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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Harry Maguire: How new £80million signing compares with Manchester United centre-backs, including Phil Jones and Chris Smalling

5 Aug

Manchester United are finally getting the man after agreeing an £80million deal with Leicester City for Harry Maguire.

The transfer saga is finally at an end with less than a week until the current window closes.

Maguire to United is reportedly a done deal
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Maguire, 26, has yet to have a medical or agree personal terms but it’s likely these will get done relatively quickly.

United needed to invest in defenders and have now got a player who has the potential to lead them to more stability.

But how do Maguire’s stats compare with the current centre-backs playing at Old Trafford such as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling?

talkSPORT.com has consulted WhoScored.com to look at Maguire’s stats per 90 minutes from the 2018/19 season, excluding Axel Tuanzebe.

Maguire is a huge threat in the air as you can see from the stat below but what do the rest of his stats from last season look like?

Harry Maguire stats per 90 mins

Data based on form in 2018/19 (Premier League, Nations League)

Tackles: 1

Interceptions: 1.2

Shots blocked: 0.6

Clearances: 5.2

Cards: 0.2 (Yellow)

Aerial duels won/lost: 3.8/1.2

Successful dribbles: 0.6

Passes: 61

Eric Bailly stats per 90 mins

Data based on form in 2018/19 (Premier League)

Tackles: 2.1

Interceptions: 1.8

Shots blocked: 0.6

Clearances: 5.2

Cards: 0 (Yellow), 0.1 (Red)

Aerial duels won/lost: 1.8/0.6

Successful dribbles: 0.6

Passes: 42.5

Eric Bailly made more tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes than Maguire and the pair are level in terms of shots blocked and clearances and successful dribbles.

The England international did better than Bailly in terms of passing, disciplinary record and aerial duels won.

Eric Bailly will miss some of the season through injury
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Phil Jones stats per 90 mins

Data based on form in 2018/19 (Premier League)

Tackles: 1.1

Interceptions: 1.3

Shots blocked: 0.6

Clearances: 3.4

Cards: 0.1 (Yellow)

Aerial duels won/lost: 2.6/1

Successful dribbles: 0.2

Passes: 41.9

Jones is up on tackles, interceptions and his disciplinary record while they are level in terms of shots blocked.

Maguire has a better clearance rate, aerial duels won, successful dribbles and passes per 90 minutes, however.

Phil Jones scored for Man United for the first time since 2014 in pre-season
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Victor Lindelof stats per 90 mins

Data based on form in 2018/19 (Premier League, Nations League)

Tackles: 1.3

Interceptions: 0.9

Shots blocked: 0.4 

Clearances: 4.3

Cards: 0 (Yellow and Red)

Aerial duels won/lost: 2.3/1.5

Successful dribbles: 0.3

Passes: 51.3

Victor Lindelof is better than Maguire in terms of tackles, interceptions and disciplinary record.

However, Maguire was better in terms of shots blocked, clearances, aerial duels won, successful dribbles and passes per 90 minutes.

Lindelof will be key for the Red Devils even though Harry Maguire has joined
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Marcos Rojo stats per 90 mins

Data based on form in 2018/19 (Premier League)

Tackles: 2.1

Interceptions: 2.6

Shots blocked: 0.9 

Clearances: 3.8

Cards: 0.9 (Yellow)

Aerial duels won/lost: 1.3/0.4

Successful dribbles: 0.4

Passes: 52.9

Marcos Rojo made more tackles, interceptions and shots blocked per 90 minutes than Maguire.

Maguire comes out on top with clearances, his disciplinary record, aerial duels won, successful dribbles and passes.

Marcos Rojo is hoping for a better 2019
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Chris Smalling stats per 90 mins

Data based on form in 2018/19 (Premier League)

Tackles: 1.3

Interceptions: 1.1

Shots blocked: 1.1

Clearances: 4.5

Cards: 0

Aerial duels won/lost: 4.3/2/4

Successful dribbles: 0

Passes: 40.3

Smalling is up on tackles, shots blocked, his disciplinary record and surprisingly aerial duels won but are level on interceptions.

