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    Manchester United FC | 2020/21 Season

    Manchester United will sit out the opening weekend of the new Premier League season - before facing a tough run of fixtures through September and October.

    Following United's prolonged run in the Europa League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will sit out the opening round of the new campaign.

    With their trip to Burnley postponed, United will instead start the season against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on the weekend of September 19.

    After then visiting Brighton, United face a tricky set of games.

    A meeting with Tottenham will be followed by a visit to Newcastle and then games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton.

    MANCHESTER UNITED'S PREMIER LEAGUE 2020/21 FIXTURES

    September

    12: Burnley (a) POSTPONED

    19: Crystal Palace (h)

    26: Brighton (a)

    October

    3: Tottenham (h)

    17: Newcastle United (a)

    24: Chelsea (h)

    31: Arsenal (h)

    November

    7: Everton (a)

    21: West Brom (h)

    28: Southampton (a)

    December

    5: West Ham (a)

    12: Man City (h)

    15: Sheffield United (a)

    19: Leeds (h)

    26: Leicester (a)

    28: Wolves (h)

    January

    2: Aston Villa (h)

    12: Fulham (a)

    16: Liverpool (a)

    26: Sheffield United (h)

    30: Arsenal (a)

    February

    2: Southampton (h)

    6: Everton (h)

    13: West Brom (a)

    20: Newcastle (h)

    27: Chelsea (a)

    March

    6: Man City (a)

    13: West Ham (h)

    20: Crystal Palace (a)

    April

    3: Brighton (h)

    10: Tottenham (a)

    17: Burnley (h)

    24: Leeds (a)

    May

    1: Liverpool (h)

    8: Aston Villa (a)

    11: Leicester City (h)

    15: Fulham (h)

    23: Wolves (a)

    https://www.skysports.com/football/n...league-2020-21


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    I feel Man Utd should be able to avoid relegation!! No chance of winning the league off course. They could do well in the league cup where other top teams mostly play their kid's.


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    Yes mu will avoid regulation like how lp fans predict every season, your intelligence is worse than your football club, looks like your still upset about me not congratulating lps lucky title win is it hurting you that bad


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    Be sensible in your posts. Some proper insight would be good rather than random insults


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    Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is due in court following his arrest on the island of Mykonos, Greek police have said.

    The England footballer, 27, was arrested following an alleged fight on Thursday night, along with two other Britons.


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    Dean Henderson has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United that will make him one of the best paid goalkeepers in world football.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Dean Henderson has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United that will make him one of the best paid goalkeepers in world football.
    Dean Henderson: Manchester United goalkeeper signs long-term contract

    Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has signed a new six-year contract with the club - and will go head-to-head with David de Gea next season for the number one jersey at Old Trafford.

    The deal, confirmed on Wednesday, will see the 23-year old earning up to £120,000 a week - making him one of the best paid goalkeepers in world football.

    Henderson, who has been named in the latest England squad, is not expected to go out on loan for another spell away from Old Trafford - despite up to seven Premier League teams being keen to borrow him - and will be allowed to battle for the 'keepers' spot with his Spanish team-mate.

    "The goalkeeping department at United is excellent; there are three top-level goalkeepers who have achieved so much in the game and I look forward to working with the group," Henderson said.

    "The faith that the manager and the club have shown in me with this contract means a lot to me and will continue my progression as a goalkeeper.

    "I'll be giving everything to improve every day so that I can play as many games as possible for this great club. Now I am looking forward to joining up with the England squad and then preparing for the season ahead."

    Henderson spent the past two campaigns on loan at Sheffield United, helping the Blades to promotion to the Premier League in 2019, before an impressive debut top-flight campaign last season.

    Calls for Henderson, who only signed his previous deal last summer, to challenge De Gea have grown after the Spaniard received criticism for a number of errors during the 2019-20 season.

    "We are delighted that Dean has signed his new contract," United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. "He had another great season at Sheffield United, where he gained a lot of experience and grew both as a player and a person.

    "Dean is a fantastic young 'keeper with the attitude and work-rate to keep improving every day.

    "We are in a strong position within the goalkeeping department and that gives us the competition for places that we are looking for in the squad."

    Sheffield United re-signed Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as Henderson's replacement on a four-year contract worth up to £18.5m, three-and-a-half years after first selling him to the Cherries.

    https://www.skysports.com/football/n...-term-contract


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    Donny van de Beek: Manchester United agree £40m fee for Ajax midfielder

    Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek after the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £40m.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a huge admirer of the Netherlands international, 23, and has had him watched on a number of occasions.

    It is understood United have now firmed up their interest with a medical and personal terms still to be concluded.

    The transfer is expected to be finalised within days.

    Van de Beek is set to sign a five-year deal, which should allow him to be available for United's opening game of the 2020-21 season, against Crystal Palace on 19 September.

    He will become Solskjaer's first close-season signing after a much-publicised move for Borussia Dortmund's England winger Jadon Sancho stalled over the size of the fee.

    Van de Beek was part of the outstanding Ajax side that got to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

    He was left out of Ajax's friendlies with German pair Eintracht Frankfurt and Union Berlin over the weekend.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/53969064


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    Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.


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    Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek after the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £40m.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a huge admirer of the Netherlands international, 23, and has had him watched on a number of occasions.

    It is understood United have now firmed up their interest with a medical and personal terms still to be concluded.

    The transfer is expected to be finalised within days.

    Van de Beek is set to sign a five-year deal, which should allow him to be available for United's opening game of the 2020-21 season, against Crystal Palace on 19 September.

    He will become Solskjaer's first close-season signing after a much-publicised move for Borussia Dortmund's England winger Jadon Sancho stalled over the size of the fee.

    Van de Beek was part of the outstanding Ajax side that got to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

    He was left out of Ajax's friendlies with German pair Eintracht Frankfurt and Union Berlin over the weekend.


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    Donny van de Beek having Manchester United medical ahead of £40m move

    Donny van de Beek is undergoing a medical in the Netherlands ahead of his £40m move from Ajax to Manchester United.

    The deal, which is thought to be in the region of €39m, plus another €5m in add-ons, is expected to be completed in the next few days while the player is on international duty with the Netherlands.

    The 23-year-old is having his medical while with the Netherlands squad before travelling to the UK following the Nations League games against Poland (September 4) and Italy (September 7).

    United have scouted Van de Beek extensively, with the player left out of Ajax's squad for the Dutch champions' friendly with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday amid rumours of an imminent move away.

    Van de Beek helped Ajax reach the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals, scoring four goals along the way and 40 in all competitions over the last three seasons.

    In May, Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar confirmed the midfielder will be allowed to leave, but only for a suitable fee.

    Van de Beek was close to joining Real Madrid prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but he did not complete a medical or sign an agreement with the club.

    The Transfer Show also reported on Monday there was a preference for any deal involving him to be completed before Ajax kick off their new season in the Dutch Eredivisie against Sparta Rotterdam on September 13.

    The Government has also confirmed to The Transfer Show that Van de Beek will not need to self-isolate for 14 days in the UK provided he is a registered Manchester United player before either of his games for the Netherlands.

    If the Dutchman becomes a United player prior to the Netherlands' matches against Poland or Italy he will be allowed to apply for an exemption on sporting grounds.

    The same exemption currently applies for all Premier League and EFL players away on international duty from the UK, and for those who are competing in games abroad, such as Liverpool's friendlies being played during their pre-season camp in Austria.

    Netherlands is not currently in a travel corridor with the UK.

    https://www.skysports.com/football/n...ad-of-40m-move


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    Van de Beek is a great signing no doubt, one of the best youngsters on the continent. But I'm struggling to see how he fits into their side?

    He's quite an attacking and offensive CM, usually the most offensive in Ajax's midfield, and he goes up to score goals. A midfield with Pogba and Fernandes doesn't need that, it needs the opposite type of midfielder, a holding and screening one to sit in front of the defence, as Matic gets older and his legs start to go, and Fred isn't the quality that will take them to the next level. To me it just seems like van de Beek is just a second Pogba, and not what they needed.

