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Fosu-Mensah happy and will feature this season

Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah has spoken about how life is at the club under the new regime of Jose Mourinho and has discussed what it is like to train with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The defender hasn’t featured yet under his new boss but the defender has insisted that the Mourinho has complete faith in him and that he is in the Portuguese’s plans for the season ahead.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene towards the latter end of the season under former united head coach Louis Van Gaal and went on to make a total of ten appearances in all competitions.

Despite not playing yet under Mourinho the Dutchman stressed that he has little to complain at so far and that his development under his new boss is going well.

Fosu-Mensah makes a strong challenge on Troy Deeney (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Fosu-Mensah makes a strong challenge on Troy Deeney (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

Speaking to Fox Sport Netherlands, he said:

“It’s going well. I am fit and I do not have much to complain about.

“I have not played much, but train with the first team and do everything with the first team. I want to fight myself into the base.

“I talk to Jose Mourinho about my development, which is going well. Mourinho has complete faith in me, so he keeps me in the selection.”

The youngster also spoke highly of new reds forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic saying that he can learn a lot from the Swede and that training with the striker is very special.

“Training with Zlatan is very special and you can learn a lot. After training you see how he takes free-kicks and how he finishes, then you see what a top player he is.

“If you face him, you can also learn a lot from him. You are extra sharp as you train against him and so you don’t look so ridiculous.”

Middlesbrough weigh up loan offer for Andreas Pereira

Middlesbrough have reportedly made an enquiry over Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira according to the Daily Mail.

Pereira was one of eight united players who were told that they had no immediate future under the Portuguese two weeks ago.

United are said to be only wiling to sanction a loan deal for the talented youngster and do not want the 20-year-old to leave the club on a permanent basis.

Mourinho wants the Brazilian to go out and gain more first team experience away from united and would like the youngster to have a full season of games under his belt, before he is considered for his first team plans at Old Trafford.

Boro were said to have been interested in taking Pereria to the Riverside at the back end of last season on an emergency loan, but a deal failed to materialise.

The top-flight new boys have recruited significantly over the summer under the guidance of Victor Orta and he is keen to add more new faces to his squad before the transfer window slams shut, starting with Pereria.

In moving to the Riverside, Pereira would almost guarantee himself first team football enabling him the chance to show the world what he is all about. Staying at Manchester United to feature in the odd domestic cup game and the Under-21 side would not be fair on Pereira nor anyone else.

For a player as talented as he is to be wasting away in the Under-21’s every week would be a crime, not only for him, but for football.

Mourinho: “Pogba has everything”

Jose Mourinho feels Paul Pogba is “back home” and simply has everything required to go on and become a superstar at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman sealed his world record breaking move to united earlier this week and has shown his enthusiasm for returning to his former club since leaving for Serie A back in 2012. Mourinho is clearly delighted with fourth major acquisition since taking charge and has defended any criticism over the size of the fee.

Speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com, The Portuguese said:

“I know the discussion, I understand that. Sometimes in football things can happen and clubs can break records, but this is only possible at clubs like Manchester United.

“When I heard some of the comments and heard some of the managers criticising that, I don’t think they will ever have this problem, because to have this problem, you need to be at one of the top clubs in the world, so at Manchester United it can happen.

“Pogba is a very young player, an unbelievable midfield player with such physicality, agility, co-ordination, skill, he has everything. What he has to learn now is how to play with us because I always say that in football you can be a super player, like he is, but a team is a team and you need to learn how to play in a team, and the team needs to learn how to play with you.

“We need to get the best out of him and this will be a process, so if he needs protection I am here to protect. I know some people think that he arrives here and now, and the first time he touches the ball, he scores, but I am here to protect him and give him the best conditions to be what we think he is going to be, which is a football player for Man United, a reference for this club, so I am happy.”

When asked if Pogba seems happy to be back in Manchester, Mourinho replied:

“I can feel that when I speak with him for the first time. I am feeling now when I see him at the training ground with people he knows since he was a kid. He doesn’t look like a star.

“He looks like a kid who is back to his old school and is finding people that he cares about and people that love him a lot. So I believe that, after a couple of days, he will feel like he never left the club. So I think at adaption level, he is not a new player – he is just a kid back home again.”

United hold discussions over Gabriel Barbosa and Thiago Maia

Gabriel Barbosa and the highly rated Thiago Maia have been discussed in meetings between Santos and officials from Manchester United along with Leicester City, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

The Brazilian club are feeling out the market for two of their most coveted young players. Barbosa has already been reportedly subject of a £23 Million Pound bid from Leicester, whilst the player is also said to be attracting interest from Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan and Spanish champions Barcelona.

