet Henrikh Mkhitaryan's form has been so dismal that he has not even made the bench in seven of United's...

Lukaku ends his Premier League goal drought as Man United beat Cherries

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:58:00 PST

Following the disastrous derby day, Jose Mourinho knew that Manchester United had to get a 1-0 win over Bournemouth. In the pouring down rain and sleet, United managed to get the much needed three points, thanks to a Romelu Lukaku header, but they didn't have it all their own way. David De Gea was required to make a couple of good stops in a game that, at times, was end to end. Bournemouth were desperate for the point but United were able to keep them out, after Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford...

Romelu Lukaku ends scoring drought as Man United edge past Bournemouth

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:09:00 PST

Romelu Lukaku's first-half header was enough to give Man United a scrappy 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Steve Nicol looks past Romelu Lukaku's game-winning goal and instead focuses on his 'horrendous' challenge on Bournemouth's Nathan Ake. MANCHESTER -- Three thoughts on Man United's 1-0 win at home over Bournemouth on Wednesday evening. 1. Man United wrap up unconvincing win One assumes that manager Jose Mourinho instructed his Manchester United players to celebrate this victory quietly and with the utmost respect. Indeed, anything beyond a few quick handshakes might have felt inappropriate for this thoroughly unconvincing 1-0 victory over Bournemouth, a game won by a first-half Romelu Lukaku header but with not much else to...

Transfer Rater: Nadiem Amiri to Man United, Jann-Fiete Arp to Tottenham

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:54:00 PST

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. Nadiem Amiri to Manchester United - 2.5 After catching the eye for Hoffenheim and Germany's Under-21 side, the Tottenham target has been linked with a £20...

Chelsea bid for Bayer's Bailey knocked back; Man United join Sandro pursuit

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:09:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Chelsea see Bailey bid knocked back Chelsea have failed with a £22 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, reports the Mail. The Jamaica international has thrived in the Bundesliga, scoring four goals and creating four more with assists following a £12m move from Genk last term and the 20-year-old is thought...

Toni Kroos names Paul Scholes as England's best ever midfielder

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:14:00 PST

Since the mid-2000s, football fans have argued vehemently over who is the finest English central midfielder to have ever graced the Premier League. The squabble usually boils down to just three names: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, Chelsea's Frank Lampard or Manchester United's Paul Scholes, with ultimate preference generally being dictated by club allegiance. However, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos -- a pretty handy player himself -- has now waded into the debate by offering forth his considerable...

From La Plata to Man United, Marcos Rojo's football journey

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:09:00 PST

A mural pays tribute to Marcos Rojo in his home town. LA PLATA, Argentina -- The photo was sent from the Old Trafford dressing room five minutes into the second half of Sunday's Manchester derby. "Have you seen it?" asks Marcos Rojo's mum, Carina, who shakes her head and passes her phone. The eldest of her three children has sent a picture of two metal staples holding together a gash across his forehead. It's been closed and there is a large bump. "[David] Silva," says Rojo's brother, Becho. "They banged heads. There was a lot of blood. That is why...

Henrikh Mkhitaryan drifts to periphery after losing Jose Mourinho trust

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:35:00 PST

ESPN FC's Craig Burley has criticised Jose Mourinho for his Manchester derby tactics. Poor Henrikh Mkhitaryan. When he left the field at half time in his first Manchester derby back in September 2016, taken off after losing possession and composure on several occasions on his Premier League debut, he may have consoled himself that he would never endure another occasion so dispiriting. Yet a year later, with Manchester City again visiting Old Trafford, he somehow went one worse. This time, with his team in desperate need of creativity, he was left out of the squad altogether. The...

Van Gaal dubs Mourinho 'boring' but ex-United boss guilty of dreary football

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:06:00 PST

ESPN FC's Craig Burley has criticised Jose Mourinho for his approach against Manchester City. ESPN FC's Craig Burley has criticised Jose Mourinho for his approach against Manchester City. Louis van Gaal has accused Jose Mourinho of playing more boring football than he did as manager of Manchester United. It is an opportune time for the Dutchman to speak up, after Mourinho's United were dismantled by Pep Guardiola and Manchester City on Sunday. Mourinho has been criticised in the aftermath for defensive tactics that allowed City to dominate the game -- even if it did take two fortunate goals to secure a 2-1 win. Van Gaal claims that in two years at Old Trafford, he played...

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's form could earn a move to Manchester United

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:39:00 PST

Craig Burley compares Manchester United to a small club playing a giant in the FA Cup in their loss to Manchester City. Manchester United are reportedly tracking Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with his family already having ties to the Premier League club. Few would be aware that his younger brother joined United more than three years ago. Vanja Milinkovic-Savic's spell at Old Trafford never really got off the ground, though -- he was loaned back to his home club, Vojvodina, immediately after completing the transfer in May 2014, then was released in November 2015 after failing to get a work permit. Unlike his younger...

W2W4: Man United need to rebound; Klopp's selections must be spot on

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:49:00 PST

Former Man United defender Paul Parker hopes to see an expansive United approach against Bournemouth. W2W4 previews the week's Premier League action by highlighting its most compelling storylines. Manchester United must respond Defeat in Sunday's derby against Manchester City will have hurt Jose Mourinho, but the real sting has been the reaction to his team's performance. A lacklustre United side were outclassed by their rivals to see an 11-point gap open up at the top of the table and raise questions about the success of Mourinho's methods at Old Trafford. Even Louis van Gaal has put the...


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