    A van de Beek-Pogba-Bruno midfield sounds fantastic and terrifying going forward, but only if they had a VVD behind them. Instead they've got Maguire and Lindelof....

    Feel like they just saw a great young player on the market and just went for it, without worrying how it fits into their team.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    Van de Beek is a great signing no doubt, one of the best youngsters on the continent. But I'm struggling to see how he fits into their side?

    He's quite an attacking and offensive CM, usually the most offensive in Ajax's midfield, and he goes up to score goals. A midfield with Pogba and Fernandes doesn't need that, it needs the opposite type of midfielder, a holding and screening one to sit in front of the defence, as Matic gets older and his legs start to go, and Fred isn't the quality that will take them to the next level. To me it just seems like van de Beek is just a second Pogba, and not what they needed.

    A van de Beek-Pogba-Bruno midfield sounds fantastic and terrifying going forward, but only if they had a VVD behind them. Instead they've got Maguire and Lindelof....

    Feel like they just saw a great young player on the market and just went for it, without worrying how it fits into their team.
    I think Maguire is solid enough, but we need a world class CB with some pace to partner him. I agree though, midfield isn't priority. Defence is the absolute number one priority, well it should be anyway.

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    No excuses for Utd this season, Ole has been the wheel for long enough. Utd have spent a lot of money in the past few seasons and now its time for them to deliver the title.

    My prediction - 5th in PL


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    No excuses for Utd this season, Ole has been the wheel for long enough. Utd have spent a lot of money in the past few seasons and now its time for them to deliver the title.

    My prediction - 5th in PL
    That's a good one mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    Van de Beek is a great signing no doubt, one of the best youngsters on the continent. But I'm struggling to see how he fits into their side?

    He's quite an attacking and offensive CM, usually the most offensive in Ajax's midfield, and he goes up to score goals. A midfield with Pogba and Fernandes doesn't need that, it needs the opposite type of midfielder, a holding and screening one to sit in front of the defence, as Matic gets older and his legs start to go, and Fred isn't the quality that will take them to the next level. To me it just seems like van de Beek is just a second Pogba, and not what they needed.

    A van de Beek-Pogba-Bruno midfield sounds fantastic and terrifying going forward, but only if they had a VVD behind them. Instead they've got Maguire and Lindelof....

    Feel like they just saw a great young player on the market and just went for it, without worrying how it fits into their team.
    Its a depth signing, we cant play bruno and pogba every week for 90mins plus add CL, and we had no backup for them, jack grealish was obviously first option but with a £70m price tag was silly and we got a bargain here who can cover both positions for bruno and pogba, when rested or injured.

    What we need to streghen in our starting lineup is RW, and should be all out for sancho and then a partner to maguire. Then we can challenge city for the title.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    Its a depth signing, we cant play bruno and pogba every week for 90mins plus add CL, and we had no backup for them, jack grealish was obviously first option but with a £70m price tag was silly and we got a bargain here who can cover both positions for bruno and pogba, when rested or injured.

    What we need to streghen in our starting lineup is RW, and should be all out for sancho and then a partner to maguire. Then we can challenge city for the title.
    "Depth signings" aren't £70m, or in this case £40m for one of the most sought after young players in Europe. God knows what you're paying him. Van de Beek doesn't move to a club to be a rotation player imo, who starts in the vital games? How do you justify to one of your 300k a week players that they're gonna be left out?

    I'd be fine with it if you actually buy all your other required positions, but if you don't get a Sancho or CB over the line then I will be very sceptical of the necessity of this deal, and whether the funds could have been better redistributed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    "Depth signings" aren't £70m, or in this case £40m for one of the most sought after young players in Europe. God knows what you're paying him. Van de Beek doesn't move to a club to be a rotation player imo, who starts in the vital games? How do you justify to one of your 300k a week players that they're gonna be left out?

    I'd be fine with it if you actually buy all your other required positions, but if you don't get a Sancho or CB over the line then I will be very sceptical of the necessity of this deal, and whether the funds could have been better redistributed.
    Well thats the market we are in, if you havnt been paying attention football has changed - £20m is the new £50m - you dont get jack for less than £30m unless the player is coming out of his contract.

    Btw. VDB fee is in euros, so its £35m.

    His wages also arnt 300k/week, i dont know where you getting your info from, but its about £120k/week - what we pay phil jones for living in the treatment room.

    As for him fitting in the squad, we were always looking for squad players to increase depth of MF, he doesnt replace bruno nor pogba, and he doesnt play in any other position, so he'll have to be content on rotating and compete with bruno for his position. It was made clear at the end of last season, perera/lingard have no future here and mata is finished, so we will be looking at bringing in reinforcements for the MF, we struggled with depth last season, so its clearly a depth signing.

    As for Sancho and CB, we need to make Sancho a priority and cant go into another season with no RW, getting sancho and upamecano will be a dream, two generational talents in one window and most teams dont get one in a decade, however i think we will only sign one which would be sancho and get a cheap CB.


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    BREAKING: Manchester United confirm the signing of midfielder Donny van de Beek on a five year deal from Ajax.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    BREAKING: Manchester United confirm the signing of midfielder Donny van de Beek on a five year deal from Ajax.

    Donny van de Beek: Manchester United sign midfielder from Ajax on five-year deal

    Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax on a five-year deal.

    The midfielder moves to Old Trafford for a fee thought to be in the region of €39m - plus another €5m in add-ons - and has signed a contract until June 2025 after completing a medical in the Netherlands on Monday.

    The 23-year-old will travel to the UK after his country's Nations League games against Poland (September 4) and Italy (September 7). The completion of the deal before those fixtures means he will not need to self-isolate for 14 days, the government confirmed to The Transfer Show.

    United had scouted Van de Beek extensively, with the player left out of Ajax's squad for the Dutch champions' friendly with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday amid rumours of an imminent move away.

    Van de Beek helped Ajax reach the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals, scoring four goals along the way and 41 in all competitions over the last three seasons.

    He had been repeatedly linked with a move over the past few months, with Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar revealing in May the midfielder would be allowed to leave, but only for a suitable fee.

    The player was also close to joining Real Madrid prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but did not undergo a medical or sign an agreement with the club.

    Van de Beek becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing of the summer transfer window and could make his debut when United begin their Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 19, live on Sky Sports.

    https://www.skysports.com/football/n...five-year-deal


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    Van De Beek is a very good player but I think United should have concentrated on getting a centre back before this signing.

    You should look to make sure your first 11 is sorted before worrying about depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Van De Beek is a very good player but I think United should have concentrated on getting a centre back before this signing.

    You should look to make sure your first 11 is sorted before worrying about depth.
    The problem we face is that we have 5 CB's on £100k+/week that the manager doesnt want - so the board will never sanction another CB till some are sold. Therefore we havnt been linked with CBs as much as other positions because i dont think the board will even open negotiations till some are sold. Therefore cm for depth and RW were always the priority.

    We can also live with another season of Lindelof, but cant with no RW or MF to replace pogba/bruno when needed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    The problem we face is that we have 5 CB's on £100k+/week that the manager doesnt want - so the board will never sanction another CB till some are sold. Therefore we havnt been linked with CBs as much as other positions because i dont think the board will even open negotiations till some are sold. Therefore cm for depth and RW were always the priority.

    We can also live with another season of Lindelof, but cant with no RW or MF to replace pogba/bruno when needed.
    Apparently Smalling is close to joining Roma. So surely United will sign a CB after this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Apparently Smalling is close to joining Roma. So surely United will sign a CB after this.
    Not sure whos availble, upamecano has signed a new contract and will not leave till next summer, havnt been linked to anyone else, some weak reports of pau torress but will be over £50M, not sure whats happeneing with Alaba. But looks like a position we wont strenghen this window.


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    Manchester United reporter notebook: Donny van de Beek prompts thirst for more transfer activity

    Sky Sports News' North West reporter James Cooper looks at the pressing issues coming out of Manchester United and the potential transfer activity following the signing of Donny van de Beek...

