Showing posts from October, 2015

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Pre-Match Analysis:Let’s take a look at our opposition today for our 11th game of the league season: Crystal Palace. Sitting in 7th place with 15 points, they certainly have had a good start to the season.
In their last league match they lost 1-0 to Leicester City. They definitely have vulnerabilities within their team which is where we need to exploit today if we have a chance of winning. Selhurst Park is a noisy and atmospheric stadium so today’s opponents will be tricky ones. Not only do they have a clever and experienced manager in Alan Pardew, they have beaten Chelsea away from home in August and West Brom at home this month.
The threat that they pose predominantly comes from their attack. With Cabaye, McArthur and Sako who started in midfield in their last league game and Puncheon, Bolasie and Campbell led their attack. Our defence with certainly need to be focused and alert to deal with their attacking threat.
Now onto our team. After a disappointing game during the week in the C…

World Football and Money

As the premier league gains momentum, talks of the January transfer window seem set to begin, managers are given their budgets to spend on players that may be interested in joining new or in some cases leaving their respected clubs. Many teams splash their cash on potential youngsters and current world superstars. But once we put it into perspective, the amount of money spent by Premier League clubs and many others around the world has blown out of proportion, spiralled out of control and has been caught in a vicious circle that can no longer be escaped.
In the summer (2015), Premier League clubs spent a record £870million on players alone. This record breaking summer saw global superstars flock to big clubs, some for sky-high prices that seem unjustified. The transfer of Kevin de Bruyne cost Manchester City £55M alone to lure him away from Wolfsburg. So the question we must ask is why FIFA, and the FA allow such absurd deals to occur. The answer lies in many things and one of those…

Manchester United vs Middlesbrough

Pre-Match Analysis:To begin with, our opposition, Middlesbrough are currently fourth in the Championship, only one point away from being joint second. They look to be a team that will be battling to get promoted into the Premier League at the end of the season. This in itself is a reason why not to underestimate them. They are one of the top teams in the Championship and will have analysed every game of our season. They will be looking for a win to take them a step closer to Wembley Stadium.
This Capital One Cup fixture is against an opposition in a lower division, we should seriously consider starting with our best young talents that don't really get game time. However, we still feel that we should not take it easy as Chelsea and Arsenal have both been knocked out by lower league oppositions due to underestimating their capabilities, so we should be wary. Since these two big players in the competition are out, we think that this may be our year to win the cup and we should definit…

The Manchester Derby

Pre-Match Line-Up Analysis:
To begin with, we’re fairly happy with this line up. We’re slightly shocked about Valencia starting over Matteo Darmian. Maybe LVG’s thoughts were that Valencia would then be able to match Sterling’s pace. However, Valencia isn’t good enough at set pieces and is not defensively sound in a 1 on 1 situation. Choosing Jones over Blind seems like a good decision as Bony is a physical striker so it’s important that we don’t have a weak link in our back line. The Schmidfield is starting. This will either be a complete failure or a huge success. Hopefully the latter. Ander Herrera at CAM is a great decision in our opinion. He has the creativity to make good chances and he is also a very good attacking player. The main controversial decision by Louis Van Gaal is playing Martial on the left wing. He’s been in great form recently and as we saw from his debut, he’s fast and can tear centre backs apart. However, as we learnt the hard way against CSKA, he’s not good eno…

Welcome to The United Devils

THE UNITED DEVILS We are a team that are dedicated to writing articles about the greatest football team in the world, Manchester United.

Please follow us on twitter: @TheUnitedDevils