Former Arsenal striker and now Skysports pundit has said that Alexis Sanchez arrival at Manchester United was having a negative impact on the team’s formation.

The Chilean winger Joined United in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to The Emirates, and the winger is said to be earning over £400,000 weekly – making him the highest paid player in the English league.

Since the sensational move to the Theatre of Dreams in January, Sanchez has played 838 minutes scoring just one goal.

And after an abysmal night at Old Trafford on Tuesday night which saw United lost 2-1 in a Champions League Round 16 tie to Sevilla, Charlie Nicholas claims Sanchez, who lost the ball on twenty occasions (making it a total of 247 since he joined Man U), has unsettled the four-time European Champions.

Nicholas told skysports "At the start of the season, Manchester United had a fluency to them. Paul Pogba played high up with Jesse Lingard behind him and Romelu Lukaku on his game.

"All of a sudden Sanchez comes, Marcus Rashford gets dropped out and Anthony Martial gets moved over. All of a sudden the whole team is getting squeezed to fit Sanchez in.

"Sanchez, at the moment, does not deserve to be in the team. It's too individual. He is giving the ball away too often

"I'm sure a lot of Manchester United fans must be looking and saying 'when is he going to do something for us?'

"He looks as though he is trying hard, but this is Manchester United and you've got to deliver on a game-by-game basis and he is not."

Nicholas added that Jose’s United that won two trophies last season were disappointing against Sevilla and looked like a team that would end the season without a silverware.

"They did not justify being anywhere close to the last eight of the Champions League. They are not going to get the title and now have got the FA Cup to play for.

"Jose rescued an average Manchester United last season to get them into the Champions League with two trophies. Now he is staring down the barrel of winning zero, he added.

 

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Football expert and pundit Guillem Balague has revealed that Hazard is Madrid ’s main target for the summer and that the Meregues were not interested in the services of Pogba.

Pogba’s dwindle form has been a subject of debate – as many that include some former United legends believing that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho his playing the Frenchman out of position.

The former Juventus sat out the Red Devils’ 2-0 FA Cup win over Huddersfield last Saturday due to reported illness, and has also been substituted in United’s defeat at Spurs and Newcastle.

And with pressure mounting over Pogba’s future ahead of the summer, Balagues has revealed that Madrid “do not the money to finance such a deal when they buy their main targets this summer.”

Balague said Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and either of Hazard’s country man and club mate Thibaut Cortouis or David De Gea remain Madrid’s primary summer targets.

On the rumours surrounding Pogba, Balague told Sky Sports : "It is normal that when things are not perfect with the superstar of a big club, stories emerge in the media.

"Regarding Pogba, a leak to French publication L'Equipe suggested he wants a different position on the pitch to improve his performances.

"When reports like that emerge, don't be surprised that reports claiming Real Madrid want him soon follow.

"But they don't, they do not have the money to finance such a deal after they buy their main targets this summer. Perhaps more importantly, Real president Florentino Perez does not view him as a target."

"Hazard, Courtois or De Gea are the big names Real want at this moment in time," he added.

"Other targets may appear depending on their performances over the rest of the season or at the World Cup. That is how Real operate.”

The Spaniard concluded that Madrid had the opportunity of bringing Pogba to Spain for cheaper price in the past which they rejected and doubted if the Los Meregues would be ready to get a deal for the Frenchman now that he would cost more.

"I will tell you an interesting story about Pogba and Real Madrid. When he decided to leave Manchester United he was offered to Real Madrid B for €100,000.

"The coach of the team at the time told Florentino: 'Bring him to me when he cost €100m'.

"Well, Pogba does cost more than that now, but he is not the player they want for next season," he concluded.

 

 

 



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Manchester United signing of Alexis Sanchez during the winter transfer window is a big blow on Rashford ’s future, saysJamie Redknapp.

The 21-year-old, who busted into limelight in the 2015-16 season last made a top-flight start for the Man U on Boxing Day.

