Footy Extras

Daniel James representative pours cold water on talk of Man Utd exit

Daniel James’ entourage has ruled out the possibility of his client quitting Manchester United on loan, in spite of losing his place in the senior team in recent weeks.

The 22-year-old has made 26 PL starts in his first season with the club, but only one since the restart, in the first match back against Tottenham in June.

The Welshman netted three goals in his first four Premier League games but has not scored since, netting just once in the Europa League since September.

Mason Greenwood has taken Daniel’s place in the first team, but his entourage, Jonathan Barnett, is not concerned and says a lull in form was always likely in a young player’s first campaign in the top flight and Daniel will remain at United.

‘It’s very normal with a young player that he has a little dip in his form at the same time that the other guys have done extremely well, so he’ll have to wait his chance and when he gets it, he’ll take it,’ Jonathan told Stretty News

‘No [he won’t be leaving on loan]. He’s a major part of Man United’s team. I see him playing for Man United.’

He is level at the top of the club’s Premier League assist charts this term with six, alongside Marcus Rashford.

However, a return to the starting elven looks tricky given the form of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial in the United front three.

He will have to remain patient for now, but the attacker is still in contention, along with Odion Ighalo, if Mason, Anthony or Marcus are rested, injured or suspended.

Man Utd No.2 could miss upcoming PL match but Solskjaer remains optimistic

Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof is set to miss the club’s match against Aston Villa on Thursday with a back injury.

The Sweden international was subbed at half-time in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Bournemouth after complaining about a sore back.

He has had persistent issues with his back during his time at Old Trafford and he carefully monitors the problem.

The defender has formed a good partnership with Harry Maguire this season but he could sit out Thursday’s clash, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

Asked if the club had received news on Lindelof’s injury, Ole said: ‘Not yet, no. It’s not too bad. He’ll play soon. I’m not sure if he’ll manage the Villa game, but he might do.‘

Ole had named the same line-up for three consecutive games but Eric Bailly could deputise if Victor misses the match.

United are looking to make it five victories on the bounce in all competitions as his side seek a place in the top four.

Villa have picked up just a point since the PL resumed but they put up a spirited display in a 2-0 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Manchester United allegedly intend to rival Liverpool for Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker Adama Traore should they miss out on No.1 target Jadon Sancho.

The club are expected to admit defeat in their long-running pursuit of Jadon as United are way off Borussia Dortmund’s nine-figure valuation.

According to transfer expert Duncan Castles, the Red Devils may now instead focus on landing speedy wideman Traore to bolster their attacking options for next campaign.

PL rivals plan audacious double raid on Man Utd for England duo

West Ham have pinpointed Manchester United misfits Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard as summer targets if the club beat the drop this season, reports claim.

Hammers manager David Moyes worked with Jones and Lingard during his brief spell as Red Devils head coach during the 2013/14 campaign.

Both stars have fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and might be forced to end their long careers at the club as part of a reshuffle this summer.

According to the Independent, the Hammers have set their sites on the England pair in a bid to let Moyes strengthen ahead of next campaign.

The Hammers have given their hopes of PL survival a massive boost with four points from their last two matches, including a 3-2 victory over Chelsea.

However, survival isn’t the only obstacle they must overcome to lure Lingard and Jones to the club. Jones, the 28-year-old centre-back, signed a four-year contract with the club only last year.

 

Meanwhile, it is understood 27-year-old attacker Lingard also wants to stick with the Old Trafford club, where he has spent his entire career thus far.

Everton and West Bromwich Albion are also expected to battle for Jesse’s signature if he does leave Manchester United this summer.

In other news, Manchester United are allegedly ‘keeping an eye’ on Lyon forward Moussa Dembele ahead of a possible move during this summer’s transfer window.

The 23-year-old star enjoyed an impressive 2019-20 season for Lyon, scoring 22 times and providing seven assists in 42 matches in all competitions, including 16 goals in 27 Ligue 1 games.

According to FootMercato, United have scouted him on a number of occasions this season, and the club are now considering an offer in the coming months.

Man Utd could be given chance to sign Bournemouth pair

Bournemouth are allegedly prepared to sell Joshua King and Nathan Ake this summer, a development which is understood to have alerted the 20-times English champions Manchester United.

At a time when Bournemouth are struggling to remain in the Premier League, talk naturally persists regarding a number of their key men.

However, according to the Daily Mail, the Cherries officials plan to make significant cuts before the beginning of the next campaign, regardless of whether the South-coast side are still in the top flight.

While the majority of their stars will likely be made available, there will be serious interest in defender Ake and forward King.

The Red Devils have been linked with both players in the past, particularly the latter, who came close to sealing a return to Old Trafford during the last transfer market.

With just 12 months left on his current deal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fellow countryman is also valued less than his teammate.

Elsewhere, West Ham United are allegedly considering an approach for Manchester United pair Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard.

The England duo have struggled to make an impression under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this term and could reportedly be moved on by the Red Devils this summer.

According to The Independent, manager David Moyes is keen to reunite with them at West Ham, having worked with the duo during his brief stint as Manchester United manager.

But, an approach for the stars could be hindered by a host of roadblocks, as Jones penned a four-year contract at Old Trafford last summer while Lingard is believed to be keen to fight for his place in Ole’s starting lineup.

