Wednesday, 16 January 2019

5 Players Manchester United Should Sell

5 Players Manchester United Should Sell 
With the transfer window still open for another two weeks and all possible target looking very highly priced, there are players Manchester United should sell in order to raise the required funds and to create a squad for the future. 

And although it is still not sure if Solskjaer would get the job or else someone new would come in next season, selling some of these players should be the top priority before looking into bringing in any new signings.

Antonio Valencia 

Players Manchester United Should Sell - ValenciaAged 33, Valencia is the current captain of the club and has been around for nearly 10 years now.  He was a regular last season and with Shaw returning to form, Young is now the first choice RB with Dalot being the second one.  He doesn’t fit anywhere into the fold at the club and with age being not on his side, Manchester United should look into cashing in any return they could still get from him

Marcos Rojo

Players Manchester United Should Sell - RojoRojo certainly has the flair of an attacking center back but in reality, the moved to United never worked for the Argentine. Add to the fact that he has been injured for the most part of the last two years with very limited game involvement. Its about time Manchester United let go of him and as per the latest rumors, he can be the first one to leave. 

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Marouane Fellaini

Players Manchester United Should Sell - FellainiA regular under Mourinho's management, Fellaini saw contract extension last summer but with Solskjaer in charge, he is nowhere to be found. There are lot more creative and better alternatives available in that midfield for Manchester United and with Porto and AC Milan rumored to be interested in him, Manchester United should look to get him off their payroll.

Matteo Darmian

Players Manchester United Should Sell - DarmianDarmian wanted to go last summer and the same was confirmed by Mourinho in one of his press conferences, but since no credible offer came United never accepted anything for him. The Italian still has admirers in his home country and considering the efforts he puts in every time he gets an opportunity, which mind you is very limited, it seems the right thing to let him leave and continue his career elsewhere

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Phil Jones

Players Manchester United Should Sell - JonesJones is of those rare cases when Sir Alex got it wrong. Like Rojo, Jones has also been injury prone throughout his career and has been involved in only around 50% of United games in the past 5 or 6 seasons. He is from England and surprisingly, he is still 26 years of age, hence United can easily get some buyers for their center back.

Who do you think Manchester United should be looking to sell? Get involved and share your opinion?

Monday, 14 January 2019

Tottenham vs Manchester United #FanReview - David DeGea Masterclass

Tottenham vs Manchester United #FanReview

Tottenham vs Manchester United is probably the most satisfying match a United supporter would have seen in a long long time. The game had everything, tactical brilliance from Solskjaer, brilliant counter-attacking and offensive football from Manchester United in the first half and then grill and resilience in the second half to hold on to that lead.

Firstly, starting off the team, Manchester United started with the same XI has in the game against Cardiff. Alexis was missing due to injury, Fellaini and Valencia were dropped for tactical reasons, which really made a lot of United fans very happy. Eric Bailly is still serving his ban from the red card meant Jones was to partner Lindelof again. Special mention for Lindelof here, who played his 50th game today for Manchester United and what a turnaround it has been for him, from being one of the worst signings of the season last year to be the first choice CB this season.

Tottenham starting the match well but it was within minutes that Manchester United turned up and it resulted in an absolutely brilliant game of football. Both sides were getting forward and had various chances of scoring, with Kane hitting the back of the net, unfortunately, to be ruled offside. While defending both teams were quick to get the numbers behind and it worked really well for most of the first half.

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Tottenham suffered a blow when Sissoko got injured and was replaced by Lamela in the dying minutes of the first half which resulted in them breaking their highly successful diamond setup to a more natural formation. Manchester United was quick to capitalize after a super pass from Pogba which found Rashford, who got the first and only goal of the game.

David DeGea Masterclass

Things escalated quickly in the second half when Tottenham again changed a bit with Son moving to the right and Alli taking up a more central role in a plan to get past the fullbacks and create something from far wide. The move worked as they got much more scoring chances but they were matched by an equally brilliant performance from David DeGea. Tottenham had 11 shots on target but Dave saved all of them and just showed why he is the best in the world. Manchester United somehow clung to their lead and ended up winning a great game of football.

Individual performance wise, David De Gea was an easy choice for the Man of the Match. Lindelof, Pogba, Martial, and Rashford were all equally good. Matic and Herera gave everything in the midfield and it was only Jones who looked troubled today. He was really finding hard to mark Kane and United would be waiting for Bailly return.

Important takeout from the game was the tactical brilliance of Solskjaer, especially in the first half. With Vertogen returning from injury United moved Rashford on to the wings and Lingard was mostly playing as striker allowing them to run in from the wide areas which really opened up Spurs on various moments.

