David De Gea signs new contract with United

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Manutd.com reports that David De Gea has signed a new contract with Manchester United today that will keep him up to June 2023 at the club with an option to extend for a further year.

The Spanish stopper 28, joined United in 2011 and has made 367 appearances so far. He has won several titles with United including the Premier League, the FA Cup, the UEFA Europa League, and the Community Shield.

David De Gea said: “It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour. Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.

“As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here. I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.”

“I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.”

The boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was elated that De Gea signed a new deal. This is what the boss had to say: “I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club. Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs. David is a fantastic person and his outstanding quality provides the perfect base to our defence.”

“Over his time here, David has really understood the values of playing for Manchester United and now represents everything you want in a goalkeeper. As a player he is still hugely determined and hungry to achieve more. We all look forward to working together to meet those ambitions over the coming years.”

I am so elated to hear this news. I think that with this news United fans can now rest assured that De Gea won’t be leaving the club any time soon. Now Ole can now just focus on bringing in new additions in January and in the summer of 2020.

Report and match analysis: United 1 Leicester City 0

Marcus Rashford was the difference in the game. Image: metro.co.uk

Manchester United got an important 1-0 win after going three straight games without a victory. Marcus Rashford was the man on target after he converted a penalty from the spot in the 8th minute of the game. Our last win was on the opening day of season in a home match against Chelsea where we achieved a 4-0 victory. United were missing a few key players in Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw. We were tested by a tenacious Leicester City side.

From the start of the game, the Red Devils began brightly and Andreas Pereira’s free-kick forced goalie Kasper Schmeichel into an excellent save. David De Gea also saved a shot with his legs following a fine effort from James Maddison. The in the 8th minute was when the match changed for United. Caglar Soyuncu brought down Marcus Rashford in the penalty box, and VAR confirmed the spot-kick. Rashford stepped up and then cooly placed the ball past Schmeichel. With United now in the lead we looked more confident in getting a second goal.

Then after half-time, in the second period United started in a positive manner, but then they began to wane. The visitors dominated possession of the ball and created more chances and looked more threatening than they did in the first period. Rashford crashed a shot against the crossbar, and Wilfried Ndidi had his effort go wide in injury-time.

Leicester couldn’t find an equaliser even though they dominated for long periods in the game and they had more chances to score. So in the end United was able to grind out a vital 1-0 win at home which was very gratifying even though we didn’t play well.

MATCH ANALYSIS

This was one of our more scrappy games where we were substandard but were able defend well for long periods. What I liked about this performance is that we grinded out a positive result, but that we also had a clean sheet too. Since our first game of season, the Red Devils had given up goals and we couldn’t end up winning matches in the process. I was glad to see Fred again in a United uniform. We must grind out wins in order to win tougher matches.

We defended admirably as a team and that showed in the result. As the minutes in the match were waning our well-organized and compact defence made sure to shut the door on the Foxes. I thought that we didn’t manage the last three games well. We would concede poor goals on the counter or we just lacked the proper organization and compactness that would have would helped us win more games.

Now that Fred played for the first time this season, hopefully he can have more chances to prove his worth to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He came on for Serbian Nemanja Matic in the 67 minute.

This is what the boss had to say after the match in an interview with ESPN: “We hung in there. It was for the first time this season where we had to defend for large periods. We have dominated the other games, but today we saw a United team that could defend in their own half,” Solskjaer said.

“Leicester are a good side who want to get into the top four. To keep a clean sheet is great, but let’s not get too excited because we know that we can play better. We defended as a proper team.”

This was a huge win for us as we seek to get into one of the top four spots so that we can qualify for the Champions League next season. If we finish outside of the top 4 like last season then that means that we’ll have to win the Europa league this season to qualify for the Champions League. We need to get consistent results so that we can make qualifying for the CL much easier.

United v Leicester City Premier league preview

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Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave updates on players for the Leicester game on Saturday at 10 am ET in the US and 15:00 BST in the UK. Paul Pogba (France), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (England), and Jesse Lingard (England) were forced to withdraw from international duty with their countries because of illness or injury. Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw missed our last Premier League game, away to Southampton.

Solskjaer said: “I can’t promise any of them will be on the pitch, but we’ll try to get one or two more on the bench.”

“Let’s see when we get to the game. Maybe next weekend [at West Ham United], we’ll have more of them back. That’s how it is in football and why we have loads of quality and numbers and we’re fine.”

“Well, the treatment room has been busy and still is,” he added. “We don’t really know who is going to be available. Maybe Aaron, maybe Jesse and I think maybe that’s it from the ones that had to pull out [of the internationals], but I can’t promise those two will be available either.

”Pogba won’t be fit, no, unless he’s had a miraculous recovery overnight from yesterday to today or maybe from tonight to tomorrow. He’s not been ready to do 100 per cent training, no. We hope, as I’ve said, that more can be ready for West Ham next week and Paul and Anthony are in that category. I think they’ll be ready for then and I can’t say more than that really.

