Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Romelu Lukaku must provide more on the playing field, if he is to cement his position as the Red Devils’ number one striker. The Belgian was recently dropped from the starting lineup for the 2-1 triumph over Everton but in the weekend after, he found himself injured to face Bournemouth where United won by the same scoreline.
In both of those games, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez fared much better in terms of their movement and link-up play despite failing to score and Ferdinand feels Lukaku may need to bring much more than his goalscoring to cement the striker’s position for the long-term, he told BT Sport: “You look at Lukaku. Lukaku’s goalscoring record is up there, it’s fantastic, he scores goals.
England international Ashley Young is reportedly said to want a two-year contract with Manchester United which would keep him at the club until the age of 35. The attacker has transformed himself into a quality full-back over the past 18 months but his future with the club has been called into question with his current contract expiring at the end of the campaign.
According to The Sun, the 33-year-old is awaiting discussion over a new contract with United after proving a quality player under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. United have generally offered only one-year deals to players above the age of 30 but Young is hoping that the club buck the trend and issue him a two-year contract just like Marouane Fellaini during the summer.
Manchester United defender Ashley Young has expressed a sense of disappointment after the Red Devils suffered an abysmal 3-1 Premier League defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Saturday. The Red Devils had come into the game on the back of two winless matches across all competitions and they were pegged back within the opening five minutes with Felipe Anderson finding the scoresheet.
Thereafter, a deflected Andriy Yarmolenko shot doubled the scores for the Hammers but there appeared a comeback on the cards after Marcus Rashford found the net for United following the break. However, their optimism was shortlived with Marko Arnautovic bagging the third goal for the Hammers just minutes after Rashford’s strike.
Veteran Manchester United fullback Ashley Young has admitted that the side deserved to lose in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. The Red Devils lost via a penalty shootout to Derby County (admittedly after 15 consecutive penalties had been scored).
The loss adds to the pressure on Jose Mourinho, whose side were outplayed in the second half by the League One side, who have former Premier League star Frank Lampard as manager.Continue reading
England manager Gareth Southgate has praised Manchester United defender Luke Shaw after he was drafted into the squad for the forthcoming set of internationals. The Red Devils left-back failed to make the Three Lions squad for the summer World Cup after an average 2017/18 season but he has since impressed in the United colours to earn a comeback.
Speaking to reporters, Southgate admitted that the Englishman had gone through a difficult period with injuries but he has been picked after making a strong start to the current campaign, he said: “He has had a difficult period in terms of adapting to a new club. A horrendous injury he had to overcome. I’m really impressed with the physical condition that he is in.He had an extra edge to his game in the last couple of matches I’ve seen. He’s shown an aggression to his play, a desire not to lose. Back to his powerful best.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has challenged Ashley Young to return early from his holiday amid the ongoing injury concerns on the right side of the defence. United were already without summer signing Diogo Dalot due to a knee injury and their woes has further increased with captain Antonio Valencia sustaining a calf problem.
Speaking in a news conference, Mourinho highlighted that the club may require Young earlier from his vacation to take up the right-back duties, considering Matteo Darmian has already made his mind up to leave the club, he said: “Ashley Young is a possibility to play at right-back. He is on holiday and I don’t know if he fancies being back before that to put himself available for the team – or if he prefers to stay on holiday. Darmian wants to leave and I think when a player wants to leave if the right offer arrives you have to be human and let the player follow his instincts, but not at any price. “Until now the offers we have got for Matteo are not even close to being accepted.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s club-record move to Juventus could be considered as the complete transfer. The Bianconeri acquired the services of Ronaldo on a four-year deal from Real Madrid earlier this week and Mourinho feels the Serie A holders will benefit heavily in both the footballing and marketing department with the Portuguese around.
“We see three dimensional football. Everyone will look to Italy for Cristiano, to Spain for [Lionel] Messi and England for the Premier League. At this time, Serie A has become the most important championship in the world. Everything can change in football, the prospects of teams like Inter, Milan and Roma now change, and now Juve is much stronger with Cristiano. They are more motivated by the signing, they are contributing to the quality, attention and excitement of Serie A. For this reason, I congratulate to Juventus for this coup, which involves football, marketing and merchandising. It’s the complete transfer,” he told Teleradiostereo.
England international Ashley Young has stressed that the team are not getting carried away from their 2-0 win over Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final. The victory has witnessed the Three Lions reach the last four of the global tournament for the first time in 28 years but Young has indicated that the celebrations remain muted.
He said: “
We haven’t won anything yet so there’s no point in celebrating. It was nice to get the victory but I think the celebrations were muted because there’s still big games to come up. There’s still a lot to play for. I’ve said all along that the team spirit we have got here has been fantastic and I think you see that in the way we celebrate after a game. We get ourselves back to the hotel, recover, prepare the right way and go for the next game.”
England legend Terry Butcher has said that he does not favour the option of playing a makeshift defender at the summer World Cup. The former Ipswich star has declared that ‘Ashley is his pet hate’ and the Manchester United ace should not get the nod over Danny Rose, who is the specialist in the left-back/left wing-back position.
“He seems to think that because he is a forward-thinking player with experience who has had a good season for Manchester United, he can do a job for England. Your wingbacks have to be quick going forward and quick in recovery. Young is neither, which makes him reluctant to go forward because he is worried about the amount of cover he is giving the centre-backs. And at the World Cup, just one weakness can put you out of the tournament. Without a doubt, it is vital Danny Rose is fit to play in the tournament.” He said.
Manchester United defender Ashley Young has admitted that the team were not at their races as they succumbed to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night. United came into the game needing just one point to secure the second position but it was Brighton who eventually prevailed as they cemented their Premier League status with a Pascal Gross winner.
Speaking after the game, Young admitted that the club struggled to find creativity in the attack front and was bitterly disappointed with the loss, he told MUTV: “It wasn’t good enough, especially in the first half as we weren’t at the races. In the first half they had the better chances and we didn’t create as much as we should have. We put the pressure on in the last 20 minutes, but the goal wasn’t meant to be and we are disappointed. I am not sure what was wrong, we just weren’t good enough, that is the honest truth.”