Manchester United vs. Leicester City team news

Posted on May 01, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Leicester City, Man United, Man United News, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Team news is in from Old Trafford as Manchester United look to dent Leicester’s title party

The team news from Old Trafford is in, as Manchester United look to dent Leicester City’s title charge and postpone celebrations for another day.

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Louis van Gaal says he will be United manager next seasaon

Posted on May 01, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Managers   2 Comments »
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Louis van Gaal has revealed he will be in charge of United come August

Louis van Gaal has had a turbulent season, however – in a recent interview has stated that Manchester United fans will see him in the dugout come August, whether or not the club qualify for the Champions League. The Dutchman, who will take charge of United one shy of a century against Leicester City today, has told the national press that he intends to see out the three year deal that he signed in the summer of 2014 and sensationally revealed that he had only intentionally wanted to sign a two year contract.

United are in the FA Cup final, a tournament the club has not won since 2004, but many fans have become disgruntled by the pedestrian pace that the club now go about their business on the field. There are suggestions that Jose Mourinho has signed pre-contract agreement with United – with the Portuguese manager keen to get back into football following his sacking last year.

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Manchester United vs. Leicester City view from oppo

Posted on May 01, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Leicester City, Man United, Man United News, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Bastian Schweinsteiger scores against Leicester City in the 1-1 draw earlier in the season

Its eighteen years since Leicester City last won at Old Trafford, a 1-0 defeat that dented Manchester United’s title hopes. At the end of the 1997/98 season, United lost out on the title to Arsenal by a point, whilst Leicester City finished a respectable tenth in the Premier League. Today, is very different – with the visitors on the brink of the Premier League title, whilst Manchester United are desperately fighting to finish in the top four – which is looking increasingly unlikely as we enter the final few games of the season.

So what do Leicester City fans think of their remarkable season? How do they view the progress of United under Louis van Gaal? Read on to find out.

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Juan Mata ‘absolutely delighted’ with 3-2 win over Arsenal

Posted on February 29, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Man United News, Quotes   No Comments »
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Juan Mata looks on as Jesse Lingard challenges Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez

Juan Mata and his team mates are “absolutely delighted” with the 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday. Marcus Rashford netted a brace before Ander Herrera scored the winner midway through the second half. Mata, who is ten games away from a century of Manchester United appearances, played well through the middle flanked by fellow Spaniard Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin.

The 27 year old spoke about progress in both the FA Cup and Europa League, but referred to “the top positions in the Premier League”, indicating that the club would settle for a Champions League spot, rather than a very late title surge. Mata, who has scored four goals in twenty seven games for United this season, was full of praise for youngster Marcus Rashford – describing the week as one he’ll never forget.

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Louis van Gaal takes a dive and falls over against Arsenal!

Posted on February 28, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Man United News, Managers   No Comments »
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Arsene Wenger looks on as Louis van Gaal dives on the sidelines

Cristiano Ronaldo was known for it, so was Robert Pires – but today Manchester United and Arsenal fans witnessed a bizarre demonstration from Louis van Gaal who proceeded to throw himself to the floor following what he perceived to be simulation against his side! Mike Dean was in the firing line as the Dutchman let rip at the fourth official! Take a look at the Louis van Gaal dive in all its glory..

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David De Gea set to return but Anthony Martial a doubt for Arsenal

Posted on February 28, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Injuries, Man United, Man United News   No Comments »
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David De Gea missed the Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland through injury

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is set to return for the match against Arsenal, however teammate Anthony Martial is a major doubt for the fixture. Both players picked up injuries in the warm up against FA Midtjylland midweek.

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Manchester United vs. Arsenal view from the oppo

Posted on February 28, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Man United News, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Alexis Sanchez scores as Arsenal thump Manchester United 3-0 back in October

Anthony Martial is a major doubt for Manchester United, who are already missing captain Wayne Rooney through injury. Martial picked up a hamstring injury in the warm up against FC Midtjylland in midweek and could well miss the clash against Arsenal. David De Gea is due to return in goal for the home side, having also missed the game through picking up an injury in the same warm up. United have only won two of the last six games at home.

Arsenal are looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at the hands of reigning European Cup holders Barcelona. Arsene Wenger suggesting that his side only has a 5% chance of qualifying for the next round – so focus will turn to the league title and the FA Cup. The Gunners last picked up a league win at Old Trafford in the 2006/07 season, when Emmanuel Adebayor scored a late winner. The away side are without Alex Oxlade Chamberlain – who picked up a knee injury in the Champions League match against Barcelona. Wenger’s men have only won one of their last four away matches.

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Norwich City travel to United as Jose Mourinho rumours grow

Posted on December 19, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Managers, Norwich City, Premier League   No Comments »
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Shinji Kagawa scores a hattrick for Manchester United against Norwich City back in 20013/14

Manchester United are looking for their first win since the 2-1 victory over Watford a month ago. In that time, United have been dumped out of the Champions League and have lost ground on leaders Leicester City in the league. This week has also seen the biggest managerial casualty of the season so far. Jose Mourinho was shown the Stamford Bridge exit as the Portuguese departs Chelsea for what is surely the final time. Some bookies have put Mourinho as favouite to be the next Manchester United manager. The independent have also suggested that Mourinho’s representatives have reached out to Manchester United as it is “the job he covets the most”.

Louis van Gaal will be looking over his shoulder as pressure grows on the United boss to start delivering a brand of football that is usually associated with the twenty times English champions. The news that Pep Guardiola is set to leave his post at Bayern Munich will of course have alerted Manchester City, Chelsea and to a lesser extent Arsenal – who will only ever act on Arsene Wenger’s terms. United will be in the mix for the in demand Spaniard, but Ryan Giggs is surely the more likely candidate to succeed the Dutchman when his contract expires in 2017.

United’s last home goal came in the 2-0 victory over WBA at the start of November , so United need to put in a performance against Norwich City, who last won at Old Trafford back in 1989/90 with a 2-0 victory at the beginning of the season. The visitors have conceded 18 goals away from Carrow Road this campaign, but are up against a United side that are goal shy at home – netting nine goals so far; sixteen goals fewer than Manchester City in third.

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FA Youth Cup: United’s Under-18s to finally be rewarded for their performances?

Posted on December 18, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Youth   No Comments »

Will Manchester United be rewarded in the FA Youth Cup for their performances?

No matter how the season has gone to date, when the FA Youth Cup comes round there is always an expectation at Man United that the Under-18 side will do well. So far this century United haven’t been dominant like they were in the past; two trophy wins is bettered by both Arsenal (3) and Chelsea (4). Last season United beat Bury and Hull but lost to an impressive Spurs team in the 5th Round, this year can they go further?

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Manchester United should keep David De Gea for another season

Posted on July 19, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Premier League, Transfer Speculation   1 Comment »
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David De Gea is available on a free transfer next season with United standing firm at present

Jean-Marc Bosman. Who’d have thought in the build up to December 15th 1995 at the European Court of Justice that the freedom of movement for players would change forever – with footballers now having the ability to run down their contract and leave for nothing at the end of their agreement. Edgar Davids and Steve Mcmanaman were two of the early adopters as they left Ajax and Liverpool for AC Milan and Real Madrid, respectively, for absolutely nothing. The clubs that had nurtured their talents since they were kids would not receive a penny for their efforts.

Manchester United are now, and have been for some time, in a dilemma over David De Gea. Should United let David De Gea go for a cut down fee based upon the duration of his current deal OR should United stick two fingers up at Real Madrid and keep De Gea for one more season? Surely, if United are to challenge for honours next season, it has to be the latter.

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