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Marcos Rojo

Viewing Injury as an Opportunity

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There are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. While some people appear to be be having success with the latter, this sentence rings true on the whole. I'd also add injury to this list.

Injuries happen, despite the best efforts of everyone from health and safety regulations to high quality performance professionals seeking to create robust and resilient individuals.

United, Mourinho and making a case for the defence

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The majority of Jose Mourinho's first season in charge at Manchester United has been dominated by one major issue: his side does not score enough goals. It is hard to argue with the criticism, for while United have only failed to score in five Premier League games this season, their profligacy in front of goal has meant they have struggled to put games to bed, which has in turn seen them drop precious points.

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Man United 4-1Newcastle United: The Fallout

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Manchester United had to come back from a goal down to beat Newcastle United 4-1 and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana, picks out the main headlines from the match at Old Trafford.

Smalling and Lindelof wobble again

It may be too early to judge how wellChris Smalling and Victor Lindelof will do this season but the defensive pair could not hold their own in the first half against the Magpies.

Top Five Champions League games at Old Trafford

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Perhaps as a reaction to Tuesday night's jagged 2-0 victory over Benfica, I've been thinking about the many great Champions League nights that Old Trafford has been graced with since the competition replaced the old European Cup in the 90s. Sure, the club's most seminal CL outings took place in Barcelona and Moscow, but our fair home has experienced some classic encounters over the years that will live long in the memory, even when United didn't win.

Manchester United: An A-Z of 80 years of promoting youth

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Today marks the 80th anniversary of Manchester United having an academy graduate in every single match day squad. That means for an incredible 3,883 consecutive matchesUnited have involved a youth team player in the first team, a record dating back to October 1937.

For context, the club with next longest run is Everton with over 1,000 consecutive games over a period of 21 years.

Man United 4-0 Crystal Palace: The Takeaways

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Manchester United got themselves another home victory and this time, it was struggling Crystal Palace's turn to get the four goal-scoreline which has almost become 'normal'. Contributing writer, Nathan Quao of Accra-based Citi FM, picks out the main talking points.

Early start stopped Eagles' flight

When teams in distress come to Old Trafford, they usually think of two things.

What We Learned From Man United 4-0 Everton

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Manchester United welcomed back Wayne Rooney to Old Trafford as his Everton team and Ronald Koeman hoped to react to their 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the Europa League.

However, all their work to keep the score at 1-0 for 80 minutes went down the drain after they conceded three times.

What We Learned From United at Stoke City

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Manchester United traveled to Stoke City in hopes of a fourth straight win but the matches ended 2-2 and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, picks out three pointers from match.

Not the best day for defence

The previous three matches had gone very well. Clean sheets and displays that kept the opposition at bay and very unhappy.

Top 5 Ruud Van Nistelrooy goals

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It's always a nice nostalgic treat to see Manchester United bring out players from the club's illustrious past for a friendly, and they did so again to great effect this past weekend with Real Madrid in town for a second Legends match of this summer. The game ended 2-2, with United winning the tie 5-3 on aggregate, but these friendly meetings are more a chance to bask in United's yesteryear andsee a flash of quality or two from a footballing great when they roll around.

Reserves Weekly: Friendlies at all levels as U15s play at SuperCupNI

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It's been a very busy couple of weeks for Manchester United's youth sides.

Under-23s Ricky Sbragia re-appointed U23s manager, 12 years after leaving
U23s draw 2-2 with Salford City
U23s beat a Bradford City XI 2-1 in friendly

Ricky Sbragia was re-appointed Man United under-23s manager, 12 years after he left the role.

RoM’s Manchester United 2017-18 season preview

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RoM is today launching a comprehensive e-book to get all Manchester United fans fully in the mood for the season ahead.

As always, all profit from the e-book will go to Trafford Macmillan Wellbeing Centre and it only costs a minimum of £5 to download, although you can pay more if you would like to donate more to this cause.

Reserves Weekly: Man Utd sign five U18 players as eight start scholarship deals

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While Ed Woodward is berated for signing only one player by the start of the transfer window, there's been plenty oftransfer action for Manchester United's academy.

Eight academy players have been given scholarship deals as they move up into the under-18s.

Goalkeepers:Jacob Carney*, James Thompson
Defenders:Ethan Laird, Brandon Williams
Midfielders:James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Dion McGhee
Forwards:D'Mani Bughail-Mellor

*Taken on as an academy student.

