Manchester United had their final preparations today for their match with West Ham on Sunday.
United will be looking to swiftly get back to winning ways after they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to BSC Young Boys in their opening match of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will face ticky opposition in an in-form Hammers side who won their first European match 2-0 against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
Alex Telles and Scott McTominay are back in full training but aren’t expected to be involved.
Eslewhere, agent Mino Raiola has discussed Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford, with his contract currently set to expire next summer.
“Paul Pogba is out of contract in June, so we’ll talk with Man United and we’ll see what happens,” he told Rai Sport.
“Juventus? Paul still loves Turin. There’s a chance that Pogba will return to Juventus, yes – but it also depends on Juventus plans”.
Stay tuned for the latest Man United news.
You be the managerAs we come to a close tonight, why not have a go at picking the starting XI for Sunday’s trip to West Ham.
Test yourself and see how close you come to Solskjaer’s line-up!
The best win against West HamSunday’s game against West Ham is bound to be an entertaining one judging by recent history.
But which away game has been ranked the best?
Read the full list here.
Travelling squad for West HamManchester United are on their way to east London to take on West Ham.
Find out who made the journey and who is staying behind.
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Scott McTominay.20:33Elias Burke
Mark Clattenburg reveals United tale as to why he quit refereeingFormer Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has revealed it was a row with Jose Mourinho that convinced him to quit as a referee.
Clattenburg was a Premier League referee from 2004 until 2017, when he retired mid-season to become head of refereeing in Saudi Arabia. The decision came as a shock at the time but he has now revealed that it was a furious bust-up with then Manchester United manager Mourinho that convinced him to quit.
Read more here.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 12: Referee Mark Clattenburg speaks to Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on April 12, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)19:28Elias Burke
Heaton thinks Ronaldo will have positive influence on youngstersTom Heaton and Cristiano Ronaldo both re-joined Manchester United this summer after a long period away but the goalkeeper believes Ronaldo could be pivotal to the development of youngsters at the club
Heaton believes Ronaldo could play a pivotal role in the development of the next generation by setting the standard around the training ground.
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Promising youngster Willy Kambwala makes United return after 11 months outThis morning, Willy Kambwala was named as a substitute for United under-18’s destructive 8-2 victory over Birmingham City.
The France under-17 captain suffered an injury in the early part of last season, shortly after making his under-18 debut in a 4-0 win over Derby County.
RMC Sport reported Kambwala signed for United for £3.6million in 2020 from French side Sochaux, a considerable fee for a player who was only 16 at the time.
Jones excited to be back in the mixPhil Jones has admitted he is delighted to be back among the United first-team after 20 months on the sidelines following knee surgery.
The 29-year-old was involved today as United under-23’s picked up their first win of the Premier League 2 season, beating Brighton 2-1 at Leigh Sports Village.
Fight and desire @PhilJones4 talks us through his injury battles, their effects and much more in his episode — coming soon…#MUFC | #UTDPodcast
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 18, 2021 15:50Daniel Feliciano
£100m not enough for RiceWest Ham coach Kevin Nolan says that Declan Rice is only getting better and that he wouldn’t sell him for £100m, amid interest from Manchester United.
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ZAGREB, CROATIA – SEPTEMBER 16: Declan Rice of West Ham United during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Dinamo Zagreb and West Ham United at Maksimir Stadium on September 16, 2021 in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo by Igor Soban/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)15:27Daniel Feliciano
Pogba is the bestPaul Merson says that Paul Pogba is the best midfielder in the Premier League right now.
“Pogba has got seven assists.”
Paul Merson is asked to name his best midfielder in the Premier League right now pic.twitter.com/pkvwkzpHMK
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 18, 2021 14:31Daniel Feliciano
What a performanceUnited’s under-18’s were rampant in their lunch-time victory over Birmingham City, running out 8-2 winners.
Both Manni Norkett and Alejandro Garnacho scored hat-tricks, while Sam Mather and Malachi Sharpe completed the rout.
FT: Birmingham U18s 2-8 #mufc U18s
Goals from Manni Norkett (3), Sam Mather, Alejandro Garnacho (3) and Malachi Sharpe secure victory for Travis Binnion’s side in the #U18PLCup opener
— utdreport Academy (@utdreportAcad) September 18, 2021 13:53Daniel Feliciano
United U23’s nick it!It’s a late, late winner for Manchester United’s Under-23’s and it’s come through substitute Zidane Iqbal!
ACADEMY NEWS: 2 mins into an added five minutes injury time and Zidane Iqbal scores with a long range drive from just inside the box! 2-1
— The MUFC Academy (@mrmujac) September 18, 2021 13:34Daniel Feliciano
U23’s concedeThe Under 23’s are struggling against Brighton and have conceded an equaliser… it’s currently 1-1 with 15 minutes to play.
