Man Utd Confirm Luke Shaw Has Signed a New Long-Term Contract Until Summer of 2023

Manchester United have officially announced that Luke Shaw has signed a new long-term five-year contract that promises to keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2023. The deal also comes with the option of a further 12-month extension to 2024.

“Since I came to United, it’s been a whirlwind four years that have passed so quickly. I am very proud to sign my new contract and continue my stay at this great club,” Shaw told ​

“I want to thank everybody that has stood by me and shown me huge support – the management, my team-mates and the fans.

“I want to let everyone know that I will give everything I have to repay them and deliver success over the years to come. I’m still very young with a lot more to learn and I can’t wait to continue my progress under Jose Mourinho.”

Mourinho himself commented, “Luke fully deserves this contract. He understood his development process, he has worked really hard at every level and he always believes in himself which is a great attribute to have.

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“Luke is still young and is improving all the time and he must feel very proud of himself. I am delighted that we are keeping such a talented young English player with a bright future ahead of him.”

It had earlier been reported that the ​United defender’s fresh terms will see an already handsome salary almost double from around £100,000-per-week to £195,000-per-week.


Marouane Fellaini Labelled ‘Huge Doubt’ for Man Utd Clash With Chelsea After Training Knock

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellainin has been described as a ‘huge doubt’ for the club’s crucial Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend after he reportedly ‘limped out of training’ upon returning to England.

Precautionary fitness concerns saw Fellaini sit out Belgium’s 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in an international friendly on Tuesday, but coach Roberto Martinez suggested there was likely to be little problem in being ready for club action a few days later.

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“He should be fine, it’s just he wasn’t 100%,” the Spaniard explained.

“He’s got an important game at the weekend and this wasn’t the game to use players who weren’t 100%. We expect he should be fine in the next couple of days.”

However, a report from The Sun published on Thursday afternoon has loudly claimed that Fellaini now is a doubt to face Chelsea after he was unable to complete a training session on Wednesday.

It is alleged that while the 30-year-old felt ‘slightly under the weather’ after returning from international duty, it was he who had insisted that he take part in the session, only to hobble away towards the end after seemingly suffering an ankle problem.

Crucially, Fellaini apparently needed no help from staff or colleagues in returning to the changing rooms and fans will therefore hope that The Sun’s claims and attention grabbing headline have been exaggerated and that the problem is only minor.

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Fellaini, who has struggled with niggling injuries throughout his United career, has excelled in a deep lying midfield role so far this season. United have won every Premier League game that he has started, while he was brought on at half-time when the team was trailing against Newcastle.


Man Utd Ace Emerges as £65m Target for Juventus Following Cracking England Performance

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has reportedly emerged as a target for Italian giants and Serie A championship holders Juventus in the wake of his scintillating England display this week.

The 20-year-old attacker scored with impressive aplomb in England’s shock 3-2 win over Spain on Monday, popping up with the Three Lions’ second goal of the match as Raheem Sterling recorded a brace to give the World Cup semi-finalists a 3-0 halftime lead.

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According to a report in The Sun, Juventus are among several clubs interested in the pacy youngster, who is valued at £65m, and could possibly make a bid for his services next year.

Rashford has struggled to hold down a regular spot in Jose Mourinho’s ​United set-up but he has been a notable presence in the side since his breakout in 2016. 

The forward appeared in 35 Premier League matches for the Red Devils last term, scoring seven goals and providing five assists. However, he has found playing time hard to come by this season, in what has been a difficult 2018/19 campaign for United overall.

“Juventus have got their noses pressed to the window for Rashford, and they are ready to make an offer for him,” The Sun report in quotes which they attribute to an unnamed source.

“His goal against Spain confirmed that he has what it takes to become an important player.”

The player’s contract is set to expire in 2020, while there is the option of triggering an additional year. It is believed that United will put up resistance and attempt to block any approach made by the Old Lady.

The England international has only made four starts under Mourinho this season, but he is still very highly regarded at Old Trafford and is considered to be the future of the club.


Paul Scholes Hits Out at Jose Mourinho’s Comments on West Ham Summer Signing

​Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has criticised Jose Mourinho for praising West Ham’s scouts over their acquisition of defender Issa Diop, calling it a ‘needless swipe’ at his own recruitment staff. 

