Jesse Lingard Claims the Man Utd Dressing Room Vibe Has Improved Dramatically

​Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard has revealed the mood in the dressing room has vastly improved following the club’s recent successes.

The Red Devils ended last season with three trophies to their name and ensured qualification for the 2017/18 Champions League, and despite losing to Real Madrid in the recent UEFA Super Cup, returned to Premier League action on Sunday with a thrashing of West Ham.

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The 4-0 result was highly impressive and efficient, and prompted fans and experts to compare the showing to something from the Sir Alex Ferguson days after the game.

According to Lingard, the dressing room now has huge amounts of confidence and positivity coursing through it and he said via ​Sky Sports: “There’s a lot of confidence flying around at the moment and it’s good that we can stick together and be a part of it. Even the lads who weren’t involved at the weekend still played a big part in the win.

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The group that we had it was easy for players to settle in, the likes of Rom [Lukaku] and Victor [Lindelof], it was always going to be easy for them. They’re very down to earth guys and they want to work hard on the training pitch.”


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It was United’s biggest margin of victory over another team in the Premier League for three years, and on the club’s title credentials Lingard added: 

“I don’t see why not. The whole team is working hard this season and hopefully we’ll win trophies. We’re in a lot of competitions, the more trophies the better.”​​

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New Manchester United Captain Michael Carrick Willing to Wait for First Team Chances

​Newly-appointed Manchester United captain Michael Carrick is willing to wait for first team chances, despite being completely left out of the match day squad for the Red Devils’ Premier League opener against West Ham.

The 36-year old signed for the club back in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur and in over 10 seasons at the club, he has made 459 appearances. However, in recent times, the veteran midfielder has struggled to see minutes on the pitch amid stiff competition.

Yet, as reported by Sky Sports, Carrick’s lack of game time is not getting the new captain down. Instead, the former England international seems understanding of his current place in the squad.

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“We’ve got a great squad. It’s a long season and there will be a lot of games. Hopefully, we can go far in the cup competitions. There will be a lot of games, just like last year and there is going to be a lot of rotation in the squad.”

Since taking over the captain’s armband, Carrick has yet to feature competitively for the club. However, he is likely to play an important role from the sidelines as a veteran presence, something he believes played a role in him becoming club captain in the first place.

“[Becoming captain is] a big honour for me, it’s very special to be in the position I am. It probably comes with me being here for quite some time now and being the oldest in the squad.”

However, despite his new role, Carrick does not believe he has to make too many changes, either on or off the pitch.

“There’s obviously more responsibility but I think that’s a natural thing. You’ve got to try to lead in certain ways but I’m just trying to be myself. You can’t suddenly change because you’re put in a different role. You just got to be yourself and respect all the lads like I do.”

Carrick’s next opportunity to play may come in Manchester United’s upcoming Premier League game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday.


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VIDEO: Marcos Rojo Offers Encouraging News Regarding Return From Long-Term Injury

​Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has given fans a reason to be hopeful, having provided a fresh update on his fitness.

The Argentinian suffered a serious knee ligament injury in a Europa League tie against Anderlecht back in April and was ruled out for the rest of the season, with the possibility of missing the rest of the year quite likely as well.

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Jose Mourinho previously said that he wouldn’t expect the player back until December, however, Rojo is doing all he can to be fit again before his manager’s predicted time frame.

The player is now able to hop on the bike again, and posted updates to his Instagram showing himself riding in the gym, as well as undergoing EMS (Electronic Muscle Stimulator) treatment.

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​​Rojo’s teammates Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are also closer to making a healthy return to the United squad. It is believed that Shaw could be available for selection by next month, while Young is expected back in October.

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Steven Gerrard Names the Man Utd Player He’d Love to See Sign for Liverpool

​Steven Gerrard has revealed which Manchester United player he would like to see sign for Liverpool. 

Speaking on ​BT Sport on Tuesday night, Gerrard declared that he is a big fan of Nemanja Matic. 

The Liverpool legend said: “Right now? Looking at the weekend, I’d take Matic. We haven’t got a natural holding midfielder at the moment. Jordan Henderson has done a fantastic job in there, obviously struggles with injury at times. We’ve got Emre Can as well, but for me, they’re suited as well to being No.8s.” 

Liverpool made an unconvincing start to the Premier League season, drawing 3-3 at Watford, where their defensive problems resurfaced. Gerrard feels that a stronger midfield could help his former side sort out their leaky defence. 

I think all them players would benefit from having a real big monster of a midfielder in there who can break up play; that can help secure Liverpool when they pile forward.” 

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“I’m a huge fan of Matic and looking at him over the weekend, he looks like the right piece of the puzzle that Mourinho needs.” 

Matic joined Manchester United from Chelsea this summer for a fee around £40m. He immediately impressed with a fine performance in Sunday’s 4-0 win over West Ham.

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Gerrard was speaking before Liverpool’s Champions League Play-off tie in Germany against Hoffenheim. The Reds won 2-1 to put them within sight of the group stages ahead of the 2nd leg at Anfield next week. 


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​​Before that, they face Crystal Palace in their first home game of the new Premier League season.

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Anthony Martial Warned Off Move to Serie A by France World Cup Winner Emmanuel Petit

​Anthony Martial has seen chances limited at Manchester United since Jose Mourinho took over, but the Frenchman has been told to remain patient with the Red Devils – despite interest from Inter Milan – by compatriot Emmanuel Petit.

Petit, a former midfielder who represented both Chelsea and Arsenal in England, was part of the France team that won the World Cup in 1998. And like Martial, he played for AS Monaco before moving to the Premier League.

Petit is of the opinion that there’s too much uncertainty over Inter at the moment, and Martial would be much better off staying at Old Trafford.

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“Manchester United, they are building a team to play for the title this year,” Petit said to SFR Sport (via ​Goal).

“They will play the Champions League, he [Martial] will have playing time and the competitions will be long until the end of the year.

“So going to Inter which is under reconstruction, there are a lot of uncertainties at this level there. It’s a risk to take but I think he has the qualities to claim to play more at Manchester United.

“Whether it is on the left side or even in the centre, he has already shown that he has the instinct of a scorer.”

Martial came off the bench to score against West Ham on Sunday, helping United to a 4-0 victory over Slaven Bilic’s side, notching an assist as well.

New signing Romelu Lukaku registered a brace in his Premier League debut, while Paul Pogba also got on the score-sheet for the Red Devils, who are now huge favourites to win the title next year.


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