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Chelsea vs Manchester United Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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A massive result for Manchester United in the race for Top Four as they halved the gap from fourth to three points. The win pushed United up to seventh place as they put two headers past Chelsea at the Bridge to complete the first double over Chelsea in Premier League history. A slightly controversial win with VAR intervening twice to disallow two Chelsea goals as well as denying a potential red card for Harry Maguire.

Team Selection:
Manchester United swapped to a back five as they have done against big teams with Eric Bailly coming in for the ill Victor Lindelof and slotting in alongside Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw as the back three. Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka acted as the wingbacks and would be required to offer width in attack and neutralise the Chelsea fullbacks. In midfield, Fred and the returning Matic sat in the pivot and Bruno Fernandes moved to number 10 as Andreas Pereira was rightfully benched. In attack, Greenwood was rested and sat next to new signing, Odion …

The Manchester United Left Back Debate

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A debate that has raged throughout the season for Manchester United is that of who should be the starting left back? At the beginning of the season, everyone's answer was Luke Shaw on the back of a good season of football last season. However, with an injury to Luke Shaw earlier on in the season gave an opportunity for the young academy prospect, Brandon Williams to make his mark, which many argue he has. Since this, then there has been a debate by fans as to who should start for United and who should be the backup.

When Luke Shaw signed for Manchester United for £30 million, a then world record transfer fee for a teenager, he was one of the most promising teenage talents in the world. However, now he is 24 and has massively stagnated since his promising teenage years. So, is it time for a change at left back?

This season in 18 appearances Luke Shaw averages 1 tackle per game, 0.9 interceptions per game and 0.3 blocks a game (whoscored.com). This shows that he is a competent de…

Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview and Combined XI

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The winter break is finally over and the eagerly anticipated match between fierce rivals Chelsea and Manchester United probably holds a lot more weight and significance at Stamford Bridge when these two Premier League giants met in the opening game of the Premier League in August 2019. 

Manchester United had the upper hand in this meeting and beat Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford with goals coming from Rashford (2), Martial and Daniel James. Manchester United are currently in a disappointing ninth place with this game in hand and are desperate to make ground on Chelsea who are currently holding the all important fourth place in the Premier League and are six points clear of the Red Devils. For Solskjaer this match could be critical as another loss would potentially leave the gap of 4th place too large a gap to make up and leave them in an embarrasing midtable position. The Red Devils have proven when facing the top six teams this season they can step up their game and have registered wins a…

Is Jadon Sancho worth the money?

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As of yesterday, Sky in Germany report that Jadon Sancho is set to depart Borussia Dortmund in the summer with Manchester United and Chelsea battling to sign the Englishman. Dortmund are requesting £120m for the winger and will likely require a large wage fee too. While he has shone at Dortmund and will be 20 in the Summer, is he worth the huge money that Dortmund are requesting? Here's all you need to know:

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Name: Jadon Sancho
DOB: 25th March 2000 (19 years old)
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Nationality: England

Club Career:
After fruitful spells in the Manchester City youth teams, Sancho at the age of 17 decided to search for regular first team football abroad, something rarely done by British footballers, especially in Europe's top divisions and Dortmund snapped him up for a small fee of £8m. He became the first Englishman to play for Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
In that season, he was eased into first team football, featuring 12 times that season and only in the league as he d…

Setting Up the Midfield Against Chelsea

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The winter break is drawing to a close with Manchester United taking a trip to Stamford Bridge on Monday night. The United team have taken a refreshing break to Marbella, Spain to continue their training for the season. We have definitely had some good news over the two weeks. Scott McTominay has made the trip and is now ready to start the next game after being out of action for almost 6 weeks. Paul Pogba did not join the squad in Spain but has stepped up his recovery in Dubai and "can't wait to get back on the pitch". Add that to the existing options of Nemanja Matic who was amazing when called upon, Fred who has been our best midfielder this season, and Bruno Fernandes who has the potential to become our best player in the seasons to come after being named Man of the Match just two days after signing for the club. This winter break comes at a great time for Bruno as all this time off with the squad will feel like the pre-season he missed. In his first game, Bruno was …

How will the winter break help Daniel James?

