Showing posts from February, 2019

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Match Analysis

Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Wednesday evening and got a much needed three points after being held to a draw by Liverpool on Sunday. So, what happened in the match? 

Starting XI
Manchester United: De Gea, Young (c), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Dalot, Sanchez, Lukaku 

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, van Aanholt, McArthur,  Milivojevic (c), Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha, Batshuayi

Match Highlights
8'Manchester United had the first real chance from a corner but Lukaku couldn't keep his volley down from six yards out as he blazed it over the bar. 

11' Palace then had a good opportunity on the other end but Townsend fired his shot over the bar in a similar fashion to Lukaku.

33' GOAL! United take the lead after Shaw dribbles past four Palace players then plays it back for Lukaku, who takes a touch and bends the ball around Tomkins and into the bottom right corner. 
34' Schlupp had a great chanc…

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Picture taken from Sky Sports
David De Gea - 6.5 A quiet night tonight for United’s No.1 with Crystal Palace only registering one shot on target. No chance for the goal.
Ashley Young - 7.5 Was sloppy in possession for the Palace goal but all in all he managed to keep Wilfred Zaha quiet and when he was moved further forward he took his goal really well.
Chris Smalling - 7.0 Another pretty solid performance alongside Lindelof as they defended their own box well. Would have been disappointed not to have cleared the ball and prevent the Palace goal.
Victor Lindelof - 7.5 Another good assured performance from the iceman as part of a back four that restricted Palace to one shot on target all game. He chipped in with an assist for the second goal.
Luke Shaw - 8.0 Another top class performance from Luke tonight showing he can be an attacking threat down the left with a great run and pass for Lukaku to open the scoring.
Fred - 6.5 Failed to take his opportunity tonight. Kept loosing possession by trying …

Who Is James Garner?

What makes Manchester United stand-out from most clubs in the world of football? What makes them so unique from every other team in England?

The answer is simple:

The tradition of developing their own, from their youth academy. 

Names such as Paul Pogba, Darren Fletcher, Jesse Lingard, Ryan Giggs, Marcus Rashford, Nicky Butt, Chong, Angel Gomes, David Beckham and so on. And now to be added to those list of Manchester United youth players who made a first-team debut, James Garner.

Who Is James Garner?

James was born in Birkenhead, England on the 13th of March in the year of 2001.Garner has been with the youth team since the Under-8 levels, and although he was on the bench for Valencia and Reading, he hadn't made his senior debut up until 2-27-2019 at just 17 years old, he, James Garner, made his senior debut for Manchester United.

James Garner has already been compared to the beloved Micheal Caririck by Ole Solskjaer, who Garner admits, he's a big fan of. Much like Carrick, Garn…

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United - What did we learn?

Manchester United travelled to Selhurst Park as they took on Crystal Palace in another midweek league match resulting in a 3-1 victory with two of them finished by the big Belgian himself, Romelu Lukaku and after Joel Ward's header halved the deficit, Ashley Young sealed the game for Man United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men still remain unbeaten in the Premier League since he took over as caretaker boss. With Man Utd securing a big victory and claiming all three points over Crystal Palace, what were some of the key aspects of this fixture?

Luke Shaw finally arriving from Southampton.

Luke Shaw put in a hell of a performance in Selhurst Park and has had an excellent season so far, finally looking like the Shaw United paid the Saints for back in 2014. Shaw was up and down the pitch and very much involved in the attacks going forward. He made a wonderful run to assist to Big Rom and created a number of other chances. The left back had 100% successful take ons and successful tac…

The Injuries and What They Will Mean for Manchester United

Source: Action Images via Reuters

In the first half of the massively hyped, and rightly so, game between Manchester United and Liverpool, Manchester United was left crippled after forty-five minutes. Already missing Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial due to injuries, Ander Herrera was forced to substitution and was replaced by Andreas Pereira. Juan Mata, who had replaced the semi-injured Jesse Lingard on the right-hand side, was also forced to substitution, with Jesse Lingard coming on.

Jesse Lingard created Manchester United's best chance together with Romelu Lukaku, and subsequently injured himself in the process of attempting to round Liverpool goalkeeper Allison Becker, and was later replaced by Alexis Sanchez. Manchester United had been forced to make three substitutions in forty-five minutes, and as it did look gloomy for the second half, it looked, even more, worrying for the fixtures coming up.

Ahead of todays game versus Crystal Palace, Manchester United travel with a sev…

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Preview

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Preview After a respectable 0-0 draw with Liverpool under the circumstances, United now face a difficult task of travelling to Selhurst Park with an injury-hit squad against a Palace side in good form as they hammered Leicester 4-1 at the King Power which resulted in Claude Puel's sacking. This could be a difficult game but United still have enough quality to get through the 90 minutes and may even require the services of some of the youth players such as Garner, Gomes or Chong. Here's what you need to know:

Game Details: Teams: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Kick Off Date: Wednesday 27th February 2019 Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT Referee: Martin Atkinson
Team News: Manchester United are guaranteed to be without Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera with Marcus Rashford also a doubt after all suffering injuries against Liverpool on Sunday. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian remain sidelined and so either Ashley Young or Diogo Dalot will st…

Manchester United vs Liverpool Match Analysis

Manchester United vs Liverpool. Some great memories come to mind when a United fan hears these words. Over the past years, this fixture had produced some scintillating results with some really iconic performances. But the latest instalment of this rivalry was a weird one.

