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Manchester United sign £235m shirt sponsorship deal with TeamViewer

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 13:27
  • Five-year contract starts from next season
  • Club believe deal is sport’s most lucrative during pandemic

Manchester United have announced a five-year €275m (£235m) shirt sponsorship deal with TeamViewer, which starts from next season.

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Europa League: Manchester United land Granada, Arsenal face Slavia Prague

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 12:42
  • United will play Ajax or Roma if they progress
  • Slavia have knocked out Rangers and Leicester

Manchester United have been handed a Europa League quarter-final against Granada and Arsenal will take on Slavia Prague, who have defeated Rangers and Leicester in the previous two rounds.

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Paul Pogba's stylish strike sinks Milan and sends Manchester United through

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 22:05

Manchester United squeezed into the Europa League quarter-finals the hard way: coming to Milan and earning the victory required. In doing so, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men won their biggest game of the campaign.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, once of United, was brought on for the latter stages. As the minutes ebbed away he rose above Luke Shaw to head strongly but Dean Henderson tipped over.

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Luke Shaw's England recall rewards a player in the form of his life

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 14:50

The Manchester United left-back has played only twice for Gareth Southgate but his displays made a return inevitable

It seems strange to remember now, as Luke Shaw crashes back into the England squad on a wave of blistering form, that there was no real clamour for Gareth Southgate to include him for the previous international get-together.

That was in November, when England faced the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland, and Southgate relied on one pure left-back, Ben Chilwell. The manager had others who could operate or cover on the left of the defence more as wing-backs, such as Bukayo Saka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Kieran Trippier. The discrepancy was one of the reasons why he moved to a 3-4-3 system; he did not want to lose Chilwell and be exposed.

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Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Nick Pope (Burnley)​.​

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolve​s), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Man​ Utd), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Man​ Utd), John Stones (Man​ ​City), Kieran Trippier (Atl​é​tico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Man​ City)​.​

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Phil Foden (Man City), Jesse Lingard (West Ham), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)​.​

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man​ Utd), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)​.​

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Solskjær wants Manchester United to be judged on league form not cup wins

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 15:20
  • Manager says cups can be ‘ego things’ for other managers
  • ‘We are 12 points ahead of the same time last season’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has downplayed the significance of Manchester United winning cups, saying they can be “ego things” for some clubs and managers and that consistently challenging for the league signifies true progress.

Solskjær takes United to Milan for Thursday’s Europa League last 16 second leg after the first finished 1-1 at Old Trafford. As Stefano Pioli’s side have an away goal, United must score at San Siro or they will be eliminated.

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England call up Greenwood and Hudson-Odoi for Under-21s' Euro 2021

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 11:56
  • Manchester United and Chelsea forwards in 23-man squad
  • Aidy Boothroyd’s side open against Switzerland on 25 March

Mason Greenwood and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been selected for England’s European Under-21 Championship campaign this month. The pair, who have both played for the senior national side, are included for the tournament in Hungary and Slovenia as England look to end a 37-year wait to win the trophy.

Manchester United’s Greenwood has only scored once in 23 league appearances this season, while Hudson-Odoi has struggled for consistency under new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. Uncapped goalkeeper Josh Griffiths, on loan at Cheltenham from West Brom, Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe and Noni Madueke of PSV Eindhoven have earned their first call-ups, along with Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga.

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Goalkeepers Josef Bursik (Stoke), Josh Griffiths (Cheltenham Town, loan from West Brom), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 08:00

McNeil good enough for top six, Crystal Palace set for tough run-in and Brighton’s confidence booster

Mikel Arteta’s benching of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for lateness was hardly draconian. Gone are the days when Sir Alex Ferguson made David Beckham sit in the Elland Road stands after missing training to attend to a sick Brooklyn or Roy Keane commanded the Sunderland team bus to leave three players behind because they were a minute late. But as Tottenham’s rope-a-dope tactics looked to be working in the first half, the tardy captain’s demotion appeared a case of principles overriding pragmatism. When Alexandre Lacazette chose to step over rather than to shoot in the moments following Érik Lamela’s goal, Aubameyang’s incisiveness appeared an avoidable loss. So too when Lacazette swung at fresh air when Nicolas Pépé had cued him up. All parties will be thankful for Davinson Sánchez’s clattering follow-through giving Lacazette chance to score from the spot. Discipline established, a derby win, all good for Arteta. John Brewin

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Craig Dawson own goal enough for Manchester United to sink West Ham

Sun, 03/14/2021 - 21:20

Manchester United are doing what is required: winning to ensure those chasing their second position do not gain ground, this edgy victory following third-place Leicester’s earlier win on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side were hardly a whir of irresistible football but they will not care. In squeezing Craig Dawson into forcing home past his keeper, Lukasz Fabianski, for the winner United also kept West Ham nine points behind them in fifth in the challenge for a Champions League berth – their absolute minimum requirement.

