Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones Help Man United Sail Safe in the South Coast

Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones Help Man United Sail Safe in the South Coast

Manchester United battled in Southampton to grab all three points against a side they have struggled and succeeded in equal measure in recent seasons. It was Romelu Lukaku who scored the only goal in an unmistakably tight contest. Here's my usual take touching on a finely ground win, Romelu Lukaku and the fully fit Phil hypothesis. The steady increase in value of Lukaku's goals  That's three more points that Lukaku's goal has won for Manchester United this season. It's not …
Flurry of Late Goals See Manchester United Joint Top of the League

Flurry of Late Goals See Manchester United Joint Top of the League

Another 4-0 win for Manchester United, this time coming against an Everton side that had lost their last three games in a row in all competitions. After an early goal from Antonio Valencia, only their fourth out of 16 in total, inside the first 45 minutes, United huffed and puffed lacking the ruthlessness that would not have been out-of-place in 2016/17, only to add three more in the final ten minutes of the game. Here's my three snap thoughts on …
Fellaini inspires Manchester United to a winning start in the Champions League

Fellaini inspires Manchester United to a winning start in the Champions League

Manchester United grabbed all 3 points on a comfortable night against FC Basel in their opening game of the group stages in the Champions League. Bouncing back from the draw in midweek against Stoke, there were plenty of positives to glean from United's win on Tuesday despite the obvious glaring negative - which stood out like a sore thumb, whose impact may be much harsher than a sore thumb. So here's my thoughts touching on some of the talking points …
Manchester United's draw at Stoke is not a sign of things to come

Manchester United's draw at Stoke is not a sign of things to come

Manchester United remain at the top of the league table by the end of matchday four, but only just, thanks to Mark Hughes' Stoke City who, almost predictably, halted United's 100% record accrued over the first three games. Here is my take on how the Red Devils fared at the Britannia, where they have been sub-par in recent years - since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson to be precise, but why their most recent draw could have been a …
Sadio Mané's Sending off Changed the Match, But for the Right Reasons

Sadio Mané's Sending off Changed the Match, But for the Right Reasons

Seven Premier League matches were played on Saturday, and 24 goals were scored, but the major talking point at the end of the day was the red card handed to Premier League player of the month and Liverpool forward Sadio Mané for a high-footed, studs up lunge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson. While Mané’s challenge was, as he reaffirmed on his Instagram page after the match, completely unintentional, and Ederson didn’t suffer any major injuries, the City goalkeeper remained on …
Post-Match Hangover: Manchester United Rout Swansea in Style

Post-Match Hangover: Manchester United Rout Swansea in Style

Four goals scored, none conceded and 3 more points. Again. It's been as good a start for Manchester United as they have had in not just one year, or five or even fifty - this is the first time the Red Devils have scored eight Premier League/top flight goals or more in the first two games in about 110 years. So it's rather safe to assume that there is something special brewing within this side. Mourinho would call it confidence. …
Rampant Rom Runs Riot as Confident United put Four Past Joe Hart

Rampant Rom Runs Riot as Confident United put Four Past Joe Hart

If ‘Philosophy’ was the buzzword for Manchester United under Louis van Gaal – ‘Confidence’ is winning the race under Mourinho so far. From first whistle to the last, the result was never really in doubt – but it’s rather hard to find what has changed from last season when in November – United drew 1-1 against Slaven Bilic’s West Ham despite peppering the goal 17 times and scoring once with a 5% conversion rate. On Sunday however, a very similar …
Talking Points from United's Valiant Defeat in the UEFA Super Cup

Talking Points from United's Valiant Defeat in the UEFA Super Cup

Manchester United ended up on the losing side of a cup final for the first time in close to 14 months - after an inspired performance from Real Madrid ensured their fourth Super Cup win and a remarkable second (consecutive times) under Frenchman Zinedine Zidane. Even though the result was always under the control of the Spanish and European champions on a sweltering hot evening in Skopje, thanks to a battle comfortably won in the wide areas, the Red Devils …
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