What the papers say
- Defender due to return for pre-season training next week
- Ole Gunnar Solskjær set to make long-term decision then
Harry Maguire will remain as Manchester United captain in the immediate future, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær to make a long-term decision when returning for pre-season training next week following the defender’s conviction for assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and attempted bribery on the Greek island of Mykonos.Continue reading...
- Lawyer says apology would affect any appeals process
- Footballer has said he is victim and vowed to clear name
The lawyer who represented two police officers in the Harry Maguire assault case says it is “shocking” there has been no apology from the Manchester United captain and his co-defendants.
Maguire, along with his brother Joe and their friend Christopher Sharman, were found guilty of assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and attempted bribery at a court on the Greek island of Syros on Tuesday. The England player was handed a suspended 21-month prison sentence.Continue reading...
Maguire’s hard-earned status as a leader for club and country will be damaged by the guilty verdict delivered in Greece
Nightmare. There is no other prescient characterisation of the past few days for Harry Maguire which culminated in Tuesday’s conviction of the Manchester United captain in a Greek court on the charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery following a night out in Mykonos on Thursday.
Maguire, who pleaded not guilty to all counts, could surely not believe the judgment handed down by a three-member misdemeanours panel on the neighbouring island of Syros – or the punishment of a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days.Continue reading...
- Manchester United defender had denied all charges
- Maguire announces intention to appeal
Harry Maguire has been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery by a three-member misdemeanours court convening on the Greek island of Syros.
The £190,000-a-week Manchester United and England defender had denied all charges and said he would appeal. Maguire was given a prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days that was suspended on account of the charges being misdemeanours and and the court’s acknowledgement of his clear criminal record. His two co-defendants, who included his footballer brother Joe, were handed 13-month sentences.Continue reading...
The Premier League has come a long way since 1992, as can be seen by the evolution of its sendings off
In the Premier League’s inaugural season, the whiff of glamour was still very, very distant. The games were televised, and Gazza’s tears had given the “slum sport” of the 80s a new voguishness, but the football itself left a bit to be desired. While the terraces were now largely free of bloodthirsty oafs inflicting head wounds on each other, the same could not said of the pitch.Continue reading...
- Gareth Southgate to name squad for Nations League games
- Manchester United defender denies all charges
Harry Maguire is eager to be selected on Tuesday by Gareth Southgate in the England squad to face Iceland and Denmark early next month, because he believes he is in the right frame of mind to play despite the scandal that has built around his arrest and trial for “serial bodily harm” and “serial insult” in Greece.
Southgate has been forced to think deeply about whether to call up Maguire, normally an automatic pick, in the wake of the drama in Mykonos on Thursday night when the Manchester United captain and some of his friends became embroiled in a violent argument with a group of tourists outside a bar. Greek police officers were then involved, with Maguire alleged to have attacked one of them. He denies this and all the charges.Continue reading...
- Player’s agent says United will not accept any bids
- Pogba’s current deal set to expire in summer of 2021
Paul Pogba will not be sold by Manchester United this summer and talks over a new contract at Old Trafford will start soon, according to the France midfielder’s agent, Mino Raiola.Continue reading...
Former France and Manchester United defender on dressing up as a panda to combat racism and his admiration for Alex Ferguson
“Sometimes I don’t want to talk about all these things because, inside, I’m crying,” Patrice Evra says as we sit on his favourite bench in London. The former Manchester United defender shields his eyes on the hottest day of the summer as we look over the Thames in a discreet corner of Battersea. Evra has led me to his secret bench because we can talk here for more than two hours about his complex life.
Evra is well-known for his Instagram videos in which he shouts “I love this game” while singing along to Marvin Gaye, with or without Paul Pogba, or wearing a Panda costume as his gleeful way of undercutting racism. “I want to spread that positive message,” he says while acknowledging his own “dark energy”. After being racially abused he kicked one of his club’s fans at Marseille in 2017. Evra was also insulted in racial terms by Luis Suárez in 2011. He played in four Champions League finals and was one of Alex Ferguson’s favourite players in five Premier League-winning campaigns.