Barbosa burst onto the scene at Santos scoring 21 goals in both 2014 and 2015, whilst he has also struck 5 times in 10 games for his club in the national championships and has already reportedly told Santos that he wishes to be sold to a team in Europe before the end of the summer transfer window.

Mia, a defensive midfielder, has played a total of 44 games for the Brazilian giants since making his first team debut for the club back in 2014.

Speaking exclusively to Goal.com, Santos president Modesto Roma said:

“We had productive conversations. We didn’t come to buy or sell players, neither in London or Madrid. We came to build up relationships.

There were no offers, but we did talk about partnerships. I talked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.”

Both players are currently competing for Brazil at the Rio Olympic games in their home nation.

United set to add Brentford Midfielder Joshua Bohui to youth setup

Manchester United are close to signing Brentford’s teenage midfielder Joshua Bohui.

The 17-year-old who can also play as a striker has been training in Carrington and will join up with Manchester United’s Under-18’s next season.

Bohui is a product of the Afewee Academy run by volunteers in Brixton, which also helped develop Liverpool and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

Bohui has represented England’s U-17’s and was part of Steve Cooper’s squad in Azerbaijan in May. He was set to be a second year scholar with Brentford, but has now decided to make the move to United.

Jose Mourinho has taken a host of youngsters with him to the club’s pre-season tour of China and with the Portuguese looking to change perceptions at Old Trafford, Bohui will be hopeful of catching his eye in the coming months.

Nine Academy graduates arrived in Shanghai on Wednesday morning ahead of the two International Cup games in the far East against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who is yet to make a competitive first-team appearance, but has been on several pre-season tours, is joined by Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Paddy McNair, Axel Tuanzebe, Andreas Pereira, Jese Lingard, Adnan Januzaj, Will Keane and Marcus Rashford in making the trip.

Joshua Bohui will stay in Manchester and may be used by Warren Joyce’s title-winning squad, joining the likes of Matty Willock in preparing for pre-season friendlies against Altrincham on Friday and Salford City at Moor Lane next Tuesday.

Michael Carrick | The man that makes united tick

For any side to be successful, yes you need your goal scorers, yes you need a solid centre back pairing, yes you need a top draw goalkeeper, but you also need that one player in your side who can do a job for the team without most people even realising they are actually doing it, and that man is Michael Carrick.

He may not grab the headlines every week, nor make you leap off your seat in excitement, but his contribution to the side is just as important never the less. Take Carrick away from that central midfield and I doubt you would have seen the clubs attacking talent flourish so much.

There have been few better passers of a football that have ever graced the Old Trafford turf than Carrick, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a 2 yard simple pass or a long range 40 yard pass, Carrick always finds his man.

Throughout his stay at the Theatre of Dreams, Carrick has won everything there was to win in the game. 5 Premier League Titles, 1 European Cup, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup and a collection of Charity Shields, round off a mighty impressive CV for the midfielder.

Having impressed for Tottenham Hotspur, Carrick joined United all the way back in the summer of 2006 for a reported fee of 18.6 Million Pounds. At the time the club were going through something of rough patch.

Failure to overhaul Arsene Wenger’s invincible Arsenal side in 2004 and Jose Mourinho’s rampant Chelsea side for the past 2 seasons combined with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo’s rather infamous fall out at the 2006 World Cup, left the United faithful not really knowing what to expect over the coming years.

What was to follow was beyond the stuff of dreams as United made their way to the peak of not just English, but World football.

The 2006/07 campaign seen the midfielders make a stunning 52 appearances in all competition’s, (his most ever to date) netting a total of 6 goals, including two wonderful strikes against Roma in the 7-1 demolition of the Italian side at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo and Rooney may have been stealing the show, but Carrick was doing his job for the side quietly and effectively, as United won back the Premier League Title from Chelsea.

The following season (2007/08) seen United crowned not only Champions of England but Europe too and whilst a certain Portuguese footballer was scoring goals for fun, Carrick’s influence on the Manchester United side wasn’t too far behind.

In all the midfielder made an impressive 49 appearances in all competition’s most notably playing the entire 120 minutes against Chelsea in the European Cup final.

As we headed into the 2008/09 campaign, United won yet another Premier League Title making it three in a row. The club even went a step further and were crowned Champions of the World! After defeating Liga de Quito 1-0.

For Carrick it was again another successful personal campaign, which seen the midfielder make a total of 43 appearances, scoring 4 goals and again played the entire match in the European Cup final, only this time losing out to Barcelona.

The departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez the following summer would always make it a difficult season for the club. Despite losing two key members of the squad, United only lost out on the League Title on the final day.

Throughout the campaign Carrick made a total of 44 appearances for the club, finding the back of the net on five occasions, with arguably the highlight coming against Manchester City in a League Cup Semi Final 2nd leg clash at Old Trafford, where Carrick calmly and coolly tucked the ball home scoring United’s second goal on the night and third on aggregate.

