Hull v United: Bruce seeks final twist

Hull City v Manchester United, KC Stadium, Premier League, 25 May 2015

Alas, Steve Bruce, we knew him well, but the question of whether the former Manchester United great faces relegation on Sunday is very much to the fore. Hull’s survival is dependent not only on beating Bruce’s former side at the KC Stadium, but in Newcastle United dropping points at home as well. Bruce has never enjoyed […]

United v Arsenal: Reds in last push for third

Manchester United v Arsenal, Premier League, Old Trafford, 17 May 2015

Europe it is then after Liverpool’s draw at Chelsea last weekend effectively sealed Manchester United’s position in next season’s Champions League; the Merseysiders’ home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday confirmed it. Louis van Gaal’s side is likely to finish fourth this season, although could yet sneak third should United defeat Arsenal at Old Trafford […]

Everton v United: Fellaini’s return

Everton v Manchester United, Goodison Park, Premier League , 26 April 2015

He is, said one prominent journalist around this time last year, a “strange player.” Possessing neither the technical skill that is typical of an attacking player at a top club, nor the defensive instincts required to lock down a place in David Moyes’ central midfield, Marouane Fellaini has, somehow, become a central figure at Manchester […]

Chelsea v United: injuries hit United’s hopes

Chelsea v Manchester United, Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 18 April 2015

It is Louis van Gaal’s biggest challenge of the season: Saturday afternoon’s trip to Champions-elect Chelsea. If the revival in Manchester United’s fortunes over the past two months has been stark then perhaps the truest barometer of the Reds’ progress comes at Stamford Bridge. After all José Mourinho’s side is yet to lose at home […]

United v City: Van Gaal dreams of victory

Manchester United v Manchester City, Premier League, Old Trafford, 12 April 2015

This has not been a kind fixture for Manchester United fans of late. After all, the Blues from east of the city have come to dominate, with Abu Dhabi’s riches underpinning four victories in a row and six in the past 10 league matches between these sides. It is a record that few United supporters […]

United v Villa: Van Gaal chases title

Manchester United v Aston Villa, Premier League, Old Trafford, 4 April 2015

Amid the season’s most challenging run of games Manchester United’s fixture against Aston Villa this weekend has become something of an afterthought. It is little surprise. After all, this is a period in which Louis van Gaal’s side has faced Tottenham Hotpsur and Liverpool in successive weeks, with Manchester City and Chelsea to come before […]

Liverpool v United: top four finish on the line

Liverpool v Manchester United, Premier League, Anfield, 1.30 22 March 2015

Each has enjoyed the swing of contrasting fortune this season. While Manchester United has spent much of the post-autumn period in the top four, at one point losing just twice in more than 20 games, it is Liverpool’s late run that threatens to usurp Louis van Gaal’s side in the race for European football. Indeed, […]

United v Arsenal: Van Gaal seeks victory in ‘Cup Final’

Manchester United v Arsenal, FA Cup Quarter Final, Old Trafford, 9 March 2015

Up for the cup? Manchester United’s FA Cup record in recent years suggests anything but. Now more than a decade since the club’s last victory in the world’s oldest tournament, manager Louis van Gaal says other priorities take precedent once again. Plus ça change each season for the past decade and more. Typically league and […]