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Manchester United v West Ham: Premier League – live!

Sun, 03/14/2021 - 19:32

7.31pm GMT

15 min: Fred fouls Bowen from behind in midfield while the West Ham man has a glimmer of space, and perhaps a chance to play in Antonio up front. It’s an obviously cynical foul but no yellow card is forthcoming.

7.30pm GMT

12 min: West Ham try to pass neatly out of defence, but the ball is intercepted and things briefly threaten to open up for Rashford and his fellow Manchester United attackers. But West Ham manage to regroup, and deal with the danger. It’s a bit of a stalemate at the moment, both tactically and on the scoreboard. Early days.

7.26pm GMT

9 min: The Hammers are packing their own penalty area with bodies and telling Manchester United, simply by their actions, that they are going to have a tough job to find a way through. Fred and McTominay link up on the edge of the area, but Fred is swallowed up by the sea of West Ham bodies and the Hammers can clear, albeit briefly.

7.24pm GMT

7 min: A fairly frenetic start, with both teams looking to get the ball down and play. West Ham look happy enough to let the hosts have possession in midfield, and will look to use the pace of Antonio, among others, on the break while they sit relatively deep when out of possession.

7.20pm GMT

3 min: Nice work by Luke Shaw, who plays a one-two with Rashford and drives into the penalty area. He side foots a cross towards Greenwood, but the forward cannot make any meangingful contact as he tries to turn it towards goal. Now Declan Rice has gone down injured after an awkward-looking challenge with Scott McTominay, and he gets up and hobbles around a bit, but then seems OK to carry on.

7.19pm GMT

2 min: West Ham win an early corner. Wan-Bissaka falls over as he challenges West Ham’s Dawson at the far post. A few players end up on the floor, but in the end Man Utd can clear their lines.

7.16pm GMT

We’re off! The players take a knee, in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign, and the football commences.

7.15pm GMT

That clean sheet stat for Man Utd does feel a bit surprising, given some people seem to insist that their defence is dodgy as anything...

@LukeMcLaughlin Can't believe the way we have started matches this could be United's fourth clean sheet in the Premier League? Good to hear Ole keep the old 'Arry Redknap rhetoric of 'down to the bare bones' going

7.11pm GMT

Ted Lee emails: “I’m perplexed by United’s decision to extend Solskjaer. He hasn’t won anything, hasn’t come all that close, and if he left the club, it’s doubtful that any of the big clubs would come calling for him, which isn’t something you’d say about Guardiola, Klopp, Rodgers, Tuchel, or even Mourinho these days. Even Barcelona is reportedly claiming to be sniffing around Arteta. Would it have pained United to wait a couple of months to see how the season ends and what their options are?”

7.10pm GMT

Here’s a story from Friday, all about how the co-chairman Avram Glazer is going to sell a cool £70m-worth of Manchester United shares:

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7.04pm GMT

Ole Gunnar Solskjær talks: “Rashford trained yesterday and there was no reaction [from his recent injury], thankfully. We are down to the bare bones with the forwards ... but we’ve got a strong team, I feel. They’ve got their strengths, no matter what system they play: we’ve got to stop crosses, we’ve got to press and win the ball back high.”

7.02pm GMT

If Manchester United keep a clean sheet tonight, it would be their fourth in a row in the Premier League and the first time they have achieved the feat under their current manager.

If West Ham win, they would be the fourth London club to win at Old Trafford this season, which would be a first in the Premier League era.

6.56pm GMT

Don’t forget, sports fans: You can get in touch with me on email or Twitter with any thoughts on the match. Let me know any predictions you may have.

6.53pm GMT

Arsenal have only gone and beaten Tottenham 2-1 in a very exciting north London derby, that included a ludicrous rabona from Erik Lamela, before he was sent off. Read the match report from David Hytner!

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6.48pm GMT

Here are tonight’s teams again, embellished with the magic of Photoshop:

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Here's how we line up tonight at Old Trafford...#MUNWHU

6.43pm GMT

“If you don’t run you don’t play, it’s as simple as that.”

David Moyes’s managerial philosophy in precis. Jacob Steinberg spoke to West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell before this one:

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6.35pm GMT

Marcus Rashford is fit to start up front for the hosts - he will be in a front three with Daniel James and Mason Greenwood. Rashford is one of four changes from the 1-1 draw against AC Milan, with Victor Lindelöf, Luke Shaw and Fred also coming into the side.

