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The Busby Babe 11 hours ago

Marcus Rashford signs new Manchester United contract

United's latest youngster has committed himself to the club. Marcus Rashford has signed a new deal with Manchester United. His contract will keep him at Old Trafford until at least June 2020, with an option to extend for another year. Though Manchester United's official statement isn't so crass as to mention any precise figures, we can assume that he's been given a whacking great payrise in the process. Which seems fair enough. At the beginning of last season he was just another youngster in United's system; by the end, he was starting up front in the FA Cup final and making his debut for...
The Busby Babe 15 hours ago

Rio Ferdinand could join José Mourinho's coaching team

The former United centre-half could return to Old Trafford in a coaching capacity. According to a report from the Daily Mirror's football head honcho John Cross, José Mourinho would like to bring former Manchester United centre-half Rio Ferdinand back to Old Trafford in a coaching capacity. The 37-year-old has been out of the game since retiring after a short stint at Queens Park Rangers last year, and this certainly seems like a nice way for him to kickstart a coaching career. Per the Mirror: Newly-appointed Mourinho believes Ferdinand has outstanding qualities to be part of his inner...
The Busby Babe May 29, 2016

Manchester United starlet set to sign contract extension

Marcus Rashford's current deal is due to expire at the end of next season. Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is set to sign a contract extension at Old Trafford. The teenage sensation has scored an impressive five goals in his first 11 Premier League appearances, and marked his international debut by scoring with his very first touch in England's win over Australia on Friday. According to the BBC, who are at the more reliable end of the rumour spectrum -- claim that Rashford's current deal is due to expire at the end of next season, though the new one is a "long-term contract"...
The Busby Babe May 29, 2016

Agent denies Zlatan is set to become United's assistant manager

Mino Raiola would rather "emigrate to the North Pole" than see Zlatan become his assistant. A recent wave of reports suggested the deal bringing Zlatan Ibrahimović to Manchester United would see him take up some kind of role as José Mourinho's assistant. However, the former Paris Saint-Germain striker's agent has moved to deny the reports in no uncertain terms, at least according to Mr. G. Translate's English version of an interview in Swedish newspaper Expressen: "I do not think he can be someone's assistant. Do you know what I mean? He would only be able to be his own assistant, says...
The Busby Babe May 28, 2016

Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid, Champions League final: Time, TV schedule and live stream

It'll be us again one day. Tonight it is, of course, the big one: the Champions League final. Real Madrid take on their local rivals Atlético in a rerun of the 2014 edition, when the former ran out 4-1 winners after extra time -- but only after netting an equaliser in the dying moments of the second half. We're hoping for a similarly spectacular contest again. Anyway, this is a space for the TBBers to follow along and discuss proceedings as they unfold. If you're still dithering over who to support, take a look at this piece written by our own Andi Thomas in his SB Nation hat. I've also...
The Busby Babe May 28, 2016

Watch Marcus Rashford score for England

Manchester United's latest international made a successful start to his international career. It's getting a little bit silly now. Marcus Rashford — who scored on his full and European debut, scored on his first appearance in the Premier League, and scored on his first appearance in the FA Cup — kept his ridiculous streak of good first impressions up last night when he scored on his England debut. GOAL!! Marcus Rashford scores a beauty on debut at 18! Sensational! #ENGvAUS Brought to you by @bet365 https://t.co/BVlzyIUYdX — ITV Football (@itvfootball) May 27, 2016 Not a bad...
The Busby Babe May 27, 2016

Mourinho to Man United: Twitter reactions

With the ink still wet on the contract, Twitter was ablaze with reactions to Man Utd's appointment of José Mourinho. It's finally official, José Mourinho is the new Manchester United manager. The club today confirmed that the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss will replace Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford dugout, having signed a three-year contract with the option of an additional fourth year. The Portuguese schemer is no stranger to controversy, and over the years few men have divided footballing opinion in quite the way Mourinho does. And what better place to thrust such an opinion...
The Busby Babe May 27, 2016

Mourinho: "Forget the past three years"

Manchester United's new manager doesn't want to think about the last few seasons, which sounds fair enough. Jose Mourinho has spoken! Not to us, and not to anybody outside the club, but to Manchester United's in-house propaganda network MUTV. We are grateful to the Mirror for transcribing his comments, of which probably the most notable is this: We can look at our club in two perspectives - one is the past three years and one is the history. I prefer to forget the past three years and focus on the giant club I have in my hands now. "Our club". That's ... weird. And "giant club I have in...
The Busby Babe May 27, 2016

OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: José Mourinho confirmed as new Manchester United manager

José Mourinho has been confirmed as Louis van Gaal's successor at Manchester United. The news we've all expected has finally been made official: José Mourinho is Manchester United's new manager. The Portuguese tactician has signed a three-year contract with an option to extend his deal until 2020. From manutd.com, here's the man himself: To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match. I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has...
The Busby Babe May 26, 2016

Jose Mourinho reaches final agreement to become Manchester United manager, according to reports

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN Right. The club haven't announced anything, but Sky Sports have decided to call it, and everybody else is piling in. So: Jose Mourinho is the new Manchester United manager. Apparently. DONE DEAL! Jose Mourinho is the new Man United manager. Live reaction on #SSNHQ and here: https://t.co/TI8f5bYrJp pic.twitter.com/fW9qnOfNVp — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) May 26, 2016 It appears that the official club announcement will come tomorrow, at which point we'll learn all the juicy details about contract length (3 years?), wages (£ludicrous) and just how thrilled...
The Busby Babe May 26, 2016

Zlatan: I have made my decision

... but he's not telling anybody if it's Manchester United. Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave a press conference today. He chatted about Sweden's chances at the Euros and expressed his discomfort at being singled out to face questions; football is, after all, a team sport, and the team is the most important thing ... Oh no, wait, hang on, he talked about himself and his next club: It's not a difficult choice, I know what I want. The future is already written. I have made my choice. What a tease. He was asked directly whether there had been an offer from Manchester United, and responded...
The Busby Babe May 26, 2016

Manchester United starlet set to switch international allegiance?

