Spain manager Luis Enrique has heaped praise on goalkeeper David de Gea after he starred during the Nations League triumph over England on Friday night. The Manchester United shot-stopper had received stick from the country’s supporters after his average showing during the recent World Cup but he managed to make amends with a confidence performance against the Three Lions.
De Gea was called on to make a number of saves during the course of the game but the most influential of the lot came from a Marcus Rashford from the point-blank range. As such, Enrique was appreciative of the efforts of the United number one, who came through the fixture without making a single error of judgement.
Former England manager Sam Allardyce has been critical of midfielder Paul Pogba after he failed to show up during Manchester United’s shock 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. The France international started the campaign with a man of the match showing versus Leicester City but he has since looked off-peak with his performance.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Allardyce was defensive of under-fire manager Jose Mourinho and suggested that United were the dominant side despite the result. However, he did not have any sympathy for Pogba, who struggled to gain control over the likes of Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier in the centre of the park.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that goalkeeper Joel Pereira will be sent out on loan for the 2018/19 campaign. The Portuguese footballer has barely featured for the Red Devils being their third-choice goalkeeper and Mourinho has now indicated that the shot-stopper would be loaned out with Lee Grant coming in to take up his position.
Speaking in a press conference in Los Angeles, he said: “We did Lee Grant because we have a fantastic young goalkeeper (Joel Pereira) who needs to play football. Joel is a Manchester United goalkeeper but, two years without football, he has to play. And to protect that position we got Lee with experience in Championship and Stoke City in the Premier League, so he is ready to fulfil that position. Joel is here with us. It’s good for him to play but then he will go on loan.”
Former West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic believes Marcus Rashford should stay put at Manchester United and prove himself rather than pursuing a fresh challenge elsewhere. The England international has been linked with a potential exit from Old Trafford in recent months after receiving limited gametime under Jose Mourinho.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Bilic stressed that Rashford has played more games than most younger players at the same age and he should concentrate on getting better than pondering over an exit, he said: "We had a small talk about whether he should leave Manchester United. And I said 'no way, you are not leaving United at that age and you are playing.' He doesn't start every game, but he has been involved in every competition – maybe he even played too many games. He is playing under Mourinho for the biggest clubs in the world – why would you leave? Prove yourself there."
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright believes Jose Mourinho has damaged the confidence of Marcus Rashford during the recently concluded campaign. The England international made a strong start to the 2017/18 season with nine goals and seven assists by mid-December but he thereafter struggled to command a regular spot.
Rashford had sustained a minor injury during the festive period and shortly after his return, he was forced to settle for a substitute role. Ultimately, the 20-year-old managed just nine starts in the second half of the campaign and this appeared to have seeped through his confidence after his relative no-show in the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.
ESPN Pundit Shaka Hislop does not believe Manchester United will succeed in signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer. The Wales international has been linked with both United and Bayern Munich since the start of the transfer window and Hislop feels the attacker would join the latter if he was to choose.
Speaking on the ESPN FC show, he said: “We’ve been talking about this for, not just this summer, but for the last two or three summers in all honesty. I’m going to put this down as a miss.Not because I don’t think Gareth Bale would be a great fit at Manchester United, and Manchester United are desperate to get him.But I think Bale was linked with Bayern Munich a couple of months ago, I think that’s more likely of the two destinations. So as a result, I’m going to put that down as a miss.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he would be eyeing for signings who can earn more quality to the squad next season. The Red Devils are set for their best-ever league finish since the Alex Ferguson era but they have still been far off from competing with Manchester City for the Premier League title.
As such, Mourinho is keen on adding more quality to his ranks during the summer after admitting that he has tried to get the best out of the current set of players, he told reporters: “How many points separate us from Manchester City?. Not two, three or four. A lot of points.Some of the people we have, they have to be more consistent in their performance and we need more quality. I trust some more than others that can bridge that gap. That's normal. I know the players. I worked with the players for a couple of years, so I know them better than anyone.”
Sweden footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has sent a farewell message to the club’s supporters after reaching a mutual agreement with Manchester United to terminate his contract. The 36-year-old’s final appearance for the Red Devils came in a 2-2 draw versus Burnley on Boxing Day, where he was substituted at the half-way mark.
Following his exit from United, Ibrahimovic posted a thank you message to the fans via Instagram, he wrote: "Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United. Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff, and everybody who shared with me this part of my history.”
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has denied any link to Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. There were reports that when Real Madrid rework their squad during the summer, Bale could be on his way out. Manchester United were one of the leading sides gunning for the signature of the player but with the capture of Alexis Sanchez, Mourinho says such would no longer be possible.
Sanchez has showed his obvious quality since moving to Manchester from Arsenal this winter. The Chilean missed his penalty but scored the rebound as United thrashed Huddersfield Town on Sunday at Old Trafford.
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has supposedly hinted that he is not keen on a move to Manchester United during this summer’s transfer window. The France international came close to reuniting with compatriot Paul Pogba at Old Trafford last summer, before making a surprise U-turn owing to Atletico’s transfer ban being upheld.
The Spanish outfit have since been allowed to sign players during the 2018 winter transfer window, and Griezmann has now suggested that he wants to resolve his future ahead of the World Cup in Russia, he said: “My future will be decided before the World Cup, I want to go to Russia with a clear mind, I think that’s what everybody wants, it’s not so much the question of where I’ll play, which may be boring, but about having the peace of mind if I’m still in one place or another.”