& # 39; He has never been a center defender … when he plays left, he thrives & # 39 ;: Man United icon Andy Cole insists that Marcus Rashford MUST play on the wing if he wants to fulfill his potential
- Marcus Rashford has had his best season so far with 14 Premier League goals
- The English international has been out last month with a back injury
- Harry Maguire has called on Manchester United to defend set- plays better
- Despite recent clean sheets, Maguire believes that improvements need to be made
- However, he enjoyed defensive cooperation with Victor Lindelof
- Fernandes impressed his debut against Wolves after joining Sporting Lisbon
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects great things from his Portuguese international
- Manchester United held talks about East Bengal play during pre-season tour
- Club would earn £ 3 million for matches that would be their first match in India
- A four-man team led by Alan Dawson visited the club at the end of last year
- Paul Scholes posted a photo of him and Dwight Yorke this week
- In the caption, the legend of Manchester United stated: & # 39; Now this is a center progress & # 39;
- Patrice Evra then hinted that Scholes was the current United stars
- [Anthony9] out of shape and signed Odion Ighalo on deadline day
- Manchester United and other leaders were enthusiastic about striker Erling Haaland
- He decided to make the switch to Borussia Dortmund in the January window
- Sports director Michael Zorc has now shown how she now convinced them to join
Rashford, who is currently out with a back injury, has had his most productive Premier League season to date and scored 14 goals in 22 games.
There have been chances for the 22-year-old English international to play in the middle, but Rashford has not been as effective as playing on the left flank.
Old Trafford legend Cole, who has 93 goal made points in 195 games at Old Trafford, believes Rashford is more suited to playing wide than in front.
& # 39; Marcus has never been a center defender & # 39 ;, said Cole Target .
& # 39; I do not mean that it was only Marcus who struggled disrespectfully when he had to receive the ball with his back to the goal. That's not his cup of tea.
& # 39; In the wide areas you never have to play with your back to play the whole game.
& # 39; When he plays on the left, you can see that he is blooming and that he is enjoying that position. Coming from the left, getting shots or playing 1-2 with the center striker, I think he did well in that position. & # 39;
For his injury, Rashford was mainly used on the left, with Anthony Martial taking the central position.
The side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed the signing of Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua in January, with the Nigerian seeking cover for the wounded Rashford – who is not expected to return until the end of March.
Ighalo and Martial are likely to compete for the starting point in the center for Monday's game against Chelsea with Solskjaer, saying that his new addition in January is ready for his debut despite not training with his new team partners yet .
Cole believes that Martial should be the man who makes progress, but believes that there are still improvements that he can make.
& # 39; Martial also needs to work on a few things to improve himself – ball retention, getting into the right areas to score goals, just like Marcus now does in the wide areas. & # 39; Cole added.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris Saint-Germain plotting shock summer move for Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson
The growing interest in the 22-year-old has increased the dilemma of the Old Trafford club.
Henderson has pushed his claims for a return to United, who regard him as a future No. 1, as well as a place in England & # 39; s Euro 2020 team during an impressive second-season loan with Sheffield United.
But standing in the way is the current first choice goalkeeper David De Gea of United, who signed a new contract last summer that runs at least until 2023.
His suitors are now circling to see if they can take advantage of the situation and praise him at his boys' club. PSG has identified Henderson if they want to develop their team by bringing in younger players.
Chelsea wants a new challenger for their number 1 position and leaves doubts about Kepa Arrizabalaga, a world record of £ 72 million in 2018, who struggled to convince at Stamford Bridge and was dropped for their last two games.
Meanwhile, the tracks are also preparing for changes in their keepers department this summer. They are currently planning to bring a new backup keeper to Michel Vorm because of his departure when his short-term deal ends at the end of the season.
Although Henderson would be a long-term successor with Henderson at the age of 33. Chris Wilder, boss of Sheffield United, has meanwhile been open about his hope to re-sign Henderson for a next campaign next season.
Harry Maguire admits that Manchester United & # 39; poor & # 39; was set-play, but believes he is building a great partnership with Victor Lindelof
Harry Maguire has admitted Manchester United should improve their defense of fixed games, but believes that he is building a solid partnership with Victor Lindelof.
