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Man Utd agree personal terms with Alex Telles

Alex Telles has agreed personal terms with Man Utd. Credit: thechelseachronicle.com

Manchester United are keen to sign Porto full-back Alex Telles, says the Independent, reporting that the player has agreed a five-year deal, though it’s believed United are yet to agree a fee with the Primeira Liga club.

United are looking to reinforce the left-back area, with Luke Shaw in and out of form and youngster Brandon Williams a natural right-footer.

However, United are not alone in their admiration of the Brazilian 27-year-old, with Paris Saint-Germain also keen; the French champions are looking for reinforcements following the long-term injury to first-choice left-back Juan Bernat.

Telles has scored 24 goals and added 55 assists during his Porto career, and United are keen to solve their left-back conundrum after having lost out to Tottenham for the signature of Real Madrid‘s Sergio Reguilon.

I am very happy to hear that Manchester United has agreed personal terms with Alex Telles. He has a lot of experience playing in the Champions League and is 27, and is a highly rated player in Brazil. Once this deal is sealed he would obviously be a starter right away for Manchester United.

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Preview: United v Crystal Palace

Manchester United’s Premier League season starts on Saturday afternoon with an Old Trafford match against Crystal Palace, beginning what promises to be an action-packed 2020/21 campaign.

Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s big game…

ESSENTIAL INFO
Kick-off at the Theatre of Dreams is scheduled for 17:30 BST and fans in the UK can watch the match live on Sky Sports. Supporters can also follow our rolling updates on ManUtd.com and within our Official App, while MUTV will provide live build-up, radio commentary and reaction from 16:25 BST. 

In case you were wondering, our first league game of 2020/21 was delayed by a week due to the club’s involvement in last season’s Europa League semi-finals.

SETTING THE SCENE
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds are back in competitive action – get in! – following a short summer break and the squad is determined to build on last season’s third-placed finish in the league. The addition of new signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax will aid that mission and he is in the frame to make his competitive debut. 

Palace finished 14th last term and Roy Hodgson’s team made a bright start to the new campaign, by beating Southampton 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The Eagles are in action again on Tuesday night, with an EFL Cup tie against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

EARLY TEAM NEWS
It is difficult to gauge which United players will be available until the manager holds his pre-match press conference on Friday, at a time to be confirmed, but we know Axel Tuanzebe is currently injured.

Seven members of the regular starting XI towards the end of last season – David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial – missed the pre-season friendly against Aston Villa at the weekend, but that does not mean they are ruled out. Our team at Villa Park was: Henderson (Grant 75), Dalot (Williams 70), Fosu-Mensah, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay (Galbraith 45), van de Beek, Lingard, Rashford (Elanga 75), James and Ighalo (Mengi 61).

Meanwhile, Palace reportedly have seven injured players in Patrick van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Connor Wickham, Gary Cahill, Christian Benteke and Nathan Ferguson. The Eagles’ squad against Southampton last weekend was as follows: Guaita, Ward, Kouyate, Dann, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, McCarthy (Milivojevic 74), Schlupp (Eze 81), Zaha, Ayew.

BIG TALKING POINT
The first game of the season is always an exciting occasion, often because it presents an opportunity to watch a new signing in action, which is definitely the case this weekend with millions of fans eager to see Donny van de Beek in red. The Dutchman has been described as one of European football’s brightest young players and could feature in central midfield. “I will give everything to the club and I hope we can take titles and a lot of prizes,” he said earlier this month. 

Solskjaer is also excited about his new signing, telling us last week: “When we signed Bruno Fernandes, we knew we needed that kind of player, now we’ve signed Donny and he’s a type of player I felt we needed in the squad. He’s the type of person that will fit the culture, fit the team and will improve us next season and for years to come.”

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans are still not permitted to attend matches and all Premier League fixtures are being played without supporters inside stadiums. 

