Showing posts from September, 2017

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United preview

Manchester United take on CSKA Moscow on a cold evening in Moscow. This is the second round of the group stages of the Champions League and our first away game in Europe. The match, as mentioned before, is in Moscow with fond memories attached to it we will look to extend our great start to the season and place one foot in the knockout stages.
      We pick up from our comfortable 3-0 win over Basel with goals coming for Lukaku, Fellaini and Rashford. CSKA will be a far tougher game owing to the conditions in Russia. The controversy was set as soon as the draws for the group stages were announced. Manchester United will be in Moscow on the same day as the Liverpool team who also happen to play a Moscow based team. There is going to be a burgeoning in the security and a set of rules have been drawn out for the players and fans alike.
      Moscow are second in our group only to us, by virtue of goal difference after they beat Benfica. A win tomorrow will give us a three point le…

Southampton vs Manchester United post match

Manchester United have beaten Southampton Football Club at the St. Mary stadium in a rather tight match at the south coast of England. It was a tough and hard fought win to go second on the table behind City who won their game 5-0 against Crystal Palace. Chelsea are also maintaining pressure on the Manchester clubs with a tremendous 4-0 away to Stoke City.

      The game started with on a mediocre note but we had the better chances throughout the first half. We took the lead in the twentieth minute when Lukaku converted his own rebound off Forster. It was a brilliant cross whipped in by Ashley Young who is looking like a good fit at left back. We did threaten after the goal but it wasn't enough to double our advantage. Southampton had a couple of shots on goal but nothing to bother David De Gea.

      In the second half, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly had to put in an extra shift to keep Southampton's incessant attacks at bay. It looked exactly reminiscent to what happened a…

Southampton vs Manchester United Match Preview

Manchester United face Southampton this Saturday at 3pm as they hope to retain the top spot in the Premier League. Last weekend's 4-0 win against Everton and Man City's 6-0 win away to Watford means that both Manchester teams share the top spot with an identical record. If the Premier League were to end like this, there would need to be one more Manchester Derby to determine who lifts the 2017/18 Premier League trophy. For this game, a win still wouldn't be enough to secure the top spot for United, but we would need to win by a bigger margin than Man City against Crystal Palace. There is no doubt we have the harder fixture, but hopefully we can stay at the top as we have done since the first game of the season!
On Wednesday night, Manchester Untied were victorious against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup. A 4-1 victory was enough to send us through to the Round of 16 (4th round) where we will face Swansea City away from home on the 24th of October at 7:45 pm. Wednesday…

Manchester United vs Burton Albion Match Analysis

It is the big four once again! Manchester United have managed to score 4 goals for the fourth time this season. Unfortunately, this time we were unable to keep a clean sheet and thus conceded our first goal at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford got Manchester United off to the perfect start by scoring in the 5th minute of the game. A great little touch by Lingard was pounced upon by the striker who tucked away the first goal of the night with a sublime finish. 
Looking sharp having taken up the centre forward position, Marcus Rashford was there again on the 17th minute to double the lead. This time from a 20 yard screamer which deflected off the inside of the post before going in.
Our third goal was scored by another academy product, Jesse Lingard. Following some great work by Martial, Lingard's deflected shot found the back of the net. 
At half time, Juan Mata was replaced by Luke Shaw and Manchester United changed their formation to a 3-4-3. The left back who is desperate to prove h…

Manchester United vs Burton Albion preview

So the defence of our English League Cup begins tomorrow as we welcome Burton Albion to Old Trafford. After two convincing home wins against Basel and Everton, scoring 7 goals in the two games, this game can be seen as a welcome relief for the players. This will be one of the easiest games we play this season and owing to the fact that it is a home game, it should be a breeze.
      How far can we go in the Carabao Cup, as they refer to it now(why do they keep changing the name?!). We are the champions and no matter how much rivals demean us, they know that at the end of the day, it's the trophies that count. Finishing anywhere but first for the top 6 teams is pointless and to go down in history, you need to be lifting the trophies.
      As the reigning champions, it is our moral obligation that we defend the English League Cup and why not. However, this should be far from our top priority. We have spent all this money on all these stars to challenge for trophies like the …

Manchester United vs Everton post match

Wow! Now that game turned itself on its head! Manchester United beat Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford on a day that United's top scorer and Everton's top scorer swapped sides in a must win match for both teams. Everton lost their last three games and that too, in a humiliating manner whereas Manchester United have won all but one game this season.

