Oct 21 2014

Five things we have learnt from United vs WBA

Tag: Manchester United,Opinion Piece @ 11:23 am

878b3230-5897-11e4-980e-f91b0663b4ba_457552682Manchester United extended their unbeaten run to three games last night, snatching a late draw away at West Brom. It was neither what United wanted nor what they deserved, as West Brom’s second goal came totally against the run of play, but United’s shaky back four conspired against them yet again.

Here’s five talking points from last night.

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Oct 18 2014

A tale of two strikers

 

Radamel-Falcao (1)Since the dawn of time Manchester United and Liverpool fans have argued. Ancient cave paintings illustrate the fierce debates over which club is in decline and who is launching a resurgence. Even as man evolved to use tools and Liverpool fans continued to worship the sun the debates continued to rage. Currently the heated exchanges focus on who has been worth the money, Mario Balotelli or Radamel Falcao.

So far neither has set the Premier League alight, both standing in Diego Costa’s terrifying shadow. That said, one is looking like a work in progress and the other an impulse buy from the discount bin at Blockbuster.

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Oct 17 2014

United enraging hordes of football moralists

Tag: Manchester United,Opinion Piece @ 8:21 am

Radamel-Falcao (1)October is a weird month. Summer is nothing but a distant memory, Christmas is still only a blip on the horizon, days get shorter and rain falls with the same impeccable regularity with which Oliver Holt writes a patronising column in the Daily Mirror.

Leaves turn yellow and fall, England stumble from one unconvincing performance against a pub team to a mediocre showing against a Sunday league outfit, as Fleet Street’s finest desperately try to convince us that we should all care ever so dearly about a group of players that means nothing to most of the country and even less so to United fans.

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Oct 14 2014

5 Reasons Why Manchester United Will Finish in the Top Four

Tag: Manchester United @ 10:45 pm

Manchester United fans took a lot of stick last season after they dropped from being the Premier League champions to finishing seventh in the space of 12 months.

The Red Devils are bouncing back in 2014-15 however, and despite a slow start that saw them pick up only two points from their first three games, Louis van Gaal’s side head into this weekend’s round of games in the UEFA Champions League places.

United have won three of their last four, scoring 11 goals during this run that has seen them leapfrog the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, all whom were expected to compete for a top four finish this season.

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Oct 13 2014

Manchester United favourites ahead of Liverpool to finish in top four

Despite a slow start to the season under Louis van Gaal, Manchester United appear to have turned the corner under their Dutch manager.

United went into the international break in the fourth and final UEFA Champions League place following successive victories for the first time this season.

Van Gaal will be keen to get three points in their next fixture, on Monday night at West Bromwich Albion, as only three points separate them and the team down in 16th position, Stoke City.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are all amongst the opponents Manchester United will face over their next five Premier League fixtures. This will help give us some indication where the Red Devils are right now.

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Sep 17 2014

The new era has begun

Tag: Manchester United @ 8:15 am

Blind and Di Maria vs QPR Sep14Louis van Gaal can breathe a sigh of relief as his new signings propelled his squad towards a much needed first win of his Manchester United managerial career.

With players returning from injury, Marcos Rojo finally acquiring a work permit, Rademel Falcao and Daley Blind available for selection, questions arose regarding whether Van Gaal would stick with the 5-3-2 formation or adopt a new tactic to cater to the new signings. For the moment, Van Gaal reverted back to a four-man defence with Rafael and Rojo in the fullback position, while Evans and Blackett played centrally. In the middle, Van Gaal went with a diamond shape; Daley Blind was the sole pivot, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera manned the flanks, with the latter returning from injuries, and Mata – whose inclusion came under question with the Falcao signing – was head of the diamond. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie remained the two main strikers in a 4-4-2, meaning Falcao would make an appearance off the bench.

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Sep 15 2014

Back In Business

Manchester-United-v-QPRThere’s an old saying in football that you can only beat what is put in front of you. Yesterday afternoon, Manchester United did exactly that, by dismantling a QPR side that will already be early favourites to go down at the culmination of the Premier League season.

The result was met with the standard, unbalanced, views of fans from clubs across the league, positively seething at the fact that United had sparkled so brightly once again and sent out a warning shot to our closest rivals.

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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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