The Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United deal faces more delays as Man Utd fans reach the end of their patience on the announcement.
All week Manchester United fans have been frantically refreshing their social media accounts awaiting the announcement of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, and with Alexis Sanchez having his medical this Sunday afternoon many fans feel an official announcement from the club is just hours away. However, it’s today been reported that the Alexis Sanchez deal could still be another 48 hours away….Whether this is more smoke and mirrors from the press who’ve been saying Sanchez would sign for United in the next 48 hours since 1986 remains to be seen. But how much more can Manchester United fans take?
Alexis Sanchez is the club’s most significant signing in years, literally stealing Arsenal’s best player from under the noses of Manchester City is the sort of signing dreams are made of and the desire to see Sanchez holding up a United shirt is one fans have been waiting for all week.
Let’s hope the reports are wrong and we’ll all be sitting down for Sunday Night LIVE on The United Stand at 8pm with Alexis Sanchez officially a Manchester United player.
Manchester United are negotiating a straight swap with fellow Premier League side Arsenal for Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez, which would see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates, according to a report on Sky Sports.
The Red Devils have been working on a deal for Sanchez for several days now but it has now come to light that there will be no transfer fee included in the negotiations.
Arsenal initially had an asking price of around £30m for Sanchez but with Mkhitaryan being added to the deal, that fee has been scrapped.
Manchester City dropped their interest in the winger as it would cost the club too much, but the fact that United are close to signing him without any transfer fee at all shows that the deal may not be as costly as expected.
Arsenal want to offload Sanchez this month or else they will lose him for free in the summer and Arsene Wenger looks like he is going to be getting a very good deal if Mkhitaryan agrees to join the Gunners.
Mkhitaryan hasn’t hit the heights with United as he did for Borussia Dortmund which saw him win the Bundesliga Player of the Year, but he will get another chance to prove himself in the English top flight.
The Armenian, on his day, can be unplayable, as United saw at the beginning of this campaign when he was picking open opposition defences comfortably.
The Gunners are now negotiating personal terms with Mkhitaryan and if he agrees, then Sanchez will be given the green light to make the move to Old Trafford.
Signing Alexis Sanchez would be a real signal of intent from United and with the gap at the top of the Premier League cut down to 12 points, the Red Devils will feel confident of piling the pressure on for the title before the end of the season.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window, with the German international set to leave the Emirates, according to a report on the Independent.
Ozil’s contract with Arsenal expires in the summer but Arsenal would rather sell Ozil for money in January than lose him for free at the end of the season.
Mourinho is reportedly interested in a reunion with Ozil following their time working together in Spain at Real Madrid.
If the Red Devils fail to secure his signing in January, then it is understood that Mourinho will make a move in the summer where Ozil will have the freedom of choice to decide his next destination.
Arsenal have been working tirelessly to persuade the German to sign a contract extension with the North London club but so far, their efforts have failed.
Mourinho and Ozil had a healthy relationship during their spell at Real Madrid and the Portuguese manager has always been on good terms with the attacking midfielder.
Mourinho is a fan of Ozil’s tactical ability but the interest in Ozil has raised questions over the futures of current united attackers Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Personally, I’m not in favour of a move for Ozil as I feel that we have achieved the perfect balance between our midfield and attack. Also, Mata and Mkhitaryan have been hugely impressive at the start of this season and have been creating numerous amounts of chances for our forwards.
The addition of Ozil may take away the flow away from our attacking play, however, their is no doubt that he is a class player but I not so sure he can replicate his form for United that he had at Real Madrid.
United put the breaks on Arsenal’s title hopes after a second brace in two games from Rashford and a winner from Herrera secure all three points.
It was a game in which very few, including myself, expected United to emerge victorious. For United, outside of the top four, the squad riddled with injuries and Arsenal are up there challenging for the title, so naturally the gunners were favourites.
Then the game started. United looked bright, moving the ball around quickly and getting forward. When out of possession they pressed very well and frequently won the ball back. And then the unexpected happened. In the 30th minute United took the lead thanks to a goal from none other than Marcus Rashford! Juan Mata and Ander Herrera linked up with a little one-two (as they so often do) then Herrera fed the ball out to Varela who curled in a cross from the right hand side. The cross deflected off an Arsenal defender into the path of Rashford who drove the ball into the top right of the net.
