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    Manchester United post record-breaking financial figures
    topping half a billion in revenue for second consecutive year

    United last year became the first British club to break the half-billion mark and have improved on that position, with revenue rising from £515.3m to £581.2m

    Manchester United have posted record-breaking revenues for the second consecutive year Getty
    Manchester United have earned more than half a billion pounds for the second successive year, with a record-breaking revenue of £581.2million.

    While Jose Mourinho's men stuttered home sixth in the Premier League and went without Champions League football, the money-making machine was still in full flow last season.

    United last year became the first British club to break the half-billion mark and have improved on that position, with revenue rising from £515.3m to £581.2m for the year ending 30 June 2017.

    The club - who in January returned the top of the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time since 2005 - achieved a record operating profit of £80.8m and record earnings of £199.8m before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.

    United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: "We concluded a successful 2016/17 season with a total of three trophies and a return to Champions League football.
    "The year saw us set record revenues of over £581m and achieve a record EBITDA of £199.8m.
    "We are pleased with the investment in our squad and look forward to an exciting season."

    United are expecting to post a revenue of between £575m and £585m for the year ending June 30, 2018.

    Woodward is delighted with the progress the club have made on and off the pitch (Getty)

    The accounts show wages increased by £31.3m to £263.5m in the previous financial year as Mourinho's appointment was followed by the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - but in terms of percentage of revenue it broadly remains the same.

    Retail revenue increased by £6.7m thanks in part to the fact the full year of their agreement with Adidas came into account along with growth in the Megastore.

    United's net debt decreased by £47.8m to £213.1m over the year.

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    Away to Saints, don't think it's another walkover.

    Virgil van Dijk could make his first start for Southampton since January, having returned to competitive action as a substitute last weekend. He will be assessed after playing for the U23 side on Monday but Matt Targett is a doubt due to an ankle injury.

    Manchester United have no fresh injury worries with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial pushing their claims for a starting role by scoring in the League Cup win over Burton.
    Marcos Rojo and Paul Pogba remain out.

    Jonathan Pearce: "Every time I climb up to the St Mary's gantry a Saints fan asks me: 'Will we be okay this season?'. I've always reassured him. In all honesty I can't do so right now.
    "Any side that has scored just one home goal from free play in 725 minutes, with eight home scoring blanks in nine matches, is bound to find trouble. They have to get Charlie Austin fully fit and firing.
    "Manchester United look far too strong for them. They average three goals a game. Romelu Lukaku alone has more than the whole Southampton side. Jose Mourinho looks like the cat that got the cream.
    "It's 14 years since a Saints home win in this fixture. I can't see that hoodoo being broken."

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino: "When we play against the biggest team in the world, it allows us to draw some conclusions about how we are.
    "This is for me the nice challenge and we have to strive for this.
    "Playing against Manchester United is one of the most beautiful things. I will live this opportunity, I will live this game, and now we have to try to enjoy this game."

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "Southampton is the kind of club that are very stable in the way they play and in the way they see football, the qualities of their players...
    "I see the match tomorrow as a very difficult match."

    I am expecting United to dominate this game and create lots of chances. Eventually they will find a way through.
    Prediction: 0-2



    • Southampton's 24 Premier League defeats in this fixture is their worst record against any opponent.
    • Manchester United have won 16 of the last 22 meetings, losing just three.
    • Saints could equal their longest Premier League winless streak at home against a single opponent. They have gone seven games without victory against Middlesbrough (1998-2004) and Liverpool (1994-2000).


    • Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last 10 Premier League matches at St Mary's, and managed two home wins in 11.
    • However, they have kept three clean sheets in five games this season.
    • An 11th league defeat of the year against United would match their total number of losses in 2016 - with 15 matches still to play.
    • Southampton were winless last season in all 12 matches against sides who finished in the top six (D4, L8).
    • Former Valencia boss Mauricio Pellegrino failed in his four attempts to beat Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid (D2, L2).

    Manchester United

    • A fifth victory in six matches would give United a club record-equalling 16 points at this stage of a Premier League campaign.
    • However, the Red Devils have triumphed only once in six away league fixtures (D3, L2).
    • They have scored nine goals in the 80th minute or later - more than the total goal tally of 17 Premier League rivals.
    • A league-high eight players have scored for United this season.
    • Henrikh Mkhitaryan has already been involved in six Premier League goals this season - one more than throughout the previous campaign.
    • Romelu Lukaku could become the first Premier League player to score at St Mary's for three clubs, having already done so for Everton and West Brom.

    SAM's verdict
    Most probable score: 1-1
    Probability of draw: 26%
    Probability of home win: 24% Probability of away win: 50%

    SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by @ProfIanMcHale at the University of Liverpool that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.
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    Mesut Ozil will snub Arsenal's contract offer
    and wants to join Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

    The German international has decided to run his contract down which means he will be a free agent next summer

    Arsenal contract rebel Mezut Ozil is hoping for a shock move to Manchester United.
    It would mean the 28-year-old Gunners midfielder linking up again with Jose Mourinho, his manager during their time together at Real Madrid.

    The German international has decided to run his contract down which means he will be a free agent next summer.
    Emirates team-mate Alexis Sanchez who is in an identical contract situation has also been linked with a switch to Old Trafford but the Chilean star is more likely to end up at neighbours Manchester City possibly in the January transfer window.
    But Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal that Ozils advisors have put out feelers over a potential move to Manchester United and the feedback has been encouraging.

