SHAW SET FOR SPEACIALIST TREATMENT
Early diagnosis of Luke Shaw’s injury suggests that the left-back may have suffered ligament damage. The extent of the damage is not known as of now. But United do not want to take any chances and Shaw will visit a specialist to assess the severity of the injury. Mourinho has accepted that Shaw may miss the rest of the season. He is the 8th senior currently on the sidelines.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has said that Zlatan has undergone a successful knee surgery and will be able to resume his career once recovered. Raiola said: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone successful knee surgery. He will make a full recovery and has not suffered a career-ending injury.” He also said that Ibrahimovic has started rehabilitation the UPMC Sports Medicine Program, Pittsburgh.
Manchester United are ready to shell the cash on Kyle Walker in the summer. The English right-back has reportedly had a fallout with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. Both Manchester clubs are ready to double his current wage of £70k a week. Walker is reportedly unhappy alternating with Kieran Trippier and wants to leave White Hart Lane in the summer. However, Walker is tied to the Spurs for another four years and a fee of £40m may be required to convince Daniel Levy.
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Manchester United will welcome back Paul Pogba and Juan Mata back to the first team fold after spells on the sidelines. United will also have Fellaini available as his domestic suspension does not cover European fixtures. Among the latest injuries, Bailly’s status for this match is uncertain but it is not likely that he will play. Shaw is definitely out after suffering ligament damage to his ankle.
Manchester United are prepared to make Antoine Griezmann the Premier League’s highest paid player. Griezmann reportedly wants a 5 year £300k a week deal to link with Mourinho. Taking this and the probable transfer fee into consideration, United will spend at least £155m for the player. His pay would be greater than pal Paul Pogba’s.
THROWING IT AWAY
Ashley Young has bemoaned his side’s uncanny ability to throw away precious points late in the game. United drew their 10th game at home this season on Sunday and Young pointed out the difference those dropped points make. Had United won 7 or 8 of those, they would have been in the heat of the title race rather than the Champions League ‘rat’s race’. Speaking to MUTV, Young said: “After 10 draws at home, you think about the points that we’ve lost and thrown away and where we could have been in the league, a lot of people have been talking about fourth spot in the league but I thought we could go even higher than that. We’ve got a lot of tough games but as long as we’re prepared I’m sure we can go and get the points that we need.”