Man Utd in transfer tussle with UCL giants for £70m dynamic midfielder

Manchester United are locked in a fight with Chelsea to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.

The 25-year-old SS Lazio and Serbia star has been linked with a move to England for years now.

But his move to Premier League could finally be on with manager Frank Lampard itching to find a ready-made successor for Kante.

The Frenchman has been linked with a host of European sides in recent weeks – and is even believed to have an “agreement with Real Madrid”.

The Stamford Bridge outfit are also said to be willing to sell N’Golo, in order to continue their summer splurge with the landing of Kai Havertz.

But if Chelsea want £70m-rated Sergej, Lampard will have to go toe-to-toe with the Norwegian colleague Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Old Trafford chief is itching to continue his side’s march towards the top of the top-flight.

After taking over a side in disarray, Ole has made a host of impressive signings who have thrust the club back into UEFA Champions League contention.

Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire are just four well-made acquisitions from the Norwegian.

But with Paul Pogba a target for Los Blancos and Juventus this summer, Ole fears all his hard work could be undone.

So the manager is going hunting for a high-level replacement in order to complement red-hot Fernandes next campaign.

Milinkovic-Savic is understood to favour a move to a side with UCL football.

The Red Devils and the Blues are locked in a tense fight for fourth place in England’s first tier.

And now there could be more than just a UCL spot on the standings, but an elite player too.

In-form Mexican centre-forward backed to seal Man Utd move

Mexico manager Tata Martino says Wolves striker Raul Jimenez should switch to Manchester United over Juventus as he’d face less competition for the No.9 role at Old Trafford.

France international Anthony Martial has made the move inside from the left flank since Romelu Lukaku moved to Inter Milan last year.

While the Frenchman has enjoyed his most prolific campaign, scoring 15 Premier League goals, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still said to be on the lookout for a natural striker.

Raul is one of the names on the list after an impressive season for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and has been mentioned with moves to several top European clubs.

Should the Mexican quit Wolves, his international boss Tata believes he may struggle to compete with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo at Bianconeri and is better off becoming the Red Devils’ main No.9.

‘Looking at it from the outside today I cannot see a specialist No.9 like Raul at United,’ Tata told ESPN.

‘There are many forwards like [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial and the boy who now plays as a right-winger, [Mason] Greenwood, but since Romelu Lukaku left I can’t see a pure number nine like Raul.

‘There are many forwards like [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial and the boy who now plays as a right-winger, [Mason] Greenwood, but since Romelu Lukaku left I can’t see a pure number nine like Raul.

‘At Juventus he will have more of a fight because [Cristiano] Ronaldo shares the inside of the pitch with whoever plays alongside him, with [Paulo] Dybala or with [Gonzalo] Higuain and maybe he has a tougher fight there.’

Man Utd veteran pens contract extension which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2023

Nemanja Matic has signed a fresh three-year contract at Manchester United, committing his future to the club until the summer of 2023.

The 31-year-old, who has made 14 Premier League starts this campaign, has been a regular in the side since the return of PL action with United in rampant form as they extend their unbeaten streak to 16 matches.

The Serbian has acted as the anchor in a midfield three with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, with his impressive form keeping Scott McTominay and Fred out of the team. He has been rewarded with a new deal, that he is delighted to have signed.

‘I am very happy that I will continue to be part of this great club,’ Nemanja told the club’s official website.

‘As a player, I still have a lot more to give and achieve in my career and to do that with Manchester United will be a huge honour.

‘This is a really exciting team to be part of, we have a good balance of youth and experience within the squad and there is great comradery amongst the group.

‘This is a key part of the season and we are playing well. We will continue to fight to finish the season on a high and make our amazing supporters proud.’

Meanwhile, Manchester United have reportedly been left on red alert by Real Madrid star James Rodriguez’s refusal to represent Los Blancos at the weekend.

Despite the midfielder being available for transfer, the Colombia playmaker had been due to feature in Madrid’s squad for the match with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday afternoon.

However, James was left out of the travelling party, with Zinedine Zidane later revealing that the player had asked not to be involved.

According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are one of a number of clubs who would have taken notice of the development.

Muscle injury to keep Man Utd-owned defender out of action for while

Chris Smalling faces a spell on the sidelines as he picks up a muscle injury.

The Roma centre-half limped off after just 30 minutes versus Napoli, being replaced by the former Tottenham defender Federico Fazio.

The Rome-based outfit went on to lose 2-1 but it could be further misery for the on-loan Red Devils player.

Chris could be out for several matches but will find out Smalling’s fate after being evaluated by Roma medics this week.

It brings a halt to the star’s new found form in Italy which has the Englishman edging towards a permanent transfer.

According to a Roman radio station Tele Radio Stereo, a deal has already been agreed which will see Chris go back out on loan next season before I Giallorossi sign the defender.

It is understood the club will effectively buy Chris this summer, with the payment being stretched out over two years ending in 2022.

The Italians are understood to have agreed on a deal worth £15-16million. The Red Devils had been holding out for around £25 million but appear to have dropped their valuation.

Smalling has played 32 times this campaign scoring twice. Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed for the centre-back to link up with record signing Harry Maguire.

But with Chris appearing to have his heart set on staying in the Italian capital, the 20-time Englis champions have been forced to negotiate a sale sum.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have signed Phil Neville’s son Harvey Neville to his first professional deal.