    For Manchester United fans who've been gnashing their teeth at the lack of transfer activity this summer, many will admit they've been impressed with the speed and smoothness of a deal for Donny van de Beek that improves their midfield options at a price that doesn't look excessive.

    What's more is that the Dutchman's arrival prompted a thirst for more activity.

    Jack Grealish may have been the ideal target to sit alongside Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, but Aston Villa's Premier League survival made him become simply too expensive and he is no longer considered as someone to bring in this summer - that ship has sailed.

    However, Jadon Sancho remains their number one target and there's still optimism that a deal can be done with Borussia Dortmund. In fact, that may prove to be the least treacherous part of actually bringing the player to Old Trafford in the coming weeks - the major hurdles remain Sancho's wages and the agents' fees that have been described as "outrageous".

    Movements in these areas would allow a transfer to be unlocked and there's still a lot of hope that a solution can be found to finally keep all parties happy, especially as there's a belief Sancho would like to join Ole's project.

    Read more: https://www.skysports.com/football/n...-more-activity


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    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    Not sure whos availble, upamecano has signed a new contract and will not leave till next summer, havnt been linked to anyone else, some weak reports of pau torress but will be over £50M, not sure whats happeneing with Alaba. But looks like a position we wont strenghen this window.
    Pau Torres and Unai Nunez would be good options for Manchester United. Sancho looks more likely to happen next year than this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Pau Torres and Unai Nunez would be good options for Manchester United. Sancho looks more likely to happen next year than this summer.
    Sancho will have to happen now - next year there will be plenty of buyers in for him and even though he prefers to move to UK, transfer fee will be alot higher especially if he has a good euros.


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    Harry Kane praises 'complete goalscorer' Mason Greenwood

    England captain Harry Kane has described Mason Greenwood as a "complete goalscorer" after the Manchester United forward impressed during training.

    Greenwood, 18, has been included in Gareth Southgate's senior squad for the first time for upcoming Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark.

    The teenager earned the call-up after scoring 17 goals in an impressive campaign for United.

    "Mason has been great," said Kane.

    "You can tell he is full of confidence as a player, he is not afraid to shoot, not afraid to take players on and that is exactly what we want.

    "As a goalscorer people use the phrase: 'He is a natural goalscorer', and I guess it is just one of those things, you work a lot on being in the right place at the right time.

    "I think that shows a really complete goalscorer when you can score in any situation.

    "Obviously it has only been a short period of time but he definitely looks like a real top finisher and we look forward to having him in the squads to come because he is still very young."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/54030121


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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strategy takes shape at Man Utd

    Manchester United’s under-the-radar capture of Donny van de Beek underlines Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's clear and focused transfer strategy, Melissa Reddy told the Transfer Talk podcast.

    United moved swiftly to complete the £39m signing of the 23-year-old Netherlands international from Ajax on Wednesday.

    Reddy, senior football writer at The Independent, joined host Pete Graves and Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth on the podcast and praised Solskjaer for a piece of forward-thinking transfer business.

    Asked whether Solskjaer deserved credit for signing Van de Beek, she said: "Definitely. In terms of creating a clear and focused strategy, United now have a concrete idea of the profile they are after in terms of age, attitude and style. It's incredibly important.

    "I think Manchester United still lag behind Liverpool and Manchester City in the set-up behind the scenes, but I think Ole has done good business.

    "One of the biggest credits is that the vision is clear for the future, not just for the season. There isn't that, 'let's win a trophy and we've done it' mentality, it's about progressing the club."

    Van de Beek's arrival at Old Trafford has further strengthened United's claim to possessing one of the strongest midfields in the Premier League.

    The Bruno Fernandes-Paul Pogba axis that proved influential as United finished the 2019/20 campaign third in the table now has an added dimension, as Reddy explains.

    "I've been a massive, massive admirer of Fernandes and how he walked into Old Trafford and said, 'Give me the responsibility, I'll take it and drive forward'," she said.

    "As well as being involved in their best play, he's made everyone around him better. Pogba I still think does things on a football pitch that very few players can.

    "And, in Van de Beek, they have a different player to both Fernandes and Pogba, and that's important because United now have a new dimension.

    "What's so good about Van de Beek? Well, he's been involved in 49 league goals in 91 games, but he's such a diverse player himself.

    "He can play as a defensive midfielder, in the No 8 position or as a playmaker. He makes late runs into the box, has excellent passing and vision and is the perfect profile with his age, experience and maturity in this play.

    "It's a very good signing, a very good fit, and gives them a different element to what they have."

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    Can United really better last season’s third position? How will the Harry Maguire affair affect the side’s ability to improve? Because this is what has to be achieved in 2020-21 for Ole Gunnar Solskjśr to be able to point to his team’s trajectory remaining on the up following the rise from sixth in 2018-19.

    Yet to do so United must surely somehow finish ahead of one of Liverpool – who were 33 points their superior last season – and Manchester City, who were 15. If it proves impossible then United must finish third again having genuinely challenged for the championship until the latter stages.

    In this bid Jadon Sancho’s (still) hoped-for arrival from Borussia Dortmund would cast him as D’Artagnan to the Three Musketeers of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in attack: a formidable proposition. Yet there is a case for the 20-year-old, actually, being the wrong marquee signing given that the more vital issues occupying Solskjśr’s inbox are defence and a lack of depth.

    When Bruno Fernandes’s 12 goals (following his arrival in the winter window) are added to those returned by Martial, Rashford and Greenwood, Solskjśr’s front four delivered 73 last term. As this total can be expected to improve – Fernandes will have half a-season more to increase his tally, for one – then Sancho’s intended £100m purchase hardly appears the best use of funds. Instead a centre-back with the pace of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly might be a better recruit, while the manager also looks to bolster at left-back and holding midfield. Without strengthening in these positions there may to be too many uncertainties. Donny van de Beek’s arrival from Ajax provides more midfield creativity.

    Can Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw fly along their flanks and create an extra dimension? Can Brandon Williams step up if one or both falter? Will Paul Pogba bring his World Cup-winning form to United or his United form to United? His agent, Mino Raiola, has stated the Frenchman will definitely stay at the club – echoing what Solskjśr has said – but can the midfielder be a bona fide, week-to-week force?

    There are further posers. David de Gea and his apparent decline as a world-class No 1: can he arrest the slide or will this prove a headache that while not on the Maguire scale could still trouble the manager – what to do about a £300,000-a-week goalkeeper with three years left on his lucrative contract. The answer – in the short term – may be to drop him, decide whether Sergio Romero or the untried (for Manchester United) Dean Henderson can deputise and hope De Gea returns smarting and restored. Solskjśr – perhaps concerningly – has answered questions about De Gea’s place by saying the Spaniard has impressed in training … only for the goalkeeper to make another mistake.

    Then, there is Maguire. The United captain has appealed against convictions in a Greek court that include bodily harm and attempted bribery. The hearing may not be for a year – at least – so how Maguire performs with this hovering over him will be crucial.

    All this points to the following formula for United to prosper: the dynamic front end has to be even better than last term to keep the ball away from the shaky back end. This is unless Solskjśr can convince Ed Woodward to about-turn and spend on a Koulibaly or similar. Otherwise, boiled down, the Norwegian’s appears a similar strategy to Pep Guardiola’s for Manchester City: attack as defence. But, just like their crosstown rival, vulnerability against pace is an achilles heel.

    It will be true domestically and in continental competition, where United are back in the big time. Their recent record does not augur well. Solskjśr’s timing was impeccable in securing third place on the very last day but since Sir Alex Ferguson left in May 2013 a Champions League quarter-final under David Moyes the following term is their best run. Much depends on the draw and while United will be hopeful of emerging from the group stage this may be as far as they can progress.

    The manager
    On the touchline Has a cool-eyed demeanour but that can turn quickly, as it did when he told Jesse Lingard regarding his poor touch during January’s 1-0 win at Manchester City: “One more time and you are off.” Often spied studying a monitor.

