Man Utd’s Romelu Lukaku Insists Fast Start Is Down to ‘Special Relationship’ With Rashford

​Romelu Lukaku has put his fast start to life at Old Trafford down to a ‘special relationship’ he has forged with England youngster Marcus Rashford.

The £90m summer acquisition from Everton has looked super sharp so far for the Red Devils, and hit a brace against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.

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He has been touted by many to become a hit at United, but there were some who expected him to take some time to hit the ground running for his new club.

But according to the big man, his friendship with Rashford has helped him to settle much quicker than anticipated. He said on MUTV, as quoted by the ​MEN: “With me and Marcus, there’s something special.

“We clicked from the first day that I arrived, and I knew that he would help me settle in at the club. I knew Jesse [Lingard] from before, and Paul, they’re probably my closest friends in the dressing room, but I get on with everybody in the team.”

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Lukaku almost followed in the footsteps on a certain Wayne Rooney by banging in a debut hat-trick for United, and Rashford looked particularly dangerous down the left side.

He added: “I wish it was three goals and a hat-trick to be fair. I was thinking about [the third goal] – I’m a striker so I’m always thinking about scoring goals.

“Strikers are there to score goals and, if you stick to your job, you’re going to do well. But, at the end, of the day I want to win and the team wants to win. So I’m really happy that everybody performed well and that we’ve set a high standard.”

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PHOTO: Angel Di Maria Jokes on Instagram About ‘Lucky’ Legends He Has Played Alongside

​There’s no doubting Angel Di Maria has had a pretty illustrious career to date.

Starting out at Rosario Central, his form earned him a move to Benfica before Real Madrid came calling, while he now plays for French giants Paris Saint-Germain after a brief spell at Manchester United.

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Also an Argentina international, the 29-year-old has played alongside some legendary players, and took to Instagram to joke about how lucky some of his current and former teammates have been to play with him.

Di Maria posted picture of himself with various legends of the modern game, captioning the photo: “How lucky were these guys”.

Di Maria spent a season playing alongside Swedish icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, another solitary campaign with United’s leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney, having more prolonged spells with Argentina colleague Lionel Messi and ex-Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and recently welcoming Neymar to the Parc des Princes.

While Di Maria himself may not have reached the status of some his current and former teammates, he has still had a successful career, winning league titles in Portugal, Spain and France and also picking up a runners-up medal at the 2014 World Cup.


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Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic Explains Why He Thinks He’ll Be at the Club for a Long Time

Manchester United’s latest signing Nemanja Matic has thanked his new teammates for welcoming him to the club, and has admitted that he feels like he will be a United player for a long time.

Matic arrived into Manchester from Chelsea carrying a £40m fee, and has so far impressed in his time in a Red Devils shirt – particularly in the club’s dominating 4-0 win over West Ham. And now, Matic has thanked those who have let him get settled into the squad so quickly:

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“Thanks to the guys, they have accepted me from my first day and I feel their support,” He told MUTV.

“Thanks to them, I feel very comfortable and I feel like I will be here a long time. They have helped me, and I am happy if I give them something back, and that I helped us to win.

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Discussing Sunday’s match, Matic seems to be revelling in the pressure that playing for such a big club brings:

“We played good football, and I think our supporters enjoyed it as well. It’s good to start well with three points, the season is long but we have to collect a lot of points and we’ve had a good start.

“It was great [to play at Old Trafford], when you wear that [United] shirt you feel some kind of pressure because this is a big club, but that’s why we are here.

“We know that it’s a big responsibility to play for Manchester United and I’m happy that we have started well and that I hope we continue like this – I’m sure this group can do good things.”

United’s next game comes in South Wales, as they travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea.

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Inter Boss Spalletti Insists Man Utd Target Ivan Perisic Wants to Stay with the Club

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has announced that his highly sought after winger Ivan Perisic is ‘determined’ to stay at the San Siro this summer – despite spending the entirety of summer linked with a move away from the club.

Perisic has been constantly linked with a move to Manchester United during this window, and while many expected Jose Mourinho to get his man, the Croatian remains with Inter, but Perisic’s boss Spalletti has insisted that the 28-year-old wants to stay with the club.

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“Perisic is determined to stay,” he told Sky Sports Italia (via the Mirror).

“There was a moment [when he considered moving], but then he spoke like a footballer who is interested in doing the right thing for his professionalism and he drew a conclusion.”

Jose Mourinho has had his say on the current situation regarding Perisic. Though he refused to mention any names, the Portuguese boss admitted that he would still like to add to his squad.

“I’m happy with my squad but I would like to have two more players – I never hide that,” Mourinho said.

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“One player would be a midfield player that gives me more options and balance to the team and our needs. Another one an attacking player, especially that can play through the wings to give me also more attacking options.


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​​“But I never speak about players that belong to other teams, I don’t like if any manager comes now and would say he would like one of my players, that’s not correct. I would like two more players but probably I only get one.”

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Yahoo Daily Fantasy Analysis: United & Spurs Dominate Perfect XI for Gameweek 1

The return of the Premier League has, to some extent, halted the constant gossip around which player will move clubs for an astronomical fee next. 

With everyone now refreshing their internet browsers to see how their fantasy side has performed on game week one of the new season, Yahoo Daily Fantasy have released the XI who would have gained the most points this weekend, for a £1m jackpot. And surprise surprise…nobody got it.

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Goalkeeper
Between the sticks is Spurs captain Hugo Lloris. The Frenchman would have scored you an impressive 14.5 points after keeping a clean sheet during Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over newly promoted Newcastle. One of four Spurs players involved in the perfect XI, keep an eye out for the three remaining Lillywhites superstars.

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Defence

When looking at the perfect back four, it perhaps isn’t surprising to find a defence that is filled with players that work under José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino. 

With the defence shared equally between Manchester United and Tottenham, Phil Jones and Daley Blind occupy the red half of the back four. Solid performances in United’s dominant 4-0 victory over West Ham, don’t be surprised to see Jones and Blind pop up in the perfect XI throughout the season.

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Kyle Walker-Peters and Ben Davies finish off the defence for the opening weekend. Davies not only helped his side to a clean sheet but the Welsh international also registered his first goal of the season, helping him rack up an impressive 15.4 points. As for Kyle Walker’s namesake, a constant attacking threat to Newcastle has seen the 20-year-old feature in this week’s perfect XI.

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Midfield

Unsurprisingly Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan feature alongside top-scoring midfielder Christian Eriksen, with the Dane racking up over 21 points. 

The only player in the perfect XI that didn’t feature for Manchester United or Tottenham is a Swiss international who started against Mourinho’s ruthless Red Devils. 21-year-old Edimilson Fernandes was one of the few bright sparks for West Ham and with fantasy salary of just £10, his creativity was enough to secure his place in the perfect XI.

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Strikers

Was it ever going to be anyone else?

A Romelu Lukaku brace and a strike from Anthony Martial was enough to see the Manchester United pair round off the perfect XI for the opening weekend. Cruising to a 4-0 victory over West Ham, the United duo would have scored you a whopping 39.6 points combined, the brunt of which comes from Belgian international Lukaku.

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Perfect XI Combined Points Total: 151.35

Perfect XI Combined Price: £199

Think you can pick the perfect XI? Play at https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/dailyfantasy to enter this week’s competitions!

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