Manchester United Transfer News Roundup: Juan Mata opens up on playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo; Red Devils backed to sign Lille defender, and more

Manchester United are gearing up for the final match of the 2021-22 campaign against Crystal Palace on Sunday. A win would secure their spot at sixth on the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Juan Mata has hinted at playing with Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford. Elsewhere, Paddy Kenny has backed the Reds to sign a Lille defender.

On that note, here’s a look at the key Manchester United transfer stories for May 21, 2022:


Juan Mata opens while playing with Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) has been one of the goalscoring targets for Manchester United this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo (right) has been one of the goalscoring targets for Manchester United this season.

Juan Mata has opened up about sharing the pitch with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese joined Manchester United last summer and has enjoyed a mixed season so far. While the Red Devils struggled on the pitch, the 34-year-old rarely shined at Old Trafford.

Speaking to The Athletic (via MEN), Mata revealed Ronaldo’s preparations for a match.

“No matter if he plays better or worse, if he scores or not, he always does the same thing before and after the game. So for him, the game is just the most important part of his day. It’s something I can look into. He said, ‘this is the right thing to do because that way you’ll be more confident in the game against yourself. I did everything I could to play well. I will play well’. He’s a great example of how he prepares for matches,” said Mata.

He continued:

“There was an argument between the tables, but nothing serious. Cristiano does a very sensible thing on a vacation; he invests his energy, effort and time in his happiness. I mean, it totally makes sense if you try and be the best you can physically and mentally, not just to play football but to live a healthier and better life. That’s what he does. “

Mata: “Cristiano [Ronaldo] Invest your energy, effort and time into your happiness. It makes complete sense to strive to be the best you can physically and mentally, not just to play football, but to live a healthier and better life. ” #MUFC

Mata further sheds light on his time alongside Ronaldo at Manchester United:

“I think maybe this debate (whether he’s a good fit for United’s style) exists because of who he is. He is the top scorer in professional football history, so everyone will talk about him, for good or bad. Where is the standard and the will to win, to show off in the most important moments of the season. He has the capacity to do that. “

The Spaniard added:

“So it was a great experience to get to know him better, to train with him and to see how he understands football. I’ve had many conversations with him about it. He’s a bit older than me – so maybe he doesn’t” Don’t look at it like this – but I think we’re coming from a generation that sees football in a different way than the new generation. “


Paddy Kenny backs Manchester United to sign Sven Botman

Sven Botman is wanted at Old Trafford.
Sven Botman is wanted at Old Trafford.

Former England goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has backed Manchester United to sign Sven Botman. The Lille defender is currently in talks with AC Milan but is also being watched by the Red Devils.

🚨 Manchester United made a move to buy Sven Botman when they wanted to beat AC Milan to sign the 22-year-old Lille midfielder. (Source: Football Insider)

Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny said that the Old Trafford team could win a contract with Botman if they wanted to.

“They still have that traction; they might give him something to think about. Off the pitch, they are still the biggest club in the world. That pull is still there. There are 80,000 at Old Trafford every weekend. It’s an iconic stadium. They have a new manager, and there is new hope there,” said Kenny.

He continued:

“We’re not used to the way Manchester United play lately, but they still have that name. If Man United want him, they will get him. I am sure about that. That would also be a statement, and I’m sure that’s what they want. “

Botman, 22, has a contract with Lille until 2025.


Kevin Phillips advises Newcastle United to sign Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson is likely to move out this summer.
Dean Henderson is likely to move out this summer.

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has advised Newcastle United to sign Dean Henderson. The Manchester United goalkeeper has struggled to find opportunities at Old Trafford and wants to leave this summer.

Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said that Henderson was worth his £40m price tag.

“Forty million pounds now is nothing, certainly for Newcastle. Considering his position, his age, he’s limited by England – that’s a great price. You’re getting a goalkeeper you know will last a long time, and they’re definitely worth the money. At this point, a deal seems pretty inevitable. “

Henderson, whose contract runs until 2025, has made just three appearances this season, none in the Premier League.


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