Manchester United

When will Jose Mourinho build properly around star Paul Pogba?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:10:00 PST

The ESPN FC panel welcome in French correspondent Julien Laurens to sort out the latest report alleging Paul Pogba regrets his return to Manchester United. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding the likes of Paul Pogba, Willian, Dele Alli and more in Transfer Rater. After a few poor performances from Paul Pogba recently, it's no surprise that the player has now been linked to a move away from Manchester United, with speculation suggesting the midfielder isn't happy at the club. Pogba is a star player, and the supporters would like to see Jose Mourinho build his team around the midfielder. Given the weaknesses of the squad elsewhere, Pogba has largely been sacrificed and forced out of position to accommodate the manager's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. It's...

Jose Mourinho and Man United season on knife edge ahead of FA Cup

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:22:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew look at reports Paul Pogba regrets leaving Manchester United. The ESPN FC crew look at reports Paul Pogba regrets leaving Manchester United. W2W4 previews the key storylines to look out for ahead of the weekend action. It's a big period for Manchester United, while all eyes will be on the Rochdale pitch this Sunday ... Will history be repeated at Huddersfield? Manchester United may have cruised to a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield at Old Trafford earlier this month, but Saturday's FA Cup tie brings them back to the scene of the crime -- the day Manchester City began to run away with the Premier League title. A 2-1 defeat at the John Smith's...

Real Madrid lining up audacious move for Man United's Paul Pogba

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:45:00 PST

Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Real planning audacious Pogba swoop Real Madrid are planning an ambitious move for Paul Pogba after speculation that the Manchester United midfielder is having regrets over his £89 million move from Juventus. The France midfielder, whilst picking up two trophies last season, has seen the Red Devils fail to stay in contention to win the Premier League for a second straight...

With the league out of sight, cups will define Man United's season

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:27:00 PST

ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with Paul Pogba's sense of entitlement and lack of production for Manchester United. Manchester United's next two games at Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup and in Sevilla in the Champions League are huge. With Man City disappearing over the hill with a points tally that doesn't reflect well on United, Jose Mourinho must again look to the cups to make this a successful season. He did it last term and it paid off, but the Champions League, which he has won twice with unfancied teams, is a far taller order than the Europa League. Finishing second, a position United have held for...

Chelsea's Antonio Conte given Man United shirt as 'present from Mourinho'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:50:00 PST

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was presented with a Manchester United shirt by a prankster at a press conference claiming it was from Jose Mourinho. LONDON -- Antonio Conte was the victim of a surreal prank in his Friday news conference when an Italian man posing as a journalist presented him with a Manchester United shirt "as a present from Jose Mourinho." The man, believed to be Stefano Corti, co-presenter of Italia 1 satirical show Le Iene, got out of his chair and approached the front desk where Conte was sitting, requesting that the Chelsea head coach respond to a question in Italian relayed via his tablet. It quickly became clear, however,...

Transfer Rater: Mauro Icardi to Man United, Luke Shaw to Chelsea

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:21:00 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.  Mauro Icardi to Manchester United Inter Milan captain Icardi has already been subject of Real Madrid transfer rumours this season but said at the time...

Jose Mourinho and Man United searching for answers amid confusing times

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:20:00 PST

Craig Burley breaks down the latest transfer rumours, all of which combine for big potential changes on Manchester United's back line. After defeat at Newcastle, Alison Bender and Stewart Robson wonder whether Man United players are slowly losing the inner drive to fight for Jose Mourinho. ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with Paul Pogba's sense of entitlement and lack of production for Manchester United. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol blasts Jose Mourinho's decision to substitute Paul Pogba at Newcastle, and feels there's more going on behind the scenes between the two. Jose Mourinho must be confused. His team are second in the Premier League, still in the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, and they have just acquired a player their local rivals desired above all others. What's not to like? Sure, there's been one loss away to Newcastle United, but their manager is no tactical slouch. What's the problem? Of course, this is a deliberately reductive view of events. Because, impressive as United's league position is -- even if some recent performances have made...

Man United youngster Demetri Mitchell talks United, loan spell at Hearts and future dreams

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:38:00 PST

Demetri Mitchell made an impressive first-team debut for Man United against Crystal Palace last May. Demetri Mitchell is making senior football look easy. He made his Manchester United debut against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on the final day of last season, helping to keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win by looking after Wilfried Zaha. On loan at Hearts since January, the 21-year-old has played six games, winning man of the match in three and scoring his first goal -- a dipping drive from 25 yards -- in a 3-0 win over St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup fifth round at Tynecastle on Saturday. It...

