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Football has always been my passion, a passion fueled by my late Grandfather whose love for the game was impossible not to share. I grew up with stories of Duncan Edwards and the Busby Babes, who my Granddad had seen first hand, and it was there my interest in the greatest football story ever told began. From the tragedy of the Busby Babes to the resurrection through Best, Law and Charlton. Then back in to obscurity for a quarter of a century until a certain Sir Alex Ferguson rolled in to town. Once you learn the history of the club it's hard not to fall in love with it. And for that I'll always be grateful to my Pops.

Alexis Sanchez in Straight Swap For Mkhitaryan

Alexis Sanchez will join Manchester United in a straight swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

There had been talk earlier in the week that Manchester United would pay up to 25 million pounds plus Mkhitaryan to take Sanchez away from Arsenal but it appears Ed Woodward has played hardball with Arsenal and pulled off a deal that places even more scrutiny on Manchester City’s withdrawal over money concerns. It appears more and more likely that Alexis Sanchez simply chose the bigger club in Manchester United.

But whilst Manchester City can turn their open chequebook towards another big signing, the cold hard reality for Arsenal is they were never in a position of strength with Sanchez being out of contract in May and Manchester United clearly used this to their advantage in the negotiations. With both players expected to complete medicals tomorrow and be publicly unveiled by their new clubs, Arsenal fans will no doubt try and see the positive in the recruitment of Mkhitaryan. However, the harsh truth is, like with Robin Van Persie, United are stealing Arsenal’s most precious asset for next to nothing and in return are providing them with a player they no longer want.

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Raiola Holds Up Sanchez to Manchester United Deal

Mino Raiola, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent, is now reportedly the biggest factor in the Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United deal. So who is Mino Raiola and how has he become more powerful than Manchester United in this deal?

Alex Ferguson was never a fan of super agent Mino Raiola and blamed him for the loss of Paul Pogba to Juventus, but in recent years Manchester United have been more than happy to feed Raiola’s ego in return for the likes of Pogba, Zlatan, Mkhitaryan and Lukaku.

In the case of Mkhitaryan, it now looks like Raiola could be come the obstacle Sir Alex always said he was….

Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is a deal that’s been limping on all week and the latest suggestion is that Mino Raiola is the man holding it up. Sanchez and United agreed their part of the deal last weekend, with full details of his wage and signing on fee leaked on Wednesday. However, a deal cannot be achieved until Manchester United and Arsenal agree on the fee, and with Arsenal wanting a player, Mkhitaryan, instead of cash, this is where Raiola comes in and wields his power.

So much power that it’s now being suggested by those close to the deal that it’s up to Raiola if Mkhitaryan goes to Arsenal or not. If Raiola decides it’s good for his client, it will happen. If he doesn’t like the deal it won’t. What that means for Sanchez and United remains to be seen. But it’s another example of the power agents now hold in football and it doesn’t take much guesswork to predict that the biggest factor in whether this deal will go ahead or not will be money.

With Mkhitaryan and Raiola guaranteed to make more money from this deal than they would if he stayed at United on his current contract, or returned to Dortmund who don’t have the financial pull of Arsenal, it’s pretty certain Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal. But not until Raiola is happy that the slice of the pie he and his client get are to his liking and size.

Alexis Sanchez To Make Manchester United Debut Against Burnley

Alexis Sanchez will make his Manchester United debut against Burnley on Saturday according to reports. The premier league deadline for players to be registered with clubs for the weekend fixtures is midday on Friday, and with two full days to complete the deal Manchester United are confident they can hand Alexis Sanchez his debut in the tough away fixture at Burnley.

Debate still rages on as to how the Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United deal will be structured. The ideal choice for Manchester United and Arsenal is that Henrikh Mkhitaryan features in the deal. This allows Arsenal to bring in a much needed player to replace Sanchez and it allows Manchester United to offload Mkhitaryan, who clearly no longer has a future at the club. However, Mkhitaryan’s resistance to the deal and Mino Raiola’s unrealistic wage demands could scupper this preferred option. That would not ultimately prevent the Sanchez to Manchester United deal going ahead though. Manchester United are willing to pay a straight 35 million for Sanchez, so if Mkhitaryan doesn’t feature in the deal there should be no problem in getting the deal over the line by Friday.

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Fellaini to Quit Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini will quit Manchester United this summer for a new challenge according to reports.

