In the end, Manchester United may have got the point they needed to secure a second placed Premier League finish but this fixture was a typical end of season affair. Jose Mourinho’s side had the better of a disappointing contest where Adrian excelled in the West Ham goal. Quality though was in short supply on an evening where the supporters of both teams appeared to be more on the beach than both sets of players. United manager Jose Mourinho made eight changes to his side after being angry at the manner of their defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion last Friday. This was another chance to audition for an FA Cup final spot for the visitors but it was West Ham, who secured their safety last weekend, who started the brightest with Marko Arnautovic firing an effort straight at David De Gea. United though appeared far more up for this game and Scott McTominay went close from distance after Manuel Lanzini had given the ball away cheaply while Jesse Lingard was next to go close, … [Read more...] about West Ham and Manchester United play out dreary Premier League stalemate
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Rafael da Silva admits his United career was as good as over when he answered back to Louis van Gaal and told him 'I've never said anything which was disrespectful to you'. The right-back was a firm fans' favourite when van Gaal took charge in the summer of 2014 and had already won eight trophies in his time at the club, including three Premier League titles. Although Rafael started six straight league games in the autumn, he was aware of Van Gaal's previous with Brazilian footballers after he famously fell out with Rivaldo at Barcelona. The situation came to a head after Rafael's penultimate game for United when he came off at half-time of the FA Cup win at Yeovil with a head injury. "One day, I was in the canteen waiting to eat. Van Gaal used to speak to us after we’d eaten each day," the Lyon defender told ESPN. "I had a head injury after a game at Yeovil - one of the few games I played in that season - and I was touching my injury. After three or four seconds, he touched my … [Read more...] about What happened when Manchester United hero Rafael stood up to Louis van Gaal
0 Have your say Leeds United and the colour red don't exactly have the best of relationships it has to be said. Paul Heckingbottom's men head to Pride Park on Wednesday evening to take on Derby County but do you remember this infamous picture?Well, you might because Leeds played in red. Yes, you read that right... red!In 1973, just a year after the Whites had famously lifted the trophy, Leeds visited the Baseball Ground in the sixth round of the competition sporting a rather unusual colour that some fans today may not recognise. Despite (or in spite) of the kit Don Revie's men came away with a 1-0 victory thanks to a 29th minute Peter Lorimer strike.The colour is so hated in West Yorkshire due to its association with arch rivals Manchester United that in 2002 when a local McDonald's was being built the fast food chain decided to ditch the red from its traditional logo.Billy in red... let's all agree to forget about this one, yeah? … [Read more...] about Do you remember when Leeds United played in red?
After two wretched performances at the back in their last three games, Manchester United's defence is under the spotlight again. While Jose Mourinho is also still trying to find harmony in attack following Alexis Sanchez's arrival and with questions arising over Paul Pogba's role in midfield, the manager certainly has a lot on his plate. But with the return of the Champions League, some major flaws at the back need to be addressed quickly. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have seemingly been on a mission to outdo each other for mediocrity over the last two weeks. Jones was at fault for Christian Eriksen's 11-second opener in United's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on 31 January, shortly before he doubled the opposition's lead with an awful own goal past David de Gea. At St James' Park 11 days later, it was Smalling's turn, penalised for diving before failing to clear the resulting free-kick that led to Newcastle United's winner. He was also incredibly lucky not to concede a first-half … [Read more...] about What changes are needed in defence when Manchester United take on Huddersfield and Sevilla?
The signing of a proven world-class forward such as Alexis Sanchez is just what Manchester United need to compete for the biggest prizes, former Tottenham manager Gerry Francis has said. Sanchez, 29, joined United on a four-and-a-half-year contract from Arsenal on Monday, 22 January, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction in a straight-swap deal. Francis described the Chilean forward as a match-winner who will aid United in their quest to win silverware by adding some much-needed potency to their attack. "Sanchez is a real goal-scorer, he's talented and he's aggressive around the box and he makes things happen, he can pull teams through," he told Sky Sports. "It's [about] the present, you're looking to win trophies and looking to win competitions and, sometimes, you need to buy and have the finished article and Sanchez is certainly that. "It just makes them as a squad that much stronger. Certainly, a much bigger goal-threat with Sanchez. He's proven year in and year … [Read more...] about Alexis Sanchez signing just what Manchester United need to return to the top, says Gerry Francis