Victor Lindelof sign for Manchester United

UNITED COMPLETE SIGNING OF VICTOR LINDELOF

Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Victor Lindelof from Benfica on a four-year contract from 1 July 2017, with an option for a further year.

The 22-year-old Swedish international centre-back is a versatile defender and will make his debut on the summer tour of the USA in July.

Jose Mourinho said:

“Victor is a very talented young player, who has a great future ahead of him at United. Our season last year showed us that we need options and quality to add depth to the squad and Victor is the first to join us this summer. I know that our fantastic group of players will welcome him as one of us.”

 

 

 


Victor Lindelof said:

“I am thrilled to be joining Manchester United. I have enjoyed my time at Benfica enormously and I have learned a lot there. But I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League at Old Trafford and for Jose Mourinho. I’m keen to get started and make my contribution to the team’s efforts to win more trophies.”

 

 

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MANCHESTER UNITED’S 2017/18 PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES

14/06/2017 09:00, Report by Adam Bostock

UNITED’S 2017/18 PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES

Manchester United will begin the new 2017/18 Premier League fixture list with a home match against West Ham United.

The Hammers will visit Old Trafford on the weekend of 12/13 August and the Reds’ final league fixture of the season will also be at home, with Watford providing the opposition on Sunday 13 May 2018.

We should point out all the dates are provisional and very much subject to change, with broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport yet to announce which matches they will select and move for live TV coverage.

UNITED’S PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES 2017/18

Sat Aug 12 West Ham United H
Sat Aug 19 Swansea City A
Sat Aug 26 Leicester City H
Sat Sep 9 Stoke City A
Sat Sep 16 Everton H
Sat Sep 23 Southampton A
Sat Sep 30 Crystal Palace H
Sat Oct 14 Liverpool A
Sat Oct 21 Huddersfield Town A
Sat Oct 28 Tottenham Hotspur H
Sat Nov 4 Chelsea A
Sat Nov 18 Newcastle United H
Sat Nov 25 Brighton and Hove Albion H
Tue Nov 28 Watford A
Sat Dec 2 Arsenal A
Sat Dec 9 Manchester City H
Tue Dec 12 A.F.C. Bournemouth H
Sat Dec 16 West Bromwich Albion A
Sat Dec 23 Leicester City A
Tue Dec 26 Burnley H
Sat Dec 30 Southampton H

Mon Jan 1 Everton A
Sat Jan 13 Stoke City H
Sat Jan 20 Burnley A
Wed Jan 31 Tottenham Hotspur A
Sat Feb 3 Huddersfield Town H
Sat Feb 10 Newcastle United A
Sat Feb 24 Chelsea H
Sat Mar 3 Crystal Palace A
Sat Mar 10 Liverpool H
Sat Mar 17 West Ham United A
Sat Mar 31 Swansea City H
Sat Apr 7 Manchester City A
Sat Apr 14 West Bromwich Albion H
Sat Apr 21 A.F.C. Bournemouth A
Sat Apr 28 Arsenal H
Sat May 5 Brighton and Hove Albion A
Sun May 13 Watford H

Dates are subject to change. Fixtures compiled by the Premier League in association with Atos.

Manchester United Europa League Winner

Manchester United have been crowned winners of the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League.
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The Reds have now completed the set of major trophies in the club’s illustrious history and secured a coveted place in next season’s Champions League.

Paul Pogba’s deflected strike in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s flicked finish early in the second period gave United a 2-0 win in the final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
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It was the perfect end to a mammoth 64-game season and a long journey in the competition for United, which has consisted of 15 matches and trips to eight different cities.
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The success in Sweden means Jose Mourinho has won three competitions in his first season in charge at Old Trafford after lifting the Community Shield last August and EFL Cup in February – both at Wembley.
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United will now face either Juventus or Real Madrid – who meet each other in the Champions League final in Cardiff on 3 June – in the UEFA Super Cup on 8 August at Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia.

