Nov 23 2014

Top four spot a “minimum”, says United defender

Tag: Manchester United News @ 4:30 pm

PAY-Arsenal-v-Manchester-UnitedChris Smalling has conceded that Manchester United should be higher on the table but insisted that, after clinching their first away win of the season, things were looking up for Louis Van Gaal’s side.

United secured their first win on the road of the campaign after a 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates and Smalling, who had been the pantomime villain in the derby earlier this month, was among the best players on the pitch, as United withstood Arsenal’s pressure and pounced on the counter.

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Nov 23 2014

LVG: “I’d have been called crazy had we lost”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 4:00 pm

PAY-Arsenal-v-Manchester-UnitedLouis Van Gaal has admitted he’d been branded as “crazy” had United failed to win against Arsenal on Saturday, where the Dutch manager chose to deploy a three-man defence.

United had started their season with a 3-5-2 formation, which was subsequently shelved as players looked far from comfortable with it until the trip to the Emirates, where United’s back three comprised Chris Smalling, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett.

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Nov 23 2014

Five things we’ve learnt from Arsenal vs United

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 12:06 pm

Arsenal-v-Manchester-United (2)United have finally won away from home and, albeit aided by a large slice of luck, Saturday’s 2-1 win at the Emirates could and should be the turning point we’ve been waiting for. Here’s five things we have learnt from yesterday.

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Nov 21 2014

Time for United to shed the inferiority complex

Tag: Match Preview @ 10:46 am

Man-Utd-v-EvertonWhile we wait to find out whether Daley Blind’s knee injury will keep him out for six days, six weeks, six months or six years, proper football makes a welcome return as the third international break in as many months is finally behind us.

As it’s becoming the norm this season, United are decimated by injuries and confidence isn’t exactly sky-high ahead of a testing trip to the Emirates. A last minute draw against Chelsea was followed by a somewhat unfortunate defeat against City and an unconvincing win against Crystal Palace, which has left United a point behind Saturday’s opponents and just two adrift of fourth place.

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Nov 21 2014

United eye Spurs man

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 9:01 am

Tottenham-Hotspur-v-Nottingham-Forest-Capital-One-Cup-Third-RoundManchester United could be set to bid for Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen in January, as Louis Van Gaal aims to solve his team’s defensive crisis.

The Belgian international is growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities at White Hart Lane and Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino is said to be unimpressed with Vertonghen’s attitude and omitted him from the starting XI for Spurs’ 2-1 defeat against Stoke before the international break.

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Nov 20 2014

“Dat Guy” has no regrets about leaving United

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:53 am

downloadDanny Welbeck has revealed leaving Manchester United for Arsenal was the right thing to do and that he has had no regrets about leaving Old Trafford since he completed his move to the Emirates.

On Saturday, the 23-year-old will face United for the first time since his move to Arsenal, as his Louis Van Gaal’s men┬átravel to the Emirates for their first game after the international break, hoping to clinch their first away win of the season.

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Nov 20 2014

Nani not keen on United return

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:34 am

800x537xreu_2146033.jpg.pagespeed.ic.iQ0vmaUOUcNani has admitted he might not return to Manchester United once his loan spell at Sporting Lisbon ends, as he feels his first team opportunities would be limited at Old Trafford under Louis Van Gaal.

The Portuguese left United in the summer to return to his former club on a season-long loan and his performances for Sporting led to speculations that he might be recalled to Old Trafford as early as in January. The 28-year-old, however, is reluctant to leave Lisbon behind, for he’s finally found regular first team football.

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Nov 19 2014

LVG’s first three months: the good and the bad

Tag: Manchester United,Opinion Piece @ 8:58 am

Angel-Di-Maria (1)Louis Van Gaal’s reign at Manchester United is three months and, as the third international break drags on and on, it’s time to reflect on some of the (early) positives and negatives we’ve seen so far…

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