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Manchester United 2015-2016


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Away to PSV E, how tonight?

Wayne Rooney: Injured Man Utd forward ruled out of PSV game

Venue: Philips Stadium Date: Tuesday, 15 September Kick-off: 19:45 BST


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been left out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions League Group B game at PSV Eindhoven because of injury.

Rooney, 29, did not play in Saturday's 3-1 win against Liverpool after straining his hamstring in training.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal said after the game he would be a doubt for the trip to the Netherlands, and has decided not to risk him.

Striker James Wilson and midfielder Andreas Pereira are in the squad. Neither player has made an appearance this season, with Wilson expected to go on loan to a Championship side.

Pereira, meanwhile, has made just two substitute appearances for the club since joining from PSV in August last year.
Van Gaal wants to see his side demonstrate they can win matches on the Champions League stage.

"That's also a challenge for us now," the United manager said.
"I think the Champions League is a higher podium than the Premier League but maybe it's not like that."
Memphis Depay has yet to score in the Premier League this season. Cocu backs 'quick learner' Depay

Another Manchester United player, Memphis Depay, could also play against former club PSV, with the Dutch side's manager Phillip Cocu backing the £31m signing to be a success at Old Trafford.

Cocu, who was in charge when Depay scored 22 league goals last season as PSV won the Eredivisie title, believes that the striker will improve on his record of two goals in seven appearances this season.

The 21-year-old, who scored both goals in the Champions League play-off against Club Brugge, distributed the ball poorly in Saturday's win over Liverpool and was withdrawn at half-time by Van Gaal.
But Cocu said: "It's normal you need some time to grow, you need a lot of games. Physically he's very strong and he's a quick learner also. And I'm sure when he gets some time he'll get it very fast. He will bring goals.

"He's a very vertical player who always likes to play towards the goal. Not only will he score goals, he has good vision.
"He will have some ups and downs. I'm sure when he's been playing a few months, I'm convinced he'll get better and better."


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Rest of fixtures for Sept.

PS: And where's that Legend bloke? Switched jersey to Scousers? :p

PSV v Man Utd


Southampton v Man Utd

Man Utd v Ipswich

Man Utd v Sunderland

Man Utdv V fL Wolfsburg


Simply gutted to see Shaw break his leg the way it did. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to our BEST player this season.


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Match report, with Luke Shaw kena double leg fracture (after being mexico scythed). Similar score and possession, with lousy finish as in Swansea encounter

PSV 2 (Moreno 45′ Narsingh 57′) Man Utd 1 Depay 41′
FT 90 +4 HT 1-1
Luke Shaw was injured after 15 minutes


Manchester United had a luckless night in their Champions League opener as Luke Shaw suffered a double leg break during defeat by PSV Eindhoven.

Shaw was chopped down by Hector Moreno before being carried off early on.

After a long delay, Memphis Depay scored a weaving opener on his return to PSV, but in first-half injury time Moreno headed in from a corner.

PSV's Luciano Narsingh headed in a 57th-minute winner despite United dominating for long periods. Unlike previous games this season where Louis van Gaal's side have struggled to turn their superiority into chances, they chalked up 17 shots on goal to PSV's six.

There were encouraging displays from Depay, who scored his third of the season, and Anthony Martial, who made his full debut following his wonder goal during the win over Liverpool last Saturday.

Poor finishing let the visitors down, although their biggest concern will be over Shaw who will now suffer a lengthy lay-off.
Manchester United dominated possession and territory but could not convert their chances


United hit by Shaw leg break
United started the game well but they were rocked by the injury to Shaw after 15 minutes, who has made a positive start to his second season at Old Trafford.

The England full-back burst into the box after riding two challenges, but as he bore down on goal he was scythed down by Moreno and from the Mexico defender's immediate reaction, it was clear that the injury to Shaw was serious.

Replays showed that his right leg appeared to be broken and after 10 minutes of treatment the 20-year-old was taken off on a stretcher to sympathetic applause from the PSV fans.

There was no punishment for Moreno, who equalised in first-half stoppage time. With a lengthy absence to come, left-back Shaw's inclusion in the England squad at Euro 2016 must be in some doubt.

Memphis Depay has scored all three goals this season in the Champions League
Man of the match Depay impresses on return

depay goal.jpg

Depay may not have scored in the Premier League so far, but fresh from his £31m move from PSV to Manchester United in June, the 21-year-old looked at home on his return to the Philips Stadium.

