Mata, Makeshift Full-Backs & Man United Marching On

Mata, Makeshift Full-Backs & Man United Marching On

Manchester United have made it to the last 16 of the Europa League, thanks to a 1-0 win (4-0 agg) at St.Etienne and will therefore remain in the hat for the draw which is set to take place in Nyon on the 24th of February. Mourinho stood by his word as he fielded a eleven that was not far from his best - with the front three of Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata. Paul Pogba also played the whole ninety …
Magnificent Martial Keeps United in the Hunt for Second Place

Magnificent Martial Keeps United in the Hunt for Second Place

Manchester United notched up their 13th win in the league - a facile 2-0 with goals from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial. United, after a slow start, quickly shifted gears to produce what was one of their finest first half performances, certainly since their last defeat in the league against Chelsea - 16 games ago. The lineup was greeted with much enthusiasm which saw fan favourite Anthony Martial reinstated on the left flank, part of a fluid and dynamic front …
Leicester City Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester City Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

After the hectic hustle-bustle of  December and January, the Premier League now enters relatively more placid times of February and March. There are only three game weeks in February, the first of which beckons us over the next two days. While the marquee London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea will be the center of attraction on Saturday, on Sunday two of only three managers who have won the Premier League and are currently managing in the league, go head to …
Stoke City v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United, undefeated in 16 matches in all competitions, will take a trip to the Bet365 Stadium to play Stoke City over the weekend. After a prolonged series of ups and downs (mostly downs), Manchester United seem to be improving under Jose Mourinho. Despite a significant improvement in form, the Red Devils remain sixth in the league table, right below Manchester City. Their draw with Liverpool ended their run of seven straight league victories, but United are finding form and …
Mata: The Special Juan in United's season thus far

Mata: The Special Juan in United's season thus far

Jose Mourinho, for whatever reason, didn't rate Juan Mata as an important part of his (then) future plans at Chelsea and he was eventually sold to Manchester United. The dramatic irony lies in the fact that Mourinho too would not be part of the future plans of Chelsea, while Mata would go on to regularly excel in a team struggling to truly recover from the retirement of Alex Ferguson, and eventually be one of the few shining lights in Jose's current chapter at Old …
Swansea vs Manchester United Preview | Stats, Team News & Key Men

Swansea vs Manchester United Preview | Stats, Team News & Key Men

Manchester United’s season has not gone according to the plan so far, with many lackluster performances deservedly shadowing the few good performances that they have put in. They go to Wales in search of form when they take on Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday. Coming on the back of a disheartening defeat at Fenerbahce in the Europa League mid-week, Mourinho’s men will be keen to reverse the trend to stop their slide down the footballing pecking order. Swansea, …
Manchester United v Manchester City | League Cup Preview

Manchester United v Manchester City | League Cup Preview

It's the second installment of the Mourinho-Guardiola act at Old Trafford, this time in the league cup with a place in the quarterfinal on the line. The moods at both camps cannot be more different to what they were before the last time these two sides met in the Premier League. Both teams had enjoyed a 100% win record in the opening three games before the international break which stood between the Manchester Derby in early September that City won …
Why Juan Mata Has to Start at Anfield

Why Juan Mata Has to Start at Anfield

It's that time of the year again. When Manchester United travel to Anfield, there is never a dull moment (at least up until the game starts). It could well be the biggest clash in the Premier League and although the first instalment has come too soon to decide anything in terms of how the rest of the season could go with absolute certainty, both managers Klopp and Mourinho have the opportunity to lay down the red coloured marker, as they say, …
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