Maguire is better with clearances, successful dribbled and passes though.

Chris Smalling has done enough when called upon in recent years but may now be usurped
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Timothy Fosu-Mensah stats per 90 mins

Data based on form in 2018/19 (Premier League)

Tackles: 2

Interceptions: 1.4

Shots blocked: 0.6

Clearances: 2.8

Cards: 0.3 (Yellow)

Aerial duels won/lost: 0.8/1.5

Successful dribbles: 0.9

Passes: 45.8

Timothy Fosu-Mensah was on loan at Fulham last season and is up on tackles, interceptions and successful dribbles while level on shots blocked.

But Maguire was better with clearances, his disciplinary record, aerial duals won and passes.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Have Manchester United finally replaced Gary Neville? Every right-back used since his retirement

10 Jul

Manchester United appear to have finally replaced Gary Neville with the £50million signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Neville made 602 appearances for the Red Devils after coming through the ranks at Old Trafford, winning eight Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.

Gary Neville (left) was a serial winner at Manchester United
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And since retiring from football in 2011, players have tried and failed to fill the void left by the former Red Devils captain.

Wan-Bissaka will be the next right-back to try after leaving Crystal Palace to sign a five-year deal with United last month.

The 21-year-old could make his United debut against Perth Glory in a pre-season friendly on Saturday – and United fans are excited to see him in action.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is excited by Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s arrival
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Below, talkSPORT.com look at other right-backs who have played for the club since Neville hung up his boots.

Rafael

Rafael and his twin brother, Fabio, joined Manchester United from Brazilian club Fluminense in August 2008.

And Sir Alex Ferguson clearly trusted Rafael as he played a crucial role in three Premier League title wins in 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2012/13.

The 29-year-old kept his place in the team under David Moyes, but fell out of favour when Louis van Gaal took over in 2014.

The Dutchman allowed Rafael to move to Lyon for a modest £2.5million fee in August 2015.

Rafael was a regular starter under Sir Alex Ferguson
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Chris Smalling

When Rafael wasn’t starting for the Red Devils in the year following Neville’s retirement, Smalling stepped into the breach.

He’d already spent time their at the beginning for the 2011/12 campaign as they kicked off with five straight wins and the England international starting four of them.

Meanwhile, across the festive period in 2012/13 he started in wins over Newcastle, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton.

Still at United, he’s not been near the role in some time.

Smalling in action during match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion
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Phil Jones

Just like team-mate Smalling, Jones slipped into the right-back role on occasion.

One of his earliest appearances here was in the early 2011/12 run in the match Smalling missed – a 5-0 win over Bolton.

His natural ball-playing ability made him perfect for the job but he was only used occasionally, especially after the signing of Matteo Darmian.

Jones has stepped in whenever called upon
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Matteo Darmian

Darmian was signed a month before Rafael was sold.

Even though Italy failed to make it out of the 2014 World Cup group stages, the full-back’s performances, especially in a 2-1 win over England, caught United’s eye.

A year later, he completed a £12.7million move from Torino and started the 2015/16 campaign as United’s first-choice right-back.

Despite a promising debut season at Old Trafford, Darmian struggled to hold down a regular starting spot under Van Gaal’s successor, Jose Mourinho.

After managing just 10 Premier League starts in the past two seasons with a year left on his contract, Darmian will surely aim to move on this summer.

Matteo Darmian is out of favour at Old Trafford
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Antonio Valencia

Along with winning the FA Cup, another Van Gaal success story was converting Valencia into a right-back.

The Ecuador international had been linked with a move away from the club following the big-money arrivals of Memphis Depay and Angel Di Maria.

But he stayed put and transitioned from a right winger into a right-back during Van Gaal’s two-year spell in charge.

Valencia kept his new position under Mourinho, who dubbed him the world’s ‘the best right-back’ in 2017.

However, injuries and form affected the final years of his United career and he was released last month.

