Manchester United vs Inter Milan Match Analysis

Manchester United beat Inter 1-0 in Singapore on a rather hot and exhausting day. The stadium, despite being on neutral territory, felt like it was being played in Manchester. The crowd raucously cheered every United movement and jeered Inter and their dirty tackles. United started with David De Gea playing behind a back-line of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe, and Luke Shaw. In midfield we had a double pivot of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic playing behind Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James, with Anthony Martial playing as the lone striker. This was temporary as Martial, Rashford, and James kept switching positions.  The high press and pace persisted throughout the game as we dominated through the first half (even if we lacked the goals to show for it). James had a couple of half decent chances but he needs to work harder on his finishing abilities and movement in the final third. With that sorted out, we'll have a very good player on our hands.  Our ba…

Juan Mata - The secret to United's attacking success next season?

Juan Mata - The secret to United's attacking success next season?

During our first 2 games of pre-season in 2019/20 we have seen Juan Mata play a more central role then we have previously watched him for most of his United career. For the past few seasons especially, United fans have gotten acustomed to Manchester United's number 8 playing out of position on the wing, rather than in his prefered number 10 position. And as a result of this Mata effectiveness for Man United has has declined, however if we continue you to use him in a number 10 role we could see his contribution to the team increase significantly.

Whilst playing at number 10 during pre-season we are seeing extremely positive things from Juan Mata and his effect on the attacking output of this new look Manchester United team. This position benefits Mata more than when he plays on the wing, as there is less defensive contributions to be made buy a number 10. Additionally, he is able to utilise his best attributes i…

Manchester United vs Inter Milan Preview

Manchester United are back; this time in Singapore and up against a slightly stronger side than Leeds and Perth Glory as they face Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup. 
It is very clear that Solskjaer is working on a fluid front three, with Daniel James and Greenwood impressing alongside Rashford. Juan Mata was terrific against Leeds in the number 10 role. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was also excellent against Leeds and looks to be a shrewd signing. Paul Pogba is now seemingly leaning towards staying at Old Trafford, though, and the midfielder's two performances this summer suggest that he is committed to the cause. The same cannot be said for Romelu Lukaku, however, as he (being firmly linked with Inter) is yet to feature this summer due to fitness problems. Inter will be looking to build on their friendly win over last weekend when they take on United in Singapore. The Italian giants are behind when it comes to preparations for the new campaign, but are hungry for a positive r…

Manchester United vs Leeds United Match Analysis

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Making their second trip to the Optus Stadium in Perth after just 4 days, Manchester United defeated Leeds United 4-0 in what was a dominant and very impressive team performance. Ole started two different XI's for each half once again and gave almost every player in the squad a chance to impress and all gained match sharpness and fitness as a result. The only unused player within the named squad was Tuanzebe, with Luke Shaw out nursing a minor injury and Romelu Lukaku not involved as he allegedly pushes through a move away to Inter Milan.
First Half XI: Romero, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Rojo, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Mata, James, Rashford.
Second Half XI: J.Pereira, Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Young, Matic, A.Pereira, Lingard, Gomes, Chong, Martial  
Goals: Greenwood, Rashford, Jones, Martial (pen) Assists: Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, A.Pereira, Chong
Goal Analysis The first goal started with a clever, pinpoint reverse pass from Pogba, playing W…

Manchester United vs Leeds United: Player Ratings

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United’s first half starting XI
Sergio Romero - 7.0 Sergio had a neat and tidy first 45 with some solid goalkeeping, including a crucial save with his feet when United were 1.0 up.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 8.0 Another impressive run out from United’s new right-back signing, he was defensively sound snuffing out Leeds attacks down the left and making some crucial blocks and interceptions. He also put in a fine low cross for United’s first.
Victor Lindelof - 7.5 Seems to be the leader in the back four during the first half, he marshalled the back line well, while looking good on the ball.

Eric Bailly - 7.0
He will have been happy to have come through 45 minutes unscathed. He partnered Victor Lindelof well, making some important interceptions. 
Marcos Rojo - 6.5 Shoehorned in to the team today to get some minutes in to his legs, however left back is not really his position and offered the team very little.
Scott McTominay - 7.5 Scott showed great energy as always in United’s midfi…

Manchester United vs Leeds United Preview

Manchester United are set to take on Leeds United in their second preparation fixture tomorrow in what could become a pre-season grudge match between two old rivals. 
United got their tour off to a successful start on Saturday after a solid 2-0 victory against Perth Glory with the goals coming from Marcus Rashford and James Garner. The Red Devils put themselves through their paces, showing off their already impressive fitness levels in the tour opener. 
Leeds have just arrived in Australia for a double header against United and Western Sydney Wanderers. Their head coach, Marcelo Bielsa, elected to take half of his squad to Australia and leave the other half behind in England for extra fitness training. The Whites have already got two pre-season games under their belt, albeit against low-level opposition, meaning they could prove a good test to a United side that is still largely out of rhythm. 
Teams: Manchester United vs Leeds United  KO: 17th July 2019 12:00pm GMT Location: Optus Stadium…

Dani Ceballos Player Analysis - An alternative to Fernandes and Maddison?

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Dani Ceballos is a 22-year-old Spanish central midfielder currently playing for Real Madrid, who recently won the U-21 European Championship with his national side.
His professional career started when he joined Real Betis in the 2013/14 season, before switching to Real Madrid in 2017/18, where he currently remains. He totalled 105 appearances for Betis in addition to 56 for Real Madrid and 35 for Spain (First squad + U-21 sides) respectively. His favoured position is in the '8' role in midfield, further forward than an defensive midfielder but not an out-and-out attacking midfielder. Across all of his starts last season, he started in the centre midfield '8' role in 65% of these matches (13), also playing a few in a more advanced midfield role (5) and 2 as a left forward. 
Ceballos has received a lot of attention since his 'Player of the Tournament' award at the 2017 U-21 European Championships as well his his more recent 2 goals…