Thursday, 9 June 2016

Carrick Extends his Contract


Manchester United is delighted to announce that
Michael Carrick has agreed terms to extend his
contract for a further year to June 2017.

Carrick, 34, signed for United in July 2006. During
his time at the club, he has won five Premier
League titles, an FA Cup, one League Cup, a FIFA
Club World Cup, and a UEFA Champions League.

Michael Carrick said:
"This great club has been a part of my life for the
past 10 years, so I am delighted that this incredible
journey is continuing. It’s great to have the
opportunity to work under José Mourinho, who has
achieved so much during his managerial career. I
would like to thank the fans for their unwavering
support. Winning the FA Cup was a special moment
and, hopefully, we can go on to win more trophies
in the future."

José Mourinho said:
"Michael is a very intelligent midfielder and a great
reader of the game. I am pleased that he will be
extending his contract. His form this year shows
his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as
strong as ever. Michael has a wealth of experience
from his many years at the club and that
knowledge will be invaluable to me. I am really
looking forward to working with him."

United Sign Bailly


Manchester United is delighted to announce that
Eric Bertrand Bailly has completed his transfer
from Villarreal CF, subject to successfully
obtaining a work permit. Eric joins on a four-year
contract with the option to extend for a further two

Bailly, 22, made 47 appearances for Villarreal since
joining on 29 January 2015. The Ivory Coast central
defender has made 15 appearances for his country
and was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations-
winning team, having appeared in all six matches
during the competition.

Bailly said: "It is a dream come true to be joining
Manchester United. To play football at the highest
level is all I have ever wanted to do.
"I want to progress to be the best that I can be
and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help
me develop in the right way and at the right club. I
am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates
and to starting this new chapter of my life."

Mourinho said: "Eric is a young central defender
with great natural talent. He has progressed well to
date and has the potential to become one of the
best around.
"We look forward to working with him to help
nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric
is at the right club to continue his development."
More: Look out for an exclusive interview with Eric
on MUTV and from 14:00 BST. You can
view further photos in the gallery above.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Young Duo Sign New Deal


Marcus Rashford has signed a new contract at
Manchester United which keeps him at the club
until at least June 2020 with an option to extend
for a further year.

Rashford,18, came through the ranks of our
academy and was handed a first-team debut for
the Europa League game against Midtjylland. He
grabbed his opportunity with both hands by scoring
twice, a feat he remarkably repeated three days
later on his first league appearance against
Arsenal. Marcus has made 17 appearances and
scored 8 goals.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said:
"Marcus is a naturally talented footballer with great
potential. He has taken his chances well and has
integrated into the first team very quickly. I am
delighted that Marcus has signed a new contract,
he is at the right club to continue his development.
He is still very young and we need to be patient
but he is developing in the right way and we
believe he has a great future ahead of him."

Marcus Rashford said:
"I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I
have always been a Manchester United fan, so to
be playing in the first team really is a dream come
true. I am grateful for having the chance to prove
myself. To be able to play football at the biggest
club in the world means everything to me and my


Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has signed a new
contract at Manchester United which keeps him at
the club until at least June 2020 with an option to
extend for a further year.

Borthwick-Jackson,19, came through the ranks of
our academy and was handed a first-team debut in
our Premier League game against West Bromwich
Albion in November. Cameron continued to make
progress and went on to make 14 appearances for
the first team. He also picked up the U21 Player of
the Year award at the Manchester United Player of
the Year awards, voted for by the Manchester
United fans.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said:
"Cameron is one of a number of young players to
come through our academy to make their first
team debut last season. This is something that our
club has always done and promoting the academy
and U21 players is something that makes
everybody associated with the club very proud. I’m
delighted that Cameron has signed his new
contract and look forward to seeing him in the
squad for many years to come."

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson said:
"I have grown up at United and have enjoyed every
minute of being here. Last season was an
incredible experience to make my first team debut
and a dream come true for myself and my family. I
feel it stands me in good stead for continuing my
development as a Manchester United player. I will
continue to work hard and take advice from the
manager and his coaching team to improve with
every training session."

Welcome Our New Manager

Welcome To United Jose

• Portuguese coach has won 22 trophies since 2003
José Mourinho will take over as manager of
Manchester United from the 2016/17 season,
signing a three-year contract with an option to stay
at the club until at least 2020.

José, 53, has managed at the top level of European
football for over a decade and in that time has won
league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal,
England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the
UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC
Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.
Announcing the appointment, Ed Woodward said:
"José is quite simply the best manager in the
game today. He has won trophies and inspired
players in countries across Europe and, of course,
he knows the Premier League very well, having
won three titles here.

"I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to
Manchester United. His track record of success is
ideal to take the club forward."

José Mourinho said: "To become Manchester
United manager is a special honour in the game. It
is a club known and admired throughout the world.
There is a mystique and a romance about it which
no other club can match.

"I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it
has hosted some important memories for me in my
career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with
the United fans. I’m looking forward to being their
manager and enjoying their magnificent support in
the coming years."

Monday, 23 May 2016

Van Gaal Leaves Man Utd

Van Gaal Leaves United

(NYSE: MANU) Louis van Gaal is to leave
Manchester United, with immediate effect.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "I
would like to thank Louis and his staff for their
excellent work in the past two years culminating in
winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club
(and securing him a title in four different
countries). He has behaved with great
professionalism and dignity throughout his time
here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given
several young players the confidence to show their
ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club
wishes him all the best in the future."

A decision on a successor as manager will be
announced soon.


It has been an honour to manage such a
magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in
doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition.

I am immensely proud to have helped United win
the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club's history. I
have been privileged during my management career
to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup,
which is steeped in so much history, will always be
one of the most special achievements of my

I am very disappointed to be unable to complete
our intended three-year plan. I believe that the
foundations are firmly in place to enable the club
to move forward and achieve even greater

I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a
platform to build upon next season to restore the
success that this passionate set of fans desire.

Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I
had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in
English football and be part of English culture. Both
of these experiences have lived up to expectations
and been fantastic.

I thank my players and wish them well for next
season. It has been a pleasure to work with them
and it has been particularly rewarding to see so
many young players take their chance to break into
the first team and excel. I look forward to watching
the continued development of these young players
next season.

Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester
United for giving me the opportunity to manage this
great club.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the
amazing United supporters. They are truly the best
fans in the world.

I am indebted to my support and coaching staff,
who have given me their all during their time at the

I am deeply grateful to each and every member of
the club’s staff - the sports science team, the
medical team, the kit and laundry department, club
administration, the press office, the manager's
team, the Academy team, ground staff and the
catering team, both at Old Trafford stadium and
Carrington training ground, all of whom have given
me their unwavering support in my time at United.
Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so
well supported in my role.

Finally, my special thanks go to Sir Alex Ferguson
and Sir Bobby Charlton for always making me and
my family feel so welcome throughout my time as
Manchester United manager.

Friday, 20 May 2016

C. Palace vs Man Utd FA Cup Final


FA Cup final | Wembley Stadium | Attendance: 88,610
| Scorers: Puncheon 78', Mata 81', Lingard 110

Manchester United’s 12-year wait to win the FA
Cup is over after Louis van Gaal’s men came from
behind to secure a dramatic and exhilarating extra-
time victory over Crystal Palace.

Jason Puncheon opened the scoring late in the
second half, but the Reds mustered a display of
fighting spirit and drew level three minutes later
through Juan Mata. After Chris Smalling was sent
off in extra time, Academy graduate Jesse Lingard
hit a stunning winner that will be remembered for
years to come.

Although it has been a disappointing season in the
Barclays Premier League, after finishing fifth and
missing out on Champions League qualification,
success in the FA Cup has provided genuine cause
for celebration among everybody associated with
United. Particularly for the fans, who have craved
this trophy in the dozen years since the club’s last
success in 2004 when Millwall were beaten in

United and Palace famously met in the 1990 FA
Cup final and the two managers from that time, Sir
Alex Ferguson and Steve Coppell, carried the
trophy onto the pitch ahead of what was eventually
a delayed kick-off at Wembley. That was due to a
lavish and eclectic pre-match ceremony in which
Tinie Tempah performed alongside a full brass
band and choir, with members of the British
military around them, while a huge firework display
sent clouds of smoke billowing around the stadium.

Many pundits had predicted United would dominate
the possession with Palace being happy to sit back,
and that was exactly how the match began as the
Reds controlled the opening exchanges, forging
shots at target through Marcus Rashford, the
recalled Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney.
Palace also displayed their counter-attacking threat
when Connor Wickham thought he had scored on
18 minutes, after rounding Chris Smalling and Daley
Blind to finish past David De Gea.

However, the
Eagles frontman was visibly angry upon his
realisation that referee Mark Clattenburg had
already whistled for a foul on the edge of the
penalty area, in what was a moment of fortune for

Juan Mata forced a good save from Wayne
Hennessey and Fellaini went close with another
deflected header as the first half settled into an
even contest. Rashford, so effective in the semi-
final, also bamboozled Pape Souare with a series
of brilliant stepovers to find Anthony Martial at the
back post, but the Frenchman was thwarted when
his drilled effort was brilliantly cleared off the line
by Joel Ward.

POSSESSION: Palace 32% United 68%
SHOTS AT TARGET: Palace 3 United 10
SHOTS ON TARGET: Palace 2 United 1
CORNERS: Palace 3 United 9

The deadlock was almost broken on 53 minutes,
when Fellaini wriggled past his marker to cannon a
powerful shot off the post, as the Belgian
continued to justify his recall following a three-
match ban. That near-miss prompted gasps of
frustration from United’s fans behind the goal and
they rued their luck again seconds later, when
Martial struck the other post with a well-timed

Saturday’s final became increasingly physical as
the clock passed the hour mark and Marcos Rojo
was first to pay the price, after the left-back
suffered an injury from a collision with Damien
Delaney. The Argentinian was replaced by Matteo
Darmian and he was quickly joined on the bench by
Rashford, who was forced off after Johan Cabaye’s
studs landed awkwardly on the inside of the
striker’s knee.

