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Improved Lyon bid for Memphis Depay rejected by Manchester United — reports

Improved Lyon bid for Memphis Depay rejected by Manchester United — reports

The two clubs are getting closer in their valuations, but United are holding out for the moment. It's been a slow day on the Manchester United front, as everybody takes their time to work out exactly how annoyed they should be at Sunday's draw with Liverpool. Your correspondent, for what it's worth, is going with 'a bit peeved, but ultimately not that frustrated', which may not make for the hottest of takes but has the advantage of being quite relaxing. However, Memphis Depay's transfer to Olympique Lyonnais has taken one step forward, then one step back. In the morning, Le Parisien...
The Busby Babe Jan 15, 2017
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: Ibra nicks late equaliser

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: Ibra nicks late equaliser

United left it late, but salvaged a point at home to Liverpool on Sunday. Manchester United maintained their unbeaten record at home to Liverpool on Sunday, but they certainly left it late to do so. A James Milner spot-kick gave Liverpool the lead early in the match, and was only cancelled out when Zlatan Ibrahimović headed home inside the final few minutes. However, United had dominated for most of the game, and the point was the least they deserved. The only goal of the first half came just short of the half hour mark, and was the result of a moment of madness from Paul Pogba while...
The Busby Babe Jan 15, 2017
Marcos Rojo starts as United host Liverpool

Marcos Rojo starts as United host Liverpool

Marcos Rojo returns to the centre of United’s defence against Liverpool. The teams are out for today’s encounter between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford. There are no surprises in the United lineup, though it’s good to see Marcos Rojo back after a short layoff. He partners Phil Jones in the centre of defence, with Chris Smalling made to settle for a place on the bench. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are the full-backs. Michael Carrick starts at the base of a midfield also containing Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba; Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are preferred...
The Busby Babe Jan 14, 2017
Manchester United vs. Liverpool — live thread

Manchester United vs. Liverpool — live thread

Quite a big game, this one. Here's how you can watch, and you can also follow along live with us. So, how's everybody feeling? Are you, like Antonio Valencia in the picture above, looking to the heavens in hope and expectation? Or are you, like Emre Can, not feeling particularly well at all? Manchester United against Liverpool doesn't really need any introduction, but unfortunately these articles do, so you're getting one. United come into this game on the back of a run of nine successive victories, without any real injury concerns, and with confidence as high as it's been since ... since...
The Busby Babe Jan 13, 2017
Manchester United have not received a

Manchester United have not received a "reasonable" offer for Memphis Depay

There is confirmed interest from Olympique Lyonnais, but they haven't matched United's valuation. Poor Memphis Depay. One club don't want him, another don't want him enough. United are happy to sell, but Olympique Lyonnais, his only confirmed suitors, haven't yet managed to make an offer that United deem acceptable. Bruno Genesio, manager of the French side, praised Memphis ahead of this weekend: "J'ai fixé une priorité sur Memphis #Depay. Un joueur complet", annonce Bruno #Genesio— Gaël Berger (@GaelBerger) January 13, 2017 Bruno #Genesio : "Memphis #Depay peut aussi remplacer...
The Busby Babe Jan 13, 2017
Rojo and Zlatan

Rojo and Zlatan "closer to ready than not ready", says Jose Mourinho

Manchester United's injury problems are clearing up ahead of the big game against Liverpool Liverpool on Sunday, then. Have you been crossing your fingers, rubbing your lucky rabbits' foot, polishing your horseshoe, saying your prayers, and sacrificing small animals — the unlucky rest of the rabbit, perhaps — to a broad spectrum of divinities, major and minor, all so he would be fit for the weekend? Well, you may have got your wish! Marcos Rojo is close to full fitness! Along with some bloke called "Zlatan Ibrahimovic", whoever that is. Speaking to MUTV and then to the press ahead of...
The Busby Babe Jan 12, 2017
DONE DEAL: Morgan Schneiderlin joins Everton

DONE DEAL: Morgan Schneiderlin joins Everton

The French international midfielder has left Manchester United after one-and-a-half seasons. Extremely surprising news, everybody! Morgan Schneiderlin has joined Everton! Who saw that coming? The French international midfielder has moved for an initial £20m, which will rise to £24m. We assume that the extra money is dependent on various conditions being fulfilled, but we have no idea what they are, obviously. That's just what it says here. It's always a shame to see a player leave without having seen their best, but at the same time, Schneiderlin never seemed to make a solid case that he...
The Busby Babe Jan 12, 2017
The Great Red Debate: What does the Liverpool match mean for Manchester United?

