Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville believes Anthony Martial has genuinely struggles with his movement which often sees him drifting out of games. The Frenchman has found some good form this month with four goals across all competitions but Neville remains critical of the attacker’s play without the possession of the ball.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, he said: “There’s never been a player for the last 10 years at Manchester United I’ve been confused by as much, in terms of what is he?. I can’t make my mind up, some weeks he’s brilliant, other weeks I’m not sure he’s a Manchester United player. What drives me crazy about him is his off the ball work, I’m not talking about his defending, forget his defending, what does he do going forward? He hasn’t got any timing in his runs off the ball.”
Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney feels Jose Mourinho is being made the easy target for the players’ shortcomings during the ongoing campaign. The Red Devils have been far from impressive since the Premier League season started in August and they find themselves seven points behind the leaders after just eight matches into the campaign.
As a result, there has been plenty of criticism levied towards the club’s head coach but Rooney believes the player have to stand up and produce strong performances on the field, he told The Telegraph: “It’s tough [at United], it has been a tough situation.The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has admitted that he is relishing the prospect of playing under manager Unai Emery. The Spain international has been a regular fixture for the Gunners since the start of the season and he has been impressed with the progress witnessed under the Spaniard’s management.
In an interview with The Times, Bellerin cited that there has been a new club atmosphere at the north London giants with plenty of fresh faces within the backroom staff. He added that he has been impressed with the application from Emery despite the team starting the campaign with successive defeats.
Manchester United legend Tom Ince has admitted that he is concerned over the Red Devils’ inability to attract world-class players to Old Trafford. United experienced a rather frustrating transfer window where they could not pursue a centre-back before the transfer deadline and Ince fears the club are no longer capable of attracting big-name players.
In a report covered by The Mirror, he said: “Some of the tension with Pogba I believe has come about because of what’s going on internally at the club. Mourinho had several centre-half targets, and didn’t manage to secure any of them. That is a real concern, and shouldn’t be happening at Manchester United. They’re still the biggest club in the world, but it’s a real worry if they can’t attract the big names or talent anymore. Players used to crawl on their knees to play for the club. The signings, paired with the Pogba issue, is definitely not how fans wanted to start the season.”
Roma forward Radja Nainggolan claims that new Chelsea signing Jorginho is one of the most difficult opponent he has faced in Italian football. The 26-year-old has been signed by Chelsea for a fee of around £ 53 million, although a small portion of this fee is believed to have gone as a compensation for Maurizio Sarri. The Chelsea manager has been reunited with his former midfielder, who was extremely influential in the 4-3-3 formation employed by Napoli throughout the 2017-18 campaign. Jorginho was subjected to interest from Manchester City even a couple of weeks ago.
It is even believed that the reigning Premier League champions agreed a £ 44 million deal for the player but Napoli reportedly forced him to join Chelsea, who are ready to pay the compensation for Maurizio Sarri.Jorginho was of interest to Manchester City as a means of improving the central midfield. He is now expected to play alongside N’Golo Kante in a revised formation at Chelsea. The blues have been using a 3-5-2 formation, which has become the norm over the last couple of seasons, to great success under Antonio Conte. The Italian was able to guide Chelsea to 2 major trophies in the last two seasons before leaving the club a couple of days ago.
Premier League champions Manchester City have completed their first signing of the summer transfer window with Riyad Mahrez joining from Leicester City on a club-record deal. The Algeria international was initially tipped to join the Citizens last winter but the club have eventually won the race for his services after agreeing upon a £60m sum with the Foxes.
“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding. They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it. I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management,” he is quoted as saying on the club’s official website.
There are sensational reports from Spain that Premier League side Liverpool have submitted a bid for Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio. MundoDeportivo reports that the Reds submitted a bid of £158 million in big efforts to land the youngster – and a British record.
Asensio is obviously worried about the change in management at Real and wants to be assured of a regular starting role. He has been referred to as the future of Spanish football but with the current situation at Real Madrid, the new manager would need to assure him of a starting role for him to remain.
Manchester City has stressed that the club won’t go on a huge spending spree during the summer transfer window and they are likely to adjust with a couple of signings to replace those who are likely to depart. The Catalan tactician has spent over £450m on players since his arrival at the Etihad in 2016 but he has insisted that the club won’t be splashing the cash in the upcoming transfer window.
He said: “When people say, “they won because they invested a lot,” they are right. We invested a lot of money, we are going to invest less in the future because instead of doing it in two or three transfer markets, we did it in one. But we needed to because of the (squad’s average) age we had before. Yaya is leaving so we have to replace him and maybe another one. One or two, no more, maybe people don’t believe me but we don’t have the money to invest £300m every season.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to end his Gunners association on a high note. Earlier in April, the Frenchman announced that he would be ending his 22-year reign with the Gunners during the summer and the 68-year-old is now keen to end his spell on a positive note with Europa League success being a possibility.
Speaking on the club’s official website, he said: “I don’t know what I will do next season. At the moment, I would like to finish my job well. I believe a man has to give his best as long as he is somewhere, with all his commitment and energy. I would like one day to know I worked with all my energy until the last day. I would like to look back and think I finished this love affair well.” Read more
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stressed that the Red Devils deserved to be in second spot, having accumulated more points than their near rivals. The Mancunian giants have come for criticism for their style of play, but Mourinho remains focused on maintaining the position for the remainder of the season.
Speaking after the game, he said: “Manchester City is not important for me. Important for me is that since the moment we left the first position and went to second, we stayed there for the whole of the season.We deserved to feel second in spite of what you can say, the critics you make, you all say the third, fourth, fifth, sixth are better than us but they are not better than us because we have more points than them.”