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Manchester United

Ibrahimovic believes Man Utd can catch City

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a surprise and triumphant return to Premiership football, when Manchester United's manager, Jose Mourinho brought the Swedish striker on in the closing stages oflast weekend's game against Newcastle. It was the first time that Ibrahimovic had played... Continue Reading →

We're 11 games in to the 2017/18 Premier

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We're 11 games in to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign and already its looking like a one-horse race for the title with Manchester United battling to finish second. Last Sunday proved to be pivotal at the top of the table... Continue Reading →

Can United still claw back City’s lead to win the title?

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We're 11 games in to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign and already its looking like a one-horse race for the title with Manchester United battling to finish second. Last Sunday proved to be pivotal at the top of the table... Continue Reading →

4-3-3 – How Manchester United Are Likely To Line Up With Antoine Griezmann

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Manchester United look set to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in the summer with numerous reports claiming the France international will head to Old Trafford in a huge deal.

The 25-year-old is expected to cost the Red Devils a fee in the region of €100m with Jose Mourinho's men expected to spend big yet again, following last summer's huge investment on Paul Pogba.

Diego Costa Could Clear the Path for Zlatan to Win Golden Boot

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Zlatan Ibrahimovi? has settled into life in the Premier League perfectly, and who would have expected anything less from the footballing legend? But due to his six-game goal drought earlier in the campaign, the former PSG man has slipped behind Chelsea's Diego Costa in the race for the Golden Boot.

Retrospection and detailed analysis of Manchester United’s 1-3 defeat to Watford

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Manchester United got mutilated 1-3 by the yellow Hornets, Watford, as the home side vandalized over listless United at Vicarage Road. United's third straight defeat on the bounce over the course of a week saw the history repeating itself for manager Jose Mourinho after 2002, when his team Porto lost three on the trot (in single season) and back in 2006, when his club Chelsea got defeated in three consecutive matches.

Manchester United 1-3 Watford: Red Devils’ player ratings

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Nirvana churned out 'Smells like Teen Spirit', but the influx of world class superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan along with manager Jose Mourinho, which was supposed to give Manchester United 'Nirvana', has furnished something excruciatingly different over the course of last week.

Player ratings: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 36th minute header and 52nd minute penalty saw Manchester United through, as they retained the top spot in the Premier League table. Southampton saw more of the ball though, as they dominatedball possession with 57% .

United made four on target goal attempts, while the Saints had one.

Five things we’ve learnt from WBA vs United

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Manchester United's already slim chances of securing a top four finish were dealt a heavy blow on Sunday, as they deservedly lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion.

After a run of four wins in all competition that had somewhat eased the pressure on Louis Van Gaal, United delivered the sort of abysmal performance that has become a common theme of the Dutchman's tenure.

Five things we’ve learnt from Shrewsbury vs United

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Manchester United put criticism andspeculations over Louis Van Gaal's future momentarily aside as they booked their ticket to the quarter finals of the FA Cup after beating Shrewsbury Town 3-0.

After a slow start, United eventually began to take control of proceedings in the first half and went ahead through a goal from Chris Smalling, before Juan Mata made it 2-0 with a wonderful free-kick just before halftime.

Five things we’ve learnt from Midtjylland vs United

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Manchester United's season took yet another embarrassing turn as Louis Van Gaal's side slumped to a pathetic defeat away againstMidtjylland in the first league of their Europa League.

Despite going ahead through a Memphis Depay's goal, United succeeded in delivering an even more abysmal performance than the one they had produced at Sunderland on Saturday and were eventually deservedly beaten by a hungrier and more organised side.

Van Gaal wants Europa League success but United face struggle

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A season punctuated by too many lows and very few, if any, highs plunged to a new whole on Saturday.

Arrived on Wearside on the back of their three best performances of the season and facing a Sunderland side stuck in the relegation zone, Manchester United reverted to type and produced a performance of such ineptitude that any talk of a top four finish must now surely be taken as a practical joke and nothing more than that.

Five things we’ve learnt from Sunderland vs United

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Manchester United's already slim hopes of reaching a top four finish this season were dealt a fresh blow as they slumped to an embarrassing defeat away at Sunderland on Saturday.

Having gone behind after just three minutes, United equalised through a sumptuous Anthony Martial's finish and looked to have dragged themselves back into the game, only to serve up an utterly inept performance in the second half as Sunderland found a deserved late winner.

