Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has
insisted that the club will come up with a renewed energy for the forthcoming
campaign. The Red Devils had a forgettable 2018/19 season where they finished
sixth on the league standings while witnessing their arch-rivals Manchester
City and Liverpool win the Premier League and Champions League titles
As such, the season was somewhat of an
embarrassment for the Red Devils and Shaw suggests that the club will come up
with an improvement next term, he said: “I think that’s why we’ve all come back
again with a different mindset and of course we had that break to clear our
minds, but now we’re all focused on getting United back to where they belong.It
will be a new United this season, especially with the new ideas the manager is
bringing in. The manager said last season what he wanted from us and he wanted
to work us hard and get his ideas in.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought a positive
feel around the club at the mid-stage of the previous campaign where he replaced
Jose Mourinho on an interim basis. He was thereafter handed with the permanent
deal after witnessing the club’s uptrend in form, although that surprisingly
coincided with another dip in terms of the performances.
Owing to this, the club missed out on the top four during the final few games of the season and that has meant that they won’t be participating in the Champions League next term. Meanwhile, Shaw has witnessed a resurgence over the past 12 months where he has made the left-position his own without much competition.
The England international had found himself deemed to be unfit under Mourinho, but he has gone through several fitness drills to get himself into shape. The same has enhanced his performances on the field and he was named the club’s Player of the Year last season.
Sky Sports reporter Mark McAdam believes Alexis Sanchez should part ways with Manchester United following a torrid 18-month spell with the club. The Chile international made the switch from Arsenal with much promise in January 2018, but he has since struggled to make an impression with just five goals scored from 45 games for the Red Devils.
Speaking on Sky Sports, McAdam said that he sympathises with the former Arsenal man, who has simply failed to settle with the Mancunian giants. He added that the Chilean has the qualities of a good player and he can prove his worth by making the switch to another outfit, he told: “I feel sorry for him because I don’t want to see a footballer – particularly someone as talented as Alexis Sanchez – fail on the biggest stage.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken positively about midfielder Juan Mata shortly after the Spaniard penned a new contract with the side. The 31-year-old was previously due to leave the club on a free when his deal expired at the end of the month but he has now signed a new two-year contract with the option for another season.
Speaking on the club’s official website, Solskjaer spoke about the professionalism of the former Chelsea man and said that the midfielder will provide valuable output on and off the field in the forthcoming campaigns, he said: “Juan is the ultimate professional and one of the most intelligent players I have worked with. He is a great example to our younger players in his approach.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly decided to hand Ashley Young with the role of the club-captain with Antonio Valencia ending his association with the club. Valencia is scheduled to leave the Red Devils on a free transfer when his contract expires next month and Young seems to have got the nod for the captaincy after observing the role on numerous occasions during the 2018/19 campaign.
According to The Sun, Ole has decided to go with Young for the leadership duties with the expected departure of Valencia this summer. It is further added that Paul Pogba has only been afforded with the vice-captain role for the next campaign despite the fact that the midfielder stands the chance of being the captain for the long-term.
Manchester United defender Ashley Young has said that a top-four challenge is not good enough for the Red Devils and they should be challenging for trophies instead. The Mancunian giants ended the current Premier League season in a disappointment as they finished sixth on the table and that has eluded them of Champions League football next season.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Young said that the club need to be aiming for trophies rather than pushing for the top four and that itself remains a disappointment. He added that the recently concluded campaign has been a let-down with the team failing to make the Champions League places despite receiving help from the sides around them.
BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has slammed Ashley Young following his average performance against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. The England international was awarded with the right wing-back role for the game, but his showing was far from impressive as he struggled to make any inroads towards the Blaugrana defence.
Speaking after the game, Sutton was surprised with Young’s inclusion in the starting lineup against the Spanish champions and indicated that the Englishman is probably the worst captain and right-back in the club’s long history, he said: “Let’s get it right, he’s the worst ever United captain and the worst ever United right back.”
Ashley Young says that it is a major worry to witness players being attacked by supporters and he has called for more protection to the players in the wake of the recent incident involving Jack Grealish of Aston Villa. The Aston Villa player was attacked by a Birmingham fan, who had invaded on the pitch. Manchester United’s Chris Smalling almost encountered a similar incident in the recent match at the Emirates Stadium when a supporter ran onto the pitch and confronted the defender. The pitch invasion was in the aftermath of Arsenal scoring the second goal from the penalty spot through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Even though the perpetrators in both incidents have been arrested and they are likely to face stadium bans, defender Ashley Young says that he is worried to see frequent incidents happen in this regard. He has called for more stewards on the sidelines so that pitch invasion can be prevented at the start. Young was subjected to a lot of abuse when he made the switch from Watford to Aston Villa several years ago. Even though those abuses have since been forgotten, such incidents will give a lot of fear within Young, who is looking to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond the current campaign.
Talk SPORT pundit Danny Murphy has urged Manchester United to find a long-term replacement for Ashley Young in their ranks. The England international has been the undisputed choice on the right side of the defence this term but Murphy believes the club should move forward with the versatile player approaching the final stages of his professional career.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Murphy said that there is a gaping hole at Old Trafford with the ageing Young and the club should consider a move for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, he said: “I do think this lad’s that special. I think right now we are blessed in that area. This Wan-Bissaka, unfortunately for Palace fans, maybe they’ll keep him another year, it won’t do him any harm at all playing more games and getting more experience. There’s a gaping hole at Man Utd for a right-back. Ashley Young’s done brilliantly, but he’s 34.”
England international Ashley Young has reportedly penned a new contract to keep him at Manchester United until the conclusion of the 2019/20 season. The veteran’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign but United have taken the option to extend his contract for another 12 months.
Shortly after the extension, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about the fantastic attitude of the Englishman since his arrival at the club and said that his involvement could be crucial with several young players around the club, he told the club’s website: “Since I’ve come into the club, Ashley has been fantastic. His attitude and his experience around the place is vital for us because we have got a young team. We’ve got players that need some leaders in the dressing room and Ash is one of them so I’m delighted.”
Manchester United ace Ashley Young has backed Marcus Rashford to become one of the world’s best after finding the consistency upfront under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The England international has been in-and-out of the starting lineup over the past two years under ex-boss Jose Mourinho but his fortunes have changed since Solskjaer took over the reigns on a temporary basis.
Speaking on MUTV, Young hailed the immense potential of his compatriot and stated that the 21-year-old has the perfect platform to learn from one of United’s favourite forward in yesteryear in Solskjaer. He added that the youngster has the burning desire to impress even on the training field and that should hold well in his progress for the forthcoming years.