Just three minutes later United doubled their lead. Mata, again playing an important part in the build-up, played a tidy ball out to Lingard who looked up and spotted Rashford in the middle. He hit his cross with enough pace leaving Rashford with nothing to do but direct the ball into the bottom left corner with his head for his second of the game. United were now 2-0 up and the crowd were rocking!
United were brought back down to earth shortly before half time when Danny Welbeck pulled a goal back in the 41st minute. Mesut Ozil hit a free kick into the United box and Welbeck, making easy work of shaking off Morgan Schneiderlin, got his head on the ball to guide it past David de Gea.
At half time I started thinking that Arsenal were going to go on and win the game. I thought that the goal would rile them up and they would come at us. I also thought that we would end up desperately defending the whole second half (especially after the 3-0 drubbing in October), sitting deep and inviting them onto us. But thankfully I was wrong! Throughout the whole second half, when Arsenal had the ball, United pressed and defended high up the pitch and it made the difference.
Although Arsenal had slightly more possession, United’s defence did a sound job in keeping the likes of Ozil and Sanchez quiet. And in the 65th minute the hard work paid off as United extended their lead back to two goals with a goal from Ander Herrera! The move building up to the goal again involved Juan Mata. The Spaniard played a through ball out to Marcus Rashford on the right who held the ball up, waiting for support. He then played the ball across the ground into the path of Herrera who rifled a shot with the inside of his boot which went in via a deflection.
At 3-1 the fans were back on their feet and the atmosphere felt relaxed again. That was until the 70th minute at least when Ozil mis-kicked a volley that found its way into the top left corner. This goal set up what felt like was going to be a tense final 20 or so minutes. But it wasn’t. United defended very well, again, pressing and defending high up the pitch. They did what they had to do to see out the game and that even involved a little show boating while running down the clock, which the fans loved!
It was a performance that all the players and fans should be proud of. From front to back United were solid. The defence held up well despite having two midfielders as centre backs, the midfield players all linked up well and helped to protect the defence and the attack, led by Rashford, was fantastic.
Let’s talk about Rashford for a second. A youth team player who made his debut against Midtjylland on Thursday night after Martial picked up an injury in the warm up before the game. There was no expectation, no burden on his shoulders. Just a chance to shine and shine he did. In that game and today’s, he showed his pace, his strength and his positioning and awareness. A true number 9. His second brace in as many games will fill him with confidence and belief that he can go all the way. The likes of Martial and Rooney will certainly have taken note of Rashford’s performances and rightly so.
Juan Mata also had a good game, linking up the midfield and playing a part in all three of United’s goals. Michael Carrick, despite an early yellow for a foul on former United player Danny Welbeck, also had a solid game at the back with plenty of interceptions and tackles. Morgan Schneiderlin had a very good second half cutting out passes and winning tackles. In general, the whole team performed fantastically and worked together to ensure the three points remained at Old Trafford.
The win lifts United back into 5th, just 3 points behind local rivals Manchester City [who have a game in hand] and United’s next game is on March 2nd at home to Watford. The players will be full of confidence going into this game and Watford have only won 2 of their last 10 Premier League games so I strongly believe we can win and put some pressure on a faltering Manchester City! Or maybe I am getting a little carried away?! We’ll see!
Paul’s player ratings – Man United V Arsenal
David de Gea (6) Protected well by his defence and couldn’t do much about the goals.
Guillermo Varela (6) Struggled at times with the pace of Sanchez and Monreal but effective going forward.
Micheal Carrick (8) Made several tackles and interceptions contributing hugely to United’s win.
Daley Blind (7) A calming influence on the game, always first to a loose ball.
Marcos Rojo (6) Not much to do but made a couple of good interceptions.
Ander Herrera (7) Scored what proved to be the winning goal and played his part in Rashford’s first.
Morgan Schneiderlin (8) An excellent second half reading the play and breaking down Arsenal attacks.
Jesse Lingard (7) Put in a battling performance and provided the assist for Rashford’s second.
Juan Mata (7) Fantastic work rate and played his part in all three of United’s goals.
Memphis Depay (6) Had few opportunities to shine but proved key in holding the ball and using his strength.