Antonio Valencia was Manchester United’s club captain
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Ashley Young

Similarly to Valencia, Young has played the latter years of his career as a full-back on the right and left side.

Last season, he was exposed countless times which led to a section of Old Trafford fans turning against him.

Supporters even went the extra mile by starting a petition demanding the club to axe Young, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling this summer.

The arrival of Wan-Bissaka is set to restrict Young’s playing time next season.

Ashley Young could be made Manchester United’s new club captain for the upcoming campaign
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Guillermo Varela

David Moyes’ first ever signing, but often forgotten about.

He started three Premier League matches in 2015/16, while also featuring in their Europa League adventures, which were ended by Liverpool.

After loans to Real Madrid Castilla and Eintracht Frankfurt he left for Penarol in Uruguay, his homeland, in 2017.

He’s now back in Europe with Copenhagen.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal shakes hands with Guillermo Varela
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Paddy McNair

Used in midfield when he arrived onto the scene in 2014/15, McNair was also used at right-back.

He played there against West Ham United in December 2015 as the Red Devils were held to a 0-0 draw.

The Northern Irish midfielder stepped in at right-back when called upon
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Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Fosu-Mensah joined Manchester United from Ajax as a youngster in 2014, before being given his first taste of senior football under Van Gaal.

He made 10 appearances during a breakthrough 2015/16 campaign, but struggled to win the trust of Mourinho the following season.

Fosu-Mensah’s last competitive United appearance came in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in May 2017.

Since then, he has had two unsuccessful season-long loan spells at Crystal Palace and Fulham.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has not played for Manchester United in over two years
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Eric Bailly

Signed from Villarreal for £30million and was Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford.

Much like Jones and Smalling before him, Bailly was occasionally slipped into a role at full-back in the 2016/17 season.

Eric Bailly has been used at right-back when needed
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Axel Tuanzebe

A 2-0 defeat away at Arsenal in 2017 was the England youth international’s first Premier League start for the Red Devils and it came at right-back.

Usually a centre-back, Tuanzebe also featured at defensive midfield towards the end of the season.

Last year he impressed on loan at Aston Villa and could now make a permanent transfer to the Midlands.

Axel Tuanzebe in one of his Premier League performances for Manchester United
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Victor Lindelof

Like several other United centre-backs, the Swede’s ability with the ball at his feet led to him playing at right-back at points.

In December and January of the 2017/18 campaign he played there in a 2-2 draw with Leicester City and a victory over Everton.

Victor Lindelof was a £31million signing from Benfica
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Diogo Dalot

Arriving in a £19million deal from Porto last summer, Dalot was described by Mourinho as the ‘best young full-back in Europe’.

It was a claim that seemed bizarre after Dalot was forced to wait until December to make his Premier League debut.

The 20-year-old featured more prominently under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and ended a debut season in England with 23 appearances.

But Solskjaer’s determination to land another young right-back in Wan-Bissaka could be a bad sign for Dalot’s future.

Diogo Dalot had to wait a long time to make his Premier League debut
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Manchester United transfer news: Fans extremely excited as £55m target Donny van de Beek parties in Ibiza with Timothy Fosu-Mensah

19 Jun

Manchester United fans were sent into overdrive after Timothy Fosu-Mensah posted a picture on his Instagram with £55m target Donny van de Beek.

The Ajax midfielder scored 16 goals last season and was instrumental in helping the Dutch side reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Wesley Sneijder and Donny van de Beek on holiday in Ibiza
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Van de Beek has previously talked about his desire to play in the Premier League and Old Trafford has been mentioned as a potential destination.

Fosu-Mensah, who was on loan at Fulham last season, also posed alongside fellow Dutch pal Wesley Sneijder as the three enjoyed some downtime in Ibiza.

But it was the sight of the 22-year-old prodigy alongside him which excited United fans.

Respected Dutch football journalist Marcel van der Kraan revealed De Beek is keen on playing in the English top flight next season.

