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'This has to stop': Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford join calls for change

What the papers say - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 19:06
  • Manchester United teammates react to death of George Floyd
  • Pogba: ‘Violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated’

Manchester United teammates Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have both posted powerful anti-racism messages on social media, as outcry continues to build over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days,” said England forward Rashford in a message posted on Twitter and Instagram. “I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world.”

I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days. I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world. At a time I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to me more divided than ever. People are hurting and people need answers. Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaudarbery #justiceforbreonnataylor

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Manchester United extend Odion Ighalo's loan to 31 January

What the papers say - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:08
  • Striker due back at Shanghai Shenhua on 31 May
  • Ighalo has scored four goals in eight United games

Odion Ighalo is staying with Manchester United after the club agreed a loan extension with Shanghai Shenhua until 31 January 2021.

Eyebrows were raised when the former Watford striker made his deadline-day switch from the Chinese Super League side in January but the 30-year-old quickly made an impression at Old Trafford.

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Workington raise funds reliving day they stunned Manchester United | Jamie Jackson

What the papers say - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 12:05

A charity webcast recalling a famous 1958 FA Cup tie is being held to help people hit by the coronavirus crisis

A Friday night in early January 1958 in Cumbria and Keith Burkinshaw of Workington Reds is meeting Duncan Edwards of Manchester United. Burkinshaw, who was in the army with Edwards in Wales, enjoys a catch-up with one of United’s greatest footballers before tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie, when he will play for fourth-tier Workington against Matt Busby’s English champions of the past two seasons.

The game takes place in front of a record home crowd of 21,500 at Borough Park and they see Workington stun a first-choice United XI featuring Harry Gregg, Roger Byrne, Bill Foulkes, Mark Jones, Eddie Colman, Edwards, Kenny Morgans, Albert Scanlon, Bobby Charlton, Dennis Viollet and Tommy Taylor, via a six-minute Clive Colbridge goal that gives them a deserved half-time lead. It was a moment to remember even if United did go on to win 3-1.

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Lask Linz win will help Manchester United play with no fans, says Solskjær

What the papers say - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 09:59
  • United’s last game before lockdown behind closed doors
  • Solskjær: ‘That must play positively in the boys’ heads’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said playing Premier League games behind closed doors will be a challenge but believes Manchester United’s recent experience of doing so will help his players.

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Pogba and Rashford ready to return for Manchester United, says Solskjær

What the papers say - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 15:11
  • Midfielder and forward recovered from injuries
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjær: ‘They’re looking good’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will be ready to play when the Premier League resumes given each has impressed in training after returning from injury.

Manchester United began working at their Carrington base last week. Pogba’s ankle problem and Rashford’s back injury had ruled them out since late December and mid-January, respectively, but each are now fit.

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My favourite game: Gerrard and Torres humiliate Manchester United

What the papers say - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 12:00

They fell just short of winning a league title, but on a glorious afternoon at Old Trafford Rafael Benítez’s Liverpool thrashed one of the finest sides Alex Ferguson ever assembled

It is a measure of Liverpool’s recent progress that the closest shot at a Premier League title under Rafael Benítez doesn’t feel that close any more.

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Football quiz: when Manchester United won the Champions League in 1999

What the papers say - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:29

Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær saw off Bayern Munich in the last minute but can you remember the details?

Which airliner did United use to fly to Barcelona?

Boeing 747

Learjet 45

Concorde

Easyjet

What was special about the date of the final?

It was Sir Alex Ferguson’s birthday

It was the 31st anniversary of United’s last European Cup win

It would have been Sir Matt Busby’s 90th birthday

It was Erik Nevland’s birthday

Who captained United in the absence of Roy Keane?

Jaap Stam

Ryan Giggs

Denis Irwin

Peter Schmeichel

Who started on the right wing for United?

Ryan Giggs

Jesper Blomqvist

Dwight Yorke

David Beckham

Name the missing United substitute: Raimond van der Gouw, David May, Phil Neville, Wes Brown, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and …

Jordi Cruyff

Phil Mulryne

Mark Wilson

Jonathan Greening

At half-time, with United 1-0 down, Alex Ferguson told his players that, if they lost, they would have to walk past the European Cup without being able to touch it. Which of Ferguson’s former players gave him the idea for that teamtalk?

Eric Cantona

Bryan Robson

Alex McLeish

Steve Archibald

Who won the corner that led to United’s equaliser?

Ole Gunnar Solskjær

David Beckham

Ryan Giggs

Gary Neville

Who was the last United player to touch the ball before the final whistle?

