'Pogba and Fernandes can't start
Former Liverpool man Danny Murphy is of the
opinion that Manchester United cannot afford to
play both Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the
He believes Donny van de Beek will soon come
into the regular starting line up at Old Trafford,
perhaps instead of Pogba.
This is what he said in his Mail Sport column:
Rashford urges United
Marcus Rashford has urged Manchester United to
start games better and improve their overall
performance level in the Premier League.
United have fallen behind in both their league
games so far, going on to lose 3-1 at home to
Crystal Palace and then rescuing a 3-2 win at
Yet their performances have left plenty to be
desired, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
admitting his side did not merit all three points at
the Amex Stadium. They salvaged the win through
a Bruno Fernandes penalty with the final kick of
the game, after Rashford had put them 2-1 up
earlier on in the second half.
This is what Rashford told MUTV after the win:
Read more from Rashford here
Irwin: United behind the curve
Denis Irwin believes Manchester United are miles
off the required fitness and performance level in
the Premier League right now, after two games.
This is what Irwin said on MUTV :
Savage says Pogba criticism unfair
Pogba got a lot of stick for his performance
Pereira to Lazio - reports
Reports are claiming that Lazio have opened talks
with Manchester United midfielder Andreas
He has not yet featured this season and could
well be primed to depart.
United fans agree with Ferdinand
about Upamecano and centre-back
Manchester United fans have been responding to
Rio Ferdinand’s transfer plea.
Speaking on BT Sport, the former United defender
outlined how he thinks the current centre-back
pairing of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are
not up to scratch.
Instead, he urged United to target a new defender
in the final week of the transfer window.
Posting a video of his analysis on Twitter, he
asked United fans their thoughts on whether a
centre-back was needed - here are some of the
responses. (Many United fans agree with his
Ferdinand later named RB Leipzig’s Dayot
Upamecano as an ideal target.
Roma 'plan one last bid' for Chris
Roma will make one final attempt to sign Chris
Smalling, according to Tuttosport.
Inter Milan are also believed to be interested in
the United loanee which will lead Roma to make
one final bid this coming week.
OPINION: United could change
Jadon Sancho stance to fire up
All summer long, the record has barely changed;
Manchester United are interested in a transfer for
It’s a line fans have heard a thousand times, to
the point of boredom, though it did not feel
especially relevant during a frenetic 3-2 victory
over Brighton on Saturday lunchtime.
The adopted mantra from United and many of
their followers is that the right-wing drastically
needs attention, that a marquee addition is the
only thing that will solve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s
problems. Solskjaer, to be fair, has never directly
said it but the fact he left out Daniel James — the
man who filled the right-wing position for most of
last season — from his entire matchday squad at
Brighton perhaps reflected the Norwegian’s
feelings on the situation.
Yet Mason Greenwood , the man who started on
the right flank and has done so well since James’
collapse in form, was one of the few United
players who shone at the Amex Stadium. His
ability to run at pace, yet with composure on the
ball, is astonishing for an 18-year-old and on
another day he would have notched a goal and an
assist, both his and Marcus Rashford’s efforts
either side of half-time chalked off for offside.
Put simply, the right-wing position did not appear
United’s biggest problem on a day when they
were outplayed by Brighton. So with only around a
week remaining in the summer window, what
You can read the full piece here.
Trossard equalled a Cristiano
Ronaldo record vs United
Leandro Trossard became the first player to hit
the woodwork three times in a Premier League
match since Cristiano Ronaldo vs Newcastle
United in October 2006.
United fans love what Mason
Greenwood did after Brighton win
Mason Greenwood trolled a Brighton player after
United’s win yesterday.
You can read all about it here.
Why United are set to make
another Bruno Fernandes transfer
United are set to pay Sporting Lisbon another
€5million for Bruno Fernandes, according to
Portuguese outlet Record.
Fernandes made his 25th appearances for United
since joining in January over the weekend, which
will reportedly trigger a clause in his deal and see
the deal reach a total of €63m.
James Garner is giving United
what they wanted
United’s late win over Brighton this weekend again
raised the issue of transfer recruitment with just
over a week left in the summer window.
Sole summer signing Donny van de Beek was
used as a second-half substitute at the Amex
Stadium, while returning loan goalkeeper Dean
Henderson dropped down to the bench after his
fine debut in midweek.
United’s side were only good enough for third-
place in the Premier League last season and with
minimal investment this summer it is already hard
to see how they will improve with only one new
The late win helped to ease growing pressure on
United in the transfer market, but later in the day
James Garner helped to show just why Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are getting it right in one
area off the pitch this summer.
You can read the full story here.
Alex Telles 'liked' United win vs
In the modern world of football, this probably
counts as a transfer hint.
Solskjaer praised two players after
win at Brighton
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Bruno Fernandes’
strong mentality and a fine Marcus Rashford goal
as two of the few positives Manchester United
could take from their win at Brighton.
