Manchester United v Southampton 13-14 | What did MUFC fans think?

Manchester United v Southampton 13-14 | What did MUFC fans think?

Manchester United vs. Southampton was last played in mid-October 2013, early in last season and when Red Devils fans still had high hopes for then-manager David Moyes, despite the club having endured their worst start to a Premier League season. Both games against Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton last season ended in 1-1 draws; this one in dramatic fashion for the home side, when an Adam Lallana equaliser just before full-time devastated the Old Trafford faithful, who looked on course to move …
Manchester United v Chelsea 13/14 | What did the fans think?

Manchester United v Chelsea 13/14 | What did the fans think?

Sunday afternoon sees the big matchup of the weekend, with Manchester United taking on Chelsea at Old Trafford and Juan Mata lining up against his old Chelsea team-mates. When this fixture was played last season, on a Monday night in August 26th, 2013, David Moyes was seeking a win in his first competitive home game since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, after a comfortable 1-4 opening day away victory to Swansea City. José Mourinho was planning a third successive league match …
Fringe Players at Manchester United | Keep or Sell? Part 1

Fringe Players at Manchester United | Keep or Sell? Part 1

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will have to make a quick assessment on whether the so-called fringe players in Tom Cleverley, Javier Hernández, Shinji Kagawa, Darren Fletcher, Luis Nani and Ashley Young should be offered contract extensions, with all of them waiting anxiously to discover their futures as the new manager arrives in Manchester on Wednesday. All have two years left on their current contracts apart from Cleverley and Fletcher whose terms expire next summer, while Nani penned a new …
Japan v Colombia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group C

Japan v Colombia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group C

Japan’s frustrating draw against Greece on Thursday night means they have a uphill task to get past the group stages, with a victory and Greece win by 1 goal – to avoid going out on goal difference – needed. At last year’s Confederation Cup, Japan’s attacking football won them fans across the globe, but Japan have struggled to produce the same performances  this summer. The tactic against a 10-man Greece side saw Japan attack from out wide and deliver a …
Ivory Coast v Japan Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014

Ivory Coast v Japan Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014

The last instalment of Saturday’s feast of football sees Ivory Coast face Japan in Group C, and setting the foundations for that group is hard to predict. With the country’s ‘golden generation’ probably facing their final World Cup as a collective, the Ivorian players will want to make sure they live up to the promise that presented all of those years ago. This time around Ivory Coast have an easier group than in previous tournaments and the world class form …
Juan Mata Vs Newcastle United | Player Performance Analysis

Juan Mata Vs Newcastle United | Player Performance Analysis

Falling short of home wins and losing records this season, Manchester United are looking to end the season as strong as possible to recuperate confidence and faith amongst the fans for next seasons plans. Early December 2013, Manchester United found themselves losing 1-0 to Newcastle at Old Trafford. An unusual result, which meant that the game this weekend had a little more meaning to it, and by the Red Devils performance you could see their intensions from the first whistle. …
David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

There was much change at Old Trafford during the summer. For the first time in over twenty-five years, Manchester United began the season without Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. What has followed has been United’s worst start in the league for twenty-four years. Whilst it was evident that the transition period would not be perfect, United fans would have expected more than ninth place with only ten points after seven games. Critics have stated that Champions League qualification would be …
Shinji Kagawa | Time to stand up and deliver | Kagawa Stats

Shinji Kagawa | Time to stand up and deliver | Kagawa Stats

A few months ago, before the Champions League final, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his agony at seeing the Japanese ace, ex-Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa play in the left wing at Manchester United for just 20 minutes every game. Though he may have exaggerated a bit, many of the supporters feel the same about Kagawa and the lack of playing time he was given last season. He was signed for a fee of 17.5m on a four-year deal from …
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