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First of all, the break is crucial for everyone. Not even just United, but all the teams in England's top flight that are coming off a jam-packed two months. But in the Reds' case, after having to compete in four competitions, this time off could prove to be a life saver.

For some context, this hectic schedule began mid-November for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men. From Nov. 24 until Feb. 1, United played 21 games. Yes, you read that right. It was essentially a game every three days, with a few exceptions, but the point is — that's borderline inhumane.

As nice as it is for us fans and media, because there is some football to watch pretty much everyday, it's just not fair on the players. There is barely enough time for appropriate recovery before they have to lace up their boots again for another 90 minutes of football. And in some cases, even more than that.

Every human body has its breaking points, and in some United players, such as Daniel James, the exhaustion was…

Who should be United's next attacking midfielder?

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With the January transfer window closed, we can assess the squad and see what improvements are needed in the summer to help develop and perform better next season. One of the main positions we need to sign in the summer is an attacking midfielder as one of the main problems this season has been creativity from the midfield. This means that it is imperative that we are able to sign an attacking midfielder who can contribute to chance creation and get some goals and assists. While Manchester United have added Bruno Fernandes to the ranks, one creative midfielder is not enough if United are to adapt and grow into a title-challenging side, especially if Jesse Lingard and/or Paul Pogba leave the club. In this article, I have picked out several players that are likely to be targets for Manchester United in the summer, according to links in the media and our new look transfer policy since Solskjaer took charge.

The first player I will be taking a look at is current Aston Villa midfielder an…

Reds On Loan!

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Entering into the February break, Manchester United are in seventh place with top four seeming unlikelier by the week. Fortunately enough, the teams around us are as inconsistent. We need some serious business dealings this summer with players having to come in various positions. While we look at players at other clubs who could be used as reinforcement, there are a host of players who are out on loan who we can consider recalling this summer. Let's take a look at some of them and see how they're doing in their new side and should we recall them (except for Marcos Rojo of course!).
1.) Chris Smalling
Mike Smalling of MUFC has been sent on loan to AS Roma and our boy is absolutely loving life in the Seria A. Within a few months of joining, Smalling has three goal involvements in 18 league appearances which is very good for a centre-back. He is now the first Englishman since David Beckham to score at least two goals in a single Serie A season and what an odd statistic that is! 

How bad has Manchester United's recruitment been since Fergie left?

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The recruitment at Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired has come under a lot of scrutiny over recent years, but how bad or good has it really been? It is very easy to get swept up into a new transfer window and forget what came before, therefore this article aims to refresh our memories and take a closer look at every post-Fergie signing, how they performed for United and where they are now. 
2013/14 (Moyes)
League Finish = 7th 
Signings: Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata (January)
The summer of 2013 was undoubtedly the most depressing transfer windows for United fans in memory. Throughout the summer we were linked to the likes of Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas (confirmed by Moyes in a recent interview) and we ended up signing just Fellaini on deadline day and had to wait until January for Mata's arrival. The less said about this the better with the best interests of all of our states of mental health in mind.
Marouane Fellaini
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What does Odion Ighalo bring to Manchester United?

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It's probably safe to assume that Nigerian international Odion Ighalo was nobody's first choice acquisition at the beginning of January. Most fans would have hoped for someone more prolific. Certainly a higher profile name. But the former Watford striker is here now and the United faithful has to accept that and support him every time he defends the famous colours.

And once you give yourself some time to think about Ighalo's arrival, perhaps you will realise that it's not a bad deal. Certainly not as bad as what some fans made it out to be.

The 30-year-old arrives at Old Trafford on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season. There is no option to buy on the deal, but you would assume that if United want him at the end of his spell, they will get him. But that's not even the point.

The incompetence of the board shone through yet again as they were not able to secure the right player that they wanted to strengthen United's attacking personnel. And w…