The biggest game of English football began in the strangest way possible with Liverpool given an indirect free kick from inside the box with just 40 seconds after kick off. The Scousers didn't make anything of it but that was just the beginning of a very anomalous afternoon. A foul from Jordan Henderson on Rashford after 8 minutes had the entire crowd unsettled as it seemed inevitable that United's No.10 was to be subbed off. But then out of nowhere, other United players started dropping to the floor. First, it was Ander Herrera who pulled his hamstring and on came Andreas Pereria at the 20th-minute mark. The mere idea of a midfield of Andreas Pereira and Scott Mctominay in Manchester United's biggest game…

Manchester United vs Liverpool Player Ratings

Yesterday Liverpool held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. A hattrick of injuries in the first half that forced us into all three substitutions in the first 45 mins not to mention Rashford's injury that he played on with for the whole game. Given the conditions, a draw seems like a good result for us. However, despite the injuries and Liverpool being an "amazing team" we had the better and more clear-cut chances in the game. So let us get straight into the player ratings: Starting 11:David de Gea: 6/10 Liverpool had 7 shots and only 1 shot on target. So basically David de Gea had nothing to do throughout the game. This is unusual for United as we often require his services in big games like this. But he got the clean sheet and that is what matters in the end.
Ashley Young: 7/10 He did a good job in keeping Mane out of the game. Mane links up very well with Robertson on that left flank but because of Young, Mane had to look for other options. He started cutt…

Manchester United vs Liverpool - What did we learn?

Manchester United renewed their intense rivalry with Liverpool as the game concluded with a scoreless draw at Old Trafford in an attempt to hold off the Reds' league title race against Manchester City.

United had a disaster of a start when they gifted Liverpool an indirect free-kick when Young attempted a backpass to David de Gea, which could have lead to much worse than just a foul. The first-half horror show continued as Man Utd were forced to use all three of their substitutions in the first 43 minutes when Juan Mata and Ander Herrera picked up heavy knocks. Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard, who just recently came back from injury, came on for Ander Herrera and Juan Mata respectively. Rashford clearly picked up an injury early on as well but did not come off and was forced to play the full 90 minutes despite clearly struggling. Jesse Lingard re-injured himself minutes before half-time as he was clearly not 100% match fit, resulting in the England international following Herre…

Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview

It’s finally here. Manchester United return to Premier League action on Sunday where United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford, hoping to continue our unbeaten record in the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This visit to Old Trafford remains the biggest obstacle left in their path to the league title while United hope to produce another statement win under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and tighten their grip on Top Four. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big match at Old Trafford...
Key match details Date: Sunday 24th February
Venue: Old Trafford
Time: 14:05 GMT kick-off
Referee: Michael Oliver
Team News Solskjaer confirmed in his exclusive MUTV interview that Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have a chance of returning for Sunday's game after missing the FA Cup win at Chelsea with the injuries they sustained in the Champions League defeat against PSG. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian have been absent through injury in recent weeks, while Marcos Rojo h…

Manchester United vs Liverpool Combined XI

Manchester United vs Liverpool Combined XI It was the loss at Anfield that turned United's season around and it's the reverse fixture that could determine United's league position. Another big game in a short period of time for Manchester United as they host second place Liverpool in a vital game for both teams as Liverpool aim to nick ahead of Manchester City whereas United know a win will boost their chances of top four with Chelsea and Arsenal both struggling for form. Liverpool are without both Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez but Virgil van Dijk is set to return with Fabinho likely to move back to the midfield. Once again, Manchester United will be without the quartet of Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian and means Solskjaer has a deficiency of pace in the front line. Nevertheless the game will be an excellent one to watch with both teams looking to attack and earn three points and complimenting eachother as Klopp and Solskjaer are likely t…

Chelsea vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Chelsea vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Two. Yes, two. That's the exact number of times before Monday Manchester United had won at Stamford Bridge since 2002. So it would be quite acceptable for United fans to be  skeptical about their chances to progress into the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup when the draw for the 5th round was made last month. 

Legendary United teams of yesteryears with the likes of Ronaldo, Rooney, Scholes, Giggs, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra etc had failed to win at Chelsea. Van Gaal's United came within 90 seconds of a historic win in 2016 and Jose Mourinho came within 10 seconds of yet another comeback win earlier this season. But Solksjaer's men finally did the unthinkable and beat the Blues 2-0 to progress into the next round.

Starting LineupRomero, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku

Player Ratings
Sergio Romero(GK): 7/10
Romero proved yet again why he is considered to be the best No.2 in the world with his smart…

Chelsea vs Manchester United Match Analysis

Chelsea vs Manchester United Match Analysis I love writing after such nights. Wow! Ole's at the wheel and Manchester United now have an FA Cup Quarter Final to look forward to after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the first time since October 2012 in a 2-0 win. United played a really great game and was a good reaction from the mid-week loss to PSG and must now focus on hosting Liverpool on Sunday. 
Team Selection Honestly, after both squads were released, I was a bit skeptical. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set up a diamond formation of 4-3-1-2 with Juan Mata in the no.10 role and Romelu Lukaku partnered alongside Marcus Rashford as the main strikers. Alexis Sanchez was a substitute again, something that was shocking to me when the teams were announced. Sergio Romero started in goal with Chris Smalling the only change from the back four that faced PSG  leaving Eric Bailly on the bench. Chelsea made five changes to the side that faced Malmo with Gonzalo Higuain, Eden Hazard and N'…

Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview

Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge for their third game in nine days as they face Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday night at 19:30 GMT. This is such a big game for both sides as they aim to progress to the Quarter Finals and win some silverware in difficult seasons for both teams. 
Team News: Manchester United confirmed earlier this week that both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard would be unable to play against Chelsea, Liverpool and are potential doubts against PSG in the reverse fixture. Reports that the duo have returned to Carrington to train shows promise that the recovery date may be earlier than expected but are almost certain not to feature on Monday night. This could potentially allow  starts for Alexis Sanchez, who was rightly slated for his performance against PSG on Tuesday and/or Romelu Lukaku who has failed to nail down a starting position under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are also unlikely to mak…