    Mourinho is a big fan of the talented playmaker and would encourage the Old Trafford hierarchy to make a move for a player who wont cost a fee.

    That would then free up the cash to meet the contract demands of the German who has been asking Arsenal to cough up around £250,000-a-week.
    Even though United have made a bright start to the season and look likely Premier League title contenders Mourinho is always planning for the longer term future.

    It's why he is considering adding Ozil to his attacking armoury while still holding an interest in Atletico Madrids brilliant French star Antoine Griezmann. Ozil who is also wanted by Inter Milan, fancies staying in England and moving to a club which has a realistic chance of winning major trophies.

    It would be a blow to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seeing another major star leave for one of the North London clubs rivals.
    Robin van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United five years ago in a £25million deal and ended up with a title winners medal in his first season. Ozil would love to take the same route with a similar outcome.
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    Ferdinand's new career

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    Fair comment and analysis over last one away to Saints:

    Southampton vs Manchester United:
    Five things we learned from the visitors' 1-0 win on the south coast

    Romelu Lukaku's first-half strike proved to be the difference at St Mary's

    Romelu Lukaku celebrates what turned out to be the winning goaManchester United secured their fifth league win of the season on Saturday afternoon, beating Southampton 1-0.

    In a closely-contested affair at St Mary's, Romelu Lukaku's first-half goal clinched victory as Jose Mourinho's men retained their place at the top of the table alongside rivals City. Southampton enjoyed a number of close chances in the second half but failed to find a deserved equaliser.

    Here's five things we learned:

    Mourinho remains the only man Martial must convince

    Anthony Martial was magical in United’s midweek win against Burton in the EFL Cup. It was his movement and quick feet, dancing his way through the visiting defence, which set Jesse Lingard up for United's third while his assertive and composed finish from close range extended the home side's lead to four goals. In all, it was a dazzling display of football which alluded to a rediscovered sense of purpose and confidence.

    Martial must convince Mourinho of his worth in the PL (Getty)

    But there seems to be one man who remains unconvinced. Despite fans’ pleas to field both Martial and Marcus Rashford, Mourinho once again overlooked the Frenchman, opting to leave him on the bench. It’s true: Martial’s impressive midweek performance came against a side currently sat in 19th of the Championship, meaning we can’t jump to any conclusions over the Frenchman. It may well be the case that Mourinho is waiting for the youngster to recreate such a display against one of the Premier League’s bigger sides before he’s given the nod. But until that moment, it looks like he'll have to make do with starting from the bench.

    United showing resilience of champions – but how long will this last?
    As was the case against Everton last weekend, today’s scoreline fails to fully reflect the nature of the game. Given Southampton’s dominance in the second half, and their plethora of chances in front of goal, United should have ultimately been held to a draw.

    Nonetheless, the visitors managed to hold on for all three points. It’s these sort of backs-against-the-wall victories which often make the difference between league champions and also-rans, and United will undoubtedly feel buoyed by the result. But despite taking all three points at St Mary’s, there’s an elephant in the room which is growing increasingly harder to ignore. If United are only capable of scraping past sides such as Southampton, how will they ultimately fare against their top-six rivals. In truth, Mourinho’s men have enjoyed a relatively soft start to the campaign. Their biggest tests are yet to come and victories such as these today could be propagating a false sense of security at the club.

    Southampton fail to take their chances

    With six goals to his name in the league so far this season, Lukaku has found the back of the net on two more occasions than the whole of Southampton’s side. It’s a damning statistic that points to the home side's blunted attack, which once again failed to deliver. From Dusan Tadic and Shane Long to Oriol Romeu, Southampton enjoyed their fair share of chances, especially in the second half, but they were incapable of finding that all-important equaliser. The January window can't come soon enough when the club should be looking to recruit a reliable goalscorer.

    Long was unable to find an equaliser (Getty)

    Young offers food for thought
    That United are lacking a go-to left-back is common knowledge, with Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young all being handed their chance to make a claim for the spot. But against Southampton today, 32-year-old Young certainly offered Mourinho food for thought. It was his delicious cross, coming after some neat footwork, that set Lukaku up for his goal while the defensive aspects of his game - which were always going to face scrutiny - were surprisingly sound. On those occasions where he lost Tadic, he did well to recover and put in a number of important blocks inside United’s final third. He’s still far from what Mourinho wants and needs, and at 32 his shelf life is no doubt coming to an end, but he could prove to be a quick fix before the January transfer window opens.

    Young in action for United (AFP)

    United need to take hardline approach over Lukaku chant

    United fans sing racist Lukaku song despite him asking them not to

    And so a small minority of United’s fans once again reared their ugly heads after signing that Romelu Lukaku chant - and appearing seemingy proud to do so. Ignoring pleas not to do so, this group of supporters proceeded to sing the song after the forward had put United ahead in the 20th minute. To make it worst, these fans were then heard gleefully boosting about such insubordination: "We're Man United, we'll sing what we want."

    After both the FA and Kick It Out contacted the club calling for something to be done, United must now make sure they take a hardline approach against those fans who are embarrassingly unaware that any assumption about someone made solely on the basis of that person’s race - regardless of it being a ‘positive’ assumption - is racist. United need to take this seriously and act as quickly as possible.

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