MATCH-OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS
Referee: Martin Atkinson. 
Assistants: Lee Betts, Peter Kirkup. 
Fourth official: Robert Jones. 
VAR: Jonathan Moss. 
Assistant VAR: Marc Perry.

Manchester United signs Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek is a Red Devil. Credit: mirror.co.uk

Manchester United has signed Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax. The Dutchman signed a 5-year contract, with the option to extend for another year.

“I would like to thank everyone at Ajax. I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.“I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.

“Everyone has told me how amazing the Old Trafford atmosphere is and I am looking forward to experiencing that, once it is safe for the fans to return.

“This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strengths to the group.”

“Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: 

“Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United.”

“His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.”

“Donny’s performances in the Eredivisie and in Europe have been excellent over the last few years and we are all looking forward to working with him.”

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Man Utd opens the season against Crystal Palace

Manchester United will open the new 2020-2021 season with a game against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sat, Sept. 19th at 10 am ET. Then the Red Devils goes away to Brighton Hove & Albion on Sat, Sept. 26th, at 10 am ET.

United will then be at home against Tottenham Hotspur on Sat, Oct. 3 at 10 am ET. I think that the first three fixtures are all winnable and I would expect us to get maximum points from them. Although Man Utd has had a long history of starting a bit slow out of the blocks. The Newcastle game is up after the Spurs game, and that’s at St. James’s Park.

If the Bella Nova group is successful in their takeover of Newcastle United, and they are able to attract some top quality players to the club along with an excellent manager then this could be a tougher match than we would anticipated. United then has big home games against both Chelsea and Arsenal. Those two fixtures will certainly be tougher than the first four matches for Man Utd.

Its imperative that we get off to a great start by winning our first six fixtures. If not, then we shouldn’t lose any of the first six games. Five wins and a draw will be fine too, because you don’t want to lose too many points very early in the season. We would find ourselves quickly trailing the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea and we would be at a disadvantage and this could come back to haunt us later on in the season.

Here is Manchester United’s 2020-2021 fixture list for the new season:

September, 2020

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Sat, Sep 19Manchester UnitedvCrystal Palace10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Sep 26Brighton & Hove AlbionvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

October, 2020

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Sat, Oct 3Manchester UnitedvTottenham Hotspur10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Oct 17Newcastle UnitedvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Oct 24Manchester UnitedvChelsea10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Oct 31Manchester UnitedvArsenal11:00 AMEnglish Premier League

November, 2020

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Sat, Nov 7EvertonvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Nov 21Manchester UnitedvWest Bromwich Albion10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Nov 28SouthamptonvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

December, 2020

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Sat, Dec 5West Ham UnitedvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Dec 12Manchester UnitedvManchester City10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Tue, Dec 15Sheffield UnitedvManchester United2:45 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Dec 19Manchester UnitedvLeeds United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Dec 26Leicester CityvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Mon, Dec 28Manchester UnitedvWolverhampton Wanderers10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

January, 2021

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Sat, Jan 2Manchester UnitedvAston Villa10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Tue, Jan 12FulhamvManchester United2:45 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Jan 16LiverpoolvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Tue, Jan 26Manchester UnitedvSheffield United3:00 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Jan 30ArsenalvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

February, 2021

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Tue, Feb 2Manchester UnitedvSouthampton3:00 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Feb 6Manchester UnitedvEverton10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Feb 13West Bromwich AlbionvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Feb 20Manchester UnitedvNewcastle United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Feb 27ChelseavManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

March, 2021

DATEMATCHTIMECOMPETITIONTV
Sat, Mar 6Manchester CityvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Mar 13Manchester UnitedvWest Ham United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Mar 20Crystal PalacevManchester United11:00 AMEnglish Premier League

April, 2021

DATEMATCHTIMECOMPETITIONTV
Sat, Apr 3Manchester UnitedvBrighton & Hove Albion10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Apr 10Tottenham HotspurvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Apr 17Manchester UnitedvBurnley10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Apr 24Leeds UnitedvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

May, 2021

DATEMATCHTIMECOMPETITIONTV
Sat, May 1Manchester UnitedvLiverpool10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, May 8Aston VillavManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Tue, May 11Manchester UnitedvLeicester City3:00 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, May 15Manchester UnitedvFulham10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sun, May 23Wolverhampton WanderersvManchester United11:00 AMEnglish Premier League

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Report: Sevilla 2 Man Utd 1

Sevilla FC beat a wasteful Manchester United 2-1 to advance to the Europa League final on Sunday night in Cologne, Germany.

