MANCHESTER UNITED'S season comes down to the Europa League final with Ajax.Jose Mourinho has thrown all his eggs into one basket knowing a win on Wednesday would see his side playing Champions League football next season.But how will both teams line up? Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog Our friends at Football Whispers have profiled the two potential starting XIs, with both sides likely to employ a 4-3-3.Appearing in 11 of Manchester United’s 14 Europa League games so far this season, Sergio Romero is the man who’s been given the gloves in Europe.He’s conceded just four goals too and the Argentina international will be safe pair of hands for Jose Mourinho’s side.Re-born as a full-back, Antonio Valencia has thrived for Manchester United this season, proving himself as one of the best in England.The Ecuadorian will hope to maraud up the right flank and replicate his average of 2.3 … [Read more...] about Manchester United vs Ajax predicted line-ups: Who will start the Europa League final in Stockholm?
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MAROUANE FELLAINI fired Manchester United into the Europa League final.United went into the semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo one-goal up thanks to Marcus Rashford's strike in Spain.And the scorer turned provider at Old Trafford 16 minutes in when he whipped in a delightful cross from deep for the big Belgian to power in with his head. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport's live transfer blog But Celta's Facundo Roncaglia hauled his team back into the tie with an 85th minute header.United managed to hold on but were devastated to lose Eric Bailly to a straight red card with just moments to go - meaning he now misses the final.The centre-back completely lost his cool and lashed out grabbing Celta's John Guidetti by the neck.Bailly's over-the-top reaction saw visitors' scorer Roncaglia retaliate and also earn himself a sending off.It was fitting that the last kick of the game should fall to Guidetti - a former Man … [Read more...] about Manchester United 1 Celta Vigo 1 (2-1 agg): Marouane Fellaini fires Red Devils into Europa League final… but Eric Bailly’s moment of madness sees him miss showdown
MEMPHIS DEPAY has welcomed the possibility of working under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, saying it would be a “nice prospect”.But the Dutch midfielder has shrugged off the sacking of his former manager Louis van Gaal, who left Depay out of United’s FA Cup final squad for their win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.Louis van Gaal left Depay out of United's FA Cup final squadAfter signing for United, Depay insisted he would be a success at Old Trafford.Speaking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, he said: “I said this because I believe in myself. A love-hate relationship [with Van Gaal]? I do not know.“And now he leaves – this is how things go in football and in life. You learn and you become stronger.”But the star seems keen to team up with Mourinho, admitting he would speaking to his compatriot Wesley Sneijder, who played under the Portuguese boss at Inter Milan.Depay said: “If the arrival of Mourinho becomes official, I’ll ask … [Read more...] about Man United’s Memphis Depay says working with Jose Mourinho would be ‘nice prospect’ but shrugs off Louis van Gaal’s sacking
IS THIS the biggest hint yet that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is heading to the MLS once he returns to fitness?The Swedish striker’s clothing company A-Z Sportswear have certainly done nothing to stop those rumours with their latest antics on Twitter.Ibrahimovic is a free agent after his Manchester United contract expired at the end of the season. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog However, he is sticking around at the Red Devils to continue his rehabilitation as he recovers from a cruciate ligament injury.Speculation has been rife about where he will end up playing next, with money-spinning offers coming from USA and China.But has the man himself given us a clue as to where his destination will be through his clothing company?The Twitter account yesterday shared a snap of the forward wearing LA Galaxy colours, along with the caption: “Welcome to Los Angeles.”Of course, that message could just … [Read more...] about Has Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sportswear company A-Z confirmed his move from Man United to Los Angeles?
