Category: Players (page 3 of 7)

How the Super Cup changed the future of Romelu Lukaku Forever

Chelsea loaned Lukaku to Everton just after Super Cup final in Prague 4 years ago.


“Romelu is a young boy who likes to speak. The only thing he didn’t say is why he went to Everton on loan. That’s the only thing he never says. That’s what I’m telling him now: ‘Tell the country why you left’.

When you enjoy to speak, speak everything. Don’t speak only half of it. Speak everything. It’s a simple question: ‘Why did you leave Chelsea?’ Ask him.”

The answer is a good story.

Welcome to Manchester United, Nemanja Matic!

The club announced that they’ve signed Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic. To me the new no. 31 is a very good signing because of 2 main reasons:

  1. Jose Mourinho trusts him.
  2. He will free Paul Pogba to attack, where he’s good at.

Exciting times ahead!

Underrated Carrick

Calm and composed is Carrick’s main attribute to boss United midfield for so long. Paul Ansorge over at Bleacher Report compile some of the new captain’s most important role at United games over the years into a very pleasant read.

Mourinho: “De Gea is Staying!”

I can guarantee that he is not going this season” is the best statement from the boss regarding David De Gea I’ve heard for a while.

Can’t wait for the new season to start!

Captain Carrick

I saw this happen when I heard news about Wayne Rooney was leaving the club. Michael Carrick is a United legend he totally deserved it, but shouldn’t a club captain is someone who plays week in week out?

I am not complaining though. Congratulations Captain Carrick!

Welcome to Manchester United Romelu Lukaku!

The club announced they’ve agreed fee with Everton FC for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku. Not my all time favorite player but he’s tested in the premier league for years already, scoring a lot of goals, and he’s only 24.

Welcome to Manchester United!

Time for Smalling to Go?

Chris Smalling was recruited by Sir Alex Ferguson to do one task: to replace centre-back Rio Ferdinand. A task proven impossible so far.

He was accused to be the main reason why United lose to city rival after his red card, but bounced back and show his best performance in 2015/2016 season. The performance rewarded by “Players’ Player of the Year” by the end of the season, but it’s all going down hill from there.

Now Jose Mourinho is set to partner Eric Bailly with Victor Lindelof, the Portuguese boss is reportedly will sell the English centre-back with several clubs are monitoring his situation.

It’s always sad to see a player leave. But after his performance last season, and the fact that he never reached the height we expected, I can’t see a reason to keep him.

Welcome to Manchester United Victor Lindelof!

It seems like Jose Mourinho has finally find a first choice to partner with Eric Bailly in the heart of his defense. Only 22 years old (Eric is 23), the Swedish center-back seems like a very good signing. His personalities, skills, and many more reasons.

Welcome to Manchester United!

Thank You Zlatan

The 35 year old Swedish superstar scored 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season including a double at the win over Southampton in English League Cup final. His last game for us was against Anderlecht in April where he was carried of on a stretcher with a serious injury which could keep him out until 2018.

Although he is reportedly included in the list of players being released by Manchester United, he will continue rehabilitation from injury at the club.

Who Man United Should Target in the Transfer Window

Last season was a very difficult one for Man United, and yet the Red Devils still managed to achieve a three-trophy haul and qualify for the Champions League. Like last season, Jose Mourinho’s squad is in some serious need of reinforcements if the club is to challenge on all fronts next season.

The plans of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Mourinho have already been stifled, reportedly, by Antoine Griezmann announcing that he’ll stay with Atletico Madrid. Without delving into who United may need to pursue if Zlatan Ibrahimovic or David de Gea leave, let’s look into what the team needs right now.

Attacking midfielder

Brazil and Colombia match at the FIFA World Cup 2014-07-04‘ by Danilo Borges (CC BY 3.0 BR)

The centre of midfield for Manchester United severely lacked an attacking spark throughout the campaign. Michael Carrick played a holding role, Ander Herrera would hunt down the opposition’s star midfielders and protect the defence, Paul Pogba played an all-round role but often became flustered when carrying the ball in attack, and Marouane Fellaini posed a physical threat but little more.

Manchester United need someone to carry the ball up the park, take on defenders, distribute the ball to the wings or over the top, and pose a consistent scoring threat. James Rodriguez of Real Madrid has been linked to the Red Devils and would be the perfect, if not very expensive, man to fill this need. Another way to go, if they could pry him away, is Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli. The Slovakian is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world and would be an excellent addition to the team.

Durable centre-back

Österreich vs Niederlande. Bild zeigt Virgil van Dijk (NED)‘ by Ailura (CC BY-SA 3.0 AT)

The defence presented one of Mourinho’s biggest challenges this season, mainly due to injuries. Despite this, the defensive corps available was enough to help David de Gea finish with some of the best stats in the league.
Manchester United are second-favourites at 10/3 to win the league next season in the football odds, but it is clear that this ensemble of defenders won’t be enough, and a strong defensive presence will be needed throughout the season. Someone who can defend well and stay fit for the vast majority of, if not the whole, season.

Virgil van Dijk is hot property this summer, and United could do with a defender of his skill. Thinking a bit more outside of the box, Danish giant Jannik Vestergaard, who stands at 6’6’’ for Borussia Monchengladbach, could provide a strong, clinical presence at the back and he has a favourable injury history.

Crossing winger

Wilfried Zaha‘ by James Boyes (CC BY 2.0)

Last season, Manchester United usually employed the cut inside manoeuvre for their wingers, but with a big target man like Zlatan Ibrahimovic – or any solo striker in Mourinho’s formation – crossing the ball in from the byline can only increase the attacking threat.

Right now, United have two players perfect for such a role, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, but one now plays at right-back and the other at left-back or as a utility winger, respectively. Having someone along the lines of Thomas Lemar, Felipe Anderson, or even ex-United player Wilfried Zaha up the wing would greatly help this deficiency that the team currently possesses.

With three players possessing these qualities, Manchester United would be able to fill in some of the team’s biggest needs. Who knows, if they sign the right players, the Red Devils may even become favourites to win the Premier League next season.

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