Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has raised quite a few eyebrows with his explosive interview where he has questioned the club and their fans. The Belgian went on to claim that he was made the scapegoat of United' poor form along with former teammates Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. He went on to add that the club didn't even try to shut down rumours that they wanted him out of United before the transfer deadline. “A lot of stuff has been said where I didn't feel protected,” he said on the NBA player Josh Hart's LightHarted podcast. “I felt like a lot of rumours, 'Rom going there', 'They don't want Rom', and nobody came out to shut it down. It was for a good three, four weeks. I'm
GK: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (£1.25m) 'Man Utd sign Milinkovic-Savic' wasn't nearly as clickable in May 2014, when it was announced that the younger brother of Lazio's in-demand midfielder Sergej had signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford, with FK Vojvodina receiving a transfer fee in the region of £1.25million. Milinkovic-Savic's contract was torn up with three and a half years still to run. The teenager left United without really getting his gloves dirty in Manchester. He stayed with Vojvodina on loan until summer 2015 and when he could not get a work permit to play in England, he quit United for Lechia Gdansk. A year later, Milinkovic-Savic joined his brother in Italy, though Torino subsequently
Before the start of the season, English broadcaster BT Sport came up with a unique 'script' of the season ahead, predicting what's to come for the season ahead. While the results of the script have been hit-and-miss so far, we take a look at what's in store for us in gameweek 3, including a big Manchester United win. With the help of big data, BT Sport mapped out the season ahead before it began. An explanation regarding the same was released, which read as follows: “Using machine learning (ML), the system calculated the relative strengths of each team rating attacking strength (goals) and defensive solidity (goals conceded) based on historic data from thousands of matches over previous seasons.
According to Voetbal International (via TZ), Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong may have caught the attention of Bayern Munich. The 19-year-old Dutchman is said to be in the mold of Arjen Robben — a left footed inverted winger with the ability to cut inside and shoot. The report doesn't go into many details — as per TZ, Chong has attracted the attention of big clubs around the world, with Bayern being among them. However, you do get the sense that the paper is really struggling to make this rumor plausible, with most of the text reading like speculation regarding Bayern's interest in another young Dutch winger. Also in the report is a quote from the player's agent, who says that Chong does
Jesse Lingard could lose his place in the Manchester United first team to Mason Greenwood. That's according to former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol, who reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already thinking about replacing Lingard with the youngster. Lingard has featured in both of the Red Devils' opening Premier League fixtures this season, but has yet to score. There is much competition for places at Old Trafford and Nicol thinks Greenwood is knocking loudly on the first team door. "Well I would suggest that probably Solskjaer will be thinking about [bringing in youngsters for Lingard]," Nicol told ESPN FC. "But he will also understand somebody like Mason Greenwood, you cannot just throw him in
There was a point last season when Juan Mata feared he might be leaving Manchester United; that his career there might be over. It was not a comfortable thought. “To be honest, I didn’t know. I was not 100 per cent sure. I know what I felt – which was to stay - but I didn’t know what would happen,” Mata admits.
A whole host of top European sides including Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are set to compete over the transfer of highly touted Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kai Havertz. 20-year-old Havertz, who came up through the youth ranks at Leverkusen, enjoyed a remarkable season in 2018/19, scoring 20 goals across competitions and notching seven assists. With the start of the new campaign, he has started where he left off, with a goal to go along with another classy performance in the club's Bundesliga opener against Paderborn. Naturally, this has led to a transfer frenzy across Europe, with no less than eight top sides jostling for his signature. According
We round up the front and back pages across Europe, as Friday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear once again.
MATCHES (EDT) 10:00 am: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Southampton 10:00 am: Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace 10:00 am: Sheffield United vs. Leicester City 10:00 am: Watford vs. West Ham United 12:30 pm: Liverpool vs. Arsenal FORWARDS/MIDFIELDERS The fight in cash games will be between Manchester United and Liverpool players. The Red Devils are a bigger favorite and may get more love, but I'm not sold on the Arsenal back line, which has given up at least three goals in their last four trips to Anfield. That stat alone is what makes the Reds stand out a little more to me. Similar to last week, my favorite player on the slate is Sadio Mane ($20). Outside of the goal and assist last match, he still
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said players need more protection from social media companies, describing racist abuse and death threats directed at them as “serious incidents.” United midfielder, Paul Pogba was the target of online abuse after missing a penalty in Monday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, prompting the club to issue a strong statement condemning the views. Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, last week urged social media companies to take action after 21-year-old striker Tammy Abraham was targeted after the team's UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool. “We need to protect individuals. When there's death threats and racism, it's serious allegations,
Manchester United appear to be getting a little bit nervy as David De Gea keeps the club guessing over his next move amid growing concerns over his contract. The Spaniard is yet to sign a fresh new deal that would keep him at the Red Devils for the considerable future, even though he has agreed a £350,000-a-week contract in principle. Don Balon is now reporting that the delay in contract talks is because the goalkeeper actually wants a move to Real Madrid, which continues to be his dream. Would David de Gea like to be the next captain of Manchester United? Los Blancos nearly signed the custodian from United on the final day of the transfer window a few years ago, but famously failed to secure
When it comes to recruitment, no football club lacks information in the 21st century. The big clubs have more analysts than NASA. At Manchester United, they try to sift through the reams of data via a bespoke scouting system that pulls together reports on thousands of matches around the world and as many as 14,000 players, many of them teenagers. Having fixed on a position to strengthen, the data bank creates a list of 50 names which, from September to the end of October, the technical team narrow down to 15. A managerial veto removes another three. Further scouting and study creates a target list of a top three by February. From there, contractual situations and availability are established.