The Great Red Debate: What does the Liverpool match mean for Manchester United?

Jack and Andi got together to discuss the potential ramifications of this weekend’s Premier League encounter with Liverpool. Jack: The midweek victory over Hull City extended Manchester United’s winning run to nine matches, and their unbeaten one to 15 in all competitions. The surge has seen United move within three points of fourth-placed Manchester City, and five of second-placed Liverpool. The Merseysiders are Old Trafford-bound on Sunday, having themselves only dropped two points from a possible 15 in their last five league games. With Champions League qualification so hotly...
The Busby Babe Jan 12, 2017
United set to trigger Marouane Fellaini contract extension

United set to trigger Marouane Fellaini contract extension

The Belgian international looks set to stay at Old Trafford until at least the end of next season. Manchester United are set to trigger an extension clause in Marouane Fellaini’s contract, ensuring the Belgian international will stay at Old Trafford until at least the summer of 2018. His initial four-year deal — signed in 2013 — was due to expire at the end of the current campaign, though the Reds are set to extend the deal by the 12 months stipulated in the smallprint. That’s according to ESPN FC, who claim to have spoken to “senior figures” at United. Though it’s not the...
The Busby Babe Jan 11, 2017
United to recall loanee defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

United to recall loanee defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson hasn’t been playing as much as United had hoped. Victor Lindelöf was long touted as the January resolution to Manchester United’s issue of defensive depth, though José Mourinho has instead come up with a rather simpler solution. Mourinho will this week reportedly recall young full-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has spent the first half of the campaign in the Championship with Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, Borthwick-Jackson, who established himself in the United first-team squad under Louis van Gaal, has scarcely featured for Wolves, making just six...
The Busby Babe Jan 11, 2017
Mourinho: Manchester United won't be buying in January

Mourinho: Manchester United won't be buying in January

United's manager has indicated to Portuguese television that the club will only be selling this winter. Stand down, Victor Lindelöf fans. At ease, José Fonte stans. Manchester United's manager has told Portuguese television that the club are unlikely to be doing any shopping this January, and that only sales are expected. Via sports newspaper A Bola (and thanks to the hard work of Dr. G. Translate) it appears that Mourinho was asked about Lindelöf after United's over Hull, and responded thusly: I think that in this winter market we will only sell and not buy, it is my feeling. Let's...
The Busby Babe Jan 11, 2017
Morgan Schneiderlin heading to Everton for £22m

Morgan Schneiderlin heading to Everton for £22m

It looks like a deal has been done, and Manchester United's wantaway midfielder is off to Goodison Park. Reports, reports. Everywhere reports. But when they all seem to agree, and even Manchester United's manager is drawn to comment, then we can probably assume that they're right. Morgan Schneiderlin, so says the world, is off to Everton for the moderately princely sum of £22m. Given that this isn't far off what United paid for him, and given that the Frenchman's never really been convincing when he's started, that's not bad going by United's negotiators. Not a sentence we'd ever thought...
The Busby Babe Jan 10, 2017
Manchester United 2-0 Hull City: Mata the difference in EFL Cup semi-final

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City: Mata the difference in EFL Cup semi-final

It wasn't spectacular, but Manchester United notched up another comfortable victory to take control of the League Cup semi-final Manchester United won the first leg of their League Cup semi-final in competent if uninspiring fashion. Goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini gave United the advantage in the tie, though United were wasteful, particularly in a first half that was frustrating and promising in equal measure. The home side could have taken an early lead and broken the game open after just two minutes, but Eldin Jankupovic made an excellent save from Juan Mata. Then the Spaniard...
The Busby Babe Jan 10, 2017
United field strong team for Hull City cup clash