One of my brothers is called Mamadou. When he calls for a job, they hang up. He changed his name to Claude.
When Ferguson left, United lost their DNA. I tried my best for David Moyes but I knew it would be a disaster.Continue reading...
Manchester United defender has a reputation for being bright, solid, dependable, a safe pair of hands. What went wrong?
They are the kind of headlines that cause hearts to pound for football executives. “Premier League star arrested after drunken brawl.” And, on this occasion, there would be a detail that made it worse. Much worse. A police officer had allegedly been struck by the player during the incident.
For Manchester United and England, the shock was only intensified by the identity of the individual. If either the club or the national setup had made a hypothetical shortlist of who it might have been, Harry Maguire would not have been on it. He would not have been anywhere near it.Continue reading...
- England defender reported to have been in altercation
- Maguire is on holiday in Mykonos before new season
Manchester United’s captain, Harry Maguire, was involved in an “alleged incident” on Thursday evening in Mykonos, with reports in Greece claiming the £80m signing was part of an altercation outside a bar on the island.
A statement from United on Friday read: “The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night. Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully co-operating with the Greek authorities. At this time we will be making no further comment.”Continue reading...
- Former Bournemouth goalkeeper to replace United loanee
- Ramsdale returns to first club after spell on south coast
Aaron Ramsdale has returned to Sheffield United after joining from Bournemouth on a four-year deal.
The England Under-21 goalkeeper began his career with the Blades before leaving to join Bournemouth in 2017 and Chris Wilder’s side are believed to have spent £18.5m to secure his return.Continue reading...
This page has been waiting on you
Let’s get Jadon Sancho out of the way by saying that Manchester United have set their sights elsewhere and what would appear a rather less complicated deal for Bournemouth’s David Brooks. Jason Tindall, the former Eddie Howe assistant who is now manager, may not wish to sell but relegation has loosened Bournemouth’s hand.Continue reading...
There is little problem with the strikers – although they could be more ruthless - but the defence has to be strengthened
A mystery, a conundrum, a riddle, wrapped in the enigma of a third-place Premier League finish and three lost semi-finals: Manchester United at the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first full season as manager.
Yet this is the United of the post-Alex Ferguson era. One characterisation of the English champions in the seven years since he stepped away is that they have become used to mediocrity.Continue reading...
- ‘I showed my qualities all the years,’ says Spanish keeper
- Maybe we need a bit more experience in team, he adds
David de Gea trusts himself to continue as the Manchester United goalkeeper despite scrutiny of his dip in form.
De Gea, who has now been with United for nine seasons, committed a series of goal-costing errors towards the end of the season, a sequence that mirrored the close of the previous one. These included conceding a Stephen Bergwijn long shot that was hit directly at him in the 1-1 draw at Tottenham and Mason Mount’s similar attempt in the 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea.Continue reading...
United have a loose philosophy and style of play, based largely on their electric front five. But they entrust too much to good feelings and blind faith
This, as José Mourinho might drily observe, is football heritage.
To lose one semi-final might be considered unfortunate. To lose two a coincidence. But in United’s third unsuccessful attempt to grease their season with silverware could be identified a clear pattern running through the club. It is not a problem that can be solved by signing Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish. Rather, it is something more systemic and deep-rooted, a malaise that took years to set in and may well take years to cure.Continue reading...
- United lost third semi-final of season to Sevilla in Europa League
- ‘When you don’t score you know you might be in for hard night’
Ole Gunnar Solskjær highlighted Manchester United’s poor finishing after his side failed to advance into the Europa League final and said his young players still had plenty to learn about closing out games and achieving consistency.
“We are still a young side, about three years younger than Sevilla on average,” the United manager said after a disappointing 2-1 defeat in Cologne. “I think you saw that tonight. There was tiredness but there was also inexperience. I think if we had taken our chances we would have won the game but that is not always how football works.Continue reading...
Manchester United’s long season ended in its 61st game and in semi-final heartbreak for the third time. Extra time appeared the favoured outcome before Luuk de Jong stole ahead of Victor Lindelöf and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to score the winner 12 minutes from time for Sevilla.
