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MANCHESTER UNITED beat high-flying Aston Villa in the Premier League.

The Red Devils won 2-1 thanks to Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes' goals either side of half-time which cancelled out Bertrand Traore's equaliser at Old Trafford.

Follow all the latest with our blog below…

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING MANCHESTER UNITED FANS

    Man United reportedly have no desire to loan Amad Diallo back to Atalanta after the youngster officially becomes a Red Devil.

    The Italian outfit are thought to be eager to keep the 18-year-old on loan until the summer after his anticipated arrival at Old Trafford this month.

    However, Manchester Evening News claims Solskjaer’s side are keen to have the teenager settle into United’s squad as soon as possible.

    United are thought to be in the process of sorting out a work permit for Diallo after the clubs agreed on a £37million transfer of the winger.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Anthony Martial will soon be racking up more United goals this term.

    The Frenchman, who has scored five times in 18 appearances this term, was on target against Aston Villa. And Solskjaer believes United are seeing “a more confident” Martial in front of goal this term.

    Meanwhile, Timothy Fosu-Mensah is thought to be keen on remaining at Old Trafford, despite rejecting the club’s latest offer.

    Manchester Evening News claims the Dutch player feels he is worth more than the current offer proposed by the club.

    And the United star, whose contract expires at the end of this season, has made three appearances so far this term.

    It is reported AS Monaco, Marseille and Bayer Leverkusen have all shown an interest in the defender.

    And Harry Maguire has been hailed as phenomenal for United by former Old Trafford star Lee Sharpe.

    The United skipper, who endured troubles off the pitch last year, ended 2020 leading his team-mates to seven wins and two draws out of nine games in December.

    Sharpe told Stadium Astro: “I think what happened in the summer on his holidays has spilled over a little bit.

    “But I think the consistency levels since he got to United have been phenomenal. He has shored up the defence, he reads the game really well, he can play.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    NO MENSAH MOVE

    Timothy Fosu-Mensah is reportedly keen to remain a Red Devil despite rejecting the club's latest offer.

    Manchester Evening News claims the Dutch player feels he is worth more than the current offer proposed by the club.

    And the United star, whose contract expires at the end of this season, has made three appearances so far this term.

    It is reported that AS Monaco, Marseille and Bayer Leverkusen have all shown an interest in Fosu-Mensah.

    But it is thought the defender is eager to stay at Old Trafford.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MAGIC MAGUIRE

    Harry Maguire has been hailed as "phenomenal" by ex-Red Devil Lee Sharpe.

    The United skipper, who endured some troubles off the pitch, ended 2020 leading his team-mates to seven wins and two draws out of nine games in December.

    And the Red Devils began their new year with win against Aston Villa.

    Sharpe told Stadium Astro: "I think what happened in the summer on his holidays has spilled over a little bit. But I think the consistency levels since he got to United have been phenomenal.

    "He has shored up the defence, he reads the game really well, he can play. You can tell that as a kid he was more of a midfielder than a defender because he’s more of a footballer than just a stopper.

    "I think he has been fantastic for the club. Criticism is a bit harsh."

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    COLE COMPLIMENT

    Andy Cole seems pleased to have discovered he is the only Prem player in the league's history to have been directly involved in more goals in their first 30 games than Bruno Fernandes.

    The Old Trafford hero seemed chuffed with the Opta statistic.

    Cole posted a picture of the stat on his Instagram page along smiling face and football emojis and a caption which said "decent".

    Fernandes was on target for United from the penalty spot during their 2-1 win against Aston Villa. 

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  • Sandra Brobbey

    GOAL GLUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons Anthony Martial will soon be racking up more United goals this term.

    The Frenchman was on target with a header against Aston Villa. The forward has scored five times in 18 appearances across all competitions this season.

    And Solskjaer believes there is more to come from the Old Trafford frontman.

    The United boss told said: “Anthony is going to improve. He’s going to be better and better. He’s had a few chances this season. 

    “He’s still creating chances, he’s just not had that little bit of luck, margins in front of goal.

    "They’ll come. We saw a better version of Anthony, a more confident one.”

    Anthony Martial scored a header during Man United's 2-1 win against Aston Villa

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MOUR DIGS

    Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Bruno Fernandes hinting that players who net penalties should not be listed among the Premier League's top scorers.

    Fernandes, 26, is currently third in the table for the top flight's highest scorers this term. 

    And the Portugal ace has been on target 11 times with five strikes netted from the penalty spot.

    On Liverpool's Mo Salah and Tottenham's Son Heung-min have scored more times than the United star with Son netting his 100th goal in Tottenham's win against Leeds.

