Rio Ferdinand Tells Marcus Rashford to ‘Fight’ for His Position at Manchester United Amid Exit Talk

​Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has instructed Marcus Rashford to fight for his position at Old Trafford, and demanded that the Red Devils’ academy graduate show why he deserves to own the famous number 10 shirt. 

In an interview with ​ESPN, Ferdinand, who won six ​Premier League titles in 12 years at Old Trafford, did not mince his words in speaking about what Rashford needs to do to prove himself. 

Amid suggestions that Rashford needs to leave United to further his game time prospects, Ferdinand ordered the 20-year-old not to give up at the first hurdle in his short career, and has instead suggested he use the situation as motivation. 

The 39-year-old said: “You’ve got to fight, you’ve got to show fight, fight for that position. You ain’t growing up at ​Man United to walk out the door at the first bit of disruption. 

“No, you got a number 10 on your shirt for a reason, you’re there because you got a talent, fight for it.”

Ferdinand has also had his say on whether he feels Jose Mourinho is managing the young England international properly throughout the situation. 

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He added: “I just think there is a balance. I think it’s been blown out of proportion. I don’t think it’s too far Mourinho’s fault and too far Rashford’s fault.

“I look at it as if I’m Marcus Rashford: ‘Have I started enough games? Do I feel if we have to go to play a big massive game am I going to start that game all the time? 

“Does he see me as his main man to go win games?’ At this moment I feel Marcus Rashford will say probably not.”

Ferdinand, who was once the most expensive British footballer in history, has also shared his opinion on what he feels Paul Pogba needs to do to become a great, citing Cristiano Ronaldo as an example.

The BT Sport pundit continued: “Cristiano came as what we called a showpony, all the stepovers, looking good for the fans. 

“He left as the best player in the world, who lived and died by the end product. Goals and assists. 

“But that’s down to intelligence, [Ronaldo] worked it out, actually, ‘that’s good that the people love me for that, but what’s going to get me there, to the top of the mountain.

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“I need to adjust my game.’ And he left as the best player in the world.

“So Paul Pogba can look at that as something to learn from there as well. What do I really need to do to make myself the best midfielder on this planet?”


‘Equality’: Jose Mourinho Calls On Media to Criticise Tottenham After Defeat to Liverpool

​Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has called on the media to act with ‘equality’ and criticise Tottenham for consecutive Premier League losses to ​Watford and ​Liverpool. 

Speaking to ​ESPN Brasil, the Red Devils’ manager demanded that the same perceived scrutiny that has been on his own stuttering United side early in the season should now be placed on Tottenham. 

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Mourinho stormed out of his post match press conference having lost 3-0 to Mauricio Pochettino’s side in just the third week of the season, demanding more respect from the media for his achievements. 

The 55-year-old said: “​Tottenham have now lost two straight.

“If there is equality of treatment, if there is equality in the way of looking and reporting, they will leave us calm and will start bothering others.”

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss claimed that the size and success of Manchester United is the reason why the media focus so much on his side.

The Portuguese boss continued: “Maybe United’s story and my story.

“United won a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot. And I also won a lot, a lot, a lot. Maybe people tire a little of it.

“But at least we will continue to do our work and little by little we go, because we started really badly with two defeats.

“But we already have the same points as ​Arsenal, we already have the same points as ​Tottenham and we are getting there little by little.”


Marcus Rashford Set for First Start Since Season Opener in Man Utd’s Champions League Tie

​Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is set to make his first start of the season in the Red Devils’ Champions League opener against Young Boys, after impressing whilst on international duty. 

The ​Mirror reports that, despite the United academy graduate’s ban at domestic level, the 20-year-old is free to play in Europe and looks set to do so. 

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Jose Mourinho is said to have been encouraged to start Rashford after the forward hit two goals in two games for England in the international break. 

Additionally, the youngster’s raw pace will be a vital asset on the Swiss side’s artificially laid Stade de Suisse pitch. It is believed that misfiring Chilean Alexis Sanchez will be the one the make way. 

Mourinho has come under fire this season for not giving Rashford much game time. 

England international started the season opener against ​Leicester, but has since made just two appearances off the bench whilst missing the win over ​Watford through suspension. 

