Showing posts from January, 2019

Tony Martial Signs Again!

Tony Martial signs again.

Wow, I was beginning to get frustrated at the slow progress the board was making in negotiating for long term contracts with our players. And to make things worse, the January window was very quiet with no arrivals or departures.

Today just got a whole lot better! 😄 #MUFC — Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2019

Lo and behold! Our deadline day activity has been nothing less than outstanding for us, the Manchester United fans. No one in the world can doubt the potential that lies in Anthony Martial.

A reminder of what @AnthonyMartial is capable of. 😭 — United Xtra (@utdxtra) April 10, 2018

Prior to the World Cup, the news surrounding Anthony Martial and his stay at United was not amusing at all. To add insult to injury, there was that breakdown with the coach during the pre season.
BREAKING: @AnthonyMartial's agent Philippe Lamboley has told French media the player wants to leave @ManUtd this summer. #SSNpic.twitt…

Manchester United vs Burnley Player Ratings

Six wins out of six. That was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's record coming into the match against Burnley. Beat the Clarets and it would read first 7 matches, played 7, won 7, a record no other manager in the history of the Premier League holds. But then again, this is the Premier League and this match showed why it is the toughest league on the planet.

After beating Spurs and Arsenal in recent weeks, maybe the team had got complacent thinking that Burnley can be steamrolled at Old Trafford. But Burnley have had a history with United. Remember that very first game of the 2009-10 season when three-time defending English Champions were at the receiving end of a shocking 1-0 loss at Turf Moor? Burnley have been United's bogey team and their record at Old Trafford proves the point. United have played them thrice at Old Trafford in three years and got a whole sum of three measly points out of those games. 

It needed a sparkling comeback from Mourinho's men last season on Boxing Day to sa…

Manchester United vs Burnley Match Analysis

Manchester United vs Burnley Match Analysis
Manchester United were able to stretch their unbeaten run to 9 consecutive games in all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they played against Burnley at Old Trafford. 

Match Highlights
The first half ended goalless as neither side could really break through the opposition's defense and create good chances. However things began to look up in the second half. 

The first goal of the game came in the 51st minute, when Pereira's error gave the ball away to Cork, who played it through to Barnes and made no mistake  with the effort, blasting the ball into the roof of the net giving De Gea no chance. 

Half an hour later the Clarnets would double that advantage after some nice movement on the right wing, a delightful ball in across the box, and a simple header from an unmarked Wood. 

This is when the fairy tale comeback began. United were awarded a penalty in the 86th minute after Lingard was pulled down inside the box by Hendrick, and P…

Manchester United vs Burnley: What We Learned.

Manchester continue their unbeaten run today against Burnley but Sean Dyche's side puts an end to United's wining streak as the Reds were held to a 2-2 draw at home. A frustrating afternoon for the Red Devils but they leave Old Trafford tonight with a point. A goal from Pogba from the spot and Victor Lindelof's late equalizer is what held us together.

Although it was a bit hard to pick things out from this match tonight, there are some things that stood out for me and here are some points we've learned from tonight's game.

Andreas Pereira Not Good Enough.

Pereira had his first start for Manchester United since who knows when and it looks like it could be his last, let alone if he will play again for the Red Devils. Andreas lost the ball in our half which led to the opening goal for Burnley. Absolute disappointing performance from him. In my opinion, he should be sold before Fellaini.

Herrera Energy Missing.

It's without a doubt that Ander Herrera is a key figure…

Serie A Stars Linked with Red Devils Move

Serie A Stars Linked with Red Devils Move Manchester United are currently enjoying a resurgence under the guidance of club legend and stand-in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, following the dismissal of former coach Jose Mourinho.

The latter Portuguese tactician was sacked from the Old Trafford hot seat after a stuttering run of form, with Solskjaer having subsequently taken up the mantle alongside assistant coaches Michael Carrick and Mike Phelan.

He has overseen a strong surge in form and fortunes since he took over the role, leading to many suggesting that the Norwegian could actually earn himself the job on a full-time basis this coming summer.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is also in their thinking, with the Argentine coach having been previously lined up to replace Mourinho on the red half of Manchester. 

