Cambridge United 0 Manchester United 0 An FA Cup 4th round tie between two sides, one of which is struggling in their league to find any cohesion and rhythm and with no realistic chance of ending the...
Manchester United suffered the humiliation of being held to a goalless draw by League Two side Cambridge United on Friday night. The hosts, who sit in mid-table in the fourth tier of English football, earned a deserved replay after United failed to create enough chances throughout. Luckily for the Red Devils, the replay should not be an issue due to the absence of European football at Old Trafford this season.
Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%.
In real terms, that means this season we've scored 3 times from 119 corners this season, which is pretty shocking.
Louis van Gaal has got good news on the injury front. After previously ruling out Wayne Rooney, the manager has confirmed that the captain will be available for Monday's game against Southampton and Angel di Maria isn't far behind him.
On Rooney: The news is very good, he shall play.
On Di Maria: It (his return) shall be quickly but not for Monday.
Roy Hodgson announced his England squad for the World Cup yesterday and Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were all selected. Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick are on the standby list.
It's no surprise that Rooney is on the plane to Rio. Despite having rarely performed well for England, and having not done the business for the International team probably since Euro 2004, he will always be the player England fans rely on the most.
Aston Villa1 Manchester United 1 Villa Park is a stadium which holds fond memories for the United team and the fans. Throughout our history it has been a happy hunting ground, as we have enjoyed many...
Kevin Strootman transfer: Manchester United 'firmly expected to bid' for Dutchman - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Strootman: A Louis van Gaal favourite
Manchester United to become the new Galactico! Well, that's the buzzword coming from UK press this morning.
According to highly respected journalist James Ducker of The Times, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is planning radical overhaul of the squad next summer, ready to take his total spending spree to around/over£350m in two years.
United Captain To Miss The Manchester Derby Through Injury? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney was expected to make his return this Sunday against Manchester City, after missing the last three games through suspension. The Red Devils' captain though, is now in danger of sitting out this one as well, after limping off with a foot injury on Monday.
It has been a summer of frustration at Old Trafford. After the early arrivals of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, it seemed there was about to be a much needed overhaul at United. But during the last two months, we have been forced to be patient as new boss Louis Van Gaal gave the current squad a chance to impress him.
Phil Jones has revealed Manchester United have already embraced Louis Van Gaal's tactical revolution and despite having been in charge for less than two weeks, the Dutchman has already won many admirers within the United squad, particularly thanks to his footballing philosophy.
Jones impressed in United's 7-0 mauling of Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday and the 22-year-old has insisted he's happy to adapt to Van Gaal's new 3-5-2 system, if that means finally being handed an extended run is his preferred position, after spending his first three season at the club covering a variety of roles.
Manchester United has announced its 25-man squad for the 2014 US summer tour.
The squad will feature stars such as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Danny Welbeck, David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.
The club, who will fly to the United States today to begin its tour, will play a series of friendly matches across the United States:
• LA Galaxy vs Manchester United (Los Angeles) — July 23 • AS Roma vs Manchester United (Denver) — July 26 • Inter Milan vs Manchester United (Washington DC) — July 29 • Real Madrid vs Manchester United (Ann Arbor) — August 2
Manchester United may also play in Miami on August 4 if the club ends up being a group winner in the International Champions Cup.
A New England: After a woefully inadequate World Cup, how can England be resurrected? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
ForRoy Hodgson, the Costa Rica game was the very beginning of themammoth task ofrebuilding his demoralized England team, and begin plans for a brighter future. It's almost unheard of to be using a World Cup game for such a purpose, but the disappointment of this campaign has been felt at every level, so sticking with the tried-and-failed plan made even less sense.
Arqueros: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich), Fraser Forster (Celtic). Defensores: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).
Phil Jones has claimed that Juan Mata's arrival has had a positive impact on the Manchester United players, lifting the dressing room morale and delivering a much-needed psychological boost to a team that had endured a catastrophic season up until last week, when the Spaniard was signed.
Mata's debut against Cardiff on Tuesday coincided with United getting back to winning ways in the Premier League and Jones described the Spaniard's signing as the sort of exciting news capable of lifting the players' morale and delivering fresh impetus for the remainder of the season.
Transfer Talk: Who else should Arsenal sign this summer? is a post from: Just Football
by Carl Innes
Following the blockbuster signing of Alexis Sanchez, delighted supporters in North London have their eye on Arsenal transfer news as Arsene Wenger tries to complete more summer deals to get his side in contention for the Premier League title.
Phil Jones has answered fans questions for United Review.
Who's the best defender you've played with? I've been lucky to have played with a lot of really good defenders already, so obviously the likes of Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic have to be up there. But even when I go back to my Blackburn days, I learned a lot from playing with Ryan Nelsen.
Phil Jones nasty injury picked up in an aerial challenge with Jonathan Walters is not as serious as first suspected following a scan, however he did suffer concussion a bit like the rest of his team-mates would have got if Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge after their shock 2-1 loss to Stoke today.