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?

Can Gareth Bale be able to make it Manchester United updates?

Manchester United Updates: Gareth Bale is reportedly been interested by the club

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.

Manchester United Updates: Will Toby Alderweireld be able to sign with the Reds?

Football News: Toby Alderweireld is expected to decide his transfer as season ends

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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Fred relishing United start

Brazil midfielder Fred says he is excited by the prospect of working under Jose Mourinho after completing his £47m move to Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Old Trafford and will join up with the Red Devils after the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Fred follows in the footsteps of Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot in becoming Mourinho's second signing of the summer.

The Brazilian star has revealed his delight at securing the move to the Premier League giants and is relishing the prospect of working under Mourinho.

"This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team," said Fred.

"To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed."

Meanwhile the United boss himself believes Fred is an excellent acquisition and will fit in well with the setup at Old Trafford.

Mourinho added: "Fred will complement our other midfielders' qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game."

United are 7/1 to win the Premier League next season, while Manchester City are 4/7 to retain the title.

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Evans welcomes Foxes ambition

Centre-back Jonny Evans is looking forward to helping his new club progress next season, having joined Leicester City from relegated West Bromwich Albion.

The 30-year-old Northern Ireland international has signed a three-year deal with the Foxes, making him their second summer signing after they had previously snapped up Ricardo Pereira from FC Porto.

And former Manchester United stopper Evans is relishing a fresh opportunity to show what he can do in the Premier League and expects City to be challenging to improve on a ninth-place finish in the season just ended.

He told his new club's official website: "It's great to join and I'm happy it's all gone through. When this opportunity came up, it's one that I couldn't turn down.

"It's an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push forward.

"I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club. It's a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic – these are all factors that made me want to sign."

Evans, who has 70 international caps to his name, had been with Albion for three years, having previously spent nearly a decade with Manchester United.

During his time at Old Trafford he won three Premier League titles, as well as two League Cup winner's medals.

Meanwhile, Leicester are available at 8/13 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season, while they are 7/1 to claim a top-six finish.

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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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Positive Notes: Fred’s Transfer, Kane’s Weight and Cavs’ Record

The positives still outweigh the negative.

After a couple of frustrating tennis and football updates yesterday, the hottest stories today at us Blog are pretty much all good news.

First is Manchester United who received a boost with the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. Then there’s Harry Kane who calmed down England fans after a mistake showed that he’s heading to World Cup 2018 as the second heaviest player!

Meanwhile, there’s also a reason for the Cleveland Cavaliers to be optimistic ahead of Game 3 of the NBA Finals considering their record at home this postseason.

Man United agree to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred

Football updates: Fred is now a Red Devil after signing contract

Transfer News: Brazilian midfielder Fred signs with Manchester United

Manchester United got their offseason to a right start.

After finishing second in the Premier League in the 2017/18 campaign, Jose Mourinho knows that he needs to boost his squad to contend with Manchester City. And the Portuguese boss made his first move by signing Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

According to reports, it cost Manchester United £50 million to sign the 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder.

“Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos,” the club said in a statement on their official website.

Fred, who is set to sign a five-year contract to move to Old Trafford, is part of Brazil’s squad that will be sent to Russia for the World Cup. He recently featured as a substitute for the Selecao in their 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield.

A Belo Horizonte native, Fred moved to Ukraine in 2013 to join Shakhtar Donetsk. He helped the club win three league titles as well as three Ukrainian Cups and four Ukrainian Super Cups.

He was also part of the Shakhtar team that reached the Champions League knockout stages in 2017/18, even scoring one goal in their 2-1 win over Roma in the first leg of their Round of 16 match-up.

Former Barcelona star and Brazilian icon Rivaldo, meanwhile, expressed his delight with Fred’s move and cited that Manchester United are getting a quality player.

“He is a wonderful player,” the 46-year-old former Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year winner said. “Like any other player when you move to a new country, he will need a little bit of time to adapt.”