While they will meet Shakhtar Donetsk or Internazionale in Friday’s final, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side head for the beach and reflection on what might have been. A third-place Premier League finish is admirable but losing in the League Cup, FA Cup and now Europa League semi-finals is a disappointment United will not wish to repeat.Continue reading...
- Minute-by-minute updates on the action in Cologne
- Solskjær hopes final will be first of many for United
- Any comments? You can email Nick | tweet @nickames82
71 min: Navas crosses towards De Jong but it’s headed away. Sevilla have certainly stabilised but aren’t offering that much. Reguilon is caught clumsily by Wan Bissaka just outside the box though ...
69 min: Pogba drives optimistically over. We are starting to smell extra time ...
67 min: Sevilla have got a bit spikier, fouling a fair bit, but not too much sparkier with those changes. United, for their part, have gone a touch flat since that blistering first eight or nine minutes of the half. Rashford is booked for dissent when conceding a throw-in.
65 min: “Probably already done, but: at the risk of an intentional Partridge, I can only hope United score so Bono can mutter to himself ‘Sunday, bloody Sunday’,” says Tim Horner and, yes, two other people as well.
61 min: Bono has been good but I’d say none of those saves was “brilliant”. Most of the time he stood tall and didn’t commit rashly, and that kind of presence is so vital in a keeper. I tend to find saves, in and of themselves, are gushed over a bit too much 80% of the time. And now I’ll end this searing hot take.
58 min: It’s still all United, with Sevilla at sixes and sevens defensively, but Bono hasn’t been called upon to make a potentially gamechanging save for some five minutes now.
56 min: Attacking shakeup from Sevilla, who have put nothing together in this half. Ocampos is replaced by Munir, and De Jong comes on for En-Nesyri.
55 min: Going to need some pretty niche Bono puns at this rate. United could have won this game in the last 10 minutes. And might be worried they haven’t ...
53 min: My goodness me, Bono saves *again*! And AGAIN! United’s high press sees Martial mug Banega, Pogba subsequently returning the ball to the striker. He’s one-on-one but Bono stands up and saves with a foot. Moments later, he does something similar in an almost identical situation. This is a quite incredible spell.
50 min: Oh, and United have another big chance! And another! Bono comes to the rescue again with a big save at the far post from Martial, with Rashford then denied by last-ditch challenge from Fernando. Then a Fernandes drive inside the box is brilliantly blocked. Somehow Sevilla stay level!
49 min: United have, as in the first half, come out very positively here. Sevilla look far less convincing on the back foot than the front.
46 min: Great save by Bono! Forty-six seconds into the half, Fernandes wafts one through to Greenwood and the youngster’s first touch is superb. But so is the save, diverting the ball away when you’d have backed United to regain the lead!
The second half has started.
Gavin May asks: “Surprised no one felt the foul on Rashford for the pen wasn’t a red card – studs showing full force into the shin – endangering an opponent? Seen plenty of reds for similar fouls in the middle of the park.”
Maybe, it was a really poor challenge on second viewing. Equally, you don’t always see those ones after a shot given as pens (rightly or wrongly).
Toby emails, seemingly with the sole intention of making me blindly jealous:
“Hello from a very chilled out Leros in Greece. Social distancing is easy as there’s no one here! A joy. What a great game so far. Sevilla are a lovely side and Utd are looking better as the game goes on. Think we’re on for a cracking second half with Utd to edge it. Fingers crossed.”
A fine half played at a great tempo. Suso equalised Fernandes’ early penalty and I make that fair, at this point. Don’t go away – anything could happen here.
45+2 min: Marvellous play by Pogba on the edge of his box sends Rashford away again, and he gets into the Sevilla area with defenders backing off and looking petrified. But he gets his feet in a muddle and Sevilla survive!
45+1 min: Another parry from Bono – this time when Fernandes sets himself up a volley and thuds one down the keeper’s throat from 20 yards.
45 min: Rashford sears down the left, cuts inside but shoots well wide. Two added minutes of the half to come.
