Alright, United fans?
The new Premier League season is just around the corner, with 2020/21 kicking off this weekend while United – with that extra week’s break – start their season against Crystal Palace on September 19. Get excited!
So with that in mind, have you picked a Dream Team yet? The way I see it is, it literally takes 30 seconds to sign up and build a team, it’s completely free to enter, and you could win £100k in prize money at the end of the season!
A few weeks ago I actually spoke to the fella who won the thing last season and he was ecstatic with his winnings. Interestingly, he also told me he’d never even remotely finished near the top of the fantasy football standings before last season (he said he’d finished in the top 5,000 once or twice before). So you never know, that could be you this year. Click the link below to join before the season starts!
Oh, and don’t forget to join the United Uncut mini-league. You’ll definitely beat me this season. Here’s the pin: SGUUNCUT
I know, I know. Greenwood has been a bit of a naughty boy. A shame, too, having just won his first England cap at senior level. First of many for the lad, no doubt.
But perhaps even cooler than that is young Mason being handed the iconic no.11 shirt for the season ahead. Yep, our young gun is channeling his inner-Giggsy (mostly in a good way) by becoming a United legend in the making.
Having scored 17 goals in his breakthrough season last term, the academy graduate is now a starter on the right-hand side of attack alongside Martial and Rashford… and that means our front-three will be 9, 10, 11. Love to see it.
Meanwhile, another academy graduate, Williams, has also been rewarded for stepping up to the first team – moving from No.53 to No.33 after offering strong competition to Shaw at left-back. I’ve been really impressed with him over the last 12 months and I’m excited to see him make his mark for both club and country in the next few years…
VAN DE CLASS
Van der Sar has written an open letter to United fans following the sale of Van de Beek from Ajax…
Our former goalie and the current Ajax CEO reportedly played an important role in the deal following the midfielder’s £40million move. Formally introducing Van De Beek to the fans, Edwin compared the two clubs similarities and their many shared philosophies, also saying that he hopes United fans will treat Van De Beek well, and that he couldn’t be going to a better club…
Aw, Edwin. Such a lovely bloke. And our hero in Moscow, don’t forget. You can read the full letter he wrote here.
Meanwhile, Van de Beek has chosen to wear the no.34 on the back of his shirt this season as a tribute to former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri – the young wonder-kid who sadly collapsed during a pre-season game in 2017.
Nouri and van de Beek were childhood friends and the pair came up through the youth ranks together at Ajax. Nouri was left with serious and permanent brain damage after the incident, meaning his hugely promising career had to be cut tragically short. Donny is still in regular contact with Nouri and his family, and the news was certainly a heartwarming moment for the everyone involved.
Respect, Donny. Respect.
DAVE THE DAY
Many of us are a little unsure about De Gea as we head into this season…
I know for a fact that quite a few of you would like to see Romero given the starting spot between the sticks, while there’s also a lot of noise around Henderson. But Spain boss Luis Enrique clearly has Dave’s back, heavily backing the no.1 in a recent press conference.
Speaking to journalists (in Spanish, but you can watch it here if you fancy), he says: “When he makes a mistake, everyone talks. When playing a game like this, we should say hello to him. It would be good if tomorrow he was on the cover of an important newspaper, or they published “‘what a goalie we have’.”
De Gea has kept his place as Spain’s first-choice goalie and he was easily their best player in their 1-1 draw against Germany last week, making a handful of top class saves – including a show-stopper to deny Chelsea new boy Timo Werner. Many have said it was probably his most confident performance since 2017/18.
So, then. Dave, Serg or Dean? Your move, Ole. All I gotta say is… I’m certainly glad it isn’t my decision to make.
Staying with Spain… we’ve been heavily linked with a move for Spanish full-back Sergio Reguilon in recent weeks.
I’m not sure if I’ve already talked about him in a previous newsletter, but things are really starting to heat up. The left-back, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla from Real Madrid, is said to be really keen on a move to Old Trafford and we’re reportedly in pole position to snap him up, having out-bid Sevilla (if we can’t beat them in football matches, then at least we can beat them in the transfer market, eh?).
The 23-year-old comes very highly rated following his performances for both club and country and he will provide some stiff competition for both Shaw and Williams. Notably, Reguilon is more of an attacking full-back than the defensively minded Shaw, so he’ll provide something a lot different to what we have now.
As if to reinforce that, Reguilon created more chances than any other Spanish player in their recent match against Ukraine. And he even picked up an assist. Sounds like we’re onto a winner, doesn’t it?
United’s third kit was officially released yesterday, although I think it was leaked bloody ages ago – so none of us are particularly surprised by it now. What can we say about this, then? Well, it’s… stripey. I kind of like it, although I generally feel as though all three of our kits for this season are a little bit of a backwards step from what we had last year. They were absolute beauties.
Anyway, here’s a pic of Becks wearing the new one. Don’t show your missus.