Nicky Butt

David Beckham

Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Ronnie Johnsen

Which Bayern player was Jaap Stam talking about when he said to Ronnie Johnsen during the match: “I’m going to hit the arrogant wanker if he carries on”?

Lothar Matthäus

Stefan Effenberg

Oliver Kahn

Mario Basler

How many times during the Treble season did United come from behind to win or draw a match?

Three

Eight

12

17

Which United player had a punch-up with James Edwards, son of the chairman Martin, at the hotel party?

Roy Keane

Ryan Giggs

Peter Schmeichel

Nicky Butt

Before the final, what were the odds on Alex Ferguson being knighted?

10-1

50-1

200-1

1,000-1

1 and above.

Don't worry. It was 21 years ago

2 and above.

Don't worry. It was 21 years ago

3 and above.

Don't worry. It was 21 years ago

4 and above.

Don't worry. It was 21 years ago

5 and above.

You were in front, but lost in the last minute

6 and above.

You were in front, but lost in the last minute

7 and above.

And you have won it

8 and above.

And you have won it

9 and above.

And you have won it

10 and above.

And you have won it

11 and above.

And you have won it

0 and above.

Don't worry. It was 21 years ago

12 and above.

And you have won it

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Odion Ighalo's stay at Manchester United likely to end next week

What the papers say - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 14:12
  • Shanghai Shenhua refuse to extend striker’s loan
  • Nigerian’s Old Trafford deal expires at end of month

Manchester United’s wish to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan beyond next Monday is set to be rejected, with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua unwilling to allow the striker to finish the Premier League campaign at Old Trafford.

While the top flight could return in June following its suspension because of the coronavirus crisis, talks between United and Ighalo’s parent club have stalled. His deal expires on 31 May and United’s expectation is that the player will be forced back to Shenhua.

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Luke Chadwick: 'It's worth going through the torment if it helps others'

What the papers say - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 08:00

The former Manchester United winger on the fallout from discussing jokes about his appearance affecting his mental health

It says a lot about Luke Chadwick that he ended up feeling bad when he saw Nick Hancock apologising on BBC Breakfast for making fun of the former Manchester United winger’s looks on They Think It’s All Over all those years ago. “It made me feel a little bit guilty,” Chadwick says. “It looked so uncomfortable. Obviously people had given him stick and even though whatever happened years ago happened it wasn’t an eye for an eye. The apology is completely accepted but it’s not something I was searching for.”

There is no hint of bitterness about Chadwick during a conversation about his days at United, how his mental health suffered when he became a figure of fun on a popular quiz show and the importance of learning to love himself. While he is no longer the painfully shy teenager who once hid away from the world, revenge was not on his mind when he tweeted about the taunts this month and opened up about They Think It’s All Over in subsequent media appearances. The apologies from Hancock, the show’s former presenter, and Gary Lineker, a team captain, were nice, but Chadwick just wants people to know that it is good to talk.

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I’d rather people close to me were happy, even if it meant I was unhappy a little bit

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Manchester United sues Football Manager makers over use of name

What the papers say - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 16:34

Premier League club alleges that its trademark is infringed in simulation video game

Manchester United is suing the makers of the Football Manager series for allegedly infringing its trademark by using the club’s name “extensively throughout the game”.

The English Premier League club has taken legal action against Sega Publishing and Sports Interactive (SI), the publisher and developer of the popular football management simulation.

Related: Manchester United's net debt increases by £127.4m to £429.1m in a year

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Manchester United warn of long-term economic effect of virus to clubs

What the papers say - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 18:27
  • Club suffered £28m loss in first three months of year
  • Broadcasters due £20m rebate even if season completed

The Premier League will suffer an economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic for “years to come”, with clubs facing a broadcasting bill of at least £20m even if the season is completed, Manchester United have warned.

United underlined the gravity of the financial crisis afflicting the wealthiest league in the world as they posted their financial results for the three-month period to the end of March. The club recorded a pre-tax loss of £28.55m between 1 January and 31 March, compared with a £11.117m pre-tax profit in the same period last year, as a result of the pandemic and the adverse change in the exchange rate with the US dollar.

Related: Manchester United's net debt increases by £127.4m to £429.1m in a year

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Manchester United's net debt increases by £127.4m to £429.1m in a year

What the papers say - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 12:57
  • United make pre-tax loss of £28.55m from 1 January to 31 March
  • Financial results show impact of coronavirus pandemic

Manchester United’s net debt increased by £127.4m to £429.1m in the 12 months to 31 March 2020, their latest set of accounts reveal.