    On Zoom Has taken to the small screen as naturally as when he first met the media after being appointed caretaker manager. Can – and has – seen the funny side when the inevitable technical glitches occur as he did when he was muted for one post-game briefing.

    The key

    Is it De Gea, to prove there will be no more point-costing errors? Or Pogba, by returning a season-long contribution rather than his usual sporadic flashes of form? No, United’s main man is Bruno Fernandes, whose whirling dervish act has transformed the team since he joined in January. Take away his energy, invention, will to win and goals and United will flounder. Badly.

    The owners

    Malcolm Glazer’s controversial leveraged buyout in 2005 caused a still-felt fan fury due to the near half-billion debt loaded on the club. Glazer has died, succeeded by his six children, headed by Avram and Joel, who are no more popular than their father. In Ed Woodward, the owners have an executive vice-chairman who has transformed the club into a £2bn-plus valued corporation. To the naysayers, the club has lost its soul.

    Young blood

    At 18 Teden Mengi made his senior bow in the closing six minutes of the 2-1 Europa League win over Lask on 5 August. He then travelled to Cologne for the latter stages of the tournament. Solskjśr has vacancies in his rearguard so Mengi will hope to force his way into the first-team reckoning as a replacement, at least.

    New blood

    Van de Beek, a Netherlands international, provides greater depth and quality in midfield. Greater excitement would greet the signing of Sancho but will he arrive?

    Kit story

    From the white shirt with blue sash and blue shorts of Newton Heath LYR in 1878 through the still resonant green and gold (with white and blue shorts) in the 1890s to the world famous colours. Why red (with white shorts) is unclear: might it be a reference to the financial peril escaped from in 1902 when becoming Manchester United?

    Notes from an empty stadium

    Post-lockdown Old Trafford was adorned with a mosaic made up from the images of thousands of supporters after a club call for these to be sent in. The display is draped across the seats in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. . There has been an eschewing of oversized, goal-side fan-cams.

    Euros vision

    Greenwood, after a 17-goal breakthrough season that places him alongside George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney as the club’s highest scoring teenagers, received a first call-up in August. Come next summer he may well be an England squad fixture.

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    Manchester United are hoping to secure up to three more signings before the end of the summer transfer window and Borussia Dortmund's England forward Jadon Sancho, 20, remains their top target.


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    Midfielder Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United's first Premier League game of the new season against Crystal Palace on 19 September.

    Pogba missed France's Nations League double-header last week after testing positive for coronavirus.

    Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Pogba has returned to training but is not certain to feature against Palace.

    "Paul's lost out on a few sessions because of the virus," Solskjaer told MUTV.

    "He is quick to get fit and hopefully he'll be ready for next weekend. I am not 100% sure though."

    Pogba missed much of last season with injury before returning after the Premier League's restart to play a key role in Solskjaer's side.

    United do not play on the opening weekend of the 2020-21 campaign because of their participation in the 2019-20 Europa League in August.

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    If they can get the Sancho deal done, then that will push them closer to Liverpool and Manchester City but even then I don't think they have enough to push for the Premier League this coming season.



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    Nevile & Carragher: De Gea or Henderson as Man Utd No 1?

    David de Gea or Dean Henderson? A straight choice at Old Trafford, but one that is far from straightforward.

    With Manchester United about to start a brand-new Premier League campaign, many will hope a decision over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's preferred goalkeeping option has already been made.

    But until United face Crystal Palace on September 19 - live on Sky Sports Premier League - the debate rumbles on as to who will be the club's No 1 next season.

    After a host of high-profile errors in 2019/20, Henderson's return to Old Trafford after two successful seasons on loan at Sheffield United has plunged incumbent De Gea's position into doubt.

    Former United captain Gary Neville adamantly declared De Gea would start the forthcoming campaign as No 1, but warned the ongoing goalkeeping situation could represent a genuine threat to the club's ambitions this season.

    "The idea that Dean Henderson would come into Manchester United and replace David de Gea as No 1 goalkeeper straight away… it won't happen, I can guarantee it won't happen," Neville told Sky Sports' FNF: Season Preview.

    "This has got 'problem' written all over it. The one area of the pitch where you need consistency and stability is your goalkeeper, you need to know who your No 1 is, you cannot be flip-flopping. It just does not work; I've never seen it work at any club or at international level.

    "Where there is a decision to be made about two goalkeepers you have to pick your No 1, go with him and stick with him, even if there is a mistake.

    "Once you take David de Gea out of the team and put Henderson in, you may as well forget about De Gea. That's coming from my experiences at United.

    "The period between Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar we had Ricardo, Fabien Barthez, Mark Bosnich, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard, Massimo Taibi, many goalkeepers over a five- to six-year period and there was an inconsistency that certainly didn't help."

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    Harry Maguire will remain Manchester United captain, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

    Maguire, 27, was given a suspended prison sentence on the Greek island of Syros after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery.

    He maintains his innocence and has appealed against the decision, which nullifies the conviction.

    "He is going to be our captain," Solskjaer told MUTV.

    "He's handled it really well and, of course, I'll be here to support him.

    "We'll just leave Harry and his people and the process to run. For me, he is a top, an absolute top human being and has always been a positive guy with the right values. So I really hope we can see Harry performing at his best."

    Maguire will now receive a full retrial in a more senior court and told the BBC his "conscience is clear".

    He was withdrawn from the England squad last month, but manager Gareth Southgate says he will "absolutely be looking" to recall the defender in October.

    United play a friendly against Aston Villa on Saturday before their Premier League campaign begins against Crystal Palace on 19 September.

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    Mason Greenwood has apologised and admitted to "poor judgement" after he was filmed inhaling laughing gas.



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    Gareth Bale: Manchester United could consider loan for Real Madrid star if Jadon Sancho move fails

    Manchester United are keeping their options open and may turn to a loan move for Gareth Bale should they be unsuccessful in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

    Sancho remains United's top transfer target this summer, and despite progress with Sancho's representatives on the issues of agent fees and personal terms, Borussia Dortmund are yet to budge on their £108m asking price.

    United are actively looking at alternatives to Sancho, including the prospect of bringing in a more experienced player on loan, alongside another younger signing.

    Bale, who told Sky Sports News earlier this month he would consider a move to the Premier League if Real Madrid let him leave, is one option but the Wales forward is understood to favour a permanent move away from the Bernabeu.

    Speaking on Transfer Talk on Monday, Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper said: "Jadon Sancho is the topic of discussion on the red side of Manchester but at Old Trafford, I think they're fairly gloomy about this one right now.

    "I don't think it's going in the way that Manchester United would like it to go. Borussia Dortmund are sticking to their guns with the price they are looking for.

    "I started off this summer by saying I didn't see a situation where Manchester United would write a £100m cheque for Jadon Sancho and I think that's the problem.

    "They don't want to do that and don't feel like they are in a position to do that.

    "United are looking at other alternatives and another strategy. The plan B would be looking for a more experienced player on loan, couple with a younger player learning the ropes.

    "Manchester United are looking for a certain sort of pedigree if they go down that route.

    "[Gareth] Bale is certainly an option for Manchester United. He fits the requirements United are looking for, if they don't end up with Sancho, but under those restrictions of a loan deal, rather than a permanent one.

    "That might be less palatable for the Welshman under those conditions."

    Read more: https://www.skysports.com/football/n...cho-move-fails


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    Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal after losing patience trying to sign Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

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    Manchester United asked for Mason Greenwood to be rested and not called up by England for Nations League duty, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Greenwood, 18, made his senior debut against Iceland on 5 September having made 50 appearances in all competitions for United last season.

    He and Manchester City's Phil Foden were later sent home from the England squad for breaking coronavirus rules.

    "I tried my best to give him a rest over the summer," said Solskjaer.

    "The club, we asked specifically and pointed out that he should have had a rest.

    "He needs it mentally and physically after that season he had. First thing that happens is, one, he's called up, and two, he's right there in the press.

    "We've done whatever we can to protect him and I will keep on helping him."