Luuk de Jong scored the winner for Sevilla in the 79th minute as United were beaten in the semifinals of a competition for the third time this season following losses at the same stage in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Man United took the lead inside of 10 minutes from the penalty spot as Bruno Fernandes dispatched a well-taken penalty kick after Marcus Rashford was fouled in the area while breaking in on goal.

The lead was short-lived, though, with Sevilla hitting back in the 26th minute when Suso met Sergio Reguilon‘s inch-perfect cross at the back post and powered a first-time shot past David De Gea to make it 1-1, a scoreline that would last through the rest of the first half.

Sevilla held off an early second-half onslaught from Man United, who came out firing from the break, with goalkeeper Bono coming up with a string of saves to keep the score level.

Man United were made to pay for their wasted chances just before the 80-minute mark, with De Jong turning home a Jesus Navas cross to give Sevilla a lead they would not relinquish.

Sevilla, who will be aiming for a sixth Europa League trophy, now await the result of Monday’s other last-four match between Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk to see who they’ll face in the final on Aug. 21.

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Here are the highlights of the game below:

Early Team News: Sevilla v Man Utd

United return to Stadion Koln on Sunday evening, for a much-awaited Europa League semi-final against Sevilla. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will have had six days to prepare for the challenge presented by the Andalusians – who are perennial modern winners of this competition – following Monday’s extra-time victory over FC Copenhagen. 

That should hopefully increase our chances of taking a fully fit group of players into the game against the Spaniards, and there were no new injury concerns mentioned by the boss following the win over the Danes. But given Solskjaer has opted to reshape his team quite significantly for each of our last three games (Leicester City, LASK, Copenhagen), who is likely to play a part in Cologne?

The Reds have been pictured putting in the hard yards ahead of Sunday’s Europa League date with Sevilla. The only players to start our last three games are Harry Maguire and Brandon Williams, and both are highly likely to retain their places for this weekend’s last-four tie. No player has made more appearances this term than the captain’s 54, while the season-curtailing injury Luke Shaw suffered during the 2-2 draw with Southampton has opened the door for Williams to promote his claims at left-back.

However, elsewhere in defence, there could be changes. Victor Lindelof has not started either of the last two matches, but began 10 of the first 11 games that followed the COVID-19-enforced pause to the season. It seems possible that the Swede has simply been given time to recuperate, and his 70th-minute introduction against Copenhagen perhaps indicates he may be poised to return to the starting XI in the semi-final. 

In goal, Sergio Romero has featured in nine of our 11 Europa League games so far this season. However, the Argentinian played all of our games in both the League Cup and the FA Cup prior to the semi-final stage, at which point Solskjaer chose to introduce David De Gea. Will the boss make the same switch again on Sunday?

In midfield, Nemanja Matic has also been given some time to rest the legs. Like Lindelof, he did not feature against LASK, and was only introduced around the 70-minute mark against FCK. But he was a near ever-present during the Premier League run-in and is clearly highly valued – recently signing a new contract to keep him at the club until 2023.

Could Ole select the 32-year-old for his experience against the dangerous Spaniards? After the victory on Monday, the manager said: “Nemanja has always had this calm and influence on the team, and he came on and did really well.”