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs Stoke

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Attacking football made a rare appearance at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, as Manchester United swept aside Stoke City, scoring three goals at home for the second consecutive game but only for the first time at home since they beat Sunderland by the same scoreline in September.

United carried on where they had left off at Derby, starting the game on the front foot and never allowed Stoke to settle, inspired by some wonderful individual performances from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney, who both got on the scoresheet, and Juan Mata.

Five things we’ve learnt from Liverpool vs United

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Louis Van Gaal made it four wins in four attempts against Liverpool, after Manchester United delivered the perfect smash-and-grab performance at Anfield.

On the back foot for large spells of the game, United were fortunate not to go behind on a number of occasions before Wayne Rooney scored his fourth goals in three games to clinch United's second win in a row at Anfield.

Five things we’ve learnt from Newcastle vs United

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Manchester United scored three goals for the first time since 17 October but returned from Newcastle with just one point after conceding a late equaliser.

Having gone two up within 40 minutes, United surrendered their lead yet again before a Wayne Rooney wondergoal fuelled hopes of a second consecutive league win, only forPaul Dummett's superb strike to deny them three points.

Why United need a new manager for 2016

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December tends to be the time when resolutions for the upcoming yearare put in place and the events of the last 12 months are often reassessed.

However, Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United are unlikely to dwell for too long on what this year delivered and will in fact want to bid itas swift a farewell as possible.

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs Chelsea

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Manchester United extended their winless run to eight games on Monday, as they drew 0-0 at home against Chelsea in what was considered to be a crucial game for Louis Van Gaal's future.

Despite dominating for large spells of the game and producing some of the best football Old Trafford has seen during the Dutchman's tenure, United failed to make their superiority count and are now nine points adrift of league leaders Arsenal and five pointsbelow fourth placed City,who have a game in hand.

Five things we’ve learnt from Bournemouth vs United

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Manchester United's already disastrous week took a turn for the worst, as they were deservedly beaten by Bournemouth and could end the weekend outside the top four.

Having gone down within two minutes, United drew level through Marouane Fellaini before conceding earlier in the second half after some more calamitous defending.

Five things we’ve learnt from Wolfsburg vs United

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Manchester United are out of the Champions League after a rollercoaster night in Germany, saw them losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg.

United made the best possible start and were 1-0 up within 10 minutes, only to fall behind halfway through the first half. Despite a catalogue of injuries, United were briefly handed a lifeline by CSKA Moscow, who took the lead in Eindhoven, before letting PSV back in the game.

5 transfer targets for Manchester United to consider in January

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After 15 matches, Manchester United are currently fourth in the Premier League table and are within touching distance of current leaders Leicester City. Louis van Gaal's side have endured plenty of criticism for their style of play this season but continue to pick up positive results and are seen as a value option for the title.

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs PSV

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Manchester United will need to win away at Wolfsburg in two weeks if they're to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League after they delivered arguably their worst performance of the season against PSV Eindhoven.

Knowing that a win would take them through to the next round, United started brightly before fading away and failing to create a single chance in the last 20 minutes.

Five things we’ve learnt from Watford vs United

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Manchester 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.

The best and the worst of the last 5 United vs Liverpool at Old Trafford

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Manchester United host Liverpool today, as English football's biggest rivalry resumes yet again, with the visitors arriving at Old Trafford after suffering defeats home and away last season.

United enter the contest with a strong home record against their arch-rivals, having won four of their last five games against Liverpool on home turf.

Five things we learned from Brugge vs United

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Manchester United returned to the Champions League proper after a resounding win against Club Brugge on Wednesday night.

Much as they did after going behind in the first leg, United produced the kind of football that has so far eluded them in Europe, showing the kind of fluidity and clinical approach up-front that has too often been missed in the first three Premier League games.

Six key points from United’s return to the Champions League

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Manchester United marked their return to European football with a 3-1 win over Club Brugge last night, as goals from Memphis Depay and Marouane Fellaini put the Reds a step closer to returning to the group stages of the Champions League after last season's absence.

Despite the result, however, things did not run as smoothly as some would have anticipated, as Brugge took an unexpected early lead and looked threatening in the first half.

Five things we’ve learned from United vs Club Brugge

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Manchester United are a step closer to returning to the Champions League proper after beating Club Brugge 3-1 in the first leg of their playoff tie.

United marked their return to European football after an 18-month hiatus with a performance that grew in confidence after the worst possible start.

