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Man United In Advanced Talks For Kluivert

Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign Justin Kluivert from Ajax in a 10 million pound deal according to reports.

Kluivert, who only turns 19 in May, was part of the Ajax squad that faced Manchester United in the Europa League final last year, and is a player Jose Mourinho is long said to have admired. Playing off his favoured left side, Kluivert is considered one of the best up and coming talents in European football and with his contract up next year Manchester United could be well placed to pick up a bargain. Especially when Manchester United’s favourite agent Mino Raiola is also Kluivert’s agent.

So how would Kluivert fit in at Manchester United? At just under five foot eight Kluivert isn’t the biggest, but he has blistering pace and loves to dribble. In Premier League terms his style isn’t dissimilar to an Eden Hazard when he’s in full flow, but to suggest he’s on that level yet would be jumping the gun. Caution should always be taken when hyping up young players from any league and Manchester United will know only too well that a superstar in the making from the Dutch league isn’t a guaranteed ticket to success in the Premier League. Memphis Depay anyone?

Whether United truly are in for Kluivert remains to be seen. But with his contract up in just over a year, Mourinho an admirer, and Mino Raiola his agent, there’s already a number of positives in Manchester United’s favour.

Mourinho Reveals Summer Transfer Targets

Jose Mourinho has indicated he will sign two midfielders this summer, as he looks to strengthen an area that currently looks bereft of ideas and cohesion.

With Michael Carrick retiring Mourinho already knew he’d need to bring in at least one midfield replacement this summer. However, with Marouane Fellaini yet to sign a new contract and free to leave in the summer that would force Mourinho in to making two midfielder signings.

With Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay Mourinho’s only midfield options if Carrick and Fellaini leave, it’s not hard to see why United will need strengthen. Even with Fellaini and Carrick Manchester United currently look decidedly lightweight in the midfield, and many United fans feel that Mourinho should already have been prioritising the midfield area regardless of departures.

With the January transfer window shut Mourinho will have to wait until the summer to remedy the issue and that at least gives him a few months to assess his options and scout the possibilities.

So who might be on Mourinho’s scouting list? Milinković-Savić of Lazio, Jorginho of Napoli, Seri of Nice, and Fabinho of Monaco are four names that instantly spring to mind and with the current state of Manchester United’s midfield any two from that four would certainly improve Mourinho’s options. Although it shouldn’t be forgotten that Mourinho likes players who are established in the premier league and there are some suggestions that he’ll go back for Eric Dier from Tottenham if as many expect, Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League and a mass exodus ensues.

More Holdups In Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United Deal

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.

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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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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As the summer draws to a close, many United fans could be forgiven for feeling a sense of relief and respite that a rather arduous summer transfer window will be coming to a close at the end of the month. There have been many rumours that have circulated where it seems every Tom, Dick and Harry has had their name linked to a possible move to the club. How often must fans have their hopes raised only for them to be summarily dashed when rumours and fabrications are so rife, with minute grains of genuine transfer action so scantily available? When we rejoined the Promised Land at the end of last season, securing our Champions League berth in the most nail biting of fashions with Europa League glory, many United fans felt optimistic, fueled by a sense of overwhelming relief and euphoria. Surely, with the financial clout we possessed as the world’s richest club, the prestige and history that we held and our rightful place assured once more at Europe’s top table the sky was the limit in terms of the acquisitions which we could make to rejuvenate and bolster our squad?

Above all, there was one signing that we would definitely make. The one that we had been rumoured to have agreed with a player since the previous year, a player who had the magical stardust in his boots to not only inspire the team but provide a talismanic, magical figure who would elevate us into serious title contenders this season.  It wouldn’t take the most astute reader to realise that the player of whom I speak is Antoine Griezmann.  All but the most cynical of fans felt this was a deal that was a foregone conclusion, the player having spoken out that he was 6 out of 10 sure he would move to United prior to us securing Champions League football. Furthermore, the fact that Antoine had named David Beckham as a childhood idol and was a firm friend of Paul Pogba seemed to give further credence that the transfer was inevitable.  For United fans, still simmering at the ignominious departure of Memphis Depay, Griezmann also represented a chance at providing a rightful and fitting heir to the magical and hallowed Number 7 shirt, which had turned into something of a Siege Perilous for incumbents since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. However, the move hinged on Atletico having their transfer ban reduced to allow them to conduct business to replace their star man and, when the ban was upheld, Griezmann declared that he would stand with Atletico now more than ever.  Predictably, this generated a cacophony of hatred and abuse from outraged United fans who felt they had been led a merry dance by him, whilst others felt it showed a welcomed degree of loyalty at odds with the mercenary culture that football has become. Of course, this act would further be thrown into starker contrast by undeniably the most sensational move of the summer with Neymar swapping the glamour and prestige of Barcelona for the riches and new challenge of Paris St Germain.  Clearly, Neymar was an individual who didn’t really prescribe to Barcelona’s adage that “Mes que un club” which Griezmann seemed to be following when he tied himself to the Atletico colours.

