The Shopping List: Players That Can Help Manchester United Win

It’s been an interesting season for Manchester United and the faithful fans that fill Old Trafford day in and day out.

They made a splash during the last two transfer windows, completing deals that make the front page of football news sites. Players like Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez immediately made Jose Mourinho’s squad a whole lot better.

However, their inclusions mattered little as Pep Guardiola and Manchester City played fantastic football and pulled off a historic season. The €164 million they spent during the last season got them second place, which is a disappointment to many of the United faithful.

It’s known to everybody that Jose Mourinho and Manchester United want one thing and one thing only: to win trophies and dominate every competition they are in. With this in mind, the club is not shy about pulling out all of their resources and getting the best players they in the market.

However, the question that begs to be asked now is this: which players should the Red Devils pursue in order to boost their chances of a Premier League victory?

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Gareth Bale, Real Madrid

It’s no hidden secret that Gareth Bale is being shopped around by Real Madrid after an inconsistent stint with the La Liga giants. He scored the winning goal against Liverpool in the Champions League final, but that still hasn’t secured his position and future with the Madrid side.

Rumours of Manchester United orchestrating a Premier League return for the former Tottenham Hotspur star is already making rounds across various social media sites. Los Blancos are still looking for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo despite having him on the roster, so there’s no question that the man will not be held back by the club for the right price.

Bale is a prolific scorer who has netted 16 goals in 26 league appearances for Real Madrid. His attacking prowess is a big need for United, the only club among the top four to net less than 70 goals.

Mourinho could use every attacking boost they could get for the coming season. After all, their next-door neighbours just netted 106 in 38 games. Fans will hope that the news of Bale’s acquisition would hit Manchester United updates and news circles sooner rather than later.

Toni Kroos, Real Madrid

Paul Pogba is the most expensive player United have bought in their history, but the academy product has not lived up to the standards set by his outrageous price tag. While he has garnered an impressive 10 assists in 27 league appearances, his energy and play style on the pitch have left many a fan disappointed.

Mourinho continues to rain praise on the France international, who is currently showing first-class football for Les Bleus. However, I don’t think he can rely on Pogba’s inconsistent play if he wants to lead United to a title. That’s where shopping for another Real Madrid starter comes in.

Toni Kroos is a viable option for Manchester United. He has been a stable rock for Los Blancos and the German national team. He single-handedly gave a poor Die Mannschaft team a second (but squandered chance) to get out of the group stage via his superb goal against Sweden.

On the club front, the 28-year-old has been a solid option for Zinedine Zidane. He has scored 11 goals for Real Madrid during his four-year stint, but his defence and reliable stability at the front is what made him a fixture in the starting XI.

And that stability of his is something Mourinho could use in the backbone of his formation. Pairing him with Pogba in the middle would make Man United a terrifying team to contend against.

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Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham Hotspur

United’s defence against most Premier League opposition has been tough like a wall. However, not the same thing could be said against Champions League competition. They managed to win against Manchester City in February, but the 2-3 victory was more due to United’s attacking rather than their defence.

Mourinho could use a great boost on their backline, and Toby Alderweireld is a great pickup for the Red Devils. The Belgium international is still a top defender in the Premier League, but he has found himself out of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans the previous seasons.

The transfer also looks plausible with the Tottenham man interested in the acquisition. Alderweireld will reportedly make his decision when the season is over, but it is very likely that he will make the move upwards.

If he does make the move, the odds of Manchester United at us is bound to improve. Alderweireld showed his quality in this World Cup, and his tenacious defending is something that United badly needs.

 

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Fellaini extends United stay

Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini has pledged his future to Manchester United by signing a new two-year contract with the Old Trafford club.

The 30-year-old joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2013 after spending five years with Everton, and has since scored 20 goals in 156 appearances for United in all competitions.

Fellaini has helped his current club to success in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League and is confident that there is more to come from the men from Manchester in the coming campaigns.

He told his club's official website: "I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player.

"I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose Mourinho, still has a lot we want to achieve.

"I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and (then) I am looking forward to a successful season ahead."

United have already been active in the summer transfer market, snapping up Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot from FC Porto and Brazilian midfielder Fed from Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

Last season Mourinho's side finished in second place in the Premier League last season, while they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup final and knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Sevilla.

United are 7/1 to win the Premier League title next season, with Liverpool available at 5/1 and Arsenal priced at 28/1.

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Dalot handed Mourinho backing

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has backed new signing Diogo Dalot to prove to be a big hit at Old Trafford following his arrival from FC Porto.

The 19-year-old right-back has joined the Red Devils on a five-year contract, having only made his first-team debut for Porto during the season just ended, while he has also won a handful of caps for the Portugal Under-21s side.

And Mourinho believes his club have managed to secure the services of one of the top defensive prospects in European football.

He told his club's official website: "Diogo is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club.

"He has all the attributes that a full-back needs – physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto Academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.

"In his age group he is the best full-back in Europe and we all believe he has a bright future ahead of him at Manchester United."

Meanwhile, Dalot himself is excited about the challenge of making his mark with the Premier League giants, adding: "Joining Manchester United is an unbelievable opportunity for me.

"I have grown up in Porto's Academy and I am so thankful for everything they have done for me, but the chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn't turn down."

United can be backed at 7/1 to be crowned Premier League champions next season, while they are 2/7 to finish in the top four.

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Rashford eyes winning finale

Marcus Rashford is keen to bring the season to a triumphant conclusion when Manchester United take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Jose Mourinho's side have not won any silverware yet this term, although they did finish second to runaway Premier League champions Manchester City.

Rashford has already won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League during his time with United and the 20-year-old England international is aiming to help his team win the FA Cup for a 13th time on Saturday.

"It's got massive importance for us," he said. "Finishing the season off with a trophy is always good and would put us in good spirits for next season.

"I think the most important thing is winning that trophy to put us in good stead and, mentally, I always say you don't want to go a season without winning something.

"That's my determination – to try to win something each year. Hopefully, we can get one this year.

"Chelsea are a very good team though with a lot of quality players. On their day, they can cause problems for anyone. We have to approach the game with the correct mentality."

Rashford is 9/4 to score at any time in the FA Cup final while United are 5/6 to lift the trophy. Meanwhile, United are 6/1 to win the Premier League title in 2018/19.

Mourinho: We deserved second

Jose Mourinho claims his Manchester United side deserve their second-placed Premier League finish which was secured in Thursday's 0-0 draw at West Ham.

The Red Devils chief made eight changes for the game at the London Stadium on the back of last Friday's 1-0 defeat at Brighton, although Paul Pogba retained his place and Alexis Sanchez returned to the fold.

And, while United had the better of the chances with Luke Shaw seeing a shot diverted onto the post and Hammers' keeper Adrian producing another couple of good saves, the two sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

The main talking point came right at the end of the game when West Ham skipper Mark Noble clashed with Pogba and the duo were lucky to walk away with yellow cards.

Despite the lacklustre affair, Mourinho was satisfied with the outcome given that they will definitely finish runners up behind runaway champions Manchester City.

"Any team that goes to this kind match where you need something to get some objective, you fight for that," he told reporters.

"The best way to fight for the point was to try to win the match and be safe, which was what we tried.

"But when the game goes to 70, 75 minutes, you don't win, you don't lose, you do the job. You get the point.

"We deserved a point, we deserved second position. When it is not possible to be champions, second position is the best available which was what we got."

United are 6/1 to go one better next season and win the 2018-19 Premier League title, while they are priced at 4/5 to win the FA Cup against Chelsea on 19th May.

Jose expecting to retain Pogba

Manager Jose Mourinho sees no reason why midfielder Paul Pogba will not still be at Manchester United next season, despite rumours of a possible summer departure.

The 25-year-old France international has struggled to live up to the £89million fee which was paid by United to Juventus in the summer of 2016 to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford for a second spell.

However, Mourinho is confident that Pogba will remain in place for next season, insisting that neither he, nor the rest of the United hierarchy are in any mood to move the player on.