    Mourinho said: "I'm very happy that now people realise the player he is. To get the Puskas award, to be scoring 100 goals for Tottenham and to be maybe in the top three Premier League scorers without penalties.

    "Some players score 10 goals a season on penalties and I'm not speaking about Harry Kane, by the way.

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    AMAD IS OURS

    Man United have no desire to loan Amad Diallo back to Atalanta until the end of this season, according to Manchester Evening News.

    The Italian outfit are thought to be eager to keep the 18-year-old on loan until the summer after his anticipated arrival at Old Trafford this month.

    However, reports claim Solskjaer's side are keen to have the teenager settle into United's squad as soon as possible.

    The Red Devils are thought to be in the process of sorting out a work permit for Diallo after the clubs agreed on a £37million transfer of the winger.

    Amad Diallo is expected to join Man United
  • Sandra Brobbey

    OZAN'S THE MAN

    Manchester United could be facing a battle with Crystal Palace for the signature of Schalke ace Ozan Kabak.

    The Daily Mail claims the Eagles have joined United, Leicester City and RB Leipzig in the race for the defender's signature.

    Kabak has played eight times this season for his bottom place Bundesliga club.

    And the centre-back won a Turkish league title with Galatasaray in 2017-18

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    CITY ARE SLICKER

    Michael Owen has poured cold water on the Red Devils' title chances claiming City are the bigger threat to Liverpool.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are currently level on points with the Prem champs after beating Aston Villa 2-0 on Friday evening.

    And if Jurgen Klopp's men beat Southampton in their next game, United could go level with them again should they beat Burnley.

    But former Liverpool striker Owen has doubts as to whether United can breakdown low-blocking opponents and believes the side are too dependent on Bruno Fernandes.

    Owen said: "I’m not sure they can win the title with (just) him (Bruno Fernandes) to be honest. I think they’re a brilliant counter-attacking team, against the bigger and better teams they are exceptional and can give anyone a problem.

    "They’re second on goal difference, but are they as rounded a team as Liverpool or Man City? I still think they’re a step behind and I still think it will be a struggle for them to win the title. But the way they’re playing, anything is possible."

  • William Pugh

    BACK FOR MAUR

    Former Manchester United target Mauricio Pochettino has arrived at Paris Saint-Germain as he prepares to return to football management.

    The Argentine chief, 48, has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham in November 2019.

    Despite being linked with a host of jobs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, Poch is to be named PSG chief following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel.

    The German boss was given the boot just before Christmas on the back of a 4-0 thumping of Strasbourg with PSG one point off the top spot in Ligue 1.

    After Tuchel’s sacking, PSG moved quickly to open up talks with Pochettino, who captained the French giants as a player.

    And now Pochettino has arrived at PSG HQ, with journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming he there is an ‘official announcement coming.

  • William Pugh

    B-LU IN THE FACE

    Furious Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz has ordered referees to ‘use VAR CORRECTLY’ after Manchester United’s controversial penalty during Friday’s game at Old Trafford.

    The Brazil midfielder, 22, gave away a crucial spot-kick after he was adjudged to have caught Paul Pogba in the box.

    With the game evenly poised at 1-1, Bruno Fernandes stepped up to score what turned out to be the match-winning penalty.

    And Luiz has taken to Twitter to reveal his fury, clearly of the opinion ref Michael Oliver should have called for VAR.

    Luiz ranted: “I see this video, I can’t believe it was a penalty. I always support fairer football, with fewer mistakes, but then I stop and see these types of moves.

    “If we have VAR to help, let’s start using it CORRECTLY. These mistakes can define the future of clubs!”

  • William Pugh

    AMAD FOR IT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting Amad Diallo to join up with his Manchester United teammates ‘very soon’.

    United agreed a £37million deal including add-ons for the Atalanta forward on deadline day in October but the transfer was subject to the 18-year-old being granted a work permit.

    Solskjaer believes the necessary paperwork is now complete and the Red Devils boss is ‘excited’ about Diallo’s imminent arrival.

    Solskjaer said: “We have had all the paperwork, I can’t see any obstacles. He’s coming. I hope very soon he will be with us.

    “I’m very excited about bringing him in, I think he’s shown a few times his qualities. Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football.

    "We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself. Apart from that, I’m not really thinking too much on what we’re going to do with players [in the January transfer window].”

  • William Pugh

    THANK BRUNO

    Manchester United are a team transformed since Bruno Fernandes joined from Sporting Lisbon nearly a year ago.

    The Portuguese midfielder, 26, moved to Old Trafford at the very end of the the January 2020 transfer window. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be wishing he brought him in sooner after Fernandes reinvigorated his side.

