Author: Lyndon Murray

Sanchez won’t take a pay-cut leave

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Alexis Sanchez wants to stay at Manchester United rather than leave in a cut-price deal, sources have told ESPN.

The Chilean is spending the season on loan at Inter Milan, and United is paying a part of Sanchez’s salary. He is open to making a permanent move, but Inter has reservations because of the cost of any potential deal.

Sanchez still has two years remaining on his £500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford and is reluctant to accept reduced terms, even if it helped to facilitate a move away.

I’m not a fan of Alexis Sanchez presently because he isn’t good value for money anymore. He was at United for around 2 seasons or more and only scored 5 goals in just 45 appearances. He was injured most of the time. When he went to Inter on loan he only made 15 appearances in all competitions because of injury and only scored once.

United it seems will be stuck with him when the 31-year-old returns from Inter Milan after his loan spell. United gave Sanchez a huge contract and he has never repaid them in his performances with goals. This is a depressing situation for not only Sanchez and the club, but the fans as well. I don’t see any team trying to buy him or even take him on loan with the predicament that he’s been in for the last 3 seasons.

Rashford would love to see Sancho at Old Trafford

Marcus Rashford (left), and Jadon Sancho (right), would make a dangerous tandem for United.

In a live Q&A with Bleacher Report, Marcus Rashford believes Jadon Sancho is the embodiment of a “new generation of footballer” and would love to play alongside his fellow England international.

Sancho’s club, Borussia Dortmund said that they wouldn’t stop the winger from leaving the club, if that’s what he wants to do when the transfer window re-opens. Because of this announcement, it has peaked the interest of many clubs in Europe, and they will no doubt be contacting the player’s agent.

Rashford was asked how would Sancho link up with the United attack. Rashford replied: “I think that our link up play will be good.”

“Sancho is a great player, he’s like the new generation of player. He’s exciting to watch him become the player he is developing into. Hopefully we can all play together, that would be good.”

The English striker added: “Sancho plays off the cuff , he’s creative, imaginative, and those are the things that you need to do well in this generation [of football].”

I can’t wait for Sancho to come to United. His outstanding qualities will improve our squad in a big way and we would compete better with the other clubs in England and in Europe. Once we are able to sign the other world class players that Solskjaer wants then we will be an extremely tough team to beat.

Source: Sky Sports

Man United to make a renewed bid for de Light

Matthijs de ligt. Image: express.co.uk

According to ESPN, Manchester United wants to make a renewed bid for to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer if the Italian club is ready to listen to offers for him.

The Netherlands international had rejected interest from United, Barcelona and Paris St. Germain last summer before completing a €75 million transfer from Ajax to Juventus. The Dutch star signed a 5-year deal with Juventus, but has been in and out of the team. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in recruiting a centre-back this summer.

De Ligt earns £210,000 a week at Juventus and fits into Solskjaer’s profile when you look at his age, versatility and character. Although the Italian club is unlikely to let him leave after just one year at the club.

I don’t see this deal happening because de Ligt has only been there for a year and he has a five year contract that he has to fulfill. He doesn’t have any intentions to leave as far I know and I believe that he’ll stay and United will find another centre-back.

Even though he played 17 in 26 of his team’s games before the league was shutdown because of the coronavirus, this doesn’t show to me that it’s a frustrating season for him. I just believe that Maurizio Sarri left him out of the squad because of tactical decisions based on the type of system of play or the opposition that Juventus was facing.

He had played in more than half of Juventus’s games so I don’t see any discontent for any player getting that kind of playing time. I don’t see how he can be unhappy or frustrated in his first season at the club. I believe that he’ll stay at Juventus.

What do you think? Can we sign de ligt?

Marcus Rashford is increasing his recovery efforts for back injury

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

ESPN reports that Marcus Rashford is stepping up his recovery from back injury. The Manchester United medical team approved the striker’s efforts to increase his rehabilitation efforts.

The England international has undergone scans on his back injury and after positive results has been allowed to increase his workload. He is also training away from United’s Carrington training base because of the coronavirus, but is being monitored closely by the club’s medical department.

