Manchester United 2017/18: Weird and Spooky

Manchester United 2017/18: Weird and Spooky

At this moment in time, it is pretty well established that Manchester United have shown progress. When Mourinho took over the reins - precisely the day after United won the FA Cup for a then record equalling 12th time, that had been the immediate objective. However, the long-term aim for a manager of Mourinho's calibre has to show consistent improvement on and off the pitch; to 'Make United Great Again'. Well, if Manchester United are not objectively 'great' yet - …
Duel of the Fates: Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku

Duel of the Fates: Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku

Football feeds off narratives. And one of the main reasons why we love football does not actually have anything to with the sport itself. It's always the stories they build and give life to. The sport is better for them and naturally thrive on the tension that builds along. One such story in the Premier League this season - setting the tone since the transfer window, a tale that connects two football clubs and managers at loggerheads, one that took …
Manchester United vs Spurs Preview | Team News and Key Men

Manchester United vs Spurs Preview | Team News and Key Men

Fresh from the midweek exertions in the Carabao Cup and the draw that took 48 years to finish, United and Spurs face each other in a massive fixture on Saturday noon in the Premier League - which could truly swing the momentum one way or the other. Manchester United dusted off the cobwebs and put in a professional performance taking the game to Swansea City and winning it 2-0, thanks to Jesse Lingard, booking their place in the quarter-final against …
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: So near yet so far?

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: So near yet so far?

Manchester United, at the time of writing, are running low on momentum - momentum which I argued was the buzzword under Mourinho in 2017/18, was almost willingly lost at Anfield in a draw that was devoid of everything the Red Devils were in the first two months of the campaign. Mourinho paid the price at last for snapping a series of positive and attacking displays - trading off all the fearlessness the young forward line spearheaded by Lukaku, Rashford and …
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Manchester United have a great opportunity to strengthen their position in the top four as they host bottom-placed Crystal Palace. They have been excellent at the beginning of the new season and will see this as a game that they must win if they are to challenge for the title. The Red Devils haven't lost a league match to the visitors since 1991 and the Eagles have won only one of their last 13 meetings of the two clubs. Last …
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 …
Manchester United vs Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Manchester United host Everton in what is going to be one of the matches of the weekend, as it features a number of interesting sub-plots. It will be the first time Wayne Rooney returns to Old Trafford after leaving for his boyhood club during the summer, while Romelu Lukaku will be coming up against his former club for the first time. They were two of the most notable transfers of the recent transfer window and it will be fascinating to …
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 …
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