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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is quick to make an impression at Manchester United

What the papers say - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 22:30

The full-back from Palace excelled in the 4-0 victory over Chelsea and says United’s players have made him feel at home

After a summer full of doubt and negativity Manchester United made one of the most emphatic starts to the season on the opening weekend, playing like a team with a purpose and scoring four times against Chelsea to leave Frank Lampard looking the rookie Premier League manager with problems.

No one was more pleased than Aaron Wan-Bissaka to get the season under way with a crowd‑pleasing victory: the former Crystal Palace right-back was making his United debut as well as attempting to justify a £50m price tag. “It was a great result to beat Chelsea and I couldn’t have been much happier with how it went,” the 21-year-old says. “I had been waiting for my first game at Old Trafford as a United player and it felt great to get it done and for it to go so well.”

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Inter approach Manchester United in bid to sign Alexis Sánchez on loan

What the papers say - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 21:20
• Chile striker targeted after Inter miss out on Edin Dzeko
• Ole Gunnar Solskjær had said he expected Sánchez to stay

Internazionale are hoping to sign Alexis Sánchez on a season-long loan and are confident of agreeing a deal with Manchester United.

The striker turned down a move to Roma last week, with United reported to have offered to cover a large proportion of his £300,000-a-week wages. Yet having already signed Romelu Lukaku for £74m, the Inter manager, Antonio Conte, has turned his attention to the 30-year-old after missing out on Edin Dzeko, who has signed a new three-year contract with Roma amid speculation he could move to San Siro.

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Wolves v Manchester United: match preview

What the papers say - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 09:00

Last week’s 4-0 defeat of Chelsea brought sunshine after a troubled summer for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has singled out Alexis Sánchez and Fred for encouragement though the Chilean and Brazilian appear unlikely to start against opposition United failed to beat in three meetings last season. Already five matches in, having reached the Europa League qualifying round, Nuno Espírito Santo made nine changes in Thursday’s 4-0 defeat of Armenia’s Pyunik, giving four new signings their first Wolves starts, with Pedro Neto marking his bow with a goal. John Brewin

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Alexis Sánchez to play ‘a lot of games’ once fit

What the papers say - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:29

• Manchester United manager backs struggling forward
• Alexis Sánchez has underperformed since signing from Arsenal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Alexis Sánchez to play “a lot of games” despite the striker’s disappointing form for Manchester United.

Since signing in January 2018 from Arsenal the 30-year-old has scored only three Premier League goals and his last in any competition was at Arsenal in a 3-1 FA Cup win in January. He has not completed a full 90 minutes for United since the opening game of the previous season.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

What the papers say - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:02

There are a few potential debuts on the cards, while a Southampton defender deserves praise for his charitable actions

Arsenal began the season with an uncharacteristically efficient away win. Their first home match could be an attacking extravaganza if, unlike at Newcastle, Nicolas Pépé and Alexandre Lacazette start with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But their defence will also be worth watching, especially if David Luiz makes his debut. He would probably prefer if it were not against Ashley Barnes. The forward riled the Brazilian to distraction when Burnley drew 2-2 at Chelsea in April. Barnes is one of the slyest pests in the Premier League and he continually lures David Luiz into fouling him. David Luiz got so frustrated with the way Barnes and Chris Wood wound him up that he perpetrated an embarrassing dive, which did not stop him from complaining afterwards about Burnley’s “anti-football”. Barnes, you fancy, will be hoping Unai Emery picks his new signing. PD

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Frank Lampard’s youth policy at Chelsea should be tempered with realism | Eni Aluko

What the papers say - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:00

There were promising signs in the Super Cup defeat by Liverpool but the new man at Stamford Bridge has to start winning soon

After losing badly to Manchester United on the opening day, Chelsea’s performance against Liverpool in the Super Cup, even if they did not quite manage to win, was very impressive.

It is hard to say at this moment what a good season would look like for Chelsea, with a transfer ban and a young, inexperienced manager who promises to field young, inexperienced players. The fact Frank Lampard is in charge, a man with so much goodwill from his time at Chelsea as a player, will buy the team a little time but what are the minimum expectations? I feel winning the Super Cup against such established, strong opponents would have made this season an overnight success. A good season for Lampard was only just out of reach – like a couple of the penalties Kepa Arrizabalaga got a hand to but couldn’t quite keep out.

