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Alexis Sánchez to Manchester United

Alexis Sánchez to Manchester United

United are signing Arsenal’s best player again. Lolololol.
The Busby Babe 22 hours ago
Sánchez-Mkhitaryan swap “likely to happen,” says Arsène Wenger

Sánchez-Mkhitaryan swap “likely to happen,” says Arsène Wenger

Swap deals almost never happen, but the Arsenal manager thinks this one is on. The extremely banterous transfer of Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal to Manchester United appears to be edging ever closer to completion. Regular recent reports have suggested that United misfit and spiritual Arsenal player Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be moving in the opposite direction, and Arsène Wenger has confirmed that the swap is on the verge of completion. “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen. But at any moment, at any minute, things can break down. That’s how the transfer...
The Busby Babe Jan 18, 2018
Preview: Burnley vs. Manchester United

Preview: Burnley vs. Manchester United

The Reds travel to Turf Moor on Saturday hoping to pick up another 3 points in the Premier League. Manchester United travel to Turf Moor on Saturday for an afternoon showdown with Burnley. The two clubs faced off just last month on Boxing Day, with the Lancashire-based Clarets stubbornly withstanding a second-half onslaught for a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. Since then, though, both sides have headed in opposite directions — Burnley losing three in a row while United remain perfect so far in 2018. But Saturday’s trip to Burnley is all about revenge, for José Mourinho and his players still...
The Busby Babe Jan 17, 2018
Manchester United will pay Alexis Sánchez HOW MUCH?!

Manchester United will pay Alexis Sánchez HOW MUCH?!

According to reports, United have agreed a contract with Alexis Sánchez ... and it’s a big one. Smelling salts at the ready, team? Good. According to the Daily Telegraph, Manchester United and Alexis Sánchez have reached an agreement on the wages that the Chilean will collect if he moves to Old Trafford this January. Apparently he’ll be getting £14m. A year. After tax. ... there, there. Come on. Up you get. Have a seat ... yes, there. You okay? Yes, it is a lot of money. Yes, after tax ... oh, you’ve gone again. £14m after tax is roughly £500k a week before; or, to put it...
The Busby Babe Jan 17, 2018
Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United nears completion

Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United nears completion

And Henrikh Mkhitaryan is doing one. It’s as if the public flirting with Paris Saint-Germain was all for show. It’s as if Ed Woodward saying that he wasn’t that fussed about tying Jose Mourinho down to a new deal was all a ruse for the press. Mourinho is now expected to sign a deal until 2021, having seemingly secured for himself not just a raise, but £50m or so to bring Alexis Sanchez to the club. It doesn’t feel like this is a club he’s going to walk out of after three seasons, but then again he signed a new contract just before doing one from Chelsea in his second...
The Busby Babe Jan 16, 2018
José’s Juniors: Manchester United reserves struggle again

José’s Juniors: Manchester United reserves struggle again

The U18 Reds continue their impressive run, however. There were contrasting fortunes for Manchester United’s Reserve and U-18 teams this past week. The Reserves were humbled at home by West Ham, while the U-18s picked up all three points in an impressive away win at Sunderland. Reserves Manchester United 0-3 West Ham United Ricky Sbragia’s side continue to struggle in the Premier League 2 division after being comprehensively beaten 3-0 at home to West Ham United on Monday night. United, who currently sit 11th in the table, started the game brightly and had the best chances in a closely...
The Busby Babe Jan 16, 2018
VIDEO: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City highlights

VIDEO: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City highlights

Antonio Valencia. LEFT FOOT. Bang! Manchester United made short work of Stoke City in Monday’s Premier League match, with goals from Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial, and Romelu Lukaku getting the job done. Check out the goals and highlights below. Your browser does not support HTML5 video.
The Busby Babe Jan 16, 2018
Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City

Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City

A screamer from Valencia, a beauty from Martial, and another masterclass from Pogba. Although not totally convincing throughout the game, two moments of brilliance in the first half from Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial set Manchester United up for a comfortable win over Stoke City. Romelu Lukaku got back on the scoresheet, Valencia shrugged off his injury with a screamer and Paul Pogba produced another midfield masterclass. Here are our player ratings: David De Gea: 6 As expected, De Gea was the less busy of the two keepers, however, he did have to make one world-class stop from...
The Busby Babe Jan 15, 2018
José Mourinho hints at Henrikh Mkhitaryan exit

José Mourinho hints at Henrikh Mkhitaryan exit

Alexis Sánchez in, Henrikh Mkhitaryan out? José Mourinho has refused to quash rumours of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s imminent Old Trafford exit. The Armenian playmaker didn’t make Mou’s squad for Monday’s comfortable win over Stoke City, and when questioned after the game, the Manchester United boss appeared to suggest that Mkhitaryan could indeed be a makeweight in his ongoing attempt to prise Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal: “[Mkhitaryan is] a player that I like, of high quality. Is he going to be involved in one deal in leaving us? It’s possible. But it’s also possible that he...
The Busby Babe Jan 15, 2018
United 3-0 Stoke: Where were you when everything changed?

United 3-0 Stoke: Where were you when everything changed?

Manchester United put three past a limited Stoke City, and the world may never be the same again. Every now and then something special happens. Something remarkable. Something so important and unusual that human beings, little trembling specks of thinking meat that we are, feel the need to pause and register their physical location. Where were you? As though it were somehow important to establish one’s physicality at such moments, to take comfort in the fact that the body was tethered to some point — this point — of the earth even as the mind exploded. So, where were Manchester...
The Busby Babe Jan 15, 2018
Manchester United vs. Stoke City: Live stream, Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

Manchester United vs. Stoke City: Live stream, Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

United will look to record back-to-back league wins when Stoke City visit Old Trafford on Monday. If you think it’s been difficult being a Manchester United fan over the last few months, it must’ve been even harder supporting Stoke City. Having spent much and produced little, an embarrassing defeat to Coventry City in the FA Cup finally did for the Premier League’s resident miser Mark Hughes, sacked with his club deep in a relegation struggle. They’re still managerless ahead of Monday’s trip to Old Trafford, though Martin O’Neill and Quique Sánchez Flores have both been linked...
The Busby Babe Jan 15, 2018
Manchester United close in on Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United close in on Alexis Sanchez

Henrikh Mkhitaryan could join up with Arsenal as part of the move. Jose Mourinho has said that he has been man enough to apologise to Claudio Ranieri after he decided his sarky jibes at him were unnecessary. It is hard to disagree. However, he won’t back down after his spat with Antonio Conte, because he still holds him in absolute contempt, and rightly so after the dementia insult. The piece in The Guardian also says that Mourinho and Ed Woodward are trying to extend David de Gea’s contract, because he is absolutely mustard - the best ‘keeper in the world. Alexis Sanchez is nearing a...
The Busby Babe Jan 13, 2018
Preview: Manchester United vs. Stoke City

Preview: Manchester United vs. Stoke City

After 10 days without match action, United host manager-less Stoke at Old Trafford. Manchester United return to Old Trafford after a week of warm-weather training in Dubai for a Monday evening matchup with struggling Stoke City. A busy December ran José Mourinho’s Reds ragged, with nine matches that month and an especially grueling festive period of five games in a fortnight. To recover from that grind, the manager whisked his squad off to the luxurious Nad Al Sheba complex in Dubai for some rejuvenating Vitamin D. This type of winter getaway to sunny climes has grown popular with...
The Busby Babe Jan 12, 2018
Manchester United have “free run” at Alexis Sánchez — reports

