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Manchester United vs Southampton Match Analysis

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United players left shellshocked after conceding late equaliser:  Image taken from The Evening Standard.
Match summaryManchester United missed the opportunity to move in to Champions League places tonight despite stretching their unbeaten run to 18 games thanks to a dramatic last minute equaliser by Michael Obafemi for Southampton. A tap in for Obafemi from a late corner earned the Saints a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, after goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial had put United 2-1 up, having been 1-0 down when Stuart Armstrong scored the opening goal of the game for the away side. The result saw United miss the chance to go third after a round of fixtures that saw defeats for both their top four rivals, Chelsea and Leicester City and remain fifth albeit on goal difference. 


First HalfUnited started the game sluggishly and seemed to have no answer for Southampton’s high pressing game and solid defensive shape. However it was United who had the best chance to open the scoring in the …

A U-turn in Transfer Saga? Dembele over Sancho for Manchester United?!

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Manchester United are reportedly eyeing on bringing Ousmane Dembele to Old Trafford should the Jadon Sancho deal fall. Now, this raises an interesting question because most Tier 1 sources, including Fabrizio Romano, reported that the Sancho deal is as good as done from the player’s side.But then, there also have been reports telling that COVID-19 pandemic has affected the club’s revenues, and Manchester United have not agreed with Borussia Dortmund upon the transfer fee of the young English winger. The English club believes they are nowhere near Dortmund’s valuation and would like it to be halved! It is for this reason that reports regarding Ousmane Dembele transfers have made it to the headlines.If the Ousmane Dembele deal goes through, it is reported to cost United at 50 Million Euros, and if that doesn't happen, Manchester United are also open to accepting Jadon Sancho on a loan period with obligation to buy, which will take his transfer fee over 150 Million Euros. So, is Sanch…

The Next Step for Tahith Chong

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After Tahith Chong arrival from Feyenoord as a 16-year-old, he has ammased 14 first-team appearances and has been a member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad this term. He came off the bench against PSG in Paris and while he was mostly a spectator in that game, he was a part of the celebrations when Rashford scored that winning penalty. He has played more regularly this season, featuring in many Europa League and Domestic cup matches. While he is yet to score for United, he has set up two goals in his last two European appearances, one in the 5-0 win over Brugge and the next in the 0-5 win away to LASK. Despite the speculation in the media about his future with his contract set to expire at the end of this season, he remained focused on his game and was rewarded for his efforts with a new deal:"Manchester United is delighted to announce that Tahith Chong has signed a new contract, which will keep him at the club until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year. The …

Manchester United vs Southampton Preview

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Key Details :

Teams : Manchester vs Southampton Date : 13th July 2020 Time : 8:00pm BST Stadium: Old Trafford Managers: Ralph Hasenhüttl and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Referee: Chris Kavanagh
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There is a weird sense of invincibility amongst Manchester United fans and full credit to Ole and his team for creating that aura out of nowhere. United will be looking to make it five Premier League wins in a row when they welcome Southampton to Old Trafford on Monday night. The Red Devils have been in excellent form since the league's restart last month and currently sit fifth in the table, while Southampton occupy 12th, having also impressed since returning to the field. United were held for a draw by Tottenham Hotspur on their return to the field on June 19, but they have won their four Premier League games since, overcoming Sheffield United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bournemouth and Aston Villa, winning by a three-goal margin on each occasion. The Red Devils have been clinical in their…

Mason Greenwood: Our Wonder Kid

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It has been an insane season for Mason Greenwood. Picking up goals like they were running out of fashion. He has taken his debut Premier League season by storm. And this is not forgetting that he is only 18. Giving flashbacks of when Rooney was doing the same when he started out. The 18-year-old from Bradford has been garnering praise from all spheres. Likened to Van Persie by many, he has the knack to score goals with both feet. Having scored 16 goals this season it seems unlikely that he’ll stop scoring.
He has started every Premier League match since coming on against Spurs in the first game post-lockdown. He scored his first goal since the restart with a trademark finish against Brighton to open the scoring at the Amex and was crucial in the final goal with a magnificent cross to find Fernandes to make it 0-3. He then was crucial in United's home match against Bournemouth as he levelled the game with a left-footed effort and sealed the result with his right foot to make it 4-2…

Nathan Ake: Worth The 'Ache'?

