Mkhitaryan joins Arsenal as part of the deal

Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a deal that sees the Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction.

Speaking about his transfer, Alexis Sanchez said: “I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans. The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down. I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”

Jose Mourinho commented: “Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players. He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.

“I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get. He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory.”

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Victor Lindelof sign for Manchester United


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.”



Manchester United Europa League Winner

Manchester United have been crowned winners of the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.


“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.

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.

Possession: United 45% Southampton 55%
Shots at goal: United 11 Southampton 11
Shots on target: United 5 Southampton 1
Corners: United 4 Southampton 0


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.

Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United

Jose Mourinho began his Manchester United reign in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth as Zlatan Ibrahimovic caught the eye and got himself on the scoresheet once again for his new club.

(Premier League | 14 August 2016 | Vitality Stadium | Scorers: A.Smith 69′ / Mata 40′, Rooney 64′, Ibrahimovic 69′)

It was Juan Mata, playing in his 52nd consecutive league game for United having not missed one since February 2015, who put the Reds ahead after capitalising on a defensive area just before the break. Wayne Rooney headed a second after the interval, before the impressive Ibrahimovic drilled home from 25 yards. An Adam Smith strike was a mere consolation for Bournemouth.

Mourinho made two changes to the side that won at Wembley in the Community Shield seven days earlier as Jesse Lingard, who picked up a knock in that game, and Michael Carrick made way for Mata and Ander Herrera. There were Premier League debuts for Eric Bailly – in imperious form at the back alongside Daley Blind – Ibrahimovic and, later in the match, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Antonio Valencia notched his 250th appearance for the Reds.

The Ecuadorian and Swede had already linked well during pre-season with Valencia setting up Ibrahimovic for a goal on his friendly debut in Gothenburg and another on his official Reds bow at Wembley. And the duo almost combined again on 13 minutes but Simon Francis bravely rose to head clear as Ibrahimovic was about to pounce. That was the only real half-chance of any note during a scrappy and pretty even opening 20 minutes.

United’s main threat was down the right side, with Valencia seeing plenty of the ball in attack. He was involved in the best move of the opening period on 27 minutes when Herrera found him in space. His pull-back found Mata who set up Wayne Rooney, but the skipper couldn’t get enough pace on the ball to trouble Artur Boruc.

In keeping with the scrappiness of the game, the Reds took the lead five minutes before the interval after a double defensive error from Francis. The defender attempted to play Herrera’s ball over the top to his keeper but his backpass was too short, allowing Mata to steal in. His shot was saved by Boruc but the ball rebounded back off Francis into the Spaniard’s path and he had the simple task of tapping home from close range.SA

Possession: Bournemouth 51% United 49%
Shots: Bournemouth 3 United 5
Shots on target: Bournemouth 0 United 3
Corners: Bournemouth 0 United 2

Both teams turned things up a notch at the start of the second period, with Rooney going close on 51 minutes after he latched onto a lovely mid-air flick from Ibrahimovic, but Boruc came out to block his effort.

After a Rooney penalty appeal had been waved away, the captain got himself on the scoresheet for goal 246 of his Reds career. A lovely flick from Mata found Valencia and his centre was mishit by Anthony Martial straight to Rooney, who headed home with ease.

The Reds were enjoying themselves in the Bournemouth sunshine and things got even better for Mourinho’s men just after the hour mark. A minute after Ibrahimovic had seen a free-kick brilliantly saved by Boruc, the Swede picked up possession 25 yards out and angled a lovely low drive into the bottom corner to make it two goals in two competitive games for the Reds, ensuring he has now scored on his Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Champions League bows.

That looked to be game over, but Adam Smith gave the hosts hope on 69 minutes when he cut inside from the right and blasted an effort into the top corner.

The Reds held firm from there on, however, with David De Gea making a superb save in stoppage time, and ensured a winning start for Mourinho in his first league game. United fans will hope this is the first of many.

Possession: Bournemouth 47% United 53%
Shots: Bournemouth 5 United 11
Shots on target: Bournemouth 1 United 7
Corners: Bournemouth 2 United 2

United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrera; Mata (Mkhitaryan 75), Rooney (c) (Memphis 89), Martial (Schneiderlin 85); Ibrahimovic.

Subs not used: Romero, Rojo, Carrick, Rashford.

