De Gea set to become Premier League’s best-paid goalkeeper!

Manchester United are confident David De Gea will sign a new contract that will make him the Premier League’s highest-paid goalkeeper on £200,000-plus a week.

De Gea’s deal runs out at the end of the season, with United having an option to extend that by another year until 2020.

But sources expect the 27-year-old to commit to an extended long-term contract beyond that, which will entitle him to a testimonial in the 2021-22 season when he will have completed 10 years at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid’s £32million signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea last week has rem,oved any lingering fear that the Spain international could move back to his homeland.

Real, who almost landed De Gea on transfer deadline day in 2015, are understood to have been given little indication that De Gea could be prized away from the North West.

His connection with Spain has weakened over time and came to a head at the World Cup, with the player believing he was made a scapegoat for the disastrous campaign under Fernando Hierro in Russia.

De Gea is content in Manchester, enjoys a good relationship with Jose Mourinho and is close to goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez.

Alvarez mentored De Gea in his time at Atletico Madrid and was brought in by Mourinho with a view to help retain him. His father, Jose, has always been in favour of him remaining at Old Trafford.

-Dailymail

World cup winner, Pogba tells United he’s desperate to leave for Barcelona

Paul Pogba has told his Manchester United team-mates that he is desperate to leave Old Trafford for Barcelona.

Pogba has made it known to players and staff in the last 48 hours that he wants to be sold, two years after rejoining United from Juventus in a then world record £89million deal.

The 25-year-old France midfielder is also understood to have sent a text message to Ed Woodward, informing United’s executive vice-chairman of his desire to go, although the club flatly deny this.

United maintain that Pogba is not for sale, just two days before Jose Mourinho’s side kick off the season at home to Leicester. They would have little chance of signing a replacement before the transfer window closes in England at 5pm on Thursday.

They are now faced with the prospect of keeping an unhappy player, who is set to earn a basic wage of £9.62m this season, plus a £3.78m loyalty bonus, or grant Pogba’s wish and open negotiations with Barcelona. The Spanish transfer deadline is not until the end of this month.

It’s understood that Pogba has agreed terms with the Catalan giants on a deal worth £89.5m over five years — a basic salary of £18m equivalent to £346,000 a week — through his agent Mino Raiola and that he has his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp.

Raiola declined to comment on the situation when contacted on Tuesday, saying: ‘I will never make declarations about Paul. You have to speak to Manchester United.’

It’s understood that Pogba wants to play in Spain with Lionel Messi and his old Juventus team-mate Arturo Vidal, who joined Barcelona last week.

He has become disillusioned with life at United under Mourinho after the relationship between the two men deteriorated rapidly last season.

-Dailymail

If Jose Mourinho continues like this he won’t be at United come Christmas

Not only has Jose Mourinho risked alienating his players and the fans in pre-season but he is damaging Manchester United’s brand, too. Carry on like this and he won’t be at the club come Christmas.

Mourinho, the figurehead of the world’s biggest football club, has told the 101,000 supporters who watched United’s 4-1 defeat by Liverpool in Michigan that they should have stayed away.

What must the Glazers have thought of their manager’s recent outbursts? These tours are as much about business as they are sport. United will want to sell as many tickets, shirts and merchandise as possible.

Instead, the manager is tarnishing the club’s image by saying that their product is not worth watching.

Mourinho’s words are bound to have an adverse effect on the players he has taken on tour. He may be without his World Cup stars but in a successful dressing room you need the whole squad pulling together. He is telling his squad players publicly that they are not good enough.

All of this is a calculated move to put United’s decision-makers under pressure to bring in new signings. Mourinho will be looking with envy at Liverpool, who have spent £177million to close the gap on Manchester City.

Yet it is not as if he has only just walked into this job. He has had two years to rebuild United and been backed to the tune of £360m to do so. You could not argue with Ed Woodward for thinking: ‘How much more money is it going to take?’

