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Jose Mourinho set to make shock move for Mesut Ozil!

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.

Manchester United are being strongly linked with a move for the German. (picture: independent.co.uk)
Manchester United are being strongly linked with a move for the German. (picture: independent.co.uk)

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.

What do you think?

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Manchester United given fresh hope of signing Bale!

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is on full alert after being informed about the possibility of Real Madrid offloading Welsh forward Gareth Bale to fund a move for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, according to a report on the Daily Star.

Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that Real Madrid want to fund a move for Mbappe without breaching Financial Fair Play rules and therefore need to balance the books by selling a player.

This player could end up being Bale as manager Zinedine Zidane isn’t keen on having four big players competing for three positions. Karim Benzema is likely to be offered a new deal at the club which leaves Bale as the odd man out.

Bale may be driven out of the Bernabeu this summer. (picture: dailymail.co.uk)
Bale may be driven out of the Bernabeu this summer. (picture: dailymail.co.uk)

Mourinho has talked about how he wants a winger before the transfer window slams shut and Bale would be available for about £90m. United are keen to sign a wide-wan because Mourinho may use different formations depending on the teams that he is facing and a player like Bale would be perfect for lightening counter attacks.

Zidane has previously said that Bale is not for sale and the player himself has stated that he is happy but Zidane prefers to move for Mbappe over keeping Bale, which is what could drive the Welshman out of the Spanish capital.

Do you think United should offer £90m for Bale?

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Morata ready to force United move

The transfer saga of the summer has taken another twist as Alvaro Morata has reportedly told Real Madrid he will not return to pre-season training with the club, as reported by metro.co.uk.

Jose Mourinho made Morata his number one target in the race to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his failure to lure Antoine Griezmann to Old Trafford but has so far seen any approaches rebuffed by Real Madrid. However, the Spanish international is so intent to switch his native Spain for the English Premier League that he is prepared to try and force his way out of the club.

The 24-year-old has apparently become disillusioned with how long the deal is taking to reach a conclusion and feels he now has no choice but to show his hand. Competing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, Morata found it increasingly difficult to tie down a regular starting berth at the Bernabeu, making just 14 league starts last season. The striker has also been convinced by Mourinho’s long term plan at Manchester United.

Mourinho is keen to tie up the deal before the pre-season tour of the US begins next week and have reportedly seen a new offer of over £70 million rejected by Madrid, although the revised bid does come closer to the club’s valuation of the player, believed to be around £79 million.

United hope to complete Morata signing this week!

Manchester United are hoping to finalise the highly anticipated signing of Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata this week, according to a report on the Manchester Evening News.

The Red Devils are hoping to secure Morata’s services before they fly out to the United States for their pre-season tour on Sunday.

The 24-year-old striker is reported to be itching for a move to the Premier League and the Old Trafford club seem to have persuaded him to do so.

The player wants the move but the two clubs have found it hard to agree on a price for the forward. United weren’t keen initially on paying a huge fee for the forward, but after number one target Antoine Griezmann decided to remain at Atletico Madrid, United chose to pursue Morata.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to keep Morata at Madrid and feels he can have a huge impact at the Spanish Champions but the Morata wants to be the main striker, which is something that Zidane can’t promise him.

However, at United, Morata will be the main forward and will be expecting to start every game. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving, the Spaniard can be the one to fire United to glory for the next couple of years. The Reds are confident that they can tie up the deal quickly and unveil their new signing before Sunday.

Morata recently got married and has been on holiday in Ibiza, where he reportedly made calls to Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid to speed up his transfer to United so he can prepare himself for the new challenge that he faces.

 

Real Madrid consider swapping star player for De Gea

Real Madrid are currently considering whether to include French defender Raphael Varane or Spanish forward Alvaro Morata in a potential deal to lure David De Gea to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the Metro.

The Spanish Champions are desperate to seal a deal for the shot stopper, but United are standing firm and are adamant not to sell their star keeper. The Spanish giants have made De Gea their number one transfer target and they know that they have a difficult task to convince United to sell the player.

David De Gea is Real Madrid's main target this summer. (Picture: skysports.com)
David De Gea is Real Madrid’s main target this summer. (Picture: skysports.com)

The Red Devils have put an £80million price tag on De Gea, however Real Madrid are hopeful that with the addition of Morata or Varane to the deal, the price will decrease significantly.

Varane worked with Mourinho previously and could be included in a swap deal. (Picture: Marca.com)
Varane worked with Mourinho previously and could be included in a swap deal. (Picture: Marca.com)

United have been linked strongly with Varane this week, with Sky Sports breaking the news that the Europa League Champions are interested in the defender, who became the youngest player ever to win three Champions League winner’s medals as Madrid tore apart Juventus in Cardiff.