Manchester United have “free run” at Alexis Sánchez — reports

According to the press, City have decided that he isn’t worth the money. Intriguing developments in transferland: Manchester United, so the story goes, have been given a ‘free run’ at signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez. This comes after Manchester City, who bid £60m in the summer and were presumed favourites to pick him up this January, have decided he isn’t worth the money. Well, he isn’t worth that much money. This is one of those odd transfer stories that dropped from a number of different outlets at the same time, which strongly suggest that the briefing is accurate.. The...
The Busby Babe Jan 12, 2018
Three reasons why Manchester United must sign Alexis Sánchez

Three reasons why Manchester United must sign Alexis Sánchez

This transfer, that we hadn’t even thought about a couple of days ago, simply needs to happen. The entrance of Manchester United into the contest for Alexis Sánchez’s affections was, perhaps, inevitable. He’s going relatively cheap, after all, and for United not to test the waters would amount to a dereliction of duty. We can presume that United are still second favourites behind Manchester City, who have been trying to sign the player for what feels like eternity, but theirs isn’t the only oversized chequebook in town. And there are some very good reasons for United to attempt to...
The Busby Babe Jan 12, 2018
Manchester United could bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic

Manchester United could bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic

They want to please The Man Manchester United have launched a “dazzling £35 bid” for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. Manchester City remain the favourites for the player, but United could force City’s hand into upping their bid, and cost them a fair whack too. At the very least, the twin interest will help Sanchez’s agents scrape more money from wherever he ends up. Sanchez would be a handy player to stick on the right wing instead of Juan Mata, but he would also be a better replacement than Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the times that Romelu Lukaku is given a rest. United face...
The Busby Babe Jan 11, 2018
Manchester United make bid for Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United make bid for Alexis Sanchez

Pep Guardiola laughs. Manchester United have made a bid for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, according to a story in the Guardian. United have offered £25m for Sanchez, and also given Arsenal the chance to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan as his replacement. There is some difficulty with the Armenian swapping clubs, as he is on £200,000 a week at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho’s club has offered Sanchez even higher wages on offer from Manchester City, thought to be around £290,000, with personal terms already agreed between Sanchez and City. The United manager is confident of securing a deal...
The Busby Babe Jan 11, 2018
Manchester United consider Mkhitaryan-Perisic swap deal

Manchester United consider Mkhitaryan-Perisic swap deal

Swap: an act of exchanging one thing for another. Jose Mourinho is not fussed by the previously bald Antonio Conte being upset by his words about clowns on the touchline. Mourinho is apparently considering himself blameless over the whole business, because there was absolutely no way that he could have possibly been discussing Conte. Despite Conte and Jurgen Klopp being clowns on the touchline, that has no relationship to what Mourinho was saying. It’s a funny approach to take, and it’s been the most entertaining part of the season so far, but it’s not really credible. Does it matter?...
The Busby Babe Jan 10, 2018
Romelu Lukaku considering legal action over “voodoo” claims

Romelu Lukaku considering legal action over “voodoo” claims

Manchester United’s number 9 is unhappy with Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri. Today in stupid man says stupid thing, a religious special. Speaking at Everton’s AGM, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri told the assembled throng that Romelu Lukaku had rejected a new, better deal at Goodison Park because: he was on a pilgrimage in Africa or somewhere and he had a voodoo and he got the message that he needs to go to Chelsea. Obviously, he didn’t go to Chelsea in the summer; he went to Manchester United. Equally obviously, Lukaku — a Roman Catholic — was none to happy...
The Busby Babe Jan 10, 2018
Manchester United interested in Malcolm and Lucas Moura

Manchester United interested in Malcolm and Lucas Moura

Two Brazilians, one club. Manchester United fans have been stung for £89 for tickets to the Sevilla away Champions League game. United have hit back in a move that somehow has won respect, making innocent Sevilla fans pay the same tariff for the game at Old Trafford. Given the sums involved in the ticket cost, United could have just paid the difference for United’s fans and not taken it out on Sevilla. But more importantly than that, had United actually cared about its fans and not the tourists they now try to attract, they would not have priced out their own fans over the course of more...