Manchester United in contract talks with Angel Gomes but no deal is close amid Barcelona interest

21 Sep

Manchester United are holding contract talks with Angel Gomes as they bid to tie down one of their most highly-rated youngsters, reports claim.

Gomes, the midfielder, made his first start for the Red Devils in Thursday’s Europa League defeat of Astana, having been in and around Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad since the final months of last season.

Gomes put in a relatively subdued performance as he made his full debut against Astana
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He made two appearances off the bench last term, and featured a fair amount during pre-season, though guaranteed game time will be hard to come by as Solskjaer will struggle to trust the kids as he battles to guide United back into the top four.

And Gomes is believed to be considering his future at Old Trafford with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United are in talks with the 19-year-old’s representatives, though an agreement is not close to being reached.

It is claimed Gomes has watched Jadon Sancho’s rapid rise to fame since leaving Man City for Borussia Dortmund with interest, and is himself courting interest from Barcelona.

Gomes, who has been with the United academy since the age of six, was earlier this year tipped to ‘set alight’ the Premier League this season, along with teenage striker Mason Greenwood.

“I think Gomes could set alight this season and do really well, he’s matured and got a lot stronger,” said Nicky Butt, Man United’s head of first-team development.

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“Purely for the excitement and the fans I think Greenwood is going to be a real, real superstar if he keeps his feet on the ground, he’s patient and he scores the goals that he can.

“He’s both footed, he’s a big, strong, powerful kid who can score goals and he’s still very much a young boy who’s likeable.”

Manchester United FIFA 20 ratings predicted

3 Sep

FIFA 20 is almost upon upon us and gamers across the globe are itching to get their hands on a copy.

With a release date of September 27, 2019, you can be sure it won’t be long before we’re kissing goodbye to our families and friends for a few months.

Ahead of the launch, as is customary, many people are desperate to know just what the new ratings will be this season.

A countdown is soon to tell us the Top 100 stars on FIFA 20 but how will Manchester United player fare after a tumultuous 2018/19 season at Old Trafford.

Here at talkSPORT.com we took a look at FIFA 19 and have decided on our predicted ratings for this season’s game and you can see them below.

1. David de Gea

FIFA 19 rating – 91

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 89

2. Victor Lindelöf

FIFA 19 rating – 79

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82

Lindelof will be key for the Red Devils this season
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3. Eric Bailly

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

4. Phil Jones

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 78

5. Harry Maguire

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

Maguire has had a decent start to his United career
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6. Paul Pogba

FIFA 19 rating – 88

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 88

7. Alexis Sánchez (on loan at Inter Milan)

FIFA 19 rating – 87

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

8. Juan Mata

FIFA 19 rating – 83

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

9. Anthony Martial

FIFA 19 rating – 84

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 85

Anthony Martial celebrates opening the scoring for Manchester United against Wolves
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10. Marcus Rashford

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 83

12. Chris Smalling (on loan at Roma)

FIFA 19 rating – 81

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

13. Lee Grant

FIFA 19 rating – 74

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 73

14. Jesse Lingard

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82

Jesse Lingard has come under fire for his form
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15. Andreas Pereira

FIFA 19 rating – 78

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

16. Marcos Rojo

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 79

17. Fred

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

18. Ashley Young

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

Ashley Young in action for Manchester United
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20. Diogo Dalot

FIFA 19 rating – 72

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 76

21. Daniel James

FIFA 19 rating – 59

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 72

Daniel James celebrates his goal against Cardiff
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22. Sergio Romero

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 79

23. Luke Shaw

FIFA 19 rating – 78

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

24. Timothy Fosu-Mensah

FIFA 19 rating – 74

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 74

26. Mason Greenwood

FIFA 19 rating – 66

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70

Teenage sensation Mason Greenwood could be called upon by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season
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28. Angel Gomes

FIFA 19 rating – 66

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 68

29. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

FIFA 19 rating – 76

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

Wan-Bissaka is likely to be an England international very soon
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31. Nemanja Matić

