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Club Brugge 2nd-Leg: Five Keys to Victory

Club Brugge 2nd-Leg: Five Keys to Victory

Manchester United suffered something of a reality check when they took on Newcastle at the weekend. But United’s problems stemmed more of their own doing and their own lack of cutting edge and attacking prowess for which we have grown accustomed to over recent decades. Louis van Gaal’s men have the chance to put their [...]

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Newcastle Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Newcastle Preview: Five Keys to Victory

It’s been a rather eventful week for Manchester United fans. Most have spent the few days untwisting knickers after seeing Pedro and Otamendi join Chelsea and Man City respectively (I promise that’ll be the only mention of them in this piece), let’s not forget in amongst all panic, frustration and lambasting hurled towards Ed Woodward, [...]

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Club Brugge Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Club Brugge Preview: Five Keys to Victory

It’s Champions League football, but not as we know it. Europe’s premier competition returns to Old Trafford this evening after a brief hiatus, but the unfamiliar situation of a two-legged qualifier with Club Brugge means that celebration of a return to Europe’s top table should hold on just a little longer. Friday’s 1-0 victory over [...]

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Villa Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Villa Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Manchester United’s 15/16 campaign began in a much similar vein to many of last season’s performances; tense, nail-biting, unconvincing, but, ultimately achieving the correct result. Obviously that is of paramount importance to the side, particularly in the Premier League opener which the manager will hope can provide some much needed momentum, a stark contrast to [...]

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Depay destined to become a red

Depay destined to become a red

It’s February 7th, PSV 1 – 0 FC Utrecht, the 51st minute of the game. Memphis Depay, who only minutes earlier pre-assisted the opener in a tough fixture for the Eindhovenaren, receives the ball on the edge of his own half. A pass to Luuk de Jong, on to Georginio Wijnaldum, who attempts a through [...]

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Darmian – United’s new dynamic defender

Darmian – United’s new dynamic defender

The heat was fierce and the humidity strong, but Matteo Darmian just kept on coming. Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli were the goal scorers as Italy ran out 2-1 winners against England in the pair’s opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Manaus, but the marauding full-back was arguably the man who made the [...]

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TOP FIVE: Manchester United Players Who Left Under A Cloud

TOP FIVE: Manchester United Players Who Left Under A Cloud

Welcome back to another season of Manchester United related TOP FIVES here at ROM towers. I’ll be checking in once a month with a top quality listicle for your delectation. Most of them will be probably be fairly cheery if my history is anything to go by bu this first one is in “honour” of [...]

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Tottenham Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Tottenham Preview: Five Keys to Victory

It seems like a lifetime we have waited for it, but the domestic campaign returns this weekend, to provide welcome relief from another summer surrounded by incessant, tiring transfer hearsay and rumours. But lets keep positive, on the whole it’s been a fairly positive transfer window, particularly in the way of incomings. Fans must continue [...]

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A beautiful mind and a wand of a left foot

A beautiful mind and a wand of a left foot

The transfer window prior to the 2015-16 season has been an unusually fruitful one for Manchester United fans. A club that professes to be the biggest in the world has rarely gone about addressing its weaknesses with such undoubted pedigree. The likes of Depay, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin and Darmian are the calibre of player that the fans [...]

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What have we learnt from the pre-season?

What have we learnt from the pre-season?

As another pre-season comes to an end, we’ll have to try and guess what’s in Van Gaal’s head for the season ahead. The main developments concerning squad selection haven’t been entirely positive, however: Wayne Rooney looks like he might be our main striker, and Daley Blind looks like he might be converted to a centre-back. [...]

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Goodbye RVP – Perhaps Not A MUFC Legend, But His 12/13 Was The Stuff Of Legend

Goodbye RVP – Perhaps Not A MUFC Legend, But His 12/13 Was The Stuff Of Legend

As the dust settled on Old Trafford’s recent flurry of transfer activity, among the excitement and fanfare of the arrivals of Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin and Darmian as well as the commotion of the team setting off on their pre-season tour, Robin van Persie said his goodbyes and readied himself to board a plane of his own. [...]

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United need to rethink their big-money targets

The strange recent years of Fergie’s last days and the bizarre comedown that followed it, combined with the emergence of Twitter, have seen a lot of strange opinions passed around the internet concerning United. Sometimes it’s revisionism – Moyes was terrible from the start, Ruud Van Nistelrooy held United back, and so on – and [...]

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TRANSFER RUMOURS: Assessing Our Reported Targets – Schneiderlin, Ramos, Schweinsteiger, Coleman and Otemendi

TRANSFER RUMOURS: Assessing Our Reported Targets – Schneiderlin, Ramos, Schweinsteiger, Coleman and Otemendi

After the capture of Memphis Depay from PSV before the season had even come to a close, United fans may have been forgiven for assuming that transfer business would be conducted swiftly. Unlike last season where new manager Louis van Gaal would join up with the team just before tour following a full World Cup [...]

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Five key thoughts following Louis van Gaal’s first season at Manchester United

There we have it. Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge of Manchester United is over and what a rollercoaster it has been. From an early season injury plague to constant switches in formation to embarrassing results against lower league opposition, there have been many problems along the way but in the end, the Red [...]

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Nicky Butt – A scrapper not a fighter

Nicky Butt – A scrapper not a fighter

Watching football, and United in particular, is a visceral experience, a sharp, intense mess of bodies, noise and smells. So it’s not surprising that the majority of fan favourites are linked by a single trait: they are men with whom it is deeply unwise to fuck. In my own lifetime, that includes Remi Moses, Bryan [...]

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