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Manchester United vs Real Madrid ICC Preview

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Manchester United vs Real Madrid ICC Preview Well, its not been a great preseason so far; two draws to Club America and San Jose, a penalty shootout victory after a 1-1 draw with AC Milan, then a stale performance as Liverpool thumped United 4-1 in thre Michigan Stadium. With Matic, Valencia and Smalling all succumbing to injuries, Martial allowed to go home to be with his newborn child, Darmian requesting to leave United for gametime and on top of it all, the lack of transfers has dubbed this summer a 'preseason of complaints' as a lack of first team players and professional performances has left Jose Mourinho fuming and disappointed so far. The final ICC game for Manchester United will be against Los Blancos in the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. 
Real Madrid have finally relinquished their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo for a hefty fee of around £105m to Juventus and are looking to prove they can still compete without the Portugese star. This will be their first match since wi…

Manchester United vs Liverpool Analysis

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Manchester United faced Liverpool in the International Champions Cup, the premier preseason tournament for the big boys of Europe. In front of 107 thousand fans at the Rose Bowl stadium in California. Chris Smalling was injured for United in the pre-game warm up. Eric Bailly, who was given a complete rest as he had a niggle, came straight into the lineup. He played centrally in a 3-5-2 system, supported on either side by the young duo of Fosu Mensah and Tuanzebe. McTominay, Herrera and Andreas Pereira were the part of the midfield three, with Mata and Sanchez up ahead.

Liverpool started brightly and expectedly so, as most of their first team players or squad players were in the starting XI. Sadio Mane and Mo Salah combined brilliantly in the opening stages and the latter had two shots on target inside the first 12 minutes. United lacked the physicality in the attacking department as the long balls from United's defense to overcome the Liverpool's pressing found only the heads o…

Mourinho implementing his Inter Milan masterclass at Manchester United?

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Manchester United have had a positive pre-season in the United States by drawing their first two games and winning the International Champions Cup opener against AC Milan on a long-lasting penalty shoot-out. The tour has given the fans some great positives and an insight for things to come. While all were ecstatic over the win, few might have noticed that Mourinho exactly knew how he was going to set his team up against Milan, because he had already used it before, 8 years ago.
In the 2009/10 season, Jose managed Inter Milan and guided them towards a historic treble of the Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions League. in the previous season, Inter Milan had a star-studded squad which won him the Serie A. But, in the 2009/2010 season, the club had to go through a major reshuffle in midfield an attack. It was basically a brand-new midfield and attack. Stars like Figo, Vieira, Crespo, Adriano and Zlatan had all left the club which made Jose sign players which would clearly execute his…

Manchester United vs AC Milan Player Ratings

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Manchester United vs AC Milan Match Player Ratings Manchester United Player Ratings:
Lee Grant (6) –Made some decent saves during his time on the field and couldn’t really do anything against the goal for Milan, another solid game for United’s 3rd choice.
Matteo Darmain (6) – A solid performance from United’s unlike captain on the night, overlapped well in a wingback role but his final ball could be improved.
Eric Bailly (5) – He and other United defenders let Suso get in behind him for Milan's equaliser and he really didn't look too comfortable in a back three when defending, however he did look good on the ball.
Chris Smalling (6) – He was the leading the back 3 and looked solid in that role.
Axel Tuanzebe (5) – He quick and strong but still a bit naive when tracking runner in behind, he has plenty of time to work on that though.
Luke Shaw (6) – Did well when going forward with his running, and his effort from distance in the second half, still questions over whether he’s first te…

Manchester United vs AC Milan Match Analysis

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Manchester United vs AC Milan Match Analysis This, the 3rd game of Manchester United’s pre-season tour and the 1st game of the International Champions Cup for United, saw AC Milan face a United side that underwhelmed in their previous two outings against Club America and SJ Earthquakes respectively. Manchester United looked to bring some positivity back to the club after what can only be described as a sombre attitude from the fans heading into the start of the season, due to the recent lack of creativity on the pitch and the underwhelming transfer window to date. This game saw United face a good and stern test in AC Milan who, though not at the level they were 10 or so years ago, are still a huge name in European football. With Martial leaving the squad and the US Tour to be with his girlfriend for the birth of his second child, Mourinho had to change up his initial plans for the starting squad. The manager’s answer to Martial’s departure was to name S├ínchez as a lone striker, with J…

AC Milan vs Manchester United Preview

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Manchester United to face AC Milan. If only it was 2008 and not 2018, this fixture probably would have been in the latter stages of the Champions League. But how times have changed and the two giants of European football have fallen. While AC Milan now play in Europa League, United have failed to reach the Quarter Finals of the Champions League in last 4 seasons. These two heavyweights now meet in a pre-season friendly at the Rose Bowl in California.

