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Manchester United vs Derby County Preview

Manchester United vs Derby County Preview

A poor performance on Saturday overshadowed United's good form of late as the run of three back-to-back wins came to an end as Wolves held United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. It was a performance full of attacking play and excellent goalkeeping from both David de Gea and Rui Patricio but in the end the result was a just one but a damaging one for the Red Devils as they now lie in seventh place as Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 on Sunday. United now have a cup game against Frank Lampard's Derby County to prepare for and many questions surround the fixture, mostly centred around team selection. 
One player guaranteed to start is Diogo Dalot who, although impressing against Young Boys in the Champions League, was rested against Wolves for the returning Valencia. While Rashford serves the last of his three-game suspension, Matic is free to start against his former teammate's side and was sorely missed against Wolves. Jose Mourinho has als…

Manchester United vs Wolves Match Analysis and Player ratings

Manchester United were back at Old Trafford on Saturday after three back to back away wins which also included a great 3-0 victory against Young Boys in the Champions League. High flying Wolves were in the town who themselves had gained momentum after two consecutive 1-0 wins over West Ham and Burnley.   Starting XIDe Gea
Valencia     Smalling     Lindelof     Shaw
Fred     Fellaini     Pogba
Lingard     Lukaku     Sanchez
Wolves are a not your usual small club which goes away to a top-six club and parks the bus and looks for a tame draw. Instead, Wolves came to United and played proper attacking football. They had done a similar thing when they faced Manchester City earlier this season and earned a point against the champions. They started the game on a brighter note and within the first ten minutes, worked the ball out to Raul Jimenez who forced a save out of De Gea. De Gea had to be alert again on a corner when he saved Boly's header from point-blank range. But as the game progresse…

Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview

Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview After Manchester United eased into a 3-0 away win in Switzerland against Young Boys on Wednesday night, they return to Old Trafford to face high-flying Wolves who are aiming to continue their excellent form this season after back-to-back wins against West Ham and Burnley following a creditable draw against the holding champions. 
Wolves' success is mainly due to the Portugese influence in the team with big names such as Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves important members of the team so far this season. This influence is credited to their 44 year old manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, who featured in the Porto team that was managed by Mourinho himself from 2002-04. Jose has come out and said that his former player has earned the right to be called a Premier League manager due to the heroics of last season as they won the Championship with two games to spare and the have only grown as a team and evolved to suit Premier Leagu…

Young Boys vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Manchester United win comfortably away from home against Young Boys to open their champions league campaign with a 3-0 victory!
But who impressed or who didn’t? Here I will rate each of their performances from our champions league opener.

David De Gea: 8
Although he didn’t have too much to do in the 2nd half of this match, he did make some pretty good and important saves for Manchester United in the 1st half. So for that, 8.

Dalot: 8
Despite a few slip ups, the kid had a spectacular night on his debut! Got some pretty good looking crosses in and went in for the attack as well, also almost got himself an assist, but Lukaku was offside unfortunately.

Smalling: 7
Made a vital save when the game was 0-0 and seemed to always be at the right place last night. Soild performance.

Lindeof: 6.5
Did seem a bit uncomfortable last night but held his own for the most part I believe. Decent performance for me.

Nearly had himself an assist with Rashford and was the one that was gave Mancheste…

Man United v Sheffield United: Match Preview

After their triumphant return to women's league football against Aston Villa, beating them a staggering 12-0, all heads turn to Manchester United's first home league game of the season.

Sheffield will travel to Manchester on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Durham in their league opener as well as a 2-0 defeat at home to Birmingham in the Continental Cup.

While Sheffield was in action this weekend in the Cup, United's Cup division has an odd number of teams - giving them a week rest to perform on the back of.
Players to look out for  After United swept aside Villa in their league opener, it was clear to see that they are a strong and disciplined sign with some exceptional talent.  Jess Sigsworth  Sigsworth is no stranger to the FA Women's Championship - the forward spent last season with Doncaster Belles and finished as top scorer with 15 goals. More impressively, Sigsworth already has five goals to her name after just one game, proving to be exciting not only for fans but…

Young Boys vs Manchester United Match Analysis

Young Boys vs Manchester United Match Analysis Manchester United looked for their third consecutive away win with a trip to Switzerland in the Champions league as they took on Young Boys. This was no easy test for United, who have had a inconsistent start to the season, however United went their expecting the full 3 points and nothing less than the first win in the Champions League this season. The team sheet was much changed from the team that beat Watford last weekend. Martial and Rashford came back into the team and joined Lukaku in attack while youngest Dalot made his United debut after his summer move to United. In this game we also saw a return to the trio of Fred, Matic and Pogba in midfield after a few games apart.
Manchester United XI: David De Gea, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelöf, Diogo Dalot, Paul Pogba (c), Nemanja Matic, Fred, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford
Young Boys XI: David von Ballmoos, Loris Benito, Steve von Bergen, Mohamed Ali Camara, Kevi…

