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Manchester United player ratings vs Derby in pre-season fixture

Manchester Evening News 19 July, 2021 - 03:02pm

Made a routine save and then a great save. Does not move like a third-choice goalkeeper. 8

The standard steady defensive work and non-existent attacking output. 6

Lasted beyond the hour at the club he was at on loan last season. Dithered on an occasion but otherwise fine. 6

Stayed on beyond half-time due to the callow centre halves on the bench and had a serene hour. 7

Needless foul warranted a talking-to from the referee. 5

Not as influential as he can be and one of the nine substituted at half-time. 6

Quiet next to Garner on his first first-team involvement in 18 months. 5

Scored scruffily in an otherwise timid performance. 6

Did got on the ball enough but started growing into the game towards the end of the first-half. 6

Lacked the physicality against second-tier defenders and his half passed him by. 5

Switched from centre forward to the right flank. Anonymous until a late run reminded everyone of his class. 5

A rare first-team appearance blemished by Colin Kazim-Richards' goal. 5

Started the move that was finished by Facundo Pellistri and hit the bar. 7

Provided the focal point aged just 17 for 30 minutes. 5

Scored clinically to crown his maiden first-team appearance. 8

Had the awareness to play Pellistri in. 7

An invaluable return to the first-team fold. 6

Took a dive but then duped a defender. 6

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | Derby County v Manchester United

Derby County Football Club 19 July, 2021 - 03:02pm

Shola Shoretire blows past Derby County to excite Manchester United fans

The Peoples Person 19 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

Manchester United prospect Shola Shoretire has reminded fans just what he has to offer after his brilliant display vs Derby County.

The young winger was introduced to the first-team squad last season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to encourage the traditions and values of the club.

United have always placed an importance on blooding young players and the legendary Norwegian has never been afraid to do so.

Shoretire was one of the new faces around the squad last season and he has spent the summer being a part of the pre-season squad too.

There have been no real news in regards to a potential loan move this campaign but it’s easy to imagine that will be the goal.

Shola Shoretire’s game by numbers vs. Derby County [45 minutes played]:

An impressive start to pre-season. 💫 pic.twitter.com/0I760H33JP

— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 19, 2021

The Peoples Person last wrote a piece on Shoretire when Solskjaer was heaping praise on him when he made his European debut vs Real Sociedad last season.

The sensational teenager obviously has some way to go before he can be a regular first-team member but his performances have always been encouraging.

If Shoretire can continue his steady rise then there’s no reason he could be a squad player in the season after next.

Juan Mata would have left the squad by then and the likes of Daniel James could see their spot under threat.

Shoretire is expected to have a bright future at the club and he certainly plays in the way Solskjaer likes.

Although the team is currently well-stocked in the flanks, that situation might change by the time he’s ready to make the step up permanently.

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Manchester United made €30 million transfer bid for centre-back

Red Devil Armada 19 July, 2021 - 12:16pm

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: The United Trinity statue is pictured outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on February 27, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

A new centre-back appears to be near the top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s summer wish list at this point of time. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof formed quite a formidable partnership in the heart of Manchester United’s defence last season, but there is a feeling that that is an area where the club can improve even further.

One man who has been heavily linked with an Old Trafford switch in recent times is Raphael Varane. The 28-year-old has a year left on his current deal with Real Madrid and it looks like he could be on his way out of the club this summer.

In recent weeks, it does appear that the Red Devils have emerged as the favourites for the French World Cup winner’s signature, despite there being links with several other clubs as well.

But despite that, it looks like they have their eyes on other centre-backs as well. As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia), Manchester United saw an opening €30 million transfer bid for Kalidou Koulibaly rejected.

Koulibaly has been one of the most highly-rated defenders in Europe for a long while now and has been linked with a move away from Napoli for years. But a move has never quite materialised. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has made 283 appearances for the Italian side through the course of his career and his current contract with them runs till the summer of 2023.

Now 30 years of age, he has been linked with a summer transfer move once again. And it remains to be seen if any club can sign him this time around.

On the other hand, Varane very much seems to be the Red Devils’ top transfer target this summer when it comes to the centre-back position. It is worth pointing out though that the likes of Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the French international.

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Comparing Solskjaer comments on Lingard to his words on Smalling and Sanchez - United In Focus

United In Focus - Manchester United FC News 19 July, 2021 - 07:00am

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sprung a bit of a surprise after Manchester United’s opening pre-season match with his comments on Jesse Lingard.

