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'No alternative': Southgate confirms Greenwood and Foden sent home after Covid-19 breach – video

Mon, 09/07/2020 - 14:28

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been sent home separately after they allegedly invited two women to the England team hotel in Reykjavik and breaking coronavirus isolation rules as a result. The players had made their senior international debuts in the 1-0 win over Iceland on Saturday – Foden as a starter, Greenwood as a substitute – but they did not train on Monday morning

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England's Foden and Greenwood sent home after breaking Covid-19 rules by inviting women to hotel room

Mon, 09/07/2020 - 12:44
  • Reports in Iceland say duo met women on Snapchat
  • Gareth Southgate says: ‘We had no alternative’

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been sent home separately after they allegedly invited two women to the England team hotel in Reykjavik and broke coronavirus isolation rules as a result.

The players had made their senior international debuts in the 1-0 win over Iceland on Saturday – Foden as a starter, Greenwood as a substitute – but they did not train on Monday morning. At a press conference for England’s match against Denmark on Tuesday, Southgate said: “Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that two boys have broken Covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble. We had to decide very quickly that they couldn’t have any interaction with the team. They wouldn’t be able to travel to training. Given the protocols they have to follow they have to travel back to England separately.”

Related: Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez test positive for Covid-19

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England's Foden and Greenwood accused of breaking Covid-19 rules by inviting girls to hotel room

Mon, 09/07/2020 - 12:44
  • Reports in Iceland say duo met girls on Snapchat
  • Foden and Greenwood expected to be expelled

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood allegedly invited two girls to the England team hotel in Reykjavik and broke coronavirus isolation rules, according to reports.

The players had made their senior international debuts in the where 1-0 win over Iceland on Saturday – Foden as a starter, Greenwood as a substitute – but they did not train on Monday morning and they are now expected to be expelled from the squad.

Related: Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez test positive for Covid-19

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær shows talent is often more important than tactics | Daniel Harris

Sun, 09/06/2020 - 18:00

Manager’s early struggles at United were due to a lack of quality on the pitch but he solved that by signing Bruno Fernandes

It is eminently possible that there are more opinions expounded on football than on any other subject, feeding into a circle both vicious and virtuous that goes round and round until everybody dies. Consequently, attempts to seek novelty are understandable: it’s comforting to believe that what we’re seeing now is different from anything seen before. Ultimately, though, the game’s essentials don’t change and football is simple but people are complicated, which means that the finite elements of talent and mentality will always be more important than the dynamic aspects of tactics and coaching.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær plainly understands this, but he is derided for lacking acumen and expertise. Given the way his Manchester United team have progressed, this is slightly surprising – the pool of evidence is rapidly decreasing, drained by performances, style and results.

Related: Bloody-minded characters could lift Pep Guardiola to greater success | Daniel Harris

Related: Manchester United's failings give added meaning to transfer window

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Marcus Rashford clashes with Tory MP over child food poverty

Sun, 09/06/2020 - 16:20

Manchester United striker tells Kevin Hollinrake to ‘talk to families before tweeting’

Marcus Rashford has rebuked a Conservative MP on Twitter for suggesting that parents who need help to feed their children are failing in their parental responsibilities.

The Manchester United star responded to Kevin Hollinrake, the MP for Thirsk and Malton, suggesting that he talk to struggling families before tweeting.

Put to the side that this comment came from an MP. It’s comments like this that prevent people from speaking their truth and asking for help. We need to start uplifting each other. I would have had the same response to anyone tweeting this...

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Premier League 2020-21 fans’ previews, part 2: Liverpool to Wolves

Sun, 09/06/2020 - 08:00

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

We kick off as champions and there’s no reason to believe we won’t be right up there again. In normal times you go into a new season super-excited – for obvious reasons that’s missing a bit this time around, but we’re looking in great shape, and chasing number 20.

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Related: Premier League 2020-21 fans’ previews, part 1: Arsenal to Leicester

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Alexis Sánchez admits wanting United exit after first training session – video

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 14:59

Alexis Sánchez revealed in an Instagram video that he asked his agent whether he could leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal after only one training session. 