Morata is also an option for United, with the striker confirming yesterday that reports of a done deal with AC Milan were false. To buy either player without De Gea as part of the deal would cost Jose Mourinho a huge sum of money, so this swap deal may interest the United boss.

Morata may also be used in a swap deal for De Gea. (Picture: sky sports.com)
Morata may also be used in a swap deal for De Gea. (Picture: sky sports.com)

The Daily Mail is claiming that Mourinho is willing to sell the Spanish keeper, but only if he has secured an adequate replacement first. United already have Argentine Sergio Romero, who in my opinion is good enough to replace De Gea ,as he has been impressive this season whenever he has played.

In my opinion, United should only accept an offer of £60million plus Varane, and this is just the minimum. De Gea is possibly the best goalkeeper in the world and will be for next decade or so which means he is worth about £100 alone.

What are your thoughts? How much would you allow De Gea to leave for?

Would you rather have Varane or Morata if there was a swap deal?

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David De Gea: The Irreplaceable Man

As always, during the transfer window, there is a great deal of speculation and conjecture which surrounds the possible movements of players into and out of our club. As I write this, we have just sold Memphis Depay to Lyon and, earlier in the window, allowed Morgan Schneiderlin to leave for Everton.  Both players’ sales have fuelled debate as fans argue whether their sales were justified, or whether they could have carved niches into the Manchester United team, as starters or within the supporting squad cast.

Furthermore, there has been ceaseless debate about how to replace Michael Carrick, who approaching 36, is coming to the end of his illustrious career at Manchester United. Even Old Father Time, whom Carrick has somehow eluded thus far, appears to be catching up with him and the theories on how to replace him have abounded.

As I ruminated over these issues during the last week, I began to formulate a hypothesis that there could be an “irreplaceable” player. As I perused the most prime candidates for this accolade, I considered the merits in particular of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba but then realised who, ultimately, in my opinion, is in a league of his own.

The man for whom an infamous fax machine malfunction prevented him moving to Real Madrid, the only man who every single rival fan admits is truly world class in our ranks and the man who has the complete trust of his fellow players.  The answer, of course, is David De Gea. To analyse whether he truly is irreplaceable we must consider his Manchester United career:

When De Gea arrived at the club in 2011, it was for a British record fee for a goalkeeper of roughly 17.8 million. I firmly believe that no fan of our club would say that since then we have been short-changed in the slightest and we have received more than a commensurate level of vital saves and performances which have cemented him as a firm favourite.  Although he struggled in his first season and was criticised roundly, De Gea showed the mental character and resolve necessary to stick around and prove his mettle and his worth.  Peter Schmeichel commented regarding the early period of De Gea’s United tenure:

“I admire David De Gea. I cannot remember anyone coming into Manchester United and being criticised the way he was. He was the subject of every debate in the media. You haven’t seen De Gea defend himself in the media or shifting the blame elsewhere. He just gets on with it.”

As I read through other comments about De Gea, it is striking how many reflect or allude to his incredible calmness and composure, a fantastic attribute to have when you are a goalkeeper with all the pressures and scrutiny that the role provides.  In the 2012-13 Season, at the tender age of just 22, De Gea was voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year as we won the Premier League keeping 11 clean sheets in 28 appearances.

Additionally, he also won the 1st of his Sir Matt Busby awards, which showed the high esteem he had become held in, during only his second season in the Premier League. De Gea also showcased that when it came to incredible stops he was already among the best at this young age, a particularly incredible save from a Torres header a highlight.

In the 2013-14 Season David De Gea won the Save of the Season for an incredible save from that year’s form player, the unstoppable Luis Suarez, who left Phil Jones eating dirt but whose rifled shot from point blank range was somehow parried by De Gea. It was an example yet again, over the past few years, where De Gea had provided a resolute wall, in the face of some pretty abject defending from his United team mates. This year he was named as both the Fans’ Player of the Year and the club’s Players’ Player of the Year.

By 2014-15 David De Gea had already established himself as our most valuable player in his compatriots’ eyes and went on to demonstrate further heroics in this season.  On the 5th October 2014, De Gea became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty from Leighton Baines, who had converted all of his prior 14 Premier League penalties. Again, De Gea was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second time, reclaiming the title that Petr Cech had won the previous year. A save against Everton again earned him the Premier League Save of the Season.