Donny van de Beek celebrates scoring for Ajax against Spurs
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He told talkSPORT: “Van de Beek has his eyes set on the Premier League.

“He is a Premier League type player with an Ajax education and can play in many positions in midfield.

“He wants a move to Man United or Spurs and his agent says if that materialises that would be right up his street.”

Fans certainly agree with those sentiments, with them urging “Agent TFM” to do his thing.

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One said: “Sign Donny Up!”

Another posted: “Agent Fosu.”

A fellow user wrote: “Fosu-Mensah tapping up Van De Beek.”

Premier League’s fastest players: Liverpool and West Ham stars among the top speed merchants, but who is the quickest?

9 Apr

Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Hector Bellerin are all Premier League stars who you would associate with the word speed.

And The Sun have listed the top six speed merchants who have featured in the top-flight this campaign.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is famed for his speed.

Whether it to start a counter attack or to track back and tackle, pace is now a vital part of the game.

It takes a special player to make it in modern without it, although some do as they make up for it with exceptional positioning and reading of their opponents.

Other though, have it as a key attribute. Arsenal defender Bellerin has often been linked with a race against Usain Bolt thanks to his astonishing acceleration.

As always with lists like these, it is never quite as simple as lining the players up and making them sprint 100 metres, they will have all come from different match events.

Check out the top six below – one or two could spring a surprise!


6.) Divock Origi – 21.77mph (35.04km/h)
5.) Felipe Anderson – 21.82mph (35.11km/h)
4.) DeAndre Yedlin – 21.85mph (35.17km/h)
3. Leroy Sane – 21.86kmph (35.18km/h)
2.) Ruben Vinagre – 21.87mph (35.20km/h)
1.) Timothy Fosu-Mensah – 21.95mph (35.32km/h)

Kevin De Bruyne injury: City ace in danger of missing Manchester derby after clash with United loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah

2 Nov

A new knee injury could keep Kevin De Bruyne out of the Manchester derby.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah, on loan at Fulham from rivals Man United, accidentally landed on the Belgian’s knee, which forced the attacker off towards the end of the game.

City won 2-0, but the sight of the club’s star man limping off the pitch took the gloss off.

Guardiola was visibly concerned as De Bruyne walked off

De Bruyne has only recently returned from a two-month spell out with a knee problem – it was a different knee this time and afterwards, manager Pep Guardiola said: “He’s being checked with the doctors so I don’t know right now (how he is).

“I think today Kevin is back, the Kevin we know. He spent a lot of time injured but made a huge effort in Donetsk against Shakhtar and played a few minutes against Spurs in a difficult situation because of the pitch and the physicality.

“Today again he was involved with everything offensively and defensively, so hopefully what happened in the last minutes is not serious.”

City play rivals United on 11 November and a few United fans on Twitter were wondering if 20-year-old Fosu-Mensah has inadvertently helped them out.

Manchester United transfer news: Valencia want to sign Red Devils starlet Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan

19 Jul

Valencia are interested in snapping up Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan, according to reports in Spain.

The versatile 20-year-old spent last season out on loan at Crystal Palace, and he played an integral part in helping the Eagles avoid the dreaded drop from the Premier League to the Championship.

9. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace, on loan from Manchester United) has played 1592 minutes of Premier League football this season
Fosu-Mensah put in some impressive performances for Crystal Palace last season

Fosu-Mensah’s impressive performances have seen him linked with a return to Selhurst Park this summer, but United are said to be looking at alternative options for the Netherlands Under-21 international.

According to Super Deporte, the Red Devils have held initial conversations with Valencia regarding Fosu-Mensah and a proposed loan deal could be struck between United and the LaLiga side.

One potential stumbling block, however, is Valencia’s desire to include a purchase option at the end of Fosu-Mensah’s loan spell – something United are not keen on.

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The 20-year-old is expected to leave United this summer as he’ll have no real first-team opportunities this season

Nonetheless, Valencia remain hopeful of concluding a deal for the young defender – who is unlikely to feature in Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad next season.