Rashford said in an interview with Sky Sports that he’s feeling much better now since a few weeks ago.

“I feel much better,” Rashford told Sky Sports.

“Definitely, comparing it to two or three weeks ago, I feel 10 times better.”

“For me, it is just about getting ready to build it back up in training and playing the games with the team. I am much happier now than I was about a month ago, so things are looking positive.”

“Everyone’s just dealing with the circumstances as well as they can,” he said.

“I have just been in my house, doing my recovery work, reading books, watching Netflix and just whatever you can do to make the time pass.”

Yes Rashford, I hope that you get well soon. We can’t wait to see you as football fans get back out on the pitch again.

Manchester United are leading the chase for Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho is one of United’s targets this summer. Image: teamtalk.com

ESPN reports that Manchester United are the leading candidate to capture Borussia Dortmund winger and England international Jadon Sancho who is presently being pursued also by Liverpool and Chelsea.

The 20-year-old winger has been the subject of many rumours linking him to several clubs. Borussia Dortmund wants €130 million for Sancho who has scored 14 Bundesliga goals this season. Dortmund would like to see Liverpool and Chelsea challenge United so that way it would create an auction for Sancho’s signature.

The ESPN article goes on say that United could significantly improve their chances of signing the youngster if they can qualify for the Champions League for next season. They can also put together a lucrative financial package and offer him guaranteed first-team football next season.

Jadon Sancho is one of the young best talents in world football and it will be great if manchester United could secure his services. United tried to sign him last season I believe, but were unsuccessful. They would get a 20-year-old player that can play on either wing and is accurate with his crossing. He can score goals as evidenced by his 14 goals so far this season.

He would be a welcome addition to the right or left-wing depending on where Solskjaer wants him to operate. He has amazing pace and has good on-on-one skills so he can get past his markers.

The fact that he already plays for the English national team is a plus where his international experience is concerned. He already has experience starting in games for Dortmund in the Champions League and that is an advantage as well. I hope United will be able to sign this great talent.

United’s move for Jadon Sancho may be ruined by coronavirus

Jadon Sancho (Image: Max Maiwald/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The Mirror reports that Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are among some top clubs that could reduce their spending because of the coronavirus.

Top officials at some of the major English clubs believes that there could be a backlash from the public at spending what some may see as obscene amounts of money on new players when the next transfer window opens. This perception could hurt United’s pursuit of £120 million-rated Jadon Sancho. The winger plays for Borussia Dortmund, and is an international for England.

The virus has caused widespread devastation to economies around the world, and working-class football fans are obviously facing serious financial problems caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Many people believe that football will be under intense scrutiny when the sport returns.

There have been conversations in some football circles as to how it will be perceived if clubs emerged from the pandemic and immediately started paying huge transfer fees for new players.

A club administrator told Mirror Sport: “It won’t be a good look if after all that’s happening clubs immediately start paying huge transfer fees for new players.”

“I would imagine that conversation is already being had at many clubs who were planning on substantial investments in the market during the window.”

“Paying over £100 million for a player when the world emerges from the Covid-19 crisis would seem to be inviting trouble.”

“What the transfer window will look like when it does operate again is anyone’s guess but you can be certain clubs will be treading cautiously.”

“We could even see this being the moment that the transfer market is recalibrated with many in football believing it’s lost all sense of reality in the last few years.”

“Players salaries in the future may also come under review by some clubs as football counts the cost of an unprecedented shutdown of the sport.”

Do you believe that many people will have this perception of football? Should the top clubs reduce their spending on players? Tell me in the comments section.

Man Utd is pursuing Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar is a target of United. Image: metro.co.uk

ESPN.com reports that Manchester United met with representatives of Thomas Lemar in the past week. The French midfielder wants to leave Atletico Madrid because their style of play doesn’t suit his qualities and he hasn’t been playing much either. Lemar is 24, and he was one of the shortlist of targets after he had an excellent 2016-17 season with Monaco.

