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 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.

PAUL POGBA Return Manchester United

VIDEO: PAUL POGBA INTERVIEW PART 1
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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…
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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.

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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.”

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MOURINHO APPOINTED MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER

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27/05/2016 09:30, Report by Communications Department

MOURINHO APPOINTED UNITED MANAGER

• Portuguese coach has won 22 trophies since 2003

José Mourinho will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2016/17 season, signing a three-year contract with an option to stay at the club until at least 2020.

José, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.

Announcing the appointment, Ed Woodward said: “José is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to Manchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the club forward.”

José Mourinho said: “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.

“I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans. I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.”

Follow all the news about our new manager at: www.ManUtd.com/WelcomeJose

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FA Cup Victory Would Be Perfect Point For Manchester United To Say Ta-Ra To Louis Van Gaal

It’s very rare that managers leave their clubs at a point that’s right for both parties. Usually either the club want them to stay, or the manager doesn’t want to go but is shown the door because of poor results.

But if Manchester United were to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday to win the FA Cup then they’ll have stumbled upon the perfect moment to terminate Louis Van Gaal’s contract while also allowing the Dutch manager to leave with his head held high.

At the moment, Louis Van Gaal insists that he’ll still be Manchester United’s manager come the start of next season. But he’ll be more than aware of the rising discontent at Old Trafford, while he’ll also know that finishing fifth in the Premier League and missing out on Champions League football is not good enough for a club of United’s size.

But if Manchester United were to win the FA Cup and then Van Gaal was to depart, he could insist that he’d returned the club to winning ways while they could then set about trying to appoint the right man to get them back amongst the European elite.

To be fair to Louis Van Gaal that’s not too far from the truth. Obviously missing out on the Champions League was a huge step back, but if you look at the current United team you can see Van Gaal’s impact.

Not only have United been extremely solid in defence – conceding the joint least amount of Premier League goals in the 2015/2016 season – but with David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford United now have a core of exciting young players that have established themselves as regulars. The progress has just been too slow though.

As Leicester City sensationally proved over the last 12 months, with one or two pinpoint purchases and the appointment of the right manager, there’s every chance that could United could still make startling improvement next season.

But after Manchester United didn’t get into the top 4 when it was really there for the taking and having spent over £250 million over the last two seasons rather poorly, Louis Van Gaal can no longer be trusted to move the club forward.

While a defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final would see Van Gaal depart to a chorus of vitriol from rightfully infuriated Manchester United fans, victory would provoke a celebration that’d briefly erase the memories of the tedious play that they’ve had to endure for long spells of his tenure.

It would also leave enough room for Manchester United to say a genial goodbye to Louis Van Gaal, before they then quickly moved ahead to, hopefully, a brighter future.

English Premier League team of the season: the best XI so far

Premier League team of the season: the best XI so far

With almost one-third of the season gone, two players from Leicester City and two from Southampton make our side but Arsenal provide more individuals than any other club – and there is only one from the leaders, Manchester City

Our Premier League team of the season so far.

David de Gea (Manchester United)
Outwitting Real Madrid and convincing De Gea to sign a new contract might just be Manchester United’s greatest triumph so far in the post-Ferguson era. The farcical sight of the young Spaniard sitting alongside Víctor Valdés and Anders Lindegaard to watch Sergio Romero play seems a hazy memory now, and De Gea has demonstrated his mental fortitude by putting all that ballyhoo behind him and immediately responding with top-class performances. He has made the extraordinary routine, although even by his standards the save from José Fonte’s header that helped United to an improbable victory at St Mary’s in September was phenomenal. Keep up his current form and the 25-year-old will have been worth close to his age in points this season.

Manchester United’s David de Gea, here tipping the ball over against Crystal Palace, has excelled since a move to Real Madrid failed to go through.
Manchester United’s David de Gea, here tipping the ball over against Crystal Palace, has excelled since a move to Real Madrid failed to go through. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Defenders

Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)
Another young Spaniard about whom there were once questions over Premier League suitability. It is less than a year since Bellerín was “abandoned” by Per Mertesacker to endure a gruelling ordeal in a bruising Arsenal defeat by Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Bellerín has gone on not only to prove he can cut it in the Premier League but that he is a cut above most other defenders. And he contributes plenty in attack, too, thanks to blinding speed and smart choices. At 20 he offers ample scope to get even better, and it is an encouraging sign that in matches where it had initially looked as if his rapid opponent might get the better of him – Jefferson Montero at Swansea, for example (or Douglas Costa against Bayern Munich) – he has quickly risen to the challenge and come out emphatically on top.

