Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2017

Mourinho: More chance of me going to Galatasaray than Fellaini

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Despite representatives from Galatasaray claiming that Marouane Fellaini was close to joining the Turkish side, Jose Mourinho has ruled out the transfer.

It's easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. He is too important to me. No chance.

Mourinho made these comments following United's 3-0 win over Valerenga today, in which Fellaini scored.

PICTURE: Matic in United training kit

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Following reports that Marouane Fellaini is set to move to Galatasaray, it's no surprise that Nemanja Matic's move to Manchester United has drawn closer today.

While the move has yet to be confirmed, an image appeared on social media showing Matic in the club's training gear.

Some fans may not be overawed by signing Matic, a player whose best years are behind him and will cost £40m, but he is a player that Jose Mourinho knows well.

Gomes: I’m a Salford lad whose been at United since the Under-6s

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Angel Gomes became the youngest player to feature for Manchester United since Duncan Edwards when he came off the bench for our final home game of the season.

The 16-year-old has discussed his Portuguese roots and the influences on his career, although is proud to say that he's from Salford.

Galatasaray director confirms Fellaini talks 

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Reports emerged from Turkey this morning claiming that Marouane

Cenk Ergun, Galatasaray director, has confirmed the reports.

There will be surprises, we are in talks with Fellaini. We have made an approach, we are close. We need a player like Fellaini who can shuttle around in midfield.

Reserves Weekly: Friendlies at all levels as U15s play at SuperCupNI

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It's been a very busy couple of weeks for Manchester United's youth sides.

Under-23s Ricky Sbragia re-appointed U23s manager, 12 years after leaving
U23s draw 2-2 with Salford City
U23s beat a Bradford City XI 2-1 in friendly

Ricky Sbragia was re-appointed Man United under-23s manager, 12 years after he left the role.

Mourinho: I’m waiting for good news 

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So far during this transfer window Manchester United have signed Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof. However, Ivan Perisic, Eric Dier and Nemanja Matic have all been strongly linked.

Despite the transfer window drawing to a close, Jose Mourinho insists he isn't concerned about a lack of signings.

VIDEO: Lingard puts United 1-0 up against Real Madrid

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Jesse Lingard put Manchester United 1-0 up against Real Madrid in the fourth friendly of the pre-season. Anthony Martial went on a brilliant run, taking on the Real Madrid defence, before setting Lingard up for a tap in.


Superb run from Martial.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Real Madrid

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Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Jones, Darmian, Carrick, Fellaini, Pereira, Martial, Lingard, Rashford.




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What happened last time we played Real Madrid in a friendly?

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1. Manchester United won 3-1 and fans started to think that in Louis van Gaal we had the manager that was going to bring back the glory days. Real Madrid were the champions of Europe at the time but United comprehensively outplayed them.

2. Ashley Young, who was deeply unpopular at the time, was tried out in the new position of wing-back.

Conte admits that he wanted Lukaku and he thought he was going to Chelsea

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One of the biggest shocks of this transfer window so far was when Manchester United announced that they had signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Having chased Alvaro Morata for a few months but unwilling to pay £70m for a benchwarmer who was unproven in the Premier League, United shifted their attention to Lukaku.

Herrera: De Gea is very focussed on Manchester United

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Ander Herrera has yet again been asked about the future of his compatriot, friend and Manchester United teammate ahead of the game against Real Madrid.

David de Gea has been linked with a move to the Spanish club for a long time and United are set to play them twice over the next few weeks, with the Super Cup on the horizon.

Mourinho: De Gea is happy here and there’s no chance of him leaving

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that discussions have taken place between Manchester United and Real Madrid over the transfer of David de Gea. However, the United manager claims the goalkeeper is happy here and the Spanish side are no longer looking to sign him.

I can guarantee that he is not going this season.

Darmian: I’m happy to be at United and I’m not leaving

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Matteo Darmian didn't have a great season at Manchester United last year, although did end strongly with a good performance in our victorious Europa League final win over Ajax.

Still, he has regularly been linked with a move away from the club but Darmian has denied any truth to these rumours.

City players love United’s striker

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Following Romelu Lukaku's move to Manchester United, his Belgian compatriots at rivals Manchester City have sung the praises of the striker. First, captain Vincent Kompany, has claimed he hopes Lukaku does well in the season ahead and won't be surprised if he does given how hard he works on the training pitch.

VIDEO: United 2-0 City

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Manchester United made it three wins out of three in the pre-season tour after beating Manchester City 2-0 last night. Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored the goals.

RoM’s Manchester United 2017-18 season preview

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RoM is today launching a comprehensive e-book to get all Manchester United fans fully in the mood for the season ahead.

As always, all profit from the e-book will go to Trafford Macmillan Wellbeing Centre and it only costs a minimum of £5 to download, although you can pay more if you would like to donate more to this cause.

