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Manchester United vs Benfica Post Match Analysis

Manchester United vs Benfica Post Match Analysis
A big game in the Group Stages and a big win if not a weird one for Manchester United with goals from Mile Svilar and Daley Blind to send Man United into the Champions League knock out rounds. Overall a mediocre performance and Martial looked the brightest player of the game with his confidence brewing after the late winner against Tottenham on Saturday and after winning the penalty, couldn't put his good work on the score sheet with Mile Svilar saving his penalty and making some vital saves from Lukaku to keep Benfica in the game. However the 18 year old couldn't help but pick the ball from the back of the net after Matic's shot hit the post and rebounded from the unlucky goalkeeper's back and into the net. Another poor start to the second half with Lingard replaced by Mkhitaryan for the second half after an elbow to the ribs, Benfica always looked like scoring throughout the game with David de Gea making two stunning …

Manchester United vs Benfica Match Preview

After Anthony Martial's late winner against Tottenham, Manchester United will hope to continue their winning form at Old Trafford against Benfica. With three wins out of three in the Champions League group stages, a win against Benfica would secure United's place in the knockout stages of the UCL. Despite not putting in the best performance on Saturday, we will be hoping to get back to our stunning best and perform like we did before the international break. 
Our last game against Benfica a fortnight ago ended with a 1-0 win with Marcus Rashford grabbing the winner with a mistake from the young goalkeeper Mile Svilar. The young 18 year old looked nervous all game and Marcus Rashford kept on exploiting that. However, in all honesty, I am not sure if we deserved to win the game. The performance was shocking. A similar performance will be unacceptable. 
When the draw was made, Benfica were the team expected to be finishing 2nd in the group. However, they have been dreadful so fa…

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Analysis

A late goal from Anthony Martial is enough to seal three points for Manchester United. Despite not putting in our best performance, we still showed great resilience and managed to take our chance to win the game.
The game was started with a brilliant attitude. We were pressing Tottenham high up the pitch and showing intent going forwards. However, that took a turn and within 10 minutes, it was Spurs on the front-foot and looking more likely to score. Throughout the first half, both teams had their fair share of possession and chances. From the offset, the game was very heated with both teams throwing in questionable tackles. There was a moment where Dele Alli and Ashley Young squared up to each other and another instance where Serge Aurier looked set to start a fight but in the end, everyone kept cool heads and focused on the football. 
Manchester United were much more dominant in the second half and there were more chances being made. Two big chances came in the 78th minute. First, …

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspurs Pre Match Analysis

Back to winning ways after the horror show at Huddersfield Town and with Spurs losing at home to West Ham United, Jose Mourinho will hope to push the North London team three points below the Red Devils with a victory at Old Trafford and keep chasing the high flying Citizens.  Jesse Lingard starred for Manchester United against Swansea but will it be enough to reward him with a first-team start?  Marcus Rashford is sure to start on the left-hand side being pushed across by returning no.9 Romelu Lukaku who will hope that finally he can end his four-game goal drought (in all comps). The three players to choose from in the no.10 and right wing position (Mkhitaryan, Mata and Lingard) is difficult with Mata having a shocker against Huddersfield and Mkhitaryan not showing his form he started the season with, Jesse Lingard will be rather bemused if he is left on the bench.  It is almost certain that every Manchester United fan is sweating bullets for Bailly and Jons to be fit for Saturday given …

Swansea vs Manchester United Post Match Analysis

The match to bounce back from such a poor run of quality football and Jesse Lingard was running the show with two stunning finishes from some classy assists from Rashford and Darmian respectively. I am certain this game  was aimed to give players such as Victor Lindelof and Ander Herrera their confidence back but with the former looking as solid as wet paper, every Manchester United fan will be praying that Phil Jones starts against Tottenham.
The second half was much of the same but with much less pressure from Swansea until the final kickings of the second half when Sergio Romero was forced into making two super saves and send Manchester United into the next round of the Carabao Cup.
Match Ratings: Sergio Romero 7.5/10 A quiet first 45 minutes, a cheeky Cruyff turn was his only highlight of the first half but two superb saves in the second half made him earn his clean sheet Daley Blind 6/10 Solid for most the game, a miscues header could have equalised for Swansea in the first half…

Swansea vs Manchester United pre match

So Manchester United face Swansea in the round of 16 of the Carabao cup. After a drab and disappointing week of football, we hope to re-lift our campaign by convincingly defeating Swansea midweek. However, it will be far from easy. First up, we're away from home. That makes this our fourth consecutive away game. Next, we're going to put out an average team while Swansea are expected to play a full strength team. But then, this is one of those games that no one really cares about. If we win, amazing! If we don't, no need to sweat over it and move on to Spurs.        So instead, let's take a quick look at what went wrong this week.
Firstly, the draw at Anfield:        This game was the least worrying for me. What else did you expect from Mourinho? He isn't a manager to give you swashbuckling, end to end football. He is a manager who will give you a result. The final against Ajax is a brilliant example. We did not park the bus, nor did we play mouthwatering football.…

Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United post match

So Manchester United have finally lost a game since last season's beating at the Emirates. The loss comes at the hands of newly promoted Huddersfield Town. After a rusty draw at Anfield followed by a scrappy win at Benfica, we have finally been punished for our sloppy game play and passing.        We walked into the game as clear favorites but things soon went south. The first domino fell when Phil Jones had to be brought off for Lindelof, who happened to be the second domino. And within 10 minutes, we find ourselves down by two goals. For the first one, Lindelof does not close down Mooy who goes onto score. Shortly after, he completely mistimes a header and gives Depoitre a one-on-one with De Gea. He coolly rounds the keeper and scores.        We did press high in the second half and got a goal back, but it means nothing. These well-fought, heroic defeats have no place in a champion's history books. Today, Huddersfield were the better team and we weren't. That happ…

Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United Pre Match Analysis

Well it wasn't the prettiest game in the Champions League but a win's a win and now Manchester United will face newly-promoted Huddersfield Town who are looking for their first win since August and their first point since thd 23rd of September against Burnley. While Huddersfield are struggling to regain their August form, Manchester United look to use the 1-0 away win against Benfica as a foothold to keeping up with the noisy neighbours as their dire stalemate at Anfield pegged them two points behind City and they need a big win to keep up with them. Moreover with Spurs breathing down the Red Devils' necks, Jose Mourinho will be expected to bring back the dazzling football that he began this season with.

Huddersfield Town are without Michael Hefele and Jon Stankovic for some time still and with Collin Quaner and Kasey Palmer pushing to be fit for Saturday it would seem that Australian star Aaron Mooy will look to return to the first team lineup after starting sub against …

Benfica vs Manchester United Post-Match Review

Benfica vs Manchester United Post-Match Review
Following the dry stalemate at Anfield, Jose Mourinho bounced back with another victory in the Champions League and tightened Manchester United's grip on Group A, and finished another mediocre performance fortunately with a narrow victory once again through Marcus Rashford. The first half was a subdued performance from the Red Devils with Romelu Lukaku having a very quiet first half with the only shot on target from an onside player being Nemanja Matic who returns to Benfica having left there for Chelsea twice. Unfortunately Manchester United should have broken the deadlock in the 42nd minute with a quick counter from a Benfica free kick falling to Mkhitaryan who blazes his effort over the bar.  The second half began with the same tempo but the impact of Marcus Rashford once again brought light to the average performance in Lisbon with his corners testing Mile Svilar in goal until finally he opened the scoring with a whipped free kick w…

Benfica vs Manchester United preview

Manchester United travel to Portugal for their third group stage match in this season's Champion League. After a rather frustrating draw at Liverpool, we now arrive at the Estadio Da Luz after beating both CSKA and Basel comfortably. Another straight win will put us on the verge of entering the round of 16 for the first time since David Moyes' time at the club *shudder*.
      While we have straight wins in the group, Benfica lost 2-1 to CSKA and got thrashed 5-0 by Basel. They are in a must win situation and it is always tough to play against determined sides.
      I think we should prioritize these Champions League games for now because if we get two more wins, there is nothing stopping us from entering the round of 16, which only starts in February. So we get over 3-4 months to concentrate on the league and not bother with midweek distractions. Our top players can be rested instead of making them travel and play 90 minutes in cold conditions. We saw this in Fergie&#…

Liverpool vs Manchester United Post match

Liverpool and Manchester United have played out a 0-0 stalemate at Anfield on the first game after the second international break. On a day meant to eulogize Liverpool great, Kenny Dalglish, who got a stand named after him, a game like this was the ideal one to play. This was the perfect opportunity for Liverpool to rise from their poor form and make a statement by beating their bitter rivals.        But the game was very mellow and barely lived up to the hype of being called one of the fiercest rivalries in football. For instance, the first yellow card was brandished in the 74th minute. There were no fights or bust ups either. Growing up watching Gary Neville's antics at Anfield and even Rafael, this seemed like such a disappointment.        Anyway, we held Liverpool to a draw, like last season, De Gea was our man of the match, like last season, and we were dreadful going forward, like last season. Considering Liverpool's current run of form, we should have taken the g…

Liverpool vs Manchester United Match Preview

One of the most anticipated matches of the season. Liverpool host Manchester United this Saturday lunchtime and for both teams this fixture is vital for keeping up with ‘the Big Six’ early on in the season. 
Liverpool look to end their dismal form of just one win in two months since their big win against Arsenal and are yet to keep a clean sheet since then. Whereas the white hot Red Devils are looking for a seventh consecutive win and to maintain their unbeaten Premier League season with something from this fixture at Anfield. 
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are still without long-term absentees Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne and now with Sadio ManĂ© out for six weeks Jurgen Klopp may choose to play one of Liverpool’s few in-form players, Phillipe Coutinho on the left-wing and Roberto Firmino to return to the starting line-up. Simon Mignolet would hope to keep his starting place having conceded 12 goals from just 31 shots on target while Lovren and Matip attempt to re-find a decent p…

United In Action - World Cup Qualifiers

It's that time again that some football fans love yet many hate – it's when the domestic and European programme is temporarily halted and the latest round of World Cup European Qualifiers takes place. Naturally, several United stars will be hopefully helping their countries enhance their chances of qualifying for next year's tournament in Russia.

In the UK, most eyes will be on England's matches, as Gareth Southgate's boys look to cement the progress made so far. Unbeaten England top Group F, five points clear of second place Slovakia, and can complete their qualification by defeating Slovenia on Thursday, rendering the tie with Lithuania on Sunday meaningless. Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford will all hopefully make the team and ensure England's place in the 2018 tournament.

Scotland can actually help England qualify by defeating Slovakia the same night England take on Slovenia, and England will help Scotland if they win as the Sc…