The 31-year-old has used a six-minute long Instagram post to tell his side of the story about his failed move to Old Trafford in 2018. Sánchez endured a torrid spell after signing under José Mourinho, scoring five goals in 45 appearances before being loaned to Internazionale last season and joining them on a free this summer.

'I think I remember that at the first training I had there, I realised many things. I got home and I told my family and my agent: can’t the contract be cancelled and I go back to Arsenal? They started laughing,' he said

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Alexis Sánchez wanted to leave Manchester United after one training session

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 11:15
  • ‘Something did not sit right with me,’ forward reveals
  • Sánchez feels he was made a scapegoat for club’s failure

Alexis Sánchez has revealed he asked his agent whether he could leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal after only one training session.

The 31-year-old has used Instagram to tell his side of the story about his failed move to Old Trafford in 2018. Sánchez endured a torrid spell after signing under José Mourinho, scoring five goals in 45 appearances before being loaned to Internazionale last season and joining them on a free this summer.

Related: Talent and tragedy mark 'Maradonny' van de Beek's road to Old Trafford | Bart Vlietstra

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Talent and tragedy mark 'Maradonny' van de Beek's road to Old Trafford | Bart Vlietstra

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:24

Manchester United midfielder will wear the No 34 shirt his best friend ‘Appie’ Nouri had at Ajax before his career was halted

Donny van de Beek is unlikely to forget the night of 26 July 2017. Aged 20 and still living with his parents in the small town of Nijkerkerveen, he scored a clever goal for Ajax in a Champions League qualifier at Nice. It had the feel of a breakthrough moment.

That equaliser in a 1-1 draw left Ajax on course for the group stage, and the midfielder wore a serious look as he reflected on the outcome. “Important,” he said, though he had far more important matters on his mind.

Related: Manchester United sign Donny van de Beek from Ajax for initial £34.7m

Related: Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri: ‘We are with him 24/7, talking to him, praying for him’

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Dean Henderson aiming to oust David de Gea as Manchester United's keeper

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 22:30
  • Goalkeeper back at Old Trafford after loan at Sheffield United
  • ‘It wouldn’t be clever to sit around and not play football’

Dean Henderson has signalled his intent to oust David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper and insisted he will not settle for a place on the bench at Old Trafford.

Henderson recently signed a new five-year contract and will be in direct competition with De Gea for the first time when United open their Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace. Following two highly successful seasons on loan at Sheffield United, and almost five years away from Old Trafford, the 23-year-old is returning to his parent club with the intention of securing a regular starting role.

Related: Mason Greenwood: 'The biggest thing I learned was to be level-headed'

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Manchester United sign Donny van de Beek from Ajax for initial £34.7m

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 17:31
  • Netherlands midfielder is club’s first summer signing
  • United could pay a further €5m in add-ons

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of the midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax. The Netherlands international is understood to have cost an initial €39m (£34.7m), with a possible €5m to follow in add-ons.

United faced competition from clubs including Real Madrid for the 23-year-old, who scored 41 goals in 175 appearances for Ajax after coming through their academy.

Related: Premier League's top clubs make second push for five substitutions

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Mason Greenwood: 'The biggest thing I learned was to be level-headed'

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 22:30

The Manchester United striker believes Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Marcus Rashford have helped him stay grounded

Mason Greenwood admits his heart began to thump. It was March of last year, Manchester United were a goal down on aggregate at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 and there were three minutes of the tie to play. Ole Gunnar Solskjær was looking at him and then he was telling him he was sending him on as a substitute. For his professional debut.

It takes a brave manager to make that kind of decision but, at the same time, it takes a special player to merit such trust. We all know how it ended in Paris, Marcus Rashford’s controversial stoppage-time penalty taking United through on away goals and leading the club to appoint Solskjær on a permanent basis. But what has possibly been forgotten is the part that it played in launching the extraordinary story of Greenwood.

Related: Men's transfer window summer 2020 – all deals from Europe's top five leagues

Related: Marcus Rashford takes aim at child food poverty with new taskforce

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Marcus Rashford takes aim at child food poverty with new taskforce

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 06:00

Manchester United forward outlines plans to build on free school meals victory in letter to MPs

Three months after he forced a government U-turn on summer holiday school meal vouchers, Marcus Rashford has set his sights on a bigger target: the end of child food poverty in Britain.