The Reds have become only the fifth team to win all three of the major European honours on offer – the European Cup Winners’ Cup, the European Cup/Champions League and UEFA Cup/Europa League – after Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus and this year’s final opponents AFC Ajax.
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Hull City 0-1 Manchester United

Saturday 27 August 2016 | Premier League | KCOM Stadium | Att: 24,560 | Scorer: Rashford 90′

Manchester United signed off for the international break with another victory to keep up a 100 per cent record in the Premier League so far, and it came in dramatic fashion as Marcus Rashford came off the bench to net a deserved winner for the Reds.
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It was a match United totally dominated, but it took until injury time for the breakthrough to arrive when some superb and dogged play from Wayne Rooney on the left flank teed up Rashford to slot home.

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Mourinho kept faith with the same starting eleven who had impressively beaten Southampton 2-0 eight days earlier, and the seven substitutes were also unchanged. The Reds faced a Hull side who, despite being tipped for relegation having not signed any new players over the summer, sat level on points at kick-off with United after two wins from two.
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The man who had done most of the damage for Mourinho’s men in the opening couple of matches of the season was Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it was the Swede who had the first chance of the game on 10 minutes when he flashed a header just over from Anthony Martial’s cross.

In possession United were dominant, but further clear-cut opportunities were few and far between. A speculative Paul Pogba effort and Juan Mata free-kick were both on target but neither troubled goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. The Hull stopper was, however, grateful to his captain Curtis Davies, who blocked Rooney’s shot on the line on 37 minutes after some lovely build-up play from Mata.

The Tigers, managed by former United player and assistant manager Mike Phelan, spent much of the first period in their own half and only had some respite when Robert Snodgrass twice went close in quick succession, first with a free-kick and then with an effort at the far post which was well defended by Luke Shaw, while Abel Hernandez struck a decent effort at David De Gea just before the break.

Just before Hernandez’s shot it looked like Ibrahimovic had given the Reds the lead when he latched onto Rooney’s free-kick, but his clever back-heeled effort from an awkward angle found the side-netting much to the striker’s frustration.
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HALF-TIME STATS
Possession: Hull: 37% United 63%
Shots on goal: Hull 5 United 11
Shots on target: Hull 2 United 3
Corners: Hull 0 United 1

The pattern of the first half continued after the break but with the scores still locked at 0-0 when the clock ticked on to the hour-mark, Mourinho felt a change was needed as Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaced Martial in attack.

The Armenian set about making an impact and some incisive passes, good movement and a brilliant burst forward from his own half at one point certainly lifted the Reds, but the dogged Tigers side continued to stand firm and almost stole the lead when Tom Huddlestone’s shot took a huge deflection off the impressive Eric Bailly, but thankfully it dropped wide.

A further attacking threat arrived in the form of Rashford for the final 19 minutes and after Rooney and Pogba had both blasted efforts off target, the 18-year-old drew a brilliant save from Jakupovic after a superb run and shot.

Hull almost conceded two own goals as United kept up the pressure. A Pogba curler two minutes from time also looked to be heading in, but it dropped the wrong side of the post.

It looked like Mourinho’s men would be forced to settle for a point, until some brilliance from Rooney down the left led to Rashford firing in from three yards much to the delight of everyone in red. It was classic United and another memorable moment in the already exciting short career of Marcus Rashford.

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FULL-TIME STATS

Possession: Hull 38% United 62%
Shots: Hull 8 United 29
Shots on target: 2 United 9
Corners: Hull 1 United 6

TEAMS

Hull City: Jakupovic, Robertson, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Hernandez (Maguire 83), Snodgrass (Maloney 48), Clucas, Livermore, Diomande, Elmohamady. Subs not used: Kuciak, Bowen, Olley, Clackstone, Hinchliffe.
Booked: Huddlestone, Meyler.

United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata (Rashford 71), Rooney (Smalling 90), Martial (Mkhitaryan 60), Ibrahimovic. Subs not used: Romero, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Young.
Booked: Fellaini, Rooney, Rashford.

