Feb 01 2016

Mata targets winning run

Mata-goalJuan Mata has set his sights to a winning run this month as Manchester United look to put a rather dismal January behind them.

Despite picking up wins against Swansea and Liverpool in the Premier League and beating Sheffield United and Derby County in the FA Cup, United have come under intense scrutiny last month, with Louis Van Gaal’s future at the club increasingly under a cloud.

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Feb 01 2016

Lingard urges United to adopt new approach

GettyImages-506683328.0Jesse Lingard has urged Manchester United to maintain the same approach they adopted in their 3-1 win against Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday.

United, so often this season criticised for an overly cautious approach, took the game to the Championship outfit, looking to attack from kick off and producing some nice, slick attacking football throughout the game.

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Jan 30 2016

MUFC Transfer news: Nick Powell to join Hull City

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:30 pm

MUFC Transfer news: Nick Powell to join Hull City

Here is the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.

Nick Powell could be leaving Man United on loan and joining Steve Bruce’s Hull City. Powell, 21, has been out of action for a few weeks now having only recently returned from a season long lay-off but the suggestion is that he could once again be on his way out for another loan spell.

While I’m adverse to Powell leaving on loan again, you have to imagine Bruce, being an ex-Red, would want to get the best out of him if he joined rather than letting him sit on the bench.

The latest on Guillermo Varela to Genoa from Sport Witness is that he could potentially complete a move within 48 hours to the Serie A side. After his performance against Derby, one which showed his true potential, would that be a wise move?

Reports suggest West Ham in for Sadio Mane but with so little time left in the January transfer window, could a big move for Mane be agreed at this late stage?

Finally, The Sun suggest United are eyeing up a move for PSG defender Marquinhos within the next few days.


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Jan 28 2016

Why the Glazers are happy with Van Gaal

Tag: Manchester United News @ 10:55 am

Manchester-United-v-Chelsea (6)Louis Van Gaal might be under enormous pressure at Manchester United but the Glazers are more than happy with his managerial, a Dutch journalist has claimed.

Marcel van der Kraan, a Dutch journalist for De Telegraaf, told Sky Sports that the United’s hierarchy is satisfied with Van Gaal’s ability to build a structure at the club and to give his side the look of a “well run” company.

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Jan 28 2016

Herrera excited by away tie

EFFC3D7D64FA43F58B9F9D0018317B72Ander Herrera is looking forward to another “special” away game in the FA Cup as Manchester United travel to Derby on Friday night.

The Spaniard, who has previously spoken of his admiration for United’s travelling support, reiterated his feelings for the FA Cup, a competition which he described as really special, but warned Derby will be a tough test for Louis Van Gaal’s side.

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Jan 25 2016

LVG hints he could quit

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:17 am

Newcastle-v-Manchester-United (3)Louis Van Gaal has hinted he could quit Manchester United after admitting he has let the fans down after failing to meet their expectations during his 19-month spell at the club, which a fresh turn for the worse on Saturday as United lost 1-0 at home to Southampton.

The defeat leaves United in fifth place, four point adrift of fourth-placed Spurs and piled even more pressure on the Dutchman, whose side have scored 16 goals in the last 16 league games and have picked up just seven wins from their last 22 in all competitions, winning five of their last 16 Premier League games.

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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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