Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Saturday, November 21.
Fred says United will have to “help each other”
United midfielder Fred believes that the squad will have to “help each other” as they enter a packed schedule during the winter months.
The Brazilian, who has usurped Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in the midfield pecking order alongside Scott McTominay, says that the entire squad is important as injuries, suspensions, and fatigue have an impact over the coming weeks.
“There are a lot of games but what’s good about it is we’ve got a really good group, and we will need everyone,” Fred told United’s website . “That’s the best thing about having the group: we will be able to help each other, because there will be injuries, knocks and niggles.
“Getting a consecutive run of games and a consecutive run of wins is the goal. We know our strengths and we know what we need to work on. As I said, we have a good group and we want to try and get a good run of victories in this intense period.”
Pogba believes international break helped him
Paul Pogba believes that the international break has helped him rediscover his best form, according to his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The French international has endured a difficult start to the season. He was dropped from the starting line-up after the 6-1 defeat to Spurs and has started on the bench in over half of United’s matches. Nevertheless, Solsakjer revealed that Pogba told him that he has begun to redevelop his confidence.
Speaking to the media this week, Solskjaer said : “Paul’s had a difficult season last season. He’s had COVID now. Those three games he played for France helped us and Paul and helped France. He gets his rhythm, he gets his fitness.
“I spoke to Paul and he certainly felt towards the end of the Portugal match and definitely towards the end of the Sweden game he felt stronger for it, he played well, they qualified, of course.
“I think he’s only going to improve. Paul is, as I’ve said, a very important player and a very important person for us and to have him in form and happy is going to be vital for the run that we can hopefully put together now.”
United suffer “sophisticated” cyber attack
It was confirmed on Friday night that United suffered a “sophisticated” cyber attack .
The attack, which was described as coming from “organised cyber criminals”, is said to not have breached any personal data of customers and will not impact United’s match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening.
In a statement, the club said: “Manchester United can confirm that the club has experienced a cyber attack on our systems. The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimise the ongoing IT disruption.
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United get their Premier League campaign back underway on Saturday when they welcome strugglers West Brom to Old Trafford.
The under-pressure Reds came from behind to beat Everton last time out thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.
The players are returning from the two-week international break, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to have as few injury and fitness concerns as possible among the stars coming back from international duty.
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“Although this is a sophisticated operation by organised cyber criminals, the club has extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had rehearsed for this eventuality. Our cyber defences identified the attack and shut down affected systems to contain the damage and protect data.
“Club media channels, including our website and app, are unaffected and we are not currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers.
“We are confident that all critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain secure and operational and that tomorrow’s game against West Bromwich Albion will go ahead.”