FIFA 19 rating – 86

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

37. James Garner

FIFA 19 rating – 63

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 68

38. Axel Tuanzebe

FIFA 19 rating – 73

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 76

39. Scott McTominay

FIFA 19 rating – 71

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 78

Scott McTominay has looked good for Manchester United this season
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40. Joel Castro Pereira (on loan at Hearts)

FIFA 19 rating – 71

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 74

44. Tahith Chong

FIFA 19 rating – 65

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70


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Manchester United news: Incredible pre-season stat that shows Red Devils MUST put faith in youngsters next season

26 Jul

Manchester United’s pre-season has been a great success with a victory recorded in every match so far.

One particular aspect of their tour that will delight Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the performances of the youth stars – and one astonishing stat proves just how impressive they have been.

Gomes scored a stunner against Spurs

Remarkably, academy players have scored or assisted EVERY one of their nine goals so far.

Angel Gomes, who is still just 18, scored a sensational solo goal against Tottenham on Thursday to seal the win for his side, while Andreas Pereira laid on the assist for Anthony Martial in the match.

Against Inter Milan, Mason Greenwood curled home a divine winner to sink the Italian giants and the youngster also opened the scoring in the 4-0 drubbing of Leeds, with Rashford scoring the second, Pereira setting up the third and Tahith Chong winning the penalty for the fourth.

 

Rashford and another academy product, James Garner, netted in their first game of pre-season – a 2-0 win over Perth Glory

It means an academy product player has been involved in every goal, and, with Kristiansund and AC Milan up next – the Red Devils are well in with a chance to keep the mean feat up for the entire pre-season campaign.

Greenwood has been a revelation on tour
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Unsurprisingly, Solskjaer has been singing the praises of his starlets and even admitted Greenwood could be in line for a Premier League start against Chelsea in his side’s opening match of the season.

After the victory against Leeds, Solskjaer said: ““He’s got a chance to start that one. Yeah, definitely.

“He’s capable, more than capable, and he’ll always be there, in and around the box creating chances, and I won’t say that’s not a possibility.

“No, it’s a good possibility if he keeps going as he does. Difficult to keep players out that perform well.”

Paul Pogba to start? How Manchester United could line up against Perth Glory in pre-season opener

12 Jul

Paul Pogba could start in Manchester United’s pre-season opener against Perth Glory on Saturday.

Last week, the France star’s agent, Mino Raiola, confirmed his client wanted to leave Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United this summer
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The confirmation came after Real Madrid target Pogba admitted ‘it could be time for a new challenge’.

Despite his desire to leave, the 26-year-old is set to play a part in United’s pre-season tour of Australia.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Perth Glory and Leeds United before jetting off to play Inter Milan and Sevilla in Singapore and China, respectively.

There could be debuts for summer signings Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this weekend.

Daniel James is an exciting addition to Manchester United’s squad
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James will be hoping to hit the ground running after an impressive breakthrough 2018/19 season with Swansea, while Wan-Bissaka is expected to become the club’s first-choice right-back.

Romelu Lukaku, who has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A giants Inter Milan, and Anthony Martial could sit out of the Perth Glory clash after picking up knocks in training.

Marcus Rashford is likely to lead the line as he hopes to improve on his 13-goal tally from last season.

There could also be starts for United academy graduates Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes who were both given first-team minutes by Solskjaer last term.

Axel Tuanzebe, who won promotion to the Premier League with Aston Villa in May, could also have a chance to impress Solskjaer after returning from his loan spell.

Reports claim David de Gea is close to signing a new United deal and is set to keep his No.1 spot despite a shaky end to the 2018/19 season.

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One player each Premier League club should loan out next season, including Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu

4 Jun

It could be a breakthrough season for certain players in the 2019/20 campaign.

Youngsters will want to gain first-team experience at other clubs, while older players could make temporary moves elsewhere to play regular football.