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Bury MP urges Manchester giants to help club after fifth game suspended

What the papers say - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:45
• Bury South MP Ivan Lewis calls on United and City to help
• League One club under threat of EFL expulsion over finances

Bury have had a fifth game suspended by the EFL, as a local MP urged Manchester United and City to help their crisis-hit neighbours.

Bury’s League One match at Rotherham on Tuesday 20 August has been suspended. The club have yet to play this season and have been threatened with expulsion from the Football League over their financial problems.

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Paul Pogba says 'question mark' remains over his future at Manchester United

What the papers say - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 09:59
  • Midfielder made comment after 4-0 against Chelsea
  • Real Madrid keen to sign Frenchman before 2 September

Paul Pogba has re-opened the uncertainty over his future at Manchester United after saying a “question mark remains”.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action | Guardian sport

What the papers say - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 08:04
Lampard must hope Chelsea youngsters can step up, promoted trio look up for the fight and Zaha finds home comfort at Palace

Eddie Howe has a quality problem when it comes to goalkeepers. In the end it was the 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale, who has been capped at youth level by England and shone in League One with AFC Wimbledon during the second half of last season, who got the nod ahead of Artur Boruc, Mark Travers and Asmir Begovic to make his Bournemouth debut against his former club, having left Sheffield United for around £800,000 on deadline day in January 2017. At the time Chris Wilder was six months into his dream job – and about to tie the knot with wife-to-be Francesca. “I sold him an hour before I got married in London,” Wilder said. “He tried to balls that up. Myself and the chief executive sold him and then that got done and within the hour I was married.” Ben Fisher

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Solskjær salutes new signings after Manchester United trounce Chelsea

What the papers say - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 21:40
• Manager’s praise for Wan-Bissaka, Maguire and James
• Disappointed Lampard unfazed by Mourinho criticism

Ole Gunnar Solskjær praised Manchester United’s “risk and reward” play as Chelsea were torn apart at Old Trafford on Sunday.

An 18th-minute penalty from Marcus Rashford before a second from the forward after the break, along with strikes from Anthony Martial and Daniel James on 65 and 81 minutes, respectively, secured a confidence-boosting victory in what is expected to be a season of transition for United.

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Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea: Premier League player ratings | Andy Hunter

What the papers say - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 20:20

Harry Maguire is influential on debut as Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba shine while Chelsea’s defenders have a day to forget

David de Gea A confident start to the new season with good positioning and fine saves from Barkley, Emerson and Mount. 7

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleased with second half as Man Utd thrash Chelsea 4-0 – video

What the papers say - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 20:19

Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 to ruin Frank Lampard's debut as a Premier League coach in their season-opening game on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford scored twice, Anthony Martial grabbed another and substitute Daniel James completed the rout on his debut, but it was also an impressive defensive performance from United with the world's most expensive defender, Harry Maguire, playing his role in keeping the visitors at bay.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka also impressed on his debut after playing from the start

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Martial and Rashford reward Solskjær’s Manchester United rejig | Jamie Jackson

What the papers say - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 19:21
The hosts struggled to hold their lead until telling interventions by Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford that bode well for their campaign

Across two breathtaking minutes Manchester United shot an electric bolt through Old Trafford.

Until then Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side clung to a lead against a Chelsea side who surely wondered how they still trailed.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

What the papers say - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 18:51

Murals, bubbles, VAR drama and a tribute to Justin Edinburgh in this week’s roundup of the best top-flight pictures

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Manchester United make it a nightmare start for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea

What the papers say - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 18:34

As opening games go, Manchester United will have to be happy with this one. They won, they kept a clean sheet and Ole Gunnar Solskjær was noisily serenaded by all four sides of the ground. Sure, there was the impertinence of José Mourinho, in his new role in the television studios, opining that Manchester City’s B team would stand a better chance of winning the Premier League. Yet this was the fifth season in a row United have won their first game of a top-flight season and the last time that happened was 1910 - the very year that Old Trafford opened for business.

Not that anyone should be getting too carried away just yet. Or, indeed, thinking that Mourinho might necessarily have been mistaken. A 4-0 winning margin does not quite tell the full story, particularly when taking into account a first half in which Chelsea’s players often gave their opponents the run-around, hitting the woodwork twice as well as creating all sorts of danger.

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Manchester United v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

What the papers say - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 16:18

4.18pm BST

Harry Maguire speaks

“I’m really proud to join this club and I’m looking forward to playing now. It’s a big game to start. We want to be on the front foot and play in their half. The atmosphere will be unbelievable – I played here last year on the opening as well and I know it will be great.”

