Manchester United vs Fulham

Manchester United vs Fulham: Where’s the consistency?

Manchester United and Arsenal played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford. United’s guests from North London twice led through goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette, but Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard earned a share of the spoils for the home side.

Jose Mourinho’s side have now gone four games without a win and remain in eighth place in the standings, while Arsenal are down to fifth despite having extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to an amazing 20 matches.

Which manager will be happier with this result? It could easily be Unai Emery. Old Trafford seemed like an impossible puzzle for Arsenal for many years, so to go and maybe deserve to win is testament to what the Basque manager is doing this season. He’s doing a great job in transforming Arsenal into a more organized and serious side than was seen in the later years of Arsene Wenger’s reign. Read More

Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Gunners better in every department?

Manchester United put in yet another disappointing performance at the weekend, this time against Premier League strugglers Southampton, as their bid to finish in the top four looks less likely with every week.

Before the two recent draws, José Mourinho claimed that United would be in one of the Champions League places by the end of December, but having dropped four points in the last two games, they are now left needing a win against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Mourinho oversaw two victories over Arsenal last season but now that they are recharged under Unai Emery, thrashing rivals Tottenham Hostpur on Sunday afternoon. United will have their work cut out to get a result against them this time around. Read More

Southampton vs Manchester United

Southampton vs Manchester United Preview: Last chance for Mourinho?

The dark cloud which has hung ominously over Old Trafford since the opening day of the 2018-19 season has shown little sign of disappearing and after last week’s drab goalless draw against Crystal Palace, expectations have plummeted among United supporters. The win against Young Boys may have helped a little, but it was hardly scintillating stuff.

The Red Devils are seventh in the Premier League, 15 behind table-topping arch-rivals Manchester City and seven behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Pressure mounts on José Mourinho with each passing game.

Against a struggling Palace side last Saturday the same old problems persisted, as the combination of a lack of urgency in attack and laziness in midfield left United looking second best and ultimately lucky to emerge with a point. Read More

Manchester United vs Young Boys Champions League preview

Manchester United vs Young Boys Preview: Attack! Attack! Attack!

After a disappointing weekend, Manchester United fans will be hoping the manager and players can redeem themselves somewhat when they take on Young Boys at home in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

On the back of a difficult period of fixtures, which has seen them face the likes of Manchester City, Juventus and Chelsea all away from home, United now have a string of easier games. The result against Crystal Palace suggests these matches won’t be as simple as they should be though.

However, you would imagine that despite their recent form, United should be able to secure a result against the Swiss side. Away from home, United won 3-0, thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, so a home victory shouldn’t be beyond them.

All eyes will be on Jose Mourinho’s team selection though, with him stubbornly picking Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku whenever they are available, regardless of their performances. This season, both have fallen way short of expectations yet Mourinho has persisted. Read More

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Did United learn their lesson?

Jose Mourinho registered yet another loss against Pep Guardiola and it seems their eternal battle came to an end. It’s been a long time since we had the opportunity to live up to the hype of the Manchester derby. The clash between the two Manchester sides at the Etihad was rather one-sided and saw the home side go 12 points clear of their neighbors after just 12 games of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The brightest spark in Mourinho’s side was once again Anthony Martial. The young French starlet made it five straight Premier League games with a goal from the penalty spot after Ederson had brought down Romelu Lukaku.

But that was all from United at the Etihad. Their only shot on target was the penalty, and Ilkay Gundogan wrapped up the points for City after an amazing 44 passes between City players prior to the third goal five minutes from time. Read More

Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United

View From The Press Box: Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United

Paul Pogba might be glad he got to watch this one from the stands. Some of Manchester City’s play mesmerised spectators and opposition alike, and with the injured Pogba falling into both of these categories he may not have known what to make of it.

The sky blue half of Manchester went home happy, having seen their manager, Pep Guardiola, outsmart the opposition, and their players win a Manchester derby with relative ease.

They weaved in and out, buzzing around the red obstacles using their quicker feet, sharper minds, and crisper passing to bamboozle their opponents.

The troubles United would have in this game were laid bare in the opening few minutes. David Silva and Bernardo Silva were finding acres of space, leaving the opposition unsure as to who should track them.

Manchester City regularly play with these dual attacking midfielders in a midfield three, but today they roamed back and forth, and ventured out wide, leaving opposing full-backs, defensive midfielders, and wingers unsure as to who should be keeping an eye on them. Read More

Manchester City vs Manchester United Premier League Preview

Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview: Key men to the left?

Go back seven months to the last Manchester derby and Manchester United ruined Manchester City’s coronation. Pep Guardiola’s side were 2-0 up at half-time, set to be crowned champions in front of their neighbours. What followed was irrelevant in one respect – they clinched the Premier League title the following weekend – but not in others. If it spared United the ignominy of seeing City celebrate and got Jose Mourinho a rare win over Guardiola, it also showed Paul Pogba’s catalytic impact.

The Frenchman scored twice in United’s comeback that day. If his performances this season have attracted decidedly mixed reviews, the numbers offer another picture. Pogba ranks second in Twelve’s Premier League leader board for the season, behind only Leicester’s Harry Maguire.

Examine the different coloured bars and it shows how his contribution stretches across the pitch, underlying his abilities as a box-to-box midfielder. It suggests he is the best all-round player in the division (at least while City’s Kevin de Bruyne is injured). If he does not have as many attacking points as City’s David Silva, he has delivered more in defence and off the ball. Read More

Juventus vs Manchester United

Juventus vs Manchester United Preview: Will United turn up this time?

The reason why both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were sacked by Manchester United was their inability to guide Manchester United to the Champions League. The former was sacked two days after it became mathematically impossible for the team to finish in the top four, even though the reality was that it had been confirmed much earlier.

Van Gaal was sacked two days after winning the FA Cup with United in 2016. They finished fifth that season and therefore missed out on qualification for the elite European competition.

In contrast, Jose Mourinho booked United’s place in the Champions League at the end of his first season in charge after winning the Europa League. United bowed out in the first knock-out round following the group stage though, after putting up very little fight against Sevilla.

Still, in the following season, United finished second and again qualified for the competition, and supporters will be hoping for improved performances in this campaign. Read More

Bournemouth vs Manchester United

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: A turning point for both sides

Manchester United successfully recovered from their midweek Champions League defeat against Juventus as they recorded a 2-1 win against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. That win put the 20-time English champions above the Toffees into the eighth position in the table ahead of their trip to in-form Bournemouth this weekend.

The French connection worked well as Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial both got on the score sheet. The latter once again proved to be one of the best, if not the best, attacking option of Jose Mourinho’s side. Martial has got a chance because of Mourinho’s decision to axe the struggling Romelu Lukaku from his starting line-up which saw a somehow different United on the pitch.

Still, not for the first time this season, it was a far from convincing performance from United as a late Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty left the hosts with a nervy final fifteen minutes. Ultimately, Everton hadn’t picked their chances as United improved on a miserable run that had brought just one win from their previous seven games. Read More