Young Boys vs Manchester United Preview

Young Boys vs Manchester United Preview The Champions League returns for Manchester United and with an away fixture in Switzerland as Young Boys host the Red Devils tomorrow at 19:45 GMT. This is such a big game for United's momentum as, after back-to-back wins against Burnley and Watford have boosted United's sombre mood following the shock defeat to Brighton and the humbling at Old Trafford to Spurs. A victory in Switzerland should carry United's momentum into a potentially dangerous home game against Wolves on Saturday, who have already taken points off Everton and Manchester City. United's last game against Watford showed the importance of killing games off as Watford easily could have equalised were it not for David de Gea and this game should be no different. 
Whilst United have had issues in the Premier League, Young Boys have been excellent so far this season with nine wins out of ten so far and are top of their league. While United's game on Sunday was a …

Watford vs Manchester United Match Analysis

Starting XIDe Gea
Valencia   Smalling    Lindelof    Young
Pogba      Fellaini      Matic
  Lingard     Lukaku      Sanchez
The mundane international break got over and our beloved Premier League football was back this weekend. Manchester United, after two back to back defeats against Brighton and Spurs, had beaten Burnley but the untimely international break had halted the momentum. The match at Vicarage Road was a huge test for Jose Mourinho and his men.

Watford, fresh from a come back win against Spurs, were full of confidence on Saturday as they chased a fifth straight win in the Premier League. It wasn't going to be easy for United as Watford had given United a tough time in recent years. Although United had won 5 of the past 6 meetings, the Hornets gave United a scare in each of those five wins.

Jose Mourinho had made one change to the starting XI that beat Burnley 2-0 as Ashley Young came in for Luke Shaw who got injured on England duty. Vicarage Road was bouncing as Troy Deeney …

Watford vs Manchester United Player Ratings

What a great well contested game against Watford, going 2-0 up to 2-1 with a nervy end to the game and a special thanks to Manchester United hero once more, David De Gea!

In case you missed it:

Goals from Lukaku & Chris Smalling were enough to seal the victory for the Red Devils!

But.. who shined & who didn't? We go over my player ratings for the 2-1 victory against Watford.

David De Gea: 9
Why? Simply because he mad very huge saves in the first half and towards the very end of the game! He didn't have too much to do at first but when called upon, he steps up for the Red Devils once again.

Valencia: 6
Although he had the ball often, we didn't see too much of him playing effectively in my opinion. But he did get a few crosses in.

Smalling: 7

Although he did get on the score sheets with an impressive goal, he had some moments that lead to the goal from his side. But looked comfortable at the set pieces against the composition.
Lindeof: 7
Solid performance, but of easily…

Watford vs Manchester United Preview

Watford vs Manchester United Preview Finally, the Premier League returns after such a long fortnight of international football and with a crucial game for Manchester United as they travel south to Watford for their fifth game of the season on Saturday at 5:30pm GMT. While Watford can boast of a 12/12 points tally in the Premier League with victories against Burnley, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Tottenham, United have had a shaky start with defeats to both Tottenham and Brighton sandwiched inside a 2-1 victory against Leicester and a comfortable 2-0 win at Burnley. This is a vital game for United to prove they are still top four contestants as well as title challengers this season and must secure three points and no less at Vicarage Road. 
Since Watford were promoted to the Premier League for the 2015/16 season, United have had to work hard to earn the five wins out of six games so far against the Hornets. The first of which was at Vicarage Road in which an early volley from Memphis D…

Diogo Dalot, the right man to replace Luke Shaw against Watford

Luke Shaw has been absolutely tremendous for Manchester United this season thus far, completely and absolutely certainly has locked down that Left-back position for the reds. No Alex Sandro transfer needed right?

But unfortunately for some of us and the whole Manchester United squad, they may be without their start Left-back due to Shaw being carried off with a head injury during the Spain Vs England defeat after clashing heads with the opposition. Shaw, who also made an ridiculous assist to fellow team-mate Marcus Rashford to put one by other fellow team mate (opponent) David De Gea. It is said Luke Shaw is required to attend a mandatory seven-day concussion protocol, meaning he is set to miss the clash with the unbeaten Watford!

So who exactly could we use to replace him? The obvious choices are likely Darmian & Ashley Young. But what if Jose didn't want to go to his obvious choices?
Yes, I'm talking about the one we've all been waiting on..


After signin…

Aston Villa v Man United: Attention turns to the league for historic reds

Manchester United Women will begin their historic footballing campaign away at Aston Villa this afternoon.

Having beat their fierce rivals Liverpool in the opening Conti Cup game, and putting in a positive performance in a loss to Reading, the excitement around this team is beginning to build.

Their resilience and passion is something that is resonating amongst fans and encouraging them to back this new, young and slightly inexperienced side.

With promotion the main goal for this season, United will be hoping to kick off with a convincing win to send a message to their league opponents.

''It's very important for us [to make a good start in the league], we've been building up to this. We've had two, I think, good performances on the pitch in the cup and now it turns to the league,'' Stoney told MUTV.

Team morale is evidently high, and this will no doubt be aided by the players returning from international duty after the last week.

