Sep 22 2015

Tactics Board- Martial glory as Rooney flounders

Tactics BoardSouthampton FC [2] vs [3] Manchester United
St Mary’s Stadium – 20 September 2015

A Manchester United victory over Liverpool last week was followed by a lost away to PSV midweek in the Champions League. More damaging was Luke Shaw’s broken leg, meaning that Louis Van Gaal needed to change his back line. Led by another Dutch coach, Southampton has struggled to rediscover the form that led to a 7th place finish in the league. With no love lost between the coaches, the Saints were set up to take advantage of United’s weaknesses. Continue reading

Sep 19 2015

Schneiderlin hoping to sink Saints

Tag: Match Preview @ 10:41 pm

hi-res-3b1d5b59f90200670c80001641ba9b65_crop_northThe love affair with the United of recent is fairly similar to being mislead by a Thai lady boy.

The rush, the desire and the passion quickly decimated by the reveal of a twelve-inch python between his legs. After that initial high you’re left lost, disappointed and even a bit confused.

That is what best describes United fans at the moment. Confused.

Going from an unforgettable second half display against Liverpool that resulted in the fairy-tale no one could have predicted. Even Martin Tyler replicated surprise that he hasn’t shown since his first prostate exam.

But less than a week later you’re recovering from a shock defeat to a side that would struggle to survive relegation in the Premier League.

Take nothing away from PSV, they had a game plan and they stuck to it. The Dutch side proved that if you do the basics, execute them well and stick to the plan you’ll get the result.

Obviously the injury to Luke Shaw did nothing to help the performance, mainly because of the mental affect it had on the players but the result was a shock regardless.

Southampton at St Mary’s would be very far down the list of ideal games for a team to bounce back in, but victory would definitely be the best medicine.

This is a side that have the makings to challenge for the title, but they need the confidence to prove it.

Manchester United team news

The biggest emission on Sunday will be Luke Shaw who misses the trip to the South coast because of a broken leg.

This is a huge loss for United as the young left back has arguably been United’s best player this season.

This could lead to a major re-shuffle at the back, with Blind moving to left back and one of Jones or Rojo coming in at centre back.

Smalling and Blind have been as reliable as a Hungarian fence, asking Jones to step in would be like asking Bill Cosby to be the guest speaker at parents evening.

The bag of sand being used for roadworks on the M6 is back fit, as Wayne Rooney is likely to start tomorrow.

Southampton team news

Southampton forward Sadio Mane could be restored to the starting line-up after being on the bench last weekend.

Ryan Bertrand, Jordy Clasie, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos remain out, and Gaston Ramirez is a doubt.

Key men

After an explosive debut and a promising performance midweek many will hope that Anthony Martial leads the line against Southampton on Sunday.

The young Frenchman could see himself partner up with Wayne Rooney for the first time.

Many will be hoping Martial can inject the pace into the forward line that United need, bringing playmakers like Rooney and Mata into the game.

It is yet to be determined what United’s best front line is and how well they will work.

Sunday could be an excellent opportunity to answer both of those questions.

Predicted XI


William Dawson

Sep 18 2015

Tactics Board- Double Dutched

Tactics BoardPSV [2] vs [1] Manchester United

Philips Stadion – 15 September 2015

Manchester United looked sharp in their play-off ties against Club Brugge. After beating Liverpool 3-1 over the weekend, United hoped they would carry some momentum into matchday 1 against the reigning champions of the Netherlands, who lost 2 key players in Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum in the summer. While United have struggled creating chances this season, this was not a problem here. Instead, they were sloppy converting their chances and made a couple costly mistakes that PSV were able to finish. Continue reading

Sep 16 2015

Moreno: “I’m sorry but tackle on Shaw was fair”

Hector Moreno has apologised to Luke Shaw for the tackle that saw the Manchester United left-back suffer a double-leg fracture, but insisted he did not mean any harm.

Shaw was stretchered off while receiving oxygen after 15 minutes, as a reckless challenge from the PSV defender snapped his right leg. After the game, Louis Van Gaal said the challenge should have been punish with a red card, but Moreno insisted the challenger was a fair one.

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Sep 16 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from PSV vs United

PSV-Eindhoven-vs-Manchester-United (1)Manchester United’s return to the Champions League did not turn out to be the night to remember they had hoped for, as they relinquished a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 against PSV Eindhoven, while Luke Shaw suffered an horrendous injury.

After a season-long absence from European football’s elite competition, United took the lead in the first half and were in control for large spells of the game but only have themselves to blame for returning from Holland empty handed.

Here’s five talking points from Tuesday night.

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Sep 15 2015

Shaw suffers double-leg fracture

3000Manchester United have confirmed that Luke Shaw has suffered a double fracture of his right leg, following an horrendous injury against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.

The United left-back went to ground after a strong challenge from PSV’s Hector Moreno after what immediately looked to be a serious injury and had to be carried off the pitch while receiving oxygen.

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Sep 15 2015

Memphis vows to celebrate against his former club

Manchester-United-vs-Club-BruggeMemphis Depay has said facing his former club in the Champions League tonight will be “special” but has vowed to celebrate should he score against PSV Eindhoven.

The Dutchman joined PSV Eindhoven when he was 12-year-old before moving to Old Trafford this summer after winning the Dutch Eredivisie in his final season at the club, PSV’s first league title since 2008.

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Sep 15 2015

Young willing to replace Rooney

2463Ashley Young has said he’s willing to replace the injured Wayne Rooney and play as a striker, should he be asked to do so by Louis Van Gaal.

United face PSV Eindhoven in Holland on Tuesday, as they return to the Champions League after a season-long absence but they will be without their injured captain for the second consecutive game.

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