United v Ipswich Town: Pereira’s big chance

Manchester United v Ipswich Town, Capital One Cup, 23 September 2015

For more than two decades the League Cup, in all its various sponsorship guises, has become a synonym for youth at Manchester United. After all, many of the ‘Class of 92′ took their first steps in this tournament, with Paul Scholes making his club bow in United’s 2–1 victory over Port Vale almost 21-years-ago to the day. Sir Alex […]

PSV Eindhoven v United: Memphis celebrates homecoming on United’s European return

PSV Eindhoven v Manchester United, Phillips Stadion, Champions League, 15 September 2015

Back in the European big time after almost 18 months in the wilderness. It is Manchester United’s reward for a slow and fabulously expensive rebuilding process in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. United’s 7-1 aggregate victory over Club Brugge in last month’s qualifying round offers Louis van Gaal a first taste of Champions […]

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 […]