Solskjaer suggested Lingard will be staying put, telling the club website: “Jesse has come back, he’s been bright and he wants to fight for his place.

“There’s nothing better than seeing players willing to fight for their place. Of course, what he did towards the end of the season, that is the true Jesse.

“That’s what we know he is capable of. I think we saw towards the end [of our own season] that we lacked maybe some options at times. He’s still in my plans. I expect him at Man Utd at the start of the season.”

Unfortunately we have learned not to quite trust Solskjaer in cases like this.

Lingard had a successful loan at West Ham last season and while he may well want to fight for his place as Solskjaer suggests, he remains one of the club’s most saleable assets.

United may never get a better chance to land a good fee for Lingard and he will have his eye on a World Cup 2022 spot.

So Solskjaer’s comments cannot really be taken at face value. We say that because he has a track record of making misleading comments on players who have been out on loan previously.

It was just last August when Solskjaer was quizzed about the future of Chris Smalling after his successful loan at Roma. The United boss suggested the centre-back would be brought back into the fold.

Solskjaer told The Mail: “This season was about him being a regular, going to Roma, showing and proving how good a centre-back he is.

‘I wanted to give Harry (Maguire), Vic (Victor Lindelof), maybe Axel (Tuanzebe) a chance, so we found out that was the best for him to go to Roma, play for a year. Now he’s coming back and Chris has shown this season that he will be valuable.”

The only way Smalling proved valuable was just over a month later when he was sold to Roma permanently on deadline day for a fee which could rise to £18.1 million.

Don’t forget his assertions about Alexis Sanchez in January 2020 either.

Solskjaer told a press conference reported by BBC Sport: “Alexis will come back in the summer and prove you all wrong.”

United released Sanchez in the summer, making a huge saving on his wages, to allow him to join Inter Milan.

So will Jesse Lingard stay or go? Ultimately it depends on the player and what he wants to do, and the offers which come in.

United are well covered for his departure despite what Solskjaer says, with Juan Mata handed an extension and Donny van de Beek needing more playing time. Shola Shoretire and Hannibal could also benefit from his departure.

The Express reported just last week that United want £30 million for Lingard, a price West Ham are relutant to pay. Solskjaer’s comments seem like part of a game to help United get the price being demanded.

Dan is still wondering what would have happened if United had kept Juan Veron...

Pellistri determined to 'push forward' after first Manchester United goal | Goal.com

Goal.com 19 July, 2021 - 01:42am

Facundo Pellistri says he is determined to "push forward" after netting his first senior goal for Manchester United.

Pellistri was handed his maiden first-team appearance for the Red Devils in a pre-season friendly against Derby County on Sunday, and marked the occasion by scoring the winner in a 2-1 triumph.

The 19-year-old, who moved to Old Trafford from Penarol in October last year, has only just returned to Manchester following an encouraging loan spell at Alaves, but hopes to make an impact for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in 2021-22.

Asked if he is fazed by the strong competition for places, Pellistri told MUTV post-match: "There are a lot of young talents. All the guys want to improve. The training is really hard and I'm very happy with that because young guys are trying their best and looking for a place in the first team.

"I went on loan to Alaves [last season] and I felt good. Now I'm here, trying my best, I'm always pushing forward to be the best I can. I'm always working hard."

The Uruguayan added on his decisive 59th-minute strike against Derby: "I came into the middle asking Shola [Shoretire] for the ball. He saw me really well, I controlled and when I saw the goalkeeper [coming out], I tried to go one way and I scored."

Solskjaer singled Pellistri out for praise after the game, highlighting the composure he showed to score and his impressive ability to dribble past defenders at will.

“It was a very good goal, the first touch set him up and he’s very good at dribbling. So going past the goalkeeper wasn’t a problem," said the Norwegian head coach. “He was bright when he came on. I think he showed what he is because he’s a difficult player to play against. One against one he can go past people so very pleased with him."

However, Solskjaer also revealed that he is ready to send Pellistri out on loan again after seeing several clubs register their interest in the teenage winger.

“I can see a loan deal for him," he said. "There’s been loads of interest and for his best interests a loan would be what we look for.”

Lingard in Man Utd plans for season - Solskjaer

ESPN 18 July, 2021 - 09:42am

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Jesse Lingard is part of his plans for next season.