United drew first blood when Valencia scored an absolute screamer after connecting to Nemanja Matic's cross. It was a volley taken first time on the edge of the box that was blasted on to the far post. After the goal, United took their foot off the gas for a while and Lukaku missed a great chance after half an hour.

If not for David De Gea, we would have conceded multiple times during the game. He saved close range shots from Rooney and Sigurdsson to stake his claim as the world's best goalkeeper. The second half just proved to be more frustrating for us as Mata hit the post from a free kick, Mkhitaryan and Rashford over-dribbled…

Manchester United vs Basel post match analysis

After a comparatively shaky away performance at Stoke City, it was time for the Red Devils to embrace Champions League action. After two years of absence from the biggest stage of European football, UCL night at Old Trafford was indeed a different kind of homecoming and it was pretty much everything United fans could have hoped for. The two Belgian internationals, Marouane Fellaini and Romelo Lukaku scored to ensure a victory followed by a Marcus Rashford goal to end the game on a high note for the Red Devils.

However, the game was not as easy as it looks on the scoreline. Basel looked threatening at times but was stopped from causing severe damage by You Know Who (David De Gea) and the team's captain for the night (Paul Pogba) faced an early injury. Mkhitaryan missing a couple of good chances had the fans doubt if the homecoming was going to be grand after all.

Marouane Fellaini, coming on as a substitute for Paul Pogba, headed the first goal in for Manchester United from a rat…

Manchester United vs FC Basel preview

After a long wait, the Champions League music will finally be echoing in Old Trafford! Let's be honest, UCL nights without the most successful team in England is always incomplete. Manchester United take on FC Basel in a group A fixture tomorrow night. After the disappointing loss draw away to Stoke City, it'll be some respite to get a win in Europe.
      We're drawn in a relatively easier group with Benfica, CSKA and of course, Basel. However, let this not cloud the fact that the last time we were in a group with Basel and Benfica, we were sent packing to the Europa league. Also, the last time we played CSKA, we scrapped a draw and a win. All the teams in the Champions League are there for a reason and no team in the most elite club competition should be considered a pushover.
      Mourinho though, is an expert at winning trophies and especially in knockout tournaments. He won the Champions League with Porto and Inter and won us two knockout competitions last sea…

Stoke City vs Manchester United post match

Manchester United played out a 2-2 draw at the Bet365 stadium to tentatively remain on top of the Premier League table. This draw complied with the way things have been at Manchester United for a while now. Those "things" boil down to simple facts. The fact that we haven't won away at Stoke since Fergie's last season. The fact that the last time we won three consecutive games, we were shut down by Stoke City. That fact that Mark Hughes has the best reord against Jose Mourinho among all the Premier League managers.
      I'm not trying to make excuses. The draw was justified and neither team deserved to win it outright. Manchester United were weaker than Stoke today and they were slicing our defence with those forward runs. We on the other hand, had trouble breaking down their 3 at the back set up.
      Manchester United changed a few things from the previous game. Darmian came in to replace Blind at left back, Mata was left on the bench for Herrera and th…

Stoke City vs Manchester United Match Preview

The Red Devils take a trip to the Bet365 Stadium hoping to carry on their sensational form from before the international break. We kicked off this season with three wins out of three and managed to rack up 10 goals in the process. That's not all, Manchester United also managed to maintain three clean sheets and were dominant in every game. Although we are only three games into the season, our performances have led to everyone having high expectations for us this season. Many pundits have backed us for winning the league and my only hope is that we do not foil under the pressure. However, we have finally brought the 'fear factor' back to Manchester United. For the past few seasons, teams haven't feared us, but now we are back playing the way we used to - attacking football and inevitably breaking down defences. 
Last season, in both encounters, the Potters held us to a 1-1 draw. However, we have quickly put to bed the problems we had in failing to turn control of games…

Premier League Clubs Summer Transfers

INNathan Ake from Chelsea for £19.3mAsmir Begovic from Chelsea Jermain Defoe from Sunderland for freeConnor Mahoney from Blackburn Rovers for free
OUTHarry Cornick to Luton Town for freeMarc Wilson to Sunderland for free