Out of contract this month and free to arrange a deal with any club outside the Premier League, Fellaini’s future has long been one of concern for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.

Manchester United now find themselves in the strange situation where a player with Fellaini’s limited qualities effectively has them begging him to stay. So much so that Jose Mourinho is still hoping he can persuade Fellaini to stay on their current trip to Dubai.

However, it is understood that Fellaini wants a new challenge away from Manchester United. And whilst this thirst for a new challenge may well be driven by the fact that he’s a free agent and can expect substantial wages at his new club and a signing on fee running in to millions, the reality is Marouane Fellaini is somewhat of a divider when it comes to Manchester United fan opinion.

Whilst some will miss the big man’s no nonsense approach and effort levels, others will rejoice in the departure of a player who symbolises the route one direct football many United fans detest.

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Man United Willing to Pay £40M for Tottenham’s Danny Rose

Man United want 40 Million Danny Rose

Manchester United are still finding the rhythm in overtaking Man City in the Premier League. In order to do this, it’s reported that Jose Mourinho is eyeing Tottenham’s Danny Rose.

Reports have it that the possible transfer deal is worth £40 million, making this one of the biggest transfers this year.

Rose has already been eyed by Man United for some time. However, the possibility of the transfer moving forward were bleak, until now. Rumors about his interest in a move to the Reds have been swirling around the media for months. However, he decided to make it official as he stated in an interview that he would welcome any opportunity to move to another team if it means having higher chances of winning more trophies. And now, Manchester United is seeing this interest as an opportunity for them to increase their chances of getting a Premier League title.

Unfortunately, things don’t seem to be in sync when looking at the Spurs’ inner circle. Daniel Levy, Tottenham’s chief, says that he wouldn’t let any transfers push through, especially
when it comes to selling their most cherished possessions free. He says that this would just strengthen their rival teams, and he wouldn’t let it happen.

However, it’s not just Man United wishing to get Rose to play for their team. Along with the Reds, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain are also hoping to attract the 27-year-
old. But out of the four clubs, the one who’s most aggressive is Manchester United. One source says that Jose Mourinho likes the playing style of Rose. It’s even said that the United coach is
expecting to have him early next year because of his natural fondness with the footballer.

And even though the relationship between Tottenham and Man United aren’t the best, it still boils down to money at the end of the day. This means that if the price is right for both clubs, then there are no reasons to doubt that the transfer won’t happen.

So, what’s up with the Spurs? Well, it’s safe to say that Pochettino’s decisions are still a big factor in the transfer. In his statement, he says that Rose isn’t in perfect shape as he just
recovered from a 10-month- long rehabilitation due to an injury. Though this is based on facts, one can easily say that this might be one of Pochettino’s tactics so that the other teams would look elsewhere. But if ever Danny Rose makes his way to Man United, then this would also mean Luke Shaw going to Tottenham.

Surprisingly, the Red Devils are more than willing to let this happen. And what’s even more surprising is that they’re prepared to pay a hefty sum of money just to get Rose to the team.
How much? £40 million!

And is it worth it? Well, it seems like it is. With a passing success percentage of 88.9% and an overall rating of 6.44, one can see that Rose’s statistics is way above average. The Englishman
is also pretty good when it comes to aerial duels, dribbling, and tackling. Plus, he’s a gifted defender. All of these traits are complementary to what Man United needs. And now that they’re trailing Manchester City’s strong 1/8 odds, it makes sense for them to double their efforts.

One way of doing that is by getting Rose to the team as soon as possible. The Red Devils are currently seated at the Premier League’s second spot with 14/1 odds to spare. But Chelsea and Tottenham are nearing them with 18/1 and 20/1 odds. To avoid them being stepped over by other teams, they need a legit defender/midfielder. Who is it? It might be Danny Rose.

So, when this transfer happens, it’ll then be highly recommended for you to bet on Man Unitedgames from the top UK betting sites. Why? It’s because their chances of title-contention are stronger than ever. That is if the transfer does happen, of course.

Ross Barkley Perfect For Manchester United

Ross Barkley would be perfect for Manchester United. Not the words you’ll here from the majority of Manchester United fans, but listen carefully and more and more fans are starting to think Barkley could be exactly what United need.