    Forward Greenwood apologised for the "embarrassment he had caused" in Iceland, and later had to release a statement about his "poor judgement" when he inhaled nitrous oxide, after "historical pictures" of him doing so were published in a newspaper.

    Solskjaer confirmed that Greenwood will be involved in United's Premier League season-opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday at 17:30 BST.

    "With the testing and Covid protocols, he trained by himself for a little while. We had some tests done and as soon as possible he was with us. He's a big part of this group," Solskjaer added.

    "This is where he feels at home. He's not comfortable, we challenge him, we've got people looking after him."

    He added: "We have to understand he's an 18-year-old kid who needs managing."

    Maguire 'training well and focused'
    England's Nations League campaign also saw United captain Harry Maguire dropped from Gareth Southgate's squad just hours after being selected following his arrest on the Greek island of Mykonos.

    Maguire, 27, was given a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery. He maintains his innocence and has appealed against the decision, which nullifies the conviction.

    "Knowing Harry, he's a very strong character so hopefully he can put that apart," said Solskjaer.

    "But, naturally, as a human being it will be in the back of his mind what's happened this summer.

    "Personally, I think he will be able to focus on his football but you can't predict how people will react. But so far he's trained well, he's been focused."

    Solskjaer refuses to 'speculate' about Sancho
    Solskjaer refused to be drawn on the ongoing transfer saga between United and Borussia Dortmund over England winger Jadon Sancho.

    It is understood United can meet the 20-year-old's personal terms, but there is no agreement over a fee, and the Bundesliga side are increasingly confident of keeping him.

    "You know I can't say anything about other clubs' players out of respect to them. I can't speculate," Solskjaer said.

    "But we understand that to get even further, one, we need to develop what we have, and two, we're also looking to strengthen the team.

    "I've been in dialogue with the club, of course, we're always discussing and hopefully let's see if we can bring anyone in."

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    Man Utd endure bleak start and Ed Woodward faces tough early-season questions

    There must be times when Ed Woodward wonders how his job has turned out the way it has.

    About 19:20 BST on Saturday might well have been one of them.

    As Manchester United's executive vice-chairman sat in the Old Trafford directors' box watching Crystal Palace celebrate a second successive Old Trafford win and the best top-flight start to a season in their entire history, it will not have been lost on him that one of the chief architects of the Eagles' 3-1 victory - double goalscorer Wilfried Zaha - is a player he sold.

    Around Woodward, the vast cathedral Manchester United call home remains closed to the public, while the lucrative stadium megastore stands empty, its tills silent.

    He could not have imagined when he took the role in 2013, with the club champions of England, that days like this would exist.

    Even before United kicked off their season against Palace, Woodward was in a tricky position.

    Since the summer of 2019 he has presided over a net spend of £160m, which United believe to be more than any other major club in the world over the same period.

    Yet he was still the target of an increasingly agitated supporter base dismissive of the figures, and the obvious financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic that costs United £5m in lost revenue every time they play a home game. He knew that Liverpool had just committed £65m to Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota. He was aware Tottenham were ready to confirm Gareth Bale's return.

    Woodward really needed United to start their season with a win. Not only did they fail, they were awful.

    From his seat in the Sky television studio, former United skipper Patrice Evra was seething: "I'm burning inside. There's so much negativity about the transfer window and the club have done nothing about it. I'm exhausted and it's only the first day of the season."

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team selection was odd. Pairing Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Daniel James on the right when Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mason Greenwood started on the bench weakened United. As it turned out, Fosu-Mensah was one of United's better performers.

    Throughout the side, United were poor - Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford ineffective in attack, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes shadows of what they can be in midfield, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof out-thought and outmanoeuvred at the back.

    In fairness, as Solskjaer pointed out, even with a delayed start to their season United had only five days' preparation time.

    "Roy [Hodgson] said they had four friendlies and this was their third competitive game," said the United boss. "It is a big difference to our one friendly against Aston Villa last week. You can see we are short.

    "We need games, we need sharpness and time to get back to our best. We are going to get better but we are playing catch-up."

    In this, of all seasons, time to catch anything up is limited.

    United go to Luton in the EFL Cup on Tuesday. If they win, they will not have a spare midweek until just before Christmas - and that is dependent on cup commitments.

    The issue is more fundamental. United simply do not have enough good players.

    Addressing the problem is the hard part.

    Speak to people at United and they can reel off impressive figures for money invested in the team - £900m gross during Woodward's watch - significant recent investment in the academy to attract youngsters of the calibre of 17-year-old Frenchman Hannibal Mejbri, who was outstanding during a 6-0 win at Salford in the EFL Trophy on 9 September.

    United argue they have a strategy, which is delivering results. They also point out their self-sustaining business model demands prudence in these uncertain times.

    These are solid points. But what tends to come back from those who either dismiss them or simply refuse to listen is what their current ownership model costs United.

    The respected Swiss Ramble blogger said in a recent post that over the past five years, the club had paid £89m to the Glazer family in share dividends in addition to £120m in interest on its debt. What better use, these supporters ask, could United have made of the money?

    In the meantime, while Solskjaer and his staff wait for new arrivals, frustration grows.

    The move for Jadon Sancho is stuck, although given the 20-year-old started Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, he might be forgiven for staying where he is even if United did meet the £100m asking price.

    United have held talks about Porto's Brazilian defender Alex Telles but, again, there is no agreement over a fee and sources have suggested a deal is nowhere near as close as has been reported.

    Each name brings more criticism when a signing does not follow. It seems unfair, and it probably is, but that is the landscape all top clubs operate in when results do not go their way.

    For now, Solskjaer can only put on a brave face and try to get more out of the players he already has.

    "We need to look from within," the Norwegian said, when asked if he needed new signings.

    "We can play so much better than today. If you look at the players we have on the pitch and on the bench and not here, we know we can perform better.

    "We are always looking to improve if there is something available at the right price but we can all look ourselves in the mirror."

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    Manchester United need to buy - and quickly, warns Gary Neville

    Gary Neville has dissected Manchester United's 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday and while praising Roy Hodgson's side, the Sky Sports pundit also has some strong words regarding his former club's recent transfer policy.

    While United kicked off their season with a deserved defeat to Palace, Neville lays the blame for the surprise loss squarely at the feet of those who are responsible for bringing new players to the club this summer.

    Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, the one-time United captain warned his former side unless a number of new signings are made before the transfer window closes on October 5, they could face missing out on a top-four finish this season.

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    Jesse Lingard: Man Utd winger's representatives hold talks with clubs in England and Europe

    Jesse Lingard has yet to be persuaded to leave Manchester United despite his representatives holding initial talks with several clubs in England and Europe.

    United are yet to receive any official offers for Lingard, 27, who has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford, with the club holding an option of a further year.

    Lingard, who made his first start of the season in United's 3-0 third-round Carabao Cup win against Luton on Tuesday, is one of a number of first-team players that the club are struggling to offload this transfer window.

    The England international impressed United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 3-0 third-round Carabao Cup victory at Luton on Tuesday.

    However, United cannot guarantee Lingard a starting place and it is thought a decision on his future will be driven by the player himself.

    Lingard, who came through the United academy, scored four goals in 40 appearances across all competitions for United last season but has not played for his country since England played in the UEFA Nations League Finals in June 2019.

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    Manchester United's Premier League campaign got off to a disappointing start with defeat at home to Crystal Palace last week and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is demanding improvements.

    "I wasn’t happy with the Palace game," he said. "We weren’t ready to play at the level we needed. The game was very disappointing but I'm still confident we can break teams down."


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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says unused Manchester United players must earn their way back in

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester United's out-of-favour stars they have to work their way back into his plans and insists it is not his job to keep them happy.

    Jesse Lingard, who was left out of the side for United's league opener against Crystal Palace, has yet to be persuaded to leave Old Trafford despite his representatives holding initial talks with several clubs in England and Europe.

    Sergio Romero, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Andreas Pereira have all failed to feature in either of United's matchday squads this season, including Tuesday's Carabao Cup victory at Luton.