    Man Utd have gone from merely challenging for a Europa League spot this time last year to looking like real contenders for this season’s Premier League title.

    The Red Devils currently sit second in the standings, level on points with leaders and reigning champions Liverpool.

    And there is absolutely no doubt that is thanks to Fernandes – who scored the winner against Aston Villa from the penalty spot on Friday night.

    Looking at the Premier League table since his arrival, Man Utd sit TOP.

  • William Pugh

    FEEL THE BURN

    Fulham's game against Burnley has been postponed after more coronavirus cases were confirmed within Scott Parker’s squad.

    The Cottagers were unable to face Tottenham earlier in the week due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club.

    Fulham were scheduled to be back in action at Turf Moor on Sunday, with kick-off set for midday. But the match has been called off after the latest batch of testing revealed more positive results.

    A statement from Fulham read: “Following further new positive results returned from the most recent Covid-19 tests, the Club can confirm that this Sunday’s away at fixture at Burnley has been postponed after discussions with the Premier League and advice from the medical teams.

    “Those who tested positive are self-isolating in line with UK Government and Premier League guidance.

    “The welfare of our players, staff and their families continue to be of paramount importance, and we wish those who have tested positive a safe and speedy recovery.”

  • William Pugh

    FLICK OF THE BUNCH

    Paul Pogba produced an outrageous piece of skill to help give Manchester United the lead during their 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Friday night.

    Pogba repaid his boss’ faith with an impressive performance capped by a superb piece of skill in the build-up to the game’s first goal.

    Standing in his own half, Pogba plucked the ball out of the air with a sublime first touch to bring it under control.

    Rather than put it on the deck, the 2018 World Cup winner flicked the ball over a helpless John McGinn’s head.

    Pogba then nodded the ball out wide to Marcus Rashford.

    The gorgeous piece of trickery led to United taking a 1-0 lead over high-flying Villa.

  • William Pugh

    A Spurs statement read: “We are extremely disappointed and strongly condemn this image showing some of our players with family and friends together at Christmas…

    “Particularly as we know the sacrifices everybody around the country made to stay safe over the festive period.

    “The rules are clear, there are no exceptions, and we regularly remind all our players and staff about the latest protocols and their responsibilities to adhere and set an example.

    “The matter will be dealt with internally.”

    West Ham released their own statement, saying: “The Club has set the highest possible standards with its protocols and measures relating to Covid-19 so we are disappointed to learn of Manuel Lanzini’s actions.

    “The matter has been dealt with internally and Manuel has been strongly reminded of his responsibilities.”

  • William Pugh

    COVIDIOTS!

    Four Premier League stars have been condemned by their clubs after they appeared to break Government Covid guidelines.

    Argentine Giovani Lo Celso hosted the bash which was attended by his Tottenham team-mates Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela and West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini.

    A picture first posted on social media shows the quartet and their families at an indoor Christmas celebration – despite living in Tier 4 London.

    The image is claimed to have been uploaded to Instagram by one of the family members – with the account quickly made private.

    The party in question could have taken place last month, with Lanzini posting another picture of himself in a smaller group to his own Instagram wishing fans a happy Christmas on December 25.

    In total it is believed there were 18 people present – the four players, 11 other adults and three children.

  • William Pugh

    AL OR NOTHING

    Premier League clubs look set to miss out on David Alaba as Real Madrid are reportedly ‘close’ to signing him.

    The Austrian superstar, 28, is set to leave Bayern Munich on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

    According to Marca, Real Madrid are keen to seal the deal with Alaba as ‘soon as possible’.

    The La Liga giants have offered him a four-year deal worth around £9million-per-year.

    Madrid are ‘close’ to securing Alaba’s signature despite interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.

    Alaba also revealed he is an Arsenal fan in the past which had seen the Gunners linked with a move.

  • William Pugh

    TOP BANTER

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville wasted no time in taunting Liverpool fans – by claiming the Red Devils are now ‘joint top’ of the Premier League.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Friday night to match Liverpool’s points tally, although they still trail the champions on goal difference.

    Bertrand Traore’s 58th-minute goal cancelled out Anthony Martial’s first-half opener, but Bruno Fernandes’ penalty extended the Red Devils’ unbeaten run to 10 games.

    Both clubs have 33 points, but Liverpool’s goal difference is +17, with United on +9.

    However that did not deter Sky Sports pundit Neville, who loves to wind up Liverpool fans, especially his Monday Night Football joint host Jamie Carragher.

