Manchester United secured a second consecutive win to cement their place in the top-four on Saturday, cruising past Everton in a game that ended 2-0 but could have been much more.
Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial got the goals either side of half-time, but United had countless first-half chances and could have been four or five up by the break. The Old Trafford crown also enjoyed the return of Christian Eriksen, who was introduced in the 77th minute after being out since January with an ankle injury.
The victory was somewhat tainted, however, when Marcus Rashford pulled up with what looked to be a groin injury. The 25-year-old signalled instantly to the bench before limping down the tunnel, Erik ten Hag admitting after the win that it ‘didn’t look good’.
Updates on the 25-year-old will come in the following days, with United fans not only sweating on his availability of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final with Sevilla, but for the remainder of the next two seven weeks.
In transfer matters, the agent of Sofyan Amrabat has claimed that Fiorentina will listen to offers for their midfielder this summer, following reports that United made a late bid in January.
TODAY’S BIG TALKING POINT: How do United replace Marcus Rashford’s goals? Have your say here.
A recap of the day’s United news.
Neville has say on major Premier League TV plan that would impact Sky and BT customers
The Premier League are considering ditching Sky Sports and BT Sport to screen top-flight games on their own platform.
The Mirror report the plans are part of a long-term discussion among Premier League chiefs who will seek to run the show for themselves. The suggestion is there will be only one more multi-partner deal before the change comes into effect.
It may be a number of years off but the prospect of having all live top-flight matches in one place will cut the cost to the fan who currently would to invest in Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime to cover all bases, at a substantial cost of around £100 a month.
Here’s what he said.
United’s next six Premier League fixtures compared to Newcastle, Tottenham and Liverpool
Manchester United maintained their place in the top-four on Saturday with a much-deserved 2-0 win at home to Everton.
Goals from Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial settled it for the Reds, although the scoreline may have looked far more comfortable, had they taken one of several golden first-half chances. Erik ten Hag’s side cut through an unusually leaky Toffees outfit with ease, Marcus Rashford and Antony both wasting good opportunities before McTominay handed them an inevitable lead.
Everton grew into the game but lacked any cutting edge, Seamus Coleman eventually making the mistake that saw Rashford lay on Martial for United’s second of the day. However the Reds top goalscorer pulled up with what looked to be a groin issue not long after, limping down the tunnel to much concern around Old Trafford.
Read on here.
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Ten Hag hails Maguire after victory
United’s boss has hailed his captain after the Reds beat Everton 2-0 at Old Trafford.
It is not that easy for Harry (to be rotated with the other centre-backs). And then if you then deliver the performance he did today, really well done, in and out of possession, dominating and dictating. That is my demand on him and he transferred it to the pitch. I think this is a different Harry Maguire (to) what I have seen in the first weeks, months. He’s taken so much initiative, dominating his opponent, stepping in, bringing passes. So a really great performance from Harry.
Osimhen provides update on his future
Napoli’s star striker has praised the Serie A leaders this week in a blow to United’s hopes of signing him.
Osimhen has scored 25 goals in 29 appearances this season and is understood to be of interest to a lot of clubs this summer.
But, speaking to L’Equipe, he waxed lyrical about his current employers.
Read more from the 24-year-old here.
REPORT – United set McTominay asking price
According to The Sun, United have set a price tag of £50m for McTominay this summer.
With the arrival of Casemiro and Eriksen in the summer, McTominay has found games hard to come by at Old Trafford this season.
However, the Scottish midfielder took his chance on Saturday well, scoring the opener in the Reds’ 2-0 victory over Everton.
Neville has his say on Premier League TV plan
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has reacted to reports that the Premier League are planning to ditch Sky Sports and BT Sport.
The Mirror report the plans are part of a long-term discussion among Premier League chiefs who will seek to run the show for themselves. It is claimed that there will be just one more multi partner deal before the changes come in.
Neville, who is a pundit on Sky Sports, had his say on Twitter.
Read more here.