MATCH REACTION

“I’m more than happy to say that we won in ‘Fergie time’. I always believed the goal would arrive.” – Jose Mourinho

“I loved it. Emotion-wise that’s the best I’ve ever felt on the pitch. It was an unreal feeling and it meant to so much to all of us. Matches like these could win you championships.” – Luke Shaw

“It’s a great feeling to score a late winner like that. It’s a massive win for us. We believed until the last second and were fighting for it. It’s well deserved.” – Daley Blind

Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

 Match report: United 2 Southampton 0

Premier League | Old Trafford | Att: 75,326 | Scorers: Ibrahimovic 36, 52 (pen)

Paul Pogba may have been the star attraction beneath the Friday night lights, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic stole the show at Old Trafford after his brace secured a 2-0 win over Southampton that keeps Manchester United top of the Premier League table.

The Swedish striker scored either side of half-time, firstly with a well-taken header and then from the penalty spot, as Jose Mourinho’s men dispatched the visitors in a comfortable fashion that will continue to fuel the belief that the team can challenge for the title this season.

The first home match of the season is always a special occasion for fans, yet this much-anticipated Old Trafford outing was elevated beyond the traditional sense of excitement in light of Pogba’s first appearance since returning to the club following a four-season spell at Juventus. The world-record signing’s every touch was cheered, particularly throughout the opening exchanges, and the stadium would have erupted had his shot from Ibrahimovic’s pass beaten Fraser Forster on 13 minutes.

Southampton did not excel in their first match under new manager Claude Puel, drawing 1-1 with Watford, yet they made a positive start at Old Trafford – firstly, by winning the coin toss and making United attack the Stretford End in the first half, which is against tradition. The Saints then registered shots at goal through Dusan Tadic and Shane Long, in spite of Oriol Romeu going off injured.

Wayne Rooney stung the palms of Forster with a rasping strike on the half-hour mark, and it was the captain who assisted the opener moments later. His superb cross from the right corner-flag was headed home at the back post by Ibrahimovic, the summer signing who made it three goals in as many competitive matches after his strikes in the Community Shield and at Bournemouth.

STATS AT HALF-TIME
Possession:
United 47% Southampton 53%
Shots at goal: United 4 Southampton 6
Shots on target: United 3 Southampton 1
Corners: United 3 Southampton 0

Juan Mata, a scorer at Bournemouth last weekend, blazed over the crossbar and Southampton’s Tadic saw a goal disallowed for offside as the match resumed in entertaining fashion. Anthony Martial then tested Forster with a 20-yard drive from the left wing before Ibrahimovic scored from the penalty spot to double the Reds’ advantage. Luke Shaw won the spot-kick after going to ground inside the area, with Jordy Clasie the guilty party.

Pogba displayed his repertoire of attributes – strength, vision, creativity – and almost added a goal to his performance when heading over from Mata’s corner on 64 minutes. It was at this point when Mourinho turned from his technical area and nodded repeatedly to the crowd while clapping his hands together, as if he was praising their support. He had, of course, spoken about its importance on Thursday, telling MUTV: “If the fans play their part, there will be no chance for the opponent.”

Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan was introduced to the Old Trafford crowd on 75 minutes, taking the place of Mata on the right, before Martial was replaced by Ander Herrera as Mourinho looked to consolidate the victory in the professional manner that his teams have become known for.

As for Pogba, United’s new no.6, he finished the game despite not playing since the European Championship final on 10 July. While his name was not added to the score sheet, despite going close with a powerful shot wide in the 93rd minute, the 23-year-old’s industrious display in midfield hinted at what will hopefully become a stellar career back at the club he calls “home”. Welcome back, Paul.

STATS AT FULL-TIME
Possession: United 45% Southampton 55%
Shots at goal: United 11 Southampton 11
Shots on target: United 5 Southampton 1
Corners: United 4 Southampton 0

THE TEAMS

United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata (Mkhitaryan 75), Rooney (Smalling 89), Martial (Herrera 22), Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: Romero, Schneiderlin, Young, Rashford.

Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Targett, Davis (Austin 67), Romeu (Clasie 11), Hojberg, Tadic, Redmond, Long (Rodriguez 84).
Subs not used: McCarthy, Yoshida, Ward-Prowse, Pied.