Manchester United have today confirmed that Nicky Butt has been promoted from his current role as Head of Academy to Head of First Team Development. In this position he will report directly to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer where he will work closely with the manager and first team coaching staff, with aim of promoting more youngsters in to the first team squad.
Butt spoke to the club’s official site about his feelings on getting the promotion, three years after taking on his position with the academy.
Manchester United is in my DNA and this is a very proud moment for me as I take on this new role. I am passionate about nurturing, developing and coaching the talent we have here to become top players at this club. Under Ole’s leadership, our vision will ensure that we continue to provide the right environment for our young players to thrive in.
While last season wasn’t David de Gea’s best, given the ridiculously high standards he set himself, we have been given reason to panic this season with him taking him to agree a new deal at the club. With just one year remaining on his current contract, we were faced with the possibility of him being sold this summer so we didn’t lose him for nothing next year.
However, reports suggest that a deal has been struck between the club and goalkeeper, and his comments to Sky Sports today seem to confirm it, with De Gea claiming he wants to be United’s captain.
I’ve been captain for some games. Of course, it is amazing to be captain of a club like Manchester United and defend this badge. It’s amazing, so of course I’ll be really, really happy to be captain.
Paul Pogba has often been described as a disruptive force in the dressing room by the media but Juan Mata has claimed that can’t be further from the truth. We’ve all seen the footage of him giving his teammates motivating talks during the World Cup last summer, so it’s surprising when people suggest that Pogba is divisive. Speaking with Sky Sports News, Mata suggests that Pogba is a player who brings the team together.
We all know Paul and he is a fantastic midfielder, and a very good guy, very positive, and a good influence for everyone. I think he is happy and brings everyone together, but I cannot speak for other people – I speak for myself. As a team-mate and a friend I would like him to stay and be happy because he is a very good player for us.
Real Madrid are probably the only club who would be so keen to get rid of a player who has scored goals to help his team win two Champions League finals. In six years in Spain, Bale has made 231 appearances, scored 102 goals and has 65 assists, which is a better return than Zinedine Zidane when he played at the club. He’s also won 13 trophies, compared to Zidane’s six, yet there has been the feeling for some time, from both the dressing room and the stands, that Bale is unwanted at the Bernabeu.
While Bale has learnt to speak some Spanish, ever evidenced by an interview he gave two years ago, he chooses to communicate in English to his teammates and the press, which probably hasn’t helped his integration.
Scott McTominay put in some decent performances for Manchester United last season and is likely to get even more playing time now that Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini have left, with neither of being replaced.
The Scot, who has been at the club since he was five, has told ESPN that he has been working hard and has confidence in his own ability.
Regardless of what other signings come in or who plays where, you have to back yourself to be a Man United player. That’s one thing that I’ve done over the last two years, I’ve always backed myself. I’ve tried to train hard and I’ve always wanted to do extra things to try and give me that one percent difference.
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Following Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Inter Milan, where Mason Greenwood scored the winning goal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the young players in the post-match press conference. He claimed that Axel Tuanzebe was the future of the club, talked up 17-year-old Mason Greenwood’s chances of getting plenty of playing time in the season ahead and praised Aaron Wan-Bissaka for adapting to United so quickly.
Mason’s a natural finisher. He’s practising, of course, don’t get me wrong. He just knows where the ball is going to end up and land sometimes. You get players like this and he’s a natural goalscorer. He’s only 17 but, then again, why not enjoy it? I know he’s enjoying himself, enjoys football and he is going to enjoy every minute he gets and he’ll get a few, to be fair.
Paul Pogba put in a great performance for Manchester United on Saturday as we beat Inter Milan 1-0. With his agent confirming that the midfielder wanted to leave the club this summer, something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has repeatedly insisted he doesn’t want to happen, there were worries this might have an impact on the player’s form.
Still, both his former club, Juventus, and Real Madrid seem keen to tempt Pogba to their clubs, with the managers both speaking out about him this weekend.
Pogba scored against Maurizio Sarris’ Chelsea side to knock them out of the FA Cup last season and when talking to Football Italia, the manager confirmed this was a player he was keen on.
I really like Pogba. He’s a Manchester United player though. I’m not the sporting director, so I don’t know what the situation is.
Manchester United beat Inter Milan in the pre-season tie on Saturday afternoon with Mason Greenwood scoring the winning goal.
After the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took time to praise fellow academy graduate Axel Tuanzebe for his impressive display against the Italian club.
Having spent last season out on loan at Aston Villa, making 30 appearances for the club who earned promotion to the Premier League for the campaign ahead, Tuanzebe picked up some great experience. With United yet to sign a central defender, with Harry Maguire a player the club has had two bids rejected for, Solskjaer reckons Tuanzebe is the future of the club.
He has got a future at Man United, yes, of course he has. Today was the best for him, playing against different opposition.
Manchester United’s successful pre-season continued with a 1-0 win over Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan on Saturday afternoon. Mason Greenwood scored the only goal after coming on in the second half, putting away a brilliant effort that was Robin van Persie-esque.