The forward, who scored 22 league goals for PSV en route to the Eredivisie title last season, started down the left and linked up well with striker Martial, who showed no signs of nervousness despite his tender age of 19 and his £36m transfer fee.

Depay's goal was not dissimilar to Martial's effort at Old Trafford against Liverpool. Played through by Daley Blind, he cut inside, and beat Jeroen Zoet with some ease. When the scores were level, the Dutchman could have added to his tally after a smart one-two with Martial but struck straight at the PSV goalkeeper.

United fail to capitalise on dominance. In addition to their profligacy in front of goal, United were also guilty of contributing to both PSV goals. The first, which came from Moreno's header, bounced off Blind's head and wrong-footed Ashley Young, who was well placed to stop the initial effort on the goalline.

The second was well taken by Narsingh, who headed in a delightful left-wing cross by Maxime Lestienne, but Matteo Darmian was guilty of giving the ball away in his own half.

There was plenty of time to recover, and Depay had several chances to double his tally despite switching onto the right side during the second half.

Juan Mata was perhaps guilty of the worst miss by failing to control a chipped ball by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

There was plenty of encouragement for Van Gaal's side, who will face Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on 30 September before travelling to CSKA Moscow on 21 October, and Martial gave them added power and pace up front.

But they will be disappointed not to have earned at least a point on their return to the Champions League after a year's absence.

Manager reaction
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: "It's the same game as against Swansea. We are dominating the game, we are creating chances and we are not finishing. The first chance they have, the corner kick, they scored.
"The second goal, we were attacking and then we lose the ball in the first phase and they scored. It's fantastic for PSV but for us it is very bad."


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Simply gutted to see Shaw break his leg the way it did. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Agreed. A double fracture is simply awlful. He'll be out for months, maybe the whole season or even Euros.

On the match itself, Mata was surprisingly very poor, I won't be surprised if he is dropped for the next game.


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This is just saying the obvious, comparing marketability of noisy neighbours :biggrin:

'Man City will never be as big as United in Asia and other markets', says former Reds chief executive David Gill

10:45, 16 SEPTEMBER 2015 http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/man-city-never-big-united-10066201

Gill, now a United director and UK Vice President of FIFA, hits out at City during talk at Manchester Grammar School

Manchester City will never be as big as United in Asia and certain markets across the globe.

That’s according to former United chief executive David Gill, who was speaking during an event to celebrate 500 years of Manchester Grammar School.

When asked about the recent rise of City, Gill said: “I’m not being arrogant here but it (Manchester City) will never be as big as Manchester United in Asia and certain markets.

“Look at Liverpool, the club haven’t won the league for so many years, but they are very popular in Asia.

"The big teams with history and heritage, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid, have that.”

David Gill worked closely alongside Sir Alex Ferguson during his successful time at Old Trafford
Gill, who stood down as United chief executive in 2013, did however pay tribute to City and the club’s Middle East owners.

Speaking about the day when Sheikh Mansour took over as owner in 2008, Gill said: “The immediate reaction was, ‘we’ve seen it before with Abramovich (at Chelsea)’ and you have to deal with it.

“Clearly, he shook it up in terms of the investments he made.

“They made mistakes but they now have a very good team and you can’t argue with that.

“I think you also have to give credit to their vision, so to speak.

Manchester City owner Sheikh MansourManchester City owner Sheikh Mansour
“What they’ve done in conjunction with the Manchester city council in east Manchester is fantastic.

“If Sheikh Mansour decided he wanted to sell the club tomorrow, what he’s left there, in terms of the development of that whole area, is unbelievable and is great testament to what they have done."

He added: “Clearly, they have raised their game and it is a very well run club.

“It’s very exciting for the Premier League. They will, without a doubt, be a long term player and a force to be reckoned with for many years.

“And I think Manchester United have got to respond to that as well as other clubs.”


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Another cradle snatch? :p

EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United eye Leeds' Charlie Taylor and could move in January
MANCHESTER UNITED are plotting a sensational swoop on Leeds for rising star Charlie Taylor.

Published 16th September 2015 http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/fo...d-transfer-news-Charlie-Taylor-Leeds-interest

Man United keen on Leeds' Charlie Taylor and could move in January after Luke Shaw injury
IN DEMAND: Manchester United are plotting a move for Charlie Taylor

United boss Louis van Gaal has sent his scouts to watch the defender in action several times and is considering a bid.

Taylor, 21, has emerged as one of the brightest prospects outside the top flight following a string of impressive displays for Uwe Rosler's men.