Five talking points from United’s start to the season

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Manchester United are joint top of the league after two games, have looked unexpectedly solid at the back and are yet to concede a goal. However, that's where the positives end for Louis Van Gaal, as his side still looks to be struggling to regain the fluidity they displayed over six games in spring last season, when United seemed to have well and truly returned to their usual, pre-Moyes selves.

Season preview: Van Gaal and United face rough ride

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It has been a very strange summer for Manchester United.

Louis Van Gaal's second season at Old Trafford will get underway in less than 48 hours but trying to predict how the campaign will unfold is as complicated as estimating how many overs Australia's toporder is going to last.

Having spent £150m on players 12 months ago, United have forked out a further £75m on players over the last three months.

Di Maria, the Angel who turned villain

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The day before Angel Di Maria was unveiled as a Manchester United player, Louis Van Gaal's side had been dealt a severe humiliation as they capitulated to a 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

In more ways than one, that night brought the curtain down on the careers of a number of players United fans had grown accustomed to tolerated in some cases see in the starting XI over the few seasons that preceded the Dutchman's arrival.

Why United must get the business done quickly

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Get the business out of the way early on should be Manchester United's mantra this summer.

At this time of the year 12 months ago, United were desperate to make signings, a task made more necessary and yet more difficult by the mess Louis Van Gaal inherited by David Moyes.

United adopted a scattergun approach and spent £150m on players, although without a proper pre-season under their belts, some of them failed to live up to expectations, while others yes, Luke Shaw, we are looking at you simply could not stay fit for a long enough period.

Five keepers who could replace De Gea

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With David De Gea edging closer to a move to Real Madrid with each passing day, it's almost guaranteed that Manchester United will begin next season with a new goalkeeper but who will replace the Spaniard?

De Gea was named United's player of the season in the last two campaigns and has emerged as arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, which leaves Louis Van Gaal in a delicate situation as he seeks to avoid a repeat of the scenario that followed Peter Schmeichel's departure.

Why United must buy with an eye to the future

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With the transfer window set to open in just over two weeks, United fans are filled with a strange mixture of feelings, from sheer optimism to an hard-to-dislodge sense of urgency.

After an appalling2013-14 campaign, the Redsendured an up and down season which saw them finish in fourth place and qualify for a Champions league playoff spot.

Five players who could leave United this summer

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With the official opening of the transfer window less than a month away, Manchester United have already been linked with a host of players, as Louis Van Gaal is expected to continue his rebuilding process.

However, while there might be a number of players passing through the arrival gates this summer, the departure lounge could be just as busy, as a number of players look set to leave the club.

Match Reports

Five things we’ve learnt from PSV vs United

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Manchester United's return to the Champions League did not turn out to be the night to remember they had hoped for, as they relinquished a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 against PSV Eindhoven, while Luke Shaw suffered an horrendous injury.

After a season-long absence from European football's elite competition, United took the lead in the first half and were in control for large spells of the game but only have themselves to blame for returning from Holland empty handed.

Five things we learned from Swansea vs United

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Manchester United's unbeaten start to the campaign came to an abrupt halt away at Swansea, as the Reds surrendered a 1-0 lead to suffer their third consecutive 2-1 defeat against Gary Monk's side.

After a brisk start in the first half, United were lucky to be level at half-time but hit the front early in the second half, as Juan Mata netted his first goal of the season to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Five things we’ve learned from United vs Newcastle

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Manchester United's winning startto the season came to an abrupt end on Saturday, as Louis Van Gaal's men slumped to disappointing 0-0 draw against Newcastle.

Having started with purpose and intensity, United soon faded away as they were hampered by the now all too familiar anaemic strike-force, even though Wayne Rooney had a goal ruled out for offside.

Five things we have learnt from Villa vs United

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It wasn't pretty, it wasn't entertaining but it was effective.Manchester United return from Villa Park with another three points and another clean sheet but, as it's been characteristic of Louis Van Gaal's tenure, there were more questions than answers.

It is hard to argue with two wins in two games, particularly given last season's stuttering start, but United continue to look like a work in progress.

The Rest

Why Fergie’s last gamble paid off

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It is just over a year since Robin Van Persie's diving header met Daley Blind's cross before flying past Iker Casillas, as Holland drew level againstSpain in their World Cup debut.

Most of those watching the game took the Dutchman's finish as a glimpse of what the future had in store for him and Manchester United.