The Portuguese said ahead of a Thursday night Premier League trip to West Ham: "I think he's going to be here next season, that's my feeling.

"I can give the guarantee that I don't want him to leave, that the club doesn't want to sell him, and I can give you the guarantee that we don't have any approach from him or his agent or from any club.

"In this moment, for me, he's staying, yes."

Pogba has scored 15 goals in 85 appearances in all competitions since his return to United, having spent the previous four season with Italian giants Juventus.

United are available at 4/5 to win at West Ham on Thursday, with the draw priced at 3/1, while Marcus Rashford is 13/10 to score at any time.

And Mourinho was also quick to dismiss suggestions that Rashford could be loaned out next season, having made more Premier League appearances as a substitute rather than a starter so far this term.

He added: "What does he need to do to impress me? He impresses me, that's the reason why he was selected for every match of the season, absolutely every match of the season.

"That's why he played in so many of them, so he doesn't need to leave to play. He doesn't need anything."

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Premier League: Time for Manchester United to Finish the Job

West Ham United vs Manchester United

The Red Devils have been second for much of the season. Now, they can rubber stamp the spot and the Champions League qualification that goes with it.

Manchester United visit West Ham and former boss David Moyes at the London Stadium in their final away game of the Premier League season. And although Jose Mourinho’s side is coming off a surprising defeat to Brighton, football betting sites largely back them to get that precious point they need to fend off the runners-up chasers.

Talking Points

A second-place finish would be the Red Devils’ highest finishing position in five years. They haven’t cracked the top two since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, during which they topped the English top flight.

Now, Mourinho and co. are just a point away from securing the spot for good. Fourth-placed Tottenham still have an outside chance of getting the runners-up spot if they win their final two games and Man United lose theirs, but that looks impossible now.

Football betting sites are all backing up Anthony Martial to step up and lead Manchester United against West Ham

Anthony Martial in action against Arsenal at Old Trafford

United are nursing key injuries to Romelu Lukaku and winter signing Alexis Sanchez. While the two are making great progress on their recovery, they aren’t expected to play in their remaining league games as the club prepares them for the FA Cup final with Chelsea.

With that said, Mourinho is likely to rely on Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for goalscoring. The Portuguese manager made an indirect criticism to the two youngsters last week for their poor performance against the Seagulls, so they will surely be motivated to bounce back and prove themselves.

On the other hand, for West Ham, they’ll be playing with less pressure having assured their safety with a win over Leicester City last week.

It could still be an important game for Moyes though, especially with his future up in the air. The Scot manager, who was in charge of United after Sir Alex’s retirement, needs a statement win here and a perfect ending to the season to have any hope of saving his job as Hammers coach.

West Ham’s top brass are reportedly waiting for the dust to settle first before deciding Moyes’ future with the club. Hence, it’s undoubtedly a challenge for the 55-year-old to show them he can guide the club in the right direction.

History

This meeting is a repeat of their season opener back in August, though that’s an event the Hammers would want to forget. Manchester United opened the 2017-18 Premier League season on a high note by thrashing West Ham 4-0. Romelu Lukaku scored a double back then while Paul Pogba and Martial chipped in a goal each.

In hindsight, that result could have been a sign of bad things to come for West Ham under Slaven Bilic. The team only won twice in 11 games under the Croatian boss before West Ham pulled the trigger and sacked him, immediately replacing him with Moyes.

David Moyes eyes to surprise football betting sites by leading West Ham to victory against Manchester United

David Moyes looks disappointed following West Ham United’s 1-4 defeat against Manchester City

West Ham, of course, are different now than the team that Manchester United took down. Moyesy, despite all the struggles and inconsistencies, did well to give the Hammers another year at the top flight.

It should also help the Hammers that they’ll be playing at home where they have been playing solidly over the past few months, recording only two defeats out of eight league matches this 2018.

For what it’s worth though, West Ham haven’t beaten any of the top-four teams this year, with their best result a 1-1 draw with Tottenham last January.

What are the odds?

