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'Protect the vulnerable': Marcus Rashford's open letter to MPs

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 06:00

I would be doing myself, my family and my community an injustice if I didn’t stand here today with my voice and my platform and ask you for help

To all MPs in parliament,

On a week that would have opened Euro 2020, I wanted to reflect back to 27 May 2016, when I stood in the middle of the Stadium of Light in Sunderland having just broken the record for the youngest player to score in his first senior international match. I watched the crowds waving their flags and fist-pumping the Three Lions on their shirts and I was overwhelmed with pride not only for myself but for all of those who had helped me reach this moment and achieve my dream of playing for the England national team.

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Premier League fans preview the restart, part 2: Man City to Wolves

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 08:01

Fans have their say on the run-in, the lockdown, and what they missed most – and least – about football
Part 1: Arsenal to Liverpool

This is the first time we’ve had a fully fit squad this season, with Laporte and Leroy back. And the various changes should suit City: Pep’s cerebral and intensely detailed brand of football should be easier to implement given the lack of emotion in the fixtures, and the ability to make five subs. That helps the bigger clubs.

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Premier League restart preview No 12: Manchester United

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 11:59

Confidence was high going into the break and Paul Pogba’s and Marcus Rashford’s return could inspire a top-four finish

What was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? United were almost as frustrated as Liverpool at the timing of the break. They had just completed their first league double over Manchester City in a decade and after an up and down season under Ole Gunnar Solskjær were looking a good bet – only three points behind Chelsea – for a fourth-place finish.

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Manchester United agree for Dean Henderson to stay at Sheffield United

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 15:28
  • Goalkeeper in line to extend loan for rest of season
  • Deal agreed in principle and only final details remain

Dean Henderson is set to remain at Sheffield United on loan from Manchester United for the final matches of the elongated season, with an agreement for the goalkeeper to do so having been reached in principle by the clubs.

There are still some details to be ironed out, but it is expected to be done before 23 June – the deadline for clubs to extend the contracts players whose deals expire on 30 June.

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Stoke scrap Manchester United friendly after O'Neill tests positive for Covid-19

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 23:06
  • Championship club confirm manager has virus
  • O’Neill already at Carrington when he learned of result

Stoke were forced to cancel a friendly against Manchester United at the last minute after learning that manager, Michael O’Neill, had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Championship side had already travelled to United’s Carrington training ground before the match was hastily called off.

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Manchester United, Sheffield United and the case of Dean Henderson | Paul Doyle

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 19:00

On-loan Blades keeper is due to back at Old Trafford on 30 June but his club would be subject to questions if they enforce it now

Manchester United have a clear opportunity to sabotage one of their closest rivals in the chase for Champions League qualification but it would belittle them to seize it. There has been a lot of talk about sporting integrity in recent months, sometimes to camouflage something more base, but the case of Dean Henderson is one where the spirit of the game leaves no doubt about the only respectable outcome.

Henderson has been on loan to Sheffield United since 2018, an initial season-long stint having been renewed last summer. The young goalkeeper was enjoying another excellent campaign until the Premier League was suspended on 13 March, the day after he turned 23.

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Tony Dunne, Manchester United European Cup winner, dies aged 78

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 23:07
  • Left-back was part of side that beat Benfica in 1968 final
  • Republic of Ireland international played 535 games for United

Tony Dunne, one of Manchester United’s European Cup heroes of 1968, has died at the age of 78.

The left-back Dunne was part of the side that famously lifted the trophy for the first time after defeating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley. The Republic of Ireland international spent 13 years at Old Trafford, having been signed by Sir Matt Busby for 5,000 in 1960, also winning two First Division titles and an FA Cup.

One of our greatest-ever full-backs. An integral part of the 1968 European Cup-winning side. A player who made 535 appearances in the red shirt of Manchester United.

Our heartfelt condolences go to the loved ones of Tony Dunne. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/M8xYNdqMcU

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Paul Pogba's marriage of convenience with Manchester United may get unlikely spark | Jonathan Wilson

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 20:00

New reality caused by pandemic means a move away is unlikely and with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes the future looks much brighter for United

Last summer, as Manchester United toured Japan, Paul Pogba was openly talking about seeking “a new challenge somewhere else”. Frustrated at United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and with the general sense of drift at the club, and in the expectation of a lucrative move, it made sense for him to be considering his future. A year on, it seems increasingly probable he will stay at Old Trafford. If Pogba does stay United will, for the first time since Alex Ferguson left, have a squad that looks vaguely coherent.

Nothing in football is certain – particularly where Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, is concerned – but the sport’s new economy militates against a move. Pogba’s contract expires next summer but United have the option of triggering an additional year. With advertising and sponsorship down, no immediate prospect of fans returning and a more general sense of uncertainty, it’s difficult to see any club being prepared to pay the sort of fee United would demand or the wages Pogba (and Raiola) would expect, particularly given he has managed five starts in the league this season because of an ankle injury. Even if a super-club does feel an urge to splash out, younger and more appealing talents have emerged to tempt them. Such is the fickle nature of these things.

