The Season Ahead

The boys are back! And for the first Talking Manchester United podcast episode of the 2018/2019 season, Paul and Ash give their thoughts on United’s preseason tour (including last nights game against Bayern Munich).

But, more importantly, the guys preview Friday’s game against Leicester City as well as giving their hopes and predictions for the season ahead.

And sticking to tradition, the guys also read out and discuss your tweets to ensure you remain involved!

The podcast can be found here on the website, Youtube and on almost any other Android and Apple podcast app. So be sure to listen and subscribe! And where you can, leave the guys a comment!

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Jose Mourinho To Enter His Third Season At Manchester United: Is It Now Or Never?

In America right now Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are playing friendly games and slowly building up to the start of the 2018/2019 Premier League season.

United, Mourinho and their opponents, Leicester City, have the honour (if that is the right term because of television demands) to kick off the new season a day before all the other Premiership teams, on Friday 10th August 8: 00 pm at Old Trafford. Mourinho, however, does not come across at the moment as someone happy in his job and it could be argued there are extenuating circumstances for this.

Firstly for the first two friendly matches in America, the United squad was a mix of first team, reserves and youth players on the fringe of their careers. With some of Mourinho’s major players/ stars having extended late holidays after their excursions in the FIFA World Cup.

Secondly, with the transfer season in the UK closing the day before the Premiership season kicks-off, Thursday 9th August, there is a sense of urgency around strengthening the present United squad. However having already added three new recruits to the United roster you might think Mourinho would be happy. The new recruits it could be argued are hardly marquee signings destined to get the supporters pulses racing.

Of the three new men the Brazilian ‘Fred’ is the most high profile, but as he was an unused substitute for Brazil in the World Cup, his signing seems hardly overwhelming. He may in time fulfil the Michael Carrick role but as yet the jury must be out. Rumours persist of specific new signings destined to come to the club, the most interesting being the approaches for England’s centre-back Harry McGuire and Chelsea’s Willian, but as yet there is nothing concrete with either of these speculations. Given then the situation, in one sense Mourinho”s demeanour is very understandable, however, there is also the personal ‘X-factor’ to throw into the current situation.

On joining United from being sacked from Chelsea, Mourinho signed a three-year contract. As he enters his third season in charge he must be aware that there has to be a significant improvement in his results if he is to be around for the start the fourth season.

While finishing second last season, a marked improvement on his first season in the Premiership, United were still so far behind Manchester City it was little short of embarrassing. Add to that an inept display in the FA CUP Final at Wembley last May resulting in losing to his former club Chelsea, and it all meant a season of discontent and discomfort.

It must be argued that when Mourinho took over from Louise VanGaal the club was in a mess. Both Van Gall and the manager before him David Moyes had collaborated to knock the heart of the clubs attacking philosophy, known by many as the ‘United Way’.

Under Mourinho, there has been an undoubted improvement in style and results however United are still short in particular areas. Mourinho’s outbursts and criticisms about some United players have also not gone down well with lots of clubs supporters.

The stakes then for Mourinho, United and the coming Premiership challenge could not be higher, and to an extent are very much tied up to the next few days. If there are no new recruits then Mourinho will have to get more out of the squad than he did last season. If there are new recruits then Mourinho’s job will be to blend them into a more productive unit and hope that as far as the Premiership is concerned, United will be able to challenge Manchester City or the team which sits at the Premiership summit in a more exciting and consistent way.

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Fred ‘delighted’ to join United in 5-year-deal

Manchester United have announced Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred as their second signing of the summer. The deal was finally announced by United today, with the Brazilian joining Jose Mourinho’s side on a 5 year deal.

25 year old Fred is currently still at the World Cup with the Brazil squad, but is excited about his future at Old Trafford:

“This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team,

To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed.”

United manager Mourinho was pleased about the addition of the Brazilian: “Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game.”

During his time at Shakhtar Donetsk, Fred contributed to three league titles, three Ukrainian cup and triumphs and a further four Ukrainian Super Cups. He joins young Portuguese full-back Diego Dalot at Old Trafford, United’s only other summer signing who signed from Porto in a deal believed to be worth around £20m.

Fred will team up with Mourinho’s other midfield options, including Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Scott Mctominay and Paul Pogba. The United manager will be hoping these midfield options will be able to compete in a potential title challenge with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Maraoune Fellaini’s future remains uncertain at the club with his contract running out at the end of this month. A contract remains on the table for the Belgian, currently at the World Cup, with Arsenal and AC Milan also linked as potential suitors for the midfielder.

United close in on Porto full-back Diogo Dalot

Manchester United are close to making Portuguese u21 international Diogo Dalot their first summer signing, with United expected to trigger the player’s £17.5m release clause. The deal for Dalot is expected to be finalised in the coming days.

