The Manchester United Afternoon Bulletin

Afternoon Bulletin

LUKE SURE TO STAY

Jose Mourinho is optimistic that Luke Shaw will stay at Old Trafford beyond the summer despite falling down the pecking order. He has only started 6 Premier League games after a broken leg ruled him out of the 2015-16 season. Shaw finds himself behind Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind. Asked whether the left-back would be at Old Trafford for the long-term, the United manager replied: ‘He will be here for sure. It (leaving) is out of the question.’

CHECK-IN

United stars were spotted arriving at their rendezvous point at the Lowry Hotel before tonight’s game against Blackburn. Paul Pogba, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Mata and others were snapped up entering the hotel on Saturday evening.

DAVID OUT

David de Gea is expected to miss out on Sunday’s trip to Blackburn with a knock. Rookie third-choice Dean Henderson is set for a place on the bench due to David’s injury. He was recalled from a loan spell at Grimsby Town earlier this year.

WORLD RECORD BARGAIN

Jose Mourinho believes that Paul Pogba is already showing that he’s a bargain at Manchester United despite his world-record fee. Mourinho also expressed his belief that the record will be broken again this summer. The Special One has never shied away from digging deep into his pockets and may even have to cross the £100 million barrier to sign Antoine Griezmann.

STAY JOSE

Ed Woodward and Manchester United look set to offer Jose Mourinho a new contract at the end of the season. United are planning to sit down for talks at the end of the season and the club wish to extend the three-year deal he signed in the summer. The contract is said to be for 5 years and the club feel that Jose is the right man to oversee a £1 billion transformation of the club.

SMALLING’S WISH

Chris Smalling has revealed his desire for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to extend his United deal beyond the summer. The Swedish hitman has had a stunning impact at Old Trafford after 23 goals already and it seems highly likely that United will trigger the option of a second year. Smalling also insists that the entire dressing room wants him to stay.
Staying with the towering center-back, reports have surfaced that United will be willing to let him move to Arsenal if it means getting the signature of forward Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain.

NEW HOME

Marcus Rashford has snapped up a £1.85 Million mansion. The stunning property sits in leafy Bowdon, Cheshire which is home to dozens of Premier League stars and several of his teammates. This buy may be an indication that his long-term future may lie at Old Trafford after reports linked him with a move away.