Preview: United v Olympiakos

Wayne Rooney, Olympiakos

It is hard to be sure of the protocol; whether to rubberneck at the car crash happening in Old Trafford’s heartland, or to look away, hoping that it’ll be alright. Certainly, the brutality of Manchester United’s defeat to Liverpool on Sunday does not bear another viewing, except perhaps for David Moyes and his coaching team. […]

Moyes’ pride masks his predjudice

David Moyes

Amid the inevitable hue and cry from the social media crowd over David Moyes’ position as Manchester United manager one wonders quite when the Scot’s pride comes into play. The pride to fix a team fundamentally broken; or the self-respect to walk away before more damage is done. This is, as one supporter put it, […]

Preview: Olympiakos v United

Olympiakos

Strange season, this. So poor has Manchester United’s Premier League campaign been that many suspect even the Reds’ 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday could be another false dawn. Yet, the cynicism surrounding United’s domestic campaign has, in part at least, dissipated on European nights. After all, David Moyes’ side is unbeaten in six […]

Five games that will define United’s season

Phil Jones

Salvation was hard fought and, frankly, pretty lucky, but Manchester United secured a first win in four matches on Tuesday night – and boy did David Moyes need it. Defeats to Everton and Newcastle United were not only damaging to Moyes’ credibility, and United’s confidence, but utterly wretched. That Newcastle, 16th last season, completely outplayed […]

Preview: United v Shaktar Donetsk

Robin van Pesie, Shaktar Donetsk

Manchester United in crisis! Well, at least that’s the back page version of events after the past week in which David Moyes’ team has securing just one point from nine, in matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Newcastle United. Indeed, while the results have shocked, United’s performance against the Geordies reached what supporters can only […]

Moyes finds feet in United’s flexibility

Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney

There was something especially beautiful about Manchester United’s performance in Germany this week. True, the Reds have struck five before and there have undoubtedly been better performances, even on the road. And there will certainly be bigger games and finer opponents this season. Yet, there is a sense that United’s thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen is […]

Preview: Real Sociedad v United

Real Sociedad

Manchester United’s second half performance against Fulham may have noticeably dropped from the blistering first period at the weekend, but there is still an inescapable sense of momentum surrounding David Moyes’ side. Four wins on the bounce – an unbeaten run now stretching to seven matches – leaves United hanging on to the Premier League […]

Preview: United v Real Sociedad

Manchester United Training

There is just a modicum of bittersweet irony in David Moyes tough start to life as new Manchester United manager. While the Reds have slipped eight points leaders Arsenal in the Premier League title race, Moyes side has secured four points from two games in Europe, with the home tie against Real Sociedad on Wednesday […]

Caution marks a new United way

Danny Welbeck, Shaktar Donetsk

“We didn’t play for a draw, we played to win,” insisted Manchester United manager David Moyes as the Donass Arena emptied on Wednesday night. It’s the way he tells them, with not a flicker in the straightest face. It was the second conference in succession that the Scot had drawn mirth from the gathered fourth estate. […]

Preview: Shaktar Donetsk v United

Donbass Arena

He is a man under pressure, criticised for a lacklustre performance in the summer transfer market, and suffering a disappointing start to the new season on the pitch. But enough talk of veteran Shaktar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu, it is David Moyes that desperately needs a result in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday night. Lucescu lost […]