On second thoughts, we're not sure if it's wise to let Strootman and Phil Jones play together
Not that he's particularlykeen to talk about it, but it looks like Kevin Strootman may be on Manchester United's radar again this summer, with the PSV midfielder presenting an altogether cheaper and more attainable alternative to Cesc Fabregas, who is also being mentioned in passing perhaps more unrealistically.
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Though Chelsea's visit to Old Trafford was ultimately meaningless for Manchester United as they've already claimed the Premier League title and hung the championship banners, it was important for the visitors. Looking to lock down third place and a spot in the Champions League, Chelsea got off to a mediocre start that rambled into the second half.
Manchester United best-placed to dominate English football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United have posted third-quarter revenues of £91.7 million a record for the club. Significant sponsorships deals and the club's huge fanbase pose as catalysts for the financial prowess, which keeps the new Premier League champions in a position to dominate English football for years to come.
United will be without Danny Welbeck for today's Premier League match against Chelsea as the striker has not recovered from a knee injury. Midfielder Paul Scholes is expected to return to the squad after a near four-month absence with a knee injury. United fans will no doubt be looking forward to seeing Chelsea perform a [.
'Tweaking' Manchester United what Sir Alex Ferguson will be doing this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United are in a comfortable position financially and on the pitch to not resort to the 'no value in the market' line any more.
That's why every time the club talks about transfers they are keen to emphasise that the money is available (and the transfer fees in recent years Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Phil Jones, David De Gea are a testament to that), although they also insist that the team doesn't need a massive overhaul.
Following on from their 5-2 aggregate victory over FC Basel during midweek, Chelsea can only hope to build on their Europa League final berth by recording what might be an even more impressive win at Manchester United this weekend.
By now, the two teams are very well acquainted having met on no less than four occasions this season, Sunday's fixture at Old Trafford being the fifth.
Robin Van Persie of Manchester United (Image via ABC.au)
Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday in which should feature plenty of goals for both sets of supporters in attendance at Old Trafford. Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck and captain Nemanja Vidic are all unlikely to feature at the weekend as all are injured, while Young suffered a more severe season ending ankle injury back in the Manchester Derby.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson took a moment out of his side's title celebrations to pay particular tribute to centre-back Phil Jones. Fergie tipped the former Blackburn youngster to surpass the likes of George Best, Bobby Charlton and Duncan Edwards to become the greatest player to ever grace Old Trafford.
Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Sebastián Driussi scores a beautiful overhead kick for Argentina under-17. Shades of Trevor Sinclair. [101GG] Swansea midfielder Kemy Agustien has clocked up an impressive 39 points on his driving licence. He's now banned, unsurprisingly [Dirty Tackle] Manchester United utility man Phil Jones' doggy doppelganger [@paddypower] See how much debt each [.
Phil Jones' truly terrifying "game face" reared its incredibly ugly head again during the Manchester Derby last night, quite literally in fact, as Sergio Aguero lashed home the winner past David De Gea...
Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
After an amazing first leg at the Bernabeu, the time has come to decide who moves on to the next round of the Champions League. Old Trafford will host the game, which will mimic the atmosphere of a European final even if staged at the round of 16.
It's official, Phil Jones has lost his race for fitness ahead of tomorrow's eagerly anticpated United v Madrid match. Jones did not take part in the club's open training session this morning and, after his all-important, all-action performance at The Bernabeu three weeks ago it's hard not to feel Jones was in line to play [.
Rafael of Manchester United (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
What a better way for Ryan Giggs to cap off his 999th appearance with a goal against relegation stricken QPR as United now move fifteen points clear of Manchester City with their latest 2-0 win. Despite Giggs' second goal of the campaign, youngster Rafael da Silva's wonder-strike past Julio Cesar stole the show.
Robin van Persie injured in Manchester United's win over QPR - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 15 points with a 2-0 win over bottom club QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday, but Robin van Persie limped off in the first-half with a hip injury.
Is Jones the man for big occasion at Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In football, a game where fortunes can change instantly, where legends are born in a moment, a month is a long time indeed. A month ago when Manchester United's team sheet for their game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was disclosed, eyebrows would have been raised ever so slightly at the inclusion of Phil Jones.
Nani turned the game around for Manchester United against Reading after coming on for Phil Jones just before half time. He scored our first goal and then provided a brilliant cross for Chicharito to make it 2-0.
Our Portuguese winger didn't even make the squad for the Real Madrid game this week but Nani has insisted he is happy to help the team whenever the manager asks him to.
It was a night of drama, a night of passion, a night of survival. It was a night when United survived relentless pressure and fought their demons to reach a draw that could prove pivotal in their European campaign. Much had been made of this clash, Ronaldo's first meeting against his former club, and it [.
Manchester United visited the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of their Champions League tie with Real Madrid, knowing that the winner of 3 of their 4 previous meetings in Europe had gone on to win the European Cup or Champions League competition that same season. The English leaders came into the game on exquisite domestic form, having won 7 of their previous 8 matches in the league, while Real Madrid came in fully focused on their quest for La Decima (their 10th Champions League trophy) as they trailed Barcelona by 16 points in La Liga.
Summary of defensive impact - Evra (82%), Smalling (80%) and Evans (76%) won the largest proportion of their tackles. - Ferdinand (74%), Evans (72%) and Vidic (61%) won the largest proportion of ground duels. - Vidic (67%), Smalling (64%) and Jones/Evra (62%) won the largest proportion of aerial duals.
Manchester United have produced more English talent for the national team than any other club but when looking at the younger players in the England squad you could argue they don't match the ability of the so-called "golden generation". When asked whether he thought there were enough good English players coming through, Michael Carrick sung the praises of our youth players.
Chris Smalling was named in the match day squad at the Bernabeu a few weeks ago and was impressed with how fondly Cristiano Ronaldo responded to his former club and team mates.
"He came in and was chatting a lot with the players he knew," he said. "It was good to see. It shows the good relationship he still holds with the manager and club despite [it being] such a crucial game and only halfway done.
David De Gea So Fergie has been proved right once again. The Spanish kid who had some dodgy moments (although that mistake at Tottenham was grossly exaggerated) has evolved in to the Premier League's best goalkeeper. Only problem now is keeping hold of him when Real Madrid and Barcelona inevitably come calling.
Robin van Persie managed to finagle a move from Arsenal to Manchester United, but according to Wayne Rooney, he's not the smartest guy off the pitch. Rooney, who some might call a "pot," revealed this opinion of Van Persie, perhaps a "kettle," during a Google Hangout that also involved teammates Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley (video below).
Phil Jones played a blinder at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid and kept Cristiano Ronaldo relatively quiet. Having done a similar job against Gareth Bale too, United fans were looking forward to see what he could do in the return leg.
Unfortunately, Jones went flying in to a challenge against Reading in the Cup and ended up leaving the ground on crutches, ruling him out of the second leg.
Liverpool and Manchester United are set to do battle over the signing of promising young German Matthias Ginter. Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Brendan Rodgers are keen on the 19-year-old and have sent scouts out to watch him, according to Tuttomercatoweb. Ginter is a talented and versatile young player and has played in a number of positions for his club Freiburg in the Bundesliga He initially went into the first team as a central defender but has since been deployed at full-back, centre midfield and even on the right.
In his short United career so far, Phil Jones has drawn comparisons with the likes of Duncan Edwards and more recently Bryan Robson. He has become United's go-to man whenever a job needs to be done....
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