    Soon after the full-time whistle had blown and Man United moved up to second in the Premier League table, Neville took to Twitter to open a bottle of champagne, alongside the words ‘Happy New Year ( Joint Top )’.

  • William Pugh

    MENNY HAPPY RETURNS

    Man Utd wished their defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah a happy 23rd birthday on Twitter.

    The post received more than 2,000 likes just ten minutes after the Red Devils had posted it.

    And fans were quick to jump in the comments to wish the fringe player well.

  • William Pugh

    ENTER SAN MAN

    Manchester United are confident they will sign Jadon Sancho for less than £100million this month after the Borussia Dortmund star’s drastic dip in form, according to reports.

    The Red Devils made the England winger, 20, their No1 target during last summer’s window but failed to land their man.

    Three Lions whizkid Sancho has struggled in 2020-21, failing to score a single goal in 11 Bundesliga games this season, laying on just three assists.

    Last season, Sancho was involved in a stunning 34 goals in just 32 league games, scoring 17 times and adding a further 17 assists.

    Even in 2018-19 – starting the season aged just 18 – the England ace scored 12 times and added another 17 assists in 34 matches.

    Despite his paltry record this term, 90min claim Man Utd chiefs are still keen to sign Sancho. The report adds United are now confident they will be able to land their man for under £100m thanks to his dip in form.

  • William Pugh

    KARREN BRADY – EXCL COMMENT

    I was confused this week when I read Premier League clubs were considering a two-week 'circuit breaker' in the season over fears of Covid-19 outbreaks causing chaos.

    It was complete nonsense. It has never been discussed or been raised by ANY club in any of our multiple PL meetings and there are no plans to discuss it.

    Our fixture list is already congested and our priority is to finish the season as long as it is safe to do so. And we ALL think it is safe to do so.

    All clubs have excellent Covid-19 protocols which allow us play our games behind-closed-doors — and our protocols continue to have the full backing of Government.

    Some fixtures have been postponed but this is mainly because Public Health England are closing down training grounds, which means that while clubs still have the required 14 players to complete the fixture, they have nowhere to meet, train and prepare for the fixture.

    And that’s simply unfair and wrong so, quite rightly, the PL have suspended the game, a decision I fully support.

  • William Pugh

    'CONFUSED'

    PAUL POGBA 'tripped himself' for Manchester United's winning penalty against Aston Villa, according to Dean Smith.

    Douglas Luiz appeared to trip the Frenchman but Villans boss Smith said the decision was 'dubious' and he had a lot of 'doubt'.

    Pogba broke into the box where his legs appeared to get tangled with Luiz's – but replays show his foot got caught on his own leg.

    Michael Oliver quickly pointed to the spot and, although a VAR check took place, he was not told to check the decision himself on the pitchside monitor.

    Speaking after the game, Smith said: "My view was it was a penalty from where I was stood. I thought Douglas had got too tight with Pogba and he went down.

    "But I've just gone in the dressing room and seen it back and there's a lot of doubt. I think he's tripped himself up.

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men managed to beat high-flyers Aston Villa 2-1 last night, thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes.

    Martial handed United the lead JUST before half-time, but Villa would strike back not long into the second half with Bertrand Traore scoring the equaliser.

    It didn’t take United long to reclaim the lead, Paul Pogba invited a challenge from Douglas Luiz winning a penalty and Fernandes stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom-left corner. 

    Both United and Villa observed a minute's silence ahead of the game in memory of Tommy Docherty, who managed both clubs.

    Docherty won the FA Cup with United back in 1977.

    Elsewhere, Brighton could end Sergio Romero’s Man United nightmare with a January transfer.

    The club are looking to bring in another keeper after telling former No1 Mat Ryan he is free to go.

    United and Arsenal could face stiff competition in the pursuit for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to AS.

    The report states that United are keeping an eye on the Spaniard, but Sevilla have entered the race and Isco is keen on a reunion with former coach Julen Lopetegui.

    United have not given up hope in signing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, and they believe they can get him for under £100million.

    According to 90Min, United haven't been put off by Sancho's rocky start to the season in which he is yet to score a Bundesliga goal.

    On the contrary, the Red Devils believe that his recent form could help lowering his staggering asking price.

    The Manchester giants tried to bring the star winger over to Old Trafford in the summer but refused to match his £108m release clause due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOP TABLE

    A new year and the old Manchester United. One that is a title contender again.

    For the first time since they last lifted the Premier League in 2013 there is a genuine belief they can do it.

    It has taken four managers, 36 players bought, and around £1billion spent to get to this point.

    A place where they once again look like a side that can finish top.

    It is a place they now share with champions Liverpool on points, they are second only on goal difference.

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