Disaster struck on 78 minutes as Palace took a
shock lead when substitute Puncheon latched onto
Delaney’s punt to produce a back-post finish past
De Gea. The goal ironically bore some resemblance
to Lee Martin’s winner in the 1990 replay, but it
wasn't as important as United thankfully drew level
just three minutes later. The talismanic Rooney
provided the inspiration, surging through the area
to plant the ball on Fellaini's chest ahead of Mata
striking low through the legs of Ward.

Extra time was required and, after a brief team talk
on the pitch, Rooney continued his cross-country
performance by executing a superb sliding
challenge to deny Wilfried Zaha in defence before
quickly reappearing at the other end to curl a 25-
yard effort wide. Yannick Bolasie also went close
with a long-range effort and it was the Congolese
forward who was later brought down by Smalling,
which earned the centre-back his second yellow
card and an unwanted red card.

Palace ramped up the pressure in the second half
of extra time, going close through Dwight Gayle,
but it was United who found a breakthrough from
the right boot of substitute Jesse Lingard as the
Academy graduate thumped a bouncing ball into
the top corner. It was a goal that clinched the FA
Cup and secured the 23-year-old's place in Reds
history, wrapping up a mesmerising and enthralling
final at Wembley.

POSSESSION: Palace 33% United 67%
SHOTS AT TARGET: Palace 14 United 24
SHOTS ON TARGET: Palace 6 United 3
CORNERS: Palace 8 United 12

United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo
(Darmian 66'), Carrick, Fellaini, Mata (Lingard 90'),
Rooney, Martial, Rashford (Young 72').
Subs not used: Romero, Jones, Schneiderlin,
Booked: Smalling (sent off), Rojo, Mata, Fellaini,

Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann (Mariappa 90+3),
Delaney, Souare; Zaha, Cabaye (Puncheon 72'),
McArthur, Jedinak, Bolasie; Wickham (Gayle 86').
Subs not used: Speroni, Kelly, Sako, Adebayor.
Booked: Dann, Delaney, McArthur

Friday, 13 May 2016

Man Utd Vs AFC Bournemouth


Barclays Premier League | 17 May 2016 | Old Trafford
| Scorers: Rooney 43', Rashford 74', Young 87';
Smalling o.g 90'

Two days later than planned, Manchester United
signed off for the 2015/16 Barclays Premier
League season with a comfortable 3-1 victory over
Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

The Reds knew a point would guarantee entry into
the Europa League group stages and avoid a
qualifying tie in July, and goals from Wayne
Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young
ensured it was mission accomplished in that sense.
Of course, this match should have been played 48
hours earlier after Sunday’s security alert had
forced the initial fixture's abandonment and that
had an impact on the crowd inside Old Trafford
with not everyone who was here on Sunday able to
make the rearranged meeting. It was the same XI
for United that was due to start the original match
though, with Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian
missing out through injury and illness ruling out
Morgan Schneiderlin.

Before kick-off, David De Gea was presented with
the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award but
neither the Spaniard or his opposite number Adam
Federici had much to do in a quiet opening quarter
of the match.

The best attack of the first period came just after
the half-hour mark when a Rooney free-kick found
an unmarked Michael Carrick in the area, but the
midfielder was unable to make enough contact on
it to trouble Federici.

The Cherries had half a chance eight minutes
before the break when a low cross found Marc
Pugh in the box, but his goalbound effort was well
blocked by Antonio Valencia.

With two minutes left on the clock, the best move
of the first period led to the first goal and Rooney's
100th Old Trafford strike in the Premier League.
The captain started the fine move with a pass out
to the left wing. A neat one-two between Juan
Mata and Anthony Martial led to the latter crossing
for Rooney who, after a nice dummy from Rashford,
slotted home from close range.

Possession : United 65% Bournemouth 35%
Shots: United 2 Bournemouth 2
Shots on target: United 1 Bournemouth 0
Corners: United 3 Bournemouth 0

The Cherries were quick out of the blocks after the
restart with Callum Wilson seeing a shot blocked by
Smalling and Dan Gosling firing over, but United
should have had a penalty on 50 minutes when
Mata was clearly tripped by Steve Cook when put
through by Martial, but referee Jonathan Moss
surprisingly waved away the appeals.

The Reds went close to a second goal on 54
minutes when a belting Carrick drive deflected off
Tommy Elphick and onto the bar, with Martial
unable to pounce on the rebound.

After very little goalmouth action in the first 45,
United had upped the attacking threat and the
chances kept coming. Rashford's weaving run led
to a blocked effort from Mata and a deflected shot
just off target from Lingard. The resulting corner
eventually dropped to Valencia who saw a
blistering 35-yard piledriver superbly tipped over by
Federici. Smalling and Mata fashioned further
efforts but the score remained 1-0.

The advantage was finally doubled 16 minutes from
time, however, when that man Rashford fired his
eighth goal in 17 games. Rooney's pinged pass
found the head of Valencia who cushioned the ball
to Rashford to sweep home brilliantly in front of
the Stretford End.

Young came off the bench to take the place of
Martial up front and duly found the net with three
minutes left after being put through by the
excellent Rooney; it was Young's first goal since
United beat Manchester City 4-2 in April 2015.

Despite an unfortunate injury-time own goal by
Smalling, it proved to be a routine victory for the
Reds who took part in a lap of appreciation after
the final whistle to thank the Old Trafford faithful
for their support all season. Now for Wembley!

Possession: United 67% Bournemouth 33%
Shots: United 12 Bournemouth 7
Shots on target: United 5 Bournemouth 0
Corners: United 7 Bournemouth 1

United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind,
Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Rooney, Lingard, Mata
(Herrera 75), Martial (Young 83), Rashford
(Memphis 78).
Subs not used: Romero, Varela, Jones, A.Pereira.
Booked: Mata

Bournemouth: Federici; Francis, Elphick, Cook,
Daniels; Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Pugh (Afobe 67);
King (Gradel 67), Wilson (Grabban 79).

Subs not used (only six in total) : Holmes, Jordan,

"In the first half we played slow. I said that at half-
time. In the second half we found pockets. The
wingers were more outside so the pitch was
bigger. It's difficult to guard that space then for
the opponent, and that we did very well. We have
scored brilliant goals." - Louis van Gaal

"It was a difficult game after what happened on
Sunday and with the cup final being on Saturday,
but we went out and did a professional job. We
played some nice stuff and deserved to win." -
Wayne Rooney

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Norwich Vs Man Utd


Barclays Premier League | 7 May 2016 | Carrow Road
| Attendance: 27,132 | Scorer: Mata 72'

Manchester United applied pressure on neighbours
City ahead of the Blues' clash with Arsenal on
Sunday thanks to a narrow 1-0 win at Norwich

Juan Mata scored the only goal of the match to
boost the Reds' hopes of qualifying for the
Champions League but compounded the Canaries'
relegation worries.

Despite the importance of the game for both
teams, it was the most low key of opening halves
with precious few moments of excitement. Perhaps
the loss of Anthony Martial in the warm-up, with
the injured Frenchman replaced by midfielder
Ander Herrera, blunted the Reds' attack and Louis
van Gaal's team was further depleted when Matteo
Darmian was forced off on a stretcher early on.
Daley Blind and Marcus Rashford were already
rested for the clash and not included the squad.

There was a clear opportunity as early as the
fourth minute as Cameron Jerome could only steer
a header against David De Gea's knees from point-
blank range following a cross by Nathan Redmond.

However, this failed to set the tone for a
disappointing period as United struggled to make
any headway towards John Ruddy's goal.
A first attempt on goal for the visitors arrived on 29
minutes, when Chris Smalling nodded over Mata's
corner after climbing above Jerome, and it was
followed with the only United shot on target of the
first half, a Jesse Lingard attempt bent tamely into
Ruddy's arms.
Memphis Depay's free-kick straight into the wall
summed up the frustration and the first 45 minutes
dwindled to a close despite three minutes of
stoppage time being played.

Possession: Norwich 38% United 62%
Shots at goal: Norwich 3 United 8
Shots on target: Norwich 1 United 1
Corners: Norwich 1 United 3

Herrera slipped as he volleyed a penetrative pass
from Mata wide as van Gaal's men started the
second period with more thrust, without testing
Ruddy. Norwich did manage sights of goal as Gary
O'Neil sliced a speculative shot wide and Jerome
mistimed a header before the breakthrough arrived
at the other end with 18 minutes left.

Antonio Valencia's ball over the top was misjudged
by Sebastien Bassong and Rooney advanced
towards goal. The captain had to check inside both
Russell Martin and Bassong but had the presence
of mind to lay the ball into the path of Mata, who
arrived on cue to steer home a side-footed finish.

Jerome sent another header wide but substitute
Morgan Schneiderlin should have made the points
safe on 85 minutes, instead firing wide after being
sent clear by Rooney's precise pass. Memphis
curled a free-kick just the wrong side of Ruddy's
right-hand post and Herrera fired over in stoppage
time as the visitors remained in control. The hard-
fought success may not have been pretty but it
means United will head to West Ham on Tuesday
will all still to play for in the race for a top-four

Possession: Norwich 33% United 67%
Shots at goal: Norwich 8 United 14
Shots on target: Norwich 2 United 2
Corners: Norwich 1 United 6

United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian
(Borthwick-Jackson 12); Carrick (Fosu-Mensah
88), Herrera; Mata, Lingard (Schneiderlin 78),
Memphis; Rooney.
Subs not used: Romero, McNair, Januzaj.

Norwich: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin, Bassong, Olsson;
Redmond, Howson (Dorrans 78), O'Neil, Brady
(Mbokani 63); Hoolahan; Jerome (Bamford 78).
Subs not used: Rudd, Whittaker, Jarvis, Naismith.
Booked: O'Neil.