Maguire has become a vital figure of the United backline and has taken on a captain position since his entry into the world – registration of £ 80 million from Leicester.
England's international international has been called in to strengthen United's defense, but the team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still leaks targets to Maguire's taste too often.
Despite registering three consecutive clean sheets against Tranmere, Manchester City and Wolves, Maguire admitted that much improvement still needs to be made.
& # 39; We are keeping much cleaner sheets than at the start of the season and we have never really been a team that has admitted many opportunities, & # 39; told Maguire United & # 39; s official website
& # 39; We are poor of set-play with our defense and we scored some great goals from the outside, but we have not really played games where David had to make five or six saves, apart from perhaps the second round of the Carabao Cup against [Manchester] City, when David was brilliant. & # 39;
Solskjaer has consistently played Maguire and Lindelof as his centerback combination this season and the 26-year-old says he is encouraged by how they performed together.
Maguire added: & # 39; It is a partnership that is building and I think we are getting better and more clean sheets as we have recently done. & # 39;
United has spent the winter break training in Marbella and comes back in action on Monday-evening for a fight for the Champions League-places against Chelsea.
& # 39; His brain is clearly faster than many others & # 39 ;: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has talents of £ 68 million new boy Bruno Fernandes
- Bruno Fernandes continues to settle in United's life after his move of £ 68m
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sung the praise of Bruno Fernandes and claim that his brain is & # 39; faster than many others & # 39 ;.
The international Portugal impressed his debut in Old Trafford and Solskjaer expects great things from his £ 68 million signing, which he claims he has & # 39; brilliant & # 39; enthusiasm.
& # 39; Well, overall he is a very, very good soccer player and his brain is clearly faster than many others, & # 39; Solskjaer told the United official website.
& # 39; He has many attributes that we are going to use. We will get used to him and he will get used to us.
& # 39; His range, his deliveries, his movements, I am just happy to see him enjoy it here.
& # 39; He trains and he trains and he trains, so his fitness and enthusiasm is brilliant. & # 39;
Man Utd & # 39; earns £ 3 million for playing their first game ever in India during the pre-season tour this summer & # 39; after conversations with East Bengal
Manchester United is talking about holding a first ever race in India during their pre-season tour this summer.
The club has discussed playing a friendly match against East Bengal on July 26, with a possible payday of £ 3 million if the club finds new sponsors.
A four-man delegation of Man United officials, led by director of football operations Alan Dawson, traveled to Kolkata last year in an attempt to close a deal.
The Indian club would organize the competition at the Yuvabharati Krirancan Stadium to coincide with their centenary on August 1.
East Bengal director Debabrata Sarkar said: & We had a meeting. We are doing our best to establish the Manchester United competition and we will see what opportunities we can explore.
& # 39; They are ready to play here, but their appearance is huge. I cannot say the amount, but it is something that we must consider.
& # 39; Manchester United are happy and have submitted a report after their inspection.
& # 39; After May we can decide if she will play here or not. From now on we are busy finding new sponsors. & # 39;
After the longest chase of the month, United finally secured the signing of Portuguese attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes for a first £ 47 million and possibly rising to £ 68 m.
And with just a few hours before the deadline, they signed the Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on loan from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua as a back-up in the injury disease of Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United finally made a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy with the deals that were closed when the Old Trafford club went on in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League.
But there has also been criticism of the time it took to get the Fernandes deal across the line and also the scattergun approach to bring in an attacker.
[1 9459002] They tried to sign Joshnem King of Bournemouth, a former United player, but were rejected by the asking price of £ 35 million from the South Coast Club after two lower bids.
King was excited that a deal could be made and wanted to become a member of United again, but according to the Athletic he felt & # 39; used and tampered & # 39 ; when a third bid was not made.
United got the chance to sign Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain and get Salomon Rondon on loan before turning to Ighalo.
It means asking questions again to the team responsible for identifying transfer goals and sewing deals behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
The club still has not appointed a football director, despite various hints in recent years that they would do so and their process of buying new players is far from being efficient.
But who are the personalities responsible for the transfer activities of United and what role do they play?
