Over the past six years, United have won the FA Cup, the Europa League and the League Cup. In comparison, Barcelona have won four league titles, one Champions League, the Super Cup, the World Club Cup, the Copa del Rey four times and the Supacopa twice. Real Madrid have won one league title, four Champions Leagues, three Super Cups, three World Club Cups, one Copa del Rey and one Supacopa.
Unsurprisingly, while United’s success doesn’t come close to the other two richest clubs, neither does their business in the transfer market.
Having just finished sixth and winning nothing, so far United have signed Championship winger Daniel James for £15m and spent £50m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, who finished 12th last season.
After finishing 11 points clear at the top of the La Liga table last season, Barcelona have forked out £107m on Antoine Griezmann this summer. The Frenchman has been Atletico’s top scorer for the last five years on the trot and finished third in Ballon d’Or last year. Over the last five years in Spain, he is the fourth highest goalscorer, behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.
The Spanish champions, who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, have also signed one of the brightest young talents in world football, Frenkie De Jong, for £67m. The midfielder has just won the league with Ajax as well as reaching the Champions League final.
Real Madrid have paid an initial £90m for Eden Hazard from Chelsea, although that fee could rise to £150m when taking in to consideration bonuses. They’ve also signed the Bundesliga’s third highest scorer from last season, Luka Jovic.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previously claimed that he wanted all of United’s transfer business completed by the time we went on tour. United played the first game of the tour today, beating Perth Glory 2-0 thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and James Garner. It’s going to be a long season to follow if United don’t start even coming close to matching the ambition of the other richest clubs in the world.
Manchester United won their opening game of the pre-season tour this afternoon against Perth Glory, winning 2-0 thanks to two second half goals from academy graduates.
Marcus Rashford put United ahead with an hour played after seizing on the opposition giving the ball away, with his strike finding the bottom corner.
“Very pleased with the goal he scored,” Solskjaer told MUTV after the game. “It’s instinct. He swivels and finishes. It’s not one of those pretty goals, but it’s a goal that I’ve said that Marcus needs to add to his tally, because he scores wonder goals but when he can get five of these a season, hopefully he can get it in the league as well, he’ll add to his tally.”
Five minutes before time, James Garner secured the opening win of the tour after capitalising from another mistake.
“Great for him,” Solskjaer said. “We’d just had a corner kick and I said get on the edge of the box and score with your first touch, but I think he had two, but I wasn’t happy with that one. A fantastic strike, the boy can play and he’s enjoying tonight.”
Marcus Rashford has just signed a contract extension with Manchester United and is currently in Australia with the rest of the squad for pre-season.
He claims that in the short time that they have been together since the summer break that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his vision for what he wants clear.
Speaking with the clubs official website, Rashford has revealed the intensity in training has moved up a notch and that he sees the performances improving.
I just think that little things like pictures in our heads are a lot clearer already. Some of the other lads have been here in pre-season longer than I have, but in the short time I have been here things are becoming clearer to me on what the manager wants and how we are to do it on the pitch, so that will put us in good stead for the rest of the season.
Footballers want to win, but the thing that has gone up for me is the intensity and just the level of training. We are starting to understand it all a bit better. We can use this. This is Ole’s first pre-season and he can really stamp down what he wants to do. We have got to use the remainder of the time here and then in Singapore and China to keep progressing and improving.
Joel Pereira has joined the rest of the Manchester United squad on their pre-season tour of Australia. Having joined the club when he was 16, he has played for four different clubs on loan, including Portuguese side Vitoria FC and Belgian team K.V. Kortrijk last season.
The goalkeekeper has said that he is in great shape and is hoping to go out on loan again next season.
I feel amazing. I have been working very hard. Physically I feel great. I have prepared myself for this moment and I am feeling really well. I am just trying to give my best every day in training.
I think that in this new season it will be important for me to play somewhere, so probably going on loan will be the best option for me, to get some games to come back better and stronger.
We will see, we are looking at some options. Maybe I will stay in the UK and that will be great for me. The club is doing the work. My only focus is here in Australia, I am focused on the training every single day and in the games that are coming up.
Richard Hartis has returned to United as goalkeeping coach this summer, having been the head of goalkeeping from 2000-2010. Hartis coached Edwin Van der Sar, who is one of Pereira’s heroes, leaving the youngster excited to work with him.