Fresh from this disappointment, United were linked with many other star studded names including that of Neymar, who most believed was performing the classic trick of the stars of Real Madrid and Barcelona and merely prevaricating about unhappiness and discontent to secure himself a healthy raise in his salary. Among the names was Cristiano Ronaldo, who was said to be fed up of Spain and hankering for England once more.  As United fans, it is only right that when one of our favoured sons is rumoured to return that we were ecstatic, and personally since Ronaldo is my favourite footballer of all time, I would have been beyond delighted to welcome him back.  After all, in my opinion, this is the greatest footballer of all time and a man who proved last season against Bayern, Atletico and Juventus in the knockout rounds of the Champions League that he can single handedly win matches by himself with his goals on the biggest stage of all, against unquestionably some of the world’s greatest keepers (Neuer, Oblak and Buffon) and some of the tightest and meanest defenses in world football.  However, this transfer seemed to have very little genuine weight to it and, at this point of writing, appears to be Ronaldo acting angrily to accusations regarding his tax situation in Spain.

Whilst the glamour and glitz of the attacking options available to us had been discussed widely, it was to be in the heart of the defence that we made our first acquisition, that of Swedish defender Victor Lindelof.  Whilst many of us would have preferred a more stellar purchase like Raphael Varane it was understood that a young centre back of potential was an astute manoeuvre by Jose, who has garnered praise for his coaching and ability to work with defensive players.  I have often postulated that the reason for some of our defensive tactics last season was the inherent shakiness and instability at the back. Jones and Smalling are the sort of defenders who give fans nightmares and indeed provide the manager with no end of frustration in their limitations as footballers.  Jones may as well have his breakfast ordered to the treatment room and Smalling’s lack of technical passing ability even came up for approbation from Jose in the build up to the Europa League Final. Additionally, whilst I shall not bother to enumerate the various reasons why neither are what I consider to be good enough for United, it is their complete lack of composure that really does gall me.  For me, the best defenders are ones who make their work seem effortless or seamless, very often intercepting or judging astutely, reading the game and then acting in an unruffled manner to any hazardous situation.  If you are looking for an example of the complete opposite of this,  then look no further than the City pre-season game when Smalling tripped over his own feet in the first half and comically tried to regain his footing before De Gea came to his rescue. Whilst I have always been a strong believer in De Gea staying, I felt sure that bouts of despicably bad defending such as this would eventually wear his spirit down.  Although Lindelof has made a patchy start, I am genuinely hopeful that he can develop into the centre back that will render Jones and Smalling justifiably obsolete.

From a striking point of view we were initially linked with all and sundry but it seemed that the concrete interest was in Alvaro Morata, then of Real Madrid. Whilst Morata had been a substitute for Real Madrid for the majority of the season, his goals per minute record had been truly exceptional and he seemed to have that clinical edge that we could use to fire us to the title this season.  Additionally, having played for Juventus and Real Madrid, Morata was experienced in dealing with the pressures of top clubs such as United and seemed to possess well rounded stats without any major weaknesses.  Morata himself seemed to want the move and dyed his hair red but it was to be Romelu Lukaku who United plumped for when Madrid seemed hell bent on refusing any sum we offered to secure the Spaniard.  Whilst I felt some trepidation at the signing given some of the reservations I had over Lukaku, (namely his disappearance in big games and his leaden touch), it was extremely important to me that we not give them the goalkeeper whom I have often referred to, even on this website, as the “irreplaceable man” which is clearly what Los Blancos were angling for.  Lukaku’s physique and brutal strength, as well as his pace would at least assure us a formidable target man who could bully defenders and he did have that special knack of scoring against some of the lower teams who we had failed to put away last season.  Also, he does have an extremely prolific Premier League goal scoring record and certainly ticks the box of being “Premier League Proven”.