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Tottenham was unlucky to not get any point out from this game as they were literally brilliant in the second 45 minutes but just failed to score. What was worse for them was that Harry Kane was also injured at the end, and with Son off to his national team for the next 5 games, missing Kane would be a big blow for Tottenham title contention.

This victory means that Solskjaer has now won all of his 6 games in charge of Manchester United and are now level on points with Arsenal who is on the 5th. With the next two games at home against Brighton and Burney, Manchester United has great chances of going to pass them and then pushing Chelsea who currently sits on the 4th.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Tottenham vs Manchester United Fan Preview

Tottenham vs Manchester United Fan Preview

Tottenham vs Manchester United is scheduled for this Sunday and this is going to be the first big test for the rejuvenated Manchester United side under the guidance of Ole Gunner Solskjaer. Another way Tottenham vs Manchester United is important is the fact that it is believed to be somehow the audition for the job of next manager of United. Solskjaer is caretaker manager till the end of the season and until now he has shown no signs which indicates he needs to be replaced but it is known to everyone that Pochettino is the first choice.

Talking about the game itself, it is going to be a cracker of a game as Manchester United has been on a roll playing quality football except the one off Fa Cup game against ReadingTottenham on the other hand has been performing as usual and have not yet played a draw this season. They are third in the league and continuously troubling the top teams. If they would have not lost against Wolves the story would have been different with them being on second and just three points behind the league leaders Liverpool with genuine chances of winning this season. 

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Harry Kane like previous 4 seasons has been continuing his goal scoring form with 20 goals already across all competition. But the player who I fear the most in that team is Son. He is probably the most underrated player in England and has performed equally well at top along side Kane. All others players from the team have also been performing well including Eriksen who himself has been linked to Manchester United recently.

For Manchester United, the entire team has improved a lot ever since Solskjaer took over. Rashford and Pogba specially have been phenomenal with Lukaku also scoring in all three of his previous games. Defense has been a problem for United this season but that also seems to have improved a bit recently but yes they have not been tested against an attack like that of Spurs. 

Last time around in the reverse fixture Manchester United played some of its best football this season in the first half, only to somehow collapse in the second, conceding three goals and ending up losing the game 0-3. But that seems to have happened a long time back and this time around everyone expects it to be a much more competitive game. 

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Advantage would be on the side of Manchester United who have enjoyed a full week off training in warm weather in Dubai while Tottenham had to play Chelsea in a very high energy game with almost their full first team in mid week which surely would have taken out some gas from their players. 

Here's some stats of both the teams this season for you to get those numbers in mind. What is surprising here is that although United have not played up to their standards for majority of the season still they go neck to neck in most of these stats but yes, Tottenham easily overtakes in terms of the overall league points.

Premier League Stats 2018-2019

I hope Manchester United goes out and play as they have been in the past 4 league matches and if they do there is no doubt they can get hold off three very important away points and a much more confident squad.

Glory Glory Man United !!!!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Manchester United News and Transfer Rumors

Manchester United News and Rumors

While Manchester United first team squad is in Dubai undergoing the warm weather training season for few days before the all important game against Spurs, they have been drawn away to Arsenal in the 4th round of the FA cup. The tie will be played between 26th and 28th of this month. Here's a tweet from Manchester United giving more details of the same.

Manchester United's David DeGea has been named in the Fifa 19 Team of the Year Ultimate XI.

Manchester United News and Transfer Rumors

Former Manchester United legend and captain Wayne Rooney was arrested in December for public intoxication and swearing’ in Washington but was released soon after agreeing to pay the fine.

Mathias Pogba, who is the elder brother of Paul Pogba has openly slammed former manager Jose Mourinho for all problems with Paul at Manchester United.

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After Eriksen, Manchester United are now been linked to Philippe Coutinho, a move that seems to be highly impossible. Coutinho joined Barcelona just last year and considering his history playing for Liverpool and a price tag of over 100 million this is not at all happening.

Reports are in that the loan spell of Timothy Fosu-Mensah will be cut short as the new Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri doesn't see him in his plans moving forward.

Manchester United are said to be ready to activate the 36 million release clause of Greek defender Kostas Manolas who currently plays for AS Roma in Italy. Although the first priority for a defensive signing is Kalidou Koulibaly but considering his hefty price tag, Manolas seems to be one they are looking to secure in January transfer window.

Manchester United are also linked to Nicolò Barella, a 21 year old midfielder who currently plays in Italy. Reportedly many other clubs are also interested in the youngster who is capable of playing both as an attacking & defensive midfielder and is known for his set pieces and dribbling skills.

Here are some more tweets from the squad in Dubai

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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Manchester United vs Reading #FanReview

Manchester United vs Reading Fan Review
Another victory for Manchester United meant that Solskjaer becomes their first manager to win five in five for them and it has been a dream start for him. Manchester United vs Reading ended with a scoreline of 2-0 with Mata and Lukaku getting on the score sheet and making sure United went through despite of a valiant performance from the visitors who in no way looked to be team fighting in the Championship relegation zone.