    United's failure to offload players this summer has been linked to their lack of activity with incomings, with Donny van de Beek the only major signing in this window.

    "Players are happy when they play well and win games," Solskjaer said. "It's not my job to keep them happy. My job is to pick players to get results.

    "It's up to them to be fit, to work hard and be ready when called upon."

    Smalling has been heavily linked with a move back to Roma, where the defender spent last season on loan, but Solskjaer has previously claimed the club are yet to receive a serious offer.

    Asked whether Smalling might be integrated back into United's first-team squad, Solskjaer said: "Different things need to happen then. Let's wait and see if there is that change and what happens to Chris."

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    Ole happy with midfield competition

    United's next Premier League game at Brighton on Saturday could see Van de Beek feature in a midfield trio with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes for the first time.

    The Netherlands international came off the bench in the defeat to Palace, with Scott McTominay chosen to start.

    "Good players can play well together," Solskjaer said. "Scott, Nemanja and Fred are also good players so there's competition for those places. I can see lots of different combinations in that midfield, different systems as well.

    "I wasn't happy with the game against Palace, of course. We weren't ready to play at the intensity that we needed.

    "After the restart in June I thought we'd taken big strides.

    "Once in a while, one game lives its own life. I'm still confident we can break teams down with our quality.

    "But, we need some more imagination and more precision than we had in that game, that's for sure."

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    "It's not my job to keep them happy," said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. "My job is to pick players to get results.

    "It's up to them to be fit, to work hard and be ready when called upon."

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    A dramatic injury-time penalty gave Manchester United victory at Brighton and their first three points of the season in a stunning game at Amex Stadium.

    A match packed full of incident was settled with the very final kick as Bruno Fernandes coolly stroked in the winning penalty, spotted and awarded via a VAR check for Neal Maupay's handball from a corner, all after on-field official Chris Kavanagh had blown to signal the end of the match.

    Just moments before, Brighton thought they had sealed a point that would have been the least they deserved when Solly March headed in a cross from Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

    It was a fitting finale to a madcap, seesaw game that had seen Albion take the lead through a Maupay penalty before United clawed their way back into the ascendency thanks to a Lewis Dunk own goal and a superb solo effort from Marcus Rashford.

    As if that wasn't enough, the home side also struck the woodwork five times (with Leandro Trossard responsible for three of them), saw one awarded penalty overruled by VAR and another potential one waved away by Kavanagh.

    On top of that, the visitors had two goals ruled out for offside.

    But despite still being far from their best, it is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side who emerge with a first win of the Premier League campaign, helping quieten some of the criticism that followed their surprise opening-game loss to Crystal Palace.

    For Brighton, it is a flooring loss at the end of an emotional rollercoaster - their second from three games.

    It speaks to the shambolic nature of United's defeat by Palace that such a chaotic and fortunate win is a step forward for Solskjaer's side.

    There was still plenty to be critical about in their display at the Amex - a still ropey-looking defence that tried but ultimately failed to protect a 2-1 lead, a midfield packed with quality but lacking the cohesion witnessed in the run-in last season and a big gulf in quality from first XI to the bench.

    Fernandes may have scored the winning penalty, but he was at fault for the one from which Brighton scored the opener, courtesy of a clumsy foul on the again lively Tariq Lamptey.

    Harry Maguire played his part in their equaliser to that opener with his presence in the Brighton box forcing Dunk to poke in Nemanja Matic's headed cross, but he was nowhere when March headed home late on.

    However, the United boss can now at least point to a fighting spirit, depth of resolve and signs of sharpness returning to his forward three as pillars on which to build.

    Rashford was particularly impressive and involved in much of their good attacking play.

    Although he twice wandered slightly offside to cause the ruling out of two goals - firstly for Greenwood and then himself - he made amends with a brilliant solo goal.

    Having driven into the box, the England forward turned one way and the next and past flailing Brighton tackles before firing a deflected shot into the net.

    David de Gea also deserves some credit for a superb point-blank save to deny Trossard just moments before March's header sparked the injury-time madness.

    In the closing stages of the game, the television cameras captured Brighton boss Graham Potter in slow motion in an extended, lip-wobbling exhale, and make no wonder.

    Having impressed in defeat by Chelsea before wiping the floor with Newcastle, his side again demonstrated what they are about with a patient, effective and incisive display that should have got them a point and could easily have given them all three.

    That they did not get either is partly down to a new handball law that continues to harshly penalise defenders, but also their own failure to take the chances that came their way.

    Trossard is a superb player and was central to Albion's display but he has developed a frustrating knack for hitting the woodwork as opposed to the net.

    He was somewhat unfortunate with the two long-range efforts that struck the post in the first half, but he should definitely have scored with the second-half shot that hit the bar.

    The salt in Brighton's wounds is the fact that they had a penalty of their own overturned by VAR after the break, although when they view it back they may agree with the officials that Connolly was pulling Pogba's shirt before then tumbling under a clumsy challenge.

    Just three months ago, Potter's team were outclassed here by United, going down 3-0 without having laid a glove on them.

    This, then, is definite progress and something on which to build once the disappointment of the result subsides.

    By quirk of fate, these two get to do it all again on Wednesday, when they meet in a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie.

    Brighton claim unwanted record

    Brighton hit the woodwork five times in this game, the most team any team has done in a single Premier League game since Opta started recording this data (2003-04).
    Manchester United have won each of the past four Premier League meetings with Brighton, their joint-longest winning streak against a current top-flight side (also 4 v Leicester).
    Since the start of last season, Manchester United's Premier League games have produced 20 penalties, the most of any team in that time (15 for, 5 against).
    Manchester United have given away a penalty in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2009; it's the first time the Red Devils have conceded one in both of their first two games in a Premier League campaign.
    Tariq Lamptey is the first player ever to win penalties in consecutive Premier League appearances for Brighton.
    Manchester United's David de Gea has saved just two of the 29 penalties he has faced in the Premier League. Of goalkeepers to face 25+ spot-kicks in the competition, only Paul Robinson has saved a lower proportion (6.1% to De Gea's 6.9%).
    Since his Premier League debut in August 2017, Brighton's Lewis Dunk has scored five own goals in the competition, at least two more than any other player.
    Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes has been involved in 17 goals in his 16 Premier League appearances (9 goals, 8 assists).
    Fernandes' goal for Manchester United at 99:45 is the latest scored in the Premier League since Juan Mata's strike for Chelsea against Norwich in August 2011 (100:03).
    Leandro Trossard is the first player to hit the woodwork three times in a Premier League match since Cristiano Ronaldo vs Newcastle United in October 2006.

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    Manchester United have reportedly made contact with France midfielder N'Golo Kante's advisers about a move from Chelsea.



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    Alex Telles: Manchester United in talks with Porto over Brazilian full-back

    Manchester United are in talks with Porto over a deal for Brazilian full-back Alex Telles.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to strengthen his options on the left and feels the 27-year-old would be a useful addition.

    Porto want £18m for Telles, who has one year left on his contract and could be signed without a fee on a pre-contract in January.

    Telles, who has one cap for Brazil, has scored 21 goals in 127 games for Porto.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/54337415


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    This club has made me start to hate football.

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    Manchester United are expected to make an official bid for Jadon Sancho this week.

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    BREAKING: Borussia Dortmund have rejected a bid from Manchester United for Jadon Sancho worth up to €100m.

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    BREAKING: Manchester United are in discussions with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele.

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    Man Utd consider four alternatives to Sancho

    Ousmane Dembele is one of four alternatives Manchester United are working on if they can't sign Jadon Sancho, along with Ismaila Sarr, Luka Jovic and Edinson Cavani.


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    According to reports, Jadon Sancho believes he will be a Manchester United player before the transfer window closes


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    Man Utd transfers: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says club 'know my view'

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the club "know my view" about transfer activity before the window closes on Monday.

    While some rivals have added to their squads significantly, United's only signing is Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, who cost £40m from Ajax.

    Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says matches played behind closed doors have hit the club financially.

