Maguire Named As New Man Utd Captain, With Young Set For Exit

Manchester United’s English defender Harry Maguire gestures at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on January 11, 2020.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Harry Maguire as Manchester United’s new captain less than six months after his £80 million ($104 million) move from Leicester.

Maguire will take over as skipper from Ashley Young, who is expected to complete his move to Inter Milan pending a medical on Friday.

“Harry has come in and been wearing the captain’s armband and he will keep wearing it,” said Solskjaer.

“He has been a leader in the group and I have not been surprised but impressed with his leadership skills.”

Solskjaer cast doubt on Marcus Rashford’s hopes of shaking off a back injury for Sunday’s clash with Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Rashford made a brief appearance in the midweek FA Cup win over Wolves, which may have cost him his chances of figuring at Anfield.

Solskjaer said: “We’re going to give him the absolute amount of time but I am not going to hold my breath.

“I would think that he probably wouldn’t be ready but he’s still got 48 hours so let’s see.”

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Man United To Receive $1.6m As Young Joins Inter

Manchester United’s English midfielder Ashley Young attends a team training session at the club’s training complex near Carrington, west of Manchester in north-west England on March 12, 2018.
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Manchester United defender Ashley Young has agreed on a move to Serie A club Inter Milan, according to reports on Thursday.

The 34-year-old will arrive in Italy on Friday for a medical before signing an 18-month contract, Gazzetta Dello Sport reported.

United will receive 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) plus bonuses for Young who has spent the past eight-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford since arriving from Aston Villa in 2011.

Young, who has played 39 times for England, has made 261 appearances for the Premier League club and scored 19 goals. He was club captain this season but only started 10 league games.

He won the 2013 Premier League title, the FA Cup in 2016 and both the League Cup and Europa League in 2017.

Young leaves the Premier League with United in fifth, 27 points behind leaders Liverpool, who they play at Anfield on Sunday.

Inter signed Romelu Lukaku from United last summer and also have Alexis Sanchez on loan from the club.

Antonio Conte’s side are second in Serie A, two points behind champions Juventus.

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‘No Celebration At All’, Man United Captain Reacts To Mourinho’s Sacking

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Manchester United captain Ashley Young admitted the mood around Old Trafford has been instantly lifted by caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s smile, but denied there were any celebrations in the dressing room at the news of Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

Solskjaer was put in charge until the end of the season after Mourinho was dismissed on Tuesday with United 19 points off the top of the table.

That change paid instant dividends as United scored five goals in a Premier League match for the first time since Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge back in May 2013, thrashing Cardiff 5-1 on Saturday.

“I don’t think he (Solskjaer) has stopped smiling,” Young said after victory in the Welsh capital.

“He was like that as a player. He always has a smile on his face and I think that can reflect down on to the team, which is a good thing.

“Ole has come in and we were preparing in the right way for a game, even though it’s been a crazy week.”

Mourinho clashed with a number of senior figures in the United dressing room over his two-and-a-half seasons in charge.

Paul Pogba quickly deleted a controversial social media post of him smiling with the message “caption this” in the hours after Mourinho’s departure.

Restored to the starting line-up for the first time in four league games, Pogba was instrumental in setting up four of United’s five goals on Saturday.

“No celebration at all. Absolute lies,” Young said at the suggestion players were delighted to see the back of Mourinho.

“Obviously it was disappointing for the manager to get sacked.

“In his two-and-a-half years he won trophies. We have to take some responsibility for that as we are on the pitch.

“But we have to move on from that. As professional players we have to get on with the job in hand, and that is what we did here.”

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United Have Laid Down Marker For Next Season, Says Young

FILE PHOTO Manchester United’s English midfielder Ashley Young attends a team training session at the club’s training complex near Carrington, west of Manchester in north-west England on March 12, 2018,  Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Ashley Young believes Manchester United have laid down a marker for next season at their end of a frustrating Premier League campaign that Manchester City turned into a procession.

Jose Mourinho’s men are on track to end a third successive season with a major trophy, with the FA Cup final against Chelsea a chance to build on what looks set to be their best league finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

United boss Jose Mourinho is determined to wrap up second spot behind City but full-back Young, who has impressed this term, regrets chances missed.

Sunday’s 2-1 win against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal came after victories against City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool over the past couple of months.

“We want to keep winning,” full-back Young said. “We want to keep up the momentum to the end of the season and the FA Cup final.

“We have to put down a marker for next season with the way we perform from now on. It is building towards next season.

“It has been one of those seasons when around Christmas we were drawing games, late goals against us and, when you look back at those kinds of games, then you think the season could have been different.”

Young said United had made a statement with their wins against the other top sides but also had to improve results against other clubs.

“If we can finish with the number of points we know we can, then it is a different season and that points total that would have won us the league, but it is not to be,” he said.