Eddie Nketiah is yet to taste regular first-team football
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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was loaned to Crystal Palace last season in a move that worked wonders for him as he earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad.

And in the 2018/19 season, Liverpool attacker Harry Wilson starred for Derby and is likely to start in their Championship play-off final against Aston Villa on Monday.

Other players could follow the examples set by Loftus-Cheek and Wilson next term.

Here, talkSPORT take a look at players who could benefit from a loan move.

Arsenal – Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah scored his first Premier League goal on the final day of the 2018/19 season
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Nketiah burst on to the scene after scoring twice in a Carabao Cup win over Norwich last season. But after making just nine appearances, and only starting three times, the 19-year-old needs to play regular first-team football.

He is unlikely to begrudge Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette from the starting XI, so a loan move could do him the world of good.

Aston Villa – Andre Green 

Andre Green’s playing time was restricted in Aston Villa’s promotion-winning season
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Green started just nine Championship games as Aston Villa ended their three-year exile from the Premier League by beating Derby in the play-off final.

The 20-year-old is yet to play first-team football on a regular basis in a whole season, but the 2019/20 campaign could be his year if he is loaned out.

Bournemouth – Mark Travers

Mark Travers kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut against Tottenham
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Travers started Bournemouth’s final two Premier League games of the season after Eddie Howe lost faith with error-prone goalkeepers Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc.

With the Cherries reportedly set to make a £15million bid for Burnley’s Nick Pope, Travers could be loaned out to gain experience in England’s lower tiers.

Brighton – Christian Walton

Christian Walton has shone for Wigan
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Walton helped Wigan preserve their Championship status in their 2018/19 campaign, playing in 34 league games.

Mat Ryan has established himself as Brighton’s No.1 goalkeeper, and Walton will not want to return to the Amex Stadium to sit on the bench. A third loan move to the Latics seems sensible.

Burnley – Ben Gibson

Ben Gibson has struggled in his debut season at Burnley
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Gibson was one of the most sought-after defenders in the Championship last summer.

Burnley won the race for his signature by paying Middlesbrough a whopping £15million. That amount seems like a huge waste of money as the 26-year-old made just ONE Premier League appearance all season.

His last outing for the club came in a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup in January.

Chelsea – Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu needs to play more regularly
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Who Chelsea loan out will depend on the club’s impending transfer ban and Ampadu is a player who could benefit from a temporary move from Stamford Bridge.

The Wales international is highly-rated by Blues chiefs, but started just three games in the 2018/19 season.  At 18-years-old he is already a Wales international with a big future ahead of him.

Crystal Palace – Connor Wickham

Connor Wickham has struggled for first-team minutes this season
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Wickham has been plagued by injury since moving to Palace in 2015 and after making his return from a serious knee injury against Everton last October, he went on to make just seven more appearances.

The 26-year-old signed a new two-year deal with the Eagles on Tuesday, but that might not rule him out of making a loan exit this summer.

Everton – Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman has not started enough games under Marco Silva
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Lookman has been restricted to a substitute’s role under Marco Silva, starting just three Premier League games.

He thrived in a loan spell with RB Leipzig, scoring five goals and registering five assists last season. And other clubs could back the 21-year-old to replicate that form with them.

Leicester – Matty James

Matty James has been very unlucky with injuries
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James has been tormented by an ankle injury for over a year. His only appearance during the 2018/19 season came in a shock 2-1 defeat to Newport County in the FA Cup in January.

He has returned to fitness in recent weeks, but is yet to feature under Brendan Rodgers. A fresh start elsewhere could reignite his career.

Liverpool – Rhian Brewster

Rhian Brewster is yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool
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Brewster was an unused substitute for Liverpool’s 4-0 Champions League semi-final second leg win over Barcelona after injuries had ruled out Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

The 19-year-old, who has battled through ankle and knee problems over the past year, is highly-rated by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Reports claim the German sanctioned a Dominic Solanke’s £19million move to Bournemouth due to his belief in Brewster but he could be shipped out on loan before making his senior Reds debut.

Manchester City – Phil Foden

There is an abundance of quality in Manchester City’s midfield
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With Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly set to be given a £200million war chest to strengthen his domestic treble-winning squad, Foden could find himself even further down the pecking order.

Even though he started games against Tottenham and Leicester in the title run-in, the 18-year-old failed to make the matchday squad for City’s FA Cup final win over Watford on Saturday.

He has bags of potential, which another club could hugely use.

Manchester United – Angel Gomes

Angel Gomes wants more first-team opportunities
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Gomes made just two brief cameo appearances in United’s underwhelming season. He is said to be frustrated by his lack of game-time and could look elsewhere for temporary solutions.

The 18-year-old is one of United’s star academy players. With a host of attacking players ahead of him, it doesn’t look like Gomes’ playing time is going to improve next season at Old Trafford.

Newcastle – Joselu

Joselu is not a regular starter at Newcastle
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Joselu started just five Premier League games in the 2018/19 season due to the form of Salomon Rondon.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, whose own future is also uncertain, could get the striker’s wages off the books to free up funds for another forward.

A move back to Spain or Germany could suit Joselu.

Norwich – James Husband

James Husband has not played for Norwich in 13 months
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Husband spent the 2018/19 season on loan with Fleetwood in League One and is unlikely to take part in the club’s Premier League journey. With a year left on his current, he could be loaned out again.

Sheffield United – Leon Clarke

Leon Clarke will be a wanted man in the Championship
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With Sheffield United reportedly trying to sign Swansea striker Oli McBurnie, Clarke’s days appear to be numbered at Bramall Lane.

He was loaned out to Wigan for the second half of the 2018/19 campaign and helped them avoid relegation. Second tier clubs could find his experience invaluable next season.

Southampton – Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster made his first appearance of the season for Southampton in a 3-0 defeat at West Ham earlier this month
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Forster has made just one Southampton appearance since December 2017. He is the club’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn.

The 31-year-old’s contract does not run out for another three years, but he needs to get back to playing regularly.

Tottenham – Vincent Janssen

Vincent Janssen is unlikely to be at Tottenham next season
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With Fernando Llorente likely to leave this summer, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is bound to be in the market for a striker to provide cover for Harry Kane.

Janssen was frozen out by Pochettino before making three substitute appearances towards the end of the season. Despite his brief comeback, the Dutch striker will need to look elsewhere if he wants to play regular football.

Watford – Nathaniel Chalobah

Nathaniel Chalobah needs a run of games
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Chalobah fractured his knee cap at the start of the 2017/18 season and made a return to action against Reading last August. However, he has been restricted to just 13 appearances since, failing to dislodge Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure in midfield.

A newly-promoted Premier League club could take a punt on him.

West Ham – Grady Diangana

Grady Diangana has been restricted to substitute appearances
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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini showed faith in Diangana during the 2018/19 campaign, handing him six Premier League starts in a breakthrough season. But he could face more difficulty competing against Mark Noble, Declan Rice, a fit-again Jack Wilshere and any other new potential arrivals in midfield.

He would not be short of suitors from Championship clubs.

Wolves – Morgan Gibbs-White

Morgan Gibbs-White can operate as a midfielder or further up the pitch
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With Euro 2020 happening next summer, Gibbs-White will want to play regularly to attempt to break into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The Three Lions boss is renowned for giving youngsters a chance on the international stage – and Gibbs-White could be the country’s next breakout star.

Manchester United team news: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could look against Cardiff City with academy stars included

11 May

Manchester United are set for an extensive overhaul in the summer following a disappointing season on the pitch.

The highest they can finish is fifth, which means they will be playing in the Europa League next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to make big changes at Old Trafford in the summer
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Jose Mourinho was sacked in December and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was subsequently appointed as manager after his impressive caretaker spell.

He is likely to be given money to spend in the summer and several players will no doubt be heading for the exit.

