Showing posts from May, 2020

United Going on Strike

With uncertainty around how long Odion Ighalo will remain a Manchester United player, The Reds will no doubt be drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements if and when the Nigerian striker’s stay at the club ends. The United Devils reported earlier in the week per the Mail Online that United were willing to pay in the region of £20 million to secure the services of Ighalo on a permanent basis. This would represent a useful piece of business for a club who according to Reuters on Wednesday have withdrawn £140 million from a revolving credit facility to fund upcoming transfers. However according to The Times the Nigerian has reportedly been offered an eye watering £75 million contract by his parent club Shanghai Shenua to return to them and continue his career in China.

Whether Ighalo stays at United or returns to Shanghai this summer, as well as becoming a cult figure at United the Nigerian has highlighted United’s need for a striker in the coming weeks or months. His arrival in …

Aubameyang: Buy or Leave?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly on the transfer market and his new price-tag, a surprising £35m, has alerted a lot of clubs including Barcelona and Manchester United. However, there are other reports saying he'll cost upwards of a £100m but considering his contract expires next year, anything north of £50m is too much for a 30-year-old player who is in the last year of his contract. With United having issues with Shanghai Shenhua's stance on Odion Ighalo, we should be looking for other options in the centre-forward role.
This transfer feels like a deja vu as it seems familiar to the whole Van Persie saga. While there are similarities, the context is very different. United were fighting for league titles back in 2012 while we're fighting for top 4. We needed a proved goalscorer to win us the league whereas now we're looking for a striker who can rotate with Rashford and Martial. However, our last transfer with Arsenal was a bit of a disaster for both teams.  Sh…

Continental XI's: The challenge of the CONMEBOL XI

Continuing our look at the Best XI from each confederation, Jayson Love takes a look at what a combined XI from the best players of the South American CONMEBOL federation might look
like. As we did with CONCACAF and CAF, we chose a manager and footballers that represent at
least five countries in the region. All players would be eligible and active to play immediately, players who have retired from international football were not considered.

In selecting the XI, we valued the player’s contributions to his national team, and wanted a mix of veterans with youth in our squad. Here is our XI for CONMEBOL:

Alisson - Brazil
World-class shot stopper, Alisson has been at times considered the best shot stopper in the Premier League since his transfer fee record-setting move to Liverpool in 2018. Allison has featured 44 times for Brazil since his debut in 2015 and is the clear cut first choice for Brazil.

Dani Alves - Brazil
The Brazillian legend still has it at age 37. Afte…

What to do about Axel Tuanzebe

Image from Manchester United
Welcome to The United Devils once more. Our today's highlight is going to be none other than our Academy Star - Axel Tuanzebe. We are going to discuss about how he fits in the current United team, and what's his future in the United squad. Before we get started, let's have a quick look at his profile - Player Profile -Full name: Axel TuanzebeCountry: England Age: 22Shirt: #38Height: 6'1" (185 cms.)Weight: 72 kg.Playing Position: Centre BackPart of United Academy since: 2005Tenure: United Senior team since 2015Loaned to Aston Villa in January 2018Loaned again to Aston Villa for 2018-19 season.Returned to United in 2019.
Although Axel Tuanzebe prefers to play at centre back, the lad has proved from time to time that he is capable of holding the right flank (right back), and being the pivot of the team equally well (CDM). Versatility adds to the favor in his argument as fans have demanded his inclusion in the team from time to time. Winn…

Premier League set to resume on 17th June

On the 13th March 2020 the Premier League made the decision to suspend the league due to COVID-19 and our last taste of Premier League football was on the 9th March when Leicester City beat Aston Villa 4-0. 
With the Bundesliga already back up and running already, the Premier League have decided to follow suit with the restart scheduled for 17th June. There are 92 matches still to be played and they will all be played behind closed doors, but will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, BBC Sport, BT Sport and Amazon Prime. 
Similar to the Bundesliga, there will be strict protocol to ensure the safety of all those involved; this is likely to include social distancing off the pitch and when the ball is out of play. Players will also continue to be tested twice a week. 
It is important to note that this return date is still provisional, and will remain subject to government advice and could change if safety requirements are compromised. 
The first two games on the 17th June are set to be Asto…

Tahith Chong's Future at United

For young aspiring footballers, Old Trafford has always been the centre-stage to achieve their dreams, and this is what the club's structure prides in - bringing in a considerable number of elite level footballers. Be it Duncan Edwards and Bill Foulkes from 50s, Mark Hughes and Norman Whiteside of the 80s or the reputed Class of 92 or most lately, the FA Youth Cup winning side of 2011 featuring current first team players Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba. But the past decade saw a dip in quality of the performance as well talents churned out from the famed academy of Old Trafford,  due to underfunding and neglect after the departure of Brian McClair. Consequently, rivals Manchester City (with huge investments and a state-of-the-art training facility) and Chelsea have dominated the Youth Cup competitions in the past decade. 
But the arrival of Ole, along with the appointment of Nicky Butt, an Academy graduate himself, as the Head of First Team Development and the hiring of a new Statis…

Academy Watch: Largie Ramazani

Manchester United are no strangers to exciting wingers. Dynamic flanks became a trademark to how Sir Alex Ferguson's teams played over the years thanks to the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. Unfortunately, in recent memory, some very promising academy products have failed to make their mark out wide — but a new era led by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be about to change that.

Led by Marcus Rashford, who of course broke through under Louis Van Gaal and is now emerging as one of the world's best wide men, United's current academy is equipped with some tremendously talented wingers. Having already profiled the likes of Anthony Elanga and Shola Shoretire, the focus of this week's Academy Watch is a player who is already making waves in the U23 side despite not being much older. That player is Largie Ramazani.

Age: 19
Date of Birth: 27/2/2001
Nationality: Belgian
Position: Winger
Preferred Foot: Right 

Career Stats
Manchester United U23 — Apps: 13 | Goals: 9 …

What's the Solution to the Pereira Problem?

Andreas Pereira joined Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven in 2011 andlike most South American kids who play professional football, he was scouted by Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. But a quick meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson changed his future and he chose Manchester United over other Premier League clubs.

He turned 24 in January and seemingly should be entering his peak career years but sadly it seems like a make-or-break time for the Brazilian international at Old Trafford. When Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were injured during this season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trusted Andreas to plug the hole at number 10 position but sadly he has failed to deliver. He has three assists and a single goal to his name in 18 Premier league starts while has one goal in Europe in two starts.

Pereira is often excused for his lack of goal contributions because he is a ‘young player’ as per some set of fans and they believe he should be given a consistent run in first team. But at 24, with experience on loa…