Jan 22 2016

Dutchman do battle

Tag: Match Preview @ 6:34 pm

Manchester-United-v-SwanseaThe world really can go through some dramatic declines. As it changes around Bruce Forsyth’s lifeless corpse sometimes we fail to appreciate how rapidly things have transformed.

Within a few years cities can go from wonderful holiday destinations to urban decay. Musicians who once lit up the planet become distant memories. Donald trump has gone from being an eccentric billionaire to being an eccentric turd.

 A true showcase of how rapidly things can decline was the football match at Anfield last weekend. Two clubs that once were the most revered footballing empires resembled a divorced father. Lost, lacking identity and just hoping he hasn’t cried today.

 But the new week arrived with United securing their fourth win a row against Liverpool and the signs of a purple patch. With it will come renewed hope and blind optimism, as United fans will likely fall into the trap they’ve been victim of since Ferguson’s retirement.

 The last two decades of success mean United fans are still clamouring for the constant drip of trophies, but are unwilling to accept that this club is a long way from the force it once was. With every string of wins comes a stirring of optimism which catastrophically crashes once the defeats return.

 Two games at Old Trafford should be six easy points and a run at the title. But this is not the same United many have grown up with. This is a time of uncertainty and inconsistency. Expectations need to be managed.

 Similarly to not crying in the shower, winning against Southampton can’t be guaranteed.

 Manchester United team news

 A loss and a genuine shame is the news that Ashley Young will face an extended period on the sidelines with a groin injury. Van Gaal has hinted that he’ll dip into the transfer market to find a temporary replacement, but for this weekend it’s likely the Dutchman will have to improvise again.

 The paper thin squad continues to cause problems as Michael Carrick and Phil Jones are yet to return to the team. Marcos Rojo and Bastian Schweinsteiger are also still set to miss out through injury.

 Southampton team news

Southampton’s new signing Charlie Austin could make his debut, especially as fellow striker Graziano Pelle is doubtful with a knee injury.

Jay Rodriguez and Florian Gardos remain on the sidelines.

Key men

 For the first time in a long time Wayne Rooney looks like he belongs in the team. Partly because he’s slow, lethargic and inconsistent but also because he’s starting to score goals.

Although the England striker has been nothing short of atrocious this season, his current purple patch in front of goal has been key to United’s lift in form. With their captain revitalised the team looks like it’s capable of producing results and climbing back into the top four.

With Southampton also coming into form, Rooney’s goal scoring run is welcomed with open arms and will be essential in a match that is unlikely to have few openings.

Southampton are well organised and have recently recovered their form by tightening up at the back. Now their attacking players are able to express themselves and cause the damage everyone knows they can.

Saturday’s game presents a tough test that will require a captain and striker capable of leading the line.

Predicted starting XI

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William Dawson


Jan 18 2016

Schneiderlin: “Rooney is United’s main man”

Liverpool-v-Manchester-United (5)Wayne Rooney is still Manchester United’s main man and his recent return to form proves it, according to Morgan Schneiderlin.

The United captain has put a dismal first half to the season behind him by scoring five goals in the last four games in all competitions, including the winner in Sunday’s visit to Anfield and Schneiderlin believes his teammate sets the example in the dressing room.

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Jan 18 2016

Smalling explains turnaround in Rooney’s form

Wayne-Rooney-celebrates-a-009Chris Smalling believes Wayne Rooney has benefited from being dropped from the starting XI last month after a dismal run of form.

Rooney scored the winner at Anfield on Sunday, his fifth goal in the last four games, and has looked sharper after he was omitted from the team that started the game against Stoke on Boxing Day.

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Jan 18 2016

Five things we’ve learnt from Liverpool vs United

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 7:03 am

Wayne-Rooney-celebrates-a-009Louis Van Gaal made it four wins in four attempts against Liverpool, after Manchester United delivered the perfect smash-and-grab performance at Anfield.

On the back foot for large spells of the game, United were fortunate not to go behind on a number of occasions before Wayne Rooney scored his fourth goals in three games to clinch United’s second win in a row at Anfield.

Here’s five talking points from yesterday.

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Jan 17 2016

[VIDEO] Herrera goes ballistic after United winner

Ander Herrera has made no mystery of his admiration for United away support, often declaring he would love to be standing in the away end.

As Wayne Rooney clinched United’s winner against Liverpool on Sunday, Herrera can be seen sprinting off the bench to celebrate the winner.

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Jan 17 2016

LVG reveals Rooney demand

Tag: Manchester United @ 7:45 pm

Wayne-Rooney-celebrates-a-009Manchester United secured their second consecutive win at Anfield thanks to a late Wayne Rooney goal on Sunday.

Louis Van Gaal claimed that he spoke with the United captain before the game and asked him to get a goal at a ground where he had not scored since 2005. Rooney, who missed a penalty in United’s 2-1 win at Anfield last season, duly delivered as United moved within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

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Jan 17 2016

[VIDEO] Jones celebrates United’s winner

Tag: Manchester United @ 7:12 pm

Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo watched United from the away end today and celebrated Wayne Rooney’s winner with the fans. What a club.


Jan 17 2016

Rooney: “Nothing beats scoring at Anfield”

Liverpool-v-Manchester-United (5)Wayne Rooney has described the feeling of scoring the winner at Anfield as one of the best emotions he’s ever experienced.

With United under the cosh, Rooney scored his first goal at Anfield in a decade to give his side a fourth consecutive win against Liverpool and the second against their bitter rivals away from home in as many games.

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