Dec 11 2015

A week of stormy seas ending in a trip to Bournemouth

Tag: Match Preview @ 10:30 pm

Manchester-United-v-PSV-Eindhoven (1)This opening paragraph is largely irrelevant. Everyone reading this will have already made up his or her minds about the man at the helm of Manchester United. Like one of Donald Trump’s thoughts you’re either filled with hatred or largely uncertain of anything.

The fact remains that regardless of what anyone thinks Louis Van Gaal will remain Manchester United manager. Here are some other facts. United are three points off the top of the Premier League. This is a young team full of potential and Katie Hopkins can spit acid up to 150 feet.

Some facts may need clarification but before this has been released United are still definitely three points away from first place.

Defeat in Wolfsburg was disappointing and a reminder that United have a lot of work to do before they can call themselves that tired propaganda rhetoric of “the biggest club in the world”. Football works in the short term and that label can only belong to a team performing in the present.

With a team in tatters through injuries and still thread bare during a rebuilding stage Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth could not have come at a better time. That is not sarcasm, it is an opportunity for a young group of players to step up and hold the United mantle aloft.

Not too dissimilar to a group of footballers in 1992.

Manchester United team news

 In the interest of keeping to the prescribed word count this will have to be brief. Otherwise we won’t get through the entire list.

Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian join the United injured starting XI, brining the total to nine injured players and one suspension.

Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw remain out. Bastian Schweinsteiger misses out through suspension after an incident that no one saw because they’d probably fallen asleep by that stage in the game.

Bournemouth team news

 Artur Boruc is expected to continue in goal for Bournemouth despite an ongoing knee problem, while Adam Federici and Marc Pugh have recovered from injury.

Lee Tomlin and on-loan Christian Atsu have returned to training but need to build up their fitness levels.

Key men

 Although they were beaten and beaten well in Wolfsburg, the young United players on the pitch that night can take pride in their performance. They played without fear, taking risks and attacking with intent. Something that has been missing for many months at Old Trafford.

With a large number of injuries it is important that this young side take their chances and begin to flourish. After an emphatic start to his United career Antony Martial had somewhat dropped off the radar. But an excellent finish against Wolfsburg midweek reminded everyone what a talent the young Frenchman is.

Yet to convince on the same scale is the young Dutch forward Memphis Depay. Although the Dutchman may need to improve his attitude off the pitch, on the pitch things look to be improving. With a run in the side and a consistent front three to work with, United could see the beginnings of a future generation.

Predicted starting XI


William Dawson

Dec 09 2015

United ST holders can opt out of Europa League games

Tag: Manchester United News @ 2:16 pm

EUROPA1Manchester United have confirmed that season ticket holders will be given the chance to opt out of Europa League games, after Louis Van Gaal’s side were knocked out of the Champions League last night.

According to the Manchester Evening News, however, season ticket holders will need to purchase Europa League matches to continue to be eligible for away games.

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Dec 09 2015

Scholes: “United are just an average team”

Tag: UEFA Champions' League @ 10:12 am

Wolfsburg-v-Manchester-United (1)Paul Scholes has described Manchester United has an “average side” delivering average performances and added it was not surprising to see them knocked out of the Champions League.

United crashed out of European football’s elite competitions after losing 3-2 at Wolfsburg on Tuesday night, as they failed to hold on to an early lead and conceded three largely avoidable goals.

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Dec 09 2015

“He’s not the player I had at Bayern.” LVG lets rip on Schweinsteiger

Schweinsteiger-1Louis Van Gaal has explained the reasons behind his decision to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger on Tuesday night, as United chased an equaliser against Wolfsburg.

The United manager said the German had not delivered the kind of performance he’s capable of producing, leading to him being replaced by Michael Carrick halfway through the second half.

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Dec 09 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from Wolfsburg vs United

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 8:05 am

Wolfsburg-v-Manchester-United (1)Manchester United are out of the Champions League after a rollercoaster night in Germany, saw them losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg.

United made the best possible start and were 1-0 up within 10 minutes, only to fall behind halfway through the first half. Despite a catalogue of injuries, United were briefly handed a lifeline by CSKA Moscow, who took the lead in Eindhoven, before letting PSV back in the game. United then drew level themselves but concede immediately afterward and PSV clinched the winner only seconds later to send Louis Van Gaal’s men packing.

Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Tuesday night.

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Dec 08 2015

Schweinsteiger: “No pressure on United”

Man-Utd-vs-Wolfsburg (2)Bastian Schweinsteiger has claimed Manchester United will not feel the pressure tonight when they face Wolfsburg in a do-or-die Champions League tie.

United traveled to Germany knowing they’ll have to beat the Bundesliga side to qualify or else they will have to rely on CSKA Moscow securing at least a point in Eindhoven against PSV. However, Schweinsteiger claimed Louis Van Gaal’s side were not under any pressure and know what’s required of them tonight.

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Dec 08 2015

Ancelotti admits United interest

Tag: Manchester United News @ 11:55 am

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted “every manager” in the world would be interest in managing Manchester United, adding he is likely to return to management in the summer.

The former Chelsea manager has been without a job since he was sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season, despite leading the Spanish giants to a 10th European Cup in the 2013-14 campaign, and has been among the managers linked with a move to United once the Louis Van Gaal era comes to an end.

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Dec 08 2015

LVG: “Wolfsburg is the biggest game of the season”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 11:19 am

Manchester-United-v-PSV-EindhovenLouis Van Gaal has said tonight’s game against Wolfsburg is the biggest game he’s faced since taking charge of Manchester United 18 months ago.

Unless CSKA Moscow can hold PSV Eindhoven to a draw in Holland, United know they will have to win away at Wolfsburg if they’re to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the competition. The Russian side can not qualify for the round of 16, although beating PSV would clinch a Europa League spot for them.

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