Manchester United afternoon bulletin: United great has his say on the Martial – Rashford debate

Afternoon Bulletin

Romelu Lukaku wants the fans to move on from chant

Manchester United’s striker Romelu Lukaku has pleaded with fans to move on from the chant that has been in the headlines all of this week. According to the BBC, he said: “Fans have meant well with their songs but let’s move on together #RespectEachOther”. The tweet was with regard to a chant that the fans have been signing which has been branded as racist by anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, who have been working hard to get the chant banned.

Ed Woodward welcomes the return of Amazon Prime and Facebook

Manchester United’s Chief Executive Ed Woodward has welcomed the return of Facebook and Amazon Prime as interest in the Premier League continues to flourish. He told the BBC: “Absolutely I think they will enter the mix and we would welcome the interest. We think we can be complementary to partners like this”. Amazon reportedly paid £37 million to stream the 10 Thursday night NFL games, while Facebook failed with a £445 million bid for digital rights to the Indian Premier League.

Manchester United post record-breaking profits

Manchester United have had another very successful year. On the pitch, they were able to win the EFL Cup and Europa League as they returned to Europe’s premier competition, the Champions League. Off the pitch, it has been revealed that they have had a similarly good time of it. United posted profits of £581.2 million and became the first British club to go past the half-billion mark when they posted a profit of £515.3 million last year, meaning their revenue has increased by a massive £64.9 million. While United are still looking to return to the top of football on the pitch, off it they are still very much right up there.

Phil Neville has his say on the Anthony Martial – Marcus Rashford debate

Former-United defender Phil Neville has made a judgement on who he thinks is currently the better player between Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. He told the Daily Star: “Yeah. It’s a good battle, but I think he’s (Rashford) ahead of Martial. I think if you were picking United’s best starting 11, I think at this moment in time Rashford plays. Rashford plays on the left-hand side”. The admission comes after the two have been swapping places for much of the season. When one player starts, the other comes on and scores because of the hard work of the former. It is proving to be a very interesting battle and one which is making United a far better team, but Neville thinks the English-forward is the better of the two.