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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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first MUTV interview

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first MUTV interview

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given his first interview to MUTV after signing a contract at Manchester United on Friday. The Swede spoke to Stewart Gardner about his move to Old Trafford, his hopes for the 2016/17 season and reuniting with manager Jose Mourinho…

Welcome to Manchester United. How do you feel?
I’m super excited. I am super, super happy. Finally it is done! There have been a lot of talks but it has come to the moment where everything is done. Now we start, now the hard work starts. I am super happy and just waiting to get to know the guys, to train and I am here in the training facility. It looks like it is a big club, a huge club, so I am excited.

There was lots of speculation and you had fun with it. Are you happy that is over now?
I am happy and now I can focus on one thing and that is the United shirt. I can leave everything behind me because I played in the European Championship and there was more talk about my future than the Europeans. Finally now everything is over and I can focus on my new club, go back to hard work and do as well as possible.

How important was Jose Mourinho to this transfer? 
I think my decision was pretty easy, it was more difficult to make everything possible. I compare it with the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight. They said it would never happen but it happened. I want to say thank you to my team, United and Jose Mourinho because they all made it possible. Now I am a United player and I am super, super happy. My decision was the easiest part, let’s say. The rest was a puzzle but the puzzle came together and we are all happy.

You must have great memories of working with him at Inter?
I have great memories. The only regret I had with Jose was that it was a short time with him. I had one season. We won together, we enjoyed it together, we had a great time together and I learned a lot. I got to know him as a person, not only as a coach, and I only have positive things to say. He is a winner, I am a winner, we both know what we want and that is to win. Wherever we go we win, and we will win.

Was a spell in the Premier League the only thing missing from your glittering career?
I think it is a big challenge for me. Wherever I go I have won and I am looking forward to this new adventure, a new chapter in my career and my life. If I can win here, I don’t know how many players have had the possibility to play in different competitions like I have and won at the same time. I will work hard, I know my mentality, I come to win and I want to win. Behind everything is hard work and that is what I have been doing so far, and that is what I am going to do now.

It is an exciting time in the Premier League with players and managers arriving. What are you looking forward to about it?
I think the whole Premier League and to be representing Manchester United. Every game will be a wow for the world, especially with everything that is going on with the new coaches and the new players, and me also. It will be a funny year in a good competition, a hard competition and I am not worried.

You have won 10 titles in 11 seasons. Can you do that here?
I have come to win, I haven’t come to waste time or to look at the weather. I am here to win and that is my objective. I don’t give up until I win. That is the objective, to win. We will play in the Europa League and for everything we play for we go to win. With the coach, with the players, everyone working collectively, playing collectively, you can reach your goals. We will do all of the things we need to do to reach our main goal.

We have promising strikers coming through like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Can somebody like you with your experience help them along?
I think so. I have experience from different cultures and different team-mates, world class team-mates, so I learned from then. First of all it is up to every player. If you are professional and working hard enough then you will succeed. You will become a top player. I will do my best to help everybody, not only the two names you gave. Even the club, to bring it up to where it belongs and that is at the top of the table.

Are you looking forward to playing at Old Trafford? You’ve been once before with Inter…
Yeah I am looking forward to that first game, I will enjoy every second and every minute of it. The stadium is amazing the supporters are even more amazing. That will be a big day for me and I am absolutely looking forward to it. 

What happens now for you after a long season with PSG and playing at the European Championship – when will your pre-season start?
Now I breathe out because everything is done after all the talks and speculation! Now it is official, I am a United player and I am the happiest in the world. But now I need a bit of rest after the long season and after the Euros. I will take my rest. How long that will be? I will discuss it with the boss and we will see.

After Paris you said you came as a king and left as a legend. When you leave here, how would you like to be described?
Hopefully I have the same scenario! But this is a new chapter and I don’t like to compare the past with the present. This is different. This will be different and you will see at the end of it.

What is your message to the United fans?
I am super happy and super excited. I am looking forward to the season that is coming. You are great and keep supporting the team. This year will be exciting and there will be great things happening. Keep pushing up and we will give back to you. Hopefully we will give back more than one trophy.

