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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Harry Maguire set to stay Manchester United captain for immediate future

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 12:06
  • 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.

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Harry Maguire's lack of apology 'shocking', says police officers' lawyer

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 11:02
  • 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.

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Maguire's career in danger of freefall after week that changed everything | Jamie Jackson

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 21:11

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.

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Harry Maguire found guilty of aggravated assault and attempted bribery in Greece

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 17:28
  • 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.

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The history of the Premier League in red cards

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 13:29

The Premier League has come a long way since 1992, as can be seen by the evolution of its sendings off

By Alex Hess for The Squall

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.

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Harry Maguire hopes to make England squad despite arrest and trial in Greece

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 22:30
  • 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.

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Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United and sign new deal, says Mino Raiola

Sun, 08/23/2020 - 20:56
  • 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.

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