Solskjaer told MUTV that United were still way off
the pace in terms of fitness, but clung onto
Fernandes and Rashford — and the fact United
salvaged a win late on — as bright spots from the
A day to forget for Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba’s stats vs Brighton make for grim
United 'showing interest' in N'Golo
United have been showing keen interest in signing
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante. according to
The Mirror suggest United have even made an
enquiry for Chelsea’s world-cup winning
Ian Wright urges United to replace
Ed Woodward with former Chelsea
United should consider hiring former Chelsea
technical director Michael Emenalo as their
director of football, according to Arsenal legend
Leandro Trossard reacts to
woodwork hat-trick against United
Leandro Trossard hit the woodwork three times
against United yesterday.
Midfield selection poll
United have a big decision to make in midfield
next week. Have your say here.
James Garner sent United a
The loanee shone for Watford in their 1-0 win over
Luton, and sent a reminder of his abilities.
Solskjaer reveals why he had a dig
at Rashford yesterday
United 'join race' to sign Alex Luna
United have joined the race for Argentine
wonderkid Alex Luna, according to The Mirror.
They suggest United are ready battle AC Milan for
the 16-year-old’s signature, even though he may
not arrive until he turns 18 in 2022.
United 'confident' of Alex Telles
The latest on United’s pursuit of Alex Telles with
‘talks still on.’
Manchester United win at Brighton
poses more questions than it
Manchester United got what they deserved. They
invited pressure onto themselves, Brighton levelled
in added time and everyone heard the full-time
shrill. Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’ played, staff
exchanged fist bumps and some were already
down the tunnel. Brighton merited praise.
But the game had not finished. Harry Maguire was
adamant his header had been handled on the line
by Neal Maupay and a game that had finished had
to restart. Maupay had handled the ball.
With one kick between a draw and a victory for
United, Bruno Fernandes approached the ball in
the 100th minute and caressed it into the top
corner. The whistle blew - this time for the final
Fernandes has appeared fatigued in recent months
and cannot get much respite at home with a
newborn son to care for. The Portuguese has been
a ‘moments’ player since United’s last truly
emphatic victory at Aston Villa on July 9 and that
continued at the Amex Stadium, where he atoned
for gifting Brighton a penalty to create two of
United’s goals and claim the decider. Fernandes
is usually the difference.
Read the full report here.
Manchester United player ratings:
Bruno Fernandes and Harry
Maguire good vs Brighton
David de Gea
Both of his posts and crossbar were struck by
Brighton until he was mischievously beaten by
Neal Maupay’s penalty. Still hasn’t officially saved
a penalty since April 2016. Big late save. 6
Awful at both ends and his dismal use of the ball
eventually led to Brighton winning a penalty. Did
not look fully fit. 3
Made some key interceptions early on but was put
under pressure by Brighton’s pressing pair of
Aaron Connolly and Maupay. 5
Get the full ratings here.
Manchester United 'convinced they
fan find agreement' over Alex
Telles transfer and more rumours
Manchester United are ‘convinced’ that they will be
able to reach an agreement with Porto over the
transfer of Alex Telles, according to reports.
With just over a week of the transfer window to
go, United are still trying to add to their single
signing of Donny van de Beek before the October
While Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho
remains the top target, M.E.N. Sport understands
that United stepped up plans to strengthen their
defence following the opening day loss to Crystal
Palace, a view that would have likely not been
changed after their extremely fortunate win over
Brighton on Saturday.
The club had been monitoring a number of left-
backs due to uncertainty in the position and it’s
understood that signing one has become a more
Read the full report here.
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United 'hold informal talks' over
Arkadiusz Milik transfer
OPINION: United could change
Jadon Sancho stance to fire up
“As for Milik, the
intermediary told me that
there’s informal talks with
Leipzig, Manchester City,
Fulham and Tottenham.,”
he told MundoNapoli.
“The latter are the most
reliable track, but the
formula requested by
Napoli does not convince
Arkadiusz Milik of Poland
“On the plus side, they’ve
still got this wonderful
combination of hitting
teams on the break. A
magnificent pass from
Bruno Fernandes, the
weight of the pass and
the run from Rashford, but
there is so much more to
do. He sits Ben White
down twice. That is a
“For all that we saw about
them being poor
defensively, they’ve still
got that magic moving
forward and can offer
things like that.”
Alan Shearer (Image: BBC)
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has
a big decision to make
United will continue to
ship goals if he keeps on
naming Paul Pogba and
Bruno Fernandes in the
“Excellent creative players
as they are, neither is
good enough defensively
to play together in a
“That is certainly the case
against any of the Big Six
and on Saturday they were
repeatedly caught out
“It is not laziness on
Bruno or Pogba’s part. It
is just an aspect of their
game that defensively they
are reactive rather than
proactive. They just do
not spot or sense danger
quickly enough. By the
time they realise they need
to get back, it is too late.
“I think it is significant
that United have signed
Donny van de Beek from
Ajax. He has got more
energy and is more of a
genuine box-to-box player
than Pogba or Bruno.
“I think once he is fully
integrated into the United
set-up, he starts with a
more orthodox holding
midfield player and that
leaves one spot left for
the two glamour players,
unless you are up against
a weaker team at Old
Trafford without much
“Over the past few
months, I have to say
Bruno has been more
influential in an attacking
sense than Pogba, so I
do not know where that
leaves the Frenchman,
who has been substituted
just over an hour into
both United’s Premier
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