Manchester United will be back in action this weekend when they take on Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. The Premier League action returns after a two-week break due to international friendly matches ahead of the World Cup this summer. Sergio Romero and Ashley Young got slight injuries on international duty, but overall, it has been a positive break for Man United players.
The team will now focus once again at their club duties, as the crucial part of the season sets in. The first match will be against Swansea City and a win against the Welsh side would get the Devils ever more closer to securing the second place for themselves.
After Swansea, who are still fighting to secure their place in the Premier League next season, Manchester United will visit Etihad Stadium to play their city rivals. A win against the Swans would be a good start to this mini cycle ahead of a tough clash that awaits Mourinho and his team on 7 April.
Change Of Roles At Manchester United
There was a report from Manchester Evening News that the slight changes will occur at the club. Well, they might not turn to be that slight, depending on what approach will Jose Mourinho take. The manager will now be the only person deciding on new players to be brought in during transfer windows, as M.E.N. claim that the director of football operations will not be involved with any transfer or scouting related activity.
This means that Mourinho will retain control over transfers at the club and the role of director of football operations will be a new version of the club secretary role. We will see how the changes will affect the club in the market and what decisions the manager will make. For long-term, there would probably be more need for a good sporting director to focus on the longer future of the club, not only on the current manager that might not be at the club in couple of years.
After all, it will all depend on the type of players Mourinho will want to get to Manchester United and how they will fit the frame.
Saudi Arabian Striker Joins The Team
Sky Sports confirmed on Thursday afternoon that the Saudi Arabian Mohammad Al-Sahlawi will join Manchester United squad. The 31-year old striker is set to train with Jose Mourinho’s team for three weeks. Al-Sahlawi is, as it was reported, eager to sharpen his game ahead of the World Cup this summer.
He had played 33 times for Saudi Arabia and scored 26 goals in the process. This information was confirmed by Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia on Twitter.
Saudi Arabia will be part of the World Cup this summer, as they will feature in Group A together with Russia, Uruguay and Egypt. Al-Sahlawi and his teammates will be part of the opening match on 14 June, when they take on Russia in Moscow.