By this point De Gea had attracted great desire from Real Madrid, and in the summer of 2015, an agreement was reached for roughly 29 million, which included Keylor Navas being offered in part exchange. Fortuitously, the deal collapsed due to the paperwork not being submitted before the transfer window closed in Spain. On the 11th September, De Gea signed a new four year deal for the Red Devils to allay any further concerns about losing him for the immediate future. He put aside any personal feelings of disappointment and set about proving himself. Most notably with another quite astonishing save against Watford which won him the Save of the Season for the third consecutive time.

The club itself showed no ill feeling and he became the first player ever to win Manchester United’s Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons.  This is perhaps the most remarkable achievement, even amongst so many detailed above, given the illustrious and supremely talented players we have had at Manchester United over the years.

This season (2016-17), there has been a feeling among some supporters that De Gea’s level has dipped when compared with previous seasons. Indeed there is a call that, as rumours again surface about Real Madrid’s possible renewed interest, he could be replaced easily. This complacency and laissez-faire attitude is not borne out by the achievements I have laid out above nor reflective of De Gea’s vast importance to the team.

Some younger readers may not remember the goalkeepers which we had between Schmeichel and Van Der Sar. I struggle, even as I write the names, to block the hideous memories coming back to me. Raimond Van Der Gouw, Mark Bosnich whom Sir Alex Ferguson dubbed a “terrible professional” in his autobiography, Massimo Taibi (the worst of the bunch, in my opinion, who allowed a grass cutter to roll through his legs, in ignominious fashion against Southampton), Fabian Barthez (who famously asked Di Canio whether he could go to the toilet with his hand up in an FA Cup Match, claiming offside as the Italian swept the ball past him for the winner), Roy Carroll ( who will forever be remembered for allowing Pedro Mendes’ shot to creep over the line in the goal that never was) and Tim Howard among the most notable incumbents during this period.  Having to revisit these painful memories is justified in this case because it shows us that it can take years to find a worthwhile goalkeeper in particular.

Rival fans always try to insinuate that their keeper is better than De Gea but the facts do not bear these assertions to be true.  Two goalkeepers who are often mentioned as better than De Gea this season are Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea and Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur.

As I looked through the annals of the Sky Sports website, I came across a veritable diamond of an article, which demonstrates unequivocally why David De Gea is a better goalkeeper than not just these two, but all other top goalkeepers in the Premier League also. The global agency World In Motion’s head of research and analytics Sam Jackson studied each of the top goalkeeper’s shot stopping in greater depth. His model consists of two factors-how well a keeper responds to a shot on target and the difficulty of each shot he faced.

De Gea, on both these scales, came second out of the keepers from all six top clubs. Lloris, who came first in response to shots on target, crucially also, had the easiest level of shots to face. Courtois, similarly although first in terms of dealing with the most difficult shots, ranks 5th out of the 7 keepers studied for response.  On the final graph which shows the evidence combined, De Gea is comfortably ahead of any other keeper. Jackson summated “De Gea appears an elite shot stopper” and went on to say that “Lloris, meanwhile, has been heralded by many for keeping so many clean sheets for Spurs this year, yet he has faced the easiest shots of any of the ‘keepers at the top six clubs.”

The article, which I have included a link to below, indicates in a rational, scientific and unbiased way what I, and many United fans surmised, that De Gea is simply the best keeper in the Premier League. This, in what some United fans have called his worst season for the club, demands that we consider whether De Gea is not our most valuable asset.

How do you replace someone who is arguably not just the best goalkeeper in the Premier League but the entire world?  Someone who has shown time and time again, that he can make saves that no other goalkeeper would, on a regular basis. The saves he has already made this season at key moments, of such effulgent beauty to take away my breath, like that against James McArthur of Crystal Palace and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool. In my view, any goalkeeper you would bring in would be a downgrade on De Gea, who has proven himself on innumerable occasions to be truly invaluable in goal.

As Vladimir Nabokov remarked:

“The goalkeeper is the lone eagle, the man of mystery, the last defender”. 

There is artistry to goalkeeping that is often underappreciated as they perform the job that no one else wants, they are alone and the last bastion of the defensive line. They are the keystone in the unit that provide the support that fortifies the rest of the team.  Bearing this in mind, should we allow our keystone to move to Real Madrid? Is it really that easy to replace someone of De Gea’s class? In my book, allowing our most invaluable player to move to Real Madrid is not a situation we should allow as we did when Ronaldo left in 2009. Not if we want to seriously challenge for the Premier League and the Champions League and have ambitions of cementing ourselves as the world’s best club once more.  There are some players whose value transcends any monetary value offered and David De Gea, most certainly, is one of those who fall firmly in this irreplaceable category.

