Former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry is of the opinion that Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to be King of England and this is the reason for his return to Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic’s time in English football appeared to have been completed after he was in the list of players released by United in the summer. He had joined from PSG last summer on a one-year contract. He was a free transfer from the French club, and it reunited him with his former manager Jose Mourinho.Ibrahimovic was a key player for United last season but his major injury suffered in April proved to be a major catastrophe.
The cruciate ligament injury was expected to keepIbrahimovic out of action for at least eight months, and he is not expected to be back fit by November/December. Just when it seemed that he would be making the switch to a MLS or Chinese Super League,Ibrahimovic made a U-turn by signing a new one-year contract with United. (more…)
Manchester United star Juan Mata is left awed by the size of new signing Romelu Lukaku.
The player formally moved to Old Trafford upon completion of his £75 million deal from Goodison Park. The Belgian joined the rest of the Red Devils team in pre-season training in Los Angeles, USA.
Lukaku is the replacement for ousted Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Coach Jose Mourinho wants the player for his physical nature and proven goalscoring abilities. While the player’s strength and power is revered, Mata is impressed by his size after seeing the 24-year old upclose.
Mata was recently in the news for being star stuck when he met Hollywood star Julia Roberts. The top actress jumped at the chance to see United train in the US and feature in a five match tour.
Mata posted a photo online of his small feet in Lukaku’s football boots.“Welcome @rlukaku9 aka biggest boots EVER,” he posted, adding laughing emoticons.
The big player has promised to deliver at Old Trafford, a club he wanted after ‘growing’ past the Everton quality. (more…)
Former Chelsea star Juan Mata praised the club after their Premier League title victory.
won the title with two games to spare after their 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Friday. Mata, who now plays for Manchester United after moving in 2014, praised Chelsea for yet another league win.
“I think it’s fair to congratulate Chelsea for winning the Premiership. They’ve been the most consistent team in the league and thanks to that they were able to celebrate the title last Friday,” Mata wrote on his blog: Juanmata8.com.
The 29-year old apologized to fans after their loss to Spurs on Sunday in his post. He said it would have been nice to get a victory at White Hart Lane and celebrate being “the last team who won there” rather than losing at a stadium “that was saying goodbye to football.”
After a triumph against Celta Vigo in the last four of the Europa League, United would need to get the victory at Stockholm against a confident Ajax side in the final if they want to play elite European football next year. (more…)
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has said that Red Devils skipper Wayne Rooney could exit the side at the end of the season.
Rooney has fallen down the pecking order at the club so Scholes opines that the player might go out to seek more playing time.
Rooney has two years on his current deal with the club, but he was linked with a move from the club during the January window. He did not leave eventually but rumours have it that he might finally break his promise of ending his career at Old Trafford if the right club and terms come.
Whilst there are links to China, it is unlikely that the player would agree. But if he were to move, the huge salaries paid there would be a record breaker. Rooney broke United legend Sir Bobby Charlton’s record to become the all-time record scorer for the club in January. But he is not comfortable with the current happenings. (more…)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained why he chose to drop Juan Mata for the club’s match against West Brom, despite the Spaniard being fully fit and considered by many to be one of his side’s better players this season.
The Portuguese tactician instead opted to start Jesse Lingard, and many fans questioned why he opted to drop Mata despite him featuring in the win over Crystal Palace in the Red Devils’ previous game.
Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard started ahead of Juan Mata in the win over West Brom because of his pace, according to boss Jose Mourinho.
With Juan Mata having filled in for the injured Henriikh Mkhitaryan in the midweek win over Crystal Palace, Lingard’s inclusion was something of a surprise.
But Mourinho has revealed that he chooses his wide players based on the opposition.
“Lingard is a different player than Juan,” Mourinho explained, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“Both very good players obviously but different players. Against Palace, we thought it was more important to have Juan’s quality to hold the ball up to keep playing inside positions. (more…)
Juan Mata admits that there were some worries among his well-wishers when they got to know that the same coach was going to take charge at Man U who had dismissed him out of Stamford Bridge just months back.
But, as per Mata, he personally never had such worries and he told himself that he would keep doing the hard yards and was very confident that he would be able to keep his position despite the change of head coach.
Mata was quoted as, “Look. it’s not that Jose has dragged me to a corner and has said anything, but, being in and around the group, you sort of understand how much of a value you carry and I think I carry a lot of value for the Red Devils, not only at this moment, but, under Louis too when he was here, I had the same feeling that I had a role and a key role.”