United made a pre-tax loss of £28.55m in the third-quarter from 1 January to 31 March, compared with a £11.117m pre-tax profit in the same period last year, because of the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and adverse movements in the US$-exchange rate. Net finance costs for the quarter were £25.3m because of the rate, an increase of £22.2m on the same period the previous year.

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Our new series, Forgotten stories of football: Manchester United v Galatasaray, 1993 – podcast

What the papers say - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 12:00

The Guardian has launched a brand new podcast series, Forgotten stories of football, which is something like a football version of Audio Long Reads – some of the best tales from the beautiful game that you might not have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists.

In this episode, the second in the series: few had expected much from Galatasaray in the European Cup, but United were out of their depth on the pitch, amid terrifying hostility and harassment off it


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Forgotten stories of football: Manchester United v Galatasaray, 1993 – podcast

What the papers say - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 05:00

A new series from The Guardian, featuring the best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: few had expected much from Galatasaray in the European Cup, but United were out of their depth on the pitch amid terrifying hostility and harassment off it

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Manchester United urge their fans to stay away from stadiums

What the papers say - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:09
  • Prospect of crowds gathering has been a concern
  • ‘Keep your friends, family and all United fans safe’

Manchester United have urged supporters to stay away from behind-closed-doors games if the season restarts.

The prospect of crowds gathering has been a significant concern for police amid the coronavirus pandemic and such messages from clubs are regarded as important if games are to go ahead, particularly without the use of neutral grounds.

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Nick Hancock says he is 'appalled' at himself for mocking Luke Chadwick

What the papers say - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:11
  • Broadcaster apologises for running ‘joke’ 20 years ago
  • Chadwick said jibes about appearance ‘lowered self-esteem’

Nick Hancock says he is “appalled” at himself after the former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick opened up on the torment the broadcaster’s TV show caused him. Hancock was speaking as a former host of the BBC panel show They Think It’s All Over, which Chadwick has said he used to “dread”.

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My favourite game: Lask Linz v Manchester United, Europa League | Tim de Lisle

What the papers say - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 10:54

In their last game before lockdown, United played with the very thing we’re all lacking right now: freedom

The times they are a-changing us in ways, large and small, that we didn’t see coming. Normally, sitting on the sofa soaking up some sport, I’m a sucker for a cliffhanger. Watching cricket, which is part of my job, I’d rather see England lose by a whisker than win by an innings.

With football, I’m less professional and not quite so sporting. So let’s hear it for a match nobody would pick as the best game ever, unless they are Odion Ighalo’s mum: Lask 0-5 Manchester United.

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My favourite game: Manchester United v Barcelona, Cup Winners' Cup 1984 | Stephen Bradfield

What the papers say - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:59

Saved by a tractor tyre, we watched two-goal Bryan Robson inspire a 3-0 victory over Diego Maradona’s Barcelona

It was one of Old Trafford’s greatest nights – and by repute its loudest – and but for a tractor tyre I would never have been there. There to witness Manchester United overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit to beat Diego Maradona’s Barcelona 3-0 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.

Travelling up from Hampshire that day in March 1984, I picked up a new Peugeot we were road-testing for my local paper and I went to collect my companions – both New Zealanders – at the farm where they were staying. I arrived and went inside, forgetting to apply the handbrake. Luckily the car rolled gently into that tractor’s wheel when it could have ended up being wrecked.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær says Manchester United will not force players to return

What the papers say - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 15:50
  • Some of them may not be mentally ready because of Covid-19
  • Proposal approved for five substitutions to be allowed

Ole Gunnar Solskjær says he would not force any Manchester United footballer to play if they did not feel “mentally ready” due to concerns about coronavirus.

The Premier League hopes to get the go-ahead for a mid-June return and Solskjær has all his squad back in the country for a potential resumption of training. Yet the manager is conscious some may have reservations about doing so. .

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Nemanja Matic: 'I've had my doubters. I knew I would prove them wrong'

What the papers say - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 10:00

The midfielder sat down for an online Q&A for charity and charted his journey from a Serbian village to Manchester United, via Benfica and José Mourinho

Nemanja Matic could be forgiven for feeling frustrated. Manchester United’s unbeaten run has stalled at 11 games after a resurgence largely featuring his presence in midfield. . He lists United’s last league game – the 2-0 derby win against City – as a highlight of his Old Trafford career.

“I cannot say I didn’t enjoy this month at home,” he says via video link. “Normally when we’re playing, we travel a lot. We’re away every two or three days. It’s been nice to spend time with the kids.” Off the pitch, Matic talks like he plays: measured, pragmatic and to the point.

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