“Leicester is always a tough game. There’s a team, a club wanting to push into the top four I’m sure. They’ve got good players, a very good manager that’s a proven top manager. Brendan’s teams always play good football and we know we’ve got to play well to deserve three points.”

As for Leicester Brendan Rodgers has a healthy squad following the international break.

“They’ve all come back, all fine, and all fit and well,” Rodgers said on the Foxes’ official website. “The training squad is super competitive and everyone is fighting, not just to play, but also to be in the matchday squad.”

Former Reds Academy graduate Matty James is sidelined, though, after an operation on his Achilles tendon.

Solskjaer is eyeing January transfer targets

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Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in some transfer targets for January. One of them is Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. Sky Sports says that Sancho’s agent met with Manchester United during the summer transfer window, according to Borussia Dortmund’s director Michael Zorc.

Sancho 19, has been linked with United and many other clubs in Europe. Sancho has scored 17 goals and made 27 assists in 60 appearances. In a documentary called “Inside Borussia Dortmund” which reviews the 2018/19 season Zorc said:

“Both his discussions with the club and mine with the agent, meeting did take place. Manchester United invited the agent.”

“According to what I know, the agent told the club that no matter how much money they offer, we won’t let him go this summer.”

“The player also has no intention of taking that step this summer [2019].”

Other players that United is allegedly interested in is James Maddison (Leicester City) and Declan Rice (West Ham), but I don’t see how we would be able to get any one of these players because they are stars for their teams those teams won’t sell them in January. If they do it would be next summer. Many clubs are interested in them, but their clubs have turned down many offers for them repeatedly.

What happened to Fred?

Where is Fred? Image: metro.co.uk

Fred hasn’t played for Manchester United since pre-season, and you have to ask boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer where is he? The last time that the Brazilian midfielder featured for United was on July 30, in a club friendly against Norwegian side Kristiansund that United won 1-0. Has he been frozen out of the squad? Is he injured? He hasn’t featured for United since the start of the season either.

In the pre-season, he played against Inter Milan in Singapore, and Spurs in July. but since those three matches he has gone missing in action. Our midfield could use a different player that is energetic, skillful and has some good one on one skills and can keep possession of the ball. We also need a good passer of the ball. Fred fits those criteria and he should replace Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard, both of whom hasn’t been in good form recently. Fred can also score some goals if he is given a chance to start games on a regular basis.

Lingard and Pereira doesn’t seem to be engaged in the games that they have started in so far this season. They lack the drive and energy and in Pereira’s case the experience to play at this level. He needs time to mature and looks lost out on the field at times. He’s not keeping the ball well and he looks out of sync. With Lingard I think he hasn’t found his form yet and seems to be going through the motions when he’s playing. Its as if he has little interest in what’s happening on the field.

Its time for Fred to come back into the team. I haven’t seen anything about him being injured or any updates on his injury if he has one. So the only thing I can think of is that he’s not even being considered to play at all. I hope that Solskjaer returns him to the line-up soon.

De Gea set to leave United? Who will we find to replace him?

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The Busby Babe claims that Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea may leave for nothing at the end of season. The Sun reported that the Spanish international provisionally agreed to a deal that will earn him about £350,000 a week. Since Alexis Sanchez left to go to Inter Milan on loan it should be a deal that would be easier to get done.

His current deal will come to an end at the conclusion of the season. Although the this new contract was offered to him, he still hasn’t signed it. So that means that De Gea will be able to engage in discussions with other clubs in January. He has been linked to PSG, but the French club has signed Keylor Navas from Real Madrid instead. Real Madrid has signed Thibaut Courtois for the long-term.

So the only quality goalie that is left that is world-class like De Gea is Gianluigi Buffon, but he is currently on a one year deal with Juventus and will retire from football at the end of the season. He is going to be second choice to Wojciech Szczesny who isn’t of the same standard as De Gea and the Polish keeper is the number one at Juventus.

So who can we replace De Gea with by the end of the season? The answer is no one, because other than the three aforementioned great keepers right now in the world I don’t see anyone else that is of the same quality. That will be another problem that will be on the club’s hands come the end of the season next May.

Sergio Romero is an excellent keeper but we will have to make him the number one for the short-term until a replacement can be made. Romero has a lot of experience and has been Argentina’s number one keeper for many years. He has been playing club football in Europe for many years as well. Whenever he has been called upon to play he has put in very good performances and he concedes few goals.

Even though he’s not on De Gea’s standard, he comes the closest compared to the other goalies that we have that are just decent. Lee Grant will just be there temporarily because he’s lower down the pecking order and he’s already 36. Then Joel Pereira who is on loan at Scottish side Hearts this season represents the future. He’s only 23 and will be at the club for a long time to come must likely depending on if he gets to stake his claim as United’s number one in the future.

United will have to make a decision soon on who would replace De Gea by the end of the season if does leave. I hope that whoever steps into De Gea’s shoes it will be the right choice in the end for the club.

Diogo Dalot went to China for rehabilitation

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SkySports reports that Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot travelled to China to undergo rehabilitation for his hip injury that he suffered in the pre-season. The young Portuguese has been taking treatment at Chinese Shanghai SIPG.

