Oct 17 2015

A trip to the United burial ground

Tag: Match Preview @ 8:22 am

PSV-Eindhoven-vs-Manchester-United (2)After the start to the season and all the reinvention of the side over the summer the performance against Arsenal was about as disappointing as a dry January with Amy Winehouse.

Lethargic, naïve and amateurish. Like a member of fat fighters being de-flowered, United’s midfield were appalling at the Emirates. They were not alone as there are few who can look back on that performance with any sort of pride. An uncharacteristic lack of character.

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Oct 03 2015

United gunning for the title

Tag: Match Preview @ 6:35 pm

arsenal previewIt has all suddenly gone very quiet. The ripple of silence is almost deafening. Similar to the reaction following an announcement that the Eurostar is delayed, no one is saying anything.

The media have put away their pens, binned their headlines and deleted their drafts. The critics have been silenced. United are top of the table (or at least were for a couple of days, until City trounced Newcastle).

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Sep 29 2015

Manchester United v Wolfsburg Preview

imageManchester United v Wolfsburg
Champions League, 2015-16
Date: Saturday, 30 September, 2015
Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester   
Where to watch: BT Sport Europe
Live Stream Info: BT Sport Live Streaming  

Manchester United are cruising in the league as they went on top of the table after their latest 3-0 victory over Sunderland. David de Gea kept his second consecutive clean sheets in a row and the Latest bookie free bets back the English club as favourites to seal their fourth victory in a row.

What has been impressive so far for Louis van Gaal’s side is their defence. The Old Trafford club have conceded only five goals and are share the top spot with Tottenham for conceding less number of goals in the league.

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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

Aug 30 2015

United off on a Swan hunt

Tag: Match Preview @ 9:50 am

2BAFC8BA00000578-3212002-image-m-11_1440620816668Bank holiday weekend is upon us and football is already twice as drunk as your Nan. This weekend has begun with more shocks than a Guantanamo-themed birthday party.

After two defeats last season that felt like sucker punches, United will hope to put an end to their losing streak against Swansea. It won’t be easy as the outfit from Wales’ second city looks to be a side in form at the moment that is ever improving under the leadership of Gary Monk.

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Aug 21 2015

United vs Newcastle: New manager same old Toon?

Tag: Match Preview @ 8:21 pm

Manchester-United-vs-Club-BruggeIn a world where a grown man will hand one of the most respected managers in world football a piece of paper giving him advice on how to run one of the biggest clubs in the world it is easy to understand how atrocities happen in this world.

People really are awful.

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Aug 14 2015

United, Friday night lights and Villa Lark

Tag: Match Preview @ 8:28 am

_74779663_74779662Bryan Robson, George Best, Roy Keane. there are very few who have hit the legend status at Manchester United. Men who have graced the halls at Carrington leaving shadows of greatness and trails of awe behind them. Legacies that those who now put on the red shirt can only dream of emulating. Of course others have left their mark.

Some have left United fans with such unforgettable memories that even playing under Arsene Wenger’s concussion policy wouldn’t dash them from the mind. David De Gea has been United’s best player over the last two seasons but the club has moved on from much bigger losses and will do so once the Spaniard, inevitably, leaves Old Trafford.

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Aug 07 2015

United vs Spurs: The boys are back in town

manutd0806aWhile Angel Di Maria leaves United like a fart in the wind the Premier League returns like a mighty hurricane.

No longer will you have to spend time with your children, visit your parents or pretend to love your partner. Football returns to take us away from the realities of life.

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