Top 6 performances by Michael Carrick in a Man Utd shirt

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Upon Wayne Rooney's move to Everton, Michael Carrick was named Manchester United's newest captain.

Carrick's contributions might not always be obvious on the stat sheet, but they are in the trophy case where he has helped United win five league titles, three League Cups, the Champions League, Europa League, and an FA Cup.

Mourinho: I want to spend the next 15 years at United

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Jose Mourinho won two trophies in his first season at Manchester United, securing our place in next season's Champions League, and in an interview with ESPN, has talked about the future.

Mourinho has been asked about how much he wants this period of instability to end and deliver success at United in the long term.

Mkhitaryan: United fans singing my name gives me goosebumps

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a mixed first season at Manchester United. Seemingly falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho after a dreadful display in our 2-1 home defeat against Manchester City, Mkhitaryan was left out of the team for months.

However, when he did play, he often showed sparks of something brilliant and became better trusted by Mourinho.

Mourinho: There’s still plenty of time to buy the players I want

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Manchester United were reportedly very close to signing Ivan Perisic this week but couldn't agree a deal with Inter Milan, meaning the winger had to travel with his club to their pre-season tour of China.

Perisic cut a frustrated figure at the airport and was pictures on the plane sitting by himself and away from his teammates.

Evans the latest of United academy graduates to be named captain

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Manchester United's academy is the best in England and one of the best in Europe, with many players going on to have a great career at United or other top flight clubs after graduating.

However, the young players coming through during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign have done particularly well for themselves, by not just establishing long playing careers in the Premier League, but almost immediately being named captain by their new managers after leaving United.

VIDEO: Salt Lake 1-2 Manchester United

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Manchester United made it two wins out of two in last night's pre-season tour game against Salt Lake City.

Having gone a goal down, thanks to saw poor defending from Phil Jones, Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalised before Romelu Lukaku scored his first goal to give United the win. Jesse Lingard claimed the assist for the first goal and Mkhitaryan for the second.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about Rooney's parting shot at United.

The Guardian reports on Michael Carrick's advice for Romelu Lukaku.

The Independent discusses why Perisic could be United's most important transfer.

The Mirror reports on Giggs' warning for Lukaku.

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“Who wouldn’t want to be at the biggest club in the world?” Romero signs new contract

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Manchester United have announced that Sergio Romero has extended his contract until 2021. Signed by Louis van Gaal, Romero hasn't always been the most popular figure at the club, but he excelled during Jose Mourinho's first season. More often than not, he was the goalkeeper Mourinho picked for the Europa League and played in the victorious final over Ajax.

United should keep De Gea at any cost – no matter how much Real Madrid offer

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There has been a sense of inevitability about David de Gea's eventual transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid. Aside from a transfer to the Spanish club meaning a move to his hometown, something that would please his family and girlfriend, it would be hard for any player to reject the advances of a club like Real Madrid.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: LA Galaxy vs United 

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Herrera, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Rashford.

VIDEO: LA Galaxy 2-5 Manchester United

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Manchester United kicked off their pre-season tour of the USA with a game against LA Galaxy, who are in the midst of their domestic season.

Ahead of the game, Jose Mourinho claimed he wasn't expecting to see anything "extraordinary" from the players who were tired following four intense days of training.

Mourinho: Rashford is bigger and taller – he’ll score more next season

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Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 5-2 in their first game of the pre-season tour of the USA last night. Marcus Rashford scored two goals in the first half, before the entire XI was replaced for the second half.

Jose Mourinho has sung the praises of Rashford, noting that his height and muscle mass has increased over the past year, and expects him to score more goals next season as a result.

Class of 92 give support to mentor Harrison

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It has been reported in The Times that Eric Harrison, the legendary Manchester United coach who brought through the Class of 92, is suffering from dementia.

A few months ago, Harrison's grandson contacted the players David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.

Herrera and Mourinho speak out about Morata deal collapse

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Alvaro Morata's transfer to Manchester United looked like a certainty a few weeks ago, with the player keen to be reunited with Jose Mourinho after a lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

The Spanish club believed that Morata was Mourinho's prime target and so were unwilling to negotiate their overinflated asking price.

Liverpool player’s departure highlights United’s growing shadow

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It has been announced today that Liverpool's Lucas Leiva is set to leave the club for £5m, 10 years after he first joined from Brazilian side Gremio.

United had just won the league two months before Leiva signed but Steven Gerrard had high hopes for the midfielder.

"From what I've seen of him so far he's got everything you need in a Liverpool player; good touch, good passing and he's also a good lad off the field," he said.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for FourFourTwo about the decision to name Carrick as captain.

Scott writes for ESPN about the benefits of signing Eric Dier.