With competition for the wide attacking positions from the likes of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Jese Lingard, the arrival of Sanchez from Arsenal in the winter transfer has further pushed Rashford down the pecking order.

Writing for skysports, Redknapp, who believes the Red Devils made a good deal in bringing Sanchez to the Theatre of Dreams believes the Chilean arrival at the club could cause a major blow to Rashford development.

The former Liverpool and Tottenhamm Hotspur player believes Sanchez will always get the nod of Rashford irrespective of the Chilean performance

Redknapp wrote: “I don’t blame Manchester United for bringing in Alexis Sanchez. His wages are expensive, but you would normally have to pay around £70m for a player like that in the current market.

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“They have dodged the transfer fee and signed a winner who will give them fantastic energy and quality.

“On the other side of it, though, I can’t help but feel disappointed about what it does to a player like Marcus Rashford. Some would say great players like come and go and you’ve got to get on with it, but the bottom line is that Rashford has now dropped down the pecking order.”

He explained further: “… Due to his {Sanchez} reputation and the fact he has been bought by the manager, Sanchez will always go ahead of Rashford whether he is playing better or not.

“It’s the hardest thing for a young English player.

“You feel like you are just getting to the top of the pecking order and then suddenly, bang, it’s like a sledgehammer hits you.

“Your club have signed a world star.”

Since making his debut for United in 2016, Rashford has registered 29 goals in 108 appearances for the 20-time league champions – scoring seven of those goals this season.

The 15-time capped English international missed United’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at St. James Park earlier today.

 

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The former Manchester United and England striker has described Ruud Van Nistelrooy as the best finisher he had seen in the Premier League and chose Argentine international, Carlos Tevez as his favourite strike partner.

Wayne Rooney played with Van Nistelrooy for two seasons (2004 – 2006) with the former Netherland international recording 95 Premier League goals in 150 appearances – he also played alongside his ‘favourite’ from 2007-2009 with the two {Rooney and Tevez} sharing over 40 goals between each other in the League from 2007-2009.

Rooney alongside Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Rooney alongside Ruud Van Nistelrooy

 

Rooney with Carlos Tevez
Rooney with Carlos Tevez

 

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Rooney, who was not short of quality strikers In his 13-year stints at Old Trafford – as he played alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Louis Saha, Dimitri Berbatov, Robin Van Persie to mention a few, described Ruud Van Nistel Rooy as the best finisher he had seen in the Premier League and said Carlos Tevez was his favourite strike-partner.

“We suited each other’s {himself and Tevez} games.

“We worked off each other. It must have been horrible for defenders to have faced us, because we were just in their faces.

“When he signed, there was talk we wouldn’t have been able to play together, but we hit it off,” Rooney, who adds that Nistelrooy is the best finisher he has seen in the EPL said on MNF.

“Ruud Van Nistelrooy was the best finisher I have seen in the Premier League. Even if we won by four or five goals, he would just sit there on his own, gutted. He was fantastic.

The United great also picked the overhead kick against rival Manchester City at Old Trafford as the best goal of his career.

Rooney with the overhead kick goal that condemned City to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in 2011
Rooney with the overhead kick goal that condemned City to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in 2011

 

“The size of the game, City were going for the league it was one of the worst games I have played to be fair.

“The ball takes a bit of deflection, I have realised I was a bit of a space and tried it, and normally I might miss that, but caught it perfectly. It was surreal after I scored.

“In the dressing room after the game, all the staff were in shock. To be honest, I am sick of it.

“The amount of people who come up to me and talk about it. Still it is rightly the best,” Rooney submitted.

The England and Manchester United ended his 13-year-old association with Manchester United after he was allowed to join boyhood club Everton in the summer for free.

He has registered 10 goals in 20 appearances in the league this season but was good only for the substitute in Everton’s 5-1 loss in the hands of Arsenal last Saturday.

 

 

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Man U, PSG battle for Lassana Diarra signature

Thursday, 04 January 2018 19:13

The winter is here; not that of GOT but football lovers know is that period of the year where club sides do some salvage signings.