MANCHESTER UNITED will be back among the big boys next season after defeating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League Final.Paul Pogba's opener was followed by an acrobatic finish from Henrikh Mkhitaryan to secure the trophy and a place in the Champions League.After missing out on the top four in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho knew that victory would be the only way for his men to qualify for Europe's showpiece competition. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog And it was two of his big-money signings from last summer that produced the goods for him and gave the city a huge lift after this week's atrocities.Following a pre-match minute silence in remembrance of the Manchester terror attack victims, world-record signing Pogba paid his own tribute as he pointed to the heavens after netting on 18 minutes.It came with a large slice of fortune as the French star struck a shot from 25 yards towards goal.His effort … [Read more...] about Manchester United 2 Ajax 0: Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan fire Red Devils to Europa League glory on emotional night in Stockholm
MANCHESTER UNITED have confirmed the £30million signing of defender Eric Bailly from La Liga side Villarreal.The Ivorian, 22, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal to become Jose Mourinho's first signing in his Old Trafford tenure.But who is Eric Bailly?SunSport runs down five things you need to know about the former Villarreal man ahead of the 2016-17 season. BORN in Bingerville in south-east Ivory Coast in April 1994, Bailly has made relatively few senior appearances to date.He has played 47 times for Villarreal in all competitions since signing for them in January 2015, just after the Yellow Submarine had sold fellow centre-back Gabriel to Arsenal.He had only had five run-outs for his previous club Espanyol - four starts after making his debut as a substitute in October 2014 - and prior to that he had made a total of 21 appearances for their B team. A STRONG, tall presence at the back, Bailly made a notable error towards the end of his first season with Villarreal.He gave … [Read more...] about Eric Bailly: Five things to know about Jose Mourinho’s first signing as Man United manager
MANCHESTER UNITED, Chelsea and Manchester City face transfer heartache over Belgian ace Youri Tielemans.The Anderlecht wonderkid looks nailed on to join Monaco, leaving the three Premier League giants looking elsewhere for a young midfielder.Monaco are believed to have nabbed the 20-year-old in a £21.2million move – the highest sale in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog Anderlecht general director Herman Van Holsbeeck confirmed as much and expects the deal to be done by the end of the week.Tielemans is regarded as one of the biggest talents around and has also been linked with Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid in recent months.United are reported to have watched Tielemans on a regular basis and he produced a pair of solid performances during Anderlecht's Europa League quarter-final against them.Chelsea and City were also rumoured to be admirers.But Van … [Read more...] about Man United, Chelsea and Man City to miss out on Anderlecht sensation Youri Tielemans
Both of the clubs involved in Wednesday's Europa Cup final are steeped in tradition built partly through periods of European dominance in years gone by. Now both are looking to take this opportunity to rekindle their former glory on the continental stage but, more immediately - to take the chance to guarantee the automatic passage to the group phase of the next season's Champions League that goes with lifting the Europa League trophy. Given their sixth-place finish in the Premier League, the stakes are particularly high for Manchester United and their first-year head coach, Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager has given the Europa League precedence in the latter part of United's season, with the Red Devils finishing seven points outside of the top four in England's top flight. Whether or not United's season is seen as a success, now rides on the final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. Mourinho, who won the UEFA Cup (as the Europa League was then … [Read more...] about Europa League: Ajax youngsters look to upset more experienced Manchester United
Nice 0-1 Schalke (Baba Rahman 75') Abdul Baba Rahman scored his first goal since joining Schalke on loan as the Bundesliga club beat former Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre's Nice on the French Riviera. A scrappy first half was followed by a tight second as Nice looked to keep their record of having never lost a home UEFA Cup or Europa League match intact. The French side included former Bayern and Gladbach defender Dante and ex-Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. Schalke substitute Max Meyer unlocked the Nice defense with a clever reverse pass, allowing Baba Rahman, on loan from Chelsea, to rifle in a low shot inside the near post and secure the win. Mainz 1-1 Saint-Etienne (Bungert 57' – Beric 88') Mainz were held to a 1-1 draw by French side Saint-Etienne, who grabbed an 88th-minute equalizer. Coming off the back of their deflating 4-4 draw with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga at the weekend, Mainz looked to make amends on their Europa League group-stage … [Read more...] about Europa League: Schalke win in France, Mainz held, Man. United suffer defeat
Ajax 2-0 Schalke This game had been billed as a chance for Markus Weinzierl's men to follow in the footsteps of the Schalke side dubbed the "Eurofighters", who won this competition 20 years ago. But the current crop proved just how far they have to go, with a performance that won't be unfamiliar to those who have caught some of their domestic displays this term. Only goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann saved them from embarrassment. The Royal Blues came in to Thursday's game after hammering Wolfsburg in a 4-1 win that showed there is talent in this squad but, after losing key defender Sead Kolasinac moments before the game, they looked all at sea from the outset. In fact, it was the Dutch side who turned back the clock, showing snatches of the fluid football for which previous Ajax sides have been renowned. The hosts, who had won their previous five Europa League games at the Amsterdam Arena, weaved pretty patterns but initially struggled to really penetrate, until a more direct approach … [Read more...] about Europa League: Sorry Schalke fall to limp Ajax defeat