After MPs scrambled to line up behind the charismatic young Manchester United footballer and political activist, it is now the turn of the food industry.

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Football transfer rumours: Thiago Alcântara to Manchester United?

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 10:20

Today’s gossip drove a Lionel up in there

The Mill doesn’t do bank holidays. We spend them, same as any other day, with our ear and nose to the ground, even though we’ve been warned multiple times about the long-term damage to our neck muscles. It’s the only way to ensure we don’t miss out on the latest tittle-tattle.

How else would we know, for example, that despite agreeing a fee with Ajax for midfielder Donny van de Beek, Manchester United want to gazump Liverpool and sign Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich? Or that – you won’t believe this – United are also keen on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish?

Related: Men's transfer window summer 2020 – all deals from Europe's top five leagues

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Manchester United in contention to sign Donny van de Beek from Ajax

Sun, 08/30/2020 - 14:36
  • Netherlands midfielder also wanted by Real Madrid
  • Van de Beek is available for €40m

Manchester United are hopeful of signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax as the race for the Netherlands midfielder nears completion.

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Lava touches and teal accents: the Premier League's 2020-21 kits

Sat, 08/29/2020 - 12:02

Who is offering ‘a touch of Savile Row’ and who is promising ‘glory pink’? A lowdown on the jerseys released for next season

It may seem only five minutes ago that Jordan Henderson lifted the Premier League trophy in an empty Anfield, but it’s only a fortnight before the new season kicks off on 12 September and kit manufactures have wasted no time designing egregiously priced holes in punters’ pockets. Still, new kits are one of the best flavours of anticipation to a season and, despite all the changes to football in current times, this is one thing that remains the same.

Here, we take a look at all the new strips released: home and away; goalkeeper and third; dull and interesting; ugly and beautiful.

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Introducing our 2020/21 @pumafootball away and third kits.

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Passionate in our pursuit.

Our new home kit for 20/21. pic.twitter.com/9SrrgbA8Gg

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Harry Maguire says he was 'scared for his life' in first interview since arrest – video

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 12:51

Harry Maguire told the BBC he was ‘scared for his life’ and believed he was being kidnapped during the incident outside a bar in Mykonos that led to the Manchester United captain being found guilty of assaulting a police officer last week.

In his first interview since the arrest, an emotional Maguire said he did not try to bribe police as had been previously claimed. He added that he had faith in the Greek criminal justice system after his appeal for a retrial was accepted.

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Harry Maguire 'disappointed' Gareth Southgate cut him from England squad

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 09:22
  • Manchester United defender dropped after guilty verdict
  • ‘I’m physically and mentally ready ... but I understand’

Harry Maguire has admitted disappointment at Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop him from the England squad, though Manchester United’s captain does understand why the manager did so in the wake of his conviction in a Greek court.

On Tuesday Southgate initially selected Maguire for next month’s games against Iceland and Denmark, citing how the defender was denying the charges and how discussions with Maguire had convinced him of the 27-year-old’s innocence.

Related: Harry Maguire says he was 'scared for his life' in first interview since arrest

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Harry Maguire says he was 'scared for his life' in first interview since arrest

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 22:09
  • Manchester United captain found guilty of aggravated assault
  • ‘I don’t feel like I owe an aplogy to anybody’

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has given his first interview since his arrest in Mykonos last week and insisted he was “scared for his life” during the incident on the Greek island that led to him being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery in a Greek court on Tuesday.

The England defender was handed a 21-month prison sentence, suspended for three years, with his lawyers having officially lodged an appeal.

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Manchester United's Wan-Bissaka facing 14-day quarantine after Dubai trip

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 10:04
  • Defender to miss Wednesday’s start of pre-season training
  • Some players have been given extra time to recuperate

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will miss the start of Manchester United’s pre-season training on Wednesday because he faces a 14-day quarantine after a holiday in Dubai.

The Guardian has contacted the club to clarify whether Wan-Bissaka had permission to travel to Dubai and whether, even though the bulk of the squad are expected back on Wednesday, the defender was among those given extra time to recuperate after last season.

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