Young’s cross set up the winner as United beat Arsenal on Sunday, continuing a fine season that has put him in the frame for a place in England’s World Cup squad.

“I still have the hunger and desire to win the same as I had when I was 21,” he said. “I am nearly 33 now and getting on a bit, but I still have that hunger and desire to go out and play every game.

“I know my legs can still take me through games and I have shown that with the number of games I have played this season.”

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Manchester United Extend Young’s Contract To 2019

Manchester United’s English midfielder Ashley Young attends a team training session at the club’s training complex near Carrington, west of Manchester in north-west England on March 12, 2018, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg football match against Sevilla.
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Manchester United triggered a one-year contract extension clause on Monday to retain the services of utility man Ashley Young until 2019.

The 32-year-old’s deal was due to expire this summer, but United have confirmed they have taken up the option of an extra 12 months.

Young, who joined United back in 2011 from Aston Villa, has rejuvenated his career at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho as the former winger has made the vast majority of his 30 appearances this season at left full-back.

Indeed so impressive has Young’s form been that he has been included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for friendlies later this month against the Netherlands and Italy.

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Man United Fans Deserve Derby Win – Van Gaal

Man UnitedLouis van Gaal says every Manchester United fan deserves to enjoy the derby victory over City, insisting he is delighted the supporters can “walk through the streets without being embarrassed.”

The Reds boss hailed the Old Trafford faithful for their unbroken backing through his first season in charge, citing the great support given to the team in both the good times and bad.

Over 75,000 fans inside the stadium witnessed a superb come-from-behind victory over the Blues and van Gaal was in buoyant mood when he spoke exclusively to MUTV after the win.

“We have showed that [strength of character] often,” he said, after being asked about United’s powers of recovery, having gone behind to an early goal from Sergio Aguero. “I have more than once given compliments to my players about that because, in all the matches, we are going until the end with a great spirit and we have shown that against City.

“I am very pleased for the fans of course, because they have supported us when the results were not so good and now they are very good. I’m very happy for the fans that they can walk through the streets without being embarrassed! They can go on the streets, hat up, and they can say now ‘we are, this year, the better team’ because goal difference is in our favour.”

Van Gaal took time to praise Sky Sports’ Man of the Match, Ashley Young, after he netted the equaliser and set up two of United’s other three goals, and had a special mention for another goalscorer in Marouane Fellaini.

“Ashley was Man of the Match and I think that was right. If I had to choose, I would have chosen him,” he revealed. “Also Fellaini is very important in our game-plan and I’m very pleased that he plays for Manchester United and no-one else.

“At Liverpool, it was about the first half but we didn’t start so well, Manchester City had the better start,” added van Gaal as he continued his assessment of the match. “But then we came back into the game because of the assist of David De Gea, more or less, for the first goal for Ashley Young. Then we gained confidence and we performed our game-plan much more. In the second half, we played very well with a lot of pace in our game. I was very pleased with the second half.”

 

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Giggs Dismisses Louis van Gaal Rift Rumours

Manchester United's manager Van Gaal speaks with Giggs before their friendly soccer match against Valencia in ManchesterManchester United Assistant Manager, Ryan Giggs, has dismissed rumours of a rift with boss, Louis van Gaal.

There had been stories of tension between the duo after Giggs acted reluctant to fully celebrate Ashley Young’s winning goal at Newcastle on Wednesday.

The Welshman’s friend and former team-mate, Paul Scholes, suggested Giggs “may not have the patience” to remain as number two for the next three years.

Scholes also speculated that he could not see Welshman Giggs being Van Gaal’s assistant until the end of his contract in 2017.

He said: “There’s no doubt, he had that little taste of it for the last three weeks of last year and he definitely wants to be a manager, you can see that.

“Over the next two or three years, will he have the patience to be a number two for that long? I’m not sure he will.”

However, Giggs on the other hand, said the pair have a “great working relationship”.

The 2-time UEFA Champions League winner said: “I’m working as hard as I can and enjoying every minute of it.

“It’s coming to that part of the season where the media will look at any little thing just to make it more exciting and more interesting.”

Van Gaal said he was “irritated” by suggestions of a rift between himself and Giggs, claiming they have a good relationship.

Giggs, who took over at Old Trafford for the final four games of last season following David Moyes’ dismissal, was named assistant following van Gaal’s appointment in May 2014.

The 41-year-old Giggs, who was the first player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards (1992 and 1993), said he was learning from working under the former Netherlands boss.

“I’ve really enjoyed working under him and learning something new everyday. I’m learning under a great manager,” Giggs said.

“He’s won everything and to work under someone like Louis is a great experience for me.

“He’s been brilliant with me and given me a lot of responsibility.

“Each day I learn something different and I love working with the players.

“I’ve been given a great opportunity to be assistant of a club that I’ve spent my whole career at.”