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Manchester United

Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester United: The Talking Points

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Manchester United fell to a 1-0 loss at Newcastle United to extend Jose Mourinho's winless run at St. James Park and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, points out the main stories.

Failure to take chances is an expensive business

All football is summed up in one maxim: Take your chances or the opponent will take theirs.

Top Five United January Transfers

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Historically, January has tended to be a relatively quiet month for Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson rarely dipped his toes in the winter transfer window, save for a few notable exceptions, and typically, this modern-day United tends to stick with what it's got when it comes to the midway point of the season, whether that's for better or worse.

Man United 2-0 Huddersfield: What We Learned

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Manchester United got back to winning ways as they beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez got the goals on the day and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, outlines the main points from the encounter.

Clarity on roles is needed

Despite the victory, it was very clear that there was not enough cohesion for the first 60 minutes or so.

Tottenham 2 – 0 Man United: The Talking Points

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Manchester United were easily overpowered by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley and lost 2-0 and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana, notes down the main topics from the match.

The horrible start strikes again

For a team that is looking to find its way back to the top of the tree, its attention span at the start of matches is very strange.

Man United 3 -0 Stoke: The Main Points

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Manchester United showed calmness and a professional head to get a 3-0 win at home against Stoke City and contributing writer, Nathan Quao of Citi Sports, Accra, notes down the major points.

Lukaku finds reprieve

Strikers love to score goals and for Romelu Lukaku, the sight of the ball going past Jack Butland must have filled him with joy.

Top Five Best Things from Manchester United’s 2017

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Given that this current Premier League campaign has seemingly fallen flat even with four month still to run due to the antics of some particularly bothersome neighbours, there's a danger of writing off Manchester United's 2017 as something of a letdown. And that's not totally unreasonable; Jose Mourinho's side ended last season in a disappointing sixth, and find themselves irretrievably behind league leaders Manchester City with this current league campaignonly half-finished.

Man Utd 0-0 Southampton: The main talking points

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Manchester United's winless run in the league continued after a goalless draw at Old Trafford with Southampton and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Ghana points out the main highlights of the match.

No creativity at all

This may sound like a broken record like once again but the team lacked any spark and ingenuity on the day and it is becoming very worrying.

What We Learned From Man United 2-2 Burnley

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Manchester United came back from 2-0 down at get a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in their match against Burnley on Boxing Day. Jesse Lingard got the goals for the Red Devils while Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour scored for the Clarets. Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana noted a few things from the match.

Leicester City 2 – 2 Man United: The Key Points

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Manchester United drew 2-2 at Leicester City after wasting chances in the second half and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, outlines the talking points

United duly pay for wastfulness

The score line could and should have been greater on the night.

What We Learned From West Brom 1-2 Man United

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Manchester United kept themselves 11 points behind Manchester City with a tough 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana, notes the main talking points from the encounter.

Feed Lukaku and he will score

From struggling to find the net for a period, Romelu Lukaku, found the net for the second straight league match and he repeated his trick from Wednesday with another headed goal.

What We Learned From Man United 1-0 Bournemouth

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Manchester United responded to the loss in the derby with a 1-0 win against Bournemouth and contributing writer, Nathan Quao of Citi Sports, Accra, points out the main topics from the tie.

Good victory, average performance

At the end of the day, we will all care about the result and the fact that the team could find the victory after the loss to Manchester City but the process of getting the result did not leave anyone feeling great.

Top 5 Jesse Lingard Goals

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Last Tuesday night's 2-4 victory at Watford was a special occasion for several reasons. Ashley Young's remarkable brace set Manchester United on their way to a first away victory in a month (at the time), but even our makeshift left back's contribution was given a run for its money as the evening's highlight after Jesse Lingard added to his burgeoning highlight reel with a mazy run and finish to seal three points late on.

Arsenal 1-3 Man United: The Main Points

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Manchester United got their first win against Arsenal under Jose Mourinho via a 3-1 victory at the Emirates on Saturday and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana, has underlined the main talking points from the tie.

Perfect execution

Under Jose Mourinho, the team has always had a conservative disposition on the road.

Man United 1-0 Brighton: The Main Talking Points

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Manchester United laboured to a 1-0 home win over Brighton and Hove and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana, underlines the main talking points from the encounter .

Ponderous play

Whether it was a hangover from the Champions League match at Basel or it was the fact that there was a record to be broken (39 games unbeaten at home since losing 2-1 to Man City in 2016), the team did not look menacing for large parts of the game.

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.

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Munich and the philosophy behind the Busby Babes

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Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, when 23 people were killed, including eight Manchester United players.

Many of those killed were then household names, such as England stars Tommy Taylor, Duncan Edwards and Roger Byrne, all of whom would have played in the World Cup Finals in 1958, probably in 1962, and possibly in 1966.

Sanchez is another layer of gold paint for United

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There's an oft repeated quote from Zinedine Zidane after Real Madrid sold Claude Makelele and bought David Beckham in 2003. "Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?"

Now, to be clear, Manchester United aren't losing an engine, and Sanchez is probably one of those premium layers of gold paint that also offers rain protection to the car, but the analogy just about holds up if you when you consider just what United are doing.

Martial FC

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It feels odd describing a £50m man who scored against Liverpool on his United debut as a "cult hero", but Anthony Martial's Manchester United career has constantly refused to be a straightforward.

Picked up in the dying embers of the Summer 2015 transfer window after Ed Woodward asked Jorge Mendes if he had any remaining stock left in his fun house, the story of Martial bares all the hallmarks of United post-Fergie.

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.

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City: Fallout from the Derby

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Manchester United lost 2-1 at Old Trafford to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the Derby for the second straight season and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, points out the major talking points from the encounter.

Unlucky Lukaku

What a way for your first Premier League derby day to go!

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.

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.