Toone, M. Turner and Zelem…

Could Manchester United's problems be solved by a Sir Alex Ferguson recruit?

Could Manchester United's problems be solved by a Sir Alex Ferguson recruit?
It’s fair to say Manchester United have not had the strongest of starts to the new Premier League season.
The pressure of managing one of the biggest clubs in the world is clearly showing on manager Jose Mourinho, who cuts a bewildered and beleaguered figure in post-match press conferences.
The recent defeat to Spurs only exacerbated the situation, this coming in a game United could have had wrapped up by halftime. One side took their chances, the other did not. There’s a narrow line between success and failure.
That narrow line is, usually, the United defence, something Mourinho has wanted to strengthen but has been unable to do so. Whilst big-spending Manchester City can simply replace one big money flop if things don’t work out, United cannot. Or will not.
The case of the missing defence has been highlighted against Brighton and Spurs. On both occasions, fragilities were punished and, if that continues…

Time for fans to accept and back Marouane Fellaini

image from The Sun
It has been 5 long years for many Manchester United fans since David Moyes made the what some may call 'Panic buy' Marouane Fellaini from Everton back in summer 2013. And fans were almost certain he would be out the door once Jose Mourhino arrived at Old Trafford in 2016. But actually, he's been a very big and important factor in the Portuguese's System for Man Utd having recently pinned him down for at least another two years at Manchester United. It seemed to be the most important signing for him this past summer I must say. although he isn't considered 'World Class' nor 'a Manchester united player' and probably never will be even if he goes on to win countless trophies, my question is..

 is the criticism that the Big Belgian gets really all that fair?

My answer would be NO!

 He's played his part when called upon not only for his club but also for his country! As we saw during the 2018 World Cup when he came on as a substit…

Burnley vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Manchester United have beaten Burnley 2-0 and have turned the corner and are back in the title race. Okay, let us not get ahead of ourselves here. It was just Burnley, wasn't it? Well, Burnley or not, it was a result that Manchester United badly needed. Jose Mourinho motivated his troops to forget about the 3-0 defeat against Spurs and produce an amazing performance at Turf Moor.

Manchester United XI David De Gea
Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelöf, Luke Shaw
Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, 
Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez
David De Gea(GK) - 8/10 De Gea got his first clean sheet of the season at Turf Moor with an authoritative performance. He dealt very well with the aerial balls and crosses put in by Burnley. At the end he made a smart save off Sam Voakes' header to keep the scoreline at 2-0.
Antonio Valencia(RB) - 6/10 This was Valencia's second match of the season and he didn't look at his best. He was solid in defense but d…

A new chapter for our International Reds

The Premier League has finally kicked off and we have experienced four game weeks pass by. Manchester United have had a relatively slow and bad start based on the competition in the league, winning two and losing two. But, the fans have been given some positive news regarding Jose’s adoption of attacking football and his love for the fans. Attacking mentality may not have been fully established under Mourinho but, the signs are positive.
With the completion of 4 game weeks, it is time for the International break where the reds will go on abroad to represent their national sides right after the World Cup in Russia. This time instead of playing in dull meaningless international friendlies many reds will feature in the newly created UEFA Nations League, an international competition where all 55 UEFA member nations will be drawn into leagues as per their official rankings. They will then be drawn into groups in which they will internally compete and try to reach the knock-out rounds. Don…

Weekly review- From Hegel to Hero

A week after the humiliating downfall at the Theatre of Dreams in the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, it’s safe to say this hasn’t been the easiest week for Manchester United supporters, with Jose Mourinho and the board at the centre of the scrutiny from the media. The 3-0 defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s men was considered both woeful and wasteful, with United missing a number of opportunities in a commanding first half display that should’ve wrapped up the game. Along with a handful of defensive errors, Mourinho’s men were criticised for crumbling in the second half after Harry Kane glanced a header into David De Gea’s top left-hand corner. The result led Mourinho to present himself to the remaining fans in front of the Stretford End, applauding them for staying right until the final whistle. They responded by cheering his name and clapping back. Perhaps this gave us a little insight into the feelings of the fans.

Speculation of unrest in the dressing room spiralled right after the match…

Burnley vs Manchester United Match Analysis

This game saw Manchester United once again look to bounce back after a defeat, this time at the hands of Spurs at Old Trafford. Following that defeat, much had been said in the week leading up to this game about the club, the team, the players and Mourinho given the disappointing start to the season. However, there seemed to be a clear shift of blame from the fans at Mourinho to Ed Woodward and the board, and though not all fans want him at the club it’s fair to say that many are now fully backing him and his teams. I for one am fully behind him and what he is looking to do at United at this current time.

The team sheet saw a few changes from the defeat against Spurs, with the formation going back to a 433 and Victor Lindelöf and Marouane Fellaini coming into the team replacing the injured Phil Jones and Fred. The squad saw Mourinho keep faith with several players who seemed to under perform in the previous game such as the likes of Pogba, Matic and Lukaku, and in turn Mourinho looked…