You need only scan the signings Manchester United have completed during Javier Ribalta's 13 months to realise he didn't have as much input as the Twitterati would have you believe. The club abandoned a protracted deal for Alvaro Morata, whose father said his 'main supporter' at Juventus was Ribalta, in favour of principal target Romelu Lukaku. Nemanja Matic was an unabashed Mourinho buy, Alexis Sanchez an opportunistic coup, Mourinho's Portuguese contacts recommended Diogo Dalot and Mourinho earmarked Fred as Michael Carrick's replacement. You only need only scan through the list of defenders Ribalta admired: Raphael Varane, Jerome Boateng, Kalidou Koulibaly, Milan Skriniar, Alessio Romagnoli, Jose Gimenez and Caglar Soyuncu. Conspicuous by their omissions are Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire, the concrete pillars Mourinho would prefer to build his defence around. A contact said Ribalta had 'no real power' at United and a high-level source at the club played down the Spaniard's … [Read more...] about Manchester United fans should not panic over transfer decision
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Jose Mourinho misquoted the Rolling Stones as he dwelt on Anthony Martial's future. "You don't always get what you want in life," the United manager mused. Mourinho had seconds earlier suggested he was oblivious to what Martial's agent Philippe Lamboley had said on French television about the United forward last month. Lamboley did not strike while the iron was hot and Martial has not looked too hot on United's pre-season tour so far. He drifted to the fringes in the stalemate with Club America in Phoenix and was, by a distance, United's poorest performer in Santa Clara. Martial was one of two players who stayed on for the duration as he failed to register against San Jose Earthquakes, the MLS Western Conference's basement club. United became the first side to fail to score past them this season and Martial was moved from the centre forward's role at the start of the second-half. In heat which required two drinks breaks, Martial skulked around as though he was being punished. Early in … [Read more...] about Manchester United need to give Jose Mourinho what he wants in transfer window
Manchester United are the bookies' favourites to sign Harry Maguire this summer. The England international continues to be linked with a high-profile move following his heroics for the Three Lions during their run to the World Cup semi-finals. Reports last week suggested Jose Mourinho wanted to complete a move for the Leicester defender after being impressed by his performances in Russia. And now Betway have slashed the odds on him making a potential move to Old Trafford in the coming weeks. Maguire remains odds on to remain at the King Power Stadium this summer but United have emerged as favourites to sign him should the Foxes decide to cash in on the 25-year-old. The bookmaker has cut its odds from 10/1 down to 11/10 following the recent reports linking Maguire with a move to United. Leicester remain 8/11 favourites to retain his services while Tottenham are 13/2 to acquire his services. Read More Harry Maguire However, there could be a potential stumbling block over any deal, with … [Read more...] about Manchester United favourites to sign Harry Maguire
Rooftop statue of Manchester United legend George Best to look down on Belfast from new hotel BelfastTelegraph.co.uk It's the ultimate game of two halves involving George Best. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/food-drink-hospitality/rooftop-statue-of-manchester-united-legend-george-best-to-look-down-on-belfast-from-new-hotel-37129477.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37127956.ece/90079/AUTOCROP/h342/george_best_hotel.jpg Email It's the ultimate game of two halves involving George Best. For on the same day that it was revealed that supporters' plans to erect a statue to the football legend near Windsor Park have received a setback, it was announced that another life-size of the late Cregagh genius is going up in the centre of Belfast. But fans will have to crane their necks to see their hero's likeness there. That's because it is being put up on the roof of a new £15million hotel which is being named after the Manchester United and Northern … [Read more...] about Rooftop statue of Manchester United legend George Best to look down on Belfast from new hotel
Thursday’s transfer stories link Old Trafford club with Stoke City’s Swiss forward.... The Sun: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is considering a bid for Xherdan Shaqiri, who can leave Stoke City for £12m.Daily Mirror: United are also keen on a swap deal for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic with Matteo Darmian going to Italy.Daily Star: Juventus defender Alex Sandro has agreed terms ahead of a £53m move to Old Trafford.Daily Mail: Jack Wilshere has held talks with West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini over a possible move to the Hammers.The Independent: New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is willing to sell players and finance a move for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.Marca: The Gunners will miss out on Ever Banega as the Argentinian midfielder has decided to stay with Sevilla.The Sun: Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has been offered a deal worth £4m a year to join Stoke City. … [Read more...] about Gossip: Manchester United to make Shaqiri move?