He has had spells at Bradford, York and Fleetwood since making his Leeds debut back in 2011.

But the left back is now establishing himself in Rosler's side and has earned rave reviews this season.

Now the former England U19 international could be closing in on a dream move to Premier League giants United.

MOVE: Luke Shaw's injury could prompt Louis van Gaal to move for Taylor
“Shaw could be sidelined for up to 10 months”
Van Gaal was planning to keep tabs on his development this season with a view to making a bid for him next summer.

But the shocking injury suffered by Luke Shaw during United's Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven this week might persuade him to make a bid in January.

England star Shaw suffered a double leg break and is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery in Holland.

Van Gaal has been left short on cover at left back and could test Leeds' resolve with a £4m bid when the transfer window re-opens.

Shaw, meanwhile, had an operation on his shattered leg on Tuesday night and will remain in hospital in Eindhoven to start his recovery before returning to Manchester to continue his rehabilitation.

Shaw could be sidelined for up to 10 months and is facing a losing battle to be fit in time for England's Euro 2016 campaign in France next summer.


Agreed. A double fracture is simply awlful. He'll be out for months, maybe the whole season or even Euros.

On the match itself, Mata was surprisingly very poor, I won't be surprised if he is dropped for the next game.

Mata disappointed for sure and just don't understand why he tried to take the ball with his right foot when a left foot tap in would suffice. Credit to him though for finding the hole in the back 4 and Basti was superb.

I'm not sure about benching him as he's easily the most hardworking of the lot. Besides there aren't that many options for United. We have Valencia, Fellaini and probably Pereira. With Shaw, Carrick and Rooney out,we're staring at a hollow bench,let alone the tactical changes you'll need to make on the field. Put it simply, there's no apple for apple exchange.

We're only in September and injuries counting. Either the club recall the players on loan or promote some of the youth players to the senior rank. It's down to poor management if you ask me.


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Strange decision to award man of match to mex culprit :confused:

Hector Moreno getting man of the match award leaves Manchester United aghast

'Luke Shaw’s injury was awful – but I have to say that the referee made the right decision,' said PSV defender

Wednesday 16 September 2015 http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/...leaves-manchester-united-aghast-10504692.html

Manchester United have reacted in disbelief to Uefa’s decision to give the man of the match award to Hector Moreno on Tuesday night in Eindhoven, after PSV’s Mexican defender launched the misjudged tackle that broke the leg of Luke Shaw.

The United officials in the Netherlands for the game thought that decision on Moreno, who himself had his leg broken at the World Cup last year, was a poor choice on the part of the European governing body. A source at United said: “We find it strange and disappointing that Uefa made him [Moreno] man of the match after what happened to Luke.”

The player underwent surgery on Tuesday night and his parents, Paul and Joanna, were at his side in Eindhoven, having been at the Champions League game. Shaw, who on Tuesday night tweeted his determination to “come back stronger”, is expected to stay in Eindhoven for another day before returning home. The hope is that Shaw will only require six months to come back from the fracture, which would mean he could have a chance of playing at Euro 2016. It has been a dismal week for two of Roy Hodgson’s young players, with the announcement that Jack Wilshere will be out for three months following surgery to insert a metal plate in his left tibula.

Moreno, who apologised for the tackle on Tuesday night, will not face any retrospective Uefa action and was not penalised by the referee.

Indeed, Moreno was defended by former referee Howard Webb, who felt that Moreno’s trailing leg, which appears to connect with Shaw’s right leg, was not fully extended. Either way, even playing the ball, the PSV defender looked to have lost control of the challenge as he launched himself desperately at Shaw as the full-back ran into the area.

Webb said: “Luke Shaw’s injury was awful and I wish him a speedy recovery. But I have got to say that the referee made the right decision on the night. Moreno stretches with his right leg, which plays the ball cleanly. His left leg makes some contact on the follow-through, but it is always tucked away under him and not aimed towards Luke Shaw.

“Luke is unlucky in that he gets his studs caught and twists, which causes the injury, but on the night I think the referee made the right decision.” Hector Moreno has apologised for the tackle on Luke Shaw Hector Moreno has apologised for the tackle on Luke Shaw

The Uefa man of the match award is selected by the Uefa reporting team, who cover the game for the organisation’s website. Typically, that reporting team consists of local freelance journalists hired by Uefa to write reports, which ordinarily tend towards the uncontroversial. That decision is reported at the end of the game and stands as the official man of the match, separate to those awarded by television networks.