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‘We need a left-footed centre-back, so keep going’. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s words to Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake were loud enough to be caught on camera which has created a media frenzy with many outlets linking the Dutchman with a move to Manchester United. Some have even gone on to report that the Norwegian was ‘tapping-up’ the player after United's 5-2 win over Bournemouth. However, the United boss admitted he had seven centre-backs in his team and he was happy with the options available despite some clearly needing to leave the club. Although, this doesn’t rule out Manchester United’s hunt for a new centre-back in the summer to partner alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of the Manchester United defence. 
Although Victor Lindelof has looked good playing with Maguire, the Swede has been less impressive with his aerial game. Despite the pair earning praise at times during the season, they certainly wouldn’t be the ideal centre-back partnership the club is looking for since bo…

Premier League Grades: Matchdays 33 and 34

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Four games to go as the Premier League draws to a close next Sunday and crucial games are yet to be played. The race for European football has tightened so much with the gap between third and tenth only ten points with the gap between third and fifth only two points. Relegation scraps seem to be less tense with Norwich able to be relegated as early as today! Nevertheless, Villa and Bournemouth are four and three points from safety respecitvely and have a lot of work to do to survive. Here are all the results from Matchdays 33 and 34: 
Matchday 33:Norwich vs Brighton 0-1 Leicester City vs Crystal Palace 3-0 Manchester United vs Bournemouth 5-2 Wolves vs Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea vs Watford 3-0 Burnley vs Sheffield United 1-1 Newcastle vs West Ham 2-2 Liverpool vs Aston Villa 2-0 Southampton vs Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham vs Everton 1-0
Matchday 34: Watford vs Norwich 2-1 Crystal Palace vs Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal vs Leicester City 1-1 West Ham vs Burnley 0-1 Manchester City vs Newcastle 5-0 Sheffield United vs…

Bruno Fernandes: The Portuguese Magnifico who changed Manchester United's Fortunes

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"Clarets shock United at Old Trafford" read BBC Sport's headline. Less than a year after Marcus Rashford's injury-time winner helped to cap off an emphatic second-leg comeback against Paris Saint Germain to advance to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United side found themselves sitting fifth in the Premier League table with the chance to go three points shy of Chelsea in fourth place, but Sean Dyche's Burnley plunged misery on the Red Devils as they claimed their first win at Old Trafford in 58 years. A disgruntled home crowd saw the hopes of securing Champions League football fading away as Manchester United looked far from being the behemothic beast that once breathed over all of English football.Six days post the defeat to Burnley, Manchester United announced the signing of highly coveted Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting C.P. after weeks of rumours and speculations."My love of Manch…

Bruno Fernandes Earns FA Player of the Month for Second “Consecutive” Month

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Bruno Fernandes has been a godsend for Manchester United. Rarely does any transfer, let alone a midseason transfer, acclimate to a club with as much immediacy, and with as much success as Fernandes has, in just 10 matches with Manchester United.The 10 matches in which Fernandes has featured, feel more like a full season for Reds’ fans. This isn’t simply because so much time has passed, but also because it has been largely a tale of two seasons for this 2019-2020 Man United squad.In its first 10 matches, United garnered just 13 points out of a possible 30, and sat in 7th place, just five points clear of the relegation zone, and 7 points off top-four. Since Fernandes joined United, the Reds are undefeated, and have matched the 13 point total in just 5 matches since EPL’s “project restart”.Fernandes has been a huge reason why.The Portuguese international has scored at least a goal in each of his last 3 matches, including a brace at Brighton in the last match of June. For his efforts in J…

Europa League Draw and New Format - Everything You Need To Know

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As we get ready for the next round of European football, something is different this time. For one, this is probably the first time that the knockout rounds will be played in August. The semi-finals draw also took place today so Manchester United's potential path to the final is also decided. The draw took place in an empty room that would usually seat the delegates of the respective clubs as we adjust to what is termed as the new normal. As the delegates looked on from their laptops, Manchester United were drawn up against the winner of the Istanbul Basakshehir and FC Copenhagen. Since the format has changed this season, there is a lot of discrepancies and confusion. We will take a look at the new format and Manchester United's potential road to the final!
The Draw: Manchester United's ball was the third one to be picked up in the draw and we were drawn to play the winners of Istanbul Basakshehir and FC Copenhagen. Basakshehir are currently leading 1-0 from their first l…