​The Hammers signed Diop, 21, from Toulouse this summer for £22m – the central defender going some way to repaying that fee in last month’s 3-1 win over Manchester United. 

His performance led Mourinho to ​laud the defender as a ‘monster’ and commend the recruitment process which landed Diop at the London Stadium.

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In an interview with ESPN this week, Scholes hit out at the remarks amidst the pressure continuing to mount over Mourinho during ​United‘s worst ever start to a league campaign.

“I didn’t like the manager praising ​West Ham’s chief scout after the defeat there and congratulating him on finding [Issa] Diop,” Scholes said.

“It was a massive dig at his own scouts. If you’re a scout at Manchester United, how can you know what type of player to look for when the manager is changing his team every week and his formation all the time? 

“Where’s the blueprint for the player you want? It must be an impossible job,” he added.

The comments from Scholes continue to shine a light on a struggling Mourinho, but the former midfielder insisted that the Portuguese is a great manager despite his recent troubles.

He added: “He still is [a great manager]. Well, I think he still is, but you wonder why his side keep getting outplayed. People talk about the first ten games of this season but last year it was the same.


“The reason we finished second last year was because of the goalkeeper. Good goalkeepers are not easy to find. [David] De Gea’s not been quite as good this season, not saving them all like did all last year.”

The Red Devils have an opportunity to rein in one of their top of the table counterparts when they face ​Chelsea on Saturday, but they also face the risk of falling 13 points behind the leaders with just nine games on the board should they be defeated at Stamford Bridge.  


6 Things Fans of Big Clubs Across Europe Need to Know About Rumoured Target Nicolas Pepe

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe has been the subject of growing transfer speculation in recent weeks as he catches the eye of a number of clubs who could potentially prise him away.

With several of Europe’s elite sides among those apparent suitors, here’s a look at six things you need to know about this highly rated and extremely coveted emerging talent…

6. He’s Primarily a Right Winger

Although he has been known to operate through the middle as a central striker or ‘number 10’, Pepe primarily occupies a role on the right wing.

Standing at 6ft tall, it is there he is at his most dangerous, providing a direct threat either a goalscorer himself or laying on chances for others to finish.

5. He’s Still Inexperienced at Top Flight Level

Pepe is not the product of a prestigious academy and started his senior career at Poitiers in the amateur French lower leagues. From there, he moved onto Angers as a teenager and made his professional bow in Ligue 2 in 2014.

With Angers earning promotion in 2016, he only has two full seasons of top flight football under his belt, although it must be said that the 23-year-old made the step up look rather easy.  

4. He’s an Ivory Coast International

Although born in the suburbs of Paris, Pepe has represented Ivory Coast at international level since his first call up in 2016, receiving eligibility through his parents. Ironically, he actually made his debut in a friendly against birth nation France.

Pepe has appeared nine times for Les Elephants to date. He has also scored three goals, all of which have come in games played this calendar year.

He was named in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad and any club looking to sign him will have to make peace with the fact that he could be missing for several weeks in the middle of the season every other year for further AFCON tournaments in the future.

Bizarrely for a winger, Pepe usually wears the number two shirt for his country.

3. He’s Done More Than Neymar & Mbappe This Season

Pepe has enjoyed a blistering start to the Ligue 1 season with Lille. He was the standout player in a poor side that flirted with relegation in 2017/18, but now the team is singing from the same sheet and is currently second behind only reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Pepe himself has scored six goals and provided six assists in nine Ligue 1 games so far this campaign, including a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Amiens.

His tally of 12 combined goals and assists is actually more than PSG superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (both 11), bought for a combined €400m, have managed in the same period.  

2. He’s Under Contract Until 2022

Pepe signed a long-term five-year deal when he joined Lille in 2017, which puts him under contract until the summer of 2022.

That means Lille are in a strong position to command a big fee should they wish to sell as the threat of losing him as a free agent is still barely visible on the horizon.  

1. He’s Been Linked With a LOT of Clubs Already

The other thing that will help Lille receive a handsome pay day is the potential for a bidding war if the reports of just how many clubs are taking an interest in Pepe are to be believed. 

Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are the four most high profile clubs currently alleged to be keeping an eye on the player.

But Borussia Dortmund are also rumoured to be interested, along with Schalke, Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Lyon. It has even been suggested that the latter two have already made offers, with La Real reportedly bidding €20m and Lyon apparently bidding €30m.