43 min: Williams and En-Nesyri, the Sevilla striker, have a tussle and Williams goes down, with United claiming there were some naughty afters. Didn’t see much that fitted that description, really, and nothing is done.
42 min: Ocampos tracks back assiduously to rob Greenwood. Sevilla do have some lovely players. So do United – which means we’ve had a really interesting first half.
39 min: Fair play, that was quite a hit from Rashford given the range. Bono has to make sure and parry the wickedly moving ball.
38 min: United are more on the front foot now, Greenwood and Martial just finding themselves crowding out as they tip-tap towards the six-yard box. Banega then concedes a free-kick and United might have a shooting chance from 30+ yards ...
35 min: “You can guarantee a Man Utd penalty will get rival fans throwing conspiracy theories all over the place. But it stands to reason that a team that had quick, fleet footed attackers should get more penalties. Plus with VAR, surely a poorly given penalty would be overruled? Besides the Villa penalty, can anyone name one Utd didn’t get fairly?” asks Kevin Wilson.
Let’s head this off at the pass – I agree with this email.
33 min: Pogba tries to free Rashford but it’s cut out. Then Martial has a great sight of goal from 18 yards after Greenwood tees him up ... but he whips his first-time effort just over!
32 min: Reguilon, on loan from Real Madrid, is absolute *lightning* down there. His latest foray is held up but what a player he looks.
29 min: Fernandes, full of fun, tries to catch Bono off his line from halfway. He overcooks it but United do need to rediscover the flair they showed at the start.
28 min: Maguire heads a corner harmlessly over. We really have a game here!
They’d been threatening and probably deserve it. The goal is a fine one, Ocampos feeding the bursting Reguilon – who has been excellent from left-back. Reguilon’s low centre is perfect for ex-Liverpool man Suso to slam home at the far post. United are furious as they, not Sevilla, should have been awarded a throw-in at the start of the move – but that’s not in VAR’s remit. And to be fair, Sevilla were 70 yards from goal at that point.
24 min: A slightly scrappy phase, though Ocampos heads over from a Reguilon cross as I type. United seem to want to lure Sevilla’s full-backs as high as possible and then streak in behind.
22 min: A dangerous low Navas centre from the right is hacked away. He’s still got legs at 34! Could he have done a job for City last night ... ? (*hides*)
19 min: That penalty was United’s 22nd of the season, conspiracy wizards! At the moment they seem happy to sit in a bit more.
@NickAmes82 Bono in nets for Sevilla, is the Edge at fullback? Paul watching in Murcia
About 10 zillion of you have sent this in but it’s easiest, in the heat of the battle, to paste a tweet.
16 min: De Gea parries a meaty shot from the lively Ocampos, from an angle on the left. This game is absolutely not done, Sevilla are bright and bubbly going forward.
14 min: Good chance for Fred! United win the ball, initially through Fred actually, and then sweep upfield. Fred is in acres on the right side of the box but would rather the ball was on his left foot. He slices wide of the near post with his right.
13 min: Sevilla’s goalkeeper is called Bono and, as you might expect, my inbox is buckling under all your wisecrackery. Keep it coming and I’ll try my best to do an email roundup at the break.
11 min: Sevilla look for an instant response and again make hay down that left side, but Banega can’t quite control well enough to get a shot in when reasonably placed.
A hop, a jump and a quite brilliantly taken penalty into the top corner. His 12th goal for United!
Martial slips Rashford in and his shot is well parried by Bono ... but he’s clipped by Diego Carlos on the follow-through and United have a spot kick! Did the follow-through affect the shot? I’m not sure. But Fernandes will take it, pending a VAR check ...
7 min: Ever Banega, one of the best “almost top-top-top” players of recent years, is pulling some strings early on. If Sevilla lose it’ll be his last game for them – he’s off to Al Shabab in Saudi Arabia. But oh ... !
5 min: Sevilla had a frayed first minute or two but now, from a good move down the left, Reguilon earns them a corner. It’s headed away by Fernandes at the near post. But a good brisk tempo to this early on.
