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Mata sidelined for undefined period
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has undergone a surgery and will be out for an undefined period of time, the Club's official website confirms. Earlier the Club informed about the groin injury the player picked up and about the surgery he had to have. "Juan has had surgery for a groin injury. Further updates on his recovery will follow in due course," read the Club's official statement published on Friday. In the sidelined list Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba are also named. Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both suspended and will have to miss the Saturday clash against West Bromwich. Juan Mata has featured in 38 games in all competitions of the current season, having netted 10 times and assisted six goals.
Mourinho opens up on transfer strategy
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho promised "interesting" signings at the end of the season, as he wants to broaden the squad variation. "Our relationship [Mourinho and the board] is very, very good. First of all they know I am not asking for impossible targets, I ask for difficult targets," Mourinho told his press conference. "Then it is a difficult job and they try to do the best they can and I’m sure that in the end of the summer probably we don’t have exactly my first options because it’s difficult to succeed in every attempt. "But I am sure that we are going to do something interesting and to improve our team for next season," the manager finalized.
Man Utd eye Bayern defender
Manchester United have approached Bayern Munich about signing defender Joshua Kimmich, according to The Sun. Citing reports in Kicker, they claim Kimmich, who can also play in midfield, has been identified by Jose Mourinho as the man to bring out the best in Paul Pogba. But they face competition from Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola, who gave Kimmich his start at the Allianz Area. Note that Kimmich has made 31 appearances during this season.
Mkhitaryan insists he was never concerned about his Manchester United career
Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists he was never concerned about his Manchester United career, despite making an inauspicious start to life at Old Trafford. "Our life is worthless without difficulties," said the Armenia international captain. "Every person must be able to handle difficulties and the same concerns me. But it was not difficult for me to overcome as I knew that sooner or later I would get my chance and I would use that. I just waited for my chance. I worked and I worked hard, waiting for my chance, got it and used that."
Mourinho will support whatever decision Ibrahimovic
Jose Mourinho insisted he will support whatever decision Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes regarding his future at Manchester United. The 35-year-old striker is currently deliberating on whether to take up the option of a further 12-month contract for next season. "I am just calm and waiting for the decision," Mourinho said in an exclusive interview to be aired this weekend on Soccer Saturday. "If the decision is for him to stay and he is happy with that, we are delighted with that. If his decision is to leave and try to find a different challenge, I will be also happy for him. "He is [a big part of our success this season] but the human being is more important than the player and the team. If his decision is to leave and try to be happy with his family and have a different reality, so be it."
Man Utd ready to hand David de Gea a new pay-hike
According to the Sun, David de Gea will join Manchester United top earners this summer — two months after a payrise. The Red Devils chiefs plan to sit the Spanish keeper down once the season is over and tie down his long-term future. The 26-year-old Spain international still has two years left on his current deal, and the Premier League side will take up the option of adding 12 months on top of that. United want to nail any lingering doubts he could be a Bernabeu target in the summer, due to the interest from Real Madrid. No figures have been drawn up as yet, however the keeper – who currently earns nearly £200,000 a week – will move up to United's top pay tier.
Mourinho pours cold water over Neymar’s speculation
Jose Mourinho has poured cold water over Manchester United's reported pursuit of Neymar. The Premier League side have been linked with the Barcelona striker in recent times. The Spanish newspaper Sport even claiming that the Premier League club were willing to pay the player's £173million release clause. “I always try to be objective and pragmatic with the clubs and ask the clubs for what can be given to me," Mourinho told ESPN. “Neymar is absurd. A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar. Although Messi is still a young player with years to go, he is already 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona after Messi. I think trying to sign him is like going to try to break into a safe, impossible." The 25-year-old is also on the radar of United's English rivals Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho: “Five players out”
Man Utd head coach Jose Mourinho has revealed that they will be without five first-team players for Saturday's Premier League clash with West Bromwich. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera will definitely miss the game at Old Trafford through suspension, while Paul Pogba will out as well, as he nurses a hamstring problem. England international defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, meanwhile, both picked up injuries during the recent international break. "So we lose four players and I think Paul Pogba is also out. So we lose five," Mourinho told the club's official website.
Ibrahimovic is in discussions with Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he is in discussions with Manchester United about extending his stay at the club. The 35-year-old has an option of a further year at Old Trafford, having joined United on a free from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. Ibrahimovic has been linked with moves to the United States, China or back to Italy, where he starred for Juventus, Inter and AC Milan. But the Swede has confirmed talks are ongoing at United, saying: "Let’s see what happens, we are talking. “I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I’m here, so let us see, there is a lot of time.”
Paul Scholes: “Rooney has earned the right to decide whether he will still be at United”
Wayne Rooney has earned the right to decide whether he will still be at Manchester United next season, according to Paul Scholes. The United and England captain has endured a frustrating campaign at Old Trafford and has become a regular on the substitutes' bench under Jose Mourinho. "Wayne [Rooney]'s been an unbelievable player for Manchester United. It's up to him, I suppose really," former United midfielder Scholes told Omnisport. Rooney has made 30 appearances during this season.