He arrived in Shanghai on August 29 and received a “10 day special treatment” from a Brazilian named Eduardo, the head of their medical department, according to the club’s website. The 20-year-old has missed all 4 games so far this season. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last month that he hoped that the defender would be back after the international break.

I hope that he gets the best treatment that he needs in Shanghai, because we need all the players that we can get right now. Many players have left Manchester United during the summer and even earlier in September, so an increase in healthy players can only help the club.

Jesse Lingard is leaving the England squad and returning to Manchester United because of illness.

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According to Sky Sports Jesse Lingard missed training on Friday before England’s matches against Bulgaria at Wembley and Kosovo at the St. Mary’s stadium on Tuesday. Lingard has played in all four games in the Premier league so far this season. The last time he played for England was in their third-place play-off win over Switzerland in June in the Nations League. I hope that he’ll be healthy to play against Leicester City at Old Trafford this Saturday.

Daniel James wins Player of the Month award

Daniel James. Image: Teamtalk.com

Manutd.com says that fans voted Daniel James as the best player of the month. The young Welshman has been in outstanding form. Its an award that he richly deserves. He has 3 goals in 4 games, and I am personally a fan of him and he is the best player by a mile for United right now.

James grabbed 61% of the vote and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 36%, and Harry Maguire – 3%. The winger scored in the 4-0 home win against Chelsea. He also scored in the 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace, and scored in the 1-1 draw away to Southampton recently. I love his heart for the game, and the consistent effort that gives in every game.

If he doesn’t score with a few chances he keeps going and he continues to shoot anyway, because James believes that he’ll score with the next shot. James always looks confident on the ball and has the enthusiasm and bravery to take players on. He always uses his attributes to the fullest which is his pace, dribbling skills and his trickery. James is very good passer of the ball and keeps the ball well also.

Well done Daniel James. I hope that you score more goals, especially winning ones and that you win more Player of the Month awards.

United’s Europa League squad is confirmed

The Red Devils are in group L, alongside Astana, AZ Alkmaar and Partizan Belgrade. Our first home game will be against Kazakhstan Premier league team Astana. The tournament rules stipulates that the squad be broken down into sections: A list, Club Trained, Association Trained, and B List.

Please note that the B List is not presented below, as it may contain an unlimited number of players and is made up of homegrown youngsters who can be called upon during the competition.

The B List players are in addition to the following 24 names who have been registered with UEFA by the club:

A LIST

Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, David De Gea, Fred, Daniel James, Matej Kovar, Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero.

CLUB TRAINED

Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe.

ASSOCIATION TRAINED

Lee Grant, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ashley Young.

Matej Kovar, the young Czech goalkeeper, is on the A List because he is not yet eligible for the B List, having arrived at United’s Academy in January 2018.

Luke Shaw is considered Club Trained, despite signing from Southampton, because the criteria includes players who have been registered with the club for 36 months between the ages of 15 and 21. The left-back was aged 18 when he joined the Reds in June 2014.

Source: Manutd.com

Manchester United’s whole culture needs a revamp

Manchester United has been on a long and rough road as they try to rebuild the team. The United hierarchy didn’t make the necessary adjustments and didn’t make any new plans and preparations to change the downward spiral that the club finds itself in now.

Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013, United has never been the same since. We have had David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. None of them have been able to get United back to the attacking and entertaining style of football that every Red Devils fan craves. None of these managers has been able to win the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson.

The only managers among this list that has won any trophies for the club are Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal. Mourinho won the League Cup and the Europa league and also won the Community shield and Van Gaal won the FA Cup. None of them has been able to win the Champions league either. Although as we know under Mourinho the couple of seasons that he was there we missed out on the top four.

Last season we also missed out again on the Champions league. But as we know Mourinho got fired in December and Solskjaer became the interim manager later that month. So the Norwegian only had half a season to try to make an impact, so he came into a very tough situation where he tried to get them to finish in the top 4. But in the latter part of the season after Solskjaer had such a great start, everything that went well just collapsed and it became a disaster.

It seems that things are only going to get worse for United before the rebuilding effort is complete. The signs aren’t looking like we’ll start turning the corner anytime soon. That comes down to the United board in particular and Ed Woodward who isn’t competent for the job because he was a former accountant and investment banker. He’s trying to do the job of a football director or a sporting director.

The board and the owners of the club Joel and Avram Glazer should of made sure that a new Director of football was hired. Woodward should have been maybe placed in a financial position in the club like a CFO (Chief financial officer) or something like that. But they didn’t do that and now look at the different problems that we have now. Earlier in the year when United sold Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera those midfielders weren’t replaced and Romelu Lukaku left and he hasn’t replaced. Now we only have three recognized strikers.

We’ve gotten rid of Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian since then. A few of our defenders are still injured long-term. If in the midfield or strikers positions we get any injuries in the squad then this team will have a serious injury crisis. So all of this goes back to a lack of vision, planning and preparation by the owners and by the board to make the necessary changes that they should of made years ago.