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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 NOT be United’s next boss

Why Mourinho should NOT be United’s next boss

Rumour has it that Louis van Gaal has got one game to save his career and, if he is sacked, Jose Mourinho might end up getting the job he has always wanted. Before looking at the reasons why he shouldn’t get the job, read about why Mourinho should get the job. Style of play Three [...]

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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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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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Bombs and bungs: The story of Andrei Kanchelskis’ United exit

Bombs and bungs: The story of Andrei Kanchelskis’ United exit

Andrei Kanchelskis is a Manchester United cult hero. The Ukrainian winger played a huge part in United’s marvellous mid nineties team – Ferguson’s first great United side. Alongside Giggs, Cantona, Hughes, Ince and the rest, Kanchelskis lightening quick, direct performances down the right flank ensured his place in United folklore. He even scored a derby [...]

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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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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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Farewell Rafael – A tribute

Farewell Rafael – A tribute

While having talented players in your squad is obviously key to a team enjoying success, it doesn’t harm your cause if you have lots of players who are passionate about the club either. It’s probably no coincidence that the only English side to have ever won the Treble was made up of several first team [...]

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RoM PLAYER RATINGS: United’s attack

RoM PLAYER RATINGS: United’s attack

United scored 62 goals this season, which is our second worst tally in Premier League history, only beaten by the 58 goals we scored in 2014-15. Wayne Rooney is our top goalscorer with 14 goals, which is the lowest record for our highest scorer since Frank Stapleton’s 13 goals in 1981-82. All in all, it’s [...]

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RoM PLAYER RATINGS: United’s midfield

RoM PLAYER RATINGS: United’s midfield

Yesterday, the defenders were rated for their performances in the 2014-15 season, and now it’s the midfielders’ turn. After years of frustration at Sir Alex Ferguson’s refusal to buy new midfielders and improve this area on the park, we finally now have a half decent midfield. In fact, the midfield is now our strongest position. [...]

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RoM PLAYER RATINGS: United’s defence

RoM PLAYER RATINGS: United’s defence

RoM will be rating the performances of our players a position at a time, starting today with the defenders. For all the criticism they have received this season, it’s worth pointing out that only Chelsea (32), Southampton (33), and Arsenal (36) conceded fewer goals than United (37) this season. However, when you consider that David [...]

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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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Manchester United’s Player of the Year: Ander Herrera

Manchester United’s Player of the Year: Ander Herrera

Although the season has seen a marked improvement in league performance, there’s no doubt that it’s been a long way from a perfect season. We ought to have challenged for the title and didn’t. We ought to have finished ahead of Arsenal and didn’t. We ought to have seen the best of players like Angel [...]

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