There is a stadium strategically located on the banks of the River Irwell in the Greater Manchester part of England. And for the locals, it is none other than the Theatre of Dreams. But as far as the uninitiated is concerned, this titular landmark is home to Manchester United – one of the most successful teams in the history of English football. United is a big name in the sport, with trophies embracing both domestic and European level.
A team amassing a history worth 140 years, this prestigious football club has given the world of English football something to always look forward to. Sure, there are hundreds (or even thousands) of records written, but you probably have not heard of these amazing facts. So, without further ado, here are some fascinating facts about Manchester United that you have never heard about.
#1. Sports Betting The red devils have always been a huge name in the world of sports betting. In fact, a variety of online casinos tend to offer anextensive selection of betting markets on every single match.
In case you did not know, football is one of the most popular sports in the world of sports betting. And with its never-ending fame, online sportsbook and other betting avenues offer massive numbers of betting markets across the world. Given the fact that sports betting is both beneficial and crucial, there is a need for you to stay afloat and use the information to your advantage.
#2. Only Two Non-British Managers Since the start of the team’s official managerial records in 1892, the Manchester United have had been successful in employing at least 22 full-time managers. Until the inclusion of Dutchman Louis van Gaal in 2014, the club has never managed to embrace a manager of non-British descent. In fact, Van Gaal and his successor named Jose Mourinho (a Portuguese) are deemed to be the only two non-British managers the team has had in its history.
Based on its start since day one, the red devils have had around 11 English managers, one Irish manager, six Scottish managers, one Portuguese manager, and one Welsh interim manager. One can say, though, that this diversity has somehow helped the team reach global success.
#3. The European Cup Journey The annual European extravaganza was known before as the great European Champions Clubs’ Cup – or simply known as the European Cup. And yes, this was its name way before it became today’s UEFA Champions League. Believe it or not, the English Football Association (FA) had a peculiar branding of the competition, calling it as far as a “distraction.” But despite the so-called “branding,” Manchester United did not think twice about joining the competition. And mind you, it did so in a great attempt.
That is because the club became the English Champions back in 1956. This allowed them to become the first ever English team to participate in a European tournament. The red devils’ journey was not only brilliant but also memorable. For starters, they trounced Anderlecht 10-0 during the first round to register the highest score-line by the team.
In addition, they made a stunning comeback during the quarter-finals against the more favored Athletic Bilbao. No one ever expected such a comeback, especially from a team that had only joined the competition for the first time.
#4. Scoring 1000 Goals At Home In Premier League Yes, that is right – the Manchester United is the first team to ever score more than a thousand goal at home in the ever-graceful Premier League. Thanks to the deflected strike of Anthony Martial, the team managed to grab a 1-0 win against the Everton. Since 1992, the club had now scored 1,000 goals at their popular home.
Ultimately, they have become the first ever Premier League side to accumulate more than 1,000 goals at home. And, oh, let’s not forget the fact that Wayne Rooney was the player to bag 99 of these scores. As for the 549 goals, they were reportedly scored during the second half.
Transfer News: Man United target in-form PL stars to bolster midfield department
Maddison and Grealish earmarked to bring life to Man United’s midfield
Scott McTominay was out injured and Paul Pogba continues to struggle with an ankle injury. This forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play an out of form Jesse Lingard as the attacking midfielder.
The player’s performance came in for a lot of flak from the United faithful, who were vocal about their displeasure at the player’s performance. With the 27-year-old out of sorts, bringing an attacking midfielder in the window has become imperative.
With Eriksen seemingly out of the picture, Leicester City’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish have emerged as top prospects. Both Englishmen have been in fine form this season. Maddison has scored 9 goals and 3 assists in 23 appearances whereas Grealish has 8 goals and 6 assists in 21 games.
Both these players have considerably outdone United’s existing options by a wide margin. Either of the additions will add a new dynamic to the United midfield, with a Champions League spot still for grabs.
Lack of cutting edge?
