Showing posts from November, 2018

Southampton Vs Manchester United Preview

That crazy night in Turin feels like a distant memory now for most of the United supporters. Against all odds, Manchester United came back from behind to win 2-1 away at Juventus and script yet another glorious chapter in club's European history. But since that result, United were convincingly beaten by City at the Etihad and they were quite poor in the lame 0-0 draw at Old Trafford when Crystal Palace were the visitors.

An injury-time winner from Marouane Fellaini against Young Boys did give United the qualification into the Round of 16 of the Champions League but the performance yet again wasn't upto the standards expected. This away trip to St.Mary's allows Jose Mourinho’s men to come back to winning ways in the Premier League. United are already 7 points off the fourth place and anything less than 3 points against Southampton would mean Mourinho's target of getting into Top Four before the end of the year, would be missed.

What did we learn from Mourinho's Press…

Manchester United Vs Young Boys Player Ratings

Manchester United advances to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but truth be told it wasn't all that convincing...yet again. But the important thing is that The Red Devils sealed their place to the knockout round and although most did not seem to impress, there were a few names that we could take some positives from, so without a further adue, lets get to it.

De Gea: 9
Spanish Dave was EASILY our player of the match last night. It only takes one chance to change a game and that's what nearly happened last night. De Gea's magical save basically saved the game. Jose needs to do whatever it takes to keep The Spanish GK.

Valencia: 5
I wasn't too impressed with his return. He didn't add much for me. He picked up a knock before his substitution.

Smalling: 7.5
Smalling had yet another solid performance and I can see why he's Victor Lindelof''s CB partner. He made a basic but almost effective pass to Lingard that nearly led to a goal by Rashford.


Manchester United Vs Young Boys Match Analysis

After a very disappointing display at Old Trafford on Saturday evening, United headed into Tuesday with mixed reactions. Some still had hope and were looking forward to the next game in a hope for something positive. Others were so sick and tired of our lackluster displays and had vowed not to watch the game. Whatever the mood, it's completely understandable given our recent performances. Well we headed into the game with a lot of possible out comes on out plate. Either we would lose and risk playing Thursday night football or get a result and progress to the next stage in the Champions League.
Well, as it stands, Fellaini's 91st winner has guaranteed us at least 3 more games in the Champions League. Was this an ideal Manchester United game? The answer is a big no!
Let's look at how the action happened.
First half First of all, contrary to popular belief, the midfield trio of Matic, Fellaini and Fred and the defensive partnership of Jones and Smalling looked perfect.

West Brom 1 v 1 Manchester United: U23 Match Report

( Friday evenings game at the Hawthorns saw United u23’s side salvage a point in what was a low-key affair. Manchester United had forward Josh Bohui to thank as he come off the bench to earn and convert a penalty that rescued his side from facing three successive defeats at the hands of the baggies.
United came into this game without star players Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes, who were injured and were both sadly missed. It took until the 69th minute to get our first goal of the game and this came from Daniel Meredith who put the baggies in the lead.
It was the hosts who created the first chance of the game through Jonathan Leko who combined nicely with Kyle Edwards, only for him to fire his shot wide of the target. Very little came after this until United had appeals for a penalty waved away when midfielder Aidan Barlow drove through the midfield, taking all-comers on until he was crowded out and went to ground inside the penalty area. Replays showed he w…

Manchester United vs Young Boys Preview

Manchester United vs Young Boys Preview Are you feeling lucky? After a seriously disappointing 0-0 home draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Manchester United turn their interests to the Champions League and to Young Boys in which a rare home win should surely seal progression to the next round. While Manchester United are having to feel the embarassment of being seventh, behind Everton and still on negative goal difference, Young Boys are top of the Swiss Super League by a whopping 16 points after 15 games and are currently on a seven game unbeaten run in their league (W5 D2) despite only earning one point so far in the group stages. 
As for team news, it seems that Victor Lindelof might be a doubt after showing some hamstring issues at the end of the Saturday match, although he kept playing for four extra minutes while injured. This could lead to either Phil Jones or Eric Bailly playing precious minutes this season. Anthony Martial was not at his best against Palace and spurned…

Man United v Millwall: Match Preview

Man United will be looking for their seventh win of the season today when they take on Millwall Lionesses at home.

Millwall is the only team in the league yet to win a game - sitting bottom of the Championship table with just one point.

The Lionesses have suffered two heavy 8-0 home defeats already this season, one coming against Charlton and the other against top-of-the-table Spurs.

Perhaps music to the ears of United who have scored 32 goals in 7 games - conceding just one; the best record in the Championship so far.

