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Manchester United staff split over whether Mason Greenwood should stay

What the papers say - 4 hours 15 min ago
  • Substantial proportion would be deeply unhappy if he played
  • Others feel duty of care to player not found guilty of any crime

Manchester United staff are split over whether Mason Greenwood should be allowed to resume his career at the club, the Guardian has been told.

United are weighing up the striker’s future after prosecutors dropped an attempted rape case against him. Although a substantial proportion of the workforce would be deeply unhappy if Greenwood played for the club again, others feel a duty of care toward a player who joined at age seven and has not been found guilty of any crime.

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Manchester United showed lack of ambition by not spending in January | Jamie Jackson

What the papers say - 10 hours 15 min ago

The Glazers have overseen dismal failure to make even a serious title challenge and should have backed their impressive manager

Manchester United’s January transfer window: Wout Weghorst – loan, two goals in 20 Premier League games for Burnley; Marcel Sabitzer – loan, two goals in 40 Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich; Jack Butland– loan, third-choice goalkeeper at Crystal Palace.

When the market opened opportunity knocked but was ignored by the owners, the Glazers, who showed no ambition to try to end the club’s decade in the title wilderness. On 1 January Erik ten Hag’s team were 11 points behind Arsenal, each having played 16 matches, and ahead were meetings with Bournemouth (3 January), Manchester City (14 January), Crystal Palace (18 January) and the Gunners four days later. When United beat the Cherries and Arsenal dropped points by drawing with Newcastle on the same day, the maths was simple: win their next three games, including at the Emirates, and the gap would be down to a maximum of three points and a championship charge was on, despite Mikel Arteta’s trailblazers having a game in hand.

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Manchester United face a huge decision over Mason Greenwood | Jamie Jackson

What the papers say - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 20:26

After charges were dropped against perhaps the club’s most talented young player, will they take him back?

After Mason Greenwood’s attempted rape and assault charges were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service on Thursday, what next for his Manchester United career?

The 21-year-old last pulled on a team jersey on 22 January 2022 at Old Trafford, in a 1-0 win over West Ham. He was arrested later that month, then, in October, charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He denied the charges.

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Prosecutors drop attempted rape case against Mason Greenwood

What the papers say - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 15:48

Manchester United footballer, 21, was charged with attempted rape offence last year

The Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood is no longer facing criminal proceedings over attempted rape after prosecutors dropped the case against him.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction” after key witnesses withdrew their cooperation from the investigation.

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Jadon Sancho can be match-winner for Manchester United, insists Ten Hag

What the papers say - Wed, 02/01/2023 - 23:38
  • Sancho returned in 2-0 second-leg win over Nottingham Forest
  • Ten Hag: ‘When he is in form he is important to us’

Erik ten Hag believes Jadon Sancho can be a match-winner for Manchester United after the forward returned during the 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final second leg win over Nottingham Forest that sets up a Wembley showdown with Newcastle later this month.

The forward entered on 63 minutes and impressed after three months out due to physical and mental wellbeing issues, his last action having been away at Chelsea in October. After training with specialist coaches in the Netherlands, Sancho has spent the last fortnight back with United’s squad.

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Manchester United 2-0 Nottingham Forest (5-0 agg): Carabao Cup semi-final, second leg – live reaction

What the papers say - Wed, 02/01/2023 - 22:43

Forest passed up a couple of decent first-half chances but otherwise United were never in trouble as they made the final as expected

2 min: Forest are kicking towards the Stretford End in this first half. Technically speaking. They haven’t taken possession of the ball yet.

Manchester United, 3-0 up after the first leg, get the second leg underway. They’re 90 minutes away from a Wembley final against Newcastle United.

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Manchester United see off Nottingham Forest to reach Carabao Cup final

What the papers say - Wed, 02/01/2023 - 21:56

Manchester United’s canter of a victory in the opening leg made this an easy night. That was the theory and so the practice proved: Nottingham Forest were dominated and by the final whistle Erik ten Hag’s men victorious – courtesy of late Anthony Martial and Fred finishes – and had booked a Wembley date with Newcastle.

The final will be the same as the FA Cup showpiece of 1999 which United claimed, and is a chance to end a trophy-drought that stretches back six years to when José Mourinho’s vintage won the Europa League against Ajax in Stockholm.