United field strong team for Hull City cup clash

José Mourinho has made seven changes, though Zlatan Ibrahimović misses out through illness. Manchester United manager José Mourinho has pulled no punches in his team selection for the Reds’ EFL Cup semifinal first leg against Hull City. United have made seven changes from the heavily rotated side that saw off Reading in the FA Cup on the weekend, with several first team regulars returning to the starting lineup. Among them are David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Ander Perrera, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, though Zlatan Ibrahimović is ill, and Marcus Rashford keeps his place up top....
The Busby Babe Jan 10, 2017
Manchester United vs. Hull City 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch EFL Cup online

Manchester United vs. Hull City 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch EFL Cup online

United host the Tigers at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Follow along live here. The games are coming thick and fast at this stage of the season, with Manchester United back in cup action on Tuesday. José Mourinho’s side are going toe-to-toe with Premier League strugglers Hull City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semifinal, and will be surely be looking to get the job done as quickly as possible. However, they'll have to do without Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly, while Luke Shaw’s presence is in doubt. Hull City do have a considerably longer injury list, but head into this match with a...
The Busby Babe Jan 9, 2017
Manchester United's Eric Bailly hopes to play with Victor Lindelöf

Manchester United's Eric Bailly hopes to play with Victor Lindelöf

Following Cote d'Ivoire's friendly against Sweden, United's Ivorian defender was complimentary about his opposite number. He may be off on international duty, but Eric Bailly is still keeping a close eye on the transfer window. And after Cote d'Ivoire defeated Sweden in a warm-up friendly, he went on the record to praise fellow defender and rumoured United target Victor Lindelöf. Talking to fotballskanalen (with translation work coming, as always, from Mr G. Translate) Bailly said: He is a very good player. He has great qualities and will certainly do well if he comes to us. ... We have...
The Busby Babe Jan 9, 2017
Manchester United not planning to sign central defender despite Rojo injury — reports

Manchester United not planning to sign central defender despite Rojo injury — reports

According to the papers, Jose Mourinho will not be reinforcing at the back this January. We don't yet know how long Marcos Rojo will be out for, but according to the Guardian, Manchester United are not planning to reinforce the centre of their defence this January. With Rojo crocked and Eric Bailly injured, United have only Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, plus occasional defender Daley Blind, as their options for this week's League Cup semi-final against Hull City and Sunday's moderately sizeable game against Liverpool. But despite this, according to the paper, "Rojo’s injury has not...
The Busby Babe Jan 9, 2017
United still waiting on Marcos Rojo injury news

United still waiting on Marcos Rojo injury news

The Argentine was withdrawn in the first half of the FA Cup win against Reading. Manchester United are still waiting on news regarding the extent of the injury sustained by Marcos Rojo in the weekend’s comfortable victory over Reading. The on-form Argentine was in the process of turning in another impressive performance when he sustained a muscular problem and had to be replaced by Phil Jones. In a post-match interview with BT Sport, José Mourinho said the following: "I don't know [what the damage is]. We have to wait a little bit. A muscle is a muscle and you're always afraid of it but...
The Busby Babe Jan 7, 2017
Manchester United 4-0 Reading: Reds ease into FA Cup fourth round

Manchester United 4-0 Reading: Reds ease into FA Cup fourth round

Jaap Stam’s Reading proved no match for Manchester United in their FA Cup third round tie at Old Trafford. Manchester United cruised into the FA Cup fourth round with a 4-0 win at home to Reading on Saturday. Goals from Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, and two from Marcus Rashford, made for a very comfortable afternoon for José Mourinho’s men. United headed into the game expecting a tough contest against the Championship high-fliers, but will have been shocked by quite how poor the Royals were in the first few minutes. The hosts were able to breeze forward at will, and both Rashford...
The Busby Babe Jan 7, 2017
Manchester United vs. Reading 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch FA Cup online

Manchester United vs. Reading 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch FA Cup online

Jaap Stam returns to Old Trafford in the opposing dugout on Saturday. Manchester United kick off their FA Cup defence at home to second-tier side Reading on Saturday. The Royals are sure to get a warm reception at Old Trafford, if only for the fact that they’re now managed by former United centre-back and general man mountain Jaap Stam. The Dutchman has taken to management like a duck to water, and Reading are currently flying high in England’s second tier. They head into this match on the back of three straight victories, and are very much in the Premier League promotion hunt. They...

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