Jose Mourinho believes Dalot can provide competiton for ageing right-back Antonio Valencia, as well as providing back up in the left back position. The 19 year old will replace Matteo Darmian as defensive cover who is set to join Italian Champions Juventus after an unsuccessful spell at Old Trafford. Daley Blind is also likely to leave the club this summer having failed to impress Mourinho last season.

Despite just making six full appearances for Porto last season, Dalot is regarded very highly and has the potential to become one of the world’s best full-backs. He is described as a modern day versatile full-back, who has pace and the ability to deliver a good cross.

This signing raises doubts over Timothy-Fosu Mensah’s future, having spent the season out on loan at Crystal Palace last year. The Dutch defender may have expected to be Antonio Valencia’s understudy for the new campaign but will now have to work even harder to prove his worth to Jose Mourinho.

United are also working on deals to sign Shaktar midfielder Fred and Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld before the World Cup starts, with the players likely to cost a combined £100m.

 

 

All About You

This weeks podcast will be 100% all about you, the listener!

Paul and Ash will spend the entire episode taking your questions/suggestions left on Twitter over the last few days.

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Season Review!

In this weeks podcast, Paul and Ash will look back at the FA Cup final defeat as well as reviewing United’s season as a whole.

As always, the guys will read out your tweets to ensure you remain involved!

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Pogba To Quit Manchester United? Latest Transfer News

Transfer News
By: Vishnu Anandraj

As Manchester United’s focus turns from the disappointing season to the transfer window, credible news about Manchester United will be few and far between. But when players, executives and credible outlets speak, they can sometimes reveal exciting news for Manchester United fans heading into the summer.

Samuel Umtiti Contract Update
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken on Samuel Umtiti future with the Catalans. He has said that Barcelona are keen to keep the French superstar, but will not change their wage structure in the process. Various Spanish outlets have stated that negotiations have slowed because of Umtiti high wage demands. Manchester United have shown to be willing to pay big wages to their players, and a center back of the quality of Umtiti is much needed for the Red Devils. This is one to continue to keep an eye, but if he doesn’t sign a contract, Manchester United looks to be at the front of the cue to sign the Frenchman.

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Fellaini to AC Milan
Gianluca DiMarzio, the highly acclaimed Italian journalist, has reported big news on Marouane Fellaini. He quoted AC Milan’s sporting director in saying “Fellaini? He could be an important player. In fact, he is an important player. We know that he is not renewing his contract with Manchester United, but it is difficult to say if we have closed it.” Such clear words coming from a person of high authority is rare, but is almost definitive proof that Fellaini will leave. If Mourinho didn’t publicly praise the Belgian so much, more United fans would surely be more confident in the departure of the Belgian.

Pogba Transfer Update
Paul Pogba spoke about his links to PSG, and the Manchester Evening News quoted him in saying “I cannot look far. I’m sure, contractually, to stay at Manchester United.” While this shuts down any links to him in the near future, it doesn’t suggest that he is happy at the club and feels his future is long term at the club. Pogba could be another short term player like Matic, Sanchez, Young, Herrera and Valencia; not because of his age but because of his attitude. Mixed feelings for United fans after the Frenchman’s comments.

Talisca Transfer Off
On Liverpool’s website, the Besiktas boss was quoted in saying ” ‘Talisca was already gone at the winter break,’ ” Gunes said after their last game of the season against Sivasspor, in which they won 5-1 with Talisca on the scoresheet. ‘I’m sorry that he won’t be with us any longer. I wish he could stay for his sake and ours. He already had a deal in place.’” Later on in the article, they quoted him in saying “he might be rivals with Cenk Tosun.” Tosun recently signed for Everton in the January transfer window, making Talisca a likely target for Liverpool. The fact that it is also on the official website of the club speaks volume to the legitimacy of the deal. This could be a blessing in disguise for Manchester United, because many fans agree he was not the quality of player good enough to make our midfield significantly better. It also suggests that the board are attempting to sign a higher quality of player instead of bargain buys.

That’s all for this week, but news will surely continue to come in about the Red Devils’ transfer dealings.

 

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United Stand Season Review Awards

Manchester United Season Review Awards

We want YOU! The United Stand is THE Manchester United channel that’s all about the fans, so what better way to have a season review show than to have one totally based around your opinion?

Below you’ll find a number of different polls you can cast your vote in. From best performance of the year to the most improved player, from flop of the season to best goal of the season. We’ve got every category covered and the main thing is your vote will influence who ends up winning the most important awards in Manchester United’s season.

So cast your votes below and join us LIVE at 8pm GMT on Sunday 20th May – click here for the link to link to the show – for the only Manchester United Awards show that matters.

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FA Cup Final Preview

In this weeks podcast, Paul and Ash briefly discuss Manchester United’s last two games of the season V West Ham and Watford.

