Fresh from their League Cup success at Wembley last weekend, Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon as they prepare to welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side to Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s time at Man United has not been without its bumps and bruises, but there is no question that the Red Devils are now heading in the right direction. Indeed, this weekend, they will look to extend a 16-game unbeaten run in the league, which stretches back to their 4-0 defeat at Chelsea in October, 2016.
The 20-time English champions have had to get accustomed to sixth position in the Premier League this season, but victory over Bournemouth would, temporarily at least, move the club into the top four and to within two points of second-place Tottenham Hotspur on the same number of matches.
Liverpool vs Manchester United Premier League Monday, October 16, 2016 Anfield
That international break was boring wasn’t it? After a weekend of goals, red-cards and controversy, one of the biggest games of the season is set to take centre stage on Monday Night Football.
Manchester United versus Liverpool, and the two teams couldn’t have a more different atmosphere behind them going into the game.
Liverpool have shown some blistering form already this season, beating Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea and also scoring an impressive 10 goals against the three sides.
Their best players have shown up such as Philipe Coutinho, with others starting to prove their worth such at James Milner and Jordan Henderson, who have chipped in with vital goals and assists so far this season.
United in comparison have experienced a stuttering start. No rhythm, no identity and really, it just hasn’t clicked yet.
When Anthony Martial signed for Manchester United from Monaco for £35m last summer, the fans couldn’t understand why the club had spent so much money on a player the hadn’t heard of before. However, the 20-year-old has gone on to be one of the few positives for United this season.
Monaco’s vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, has revealed that he wasn’t keen on allowing Martial to leave, but then player told him the United moved was his childhood dream.
If I was hesitant to sell Martial? Yes, because I imagined that the 2015-16 season would be his. That’s why we had extended his contract in July. Other transfers were more or less expected, not that one. There was the money, but also the fact that Anthony had said, ‘Mr. Vasilyev this is my childhood dream’. If we kill this dream, you can also lose the boy for several months. He sent me Continue reading “Martial has always dreamed of United move”
Michael Carrick has spoken about his disappointment following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at West Brom, following a string of better performances and results.
He claims that at half-time the players felt like they could win the game in the second half, despite Juan Mata’s earlier red card.
We are very disappointed. All things considered, we weren’t brilliant, but we were pretty comfortable for most of it and they weren’t causing us many problems. It is a setback but there are some massive games around the corner. Things were looking good this week; we were on the up, everyone was so positive. This is a blow for us but we need to get back, ready for Thursday.
Juan Mata was sent off half way through the first half on Sunday, during Manchester United’s 1-0 away defeat against West Brom.
While the team put in a terrible performance regardless, Mata has acknowledged that his sending off made the situation much more difficult for his teammates.
After almost 500 games as a professional player, this Sunday I was sent off for the first time in my career. As you can imagine, it’s not easy for me to write these lines. The truth is this is a new and strange situation for me, not easy to assimilate, but we learn from everything. I know that, in football, we see things like this every week, but obviously what hurts more is that my team-mates had to fight with ten men for a long time.
With Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling and Bastian Schweinsteiger all unavailable with injury, Juan Mata was chosen to captain Manchester United in our 1-0 win over Watford earlier this week.
Mata has spoken to the club’s official site about what that game was like for him.
Juan Mata, Manchester United captain. How does that sound to you?
Good, no? What do you think? (Interviewer: “Very good!”) It sounds very good and as I said the other day, I felt really proud and very honoured. If you had told me a few years ago that I was going to be Man United captain, I would have not believed it because it is obviously something very special. I am very honoured to have felt that.
I remember walking in to the ground full of nerves on the night we played Barcelona. We were so close to our first Champions League final since 1999 and it felt long overdue.
While the immediate stress came from having to beat Barcelona, it was also very prevalent in my thoughts that if we did manage to beat the Spaniards, we’d have to overcome Liverpool or Chelsea in the final to lift our third European Cup.
“You can have too much of a good thing”: a lie frequently propagated by joyless authority to limit the pleasure of kids having a better time than them. We knew it then, we sure as fuck know it now, and we also know it because of 2009/10.
Back in those days United were boring and shit, going for a fourth title in a row. All we had for our entertainment was peak Rooney, Berbatov, Evra, Ferdinand, Carrick and Vidic, along with doting Scholes, Giggs and Van der Sar; you can only wonder how we coped. Fergie out.
At the same time, City were emerging from a generation of misery, thanks to riches presented by a feudal, human rights-abusing plutocracy eager to whitewash its appalling behaviour with the incredible PR that only football can provide. It’s the feel-good tale of the decade!
To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Anthony Wilson has spoken about one of his favourite memories.
I was still a bit wet behind the ears when I went to Barcelona so the size of what we achieved in 1999 hadn’t registered as much to me as it did with my father, who had endured some slightly bleaker times.