Speculation has already grown about who might be leaving Old Trafford following Sunday’s final match of the Premier League season.

Ander Herrera looks set to leave Manchester United in the summer
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Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are both out of contract and look set to leave on a free transfer.

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are rumoured to be heading for the exit with uncertainty also over the future of goalkeeper David De Gea.

While a number of players will no doubt be bought in big money transfers, the club do have some promising youngsters who could be come to the fore.

Six academy players were promoted to first-team training ahead of the final match against already relegated Cardiff and some are now set to start.

Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner and Dylan Levitt join Man United’s first team training
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These players were; Angel Gomes, Dylan Levitt, Arnau Puigmal, Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Tahith Chong.

And rather than giving some players a send off, manager Solskjaer is considering using the match to blood some of the wonderkids coming through their system

Here is how the team could look with some of their academy stars in the team alongside some established players.

Goalkeeper

There has been speculation that David De Gea will leave in the summer with some of his recent performances coming into question but he’s still likely to start, although Lee Grant could get some minutes thanks to his service at Old Trafford over the last year.

David de Gea’s Manchester United future is uncertain
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Defence

At right-back, Antonio Valencia is leaving the club and, if fit, should play one last time after 10 years at the club.

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Elsewhere, Luke Shaw picked up the club’s Players’ Player of the Year award and should start again, while Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling are likely to get the nod too.

Axel Tuanzebe is set for a big future at Old Trafford
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Midfield

The biggest change for United in the summer will be in their midfield as both Herrera and Mata are out of contract.

There is speculation that Real Madrid will sign Paul Pogba but the Red Devils may have to lower their £160million asking price.

Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United in the summer
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Scott McTominay should play as his importance is growing at Old Trafford and he could help youngster James Garner, 18, who has been compared to a young Michael Carrick, bed in against the Bluebirds from the start.

Scott McTominay could be a greater role next season while Juan Mata’s contract is up in the summer

Another home-grown talent who could be set for a bigger role next season is 18-year-old Angel Gomes, who has often been described as their next big star and he will almost certainly feature at some point.

Attack

Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku may both miss out while, with recent rumours suggesting that Anthony Martial will be moved on, it’s unlikely the Frenchman will play much of a part.

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard might play and could be joined by highly-rated youngster Tahith Chong.

Tahith Chong may get his chance at United

Chong has made several appearances this season and has impressed with fans wanting to see him play a bigger part, while Mason Greenwood, despite recent injury issues is being groomed for a bigger role by Solskjaer, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he started.

Either way, the Norwegian’s team selection on Sunday should make for interesting reading, whether it’s thanks to the starlets or the outgoing first-teamers.

Football Manager 2019: 50 wonderkids you must sign

18 Mar

Football Manager 2019 has been out for a while but the winter update is now available so you can get all the latest information on your game including the current wonderkids in world football.

The managerial changes which have taken place are included, along with all the January transfers, promotions and relegations are in it too.

Football Manager 2019 is out now.

But who are the top 50 starlets you can sign in the game under the age of 20 on July 1, 2018 in the game?

Thankfully the folks over at the excellent FMScout.com have figured out the best wonderkids around, although you might have to be in charge of a hefty budget to afford their transfer fees.

So which starlets should you be signing? Find out below.

*Some players may not be available on every game to due to differing database sizes

Josh Tymon (Hull City) – Age 19 – Value = £750k

Position – Full-back

Top attributes – Crossing, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Bravery, Determination, and Work Rate

Marquinhos Cipriano (Shakhtar Donetsk) – Age 19 – Value = £3.5m

Position – Right winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, Finishing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Agility, and Natural Fitness

Paulinho (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age 17 – Value = £8.75m

Position – Left winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Long Shots, Technique, Bravery, Flair, Off The Ball, Balance, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Ferran Torres (Valencia) – Age 18 – Value = £1.3m

Position – Right winger

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, First Touch, Technique, Determination, Flair, Acceleration, Agility, and Pace