Another England international in Luke Shaw, who assisted Rashford’s goal against Spain, is likely to return to the Red Devils’ starting lineup having missed the trip to Vicarage Road with a head injury. 

Despite the fact that Young Boys will be embarking on their first ever Champions League campaign, United playmaker Juan Mata has warned against complacency. 

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The Spaniard said: “It would be a huge mistake to underestimate them just because they aren’t as big of a name as other teams, with many of those huge clubs [Juventus and Valencia] also featuring in our group.

“Young Boys won their league last season by a considerable margin and they have started this campaign by winning all of their matches, including those in cup competitions.

“We are talking about a team that is in great form and will be facing us hugely motivated, just as every opponent does when they play against Manchester Unit​ed.”


Ben Foster Names David De Gea as ‘the Messi of Goalkeepers’ Following Watford Wonder Save

​After a disappointing World Cup campaign, instantly marred with a calamitous mistake in Spain’s opening game against Portugal, David De Gea has returned to Manchester United in excellent form.

In the Red Devils’ most recent Premier League game – a 2-1 victory over Javi Garcia’s high-flying Watford – De Gea once again showed why he is considered by so many to be the best goalkeeper in the world. 

In virtually the last action of the game, the Spanish shot-stopper kept United’s lead intact in spectacular fashion, leaping to his left to keep out Christian Kabasele’s strong header. 

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This was just one of a string of excellent saves during Saturday’s match, and De Gea’s performance earned him the praise of his Watford counterpart, Ben Foster. 

Watford’s in-form goalkeeper told the Mirror: “He is the Lionel Messi of goalkeeping. He has been the best goalkeeper in the world for years. He is absolutely brilliant now. Some of the saves he makes at critical times are just breathtaking.”

Foster continued to explain that he finds it astounding that De Gea makes these game-defining saves “all the time” and that “it’s almost like he is not even bothered either!” 

Such was the quality of De Gea’s performance against the Hornets, Foster, despite his own rich vein of form, expressed some envy, stating: “It would be so nice to pull those saves off, get up and it’s almost like he just wants to go home. He is world class.”

Foster believe that this nonchalance stems from the fact that De Gea’s skill is “so natural”, expanding on the matter by saying: “From what I hear he is not a great trainer. Training doesn’t suit him.”

United’s shot-stopper was awarded the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award last season for the fourth time in his Manchester United career, having previously won it three times in a row before Spanish teammate Ander Herrera ended the impressive run in 2017. 

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Such has been De Gea’s consistently high level in recent years, his poor performances at the World Cup led to a torrent of criticism. However, Foster knew it was just a matter of time before the Spaniard bounced back: “He might let a bad one in now and then like we all do but he will come up with the goods like he did today to win his team the match.”

Mourinho’s United take on Young Boys away from home in their first Champions League Group Stage match of the season. De Gea is expected to start and it will come as no surprise if he pulls off yet another stellar performance for the Red Devils. 


Chris Smalling Opens Up on World Cup Snub by England & Outlines Man Utd Ambitions

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has admitted that getting cut from the England side was difficult to cope with – but he has also revealed that he’s taken positives from the disappointment.

The 28-year-old was snubbed by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the World Cup, with the manager looking to get a more youthful side on the plane to Russia. But, given his performance against Watford on Saturday, there are hints that Smalling has regained his confidence.

“It was obviously a difficult time for me personally,” the defender said, via the Mirror. “I am not going to lie. You want to be involved for your country when you are at a top club.

“It was a disappointment but I had to turn it into a positive where I had my rest and a full pre-season which I hadn’t had for a while. You take it from there and hit the ground running but it was a difficult time.”

Smalling disclosed the fact that he has not spoken to Southgate since his getting dropped, also insisting he’s only focused on United and that he will be looking to play and contribute as much as possible.

“I think it was September or October. Not for a while. I have not had any discussions with the manager,” he revealed.

“I am lucky I played for a top club and that is where my focus is now. United is my sole focus. I’ve played a lot of games and I also hope to play a lot more games this season and contribute as much as possible.”

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The defender handed the Red Devils a 2-0 advantage over the Hornets on Sunday with a scintillating volley after Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring 10 minutes before halftime. Andre Gray would pull one back for the Vicarage Road residents on minute 65 but Nemanja Matic sealed the 3-1 win with a stoppage-time goal.