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Manchester United

Man United 1-0 Watford: The Talking Points

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Manchester United closed out the season with a 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday. Marcus Rashford scored what was probably the easiest goal of his career in the first half to give the Red Devils the victory ahead of the FA Cup final on May 19.

Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, put down a few thoughts on the match.

West Ham 0-0 Man United: The Talking Points

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Manchester United failed drew blank against West Ham at the London Stadium on Thursday to seal second place in the league. The Red Devils just could find their sharpness on the night and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, notes a few things from the encounter.

Better start than at Brighton

After the manager's rollicking following the loss at Brighton last Friday, the players were expected to show spirit and a very good attitude against West Ham and that was largely the case on the night.

Top Five Memories from Arsene Wenger’s battles with Manchester United

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Arsene Wenger said it best when he visited Old Trafford for the last time as Arsenal manager at the end of this April; it was easy for Manchester United to be nice to him because, in his own words, he's no longer a 'danger'. That's certainly been true of his North London side for the best part of the last decade, but that doesn't stop his intense rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson from continuing to provide both sets of fans with some remarkable memories.

Man United 2-1 Arsenal: The Talking Points

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Manchester United gave Arsene Wenger a final defeat at Old Trafford thanks to a 2-1 scoreline on Sunday in what was the Frenchman's 60th meeting with the Red Devils.

Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini scored for the home side while former player Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored for the Gunners and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, looks at the key pointers from the tie.

Bournemouth 0-2 Man United: The Talking Points

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Manchester United bounced back from their loss to West Brom with a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth on Wednesday with goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku. Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, states a few observations from the encounter.

Professional and efficient showing

Playing at Bournemouth is a very testing experience for any team in the division and Man United recognised that with their performance in the game.

Man United 0-1 West Brom: What We Learned

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After the heights of the victory in the derby, Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday thanks to a goal from Jay Rodriguez in the second half and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, looks at the talking points from the match.

Return to uncertainty

It seems the encounter at the Etihad took everything away from the team when it should have had the opposite effect.

Man City 2-3 Man United: The talking points

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Manchester United pulled off an incredible 3-2 win at Manchester City on Saturday in what was billed to be The Citizens' coronation day. Despite going down to goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan, the Red Devils responded through Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling.

Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, pens the main points from the tie.

Man United 2 0 Swansea: The Talking Points

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After a long international break, Manchester United returned to Premier League action and got themselves a 2-0 home win against Swansea City thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports notes down the talking points.

Start was right

For once this season, the Red Devils were up for the match from the blast of the whistle and that set up the result on the day.

Another last chance for Ravel Morrison?

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The heirto Paul Gascoigne's football throne is now nothing more than apremature journeyman.

Rio Ferdinand most accurately summed up the hype around Ravel Morrison earlier this year. "This guy was the best young kid I've ever seen in my life", before elaborating with anair of frustration, "Pogba, Januzaj, Lingard – they used to look up to this boy.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: The Talking Points

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After beating Chelsea and Crystal Palace in their previous two matches, Manchester United had to fight hard to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana highlights the lessons from the tie.

Rashford and Lukaku lead brilliantly

Since the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, Marcus Rashford has not had as many starts as he did at the start of the season but he got one against Liverpool as a result of an injury to Anthony Martial and he took the opportunity with all the hunger and desire in the world.

Crystal Palace 2-3 Man United: The Talking Points

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For the second straight match week, Manchester United came back from a deficit to win a league game against London opposition. This time, they had to fight back from a two-goal deficit at Crystal Palace to win 3-2 and contribution writer, Nathan Quao, notes the main points.

Resilience shone through ultimately

For years, Manchester United were noted for not dying even when the sword was at their throats.

Man United 2-1 Chelsea: What We Learned

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Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard struck for Manchester United as they beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday in a Premier League heavyweight clash and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, noted a few things from the tie.

Lukaku showed his value

When your price tag is 75 million pounds, a lot is expected from you and there is no hiding from the limelight.

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.

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No Ticket Required: Jibbing Celtic away

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The draw for the group stage of the 2006-07 Champions League gave me some excellent options with Benfica, Celtic and FC Copenhagen coming out of the pot. All three played in top cities to visit but as the father of a young child I could only do the one. I dismissed Copenhagen as I'd done it before and it was expensive so it was a straight choice between Glasgow and Lisbon as I'd never been to either city before.

Top Five United Memories from the Etihad

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Trite as it sounds, one of the reasons that we all love football to ridiculous levels is its ability to surprise us, and Saturday's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium was no exception. 2-0 down at half time, playing poorly, big names struggling and City ripping United apart at will...well, of course, we were going to win 2-3.

Top Five United v Liverpool memories

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Whilst the glow from Nemanja Matic's stunning half-volley at Selhurst Park on Monday night should last a few more days, at least, there's the small matter of the visit of Liverpool looming on Manchester United's horizon. Admittedly, the Serbian's stoppage time winner against Crystal Palace has certainly given Jose Mourinho's side a much-needed boost ahead of the visit of Jurgen Klopp's men, given that the Premier League's third-placed team have bagged 18 goals in their last six games and are showing something vaguely and worryingly resembling consistency.

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.

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.

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How to Win Football Matches and Alienate People, by the Cockney Red

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Liverpool Review and Champions League Preview I've always thought of myself as something of an anomaly as far as modern-day United fans go. Although I've experienced more than my fair share of glory witnessing unforgettable moments that most football fans could only dream of during those phenomenal, victorious years under Fergie I have never allowed myself to become complacent in the teams ability, instead adopting an entirely pragmatic attitude, going into any United game.

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.