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Solskjær’s uphill battle: why Manchester United have a mountain to climb | Paul Wilson

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 12:00

While City, Liverpool and Tottenham are proving the value of joined-up thinking, United remain a concoction of the ideas, hopes and mistakes of a series of managers

Back in the old days of the then fledgling Premier League, before Arsène Wenger arrived at Arsenal and the money turned up at Chelsea and Manchester City, Newcastle were frequently Manchester United’s biggest rivals in what was always an entertainingly unequal contest.

Unequal because by the mid-90s Alex Ferguson had turned Manchester United into a sleek, efficient trophy-winning machine, whereas Newcastle were run more along the lines of a soap opera. At their best under Kevin Keegan they were a match for anyone, though the actual business of playing winning football often seemed secondary to a whole series of distractions on and off the pitch. One United was predictable and hard-nosed about the business of coming out on top, the other was prone to wild fluctuations of fortune and emotion which in the end had an effect on results.

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No 1: Arsenal
No 2: Aston Villa
No 3: Bournemouth
No 4: Brighton
No 5: Burnley
No 6: Chelsea
No 7: Crystal Palace
No 8: Everton
No 9: Leicester City
No 10: Liverpool
No 11: Manchester City
No 12: Manchester United
No 13: Newcastle United
No 14: Norwich City
No 15: Sheffield United
No 16: Southampton
No 17: Tottenham Hotspur
No 18: Watford
No 19: West Ham
No 20: Wolves

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Manchester United v Chelsea: match preview

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 09:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjær hopes his brave new world starts with a promising performance following a first summer in charge of Manchester United. Frank Lampard, in his competitive debut as the Chelsea No 1, will look for precisely the same from his team. Harry Maguire is set to make his bow for United, while Chelsea’s transfer embargo means no fresh faces were added in the window. Jamie Jackson

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær ‘relieved’ window closed as Manchester United look ahead

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 14:00
• Manager ‘very confident’ team will score goals after Lukaku exit
• ‘Club does not feel negativity from fans over summer spending’

To listen to Ole Gunnar Solskjær sitting before a larger than usual audience to preview Manchester United’s season was to witness a man who conspicuously did not want to say anything that could add to the sense – once again – that the club could have had a much more productive summer.

Solskjær wanted to make the point that the negativity swirling around Old Trafford was not shared by himself or his colleagues. Every question was seen as a potential trap. He even declared he had no problem whatsoever with Romelu Lukaku despite the striker effectively abandoning all sense of duty to train with Anderlecht before finalising his move to Internazionale. Was he disappointed with what had happened? Solskjær smiled and answered the question, choosing his words very carefully, in a way that did not really answer the question.

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New world order? Welcome to Premier League's new era of excellence | Barney Ronay

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 12:00

As the season kicks off the Premier League appears to have it all. But this brave new world brings fresh challenges for all

Bring me my bow of burning gold. Bring me my all-English Euro finals. Bring me my £5bn three-year domestic TV rights cycle. Bring me my Amazon stick of fire.

The Premier League has always been an imperial, expansionist force. From the start the aim has been to fill the skies, to build a luminous new global super league in England’s own green and pleasantly deregulated land.

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No 1: Arsenal
No 2: Aston Villa
No 3: Bournemouth
No 4: Brighton
No 5: Burnley
No 6: Chelsea
No 7: Crystal Palace
No 8: Everton
No 9: Leicester City
No 10: Liverpool
No 11: Manchester City
No 12: Manchester United
No 13: Newcastle United
No 14: Norwich City
No 15: Sheffield United
No 16: Southampton
No 17: Tottenham Hotspur
No 18: Watford
No 19: West Ham
No 20: Wolves

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Manchester United needed a rebuild this summer but failed to act once again | Daniel Harris

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:11

The Glazers may have spend £80m on Maguire but then sold Lukaku for £74m, leaving United to start another season short on quality

It is a truism that people who talk money are boring, likewise that money talk infiltrates our lives to dispiriting extent. Football – a warm buzz of fantasy, community and identity – should give us refuge from this, but it has become impossible to grasp one without referencing the other. “Company structure”, “EBITDA” and “Mr Potato Head” now form part of the supporter’s lexicon – still prefixed and suffixed with profanity, but miserable nevertheless.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 00:01

West Ham have the talent to cause Manchester City problems on opening weekend while David de Gea has a point to prove