As Carrick has edged closer to his latter days of footballing career, his game hasn’t really changed, it didn’t have to. He was never one to rely on pace and can still dictate play from the centre of midfield with ease.

In Sir Alex Ferguson’s final three season’s in charge at Old Trafford Carrick was a consistent figure amongst the United first team squad, and never managed to make less than 40 appearances throughout. Two more League Titles followed (2011, 2013) as did another appearance in a European Cup final, only to lose out again to Barcelona (2011).

His efforts on the field were to be rewarded, as at the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge (2012/13, Carrick was included in the PFA Team of the year along with picking up the clubs Players player of the year award.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from the game in 2013 led to the appointment of David Moyes, which seen the club have a season they would rather forget finishing in seventh place, leading club to sack David Moyes and place club legend Ryan Giggs in charge for the final 4 games. It would be hard to pick anyone who could have held there head up high after that season, not just Carrick.

The following campaign seen the arrival of Dutchman Louis Van Gaal, but Carrick didn’t feature for the club until November after suffering an ankle injury. His stop start campaign only seen the midfielder make limited appearance’s that campaign, as United finished fourth in the Premier League.

The 2015/16 season under the Dutchman seen the club finish outside the top four, finishing in fifth place, whilst for Carrick on a personal note featured a lot more than the previous campaign, as he helped the club win the FA Cup for a 12th time.

As we head into the new season following Louis Van Gaal’s exit from the club and Jose Mourinho’s arrival to the club, Carrick will no doubt still have a significant role to play for the side. When the bigger games come calling, there can be little doubt that Carrick will be one of the first names on the Portuguese’s team sheet. He has been just that important and he still is.

Patrice Evra | The definition of a true United legend

When Sir Alex Ferguson brought in the then relatively unheard of French full back Patrice Evra from Monaco in the January transfer window of 2006, you could have forgiven sections of the united faithful for having their doubts.

A somewhat disastrous derby debut display against Manchester City, leading the Frenchman to getting substituted at half time wasn’t exactly the greatest of starts to his Old Trafford career. However despite the derby day blues, Patrice Evra went on to become one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s finest ever signings in his managerial career and became an essential part of the clubs success towards the late 2000’s and into the new decade.

In a stay that spanned over 8 years at Old Trafford, Evra won nearly all there was to win in the game. 5 Premier League Titles, 1 UEFA Champions League, 3 League Cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, and a bundle of Community Shields rounded off a mighty impressive medal collection for the Frenchman, with only an FA Cup winners medal missing from the Frenchman’s awards cabinet.

There have been few footballers that have played for the club, like Patrice Evra, who had shown so much passion for the club. He knew what playing for Manchester United meant. He wasn’t just here to perform on the pitch and pick up his handsome pay check, he understood what the club was all about.

After joining mid-way through the 2005/06 campaign, it wouldn’t really be till mid-way through the following campaign (2006/07) where Patrice Evra truly established himself in the United first eleven.

Having fought off competition from Mikael Silvestre, Evra never looked back. He opened up his goal scoring account for the Reds against Everton in a 3-0 victory, following that up with a lovely strike in the 7-1 demolition of Roma at Old Trafford.

Despite only making 24 league appearances, Evra was named in the PFA team of the year along with 7 other Manchester United players (Van Der Dar, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Gary Neville, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs) as the club won back the Premier League title from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side.

What was to follow in the 2007/08 campaign was beyond the stuff dreams are even made of; as United not only won the Premier League title, but were crowned Champions of Europe for a 3rd time defeating Chelsea on Penalties on that famous night in Moscow.

For Evra personally he was now the club’s first choice left back and made a mighty impressive 48 appearances in all competitions. He wasn’t just United’s best left back; he was now arguably now the best left full back in the world. His efforts on the field were rewarded as the club handed the Frenchman a four-year contract extension.

Evra remained ever present in the United side as we headed into the 2008/09 campaign, which seen the club win a 3rd successive Premier League Title, another League Cup and oh, were crowned Champions of the World! With the only blemish coming in the clubs final game of the season losing out to a superb Barcelona side in the European Cup Final in Rome.

From a personal perspective Evra again was named in the PFA team of the year and again made 48 appearances in all competitions much like the previous campaign.

The departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez a matter of weeks after the clubs European Cup final defeat, would always make the following season (2009/10) a difficult one for the club both on and off the pitch.

That season saw the club finish runners up to Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea side, but for Evra, he remained as consistent as ever going on to make a whopping 51 appearances in competitions, including appearing in all of United’s 38 League’s matches.

His efforts on the field were again rewarded as the French Man was named in the UEFA team of the year in January 2010.