Firstly, starting of the playing XI which saw as many as 10 first team changes from the side that took on Newcastle in the mid week. Lukaku and Alexis started in place of Martial and Rashford while the midfield was completely replaced with Scott, Fred and Pereira. Chong was expected to start but was on bench along with Garner while Greenwood and Gomes were not part of the squad.

Reading were the dominant team today outplaying United in every aspect from the start other than the one which really matters i.e. the goals. They had higher possession, passes, shots and corners and with no pressure and expectation from the game they really looked to have played their best. United lacked the creativity and control in the midfield which really made them look average today. Possession was lost way too easily in the midfield specially from Fred which resulted in him being the first one to be substituted eventually for Fellaini. Scott and Pereira were both good defensively but again were weak in taking the game forward to the attackers.

The first goal was scored by Mata after he was awarded a penalty following VAR involvement. The decision can be still be discussed as many believed that Fred was offside before Mata was fouled hence free kick should have awarded to Reading instead of the penalty to Mata. Second goal came when Reading gave up possession way to cheaply and Lukaku converted a nice little through ball from Alexis.

Expectations were high from Alexis and Lukaku considering both have been forced to place on bench. While Lukaku scored, Alexis who just returned from injury was forced out again in the second half after pointing out some problem in his hamstrings. Hopefully it is not much and he is not out for long.

It was nice for Chong to get 30 minutes of game time on his first team debut and he made two great runs but nothing really was materialized. Darmian looked good as center half, a position he usually does not play but sighting his lack of involvement in the games he would certainly be ready to play at any position required. Although Reading had few great scoring opportunities they never looked comfortable in the final third and hence the goal keeper and the defenders overall did a pretty decent job.

Manchester United were not as convincing as the previous four performances under Solskjaer but it could have been tactical decision as well to hold and not to press high considering the opponent today and the next game coming up against Spurs which will be the first real test for this new looking Manchester United. Finally I would like to say the scoreline did not do justice to the game as Reading were the better team today but yes Manchester United did what they have been doing since their glory days i.e. outscore their opponent and win the game. On to the next one against Spurs.

Glory Glory Man United !!!

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Christian Eriksen Linked to Manchester United

Christian Eriksen to Manchester United

As per the latest rumors Christian Eriksen has been shockingly linked to Manchester United now. Ever since Pochettino has emerged the fan favorite to be the next permanent manager of the club, it was obvious that some of his main players would be linked to Manchester United as well.

Eriksen has been one of the most consistent play maker and goalscorer in the Premier League and arguably is the best player in the Spurs squad. He has scored the most goals from outside the box ever since he was signed from Ajax in the league. He has the skills to play as the number 10 as well as on right wing, an area which has been Manchester United's weakness from quite some time now.

Although he would be a great signing but this happening is very unlikely and nearly impossible in the January window as well. Also Spurs are not going to sell their main player to any one in the same league and not to their direct rival off course.

Tell us who do you think Manchester United will sign in the January Transfer window.

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Friday, 4 January 2019

Prematch Press Conference : Manchester United vs Reading

Manchester United are all set to face Reading in the 3rd round of the FA Cup tomorrow. Solskjaer had his pre match press conference earlier today where he confirmed that Alexis and Lukaku will be starting tomorrow while Pogba will not be taking part.

Manchester United vs Reading

Solskjaer also mentioned that Rojo & Smalling have still not recovered so they will miss while Fellaini if fit will also be playing. He continued to talk about the team and the recent performance along with the training camp in Dubai as well. 

Here are some of the tweets from the official account of Manchester United pointing out the key items spoken by the interim manager. 

I have already shared the my expected lineup for tomorrows Manchester United vs Reading game.

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Who Should Be The Next Manager of Manchester United ?


With the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær as only the interim manager, speculation are hot on who should be the next manager of Manchester United. Have your say on the who do you think is the best fit to take Manchester United back to its glory days.

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Manchester United Youths To Play Against Reading

Manchester United are going to play Reading in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and as per the rumors which are coming out from the dressing room it seems many of the Manchester United youths are going to be a part of the match. It was reported earlier as well that Solskjaer informed Greenwood to be ready for the Reading match and confirmed that Darmian can play at the CB position in case there is any necessity.

If all sums up then we can expect Greenwood, Chong and Gomes getting an opportunity in higher capacity and even two of them making to the starting XI as well. Mason Greenwood has been in sensational goal scoring form this season with 20 goals already in 17 appearance along with 5 assists. Chong and Gomes have been part of the squad before as well but tomorrow can be the day they get their deserved minutes.

