Spotlight on Manchester United’s young Fantastic Four
Nov06

Spotlight on Manchester United’s young Fantastic Four

After their more fluid, attacking performance against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League this week, are the Manchester United of old back in business? No. But there was one flash of the ‘old United’ at that game. Jesse Lingard’s Man of the Match performance carried on the strong tradition of the Reds placing their faith in exciting young talent. Youth is a cornerstone of this famous old club, so here’s four current youth players who...

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Ander Herrera is key to United and Manchester derby success
Oct23

Ander Herrera is key to United and Manchester derby success

Recent talk of Barcelona’s reported interest in Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has got a lot of United fans worried, myself included. The 26-year-old has again in recent weeks proven himself indispensable and a key component of the Red Devils’ attacking play. His recent performance against Everton is a prime example. His goal and assist provides only part of the story as his work rate is second to none. The willingness...

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Arsenal gave Man United a much needed wake-up call
Oct09

Arsenal gave Man United a much needed wake-up call

When it comes to writing football features, I’ve been taught to focus on specifics. A certain player for instance, or competition. But after United’s demolition at the hands of Arsenal last week, it seems only right to pick through the rubble and see what went wrong. And perhaps why it was a long time coming. SHAKEN UP AT THE BACK Not long ago I wrote a piece praising the Red Devils’ defence, and I’m not about to go all turncoat...

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Domestic cups are vital to LvG’s United
Sep25

Domestic cups are vital to LvG’s United

With Manchester United currently sitting second in the Premier League, and the imminent return of the Champion’s League proper to Old Trafford, you could be forgiven for dismissing the domestic cups up for grabs. However, for Louis van Gaal’s side, success in these competitions could prove to be vital for the club. Naturally United fans want victory on all possible fronts, but the decline of both the FA and Capital One...

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Why United didn’t need a “world class” centre-back
Sep11

Why United didn’t need a “world class” centre-back

The closing of the transfer window means two things for football fans: the lack of any yellow ties on Sky Sports News HQ and the start of the annual ‘we should have signed him’ debates. However, it would be hard to disagree with the argument that Manchester United have done some pretty good business this time around. They have invested in youth, attacking promise and strengthened in key areas. Morgan Schneiderlin looks to...

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Are United really strong enough defensively?
Aug05

Are United really strong enough defensively?

With Manchester United’s summer expenditure having been fairly large for a second summer in a row, Louis van Gaal’s transfer policy has been called into question by both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, with both rival managers suggesting that United (amongst others) are trying to “buy” the Premier League title. A lot of problems have been fixed with the players who have come to Old Trafford, with central midfield now looking its...

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