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TOP FIVE: Anthony Martial Moments So Far

TOP FIVE: Anthony Martial Moments So Far

Unless you are a big fan of well-drilled defensive ball-retention, Anthony Martial has been the best reason to watch Manchester United this season. When he was signed at the end of the transfer window there were plenty of doubts, and plenty of folk who had never heard of this incredibly expensive new signing. Having finished [...]

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TOP FIVE: Reasons Why Wayne Rooney Has Never Won the FA Cup

TOP FIVE: Reasons Why Wayne Rooney Has Never Won the FA Cup

Wayne Rooney has never won the FA Cup. It is one of those quirks of fate which leads to a shake of the head and a tut and a general sense of “funny old world.” But who is to blame for this trick of destiny? Which individual or body of individuals have denied Wayne his [...]

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Manchester United 2015 review – The attack

Manchester United 2015 review – The attack

Juan Mata – @mango_carrot In 2015, Juan Mata’s form and fortunes have mirrored those of the team, there’s a visible downward trajectory and has been since “those three games” in the 14/15 season, which for Mata, peaked with a goal against Liverpool that will forever be remembered by the United faithful (and the scousers). Mata [...]

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Mourinho might be the right man, but is it the right time?

Mourinho might be the right man, but is it the right time?

Over two years after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, Manchester United remain in uncharted territory. Louis van Gaal has steadied the ship after nine disastrous months under David Moyes, but the Dutchman now appears to be lost at sea, unable to plan a route to success for his team. Having got knocked out of the Champions [...]

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Why Mourinho SHOULD be United’s next boss

Why Mourinho SHOULD be United’s next boss

The day after Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea, before we had lost to Norwich, I wrote 600 or so words on the precisely contrary headline to the above for my regular gig over at Bleacher Report. For those wanting to save 10 minutes and just read this article instead, my three primary arguments against [...]

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TOP FIVE Moments of Glorious Nostalgia for Manchester United Fans of a Certain age

TOP FIVE Moments of Glorious Nostalgia for Manchester United Fans of a Certain age

Normally here at TOP FIVE Towers we take our responsibilities very seriously. We pick a theme and stick to it, occasionally tweaking it to serve our purposes, but generally being committed to the core principle of the listicle. Not this month. This month it’s different. United are rubbish and are drowning in a sea of [...]

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TOP FIVE: Things Louis van Gaal should be doing differently

TOP FIVE: Things Louis van Gaal should be doing differently

After going with the super-cheerful option last month and taking a rose-tinted look at the season so far, a month has passed. And it’s not been the most inspiring of months, to be frank. United have only lost once—and in a game the manager cared so little about he picked Sergio Romero. However, there was [...]

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United have improved under LvG but something has to give now

Three weeks ago, as news broke that Paul O’Connell’s rugby World Cup and test career with Ireland had come to an end after a serious injury, a famous clip of the former Munster captain reappeared across social media. In the video, filmed before a Test match against France, O’Connell rallies his team mates in the [...]

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CSKA Preview – Five Keys to Victory

CSKA Preview – Five Keys to Victory

Little over two weeks ago, United fans were celebrating a rousing, if not slightly unexpected 3-0 away victory at Goodison Park. Since then, things have begun to stagnate a little, with four successive draws, one of which saw the Reds embarrassed at home to Middlesbrough in the League Cup via a penalty shootout. Van Gaal’s [...]

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Everton Preview – Five Keys to Victory

Everton Preview – Five Keys to Victory

After a fairly promising, albeit unspectacular opening to the Premier League campaign, which had led to Louis van Gaal leading the club to the top flight’s summit for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game, United were sent crashing down to earth in their last outing. The crushing defeat demolition suffered at the [...]

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Rooney is on the wane

Rooney is on the wane.  Even at his peak, he was prone to explosive bursts of excellence rather than long term consistency. Now the bursts have gone and we are left with persistent mediocrity. It’s no longer a shock when Rooney doesn’t play well; it’s a shock when he does. He wouldn’t be the first [...]

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TOP FIVE: Moments of the Manchester United Season So Far

TOP FIVE: Moments of the Manchester United Season So Far

The season took an ugly turn just before the international break, and there have—rightly—been plenty of physical and digital column inches dedicated to all the things that are wrong at United at the moment. However, we here at TOP FIVE towers, aim to brighten your day rather than darken it whenever that is possible, so [...]

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Arsenal Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Arsenal Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Arsenal Preview: Five Keys to Victory It has been a superb fornight for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United. Since returning from Eindhoven deflated from both a 2-1 defeat and the long-term loss of Luke Shaw, the Reds have responded in style, notching four consecutive victories and sitting pretty at the top of the Premier [...]

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Wolfsburg Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Wolfsburg Preview: Five Keys to Victory

If United’s Champions League campaign hadn’t got off to a bad enough start with defeat in Eindhoven, then a horrific long-term injury to the blossoming Luke Shaw proved to be icing on a rather unsavoury cake. It was a less than ideal way for the club to reacquaint themselves with Europe’s premier competition, but the [...]

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Sunderland Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Sunderland Preview: Five Keys to Victory

A midweek victory over Ipswich laid to rest the ghosts of last year’s capitulation at the hands of MK Dons, banishing them firmly to the archives. With United in the pursuit of their first silverware of the Louis van Gaal era, the Reds took a step towards doing so, in a competition which looks extremely [...]

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