"It's so important that we are still in business and
we keep in business by keeping the pressure on
our competitors. I'm very happy. I'm, more or less,
a Gunners fan tomorrow!" - Louis van Gaal

"The fans have had a difficult season - hopefully
we can get in the top four and win the FA Cup for
them." - Juan Mata

"We will recover on Sunday and hopefully City v
Arsenal will go in our favour. Then it's down to us."
- Chris Smalling

Friday, 29 April 2016

Man Utd Vs Leicester City

Barclays Premier League | Old Trafford | Attendance:
75,275 | Scorers: Martial 8', Morgan 17'

Manchester United and Leicester City played out
an enthralling 1-1 draw that was punctuated with
entertainment, passion and drama, yet the result
was not truly desired by either club.

Anthony Martial and Wes Morgan scored first-half
goals in the stalemate that mirrors November's
meeting at the King Power Stadium, providing a
blow to the Reds’ hopes of finishing in the Barclays
Premier League top four with just three matches
left to play. The Foxes could also have won the
title at Old Trafford had they secured a victory,
although their champagne remains on ice for the
time being.

The magnitude of this fixture given Leicester’s
potential title triumph was reflected inside the
stadium, with dozens of media crews from around
the world in attendance to report on what is
arguably the biggest story in sport.

Former England
manager Fabio Capello was among the onlookers,
working for Italian television, while the director’s
box also accommodated a heavily-bearded club
legend in Eric Cantona. There was even a rock star,
with Kasabian guitarist and Foxes fan Sergio
Pizzorno sitting among the fans for this much-
discussed game.

Louis van Gaal had told his players prior to kick-off
that they “cannot allow” Leicester to win the title
at Old Trafford and the Reds were clearly in no
mood to host a coronation, judging by the bright
start that led to the deadlock being broken on eight
minutes. The goal came from Anthony Martial, who
met Antonio Valencia’s cross to execute a low
near-post finish past Kasper Schmeichel. It was
the 20-year-old’s 15th strike of the season and that
means he is now United’s top scorer this season.

Leicester displayed their famed team sprit by
bouncing back quickly, as captain Wes Morgan lost
his marker Marcos Rojo to head Danny Drinkwater’s
lofted free-kick past David De Gea from close
range on 17 minutes, much to the delight and thrill
of the 3,000 travelling supporters in the away end.

There were further chances for both teams before
half-time, with Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini
both forcing saves from Schmeichel, and Jeffrey
Schlupp hitting a deflected effort wide of goal
following a neat pass from Riyad Mahrez.
recently anointed PFA Player of the Year could and
perhaps should have won a penalty, too, when he
was upended by Marcos Rojo on 39 minutes.

Possession: United 71% Leicester 29%
Shots at goal: United 11 Leicester 5
Shots on target: United 3 Leicester 1
Corners: United 4 Leicester 2

The second half began with the physically-imposing
Morgan beating Rojo in the air once more to head
straight at De Gea, before Martial arched a right-
footed effort over the bar moments later. Ex-Reds
defender Danny Simpson then watched his
deflected cross roll across the six-yard area on 51
minutes, with his Japanese team-team Shinji
Okazaki unable to divert it into the net.

A flurry of yellow cards were then distributed to
Lingard, Michael Carrick and the industrious Danny
Drinkwater, another former United man, as the
match became a scrappy affair with both sides
jostling for dominance. A spark of creativity was
required and, perhaps with that in mind, van Gaal
sent substitute Juan Mata onto the field on 61
minutes to register his 100th Reds appearance.

United pushed forward and Fellaini soon saw a
header bounce wide of goal from Blind’s corner,
before the undeniably gifted Mahrez stung the
palms of De Gea with a rasping effort from 20
yards. With 78 minutes on the clock and the match
approaching its final act, Chris Smalling then rose
to meet Wayne Rooney’s cross from midfield to
head onto the outside of Schmeichel’s left-hand

Drinkwater was sent off for a second bookable
offence on 87 minutes, after dragging back
substitute Memphis on the edge of the penalty
area, and Schmeichel was forced to make a fine
save to deny Rooney from the resulting free-kick.
Seconds later, the son of Peter Schmeichel
frustrated the United captain again by catching his
curling strike from around 25 yards, wrapping up a
lively encounter at Old Trafford.

Possession: United 70% Leicester 30%
Shots at goal: United 21 Leicester 14
Shots on target: United 6 Leicester 3
Corners: United 6 Leicester 5

United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo,
Carrick, Fellaini (Herrera 75'), Lingard (Mata 61'),
Rooney, Martial, Rashford (Memphis 82').
Subs not used: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Darmian,
Booked: Lingard, Carrick, Rooney

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan,
Fuchs, Mahrez (King 88'), Kanté, Drinkwater,
Schlupp (Albrighton 77'), Okazaki (Gray 67'), Ulloa.
Subs not used: Amartey, Wasilewski, Chilwell,
Sent off: Drinkwater.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Everton Vs Man Utd


Emirates FA Cup semi-final | 23 April 2016 | Wembley
Stadium | Attendance: 86,064 | Scorers: Fellaini 34,
Martial 90+3; Smalling o.g. 75

Manchester United will have the chance to win a
first FA Cup in 12 years after booking a return trip
to Wembley in next month's final in the most
dramatic fashion with an injury-time winner from
Anthony Martial, following yet more heroics from
David De Gea.

Former Toffees man Marouane Fellaini, one of four
changes to the side with Tim Fosu-Mensah,
Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick also coming in,
put the Reds in front on 34 minutes before De Gea
saved a Romelu Lukaku penalty and Chris Smalling
put through his own net. Then followed the classic
United late drama as substitute Ander Herrera put
Martial through and the Frenchman coolly slotted
home in front of the jubilant United fans.
The Reds had already enjoyed two wins out of two
from the season's league meetings with Everton
and the opening quarter of the match brought hope
a third would follow, with United dominating
possession and looking sharp in attack. But in
Lukaku, Everton had a pacy, skilful outlet and, while
the Reds created the majority of the early
openings, United still needed De Gea to make some
customary solid stops and Wayne Rooney, playing
in a midfield role once more, to run the length of
the field to head off the line as Lukaku threatened.
In Rooney, Martial and Marcus Rashford, the Reds
had three attackers who looked well in the
mood. Martial was off and running at the Everton
defenders from the start and should have scored
on 21 minutes when Jesse Lingard put him through,
but the Frenchman blasted over.
Before that, Rojo had headed wide, Lingard had
seen a shot saved by Joel Robles in the Everton
goal after being found brilliantly by Rooney.
Rashford was next to be denied by Joel after
taking aim from Fellaini's knock-down as the
frenetic pace continued.

United's deserved breakthrough duly arrived 11
minutes before the break when Martial burst
towards the touchline for the umpteenth time and
pulled the ball back for former Everton man Fellaini
to steer home from close range.

Possession: Everton 42% United 58%
Shots: Everton 5 United 11
Shots on target: Everton 4 United 5
Corners: Everton 0 United 4

The second half began as the first had ended, with
United on top and creating more chances, the best
of which fell to Lingard after a move involving
fellow youngsters Fosu-Mensah, Rashford and
Martial, whose backheel set Lingard up for a shot,
but he dragged it wide.

Everton sparked into life 11 minutes after the
restart when Aaron Lennon broke forward and
found Ross Barkley. Fosu-Mensah went in for the
tackle with referee Anthony Taylor adjudging it to
be a foul even though the young defender appeared
to get the ball. Lukaku stood over the penalty but
De Gea, the man who thwarted Leighton Baines
from the spot last season, dived brilliantly to his
right to push the spot-kick away.

Despite the setback for Roberto Martinez's men,
they well and truly had their tails up and continued
their onslaught on the United goal. Tom Cleverley
fired wide as he flew in at the back post, while
Barkley shot wide when given an opening.

United were struggling to get a foothold in the
game, although Fellaini went close to bundling the
ball home on 65 minutes. Everton continued to
threaten and drew level 15 minutes from time in
the cruelest of fashions from a United perspective,
as substitute Gerard Deulofeu's cross was
deflected into his own goal by Smalling.

The Everton sub forced a top save from De Gea
soon after, while Fellaini made what looked to be a
goal-saving tackle as Lukaku took aim after
Everton broke forward from a United corner.

It looked like extra-time would be needed, but the
Reds' never-say-die spirit made sure that would
not be the case as, in injury time, Martial latched
onto Herrera's poked through-ball to send United
fans into raptures and his team into next month's
FA Cup final. See you in May, Wembley!

Possession: Everton 45% United 55%
Shots: Everton 16 United 22
Shots on target: Everton 8 United 7
Corners: Everton 2 United 7

Everton: Joel, Baines, Gibson, Stones, Jagielka (c),
Lukaku, Lennon (Deulofeu 70), Cleverley, McCarthy,
Besic, Barkley.
Subs not used: Howard, Hibbert, Oviedo, Mirallas,
Osman, Pennington.
Booked: Barkley

United: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah (Valencia 61),
Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini (Herrera 87),
Lingard, Rooney (c), Martial, Rashford.
Subs not used: Romero, Darmian, Schneiderlin,
Mata, Memphis.
Booked: Rooney, Herrera, Martial

"I can't remember the last time I had a feeling like
this - it's a phenomenal feeling." - Michael Carrick

"It’s fantastic when you see the joy in the eyes of
the players. But also for the fans, because I think
we deserved to reach the final." - Louis van Gaal

Friday, 22 April 2016

De Gea In PFA Team of The Year


Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has
been named in the PFA Team of the Year for the
third time in his career, capping yet another
excellent campaign for the Spaniard.

Every player from the 20 Premier League clubs
voted to decide the 2015/16 starting XI and this is
the third time De Gea has been involved, having
previously made the cut in 2012/13 and 2014/15.

