Aston Villa v United: Reds seek boost in away form

Aston Villa vs Manchester United, 14 August 2015, 7.45pm

It was Manchester United’s patchy away form that eliminated any hope of challenging for the Premier League title last season, however fanciful the dream. In 19 matches at home, Louis van Gaal’s side dropped points in just five games – the third best record in the league. The Reds’ away form was bettered by six […]

United v Tottenham Hotspur: De Gea dropped

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Old Trafford, 12.45pm, 8 August 2015

New season, new challenges, new expectations. Familiar opponents. Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday kicks off the Premier League season – a campaign in which the pressure is firmly on Louis van Gaal to stimulate a strong Manchester United performance. After spending £230 million acquiring new players, since joining the club last July, Van Gaal has […]

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 […]