Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United to listen to offers for Romelu Lukaku?

Romelu Lukaku will reportedly be given the chance to leave Manchester United this summer if one of the clubs interested in signing him steps forward with an offer. Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offload striker Romelu Lukaku this summer if the right offer is tabled. The Belgium international has fallen behind Marcus Rashford as United’s first choice centre-forward since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December. Lukaku hit a good run of form when scoring six goals in three matches between February 27 and March 6, but he has since gone five games without a goal and the Red Devils supposedly want an upgrade. Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are believed to be among the clubs to have sounded out the 25-year-old, who is “very open”...

How Manchester United could line up against Everton

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up against Everton as they look to bounce back to winning ways following their Champions League exit. Manchester United take on Everton at Goodison Park this weekend knowing that they can ill-afford any more slip-ups in the top-four race. Following their midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona, the Premier League is now the only remaining route into next season’s competition for the Red Devils, but they are currently losing the race. Two points separate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side from the top four, and their run of five defeats from their last seven outings is threatening to derail the good work they did in the immediate aftermath of the Norwegian’s arrival. Here, Sports Mole looks at how United could ...

Result: Messi nets brace as Barcelona dump United out of CL

Barcelona book their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Manchester United. Lionel Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho netted the other as Barcelona booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Manchester United in the second leg of their quarter-final at Camp Nou. Barca entered the match with a 1-0 advantage earned from the first leg at Old Trafford, and it proved to be a comfortable progression to the final four at United’s expense. The Spanish champions, who are on for a treble this season, will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-finals of the competition. © Reuters Barca’s team showed one change from the first leg last week, with Sergi Roberto taking the place of Nelson Semedo at righ...

Result: Lionel Messi nets brace as Barcelona reach Champions League semi-finals

Barcelona book their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Manchester United. Lionel Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho netted the other as Barcelona booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Manchester United in the second leg of their quarter-final at Camp Nou. Barca entered the match with a 1-0 advantage earned from the first leg at Old Trafford and it proved to be a comfortable progression to the final four at United’s expense. The Spanish champions, who are on for a treble this season, will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-finals of the competition. © Reuters Barca’s team showed one change from the first leg last week, with Sergi Roberto taking the place of Nelson Semedo at right...

Combined XI: Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Barcelona and Manchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie. Barcelona and Manchester United meet at Camp Nou on Tuesday night for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. It will be the 13th time the heavyweight clubs have faced off in a competitive fixture, with Barca winning five and losing three of those. The Catalan giants have come out on top in each of the last three encounters, though, including a 1-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Arguably the toughest choice of all to make is in goal. David de Gea is widely considered by many to be the best goalkeep...

Result: Paul Pogba nets two penalties in Manchester United win

Paul Pogba scores twice from the penalty spot as Manchester United record a 2-1 win over West Ham United in the Premier League. Paul Pogba scored twice from the penalty spot as Manchester United recorded a 2-1 win over West Ham United in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Felipe Anderson cancelled out Pogba’s first spot kick early in the second period, but the midfielder netted once again in the 80th minute to secure three huge points for top-four hopefuls United. The result means that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have moved above Arsenal into fifth position in the table and now sit just two points off fourth-placed Chelsea with five games left. The 20-time English champions will now switch their attention to the second leg of their Champions League q...

Romelu Lukaku demands “desire and more quality” from United

Romelu Lukaku called for more confidence, arrogance and focus as Manchester United look to reach the Champions League semi-finals by overcoming Barcelona next week. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face an uphill battle at the Nou Camp after Luke Shaw inadvertently gave Barca a 1-0 win in Wednesday’s quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford. United rallied after that early setback and unsettled Ernesto Valverde’s side on numerous occasions, giving Lukaku and his team-mates confidence of a memorable turnaround in Spain next Tuesday. “We have to believe and have the desire and more quality than today,” the Belgium striker said. “Be better on the ball and then you never know what can happen in football. “I don’t think we played with the same arrogance...

Preview: Manchester United vs. West Ham United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and West Ham United. After tasting defeat in four of their last five matches, Manchester United will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they take on West Ham United in the Premier League. The Red Devils’ top-four hopes are looking bleak following defeats to Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers, either side of victory over Watford, and they could do with getting three points on the board this weekend. Man United © Reuters © Reuters As well as seeing their Premier League campaign derail over the past month with those back-to-back away losses, United have also exited the FA Cup to Wolves and trail Barcelona 1-0 following the first ...

Preview: Manchester United vs. Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg between Manchester United and Barcelona, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Two of football’s biggest clubs collide on Wednesday night when Manchester United host Barcelona at Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. United produced a memorable comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to reach the last eight against all the odds, whereas five-time champions Barcelona eased past Lyon in the previous round. Man Utd © Reuters It was at Barcelona’s stadium that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed his finest moment as a Manchester United player, scoring a last-gasp winner to seal the Champions League title – and the treble – for his side 20 years ag...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Barcelona

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester United and Barcelona ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League showdown between the two sides. Two titans of European football go head to head on Wednesday night when Manchester United host Barcelona at Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. United launched an unforgettable comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain on aggregate in the last 16, and will be hoping for a similarly-sized upset over two legs against the La Liga leaders. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have lost three of their last four outings, though, whereas Barcelona boast a 16-match unbeaten streak that has taken them to the brink of a second successive domestic title and kept them on course for the treble. Here, Spor...

How Manchester United could line up against Barcelona

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Barcelona. Manchester United welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening for arguably the pick of the Champions League quarter-final ties. The Red Devils have stuttered in recent weeks but the feel-good factor still remains following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who masterminded the incredible last-16 comeback away to Paris Saint-Germain. After a full week’s rest between games, United will know the importance of taking a positive result into the return match at Camp Nou next Tuesday. Ahead of the sides’ first meeting since the 2011 final, which Barcelona won 3-1, Sports Mole looks at how Solskjaer could set out his side. Out: Alex...

Agent: Romelu Lukaku “very open” to Manchester United exit

Agent Federico Pastorello hints that Romelu Lukaku will consider leaving Manchester United at the end of the season, with a move to Italy a possibility. Romelu Lukaku‘s agent Federico Pastorello has revealed that the Manchester United striker has not ruled out joining a new club ahead of next season. The Belgium international has netted 42 goals in 90 appearances for the Red Devils since joining from Everton in an initial £75m deal. United’s decision to replace Jose Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December has had a negative effect on Lukaku, though, as Marcus Rashford has instead often been used through the middle. Lukaku still has three years left to run on his deal but rival clubs are rumoured to be circling, and Pastorello says that his client’s future is “...

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