United’s influential no.1 is the only member of
Louis van Gaal’s squad to be involved in the team
that is dominated by four players each from title
rivals Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur, with
the two remaining places going to Arsenal’s Hector
Bellerin and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.

PFA Team of the Year: David De Gea (Manchester
United), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Wes Morgan
(Leicester City), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham
Hotspur), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Riyad
Mahrez (Leicester City), Dele Alli (Tottenham
Hotspur), N’Golo Kante (Leicester City), Dimitri
Payet (West Ham United), Harry Kane (Tottenham
Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

As is tradition, the PFA had planned to reveal their
many Teams of the Year on Sunday night at its
annual awards dinner, but they were forced to
release them all on Thursday after the Premier
League side was leaked in a photograph on social
media. A statement on the organisation's website
“The PFA is disappointed that a member of the
public has chosen to deliberately leak our
representative teams from the official brochure of
the Awards Evening.

“As a matter of urgency, we are seeking a detailed
explanation from the brochure printers as to how
they were able to secure a copy of the publication.

“The unveiling of the PFA representative teams is
eagerly awaited by our members and football fans
throughout the country and we hope that the
unfortunate leak does not affect the wide-ranging
debate and discussion which accompanies their
normal release on the day of the event.”

Of course, De Gea is among the leading
contenders to win the Sir Matt Busby Player of the
Year award at United’s upcoming prize night on 2
May. You can cast your vote via

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Man Utd Vs Crystal Palace


Barclays Premier League | 20 April 2016 | Old
Trafford | Att: 75,277 | Scorer: Delaney OG 4',
Darmian 55'

Manchester United closed the gap on top-four
rivals Arsenal and Manchester City with a routine
2-0 win over Crystal Palace, providing a timely
morale boost ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup
semi-final at Wembley.

The victory – secured via a Damien Delaney own
goal and Matteo Darmian volley – leaves the Reds
just a point behind the Gunners ahead of their
game-in-hand against West Bromwich Albion on
Thursday, with Manuel Pellegrini’s Blues two points
ahead after their draw at Newcastle earlier in the

Louis van Gaal made three changes to his starting
XI from the preceding win over Aston Villa by
recalling Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard and
Anthony Martial in a 4-3-3 formation, with Wayne
Rooney playing in midfield alongside Morgan
Schneiderlin and Juan Mata.

The captain was deployed in a deeper role behind
in-form Marcus Rashford and it was the 18-year-
old’s back-heeled pass to Darmian that led to
United breaking the deadlock on four minutes,
when the Italian's left-wing cross was accidentally
diverted into the net by Eagles defender Delaney.

Martial, Rooney, Rashford and Lingard all went
close to scoring with first-half efforts, with Julian
Speroni producing solid saves on each occasion,
but in truth the opening 45 minutes lacked tempo
and cutting edge, particularly with Palace being so
willing to sit back. Alan Pardew’s players possibly
had Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Watford on
their minds, rather than Premier League points.
Possession: United 62% Crystal Palace 38%
Shots at goal: United 7 Crystal Palace 2
Shots at target: United 6 Crystal Palace 0
Corners: United 3 Crystal Palace 2

The second half began in a familiar manner as van
Gaal's men attacked an Eagles defence that was
more than willing to sit back and soak up pressure,
and Rooney almost doubled the advantage straight
away when his low drive from the edge of the area
was diverted away from goal by Souare.
Despite that early miss, United's second goal duly
arrived soon after 55 minutes - although it came
from the left boot of an unfamiliar scorer, as
industrious left-back Darmian latched on to
Delaney’s headed clearance to chest the ball down
and execute a superb volley that soared into the
net, after clipping the post, in front of the Stretford

Lingard and Rashford both forced excellent saves
from Speroni in quick succession on 62 minutes,
just moments before the latter was replaced by
Memphis Depay to a standing ovation from the Old
Trafford crowd. His young team-mate Jesse was
then taken off shortly afterwards, with Wembley
possibly in mind.

Van Gaal made his third and final change on 78
minutes as Rooney depatured the action to plenty
of acclaim from the supporters, following a solid
performance in midfield that should book his
starting place against his boyhood club Everton at
Wembley. One cause for concern, however, was
the sight of a hobbling Chris Smalling after the
centre-back flew into a 50/50 challenge during the
closing stages, although the centre-back confirmed
afterwards that he was fine.

While this match was by no means a classic,
United's performance was undeniably professional
and the result could yet prove to be decisive in the
race for UEFA Champions League qualification.

Possession : United 66% Crystal Palace 34%
Shots at goal : United 16 Crystal Palace 5
Shots on target: United 10 Crystal Palace 0
Corners: United 10 Crystal Palace 2

United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian,
Lingard (Herrera 73'), Schneiderlin, Mata, Rooney
(Fellaini 78'), Rashford (Memphis 64'), Martial.
Subs not used: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Young.
Booked: Darmian

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Mariappa, Delaney,
Souare, Jedinak, Cabaye (McArthur 66'), Lee
(Mutch 60'), Zaha, Sako, Adebayor (Wickham 75').
Subs not used: Dreher, McArthur, Puncheon,
Booked: Kelly, Souare

"I was very happy with the performance and I think
it was a four or five to zero game. We should have
finished it much earlier and scored much more
goals. We are still in the race [for the top four]." -
Louis van Gaal

"I think we've done exactly what we've needed to
do, and it's about having City and Arsenal looking
over their shoulder, and we've put a bit more
pressure on." - Chris Smalling

Friday, 15 April 2016

Man Utd VS Aston Villa

Barclays Premier League | 16 April 2016 | Old
Trafford | Attendance: 75,411 | Scorer: Rashford 32'

Manchester United applied pressure to fourth-
placed rivals Manchester City with a 1-0 victory
over Aston Villa, courtesy of Marcus Rashford's
first-half strike.

Louis van Gaal made five changes to the XI that
started at West Ham in midweek but the match
lacked any real intensity, even if defeat confirmed
the Midlanders' inevitable relegation to the

After Jordan Ayew skied the game's first attempt,
Marcos Rojo's header over the top from Memphis
Depay's near-post free-kick registered the Reds'
opening gambit on 10 minutes. The hosts adopted
a steady approach and, from one of many patient
build-ups, Joleon Lescott produced a nervous
clearance behind his own goal from a Rashford

Juan Mata jinked into a dangerous position, only
for his shot to find touch, while ex-Red Kieran
Richardson also produced a wayward effort when
Marouane Fellaini's header clear fell to him. The
brightest moment of the half came on 32 minutes
as Rooney was fouled by Lescott in midfield. The
captain drilled the set-piece to the overlapping
Antonio Valencia and when the right-back's cross
arrived in the middle, Rashford supplied a predatory
finish past Brad Guzan for his seventh goal in 12

Guzan then comfortably dealt with a cross-shot
from Rooney and a heavily-deflected Memphis free-
kick as Villa remained in the game when the half-
time whistle sounded, despite failing to show too
much attacking ambition.

Possession : United 67% Villa 33%
Shots at goal : United 7 Villa 3
Shots on target: United 2 Villa 0
Corners: United 9 Villa 0

With Memphis more involved, United searched for a
second strike to effectively make the points safe
but Rashford was unable to profit when twice put
through by Mata, firstly being hustled out of his
stride by Alan Hutton and then dragging his finish

Memphis bent a drive off target and had a free-kick
that failed to trouble Guzan, while Mata forced a
stop out of the keeper following Daley Blind's
clever corner. Guzan also escaped a goalmouth
scramble when Fellaini challenged him but referee
Kevin Friend deemed no offence to have been

Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial replaced
Rooney and Rashford but United failed to show the
necessary devilment to breach the visiting defence
again. With seven minutes left, Blind and
Schneiderlin managed to prevent substitute Rudy
Gestede tapping in an Ayew pass. Suddenly, Villa
sensed a goal with Gestede hitting a post from
Ashley Westwood's corner and, from the following
set-piece by the midfielder, Ciaran Clark forced a
diving save out of the otherwise largely
unemployed David De Gea.
Gestede, a real threat in the air, also sent a header
over the top while Memphis was close to wrapping
things up in stoppage time when Guzan touched his
shot onto a post, from Martial's incisive through

Possession: United 66% Villa 34%
Shots at goal: United 13 Villa 6
Shots on target: United 4 Villa 1
Corners: United 14 Villa 3

United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo;
Schneiderlin, Fellaini; Mata (Fosu-Mensah 89),
Rooney (Lingard 66), Memphis; Rashford (Martial
Subs not used: Romero, Darmian, McNair, Young.

Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Clark, Lescott,
Cissokho; Westwood, Gueye; Bacuna, Sinclair,
Richardson (Gestede 82); Ayew.
Subs not used: Bunn, Richards, Sanchez, Gil, Lyden,
Booked: Richardson.

"It was not our best performance, of course, you
have seen it for yourself. I think we played too
slowly and it was also difficult as they were playing
very defensively and very compact. But we have
three points and that is the most important thing
at this stage." - Louis van Gaal

"Maybe fans and the media took the win for
granted and we never do this. In the Premier
League it doesn’t matter if the team is at the top
or the bottom of the table, it is always difficult. A
win is a win, and in our race to get into the
Champions League position, it was important to do
that." - Juan Mata

"We've defended really well this season and we
need to continue until the last game and hopefully
we will be in the top four. We need to win our
games and wait for the rest of the teams. We will
see in the end." - David De Gea

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

West Ham VS Man Utd Replay


Emirates FA Cup sixth-round replay | 13 April 2016 |
Upton Park | Attendance: 33,505 | Scorers: Rashford
54, Fellaini 67; Tomkins 79

Manchester United booked an Emirates FA Cup
semi-final date with Everton at Wembley by
impressively overcoming West Ham United in a
thrilling sixth-round replay at Upton Park.
In the last-ever cup tie at the Hammers’ historic
home, a wonderful goal by Marcus Rashford and a
close-range strike by the recalled Marouane Fellaini
put the Reds in control in the second half.
James Tomkins’ header led to a nervy final 10
minutes, with David De Gea producing more
heroics, but the visitors held out to stay on course
for a 12th triumph in football’s oldest knockout
competition, and there was further good news late
on when Wayne Rooney returned after two months
out through injury.