ED WOODWARD – EXECUTIVE VICE-CHAIRMAN
A man who is never far from the headlines and usually for negative reasons. Woodward is the public face of the increasingly maligned owners of United, the Glazer family, and finds themselves the target of supporters' criticism.
This becomes more and more aggressive and indefensible with a minority of supporters singing about burning him on a bonfire and a thuggish pony who flung smoke bombs to his house last week.
Woodward is a former chartered accountant and investment banker, associated with the Glazers since advising them on their controversial acquisition of United in 2005 while working for JP Morgan Chase.
He quickly worked for United's commercial operation when the club fought to manage the high-interest loans that saddled the club with £ 525 million in debts in a buyout of £ 790 million and in 2005
And when former president David Gill stepped down from the sam and time as legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2013, it was no surprise that Woodward was appointed to succeed him.
Since then, Woodward has managed to keep United up in the sales competitions and their financial and commercial muscle strength is just as strong as ever.
The latest Deloitte football-rich list places United only behind Barcelona and Real Madrid with a total turnover of £ 627.1 million, a growth of six percent compared to the previous year.
So that's all good and good as far as the Glazers are concerned, but Woodward & # 39; s lack of a football background is brutally exposed in the decreasing performance of United on the field since 2013.
Almost £ 900 million spent on new players since Ferguson retired, but there are few success stories and many, many failures, from Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
Many of these signings have also ited with huge payroll accounts for little profit when it comes to winning trophies.
Three managers have been and have gone into the post-Fergie hinterland of United, with Louis van Gaal perhaps offering Woodward's most devastating assessment, saying he had "zero understanding of football."
While Solskjaer & # 39; s United continues to struggle, the patience of fans in Woodward and the Glazers seems to be broken.
Although attacks on his house can never be approved, we can expect a muteful atmosphere in Old Trafford in the coming months.
MATTE JUDGE – HEAD OF BUSINESS
While Woodward rarely gives interviews, his low profile is nothing compared to his right hand when it comes to negotiating transfer deals, Matt Judge.
Little is known about Judge, who doesn't even have a photo on his LinkedIn page, and is rarely shown in public.
Instead, his biography of the network site reads: & # 39; Management of the stock and debt capital structure of Manchester United – three stock offers including the IPO, totaling more than $ 450 million; and three debt refinancing ($ 1 billion +) – debut private placement, term loan and RCF.
& # 39; Also player negotiations (transfers and game contracts). & # 39;
Only the last bit means something to the average football fan, but Judge is similar to Woodward in that he also went to the University of Bristol and spent more than ten years in the business banking sector.
It is not quite the background that you would expect from the person who is responsible for negotiating transfer agreements and contracts with one of & # 39; the world's largest football clubs.
But since 2016 he has done exactly that, while with Woodward he chairs a worldwide network of 52 scouts that give information back to the head scouts and manager Solskjaer.
] Judge is also the man who takes the lead in negotiating the finer details of player contracts, as he did last summer to bring in Daniel James from Swansea, Harry Maguire from Leicester and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. to get.
When agents call United to offer their customer's services, the investigation is directed to Judge and is he is also responsible for contract extensions, such as last year with goalkeeper David de Gea.
Like Woodward, he divides his time between Manchester and United headquarters in Mayfair, London.
JIM LAWLOR – CHIEF SCOUT
The experienced Lawlor has since been the most important scout of United 2005, working under Ferguson, David Moyes, Van Gaal, Jose Mou rinho and now Solskjaer.
He is one of the few figures involved in recruitment decisions that can bring the continuity of United's glory days under Fergie.
Before the high-level discussions, Lawlor will be involved in signing together with Solskjaer, Judge, Mick Court and Marcel Bout.
Various efforts have been made to revise United's scouting and recruitment system since Woodward took over in 2013, although it is arguable whether anything has improved.
In 2016, shortly after Mourinho was appointed manager, United appointed 50 new scouts across every continent after the dysfunctional recruitment of Van Gaal's term of office and a root-and-branch review of the process.
The information on transfer goals that Lawlor used to commit to memory has at least been replaced by sophisticated soft ware and data systems in recent years.
So before United signed Wan-Bissaka, United held data on 804 right-backs around the world before drawing on 33 first-team scouts to compile a list of 50 -70 names.
