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                     UNITED HAVE NO OBVIOUS ANSWER TO MARTIAL DILEMMA

A response is needed from Manchester United’s forwards tomorrow night, though supporters have every right to feel dubious about them actually doing so. They were excused after struggling to score against Omonia last midweek, given the excellent individual performance of Francis Uzoho between the posts. It was labelled as ‘just one of those days’ when things don’t go quite right. If you were to replay the match, then United might have won it by a four or five-goal margin. Instead, they relied on Scott McTominay’s late strike to secure three points.

Over the weekend, that narrative changed. United’s narrow win was harder to justify as a bad day at the office when it was followed up by a goalless draw against Newcastle, a match in which Erik ten Hag’s side managed just two shots on goal. United were affected by the absence of arguably their two most influential attackers in the shape of Anthony Martial and Christian Eriksen, and their creativity suffered. Not only did they struggle for composure and craftiness in midfield, but they also looked blunt in attack.

MARTINEZ KEEPS CLEAN SHEET FOR ARGENTINA

Manchester United star Lisandro Martinez was in the Argentina defence which kept a clean sheet during the 3-0 victory over Honduras in an international friendly clash played at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami in Florida on Friday night. New Manchester United player Martinez was at the heart of the Argentina defence alongside Real Betis star German Pezzella.

New Manchester United defender Martinez and the aforementioned Pezzella were able to give the players in front of them the platform to dominate and win the game. They kept a clean sheet against Honduras thus paving the way for the great Lionel Messi to steal the headlines.

          MANCHESTER UNITED ADD SEVEN PLAYERS TO THEIR EUROPA LEAGUE SQUAD

Manchester United have added academy youngsters Radek Vitek, Tyler Fredricson, Kobbie Mainoo, Zidane Iqbal, Shola Shoretire and Charlie McNeill to their Europa League squad ahead of Thursday night’s match against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford. United confirmed their 25-man squad for their Europa League campaign on Monday, but the academy youngsters have been added to the squad through the competition’s B list, which allows unlimited players born after 2000 and who have been on a club’s books for two or three years to be included. Anthony Elanga was not named on Monday but also qualifies for the B list due to his age.

UEFA’s rules for the Europa League outlines that each club is entitled to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season. The list must be submitted by no later than 24.00CET on the day before the match in question.

UNITED RECORD FIRST LEAGUE WIN

Manchester United have recorded their first league win of the season thanks to the slim victory over arch rivals Liverpool on Monday night. The Manchester United players were under immense pressure for the Liverpool game having lost their first two league games of the season. They responded positively in the face of adversity to record their first league win this season.

England international Jadon Sancho has not been able to show his immense potentials at Manchester United since his move to the club from German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund last summer. He scored just three league goals in his first season as a Manchester United player. Sancho was real for the first goal of the Liverpool game on 16 minutes off the assist from fellow forward Anthony Elanga. Manchester United should have scored before the goal from Sancho when Elanga hit the post. The well-taken strike from Sancho turned out to be the only goal of am entertaining first half as Manchester United put a depleted Liverpool side to the sword with a lot of chances created. The Red Devils could have scored more than one goal in the first half if they were more clinical in attack.

MANCHESTER UNITED REPORTEDLY INTERESTED IN WOLVES STAR PEDRO NETO

According to Fichajes, Manchester United are eager to sign a wide player in the ongoing summer transfer window and have identified Ajax’s Antony as their primary target. However, the Dutch club’s demands could put a break to Manchester United’s pursuit, with the Red Devils now identifying alternatives, including Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Pedro Neto.


Manchester United have seen attackers Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard depart from Old Trafford this summer. They are yet to make an attacking signing in the ongoing transfer window while running the risk of losing Cristiano Ronaldo, who was the club’s top scorer last season.

