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Reds head into the unknown in pursuit of Europa glory

March 8, 2017 Tags: , Matches 4 comments
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What once was Manchester United’s fourth priority this season is now rapidly climbing in importance. The Europa League may be the tournament of losers and failures, but victory in the final on 24 May in Stockholm comes with the prize of Champions League football next season. The Reds may need it, especially after José Mourinho’s side dropped yet more points at home last weekend. Fourth place or better is now out of United’s hands.

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Zlat ban will frustrate player and manager, yet both could benefit

March 6, 2017 Tags: , Opinion 14 comments
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss three Manchester United games after taking pointed retribution against Tyrone Mings at the weekend. The Swede’s swinging elbow was missed by referee Kevin Friend, but an FA panel found inevitable guilt in the 35-year-old’s violence. Yet, while the striker’s 26 goals in all competitions have been vital to United’s cause this season, there may be greater benefit from an enforced leave of absence.

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Reds look for top four foothold against struggling Bournemouth

March 4, 2017 Tags: , Matches No comments
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There were few who failed to notice José Mourinho’s notably subdued demeanour as his players celebrated their first trophy of the season. The Manchester United manager stood alone on the Wembley turf, displaying almost no emotion. Perhaps his team’s performance in last Sunday’s EFL Cup Final against Southampton was not to his liking; maybe he really is as miserable as some claim, or perhaps he had the look of a man who knows his job is only just beginning.

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Wembley beckons as Mourinho chases first United silverware

February 26, 2017 Tags: , Matches 1 comment
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Manchester United return to Wembley with sights set on a first major trophy under José Mourinho, and a first League Cup victory since 2010. Now under the guise of the EFL Cup, the Reds have enjoyed a relatively straightforward run to the final, and face Claude Puel’s Southampton, who impressively dispatched Liverpool in the semi-final. Mourinho and his players will be made to fight for their first silverware of the season.

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Rant Cast 298 – The Sergio Romero Special

February 23, 2017 Tags: Rant Cast 3 comments
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Three appearances for Manchester United’s Argentinian No. 2 and three wins, with only one unlikely wondergoal conceded. Is the erstwhile World Cup finalist a contender for United’s No. 1 shirt?

No. Obviously not. Nevertheless, Ed & Paul look back over a week a half which featured three wins and progress in two competitions. There’s an interview with legendary illustrator Stanley Chow and a preview of the League Cup final with football writer and Southampton fan Alex Stewart.

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Rooney on the brink, we’ve been here before, but now it’s a matter of time

February 22, 2017 Tags: Opinion 6 comments
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To go, or not to go that is now the question. From the moment Jose Mourinho called time on Wayne Rooney’s special privileges at Manchester United the clock began ticking on the Scouser’s Old Trafford career. The inevitable is nigh. Now the club, although not publicly, is pushing Rooney towards a more rapid exit than previously imagined. China calls; will Rooney pick up?

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Mourinho dismisses Saint-Etienne’s ‘mission impossible’ as Reds head to France

February 22, 2017 Tags: , Matches 3 comments
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Manchester United might feel much of the hard work has been done in this run of cup games. José Mourinho’s side arrives in France following an unconvincing 2-1 FA Cup victory over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, but Wednesday’s second leg at Saint-Etienne offers the chance to rest key players heading into Sunday’s EFL Cup final.

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Reds travel to Blackburn as fixture pile-up takes hold

February 18, 2017 Tags: , Matches 3 comments
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Manchester United’s 10 days of tribulations is now underway, opening with a trickier-than-it-looked victory over AS Saint-Etienne in the Europa League. The Reds take a 3-0 lead into the second leg in France, which should provide ample cushion to rest some key names as the fixtures continue to pile up. José Mourinho was not altogether satisfied with United’s display against les Verts, but two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the closing stages – adding to his bizarre opener – means that the manager can look to Sunday’s FA Cup trip to Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers in isolation.

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