For Shaw himself it marks 16 tumultuous months in his young career in which he has been selected for the England 2014 World Cup squad, joined United from Southampton for £31m and fallen foul of Louis van Gaal in his first season at Old Trafford. As a young player who was considered to be a late developer when it came to the mentality required at the elite level, Shaw could scarcely have come up against a bigger challenge so soon after making the grade at United.

While injuries like the one he sustained against PSV come with no guarantees as to future fitness, the level of care that is standard now at Premier League clubs will give him great cause for hope. Luke Shaw is carried off the pitch Luke Shaw is carried off the pitch

His surgery in Eindhoven on Tuesday night, announced yesterday morning by Manchester United, is the start of a long and demanding rehabilitation process, but it is also the end of that first stage of emergency care that is so critical in serious injuries.

David Busst, that classic English football injury horror story, contracted MRSA during one of the 26 operations he endured after his double compound fracture at Old Trafford in 1996.

Busst might have recovered, were it not for the infection that damaged tissue and muscle. Even so, football clubs have come a lot further than when doctors tended to be GPs with a long-standing connection to the club. What a player in Shaw’s situation requires, and now has, is a specialist in trauma with the experience to make quick decisions such as whether the leg needs immobilising or, when nerves are compromised, mobilisation.

Shaw was attended to by club doctor Steve McNally and physiotherapist Neil Hough. In the past, medical teams at clubs were primarily run by the club’s physio, but the level of care has moved on and is enshrined in Premier League regulations.

Ambulances are standard at Champions League games, as they are for training sessions the day before. Away from their home country, Champions League clubs are given their nearest specialist hospital before the game as a matter of course. Shaw was visited in hospital, the St Anna Ziekenhuis, by United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, yesterday morning.


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Wilson's back at OT. Yet another young one, 19

Man Utd to keep James Wilson, says Wolves boss Kenny Jackett



Manchester United are now unwilling to let striker James Wilson leave on loan, according to Wolves boss Kenny Jackett.
Wilson, 19, was set for a temporary switch to a Championship side, with at least six clubs interested.

But Jackett said: "The information is he's not available. Manchester United are keeping him for the time being.
"There has been a number of clubs who have enquired about him and at one stage they had been saying perhaps he could go."
Wolves had asked about the England Under-21 international as striker Nouha Dicko is out for the season with a serious knee injury.

Wilson has scored four goals in 18 first-team appearances, including two on his debut against Hull in May 2014.
He has not featured at all for United this season.


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Manchester United revenues hit by Champions League absence

17 September 2015 http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34278364

Manchester United saw revenues fall by £38m in the year to June, mainly due to failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Total revenues were £395.2m, down from £433.2m, but sponsorship income hit record levels, up by 14.1% to £154.9m.

It came as the club had a second trophy-less season in 2014-15.

That caused matchday revenues for the year to fall by 16% to £90.6m, and broadcasting income to drop by a fifth to £107.7m, a decrease of £28.1m.

Being out of the Champions League cost the club around £35m in match and broadcasting revenues.
This was slightly offset by a £12m drop in staff costs.

Man Utd currently sit third in the Premier League and are in the group stages of the Champions League, but lost their opening game to PSV.

Last season was the final year of the club's kit deal with Nike, before they moved over to Adidas in July of this year to begin a 10-year, £750m partnership.

Revenue goal
The club is optimistic about the forthcoming year, saying they expect revenues to be between £500m and £510m.

"As we look to the new season, we are enthusiastic about our strong position, both on and off the pitch," said Ed Woodward, club executive vice-chairman, who added that the club was commercially confident of "continued growth".
"In recent weeks we have further strengthened our squad with an exciting mix of experience and youth, qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, and seen an impressive launch of our partnership with Adidas."

It said Premier League live broadcasting rights would increase around 70% to £5.14bn for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 seasons.
It also expects its finances to be boosted by a return to Champions League football.

Manchester United also announced it is trying to raise $400m by selling new shares.

The club, which is listed on the New York stock exchange, is controlled by the American Glazer family.


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News worthy (but unrelated to MU). Fifa secretary's quick exit, with u-turn to Zurich in private jet :p

Fifa secretary Jerome Valcke suspended


Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke has been put on leave and released from his duties until further notice.

A Fifa statement said it had "been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general".

Newspaper allegations on Thursday implicated Valcke, 54, in a scheme to sell World Cup tickets for above face value.
The Frenchman, who has held his role at Fifa since 2007, said he denied the "fabricated, outrageous" allegations.