Although, Solskjaer has plenty of work still to do this season, as the Red Devils aim to secure a Champions League position ahead of rivals Chelsea and Arsenal. They …

Manchester United vs Burnley Preview

Manchester United vs Burnley Preview  After an emphatic victory at the Emirates in the FA Cup fourth round, Manchester United host Burnley in an attempt to get back into the top four and break Ancelotti and Pep's record of winning their first six games in the Premier League with a seventh consecutive win on Tuesday night at 20:00 GMT. Burnley are looking for some kind of reaction after a humbling 5-0 loss to the blue side of Manchester and are wary that the red side could do similar damage to Burnley despite their decent run of late in the league of four games unbeaten (3W, 1D).

Who could play on Tuesday?
For Burnley, it seems likely that Tom Heaton will return to the lineup after Nick Pope returned from injury but let five Manchester City goals in with Joe Hart remaining on the bench. I feel for Joe Hart, his defenders were so shockingly poor early in the season and he got the stick for it despite making many great saves, then when the defenders sorted themselves out he was dropp…

Marcus Rashford: Our Number One Striker For the Next Decade?

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In February of 2016, a Manc born and bred came onto the scene at Manchester United and Old Trafford. Being a replacement for the thin attacking options versus Midtjylland in the Europa League, Marcus Rashford startedhis rise to fame.
The completely unknown 18 year old academy graduate, with number 39 on his back, scored twice on his debut, and 90 minutes later he was certainly not unknown anymore. From there on, he kept writing new chapters in what seemed to be a something out of a fairy tale. Two goals on his Premier League debut versus Arsenal, scoring the winner at the Etihad in the Manchester Derby, winning the FA Cup and once again scoring on his debut, this time for England.
The sky rocketing development of Marcus Rashford was one of the few positives during the van Gaal era, where the Dutchman´s possession based and slow football was, to say the least, not popular at Old Trafford. But was Marcus Rashford a one hit wonder? Would he diminish like so many oth…

Manchester United 3 v PSG 0: Match Report

Manchester United’s U23 side gained more valuable experience on Friday night as they came up against French side Paris Saint-Germain in the Premier League International cup. The Red Devils came out comfortable winners, beating the French side 3-0 in what was a very cold and frosty night at the Leigh Sports Village.
This victory has meant Ricky Sbragia’s side have booked a place in the knockout stages of the Premier League International Cup and for the 1,019 fans that were there it increases the level of anticipation for what is to come when the two teams meet at competitive senior level for the first-time next month.
When the team sheets were made available on Friday night there was a notable surprise inclusion in the form of Scott McTominay, a player who had just signed a new long-term contract a couple of days beforehand. It would have been expected that he would be 200-miles away in London with the first team squad preparing for the FA Cup against Arsenal, but obviously first team …

Arsenal vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Sergio Romero - 7.0  Ever dependable as United’s number 2. He made a couple of key saves, including a great save from a Ramsey header early in the second half. 
Ashley Young - 7.0  Ashley played in a solid back four performance. He was able to stifle a lot of Arsenal attacks on the edge of his own area by reading the game well.
Victor Lindelof - 6.5 Formed a decent partnership for Eric Bailly at centre back and dealt with limited balls in to the box. Was not able to intercept the ball across the box that lead to Arsenal’s goal despite getting his foot to the ball.
Eric Bailly - 6.5  Like Lindelof, Bailly had a solid game at centre back. At times he looked unsettled in possession, needs to find a calmness to his play and gain confidence through playing more games.
Luke Shaw - 6.5  Got up and down the left wing for 90 minutes. Defended well. Looked like he is still carrying some fitness issues, didn’t seem like he was at 100% throughout the game. 
Nemanja Matic - 7.0 Another improved performance f…

Arsenal vs Manchester United Match Analysis

Manchester United XI vs Arsenal:

Sergio Romero, Ashely Young, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelöf, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 8th match in charge of United was a fourth round FA cup game against traditional rivals Arsenal. Olé was looking to make it eight wins out of eight, continuing his 100% record as Manchester United manager. It wasn't going to be easy but us United fans were confident that the run could continue and we could book our place in the next round of the cup.

And our confidence wasn't misplaced as we beat Arsenal quite convincingly with a 3-1 win. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics and game plan were spot on, as we let Arsenal attack us and have possession, only then to hit them devastatingly on the counter attack. This is exactly what happened for all 3 of United's goals.