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Fernandes has been revelatory since his arrival – he appears the tactical key that makes everything else make sense

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'It's still ridiculous' – Van Persie's 2012-13 season at Manchester United

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 20:00

Jonny Evans and Anders Lindegaard pull back the curtain on how the Dutchman gave Sir Alex Ferguson his final title

This was Robin van Persie in the 2012-13 season: 26 goals, two hat-tricks and the Premier League golden boot. It was a campaign in which the Dutchman elevated new teammates and was the X factor in Manchester United’s 20th and most recent championship triumph.

Van Persie’s move from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 was the final masterstroke of Sir Alex Ferguson’s gilded 27-year tenure. The £24m purchase on 17 August had echoes of the Scot’s signing of Eric Cantona from Leeds United in November 1992 for £1m.

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His biggest contribution was making everyone else 10% better. There was a sense nothing could stop us from winning

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Premier League: the 10 most in-form players before lockdown

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 14:32

Harry Maguire, Mo Salah, Harvey Barnes and Sébastien Haller will be hoping to pick up where they left off

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

With a return date now in place and anticipation building, it is easy to forget just how the season was left off. Bruno Fernandes had made a fine start to life in England after his arrival from Sporting in January, yet others had dipped. Having looked back at the last six rounds of fixtures, here are the 10 players who were enjoying the best form before the league was suspended in March.

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Football quiz: when Manchester United won the 2008 Champions League final

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 11:54

Manchester United beat Chelsea in the first all-English Champions League final in 2008. Do you remember the details?

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Manchester United did not lose a game in the Champions League that season (the most recent winners who can say that). Which team beat Chelsea over 90 minutes earlier in the competition?

Liverpool

Fenerbahçe

Schalke

Olympiakos

What was the local time in Moscow when the game kicked off?

5.45pm

9pm

10.45pm

11.30pm

Which member of the Chelsea squad had already scored in a Champions League final before the game kicked off?

Michael Ballack

Nicolas Anelka

Juliano Belletti

Michael Essien

How many times did Alex Ferguson select the starting XI that he picked for this final?

One

Three

Six

Nine

Which players started at right-back?

Rafael and Ashley Cole

Fabio and Branislav Ivanovic

Wes Brown and Michael Essien

Mikaël Silvestre and Paulo Ferreira

Who scored in the game and the penalty shootout?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Frank Lampard

Ryan Giggs

No one

Who was the last player to touch the ball that night?

John Terry

Nicolas Anelka

Ryan Giggs

Edwin van der Saar

There were 14 penalties in the shootout. Who would have taken the 15th?

Rio Ferdinand

Nemanja Vidic

Owen Hargreaves

Carlos Tevez

This was the first all-English Champions League final, but not necessarily the first final between two clubs from the same country. Which country was the first to provide two finalists in the same year?

Italy

France

Germany

Spain

Which of these anniversaries did Manchester United observe in 2008?

40 years since they won their first European Cup

50 years since the Munich Air Disaster

100 years since they first won the league

All of the above

Fourteen Chelsea players made it on to the pitch that night. How many of them retired without having won the Champions League?

None

Two

Four

Six

When looking back at the final two decades later, Alex Ferguson said he had one regret about the night. What was it?

That he forgot to set his TV to record the game

That he did not deliver a line as iconic as “football, bloody hell” for the post-match interview

That he did not learn some Russian to speak to Vladimir Putin

That he did not find a place for Park Ji-Sung on the bench

Which Chelsea player followed up losing the Champions League final by losing the European Championship final a month later?

Juan Mata

Michael Ballack

Claude Makélélé

Nicolas Anelka

What went wrong for United during their celebrations?

Rio Ferdinand dropped and damaged the cup and it had to be taken away to be fixed

Their team bus broke down on the way to their after party

There power went off in the stadium at 2am and they had to light candles in the dressing room

They could not find any champagne

Why was Ferguson given "plenty of stick by the players" at the after party?

He said it was the 'happiest moment of his life' and his wife did not look amused

He had sworn on live TV after the game

He was wearing trainers

He got a little drunk and nearly fell off a chair while giving a speech

1 and above.

JT, is that you?

3 and above.

JT, is that you?

2 and above.

JT, is that you?

5 and above.

JT, is that you?

4 and above.

JT, is that you?

6 and above.

You made it to the final but lost on penalties

7 and above.

You made it to the final but lost on penalties

8 and above.

You made it to the final but lost on penalties

9 and above.

You made it to the final but lost on penalties

10 and above.

You made it to the final but lost on penalties

11 and above.

Sir Alex, is that you?

12 and above.

Sir Alex, is that you?

13 and above.

Sir Alex, is that you?

14 and above.

Sir Alex, is that you?

0 and above.

JT, is that you?

15 and above.

Sir Alex, is that you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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.

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

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

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