While there is plenty of excitement to be drawn from Liverpool’s much-lauded front three, a good argument could be made that the two most thrilling players in Jürgen Klopp’s side are defenders. Technically, anyway. In reality, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson spent last season making a mockery of their job descriptions, zooming forward with exuberant abandon and each laying on more goals than any of the side’s so-called attackers. Meanwhile, down in the Championship, a similar operation was in progress. Norwich’s full-back duo, Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons, are under strict instructions from Daniel Farke to play with the handbrake permanently off and duly raised pulses at Carrow Road, clocking up 10 assists between them with Lewis being named the EFL young player of the season. In theory, that could spell good news for Sadio Mané and Mo Salah on Friday night: Liverpool’s chief goal threats should not be short of vacant space to exploit on their respective flanks. But either way, with so many tireless shuttlers on show, proceedings at Anfield may look less like a football match than an Olympic swimming contest. AH

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Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku close to joining Inter after £70m bid

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 17:16
  • Inter make new offer of £70m including add-ons
  • Player’s representative met with United on Wednesday

Inter are confident of signing Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United after making a new, improved, offer of £70m including add-ons for the striker. The player’s representative, Federico Pastorello, met with United representatives in London on Wednesday with the hope that the long-running saga can finally be sorted out.

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'A beautiful stage closes': Diego Forlán retires after 21-year playing career

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:04
  • ‘What I lived in these 21 years ... I have no words’
  • Luis Suárez pays tribute to Uruguay teammate

The former Manchester United and Uruguay forward Diego Forlán has announced his retirement. The 40-year-old, who also played for Villarreal, Atlético Madrid and Internazionale, revealed his decision on Twitter.

He wrote: “After 21 years I made the decision to end my career as a professional footballer. A beautiful stage closes full of great memories and emotions but another of new challenges will begin. Thanks to all who in one way or another accompanied me on this path!”

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Tottenham's Christian Eriksen favours move to Spain over Manchester United

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:48
  • Playmaker has his sights set on switch to Real Madrid
  • United have explored a deal for Spurs’ Denmark international

Manchester United have discussed a deal for Christian Eriksen but the Tottenham playmaker is understood to favour a move to Spain. United explored a deal for Eriksen, whose contract with the north London club only has one season to run.

The 20-times league champions have been long-time admirers of the 27-year-old, who indicated earlier in the summer that he was ready to “try something new”, but the Denmark international is believed to have set his sights on a switch to Real Madrid, with Atlético Madrid and Juventus also interested in a player valued at around £45m.

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Virgil van Dijk warns Harry Maguire that record price means pressure

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 22:30

• Manchester United’s new man world’s most expensive defender
• Liverpool’s Van Dijk was previous holder after move in 2018

Virgil van Dijk has warned Harry Maguire that his new status as the world’s most expensive defender will increase the weight on his shoulders but urged Manchester United’s new signing to do his talking on the pitch.

Van Dijk’s £75m move from Southampton last January set a benchmark for defensive players until Maguire’s £80m switch to Old Trafford was confirmed five days before the start of the new Premier League season. The 26-year-old is expected to feature in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s squad for the trip to Chelsea on Sunday and Van Dijk – who was voted as PFA Player of the Year last season as he helped Jürgen Klopp’s side to win the Champions League – insists he bears no grudges after being overtaken by the England defender.

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Harry Maguire exudes control and authority – exactly what Manchester United need | Jonathan Wilson

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 20:51

The defender looks to be the right fit for Old Trafford, but the deal should have been pushed through earlier in the summer

In May, Ed Woodward asked Leicester City how much they wanted for Harry Maguire and was told £80m. On Monday, the master of negotiation completed the deal, paying £80m finally to secure the centre-back six days before Manchester United’s first game of the season.

Perhaps such mockery is a little unfair, given interest from Manchester City did threaten briefly to push up the price – but only a little. United have got their man but they would have been far better off getting him earlier so he could have a full pre-season, sweating his way through Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s taxing new fitness regimen and learning what it is to play alongside Chris Smalling. Beyond that, though, this seems like a move that makes a lot of sense.

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Harry Maguire promises to 'give everything I can' after record move to Manchester United – video

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 16:07

Harry Maguire has joined Manchester United from Leicester City for a reported fee of £80 million, making him the world’s most expensive defender.