Héctor Bellerín has impressed with his defending, including here at Swansea, and contributed for Arsenal in attack.
Héctor Bellerín has impressed with his defending, including here at Swansea, and contributed for Arsenal in attack. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

The centre-back might have made a calamitous start to his international career but his first steps in the Premier League have been immaculate. He has played every minute of every Southampton league match since arriving in September, almost effortlessly forming a solid partnership with the excellent José Fonte. Commanding in the air, tough in the tackle and composed on the ball, he has been both an effective blocker and able builder from the back. He has also been a menace at the other end from corners and can take a mean free-kick. Southampton bought Van Dijk from Celtic for about £11.5m, which is not much more than Tottenham Hotspur paid Atlético Madrid for Toby Alderweireld, who has made a big difference at White Hart Lane but who has not been missed at St Mary’s after his loan there last season, thanks to Van Dijk.

Virgil van Dijk has been commanding in the air and reliable with his passing and tackling since joining Southampton from Celtic.
Virgil van Dijk has been commanding in the air and reliable with his passing and tackling since joining Southampton from Celtic. Photograph: Scott Heppell/AP

Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Back in the summer, most people saw problems ahead for Manchester United’s supposedly dodgy defence but Smalling saw an opportunity and has seized it decisively. The 25-year-old has matured into a highly accomplished defender. He remains dominant in duels, his positioning and reading of matches have evolved enormously and his consistency is now exemplary. De Gea is not the only reason United have the best defensive record in the league so far.

Chris Smalling has matured into a highly accomplished defender and is a big reason why Manchester United have conceded so few goals.
Chris Smalling has matured into a highly accomplished defender and is a big reason why Manchester United have conceded so few goals. Photograph: Jon Super/AP

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

When it comes to left-backs, we should recall the promising start made to the season by Luke Shaw before that unfortunate injury, and also note the unsurprisingly excellent form by Ryan Bertrand since his return from injury, but most of all we should acknowledge the quiet efficiency with which Monreal has secured the position at Arsenal, where he was once considered second-choice behind Kieran Gibbs. He has played every minute of every league game so far this season and has seemed tougher, more confident and more reliable than ever.

Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal has played every minute of every league game this season and has seemed more reliable than ever.
Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal has played every minute of every league game this season and has seemed more reliable than ever. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

Even the sun gets eclipsed sometimes. Mahrez was withdrawn at half-time after failing to shine at Bournemouth and he was blotted out completely for the trip to Norwich. But he has lit up practically every other Leicester match. Blessed with rare close control and a far-out imagination, the Algerian is a magician who does more than entertain – he also decides matches, his transformation of the game against Aston Villa, in which Leicester were 2-0 down and emerged as 3-2 victors, being one example of many. He scores goals, creates goals and works unselfishly for his team, while making it all look wonderful fun.

Riyad Mahrez has shown with Leicester that he is a magician who does more than entertain – he also decides matches.
Riyad Mahrez has shown with Leicester that he is a magician who does more than entertain – he also decides matches. Photograph: Andy Thompson/ActionPlus/Corbis

Fernandinho (Manchester City)

If one of the themes of the season so far has been the diminished form of established stars such as Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fàbregas and Diego Costa, another has been the blooming of players who took time to take root in England. Fernandinho has been radiant this season; more dynamic and powerful than ever but also showing the panache that had seldom been seen from him at Manchester City. Last season his offensive contribution pretty much amounted to providing a platform for Yaya Touré; this term his surges into the box have become a thrilling additional feature of his and City’s play.

Fernandinho has been powerful and dynamic, and has shown greater panache than ever before with Manchester City.
Fernandinho has been powerful and dynamic, and has shown greater panache than ever before with Manchester City. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Mesut Özil (Arsenal)

Özil was brilliant when he first arrived at Arsenal and then he seemed to shrivel up and disappear. He is back. And he may be better than ever. He says bulking up has helped withstand attempts to bash him off his stride. What is clear is that he is now a much more regular influence on matches, with his vision and precision integral to Arsenal. He has forged a particularly delightful understanding with Alexis Sánchez, as memorably showcased in the destruction of Manchester United, but even when the Chilean has been below par, Özil has kept probing and prising opponents apart.