United are currently 5th in the table and have been woefully inconsistent this season. The Red Devils haven’t been able to take advantage of Chelsea’s slip-ups. A dynamic new signing that can add drive to the midfield will help going forward this season.
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With Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata lacking the necessary quality, the current midfield lacks imagination and drive. The right addition can make all the difference this season with a little less than half the season left to play.
Transfer news: Man United star regrets summer decision to not push for transfer
Paul Pogba regrets summer decision to not press for a Manchester United exit
The French midfielder admitted he wanted a new challenge (while on tour in Asia), however, the Red Devils refused to listen to offers for the World Cup winner and Real Madrid failed to submit a large enough bid (h/t Metro).
Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, also gave several interviews where he claimed his client wanted to leave but the Frenchman has remained professional and hasn’t submitted a transfer request to the club, according to the Metro.
The European transfer window ends on 2nd September and United will not be able to sign a replacement for the Frenchman. The report claims that Pogba’s dreams of moving to the Spanish capital are slowly fading away for another season at least.
United shouldn’t allow Pogba to leave now
The Red Devils need to keep hold of their best players and Pogba fits that bracket easily.
United have allowed Romelu Lukaku to leave in the summer and losing Pogba now would put us in more trouble.
Not being able to sign a replacement would be a huge problem for us and hopefully, Pogba puts in some great performances now.
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The Red Devils lost their previous game to Crystal Palace and need to return to winning ways against Southampton today.
“I’m relaxed”: £85m-rated Man United target remains coy when questioned about his future
Kalidou Koulibaly remains coy when questioned about his future
Manchester United summer target Kalidou Koulibaly has remained coy when questioned about his future (h/t the Sun).
The Senegalese international is currently representing his country at AFCON and he is unsure whether he would be at Napoli next season.
He said, (h/t The Sun)
“I don’t know. I think so. But I have to play the AFCON and then after that, I’ll go back to Napoli.
“Everyone’s speaking about me, but I’m only speaking about Senegal because that’s my objective today and I want to achieve something big with Senegal.
Koulibaly also added that he is relaxed and doesn’t want to speak about the future.
“I don’t want to talk about my future today. I’m relaxed, I want to focus on the Afcon and after that return to Napoli and we’ll see what happens.”
The 28-year-old had his breakthrough under Carlo Ancelotti and has become one of the sought-after centre-backs at the moment.
In fact, the former Metz player played a pivotal role in Napoli’s successful Serie A run, eventually ending up second in the table.
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Koulibaly has featured in the Serie A team of the year in every season since making his switch from Genk and was named as Serie A’s best defender last season.
United dealt with Harry Maguire transfer blow
Meanwhile, Harry Maguire has chosen Manchester City over Man United, who have been targeting him for a while now. With this decision, the Red Devils are forced to move for another centre-back. However, Koulibaly’s £85m price tag looks a hefty one.
Transfer news: Manchester United revive interest in world-class £100m youngster
Man United revive their interest in Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho
Manchester United have revived their interest in Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund, according to the Sun.
The English prodigy turns out to be the priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Norwegian manager aims to bring firepower to United’s attacking line up.
However, Bundesliga outfit Dortmund are demanding around £100m for their star winger from the potential suitors. Sancho, 19, racked up 13 goals and 19 assists last season where Dortmund missed out a chance to win the Bundesliga title.
He has already earned 6 caps for the English national team. In fact, he was the league’s top assist provider (14 assists). Only Lionel Messi had more assists (15) than Sancho in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season.
Yet, United’s financial constraints are making it difficult for them to splurge on one particular player.
Why should United need a player like Sancho?
The Norwegian manager is desperate to rebuild the squad around some young talents and the signing of Daniel James from Swansea was the first indication.
Whilst Alexis Sanchez struggled last season and Anthony Martial had an injury-ridden campaign, Sancho would be a brilliant addition to breathe new life into United’s attacking line-up.
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At the same time, we can look out for Sancho’s partnership with Marcus Rashford as we witnessed during the international break.