“But when you are a good player and a brilliant midfielder like he is, he is going to do well and he is going to be good for Manchester United and they will be good for him.”

Kane plays down fitness concerns ahead of World Cup

us Blog: Harry Kane assures his weight will not get in the way for England's World Cup quest

England star Harry Kane insists his weight is World Cup ready

England fans have nothing to worry about: Harry Kane is, as he said, at his “fighting weight.”

The Three Lions captain made the clarification after a FIFA announcement listed him to be at 98 kilograms (216 pounds). That would have made the 24-year-old the second heaviest player in the tournament, only behind Panama’s Roman Torres.

Kane, whose recent injuries prompted fears about his fitness for the World Cup, was quick to refute the listing and said that he is in top shape for the upcoming summer competition in Russia.

“I don’t know if it’s been changed but I’m definitely not 15-and-a-half-stone,” the Tottenham Hotspur star explained. “I’m normally about 89 or 90 kilos. We weigh most days when we get up and that’s normally my fighting weight.”

“I feel really good and training has been of a high intensity. Obviously everyone is fighting for places and that has pushed everyone along fitness-wise.”

The England FA, meanwhile, said that the listing was an administrative error and clarified that Kane’s weight is 89kg.

Cavs hoping to maintain playoff winning streak at home

us Blog: Cavaliers have their backs against the wall versus Warriors in NBA Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers return home, hoping to turn things around in NBA Finals

There’s still hope for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs are currently trailing the Golden State Warriors 0-2 in the NBA Finals and could go down 0-3 when they play Game 3 at the Quicken Loans Arena.

However, while most NBA Finals predictions expect them to lose in their third meeting with the Warriors, the Cavs could find some confidence from the fact that they are a strong team at home.

In fact, LeBron James and his Cavaliers have won eight straight games at The Q this postseason. As mentioned in our Warriors vs Cavs preview, the Wine & Gold are 29-12 at home in the regular season and improved to 8-1 these playoffs.

The Cavs’ lone defeat came in the hands of the Indiana Pacers in their first-round opener. They have been undefeated since then, sweeping the East top-seed Toronto Raptors in the second round before winning all three of their home matches to force Game 7 and fend off the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Even Golden State All-star point guard Steph Curry acknowledged the difficulty of winning at Cleveland, saying: “We know how Cleveland plays here, with a lot of energy and force. We understand how hard it is to win in this building.”

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Sanchez frustrated with his form

Chile international Alexis Sanchez has admitted that he has not found it easy to adapt to life at Manchester United following his transfer from Arsenal.

Sanchez, who moved to Old Trafford in January, has struggled to cope with Jose Mourinho's preferred style of play and was a peripheral figure on Saturday as United were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

The 29-year-old has managed to score only three goals in 18 appearances for Mourinho's side, who are 6/1 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title and 1/3 to finish in the top four.

"I think that in every game I have played in I have maybe found it hard to adapt to the style of play and I have been getting to know my team-mates," said Sanchez.

"I also had some great players alongside me at Barcelona, some highly experienced guys who had great quality. I think that United are not too dissimilar as a club to them in their size and stature. However, I believe we need to improve in all aspects."

United finished second in the Premier League table but were 19 points behind champions Manchester City, 8/13 to win the title again next season.

"We need to be focused and concentrated in the big games and the same in the so-called lesser games too," Sanchez added. "I want to try and keep improving so we can see the club winning trophies."

Matic calls for reinforcements

Nemanja Matic hopes that Jose Mourinho will be allowed to strengthen the Manchester United squad with several new acquisitions this summer.

United finished second in the Premier League table this season behind runaway winners Manchester City before being beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final.

Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute after being upended by Phil Jones and former Blues star Matic accepted afterwards that it had been an underwhelming campaign for Mourinho's team.

"I think with a few more good players in the squad we can fight for the title, of course, and I'm sure we will do it," said the Serbia international.

