Why Jesse Lingard is crucial for Manchester United over the Christmas period

Why Jesse Lingard is crucial for Manchester United over the Christmas period

Manchester United have a lot of attacking talent in their squad, but the player to make the headlines in recent weeks hasn’t been one of the usual names. Jesse Lingard has emerged as a good supporting act in recent seasons. He produces important goals and provides healthy competition for the attacking places in the first-team. Few have seen him as a potential starter for United, but he has scored three goals and contributed one assist in his last two matches. …
FC Basel v Manchester United | Champions League Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Man

FC Basel v Manchester United | Champions League Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Man

Manchester United can not merely seal progress in Basel at the capital of Switzerland but also do it in style as group winners on Wednesday evening, where a win would extend their already perfect record in the Champions League so far - to five wins in five. This will be the Red Devils' first appearance in the tournament's knockout rounds in three years as the Portuguese manager is half-way through making sure United put in the right level of effort …
Manchester United vs Newcastle United Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Manchester United vs Newcastle United Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Manchester United welcome Newcastle United to Old Trafford this weekend in one of the most iconic fixtures of the Premier League history. The Magpies may not be the force they once were in the early 2000s, but they still attract attention and this match will be one to look forward to for the neutral. An extra layer of intrigue has been added this season as it will see Jose Mourinho go up against one of his long-term rivals in Rafa …
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 …
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