More: Watch the full interview in our video player above.

Source : http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/Exclusive-Interviews/2016/Jul/zlatan-ibrahimovic-first-interview-as-manchester-united-player-mutv-exclusive.aspx

Manchester United 2016/17 Fixtures

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15/06/2016 09:00, Report by Mark Froggatt

PREMIER LEAGUE RELEASE 2016/17 FIXTURE LIST: UNITED FACE BOURNEMOUTH AWAY FIRST

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The 2016/17 Premier League fixture list was released on Wednesday morning and Manchester United will begin the new season with a trip to Bournemouth.

It will, of course, be Jose Mourinho’s first top-flight match in charge of the Reds and the Portuguese coach will be determined to start with a victory over Eddie Howe’s Cherries at the Vitality Stadium. United’s opening home clash is against Southampton in the second fixture.

The first Manchester derby has been scheduled for 10 September at Old Trafford – as you can see in the full fixture list below – and that pits Mourinho against the Blues’ new boss Pep Guardiola. Our new manager will also face rivals Liverpool at Anfield on 15 October before returning to former club Chelsea a week later.

Other standout fixtures include the Boxing Day match against Sunderland at Old Trafford, a trip to West Ham United’s new Olympic Stadium on 2 January and the final game against Crystal Palace, the club beaten by the Reds in this year’s FA Cup final, at Old Trafford.

As ever, it is worth highlighting that all dates released by the Premier League are very much subject to change, with broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport yet to decide which matches they will show live.

You can download these fixtures to your calendar with our exclusive app at www.manutd.com/calendar.

Premier League fixtures 2016/17

Sat Aug 13 Bournemouth A
Sat Aug 20 Southampton H
Sat Aug 27 Hull City A
Sat Sep 10 Manchester City H
Sat Sep 17 Watford A
Sat Sep 24 Leicester City H
Sat Oct 1 Stoke City H
Sat Oct 15 Liverpool A
Sat Oct 22 Chelsea A
Sat Oct 29 Burnley H
Sat Nov 5 Swansea City A 
Sat Nov 19 Arsenal H
Sat Nov 26 West Ham United H
Sat Dec 3 Everton A
Sat Dec 10 Tottenham Hotspur H
Tue Dec 13 Crystal Palace A
Sat Dec 17 West Bromwich Albion A
Mon Dec 26 Sunderland H
Sat Dec 31 Middlesbrough H
Mon Jan 2 West Ham United A
Sat Jan 14 Liverpool H
Sat Jan 21 Stoke City A
Tue Jan 31 Hull City H
Sat Feb 4 Leicester City A
Sat Feb 11 Watford H
Sat Feb 25 Manchester City A
Sat Mar 4 Bournemouth H
Sat Mar 11 Southampton A
Sat Mar 18 Middlesbrough A
Sat Apr 1 West Bromwich Albion H
Tue Apr 4 Everton H
Sat Apr 8 Sunderland A
Sat Apr 15 Chelsea H
Sat Apr 22 Burnley A
Sat Apr 29 Swansea City H
Sat May 6 Arsenal A
Sat May 13 Tottenham Hotspur A
Sun May 21 Crystal Palace H

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

CLUB BRUGGE 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 4

CLUB BRUGGE 0 UNITED 4 (1-7 AGGREGATE)

Scorers: Rooney 22′, 49′, 57′, Herrera 63′ |  26 August 2015 | Jan Breydel Stadium

Manchester United will be among the names in the UEFA Champions League group-stage draw after sealing a 4-0 win on the night and a 7-1 aggregate victory against Club Brugge.

Wayne Rooney answered his doubters in the press by scoring a clinical hat-trick in Belgium before Ander Herrera notched his first goal of the season with another neat finish. The play-off result means Louis van Gaal, the players and supporters can now look forward to returning to Europe’s top table and a competition that has been synonymous with the club since the reign of Sir Matt Busby.