 

 

Sky Sports Article Regarding Goalkeeping Study: http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/10731973/chelsea-tottenham-liverpool-man-city-man-utd-arsenal-39keepers-ranked

 

De Gea is here to stay

United midfielder Ander Herrera believes fellow Spaniard and United ‘keeper David de Gea is happy with life at Manchester United.

Ander Herrera has described David de Gea as the number one goalkeeper in the world saying:

“He is the number one keeper in the world. In England you know that but in the rest of the world they think they have better keepers, but I don’t think so. When we win titles or trophies I think he will be more recognised.

“He has a special talent. When you are born with that quality and ability, you are so lucky. The rest of the humans, we have to work more. You have to work harder.

“But what I like about him is that he is very calm, he has his feet on the ground. He doesn’t change when it comes to these kind of games so I think he is number one of Spain and in the world and he is my friend so I am very happy for him.

“I think he is very happy in Manchester United. You can see that. If you are not happy in one place you cannot play like that, so it’s easy to say that.

“We can be calm and optimistic, first because he is in a fantastic club and if we start winning trophies, it’s easier to keep world class players.”

De Gea’s most recent display of heroics was in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton when he saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty.

David de Gea Celebrates Anthony Martial's last minute winner against Everton in the FA Cup semi final at Wembley (Picture:  squawka.com)
David de Gea Celebrates Anthony Martial’s last minute winner against Everton in the FA Cup semi final at Wembley (Picture: squawka.com)

It is also understood that Real Madrid will reattempt to sign the United ‘keeper after failing to do so last summer.

David de Gea has gone from being the new skinny kid, making several errors at the beginning of his United career to being arguably the worlds best goalkeeper.

He has become a real fan favourite and has earned fan chants such as:

“He’s big, he’s brave, he’s Spanish Dave. He makes great saves, he never shaves. He’s flying through the air, come and have a shot if you dare.”

It’s clear to see that de Gea loves United, you only have to watch his reaction to Anthony Martial’s late winner in the FA Cup semi final (watch below).

That is not the reaction of someone who is not happy at United. Watching that video fills me with hope that he will remain at United beyond this season. But that could depend on what happens with the managerial situation.

Rodriguez and Donnarumma on United radar

UPDATE:It has been reported in the Telegraph that the deal is getting closer with United apparently holding talks with the Columbian. Read more here.

According to the The Telegraph, United are ready to swoop for Real Madrid wantaway James Rodriguez.

The £59m rated, Columbian midfielder has failed to impress at the Bernabeu since his arrival after impressing in last years World Cup.

Manchester United are said to be in talks with the player to try and persuade him to join the red devils.

In other news, United are also interested in signing AC Milan’s 16 year old keeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The young goalkeeper made his first team debut at the end of October and has since kept three clean-sheets.

Manchester City are also interested in Donnarumma but it’s thought that United would be favourites for his signature.

United currently have arguably the best goal keeper in the world in David de Gea, but recent reports suggest that he could be on his way to Real Madrid in the summer.

If you would like to read the full article on The Telegraph website, please click here.

See both Rodriguez and Donnarumma in action by clicking their names or watching below.

Gareth Bale transfer “edging closer”

A deal between Gareth Bale and Manchester United is edging closer, according to ESPN sources.

It’s no secret that Gareth Bale has been a top target for Manchester United, particularly with Cristiano Ronaldo unlikely to leave Real Madrid any time soon.

It is also stated that United have received ‘significant encouragement’ with Gareth Bale struggling to settle in Spain.

If a big Premier League club should approach with a big money offer it is thought both Bale and Real Madrid would be open to agreeing a deal.

However, should Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid in the summer, it is very unlikely the La Liga giants would allow Bale to leave.

To read the full report, please visit the Telegraph website here.

The Bale to United rumour is one we have seen many times. Do you think it is a transfer that could happen? Would you like to see Bale at United? Let us know your thoughts in the United Stand fan forum here, or in the comments section below.

David de Gea: “I feel loved by the fans”

David de Gea thanks Louis van Gaal and fans for helping him settle back into the team after the Real Madrid transfer fiasco.

The Manchester United goalkeeper recently signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2019. And although there is reportedly a release clause in the contract, he says that he is enjoying life at Old Trafford and is happy playing for “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.

David de Gea also sheds light on his relationship with United boss Louis van Gaal. He claims that despite the transfer saga, the pair have a normal relationship and describes the Dutchman as a joker.

Talking about his return to playing, he reiterated his appreciation to the fans by saying the reception he received “made the hairs stand up”.

If you would like to read the full article, please do so by visiting the Guardian website by clicking here.

I think I speak for the majority of United fans when I say I am pleased that he stayed and at the way he handled the whole situation throughout the summer.

Lets hope we enjoy many more years of David de Gea between the sticks.