It's safe to say that Alexis Sanchez hasn't hit his best form since moving to United, …

Arsenal vs Manchester United: What We Learned

Ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed Manager for Manchester United, he has been handing out big L's for teams who have stepped in his way, as it is now Eight out of Eight for Ole Gunnar Solskaer's Manchester United after an away victory at the Emirates against rivals, Arsenal.

Goals from former Arsenal player himself, Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, who uses the Emirates as his dance classes and The Ice Cold, Black Glove wearing, Anthony Martial. And lets not forget a good performance from Romelu Lukaku, who found himself two great assist in the first half but a good performance overall from the Reds Themselves.

Now, here are some key figures of what we have learned from Arsenal vs Manchester United in the FA Cup 4th Round.

Defense Still A Problem. 

For all it is worth, the Man United defense held their own but still, a bit shaky. Arsenal for a good period of the match were knocking on the door and asking questions and we were reminded that an imposing defender is…

Arsenal vs Manchester United Preview

Manchester United travel to the Emirates on Friday evening to face Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round tie. Here is all you need to know ahead of the game. 

What are the team news?
For Unai Emery's men, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding won't be able to feature with ACL injuries. Danny Welbeck also won't be available following his ankle injury in the Europa League, with Mkhitaryan being a major doubt to play against his former side. For the reds, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and Marouane Fellaini are out, with Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford being the slightest of doubts. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will play. 

What does a win mean?
A win for either side would send them through to the fifth round, or round 16 of the Emirates FA Cup, whilst a tie would mean a replay must occur at Old Trafford. The time and date of the draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup is yet to be announced. 

What happened in their previous FA Cup matches?
Manchester United's last m…

Arsenal vs Manchester United Combined XI

Arsenal vs Manchester United Combined XI The Premier League is put on hold for the weekend as the FA Cup returns for the fourth round, beginning on Friday with Arsenal hosting Manchester United with the game kicking off at 19:55 GMT. Arsenal are going into the game on the back of an emphatic win against Chelsea with goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny sealing the win. United have had even better fortunes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning all six Premier League games and the FA Cup third round since his arrival. Not only this, but he has got the team playing the Bushby way again and Pogba and Rashford in particular are in white-hot form. Both teams have serious defensive issues having conceded over thirty goals in the league so far and while Arsenal only have three clean sheets in the league this season, United are not much better with four. For this reason the combined XI is going to be an attacking formation of 3-3-4 which will allow smooth, free-flowing football …

Victor Lindelof: From flop to undroppable

Source: Reuters
We all remember *that* away game versus Huddersfield and unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. Tom Ince turning him inside out, De Gea saving the following attempt, Mooy following it up and burrying it into the bottom right hand corner. The mistimed header where Depoitre capitalised on his mistake, rounded De Gea and slotted it home to make it a day to forget for the young Swede. He went on to feature in a total of twenty games for Manchester United in all competitions during the 2017/2018 season, and was left out of the squad a total of thirteen times during the course of the season. These are, objectively, numbers that are not good enough for a £31 million signing playing for Manchester United, especially when looking at his competition at centre half.

The criticism, or slating if you will, from newspapers and media outlets towards Lindelof were not what you would call gracious. Spanish sports newspaper Marca put Lindelof at centrehalf together with Bonucci and H…

Manchester United U23’s v Paris Saint-Germain U23’s: Match preview

Manchester United U23’s welcome PSG U23’s to the Leigh sports village this Friday night, with the Reds looking for their first win in the Premier League International cup this season.
The Red Devils come into this game off the back of a very disappointing result and performance last Friday night in which it ended 0-0 at home to PSV in the same competition. This result leaves United on 2 points, 3 behind current leaders Derby with a game in hand. While the French visitors are laying in bottom place on 1 point.
This game is crucial for both teams considering where they are in the table and a win for either would put them in a good position going forward in the group. Especially for United with two of the three remaining games being away from home for Ricky Sbragia’s side.     (
United will be hoping to end a run of four without a win when they welcome the French side in what has been a tough month for Sbragia and his team.
Due to numerous youngsters being…