Luke Shaw Reveals Secret Behind Revitalised Personal Man Utd Form Over Past Month

​Luke Shaw has revealed how Jose Mourinho has helped to restore his confidence after his ​Manchester United career looked to be on the verge of ending.

The full-back spoke to the club’s ​official site about how the Portuguese gaffer had helped him to come back from some troubling times both on and off the pitch for the ​Premier League side.

The duo have not always seen eye to eye, with Mourinho criticising Shaw’s conduct during his first season in charge at Old Trafford and the left-back not doing his upmost to earn a spot in the side.

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Shaw, however, has praised his Red Devils manager to the hilt after he reinvigorated his career with a series of professional displays for United over and after the festive period.

The England international said: “The manager has been really good with me and has given me extra confidence.

“He’s just told me to go out and enjoy the games and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m focused on working really hard for the manager and for the team because I want to keep on playing and hopefully more games will come.”

Shaw begun life in Manchester in fine fettle following his £30m move from boyhood club ​Southampton, but a serious leg break put paid to him truly stamping his mark on the senior team.

Apparent weight issues and attitude problems, as well as niggling injuries, have prevented Shaw from showing his true worth until recently, and the 22-year-old now believes he can kick on and keep his place in the side after regular left-back Ashley Young picked up his own injury.

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Shaw added: “I’m feeling good. It’s been really nice to be back on the pitch and I’m enjoying having game time. The last few weeks personally have been good.

“I hope there are many more games for me, and many more good results for the team this season. A bad injury like I had always stays with you a little bit afterwards but it’s in the past and I feel really good and really fit and my leg feels perfect.

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“Body-wise and fitness-wise, I probably feel the best I’ve ever felt. Mentally, I feel very strong as well and I’m enjoying my football and it’s now about pushing on and helping the team.”


Spanish Expert Claims Man Utd May No Longer Be Interested in Ronaldo Despite Rumoured Availability

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reckons Christiano Ronaldo may soon be available for transfer, but that ​Manchester United may no longer be interested in taking him back.

The Ballon d’Or holder is said to be angry over ​promises relating to a new contract not being kept and could finally be seeking a way out of Madrid after eight and a half seasons. 

The club are also thought to be willing to let the Portuguese star go and would enjoy the idea of a bidding war between Paris Saint-Germain and United, yet Balague doesn’t think the Red Devils are necessarily that keen on their former star anymore.

With Ronaldo already 33, and Real looking for around £89m in any deal, Balague claimed that United may feel a deal is too expensive for its worth when considering the Portuguese star’s yearly salary would set them back tens of millions.

“Ronaldo’s message is he wants to leave, and it appears ​Real Madrid will be willing to let him go. However, Real would love to see a fight between PSG and Man Utd, but the situation is more complicated than simply being interested in the player,” Balague said, via ​Sky Sports.

“To add to a net annual salary demand of around £44m, Real would also demand around £89m for Ronaldo, which is an almighty expense for a player who would arrive aged 33.”


Ronaldo’s form has taken a significant dip this season, with the Ballon d’Or winner scoring just four times so far. 

While Balague doesn’t see Jose Mourinho being too excited over the prospect of signing the attacker, he still believes that they would be forced to show interest if Madrid put him up for sale.

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“Here’s United’s conundrum: the club cannot show a lack of interest if it is confirmed that Ronaldo is on the market. But the huge amount of money his transfer would demand cannot be justified.”


Man Utd Reject Arsenal Martial for Sanchez Swap Deal as Talks Continue Over Gunners Contract Rebel

​​Manchester United have rejected Arsenal’s attempts to snap up Anthony Martial as part of the deal for Gunners contract rebel Alexis Sanchez.

The ​Premier League giants are said to be locked in negotiations over the Chile international as United look to win the race for Sanchez, and the Gunners had cheekily chanced their hand at asking for Martial as part of the transfer.

However, ​RMC Sport has reported that the Red Devils shut down those queries immediately – though it is unclear if Martial was ​Arsenal’s first choice ahead of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is reportedly the most likely United player to make the switch in the deal.

Martial has worked his way back into Jose Mourinho’s thinking this term after he struggled for minutes under the Portuguese gaffer for much of the 2016/17 campaign.

The manner of his performances this season has led to Mourinho to change his opinion on the France forward’s quality and application, and he now considers the 21-year-old to be part of his first-team plans.

Arsenal have long been touted as a potential destination for Martial if he ever decided to leave Old Trafford, and Arsene Wenger will have hoped to convince United to part with the striker in part-exchange for Sanchez.

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United, though, are not interested in letting Martial leave and Arsenal must now make do with receiving a decent wedge of cash and possible Mkhitaryan for Sanchez instead.

The Gunners talisman was the subject of major interest from United’s city rivals ​Manchester City, but the latter have pulled out of a deal for Sanchez after they refused to pay the apparent £35m asking price for the 29-year-old.

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United face competition from ​Chelsea and ​Liverpool to land Sanchez, who is a free agent in the summer and who is available at a knock-down price.