Unlike in the summer transfer window, most times, club sides don’t get to see the best of players available at this stage and this has led to the report that Manchester United and French giant PSG are both interested in the services of Lassana Diarra.

Dreamteamfc.com reported that the Diarra was released from his contract at Al Jazira on Christmas Eve and the duo of Man U and PSG were being touted for the services of the French midfielder.

Dreamteamfc.com reported that the fact that PSG at this point needed to comply with the financial fair play after spending so much in the summer coupled with the fact that an injury to Andrien Rabiot would leave PSG short in the defensive midfield position – as they would be left with only ageing midfielder Thiago Motta in that department.

And for Man u, they have been shot in the defensive midfield department as the likes of Michael Carrick and Maroune Fellaini have been on the sideline for the most part of the season.

On how Lassan Diarra is going to adapt, it is worthy to note that the 32-year-old has enough experience in his bags and head – as he’d represented the likes of Portsmouth, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Marseille, amongst few others in the past

 

In 2016, Diarra was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the season and narrowly missed out of representing France at EURO 2016 due to injury.

 

Lassana diarra while still playing for Arsenal

 

lassana Diarra at Real Madrid
Donning the Real Madrid No.10, shouldn't this be considered enough experience?

Though, he is a free agent but at the same time we might be correct if we say both Man U and PSG are high on something.

But on the other hand, PSG paid over £35m for Jese’s services two summers ago and Man U even managed to pay a dime to sign Lukak…

 

 

 

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Jamie Carragher has asserted that the disparity between Manchester United and rival, Manchester City has nothing to do with money.

Jose Mourinho last week argued that United need to spend more so as to be able to compete with City who were then 15 points ahead of his team. (a win or draw for City tomorrow could further extend the gap).

At his post-match press conference after the 2-2 draw against Burnley, the former Chelsea boss lamented how City’s spending spree had given them edge over his side.

And when he was reminded about his spending at United, he argued that United needed to spend more.

But Carragher has quashed such notion – saying the current crop of United player would fared better under Guardiola.

The former Liverpool noted that the gap between the two sides had more to do with the abilities of the two managers than the money spent.

“There is a flaw in Jose Mourinho’s argument that the difference between the Manchester United and Manchester City is money,” Carragher wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

“If Pep Guardiola was in charge of the United squad I believe they would win the title.

“Rewind to the start of this season and assess the head-to-head qualities of the United and City squads, player-for-player which would you argue was superior?”

“Was Ederson considered better than David De Gea? Were City’s centre-backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones preferable to Eric Bailly and Phil Jones? Did United fans want Fernandinho or Nemanja Matic?

“… How many United or England fans would have swapped Marcus Rashford for Raheem Sterling a year ago?...”

Carragher maintained that Mourinho would not have gotten the best out of same City squad that’s under Guardiola.

According to him, Mourinho’s failure to get the best out of the squad under him at United, meant he would not have done anything good at City.

He added: “If Mourinho was coaching the Manchester City side they would not be playing the style of football we are seeing today. If there is a symbol of that look no further than Kevin De Bruyne, a player Mourinho coached at Chelsea but then sold.

“Where Guardiola is delivering in the short-term with an eye on further development, Mourinho is now about instant hit.

“Players who may excel in two or three years time do not seem to be of interest as he rarely hangs around club at a club to reap the benefit of their progress.

 

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Ferdinand backs Lukaku after an absymal display against City on Sunday

The Belgian forward was again at the centre of criticism after an abysmal outing against Manchester City on Sunday but Ferdnand believes the way United was set up made the day difficult for Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku has been criticised by fans for his underwhelming returns in front of goal for the Reds of late and some sections of the United fans have called manager Jose Mourinho to drop the Belgian forward from the starting 11.

Last month, in defense of Lukaku’s shambolic performance that has saw him netting just once in 11 games (now 12), Mourinho jokingly said the striker needed a change of boots to get back to his scoring form.

