Feb 10 2016

United forward explains goalscoring run

GettyImages-508931618Jesse Lingard has admitted he has spent the last couple of weeks putting in extra training sessions to improve his finishing, after being instructed by Louis Van Gaal to be more composed in front of goal.

The 23-year-old scored a brilliant, if ultimately not winning, goal against Chelsea on Sunday and has looked a lot sharper in the final third since his miss against Newcastle a few weeks ago arguably costed United the game.

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Feb 09 2016

Carrick confident United can upset rivals

Screen-Shot-2015-12-26-at-15.13.21Manchester United have not given up the fight to clinch a top four finish this season, despite being six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, said Michael Carrick.

United dropped two points away at Stamford Bridge on Sunday when they conceded a late equaliser, meaning they’re now six points behind Manuel Pellegrini’s men, which still have to welcome United at the Etihad, and with a largely inferior goal difference.

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Feb 09 2016

Smalling hails Van Gaal’s philosophy

Man-Utd-vs-Wolfsburg (3)Louis Van Gaal’s philosophy has found a surprising fan as Chris Smalling revealed he has been impressed with the Dutchman’s approach and his capacity to listen to his players.

After a torrid couple of months, United appear to be slightly turning their fortunes around, as back-to-back wins against Derby County and Stoke City were followed by an impressive display away against Chelsea, where United were only minutes short of winning the game.

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Feb 06 2016

Van Gaal explains Mata’s role at United

Mata-goalJuan Mata was instrumental in Manchester United’s 3-0 win against Stoke on Tuesday night, as the Spaniard pulled the strings superbly, as his side played with an attacking intent they had not shown at any other stage of the season.

Deployed in his favourite number 10 role, the former Chelsea man, who scored against Derby a few days earlier, was mightily impressive alongside Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial. Louis Van Gaal has suggested Mata will continue to be selected in his favourite position as long as he continues to control games the way he did against the Potters, adding Mata had only himself to blame for being deployed in a different role.

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Feb 06 2016

LVG refutes Rooney’s claims

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:21 am

Manchester-United-v-Stoke-City (2)Louis Van Gaal has rubbished Wayne Rooney’s suggestions that Manchester United have rediscovered their attacking instinct because they’ve been allowed to play with more freedom by their manager.

United have scored six goals in their last two games in all competitions and their performance against Stoke on Tuesday night, arguably the best attacking display they’ve produced under Van Gaal, prompted Rooney to claim a different approach was the reason behind United’s new-found scoring form.

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Feb 06 2016

Clayton Blackmore interview part two: “Rooney remains United main man”

Tag: RedRants Feature @ 9:01 am
Manchester-United-v-Stoke-CityWayne Rooney remains Manchester United’s main man who would not have looked out of place in some of United’s best sides of yesteryear, according to former Wales and United defender Clayton Blackmore.
 
Speaking to Stretty News’ Dale O’Donnell at a Play With a Legend Event last week, Blackmore lifted the lid on what it was like to play under Fergie and on what to make of the transfer rumours surrounding fellow Welshman Gareth Bale.
 
The publication of this interview’s extract has been authorised by Stretty News, to read the interview in its entirety click here.

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Feb 06 2016

Clayton Blackmore interview part one: “Gomes could play for United tomorrow”

Tag: RedRants Feature @ 8:55 am
Liverpool v Manchester United: U18 Premier LeagueManchester United’s academy is still producing talents who could break into the first team, according to former United defender Clayton Blackmore.
 
United’s youth system has come under scrutiny this season for a perceived lack of talent but Blackmore, who spoke to Stretty News’ Dale O’Donnell at a Play With a Legend Event last week, added United fans should be get very excited about Angel Gomes, who could soon break into the first team.

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Feb 03 2016

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs Stoke

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 7:33 am

Manchester-United-v-Stoke-City (2)Attacking football made a rare appearance at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, as Manchester United swept aside Stoke City, scoring three goals at home for the second consecutive game but only for the first time at home since they beat Sunderland by the same scoreline in September.

United carried on where they had left off at Derby, starting the game on the front foot and never allowed Stoke to settle, inspired by some wonderful individual performances from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney, who both got on the scoresheet, and Juan Mata.

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

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