Showing posts from April, 2017

Burnley vs Manchester United

23 games unbeaten in a row, but more importantly, three wins in a row! As we come to a crucial time in the season, Manchester United are finally building the right momentum. 
We started the game really well and with intent, but it was clear that Burnley were well drilled and had a good shape. But our persistence proved too much to handle when United managed to break the deadlock in the 21st minute. A great counter attack led to Ander Herrera threading the ball through to Anthony Martial who poked the ball into the bottom corner of the goal to give United the lead. 
Although we kept giving away needless free kicks, we continued pushing for a second goal which would give us much more security. That important goal came in the 39th minute when some exceptional work from Pogba led to Wayne Rooney following up on Martial's shot which was saved by Heaton. Our captain was brilliant today and even though he wasn't playing in his natural position, he still kept up with play and gave a …

Manchester United vs Anderlecht

I can't believe it! We've done it! We're through to the semi finals of the Europa League!

A good direct attacking start from Manchester United led to Mkhitaryan breaking the deadlock early on. A great ball by Paul Pogba to set Marcus Rashford off down the left wing led to Rashford passing to Mkhitaryan who slotted the ball home, scoring his 10th goal of the season.

After that goal it was the same old story. We didn't show the desire to kill off the game. The chances we did create were squandered by poor finishing. These misses proved to be costly as Anderlecht managed to grab the equaliser after some sloppy Manchester United defending.

The game then went to extra time and Manchester United were in total control of the game. Anderlecht were lucky to get a touch of the ball but poor finishing from United meant that Anderlecht were still in the game until the last minute. With Marcus Rashford missing a 1 on 1 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing dozens of chances, it felt as i…

Manchester United vs Chelsea

I still feel like I'm in a dream. We actually did it! We beat Chelsea! After seeing our line up and realising that Jose had fielded a "weaker team" after Jose decided to rest Ibrahimovic, most fans lost hope and a loss to the league leaders looked inevitable. Even I thought we were destined to lose. But Jose Mourinho, the tactical mastermind, managed to pull it out the bag and the lads went out there and were exceptional. 
Our first goal was somewhat controversial as Ander Herrera blocked Nemanja Matic's pass in midfield with his hand, but the referee saw no infringement by the Spaniard. Ander Herrera then picked out an exquisite pass behind David Luiz to Marcus Rashford, who kept his composure and lifted the ball over Begovic into the bottom corner of the goal. 
Ashley Young was the player to thank for the second goal as his hard work down the wing led to him dispossessing N'Golo Kante in the box. The ball fell kindly to Ander Herrera, who's effort took a b…

Manchester United vs Chelsea match preview

Premier League leaders Chelsea will be visiting Old Trafford on Sunday trying to end United's 21 game unbeaten run. Meanwhile, the reds will be hoping to close in on the top 4 as they continue their pursuit for Champions League football next season. 
Manchester United's last loss in the league came in October as the reds suffered a 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Since then, we have won 11 games and picked up 10 draws. Sunday will be the third time Mourinho faces his old side as United boss, losing on the previous two occasions, scoring 0 goals and conceding 5. Hopefully our luck can change and it'll be 'third time lucky' for Jose Mourinho. 
Manchester United drew 1-1 with Anderlecht in Belgium on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League quarter finals. The reds led for most of the game but Anderlecht's first shot on target in the 86th minute proved enough to cancel out our advantage. Thursday marked another occasion where the Red Devils were unable to wi…

Anderlecht vs Manchester United

Manchester United will go into next week's second leg with only an away goal after a dominant performance in Belgium tonight, but once again they were unable to win the game.

The reds came close early in the first half when Rashford put in a lovely ball for Ibrahimovic, who flicked it towards goal but the keeper made a good save. The ball fell to Lingard but his poked effort was denied by the post. Manchester United should have been ahead. 
The deadlock was broken in the 36th minute by Mkhitaryan. Valencia's ball in from the right was struck first time by Marcus Rashford, but Ruben superbly tipped it away. Mkhi was there in the right place at the right time to turn the ball home from a tight angle. 
After we scored, we continued to dominate possession of the ball and were creating the occasional chance but once again, we were unable to get the second goal to kill off the tie. Our poor finishing was a problem for us again. Pogba missed a chance late on in the second half which…

Anderlecht vs Manchester United match preview

The quarter finals of the Europa League are about to get underway. On Thursday, Manchester United will face Anderlecht in the capital city of Belgium, hoping to go into the second leg at Old Trafford with a lead. Anderlecht have won five of their last six European home games and will feel confident going into the tie. With next month's final in Sweden so close, United will be keen to build an advantage here. 
The first ever fixture between these two clubs is one which will be remembered forever as United won 10-0 against the Belgian side in 1956. This score remains Anderlecht's heaviest loss, and United's biggest win in Europe. 
After Sunday's win over Sunderland, Mourinho said that he expects Valencia to be available for selection again, but although De Gea's hip problem is "not serious", Sergio Romero may retain his place in goal. However, David De Gea is in the squad to face Anderlecht. Mourinho confirmed in his press conference today that Wayne Roone…

Sunderland vs Manchester United match preview

Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Everton made it increasingly unlikely that Manchester United will secure a top 4 place in the Premier League this season. It was the same story again for United as they were failing to take their chances which led to another draw at Old Trafford. 
With three draws from our last four matches, we need a win on Sunday to (hopefully) put us back on the right track. This month is going to be eventful with 2 games every week due to re-arranged fixtures and our Europa League campaign. With the top 4 seeming out of reach, it is essential that we put all our efforts into the Europa League, which looks to be our only route left for Champions League football next season. 
Although on paper, 20 games unbeaten in the league doesn't sound too bad, the boss and players know that the points dropped in this run have been unacceptable. While United are battling for top 4, Sunderland look destined for the drop as they sit at the bottom of the Premier League, 10 points…

Manchester United vs Everton match preview

Saturday's result against West Brom was devastating to see as a Manchester United fan as we were held to another draw at Old Trafford. We simply cannot afford to be drawing this many games at home. If we had won those games which we drew at home (when we were dominating the game) in the league, we would be at the top of the league celebrating our 21st league trophy. But due to poor finishing and us not being able to take our chances, we are sat in 5th place, 5 points away from the top 4. 
Manchester United will be given a massive boost as our most important player this season returns from his three match suspension after an altercation with Tyrone Mings. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been crucial for us this season and has been our biggest threat in the opposition box. In addition, we will see the return of Ander Herrera who received a two match suspension following his red card against Chelsea in the FA Cup. Herrera has been arguably our best midfielder this season and has given us the…

Manchester United vs West Brom

Absolutely pathetic - that is the nicest way to describe this result. We cannot hide behind the excuse that we have several injuries and suspensions. We still had a brilliant attack and today's result represented our story of the season. 
The entire game followed the same pattern. Manchester United were always attacking, with West Brom sitting deep, parking the bus and hoping to snatch one on the counter attack. We were able to get past the West Brom defence once or twice, but the finish wasn't there. The biggest chance for United came to Mkhitaryan who was through on goal and dipped the ball wide of the post. United almost made the breakthrough when Marcus Rashford took a long range shot at goal which Foster done brilliantly to keep out. 
The closest anyone came to goal was from an unlikely source, Darren Fletcher. The ex-United midfielder blasted a powerful shot from outside the box towards goal. What should have been an easy save by De Gea ended up as a lucky escape for Un…