West Ham started the brighter of the two teams
and Enner Valencia found himself in space in the
box but shot weakly at De Gea. But the Reds
gradually settled into the game, with Fellaini firing
a shot that flicked off Angelo Ogbonna’s boot and
was then tipped over by Darren Randolph.
Half-chances came and went for both sides but the
best opening arrived for Rashford 10 minutes
before the interval. The 18-year-old escaped two
markers superbly and played Jesse Lingard through
on goal, but Randolph came out to block the
winger’s attempt. Soon after, with the visitors now
on top and the rain teeming down in East London,
an unmarked Rashford couldn’t connect cleanly
with Tim Fosu-Mensah’s cross and the sides went
in level.

Possession : West Ham 44% United 56%
Shots at goal : West Ham 5 United 6
Shots on target: West Ham 3 United 2
Corners: West Ham 1 United 6

The Reds displayed some great attacking intent at
the start of the second period and Lingard’s strike
hit the goal stanchion, before De Gea clung on to
Cheikhou Kouyate’s long-range effort.
But Louis van Gaal’s side were in command and
the breakthrough came in the 54th minute.

Rashford collected Anthony Martial’s pass, made
room for himself and curled a brilliant sixth goal of
the season past Randolph into the top corner.

The hosts fired a couple of speculative efforts at
De Gea in a bid to get back into the game but it
was the Reds who doubled the advantage midway
through the second period. Lingard crossed to
Martial, who controlled the ball eight yards out and
fired a shot on goal that clipped off Tomkins and
was then diverted in by Fellaini.

The home supporters fell silent but the Hammers
kept pressing and, after De Gea made an
astonishing point-blank save from Michail Antonio,
the Reds conceded. Andy Carroll, who had netted a
seven-minute hat-trick in his side’s last outing
against Arsenal but had been subdued all night,
knocked a far-post corner back across goal for
Tomkins to head home.

The goal spurred West Ham into life and led to
some fingernails being bitten among the 5,000 fans
in the away end as the Hammers laid siege to De
Gea's goal. The Spanish goalkeeper prevented
Chris Smalling from putting through his own net,
Carroll headed a presentable chance over and De
Gea made a stunning late double save from
Kouyate and Carroll. Kouyate's second attempt in
that attack actually found the net but he was
rightly flagged offside.

After four minutes of stoppage time, with Rooney
now on the pitch, referee Roger East blew his
whistle and United can look forward to a last-four
clash with Everton on 23 April.

Possession: West Ham 44% United 56%
Shots at goal: West Ham 20 United 10
Shots on target: West Ham 9 United 4
Corners: West Ham 5 United 7

West Ham: Randolph, Cresswell, Tomkins, Kouyate,
Ogbonna, Noble, Payet, Valencia (Moses 62),
Lanzini (Emenike 74), Antonio, Carroll.
Subs not used: Adrian, Obiang, Collins, Hendrie,
Booked: Carroll

United: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Rojo
(Valencia 68), Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Herrera
(Schneiderlin 76), Martial, Rashford (Rooney 89).
Subs not used: Romero, Young, Mata, Memphis.
Booked: Carrick, Rojo, Herrera

Louis van Gaal : "I’m happy for the players, the club
and the fans. The spirit in the team is very good. It
was a fantastic result and I’m happy I shall go to
Wembley as a manager. Now we have to reach the
final – then I will be even more happy."

Michael Carrick : "It was massive – a great
opportunity for us to get to Wembley. West Ham
are flying and it's a tough place to come. We
believed we would come here and win and we have
done that."

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Spurs Vs Man Utd

Barclays Premier League | 10 April 2016 | White Hart
Lane | Attendance: 35,761 | Scorers: Alli 70,
Alderweireld 74, Lamela 76

Tottenham Hotspur scored three times inside six
second-half minutes to inflict a 3-0 defeat on
Manchester United, leaving the Reds four points
shy of the Barclays Premier League top four.
Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scored
the quickfire goals in devastating fashion to secure
Spurs' first win over United at White Hart Lane in
15 matches, since a 3-1 triumph in May, 2001. The
result means qualification to next season’s UEFA
Champions League looks a tall order for Louis van
Gaal's men with only six top-flight matches left to
play this season. “It is not the weekend we
wanted," conceded a disappointed Michael Carrick
afterwards. "But there are a few weekends left

Kick-off at White Hart Lane was delayed by 30
minutes due to United’s team bus being stuck in
traffic and that meant the Reds had to complete a
much shorter warm-up than normal, although it
didn’t appear to make an impact in the opening
exchanges of the first half. Van Gaal’s men
controlled much of the ball for 20 minutes and
registered shots at goal through Jesse Lingard and
Tim Fosu-Mensah, the impressive and powerful
Dutch youngster who was recalled to the XI in
place of Matteo Darmian.

Title-chasing Tottenham needed to win the game
following Leicester City’s 2-0 win at Sunderland
earlier in the day and Mauricio Pochettino's
men began to show their quality as the first half
ticked on, with an offside Harry Kane forcing a
point-blank save from David De Gea and Christian
Eriksen curling wide from distance, before Erik
Lamela spurned an excellent chance when his free
header bounced wide of the back post just before
the half-hour mark.

Ahead of Sunday’s outing, Spurs boasted the
Premier League’s best defensive record in terms of
goals conceded (25) and United were also top of
the division’s clean sheets table with 15, so it was
perhaps no surprise that the score remained
goalless following a competitive yet studious first
half at White Hart Lane.

Possession: Tottenham 41% United 59%
Shots at goal: Tottenham 4 United 2
Shots on target: Tottenham 0 United 0
Corners: Tottenham 1 United 3

Ashley Young replaced the unusually quiet Marcus
Rashford at the beginning of the second half to
make his first senior appearance since 17 January
in the 1-0 win at Liverpool. The 30-year-old
displayed his versatility by playing as United’s sole
striker, a role that he had played to good effect for
the Under-21s against Chelsea at Old Trafford
earlier in the week.

Tottenham restarted the match with much greater
pace and De Gea was quickly forced into action to
repel two powerful shots on 50 minutes, firstly from
the lively Eriksen and then from in-form England
international Eric Dier, before the Premier League's
top scorer Kane forced another save from the
Spaniard moments later as Spurs flexed their
attacking muscles.

The game was lacking a real moment in quality
with both sides repeatedly giving the ball away,
although Anthony Martial could and perhaps should
have broken the deadlock on 62 minutes with a
superb individual effort. He cut inside from the left
wing to dribble past three markers and hit a
powerful strike that was saved by Hugo Lloris, his
captain with the French national team.
Just as United eyed a narrow win in the final third
of the match, bouyed by Martial's good work,
Tottenham floored the Reds by ruthlessly scoring
three goals in the space of six minutes. Alli
notched the first with a cool finish past De Gea
from Eriksen’s left-wing cross and Alderweireld
swiftly headed home the second from Lamela’s
pinpoint free-kick. Argentina international Lamela
then latched onto Danny Rose’s assist to complete
the match’s decisive spell by drilling past the
exposed De Gea.
That wrapped up a disappointing result in north
London that means it is now extremely difficult for
United to qualify for next season's Champions
League, with Manchester City four points ahead.
Presumably, there is now a greater emphasis on
the Reds' Emirates FA Cup campaign ahead of it a
resumption with the quarter-final replay at West
Ham in midweek.

Possession: Tottenham 46% United 54%
Shots at goal: Tottenham 16 United 5
Shots on target: Tottenham 9 United 1
Corners: Tottenham 2 United 7

United: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah (Darmian 68),
Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Mata
(Memphis 77), Lingard, Martial, Rashford (Young
Subs not used: Romero, Valencia, Fellaini, Herrera.
Booked: Darmian, Memphis, Young.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld,
Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Lamela (Chadli
87), Eriksen, Alli (Mason 92), Kane (Son 88).
Subs not used: Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Carroll.
Booked: Rose, Walker, Alli.

Louis van Gaal: “Every team can lose to everybody
so we are still in the race [for fourth] but, of
course, when you lose a game you have to close
the gap again and that is difficult.”

Michael Carrick: “I thought we did alright for an
hour or so, but the first goal was a bad one to
concede because we could have stopped that and
we could have prevented that. The second one
came so quickly after that and put us right on the
back foot. The third one meant it was game over
because there was so little time left."

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Reds in International Friendlies


Manchester United team-mates will go head to
head live on MUTV when Netherlands face France
on Friday, one of numerous fixtures in this current
international break to feature Reds stars.
Daley Blind and Memphis Depay are in the Dutch
squad for the friendly encounter in Amsterdam as
they build for the next World Cup qualifying
campaign after missing out on the 2016 European
Championships. Meanwhile Les Bleus, hosts of this
summer's major tournament, can count upon
Anthony Martial to provide plenty of excitement in
attack. The game will be shown exclusively live in
the UK on United's official television channel .

Netherlands' subsequent match will be against
England at Wembley on Tuesday 29 March. Injuries
to club colleagues including captain Wayne Rooney
have left Chris Smalling as the only United player
in Roy Hodgson's party for that game plus the
preceding one on Saturday, with Bastian
Schweinsteiger ruled out for Germany in Berlin with
a knee problem.

Schweinsteiger was also due to face a team-mate
on Tuesday 29 March, when the Germans meet
Italy, as Matteo Darmian is in the Azzurri's squad
for their schedule, which also includes a clash in
Spain this Thursday. David De Gea and Juan Mata
are both in the European champions' ranks with a
friendly against Romania also on the horizon.