Pablo Maffeo (Stuttgart) – Age 20 – Value = £6.75m

Position – Full-back and Wing-back

Top attributes – Dribbling, Marking, Tackling, Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina

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Arne Maier (Hertha Berlin) – Age 19 – Value = £8.5m

Position – Central midfield (Deep Lying Playmaker)

Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Anticipation, Composure, Teamwork, Vision, Acceleration, Natural Fitness, and Stamina

Carles Alena (Barcelona) – Age 20 – Value = £2.1m

Position Central midfield and Attacking Midfield

Top attributes – Corners, Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Determination, Flair, and Natural Fitness

Angel Gomes (Manchester United) – Age 17 – Value = £850k

Position – Attacking Midfield (Trequartista)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Technique,  Flair, Acceleration, and Pace

Angel Gomes in action against Huddersfield.

Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan) – Age 20 – Value = £11.25m

Position – Striker (Pressing Forward and Poacher)

Top attributes – Finishing, Heading, Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Determination, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Work Rate, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Cengiz Under (Roma) – Age 20 – Value = £19.75m

Position – Right winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Long Shots, Technique, Anticipation, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

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Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich) – Age 20 – Value = £13.25m

Position – Central Midfield (Mezzala and Box-To-Box Midfielder)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Long Shots, Technique, Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Work Rate, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Stamina, and Strength

Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) – Age 19 – Value = £13.75m

Position – Full-back

Top attributes – Dribbling, Technique, Aggression, Anticipation, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Work Rate

Exequiel Palacios (River Plate) – Age 19 – Value = £5.5m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker and Deep Lying Playmaker)

Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Teamwork, and Vision

Willem Geubbels (Monaco) – Age 16 – Value = £675k

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Bravery, Composure, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Work Rate, Acceleration, Jumping Reach, Natural Fitness, and Pace

 

Elias Abouchabaka (Greuther Furth, on loan from RB Leipzig) – Age 18 – Value = £450k

Position – Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Vision, and Agility

Mickael Cuisance (Borussia Monchengladbach) – Age 18 – Value = £4.3m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker and Deep Lying Playmaker)

Top attributes – Crossing, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Vision, Agility, and Natural Fitness

Gedson Fernandes (Benfica) – Age 19 – Value = £8m

Position – Central Midfield (Box-To-Box Midfielder)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Tackling, Technique, Aggression, Bravery, Composure, Determination, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Work Rate, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina.

Alban Lafont (Fiorentina) – Age 19 – Value = £5m

Position – Goalkeeper (Sweeper Keeper)

Top attributes – Aerial Reach, One On Ones, Reflexes, Rushing Out, Composure, Concentration, Determination, Agility, Balance, Jumping Reach, Natural Fitness, Stamina, and Strength

Lafont was wanted by Arsenal at one point.

Moise Kean (Juventus) – Age 18 – Value = £2.5m

Position – Left winger (Inside Forward) and Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, Heading, Aggression, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, and Pace.

Amadou Diawara (Napoli) – Age 20 – Value = £17.5m

Position – Central Midfield (Central Midfielder)

Top attributes – First Touch, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Aggression, Bravery, Decisions, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina

Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) – Age 18 – Value = £9.25m

Position – Left winger (Inside Forward) and Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Vision, and Acceleration

Woodburn has played seven times for Wales

Lee Kangin (Valencia) – Age 17 – Value = £145k

Position – MC, AMC

Top attributes – First Touch, Technique, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Vision, Acceleration, Agility, and Pace

Sandro Tonali (Brescia) – Age 18 – Value = £1.2m

Position – Defensive Midfield (Deep Lying Playmaker)

Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Concentration, Determination, Teamwork, and Work Rate

Italian wonderkid Tonali has already had a senior call-up for Italy

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – Age 18 – Value = £14m

Position – Left Midfield (Inverted winger) and Left Winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Technique, Composure, Flair, Vision, Acceleration, and Agility