The return of Devlin  Today's visit could see United midfielder Charlie Devlin face her former club for the first time since moving to United. 
Devlin spent a season on loan at Millwall from Arsenal before joining on a permanent deal in 2017. Her impressive performances (scoring nine times in 18 apps) saw her called up to the youth England squads, too. 
The youngster netted her very first goal for United in a 4-1 win against Spurs - who United currently sit below w…

Manchester United Vs Crystal Palace Match Analysis

For a fan of club football, two weeks of the international break is sickening. You  dive into movies, listen to all the music in the world but still there is that spark lacking because you aren't able to keep tabs on your favorite team. This, ladies and gentlemen is what I felt the past few weeks.
With that little background,  I can guess you know the energy I entered this match day with. This however was short lived as United had yet another bad result.
Everybody had hoped that the next run of games was our realistic chance at making efforts for the Top four. This post however isn't to make you lose hope. So please read on.
We started pretty well. We (as usual) didn't keep our good start consistently. We had the players making mistakes as usual. We also missed a couple of chances at the Crystal Palace goal. Their keeper did a pretty good job as well.
Our ball winning capabilities are really low. In the first half we held the ball pretty well but when it came to winni…

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Preview

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Preview After a humbling, disappointing derby defeat to a far superior Manchester City side, Manchester United return from the international break to face out-of-form Crystal Palace for Saturday's 15:00 GMT match. Manchester United have an excellent unbeaten run (W10, D1)against Crystal Palace stretching across seven years when they lost 2-1 at home to the Eagles in the League Cup in November 2011. United last season had a walkover at home with a 4-0 hammering with goals from Mata, Fellaini (2) and Lukaku but away, it was a far more difficult task. After goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick Van Aaanholt either side of the half, Manchester United had to tighten their grip in the game and it took a Smalling header, a composed finish from Lukaku and a stunning half-volley from Nemanja Matic to win the game, as well as another classic world-class save from David de Gea to deny Christian Benteke at 2-2. United will hope this game is more like the …

The Rise of Lindelof

Lindelof is a professional Swedish footballer who plies his trade at Manchester United. He was recently voted Sweden’s best player of the year, a title which was previously won annually by Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Victor Lindelof is best known for playing as a centre back at Manchester United. He transferred from Benefica to The Red side of Manchester in June 2017. He had caught the eye of Mourinho through his defensive astuteness and reading of the game. It was thought at the time of his move that he would be able to command an ailing backline with a young and aggressive Bailly. Many Red Devils had hoped the partnership would be reminiscent of the Vidic-Ferdinand pairing, unfortunately that has not yet come to pass.
In September 2010, at the tender age of 16, Lindelöf made his debut for Västerås SK. In the same season, he helped his team advance a step higher in the Swedish league system, as they were promoted to the second highest league. It was not long before he started catching the e…

International break round-up: Reflecting on the performance of United players

A disappointing derby against City was the final Premier League game for the Red Devils before numerous players headed off for the international break. From Thursday November 15 until Wednesday November 21, 12 United players represented their countries.

David De Gea (Spain)
Our number one goalkeeper endured mixed fortunes during the international break. Spain lost 3-2 to Croatia in their UEFA Nations League match. De Gea conceded a last-minute goal which drew much criticism from Spanish media outlets. And with Kepa, Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper, on his heels De Gea will certainly want to step up his performances.

Reflection:Even the world's best have wobbles. But for De Gea, this has gone on for too long. Having only kept one clean sheet this season in the League, the Spaniard seems a shadow of his former self. Not everything has been his fault. Our leaky defence has had fear written over their faces at the start of most matches. And he still pulls off some marvellous and y…

West Brom U23's v Manchester United U23's: Match Preview

West Bromwich Albion u23’s welcome Manchester United u23’s to the Hawthorns this Friday evening in what is an important game for both sides. Both teams came into this game after the international break from back to back defeats. West Brom had successive defeats to both south coast teams Southampton and Bournemouth, while United are hoping to recover from defeats to Wolves and a hammering from Newcastle United.
West Brom come into this Sat 11th in the table, five points above bottom team Sunderland. Three points this Friday evening could see them jump up two positions, depending on the other results.
Meanwhile for Man Utd it is very contrasting, they lie 4th in the table with nine more points and a win here could see them go top of the Premier League two table.   (
Last season was very difficult for United at under 23 level. Ex-academy manager Ricky Sbragia was appointed back as u23 manager, but the season never really got going. There was a lot of acade…

Nemanja Matic: From Necessity to an Inconvenience.

