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Three defensive signings Victor Lindelof could pair up with come January.

It has been reported by multiple sources that Manchester United and the board are supposedly ready to get behind Manager Jose Mourhino, handing him hundreds of millions in transfer budget to spend in the January transfer window. Although we are long way away from that time (depending on time you're reading this) who exactly could Jose go for in the January transfer market?

Although big name signings hardly happen during the winter, that doesn't mean it can't happen. After all, Manchester United did make the signing of Alexis Sanchez last winter. So who could the Red Devils sign this January?  Look no further to see the 3 defensive signings Manchester United could be looking at to possibly partner up with Victor Lindelof.

1: Nikola Milenkovic:
In case you may not know who Milenkovic is, let me get into detail. 
Nikola is 6ft 5in tall and is a giant in the back (something Man Utd could use in the back and set pieces.) 
Although still inexperienced, he played 3 games at the …

As Tony Martial scores again

( After his stunning finish against Everton on Sunday afternoon, Anthony Martial made it four goals in three Premier league games this weekend. The in form Frenchman has started to find his mojo again as he looks to make the left hand side his own. Martial was only 19 years old when the Red devils signed him from AS Monaco for a fee of £36m, rising to £56m in September 2015, and he was unknown to many. However, now after four seasons at Old Trafford, he is adored by the reds and very impressively, since he joined the club no player has scored more goals than Anthony Martial (41).
Martial’s United career couldn’t have started any better, coming on to make his debut against arch rivals Liverpool and finishing the game off by scoring his first goal for the club (which will definitely get you an instant loving from the Old Trafford faithful). From there on he didn’t look back, making his first start eight days later. He went on to get a double in a 3-2 win at Southampton, followed…

Manchester United vs Everton Match Analysis

Phew! After something that felt like 700 years, United got a win at Old Trafford. For the large part of the game, United was pretty much a better side. This is a good sign for a good future ahead.
Positives from the game. Fred had a great game, he really showed continued improvements and adaptation to the premier league style of play. Victor Lindelof too had a great game and is soon cementing his place at the heart of our defence.
David De Gea was called to action a couple of times and made many fine saves to deny Everton from causing any havoc. Anthony Martial is also slowly cementing his place at the left hand flank.  I don't know if it was only me or you too noticed that he has improved on his tracking back which is a good thing.
Pogba had a pretty good game though he had a questionable penalty, where he scored the rebound. He was again one of the few at fault for the goal we conceded but he realised his mistake, took responsibility for it and promised to improve.
Weak Links…

Manchester United Vs Everton Player Ratings

Manchester United are back under winning ways with their victory against the impressive side of Everton. Goals from Paul Pogba & an cracking goal from Anthony Martial were enough to see out the victory at Old Trafford. But the player ratings are here so we can see where every United player stands after their performance.
David De Gea: 7 
De Gea made saves but not really major saves, so had no chance with the penalty Everton had against him.
Ashley Young: 6.5  Young was solid at right-back. He made some good challenges and should start over Valencia from now on, if not Dalot. 
Chris Smalling: 6 Smalling made his 300th appearance with a strong performance but mistimed a tackle that cost De Gea his clean sheet.
Victor Lindelof: 7 After coming off a good performance against Juventus, Lindelof looked to have continued his good form against Everton. He looked calm and more confident. 

Luke Shaw: 6.5 Shaw hardly put a foot wrong, played well, not much to talk about in my opinion. 

Matic: 5 For…

Manchester United vs Everton Preview

Manchester United vs Everton Preview After an unlucky last minute equaliser from Ross Barkley and a stale performance against Juventus in the Champion's League, Manchester United will now host Everton. They are aiming to get back to winning ways, tracking back to the 3-2 win against Newcastle. Everton pulled off their own dramatic win as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun proved the difference against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Everton have won three league games on the bounce with victories against Fulham, Leicester and Crystal Palace and will aim to snatch something from United, who have such a poor record at home this season.