It is hard to think of a club having a more negative pre-season. Mourinho could not even resist having a dig at Paul Pogba, his World Cup-winning midfielder. These comments are not an attempt at reverse psychology. They are just sheer misery.

He is starting to sound like a manager who wants out. To start dishing out ultimatums on transfer spending smacks of desperation. Once you start taking on the board, there is usually only one winner.

Should Mourinho continue in this vein and his side suffer a slow start to the season, United will rapidly run out of patience.

-Chris Sutton/Dailymail

Why Man United striker Lukaku opened up about poverty

Romelu Lukaku has said that he was willing to open up about the poverty of his upbringing because he wanted to inspire a new generation of poor children of African descent growing up in Europe.

The Manchester United striker’s story was featured in the Players’ Tribune last week and he spoke about the fact that often his mother had to water down the milk because the family didn’t have enough money to last until the end of the week.

Lukaku, who was born in Antwerp after his parents emigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo and whose father, Roger, played for Zaire, as it was then named, also revealed that the bakery in the neighbourhood he grew up would ‘loan’ them bread to tide them over.

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Lukaku said:

‘At the end of the day it is about inspiring people. You want to inspire the young generation. 

‘There are a lot of kids from African descent across Europe, their parents came to Europe for a better life but they grew up in difficult circumstances so they do whatever they have to do to help their parents. I’m talking for those kids and also talking for other kids all over the world that look at me and try to know how I became I am the man I am today.

‘[Telling my story] was something I had never done before. The way I grew up, people don’t know the details. For me it was difficult at the start to do it but now people know that for me, my back was against the wall from the start. From my youngest memory I’ve always had my back against the wall.

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‘So, I play this game of football because I have a mission. I made a promise. I love the game and when you make your passion your job and you have a job to make sure your family is okay at that end, it is the best thing ever.

‘I think players need to tell people the way they grew up. Especially as people see us as role models. Sometimes we make mistakes but at the end of the day there are a lot of people on this earth who grew up in much more difficult ways than we did. There is always a way out or a way to make it out. 

WORLD CUP LEADING GOALSCORERS

Harry Kane (England) – Five goals

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – Four goals

Denis Cheryshev (Russia), Diego Costa (Spain), Kylian Mbappe(France), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) – Three goals

‘I found that football was my way out to help my family to live the life we have today. For me, I just don’t want my kids to grow up the way that I did. There is a lot of stuff that is still on my mind. I don’t want them, or my brother’s kids, to go through that. That is why I play football.’

Lukaku is on four goals, just behind Harry Kane, who has five (check Ronaldo tonight) in the race for the Golden Boot and will return to the Belgian side against Japan tomorrow (Monday).

He said:

‘For me it is not about the race for the Golden Boot. I’m not here to talk about individuals, I’m here to talk about my team and this is a team on a mission. We know what we have to do. We have a mission as a team and that is the most important thing for me. I just want to help my team and improve game after game.’

And he backed United team-mate Marcus Rashford to make an impact for England. ‘Marcus is basically my working partner at United,’ he said.

‘We do everything together and I try to help him as much as I can. He has a lot of qualities. In the next two or three years you will see the best out of Marcus because he can do everything a footballer needs to do.’ 

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Chelsea Reject £50m Offer From Barcelona For Willian As They Bid To Beat Man U To Land Brazilian Star

Chelsea have turned down a £50million offer from Barcelona for Brazilian midfielder Willian.

Despite winning the league and cup double last season, Barca have concerns that their squad still lacks greater quality in depth and attacking flair, particularly following their shock Champions League defeat by Roma.

The Spanish side see the skilful 29-year-old as a playmaker who can add an extra dimension to their attack following the departure of Andres Iniesta and want him to link up with compatriot Philippe Coutinho.

Willian’s representatives have been in Barcelona and the lure of the Spanish giants will be tempting but Chelsea have so far shown no willingness to sell.