This was reduced to a top 10 using additional exploration reports before a shortlist of three was produced by applying customized video analysis.
It is right now that Lawlor and Co sit down to make decisions about who they buy from.
MICK COURT – TECHNICAL CHIEF SCOUT
Court has been in Old Trafford for 11 years and has held his current role in technical lead scout since April last year, formerly senior recruitment analyst.
Together with his team of four analysts, Court is the man responsible for reducing those long lists of potential recruits to a more manageable shortlist.
In the case of Wan-Bissaka, the top three were ranked in order after they were presented to Solskjaer and the rest of the recruitment department.
Both Solskjaer and the recruitment department have the veto right over each transfer purpose and if one is rejected, they are replaced by the next option on the list.
If the recruitment department vetoes a possible signing, it is up to Woodward to explain the decision to the manager, which happened when the team disagreed with Mourinho's demands for another center back .
Fortunately, Wan-Bissaka was number 1 on the list of right backs and the deal could continue.
The successful signing of Wan-Bissaka was actually presented to wider Old Trafford staff in a presentation to demonstrate good practice and restore confidence in the club's hierarchy after a poor start to The season.
Court's LinkedIn biography says he is a & # 39; strong research professional at a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focusing on Human Movement Science – Dynamic system analysis of human movement & # coordination 39 ;.
This came from the sports science schools at the John Moores universities of Manchester Metropolitan and Liverpool before working for Watford, Everton and Crewe.
JOHN MURTAGH – YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CHIEF
Solskjaer made no secret of his desire to give the best United States academy diplomas their chance in the first team and that is why the role of youth development chief Murtagh has become increasingly important.
Murtagh has overseen the rise of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood in recent seasons.
Murtagh started as a sports scientist under David Moyes in Everton and worked the rank to become the head of the Toffees.
He left Goodison Park to work for the Premier League in 2012 before following Moyes to Old Trafford when he was named successor to Ferguson in 2013.
His work in bringing in players of United & # 39; s academy is highly respected by Woodward and it was said that he could become the technical director of the club to be appointed last year.
MARCEL BOUT – HEAD OF GLOBAL SCOUTING
Dutchman Bout was formerly head trainer, youth team coach and recovery trainer at Feyenoord, manager of AZ Alkmaar & # 39; s youth team and assistant to Van Gaal in Bayern Munich.
After Van Gaal's departure from Bayern, Bout was arrested by Jupp Heynckes as chief match analyst before returning to the Netherlands to work as an assistant coach, technical analyst and scout for the under-21 national team.
After working at Van Gaal at AZ and Bayern, Bout was appointed as assistant coach of United, specializing in opposition scouting in the summer of 2014.
By the time Bout was promoted As head of global scouting in 2016, Van Gaal was fired and he asked his former boss for permission to take on the job.
His first task was to integrate the 50 new global scouts that were named in that summer's shake-up and Bout makes th and appeal to the identified young talent.
In addition to being part of the top team that makes the final decision on signings, Bout is also responsible for exploring missions.
He saw United target Erling Haaland play for Red Bull Salzburg against Liverpool in the Champions League for Chris tmas.
Haaland eventually joined Borussia Dortmund despite close ties with his Solskjaer, his former coach at Molde.
Patrice Evra tells Paul Scholes to stop & # 39; throwing bombs & # 39; after the cryptic post of the Manchester United legend about the center from the front while meeting former teammate Dwight Yorke
Manchester United were fans got a trip down memory lane this week when the legendary couple Paul Scholes and Dwight Yorke were shown together.
Midfield genius Scholes posted the smiling photo on Instagram – but that led to another former colleague in Patrice Evra showing his naughty side.
In the comments section below the photo, Evra made an exception to Scholes' caption and hinted that he believed the United legend was the target of United & # 39; s current center attacker Odion Ighalo and Anthony Martial .
In the caption Scholes had written: & # 39; Now this is a center progress, good to see you @ officialdwightyorke19. & # 39;
In response, Evra responded: & # 39; Why should you mention is a center forward ..? Stop throwing too many bombs, scholseyyyyy, & # 39; before adding an emoji for a love heart.
