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Shaw agrees new rich deal with Manchester United

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Luke Shaw‘s tumultuous run at Manchester United is back on the up, and now his contract is, too.

The 23-year-old left back has agreed a new five-year deal at Old Trafford, reportedly worth an eye-popping $200,000 per week.

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Shaw has gone 90 minutes in seven of eighth Manchester United league matches this year, missing the eighth with a concussion. He scored in United’s opener against Leicester City.

In a harbinger of things to come, Shaw missed the first five matches of his Manchester United career after arriving from Southampton for about $35 million in 2014.

Ankle, tibia, and even facial injuries limited him to 18 Premier League matches that season, and another broken leg cost him all but five matches the next season. Long-term groin and foot injuries followed in subsequent seasons.

Once healthy, there was the criticism from manager Jose Mourinho regarding his diet and fitness. But Shaw has sorted that out and impressed his boss to earn the new deal.

Next time you wonder if the weekly criticism heaped on players is worth the trouble, remember that Shaw is now getting at least 200k this week… and next week… and the week after that! But also remember what he went through to get there.

England calls up new faces, Southgate deal confirmed

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Straight into the fire, boys.

Gareth Southgate is going to test some new faces in England’s UEFA Nations League matches in Croatia and Spain.

Confirming reports from Thursday, England also announced a new contract for Southgate which extends through the 2022 World Cup.

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The FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, has lofty expectations for the program:

“We have great ambition. We will win a World Cup. We will win a Euros. We’re going to give ourselves the best possible chance with the players we have got. We want to see progress. We can feel progress. The public can sense and feel it. We want to see progress on and off the pitch.”

Derby County’s Mason Mount, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Leicester City’s James Maddison, Spurs’ Harry Winks, and Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah are the fairly unusual names in the bunch.

Luke Shaw is back in the fold, the lone Manchester United player on the roster.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham).

Defenders: John Stones (Man City), Kyle Walker (Man City), Kieran Trippier (Spurs), Danny Rose (Spurs), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Spurs), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Derby County), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), James Maddison (Leicester City), Harry Winks (Spurs), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Spurs), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Manchester United can’t break down Valencia

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  • Valencia given six yellow cards
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  • Alexis gets start

Manchester United couldn’t find a way past Valencia in a scoreless draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League.

The Red Devils are three points ahead of Valencia and two behind Juventus ahead of back-to-back match-ups with old friend Cristiano Ronaldo.

United had four of the match’s five shots on target, and out-attempted Valencia 17-8.

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United were clearly the superior side over the first 45 minutes, but what good is that without danger? Aside from a pair of Romelu Lukaku hopeful crosses and two even more hopeful penalty shouts, the Red Devils couldn’t find a way through.

Goncalo Guedes had the first chance of the second half for either side, hitting a shot from the chalk of the 18 that sailed wide of the frame.

United wasted a corner kick won by Paul Pogba in the 53rd as the Old Trafford crowd implored its men to attack.

Valencia goalkeeper Neto popped a laser free kick from Pogba over the bar in the 62nd minute, and an inspired tackle from Luke Shaw nearly set Pogba up for a penalty kick on the ensuing corner kick.

Alexis Sanchez left the match with 15 minutes to play after an uninspiring return to the lineup. Anthony Martial took his place, and drew a free kick from the right edge of the 18. Marcus Rashford ripped his effort off the crossbar.

Luke Shaw sent an 88th minute corner kick toward the near post, and Romelu Lukaku headed over the goal.

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Mourinho continues to spread blame around instead of taking responsibility

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From an American perspective, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Monday committed what would be a cardinal sin in most coaching circles: He refused to take full responsibility for his team’s defeat.

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Coming off a disastrous 3-1 defeat to West Ham on Saturday, Mourinho, with two days to digest his team’s performance, decided that the best way to unite his team is to remind everyone that the entire club is to blame, not just one person, the front office or the guy selling pies and a beer in the concourses.

“It’s a collective thing,” Mourinho said at a press conference Monday ahead of Man United’s home match in the UEFA Champions League against Valencia. “The reason we do not win matches is the same reason why we win matches. It’s the responsibility of everybody. The performance on the pitch in my opinion is the consequent of many factors. Luke Shaw, for example, told me something I agree with, but not totally because I am part of it and other people are part of it. But he says ‘we players on the pitch, it’s about us, we have to perform and give more’. I like that perspective but I don’t agree totally. It’s all of us.

“Everybody in the club has a role to play. The kit man has a role to play, the nutritionist has a role to play, I have a role to play, everyone has a role to play. When we win we all win and when we lose we all lose. And we lose the responsibility is the responsibility of everyone.”

Since Mourinho hasn’t taken any responsibility for the team’s performances this season, we’ve seen players decide to shoulder the burden. In the defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion, it was Paul Pogba who said the team’s “attitude” wasn’t good enough and that started with him. This past week, it was Shaw, who called his side’s performance, “horrendous” against West Ham.

Mourinho doesn’t have a problem with his players taking the blame, but as you see in the quote above, he decides that it’s not enough for the players to be at fault, it’s also the nutritionist, and the security guards, and front office staff. Of course, poor leadership and decision making in a front office can affect how a team plays on the field, but that’s not the case here. In this instance, it’s a manager, perhaps who knows he’s only got a few weeks left, trying to shape the narrative that none of this is his fault, Man United were in trouble before him and they’ll be struggling after him.

Manchester United rocked at West Ham United

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Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic scored as West Ham United piled misery on Manchester United with a 3-1 win on Saturday at the London Stadium.

Andriy Yarmolenko authored a Victor Lindelof own goal before halftime, and both Mark Noble and Lukasz Fabianski were very good for the victors.

Marcus Rashford scored for Manchester United, who is off to its joint-worst start to a Premier League season. Jose Mourinho joins David Moyes with that bit of Red Devils infamy.

Once 0-4, West Ham is now 12th with seven points. Man United slips eighth with 10.

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West Ham won a corner in the first minute, though Fabian Balbuena couldn’t get purchase on Felipe Anderson‘s well-executed service.

Anderson gave United the lead when Pablo Zabaleta raced past Luke Shaw to meet a Mark Noble through ball, sending a cross into the box. Neither Ashley Young nor Ander Herrera could stay with Anderson, and it was 1-0 behind David De Gea.

United settled into the game by the quarter hour mark, and Romelu Lukaku headed a cross off the post in the 22nd minute.

The Irons, however, doubled their advantage with a deflected Yarmolenko strike in the 43rd minute, his left-footed hit taking a hard turn off Victor Lindelof (who was keeping pace with a Marko Arnautovic run).

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United threatened more in the second half, with its best moment coming when Marouane Fellaini nodded an Ashley Young cross toward the near post. West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski was on the scene to make a fine diving stop.

Jose Mourinho took out Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial in the 71st minute, and United scored on the next chance when Rashford turned a Luke Shaw corner kick on goal.

But Arnautovic restored the two-goal cushion on another Noble through ball, holding a Carlos Sanchez jersey aloft as Mourinho walked through a sea of bubbles.