In attack, every Red will hope all three of our free-scoring forwards are fit. Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood did not score against Copenhagen, but Martial was named Man of the Match and only a remarkable performance by opposition keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson denied the Frenchman a goal. Greenwood, meanwhile, converted an excellent finish with his right foot in the first half, only for VAR to rule it inadmissible due to a retrospective offside call.

Meanwhile, Odion Ighalo will hope he has one or two big goals left in him before the campaign closes: the Nigerian has two goals in his four appearances in the competition so far, and was unfortunate not to net during his last outing against LASK. There’s also Juan Mata’s form to consider.

The man from Asturias provided two assists in the victory over the Austrians in the last 16, and then came on in extra-time, to magnificent effect, against the Danes. It all means that Ole and his staff have some nice problems to mull over ahead of our Sevilla test.

But, firstly, the Norwegian will hope that as many of his players make it through the rest of this week’s training and are available for this huge match. Keep your eye on ManUtd.com and our Official App for all the latest team news as we build up to the semi-final.

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Report: Man Utd 1 FC Copenhagen 0

Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty in added extra time to lift Manchester United past FC Copenhagen 1-0 and reach the semifinals of the Europa League.

The Portuguese playmaker made no mistake from the spot in the 95nd minute to break the deadlock after Anthony Martial had been fouled inside the box.

The result provides a bit of relief for United supporters who seemingly were more in tune with the day’s ongoing transfer saga involving Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

United had been frustrated all night by a resilient Copenhagen side during the first 90 minutes, mainly in part due to two scoring attempts that had been fended off by the woodwork.

Mason Greenwood‘s low shot in the 57th minute seemed bound for the back of the net only to the hit the post, with Marcus Rashford‘s rebound tap-in overruled for being offside.

The sticks aided the Danish side again five minutes later when Fernandes’ dipping effort beat keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson but bounced off the left post.

However, Januaray signing Fernandes would not be denied in extra minutes as United took their 21st penalty (converting 17) of the season across all competitions.

“It’s the third time this season we have been to a semifinal so we are delighted to get through,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the match. “We deserved it, their keeper was unbelievable and we hit the post a few times.

“It could have been one of those nights that you end up with a shootout. We had to block, defend well and they made it hard for us. They were well organised with a gameplan, I knew they would be hard to break down so we had to be patient. We knew we would get chances, our attackers will always create chances.

Fernandes now leads the Europa League scorers list with seven goals, and is the joint-top scorer for United alongside Martial on 11 goals (all competitions).

“He knows keepers will wait for him to do the jump. He practices both of them [run-ups] and he practices both sides, so he’s got them sorted,” Solskjaer added on Fernandes’ penalty-takinga abilities.”

The scoreline soured Johnsson’s excellent night in the net for Copenhagen, whose 13 saves were the joint most in a single game since the Europa League started in 2009.

United, winners of the 2017 Europa League, will take on the winners of Wednesday’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sevilla FC in the semifinal round on Aug. 6 in Cologne.

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Check out the match highlights below:

Preview: Man Utd v FC Copenhagen

Manchester United have a large squad to choose from for Monday night’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final with FC Copenhagen.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe were not part of the group that travelled to Germany for the tie at Stadion Koln, but young midfielders James Garner and Ethan Galbraith were among those spotted boarding the plane in Manchester.

So the boss has some key decisions to make – first and foremost, who starts in goal.

Sergio Romero has started most of the matches in this competition but no call has been made on whether he keeps his place from the win over LASK, or if David De Gea returns between the posts.

“That’s an obvious question,” Solskjaer replied, when asked who will start against the Danes. “Because I think I must be the most privileged manager in the world with the goalkeeping department we have here with Sergio, David and we’ve got Dean Henderson coming back as well. That’s three top, top goalkeepers there.

“This Europa League, this season, has shown again how important Sergio has been to us and, for me, David has also been always been performing there, so we’ll see what we do for the rest of the season. It’s difficult, yeah of course it is, but it is a nice problem to have.”

Henderson, who was on loan at Sheffield United, is not part of

this squad.

