Fernandes says Lingard deserved the goal against Leicester City

 

Bruno Fernandes offers support to his co-player, Jesse Lingard, as the player was facing an unfair amount of criticism. He was happy to see the player score against Leicester City on their last match of the Premier League. United needed the one point to secure their ticket to the Champions League and the outcome of the match turned out to be positive. Even though the first half was goalless, Fernandes with the penalty on 71st minute gave them the lead.


Later in the injury time, Lingard made use of the mistake by the opposition goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to score another goal and thus wrapping up the match for 2-0. The last time he scored in Premier League was on December 2018 and has been facing criticism for his performance.
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Pogba has shown the willingness to extend his Manchester United contract

 

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has said that Paul Pogba is happy at Manchester United and he is expecting the club to open negotiations over a new contract following the Europa League campaign. The Frenchman’s current contract with the club expires in the summer of 2021, but the Red Devils have the option of extending his stay for another 12 months.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Sheth revealed that the Red Devils are in a better position financially after the release of Alexis Sanchez, who was commanding record wages of around £500,000-a-week. He added that there is the willingness from both the French and the club to negotiate a fresh contract once the Europa League campaign is over.
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Marcotti urges Chelsea to avoid signing Manchester United graduate

 

ESPN pundit Gabriele Marcotti has advised Chelsea to avoid signing Angel Gomes from Manchester United this summer. The 19-year-old has declined to renew his United contract which expires at the end of June and reports have emerged that the Blues are leading the race to sign him on a free transfer.


Still, they may need to pay a decent compensation package for the training costs at United and Marcotti has questioned whether the Blues need the attacker, he told ESPN FC: “For Chelsea, you’ve got Hudson-Odoi, you’ve got Pulisic, you’ve got Ziyech. Do you need him? I don’t think so. Well done to United, stay strong, don’t give him any more money. Plus, if he leaves it won’t be for free, they’ll get some compensation for him. They’ll get some money.”
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Greenwood showing a lot of promise, saysIghalo

 

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo says Mason Greenwood is a promising player for United. Even though he has not yet been included in the starting eleven for the club, Ighalo is sure it is only a matter of time.


The 18-year-old joined the academy at the age of six and has been playing for the club. He has begun to reach his form under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has made 37 appearances and scored 13 goals in which five was for Premier League.
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Reports: Some Man Utd games may not be free-to-air

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all football leagues have been suspended indefinitely. There are plans to restart the Premier League so that the season could be completed, but this would mean that the end of the campaign would be postponed to August. This disrupts the TV schedule immensely and subscribers have been left in the limbo about the availability of games. After having paid for the subscription already, it appears that Sky Sports and BT Sports would not be providing extension to the packages. Instead, many Premier League games were expected to be shown as a free-to-air.


This, however, this not appear to be the case when it comes to games involving Manchester City and Manchester United. Some of the games involving these two clubs might be shown only with a subscription. Even if the Premier league returns to action by June as it is now suggested, the games are likely to be played behind closed doors in order to prevent spread of the virus. Sky and BT could have a huge resistance for this proposition after having paid several billion dollars for the TV rights. Both share a good chunk of the 760 live Premier League games in a year. It is expected that both television companies will demand around £1 billion back from the Premier League.
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Balague suggests Griezmann could be sold if Barcelona re-sign Neymar

Spanish journalist Guillem Balague believes Barcelona could sanction the sale of Antoine Griezmann in order to recoup funds for the purchase of Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Neymar has been regularly linked with a return to the Camp Nou over the past 18 months and reports claim that the Catalan giants will make a formal approach for his services this summer.


Speaking on his YouTube channel, Balague spoke positively about the impact of Griezmann, who has opened the scoring for the Blaugrana on 10 occasions this term. He added that the Blaugrana don’t have the funds to re-sign Neymar this summer and the deal could be dependent on the possible departure of Griezmann.
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Solskjaer praises Bruno Fernandes’ set-piece taking abilities

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Bruno Fernandes as a top player after the Portuguese came up with a brilliant delivery from a corner which contributed to Harry Maguire’s first-ever Premier League goal for the club. The 25-year-old only made his second appearance in the United shirt on Monday night against Chelsea and he produced a good performance from the number 10 spot with three key chances created.


As a result, he was voted by United fans as their player of the match and Solskjaer was likewise appreciative of the display from the club’s January signing. He told: “He’s a top player, he wants to get on the ball. But at set-ball delivery he’s top class, one of the better ones I’ve seen. And Harry, we know if he can get a run on the ball he’s dangerous and he got the goal.”
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