Man Utd: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, James, Rashford. Subs: Bailly, Grant, Diallo, Alex Telles, Bishop, Matic, Williams, Tuanzebe, Shoretire.

6.29pm GMT

Leicester City’s 5-0 drubbing of Sheffield United earlier today has vaulted them to second place on 56 points, dropping Manchester United to third on 54. So there will hardly any lack of motivation for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side to register maximum points against West Ham at Old Trafford this evening and retake their place as the closest, albeit distant, challengers to the Premier League leaders and champions-elect Manchester City.

But tonight’s visitors West Ham would truly put the cat amongst the top-four pigeons with a victory of their own: three points would put them level with fourth-placed Chelsea on 51, and just three points behind tonight’s opponents. David Moyes returns to the scene of his brief employment in 2013-14 with an impressively hard-working team and a realistic chance of victory - although he would have rather had on-loan Jesse Lingard to call on, who has been on sparking form but is unavailable tonight against his parent club.

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Manchester United v West Ham: match preview

Sat, 03/13/2021 - 09:00

As Milan’s late goal in Thursday’s Europa League draw illustrated yet again, Manchester United lack the defence to be true contenders, something David Moyes will surely instruct West Ham to prey on. The visitors are fifth going into the weekend but only six points behind second-placed United. A win at Old Trafford, then, would really blow the race for a top-four finish open. Jamie Jackson

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Manchester United's David de Gea may miss West Ham game after quarantine

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 13:30
  • Goalkeeper was isolating after paternity leave in Spain
  • United discussing new contract with Eric Bailly

David de Gea’s availability for Manchester United’s game against West Ham on Sunday is “touch and go” because of the goalkeeper having to quarantine after returning this week from paternity leave in Spain.

The 30-year-old was at the birth of his first child, having last played in United’s goalless draw at Chelsea on 28 February. Dean Henderson had impressed in the Spain international’s absence until the error that allowed Simon Kjær’s late equaliser in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Milan in the Europa League last-16 first leg. He kept a clean sheet as United beat Manchester City, the leaders, 2-0 last Sunday.

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Manchester United co-chairman Avran Glazer to sell £70m worth of shares

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 09:56
  • United will ‘not receive any proceeds’ from sale of Class A shares
  • Sale would reduce Glazer’s ownership from 78% to 74.9%

Manchester United co-chairman Avram Glazer has put shares worth more than £70m up for sale.

The club announced “the offering of 5,000,000 of its Class A Ordinary Shares by the Avram Glazer Irrevocable Exempt Trust” following Thursday’s Europa League draw with Milan. The offering is expected to close on Tuesday and the current New York Stock Exchange valuation of $20.13 each (£14.39) per share would mean he is in line to rake in $100.65m (£72.2m).

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Manchester United denied win against Milan by Simon Kjær's late equaliser

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 20:19

Manchester United are just too shaky from set pieces, as Simon Kjær’s 92nd-minute equaliser illustrated. Switching off at dead balls is an unwanted theme of their season, and on this occasion lax positioning while defending a Milan corner and Dean Henderson’s soft hands were culpable.

When Anthony Martial’s hip injury is factored in – the striker needs a scan to determine its seriousness – this was a particularly difficult night for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side. Martial joins Marcus Rashford as a doubt for West Ham’s visit this Sunday, with a third forward, Edinson Cavani, also ruled out, according to the manager.

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Manchester United v Milan, Slavia Prague v Rangers: Europa League clockwatch – live!

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 17:23

5.23pm GMT

“[By beating Man City last weekend} We set the standard for ourselves as a group of players and it’s about how often can you reproduce that kind of intensity, concentration and winning the ball in the right areas?”

About Rashford’s ankle injury, he says: “Hopefully it won’t be too long but he’s not ready for tonight.”

5.15pm GMT

Eleven countries are represented in the last 16, including Norway, with Molde the first from there to make it this far. With no clubs from Germany, France or Portugal, what should we glean from the failure of any sides from three of Europe’s supposed Big Five leagues to reach this stage?

5.04pm GMT

Slavia: Kolar; Bah, Kudela, Zima, Boril; Sima, Stancu, Holes, Provod, Olayinka; Kuchta

Subs: Visinky, Deli, Vagner, Teci, Dorley, Hromada, Masopust, Kovar, Lingr

5.01pm GMT

Here are the lineups:

United: Henderson; Wan-BIssaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Matic; James, Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial

4.33pm GMT

Hello and welcome to the beginning of the Europa League last 16 ties, featuring eight some intriguing match-ups. How about the seven-times European champions AC Milan against the three-times European champions Manchester United? Or Steven Gerrard’s newly crowned Scottish champions against Slavia Prague, the team whose impressive victory at Leicester in the last round denied Brendan Rodgers the pleasure of duelling with Rangers again? A little later we’ll have the latest instalment of Olympiakos v Arsenal, who can’t seem to avoid other whenever they go on European adventures, and Spurs versus Dinamo Zagreb. Here are all of today’s fixtures:

Ajax v Young Boys

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Manchester United appoint John Murtough as club's first football director

Wed, 03/10/2021 - 12:00
  • Solskjær will report to Murtough, who joined United in 2014
  • Darren Fletcher appointed as technical director

Manchester United have appointed John Murtough as the club’s first football director with the club making it clear that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær will report directly to him.