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Manchester United agree loan for Bayern’s Sabitzer after Eriksen injury

What the papers say - Tue, 01/31/2023 - 19:25
  • Eriksen ankle injured in tackle by Reading’s Andy Carroll
  • Austria international Sabitzer due to join with no buy option

Manchester United have an agreement to take Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich after Christian Eriksen sustained an ankle injury that could rule him out until early May.

Sabitzer has agreed terms and is due to join until the end of the season with no buy option, subject to a medical. He has boarded a flight to Manchester.

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Manchester United v Reading: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened

What the papers say - Sat, 01/28/2023 - 22:00

Manchester United eased past Reading and into the FA Cup fifth round after to a Casemiro double kickstarted a 3-1 win

5 mins: Antony finds Wan Bissaka in side the box with a smart nutmegged pass and the right-back’s low cross is just behind Weghorst, whose backflick doesn’t quite come off. Reading clear the resulting corner.

4 mins: Carroll gets his first taste of action, grappling with Lindelof in a scrap that leaves the United man hobbling. Hendrick draws a foul from Casemiro on the edge of the box. Tom Ince places his shot carefully into the centre of the United wall.

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Classy Casemiro kickstarts Manchester United win over 10-man Reading

What the papers say - Sat, 01/28/2023 - 21:57

Last season Championship side Middlesbrough came to Old Trafford to eliminate a Premier League team short on confidence from the fourth round of the FA Cup – but things have changed in the past year, as Reading found out. The United players and supporters have confidence in what is happening on the pitch under Erik Ten Hag. There were no concerns when chances were wasted in the first half because everyone knew more would come.

There was a Brazilian feel to Manchester on a wet Saturday with Antony twisting and turning Reading defenders all night, Casemiro channelling his inner-Ronaldinho and Fred netting with the sort of flick few would have through him capable of prior to this season. The United fans even got to enjoy former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll being sent off for two bookable offences after an evening of inept challenges.

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‘I’m not Harry Potter’: Erik ten Hag on Marcus Rashford’s magical form

What the papers say - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 22:30
  • ‘Every player has to make his own confidence. It’s up to him.’
  • Harry Maguire in line to make rare start against Reading

Erik ten Hag has laughed off his role in Marcus Rashford’s impressive turnaround in form, saying he is not Harry Potter.

Rashford’s strike in Manchester United’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday was his 10th in 10 games. Last season he managed five in 32 appearances prompting questions about Ten Hag’s role in the 25-year-old’s resurgence.

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Paul Ince rolls back into Old Trafford primed for another battle

What the papers say - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 16:32

Reading manager was a one-man wrecking crew in his Manchester United pomp but his legacy there is complicated

Everybody remembers the story of how Sir Alex Ferguson broke up a party at Lee Sharpe’s house, with Ryan Giggs also there, mainly because it was so hilarious and for the way that both of the Manchester United players have told it. According to Sharpe, before Ferguson absolutely carpeted him and Giggs, the manager “had the face on with bits of froth at the corners of his mouth”.

Not everybody will remember what Ferguson did next. He sent Giggs to live with Paul Ince for six months or so in an attempt to keep his young star on the straight and narrow. At which point, it is probably worth clarifying that it was not just Ince – rather Ince and his wife, Claire.

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Ten Hag hails ‘unstoppable’ Rashford as Manchester United put one foot in final

What the papers say - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 23:23
  • United win 3-0 at Nottingham Forest in semi-final first leg
  • Weghorst scores first goal for club in Carabao Cup tie

Erik ten Hag praised “unstoppable” Marcus Rashford after the Manchester United striker’s 10th goal in 10 games left Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper admitting their Carabao Cup semi-final is all but over.

After their 3-0 win at the City Ground, the United manager was pleased at the manner in which his team responded to Sunday’s Premier League defeat at Arsenal that left them 11 points behind the Premier League leaders. But he came as close as he comes to an emotional outpouring when evaluating Rashford’s remarkable progress that was confirmed by a brilliant opening goal here, when he ran half the length of the pitch and between two Forest defenders before switching the ball from right foot to left to score.

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Nottingham Forest 0-3 Manchester United: Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg – as it happened

What the papers say - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 22:36

Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes scored the goals that make United super-hot favourites to reach the final

United get the ball rolling as the fans serenade the mist rolling in from the Trent. The City Ground really is in fine voice tonight.

