United fans are still grieving the loss of Sir Alex Ferguson. It needs to stop.
Years of trophies, a world class manager and a lack of depth in the league, where at least six teams can be currently seen as United’s genuine competitors, as opposed to two or three – Arsenal, Chelsea, more recently City – over the Ferguson era have ultimately left, some, United fans spoilt.
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.
When Sky Sports finally brought an end to their info graphics and flashing charts that had led an aggressive visual assault on anyone who watched for the last two months, no one was questioning United’s attacking line.
The man that controls Jim White’s unnaturally expressive face took his hand out of his rectum and replaced the animatronic doll in the props cupboard until January.
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.
Radamel Falcao is currently experiencing his most difficult spell as a professional footballer. Notwithstanding Saturday’s goal it may very well be the most out of form spell he has experienced his entire life. Let’s face it the man has been nothing but top class since his arrival on the European football scene with Porto in 2009. However, his form this season has left much to be desired.
His four goals in 14 league appearances so far this campaign are not even been remotely close to his 153 to 197 goal to appearance ratio through the past five years. An in depth look at his stats reveals roughly a 0.0045 goals per minute ratio and a 0.231 goals per appearance ratio this Premier League season so far.
Whisper it, but January might turn out to be a success. In fact, for the first time in what feels like a lifetime, Manchester United enjoyed two successful transfer windows in the same season.
There were, of course, largely different in nature, for the one in August was characterised by lavish spendings and world class players arriving at Old Trafford, while the one that came to a close yesterday was all about the departures, rather than arrivals.
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.