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Amad Diallo’s Injury
There was an unhappy postscript to manchester united news 2-0 friendly win over Arsenal in New Jersey on Saturday night as winger Amad Diallo was forced off injured. The Ivorian, who flourished on loan at Sunderland last season, had been brought on as a second-half substitute and was soon forced to retire with a twisted ankle. The 21-year-old was pictured leaving the MetLife Stadium in a buggy, sparking fears of a lengthy spell out, which could impact on his chances of making a first-team breakthrough at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils dominated the game, with Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes scoring in either half to secure a comfortable victory. United are known for giving young players their chance and Diallo had looked good in the early stages of his appearance despite being a late inclusion. He had beaten competition from fellow winger Kobbie Mainoo to make the bench and then performed well during training.
However, Diallo was taken off with just over a minute to go after being forced off with the injury and it looked to be a serious blow for his prospects at the club. He appeared to be in some discomfort and was unable to walk, leading to him being assisted off the pitch by team-mates before being driven away in the buggy. He later posted on Instagram that he ‘feared the worst’ but was happy to confirm that his injury is not as bad as it first seemed.
The former Atalanta man will hope to be back in action soon, but the club will have to manage him carefully as they continue their American tour. United play Wrexham on Tuesday, with a younger side set to take on Real Madrid less than 24 hours afterwards, and they then round off their trip with friendlies against Borussia Dortmund and Athletic Bilbao. The Ivorian would be hoping to impress in both of those matches, but the length of his lay-off will likely be key in deciding his future at the club.
Mason Mount’s Arrival
Mount was spotted at Manchester United’s training base on Monday, as his transfer from Chelsea becomes official. The 24-year-old is set to join up with his new team-mates at the club’s Carrington training complex, having rejected the chance to extend his contract with the Blues. Mount is expected to cost the Red Devils PS60m, a fee that will include PS55m up front and a further £5m in add-ons.
The England international is a powerful attacking midfielder who is capable of playing in several positions. He can play as a central playmaker, a No 10, or a box-to-box midfielder. He has the ability to make key passes and create scoring opportunities for his teammates, while also being an excellent runner in possession. Mount’s arrival will enhance United’s ability to press opponents, a trait that was lacking last season. He is a tireless runner who can help to disrupt opposition defences, as evidenced by the Opta stats below.
Despite their disappointing season, the addition of Mount should give the fans at Old Trafford something to cheer about this summer. He will add a much-needed attacking flair to the squad, as well as an energetic presence in the midfield. The signing of the former Leicester City star is an excellent move by Erik ten Hag, and he will be an asset for the club in the seasons to come.
Although Mount’s arrival will definitely improve the quality of the Man United squad, some fans might feel that the club are over-spending on the midfielder. They may argue that they could have used the money to sign another top-class defender or goalkeeper instead of spending it on Mount. However, this is a minor criticism and should not detract from the overall impact of the signing.
It is also worth noting that the club will still be able to sign Jonny Evans on a short-term deal if he decides to leave this summer. Although, the deal is unlikely to be as lucrative as that of Mount, it will ensure that United have adequate depth in their defence.
Avram Glazer’s takeover
The Glazer family have been forced to put Manchester United up for sale and it appears the decision is weighing heavily on the American billionaires. It is understood the family is reluctant to sell but they have started a process to explore ‘strategic alternatives’. Those options could include the family keeping their majority stake and accepting a minority investment that will be used to rebuild Old Trafford. Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS have both made offers to buy out the Glazers.
It seems increasingly unlikely that the United co-chairman will accept either of those bids as they fall significantly short of his PS6bn valuation. Avram Glazer has remained tight-lipped about the takeover process since it began but he was in attendance for Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Arsenal at the MetLife Stadium in New York. Avram was approached by Sky Sports reporter Rob Harris after the game and was asked: ’Are you definitely selling? Are you going to accept the Qatari or Jim Ratcliffe bid?’
Glazer marched straight past Harris without looking at him and refused to answer the questions about his future at the club. His refusal to address the issue will only fuel the anger of fans who are keen for answers about the protracted takeover saga.
Former United captain Gary Neville believes the Glazers are holding out for a much higher sum than they can realistically expect to get. The family own other major sporting properties and they are a hugely profitable business, but there are growing concerns that they are overpaying for the Red Devils. Despite that, sources say the Glazers are determined to hold out for what they think is a fair price.
The Glazers want to ensure that the new owner has enough funds to pay for a complete rebuild of Old Trafford and that the club is returned to a position of dominance. That is why they are insisting on a top-five finish this season and why they are focusing on rebuilding the squad rather than spending big this summer.
Harry Maguire’s captaincy
The news will come as a shock to many but it has been confirmed that Harry Maguire is no longer Manchester United’s club captain. The defender, who became the world’s most expensive centre-back when he joined from Leicester in 2019, was appointed captain by former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, since Erik Ten Hag took over last year he has been unable to retain the position as Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are preferred at the heart of defence.
The England international has been stripped of the armband with Ten Hag confirming he has ‘told him that he is no longer captain and that he will be wearing the armband no more’. It is understood that Maguire has been informed of the decision following crunch talks with Ten Hag over his future at Old Trafford.
It is expected that Bruno Fernandes will take on the role, with the Portugal midfielder having been the main leader for the Red Devils since arriving from Sporting CP in January 2020. He also captained the team on 45 occasions when Maguire was either warming the bench or unavailable last season.
Manchester United have issued a statement thanking Maguire for his contribution as captain over the past three-and-a-half years and their ‘appreciation of his efforts both on and off the pitch’. The defender has made over 170 appearances for the club since his £80 million move from Leicester and has been a regular member of the England squad.
He has been linked with a summer move away from Old Trafford with West Ham amongst the interested parties. However, Maguire will hope to be able to find some form in the final days of pre-season and secure a place in the starting XI against Arsenal in New Jersey. Follow Mail Sport’s live blog of the clash with Arsenal in New Jersey here. CLICK HERE to buy tickets for the match at the Red Devils Stadium. The game kicks off at 7pm BST.
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