The Guardian discusses the new, tall team that Mourinho is building at United.

The club site reports on Mourinho's thoughts behind signing Lukaku.

Mourinho confirms that Zlatan could be offered a new contract at United

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Following rumours that Zlatan Ibrahimovic's recovery is going well and that he may be offered a new contract by Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has claimed that the door is still open to the Swedish striker.

Carrick: It’s such a huge honour to captain the club I love

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Following the departure of Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho has named Michael Carrick as his captain. The midfielder was given a testimonial this summer and has a year left on his current contract, having extended his deal at the end of last season.

Carrick has claimed that he has grown to love United and is honoured to wear our armband.

Remember when Carragher convinced Lukaku to leave Everton? Thanks!

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At the end of February, Jamie Carragher went to Everton's training ground to interview Romelu Lukaku. Wearing full Everton kit, the boyhood Everton fan spoke to Lukaku about his future.

The striker insisted he was happy at Everton and Carragher talked up his chances of finishing the season with the golden boot.

Rooney’s PJs and son’s joy at Everton return – but move his forced due to his decline

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Wayne Rooneycompleted his transfer to Everton yesterday with Romelu Lukaku coming in the opposite direction.

The striker has enjoyed a fantastic career, getting to make his debut for his boyhood team when he was a teenager, before moving to Manchester United and winning every trophy going, now seeing out the end of his career at Everton.

PICTURE: Mata tries on Lukaku’s massive boots

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Manchester United players took part in their first pre-season training session this afternoon in LA. Romelu Lukaku joined up with his new teammates for the first time too.

Juan Mata took to Twitter to welcome the new striker and took a picture wearing Lukaku's boots. Our new no.9 wears a size 13.

Pogba plans to be Lukaku’s assistant manager after retirement

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Following Romelu Lukaku's transfer to Manchester United, where he will play along best mate Paul Pogba, the pair have spoken to ESPN about when they first knew about each other and what their plans are for after they've retired.

On their friendship, and how young they both were when they first heard about each other for the first time.

Pereira to start ahead of De Gea for opening pre-season game

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that Joel Pereira will start in goal against LA Galaxy in our first pre-season game at the weekend.

Mourinho is a huge fan of the 21-year-old goalkeeper and has gone as far as claiming he will be Portugal's no.1 one day.

Earlier this week, Pereira, who has been at the club for five years, signed a new contract extension to keep him at United until 2021.

Pogba: I knew I would play with Lukaku one day

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Following Romelu Lukaku's move to Manchester United, ESPN caught up with the striker and his best pal, Paul Pogba, to talk about the transfer.

On being teammates, following Lukaku's move to Manchester United...

Pogba: "Well, I always knew he wanted to play with me. I'm just kidding.

VIDEO: Lukaku trains with United for the first time

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Romelu Lukaku has taken part in training with his Manchester United teammates for the first time since joining us from Everton.

Lukaku has chosen the no.9 shirt at United, having asked for permission from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and has revealed he can't wait to work with Jose Mourinho, the manager he's dreamed of playing for since he was 10-years-old.

Lukaku asked Ibrahimovic’s permission for no.9 shirt

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Romelu Lukaku has chosen the no.9 shirt for next season, a change from his usual no.10, but has revealed he asked departing striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his permission. The no.9 originally belonged to Anthony Martial but he changed to the no.11 when Zlatan joined. Ibrahimovic isn't even on the books at United any more yet Lukaku still believed he needed to ask the big Swede for his blessing.

PICTURE: Lukaku reacts to signing for United on Twitter

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First of all i want to thank God for this opportunity. Delighted and blessed to be part of the greatest club in the world @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/dWrQjHkH5a

- R.Lukaku Bolingoli10 (@RomeluLukaku9) July 10, 2017


Lukaku: I told my mum I’d play for United one day

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Romelu Lukaku's transfer to Manchester United from Everton was confirmed today and the player has discussed how he's feeling and why he signed.

I am delighted, excited, I can't wait to start, to be with the team, the manager, and to start a new part of my life.

The history, the players that play for the club and the way that the club is always hungry to win trophies.

Lukaku: Pogba made me want to sign for United

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Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he was keen to ensure his transfer to Manchester United took place before the pre-season started. United have travelled to LA today and Lukaku will be ready to feature in our first game against LA Galaxy at the weekend.

I wanted my agent and my former club Everton to make sure that the deal happened before the pre-season, because now I can get to know the players and know how they play.

Lukaku’s signing shows United ready to fight for major silverware in 2017-18

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Given that Zlatan Ibrahimovic's tenure at Old Trafford came to an end last month, signing a centre-forward of note was always going to be Manchester United's main priority this summer.

In Romelu Lukaku, the Red Devils have landed a player that can become one of the world's best and someone that has proven himself as a predatory force in the Premier League over recent seasons.

