ABSCHIED BASTI, MOUR ADVICE FOR THE RASH AND ZLAT’S NOT HAPPENING

Afternoon Bulletin

ABSCHIED BASTI

Bastian Schweinsteiger has agreed a move from Manchester United to the Chicago Fire in the MLS. An agreement was reached on Monday and the deal hinges on Basti getting a Visa and the completion of a medical. The free transfer will see Schweinsteiger earn a reported £3.5m from his one-year deal. In a statement to the United website, Schweinsteiger thanked the squad, the coaching staff, the manager and most importantly the fans.

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT

Manchester United have announced that they will travel to the United States in preparation for the 2017-18 campaign. The club will play five matches on the East and West Coast of the United States over a two-week period. The ‘Unmissable Tour‘ will see United travel to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Santa Carla and Washington DC as part of their travels.

TOP PERFORMANCES

Sunday’s heroes against Middlesbrough, Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard have been named in the BBC Team of the Week. They were named alongside players like Sadio Mane, Gary Cahill, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Erikson and David Silva.

CONTRACT NEWS

Reports suggesting that Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho will sit down for contract talks with Marcos Rojo have surfaced. The Argentine has been in sublime form and can be considered a first-choice centre-back. His remarkable turnaround has earned him an International recall and United will do well to tie him down in the long-term. It seems as though life has turned a full circle for Rojo at United as he was tipped to leave the club in the summer.

MOUR ADVICE FOR THE RASH

Marcus Rashford has been hailed as ‘Smart‘ and ‘Intelligent‘ by his manager Jose Mourinho ‘We have to adapt to his qualities. It’s really difficult for him to score a goal [at the moment], but his movement is top class, second to no-one.’ The Portuguese manager hinted that all Rashford needed to do was score one goal and the floodgates would open. He was so intelligent, so sharp, the first touch to put the ball in the best position to attack the space. For me, he played phenomenal. Goals will arrive, no problem at all.’

ZLAT’S NOT HAPPENING

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has ruled out the possibility of the Swede joining Napoli in the summer. Question marks still loom large on whether the hitman would would extend his Old Trafford career. “Napoli are not part of our future plans for now,” he said. “In life everything can change, but I think this would be almost impossible. I never spoke to [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis about Ibrahimovic, nor about Mario Ballotelli. Zlatan likes the passion of the fans and the mentality of the city, but appreciating Naples and playing for Napoli are two different things.