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Sunderland Preview: Five Keys To Victory

Sunderland Preview: Five Keys To Victory

An excruciating defeat at the Liberty Stadium last weekend now leaves Manchester United in a precarious position in their attempts to regain Champions League football at the first time of asking. Having looked relatively sub-standard for some time whilst still grinding out positive results, ironically it was a more improved showing from Louis van Gaal’s [...]

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Rooney: We deserved to beat Swansea

Following Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat against Swansea, captain Wayne Rooney claims that United deserved all three points. It is disappointing to go in front and then lose the game. I thought the performance was good, we dominated the game, particularly in the second half. Swansea were struggling to get out of their area but we [...]

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Wayne Rooney: Di Maria is fastest and Young is funniest

Wayne Rooney has done a 60 second Q&A for fans on his Facebook page. Favourite food? Chow mein Favourite word? Goal Toughest defender you’ve played against? John Terry Favourite holiday? Barbados Funniest United player? Ashley Young Best player you’ve played against? Zinedine Zidane Best player you’ve played with? Cristiano Ronaldo Most important thing in your [...]

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Was ref right to award Rooney a penalty?

With United 2-1 up against Preston last night, Phil Dowd awarded a penalty after Wayne Rooney went to ground in the box. A penalty is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences in the penalty area in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or [...]

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VIDEO: Herrera, Fellaini and Rooney’s goals vs Preston

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LvG: Rooney is happy in midfield

In the summer of 2013, Wayne Rooney wanted to leave Manchester United and Chelsea were the favourites to sign him. Having been played out of position on a number of occasions under Sir Alex Ferguson, who had since retired, Rooney later voiced his unhappiness in being used as a midfielder instead of a striker. For [...]

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LvG: Rooney is my best striker

Wayne Rooney appears to be wasted in midfield at the moment. He struggles to have the same impact on the game as he does when he plays up front, and his inclusion in the centre of the park means that superior midfielders, like Ander Herrera, miss out. Louis van Gaal has claimed that Rooney is [...]

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Five key thoughts from United 3-1 Burnley as under-par Reds move up to third in the Premier League

Manchester United defeated Burnley 3-1 to move back up to third place in the Premier League table. An unusual brace from centre back Chris Smalling and a Robin Van Persie penalty sent an extremely under par United above Southampton, who were held to a goalless draw at home to West Ham. Louis Van Gaal opted [...]

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Five key thoughts following West Ham 1-1 United

Manchester United snatched a late leveller against West Ham on Sunday to record their sixth away league draw of the season. Cheikhou Kouyate had put the Hammers ahead with a close range deflected effort from a set piece at the start of the second half but Daley Blind volleyed home in stoppage time to salvage [...]

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STATS: How is Rooney keeping Herrera out of the team?

Passing success Juan Mata: 89.6% Michael Carrick: 89.6% Daley Blind: 89.6% Ander Herrera: 87% Wayne Rooney 84.3% Inaccurate long balls per game Rooney: 1.9 Carrick: 1.6 Blind: 1.5 Herrera: 1.2 Mata: 0.7 Inaccurate short passes per game Rooney: 7.1 Blind: 5.5 Carrick: 5 Herrera: 4.2 Mata: 4 Unsuccessful touches per game Rooney: 1.2 Mata: 0.7 [...]

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Is Rooney’s status keeping Herrera out of the team?

Over the past few months, Manchester United have regularly struggled when it comes to creativity. Only Chelsea and Southampton have a better defensive record than United this season, with the former conceding one less and Southampton five. This comes as a surprise when you consider how harshly criticised the defence is. Of course, statistics like [...]

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Five key thoughts following United 3-1 Leicester City

Manchester United exacted revenge on bottom of the table Leicester City with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Old Trafford.  The Foxes, who had beaten United 5-3 in the reverse fixture, were on the receiving end of a flurry of first half goals. Robin Van Persie opened the scoring before Radamel Falcao bundled in a second [...]

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STATS: United, corners and Phil Jones

STATS: United, corners and Phil Jones

Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%. In real terms, that means this [...]

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Rooney: I love scoring against Liverpool

Our fans voted Wayne Rooney as the player of the month for December, as well as awarding his strike against Liverpool as goal of the month. He has answered a few questions for the official site on this goal, his performances and his change of position. Congratulations on your two awards, Wayne. How do you [...]

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Rooney: Festival schedule needs to change

Wayne Rooney has complained about the Christmas schedule after United played two games in less than 48 hours. The second half at White Hart Lane was particularly poor, with Louis van Gaal referring to it as a “struggle for life”, leading Rooney to call for the fixtures to change next year. It’s not easy playing [...]

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