Paddy McNair is set to represent Northern Ireland
against Wales on Thursday and Slovenia next
Monday, but Marouane Fellaini will no longer be in
action due to Belgium's friendly against Portugal
being cancelled in light of the tragic events that
occurred in Brussels on Monday (21 March).

Guillermo Varela has been handed his first call-up
to Uruguay's senior squad for their World Cup
qualifiers against Brazil and Peru. Sergio Romero
and Marcos Rojo are in Argentina's plans for the
games with Chile and Bolivia. A fourth Red in South
American action is Antonio Valencia with the fit-
again Ecuadorian returning to his country's squad
for the fixtures versus Paraguay and Colombia.

Thursday 24 March
Italy v Spain (Darmian; De Gea, Mata)
Wales v Northern Ireland (McNair)
Chile v Argentina (Romero, Rojo)
Ecuador v Paraguay (Valencia)

Friday 25 March
Netherlands v France (Blind, Memphis, Martial) –

Live on MUTV
Brazil v Uruguay (Varela)
Saturday 26 March
Germany v England (Smalling)
Sunday 27 March
Romania v Spain (De Gea, Mata)
Monday 28 March
Northern Ireland v Slovenia (McNair)

Tuesday 29 March
Germany v Italy (Darmian)
England v Netherlands (Smalling; Blind, Memphis)
France v Russia (Martial)
Argentina v Bolivia (Rojo, Romero)
Colombia v Ecuador (Valencia)
Uruguay v Peru (Varela)

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Manchester City vs Manchester Utd


Barclays Premier League | 20 March 2016 | Etihad
Stadium | Attendance: 54,557 | Scorers: Rashford

Manchester United closed the gap on rivals
Manchester City to just one point after a crucial
1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium, courtesy of
Marcus Rashford's excellent first-half strike.

The Manchester-born striker - making his first
appearance in this fixture - produced a moment to
savour on 16 minutes, showing an incredible turn of
pace to burst into the area and slot the ball past
Joe Hart. It was a mature piece of centre-forward
play, and one which was ultimately enough to
ensure the Reds left the Etihad with all three

Ahead of the game, Louis van Gaal opted to make
two changes to the side that faced Liverpool in
midweek, with Matteo Darmian and Morgan
Schneiderlin replacing Guillermo Varela and
Marouane Fellaini respectively in the starting line-
While October's reverse fixture produced a closely-
contested goalless draw, both sides showed more
intent from the off this time around, as City won a
corner in the opening minute. The game's first
chance fell for the hosts shortly after, as Darmian's
defensive header fell kindly for Jesus Navas, but
the winger's first-time volley dropped narrowly
Navas was regularly involved in the early stages
and went closer with his next effort, only to be
denied by fellow countryman David De Gea. Slick
passing between Raheem Sterling and David Silva
allowed the former to dig out a deep cross, but the
United keeper got down quickly to save with his

With little over a quarter of an hour played, though,
the Blues were made to pay for their missed
opportunities. Juan Mata found space in midfield
and picked out Rashford, who left Martin
Demichelis for dead on the edge of the box,
sprinting past the defender to calmly curl the ball

The Reds' youthful frontline was beginning to
impress, with Jesse Lingard proving a handful for
the much-changed Blues defence in the no.10 role.
And van Gaal's men might have added a second on
18 minutes, as Anthony Martial tested Hart with a
powerful drive.

The home side were quick to remind United of their
attacking intent at the other end, and should have
equalised when Silva's free-kick was headed wide
by Demichelis, but the Blues' goal threat suffered a
blow soon after when Sterling was forced off
through injury.

United might have been awarded a penalty just
before half-time, when Rashford appeared to be
brought down by Demichelis, but referee Michael
Oliver waved away any claims, and the Reds took
an important advantage into the break.

Possession: City 49% United 51%
Shots at goal: City 9 United 2
Shots on target: City 2 United 2
Corners: City 5 United 2

A first half full of incident was almost immediately
followed by a second United goal after the interval,
as Martial attempted to latch onto a short back-
pass from Demichelis, but Hart cleared the danger
just in time and suffered an injury in the process.

The goalkeeper's replacement, Willy Caballero,
might have been picking the ball out of his net
moments after coming off the bench, but produced
a fine save to deny Martial after the striker's effort
deflected towards goal.

The chance seemed to spark City into life at the
other end and, just after the hour-mark, the hosts
went close to an equaliser twice in quick
succession. First, Bacary Sagna's low cross was
almost met by substitute Wilfried Bony, but for an
excellent challenge from Chris Smalling, before
another right-wing delivery from Toure was headed
onto the woodwork by Sergio Aguero.
City were now well on top, but were struggling to
carve out any noteworthy opportunities. United,
meanwhile, soaked up the pressure expertly, and
defended a number of crosses and goal-mouth
scrambles to maintain the narrow lead.
As six minutes of added time were displayed,
United's battling display was almost cruelly undone
by Aguero, who took down Silva's diagonal ball but
pulled his shot wide, in a chance which rather
summed up City's afternoon.
Instead, the points and derby-day bragging rights
belonged to van Gaal's men, on a memorable day
for Rashford and United.

Possession: City 54% United 46%
Shots at goal: City 26 United 5
Shots on target: City 3 United 4
Corners: City 11 United 4

City: Hart (Caballero 50'), Sagna, Demichelis (Bony
53'), Mangala, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, Navas,
Sterling (Fernando 25'), Silva, Aguero.
Subs not used: Zabaleta, Kolarov, M.Garcia,
Booked: Mangala

United: De Gea, Darmian (Fosu-Mensah
82'), Smalling, Blind, Rojo (Valencia 62'),
Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata (Schweinsteiger
70'), Martial, Rashford.
Subs not used: Romero, Fellaini, Januzaj, Memphis.
Booked: Smalling

"I think it is more than three points. The position
we are in the league meant it was a must win
today. We had to get the three points before the
international break to give us a boost and
something to go at when we come back." - Michael

"When I see the dressing room, I think it shall give
a boost and real belief - it was fantastic to see. We
fight every match of course but now we have a big
result and it was a long time ago that United has
won here so it's also for the fantastic for the fans
that we have won." - Louis van Gaal

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Manchester Utd vs Liverpool 2nd Leg


Europa League Round of 16 Second leg | 17 March
2016 | Old Trafford | Attendance: TBC | Scorers:
Martial pen. 32 / Coutinho 45

Manchester United's Europa League campaign is
over after Louis van Gaal's men were held 1-1 by
Liverpool at Old Trafford and defeated 3-1 over
two legs.
Anthony Martial's 32nd-minute penalty, earned and
converted by the Frenchman amid a lively start by
United, gave his team a foothold in the tie and
provided hope to the vocal home fans. But the
dreaded away goal was conceded at a bad time,
just before the break, when Liverpool playmaker
Philippe Coutinho cleverly dinked the ball over
David De Gea to equalise on the night and leave
the hosts with an almighty task.
United now required three second-half goals to win
but there would be no further scoring by either
side as Jurgen Klopp's team reached the quarter-
finals essentially on the strength of their first-leg
victory at Anfield, topped up by that quality strike
from Coutinho.

United: De Gea; Varela (Valencia 46), Smalling,
Blind, Rojo (Darmian 63); Carrick (Schweinsteiger
71), Fellaini; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rashford.
Subs not used: Romero, Williams, Schneiderlin,
Booked: Blind, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Milner;
Can, Henderson (Allen 71), Lallana, Coutinho,
Firmino (Benteke 85); Sturridge (Origi 67).
Subs not used: Ward, Toure, Smith, Ibe.
Booked: Coutinho, Clyne, Firmino

United 59%  Liverpool 41%

United 17 Liverpool 13

Shots on Target
United 3 Liverpool 7

United 5 Liverpool 3

United 14 Liverpool 11

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Man Utd Vs West Ham Utd


Emirates FA Cup quarter-final | 13 March 2016 | Old
Trafford | Attendance: TBC | Scorers: Martial 83 /
Payet 68

Manchester United remain in the Emirates FA Cup
courtesy of Anthony Martial's late equaliser after
Dimitri Payet's stunning free-kick appeared to be
sending West Ham United into the semi-finals.

The two teams must reconvene at Upton Park in a
bid to join Crystal Palace, Everton and Watford in
the last four of the competition last won by the
Reds in 2004.

The Hammers started like a side high on
confidence and, backed by their travelling support,
they created the first real chance but Michail
Antonio scuffed wide from Andy Carroll's through
ball. With Marcos Rojo in the middle, presumably to
help contain Carroll's aerial threat, there was some
relief when the England international dived to head
an Aaron Cresswell centre off target.
Cresswell's attacking raids caused problems as
another of his crosses led to Emmanuel Emenike
forcing a save out of David De Gea.

Randolph remained untested at the other end, as
Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, with an
overhead kick, failed to trouble the former Charlton
Athletic keeper.

Ander Herrera volleyed Anthony Martial's deep
cross the wrong side of the far post, even if it
looked like it took a deflection, and the midfielder
skied the best opening of the half for the Reds
following a move of real quality involving Rojo and

Rashford, playing through the middle with Martial
on the left flank, was unable to profit after the ball
bounced off the Frenchman inside the box and
West Ham finished the half on the front foot with
Cresswell forcing a smart stop out of De Gea.

Possession: United 56% West Ham 44%
Shots at goal: United 8 West Ham 7
Shots on target: United 0 West Ham 1
Corners: United 4 West Ham 0

The Reds started to make some headway after the
interval and Herrera's free-kick from out on the left
went straight into Randolph's midriff to produce a
first shot on target for Louis van Gaal's men.