Man United ace Alexis Sanchez once ran 8km after forgetting car keys

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 02:28:00 PST

ESPN FC's Craig Burley rates the latest transfer rumours as Manchester United plan an overhaul. While some Arsenal fans might beg to differ, Alexis Sanchez is generally regarded as a hard-working kind of fellow. While the Manchester United new boy's willingness to graft is rarely called into question, an anecdote dating from his time playing in Italy really serves to encapsulate his impressive work ethic. Recounting the tale to United's official website, Italian journalist Pietro Oleotto shared a memory of Sanchez from during his Udinese days back in the mid-2000s. "Once, after training, Alexis...

Manchester United preparing swoop for Toby Alderweireld

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 04:38:00 PST

Mark Donaldson and Alejandro Moreno delve into the latest rumours surrounding Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele, Angel Di Maria and more. Craig Burley breaks down the latest transfer rumours, all of which combine for big potential changes on Manchester United's back line. ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with Paul Pogba's sense of entitlement and lack of production for Manchester United. After defeat at Newcastle, Alison Bender and Stewart Robson wonder whether Man United players are slowly losing the inner drive to fight for Jose Mourinho. Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. United interested in Spurs' Alderweireld Only a day after it emerged that Manchester United are poised to revamp their defence, the name of another potential arrival has entered the equation. Reports on Monday said Jose Mourinho wants to shake up his options and both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones could leave as a new centre-back or two comes in. Now the Manchester Evening News...

Jose Mourinho needs to give Victor Lindelof a Champions League chance

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 02:39:00 PST

After defeat at Newcastle, Alison Bender and Stewart Robson wonder whether Man United players are slowly losing the inner drive to fight for Jose Mourinho. Next week, Manchester United will play their first knockout Champions League game since David Moyes' time at the club. Jose Mourinho has guided United through to the group stages and they have been awarded with an winnable tie against Sevilla in the next round. This competition is one of the remaining two possible routes United have for silverware this season, with them still competing for the FA Cup, but the odds are obviously against them being crowned champions of Europe. United may well currently...

Bad goals a source of frustration for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:46:00 PST

Jose Mourinho insists Newcastle got lucky against Manchester United. Jose Mourinho insists Newcastle got lucky against Manchester United. Jose Mourinho insists Newcastle got lucky against Manchester United. Jose Mourinho insists Newcastle got lucky against Manchester United. By Boxing Day, Jose Mourinho had seen enough. "It is another 's' goal," he said, after watching Manchester United draw 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford. He wasn't talking about Steven Defour's free kick -- that, clearly, was a very good goal. His problem was with the first. Johann Gudmundsson's free kick from the left was dropped into the far post where it bounced off a combination of Marcos Rojo, Romelu Lukaku and Ben Mee before Ashley Barnes smashed the loose ball into the net. Three days earlier,...

Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford reveals fearsome family dog

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 04:08:00 PST

Marcus Rashford has added to Manchester United's ever-growing squad of pet dogs by announcing the arrival of his new puppy, Saint. The striker shared a photo of his new canine companion on social media, ready for action and fully swathed in his very own United shirt. Meet our new puppy Saint Rashford. He knows best! =6 pic.twitter.com/60f6BDfWIX— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) 13 February 2018 That's one heck of a puppy. If Atom and Humber  are the pacy wingers in Manchester United's newfangled Dog XI, then Saint is very much destined to become an imposing rock at centre-back. Given recent performances, Chris...

Transfer Rater: Harry Maguire to Manchester United, Wilfred Ndidi to Liverpool

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:32:00 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. Ander Herrera to AC Milan Manchester United's Herrera has emerged as a target for AC Milan. The Serie A side believe they can sign the midfielder for around...

Can Manchester City or Man United really win the Champions League?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:28:00 PST

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. The FC crew answer your tweets on the Champions League, Premier League refereeing and whether Raheem Sterling or Christian Benteke's miss was worse at the weekend. Manchester City and Manchester United have both got their eyes on winning the Champions League this season. City, in incredible form in the league, have never won Europe's top club prize; United, meanwhile, would be looking for a first since 2008 when they beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow -- having lost twice in the final to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. But can the Manchester clubs challenge Europe's elite this season? We asked our club correspondents Jonathan Smith (City) and Rob Dawson (United).

