Here are the Manchester United evening headlines for Friday, May 22.
Luke Shaw picks out key reason for individual improvement
Red Devils left-back Luke Shaw has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the individual improvement he’s shown this season.
The 24-year-old reportedly had a terse relationship with Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho and struggled with injuries before nailing down a consistent place in the team again this season.
“He knows what players need. I had a difficult couple of years before he came in; I think maybe he realised that and knew what I needed,” he told United’s official website.
“He’s really helped me off the pitch. He obviously believes in me, he tells me that. That’s the confidence you need as a player: to have the manager believe in you.
“We also get on really well, and that’s a key thing: your relationship off the pitch.
“I know he’s the manager, and we all have massive respect for him, but it’s also important to have a nice relationship off the pitch too sometimes, when things aren’t too serious.”
Rabbi Matondo’s release clause revealed
Schalke attacker Rabbi Matondo could return to the Premier League if his release clause is met this summer.
The 19-year-old Manchester City academy graduate has been handed four caps for the Wales national team by United legend Ryan Giggs and has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens.
MEN Sport can reveal Matondo has a release clause in his contract of €60m (£53.7m), meaning the teenager would be free to leave Schalke if United stump up the cash, while City have a buy-back clause that would allow them to resign the Welshman for a reduced fee of €46.5m (£41.6m).
But United believe they will be able to sign Matondo for less than his release clause as they consider him as a cheaper alternative to Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Scott McTominay tips four United starlets for future success
Scott McTominay knows what it takes to break through United’s famous academy and make it into the first team.
Having originally been handed his debut by Jose Mourinho back in 2017, the Scotland international has steadily become an important man for United, making a career-best 27 senior appearances in all competitions so far this season.
And United fans have every reason to be excited about the future, as McTominay believes there are several youngsters set to make a breakthrough soon.
“There’s a lot,” McTominay said in a ‘10 fan questions’ feature on the club’s website when asked who he’s most impressed by from the next generation coming through.
“You see Di’Shon [Bernard], Largie [Ramazani], Jimmy [Garner], you see Mason [Greenwood], obviously, coming in and Mason’s on his way to being established.
“He’s not quite at that level of being a regular first-teamer, and that’s what Mason has to strive to become. He’s one of the most talented players that I’ve seen for a long time – his left-foot, right-foot shooting is ridiculous.”
Source: Manchester Evening News