Another effort by the midfielder bounced up and hit
Reid on the elbow inside the box but referee
Atkinson ignored the penalty appeals.
The Hammers had a big shout of their own when
Payet was tumbling before Rojo made contact with
him, even if everybody of a United persuasion were
mightily relieved when nothing was given. Rashford
had been blocked by Randolph when latching onto
a Lingard pass but the visitors pressed again and
took the lead with a moment of genius by Payet.

The Frenchman took his time before unleashing a
ferocious free-kick that flew past De Gea and
sparked 'Wembley' songs from the jubilant away
end. Van Gaal pitched Memphis Depay and Bastian
Schweinsteiger into action but Guillermo Varela
needed to be fleet of foot to deny Payet a one-on-
one situation seconds later.

Smalling teed Schweinsteiger up for a
disappointingly wayward drive and the German's
fellow sub Memphis miscontrolled the ball as the
Reds built up a first spell of real pressure. It was
rewarded with seven minutes left when Martial was
involved in the build up that led to Herrera crossing
from the right and the young French forward stole
in beyond the far post to force it over the line.

Rojo scooped wide when Memphis appeared in a
position to shoot, only to delay and pass instead,
as the crowd found its voice, and Carrick snaked a
low shot just wide in front of the buoyant Stretford
End. In stoppage time, it took a De Gea stop to
keep out Antonio's drive and ensure the two sides
must do battle again for the right to go to

Possession: United 61% West Ham 39%
Shots at goal: United 18 West Ham 10
Shots on target: United 2 West Ham 3
Corners: United 7 West Ham 4

United: De Gea; Varela (Darmian 87), Smalling,
Rojo, Blind; Carrick, Fellaini (Schweinsteiger 76);
Lingard, Herrera, Martial; Rashford (Memphis 76).
Subs not used: Romero, Williams, Schneiderlin,
Booked: Fellaini, Carrick.

West Ham: Randolph; Reid (Obiang 61), Ogbonna,
Kouyate, Cresswell; Antonio, Noble, Lanzini, Payet;
Emenike (Sakho 64), Carroll (Valencia 82).
Subs not used: Adrian, Song, O'Brien, Moses.
Booked: Antonio, Reid, Kouyate, Payet.

Louis van Gaal: "I have to say it was a great match
between two good sides. The difference was that
we have played a match on Thursday and they
have a full week of preparation. In the first 15
minutes, I think West Ham were the better team
and created a few chances but, after that, we were
coming back and also created chances. Not the
biggest chances but we created chances. In the
second half, we were the better team and they
scored from a free-kick. We are behind and have
lost against West Brom and Liverpool this week but
then you can come back like that and I think it's

Slaven Bilic: "Manchester United are a different
team when they play away and don't have that
confidence. It is very hard to play here with 75,000
fans and this atmosphere. It is going to be a tough
game but I fancy us because we're going to be
even more confident."

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Liverpool Vs Man Utd 1st Leg

UEFA Europa League | 10 March 2016 | Anfield |
Attendance: 43,228 | Scorers: Sturridge pen (20'),
Firmino (73')

Manchester United will have to overturn a first-leg
deficit in order to reach the Europa League
quarter-finals, after a disappointing 2-0 defeat
against Liverpool at Anfield.

The hosts took the lead midway through the first
half courtesy of a Daniel Sturridge penalty and,
despite a string of excellent saves from David De
Gea, doubled their advantage with 17 minutes
remaining through Roberto Firmino's close-range

Ahead of the game, Louis van Gaal opted to make
three changes to the side that lost at West Brom
last time out, with Guillermo Varela, Morgan
Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini replacing
Matteo Darmian, Michael Carrick and Ander
Both sets of fans were in fine voice to greet the
players as they emerged from the tunnel, but
United were determined not to get caught up in the
occasion and immediately went on the attack,
though Marcus Rashford was unable to connect
fully with Memphis's cross.

After an expectedly frantic opening period, the first
real opportunity for either side brought the game's
first goal. With 19 minutes played, Nathaniel Clyne
earned the hosts a penalty after going down in the
area under challenge from Memphis and, despite
De Gea getting a hand to it, Sturridge converted
the spot-kick.

With the visitors rattled, it might have been 2-0 just
minutes later, but this time the keeper came out on
top. Again Sturridge was involved, this time digging
out a low cross to the far post towards an
unmarked Philippe Coutinho, but De Gea somehow
got back to claw the ball away and in turn deny
what looked like a certain goal.

The Spaniard was called upon again shortly after
the half-hour mark, with Liverpool in search of a
second goal. There was an element of fortune
about the home side's next chance as Smalling
slipped while attempting to head a cross to safety,
allowing Sturridge time to shoot, but De Gea stood
tall to block the striker's effort.

Meanwhile, van Gaal's men were struggling to
make a mark on the contest, but did register a
couple of rare shots on goal with half-time
approaching, as Memphis's long-range free-kick
swerved comfortably wide, before Marcos Rojo
blasted over from range.

There was time for another superb first-half stop
from De Gea, as Liverpool attacked down the right
through Emre Can. The midfielder crossed towards
Adam Lallana, whose close-range volley was kept
out excellently, a save which kept the game firmly
in the balance going into the break.

Possession: Liverpool 61% United 39%
Shots at goal: Liverpool 6 United 3
Shots on target: Liverpool 5 United 0
Corners: Liverpool 2 United 0

A difficult first half for United prompted a change
in formation and personnel at the interval, as
Michael Carrick was introduced, in a substitution
which immediately gave van Gaal's men more
control. Schneiderlin tried his luck from the edge
of the area on 47 minutes, but his effort was saved
easily by Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool were quick to remind van Gaal's side of
their attacking threat though, and created an
opportunity of their own at the other end. This
time, Coutinho's goal-bound volley dipped towards
the top corner, but again it was De Gea to the
rescue, as the keeper dived to tip the ball over the

If there were any questions about United's
standout performer at Anfield, De Gea soon erased
any doubt, after being called upon yet again to
keep the hosts at bay with 25 minutes remaning.
Clyne found space on the edge of the area and
drove a shot towards goal, but United's no.1 proved
his worth once more, palming the ball to safety.

There was nothing De Gea could do about
Liverpool's second goal, however, which eventually
came on 73 minutes. After Carrick's attempt to
clear the ball fell short, Lallana seized his chance
to pull the ball back for Firmino, who had the
simplest of finishes from six yards.
Despite the setback, an away goal would have
changed the complexion of the tie, and was almost
provided by Fellaini with five minutes remaining.
Bastian Schweinsteiger - off the bench as a late
substitute and making his first appearance since
January - crossed to the far post but the Belgian's
header dropped narrowly wide.
Next week's fascinating second leg at Old Trafford
awaits, with United in need of another memorable
European comeback.

Possession: Liverpool 58% United 42%
Shots at goal: Liverpool 13 United 8
Shots on target: Liverpool 5 United 1
Corners: Liverpool 7 United 0

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno,
Can, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino (Origi
84'), Sturridge (Allen 64').
Subs not used: Ward, Benteke, Toure, Smith, Ojo.
Booked: Henderson, Lovren

United: De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo,
Schneiderlin (Schweinsteiger 79'), Fellaini,
Memphis, Mata (Herrera 79'), Martial, Rashford
(Carrick 46').

Subs not used: Romero, Darmian, Riley, Weir.
Booked: Memphis, Rashford, Fellaini Bastian
Schweinsteiger is on the bench and could make his
first appearance since the Emirates FA Cup win
over Sheffield United on 9 January.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is on the bench and could
make his first appearance since the Emirates FA
Cup win over Sheffield United on 9 January.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

West Brom Vs Man Utd Report

Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the match
as West Browich Albion defeated 10-man
Manchester United 1-0, dealing a blow to the
visitors' top-four hopes.

United came into the contest buoyed by four wins in
a row in all competitions, but their task at The
Hawthorns was made tougher when Juan Mata
picked up the first Barclays Premier League red card
of his career with two quick-fire bookings in the first
Louis van Gaal's side responded well to that setback
and came close to opening the scoring through
Marcus Rashford as they looked to counter West
Brom, who struggled to carve out many meaningful
chances despite their advantage.
Yet Tony Pulis' men found their breakthrough
midway through the second half thanks to Rondon's
clever finish from close range - his fourth goal in six
league matches.
Van Gaal's side pushed for an equaliser, but diligent
West Brom defending ensured the visitors remain
sixth in the table and three points behind
Manchester City in fourth, having played one more
United, who welcomed back Chris Smalling, Matteo
Darmian and Michael Carrick to the starting line-up,
started brightly, but Craig Dawson missed the first
decent chance when he headed wide following
Rondon's teasing cross.
The home side began to look an increasing threat on
the break and from set-pieces as United laboured in
possession, with belief among the home fans
growing further when Mata was sent off for two
yellow cards picked up in the space of three minutes
- the first for blocking a quick free-kick, the second
for a late swing of his left foot to bring down former
team-mate Darren Fletcher.
United were forced on to the defensive, but, barring
a low drive from Saido Berahino which David De Gea
saved comfortably, West Brom were struggling to
make their numerical advantage count.
Indeed, it was United who next came closest to
breaking the deadlock just after half-time, as
Rashford's low shot from the edge of the area
deflected narrowly wide of Ben Foster's left-hand
post after a strong run from Anthony Martial, before
Jesse Lingard clipped the top of the net with a
looping drive from 25 yards.
Berahino stabbed substitute Sebastien Pocognoli's
cross narrowly over the crossbar, but United failed
to heed the warning as the full-back picked out
Rondon in space just six yards out and the
Venezuelan controlled the ball superbly before
drilling low into the corner past De Gea.
Van Gaal threw on Memphis Depay in hope of a
similar comeback to that produced by 10-man
Liverpool at Crystal Palace earlier in the day, but
West Brom held on for a win that takes them to
within a point of the top 10 and leaves United facing
an uphill battle to keep pace with the challengers for
a UEFA Champions League place.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Man Utd vs Watford


Barclays Premier League | 2 March 2016 | Old
Trafford | Attendance: 75,282 | Scorers: Mata 83

