If they gave out trophies in football for the most varied ways to draw matches, Jose Mourinho would already have won his first silverware for Manchester United. No one has mastered the art of the draw quite as well as the current United team. No matter what they do, no matter how they play, whether it’s home or away, top team or lower end strugglers, this United team will find a way to extract a draw. They have played park the bus football (Liverpool); storm … Read the rest
They had 37 attempts on goal, 72% possession, 19 corners, they hit the post, they hit the bar, but still Manchester United couldn’t break through the rock hard defence of Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday. It was a similar story to their last home match against Stoke a month ago, where for all their huffing and puffing they could only manage a 1-1 draw. Two matches, 61 shots at goal, a grand total of one goal scored. When your luck’s out, it’s out. Just … Read the rest
If ever Manchester United were going to lose a match this would have been the week to do it. With the fallout from the Allardyce sacking saga reverberating through the football world, even Manchester United’s troubles would have taken second place to an English football corruption scandal. So of course, United didn’t.
It wasn’t a particularly convincing victory against Zorya Luhansk in Thursday’s Europa League group game at Old Trafford. But it didn’t need to be. United just needed to win to avoid the possibility … Read the rest
Correlation does not always imply causation. Manchester United dropped Wayne Rooney for the visit of Premier League champions Leicester on Saturday and went on to thump them 4-1. A clear case of cause and effect, or were Leicester simply terrible at defending for one awful 20 minute spell in the first half? After all, this is the third time this season that Leicester have conceded four goals in a match.
The Rooney critics will rightly point to the increased fluidity, pace and movement in the … Read the rest
If any United fans thought that getting Jose Mourinho would magically herald a return to the Fergie glory years, the last couple of games will have brought them down to earthy reality with a massive bump. The derby defeat on Saturday could be shrugged off as an early season loss against a superior team with perhaps the best coach in the universe at the helm. But there could no such excuse against Feynood in the Europa League tonight. A 1-0 away defeat compounded by a … Read the rest