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

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

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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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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United’s record with youth compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn

United’s record with youth compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn

In response to Mike Phelan’s claims that Manchester United had “lost their way” following the sale of Danny Welbeck, Jason Burt wrote for The Telegraph about United’s history of youth team players. He claimed “it is a myth that United have always had a team overbrimming with local players and youth team products”. Whilst we [...]

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Is United’s focus on youth a “myth”?

Is United’s focus on youth a “myth”?

The sale of Danny Welbeck has prompted a lot of discussion over the past few weeks in regards to Manchester United and their tradition of bringing through young players. Mike Phelan claimed “they have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit”, as if Welbeck was the first former academy player to be [...]

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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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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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STATS: Danny Welbeck compared to other strikers at his age

STATS: Danny Welbeck compared to other strikers at his age

One of the biggest criticisms against Danny Welbeck is that for a striker he doesn’t score enough goals. Even the biggest Welbeck enthusiasts can’t argue with that. He’s scored 20 goals in the league over the past three seasons, which is still more than £50m man Fernando Torres, but nowhere near what you would expect [...]

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Are United fans making a fuss over nothing where transfers are concerned?

Are United fans making a fuss over nothing where transfers are concerned?

For the first time since 2010, the anti-Glazer movement has begun to take shape again, with fans becoming frustrated with the lack of investment. Under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, who repeatedly worked miracles with our players, many fans have grown apathetic to the Glazer ownership. In the past eight years, United have won [...]

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Glazers and Woodward risk leading club in to decline

Manchester United finished last season as the 7th best team and have since lost several key players. Nemanja Vidic, the captain, Patrice Evra, the vice-captain, as well as two of the most experienced players in the squad, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. When you consider that takes away three of our back four, as well [...]

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Reaction to Rooney captaincy

I used to love Wayne Rooney. I knew he joined the club as an Everton fan but he seemed to really get what playing for United was all about. Rooney would repeatedly talk about how he wanted to spend his entire career here, how he wanted to be viewed by the fans in the same [...]

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Louis van Gaal: Who wouldn’t want to see a 90s revival?

Of all the attempts to knock the enthusiasm out of Louis van Gaal’s arrival at Old Trafford, the least cutting jibe of them all has been the one about the Dutchman being some throwback who was only big in the 90s. Besides being inaccurate—his post-2000 title-winning spells with AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, and the [...]

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TOP 5: Manchester United shirts

TOP 5: Manchester United shirts

5. 1892, Newton Heath home shirt – a green and gold classic Not so much “Green and Gold till the club is sold”, more “Green and Gold and really old”, United’s kit before we were United was a thing of beauty. Two panels, one yellow, one green, with the yellow intruding onto the green around [...]

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Racist bins off Liverpool after dragging their name through the dirt

Racist bins off Liverpool after dragging their name through the dirt

Luis Suarez has left Liverpool for Barcelona just six months after signing a new 5-year-deal with the Merseyside club. “I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term,” said Suarez at the time. “I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and [...]

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Louis van Gaal – a managerial heavyweight

Louis van Gaal – a managerial heavyweight

With the pressure that owners, boards of directors and fans seem to put on their managers in modern football growing year by year, managerial cycles seem to become shorter and shorter. Consequently, it’s now harder to become a so-called managerial heavyweight: a manager who instils respect and awe – mixed with a mild dose of [...]

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Luke Shaw – Overpriced?

If last summer taught me anything, it was not to get excited about any transfer, regardless of how certain it appeared to be, until the contract was signed and pictures were posted of the player awkwardly posing with our shirt. Cesc Fabregas wanted to leave Barcelona and was interested in a move to United, yet [...]

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