2 min: Good start from United! Greenwood slices into the box but can’t quite make room for a shot. Fernandes has a blast but it’s deflected behind, and then Maguire heads over after the corner is half-cleared but inflicts a foul in the process.
United, right to left, kick off.
The players are emerging ... we will kick off soon! United in black, Sevilla in white.
From Woolie Madden: “As part of my research before this game (each Europa League game I submit a 20-page dossier for inclusion in my son’s school newsletter – none printed so far) I came across the surprising fact that Sevilla have had an English, a Scottish and two Irish managers in their history. But for me, no one can top the wonderful six months in 1995 when they were managed by the marvellously named Otto Bumbel.”
I think it might have been in 1964 unless we are looking at different Otto Bumbels – we wouldn’t want the kids being misinformed now. Otherwise, heck of a name and do go on Wiki for a look at his career, quite a life ...
“In what world can we see this one-off tournament format continuing? Whatever happens tonight, everything in Lisbon and Köln has been buckets of fun and I’d be only too pleased to see it happen with fans one day. Obviously participating clubs wouldn’t be too keen on losing matchday revenue from two-legged ties, but this just seems too good to drop,” asks Matthew Richman.
It’s been great, hasn’t it? I get that it means aberrations are more likely but what’s wrong with that? I think everyone agrees it’s been a success – but I don’t see it continuing in “normal” circumstances. The big dogs want more face-offs against each other, not fewer.
“Big call to put in Fred over Matic, hope it works out for Ole and we make the final,” writes Neil Carter.
Definitely an eye-catcher but Fred did start against Copenhagen and Linz.
Some Manchester United transfer news ...
Get in the mood for the match ...
Sevilla: Bono, Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Reguilon, Banega, Fernando, Jordan, Suso, En-Nesyri, Ocampos
Subs: Vaclik, Javi Diaz, Sergi Gomez, Escudero, Gudelj, Vazquez, Oliver Torres, Munir, De Jong, Lara, Genaro y Pablo Perez.
This European knock-out stuff is proving to be a jolly good wheeze, isn’t it? That was certainly the case for Manchester United fans last night, anyway, as they watched City flunk it in the Champions League against a – let’s be honest – modest Lyon side. And it was the case for literally anyone who isn’t desperate for Barcelona to win games of football, or Bayern to lose them, just 24 hours previously. So what awaits in the second continental competition tonight?
Between them, these two have won six of the last 14 Europa Leagues. OK, so five of those have gone to Sevilla but this is definitely a clash of heavyweights – with the winner facing Internazionale or Shakhtar in what is a mouthwatering climax to this tournament. Both sides scraped through the quarters, Sevilla overcoming Wolves late on and United edging it against Copenhagen. The La Liga side – they finished fourth –also beat Roma en route here so have arguably had the tougher journey. But all bets are off tonight, in my book. This semi-final could be an absolute belter and seems too tough to call.Continue reading...
- Chong given permission to train with Bundesliga club
- The Dutch winger is contracted to United until 2022
Manchester United winger Tahith Chong has joined up with Werder Bremen’s pre-season training camp in Austria ahead of a potential loan move to the Bundesliga club.Continue reading...
After producing a leaner, fitter, infinitely more watchable side the manager wants to make the most of chance to beat Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final
It was probably just the heat that prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjær to go for the controlled casual look in Manchester United’s last game against Copenhagen, though there was no mistaking that the figure sitting alone in the dugout in white shirtsleeves looked cooler and more relaxed than his more animated counterpart, Ståle Solbakken.
Perhaps that is no big deal, though Solskjær at the moment can arguably do relaxed better than Jürgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola. Less than two years after returning to Manchester United as manager he is almost at the Carlo Ancelotti level of detached serenity, but with considerably better results. The background noise that accompanied his first year back in the Premier League, the good luck charm effect of a fresh-faced antidote to José Mourinho wearing off as soon as his caretaker status was made permanent and the doubts that surrounded the club sticking with a relative novice when Mauricio Pochettino had made himself available for the job subsided some time ago.Continue reading...