The French international has more than three years left on his contract, so United will have to pay a large sum of money to secure his services. His left foot and creativity are attributes that United like. Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodwood and his team will be in contact with a lot of agents and players soon.

I am happy to see that Ed Woodward is taking the initiative to meet with representatives of other clubs this early in the process. Especially now that the coronavirus issue provides United and other clubs with the opportunity to pursue players. Thomas Lemar would be a welcome addition to the squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that he needed three players this summer in order to be title contenders this next season. Although Lemar is a very good player, he wasn’t on my wishlist of players. The players that I would like to see United bring into the squad are: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), and Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

I would love to see Wilfred Ndidi at Old Trafford too. But he is a key player for Leicester just like James Maddison and I think that it may be quite tough to sign him from the Foxes. Maddison has been one of our targets for a while now, but Leicester never budged in selling him to any team. So I think that Ndidi and Maddison wouldn’t be players that I would see ending up at Old Trafford.

Another player that I would like to see at United is Ruben Neves, who I think is a real talent, but I believe that he’ll stay with Wolves. Wolves has done a great job of holding on to their big stars and they continue to add to their team. He’s so important to that team that if Wolves were to sell him it may not be that easy to replace him at an affordable price. He is one of the players that makes Leicester tick in midfield. He’s influential in his overall play.

Who do you think are the players Ole should sign for next season over the summer? Let me know in the comments section.

Man United are favourites to sign Umtiti

United are pursuing Samuel Umtiti according to ESPN.com and Sport. Image: forbes.com

Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, and the Red Devils are in pole position to sign the French defender.

That’s according to ESPN.com and Sport both reporting that Barcelona wants to sell the defender in the summer who has struggled to get regular playing time this season. United are hunting for a new centre-back with Chris Smalling’s future that is unclear at the moment, who is on loan at AS Roma.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly have been linked with the Old Trafford club for quite a while, Umtiti is most likely a cheaper option compared to Napoli’s star defender. Coach Quique Setien is willing to give his blessing on the Frenchman’s departure in order to raise funds.

United has long been linked with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester City’s James Maddison and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. This is the first time that I have heard about Manchester United pursuing Samuel Umtiti. We’ll have to wait and see if this is true.

He is a good solid player although his form hasn’t been the best this season. Part of it was because of injury and then he also had to deal with competition for his place from other players that plays in his position. As a United fan I am just interested in us obtaining an excellent centre-back, and one that won’t be too expensive. I am looking forward to whatever players United sign this summer.

What do you think of Samuel Umtiti? Do you think that he’ll be a good fit for United? Please tell me what you think in the comments section.

Nemanja Matic gets one-year contract extension

Nemanja Matic got a 1-year contract extension with Manchester United. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

ESPN.com reports that Nemanja Matic has obtained a contract extension that will keep him at the club for another year. Manchester United triggered an option in the Serbian’s contract that will keep him at United for an additional 12 months.

The 31-year-old has had a resurgence in form in the second half of the season, and has been rewarded with a contract extension because of his good form and hard work to get himself back to his best. Matic was able to re-establish himself in the squad after there were injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay and this enabled him to obtain more playing time.

At the start of March, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told a news conference: “He will stay here. Yeah, 100%. We have agreed with him so he will stay.”

His leadership and experience has been invaluable during the challenging times with United’s injuries and poor form this season. I am happy for him I hope that he’ll continue to be an important asset for the team in the future.

Congrats Nemanja!!

Fernandes named Premier League Player of the Month

Bruno Fernandes won the Premier League Player of the Month award. Getty Images.

According to ESPN.com Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes was named as the Premier League Player of the Month for February because of his sensational form since joining the Reds in January.

The 25-year-old midfield maestro has beaten Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) and has made an immediate impact on the United squad ever since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon.

I am happy for Bruno because he has put his down and has worked hard ever since he came to the club. His class, skillful attributes, and his personality are winning combinations that makes him a top player. I hope that he wins many more Player of the Month awards and also wins some Premier League Player of the Year awards also along the way.

Congrats Bruno!!