Herrera, Carrick & Blind: Is a

Herrera, Carrick & Blind: Is a "World Class" Midfielder Still Needed?

Much of the transfer talk at the start of the 2014/15 season surrounded Manchester United and, more specifically, exactly who they would sign in the centre of midfield. The biggest summer 'transfer saga' (there's one every year - hello Wesley Sneijder) featured Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, who's stock had risen further after his performances for Chile in the World Cup. Elsewhere, Kevin Strootman, Paul Pogba, Nigel De Jong and William Carvalho were also regularly linked with a move to Old …
Liverpool v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Liverpool v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Straight to the point, has there ever been a bigger Liverpool-Manchester United clash in the Premier League era than the one on Sunday? I really doubt there has, when you consider what is at stake and also the timing of this fixture. A massive derby, arguably still the biggest match-up in English football regardless of where the teams stand in the league table and it's an absolute certainty that the animosity between two most successful institutions in the English game …
Carrick the Catalyst for United's Success

Carrick the Catalyst for United's Success

At the age of 33, Michael Carrick is nearing the end of his football playing career but he is still managing to pull the strings in the centre of the park. Carrick is one of the more experienced heads in the Manchester United dressing room now, hence why he was given the vice captaincy at the start of the season. Michael Carrick joined United from Spurs for £18 million on the 31st of July 2006, 3 days after his 25th birthday, and …
Yeovil Town v Manchester United | FA Cup 3rd Round Preview

Yeovil Town v Manchester United | FA Cup 3rd Round Preview

The magic of the FA Cup is well and truly back with one of its classic third round David versus Goliath clashes pitting two football teams with starkly contrasted backgrounds in Yeovil Town and Manchester United at the Huish Park in Somerset. The home side will be certainly relishing the prospect of welcoming a footballing side as massive as Manchester United which would eventually benefit the Glovers from a financial perspective with the influx of several thousands of TV money, …
An Impressive Square Peg: Juan Mata Perfomance Vs Liverpool

An Impressive Square Peg: Juan Mata Perfomance Vs Liverpool

Juan Mata is a conundrum that refuses to be resolved at Manchester United. On 25th January, 2014, the seemingly mythical helicopter carrying the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year finally landed on Manchester soil. Many of the Old Trafford faithful hoped and believed that the beleaguered fortunes of the post Ferguson-era were soon to see an upturn, all by the swish of a Spanish wand. It was of course unrealistic to believe that a problem as complex and multifaceted as …
Manchester United - Blinded by Injuries?

Manchester United - Blinded by Injuries?

This one places Manchester United third on the rather dubious EPL Injury table just below Everton and Newcastle. With 10 injuries at the moment, Louis Van Gaal's side has been ravaged by a series of short-term and long-term injuries alike throughout the season, hampering any possibility of getting a consistent run-out with his favored group of players. This International week has particularly given him more to worry about, with key first team players in David De Gea (Finger), Michael Carrick …
Michael Carrick: Will he be a United regular under Van Gaal?

Michael Carrick: Will he be a United regular under Van Gaal?

In July this year, Louis Van Gaal claimed that it would take at least three months before Manchester United's shoots of recovery would be seen poking through the dour concrete slab dropped onto the club during the David Moyes era. It's hard to imagine United's results getting much worse this season, yet moods of optimism and defiance still remain around Old Trafford, despite suffering yet another defeat to noisy neighbours Manchester City on Sunday. Three months is a long time …
Tactical Review - Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0

Tactical Review - Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0

PRE-MATCH The Manchester derby, one of the biggest games in English club football in recent years, returned for the 168th time. These two teams collectively have won each of the four Premier League titles since Chelsea won in 2009-10. When cash-flush City emerged as a Premier League heavyweight, the then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dubbed them as the noisy neighbours. Since the Scot’s retirement, United have been on a decline of sorts while City have only been getting better. …
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