Marcus Rashford (9) Another fantastic performance again showing his awareness, vision and ability to score.
So what did you think of the game? Do you think it was an all round fantastic performance? Do you believe that top 4 is looking a little more realistic? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira, will have his career celebrated by The Football Writers’ Association at London’s Savoy in which United legend and rival, Roy Keane will pay tribute.
Keane and Vieira had a fiery rivalry during their time at Manchester United and Arsenal respectively; most notably the clash in the Highbury tunnel. But differences will be put aside as Roy Keane agreed, immediately, to pay tribute to the Frenchman.
Roy Keane says he has the utmost respect for Vieira and rates him alongside the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
If you would like to read the full article on the Daily Mail website, please click here.
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Premier League experienced Sanchez and Pelle reportedly on United’s radar.
Spanish site Don Balon claim that Louis van Gaal told Alexis Sanchez that he could be the ‘cornerstone’ of the United squad.
However, Sanchez has recently purchased a house in London so it’s unlikely he would up and leave to move north just yet. Also, it would be hard to see Wenger selling a top player to Manchester United again.
Another Southampton player is also allegedly on LVG’s wanted list. And that is Graziano Pelle.
The Italian international is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League and could prove to be a great addition to the United team.
But like Arsene Wenger, it’s hard to imagine Ronald Koeman – who holds Pelle in high regard – would allow his main striker to leave. But money talks!
To read the article in full please visit the Telegraph website by clicking here.
What do you think the likely hood of either of these transfer rumours happening is? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
It was a night to forget in North London for Manchester United, as they slump to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of a ruthless Arsenal.
Arsenal started the game by coming at United right from the outset and it paid dividends as all three of Arsenal’s goals came in the first 20 minutes.
The first came in the 6th minute when some mesmerizing one touch passing ended with Mesut Ozil, on the right-hand side of the United box. Ozil played the ball to the near post where Sanchez fired home past David de Gea with a cool Cruyff-like finish.
Less than a minute later Theo Walcott broke into the United box down the left. Cutting back, he played the ball into Mesut Ozil, who was unmarked on the penalty spot. Ozil, with all the time in the world, struck the ball first time, placing it into the bottom left corner, leaving David de Gea rooted to the ground.
It didn’t stop there. Arsenal’s attacking frenzy continued and Alexis Sanchez found the net in the 20th minute for his second in the game. From a central position, Theo Walcott played the ball out to the left finding Sanchez unmarked. Doing what he does best, Sanchez ran at the United defence, skipping past Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling, then lacing the ball into the top right corner. David de Gea had no chance.
By this point United looked defeated and shocked. I think every player and fan on both sides were shocked by what they were seeing from both teams.
On 33 minutes Aaron Ramsey had a golden chance to put United out of their misery. After some more quick, clever passing from Arsenal, a ball over the top to the back post found Ramsay unmarked but his volley was mis-hit and sailed over the bar.
By now Arsenal had taken their foot off the pedal slightly and Manchester United enjoyed some possession.
In the 44th Minute, Anthony Martial found the ball at his feet on the edge of the 6-yard box. He turned his man brilliantly but Petr Cech read the situation very well and came out quickly to block Martial’s shot. Had Martial scored, the second half could have been very different.
The second half was completely different regardless. Arsenal were contempt with their 3-goal lead and so sat back and allowed Manchester United to play.
Although United dominated possession for the entire second half, they only managed a few half chances that never really threatened Petr Cech.
Arsenal again had a couple of chances toward the end of the game to score another with Ozil and Giroud both having shots straight at de Gea and Oxlade-Chamberlain came close in the 91st minute with a lobbed shot hitting the bar.
It has to be said, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal got it spot on today. They completely out-classed Manchester United early on scoring the goals they deserved. They played at a very high tempo and their passing was so quick and tight that it pulled United apart. The link up between the Arsenal forwards was admirable. They were all in tandem with each other and showed great awareness. Then in the second half, they showed their defensive qualities – which have been questioned many times in the past – by keeping Manchester United at bay.
United on the other hand were nowhere near as good. And the sooner they put this result behind them the better.
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Arsenal Team Sheet
Özil (Oxlade-Chamberlain 75′)
Sánchez (Gibbs 81′)
Walcott (Giroud 75′)