United’s open training starts
That looks to be Alexis Sanchez.
McTominay called up by Scotland
The Darren Fletcher comparisons continue.
The Carragher memes keep on coming
Kenneh may approve after he donned that Suarez monstrosity in 2011.
United open training delayed
It’s been put back until 11.30am. United were originally due to be out at 11am, so the wait for news on Martial and Pogba (and Jones, Rojo, Blind, Herrera and Ibrahimovic) goes on.
Carragher culled for Champions League football
The former Liverpool defender was due to be at Old Trafford for United’s Champions League tie with Sevilla on Tuesday night for Danish television channel TV3 Sport but has been dropped.
“It does not look good,” TV3 Sport executive director Peter Nørrelund told Ekstra Bladet.
Premier League wages table
This is only relevant because some City fans have attempted to claim a moral victory (Vincent Kompany would approve) when it comes to wages and transfer fees. Ie. They didn’t sign Sanchez and haven’t spent over £60m on a player.
Well, Guardiola spent over £400m in 18 months and as for the wages…
Gary Neville’s been getting stick
And so has Mourinho from some of the Class of ‘92’s cheerleaders. He’s had digs at Neville and Scholes, as well as the odd thinly-veiled response to Giggs’ opinions. Credit to Mourinho. He’s driven a wedge between that cabal and the club to reinforce his authority. Moyes and Van Gaal were too weak to do that when the ex-players spoke out against their regimes.
United’s birthday message
Dean Henderson’s been in fine form for Shrewsbury this season but had entered the last four months of his United contract. It’s conceivable he’ll leave on a free at the end of the season and United will only get a compensation fee for the goalkeeper, who’s 20.
Open training in an hour
Will Pogba and Martial feature? Will Gomes and Hamilton be involved? Will Ibrahimovic make an appearance? He said Sevilla would be his comeback date.
Carragher arrives in London
Following his spitting incident with a United fan. He is due to be on Monday Night Football this evening but that could change.
Mata on that scissor kick attempt
“Apart from relishing the win I thought about that scissor-kick than I couldn’t turn into the third goal… To be honest, after watching it on TV I think it was easier than the one I did at Anfield a couple of seasons ago, but I couldn’t get in touch with the ball as well as I wanted. It seemed as it was going in but it went wide not far from the post.
“Those actions last a few seconds, it all happened very quickly. It was a purely instinctive decision to go for that overhead kick when I saw Alexis’s pass and the ball coming towards me at that height. It was a pity, but luckily we didn’t need to score that third goal in order to win :-). There will be other chances ;-).”
Luke Shaw’s likes a curious tweet
This is either a mistake or Luke Shaw has a sense of humour. Those awful grey shirts are unflattering, as Red News editor Barney said at Palace:
“Don’t like us in that kit at all. Even makes Valencia seem like he’s got my beer gut!”
Shaw got some stick on Twitter after he came on but there’s nothing new there.
Neville praises Mata
The Spaniard was rewarded with a rare start against a top six rival on Saturday, playing 88 minutes in the 2-1 win against Liverpool, after his impressive cameo at Crystal Palace five days previously.
Although Mata did not register an assist in either game, the 29-year-old helped United’s attack tick as he drifted inside from his position on the right wing, allowing others to flourish.
And, ahead of further season-defining fixtures against both Sevilla and Brighton, Neville believes Mata will be key to United’s hopes of finishing the season on a real high.
The Carragher memes continue
And there is a Monday Night Football game tonight, too.
Think Rashford’s first goal looked familiar?
It was reminiscent of Ronaldo’s against Dynamo Kiev in 2007, only the Portuguese took an extra touch to score his chop-and-finish.
Will Kenny have a new T-shirt on?
The inevitable meme has popped up already.
Sevilla reveal squad vs United
No Jesus Navas. So Antonio Valencia will be the only right-back hitting the first man with crosses on Tuesday night.
Injured players update today
Mourinho will give the latest on:
West Ham vs United date TBC
But the likelihood is it will be a midweek evening kick-off, which is not particularly reassuring after what went on during the 3pm kick-off at the weekend.
There was infighting in the home section during United’s win there in January last year and any United supporter at that game will tell you what a wretched experience it is watching football at the London Stadium.