Mesut Özil is having a much more regular influence on matches, with his vision and precision integral to Arsenal.
Mesut Özil is having a much more regular influence on matches, with his vision and precision integral to Arsenal. Photograph: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Dimitri Payet (West Ham)

One of the low points of the season has been the tackle that has put this Frenchman out of action for around three months. That will distort West Ham’s campaign and detract from our enjoyment of their matches, as Payet’s skills and incision have been among the highlights of the season so far. He is one of those players whose repertoire manages to convey simultaneously impish cheek and high-brow sophistication, his feint and dink against Crystal Palace being a beautiful case in point. His sidefooter into the top corner against Newcastle was also evidence that he sees things differently to average players. We look forward to seeing him in action again as soon as possible.

It is a blow to West Ham and to the Premier League that Dimitri Payet is out for about three months after being hurt in a tackle by Everton’s James McCarthy.
It is a blow to West Ham and to the Premier League that Dimitri Payet is out for about three months after being hurt in a tackle by Everton’s James McCarthy. Photograph: IPS/REX Shutterstock

Strikers

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

You can’t argue with 12 goals in 12 games. All types of goals, too. And much more besides. Defending against the Leicester forward must be like having workmen using a pneumatic drill outside your bedroom window all night, not a moment’s respite, a royal pain in the head. Vardy’s speed, endeavour and sharpness help make Leicester lethal on the counterattack, while the same qualities, plus his canny link-up play, enable them to prosper from initiating attacks too.

Jamie Vardy has scored 12 times in 12 Premier League games for Leicester City but his speed and endeavour have been eye-catching as well as his goals.

Graziano Pellè (Southampton)

There is no better exponent of the one-man frontline role than this Italian. His power and mobility enable him to bully several defenders in a single game, as various members of Manchester United’s and Chelsea’s backlines have memorably found out this season. He also has the technique – including a chest-passing repertoire that even Marouane Fellaini may envy – and wisdom to serve as the ideal fulcrum for attacks. He is a perfect target for Dusan Tadic’s crosses and a deft pivot for Sadio Mané and the widely underrated Steven Davis.

Graziano Pellè, here scoring for Southampton in their win at Chelsea, has been an outstanding one-man frontline.
Graziano Pellè, here scoring for Southampton in their win at Chelsea, has been an outstanding one-man frontline. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Substitutes

Jack Butland (Stoke City) Stoke missed Ryan Shawcross badly during the fine defender’s absence but they have not missed Asmir Begovic.

Allan Nyom (Watford) The forward runs, defensive solidity and all-action intrepidness of the Watford right-back have made him a terrific addition to the Premier League so far.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) He was ropey in the north London derby but has mostly been superb this season.

Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) If Leicester have not missed Esteban Cambiasso, nor needed Gokhan Inler, it is because Drinkwater has patrolled their midfield with strength and smartness.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) Like Raheem Sterling, the Belgian has quickly shown why Manchester City were so keen to get him, with his passing, shooting and general ability to make things happen from anywhere adding variety and unpredictability to the league leaders’ play.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) Possessed of lovely balance and touch, admirable strength and, for a 19-year-old, supernatural calm, the Spurs midfielder already looks at home in the upper reaches of the Premier League.

Odion Ighalo (Watford) His partnership with Troy Deeney is only one of the reasons why Watford look a strong bet to survive.

Manager
Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)
Claudio Ranieri’s early stewardship of Leicester City has combined impressive results with exhilarating performances.

Claudio Ranieri’s early stewardship of Leicester City has combined impressive results with exhilarating performances.
Claudio Ranieri’s early stewardship of Leicester City has combined impressive results with exhilarating performances. Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

The Italian has kept the spirit of last season burning, usually got his team selections right, made decisive in-play switches and presided over exhilarating performances while achieving results that few would have predicted. So far he looks to have been an inspired appointment, and all those pre-season sceptics who said he was the wrong man to replace Nigel Pearson should go bury their heads in the sand in shame.

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