Murtough, who joined United in January 2014, is being promoted from his current role as head of football development and he will have overall responsibility for all football matters. Transfer business will remain driven by Solskjær and the club’s recruitment department, each of which have a veto. Murtough would only become involved in this regard if there was disagreement between the two.

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'Proud to wear this shirt': Cavani dispels father's talk of Manchester United exit

Wed, 03/10/2021 - 00:51
  • Uruguayan forward posts message on Instagram
  • Cavani’s father had hinted at return to South America

Edinson Cavani says he is proud to wear the Manchester United shirt after his father had suggested the striker could be set to quit the club and move back to South America to be closer to his family.

Cavani uploaded a photo of himself playing in February’s 3-3 draw with Everton to his Instagram on Tuesday, along with the caption “Proud to wear this shirt @manchesterunited.” The 34-year-old joined the Red Devils on a free transfer last summer and has hit seven goals in 25 appearances so far this season.

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Rangers revelry, the Manchester derby, CAF and haircuts – Football Weekly

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 17:18

Max Rushden is joined by Jonathan Wilson, Ed Aarons, Marcus Bean and Ewan Murray to discuss the Manchester derby, Liverpool’s sixth consecutive home defeat and Rangers winning the Scottish Premiership

We start with the Manchester derby, as Pep Guardiola’s run of 21 straight victories is ended by Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s impressive Reds. Attention then turns to Anfield as Fulham hand Liverpool their sixth consecutive home defeat. Is Klopp’s job really under pressure?

We then take a look at the rest of the Premier League, as Brighton’s scoring woes continue, Gareth Bale keeps up his good form and Emi Martínez shines in the Aston Villa goal.

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Derby defeat exposes old weaknesses in Guardiola's Manchester City | Jonathan Wilson

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 11:00

Despite City’s 21-match winning streak, Manchester United were able to rattle their neighbours with balls in behind them

It is one defeat. It does not change the fundamental fact that Manchester City will win the league and look probably as well-positioned to win a quadruple as any side has at this stage of a season. There comes a point at which the precise number of wins in a row is irrelevant – the run ended at 21, but whether it had been 18 or 24, it would be a lot, far too many for most sides even to begin to contemplate. They remain a formidable team but they no longer appear invincible.

That happens. All teams have games when the breaks don’t quite go their way – although United were deserved winners on Sunday. All sides have bad days. After three months of good days, perhaps City were simply due one. But still, the manner of United’s victory at the Etihad will cause concern. We’ve seen this before: City rattled by a concession, vulnerable to balls in behind them, looking at a wall that opposes them with no real concept of where the door may be. When Pep Guardiola teams lose games, this is how they lose them.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 08:10

Luke Shaw needs England reward, Aubameyang shining at right time and Barkley’s Villa struggles

It has been two and a half years since Luke Shaw last featured for England, in a 2-1 defeat to Spain. The left-back, however, is probably Manchester United’s most in-form player at the moment, consistently producing the goods. In defence he has looked assured all season, lifting his game since Alex Telles’ arrival from Porto in the summer finally added much-needed depth to a squad where many were sleepwalking into the side. On Sunday Shaw was again diligent against a high-on-confidence Riyad Mahrez, who struggled to make an impression for Manchester City, but things got even better with his superb run and composed finish at the other end, a moment that proved his energy and how his fitness has improved in recent seasons. With three England games coming up at the end of the month, it would be ludicrous if Gareth Southgate did not select Shaw at this stage, although stranger things have happened. Will Unwin

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Manchester United 'suffered' to end City's winning run, says Solskjær

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 21:30
  • United manager’s praise after side halt 21-game winning streak
  • City now lead by 11 points with 10 games remaining

Ole Gunnar Solskjær praised Manchester United’s relentless workrate as his side halted Manchester City’s record run of consecutive wins at 21 and their 28-game unbeaten sequence with a 2-0 victory in the derby at the Etihad Stadium.

United are second with 54 points, 11 behind City with only 10 games remaining but Solskjær was delighted with his team’s performance with Luke Shaw, who scored the second goal, and Anthony Martial the visitors’ standout performers in an impressive all-round display.

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