United team news coming later
Open training is at 11am today, when we’ll get some indication as to who could return against Sevilla tomorrow evening.
Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed the weekend win through injury. There’s every chance Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes will be in training today after they were added to the Champions League squad.
United critics have embarrassed themselves over Rashford
Rashford’s supposed lack of playing time has vexed those peculiarly preoccupied with England’s World Cup squad. United – and most other club supporters – could not care a jot about the national team for at least another two months – if at all – and are bracing themselves for the maligned March internationals. The brutal reality is left wingers Martial and Alexis Sanchez are currently superior players than Rashford on their day.
For a footballer supposedly deprived of game time Rashford has played more United matches this season (40) than he had at the same stage last season (36). His double against Liverpool has surpassed his tally of 11 in 2016-17 and a 20-goal season remains feasible if Rashford finishes with the ruthlessness he displayed on Saturday.
Gary Neville ‘analyses the Carragher incident
You can trust Andy Ha to come up with the good…
United ‘make Lewandowski approach’
I’m still sceptical about this one – Jose Mourinho’s insistence he will not sign any forward, Romelu Lukaku’s form, formation, etc.
It is also worth clarifying that Lewandowski is represented by Pini Zahavi, who is doing his utmost to whip up an auction for the Pole. There is actually no concrete evidence United are interested in Lewandowski.
David de Gea’s brilliance in one stat
‘Sanchez not value for money compared to Son’
If I was a Premier League manager, I would take Son Heung-min over Alexis Sanchez every day of the week, Chris Sutton wrote fro the Daily Mail.
We talk about how influential Harry Kane is for Tottenham but Son is the next best thing. He has energised Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
Everything he does is with a huge smile on his face. Contrast this with Sanchez, who often cuts a moody and sulky figure when he does not get his way.
Everything 25-year-old Son does is with a smile on his face, especially his goal celebrations
Think of the aggravation he gave Arsenal before his move to Manchester United. There is no such hassle with Son.
Pochettino has asked him to play in a number of different positions but he gives Spurs everything regardless.
He is the model professional in every respect. Tottenham fell behind at Bournemouth and Kane went off injured, but Son put in a fine performance as a central striker.
We are yet to see such a match-winning display from £600,000-a-week Sanchez at Old Trafford.
Son has scored seven goals in his last four games while the Chilean has found the net just once in nine for United.
It is clear to see which manager is getting the better value for money.
Scott McTominay ’caused Paul Pogba injury’
A report from the Times reads:
It has emerged that Scott McTominay is the player whose challenge on Paul Pogba has left United sweating on the France midfielder’s fitness before their Champions League round-of-16 showdown with Seville.
Pogba missed Saturday’s victory over Liverpool after sustaining an injury in United’s training session on the eve of the game. It is understood that Pogba was injured after being unintentionally caught by McTominay.
Jesse Lingard ‘set to be handed new deal’
United are looking at rewarding Lingard, 25, with another pay hike which could see his weekly wage jump from £75,000 a week to £100k.
It is believed Lingard, who can also operate in the No.10 role behind centre forward Romelu Lukaku, had certain targets set in his last contract, which he is now hitting.
And that is set to trigger his pay rise to six figures a week.
Lingard, who joined the club at the age of seven, signed a four-year deal last April with the option of a further 12 months at Old Trafford.
Timo Werner ends speculation about future
David de Gea shows class with another gesture
Gary Neville explains why Mata’s become more important
There’s signs in the last two games that there’s a team there and Juan Mata’s become more important to connect the team, he told the Gary Neville podcast.
It looks like you’ve got [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Romelu] Lukaku but they haven’t got that glue that just knits it together. Mata looks like he might become a very important player.
Michael Carrick, [Paul] Pogba has sort of got the ability to connect back to front but Mata certainly has got the composure to hold the ball and allow those players to make their runs so they can get up the pitch and get into a point where they can play one-on-one.
They need to be one-on-one. You see with Rashford [against Liverpool], [Alexis] Sanchez, Lukaku. Get them one-on-one around the edge of the box, they are probably as good as you are going to get.
However to get the ball into those situations, as many times as possible with quality, you need someone to put the ball there to them and Mata did really well on Monday night.
I thought he changed the game, many people said Rashford did. But I thought Mata played equally as big a role and today he’s done well off the right-hand side.