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PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part I

PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part I

Mike Keegan, Sports writer, BBC Sport PREDICTION: 2-1 City Expecting City to bounce back here. For me, United’s draw with Chelsea papered over the defensive cracks. Drogba is not Aguero. Yes, United might score, but who would bet against City failing to respond? There are too many mismatches for me to see anything other than [...]

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STATS: Best Manchester XI

STATS: Best Manchester XI

Ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs. Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the [...]

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Kicking the Sunday Blues

Kicking the Sunday Blues

It’s a rare occasion when United are labelled underdogs at Old Trafford, but such has been Chelsea’s blistering start to the campaign, coupled with a difficult start to proceedings for Louis Van Gaal’s side that in this instance, that is in fact the case. Tickets for the game (as with any other United game) are [...]

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Let’s get three more in against the Baggies

Let’s get three more in against the Baggies

The International break usually provides a relatively dull and unwelcome inconvenience for football fans, but this couldn’t have been more true than for Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United. Not only did the fixture list throw up numerous uninspiring affairs, but it halted a much needed momentum found within the Old Trafford camp after a [...]

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Daley Blind: reading between the lines

Daley Blind: reading between the lines

Quality comes in many forms. Not every player is able to flash their calibre through such self-evident acts of brilliance as a decisive finish, a last-ditch tackle, a defence-splitting pass or some mazy dribble past multiple markers. Defensive midfielders seem particularly prone to going overlooked and unloved by those unable or unwilling to appreciate the [...]

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Getting stuck into The Toffees

Getting stuck into The Toffees

Last week’s 2-1 victory over West Ham was by no means particularly convincing, nor the manner of performance we would have expected, but it’s another three points on the board and a confidence builder after a slightly troubled beginning to the Louis van Gaal era. The Dutchman will be forced to make changes ahead of the [...]

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The Month: September – The thirst is real

The Month: September – The thirst is real

With no Champions League football and domestic cup action not until the new year, a lack of games has culminated into a rather interesting thirst for football in this post-Ferguson era. It must be the one upside of Manchester United either not being that good any more, or us just not knowing whether they are [...]

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Angel di Maria: A perfect No. 7

Angel di Maria: A perfect No. 7

What does it take to assume the mantle of the number seven shirt at Manchester United? Talent, obviously, though a footballer needs more than just quality in order to live up to the lineage associated with the jersey. The right kind of player doesn’t heave the burden of history up onto their shoulders and amble [...]

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It was “only QPR” but it still felt great

It was “only QPR” but it still felt great

Sunday’s 4-0 victory over QPR brought about not only a huge sense of excitement about a season which could finally be up and running, but also incredible relief that a stuttering, uninspiring start to the season was finally over. Injuries have played a huge part at the beginning of the campaign, which has contributed heavily [...]

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Maybe I’m just Longsighted, but Arsenal fans don’t know how good they have got it with Welbeck

Maybe I’m just Longsighted, but Arsenal fans don’t know how good they have got it with Welbeck

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, two hours after expected, the summer transfer window ‘slammed shut’. Because it never just closes does it? As the closing minutes brought United fans a strange kind of ecstasy – one which we would never have allowed ourselves to dream of when settling in the evening before – [...]

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Transfer Window Review

After a long summer of numerous links and potential signings, the transfer window has come to close. About a week ago I started writing a post about what was needed by the end of the transfer window to avoid the summer having been deemed a failure overall. It had initially seemed that Ed Woodward and [...]

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The Month: Van Gaal thinks August is overrated

The Month: Van Gaal thinks August is overrated

August for Manchester United didn’t go as expected considering the ridiculously easy set of opening fixtures and associated betting odds – but then it sort of went exactly as expected, in the back of our minds, at least since David Moyes made it his mission to make us all a little more humble. It turns [...]

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Di Maria – Real Madrid’s Most Important Cog Is Now At United

Di Maria – Real Madrid’s Most Important Cog Is Now At United

Angel Di Maria may not be the man to provide the “miracle” Louis van Gaal is looking for to enable United to become serious title contenders this season, but he will ensure a big step in the right direction following a tumultuous few years at Old Trafford. The fact that the vast majority of the [...]

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United youngsters to keep on eye out for

United youngsters to keep on eye out for

For this article, I thought I would look at the 3 players who I think have improved the most over the current season for the U-18 team. It’s been a disappointing season in the main but that can partly be put down to the fact that a lot of this year’s crop are either first [...]

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Home comforts could be key to success for LVG

Home comforts could be key to success for LVG

As the pre-season tour continues into any U.S city that will take us – much to the annoyance of the new manager – we are starting to learn more and more about the system being implemented Louis van Gaal.  If the short pre-season so far this year has taught us anything, it is the importance [...]

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