Long-term admirers Manchester United are waiting in the wings and have also posted an interest.

It is understood, United would be willing to offer even more to secure a player their manager Jose Mourinho rates highly.

Indeed, United made overtures to sign Willian in January but Chelsea resisted despite Antonio Conte preferring to use him predominantly as an impact player.

Willian still managed to score 13 goals last season and was arguably Chelsea’s stand out player when they played Barcelona in the Champions League.

-Dailymail

‘I Couldn’t Turn Down Coming To The Biggest Club In The World’ – Man United’s New Boy, Dalot

Manchester United have completed the signing of full back Diogo Dalot from Porto on a five-year deal.

The Portugal Under 21 international has joined the club for £17.4million and has the option to stay an extra year in his contract.

United wanted a right back to compete with Antonio Valencia, who is 33 and needs constant treatment on a knee injury.

The 19-year-old can also play left back. He broke into Porto’s first team in February in that position and played in his club’s 0-0 Champions League draw at Liverpool.

He helped Portugal win the 2016 UEFA European Under 17 Championship, scoring twice in five games in Azerbaijan including once in the final against Spain.

On signing the teenager, United manager Jose Mourinho told the club’s official website : ‘Diogo is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club.

‘He has all the attributes that a full back needs: physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto Academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.

‘In his age group, he is the best full back in Europe and we all believe he has a bright future ahead of him at Manchester United.’

Dalot joins Brazilian midfielder Fred, who became United’s first summer signing on Tuesday, at the club.

‘I have grown up in Porto’s Academy and I am so thankful for everything they have done for me.

‘But the chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn’t turn down.

‘I’m excited about working with Jose Mourinho and learning everything I can from such a successful coach.

‘I am looking forward to playing alongside the fantastic players in the squad.’

DIOGO DALOT’S 2017-18 STATS FOR PORTO

Appearances: 33

Goals: 4

Assists: 8

Yellow cards: 3

Red cards: 1

-Dailymail

Jose Mourinho – Manchester United players will never be up to the standards

Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United are lumbered with players he knows will never be up to the standards needed at Old Trafford.

Mourinho will make changes this summer as he attempts to close the gap between United and champions Manchester City.

However, he accepts that United cannot offload all the players he believes are not up to scratch. Mourinho did not identify them, but he has publicly questioned the likes of Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw in the past.

He admitted that most Premier League teams cannot have the ‘perfect squad’, with the exception being a club that can sign a new goalkeeper and central defender and then replace them. That appeared to be a veiled reference to City buying Ederson Moraes and Aymeric Laporte on the back of signing Claudio Bravo and John Stones.

Asked if he needs more quality or a better mindset in his squad, Mourinho replied: ‘Both. How many points separate us from Manchester City? Not two, three or four. A lot of points. I think we need both things that you mentioned. Some of the people we have, they have to be more consistent in their performance and we need more quality.

‘I trust some more than others that can bridge that gap. I worked with the players for a couple of years. I know them better than anyone.

‘Of course, some of the players I am totally convinced are going to make it. Some others, I have good hopes that they are going to make it. And some others, I don’t believe they are going to make it.

‘Unless there is a perfect squad where you buy one goalkeeper, you don’t like and you buy another one. You buy a central defender, you don’t like, and you buy another one. Unless you can do that, and you go in the direction of the perfect squad, you have to keep players you don’t love and players you don’t totally believe have the level of the squad.

‘If you go to the Premier League managers – I don’t say every one, but I say the majority of them – they will tell you the same. In my squad, I have some players where I would like to have better than what I have. That’s basic.’

Mourinho accepted that United’s record of beating all of the other Big Six clubs but losing to the three promoted teams – Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield – as well as relegated West Brom this season is proof of a deeper lying problem that needs correcting.

‘When you lose against all the teams that were promoted, it doesn’t smell right to me,’ he said.