Lack of home comfort is a major issue for Mourinho and United

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Jose Mourinho has addressed a number of issues during his first season at Manchester United. Compared to the last three seasons, the quality of football has improved and, at times over the last eight months, United have shown glimpses of playing with the urgency and verve of old. They are also beginning to rediscover the knack of scoring late goals, a habit that had deserted the club under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal.

Manchester United vs. Everton preview

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Manchester United vs. Everton

Premier League

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Old Trafford

Manchester United will look to recover from Saturday's disappointing goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion when they welcome a wounded Everton to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion preview

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Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion

Premier League

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Old Trafford

Manchester United's pursuit of the top four in the Premier League will resume this weekend when they welcome Tony Pulis' high-flying West Bromwich Albion to Old Trafford.

Middlesbrough vs. Manchester United

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Middlesbrough vs. Manchester United

Premier League

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Riverside Stadium

Europa League quarter-finalists Manchester United will refocus their attention on the Premier League this weekend when they travel to struggling Middlesbrough, who sacked head coach Aitor Karanka on Thursday afternoon.

Manchester United vs. Bournemouth Preview

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Manchester United vs. Bournemouth

Premier League

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Old Trafford

Fresh from their League Cup success at Wembley last weekend, Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon as they prepare to welcome Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side to Old Trafford.

Thoughts On EFL Cup Final – Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Zlatan

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Silverware touched Manchester Unitedonce again on Sunday Night, as a stunning and seesawing contest between the Redsand Southampton resulted in a 3-2 win for the Red Devils at Wembley. They were led by the brilliant Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who led from the front in style and made crucial clearances at the other end.

Thoughts On St. Etienne Game – United Progress… At A Cost

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Manchester United got to play on a Wednesday Night in Europe again.. in the Europa League. Nevertheless, they progressed through to the next round after a 4-0 aggregate win over French side St. Etienne amidst a 1-0 second leg victory. Unfortunately the win came at great cost, with Eric Bailly sent off and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick picking up injuries.

Thoughts On Watford Game – Martial Leads United To Easy Win

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Anthony Martial returned to the starting XIas Manchester United tore Watford to shreds on Saturday afternoon.United controlled proceedings from start to finish, as the midfield dominated play and the attack was mostly fluid without despite some inefficient attacking play.

If they were more clinical, it would have been a riot.

Thoughts On Leicester City Game – United Thrash Hapless Foxes

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Victory! That winning feeling returned for Manchester United in a superb 3-0 demolition of a poor Leicester City side now seriously flirting with relegation, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan led the destruction of the Premier League Champion Foxes.

Goals from Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata put Leicester away, and United were vastly improved from some recently poor performances.

Thoughts On Hull City Game – Hey, Another Draw…

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0-0. The all too familiar scoreline struck Manchester United again as they were held to another frustrating draw with Hull City, as they yet again failed to take their chance to gain points on their rivals. As the season heads into it's final stretch, United are bit by bit losing their chance to catch up.

Thoughts on Hull City Game – Jon Moss Incompetence Doesn’t Stop Advance to Wembley

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The streak is over, Manchester United's unbeaten streak has ended at the hands of Hull City on Thursday Night as the Tigers beat a complacent Red Devils side 2-1. United were horrendous for long periods, and didn't really deserve a win anyway. Jose Mourinho though, wasn't accepting defeat:

"We didn't lose.

Love him or loathe him, Wayne Rooney deserves his record

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There was something particularly fitting about the way Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record on Saturday to write his name in the history books. With the odds stacked against his side, Rooney produced a superb finish, the kind of late goal that epitomised Manchester United during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Thoughts On Stoke City Game – Rooney Record Takes Sting Out of Poor Draw

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He's done it! It wasn't with his shin, it wasn't with his knee or some sort of deflection. Wayne Rooney left those to Juan Mata's own goal as he put away one of his best goals as a Manchester United player and his 250th overall as a wonderfully struck free kick saved his club's blushes as they stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Thoughts On Liverpool Game – Zlatan Saves Blushes In Frustrating Draw

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic saved Manchester United from humiliation and taunts from Liverpool with a late equaliser in a game which ended in a draw at Old Trafford on Sunday night. The Swede's clever header canceled out James Milner's penalty to split the points between the teams, as they had another draw after the same result in their first encounter.

Thoughts On Hull Game – United Take Command of EFL Cup Semi

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It wasn't the rout some wanted, but Manchester United took control of the Semi Final tie between themselves and Hull City with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. They made the fans wait until the second half, but goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini eventually put United ahead and out of sight of the visitors who face an uphill battle on the return leg.