With these two signings complete we were once more obsessed with the search for our new anchorman at the base of our central midfield.  Although Cantona once used the position of “water carrier” disparagingly to denigrate Didier Deschamps, the position’s import cannot be underestimated, particularly when you realise the impact that a certain N’golo Kante has had on Leicester City and Chelsea over the past couple of seasons, deployed in this very position. When you compare the liveliness and sheer tenacity of Kante, whose running and energy is that of two men to Marouane Fellaini’s speed it wouldn’t take a genius to realise that we needed to upgrade in this position, particularly with the inevitable decline of an ageing Carrick. Many of us felt that Di Marzio would be proved right and that Fabinho would come to provide not only the high octane drive we needed in this area but also some much needed cover for Valencia at right back. However, for once, the English papers and journalists were correct and it was Nemanja Matic of Chelsea who was the real target for Jose Mourinho.  Matic is a player who is certainly a superior one to Marouane Fellaini and should grant us the balance to allow Herrera and Pogba to express themselves further forward.  Additionally, at 29 and with a couple of Premier League winners’ medals he brings some much needed experience and winning mentality which has been reduced through Rooney’s sale and Zlatan’s long term  injury.

Therefore, in summary, what will the remaining weeks of August bring us and what would each of you want them to bring us? There are some who feel that we should stick with the hardworking, honest and reliable players like Perisic and Aurier whilst others dream of bagging the Galactico signing of Gareth Bale should Mbappe move to the Spanish capital.  I feel like the correct choice, if available,  is Bale for many reasons. Firstly, we are still lacking true dangerous width which Bale would provide in abundance and would surely mean more limited time for Jesse Lingard who seems to be a starter for Jose in pre-season.  Secondly, despite some people wishing for the 3-5-2 formation I feel like we will be utilising the tried and trusted 4-3-3 and this would provide an instant berth for Bale to play in the same position as he does for Madrid, on the right hand side of the attacking triumvirate. With him, Lukaku and Martial as starters and the further attacking options provided by Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Mata and Lingard we would finally have greater quality and strength in depth to influence games from the substitutes bench. Thirdly, Bale’s price tag would likely exceed that of Paul Pogba which would finally dispel any of the lingering weight he seemed to feel last season as the man who was expected to work magic. Bale is used to shouldering the expectation of a world record transfer fee and also dealing with the bile and spite of Madrid supporters who boo and jeer at any opportunity.  United fans, by contrast, could never be as unforgiving or as venomous in their disgruntlement. Fourthly, unlike the others Bale is also Premier League proven, he knows the league and who can forget how he dragged an extremely average Tottenham side at the time to unrivaled heights a few years ago single handedly.  Finally, Bale would be the sort of player to strike fear in the opposition and create space and opportunities for others to exploit as defenders would be drawn like moths to his flame.  Over the last three seasons, Hazard twice and Mahrez in the interim year have shown us that typically the Premier League champions also have a wide player who provides those inspirational moments of goals and assists which fuel a title tilt.  Bale can be this player for us, who propels us to the title with those flashes of pure class and genius which can settle matches or turn one point into three in the blink of an eye.  In my view, we need this inspirational totemic figure and Bale would be ideal to solve not only our wide play but also the dearth of a true star to motivate and drive us to title glory. After all a Galactico is by definition an exceptionally gifted and celebrated footballer and we need someone of that ilk to furnish our team and exponentially increase our likelihood of achieving our title dreams this season.  At least if we signed this marquee player we can “guarantee” that we have no regrets come the end of the season and have made the investment in the star quality to assure we have the best possibility of realising our targets.

Manchester United sign Matthew Olosunde

Manchester United have signed highly rated American youth prospect Matthew Olosunde. The 18 year old defender/midfielder has been signed straight from college, although he has spent time with the New York Red Bulls.

United received international clearance for Olusande this week and he has already made his first appearance as a United player during the Red Devils youngsters U18’s 3-2 loss at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion U18’s on Friday (11 March).

Olusande had been drafted in from Duke University by New York Red Bulls as one of their six new recruits for the upcoming MLS season. However, United made their move and the exciting American has now made the move to Manchester over New York.

Duke’s University head coach John Kerr said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News, said “Matthew is a fantastic player who is comfortable playing in the back or in midfield. He has wicked pace and has incredible defensive recovery speed. He has great one vs one instincts on both sides of the ball and will help us right away in a number of positions,”.

Matthew Olusande
Manchester United signing Matthew Olusande

He’ll now be helping the Manchester United youth side, and hopefully the Manchester United first team in years to come.

Welcome to Manchester Matthew!

By Mark Goldbridge