Hibernian boss slams United loanee
Hibs boss Lee Johnson has slammed Will Fish after his foul in the penalty area led to Dundee United winning 2-1 in the Scottish Premiership.
Speaking after the game, Johnson said:
It’s a ridiculous challenge to make. Ridiculous. He actually had a chance to make amends at the other end, but I felt the big moment was Elie Youan’s opportunity towards the end. Who’d be a football manager? Human beings, eh? Disappointed with the result. I thought the performance was better, technically. We controlled the game in the first half, certainly in the middle third – we didn’t have enough action in the final third outside the first ten minutes. Then they scored and they had something to hold onto.
Ronaldo factor behind Rashford’s rise
Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at Old Trafford has been credited as helping United forward Rashford blossom this season.
According to Stephen Warnock, speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Rashford will have been influenced by the Portuguese’s career leading to his up turn in form.
Read more on the theory here.
Ten Hag explains Fernandes’ new role
Following the 2-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, Ten Hag explained why Fernandes is now being deployed in a deeper role for the Reds.
When you miss players you have to find solutions as a manager, as a coaching staff. So then you are looking. In the moment Casemiro and Eriksen were available there was no need to bring them down. But when you miss them you have to find a solution to bring the game from the back to get the build up, to progress the ball to attack. We found the idea to bring Bruno down deeper and he’s doing brilliant, I think he’s playing really good games.
REPORT – United ‘especially interested’ in Ansu Fati
According to Sport, United are especially interested in signing Fati from Barcelona.
The 20-year-old has mainly been deployed as a substitute this season and the winger is reportedly frustrated with his role at Camp Nou.
It is claimed that Fati’s team have made it known to the powers that be at Barca that ‘plenty of teams’ are interested in him and that he would be open to leaving if his opportunities do not improve.
REPORT – United scout Feyenoord duo
According to the Mirror, United sent scouts to watch Feyenoord’s Orkun Kokcu and Santiago Gimenez as they faced Ajax in the KNVB Cup.
Kokcu, 22, is a central midfielder who is currently the captain of the Eredivisie giants. He has enjoyed a fine season, scoring 12 goals in 37 appearances for the Dutch side.
Meanwhile, Gimenez, 21, is a new arrival at the club but has enjoyed a brilliant season as a centre forward, scoring 22 goals in 41 appearances.
A welcome return for Christian Eriksen
Osimhen future update
United transfer target Victor Osimhen insists he is ‘happy’ at Napoli in a potential blow to several summer suitors.
Osimhen has been on the radar of Europe’s top clubs after an incredible campaign in Naples, his 21 goals in 23 league games crucial as Luciano Spalletti’s side sit top of Serie A and on course for a first Scudetto since 1990.
Such form has inevitably caught the eye of Europe’s elite, with United one of several sides known to be interested in the Nigerian international. Erik ten Hag will add a world-class striker to his ranks this summer, with Kane earmarked as the prime target but Osimhen not far behind.
However the Reds – and other interested parties – look to have suffered a blow with Osimhen waxing lyrical about Napoli earlier this week., as he told L’Equipe.
“The truth is, what’s happening to me is incredible. I hope the fans are as happy as I am, as we are. The whole environment you’re talking about deserves this happiness. They are the ones who gave me the confidence that a young player needs to really explode.”
Good to see this man back in the goals yesterday!
REPORT: Reds to demand £50m for McTominay
United will demand £50million for Scott McTominay this summer, according tothe Sun.
The midfielder’s minutes have been limited this season with the arrival of Casemiro, increasing speculation that he could leave in the summer.
Newcastle are one of several sides to have held an interest in McTominay, with Eddie Howe a big admirer of the 26-year-old’s energy.
But United have reportedly made it clear that they see the Scot as a key part of their set up, and as such will demand a premium fee, said to be in the region of £50million.
A very happy Easter after yesterday’s win
REPORT: Reds interested in Brighton pair
United have added Brighton duo Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister to their transfer shortlist, according tothe Telegraph.
Erik ten Hag is expected to strengthen in midfield ahead of next season, with several midfielders of interest following news that Barcelona have deemed Frenkie De Jong untouchable.
