Here are the Manchester United morning headlines for Monday, July 13.
Solskjaer impressed by Martial’s improved work ethic
Anthony Martial has been a standout performer in 2020. He led the line in the absence of Marcus Rashford, and has scored four goals since the restart following the coronavirus lockdown.
And while scoring goals is obviously important, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Sky Sports he has also been impressed by the greater effort Martial has been putting in recently.
“You can see his work rate, his foundation,” he said.
“There were some stats last season on our strikers, and he’s really taken up the challenge and answered the questions I asked of work rate.
“We have to start from the front with our pressing, and he’s really taken that on board.”
Henderson on his way to Chelsea?
United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has enjoyed a brilliant two-year spell with Sheffield United, but his time there is almost at an end.
His impressive form has reportedly attracted the interest of many clubs, and if he remains behind David de Gea in the pecking order at United, then he may be looking to leave.
The Express are reporting that Chelsea may look to sign Henderson as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, with the world’s most expensive goalkeeper having made costly errors for the Blues this season.
City ban successful
Manchester City’s appeal against their European ban has been successful, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling they will be allowed to compete in the Champions League next season.
That means United will likely have to finish fourth to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League. Had City’s ban been upheld, a fifth-place finish could have been enough.
City’s fine has also been reduced to €10million. It has not been removed entirely as CAS have ruled that City failed to cooperate with UEFA.
“Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present,” a cub statement read.
“The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered.”