Manchester United on Saturday announced that Joel Pereira signed a new contract with the club.
According to the club, the new deal will keep the 21-year-old at the Old Trafford until June 2021, with the option to extend for a further year.
Pereira joined the Red Devils in July 2012 after a successful trial spell in the Academy while the Portuguese made his debut for the first team in January 2017 when he came off the bench to replace Sergio Romero in the FA Cup fourth round match against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford.
He went on to make his full debut in the Premier League against Crystal Palace in May.
Speaking to manutd.com, Joel Pereira said: “I have been at United for a number of years now and since the first day here I have enjoyed every minute. Over the last season I feel I have made great progress as a goalkeeper and this will stand me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player”.
“There have been many memorable moments for me at this club; however, making my debut for the first team at Old Trafford was unbelievable for me and my family. I want to thank the manager and his coaching team for the help and guidance they have given me and I look forward to playing a part in the squad for many years to come,” he added.
John Guidettisays Celta Vigo will paint the sky blue as they prepare to take on Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.
The former Manchester City forward expressed determination that his side would “keep the city blue” when they face Jose Mourinho’s men on Thursday.
He told Uefa.com that although United have a fantastic squad with a very good manager, he said Celta Vigo are up to the task.
Guidetti added that it is obvious the English side are eager to play the Champions League next season, stressing that it will be a tough one for both teams.
“[United are] a very good team. Obviously they’ve got a good manager, a fantastic stadium, and they’re one of the favourites to win the Europa League; but as they say “Manchester is blue” and that’s how it will be when we visit there as well, because we are Celta Vigo and we will try to keep the city blue.
“We know how much is at stake for Manchester United, they also want to play in the Champions League next year. So this is a tournament that they want to win, but we also want to win it; both the home and away legs will be like two finals,” he said.
English side, Manchester United, has completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund.
The midfielder joins the Red Devils on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.
“I am very proud to join Manchester United; this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time,” the Armenian footballer told the club’s website.
Coach Jose Mourinho said Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country.
“He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal. I am delighted he has chosen to sign for United.
“I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We are all looking forward to working with him.”
“This transfer was for us on the basis of an entirely new starting situation a difficult balancing advance: Manchester has made us a tremendous value containing offer. Had we knocked it, the player would be 2017 changed free. And we have the personnel issue postponed by only one year, “the Clubs Chief Executive officer, Hans-Joachim Watzke told the website.
Mkhitaryan, 27, joined Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, scoring 23 goals in 88 appeareances for the German side.
Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny, will miss Sunday’s match with Manchester United, due to injury.
The defender limped off during Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos, after suffering a hamstring problem.
Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has now confirmed that he is facing around three weeks on the sidelines, ruling him out of this weekend’s clash at the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini will also miss out against United, but Francis Coquelin is expected to be fit.
This will come as a big blow to Arsene Wenger ahead of their crunch clash against the 20-time English champions, as the former Lorient defender was building a nice understanding with Gabriel at the heart of the Arsenal back four.
The French manager is keen to see the new partnership blossoming, as he views the duo as the future of the Gunners’ central defence.
Per Mertesacker will replace the injured Koscielny, and the former German international has called on the team to respond following their poor performance against Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday (29 September) night.
Manchester United Manager, Louis Van Gaal says the pressure is high but believes in his club and has great respect for qualifier opponents, Club Brugge.
He said: “There’s a lot of pressure because our aim is to reach the Champions League and that is what Arsene Wenger mentioned last year”, Van Gaal said at a press conference.
“These kind of matches are difficult. We’ve drawn Brugge and they can defend very well. They can attack also, so it shall be a difficult match – that is why the pressure is high.
“The board, the players and the fans want to participate. We have to show our quality against a good team. It is not an easy game,” he added
The Dutchman, who has guided his team to two successive Premier League wins at the start of the season, is expecting a difficult first-leg on Tuesday against the Belgians at Old Trafford, as United try to return to the group stages of the competition.
The United boss also reiterated that his players are always capable of forcing their way into the team if they impress in training.
Meanwhile, Club Brugge Manager, Michel Preud’homme said they could produce an FA Cup-type upset by beating Manchester United in their Champions League qualifier.
Club Brugge reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League and finished second in the Belgian League last season, the coach said his team prefers playing Champions League to other competitions.
EPL leader; Chelsea this evening bowed to pressure from the Red Devils in a crucial EPL clash by a goal margin of 2-3 making the defeat the first for the London club since the EPL season started.
No thanks to the two red cards given to defender Ivanovic and striker Fernando Torres which pundits opined is questionable as it culminated into the Blues’ loss at home against their arch rivals.
The league leaders fought to gain control of the game which they lost control of giving after giving United a double lead in a space of 12 minutes but in the 44th minute, Spaniard Juan Mata Chelsea a reason to fight for a win and in the 53rd minute in what looked like a usual Chelsea comeback Ramirez dealt United an unbelievable blow after he secured an equalizer for Chelsea in what brought uproar from Stamford Bridge stands.
As if a defeat was perceived by United and referee Matt Clattenburg because the Blues were looking likelier winners as their performance by now has started generating results with the control of the midfield, the referee who turned a blind eye to the obvious offside by Javier Hernandez before he scored the third and final goal for United, started a move that was purely unknown to Chelsea as he slashed the 11-man team and brought in disarray after sending off Branislav Ivanovic on the hour and Fernando Torres later for an offense not clear to even football pundits as to why Torres got a second yellow card which led to the red card.
Now with this evening’s game, United have succeeded in reducing the difference in points between them and the league leaders to one point, a win the Red Devils have been dying to get at Stamford Bridge since 2002.
Despite the result, there was plenty in Chelsea’s performance to reinforce their credentials as real title challengers, though they were handicapped by a haphazard start.
Recent European Champions Chelsea will be clashing with their arch rivals the Red Devils; Manchester United this weekend and the Blues are optimistic that they take down Manchester united if their weakness in the defence can be capitalised on.
The Italian manager of the London Roberto Di Matteo said this when he was describing the EPL clash as a Classic as it will go down as a make or mar clash.
Chelsea is sitting atop the EPL table with 22 points while Manchester United is just four points behind them with 18 points and occupying second position.
He said “It’s a massive game for both clubs and a classic in the fixture list, but they are conceding a few goals and we have a big threat as well with our players, so we will try to exploit those weaknesses”.
“We know Man United very well and they are always very difficult games. But we have to take advantage of our home crowd and our home pitch and play with the belief and confidence we’ve shown so far.”
Di Matteo is also keen for Chelsea to put their 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk behind them, citing the United clash as the perfect opportunity to do so.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be missing from the Red Devils’ line-up for the next four weeks with this news, he would also miss England’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine at the beginning of next month suffering a deep cut to his right leg in the 3-2 win over Fulham on Saturday.
The information was revealed by Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson during a post-match press conference.
According to Alex Ferguson, the injury was a very bad one and Rooney will likely be out for four week, the player has been taken to the hospital.
Rooney will now miss also the start of United’s Champions League campaign.