Lingard impressed on his return to the team following a loan spell at West Ham United after playing the second half in a 2-1 win over Derby County at Pride Park on Sunday.

The 28-year-old left Old Trafford in January to find regular first-team football but Solskjaer insists he wants to keep the England forward after finding himself short of options at the end of last season.

"What he did towards the end of last season, that's the true Jesse, that's what we know he's capable of and I think we saw towards the end that we lacked some options at times and Jesse is in the plans at the moment, yeah."

We back 😁 45 in the tank and a solid win ✅ #jlingz pic.twitter.com/KcMFLgJhqr

Solskjaer handed goalkeeper Tom Heaton his first appearance since re-joining the club on a free transfer from Aston Villa in the summer.

Dean Henderson is back in training after pulling out of the England squad with a hip injury while David De Gea is still on holiday but Solskjaer is not expecting Heaton, 35 to be content with being third choice next season.

"Tom was very positive," Solskjaer said. "He's here to give the other ones a bit of a challenge as well. He's conducted himself so well throughout his career and I was just at the end of my career when he was coming up. I'm so happy we have him.

"Tom wants to play. He's been unlucky with the injury last season and I think he would have been in the England squad if not. He's got those ambitions."

Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial did not feature at Pride Park while they continue to recover from injuries but should return after the second preseason game at QPR on Saturday.

"They're not ready yet," Solskjaer said. "They'll probably be 100% training with us a week on Monday. They're still working hard to step into the group."

Solskjaer added that United are monitoring the situation regarding Marcus Rashford's injury.

Sources told ESPN last week the club hope the striker will recover from shoulder surgery in time to feature in a crucial run of fixtures at the end of October.

"No, we're looking at the best options," Solskjaer said. "Of course, he went away just to reflect on it a little bit. We have to take the best course of action for him and the club.

"We're still addressing that with the experts."

Erling Haaland is 'sad' to see Jadon Sancho sign £79m with United

Daily Mail 18 July, 2021 - 03:14am

By Charlotte Daly For Mailonline

Erling Haaland says he is 'sad' to see his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho join Manchester United

Sancho will leave the Bundesliga this summer after signing a five-year deal worth £79million with the Premier League giants. 

Haaland says the 21-year-old will be missed at Dortmund as he is a 'top player' but insists that club will find a suitable replacement. 

Erling Haaland is 'sad' to see his Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho leave this summer

Haaland and Sancho created a formidable partnership in the Bundesliga - contributing to 52 goals during the 2020-2021 season and help Dortmund finish third.  

When asked to express his feelings about Sancho leaving, Haaland told Stadium Astro: 'Me and Jadon understood each other very well and he's a top player. 

'So of course it's sad that he goes but that's how it is and that's football. You never know what will happen.  

'But I think that there's a lot of other good players that I have a good tone with and it can become even better.

'We have to see who I match the best with.'

The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal worth £79million with Manchester United

Haaland is disappointed but insists he can find an 'even better' partnership with someone else

Sancho will become the Manchester United's third expensive signing of all-time after midfielder Paul Pogba and club captain Harry Maguire.

He will also arrive at Manchester United off the back of a stellar career with Dortmund - scoring 50 goals in 137 matches and providing 64 assists as well.  

Sancho's arrival at the club is significant for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he was eager to recruit the England international last summer, but the Red Devils failed to agree terms with Dortmund. 

Solskjaer hopes Sancho will strengthen his squad as he looks to push for the Premier League title once again. 

Sancho's arrival at the club is significant for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he was eager to recruit the England international last summer, but failed to do so

Sancho's move back to Manchester should also help him draw a line under his Euro 2020 heartbreak after being one of three players to have missed from the penalty spot in the final

While Sancho's move back to Manchester should also help him draw a line under his Euro 2020 heartbreak with England after being one of three players to have missed from the penalty spot in the final.  

Solskjaer has yet to publicly offer any comment over Sancho joining the club this summer, but he has already spoken out and thrown his support behind Rashford.  

'When you step up to take a penalty, I think you've already won,' he said. 'think it's a great character trait to step up and say, "I will deal with it and the consequences".

'I've not seen many people, at this club anyway, who lay down and say, "I'll not take a penalty anymore". I know Marcus is going to put his hand up and say he wants to take one for us.' 

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