On Sunday, the striker was involved in the two goals the Reds conceded to their rival Man City, and also missed a glorious chance to ensure the two sides share the spoils.

Rio Ferdinand took to Twitter @rioferdy5 to defend Lukaku’s bad outing against City on Sunday-saying Mourinho’s tactics on Sunday was the reason why Lukaku fared badly in the derby loss.

According to the former Manchester United defender, no striker would fared well the way Manchester United played on Sunday.

Ferdinand wrote on Twitter @rioferdy5: “Not a good day for Rom…. Involved in 2 goals conceded n (and) misses a chance he should score….

“The way UTD played 2day (today and referring to Sunday) makes it difficult for any striker up there.

 “Needs runners closer to him to see any joy. #MCFC suffocated #mufc today (Sunday) put into a sleeper hold from minute 1.”

 

 

LVG - United More Boring under Mourinho

 

Louis Van Gael has said that Manchester United under Mourinho were more boring than they were under him.

The Dutch man was heavily condemned when he was at the helm of affairs at Old Trafford for his negative approach but LVG has claimed English people were alien to his style of play.

“If you ask me how did I do at United, I will say it was my best year ever, given the circumstances I was working under, LVG, as quoted by goal.

 “We played football that was quite alright. But it's not football that is appreciated in England. 

“And yet, right now, looking at United, I have to conclude Mourinho is not being criticized while it's far more boring football
“What United produce now is defensive football.

“I always played attacking football. The proof is that the opposition were always parking the bus.

“They don’t do that now because Jose Mourinho plays so defensive

 

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The Manchester United manager jokingly said Lukaku, who has struggled in front of goal in recent times needs new boots to get back to scoring form.

The Belgian forward scored a record 10 goals in his first nine matches for the Red Devils but has failed to replicate that same form in recent times.

Lukaku has scored just once in his last 11 games for the Red Devils and missed a couple of chances in Manchester United 4-2 win over Watford last night but Mourinho revealed the former Everton forward needs the right boot to find his scoring form back.

“I think he needs a big contract with big boots because at the moment he doesn’t have a sponsor, Mourinho, as quoted by SkySports.

“He’s playing with black boots, I think he needs a brand to give him right boots and pay him the right money so he goes back to scoring.

“He finished the deal and now he’s waiting for a new deal.”

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Some United fans have been calling for Mourinho to drop the Belgian forward, and with the return of Ibrahimovic, the calls have further being ignited but the manager said there was no pressure on Lukaku and that he’s with the striker.

Mourinho added: But jokes apart he works amazingly well for the team. I would never blame a player like him for an easy chance that he missed.

“With me he knows that he doesn’t have that pressure, he’s a great professional, great colleague, I couldn’t be happier with him.

Up next for Lukaku will be against Arsenal this Saturday at the Emirate Stadium as he will be looking forward not only to score but to quash talks that he doesn't come to the party in big games.

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I tried to hit him in the chest with my arm and he just went underneath me and I thought to myself, this guy is a magician.

Rio Ferdinand has described Lionel Messi as a magician and believes Manchester United might have won the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals if not for the five time Balon D’or winner.

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Messi, who was the shortest man in the Rome final against Manchester United in 2009 scored a looping header past Van Der Sar – with Barcelona winning 2-0.  Two years later in Wembley, the Argentine skipper was also on target as his ‘magic’ according to Ferdinand, saw The Red Devils losing two Champions League finals to Barcelona in the space of three years.

Ferdinand faced Messi in the two finals and has identified him as the best players he has played against.

“He’s the best player I’ve ever played against,” Ferdinand, as quoted by Marca.

 “I tried to hit him in the chest with my arm and he just went underneath me and I thought to myself, this guy is a magician.

“In our dressing room, we all thought that without Messi, we would probably have won those games against Barcelona.”

The 455-capped Manchester United player on the debate on the Manchester United managers said he’d love to play under Jose Mourinho for protection but would go with Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola to enjoy football.

He added: As a defender, it would be Jose to protect me well. But to enjoy it, then it would be Pep.

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