The Telegraph’s James “James” Ducker has written an article saying that Jose Mourinho will be given a fair wedge to strengthen - in theory - in the transfer market this summer. He asks, not unreasonably, if that’s a great idea. Mourinho has not done especially well with his signings since his time at United, with perhaps only Nemanja Matic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku proving to be value for money over the last couple of seasons. There have been plenty of failures - notably in defence, at least for now - with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly slow to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League. IT is probably the right thing to do to back Mourinho for one last heave towards the top of the table, but he’ll have to show some dramatic improvement to be worth keeping on.
Manchester United’s nascent women’s team is coming along, with The Guardian suggesting that Casey Stoney is a decent candidate to take over. I’m afraid my knowledge on women’s football is extremely limited, but perhaps this is one area of the game where United can actually start winning some trophies.
Marcus Rashford has posted a message commemorating the terrorist attacks in Manchester a year ago, and has praised the unity of the city in the face of the incident.
According to this report in The Daily Mail, Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for Anthony Martial, who has been linked with Juventus and Chelsea, amongst others. However, while foreign sides will be allowed to have a go at him, United won’t sell to any domestic teams, which seems pretty sensible all round.
And finally, before we get stuck in at the pub, AC Milan appear to be pretty confident over the signing of Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer.