Dec 10 2014

We need to talk about Adnan

Tag: Opinion Piece @ 11:16 am

70921.3Just under a year ago, on a cold winter night at the Britannia – the proverbial “wet Tuesday night at Stoke”, if you wish – United clinched a spot in the League Cup semifinal after a 2-0 win.

The game, as dull an affair as any under David Moyes, has probably been largely forgotten by many of the neutrals, but thinking of that night must bring a smile to the faces of those who were in the away end.

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Dec 09 2014

Five things we’ve learnt from Saints vs United

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 9:30 am

Southampton-v-Manchester-United-Premier-LeagueIt wasn’t pretty, in fact it was downright horrendous and dull, as dull as United had been in years. But it was also a fifth consecutive win, the second in a row away from home and achieved against a side that, at least for the time being, is a direct rival for a top four finish.

Apart from the result and an outstanding away support there wasn’t much to save from United’s 2-1 win at Southampton, though here’s five things we have learnt from Monday night.

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Dec 03 2014

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs Stoke

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 9:31 am

Manchester-United-v-Stoke (1)It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of imagination. In fact it was dire for large spells of the game and the last 120 seconds were downright frightening, but Manchester United have a fourth consecutive win under their belt after beating Stoke 2-1 and more reasons to be confident ahead of two testing fixtures.

That it was achieved without Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria and while annoying Mark Hughes, made it even better

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Dec 02 2014

Four good reasons for United to kick on

Tag: Match Preview @ 9:16 am

Manchester-United-v-Hull (1)Whisper it, but United might be on the way to redemption. They’re not quite there, of course, but November was as encouraging a month as we had witnessed since lifting the trophy in May 2013. Three games, nine points, two clean sheets and a first away win, all while United’s direct rivals for fourth place – which, like it or not, is the only realistic target for this season – dropped points, allowing Louis Van Gaal’s troops to sneak into the top four.

Beating the likes of Crystal Palace and Hull City at home should be a routine exercise for United, but if last season taught us anything is that nothing should be taken for granted and, therefore, November’s mini-revival was more than welcome, particularly as it’s been achieved with a squad ravaged by injuries.

A win against Stoke would lift United within one point of third place, ahead of Southampton’s trip to the Emirates tomorrow night, but Mark Hughes’ men are likely to prove a sterner test than Hull did on Saturday.

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Dec 01 2014

De Gea scoops award

Tag: Manchester United News @ 5:17 pm

1203791-25145109-2560-1440David De Gea has been named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for November, further proof that the Spaniard is finally beginning to receive the credit he deserves.

The United keeper kept two clean sheets in three games in January, remaining unbeaten at home against Crystal Palace and Hull and conceding just one against Arsenal, as United clinched their first away win of the season. At the Emirates, De Gea was outstanding as United withstood an early onslaught from Arsenal, with the Spaniard pulling off a couple of superb saves to keep the Gunners at bay.

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Nov 30 2014

Five things we have learnt from United vs Hull City

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 10:15 am

Manchester-United-v-Hull (1)A third win in a row, a second clean sheet in the last three matches and yet more encouraging signs for Louis Van Gaal. Here’s five things we have learnt from United’s 3-0 win against Hull.

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Nov 26 2014

United defender not ready to return yet

Tag: Manchester United News @ 4:54 pm

Jonny_evans_3118978bJonny Evans was happy to return to action but admitted he’s not yet ready to make a first team return, after spending 10 weeks on the sidelines with a fitness problem.

The Northern Ireland defender played just over 60 minutes on Tuesday as United reserves, featuring Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj among the others, thrashed Blackburn 5-0 in the Lancashire Senior Cup but poured cold water on the prospect of an immediate return to the first team squad.

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Nov 24 2014

We need to talk about Robin

Tag: Opinion Piece @ 5:33 pm

download (1)As William Shakespeare brilliantly put it, all’s well that ends well.

That was very much the case on Saturday night, as United clinched their first away win of the season and their first against a top four side – admittedly on tradition, rather than current form – since they beat the very same opponent a little over than a year ago.

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