United have lacked sharpness in this preseason tour so far. Almost a dozen first-team players are on vacations after their World Cup duties and the lack of quality is there to be seen on the pitch. Mourinho has got in a lot of youth players and they are trying their best to impress the manager. But kids of 17-18 years of age can only do so much. Apart from Alexis Sanchez and Andreas Perreira, United lacked any ideas on how to break down San Jose Earthquakes' defense. It was a dull game, even for the preseason standards. In the end, Uni…

Manchester United vs San Jose Earthquakes Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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Manchester United vs San Jose Earthquakes Match Analysis and Player Ratings A stale draw for the Red Devils as their second pre-season game ended in a flat manner. United made four changes to the side that started against Club America with Taith Chong, Alexis Sanchez, James Garner and Joel Pereira all coming into the side and Juan Mata, Demi Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Lee Grant making way. San Jose lined up with a slightly changed side to the one that lost to Montreal Impact with midfielder Felipe coming in, as well as Marcinkowski between the sticks. United had enough class to a side that have not won in the MLS since May against Minnesota Utd but were they fit enough to do so. 
J. Pereira, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, A. Pereira, Garner, Herrera, Chong, Sanchez, Martial
Marcinowski, Lima, Cummings, Kashia, Qwiberg, Wehan, Jungwirth, Felipe, Hyka, Amarikwa, Hoesen
The game started in United's favour and Sanchez was the centre of all United's attacks and earned a wide f…

Manchester United vs San Jose Earthquakes Preview

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Manchester United take on San Jose Earthquakes after a 1-1 draw to Club America. After a bang average transfer window (as it stands), it is time to watch our club in the flesh. After the first game saw us make whole sale changes to the side, it is time to test some more of the fringe players of the squad.       Manchester United previously played San Jose Earthquakes in 2015. We won that game 3-1 with Mata, Memphis, and Pereira getting the goals. Only few players remain from the squad that played the game that day.        Darmian made an appearance in the previous game which was probably because it was his last one as deals with either Inter and Juve seem imminent. Elsewhere, even Andreas Periera got minutes on the clock. He was however playing a little deeper role than he usually does. Another player who really impressed was Tahith Chong. He was not extraordinary but he did not look out of place in that squad at the age of 17. Chong also played in the cross that led to our goa…

Manchester United vs Club America Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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Manchester United vs Club America Match Analysis and Player Ratings Manchester United looked to start off their pre-season in good fashion as they faced Mexican side Club America at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale. The first pre-season game for any team is always a great way for fringe and youth players to push for a first team spot and this seasons pre-season is no exception, especially with Manchester United being without many key players after the World Cup. Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are only a few of those missing. David de Gea, Nemanja Matic and new Brazilian signing Fred are expected to join the team next week but were not available for selection against Club America. Similarly, with Alexis Sanchez who is due to join the team shortly in the United States after resolving his visa issues.
The absence of these players meant that Manchester United's team sheet for the game had some new and some almost forgotten faces. The team saw…

Manchester United vs Club America Preview

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Manchester United vs Club America Preview
Now the World Cup has ended in dramatic style to sum up the tournament so sweetly, now focus will be fully on Manchester United and the buildup to the start of the new season. The first game in their preseason tour of the USA is against Club America in the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale. The squad left Carrington on Sunday for the United States and has been training in California recently and looks sharp and ready for their pre-season. Manchester United have played against Club America most recently in 2015 in the second and ultimately final year of Louis Van Gaal's reign in which a Morgan Schneiderlin header in the 5th minute gave United their victory. It was a narrow game then but it should not be tomorrow at 3:00 am GMT. 
The Red Devils are without their players who featured in the World Cup, which reduces the number of first team players available to Jose Mourinho, but there are still a reasonable number that will play and …

Daley Blind leaves Manchester United and rejoins Ajax

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Manchester United have been quite dormant after completing 3 transfers deals of Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant. The club have flown out to the United States for their pre-season. United have already completed one more deal and instead of a new signing, they have sold a player who didn’t get many opportunities. Daley Blind has been sold to his former club, Ajax.

Blind was one of Louis Van Gaal’s first signings when he took charge in 2014. Blind spent 4 years at the club, making 90 appearances and scoring 4 goals in the process. He played a pivotal role in Van Gaal’s squad, being of the first names on the team sheet and also was amongst the starting names during Mourinho’s first season in charge back in the 2016/17 season. Blind was amongst the best Dutch players when he joined United having hailed from the famous Ajax academy. He is also of the most versatile players who has a rare ability to play anywhere in defence and in central midfield. During his stint at United, he played as a…

5 Major Conclusions as France beat Croatia to win the World Cup

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It is France. The new FIFA World Cup Champions. Alle les Blues. After 31 days of madness and 64 matches of drama, football’s greatest trophy returns to the land of Jules Rimet. Finally, Croatia’s immovable object met a force that was just too much, even for their otherworldly grit and determination. The Croatian heroes fell just one step shy of ultimate glory but they can hold their heads high. It was a World Cup final that the world will talk about for decades. An own goal, a controversial penalty goal, a comedy goal and three absolute gems. Everything that this edition of the World Cup has been in short. Let's look at 5 things we learned from this final.
Paul Labile Pogba.
Hardly any footballer in the world faces even half the amount of criticism that Paul Pogba does. He is hated for his haircut, his hair color, his celebrations, his social media videos, hell even hated for walking on the surface of the planet. The worst part is that he is hated not by just the rival fans but also…

Belgium vs England Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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Belgium vs England Match Analysis and Player Ratings The third/fourth playoffs proved to be an interesting game as the top two teams from Group H come back together and compete for the bronze medal before the final tomorrow. Belgium came up on top as England was seen off with relative ease as Belgium cruised to a 2-0 win with goals from Meunier and Hazard. England made five changes to the side that lost to Croatia on Thursday with Loftus-Cheek, Delph, Dier, Rose and Jones all coming in with Walker and Henderson injured after the semi-final. Belgium made two changes to their defeat to France with Meunier returning from suspension and Tielemans also starting in midfield. 
Courtois, Alderwiereld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, Chadli, De Bruyne, Hazard (c), Lukaku
Pickford, Trippier, Jones, Stones, Maguire, Rose, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Delph, Sterling, Kane (c)
The game started nervy but as England did in the semi-final, Belgium opened the scoring early as Courtois' goa…