Football's world governing body Fifa has been engulfed by claims of widespread corruption since May, when Swiss police raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested seven of its top executives.

United States officials have since indicted those seven and two other Fifa officials on bribery and racketeering charges.
President Sepp Blatter announced that he would stand down just days after winning re-election in June.

Valcke, who last month was considering standing to be the new president, is Blatter's number two at the organisation but now faces a formal investigation by the Fifa ethics committee.

Earlier on Thursday Eugenio Figueredo, one of the seven officials arrested in May, had his extradition to the United States approved.

As well as the US inquiry, a Swiss investigation is looking into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Fifa has recently set up a taskforce to tackle corruption which aims to "restore the integrity and reputation" of the organisation.

Analysis - Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live
Valcke set off in a private jet to Moscow on Thursday ahead of a '1000 days to go' event on Friday for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
However, he failed to arrive at his destination. I'm told his plane was turned around mid-flight and he returned to Zurich following a decision to suspend him from his role immediately. Sepp Blatter consulted with a number of football regional confederation chiefs - including Michel Platini - before making the decision to suspend Valcke. The confederation bosses are thought to have all backed him.

Blatter is believed to be in Moscow and is due to participate in events on Friday.

A man already under scrutiny
Valcke has also faced scrutiny in recent months over his role in an alleged $10m (£6.5m) bribe - an allegation he denies.
United States prosecutors say the money was paid by South Africa to former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner in return for his vote and backing during their successful bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

The money is said to have been transferred to Warner from a Fifa bank account after being reappropriated from South Africa's World Cup local organising committee budget.

The New York Times and other US media outlets, citing US law enforcement sources, have claimed Valcke was the "high-ranking Fifa official" who signed off the payment.

Who is Jerome Valcke?
The Fifa secretary general has been outgoing president Sepp Blatter's right-hand man since 2007.
He started his career in 1984 as a sports journalist for Canal+, becoming a director in 1991.
He joined Fifa in 2003 as a director of marketing and TV.

In 2006, Valcke was released by Fifa after a New York court said he lied in a sponsorship row between Mastercard and Visa.
A year later, Valcke was hired by Blatter as the first non-Swiss secretary general.

In 2011, Valcke denied Jack Warner's claim in an e-mail that Mohamed Bin Hammam "bought" the 2022 World Cup finals for Qatar.

In June, Valcke also denied making a £6m payment connected with South Africa's bid to host the 2010 World Cup.



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I don't think you United fans should be getting carried away with Martial's performances. The kid's only 19 and understandably expectations are high.

Look at poor Harry Kane this season. Hailed last season as the wonderboy who would save English football but how many goals has he scored for Spurs this season?
Answer: Zilch.

On the match itself, Utd still have a very dodgy back line whilst De Gea saved their asses on more than one occassion and what does Rooney actually contribute to the side?

Being second in the EPL behind City is rather flattering right now.


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Speculation on paying OTT for peacock's return to OT ..resurfacing (yet) again :rolleyes:

Manchester United plot £90million Cristiano Ronaldo return as Real Madrid superstar 'seeks new challenge'

22:30, 21 SEPTEMBER 2015 http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/footb...ester-united-plot-90million-cristiano-6488629

The Portuguese is said to be ready to leave the Bernabeu next summer with United ready to go toe-to-toe with PSG to land him

Manchester United are on red alert amid claims Cristiano Ronaldo could be set to leave Real Madrid next summer.

Ronaldo is said to be ready for a new challenge next summer after seven years at Madrid following his then world record £80million move from United in 2009.

United are desperate to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford to see out the rest of his career, but face competition to sign him from Paris St Germain, who will pay what it takes to land him.

It is understood Real would want a new world record fee of £90m for Ronaldo next summer, believing his phenomenal scoring record and global status would justify such a high asking price.

But sources close to the Ronaldo camp believe a more realistic figure for the double Ballon d’Or winner, who will turn 31 in February, would be around the £70m mark, given his age.

United have twice tried to lure Ronaldo back to Old Trafford since his move to Real and are ready to make it third time lucky next summer should their former No.7 make it clear he is ready to move on.

The Reds would be willing to meet Ronaldo’s £15m-a-year wage demands, on top of the fee, knowing the commercial revenue his return would generate, allied to his influence on the pitch, would more than offset such a huge outlay.

Despite his past history and emotional bond with United, however, it is understood Ronaldo would favour a move to PSG next summer, should he decide the time is right to leave Real.