A moment of silence for Holocaust Memorial Day. Perfectly observed.

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Rashford eases Manchester United to first-leg win over Nottingham Forest

What the papers say - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 22:04

That only Erling Haaland has scored more goals than Marcus Rashford among Premier League players in all competitions this season places the England striker’s progress in perspective as his 18th of the season allowed Manchester United to place one foot in the Carabao Cup final.

If Sunday’s defeat at Arsenal curtailed any optimistic dreaming of Premier League glory, perhaps it served to enhance Erik ten Hag’s appetite to land a more realistic target for silverware in the cups. His first XI made short shrift of Nottingham Forest in the first leg of this semi-final as further goals from Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes gave them a comfortable cushion ahead of next Wednesday’s return at Old Trafford.

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Ten Hag senses Manchester United’s chance to end long trophy drought

What the papers say - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:00

Manager focused on Carabao Cup success before semi-final against Nottingham Forest after lengthy wait for silverware

You have to thumb through five decades to find the previous time six years passed without Manchester United winning a trophy. Then, Ron Atkinson’s 1983 vintage of Norman Whiteside, Gary Bailey and Bryan Robson claimed the FA Cup to bridge the gap to Tommy Docherty’s XI of Stuart Pearson and Brian and Jimmy Greenhoff that had triumphed in the same competition in 1977.

Erik ten Hag hopes to end the club’s longest trophy drought in 40 years. The Europa League victory of May 2017 under José Mourinho is the last of United’s 66 pieces of silverware (including Charity/Community Shields), the 2021 final of the same competition being the nearest miss since.

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Erik ten Hag urges Rashford to help Manchester United be best in the world

What the papers say - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 22:30
  • Manager hopes in-form striker will extend his contract
  • Ten Hag backs Antony to improve performances

Erik ten Hag has told Marcus Rashford to commit his long-term future to Manchester United because the manager is intent on transforming the team into the best in the world.

Rashford is enjoying the finest form of his career, scoring nine goals in his past nine games. The 25-year-old’s contract expires in summer 2024 and a bullish Ten Hag is certain the forward will thrive even more if a new deal is agreed.

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League Cup: predictions and previews for the semi-finals

What the papers say - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 10:46

The lowdown on Southampton v Newcastle and Nottingham Forest v Manchester United

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored

Ollie Watkins’s late goal for Aston Villa on Saturday brought Southampton’s three-game winning streak to an end. Despite Southampton’s great form in the cups, they are bottom of the Premier League table after 13 defeats in their first 20 games of the season. It’s tight at the bottom, with Southampton just two points from safety, so Nathan Jones, their manager, will be hoping success in the League Cup can boost morale for the second half of the campaign.

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A throwback classic between Arsenal and Manchester United – Football Weekly

What the papers say - Mon, 01/23/2023 - 14:07

Max Rushden is joined by Jonathan Wilson, Barney Ronay and Robyn Cowen as Arsenal overcome rivals to keep their title dreams alive

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Today; a game that felt like Arsenal v Manchester United of yore, a really exciting match that keeps the Gunners five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand.

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

What the papers say - Mon, 01/23/2023 - 08:00

Arsenal reap the rewards of an old-school striker, Thiago Silva turns back the clock and Ten Hag’s tactics hit a snag

Fast-paced, tactically intricate and dramatic to the last, Arsenal v Manchester United was a heavyweight clash that lived up to its billing. It also showcased two models of centre-forward that were meant to be extinct: the old-fashioned target man and the old-fashioned poacher. Spearheading United’s attack, Wout Weghorst pressed with zeal and offered a focal point for United’s free-roaming wide men. It was his peeling run, drawing Gabriel to his left, that afforded Marcus Rashford the angle to blast home the opener. Eddie Nketiah pressed with similar intelligence but dropped deep when required to link with his midfield. Both his goals were straight from the school of the penalty-box predator, ghosting in at the back post to meet a cross and jabbing home a loose ball from practically underneath the crossbar. In the age of the all-round No 9, both these moulds of striker had supposedly been consigned to the past. Both players proved their worth in a match that certainly belonged to the present. Alex Hess

Match report: Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United

Match report: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

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