         MANCHESTER UNITED STEP UP INTEREST IN YOURI TIELEMANS THIS SUMMER

According to Ben Jacobs, Manchester United hold a genuine and growing interest in Leicester City playmaker Youri Tielemans, who is also a priority target for fellow Premier League rivals Arsenal. Despite signing Christian Eriksen earlier in the window, the Red Devils are still keen to add more quality options to their midfield roster this summer, with Barcelona ace and former Erik ten Hag protege Frenkie de Jong emerging as their priority target. Manchester United reached a deal with Barcelona for the midfielder, but the 25-year-old has yet to accept personal terms.


In truth, a swoop for the Dutchman has proved more troublesome than expected, with a host of issues on the way. While de Jong wants the Blaugrana to repay his deferred wages, it has also been revealed that the player himself remains unconvinced about moving to Old Trafford. If he were to leave Barcelona, some reports claim it would be for Champions League-level clubs like Bayern Munich or Chelsea and not Manchester United.

CHELSEA IN CONTACT WITH ANTONY

Immediate past European champions Chelsea have been in contact with Ajax Amsterdam winger Antony as they bid to boost their attacking options for the new season. This is according to the report from news outlet 90 Min as it was revealed that the Blues have opened talks with Antony who has also been linked with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United. Chelsea have initiated talks with the player’s entourage to explore the possibility of signing the Brazilian international.

Antony is a target for both Manchester United and Chelsea on the back of an outstanding season for Dutch team Ajax Amsterdam. He was one of the most important attackers at Ajax Amsterdam with 22 goal involvements in 36 games in all competitions. Antony scored ten goals and provided 12 assists for his Dutch team as Ajax won the league for an unprecedented time. The winger propelled the former European champions to win league title number 36 ahead of rivals PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.

ARSENAL BATTLE MANCHESTER UNITED FOR CORRENTIN TOLISSO

Arsenal could battle Manchester United for Corentin Tolisso, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Bayern Munich. According to Fichajes, Arsenal and Manchester United could wage a battle for Corentin Tolisso’s signature. The French midfielder is available for a free transfer after his contract with Bayern Munich expired, and he remains an attractive option for many other clubs as well.

Corentin Tolisso was primed for a massive career when he broke through the ranks at Lyon. He was considered one of the top talents to come out of the French giant’s academy, but his move to Bayern Munich has not gone to plan. After experiencing a brilliant debut campaign in Bavaria, the remaining four seasons were injury-ravaged. During this period, Tolisso failed to play even half the Bundesliga games in each term. In fact, in his five years at the club, the Frenchman only started 40 times, which was not the initial plan.

            RAPHINHA TRANSFER INTEREST ENERGES AS TEN HAG PLANS CLEAROUT

Manchester United have reportedly showed an interest in Leeds United winger Raphinha, while manager-in-waiting Erik ten Hag is said to be planning a revamp of the squad. In many ways for Manchester United fans, the 2021-22 season has been over for a long time. The Red Devils were last in action a fortnight ago, when they were hammered 4-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion. The embarrassing nature of the performance and disappointment of the season overall means that plenty have understandably checked out.


United will take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in their 2021-22 finale and with manager-in-waiting Erik ten Hag set to watch on from the stands, it’s going to be intriguing to see what kind of performance the players turn in.

NO SANCHO, MAGUIRE FOR CHELSEA GAME

Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire have both been ruled out of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Chelsea on Thursday. Both Maguire and Sancho won’t be available for Manchester United when they play hosts to Chelsea in a rescheduled league game. The game was brought forward due to the FA Cup final commitment on the part of outgoing European champions Chelsea.The Blues made the FA Cup final after beating London rivals Crystal Palace 2-0 earlier this month thanks to the second half goals from the England international duo of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount and will face Merseyside giants Liverpool in the bid to win a first FA Cup title since the 2018 edition.

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Sancho and Maguire were ruled out of the Chelsea game by interim Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick during his pre-match press conference on Wednesday ahead of the game. The two England internationals were in the Manchester United squad that lost 3-1 at Arsenal in the league last weekend with Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka getting the goals for the hosts, while five-time Ballond’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the match for the Red Devils. Ex-Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City winger Sancho played the whole game, while former Hull City and Leicester City centre back Maguire was left on the bench for the entire duration of the game following the bomb threats he received some days earlier.