Barkley is one of those players that seems to have been around forever. But at only 23 years of age that’s another string to Barkley’s bow that could benefit a club like United who have been caught woefully short of midfielders this last few weeks. Plenty of Premier League experience, creative, fast, strong, Barkley ticks many boxes in the search for a midfielder who can come to Old Trafford and offer some much needed squad depth and exuberance. He’s also played with Lukaku and has an understanding of what Lukaku likes in relation to crossing and through balls.

Add in to the above that Barkley’s a free agent in May and the question has to be why aren’t Mourinho and United all over this deal? Tottenham and Chelsea are both very keen so it’s not like Barkley isn’t admired by other big clubs.

The issue lies in Barkley’s inconsistency and a question mark over whether he has the scope to improve. There’s no question that on his day Barkley can be the shining light on the pitch, the issue is there’s been too many games for Everton where that light has gone missing. Mourinho was an admirer of Barkley from his Chelsea days but as with Renato Sanches we’ve already seen that Mourinho’s admiration for a player can come full circle in less than twelve months if he sees traits he doesn’t like. But with Pochettino interested, it’s fair to say that Barkley with the right management can take that next step and become one of the league’s best performing attacking midfielders.

The question is will Manchester United put their hat in the ring for Barkley? Personally I think they should. Especially with all the rumours that United don’t actually have that much money to spend. A player of Barkley’s potential for free is a no brainer.


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Mourinho Won’t Leave Manchester United

Jose Mourinho isn’t leaving Manchester United any time soon.

Second in the league and comfortably top of their Champions League group after four games, not to mention Europa League and League Cup champions, Mourinho has no need to let his mind wander from anything other than making Manchester United the best side in Europe again. Yes, there’s been disappointments in October but the cold hard truth is Mourinho is achieving and progressing as Manchester United manager.

As for reported PSG interest. Of course PSG are interested in the biggest name in football management! But to believe that Mourinho is about to down tools and walk out a quitter from the biggest club in the world would be ridiculously naive. Let’s remember what week it is for a start. International week in November, football’s equivalent of watching repeats of Holby City. International breaks aren’t the most riveting at the best of times but the November break really does take the biscuit as the worst of the lot. Most international sides have qualified or been knocked out of the World cup so it’s essentially the most boring two weeks of the football season. Which means media outlets need to get creative to generate views, income and interest.

What better way to do that than to focus on the biggest club in the land, Manchester United, and a bit of controversy, Mourinho wants to leave. Because that’s what we’re facing, media outlets spinning a yarn to generate interest in their sourceless bile. Because Mourinho isn’t going anywhere unless Manchester United force him out. And why would they? He’s progressed the club fantastically well over the last 12 months and in the face of a Pep Guardiola Manchester City, who have unlimited resources, Mourinho has positioned United as the number one rival to City. Which for a club that’s finished outside the top four three times in the last four years shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Of course it’s not going to be easy for Mourinho to take on Pep and beat him, but those who think Jose will walk away from that battle clearly haven’t done their research on a man whose spent his life battling against the odds.

Manchester United’s future is in safe hands under Mourinho. He’s going nowhere.


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Southampton vs Manchester United LINEUP Revealed

Manchester United face a trip to Southampton this weekend, where three points would almost ensure they go in to the international break at least joint top with Crystal Palace to come to Old Trafford next weekend.

So how will Jose Mourinho lineup against Southampton, and how big a challenge will the Saints be? Southampton have found goals hard to come by this season but at the other end they’ve got one of the meanest defences in the league. Should United be weary of this particular trip down south or is it simply a case of if the Manchester United of the last few weeks turn up three points are given?

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Griezmann to Manchester United Moves Closer?

Antoine Griezmann or Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United? Who would United fans prefer to be Man Utd’s next number 7 and which is more likely?

With Sanchez out of contract at the end of the season there’s a feeling that Mourinho could scupper Pep’s plans and bring Sanchez to United this January. But where would that leave the Griezmann deal? Would Mourinho want both?

Plus with today’s big news from Atletico Madrid surely the Griezmann deal is more a matter of when not if?

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Mourinho Confirms Starters! Manchester United vs Burton Albion Preview

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has given a big hint about which players will start the game against Burton Albion by naming those Manchester United players who definitely won’t be part of the matchday squad. Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, David De Gea and Antonio Valencia have all been given the night off by Mourinho, which opens the door for a number of United squad members who haven’t had much chance to show what they can do so far this season.

So will Luke Shaw, Angel Gomes and Scott McTominay start? Watch our Manchester United vs Preview by clicking HERE and find out who we predict will start against Burton