The guys also pay tribute to Michael Carrick who played his last game in a United shirt against Watford.

The will also preview this weekends FA Cup Final against Chelsea.

As ever, the guys will also read out and discuss your tweets to ensure you remain involved.

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5 Surprise Midfield Signings for Manchester United

5 Surprise Midfield Signings for Manchester United

It is imperative that Manchester United have to invest in the midfield in order to challenge for a title next season. Amid links to midfielders such as Toni Kroos, Sergej Milinkovic Savic, and Fred, what are some of the other options Manchester United have? Here’s five midfielders that would surprise Manchester United fans, but aid us in our title quest next season.

5. Julian Draxler

 

Age 24
Club PSG
Contract Ends 2021
Height 6’ 2”

 

 

 

Draxler has featured in an ultimately disappointing PSG side this season, playing alongside the likes of Verratti, Mbappe and Neymar, yet failing to win the big prizes the club set out to win. With Neymar and possibly Verratti likely to force a move, Draxler may also be looking to find a way out of the French club this season. Capable of playing on the wing or in midfield, Draxler would be perfect for Manchester United. He’s a top class player who can score, create and add flair to our attack. Draxler will also be 25 in September, the perfect age for our squad. In addition, PSG will have to pay 180 million euros to AS Monaco in order to keep Kylian Mbappe, and they will certainly look to get any money they can to avoid breaking FFP rules. If Manchester United act fast enough, they could sign him for a reasonable price. While we have been tentatively linked to him in the past, this is a player Manchester United could very well sign this season

4. Lucas Torreira

 

Age 22
Club Sampdoria
Contract Ends 2022
Height 5’ 6”

This young Uruguayan midfielder has done exceptionally well for Sampdoria in Serie A this season. A center-defensive midfielder who is similar to Michael Carrick, Torreira excels at transitioning the ball quickly from back to front, using his incredible passing range and astute reading of the game to transition the ball into the final third. Torreira would be an ideal addition to our midfield, as he could rotate with Matic or play in a midfield three with Pogba, giving him license to go forward while also contributing offensively with playmaking from deep. However, he is only 22, and with Mourinho growing impatient with the likes of Rashford and Martial, there is no evidence he will sign such a young player. He’s also contracted until 2022, which would make him fairly expensive for such a young player. But Torreira will almost certainly be snapped up by a bigger club this season, and there is no reason Manchester United shouldn’t be at the front of that cue.

3.Adrien Rabiot

Age 23
Club PSG
Contract Ends 2019
Height 6’ 3”



A talented but somewhat inconsistent midfielder, Frenchman Adrien Rabiot has had a mixed season for PSG. Standing at 6 foot 3, his physicality combined with his technical ability make him a uniquely talented player. His passing, creativity and physicality are all things that Manchester United could benefit from if he were to sign. His contract is up in a years time, so he could be signed for a cheap price in Manchester United act fast enough. As previously mentioned, PSG will be looking to offload players to balance their massive spending of the last few season. While he has struggled for consistency and would be a risk, Rabiot is a player who under the right guidance, could be a great signing for the Red Devils.

 

2.Max Meyer

Age 22
Club FC Schalke 04
Contract Ends 2018
Height 5’ 8”

FC Schalke have had a terrific season in the Bundesliga, finishing second to Bayern Munich and ahead of Borussia Dortmund. At the heart of this campaign has been Max Meyer. He’s creative, skillful and above all, has played for a team that plays similar to Manchester United in some aspects. Schalke defend deep and do not rely on pressing, and try to counter attack often. With a similar defending style at United, Meyer could quite easily adapt to Mourinho’s system and help the team become better on the break. His contract ends this summer, meaning any club could sign him for free. He has been heavily linked to Liverpool, but Manchester United should not sleep on this hot German prospect. 

1.James Rodriguez

 

Age 26
Club FC Bayern Munich (Loan from Real Madrid)
Contract Ends 2019 (Loan)
Height 5’ 11”

James Rodriguez would be an unbelievable midfield signing for various reasons. He’s a huge brand worldwide, and would be the perfect player to acquire the number 10 shirt. He’s also a player who doesn’t need much development, and could come straight into the team and make an impact. He’s a leader, not the same kind of leader as Roy Keane, but someone who has passion and leads by example. But above all that, his attributes as a player make him one of the best midfielders in the world. He can play in a midfield two, a midfield three or as an attacking midfielder. His passing range, decision making, vision, skill and crossing make him one of the most complete midfielders in Europe. Additionally, Rodriguez’s dead-ball delivery is exceptional, and with the amount of height we have in our team, he could unlock a whole new dimension to Manchester United’s attack. While he is still on loan at Bayern, the club are still unsure whether to keep him or not. And if Manchester United act quickly, we could have a player that could have a tremendous impact on our title challenge next season.

 

By: Vishnu Anandraj

 

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