Man United to sell Smalling and Jones, bring in Varane and Maguire

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:43:00 PST

ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with Paul Pogba's sense of entitlement and lack of production for Manchester United. After defeat at Newcastle, Alison Bender and Stewart Robson wonder whether Man United players are slowly losing the inner drive to fight for Jose Mourinho. Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. United poised for defensive overhaul It's defensive shake-up time at Manchester United, according to the Mirror, which reports that Chris Smalling and Phil Jones "are set to be offloaded." Jose Mourinho wants to bring in a new central defender or two, "with Smalling set to make way and fellow England defender Jones also under serious threat." Both players were criticised after...

ESPN FC writers' Champions League round-of-16 predictions

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 01:00:00 PST

Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol square off in predicting who'll emerge victorious from Basel-Man City, Juve-Spurs, Porto-Liverpool and Real-PSG. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson preview the two juiciest matchups in the UCL round of 16, Real Madrid versus PSG and Juventus versus Tottenham. Despite Real Madrid's persisting struggles, Craig Burley explains why they are capable of rising to the occasion in the Champions League against high-flying PSG. Which eight clubs will make it through to the Champions League quarterfinals? Here are our writers' predictions. The line-up is set for the Champions League Round of 16. Gab Marcotti Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Roma Mark Ogden Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk Graham Hunter Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk Raphael...

Man United still on track despite defeat, Real rout Sociedad, more

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:05:00 PST

Paul Mariner breaks down Manchester United's loss at Newcastle and Liverpool's triumph at Southampton, as the race for second place in the Premier League heats up. Paul Mariner breaks down Manchester United's loss at Newcastle and Liverpool's triumph at Southampton, as the race for second place in the Premier League heats up. The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United. Plus, what's Barcelona's best formation with the addition of Philippe Coutinho? Jose Mourinho reveals his thought process behind withdrawing Paul Pogba in the second half of Man United's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle. Following Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle, Jose Mourinho said that it was one of those days when even if Manchester United had played another 10 hours they would not have scored. Maybe so. They created four clear-cut chances and didn't put them away in part because they weren't as clinical as they could have been, in part because Martin Dubravka had a monster game in the home goal. But that doesn't change the fact that Newcastle had chances too, mainly because United had serious issues in midfield...

Mourinho must help out-of-form Pogba get back to his best

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:20:00 PST

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol blasts Jose Mourinho's decision to substitute Paul Pogba at Newcastle, and feels there's more going on behind the scenes between the two. Jose Mourinho reveals his thought process behind withdrawing Paul Pogba in the second half of Man United's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle. The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United. Plus, what's Barcelona's best formation with the addition of Philippe Coutinho? Paul Mariner breaks down Manchester United's loss at Newcastle and Liverpool's triumph at Southampton, as the race for second place in the Premier League heats up. Paul Mariner breaks down Manchester United's loss at Newcastle and Liverpool's triumph at Southampton, as the race for second place in the Premier League heats up. Paul Pogba is having his most difficult time at Manchester United since he rejoined the club in 2016. Ineffective against Tottenham on Jan. 31, the French international was substituted after just over an hour, then dropped to the bench three days later as Scott McTominay started vs. Huddersfield at Old Trafford. Sunday saw Pogba back in the line-up but things did not go well. He lost possession four times in the opening 11 minutes and mistimed a header, then appeared to settle thereafter and made...

Newcastle hoodoo haunts Jose Mourinho as United slip up again

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:21:00 PST

Jose Mourinho gave his reaction after Manchester United's 1-0 loss at Newcastle. Jose Mourinho gave his reaction after Manchester United's 1-0 loss at Newcastle. Jose Mourinho gave his reaction after Manchester United's 1-0 loss at Newcastle. Jose Mourinho gave his reaction after Manchester United's 1-0 loss at Newcastle. Jose Mourinho gave his reaction after Manchester United's 1-0 loss at Newcastle. Jose Mourinho's winless run at St James' Park in the Premier League was extended Sunday. Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, who started the game in the bottom three, made it a seventh consecutive league visit without a win. The United manager said in the build-up that he is fond of St James' Park, a place he calls "a home" to his mentor Sir Bobby Robson, who managed Newcastle between 1999 and 2004 after spells with Mourinho at Porto and Barcelona. He may have changed his mind after seeing...


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