Jose Mourinho gambled everything on the Europa League last season and it paid off. Manchester United’s football excited precisely nobody but that won’t have bothered the manager. The world’s most expensive squad may not have competed for the title but they earned their way back to the Champions League regardless.
His first major success last term then can be said to have been dampening down expectations to such an extent that supporters felt finishing the season in sixth place and with the Europa League title represented success. Read the rest of this entry
Serge Aurier is set to depart Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days, having been handed the opportunity by Manchester United to prove that his potentially brilliant career will not be spoiled by unprofessional-ism.
At 24, Aurier has already collected armfuls of silverware both domestically in France and on the international scene with Ivory Coast. But while he commands a wealth of experience on the field, his career threatens to be undermined by persistent misdemeanors away from it. Read the rest of this entry
The Portuguese has not played in pre-season thus far, but could feature against his former club, though he only returned to training last weekend.
Ronaldo’s summer has been overshadowed by a trial in Spain, after allegations of tax evasion. Read the rest of this entry
The Real Madrid star has been accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7 million (£13m/$16.4m) in earnings from image rights. Like Lionel Messi before him, the 32-year-old could face a prison sentence and heavy fines if found guilty, though he strongly denies the charges. Read the rest of this entry
We take a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond throughout the ongoing summer window Read the rest of this entry
He is, as he will happily tell you himself, a one-off – some may even go as far as to call him special.
That reputation has been cemented during a productive opening 12 months in charge of Manchester United, and the challenge now is to enhance it. Read the rest of this entry
It was a dazzling run as he stepped inside one player, fooled two more, then slipped it past a further pair for Jesse Lingard to fire Manchester United ahead against Real Madrid on Saturday night. News of Anthony Martial’s demise was rather premature, it’s fair to say.
Unfortunately for Martial, July is about the only month of the year in which foxing five Real Madrid players and laying on a tap-in counts for little of real note. However, Read the rest of this entry