Despite the huge deficit in their previous meeting, football odds on online gambling sites suggest a tight affair between them. West Ham are given a +0.75 start that pays at 1.86, while Manchester United are at 2.07 with that handicap.

Over 2.75 is at 2.17 while Under 2.75 pays at a paltry 1.75, which goes to show that a repeat of Man United’s four-goal win is unlikely—at least according to online bookmakers.

However, with West Ham predicted to be aggressive given their position, a draw is a possible result. After all, Mourinho would be happy with such result given that all he needs is a stalemate—and the point that comes with it—to finish the job.

A 1X2 Draw pays at odds of 3.40, with a First Half 1X2 Draw giving a modest 2.15.

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Mourinho crestfallen after loss

Jose Mourinho was quick to blame Manchester United's bit-part players for Friday's disjointed performance in the 1-0 defeat at Brighton.

Neither Romelu Lukaku nor Alexis Sanchez were fit enough to feature at the Amex Stadium and Mourinho was unhappy with the attitude of their replacements – Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

United have now lost to all three of the promoted teams this season – the Seagulls, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United – and Friday's display on the south coast was of particular concern to Mourinho.

"It was not good enough," said the former Chelsea, Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.

"The players who replaced others did not perform at a good level and, when individuals do that, it is difficult for the team to play well.

"People always ask: 'Why always Lukaku?' Well, now they know why always Lukaku, and why always this player and why always that player. We are probably not as good as people think we are individually.

"I am disappointed because second place in the Premier League is important for me. I am not sure every one of my players is disappointed."

United are 4/5 to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on 19th May while Antonio Conte's team can be backed at 1/1 to come out on top at Wembley.

De Gea desperate for trophies

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is desperate to add to his trophy collection and believes current boss Jose Mourinho is the man to help him do so.

The 27-year-old Spain international moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2011 and has since emerged as one of the finest goalkeepers in world football.

However, De Gea is keen for more silverware, having won just one Premier League title and the FA Cup before the League Cup and Europa League were claimed in Mourinho's first season in charge at United in 2016/17.

He told the Daily Mail: "I'm playing well, I'm confident, but I have to maintain it and win trophies. That's what world-class players do.

"I want to win. If you are at United, you need a manager with a winning mentality. We had that with (Alex) Ferguson, Mourinho has it. He wants to win every game.

"We spoke at the Euros and he told me he wanted me with him and wanted trophies.

"Titles are what I crave. We have to get United back to their best, back in the Champions League, back as the champions of England, back to the top."

De Gea has been linked with a return to Spain for much of his time in Manchester, but Mourinho was quick to slam the door on the latest speculation claiming that there was "no chance" of his player leaving this summer.

United and De Gea are 6/5 to keep a clean sheet at home to Arsenal on Sunday and are 17/2 to claim a 1-0 win over the Gunners, with Alexis Sanchez 11/10 to score at any time against his former club.

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Mourinho waits for Sanchez best

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident that January recruit Alexis Sanchez will be 'great' for the Old Trafford outfit next season.

The 29-year-old Chile international forward has scored three goals in 14 appearances for the Red Devils since his arrival from Arsenal, with Mourinho believing that next season will be the one where Sanchez shows his true class.

The Portuguese told reporters ahead of a Sunday showdown with Sanchez's former club at Old Trafford: "He was playing in (the Premier League) for years, we all know how good he was, that's why he was chased by so many teams, I believe.

"That's why we fought to have him here and I was saying he's the right player, not just because of typical football qualities, but his mentality as well.

"We needed that. We needed more experience, more mental aggression and I knew sooner or later it was coming.

"I don't like the January market, but it was now or never. Can he help us the way he's helping us lately for the rest of the season? I hope so and feel so, but what I'm sure about is next season.

"After pre-season and after being comfortable and adapted, he'll be great for us."

Sanchez spent three and a half years with the Gunners before opting to head to Manchester, having scored 60 goals in 122 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

He can be backed at 11/10 to score at any time against Arsenal on Sunday, while the South American is 11/2 to score two or more goals in the game.

United, who won 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season, are 11/1 to claim another 3-1 victory on Sunday.

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