Manchester United booked their place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup after coming from behind to beat Preston 3-1 at Deepdale.
Much as it’s been customary over the last few months, United struggled to impose themselves on the game, hampered by ponderous football, but found a new lease of life when Louis Van Gaal switched to a 4-4-2 formation with an hour gone. It might not have been a vintage performance but now only Arsenal stand between United and a first FA Cup semifinal since 2011.
Here’s five talking points from last night.
Manchester United moved up to third in the table after a largely unconvincing 3-1 win against Burnley last night. United were again slow and predictable in the first half and while things improved in the second 45 minutes, Burnley will feel disappointed they did not take the chances that United’s abysmal defence gifted them.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from last night.
Manchester United escaped East London with a point on Sunday, as Louis Van Gaal’s men delivered another mind-numbingly dull performance but were bailed out by a late Daley Blind’s goal. The result sees Unite drop to fourth and drag even further into what is shaping up to be as an incredibly tight race for top four.
Here’s five things we have learnt from United’s trip to Upton Park.
After an insipid performance against Cambridge, Manchester United returned to winning ways, dispatching Leicester 3-1 as they banished the demons of the 5-3 capitulation earlier in the season.
Louis Van Gaal had demanded more goals from his players and he was pleased with what he saw, as United scored three and could have probably had one or two more, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Saturday.
On a weekend when the “magic of the FA Cup” was alive and well, Manchester United did their best to ensure the underdogs had their 90 minutes of fame as they stumbled to a rather embarrassing 0-0 draw at Cambridge. United have, of course, suffered cup humiliations against lower sides before, but the abject performance on Friday night was a new low in a season that continues to deliver much less than what it had promised.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Friday night.
Manchester United put last week’s defeat against Southampton behind them with a 2-0 win at QPR but things were far from being as straightforward as the scoreline suggests. United toiled in the first half and would have probably been behind had it not been for a couple of superb saves from David De Gea, though they looked a complete different side in the second half and managed to clinch their third away win of the season.
Here’s five things we have learnt from Saturday.
United’s 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end against Southampton, as the Reds were totally outplayed by Ronald Koeman’s men, who deservedly clinched a 1-0 win.
United looked bereft of ideas, devoid of momentum and struggled to create any meaningful chances, in fact they failed to register a single shot on goal in 95 minutes and produced arguably their worst performance under Louis Van Gaal, who’s likely to come under intense scrutiny after this result.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday.
After getting knocked out in the third round last season, United managed to book a spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup but only after struggling than expected against League One side Yeovil Town.
It might have been United’s 11th consecutive game unbeaten but that was just about the only positive to take away from a trip to Devon. Here’s five things we have learnt from Sunday’s 2-0 win.