4.02pm BST

José Mourinho department

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3.59pm BST

“I guess this is naïve,” says Francis Mead, “but Angel Gomes looks a fantastic player. Please just put him in the team and play him. Give him a chance - please, please, please.”

He was included in the matchday squad. What more do you want?

3.57pm BST

Both managers have picked young sides. The oldest player in in the United team is the captain David de Gea, 28. The oldest outfield player is Jesse Lingard, who is reportedly 26.

Chelsea have only three players over the age of 25 - Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and the game’s only thirtysomething, Pedro.

3.52pm BST

What a difference 11 years makes

Good lord pic.twitter.com/U0Qy5EY1B9

3.34pm BST

Manchester United give debuts to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, while Frank Lampard prefers Mason Mount to Christian Pulisic. Tammy Abraham, who made two appearances as substitute in 2015-16, starts his first league game for Chelsea.

Manchester United (4-3-3) De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pereira, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Martial.
Substitutes: Romero, Mata, Young, James, Greenwood, Matic, Tuanzebe.

3.14pm BST

There’s just over half an hour remaining at St James’ Park, where Newcastle are playing Arsenal. You won’t believe the score!

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3.14pm BST

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3.01pm BST

This transfer news, from the PA wires, is best digested with a nice Chianti

Highly-rated Monaco teenager Hannibal Mejbri is heading to Manchester United in a $10m deal, subject to FIFA clearance.

10.18am BST

Hello and welcome to live coverage of more football. Between them, Manchester United and Chelsea have won the title in 18 of the 27 Premier League seasons. This year, they start as 50-1 outsiders. Let that marinate for a few seconds: before they’ve kicked a ball, Manchester United and Chelsea are 50-1 to win the title.

For both teams, the realistic grail is fourth place rather than first. Both have been in endless transition - United since 2013, Chelsea since about 2007. And though Chelsea have managed to win a few titles in that time, an extraordinary achievement in many ways, such fleeting relationships with managers rarely create the same memories.

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Manchester City’s ‘B team’ are closer to title than United, says José Mourinho

What the papers say - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 15:08

• Mourinho: ‘I think even City’s B team could fight for the title’
• United agree €10m deal for Monaco teenager Hannibal Mejbri

José Mourinho has ruled Manchester United and Chelsea out of title contention – and added that Manchester City’s “B team” might be good enough to win the Premier League.

Mourinho was a lively presence on Sky Sports in the buildup to the clash between his former clubs at Old Trafford on Sunday, having signed up as a pundit for the new season.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær expects Harry Maguire to give side a new dimension

What the papers say - Sat, 08/10/2019 - 22:30

The Manchester United manager says the defender was his No1 transfer target and insists he will have a huge impact

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is looking for a massive impact from Harry Maguire as the England centre-back joins his new-look Manchester United side.

The Norwegian says he decided to target Maguire after he impressed in United’s 1-0 win at Leicester on 3 February. Fast-forward to Chelsea’s visit on Sunday for the season opener and after an £80m payment to Leicester, Maguire is expected to be in the XI and start his role as the key man in the new Solskjær project.

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'Chelsea and Manchester United are at the same stage': Frank Lampard on clubs' development – video

What the papers say - Sat, 08/10/2019 - 19:39

Ahead of their first meeting of the season, new Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard said that he and his Manchester United counterpart, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, are starting on an equal footing given their respective club rebuilding projects.

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Managers in league of excess cannot rest easy while Europe stays open | Paul Wilson

What the papers say - Sat, 08/10/2019 - 16:37

Players such as Christian Eriksen and Paul Pogba could still move clubs after closing of Premier League window, complicating season planning at many clubs

Mauricio Pochettino is right about the transfer window deadline; it makes no sense to be three weeks out of step with the rest of Europe.

Given the way Romelu Lukaku has just left Manchester United in the lurch, basically forcing through his own departure with only time left for his club to make a half-baked and easily resisted attempt to sign the 33-year-old Mario Mandzukic as a new attacking figurehead, any manager in charge of a squad containing a player coveted abroad will not be able to rest easy until the beginning of September. Such players include Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen, Morgan Schneiderlin and perhaps a few more whose amenability to a transfer overseas has not been flagged up all summer; as the Tottenham manager points out, it is “not common sense” to build that sort of crisis into your constitution when the earliest a replacement could be found is now around Christmas.

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