Nov 22 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from Watford vs United

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 11:37 am

Watford-vs-Manchester-UnitedManchester United leapfrogged Arsenal and Manchester City into second place on Saturday after a late own goal earned Louis Van Gaal’s side three points at Watford.

Despite not having a single striker available, United went ahead early through a Memphis Depay goal and controlled the game for over an hour before allowing the hosts back into the game until a Troy Deeney’s penalty looked to have rescued a draw for Watford.

Luckily for United, the Watford captain also found the net at the other end of the pitch. Here’s five talking points from yesterday.

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Nov 04 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs CSKA

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 8:42 am

3576Manchester United took a potentially decisive step towards reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League after a late Wayne Rooney goal secured a precious 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow.

United looked more enterprising than they had done at any stage against Middlesbrough and Palace but remained too prone to spell of sterile possession, while fans vented their frustrations again as Louis Van Gaal replaced Anthony Martial with Marouane Fellaini.

Here are five talking points from last night.

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Nov 01 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from Palace vs United

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 9:53 am

Crystal-Palace-vs-Manchester-UnitedManchester United slipped four points behind the league leaders on Saturday, as they produced another mind-numbingly performance against Crystal Palace, which exposed all their attacking limits.

It was the third consecutive game in which United have failed to score and they could consider themselves lucky not to have lost the game, given Palace tested David De Gea in more than one occasion.

Here’s five talking points from Saturday

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Oct 29 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs Middlesbrough

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 8:47 am

Manchester-United-v-Middlesbrough (2)Manchester United were knocked out of the Capital One Cup after losing on penalties against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, as they produced an utterly dreadful performance that will heap further pressure on Louis Van Gaal.

With Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo the only survivors from Sunday’s 0-0 draw against City, United looked lethargic, sluggish in possession and absolutely devoid of ideas for the best part of the 120 minutes and squandered a host of glorious chances to secure progression to the next round.

Here’s five talking points from last night

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Oct 26 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs City

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 8:14 am

Manchester-United-vs-Manchester-CityManchester United missed the chance to leapfrog City at the top of the table as they were held to a stalemate draw by their local rivals.

In what was a largely subdued Manchester derby, United and City outplayed each other and, in the end, the draw probably had Manuel Pellegrini feeling happier than Louis Van Gaal. United huffed and puffed but never really got going and struggled to build on last weekend’s win at Goodison Park.

Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday.

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Oct 22 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from CSKA vs United

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 8:16 am

CSKA-Moscow-v-Man-Utd (1)Manchester United returned from the freezing grasp of Moscow with a precious point after they secured a 1-1 draw against CSKA on Wednesday night.

After not even remotely looking at the races for the first 45 minutes, United slowly grew into the game and Anthony Martial’s superbly taken equaliser delivered a point that had seemed unexpected at the break.

Here’s five talking points from last night.

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Oct 18 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from Everton vs United

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 10:48 am

Everton-v-Manchester-United (3)Manchester United put the defeat against Arsenal behind them, as they clinched a 3-0 win against Everton after a superb performance at Goodison Park.

On a ground that had rarely been a happy place for United in recent seasons, Louis Van Gaal’s side showed remarkable composure and secured a result that few would have expected ahead of kick-off, which keeps them in touching distance with City ahead of next week’s derby.

Here’s five talking points from Saturday

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Oct 13 2015

Why this is a pivotal season for Phil Jones

462661598With limited options in defence, could Phil Jones finally fulfil his potential? As the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal suggested, all is not rosy at the heart of Manchester United’s defence. After an extremely impressive start to the season, United’s back four were left badly exposed.

Phil Jones is fully fit for the first time this season, which could result in Daley Blind being moved to left back in Luke Shaw’s absence, a position he flourished in during the second half of last season. With Chris Smalling looking more and more assured in the heart of the defence, what has United’s other young English centre back got to offer?

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