Paul Pogba has enjoyed the best season of his career statistically in 2018-19 but Manchester United won nothing and finished sixth.
Having spent three years at the club, the French midfielder has told media in Tokyo that now might be a good time for him to leave the club and challenge himself elsewhere.
I’ve been here for three years in Manchester and have been doing great. There’s some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else. After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well, I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I’m thinking of this, to have a new challenge somewhere else.
Daniel James has today been unveiled as a Manchester United player after an agreement was made between us and Swansea last week.
The young winger spoke of his delight at signing with United to the club’s official website.
This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player.
This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family; however, it is tinged with sadness that my father isn’t able to share this experience with us. I am looking forward to working with Ole, meeting the team and getting started.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discussed what attracted him to sign the 21-year-old Welshman.
Reports today suggest that Manchester United have made their first move for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. We’ve apparently offered £40m for the 21-year-old but they are holding out for £60m.
Wan-Bissaka made 35 league appearances for Palace last season after making his breakthrough from the academy the season before.
Having started his career as a winger, he could help provide the attacking threat down the right flank that United have been missing in recent seasons.
The defender distanced himself from a move away from his boyhood club recently, pointing to the fact he has three years remaining on his contract, but it’s worth noting he’s currently earning around £15,000-a-week at Palace which would be significantly improved if he signed for United.
Wan-Bissaka is about to set off to Italy with England U-21s to compete in the Euros having received his first call up for them last September.
Darren Raekwon McIntosh-Buffonge is one of several academy players who has been released by Manchester United this week. Higher profile players like James Wilson and Regan Poole were on the list, but DJ was once tipped for greatness.
He signed for United in 2015 from Fulham following a successful trial when he was 16. He had started his career at Arsenal’s academy before moving to Fulham, who chose not to extend his stay at the club.
“I got in to football very young,” he said. “I was four years old and I fell in love with it. When I was 11 I got dropped from the first club that I was at. At the time for me I was thinking maybe I should go and do something else. I broke through it and started believing in myself.”
Nicky Butt saw enough in the creative midfielder to invite him
Former United defender Clayton Blackmore, who coached the youth teams, claimed that Wilson was the best he had seen at 15-years-old and would be a better striker than Jamie Vardy one day, who became a decent Premier League forward later in to his career.
Ryan Giggs threw him straight in to the first team when he was appointed interim manager following the sacking of David Moyes. With just half an hour on the clock, Wilson scored against Hull, becoming the fourth youngest player to score for United in the Premier League.
“He’s a goalscorer – a natural goalscorer; but he’s got more to his game than just that,” Giggs said after the game. “He can turn and run and he’s a very clever player. I was delighted for
This afternoon Manchester United confirmed that a deal had been agreed between Swansea and the player to bring Daniel James to the club as the first summer signing.
Having completed his medical at Carrington yesterday, a formal announcement is set to be made next week once the international transfer window opens.
Reports in the media suggested he has agreed a deal worth up to £57,000-a-week.
The 21-year-old represents Wales at international level and has impressed manager Ryan Giggs, who said: “He’s a talent, and when you’ve got that raw pace you are a threat at any level. As a winger you have to develop other parts of your game which I feel that he is doing.”
Marcus Rashford put England 1-0 up against Holland in the Nations League semi-final on Thursday night. Having got past Matthijs de Ligt, who has been linked with a move to United this summer, the Dutch teenager brought Rashford down in the box.
Rashford calmly slotted the penalty away to see England go in ahead at half-time.
Marcus Rashford is just cool, calm and collective in his penalty kicks! 1-0 England
England take on Holland on Thursday evening in the semi-final of the Nations League. England finished top of their group, which included Spain and Croatia.
Marcus Rashford scored in both games against Spain, while Jesse Lingard scored in the final game against Croatia.
Ahead of Thursday’s game, the Manchester United pair were spotted chatting to former Manchester City player, Jadon Sancho. The Borussia Dortmund player has been linked with a move to United this summer after enjoying a brilliant season in the Bundesliga.
Reports suggest that United were favourites to sign Sancho, who joined City for £500,000 from Watford’s youth academy, but our failure to qualify for the Champions League next season has put him off.
The teenager has since been linked with Real Madrid and a return to City, but United would be able to offer him a more prominent role and, likely, a higher salary.
Reports have emerged in the newspapers today linking Manchester United with a move for Leicester’s James Maddison.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder created more chances than any other player in the league this and, when compared with all players with 1000 minutes in the top five leagues he ranked eighth with 3.2. Those statistics put him ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard.
However, reports claimed he was hesitant over committing his future to United because of our lack of Champions League football. While for many players that may be a reasonable reservation, the fact Maddison grew up supporting United and has never played in any European cup competition, it’s unlikely that will be too off-putting.
The Evening News published photos today showing Maddison in a variety of United shirts when he was a youngster.
Andreas Pereira has made 35 appearances for Manchester United’s first team after making the step up from the academy. This season we have seen the next crop of youngsters given a go in the first team, like Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood.