The morning of the flight to Domodedovo Airport the terminal was awash with noisy Reds fuelled with hope and alcohol ready for the journey ahead.
My most enduring memory of the arrival was how grey and sombre the skies of Moscow were. Being a Manchester lad I didn’t think anywhere could be as miserable, and I was wrong!
To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Shaun Birch has spoken about one of his favourite memories.
The 2007-2008 season is one that will forever be remembered by Reds as the club ended it Champions of both England and Europe and for a season that saw Cristiano Ronaldo deliver one of the great individual seasons by a United player.
The United number 7’s remarkable form throughout the season, that saw him score in 30 of the 49 games he played in across all competitions ending with a total of 42 goals, led to a hat-trick of personal domestic awards closely followed by the Balon d’Or as Ronaldo was recognised as the best player in the world.
Manchester United will take on Liverpool in the Europa League next week, with the first game taking place on Thursday at Anfield.
To apply for tickets, fans had to be season ticket holders, yet still there were over 13,000 applications. Unfortunately, Liverpool have only given us 2,685 tickets.
The club has been roundly mocked for their gimmicky idea of creating a ‘wall of white’. They are sending a white United away shirt to all the fans who were successful in the ballot, in a bid to ‘generate the best possible atmosphere’. This shows another example of discontent between the club and the fans. Aside from the fact lots of supporters have no interest in wearing replica shirts, the idea that anything would be needed to create a better atmosphere, for a evening kick-off game against Liverpool at Anfield in Europe, is fairly bonkers.
To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Brett and Benhave spoken about one of their favourite memories.
We all remember where we were on December 9th 2012 at 15.17: we were in the pub with friends, or just sitting next to a group of people so it looked like we had some, we were in our homes burning roast dinners, we were driving our cars up the wrong side of the A39, or we were out shopping against our better judgement in an attempt to trick our better halves into believing that we are capable of adult relationships. Some of us were lucky enough to actually be at the Etihad. And some of us are lucky enough to have YouTube, so we can remind ourselves. It didn’t Continue reading “Remember when… Van Persie scored that last minute winner against City?”
Juan Mata was Manchester United’s captain in our 1-0 win over Watford in the week. With Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger all unavailable, the Spaniard was giving the captain’s armband. Louis van Gaal has insisted this wasn’t a difficult decision for him though, given Mata’s experience.
It was not difficult because I have an elder group of players with whom I’m talking about aspects of things – training sessions, meetings or how we have to approach players and so on. Juan is a member of that group with the three captains – Rooney, Carrick and Smalling – and Schweinsteiger as well, so it was an easy choice for me.
Following the game, Mata spoke of his pride at being chosen for the captaincy.
To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Mark Ogden, Chief Football Correspondent at The Independent, has shared some memories from the past decade from reporting on United.
RoM: What do you think the best moment of the past 10 years has been for United?
Mark Ogden: It was probably not celebrated as much as it should have been at the time, probably because United were accustomed to winning everything, but the Champions League victory in Moscow is the obvious highpoint. Moscow certainly didn’t get the bells and whistles that accompanied the Treble win, but if you look over the years since, it was undoubtedly the highpoint of the last ten years.
To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Paul Ansorge has spoken about one of his favourite memories.
Hindsight is famously meant to be 20/20, though given the filter of nostalgia and self justification we often apply to our past experiences, that is perhaps not particularly accurate. What is certain, though, is that hindsight can change the tone of an experience.
Danny Welbeck signing for Arsenal and scoring for them at Old Trafford—twice—has really taken the shine off what was easily one of the best United moments of the past decade.
Moments in the most literal sense. Ultimately it was a goal which counted for nothing, either in terms of Welbeck’s United career’s untimely demise or United’s progression in that season’s Champions League.
To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Laurie Hanna, the News Editor of The New Day, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.
When Henrik Larsson signed for Manchester United on loan in January 2007, a fair few eyebrows were raised. What could a 35-year-old striker with ageing legs possibly add to a title-chasing team for three short months?
The answer was a touch of class from a true legend of the game.
For me, hearing that Larsson had signed was definitely a high point of the last 10 years. He was one of those players I always thought would fit perfectly into United’s playing style. He had guile, vision and sublime technique, so I was delighted to be able to watch him play in a red Continue reading “Remember when… Larsson signed for United?”
To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Muhammad, the General Editor at ESPN, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.
One would think it’d be difficult to pick a favourite moment from the last decade, with so many amazing ones to choose from, but it’s actually incredibly easy. 10 years ago Chelsea looked an unassailable juggernaut. Two Titles in two years while United appeared to have lost their touch. Losing big matches became a sad habit.
To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Greg Johnson, the Features Editor for Squawka, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.
Football is full of intangibles that are difficult to define but key to why we all fall in love with the game. The level of skill, timing, coordination and intelligence achievable by the top players can be a mesmerising part of the game’s allure. After all, if it were a sport solely governed by running speed and athleticism, it would be a far shallower affair.