However, neither the Blues or Reds are thought to have a chance of luring Sanchez to Stamford Bridge or Anfield as he eyes a trip to Manchester with Mourinho’s men.

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Wenger has already revealed that he expects Sanchez’s future to be resolved in 48 hours, and it seems only a matter of time before he joins up with Mourinho at United.


Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City: Red Devils Produce Assured Performance to Close Gap On Leaders

Manchester United cut the gap on league leaders Manchester City to 12 points after an impressive 3-0 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford on Monday night.

Jose Mourinho made three changes to the side that beat Everton 2-0 in their last Premier League outing; out went Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera, while in came Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku.

As for Stoke, they made five changes to the side that suffered a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in their last Premier League game, with new signing Mortiz Bauer, as well as Bruno Martins Indi, Josh Tymon, Darren Fletcher and Steven Ireland all coming in.

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Earlier in the day, ​Stoke confirmed Paul Lambert as their new manager and the Scot was sat in the stands observing his new side’s performance. He would’ve been hoping for an inspired outings from his new side in their first game under his watchful eye. However, it was the home side who applied the early pressure.

United thought they could’ve had a penalty after just six minutes when Bauer – making his Stoke debut after his £5.5m move from Rubin Kazan – looked to have pulled down Anthony Martial. However, referee Anthony Taylor didn’t see enough contact to award the spot kick, much to the frustration of the home fans.


However, they didn’t have to wait much longer for their reward for a positive start as just four minutes later, United’s captain Antonio Valencia picked the ball up on the right hand side of the penalty area and unleashed a wonderful curling effort which flew past Jack Butland into the top corner to give Mourinho’s side a deserved lead.

After an early spell of possession from United, they were quickly given a stern reminder from the visitors that they were in for a contest when Bauer put a dangerous ball into Xherdan Shaqiri’s path on the edge of the penalty area, before the Switzerland international laid the ball off to Steven Ireland who couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Only a matter of minutes later, Stoke gave the United defence another scare when Peter Crouch’s aerial threat came into play for the first time, after beating De Gea to a looping ball and leaving Spaniard stranded out of his goal. However, Phil Jones was able to get his body in the way of Choupo-Moting’s effort to deny the visitors an equaliser.

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Stoke continued to look threatening on the counter attack, but were caught out in possession and ultimately paid the price with just over five minutes to go before half time. Paul Pogba picked out Martial on the edge of the penalty area, before the Frenchman then unleashed an audacious first time shot which sailed past Butland into his top left hand corner to double the host’s lead before the break.

The second half began much like the first half did, with United dominating possession. Juan Mata had back-to-back golden opportunities to put United 3-0 up and out of sight either side of the hour mark, but couldn’t direct either of his efforts on target from just 12 yards out. 

3-0 came eventually, however, after Lukaku had a ball fizzed into him by Martial, before the Belgian controlled the ball superbly and lashed his shot beyond the keeper to seal the victory.

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The encouraging signs of life that Stoke showed towards the end of the first half became few and far between in the second and the home side were able to see the remainder of the game out, extending their run of games unbeaten in the Premier League to seven games. Mourinho’s side now close the gap to 12 points behind league leaders City, who lost their unbeaten crown to Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.

As for Stoke, they stay rooted in 18th place with Lambert in doubt about the tough task on his hands of clawing the Potters away from a relegation battle.



Man City Agree to Call Off Alexis Sanchez Move Paving Way for Man Utd & Chelsea Shootout

Manchester City have ended their interest in Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, after Pep Guardiola and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak agreed the cost of the deal had become prohibitive.

The news, as reported by ​the ​BBC and several other outlets, had seemingly paved the way for City’s rivals United to wrap up a deal for the 29-year-old Chilean. However, it now appears that reigning Premier League champions Chelsea may have also entered the race at the 11th hour.

Speculation has been rife since the window re-opened and earlier on Monday, while French outlet ​Le10Sport reported an exclusive that claimed Arsenal have accepted United’s offer for Sanchez, with the player set to be wrapped up quickly.

On Sunday, ​Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger promised the saga would be brought to an end in 48 hours. However, regardless of how close United’s deal actually is or the validity of Chelsea’s interest, it is understood that City – who were apparently Sanchez’s preferred destination – were unwilling to compete with the offers on the table from rival clubs and were not prepared to make the former Barcelona man, who played under Guardiola at Camp Nou, the highest paid player in their table topping squad.

Guardiola and Al Mubarak as well as other key members of the club hierarchy, according to ​Sky, agreed that the combination of excessive wages and signing on fee did not represent value for money for player who would have been available on a free transfer in the summer.

Man Utd by contrast are willing to hand Sanchez a £350k-a-week contract in order to secure the deal ahead of their rivals, while several reports suggest Henrikh Mkhitaryan – ​who was left out of the Red Devils’ squad that took on Stoke on Monday night – will be used in a part exchange deal.

Another reason City may have decided to cancel their pursuit of one of the transfer window’s most-coveted stars is the timely news that forward Gabriel Jesus is likely to be back playing ahead of schedule within the next month, aiding the club’s attacking options.