Obviously it is amazing. Richard has been part of the club before, he knows where Manchester United belongs and he wants to bring it back up there. He wants to make us understand that Manchester United belongs at the top. These last 10 days I have been working with him, me and the rest of the goalkeepers have enjoyed it a lot. He has a lot of experience and he can help us a lot.
Edwin was one of my idols when I was growing up. Knowing that Richard has worked with him is amazing for me. Like I said, Edwin was one of my idols and now we have the same coach, which is great. Richard can help me a lot with his experience.
While Manchester United haven’t been very busy in the transfer market this summer, they have spent time on convincing players to extend their deals at the club.
Andreas Pereira, Axel Tuanzebe and Marcus Rashford are among the academy graduates to pen longer deals at United, but Juan Mata is the only one of the Three Amigos to commit his future for a further season.
David de Gea’s contract expires next summer, with plenty of betting sites giving great odds on him leaving the club, while Ander Herrera left on a free transfer for PSG.
Having spent over two years in the Premier League before signing for United, when he was named player of the year for both seasons he was at Chelsea, Mata claims he feels at home in Manchester and that he wants to continue playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Mata has explained the reasons behind him extending his contract at United.
The first thing is the feeling of belonging to this club. I think it is something special and unique. We know that in football there are three or four big clubs in the world, or in Europe, and United is one of them.
Mata has won three trophies at United, including the FA Cup in 2016 when he scored in the final, but they haven’t mounted even one title challenge in the five and a half years he’s been here. While the memories of his goals against Liverpool and City represent better times, there haven’t been enough of them.
The Spaniard claimed that he was motivated by the tough times and that he wanted to stay to try and bring back better days to Old Trafford.
I have been here a bit more than five years and I have realised how amazing the supporters are and especially in the tough moments. I wanted to stay, I wanted to commit to the club, to keep enjoying wearing the shirt and keep trying my best.
Mata is currently in Australia with the rest of the squad on the pre-season tour, with the first game against Perth on Saturday, before facing Leeds next week.
Manchester United’s confirmation of the squad for pre-season was met with plenty of criticism on social media from supporters. The overall quality of the team is a long way short from a team that could be challenging for the title.
At present, David de Gea is probably the only world class player in the squad and his contract is set to expire next summer, which would be disastrous for the club.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed while in Australia for the pre-season tour that De Gea is still in talks with United to extend his current deal.
David’s had a summer now where he’s been negotiating and thinking about his contract, so we hope that we’re going to get it sorted soon.
Of course, with David, I’ve said many a time how lucky I am, and how happy we are, to have him in the goal. So we hope he stays here for many years.
While his pal Ander Herrera has left for PSG on a free transfer this summer, Juan Mata has signed a new contract, and there are hopes that having his mate around may help convince him to commit to United.
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Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a move to Inter Milan with striker Mauro Icardi and midfielder Radja Nainggolan available, sparking rumours either player might be involved in a swap deal with Manchester United.
Inter’s CEO, Giuseppe Marotta, confirmed that they were at work in the transfer market when asked about Lukaku, and that the two players were for sale.
The transfer market is a work in progress. We are working hard to get the best squad possible for the new season. We are ambitious and want the best team possible. We also must find ways to respect all financial perimeters too. We cannot rush things because that can lead to mistakes. We have clear ideas but we need to be patient. We have important goals and transfer targets in mind.
Nainggolan and Icardi? We need clarity and transparency. They’re great players and talent, but it’s not enough. They are not part of our project, I say this with transparency and respect. Icardi is on the market. But we respect the contractual agreements.
Lukaku returned to United training a day early and is currently with the squad in Perth for the pre-season tour. The striker’s agent confirmed last week that Inter were trying to sign him and that he was keen to move.
It was just a chat. I spoke with the director [Giuseppe Marotta] to understand the club’s intentions with the player. They will take the decisions, we can’t put a time frame on it. ‘What is clear is that if Inter want the player, they will need to get a move on. Inter are seriously trying to sign him, they are all out for him. Goals are not always there to be reached, but it’s a declared target. At the moment, it remains a complicated dream.
Ander Herrera left Manchester United on a free transfer this summer and signed for PSG. The club had seemingly been prepared to allow the Spaniard to leave but when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed in December he made a case for offering Herrera a new deal.
It was too little too late though, with Herrera having already made his decision to sign for PSG after United hadn’t shown any interest.
Having left the club now, Herrera has revealed that he was very happy at United and that winning the Sir Matt Busby player of the year award two years ago meant a lot to him. His feelings for United meant that he wasn’t interested in signing for a rival Premier League side.