Louis van Gaal made two changes to his team by recalling Michael Carrick in place of Bastian Schweinsteiger and starting Herrera for the first time this season. Both men utilised their passing abilities in the opening exchanges as the Reds controlled possession on a pitch that had been heavily rained upon in Bruges, where the weather was almost biblical leading up to the match.

Despite United’s positive start at the Jan Breydel Stadium, named after a local butcher who led a 13th-century uprising, it was the hosts who created the first chance when Luke Shaw blocked Tom De Sutter’s low volley at the back post, an effort that was more than enough to cheer a home crowd that had provocatively sang along to Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone before kick-off.

The Reds quickly silenced the home supporters, though, by breaking the deadlock on 20 minutes as Memphis Depay, United’s star in the first leg, produced another moment of individual brilliance by dribbling in from the left wing and cutting a neat pass inside for Rooney, who calmly chipped a neat shot over the goalkeeper to score his first goal of the season from around eight-yards.

Rooney’s opener meant Brugge could only progress in normal time with a 4-1 victory and, although their hopes were bleak, the home side showed tremendous spirit and almost levelled when De Sutter forced a smart stop from Sergio Romero on 40 minutes, before the Argentinian goalkeeper brilliantly clawed the ball away from the feet of Boli Bolingoli when he was played in moments later. Memphis also had two efforts deflected wide to cap an intriguing first half in Belgium.

 

HALF-TIME STATISTICS
Possession: Club Brugge 38% United 62%
Shots: Club Brugge 5 United 11
Shots on target: Club Brugge 1 United 2
Corners: Club Brugge 1 United 2

The second half began with Schweinsteiger replacing Januzaj in midfield and the former Champions League winner with Bayern Munich quickly slotted in alongside Carrick, perhaps with a view to regaining total control of the tie. Van Gaal’s substitution paid immediate dividends as United capitalised on a misplaced pass from Brugge to swiftly score on the counter, as a more advanced Herrera slipped a neat pass inside for Rooney to bag his second goal with the simplest of finishes.

It was a disheartening restart for the home team and things went from bad to worse for them when the captain claimed his hat-trick just minutes later, by beating the offside trap and latching onto Mata’s intricate pass to slot a low finish underneath the goalkeeper. It was his 35th goal in European competition and only Ruud van Nistelrooy has netted more for the club, with 38 to his name.

United were running amok by this point and the Reds were cutting through the Brugge defence like a hot knife through butter, which led to Herrera scoring a fourth with a neat composed finished from Schweinsteiger’s excellent through-ball. The Spaniard then exited to an ovation from the travelling Reds as Javier Hernandez entered the fray, hoping to add his own name to the scoresheet.

Although Brugge hit the crossbar with an powerful volley from Tuur Dierckx, this play-off tie was over midway through the second half and the Reds should have scored a fifth from the penalty spot on 80 minutes, when substitute Javier Hernandez slipped and shot wide after Oscar Duarte was somewhat harshly penalised for handball by the referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, a Spanish PE teacher.

Chicharito squandered another excellent opportunity to open his account in the 90th minute when knocking over Ashley Young’s in-swinging cross, but the Mexican’s miss did little to dampen United’s spirits following an extremely beneficial night in Bruges. All eyes are now on Thursday’s group stage draw in Monaco.

FULL-TIME STATISTICS
Possession: Club Brugge 34% United 66%
Shots: Club Brugge 9 United 22
Shots on target: Club Brugge 1 United 7
Corners: Club Brugge 2 United 4

THE TEAMS
Club Brugge:
 Bolat, De Fauw, Castelletto, Duarte, De Bock, Vormer, Claudemir, Vazquez (Vanaken 62′), Diaby (Dierckx 63′), De Sutter, Bolingoli.
Subs not used: Bruzese, Meunier, Cools, De Smul, Oulare.
Booked: Claudemir, Vormer

United: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera (Hernandez 64′); Mata (Young 62′), Januzaj (Schweinsteiger 45′), Memphis; Rooney.
Subs not used: Johnstone, McNair, Schneiderlin, Fellaini.
Booked: Herrera