United is currently seventh in the Premier League table, far away from the glory years with people like Scholes and Yorke in the team, and the front line of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received a lot of stick.
Some of them have come from people like Scholes, as well as Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand, with some former players who have moved to the world of punditry.
Ighalo joined the club late in the day and still has to make his debut, but questions were asked about United's desperation to get another striker in front of the window shut.
They tried a number of players in the final hours of the window, including Josh King from Bournemouth – himself a former graduate academic.
REVEALED: Borussia Dortmund chased Erling Haaland with a special video with the famous & # 39; yellow wall & # 39; who helped him convince him to take the German side over Manchester United
There was serious interest in Haaland of United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even flew to Austria to have meetings with the 19-year-old striker prior to the January window. Dortmund in a cost-effective move of £ 17 million.
HAALAND AT DORTMUND
Looks: 4 | Goals: 8
Sports director Michael Zorc has now explained how Dortmund convinced him to join in, revealing that they showed him a video of fans in the famous Sud Tribune booth at their house in Signal Iduna Park.
When discussing the video they showed Haaland, Zorc told Bild : & He seemed to like it!
& # 39; We had to reach high to sign Erling and it is no secret that other well-known clubs worked hard to get him.
& # 39; I was like a little boy (when I spoke to Mino Raiola to confirm the deal on Christmas Eve).
& # 39; This combination of robustness, quality of workmanship, good technology and its speed makes Erling special.
& # 39; In our first conversations there was already a positive atmosphere and we both felt good. Erling and BVB – it fits 100 percent.
& # 39; [He also has a] enormous personality and that fits Borussia Dortmund, our stadium and our fans. That is what our club defines and is exactly what Erling was looking for. Such an atmosphere inspires him – he explodes on the field.
& # 39; Yet we will ensure that expectations do not rise immeasurably. & # 39;
Haaland started in Germany in sensational form. He has hit eight goals in just four appearances, three of which came from the bench.
His debut saw him grab a hat-trick after his introduction in the second half, while he also scored as a substitute on Tuesday evening.
Dortmund and Haaland hope to continue their victory in the Bundesliga title when they face Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Diehard Manchester United fan Odion Ighalo insists he doesn't think twice about it taking a huge pay cut to complete a shocking deadline-day move to Old Trafford.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brief in the attack, United frantically searched high and wide for potential to fill the void left by an injured Marcus Rashford, before deciding to give Ighalo on loan a few minutes before the window closed.
After he signed for Shanghai Shenhua in February last year, Ighalo has been playing his football in China since leaving Watford but is now ready to go back with a bang return to the Premier League – and he couldn't be happier that it will be with the club he has supported all his life.
In his first interview since completing his last-minute switch, Ighalo told the official website of the club : & # 39; I am very happy. First of all, I want to thank God for allowing this to happen and it is just like a dream come true for me.
People who know me, even back in Nigeria, and even when I played in Watford, my teammates knew that I loved Man United, I support them. When I played against Man United, that emotion is there because it is my dream.
& # 39; It is a beautiful reality, so I am very happy and I look forward to starting. & # 39;
While he was originally at £ 330,000 a week in Shanghai Shenhua, Ighalo was more than willing to make a huge financial blow to make his dream come true.
Sportsmail understands United has paid the Chinese side for a loan fee of £ 4 million and pays Ighalo £ 165,000 a week until the end of the season – a financial hit by the attacker said it he didn't care as long as the deal went on.
IGHALO & # 39; S RECORD
In a All matches s
2014-15 (Championship) 38 games, 20 goals
2015 -16 (Premier League) 42 games, 17 goals
2016-17 (Premier League) 19 games, 2 goals
TOTAL ] 99 games, 39 goals
& # 39; He still needs time & # 39 ;: Kai Havertz insisted to stay on Bayer Leverkusen by former German captain Michael Ballack … because the target of Liverpool and Manchester United is closely linked to the move to Bayern Munich
Kai Havertz has been told the advances are off Bayern Munich and continue his development at Bayer Leverkusen by former Germany Captain Michael Ballack.
The 20-year-old midfielder is strongly associated with a move to the Bundesliga champions, as well as Liverpool and Manchester United but Ballack believes he still has aspects of his game that he must develop at Leverkusen.
More to follow …