    "The club has been working," said Solskjaer on Friday.

    Borussia Dortmund rejected United's most recent approach for England winger Jadon Sancho, who is Solskjaer's top target. and while there has been interest in Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, there has been no suggestion a loan deal for the France international is close.

    Porto's Brazilian full-back Alex Telles is another target.

    The deadline for international transfers and moves between Premier League clubs is 23:00 BST on Monday, though top-flight sides can still sign players from the English Football League until 17:00 on 16 October.

    "They [United] know my view," added Solskjaer. "The transfer window is still open for a little while. If something happens in or out you will get to know.

    "There are many ways of improving a team. I keep reading about the players who should be playing instead of the ones who aren't because they are performing well. That tells me I have a strong squad. There is competition for places.

    "We need results. That is the only way of affecting the mood at the club - the players and staff. All the rest is short-term moods."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/54385079


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    Edinson Cavani: Manchester United set to sign former PSG striker on two-year deal

    Former Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is due to fly into England on Sunday to join Manchester United.

    The Uruguay international, 33, has been in talks with United and although there is no deal yet, it is growing increasingly likely Cavani will join on what could be a two-year contract.

    Cavani is out of contract having left Paris St-Germain at the end of June.

    He left PSG under a cloud following a disagreement with Neymar and feels he has more to give to European football.

    United have been given a positive impression about the player's desire to play for the club and providing face-to-face talks confirm that impression, a deal will be done.

    It is understood the package on the table does not go beyond the current pay structure, so United feel any comparisons with Alexis Sanchez, who was given a £350,000-a-week contract which he failed to come close to justifying, would be wide of the mark.

    They also feel Cavani's age is not an issue and his experience will help develop the younger players in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad.

    It is understood talks over signing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho have not progressed, although club sources refuse to say whether United's attempt to land the 20-year-old England international is over.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54404308

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    Alex Telles: Manchester United's £15.4m bid rejected by Porto

    Manchester United's hopes of signing Porto's Alex Telles appear to be fading after their £15.4m offer for the left-back was rejected by the Portuguese champions.

    United are running out of a time to secure a deal for the Brazil international, with the transfer window closing for Premier League clubs at 11pm on Monday.

    While United offered £15.4m for Telles, Porto are demanding £22m, despite the 27-year-old being in the final year of his contract.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in a new left-back before Monday's deadline to add competition for Luke Shaw, who has struggled with injuries since arriving at Old Trafford in 2014, and Brandon Williams, who only broke into the first team last season.

    Telles arrived at Porto from Galatasaray in 2016 and has gone on to win two Portuguese league titles and the Portuguese cup in nearly 200 appearances for the club.

    Porto's rejection is the latest episode in a frustrating summer for United, whose only signing during this window has been Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

    The pursuit of their main target during this window, Jadon Sancho, appears close to failure after Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said on Saturday "the door is closed" on the move.

    United failed to agree a deal for the 20-year-old before Dortmund's August 10 deadline, and the £91.3m offer they made this week was rejected by the German club.

    However, one player who does look likely to be joining United is Edinson Cavani, who is close to signing a two-year deal.

    The 33-year-old striker is a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, and is set to bring some valuable experience to United's youthful forward line.

    Read more: https://www.skysports.com/football/n...ected-by-porto
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    Please rename the thread Penaltychester Utd lol

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    4-1 down at half-time.

    It could have been about 8-1 to Spurs.

    What an utter shambles this team is. All over the place.



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    4-1 down at half time. Players aren't good enough and neither is the manager and his coaching staff. This could be a long season for United.

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    Utd 1-5 Spurs

    35 mins to go, can Spurs get to 10?


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    FT: Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur

    Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw on Sky Sports: "It was a lack of concentration and then a mistake, another mistake, another mistake. We switched off. It really hurts.

    "Manchester United shouldn't lose in this manner. It really hurts, it's embarrassing and we've let a lot of people down. We've let ourselves down and the staff down.

    "We need to look in the mirror, we are nowhere near it at the moment. Maybe it's lucky that we've got a break now.

    "When we went down to 10 men maybe we gave up, there wasn't that character on the pitch. We were too quiet and naive. There was many mistakes, we need to do more.

    "It's embarrassing. I was embarrassed on the pitch. We need a long hard look at ourselves."


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    You lot remind me of Liverpool in the 90s and 00s. Millions spent, managers sacked, yearning for the past. Trust me I lived through it.

    All empires crumble at some point.

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    MUFC had a £15.4m offer for the 27-year old rejected by the Portuguese champions, but now look set to sign Telles for a fee thought to be £18.1million.

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    The goals conceded by United were comical but the defending for the first Spurs goal was hilarious.

    Maguire literally made two bad headers inside the box then pulled and shoved Luke Shaw to the ground allowing Ndombele to score.

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    Spurs winning the league

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    Man Utd transfer news: Amad Traore - Atalanta winger in talks to sign for United

    Manchester United are in talks to sign Atalanta winger Amad Traore.

    United have been monitoring Traore, 18, for the past three years as he came through the ranks at the Italian club.

    The Ivorian scored on his Serie A debut in October 2019 and has made three substitute appearances in Italy's top flight.

    If United are successful in agreeing a deal for Traore, it is expected that the player will stay with Atalanta until January.

    Traore has not featured for Gian Piero Gasperini's side this season but was the second player born in 2002 to score in one Europe's top five leagues - England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain - behind Barcelona forward Ansu Fati.

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    Man Utd transfer news: Jadon Sancho & Ousmane Dembele deals unlikely

    Manchester United target Jadon Sancho seems certain to stay at Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day, while a deal for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is also unlikely.

    United made England winger Sancho, 20, their number one transfer target.

    Dortmund repeatedly said they would not sell once their own 10 August deadline for a deal passed.

    United have not abandoned efforts to sign Dembele on loan but it is thought he would prefer a permanent move.

    France international Dembele, 23, cost Barcelona up to £135.5m when he joined them from Borussia Dortmund three years ago.

    However, injury and loss of form mean the player has failed to make the impact expected at the Nou Camp.

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    Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles undergoing Man Utd medicals

    Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles are at Manchester United's Carrington training complex ahead of their Deadline Day moves to the club.

    Cavani, who is a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, is set to sign a two-year deal and will provide some valuable experience to United's youthful forward line.

    Telles is expected to arrive at Old Trafford on a five-year deal after United agreed a £15.4m deal with Porto on Sunday, just hours after the Portuguese club turned down their initial offer.

    The 27-year-old left-back - who is into the final year of his Porto contract - will fly to Brazil to join up with the national team once he has completed his move to United.

    Cavani and Telles may not be the only two arrivals at Old Trafford on Deadline Day, with United in talks to sign Atalanta winger Amad Traore. However, a deal is likely to be completed in January instead.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also been keen to sign a winger for the entire window and United have been in talks with Barcelona over a loan move for Ousmane Dembele, although both Barca and the 23-year-old are understood to prefer a permanent deal.

    The move for Dembele came after United's £91.3m offer Jadon Sancho was rejected by Borussia Dortmund last week.

    The Bundesliga side have insisted on several occasions that any deal for the England winger had to be completed by August 10, and that their asking price of £108m must be met.

    United are also looking at 18-year-old Penarol winger Facundo Pellistri, although the move for the Uruguayan is expected to be one for the future.

    As well as incomings, there could also be outgoings from Old Trafford on Monday, with Chris Smalling's return to Roma still on the table.

    United are hoping the Serie A club - where Smalling spent last season on loan - will return with an improved offer, although he could stay and fight for his place in United's defence.

    Jesse Lingard and Sergio Romero could also still exit the club, although potential suitors are understood to be put off by their high wages.

    Lingard is yet to feature for United in the league this season, and is into the final year of his contract, while Romero has dropped to third-choice goalkeeper following the return of Dean Henderson from his loan spell at Sheffield United.

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    Edinson Cavani to Manchester United: A star in decline or a missing piece?