I don’t like looking at the past but, there were differences regarding the project and my importance within it. I was very happy, I have a lot to thank the club for, the fans and also Solskjaer. He did a lot for me to stay, but things didn’t happen. They arrived late and, by then, I’d already made the decision to play in Paris.
It’s been fantastic. In five years I played 189 games and have been important for all the coaches. It’s true that that the MVP [Sir Matt Busby award] makes one feel special and very happy. I keep every moment that I have lived.
Why PSG? Because to leave United, the biggest team in England, you need something like PSG, which is the biggest in France. I could not play in another English club.
Earlier this week Manchester United confirmed that Andreas Pereira and Axel Tuanzebe have agreed new contracts with the club.
Pereira has been at the club for seven years, having been convinced to snub the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal when he was 15 by Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming it was his dream to play for United.
He’s made 35 appearances for the first team since, spending two seasons out on loan in La Liga, but has failed to hold down a regular place in the team. He’s been given opportunities by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but has failed to impress.
Yet he was still offered a new four year deal by the club, with the option of a further season, which could keep him at United until he’s 28.
Pereira has spoken at his delight over agreeing a new deal with the club and is likely as surprised as many of the fans that such belief has been shown in him.
I have spent so long in Manchester that I now regard the city and the club as my home and I’m extremely happy to continue my career here. The manager has shown great faith in me and I can’t wait to get this campaign started under him. We know that we all have to work hard and that started on day one of pre-season. I will be doing everything I can to help us perform the way we need to, this season and beyond. I also want to thank my family for the trust they have in me and God for the opportunity he has given me.
Solskjaer talked up the importance of having players who have graduated from the academy in the ranks, with attitude being valued by the manager possibly more than what the player has shown on the pitch.
Andreas is another player brought through our Academy that understands what it means to play for Manchester United. He came from another country but quickly understood the values of playing for this club and doesn’t take it for granted.
Andreas has become an important member of the squad with his energy and hard work in midfield. He works non-stop every day in training, has a great character and knows what he has to do to continue his development here. We all look forward to working with him in the season ahead.
Pereira’s current deal was set to expire this summer so there’s every chance United are tying him to a new deal just so they don’t lose him for free if he was to be sold next season.
We can hope that he realises his potential in a United shirt but at 23 you would have expected to see more signs of him being a top player by now. When he signed his last contract, Louis van Gaal claimed that the teenager had the makings of becoming an “integral part of the first team” but we haven’t seen any signs of that in the four years that followed our former manager’s praise.
Tuanzebe is another academy graduate who signed a new deal this week, which lasts for three years with the option of a fourth, and this offer makes more sense than Pereira.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a great season with Aston Villa, helping them secure promotion to the first team, and even earned himself a chant from their fans.
Tuanzebe has been at United since he was eight and has made eight appearances for the first team.
I have grown up at Manchester United and it has always been a big part of my life and my family’s life. I appreciate the trust that the club has in me and I want to repay that with my performances on the pitch. I know I have a lot of hard work and learning ahead of me but the experience I gained throughout last season puts me in good stead for the future ahead. I am determined to give everything and show everyone the player that I can be. I can’t wait for the tour to get started and to see what the upcoming season brings.
Solskjaer again spoke of this academy graduate’s attitude and characteristics that make him welcome at the club.
Axel is a great example of the type of player that has come through the Manchester United system. He is humble, hard-working, talented and a team player. He had a successful time on loan with Aston Villa and has gained a lot of experience from that spell, which ended in promotion to the Premier League. He will come on the pre-season tour with us which will help his development further.
Earlier this week, Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola claimed that the midfielder wanted to leave Manchester United. Having spent three years at the club, winning the Europa League and League Cup in that time, Pogba has decided it’s time to move on.
Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes. Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are.
The opinion among the fan base is split but many won’t blame him for wanting a transfer. A club like Real Madrid, who are reportedly interested in him, could potentially offer him league titles or Champions League medals, which is not on the table at United and likely won’t be for some time.
Raiola also refused to confirm that Pogba would be going on the pre-season tour, but the player was pictured flying out to Australia with the rest of the squad today. They’ll arrive in Perth on Monday afternoon local time.
United play Perth Glory on July 13th and Leeds United on July 17th, before flying to Singapore for a game against Inter Milan on July 20th. The final game of the tour is against Spurs in Shanghai on July 25th.