The 2010/11 campaign brought something of a mixed bag for the club, Winning back the Premier League title is always a sweet moment, but losing out again to Barcelona in the European Cup final at Wembley left a touch of a disappointment on the season.

For Evra it was business as usual, as he went on to make that ever familiar number of 48 appearances in all competitions. He even made it on the score sheet, netting the opener against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford in a 2-0 victory.

As we headed into Patrice Evra’s final seasons at the Theatre of Dreams he remained a solid and consistent figure in and amongst the united side.

Disappointment on losing the League title to rivals Manchester City on the last day on the 2011/12 campaign was put right the following season (2012/13) as United won back the League Title for a record equalling 20th time.

His final season at the club (2013/14) fast became a rather forgettable one for the club, as United slipped to 7th place under then boss David Moyes.

His time at Old Trafford was officially brought to an end on the 21st July 2014, where it was announced Evra would be joining Italian giants Juventus.

His time at the club may be long over, but he will be forever remembered in the hearts of the united faithful. He knew what it meant to play for Manchester United, and we won’t forget that.

Carrick: China Tour has added spice

Michael Carrick is predicting a pre-season friendly with some “added spice” when Manchester United and City meet in China later this month.

The local rivals will face each other in the International Champions Cup at Beijing National Stadium on July 25th as part of Tour 2016. The Reds will also play Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai, China, three days before the derby encounter.

Carrick who recently committed his future to the club for another year, is relishing the clash with City and says United’s opposition in Beijing will bring an extra edge to the preparation match.

Speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com, the midfielder said:

“I am sure there will be a little bit of added spice for a pre-season friendly and it will be great for the fans out there to witness.”

“The support we get out there is incredible so the atmosphere will go up a notch I am sure.”

“Pre-season is always an important time for the team and for the players, making sure that you get to that level you need to be at for the start of the season.”

Whilst the derby clash with City is arguably the standout game of the China tour, Carrick recognises the Reds will also face a strong test in the opening tour match against Borussia Dortmund.

“They are a terrific team who did well in last season’s Bundesliga and I am sure it will be a good game for us. Playing against them will allow us to a certain extent, judge where we are at.”

“It is difficult to predict exactly what the games will be like because a lot will depend on which players are on display. But we know the games will be tough, as we are talking about two great teams here. I am sure they will be great games to watch.”

How do you think United will fare in China? Who would you like to see play? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Varela and Blackett set to leave United

Guillermo Varela and Tyler Blackett are set to be sold by Manchester United after Jose Mourinho deemed them surplus to requirements according to reports from Sky Sports.

Neither Varela or Blackett, are currently training with United’s first team squad, an indication that they will play no part in Mourinho’s plans for the future.

However Sky Sports go on to report that Mourinho remains keen to promote young players from the club’s academy and has identified central defender Axel Tuanzebe and full-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah as stronger options to be involved with the first team.

Both will be given first team opportunities by Mourinho this season, with the Portuguese said to be confident on the pair fulfilling their potential at the club.

Fosu-Mensah broke through to the first team ranks last season, making 10 appearances for the senior side, featuring in wins against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.

He can operate across the back four, as well as a defensive midfielder. It is believed Mourinho intends to focus his development as a right back.

Tuanzebe was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but grew up in Rochdale. He has been identified by United coaches as a leader, having already captained the Under-18 team as a first year scholar.

He has also been a key player for United’s U-21 side, although is yet to make his first full team debut, that opportunity could come under Mourinho.

United set to sign Hirving Lozano after Olympics

Pachuca forward Hirving Lozano will join Manchester United after the Olympics, according to his father-in law.

United have scouted the 20-year-old Mexico forward in recent months and Pachuca’s vice president has claimed that the club is in talks to sign Lozano, nicknamed “Chucky” in his homeland.

Now Lozano’s father in law has claimed the Mexico international will head to Manchester after El Tri defend their gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

Speaking to Futbol Entre Lineas,  Lozano’s father in law said:

“Yes. It is all done, just missing some details and after the Olympics, the deal will be official.”

He added that two weeks ago he had contacted relatives living in London for information on how to open a bank account in the UK.

Lozano featured in Copa America

Lozano has won seven caps for Mexico and made four appearances in last month’s Copa America, where they were thrashed 7-0 by eventual winners Chile.

United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor had been, who had unearthed Javier Hernandez, had being reportedly monitoring Lozano, as well as his team mates Erick Guitierez and Rodolfo Pizarro.

Lawlor extensively scouted Hernandez six years ago before he helped United complete a £6 Million pound deal for the then Chivas Guadalajara striker.

Hernandez scored 59 goals for United in 157 appearances and won two Premier League titles before he was sold to Bayern Leverkusen by Louis Van Gaal last season.