‘When you lose against the small teams and you win against the big teams, it’s not right. But when you lose against the big teams and you win against the small teams, that is also not right.

‘I think it’s normal that during the season, you have your low moments but in a balanced way. It is not like you always lose against the big teams because you are afraid of them or you always lose against the small teams because you don’t respect them.

‘I will try to succeed in getting every player to have the same mentality as I have. I am not afraid to play against the big teams and I respect the small teams.’

-Daily Mail

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Yesu Ni Bwana! Sir Alex Ferguson is out of intensive care

Sir Alex Ferguson is out of intensive care and Manchester United are confident he will make a full recovery from the brain haemorrhage he suffered at the weekend.

The club tweeted on Wednesday night to say the 76-year-old former manager, who has been treated at Salford Royal Hospital, will continue his rehabilitation as an inpatient.

‘Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care,’ the statement read.

‘His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery.’

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United manager Jose Mourinho had earlier suggested Ferguson would make a full recovery.

Speaking before his side’s trip to London ahead of their game against West Ham on Thursday, Mourinho insisted he is keen to respect the Ferguson family’s request for privacy as the 76-year-old recuperates in a Manchester hospital.

But he believes news that the Scot is conscious and talking – and even said to be discussing the latest football results – will lift his players in the final three games of the season. United face West Ham and Watford in their final two Premier league games, and Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

‘I can only think that if there is any relation it is a positive relation,’ said Mourinho.

Asked if the situation had left a cloud over the club, he added: ‘We are positive – very, very positive. We are confident.

‘It’s private. His family ask for privacy and that’s what I’m going to respect.’

Mama yoooo! Louis Otieno still needs your help 

Ferguson suffered a fall at his Cheshire home as a result of the brain haemorrhage on Saturday, May 5, and was quickly taken via an ambulance to Macclesfield district hospital.

The Scotsman was subsequently transferred, with a police escort, to be treated at the Salford Royal where he underwent surgery.

Messages of well wishing soon began pouring in from the football world and wider afield.

A series of the current Manchester United players instantly sent their best wishes to the former boss, while Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany urged for the Scotsman to pull through, writing: ‘Hang in there Sir Alex, thoughts are with the family and close ones.’

His son, Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson missed out on his side’s final fixture of the League One campaign on Saturday due to a ‘severe family issue.’

Ferguson is best known for the dynasty of success he created at United over the course of 27 trophy-laden years, the likes of which surpassed anything seen before in the English game.

Moulding a succession of outstanding teams, United won the Champions League twice, 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup during his time there between 1986 and 2013.

-Daily Mail

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David De Gea Expected To Sign New 5-year Manchester United Deal Worth £350,000 a week

David De Gea is expected to sign a new five-year Manchester United deal worth £350,000 a week.

The Spanish goalkeeper who is wanted by Real Madrid this summer is expected to sign before going to the World Cup. He will become united’s second highest ever earner in history behind Alexis Sanchez who is on £505,000 a week.

It is reported that talks will begin with the 27-year-old this month, after initial discussions earlier this season. United are convinced he is ready to commit his future at Old Trafford, after years of speculation.

Fools day baby! Willis Raburu receives a yummy looking Manchester United themed cake

The vibrant 10 over 10 TV co-host, Willis Raburu was today celebrated by his workmates as his birthday approaches.

The hot 96 radio presenter’s birthday is on 1st of April and we all know which day that is. Oh for those of you who can’t mark your calendars, it’s fools day.

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It doesn’t end there

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He is known for his unending love for English premier league side,  Manchester United and so his work makes couldn’t give him a cake with anything less than a sumptuous looking Manchester United themed cake.

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Just look at that cake.

Raburu is a die hard fan of Manchester United always posts post-match results every other time his team plays, keeping his fans updated as well.

Generally he supports sports like boxing, golf, cycling and many others. We all love his diverse personality.

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One of his Manchester United match result post.

We wish him a happy birthday.