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Manchester United vs Everton: 6 Things We Learned

A solitary late strike from Bryan Oviedo was enough to snap Manchester United’s 12-game unbeaten streak, as Everton recorded their first Premier League win at Old Trafford since August 1991.

The defeat spells disastrously for the Red Devils on a day where Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City reigned victorious in their respective battles.

Here are 6 things we learned from Everton’s stunning victory over Manchester United.

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Chelsea Made Contact With Sir Alex

In his first interview since retirement, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he was offered the Chelsea job by Roman Abramovich in 2003 before the appointment of Jose Mourinho.

In his interview to American network PBS, Ferguson said: “They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club and I said, ‘No chance.'” Read More…

Manchester United Eye Barcelona Starlet

Manchester United are set to once again attempt a Barcelona raid in Janauary this time for potential Iniesta replacement, Sergi Roberto, according to the Metro.

Struggling manager, David Moyes, has admitted his underachieving side is still one or two signings short of truly competing against the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, and Moyes may turn to Roberto in January. Read More…

Manchester United v West Bromwich – Team Sheet

Manchester United

De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Kagawa, Rooney, Chicharito

Substitutes: Evra, Welbeck, van Persie, Valencia, Fellaini, Amos, Januzaj

West Bromwich

Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Sinclair, Anichebe

Subsitutes: Daniels, Dawson, Popov, Lugano, Rosenberg, Berahino, Dorrans


Son Heung-Min Rejected Transfer to Manchester United

Despite strong interest from Manchester United, Son Heung-Min rejected a transfer to the English giants in favour of Bayer Leverkusen.

The South Korean attacker compounded on a disappointing transfer window by Manchester United, when he decided to remain in the Bundesliga rather than move abroad. Read More…

An Open Letter to Ed Woodward

Dear Edward Woodward,

I am writing to voice the collective opinion of the vast majority of supporters of this great and historic club.

We are worried. Read More…

Manchester United No Certainty to Qualify for Round of 16

Upon the conclusion of the UEFA Champions League draw, with all eyes fixed upon the more seemingly exacting groups, it’s Manchester United’s Group A which may just be the most difficult selection of teams to predict.

Matched with Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad, Manchester United’s Group A is far from a selection of easy teams, with all four teams more than capable of mounting a serious qualification challenge. Here, we take a closer look at all four teams from Group A. Read More…

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Moyes Must Groom Winning Culture at Old Trafford

David Moyes faces the unenviable task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Naturally, as the world’s most instantly recognisable footballing brand, hardly a day goes by without a player being linked with the club name. However, it is imperative that Moyes maintains the winning culture developed at the club by his legendary predecessor before anything else.

Sir Alex’s lengthy term at the club saw him collect an array of silverware including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, catapulting the club into a period of domestic dominance lasting over two decades.  Read More…

Rene Meulensteen: Pulling the Strings

Modern footballing tactics aren’t what they used to be. Anyone who tries to argue with that stance is set upon the ways of old, lost in the labyrinthine sands of times.

No longer is a team able to stick to one formation and play ninety minutes in fixed positions, nor do the formations shown in starting line-ups mean anything. They just won’t stay the same.

This collective movement towards the future can be exemplified by Sir Alex Ferguson in particular. A notable ex-advocate of the traditional, rigid 4-4-2, Sir Alex had, last season, displayed his squad’s adaptability and intelligence with a series of tactical master-classes in which most of the attack no longer have fixed positions on the field. Read More…