According to reports in Belgium, Adnan Januzaj could switch his international allegiance to Kosovo. Adnan Januzaj. You may remember him as an extra in Antonio Valencia's FA Cup celebrations video, and his assortment of other bit-part roles in both England and Germany. He struggled to even make Manchester United's bench under Louis van Gaal, and having prematurely been touted as one of the club's finest youth prospects, his career has nosedived to the extent that he'll likely to have to go elsewhere to establish himself. Rather unsurprisingly, his hopes of regular international football in a...
The Busby Babe May 26, 2016


Seventeen years ago, Manchester United beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. In quite notable fashion. To take all of our minds off the manager's job, some nostalgia. Today is the 26th of May, which means it's exactly 17 years since Manchester United won their second European Cup. You may recall the game: United took an early lead, spent the game in complete control, and eventually strolled to victory. Some videos? Why not. You may have seen this before, but if not, it's quite something. Both the goals from one of the goalline cameras; the image quality isn't great but the...
The Busby Babe May 25, 2016

Chelsea own the name of Manchester United's next manager

Another day, another story that makes Manchester United look vaguely ridiculous. Just when you thought thing couldn't any stupider at Manchester United. José Mourinho's appointment as Manchester United manager is being held up by negotiations over image rights -- he has different watch, car and casino partners to the club, because modern football is amazing -- and, while it should all get sorted eventually, there's one wrinkle that is worth dwelling on. It appears that Chelsea own the rights to "José Mourinho". His name. As such, United won't be able to use J*** M*******'s name on, for...
The Busby Babe May 25, 2016

José Mourinho reportedly agrees terms with Manchester United

Brace yourselves, Manchester United supporters: confirmation of José Mourinho is likely to come imminently. José Mourinho has reportedly agreed terms with the Manchester United hierarchy, though "issues such as image rights" still have to be resolved before the Portuguese tactician is officially unveiled. That's according to the Daily Mirror, who claim that an official announcement is as likely to come on Thursday as it is Wednesday. The deal will apparently be a three-year one, in a rare example of intelligent foresight from Ed Woodward: this way he won't have to sack Mourinho just as...
The Busby Babe May 24, 2016

José Mourinho wants to tie United midfielder down with new contract

Michael Carrick's current deal is due to expire at the end of next month. According to a flurry of reports, including this one in the Daily Mail, Michael Carrick is set to extend his Manchester United contract. The 34-year-old's current deal is due to expire at the end of the next month, though incoming manager José Mourinho reportedly wants the former Tottenham Hotspur man to sign on for at least another season. According to the Mail's Sami Mokbel, Carrick will be offered a deal matching his current £80,000-a-week pay packet. However, we should maybe take these finer details with a...
The Busby Babe May 24, 2016

Eric Cantona: Jose Mourinho is not Manchester United

The King has spoken, and he does not approve. Today is Eric Cantona's fiftieth birthday, and to celebrate, the great man has been talking to the Guardian. Which seems an odd way to spend a day of celebration -- we'd have thought wine, meat, more wine, cheese, and then possibly some more wine -- but who are we mere mortals to judge? Anyway, while the whole thing is worth your time, here are the salient points as regards the managerial situation. Cantona isn't particularly excited about the imminent arrival of Jose Mourinho ... I love José Mourinho, but in terms of the type of football he...
The Busby Babe May 24, 2016

Jose Mourinho wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lassana Diarra, John Stones and Nemanja Matic

Jose Mourinho has been linked with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lassana Diarra, John Stones and Nemanja Matic ahead of his move to Manchester United. The Mirror are running a live blog for the Jose Mourinho appointment, and good luck to them with that. Rejoice! There's a good chance that poisonous Ryan Giggs could soon be leaving the club, to be replaced by the virtuous Rui Faria. At least Faria understands the concept of loyalty to his own boss, eh? That's in the Telegraph. The Guardian has details of the job offered to 'Ryan'. Lassana Diarra, John Stones and Zlatan are all linked with moves to...
The Busby Babe May 24, 2016

Who are the six players on José Mourinho's United wish list?

According to the Guardian, Mourinho is set to go on a £150 million spending spree. Amid all of yesterday's Louis van Gaal-based excitement, an interesting article from the Guardian, claiming to lift the lid on six of José Mourinho's Manchester United transfer targets, slipped through the net. As you all well know, here at the Busby Babe we treat our hits like our children: we're trying to have as many as is possible. We're not about to let this story go in a hurry. And so without further ado, here are the six Ones chosen by the Chosen One: André Gomes, 22, Valencia, midfielder Though we...
The Busby Babe May 24, 2016

Manchester United manager situation: News, updates and rumours

José Mourinho could be announced as the new Manchester United manager as early as Tuesday. Things are gathering momentum ... Louis van Gaal tells #SSNHQ reporter "it's over" when leaving @ManUtd team hotel. https://t.co/8ngPsWiCPR — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) May 22, 2016 Oh mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head. And as I climb into an empty bed ... oh well, enough said. I know it's over, still I cling. I don't know where else I can go, mother. Oh mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head. See, the sea wants to take me, the knife wants to slit me. Do you...

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