Booked: Herrera

Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis (c), A.Smith, S.Cook, Daniels, Arter, L.Cook (Gradel 82), Surman, King, Ibe (Afobe 68), Wilson (Grabban 67).

Subs not used: Federici, Gosling, Ake, B.Smith.

“I’m really happy. It’s just the start; we need to improve every day. But we won and that’s the most important thing.” – Jose Mourinho

“It’s always nice when you’re scoring. I had a couple of chances and maybe could have got one more, but I was pleased with my overall performance and getting the goal and the three points.” – Wayne Rooney

“I always try to create some chances to help my team-mates. Whoever scored, it wouldn’t have been important, we just wanted to get the win and start the Premier League season well. It feels good [to be in the Premier League]. I feel alive.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“The new guys are good and bring quality. Zlatan had one chance and got one goal which is good for us. [Eric] Bailly was strong defensively and in the Premier League we need that and we hope he can continue like that.” – Marouane Fellaini

PAUL POGBA Return Manchester United

Paul Pogba gave an exclusive interview to MUTV shortly after completing his transfer back to Manchester United from Juventus. In part one, the French midfielder spoke to David Stowell about his excitement at returning to the Reds, and of how he’s grown as a player in his four years away. Look out for part two from 09:00 BST on Tuesday…

Paul, welcome back to Manchester United. How do you sum up your emotions right now?
There’s no words, to be honest, there’s no words. I just came back to Carrington. It was like I’d just come back home. I just went for a holiday, looks like I went for a holiday. I’ve come back home, I’m happy and I see everyone, the same persons. It’s just a great feeling, to be honest.

I suppose it’s a funny question after what you’ve just said but why are you back here at United? What made you come back?
I think it’s destiny, I would say it’s destiny. First my mum told me I would come back here and I told her, ‘You never know, you’ll see.’ For myself as well it’s a big challenge too, just to come back to where I came from, where I grew up, where I started. I didn’t finish what I started here so I think I came here to finish it.

And of course, you have to listen to your mum…
My mum, she says ‘Your mum’s always right.’ So she was right this time, so it’s good.

And how does it feel to be the world’s most expensive footballer? That’s quite an achievement with all that you’ve already achieved on the pitch…
The thing with me is I only think about the pitch. I want to do great, I want to be one of the best, I want to win titles, I want to achieve things and that’s all; that’s why I came here, just to do this, to become one of the best and to win titles because I know this club has to win titles. This club is created to win titles, to win things, to win big things. I just focus on this and that’s it. I’m just ready to go and work on that and just kill it. (smiles)

Has it been a mad summer for you, playing in the Euros at home for France and then being linked with different clubs?
Yeah. Was there a bit of sadness? Of course, because we lost the final at home. But I will say I’m happy. It was a bad thing for a good thing so I’m happy now. I’m back home and it’s something crazy, it’s really crazy, I cannot explain. I’m very, very happy, the feeling I have in my body. I can’t wait to start.

What’s it like being Paul Pogba now, compared to when you were here at 18 or 19, in this indoor arena at the Academy?
Well, I was younger. Now I’m taller and bigger (laughs). It’s just like… as I told you… it looks like I went for a holiday and I came back home. I was meant to come back here. I feel this. I always had this United thing in my heart and that’s why I came back. I’m happy, just happy.

How have you changed as a player since you were here at United the first time around? What have you learned about your game, about yourself? How are you different?
I’m more experienced, I’ve won titles at Juventus. I’ve been playing with big players like when I started at Man United, of course. I came back. I’ve not come back from the Academy now; I went to play somewhere else and I came back, I would say, as a person, as an adult. I would say with experience, with more games, so I think that’s the difference.

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Manchester United is delighted to announce that Paul Pogba has completed his transfer from Italian club Juventus. Paul joins on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.

Paul, 23, has been with Juventus for four seasons, making 124 appearances and scoring 28 goals. He joined the Bianconeri from United in 2012.

The midfielder has been capped by France on 38 occasions, scoring 6 goals and was a member of the recent squad that reached the final of Euro 2016.

Paul Pogba said:

“I am delighted to rejoin United. It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with José Mourinho. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends. But I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford. I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game.”

José Mourinho said:

“Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future. He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years. He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”