Solskjaer was flanked by Brandon Williams at the press conference and he appeared to confirm the defender will start, presumably in the left-back role in Shaw’s absence.

There are question marks over the rest of the line-up but Harry Maguire would appear certain to start as captain, as usual, while Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial came off the bench against LASK, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood among those to get a rest.

Report: Man Utd 2-1 Lask Linz

Former Europa League winners Manchester United booked a quarterfinal spot in the tournament after their second-string side laboured to a 2-1 home win over LASK Linz on Wednesday to seal a 7-1 aggregate rout of the Austrian side.

United’s reward is a clash with FC Copenhagen in Cologne on Monday after the Danish side beat Istanbul Basaksehir 3-0 at home earlier on Wednesday to wipe out a 1-0 first-leg deficit.

United, who won Europe’s second-tier club competition in 2017, appeared to be going through the motions and fell behind to a spectacular Philipp Wiesinger goal in the 55th minute before Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial replied.

Having been virtually assured of progress after a 5-0 win at LASK in March, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a below-strength side at Old Trafford and they looked completely at sea for an hour.

Solskjaer said the fringe players needed a run out to stay in shape for United’s trip to Germany, where the latter stages of the competiton will be played in a mini-tournament, as his side aim to end the season on a high note.

“We learned that the players need to play to keep that sharpness,” the Norwegian told BT Sport.

“Some of these lads haven’t played for a while and it showed. Some haven’t played since lockdown. For me, it was a good exercise. It’s job done, minutes under the belt and on to [face] Copenhagen.”

Defender Andres Andrade hit the crossbar for the visitors in the 10th minute and Husein Balic fired just wide from the ensuing scramble before striker Marko Raguz twice came close in a one-sided first half.

LASK took a deserved lead when United half cleared a corner and Wiesinger gave home goalkeeper Sergio Romero no chance with a screaming first-time shot from 25 metres into the top corner.

Falling behind finally spurred United into action and Lingard equalised after a defence-splitting pass by Juan Mata left him with time and space to steer his shot past goalkeeper Alexander Schlager.

Late substitute Martial completed United’s comeback on the night in the 88th minute when his close-range shot trickled over the line after squeezing through Schlager’s legs.

Romero spared United more blushes when he kept out a Raguz back-heel from two metres with a superb reflex save deep into stoppage time.

The last eight will be played as a mini-tournament in four German cities, with the final set for Aug. 21 in Cologne.

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A deal for Jadon Sancho is close

Jadon Sancho’s dream of coming to United is closer to becoming a reality. Image: mirror.co.uk

Jadon Sancho and his agent has agreed to signing a 5-year contract with Manchester United until 2025 and has agreed to personal terms. Both Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United are yet to agree on a price structure for the deal.

There is a possibility that by next Monday everything will be done. Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano said that the contract talks between the two clubs are now at an advanced stage and that United would pay 100 million plus 20 million euros in add-ons.

I am happy to see that talks between the two clubs are progressing well and I think that signing Sancho would be a wonderful signing for the club. United will have the most dangerous foursome in the Premier League and maybe in world football. An attacking foursome of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood together will be a constant threat to any team that we will face in the world.

Then when you add in the creativity and goalscoring capabilities of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in midfield this team is suddenly looking like a very powerful attacking machine. But I am concerned about the defense. Because Eric Bailly has gotten injured again and we would need a top centre-back to replace him. If the frequency of his long-term injuries continue then United would have to sell him in the near future. Also Harry Maguire hasn’t looked consistent this season at times.

Kalidou Koulibaly has been touted has a great centre-back who could help turn any team’s defensive problems around. But the asking price for the defender would be too high of a sum for United to sign him. I believe that we would opt for a cheaper option that is still of a high quality. But there can be no doubt that signing Sancho is a huge step in the right direction in order to win the Premier League and the Champions League in the future again.

Once we sign Sancho, Do you think that we can challenge for Premier League and Champions League titles again?