Victor Lindelof: From flop to undroppable

Source: Reuters
We all remember *that* away game versus Huddersfield and unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. Tom Ince turning him inside out, De Gea saving the following attempt, Mooy following it up and burrying it into the bottom right hand corner. The mistimed header where Depoitre capitalised on his mistake, rounded De Gea and slotted it home to make it a day to forget for the young Swede. He went on to feature in a total of twenty games for Manchester United in all competitions during the 2017/2018 season, and was left out of the squad a total of thirteen times during the course of the season. These are, objectively, numbers that are not good enough for a £31 million signing playing for Manchester United, especially when looking at his competition at centre half.

The criticism, or slating if you will, from newspapers and media outlets towards Lindelof were not what you would call gracious. Spanish sports newspaper Marca put Lindelof at centrehalf together with Bonucci and H…

Manchester United U23’s v Paris Saint-Germain U23’s: Match preview

Manchester United U23’s welcome PSG U23’s to the Leigh sports village this Friday night, with the Reds looking for their first win in the Premier League International cup this season.
The Red Devils come into this game off the back of a very disappointing result and performance last Friday night in which it ended 0-0 at home to PSV in the same competition. This result leaves United on 2 points, 3 behind current leaders Derby with a game in hand. While the French visitors are laying in bottom place on 1 point.
This game is crucial for both teams considering where they are in the table and a win for either would put them in a good position going forward in the group. Especially for United with two of the three remaining games being away from home for Ricky Sbragia’s side.     (
United will be hoping to end a run of four without a win when they welcome the French side in what has been a tough month for Sbragia and his team.
Due to numerous youngsters being…

Matteo Darmian Leaving Could Mean Bad News for Manchester United

You've heard it, I've heard it, everyone has heard it by now that Manchester United defender, Matteo Darmian could see himself at Juventus in the coming days as the news broke out about a loan spell for the Italian fullback. (LaGazzetta)

Manchester United are looking to extend his contract so that the deal can work. The deal is said to be a loan spell until the end of the season with an option to buy for 4 million pounds (If Man Utd do extend his contract).

Perhaps he wasn't good enough to start for Manchester United but a very good professional if you ask me. From right-back to left-back to even centre-back, Darmian played well when called upon this season, and not once did he complain. But if the speculation is true, is this a step in the right direction for Manchester United?

For me, it's a big NO. Why?

Here is a quick review on my thoughts about Matteo Darmian leaving this January.

The Bad

Considering the fact that Manchester United could have sold him in the summe…

Manchester United Vs Brighton Player Ratings

Yet another game that we went in to with high spirits. Thanks to the arrival of Ole Gunnar, winning is slowly becoming the new normal at Manchester United.
The game ended in another victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Paul Pogba scoring from the spot kick and Marcus Rashford scoring an absolute beauty.
It was a game that kept us on our toes especially after the Brighton equalizer.
Below, on a scale of 1-10, I have analysed how I think the players performed on the pitch.
David de Gea- 7 The United Number one was pretty much solid through the entire game. He had no chance with Pascal Gross's close-range finish and couldn't be faulted for it. There were also two scary moments late on in the game. 
Ashley Young- 7 Our Captain for the day also didn't have a bad game. In the first half, I felt he didn't offer very much going forward. However in the second half, he offered the much needed width at a time where we were too congested in the centre. 
Victor Lindelof- 8 Our Ice …

Manchester United vs Brighton Match Analysis

When the referee blew the final whistle at the Wembley Stadium on 13th January 2019, Ole Solskjaer became the second manager in Manchester United's rich history to win his first five league matches. But when the referee blew the final whistle at Old Trafford on 19th January 2019, Solskjaer had already created history. With a 2-1 win over Brighton, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first ever manager in the history of United to win his first 6 league games.

United did start this game as they had started other games under Solskjaer, on the front foot and attacking the opposition. The likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, and Diogo Dalot were superb when they tried to find different ways to unlock the tight Brighton defence. They came close several times but the two giants, Shane Duffy, and Lewis Dunk got in their way.
The moment finally arrived on the 25th minute when Paul Pogba was wrongfully bundled over into the penalty area by Gaetan Bon…

Manchester United vs Brighton Preview

Manchester United vs Brighton Preview 
Manchester United welcome Brighton to Old Trafford in their seventh match under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Here is all you need to know ahead of the game. 

What are the team news?
For Man United, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and Marouane Fellaini will be unavailable, with Ole being hopeful that Alexis will be fit enough to play. As for the visitors, Izquierdo and Fernandes da Silva Junior are out, with Bissouma being a slight doubt. No side have any suspended players for this match. 

What does a win mean for each team?
  A win for Manchester United could narrow the gap to a Champions League position to 3 points, if Arsenal beat Chelsea at the Emirates. United are currently level on points with Arsenal at 41. For Brigton, a win would put them on 29 points and increase their chances of a finish in the top half of the table. 

What were their previous matches?
  United's last match came against Tottenham Hotspurs in which the reds claimed a 1-0 victory court…

Manchester United U23's v PSV Eindhoven U23's: Match Preview

This Thursday at Leigh sports village Man United U23’s welcome PSV U23’s in the Premier League International cup for a 7pm kick off. This tournament features 12 of England’s best academy sides against 12 of the top development sides across Europe. It gives the young English teams a chance to test themselves against the very best academies in Europe’s top leagues.
United come into this game on a bad run of form, with no win in three and the last win coming on the 16th of December. However, this is a different competition for United and Ricky Sbragia and his side will be hoping they can put the recent bad run of form to bed with a win here.
United are sat 3rd in the table having drawn 1-1 in their one and only game so far against Derby County. While opponents PSV sit one place above on 3 points, a win on Thursday night will see Sbragia’s men leap their opponents into second place and close the gap on the current leaders Derby County. 
Ricky S…