A late free-kick from Juan Mata gave Manchester
United an important victory over Watford on
Wednesday night.
The midfielder, named captain ahead of the game
in the absence of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick
and Chris Smalling, stepped up to curl home a
delightful effort on 83 minutes to settle a hard-
fought contest at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial was named in a youthful starting
line-up after recovering from a recent hamstring
injury, while in-form striker Marcus Rashford
retained his place up front. 21-year-old
midfielder Joe Rothwell was named among the
substitutes, the latest on a long list of youngsters
to appear in a first-team squad this season.
Louis van Gaal’s men went into the clash on the
back of Sunday’s confidence-boosting victory over
Arsenal, but it was the visitors who started on the
front foot, looking early to Troy Deeney and Odion
It was United, though, who almost took the lead on
seven minutes, as Daley Blind’s cross was sliced
towards his own goal by Jose Holebas, but
Heurelho Gomes was alert to the danger. The Reds
also might have scored when Ander Herrera’s deep
cross reached an unmarked Martial at the far post,
but the Frenchman couldn’t direct his header on
Watford were eager to show why they have earned
so many plaudits since winning promotion from the
Championship, and created an opening of their own
through Ighalo, who found half a yard before seeing
his goal-bound effort deflect wide. United
meanwhile were yet to settle into any sort of
rhythm, but a superb challenge from Tim Fosu-
Mensah – making his first start for the club –
sparked some life into the Reds.
Van Gaal’s men went within inches of taking the
lead on 19 minutes when Mata’s free-kick was
cleared as far as Morgan Schneiderlin, who hit a
dipping volley from 25 yards that dropped just wide
of Gomes’ right-hand post.
With both sides looking to attack but lacking in end
product, the Hornets again went close just before
the half-hour mark. Again, Ighalo’s clever
movement bought the striker some space in the
area, but his shot bobbled narrowly wide with De
Gea rooted to the spot.
The best opportunities of an closely-contested half
came shortly before the break, and unsurprisingly
fell at the feet of Ighalo. The Nigerian raced onto a
misplaced header and into the box, but De Gea
stuck out a leg to keep the scores level, before the
goalkeeper was called into action once more on 42
minutes. Ighalo again latched onto a loose pass,
but the Spaniard dived at his feet to deny what
should have been the opener, and in turn earn the
praise of Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, his
former coach at Atletico Madrid, as the teams
walked down the tunnel.
POSSESSION: United 64% Watford 36%
SHOTS (ON TARGET): United 6 (1) Watford 8 (3)
CORNERS: United 3 Watford 3

The second half began as the first had ended, and
Watford were almost celebrating a goal just three
minutes after the interval. Etienne Capoue picked
up the ball in midfield and unleashed a fierce strike
which zipped just over De Gea’s crossbar.
Sebastian Prodl went even closer for the visitors
minutes later, when his header was cleared off the
line by Rashford following a Watford corner.
The Hornets were on top, and might have taken
advantage through Ighalo 10 minutes into the
second period, as the striker turned Fosu-Mensah
and curled a shot past the post. They were almost
punished on the hour–mark though, as Mata stung
the palms of Gomes from the edge of the area, in
United’s first meaningful attack of the half.

The Reds were growing in confidence and, urged
forward by the fans, created two great openings in
quick succession. First, Rashford showed quick
footwork to get to the byline and drove a low cross
into the area, before Mata’s curling effort flew past
the diving Gomes and ended up well wide.
Watford were quick to remind United that they
possessed an attacking threat, and had a couple of
chances of their own as the game entered its final
stages. As the Hornets pressed, Blind’s attempted
clearance ricocheted off Fosu-Mensah and into the
path of Nordin Amrabat, but the substitute couldn’t
apply the finish. From the corner that followed,
Prodl raced in at the back post and headed inches
wide, in a sequence that summed up the game to
that point.

The all-important goal finally came with seven
minutes remaining, as Miguel Britos brought down
Martial on the edge of the area. Mata stepped up
to convert the resulting free-kick, bending a
beautiful effort over the wall and beyond the reach
of Gomes. The Spaniard was withdrawn late on, to
a much-deserved ovation from those inside Old
Trafford, with his goal earning the Reds a vital
three points.

POSSESSION: United 61% Watford 39%
SHOTS (ON TARGET): United 14 (3) Watford 13 (3)
CORNERS: United 7 Watford 7

United: De Gea, Varela, Blind, Rojo (Darmian 70),
Fosu-Mensah, Schneiderlin, Herrera (Lingard 77),
Martial, Mata (McNair 89), Memphis, Rashford.
Subs not used: Romero, Riley, Rothwell, Weir.
Booked: Fosu-Mensah.

Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Prödl, Holebas,
Capoue, Watson, Behrami (Anya 86), Abdi (Suarez
70), Deeney, Ighalo (Amrabat 74).
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Cathcart, Paredes, Ake.
Booked: Britos, Amrabat.

“We are fighting. In the fight, we've played a
fantastic match against Arsenal, and I believe
against Midtjylland we also played very well. The
win against Shrewsbury Town was the start of the
run of victories; I think the youngsters have given
us a lot of spirit, and now when you see the
dressing room full of joy with all the players
laughing, it’s beautiful to see. I think that shall also
accelerate the recovery of the players.” - Louis van

"I think it was very important to win today. It
wasn't the prettiest game we've played all season,
but especially because our rivals didn't win their
games, it's a massive victory for us. That's why we
celebrated the way we did." - Juan Mata.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Man Utd Vs Arsenal Match Report

Barclays Premier League | 28 February 2016 | Old
Trafford | Attendance: 75,329 | Scorers: Rashford
(29', 32'), Herrera (65'); Welbeck (40'), Ozil (69')

Marcus Rashford scored two goals and set up
another as Manchester United secured a dramatic
3-2 victory over Barclays Premier League rivals
The young striker repeated his midweek debut
heroics, firing United into a 2-0 lead with a double
in three first-half minutes, but former Red Danny
Welbeck pulled one back five minutes before the
Rashford was involved again with 25 minutes
remaining, teeing up Ander Herrera to add a third,
and Mezut Ozil's reply proved in vain for Arsene
Wenger's side.
Ahead of the game, the Reds were boosted by the
news of David De Gea's return to the starting line-
up, in one of two changes from the side that beat
Midtjylland on Thursday. Marcos Rojo was also
named on the teamsheet, having come on as a late
substitute against the Danish champions.
As expected, both sides were eager to make an
early impression and came out of the traps quickly.
The first chance was a significant one and fell at
the feet of Nacho Monreal, who was found
superbly by Ozil on six minutes but couldn't beat
De Gea from close range.
The Reds had an appeal for a penalty turned down
shortly after, as Rashford went past two defenders
before going down under a challenge from Gabriel
Paulista. Replays showed the fouled occurred
outside the area, and Memphis forced Petr Cech
into a good save from the resulting free-kick.
With chances few and far between, the game burst
into life just before the half-hour mark. United
broke forward in numbers and the ball found
Guillermo Varela on the right; Arsenal failed to
clear the youngster's first-time cross, and Rashford
calmly fired the Reds into the lead.
The goal left the Gunners shaken, and Wenger's
men were soon picking the ball out of their net
again. The Reds attacked at pace once more, and
another right-wing cross did the damage. Varela
picked out Jesse Lingard, and the winger's pin-
point delivery was met by Rashford, who headed
beyond Cech to send Old Trafford into raptures.
Arsenal weren't going down easily, though, and
fought back five minutes before the break. Again
Ozil was the provider, whipping in a free-kick for
Welbeck to easily nod home, and cap an
entertaining half of football.

POSSESSION: United 45% Arsenal 55%
SHOTS (ON TARGET): United 4 (3) Arsenal 8 (2)
CORNERS: United 0 Arsenal 2

The second half began as the first had ended, with
the visitors on the front foot. Having played a key
role in October's reverse fixture, Alexis Sanchez
was starting to grow into the game, and saw an
effort well blocked by Rojo after darting along the
18-yard line.
The United defender was forced off shortly after
following a 50-50 challenge with Welbeck, meaning
18-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah would make his
first-team debut. The injury setback prompted
Arsenal into a change of their own, with Olivier
Giroud on for the final 30 minutes.
It was Louis van Gaal's side who continued to
create the better chances, though, and the next
opportunity provided United's third. Rashford picked
up the ball in the Arsenal area and turned before
teeing up Herrera, whose shot took a heavy
deflection off Laurent Koscielny on its way in.
Memphis might have added a fourth after more
excellent hold-up play by Rashford, but the
Gunners again produced a quick response. Welbeck
found space in the area and produced a superb
save from De Gea, but Ozil was there to score
from the rebound, volleying in off the turf.
Tensions inside Old Trafford were as high as they
had been throughout the game, and players from
both sides were booked during a period that was
typical of the fixture. Amid the chaos, Arsenal were
still looking for an equaliser, and Giroud reminded
the Reds of his aerial threat when heading over the
bar with time running out.
Though chances were few and far between, the
away side continued to press, and five minutes of
added time were announced at the end of the half.
United, though, stood strong to see out a vital win
and claim all three points.

POSSESSION: United 39% Arsenal 61%
SHOTS (ON TARGET): United 7 (5) Arsenal 13 (5)
CORNERS: United 2 Arsenal 3

United: De Gea, Varela, Carrick (c), Blind, Rojo
(Fosu-Mensah 55'), Schneiderlin, Herrera (Weir
90+5'), Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Rashford (Januzaj
Subs not used: Romero, McNair, Riley, Pereira.
Booked: Varela, Carrick, Herrera.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal,
Ramsey, Coquelin (Elneny 70'), Walcott (Giroud 63'),
Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck (Iwobi 83').
Subs not used: Ospina, Mertesacker, Gibbs,
Booked: Ramsey, Elneny, Ozil.