When Manchester United bought Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for a fee of approximately £40 million in the summer of 2017, it was thought that he could be the signing that would see United kick on and potentially challenge for the title.
When it was made known that United were prepared to pay Chelsea’s £40 million asking price, some fans and sections of the media criticised the club, this was because they believed it was too much money for a player of Matic‘s age (28 years old). People were also aware that Chelsea were about to use that cash to buy Tiemoue Bakayoko, a player believed to be a younger, more energetic, a better version of Matic.
After settling in well at Old Trafford with some positive and influential performances in the first couple of months of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, many were starting to believe that Matic was the missing piece of the jigsaw in United’s midfield. What we were seeing was with Matic playing an anchor role in the middle of the park, players like …

Crystal Palace v Man United: High-flying Reds looking for sixth win of the season

Man United Women travel to Crystal Palace this weekend where they look to secure their sixth win in seven games this season.

Two weeks ago the Reds beat top-of-the-table Spurs in a landslide 4-1 victory, conceding their first and only goal of the campaign so far.

As of yet, the only team to keep United at bay has been Durham who held Stoney's side to a 0-0 draw. A distinct contrast in comparison to the 27 goals they've already scored in just six games.

The high-flying Reds now sit in second position behind Spurs with a game in hand after the fixture vs Leicester was postponed.

Palace, on the other hand, have won just one of their seven games this season, drawing one and losing five.

Despite the amount of loses, Palace can take pride in their defensive ability given that Durham was the only team to put more than one goal past them - proving travelling to Hayes Lane will be no easy task for Man United.

Eagles manager Dean Davenport is relishing the chance to play Casey Stoney&#…

James Wilson: The Forgotten Man

It may be a surprise to many Manchester United supporters that striker James Wilson is still on the books at Old Trafford, but the 22-year-old is in his final year at Old Trafford, looking to impress to earn a lucrative contract. The Englishman was sent out on loan in the summer to Scottish side Aberdeen in an opportunity that needs to be grabbed, to prove to many why United great Ryan Giggs held him in such high regard.
It was the end of the 2014 season where interim manager Ryan Giggs used the game vs Hull City as an opportunity to continue the United tradition of blooding youngsters into the first team squad. It was this game that Wilson showed the Old Trafford faithful who he was. The then 18-year-old took the spotlight by grabbing his first two career goals in a United shirt in front of his delighted family members. It was only a couple of months before the young man was given a place on the United bench by ex-boss David Moyes away at Newcastle and still, I bet h…

Possible replacements for Jose Mourinho after the 18/19 season

Jose in! Jose out!

The rumor mill has calmed down a bit over recent weeks with impressive wins and comebacks but may have started to pick back up since over our recent defeat in the Manchester Derby, is it enough to sack Jose Mourinho? NO! Not for me anyway, but many Man United fans are still screaming 'Mourinho out' while some are wanting the board to back him in January for transfer funds and deals. I, speaking for myself, am Mourinho in... that is until after this season is over. As I am not a fan of sacking managers during the midpoint of the season.

Here we will discuss possible managers who could replace Jose Mourinho after the 18-19 season.

1: Eddie Howe: Now this may not be a popular choice due to his name and the team he is currently managing (AFC Bournemouth) but lets look at what he has done to the players here and the team as a whole.  Howe has been a PL manager since the 15/16 season in which he gave Bournemouth promotion (14/15), managing them since 2012. He lea…

Manchester City vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Manchester City finished the last season with a record 100 points and the way their current campaign is going, it seems like they might actually break their own record. Considering how United's start to the campaign has been, many fans didn't expect much from this fixture but a series of impressive comeback wins, particularly the away win in Turin in the Champions League, gave a glimmer of hope to the United faithful. Whatever hope the United fans had before the Manchester Derby quickly evaporated as Paul Pogba was deemed injured and wasn't included in the lineup.

City took an early lead from David Silva but United held on for the half. A second-half goal from Aguero felt like a mountain too steep to climb but Martial's penalty did bring back the memories of that historic 3-2 comeback win in April of this year. In the end, Gundogan scored to make it 3-1 and wrap up the 3 points for the Cityzens.
Starting XI
De Gea, Young, Smalling, Shaw, Fellaini, Matic, Herrera, Marti…

The Resurgence of Luke Shaw

(sky At the start of the 2018/19 pre-season for Manchester United, there were many questions being asked from supporters about Luke Shaw. There were many different opinions on what will happen to Shaw and if he had a future at the football club. In the summer of 2014, the 23-year-old was signed by the Red Devils in a deal worth £30m, making him the most expensive teenager in football at the time. He was coming into the side with big expectations and big shoes to fill after the departure of Legendary full-back Patrice Evra. 
Luke Shaw is a member of Southampton’s youth academy, where he came through the ranks and made his first-team debut in January 2012. He continued to impress for the saints making a total of 60 appearances, with the most impressive displays coming under ex-manager Mauricio Pochettino. Shaw was also a regular for England under 21’s at the time, having represented England at every youth level. A step up to the main team came in March 2014, where his excellen…