All eyes will be on Greenwood and Chong who have been knocking at the first team door for quite some time now and with United's lacking a natural right winger, Chong can be the long term solution.
Here's my expected starting lineup for tomorrows game with Gomes and Chong in the starting XI while Greenwood making to the bench as Lukaku with for sure will be starting.

Manchester United Youth's To Play Against Reading

With next match against Spurs being the first big challenge for the new regime of Manchester United, we expect many of the key first team players to get the deserved rest following the busy festive season games and hence the opportunity for the Youths to play against Reading.

Whom do you think should get an opportunity against Reading ?

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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

What Solskjær has changed at Manchester United

What Solskjær has changed at Manchester United

Ever since Jose Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunner Solskjær was appointed as the caretaker manager of the Manchester United football club things have changed drastically. There is a certain flair about United which was missing since Sir Alex's retirement. Teams like Chelsea and Arsenal would be on their toes now as they would have thought it was only them competing for the 4th spot.

But what could have caused such a change in such a short duration? In the three matches played under Solskjær, United has already scored 5, 3 and 4 goals respectively. It’s not only the goal count which matters, but it is also the way the team played and scored those goals. Anyone who would have been watching United play in the recent past knows we haven’t played like this for ages.

No doubt Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world and he is going to succeed again but here it felt like it was never meant to be. Jose has been known to take the club and management down with him whenever he wasn't heard. He wanted certain signing which was not given to him and a result of which he in some manner circulated negativity around the club by bringing up that point anywhere and everywhere possible. He had issues in past as well with big players and it appeared as if he didn't want anyone to be bigger than him in the club, ultimately leading to separate dressing rooms. Different dressing rooms, different thought processes. Such an atmosphere was enough to bring down the potential of the players and the probability of winning as well.

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With Solskjær's appointment came back the positivity and respect for the players in the squad. Yes, Manchester United squad is not world class, but if the manager himself goes out to say in every other game that we lost due to lack of creativity or players or skills etc. it was never going to boost and get the best of what they already have. Solskjær did nothing but praised the squad and that lead to a transformation in the players, who now believe that they are capable enough to play and compete with the elites in the game.

Every single time a player got injured, Jose would go back and complain about the lack of signing and cry about it while when Solskjær was recently asked that he has only two of his central defenders available for the trip to Newcastle, the answer he gave was, "That’s enough right?". I know this is not a big statement but as a fan or even as a player when you hear things like these said by the manager who tends to always go out there with a smile.

Media and pundits have been divided on the recent turnaround at the club and believe United players were not giving in their hundred percent for the club and were playing to get Jose sacked. It doesn’t seem true to me. You are in no way going to succeed if you are not going to play to your strengths. Pogba for France and Juventus has been deadly but in United, he never looked that midfielder for which United paid 89 million euros. It was due to the fact that he was not allowed to do things he was brought in to do. If the number one priority of your aggressive players is tracking back to defend then how the hell are you going to score.

United’s philosophy has always been to be aggressive and offensive and that was complete anti-Jose. Pogba, Lingard, Rashford etc. who have come through the academy know this and they were not allowed to play the way they were taught all their life.

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Jose tactics have won him games and trophies everywhere but this United squad was not meant for it. Manchester United team is meant to go out there and press, attack, and score goals. This is what Manchester United is all about and this is what Solskjær knows and this is what he is transferring into the minds of each and every player out there.

Coming on the actual tactics and playing style which Manchester United has now adopted under Solskjær. United have been playing 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 similar to what Jose did but with a lot of difference. The team is really pressing high and even the central defenders are coming out and carrying the ball up to the attacking areas. Martial and Lingard have been continuously swapping the wings according to the situation and Pogba has been playing the number 10 role with Matic and Herera responsible for the bulk of the defensive duties. With the pressing United is doing, every time a ball is reaching the opposition goal one or two players are always there to receive it and look to score.

Solskjær mentioned that Lukaku is a great marksman but if he faces his own goal in anticipation of receiving the ball then it will not be easy for him to go forward and score which is his first duty. Every time Manchester United score they are told to go for the next one instead of holding on to the lead. Players like Fellaini and Scott have been overlooked to bring in more creative players like Pereira and Mata which just not restricts United's approach to long balls.

Just giving the players the freedom to go out and express themselves on the field and play to their strength has totally changed the dynamics at the club. Yes, Manchester United are not going to win the league but yes they are certainly going to fight for it game by game and finish at the best position possible. And as mentioned in one of my previous blogs, it seems Manchester United have found the solution of their future in their past and it’s only up to the management now to find some who could continue this mentality and approach in the summer.

P.S. This recent tweet from Pogba clearly defines the way Manchester United fans have been feeling recently.

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