United played good attacking football, with new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Paul Pogba two other stand out performers.
Tahith Chong also made a big impact after coming on, with his cross to Greenwood hitting the crossbar, and a few Inter players picking up yellow cards after being unable to deal with his pace.
After the 4-0 win over Leeds, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed that Greenwood may get the opportunity to play against Chelsea on the opening day of the season. He certainly didn’t do his chances of that any harm against Inter!
Reports on Thursday claimed that Harry Maguire is desperate for a move to Manchester United so that he can follow in the footsteps of his defensive idols, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Leicester have rejected two bids from United which has left Maguire frustrated. While the defender won’t solve all of our problems, he certainly is a step in the right direction and improvement on what we currently have.
But how close to Ferdinand and Vidic’s level is he?
Comparing him with our defensive pair in the 2007-08 season, he doesn’t come across too well. Ignoring the total goals conceded, as that would be unfair, his individual statistics aren’t up to scratch.
Comparing Maguire’s 31 appearances with Rio’s 35:
The only area where Maguire outperforms Rio is with aerial battles, with 3.8 per game compared with Rio’s 1.4 per game. Rio won 1.4 tackles per game
Manchester United beat Leeds 4-0 in the second game of our pre-season tour of Australia. Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial were all on the scoresheet, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again giving opportunities to the first team as well as the youth.
Greenwood’s performance lead Solskjaer to claiming after the game that Greenwood may start against Chelsea on the opening day of the season.
Angel Gomes is one of the academy players who has been invited to the Manchester United pre-season tour of Australia. Having already beaten Perth Glory 2-0 in the opening match, we have games against Leeds, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur on the horizon.
Gomes came on at half-time against Perth Glory and on MUTV claimed that what they have been working on in training paid off.
“Everything that you saw in the game is what we’ve been practising,” said the 18-year-old. “We’ve been working hard, trying to get the front-foot press and trying to create and score as many goals as possible. We’ve got very quick, direct and pacy players and we tried to press, stay high, get everyone locked up. We did that so we could create more chances, win the ball up higher and try to dominate the game.”
Over the past six years, United have won the FA Cup, the Europa League and the League Cup. In comparison, Barcelona have won four league titles, one Champions League, the Super Cup, the World Club Cup, the Copa del Rey four times and the Supacopa twice. Real Madrid have won one league title, four Champions Leagues, three Super Cups, three World Club Cups, one Copa del Rey and one Supacopa.
Unsurprisingly, while United’s success doesn’t come close to the other two richest clubs, neither does their business in the transfer market.
Having just finished sixth and winning nothing, so far United have signed Championship winger Daniel James for £15m and spent £50m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, who finished 12th last season.
Manchester United won their opening game of the pre-season tour this afternoon against Perth Glory, winning 2-0 thanks to two second half goals from academy graduates.
Marcus Rashford put United ahead with an hour played after seizing on the opposition giving the ball away, with his strike finding the bottom corner.
“Very pleased with the goal he scored,” Solskjaer told MUTV after the game. “It’s instinct. He swivels and finishes. It’s not one of those pretty goals, but it’s a goal that I’ve said that Marcus needs to add to his tally, because he scores wonder goals but when he can get five of these a season, hopefully he can get it in the league as well, he’ll add to his tally.”
Marcus Rashford has just signed a contract extension with Manchester United and is currently in Australia with the rest of the squad for pre-season.
He claims that in the short time that they have been together since the summer break that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his vision for what he wants clear.
Speaking with the clubs official website, Rashford has revealed the intensity in training has moved up a notch and that he sees the performances improving.
I just think that little things like pictures in our heads are a lot clearer already. Some of the other lads have been here in pre-season longer than I have, but in the short time I have been here things are becoming clearer to me on what the manager wants and how we are to do it on the pitch, so that will put us in good stead for the rest of Continue reading “Rashford: Ole’s vision for United is now clear for the players”
Joel Pereira has joined the rest of the Manchester United squad on their pre-season tour of Australia. Having joined the club when he was 16, he has played for four different clubs on loan, including Portuguese side Vitoria FC and Belgian team K.V. Kortrijk last season.
The goalkeekeper has said that he is in great shape and is hoping to go out on loan again next season.
I feel amazing. I have been working very hard. Physically I feel great. I have prepared myself for this moment and I am feeling really well. I am just trying to give my best every day in training.
I think that in this new season it will be important for me to play somewhere, so probably going on loan will be the best option for me, to get some games to come back better and stronger.
Manchester United’s confirmation of the squad for pre-season was met with plenty of criticism on social media from supporters. The overall quality of the team is a long way short from a team that could be challenging for the title.
At present, David de Gea is probably the only world class player in the squad and his contract is set to expire next summer, which would be disastrous for the club.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed while in Australia for the pre-season tour that De Gea is still in talks with United to extend his current deal.
David’s had a summer now where he’s been negotiating and thinking about his contract, so we hope that we’re going to get it sorted soon.