England international Stan Collymore believes Marcus Rashford faces the risk of
becoming the modern-day Theo Walcott, given he has yet to establish himself at
a particular role. The Manchester United striker has regularly swapped between
the wider and central forward positions for club and country and Collymore
feels the 21-year-old should master one role sooner rather than later.
report covered by The Mirror, he told: “If Rashford isn’t careful then, sooner
rather than later, he is going to find himself cast as the modern-day Theo
Walcott. Someone who isn’t seen as an out-and-out winger or straight-up No.9
but a Jack of all trades as a forward and master of none. “That’s why now is
the perfect time for him to decide whether that’s the way he wants to go. Or
would he rather be a player who lives or dies as a No.9.”
started the season for United on the left side of the attack but he has
recently returned to the centre-forward role following a thigh injury for
Anthony Martial. The attacker has been rewarded with multiple opportunities to
find the net but he has been average with the end product which has meant that
he has drawn blank during the past three games.
The Red Devils return from the international break with a home game against Leicester City and Rashford may once again lead the attack. The Mancunian giants have accumulated just five points from the opening four league matches and they surely need to step up this weekend in order to avoid dropping down the table.
Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are presently seven points behind Liverpool at the top
of the table. However, their main should remain the Champions League places and
they are currently trailing fourth-placed Crystal Palace by a couple of points.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Alexis Sanchez will come good for
the club this season despite struggling to make a notable impression in the
past 19 months. The Chile international has managed just five goals from 45
appearances for the Red Devils since making the move from Arsenal in January
2018, but Solskjaer remains optimistic that the 30-year-old can redeem himself
at the club.
MUTV, Solskjaer said that Sanchez remains a crucial member of the first-team
squad and the speculation that he has been dropped to the reserves for
disciplinary reasons remains false, he told: “Alexis is such a professional. He
comes in every single day, working really hard, and he wants to be a part of
this. Of course, there have been [media] stories again, [saying] that he has
been put in the Reserves. Of course he hasn’t! He’s part of our squad and he’s
a very, very good player.”
that the club could benefit from the player’s services in the centre-forward
role where he had much success at Arsenal, he continued: “He’s just had a
couple of weeks, three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest, but he’s
very close to being part of it. We don’t have the biggest forward line in
numbers, so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you
expect. Because we expect him to come good at this club. He’s quality.”
The Red Devils decided to sanction the sale of Romelu Lukaku before the transfer deadline this month without pursuing a successor. As such, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford remain the only senior options to occupy the centre-forward role at the moment and they could need some help from Sanchez and young Mason Greenwood, particularly with the work across four competitions.
United started the new league campaign in stunning fashion with a 4-0 thrashing of top-four rivals Chelsea. They are expected to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux on Monday night with the aim of probably topping the league table with another victory.
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.”