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Five key thoughts following Arsenal 1-2 United

Manchester United picked up their first away win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates. After a cagey first period, Kieran Gibbs turned Antonio Valencia’s sharply struck cross into his own net just after half time to give United something to hang onto. A solid and gritty defensive performance laid [...]

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Five key thoughts from United 1-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester United laboured to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace to move up to sixth position in the fledgling Premier League table. Substitute Juan Mata’s second half strike was enough to seal all three points for the Red Devils who had previously gone three games without a win. The result is Louis Van Gaal’s fourth [...]

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Five key thoughts following United’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City

Manchester United were condemned to their third league defeat of the season by neighbours Manchester City on Sunday. Sergio Aguero’s second half strike was enough to separate the sides in a 1-0 victory for the hosts after a strange game which saw United reduced to ten men in the first period. Chris Smalling was sent [...]

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LvG: Smalling wasn’t very smart

Chris Smalling cost United any points in the derby with two ridiculous yellow cards and was deserving of being sent off. At the time of being interviewed, Van Gaal hadn’t seen Smalling’s pathetic first yellow card, but it would be interesting to witness the conversation the manager has with the player when he does. I [...]

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Top Journos Explain Why Hodgson Is So Keen On Smalling

Top Journos Explain Why Hodgson Is So Keen On Smalling

Speaking with RoM for the World Cup preview, Martin Lipton and Dom Fifield have discussed the inclusion of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the England squad. Martin Lipton, chief football writer for The Mirror They are favourites of Roy Hodgson; and what might be hard for many United fans to get their heads around [...]

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Have the right United players been chosen for the squad?

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 [...]

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VIDEO: United’s goals vs Hull

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Smalling: Time to bounce back against Liverpool

Chris Smalling is pleased that we face Liverpool tonight so that we have the opportunity to redeem ourselves after Sunday’s embarrassing derby performance. “I think it’s good there’s a big game coming up against Liverpool so we can try to hit back,” he told the official site. “We normally reply with a good result. Sunday’s [...]

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VIDEO: Welbeck, Smalling, Fabio, Januzaj and Lingard’s goals vs Kitchee

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Smalling: I got mobbed picking up Kagawa

Speaking in Japan, Chris Smalling revealed how much of a star Shinji Kagawa is in his own country. “Shinji’s a massive icon in Japan,” he told the official site. “Me and Ashley Young picked him up on the way over to an event on Monday morning and as soon as we got out of the [...]

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STATS: Our defenders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

STATS: Our defenders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

Tackles per game Minutes per foul Passing accuracy Tackles won Ground duels won Aerial duals won Interceptions per game

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STATS: Season review – The defence

STATS: Season review – The defence

Summary of defensive impact – Evra (82%), Smalling (80%) and Evans (76%) won the largest proportion of their tackles. – Ferdinand (74%), Evans (72%) and Vidic (61%) won the largest proportion of ground duels. – Vidic (67%), Smalling (64%) and Jones/Evra (62%) won the largest proportion of aerial duals. – Rafael (10 minutes), Evra (11 [...]

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Smalling: Van Persie Gets On Really Well With The Lads

Smalling: Van Persie Gets On Really Well With The Lads

Chris Smalling has hailed the signing of Robin van Persie, claiming that he had an impact on his team mates from the first training session. “It’s his overall approach and the way he goes about things,” Smalling told the official site. “You can just tell he’s top class. I remember when he first joined in [...]

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Carrick: United Produce English Talent

Carrick: United Produce English Talent

Manchester United have produced more English talent for the national team than any other club but when looking at the younger players in the England squad you could argue they don’t match the ability of the so-called “golden generation”. When asked whether he thought there were enough good English players coming through, Michael Carrick sung [...]

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Smalling: My Dreams Have Come True

Smalling: My Dreams Have Come True

Chris Smalling, who was playing for non-league Maidstone United five years ago, has spoken about how his dreams have come true, despite once believing he wouldn’t make it. Smalling, who grew up supporting Arsenal, chose Manchester United over his boyhood club in January 2010 and has gone from strength to strength since moving to Old Trafford. [...]

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