Among a shortlist of options come summer are the Seagulls pair, who have impressed hugely on the south coast with Roberto De Zerbi’s side an outside chance at qualifying for European football.
Both signed fresh deals with Brighton this season and are expected to cost at least £70million each.
Bayern Munich stance on Kane
Bayern Munich’s chief financial officer has admitted Kane could be out of the club’s price range.
When recently asked about a potential summer move for Kane, Diederich said: “I don’t rule anything out but can we afford such a transfer and do we want such a transfer? We have to keep an eye on our profitability.”
Europa League winner odds
United are short favourites to win the Europa League.
Europa League odds
- Man Utd – 11/8
- Juventus – 5/1
- Roma – 6/1
- Leverkusen – 6/1
- Sporting Lisbon – 10/1
Odds via Betfair.
De Gea goes top in Premier League Golden Glove race
Manchester United’s David de Gea now has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season.
De Gea kept a clean sheet in United’s 2-0 win against Everton on Saturday afternoon, which means he’s now level with Newcastle’s Nick Pope in the Golden Glove charts, as both goalkeepers have recorded 13 clean sheets each.
Newcastle have the best defensive record in the league this season and Eddie Howe’s side have conceded 16 fewer goals than United, but De Gea has found himself level on clean sheets with Pope at the business end of the campaign.
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‘It’s about who makes fans happy’
Dwight Yorke has delivered his verdict on the bidders in the running for a takeover.
“I don’t know the individuals enough to make such a statement of who I would prefer to own the club,” Yorke told LegalSportsbooks.com. “Mr Ratcliffe is a local guy and Manchester United fan, but we’ve heard all of this through the media, we don’t know the ins and outs of who to favour. You hear this and that about Qatari human rights but that’s all from the media so we don’t know.
“For me, it’s about who buys the club with the interest of the club, makes the fans happy and gets them back to competing against the best in the world again. Why would I want to get involved in the politics of it? As a player, all you want is an investment into the team and training facilities, that’s all you should care about. You want to play with the best players and compete for the number one spot in England and Europe.”
Amad stars in thriller for Sunderland
A number of United’s loanees were on form for their respective clubs over the Easter weekend.
The EFL’s Good Friday fixture schedule saw games across the Championship, League One and League Two include a number of young Reds. Amad Diallo was the star of the show for his part in Sunderland’s incredible 4-4 draw against Hull City, while Alvaro Fernandez was again impressive for Preston North End.
In the lower leagues, Charlie McNeill was in the goals again for Newport County, while one forgotten loanee was handed a rare appearance at Portsmouth.
We’ve taken a look at their fortunes here.
Ten Hag explains Fernandes role change
Erik ten Hag says he relocated Bruno Fernandes to a deeper role to offset the absences of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen was sidelined for 10 weeks with an ankle injury while Casemiro served the final match of his four-game domestic ban in United’s 2-0 triumph over Everton on Saturday.
Fernandes moved to central midfield alongside Casemiro when he was sent off against Southampton last month but he occupied his usual No.10 role in the FA Cup quarter-final win against Fulham and the Premier League loss at Newcastle.
Read what Ten Hag said here.
Maguire praises unsung hero vs Everton
Maguire has praised Eriksen for ‘taking the sting’ out of the game against Everton.
“Nothing is ever comfortable in the Premier League, to be honest,” Maguire told MUTV. “It should have been comfortable, that’s for sure, but when the game is at 1-0 it’s not, you know anything can happen in this league.
“Everyone has that bit of quality and they’re dangerous from set-pieces and headers. You know they’re going to have a moment, so we had to kill the game off at half-time. The first half was excellent, great football.
“It was front foot, numerous chances, we controlled the game, we played in their half and the counter press was excellent. the game should be done and I can stand here and say it was comfortable, although it was a controlled performance.
“I think the second half they didn’t have a chance. Christian (Eriksen) came on the pitch and it was really good to see him coming on, taking the ball and he took the sting out of the game, which I felt was really important at the time.”