ACADEMY NEWS: 65 mins gone and Brighton equalise…it’s been coming as United can’t seem to hold on to the ball in defensive positions…then just knock it up to Hugill who isn’t strong enough to keep it…1-1
— The MUFC Academy (@mrmujac) September 18, 2021 13:10Daniel Feliciano
What would your XI be vs West Ham?Pick your Manchester United starting lineup for tomorrow’s clash against West Ham
U23’s lead!It seems Manchester United posted the wrong starting lineup earlier, because Anthony Elanga started in place of Zidane Iqbal and the Swede has opened the scoring from the penalty spot just before half-time!
Elanga penalty puts @ManUtd in front just before the break. pic.twitter.com/QubfRGuL2b
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 18, 2021 12:28Daniel Feliciano
What a start for U18’s!United’s under 18’s are also in action and they’ve got off to a great start, leading 3-1 inside the opening 30 mins.
Under-23’s lineup announcedManchester United have revealed their starting lineup for the Under-23’s fixture against Brighton this afternoon, including Dean Henderson and Phil Jones once again.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 18, 2021 11:24Daniel Feliciano
United’s right-back options?Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card against Young Boys has left many United fans questioning if they can upgrade on him in January or next summer.
Here are some potential options that United could look to sign..
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GRANADA, SPAIN – APRIL 8: Aaron Wan Bissaka of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League match between Granada v Manchester United at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on April 8, 2021 in Granada Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)10:51Daniel Feliciano
Trevor Sinclair makes interesting commentsMan United will take on West Ham on Sunday afternoon, but former Hammers midfielder Trevor Sinclair thinks that at least two of the London side’s players ‘would walk into’ the Reds side.
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Trevor Sinclair has shared his views on the Premier League title race. (Image: Twitter (@talkSPORT))10:22Daniel Feliciano
Donny deserves another chance!Donny Van de Beek deserves another chance in the Manchester United midfield. At least, that’s what the stats say!
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Ronaldo leads the way in FPLOnce again, Cristiano Ronaldo was the most transferred in player in FPL for GW5 with over 1.3million managers bringing him into their team.
Transfers in for GW5
1,344,844 – Cristiano Ronaldo
826,488 – Romelu Lukaku
626,411 – Patrick Bamford
608,802 – Demarai Gray
490,319 – Fernando Marcal#FPL pic.twitter.com/z59GSQ05dn
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) September 18, 2021 09:25Daniel Feliciano
Rashford’s fitness planMarcus Rashford is edging closer to a return to first-team action following shoulder surgery and he’s set out a fitness plan to get back to full fitness as best he can.
Full story here.
Marcus Rashford is edging closer towards his Manchester United returnDaniel Murphy
Six things spotted in Manchester United training as Rashford and McTominay give boost Manchester United have been training hard this week following their disappointing return to the Champions League.
United were back in Europe’s top competition on Tuesday but fell to a shocking 2-1 defeat at BSC Young Boys, which has put a dampener on the mood following Saturday’s euphoric 4-1 thumping of Newcastle United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking for an instant response from his side when they take on West Ham United on Sunday, a team whose own European experience was much more positive as they defeated Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in their first-ever Europa League match.
The manager has been stepping up preparations for the game this week and the players were put through their paces at Carrington on Wednesday, with some familiar faces making a welcome return.
United have released images and footage from the session and here are six things we spotted.
Victor Lindelof, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford in United training (Image: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)Daniel Murphy
Ed Woodward breaks silence on Manchester United signings and start to season Ed Woodward says Manchester United are ‘more confident than ever’ of succeeding under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following their activity in the summer transfer window.
United invested £135.62million on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, and also re-signed back-up goalkeeper Tom Heaton to bolster the squad for an intended Premier League title challenge.
United progressed from third to second last season under Solskjaer but the club has still not won a trophy since the 2017 Europa League triumph.
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Raiola plans talks with Manchester United about Paul PogbaMino Raiola has confirmed he will speak to Manchester United regarding a new contract for Paul Pogba but admits the midfielder could yet return to Juventus next year.
Pogba, 28, has entered the final year of his current deal with United and as things stand could leave the club for nothing at the end of the current season.
With no new contract at Old Trafford agreed Pogba could also sign a pre-agreement with another European side in the new year ahead of becoming a free agent.
See what he said here.
Paul Pogba is yet to commit his future to Manchester UnitedDaniel Murphy
Good morning Welcome to today’s United blog.