Steve Nicol slams Jesse Lingard’s recent performances at United

Liverpool legend Steve Nicolas has said that Jesse Lingard has been lucky to start for Manchester United, given his struggles during the calendar year. The England international has contributed just one goal since the start of 2019 and that came against Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round last season.

Speaking on ESPN FC, Nicol said that the recent criticism has been warranted for Lingard, given he has barely made any impact, he told: “I think so [recent criticism is warranted. You described him as an attacking midfielder – I would suggest he needs another title if all he’s going to produce is one goal and no assists. I think it’s a little fortunate that he’s gone under the radar a little because of all the problems that they’ve had at United over the last two, three, four seasons. They’ve brought in players that they thought would score goals and assist.” Read More

Solskjaer prepared to offer new challenge to Paul Pogba

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he is prepared to offer midfielder Paul Pogba with a new challenge at the club. Earlier last month, the France international suggested that he would prefer a fresh challenge elsewhere and reports have since associated him with a potential departure from Old Trafford.

Real Madrid and Juventus have been regarded as potential contenders to land his signature but so far, neither club has made a formal approach to land his signature. Speaking to reporters, Solskjaer said that he has not been upset by the comments made by Pogba and he is prepared to give him a new challenge at the club itself.
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Manchester United sucked into a vacuum of negativity – Jermaine Jenas

BBC Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has said that Manchester United have been sucked into a vacuum of negativity after suffering a sixth defeat from the past eight matches. The Red Devils appeared to have turned the corner under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this year, but things have gone wrong over the past few weeks, where their performances have been pretty average.

One of those came against Everton at Goodison Park, where they were thoroughly beaten by a 4-0 scoreline and shortly after the game, Jenas has described that the club have been submerged under the sense of negativity, which was present during Jose Mourinho’s time at the club, he penned on BBC Sport: “Everyone was guilty. Even Marcus Rashford, who has got one of the best attitudes of anyone at the club, got sucked in by what I would describe as a vacuum of negativity.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it very clear that he is going to do everything possible to turn United’s fortunes next summer and won’t shy away from any difficult calls if they are necessary for the betterment of the team in the long run.

Most of the Manchester United fans and also some pundits are of the opinion that the Red Devils have been very soft with regard to how they have gone about handling the contracts of the players. Read More

Antonio Valencia’s father hints over new challenge for the defender

The father of Antonio Valencia has said that the Ecuador international is expected to part ways with Manchester United when the current campaign comes to a close. The 33-year-old has been one of the club’s most consistent performers over the past decade but he has failed to replicate the same level of showing this term due to injuries and poor form.

Speaking to Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo, Valencia’s father confirmed that the defence is set to end his association with the Red Devils in the summer with the club having no plans of renewing his deal beyond the current season. He added that the right-sided defender could yet remain in the Premier League with Arsenal and West Ham United probable contenders to sign him.
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Ole Solskjaer has Noted about the Fred Situation after He was Left out of Manchester United Squad

Fred didn’t fly to London, as he was excluded from the squad again. This 25 yrs old player didn’t get the chance to be a part of the Premier League from 3 league squads from past 7 leagues. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assured Fred that he will be a part of the squad and will play the part of the run-in on the Manchester United team. He said that Fred is like every other player, he can contribute and will get the chance to contribute, and no one should worry. Records show that Fred is the 4th costliest player of the Man-U team. United paid £52million to Shakhtar Donetsk, yet the performance from the player is quite rare after a bright start. Norwegian has faith with Pogba and Herrera and they have become the first choice of the trident of the Midfielder.

Solskjaer while explaining the situation of Fred to the former teammates of Manchester United; the Forlan and Sebastian have reported that Fred is a very good player and so is Andreas who has been working incredibly hard. Fred has talent, but he needs to adjust to the English game. He is the Brazilian International player proves that the talent is out there, but he just needs to practice and perform. It’s Manchester United, and every player is expected to perform straight away. Since he is not used to English Leagues, it is pulling him back from being in the squad. Further, in the conversation, Solskjaer added, that he is not favoring Andreas or Scott or Fred. There are a lot of players that come in and find the first few difficult months including the best players Veron and Forlan. So, there is no need to worry as he will get the chance to perform as he improves.

Tony Cascarino believes Unai Emery needs more signings at Arsenal

Former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino believes Unai Emery requires more signings at Arsenal before the team can frequently challenge for the top-four positions. The Gunners have failed to qualify for the elite competition for two-straight seasons and that streak could extend for another campaign unless they make up the three-point deficit to fourth-placed Chelsea.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Cascarino highlighted that there could be further change in personnel during the forthcoming transfer windows with the futures of a number of players hanging in the balance, he said: “There’s a number of Arsenal players who know their future, long-term, isn’t going to at the club if Unai Emery is the manager.
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Pogba feels humiliated at United

Paul Pogba is not very happy that he has not been given that much of playing time in the previous two games Manchester United has played in the Premiership. Jose Mourinho was believed to have a heated conversation with Pogba after his dismal showing against the Saints and as everyone expected, the Frenchman was not included in the starting XI in the games that followed.

DAILY STAR recently published a story in which they quoted one of the Red Devils’ sources who said that there have been quite a few United players who have not lived up to their reputation and have been off color in the ongoing season just like Pogba, but the manager has not been as harsh on anyone as he has been on Pogba and that’s something which the Frenchman is not feeling very good about.
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Jose Mourinho puts the blame on the midfield after Southampton draw

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that the midfield performance was partly responsible for the club’s 2-2 Premier League draw at Southampton on Saturday. The Red Devils went 2-0 down within the opening 20 minutes of the game but they managed to salvage a point after making a terrific comeback before the half-time whistle.

Thereafter, United never really offered a genuine threat towards the Southampton goal and they eventually had to do with a point, much to the frustration of the fans. Speaking after the game, Mourinho highlighted that the result was a fair one despite his team holding the vast possession in the Premier League encounter.
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TalkSPORT host confirms Manchester United are in talks with Zinedine Zidane

TalkSPORT present Tony Cascarino has revealed that Manchester United have already made contact with Zinedine Zidane regarding the head coach position following their poor start to the 2018/19 campaign. The Red Devils have simply faulted during Jose Mourinho’s third season in charge of the club and they are currently 10th on the table after just seven league games.

As a result, there has been plenty of speculation concerning Mourinho’s position with the club’s hierarchy and according to Cascarino, United are deemed to have already held a dialogue with Zidane regarding the managerial role, he said: “If I’m brutally honest, I think he’ll be gone very soon. I think the talks have already happened and I was led to believe Zidane has already met United from a source that has told me many things over the years that have come true. I think that will happen, and I think it should happen now because United are 10th in the league. Yes, only seven games have gone, but United have served up tripe in the sort of football we have witnessed!”
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