Houssem Aouar (Lyon) – Age 19 – Value = £8.25m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker and Deep Lying Playmaker) and Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Vision, Agility, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina

Aouar has been compared to Barca and former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho

Johannes Eggestein (Werder Bremen) – Age 20 – Value = £2.2m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward and Deep Lying Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Anticipation, Teamwork, Work Rate, Balance, and Natural Fitness

Pelayo Morilla  (Sporting Gijon) – Age 16 – Value = £225k

Position – Attacking Midfield (Trequartista)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Vision, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Juan Hernandez (Watford) – Age 19 – Value = £8.5m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Long Shots, Technique, Bravery, Composure, Concentration, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Vision, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina

Filip Benkovic (Celtic, on loan from Leicester City) – Age 20 – Value = £8.25m

Position – Central Defender

Top attributes – Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Aggression, Anticipation, Bravery, Determination, Teamwork, Jumping Reach, Natural Fitness, Stamina, and Strength.

Filip Benkovic is starring in Scotland

Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax) – Age 16 – Value = £250k

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, First Touch, Technique, Decisions, Determination, Flair, and Agility

Brenner (Sao Paulo) – Age 18 – Value = £230k

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – Age 19 – Value = £18.75m

Position – Goalkeeper (Sweeper Keeper)

Top attributes – Aerial Reach, Command Of Area, Handling, One On Ones, Reflexes, Tendency To Punch, Bravery, Composure, Determination, Teamwork, Agility, Balance, Jumping Reach, Natural Fitness, and Strength

Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – Age 20 – Value = £25m

Position – Right Winger (Winger)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Determination, Off The Ball, Work Rate, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Chiesa is the son of Italy hero Enrico.

Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan from Benfica) – Age 20 – Value = £8.5m

Position – Striker (Poacher)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Heading, Anticipation, Bravery, Off The Ball, Agility, and Balance

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) – Age 18 – Value = £7.25m

Position – Centre-back (Ball Playing Defender)

Top attributes – Heading, Passing, Tackling, Bravery, Determination, Work Rate, Agility, Balance, and Jumping Reach

Matthijs de Ligt became the first defender to win the Golden Boy award last year

Abel Ruiz (Barcelona) – Age 18 – Value = £625k

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Heading, Decisions, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – Age 19 – Value = £35m

Position – Wing-back

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, First Touch, Tackling, Technique, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate, Acceleration and Pace

Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan) – Age 20 – Value = £9.25m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Bravery, Determination, Flair, Vision, and Agility.

Phil Foden (Manchester City) – Age 18 – Value = £30.5m

Position – Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Flair, Vision, Acceleration, and Agility

Pep Guardiola rates Foden highly

Sergio Gomez (Borussia Dortmund) – Age 17 – Value = £2.1m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Vision, and Agility

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – Age 17 – Value = £4.5m

Position – Left Winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Technique, Anticipation, Determination, Flair, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Vinicius Junior has impressed this season for Madrid

Amine Gouiri (Lyon) – Age 18 – Value = £800k

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Composure, Determination, Off The Ball, Agility, Balance, and Natural Fitness

Fiete Arp (Hamburg) – Age 18 – Value = £2.9m

Position – Striker (Deep Lying Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Long Shots, Technique, Anticipation, Bravery, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Arp has already earned comparisons with Harry Kane since breaking onto the scene with Hamburg

Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) – Age 20 – Value = £18.5m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Anticipation, Bravery, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, Stamina, and Strength

Fabio Silva (Porto) – Age 15 – Value = £9,000

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Composure, Determination, Flair, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age 19 – Value = £18.75m

Position – Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Vision, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Havertz has caught Arsenal’s eye

Pietro Pellegri (Monaco) – Age 17 – Value = £1.3m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Bravery, Determination, Off The Ball, Work Rate, Jumping Reach, and Strength

Joao Felix (Benfica) – Age 18 – Value = £3.1m

Position – Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Vision, Agility, Balance, and Pace

Scouts have watched a number of Joao Felix’s games

Rodrygo (Santos, signing for Real Madrid) – Age 17 – Value = £1.8m

Position – Left Winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, and Agility

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Age 19 – Value = £71m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward) and Right Winger (Winger)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, and Pace

Kylian Mbappe is one of the world’s best young talents

Who is James Garner: Manchester United ace among the youngsters to profit from injury crisis

26 Feb

Manchester United are suffering a severe injury crisis with little option but to bring youth players into the squad.