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The youngster is on loan at Altrincham this season.
The former United youngster smiling again after hell
It has been a tough five years for Charlie Scott, but now he is firmly back on his feet. He fell out of love with the game following his release from Manchester United, the club he had been at since he was six, and slipped into a dark place.
Scott was suffering from depression as he struggled to come to terms with life beyond United and developed a gambling addiction that left him penniless.
Thankfully, he’s in a much different place now, in more ways than one.
Read the full feature here.
Ten Hag on Rashford’s injury
Ten Hag is not happy with the Premier League.
“I can’t say (Rashford injury). I can only say that’s the risk when you play such a tight schedule. Three games in six days is too much and the Premier League has to take that into account when making the schedule.”
Ramsay has become United’s secret weapon
Casemiro was pleasantly surprised when meeting Manchester United coach Eric Ramsay for the first time at Carrington last year.
That’s because although Casmiro was unable to speak English, he was greeted by Ramsay, who speaks fluent Spanish.
It’s unusual for British coaches to fluently speak another language, but there is a feeling among those who have spent time with Ramsay on his journey to becoming an integral part of Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff, that he is not an ordinary coach.
Read the full feature here.
United player ratings as Fernandes and Sabitzer good
David de Gea
Had next to nothing to do with his hands and could have had an assist with his feet had Antony used his right foot. 7
Missed a sitter on the rebound but his performance level was good and he made worthy contributions in the final third. 7
Got an early block in to deny Ellis Simms but hesitated when the Everton striker received the ball unattended at 0-0. Otherwise solid. 7
Read the full ratings here.
Fiorentina open to Amrabat sale
The agent of Sofyan Amrabat says that Fiorentina will listen to offers for his client this summer after rejecting a January approach from United.
United enquired about loaning the Moroccan internstional in the winter window but the Italian club refused to entertain an exit.
If Ten Hag wishes to consider another pursuit of Amrabat, the player’s agent has just handed him some good news, as he told Kora Plus:
“For now we don’t have any offer for the summer, but now at least Fiorentina is willing to listen. A promise they made when the president rejected all the offers in winter. We received many offers during the January transfer window, including one from Manchester United, but an agreement cannot be reached.”
Ten Hag on Rashford injury
Erik ten Hag blamed Manchester United’s hectic schedule for Marcus Rashford’s apparent groin injury that he sustained in their 2-0 Premier League win against Everton.
Rashford appeared to clutch his groin after he attempted to control a lofted pass from Christian Eriksen and he was forced off in the 81st minute.
Here’s what Ten Hag said when asked for an update on the extent of the injury”
“I can’t say in this moment, you are doctor, maybe?. “I am not. We have to wait, how bad or how good it is. Obviously he went off with a complaint, now we have to wait, set a diagnosis and we will see.
“Some things you can’t avoid but it was avoidable. Why is the Premier League giving us the late Sunday night game (against Newcastle) and giving us the early Saturday game? I think it’s not right.
“You run the risk, the players can’t recover that quickly, we know all research that players need a certain period to recover and it accumulates. So then you run even more of a risk. It’s also part of the schedule that we now find ourselves in this situation and now we can only pray he is not dropping off.
“Not any manager at this stage of the season will rotate so much. I know it’s the toughest league of all the leagues we are in you need a squad to rotate to a certain point.
“But this was avoidable, it was not necessary to set the schedule like we have now. I think another fact is more important than the sporting element like protecting the players. Today we have seen a very entertaining afternoon but players can’t do it so often when they’re not fresh.”
RATING: Fernandes and Sabitzer brilliant in Everton win
In the end it was fairly comfortable for United on Saturday, with goals from Scott McTominay and Anthony Martialsealing a 2-0 win over Everton.
It could have been double that by half-time, had the Reds taken their chances, with Antony and MarcusRashford particularly guilty of squandering openings.
Standout performances came from Bruno Fernandes in the deeper midfield role, and Marcel Sabizter who took on the No.10 position.
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