    When Edinson Cavani's Paris St-Germain contract was not extended in June, it brought to an end a seven-year romance with the French capital.

    While many would have seen it coming, after a season dominated by injury and bench-warming, few would have expected the Uruguayan to make his next significant appearance in a pair of ballet shoes.

    "Soccer and dance are more similar than the world imagines," he said in September as he helped promote ballet as a pursuit for children in his home country.

    "When the performance begins, both football and dance require maximum concentration."

    Now a deadline-day Manchester United signing, Cavani looked as athletic and poised as you would expect of a striker who has scored more than 300 goals for club and country when he took to the ballet mat.

    But the fact remains he has dabbled in dance more than he has competitive football in the past seven months.

    'El Matador' last played for PSG in March - but are United signing a player in the twilight of his career or picking up a useful bargain?

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    A season to forget or sign of decline?

    The 2019-20 season was not a good one by Cavani's standards.

    A hip injury in August 2019 left him sidelined for two months, and a groin strain in January preceded just seven more appearances for the eventual Champions League finalists.

    His four goals and one assist in Ligue 1 represented his worst return in Paris - down from a peak of 35 goals and four assists in 2016-17. In 2018-19, he scored 18 times and provided five assists.

    His struggles last season - with injuries and form meaning he fell behind Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Mauro Icardi in Thomas Tuchel's forward line - were epitomised by an uncharacteristic miss against Lille in November. His response - lying on the turf and dropping his head - spoke of a man devoid of confidence.

    Such was Cavani's disillusionment, he opted not to extend his contract to play in the latter stages of the Champions League in August.

    Two months later, United are signing a player who has gone 30 weeks without a game and has just 532 minutes of action to his name in 2020.

    But can he improve United?

    The key consideration is how will manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer use Cavani - and whose place is at risk?

    United's fixture schedule is packed, with nine successive midweek matches from the middle of October to after Christmas and potentially 14 in a row depending on cup commitments and when a rearranged game against Burnley is scheduled.

    Cavani provides another option. He is more of a natural number nine than any other striker on United's books with the exception of Mason Greenwood, and the 19-year-old is too young to carry the burden alone.

    The theory is Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will benefit from Cavani's presence - and his striker's instinct may put defences on the back foot more than has been the case in the opening couple of Premier League games, which has squeezed the space for Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

    In addition, with the arrival of midfielder Donny van de Beek, Solskjaer has options in terms of not just the personnel but also the formation.

    And if those injuries of last season can be cast aside, there is statistical evidence Cavani could have an impact.

    Insight from London-based investment company Carteret Analytics - which advises three Premier League clubs, and another 12 leading sides from around Europe and the rest of the world, on potential new signings and transfer finances - makes for positive reading.

    Carteret gives players a rating measured by how much influence they have on winning matches - it can be used by clubs when making recruitment decisions.

    Cavani's rating for his performances last season was a disappointing 158.6, but his overall rating - across his career as a whole - is 326.7.

    That's compared to a rating of 249.5 for Rashford, 180.3 for Greenwood and 251.8 for Martial.

    His 'intrinsic value' - a figure Carteret place on a player's worth to an individual club - is £35.61m, with Rashford's £40.3m and Martial's £45.57m.

    Why could this be different to other United flops?

    Given the outcome of most of the big names Manchester United have signed over the past six years, fans can be forgiven for feeling somewhat underwhelmed at the prospect of signing Cavani.

    Radamel Falcao, Alexis Sanchez, Angel di Maria and Bastian Schweinsteiger all arrived at Old Trafford to huge fanfare, with massive reputations, and flopped at enormous cost.

    Will the 33-year-old Uruguayan be any different? The answer will only come when he starts to play.

    It has been pointed out he is the same age as Lionel Messi, and therefore the date of his birth should have no bearing on the reaction to his arrival. And a good comparison might be with another former PSG forward - Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the one star name to justify his billing at United.

    Ibrahimovic's ego would not allow him to fail in the Premier League. Will Cavani be the same?

    United feel he is up for the challenge. They are not paying the reported £10m in agents' fees and are adamant the salary on offer is within their current structure.

    Given the situation they are in, they feel the investment is worth the potential return.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/54408358


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    New Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani's debut is likely to be delayed by Covid-19 regulations.

    The Uruguayan, who joined United on Monday, left Paris St-Germain in June and has not been part of an elite athlete bubble.

    It means Cavani, 33, has had to enter into a period of self-isolation following his arrival from France on Sunday, which should last 14 days.

    United's next game is away to Newcastle in the Premier League on 17 October.

    It hampers United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who will also be without the suspended Anthony Martial for the trip to St James' Park.

    Cavani is unable to train with his new team-mates until the situation is resolved and he could also miss the Champions League tie away to PSG on 20 October because of a lack of training.

    England striker Harry Kane had to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from a holiday in Barbados in August.


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    Manchester United abandoned Jadon Sancho bid as it would cost €250m

    Manchester United walked away from signing Jadon Sancho after they concluded the transfer would cost close to €250m (£227m) because of Borussia Dortmund’s €120m price for the forward, plus his wage demand and the fee wanted by his agent, Emeka Obasi. United, it is understood, decided this was not viable in the coronavirus-affected economic climate.

    This is not the first time they have abandoned a significant move because they felt it would be financially prudent. In January, they walked away from an attempt to land Erling Braut Haaland owing to the structure of a deal that included a high payment to the striker’s representative, Mino Raiola.

    Dortmund encouraged United to talk with Sancho and Obasi, during which the club made clear their stance regarding finances and what they were willing to pay. Even if agreement had been reached on that front, there was the issue of Dortmund’s demand, which United balked at.

    More minor elements such as the standard 4% levy to the Premier League on any transfer fee and additional costs including bonuses and national insurance are always factored in by clubs too.

    United do not expect supporters to be admitted to games until March, meaning a further loss of match-day revenues. The club have also taken into account lost retail revenues and there is economic uncertainty throughout other areas of the business.

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...d-player-agent


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    Manchester United have left Sergio Romero, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo out of their squad for the Champions League group stages.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has picked his 25-man A-list squad for clashes with Paris Saint-Germain, Red Bull Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir


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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    "Depth signings" aren't £70m, or in this case £40m for one of the most sought after young players in Europe. God knows what you're paying him. Van de Beek doesn't move to a club to be a rotation player imo, who starts in the vital games? How do you justify to one of your 300k a week players that they're gonna be left out?

    I'd be fine with it if you actually buy all your other required positions, but if you don't get a Sancho or CB over the line then I will be very sceptical of the necessity of this deal, and whether the funds could have been better redistributed.
    Over a month later, and I am very sceptical of the necessity of the Van de Beek transfer. Deadline day consisted of a very decent LB signing in Telles, and a panicked 10m agent's fee to get a 33 year-old Cavani over the line, while their defence and defensive midfield combination is categorically the worst in the big 6.

    They spent the whole summer in this all consuming Sancho saga, and it turns out they were never even in the financial ballpark of Dortmund's demands.

    Yet the big signing of the window was strengthening their only fantastic part of the pitch, and he doesn't even start.

    Man United's boardroom is the absolute joke of the footballing world, and that's coming from an Arsenal fan. They've really made a laughing stock of arguably the biggest footballing superpower of the past 50 years. I'm loving it


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    Barcelona and Real Madrid are monitoring the situation of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United with a view to trying to sign the 26-year-old. (Sun)


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    Manchester United's season starts now, says boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United's season starts now after "inspirational" captain Harry Maguire led a comeback win at Newcastle.

    Maguire cancelled out a Luke Shaw own goal before late strikes from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford sealed a 4-1 win.

    It was the ideal response after losing two of their first three league games, including a 6-1 defeat at Tottenham.

    "The season started for us today," said Solskjaer.

    "We have come up to the speed of the game and that showed."

    Read more: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/54587834


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    Harry Maguire, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood are among five Manchester United players not to have travelled for their Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain.

    Defender Eric Bailly and midfielder Jesse Lingard are also missing with injuries in a blow for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer ahead of the Group H clash at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.


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