Luckily for the Red Devils, they have a raft of extremely talented youngsters waiting in the wings hoping to make the most of their opportunity.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed faith would be put in youngsters

Nine players missed their trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones missed Sunday’s goalless draw with Liverpool, when Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard were forced off during an extraordinary first half.

All six will be missing at Palace, as will long-term absentees Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian along with highly-rated 17-year-old Mason Greenwood.

Jesse Lingard was injured against Liverpool

Marcus Rashford also has an ankle injury and is a doubt for the match.

Whoever does get there chance they will be hoping to take their chances in the first team just as Rashford did three years ago.

He was called into the team after Martial suffered an injury in the warm up against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and went on to score twice.

Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that some of their youngsters will be brought into the first team to cope with the crisis.

He confirmed that James Garner, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes are all travelling to Selhurst Park.

Here is more on those three who could profit from United’s injury woes.

James Garner

The 17-year-old defensive midfielder signed his first professional contract in May and has been named on the bench in the FA Cup and Champions League matches.

James Garner playing for Manchester United under-23s

He is clearly highly thought of at United and has been compared to a club legend by interim boss Solskjaer.

“Jimmy Garner is a Michael Carrick but 20 years younger, so I’m sure he’ll do well,” he said.

Tahith Chong

The 19-year-old forward joined United from Feyenoord in the summer of 2016. He has impressed for the under-23s this season and was selected to go on the club’s pre-season tour of the US.

He earned his first senior call up when he was named on the bench against Juventus in October and was given his debut by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the FA Cup win over Reading.

The left-footed wide player loves to show off his pace and trickery and has the ability to both create and score goals.

Tahith Chong may get his chance at United

Solskjaer said about Chong: “And Chongy, he’ll definitely be taking people on if he comes on. But they’re ready, they’re kids.

“It’s hard when you’re a defender coming on if you’re 16, 17, but as an attacker you just go out there and express yourself. There’s your chance. They can win you the game, they don’t lose it for you.”

Angel Gomes

Gomes was part of the England under-17s team who won the World Cup in 2017.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has the ability to provide a spark in the midfield to create chances.

Angel Gomes was part of the England under-17s team who won the World Cup

He was set for a loan move to allow him more first team football but the move was blocked by Solskjaer.

“They’ve been part of our training for a long time now,” Solskjaer said. “I’m sure Angel, he’s been successful with England Under-17s, there with (Jadon) Sancho, (Callum) Hudson-Odoi and (Phil) Foden.
“So, he has been a big part of that and, Angel, I am definitely sure that if he gets the chance, he’ll do well.

Manchester United fans love Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for playing Angel Gomes against Huddersfield

26 Dec

Just when you thought Manchester United fans couldn’t love Ole Gunnar Solskjaer any more, he does this.

With nine minutes to go in their 3-1 win over Huddersfield, the Norwegian, who is now interim Red Devils manager, took off Juan Mata and replaced him with wonderkid Angel Gomes.

Angel Gomes in action against Huddersfield.

And it went down a storm with the club’s fans as they revelled in their current boss handing a homegrown talent a shot in the first-team.

Gomes made his debut, under Jose Mourinho, back in May 2017 when he replaced Wayne Rooney against Crystal Palace at 16 years and 263 days old.

That made him the youngest Red Devils star since Duncan Edwards in 1953 and now, a year and a half later, he’s back.

And while he didn’t contribute much other than one shot and one dribble, the move from Solskjaer has left fans over the moon, as you can see below.