Sep 15 2014

Diamonds are forever: five things we’ve learnt from United vs QPR

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 7:29 am

Manchester-United-v-QPR (2)After three subdued performances, the visit of QPR at Old Trafford was supposed to be the start of a new era, the real beginning after the Louis Van Gaal revolution and United didn’t disappoint.

The West Londoners might not be a force to be reckoned with – in fact they were abysmal for large spells of the game – but it was a refreshing change to see United finally take control of a game and play with confidence and intent. Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday…

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Sep 14 2014

Where do United’s two super signings fit into the Van Gaal jigsaw?

Angel-di-MariaIt is an often repeated mantra that Manchester United don’t buy super stars, they make them. 

Ronaldo, Vidic, Scholes, Giggs, Beckham, Solskjaer… the list goes on and on. But desperate times call for desperate measures and after a fragile start to the season and a second consecutive finish outside the top 4 a very real possibility, Ed Woodward ripped up the traditional United strategy and went big. In fact, the biggest British football has ever seen. 

But in some quarters, this sudden outburst of spending is seen to be counterintuitive. In fact, it was Louis van Gaal himself who bemoaned the amount of attacking players United’s squad boasted. It was imbalanced and a tricky jigsaw to piece together. Yet, once again the Old Trafford executives have brought in two attacking players and further selection headaches for the Dutch manager to contend with. 

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Sep 12 2014

Panic at the disco – a timeline of United’s summer transfer window

9d95a711-b618-4707-a19c-9859617bc117So, for the first time in what seems like decades, United fans were left breathless by a summer transfer window. Either the Glazer family had just discovered the addictive drug of Football Manager, or they finally realised that Van Gaal’s squad needed a major injection of cash. Yet, for all the exhilarating action of the final weeks of the window, the previous months had offered little to suggest any excitement. 

The early months of June and July began at a calm pace. Dead wood was shed as Alex Buttner was shown the exit and long term targets Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, of fake lawyer fame, were quickly signed up, albeit for what seemed inflated prices. Nonetheless it was a strong and stable start. Ed Woodward, United’s much maligned head transfer honcho, had identified key areas for strengthening and had acted quickly to shore up defence and midfield. 

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Sep 12 2014

Jones adds to injury woes

Phil Jones out for a month

Phil Jones out for a month

 

In today’s press conference Louis Van Gaal revealed that Phil Jones is the latest to hand in his sick note, taking United’s total number of injuries to nine.

“Fellaini is more than a month away, Jones maybe three weeks or a month,” said Van Gaal.

“Carrick isn’t ready but has run for the first time on grass.”

“Johnstone has elbow problems, Smalling isn’t fit enough, Wilson and James are not ready yet. Young and Lingard are also injured,” added the United manager.

The boss had some positive news, claiming that Luke Shaw is fit and will be able to make his debut on Sunday.

It is unclear whether United will still continue with three in defence on Sunday or whether it will be a four man back line, throwing new signings Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind in at the deep end.

Regardless, it must be questioned what on earth is going on in the fitness department at United.

Will Dawson


Sep 12 2014

An ode to Danny Welbeck

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It was almost the perfect story. Little lad growing up in Longsight, joins the the club he supports at eight years old, progresses through the academy and finally bursts into the first team at only 17. Everything followed the script wonderfully. All that was left was for Danny to cement his place in the first team and eventually retire at the club he had supported at eight years old.

Seeing Danny Welbeck leave Manchester United cuts deeper than Moira Stewart’s sacking from BBC News. As devastating as watching Ainsley Harriott smile at the camera or watching Youtube compilations of Steve Irwin.

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Sep 12 2014

Falcao: “I want to make history at United”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:07 am

9d95a711-b618-4707-a19c-9859617bc117Radamel Falcao has said he wants to remain at Manchester United after his loan deal expires at the end of the season and that he wants to “make history” at the club.

The Colombian was a surprising signing on deadline day, as he arrived from Monaco in a season-long loan for £6m, a move which some said was a desperate one. However, with the possibility of making his switch to United permanent at the end of the season, Falcao has indicated he wants to remain at the club.

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Sep 12 2014

United midfielder happy to leave

Tag: Manchester United News @ 6:52 am

Manchester-United-v-Swansea-City-FA-Cup-Third-RoundTom Cleverley admitted he was relieved to leave Manchester United after he was targeted by section of the supporters and said in football it’s impossible to please everyone.

Cleverley joined Aston Villa a day after deadline day after a proposed move to Everton fell through and he insisted he was happy to leave Old Trafford behind, after some of the fans made him a scapegoat for the team’s failures last season.

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Sep 11 2014

Giggs: “United will never change”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:38 am

Manchester United's Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs speak at the Soccerex Global ConventionRyan Giggs and Nicky Butt have said that Manchester United will continued to develop young players as they’ve always done and that the club isn’t moving away from its traditions, despite this summer’s £150m spending spree.

The sale of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal had prompted many to claim that United were abandoning long-term prospects for immediate gain and Eric Harrison, coach of the Class of 92, to claim United were losing “their soul” as a consequence.

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