But that would not stop United making a concerted effort to woo back one of the greatest players in their illustrious history, one still missed by their fans and whose name is still sung by the United crowd.

Ronaldo has scored a remarkable 321 goals in 305 appearances for Real and is on the brink of eclisping the club record of 323, held by legendary striker and former skipper Raul.

He could achieve that as early as tomorrow, against Athletic Bilbao, having already plundered eight goals in five games for Real this season, including five in a 6-0 win over Espanyol.

But there is a growing feeling Ronaldo could be ready to end his seven-year association with Real next year, which would spark a major transfer battle involving United and PSG, one the Reds would be desperate to win.


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I only worked with 4 world class players - Sir Alex Ferguson


Agreed for Cantona, Giggs and Ronaldo but not Scholes.

Beckham was just as good as Scholes but neither are World Class players. Also interesting that Rooney didn't make his list who I also think isn't world class.
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Man Utd: Real Madrid's Keylor Navas cried as move failed

Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas cried when his proposed summer move to Manchester United collapsed as he did not want to leave the Spanish club.

The 28-year-old was part of a swap deal that would have seen United keeper David De Gea go to the Bernabeu.
But the paperwork could no be completed before the Spanish deadline on 31 August and the move fell through.

"I cried when I found out I was staying, it was a build-up of emotions," Navas told Spanish radio.
"I didn't want to leave, Madrid is my home," he added.

The Costa Rica international told Cadena COPE: "My agent told me to be alert to my phone. We had to go to Barajas, although I never actually got on a plane, I was in a waiting room.
"I thought that if God wanted me to leave Madrid, it would be for the best, but he didn't want me to and I'm still here."

Navas joined Real from Levante in the summer of 2014 following an impressive World Cup for Costa Rica, but played just 11 times last season. Despite Real looking to replace him with De Gea, Navas has benefitted from the departure of long-time number one keeper Iker Casillas to Porto, and has gone on to play in all five games this term, having yet to concede a goal.

"I signed the Manchester United contract on a stretcher while I had my medical, but I want to write my own story at this club and win everything this season," he said.
"We have things to improve, but we're on the right path,"



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Venue: Old Trafford Date: Wednesday, 23 September

Louis van Gaal looks set to select a much-changed Manchester United side for their League Cup tie against Ipswich.
Phil Jones, Andreas Pereira, James Wilson and Jesse Lingard could all feature for the Premier League side.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy is expected to rotate his squad, with one eye on Town's Championship campaign.
Midfielders Ryan Fraser (ankle) and Kevin Bru are expected to be available, while goalkeeper Dean Gerken (groin/shin) will be assessed.

This is the third meeting between the two sides in the League Cup. Both sides have one win each in previous meetings (United winning 1971, Ipswich in 1997).

The Red Devils have won 12 of their last 13 home League Cup games, failing to beat second tier Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in November 2011.

Manchester United have scored in all but two of their last 20 League Cup games, the exceptions being 4-0 defeats by West Ham (2010) and MK Dons (2014).

Although Manchester United have only been eliminated from the FA Cup once by lower league opposition in the past 30 years (Leeds in 2010), this has happened eight times in that time in the League Cup - Sheffield Wednesday (1991), York (1995), Ipswich (1997), West Bromwich Albion (2003), Southend (2006), Coventry (2007), Crystal Palace (2011) and MK Dons (2014).

This is the first time since reaching the semi-final in 2010-11 that the Tractor Boys are in the third round.
Ipswich last progressed in an away League Cup tie against top-flight opposition in 2000-01 at Manchester City.
Ipswich's striker David McGoldrick has assisted more goals than any other player in this year's League Cup (4).
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So tomorrow home to Black Cats, how? :wink:

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Stereophonics star Kelly Jones

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season. Lawro's opponent for this weekend's Premier League fixtures is Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones.

Man Utd v Sunderland

Sunderland will not be too bothered about going out of the League Cup but what they will be bothered about is the manner of their exit against Manchester City, which was meek and mild to say the least.

Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat must look in the mirror every day and ask, 'what am I doing here?'

His wife is probably giving him grief too, because those flowers the fans bought her are probably in the bin by now.

I don't think things are going to get better any time soon for Advocaat because I cannot see his side getting anything at Old Trafford.

Manchester United ended up with a really good result at Southampton last weekend but for half an hour they were well off the pace and could easily have been out of the game. This weekend should be far more straightforward for them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
Kelly's prediction: 2-0