As for team news; Jose Mourinho did not seem happy about the treatment of some of his players by their international managers. He claimed that Sanchez, Fellaini, Dalot and McTominay, who all suffered injuries whilst playing for their respected national sides, should have been taken home or left in Manchester so that United could manage their injuries and…

Manchester United Vs Juventus Match Analysis

It was another disappointing evening for the United fans. Manchester United have had a really bad time this season playing at Old Trafford. It's been a long time since we pulled off a great performance at home. Lukaku, our first choice striker for example, hasn't scored at Old Trafford since March. The game against Juventus was awful to say the least. With the loss, United are now in a tricky situation to battle it out with Valencia who sit two points behind us.
As things stand, we need to get a result against Juventus at their home. This might look impossible, but I think this season we have been more impressive away than at home.
With the win,  Juventus now take full control of group H and require just a point from the next 3 games to qualify for the knock out stages.
United had an awful first half performance. I think apart from the game against Tottenham Hotspur, we have always had poor first half displays. We had an improved second half but still it was below the stand…

Manchester United Vs Juventus player ratings

Manchester United just wrapped up their third match of the champions league campaign but unfortunately it fell to a defeat to Italy giants, Juventus. 1-0 isn’t too bad but considering that it was at home and United wanted to sit back, it was very disappointing in my opinion & on a night where absolutely no subs were made! But the official match ratings are in and here is where the Manchester United players stand for tonight’s fixture.

De Gea: 8
Despite conceding a goal (not much he could do about it) he deserves at least an 8 and if I’m being honest here, there could of been 2-3 more goals added if it wasn’t for De Gea’s important saves.

Young: 6.
Although it looked he was trying to do whatever it took to get forward, he kept bringing in fouls on Ronaldo & couldn’t make too much happen on the attack.

Smalling: 6.5
Smalling was decent & I think improved through the match & got forward at times, solid game for me.

Lindelof: 7.5
Lindelof was a bit shaky in the first half but…

Chelsea vs Manchester United Player Ratings

There is no stadium in England that haunts Manchester United more than Stamford Bridge. The Reds have an appalling record at the Bridge, having won only 1 game in the last 16 seasons. Considering much better United teams of yesteryears had struggled against Chelsea, a draw would have been a dream result for the United fans. United did get a 2-2 draw in the end but the way that draw came, via a 96th minute Ross Barkley goal, felt like a defeat. 

Starting XI
De Gea, Young(C), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Martial, Rashford, Lukaku

Player Ratings
David De Gea(GK): 8/10
De Gea was at his usual best for United. There was nothing he could do for Chelsea's first goal but then he made some great saves throughout the match. Even in the end, he saved a Rudiger shot from point-blank range but was unlucky that the rebound went straight to Barkley who tapped in from 2 yards.

Ashley Young(RB): 7/10
Young was given a very tough job of holding Eden Hazard and he did that quite effectiv…

Manchester United vs Juventus Preview

Manchester United vs Juventus Preview It's big game after big game for Manchester United as they return from London to host the Italian giants on Tuesday for the Champions League. It was a dramatic game at the Bridge as Manchester United came back from 1-0 down in the first half to Chelsea with a brace from Tony Martial, but could not keep the Blues silent as a scruffy, Ross Barkley goal retained Chelsea's unbeaten run. Juventus have played United competitively eleven times, winning five, drawing twice and losing five. United have recorded four games in a row unbeaten against Juventus (3 W, 1 D) with the last game coming in the 2002/2003 season in February where the Red Devils won 3-0 in Turin and so won the tie. This is a must-win game for United as a draw at home to Valencia has dented their form after a sumptuous 3-0 win away in Switzerland. 
As for team news; Jose has openly come out and said that Alexis Sanchez is not fit to feature against Juventus after playing against…

Chelsea vs Manchester United Match Analysis

Following a successful international break for most the Manchester United players, they came back and faced one of their toughest challenges yet, playing high flying Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. United’s form of late had been inconsistent to say the least, so facing a Chelsea side that haven’t lost a game this season looked like a tough proposition.
Manchester United XI: David De Gea, Ashley Young (c), Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelöf, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford
Chelsea XI: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta (c), Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Willian, Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard
The game started off as expected with Chelsea dominating the ball and United sitting back trying to make it difficult for them. For the most part this game plan worked out with United keeping most of Chelsea’s star men quiet. However, it wasn’t all positive for Manchester United as in the 21st…

Herrera, The Red Warrior

Ander Herrera is a Manchester United midfielder who joined the Red Devils in the 2013/14 season. He has been  an indelible servant at The Theatre of Dreams and on his day typifies the United fighting spirit. 
Ever since the signing of Nemanja Matic in July 31 2017 Ander Herrera has been side-lined to the periphery of the first team. When he has been gifted an opportunity to play his performances have been hot and cold. On the one hand fans love his passion and determination, but on the other hand some fans feel that he makes too many mistakes. He has often been compared to Paul Scholes for his ability to shoot from long range, his tactical awareness and the ability to play quick, short passes. 
Ander Herrera was born on the 14th of August 1989 to Yoland Aguera and Pedro Mario Herrera in Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque country. Herrera would start his football journey at Real Zaragoza, joining the academy in 2001 and making his professional debut for the B team (Deportvio Aragón) …

Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview

What a game this weekend. Chelsea host Manchester United in a season-defining match for both teams. Chelsea's aim to continue their unbeaten run that has seen them only draw twice; once to West Ham at the London Stadium and again to Liverpool at home, thanks to a Daniel Sturridge wonder-goal. Manchester United have had a torrid start to this season and have already lost three times and drawn at home to newly-promoted Wolves. Lately they've made a superb comeback from 2-0 down at half-time to win 3-2 against Newcastle United with goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez. Chelsea is a completely different beast to the still winless Newcastle as the Blues ooze class with the likes of Jorginho and Kante in the midfield and their star player Eden Hazard in white-hot form. This could either be a heart-breaking match for United fans as a defeat will almost certainly deny United any chance of the title and even put their Top Four chances in doubt or a re-vitalising re…

Best United Side - Post Fergie

Six years since Fergie left and we have won the League Cup, Europa League, and the FA Cup. However, the performances are far from convincing. Our league finishes since he left are averaging at 5th. To put this into perspective, we haven't finished outside the top 3 in 23/26 of Fergie's seasons.

The teams have been very volatile and no one knows which United will turn up on a given day. It is such a contrast to what most United fans are used to. Sir Alex gave us so many good teams and players to love. So that got me thinking as to what our best 11 would be post Fergie. The rules are - players who played for Sir Alex are allowed but they should have played for him for less than fifty percent of their Manchester United careers; players will be added based on their contribution to the club and not based on their potentials.

Goalkeeper - David De Gea Probably one of the rare players who has improved since 2013. This man is the reason we didn't finish lower than where we have be…

Chelsea vs Manchester United Combined XI

Chelsea vs Manchester United Combined XI This is the biggest game of United's season so far as Chelsea aim to continue their unbeaten run in the league and keep up with Manchester City and Liverpool, who are all on equal points, as they plot a home victory against their bitter Red rivals from Manchester. Jose Mourinho has managed both sides, and many of the players still at Stamford Bridge, so knows how good they are and how good his own side are. Both teams have adopted a 4-3-3 formation for the majority of this season and so that is the formation I shall use as it suits both sides very well:
GOALKEEPER: DAVID DE GEA Now the undisputed best goalkeeper in the world and miles above the level of his Spanish compatriot Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is a very promising goalkeeper and has played very well so far in adapting to the physicality of the league. Nevertheless, De Gea has earned so many points for United and is a guaranteed starter in this combined XI. 

How have the Red Devils fared on the International Break?

How have the Red Devils fared on the International Break?
Well let's be honest, the minority of football fans enjoy the international break. It is a time in which the League is forgotten and the players soar off to their various home countries to prepare for friendlies or international tournaments before coming back for the return of the Premier League on Saturday, with a 12:30 game of Chelsea vs Manchester United. Only nine United players featured over the international break but let's see how well they have all done:
ARGENTINA - SERGIO ROMERO Sergio Romero's return to fitness was greeted by many with praise and relief. However his nightmare against Derby County, in which he conceded a swerving freekick and then was sent off for an out-of-the-box handball, has been criticised by many. But he remains as Argentina's no.1 keeper and featured for full 90 minutes in both games against Iraq and Brazil. While Romero kept a clean sheet against the Middle Eastern football team…

Fred, the Brazilian Red

Fred is a Brazilian football player who plies his trade for Manchester United. He was part of the infamous Brazilian contingent that played for Shakhtar Donetsk. 

It has been over three months since Fred joined the United squad and for some it may feel that he has been underwhelming. To be fair our season has not gotten off to the best of starts but following the last gasp win against a poor Newcastle side, there could be more that he can offer as the season goes on. 

Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos ,better known as Fred, was born in Belo Horizonte and began his football journey with Atletico Mineiro. He would play for other youth academies until starting his professional career with Sport Club Internacional. On 26 June 2013, the dynamic midfielder signed a contract with Shakhtar Donetsk worth €15 million. 

It was at Donetsk that he would start to make his mark in the footballing world. 
Fred had the license to roam and act as an aggressive passer and ball carrier further up the pitch…