"I don't know what we did wrong [in the FA Cup final]. We had one mistake when we conceded the goal, but I think that we played good football for 90 minutes.

"I think that we deserved more but this is football, one mistake and sometimes you can lose the game and this is what has happened to us."

United are 6/1 to win the Premier League title in 2018/19, while Manchester City can be backed at 4/6, Chelsea at 12/1 and Liverpool at 5/1.

Hazard earns Chelsea FA Cup glory

Chelsea edged out Manchester United 1-0 to win the FA Cup final at Wembley, with Eden Hazard the matchwinner for the Blues.

United boss Jose Mourinho handed a starting role to England forward Marcus Rashford, with Romelu Lukaku having not fully recovered from an injury.

Meanwhile, Blues head coach Antonio Conte gave Olivier Giroud the nod in attack, with Thibaut Courtois preferred to Willy Caballero in goal.

Neither side showed too much attacking intent in the opening stages, although nine minutes in David de Gea had to be alert to block a Hazard effort at his near post.

Hazard then broke the game open with 21 minutes played as he ran clear before being sent crashing in the area by Phil Jones.

The Belgian got up to coolly send De Gea the wrong way from the resulting penalty kick and give the Blues a 1-0 lead.

Wayward efforts from Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez were the best United could offer in response, as Chelsea reached half-time in the ascendancy.

The second half opened with the Red Devils showing far more attacking intent, while Chelsea appeared happy to sit deep and play on the counter.

United thought they had levelled just past the hour mark when Sanchez netted from close range, but an offside flag went up to deny the striker after Courtois had superbly kept out an initial header from Jones.

De Gea then came to the rescue for the men from Manchester as he stood up tall to block a Marcos Alonso shot from a mere eight yards out.

That was the signal for Lukaku and Anthony Martial to enter the fray, with Matic again trying his luck, only to shoot straight at Courtois from 25 yards out.

Pogba then failed to hit the target with an unmarked header from a corner and Chelsea were able to withstand some late pressure to celebrate an eighth FA Cup success.

The Blues are now priced at 12/1 to win the Premier League title next season, with United available at 6/1 and Liverpool 5/1.

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Eden’s Magic Wins the Cup for Delighted Chelsea

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Chelsea won the FA Cup at a sun-drenched Wembley today, thanks to a world class performance by their talisman Eden Hazard.

A first half penalty was enough to win it in a tight game where football betting pundits predicted one goal would be enough. Cup finals aren’t always the best football games, but the second half lived up to expectations as Manchester United fought hard for an equaliser. And late goals always send the live betting odds flying… but it just didn’t come.

It was Chelsea’s day.

The big team news was that Marcus Rashford started, with Romelu Lukaku benched, and the young England star tried desperately to impress his critical manager but with little success. In a first half, hard fought but with few chances, Chelsea had the better of it while Manchester United struggled to get into any sort of stride; and then that pivotal moment came when Eden Hazard danced into the penalty area to be upended by Phil Jones, and the Belgian picked himself up to calmly to send David de Gea the wrong way, and the blue half of Wembley wild.

United came out for the second half with much more intent and, as Lukaku warmed up on the touchline, Rashford had the Red Devils’ first shot on target, but straight at Thibaut Courtois. And then, after the Chelsea keeper made a superb save from a Jones header, Alexis Sanchez pounced to poke the ball home, only to be ruled offside.

Then, as the tempo increased further in the hot Wembley sunshine, Marcos Alonso forced a great save from De Gea, and Ashley Young was lucky to get away with a handball in the box. But as play swept to the other end Courtois saved again in a one on one with Rashford.

The Red Devils continued to probe and Paul Pogba had a glorious chance on 82 minutes with a free header which he nodded agonisingly wide, and that was the end of United’s hopes.

If, and it’s a big ‘if’, Antonio Conte is on his way, the Chelsea coach can go with a smile!

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