‘It’s a really proud moment for myself to join such a big club,’ said the England international in an official video released by MUTV.

The fee paid for the 26-year old beats the price of Virgil van Dijk, who was bought by Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million in December 2017.

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Premier League 2019‑20 preview No 12: Manchester United

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 13:00

United need another elite signing before the transfer window shuts while Solskjær has to keep Pogba onside

Guardian writers’ predicted position: 5th (NB: this is not necessarily Jamie Jackson’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)

Last season’s position: 6th

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No 1: Arsenal
No 2: Aston Villa
No 3: Bournemouth
No 4: Brighton & Hove Albion
No 5: Burnley
No 6: Chelsea
No 7: Crystal Palace
No 8: Everton
No 9: Leicester City
No 10: Liverpool
No 11: Manchester City
No 12: Manchester United
No 13: Newcastle United
No 14: Norwich City
No 15: Sheffield United
No 16: Southampton
No 17: Tottenham Hotspur
No 18: Watford
No 19: West Ham United
No 20: Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Harry Maguire joins Manchester United as world's most expensive defender

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 12:39
  • England international joins on six-year contract
  • ‘It is an incredible opportunity,’ says Maguire

Harry Maguire has become the most expensive defender in world football after Manchester United confirmed his £80m transfer from Leicester. The England international has signed a six-year contract with an option for a further 12 months at Old Trafford after passing a medical.

“I am delighted to have signed for this great club,” he said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leicester and would like to thank everyone at the club and the fans for their fantastic support over the past two seasons. However, when Manchester United come knocking on your door, it is an incredible opportunity.

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Manchester United ready to end pursuit of Juventus's Paulo Dybala

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 23:21

• Old Trafford club unable to agree terms with forward

• Romelu Lukaku now unlikely to move the other way

Manchester United are growing frustrated with their pursuit of Paulo Dybala, having failed to agree a deal with the Juventus forward regarding his salary, his image rights and any commission to his agent, Jorge Antun.

With only four days to go before the Premier League transfer window closes, United feel they have made a very competitive offer but now expect to miss out on signing the 25-year-old Argentinian.

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Premier League 2019-20 fans’ previews, part 2: Man City to Wolves

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 09:00

Fans have their say on key players, weak links and summer spending – and make their predictions for the season ahead
Part 1: Arsenal to Liverpool

As long as Pep is manager I’ll stay wildly optimistic. I’m confident we can win the league for the third season in a row and cement this team’s reputation as the best of the Premier League era.

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Manchester United tell Romelu Lukaku to delete controversial tweet

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 16:56
• Lukaku revealed confidential details of training session online
• Striker, linked with Juventus and Inter, has since removed post

Manchester United have told Romelu Lukaku to delete a controversial social media post revealing confidential details of a training sprint session. The striker, thought to be on the verge of a move to Serie A, took to Twitter on Friday to respond to criticisms that he lacks pace by posting statistics from a running test on the Perth leg of United’s July pre-season tour.

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Manchester United agree £80m deal to buy Harry Maguire from Leicester

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:39
• Maguire in line to become world’s most expensive defender
• Transfer is subject to England player passing medical

Manchester United have agreed an £80m deal to buy Harry Maguire from Leicester City, making the England international the world’s most expensive defender.

Leicester wanted more for Maguire than the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk and the transfer will go through subject to a medical.

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Dybala wants Sarri talks before deciding on Manchester United offer

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 13:40
• Dybala keen to know whether he is part of Sarri’s Juventus plans
• United offering Lukaku in exchange for Argentina international

Paulo Dybala intends to hold talks with Maurizio Sarri after he returns to training at Juventus on Thursday before deciding whether to join Manchester United.

The Argentina international is wanted by United, who are offering Romelu Lukaku in a swap deal. Lukaku would be happy to join Juventus but it is not certain Dybala will accept a move to England.

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Manchester United in Dybala talks that may lead to Lukaku swap with Juventus

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 17:50
• Dybala’s agent speaking to United about potential move
• Juventus would like Dybala to be part of Lukaku deal

Manchester United are holding talks that could lead to Paulo Dybala signing from Juventus as part of a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku.

Dybala’s agent is in England for discussions with United and the player will then decide whether he wants to join the Premier League club. His preference since last season ended has been to stay at Juventus but an attractive offer could change his mind and he knows his employers would like him to go if it clears the way for them to get Lukaku.

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