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Chelsea 1-0 Man United: What we learned

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Following Man United's 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, notes some of the themes from the encounter.

Hunger and drive make the difference once again

Talk about tactics and game plans and you will be justified but Chelsea's victory over the Red Devils was built on the will to win and get a response to the UEFA Champions League loss to AS Roma.

Man United 1-0 Spurs: The fallout

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Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, underlines the main points from the close encounter.

Simplicity is genius

The most basic option and the simplest answers are often the best and Anthony Martial's winning goal showed it.

Huddersfield 2-1 Man Utd: The main talking points

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Manchester United tasted their first loss of the season after a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town. Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana, picks out the main talking points.

Zero output from players

For a team seeking to fare better than last season, the least thing could have expected was a lack of effort.

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Three things for United supporters to look forward to this season

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The rise and rise of Marcus Rashford
Manchester United have inevitably been linked to Monaco's Kylian Mbappe this summer, but ask yourself why would they spend in excess of £100 million on the French striker, when they can already boast a player just as good?

There is no better young striker in world football than Marcus Rashford, and he cost the club absolutely nothing.

Top journalists rate Mourinho’s first season

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Ahead of the 2017-18 season, I spoke to a few of the country's top journalists, including Daniel Taylor, Henry Winter, Oliver Holt, Oliver Kay, James Ducker, Mike Keegan and Mark Ogden. They gave their views on the season ahead, who we should sell and buy, and what would constitute a successful season.

Matic – the glue that holds the team together

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"Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?" Zidane on losing Makélélé

For the second time in four years, Roman Abramovich has let the icy façade drop and rewarded one of Chelsea's long-serving senior players for their service by packing them on a private jet and sending them up north to Manchester.

Top 5 Failed Manchester United Transfer Tales

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There's a certain amount of emotional protection required during the transfer window when you're a Manchester United fan. Not that we're the only club to be spuriously and recklessly linked with the latest prodigal talent for the sake of extra clicks, but over the years, United fans have seen so many potential deals fall through, seen the club's name used by so many agents to drum up interest and been the go-to name to drop when a player wants a nice new contract that it's hard not to be even a little sceptical about almost every single player that the club is linked with.

Finding Our Feet

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Few marriages if any are perfect, no rose garden is without its thorns, and no match, despite the popular phrase, is made in heaven.

Many Manchester United fans were wary of if not fully against the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their club's manager at the end of the 2015/16 season. And, while many more were thrilled to see the Portuguese given the job, even they could probably understand the deep-seated misgivings of those others.

TOP FIVE: Best things Jose Mourinho has done at Manchester United so far

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Other than the one about Anthony Martial, none of the worries outlinedin last month's TOP FIVE have really gone away. Manchester United have, of course, won a trophy since then—which was really nice—but have also missed out on a glorious opportunity to apply more pressure to those currently above them in the league by drawing at home with Bournemouth—which was really, really, really, really frustrating.

The Day I Met Paul Scholes

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They say you should never meet your heroes, for therein lies only disappointment. Sage advice, no doubt. So, when I was asked to go and interview Paul Scholes for Republik of Mancunia, did I heed it? No. I cleared my diary and told everyone I knew, and even a few people I didn't know.

The way you feel about some footballers can be difficult to put into words.

TOP FIVE: Worries about Jose Mourinho which won’t quite go away.

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As regular TOP FIVE readers will know, I am an optimistic sort, much more inclined to be cheery about Manchester United and their fortunes than miserable. And ultimately, that optimism extends to Jose Mourinho bringing his substantial managerial nous to bear on United over the coming years.

There has been plenty of evidence that things are moving in the right direction—big wins and big moments, the arrival of some of the world's best players and a substantial improvement in some of the squad players, particularly defenders.

The lost art of the winger

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There is no right or wrong way to support your football club. It's a deeply personal journey for us all. Yet every club has certain characteristics to which those that love them can all relate. Manchester United is no different.

If every United fan was asked to pick a defining image, a single moment in time, one that summed up what the club meant to them, the images would fill volumes.

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TOP FIVE: Moments of the Season So Far

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Well, well, well, finally a TOP FIVE surrounded in optimism and football joy. After having to find excuses to talk about anything other than the actual football on the pitch so far this season, we can finally revel in the relentless winning machine that is Manchester United.

Incidentally, this was written before the Hull game, but surely, SURELY, Mike Phelan won't stand in the way of his beloved Red Devils' march to Wembley.