Pereira has sung the praises of how well these players had done in training and spoken about the advice he has given to them.
They were brilliant. They trained a lot with us. I’ve been in their position so I try to help them as much as I can. It’s great to have them and to see young players coming through at United. It was my dream, and it’s still my dream, and it’s nice to see others doing it. We’re all a big family and at United you can see that everyone can do it if they work hard.
Louis van Gaal has stuck the boot in to Manchester United over the decisions that have been made at the club which have seen us go in to decline.
While rivals Manchester City and Liverpool can call themselves champions of England and Europe, United finished sixth and failed to win any silverware.
Van Gaal rightly points out how ridiculous it is that a club of United’s size has someone with no experience in football being appointed CEO by the Glazers.
At Bayern, the people in charge are football men. I always appreciated that. At Manchester United, on the other hand, Ed Woodward was installed as CEO – somebody with zero understanding of football who was previously an investment banker. It cannot be a good thing when a club is run solely from a commercially-driven perspective.
Dillon Hoogewerf has confirmed his move from Ajax’s youth team to Manchester United on his Instagram account.
The 16-year-old was regarded as the next big thing in Ajax’s youth team, following on in the footsteps of the likes of Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie de Jong.
The winger averaged a goal every 167 minutes for the U-17s this season, with 10 goals and six assists in 18 appearances, but has also already played for Ajax’s U-19 team in the UEFA Youth League.
He is two-footed and despite being small, just 5 foot 4 inches tall, is physically strong. He plays out wide but can feature in any position behind the striker, with his dribbling ability putting him top of the class.
Manchester United’s striker Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a move to Inter Milan this summer. Antonio Conte has been appointed manager of the Italian club and has long been an admirer of Lukaku.
The Belgian snubbed a move to join Conte’s Chelsea in preference for a move to United in 2017 but is reportedly open to making a move to Serie A this summer.
Conte didn’t admit to talks taking place but didn’t rule out his interest in Lukaku.
I think now it’s very difficult to talk about this. For sure, we have a plan to try to improve the team. But it will be very important for the players, it will be very important to have a great will and great ambition, me, the players and the club, to try to reduce this gap.
Diogo Dalot signed for Manchester United last summer, following in the footsteps of his hero Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the Portuguese league for Old Trafford.
The 20-year-old has revealed that Ronaldo’s hard working mentality has been a big inspiration to him.
Ronaldo, for me, was the main one. He was my idol from day one. Not because he’s Portuguese, or his style of playing, but for his hard work. When you think of an athlete, a complete athlete, a complete footballer, you need to choose Cristiano. For me, he was the main inspiration to start playing football. Not because I want to be like him, I want to take my own path, but to get to know him and see how he works is unbelievable.
Manchester United supporters are desperate to see the club sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer. The Dutchman has had a brilliant season and ticks all the boxes for the sort of player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for. He’s young, talented, passionate and would instantly improve United’s failing defence.
Barcelona are reportedly his first choice but it is unlikely they will be willing to offer anything like the salary United would for the teenager.
While it feels unlikely that we could pull off such a transfer, it’s worth remembering that De Ligt is still only 19, with his whole career ahead of him, so there is the possibility he could be convinced to spend at least a few years in the Premier League before signing for the Spanish giants.
On Sunday, Manchester United’s legendary team from 1998-99 took on Bayern Munich legends in a charity game to celebrate our Treble win from 20 years ago.
Both Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were present for the game, with the latter receiving plenty of stick on social media. It’s hard to understand why his suit or glasses managed to offend so many people, but they did. Rashford also got roped in to getting criticism from our fans too, leading both to post a cryptic post on Instagram, reading ‘0.012%’.
Of the 1.5m players who are playing organised youth football in England at any one time will make it as a professional in the Premier League. There’s only a 0.012% success rate of making it as a professional in this league.
Manchester United won the Champions League 20 years ago today, topping off 10 days of madness which saw us become the first team in the big five European leagues to win the Treble.
Andy Cole, who played a key role to success that season, scoring 24 goals in 50 games, including the winner against Tottenham in the final day of the season to claim the league title, has reflected on the European Cup win in an interview with the Telegraph.
It was no ordinary dressing room. It was a freakish dressing room. I’ve never come across so many people with the same desire. When you talk about a band of brothers, that was a band of brothers.
Ahead of this weekend’s legends game between Manchester United and Bayern Munich, in celebration of the 20 year anniversary of the 1999 Champions League final, Juan Mata has spoken to the official site about his memories of that night at the Nou Camp.
I was just 11 years old and I remember two things. Obviously the goals – Ole’s and Sheringham’s. But I also remember the Bayern Munich players lying on the floor devastated.
So I could feel the happiness on one side from this club, obviously, and the sadness of Bayern – they were devastated they had lost the game that they felt they had won.
They were touching the trophy with their hands and it escaped from them. I don’t know why I focused on that – seeing them very, very sad.