Wayne Rooney’s 10 best moments at Manchester United

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10. EFL Cup final 2017
Wayne Rooney didn't even get on the pitch for Jose Mourinho's first trophy win as Manchester United manager. With a couple of minutes to go and the scoreline at 2-2, Rooney was on the touchline, ready to come on and help the team win.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late winner though meaning Rooney wouldn't get a run out or a shot at glory, not that he was bothered.

Lukaku: I’ve wanted to play for Mourinho since I was 10

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After signing for Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku has spoken to ESPN about the reasons why he signed for the club. While more cynical areas of the press or bitter Chelsea fans have claimed that his agent, Mina Raiola, made the decision for him, Lukaku reveals it's his desire to play for Jose Mourinho that has brought him to Old Trafford.

PICTURE: Rooney back in Everton shirt after rejoining boyhood club

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It has been confirmed today that Wayne Rooney is an Everton play again. He has signed a two-year deal with his former club.

He posed for pictures signing the new contract and with his Everton hero, Duncan Ferguson.

Rooney: Everton the only club I’d leave United for

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Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton today in a two-year deal with Manchester United receiving £10m for the 31-year-old.

Rooney has reiterated his stance that Everton are the only English club that he would leave United for.

As I've said for the last few years, if I left Manchester United, there's only Everton and Manchester United I'd play for I wouldn't play for another Premier League team.

United’s pre-season tour squad announced

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Manchester United have announced the players who will be going on the pre-season tour of America.

Lukaku: I couldn’t turn down the biggest club in the world for Chelsea

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Romelu Lukaku has spoken to ESPN about his transfer to Manchester United, explaining why he turned down Chelsea's advances after they matched our £75m offer.

This is an opportunity that I've always wanted since I was a child. When [Manchester United] came calling, I didn't have to think twice.

RoM reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about who should replace Rooney as captain.

The Mirror shows pictures of Lukaku's medical at United.

The Guardian reports on United's interest in Dier.

ESPN discuss the reasons behind picking America for the pre-season tour.

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United confirm deal agreed with Everton over Lukaku

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Manchester United have confirmed this morning that an agreement has been reached with Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed a fee with Everton for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku. The transfer is subject to a medical and personal terms.

VIDEO: Pogba welcomes Lukaku to United

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Paul Pogba is currently with Romelu Lukaku in LA. The Manchester United midfielder has posted a video to his Instagram account welcoming our new striker to the club.

See you tomorrow in training @rlukaku9 #bienvenue #AgentP

A post shared by Paul Labile Pogba (@paulpogba) on Jul 8, 2017 at 12:20am PDT

Pogba says "it's all square?

Lukaku arrested when celebrating United transfer

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It has been reported in US media that Romelu Lukaku was arrested in the early hours for misdemeanor disturbing the peace.

Having agreed to sign for Manchester United and snub Chelsea, Lukaku threw a party in the Beverley Hills home he is renting.

TMZ reports that the police went round six times to tell him to turn the noise down after complaints from neighbours.

Stoke’s Jack Butland reveals long-term ambition to join Manchester United

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Manchester United may have finished sixth in the Premier League, but they ended up enjoying a very profitable 2016-17 season.
Jose Mourinho, who took over United reins from Louis van Gaal last summer, became United's first manager in history to win a trophy in his first year with February's EFL Cup final win.

United agree Lukaku fee

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Both the BBC and Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester United have agreed a £75m transfer for Lukaku.

With Wayne Rooney set to leave on a free in the opposite section, re-joining his boyhood club Everton, United have managed to swoop in and sign Lukaku from under Chelsea's noses.

Reserves Weekly: Man Utd sign five U18 players as eight start scholarship deals

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While Ed Woodward is berated for signing only one player by the start of the transfer window, there's been plenty oftransfer action for Manchester United's academy.

Eight academy players have been given scholarship deals as they move up into the under-18s.

Goalkeepers:Jacob Carney*, James Thompson
Defenders:Ethan Laird, Brandon Williams
Midfielders:James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Dion McGhee
Forwards:D'Mani Bughail-Mellor

*Taken on as an academy student.

Top 5 Failed Manchester United Transfer Tales

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There's a certain amount of emotional protection required during the transfer window when you're a Manchester United fan. Not that we're the only club to be spuriously and recklessly linked with the latest prodigal talent for the sake of extra clicks, but over the years, United fans have seen so many potential deals fall through, seen the club's name used by so many agents to drum up interest and been the go-to name to drop when a player wants a nice new contract that it's hard not to be even a little sceptical about almost every single player that the club is linked with.

RoM reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about the pressure on United to secure talent this summer.

The Mirror has pictures of our leaked third kit.

The Independent reports on Ibrahimovic's farewell.

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