All posts by Paul Gardiner

Webmaster, Writer, Editor and Podcast host for The United Stand. An avid Manchester United supporter since I can remember.

Robben to be rescued by United?

Arjen Robben has fallen out with team mate Robert Lewandowski after comments made by the striker.

Arjen Robben has recently returned from a torn stomach muscle injury and has taken no time to get back to his best after scoring twice in Holland’s 3-2 victory over Wales.

However, the Bayern Munich winger has not reacted positively to comments made by team mate Robert Lewandowski. The Polish goal machine has said that Robben is too greedy with the ball and instead prefers to play alongside Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman.

The spat between the pair has alerted Manchester United who are looking to add a winger to the squad in January. United already have Memphis, Lingard and Januzaj (currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund) but the boss wants proven talent and Robben believes he can still play at the highest level for at least another 2-3 years.

Arjen Robben was close to joining Manchester United back in 2004 after receiving a tour of the club, but United refused to meet PSV’s asking price so Robben ended up signing for Chelsea.

How do you feel about the possibility of Robben joining United? It has also been reported many times that United are interested in Lewandowski. Which of the two would you prefer? Discuss below in the comment section or visit our fan forum and join the discussion here.

You can read the above article in full on the Mirror website by clicking here.

Watch Arjen Robben’s best skills, assists and goals below:

David de Gea: “I feel loved by the fans”

David de Gea thanks Louis van Gaal and fans for helping him settle back into the team after the Real Madrid transfer fiasco.

The Manchester United goalkeeper recently signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2019. And although there is reportedly a release clause in the contract, he says that he is enjoying life at Old Trafford and is happy playing for “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.

David de Gea also sheds light on his relationship with United boss Louis van Gaal. He claims that despite the transfer saga, the pair have a normal relationship and describes the Dutchman as a joker.

Talking about his return to playing, he reiterated his appreciation to the fans by saying the reception he received “made the hairs stand up”.

If you would like to read the full article, please do so by visiting the Guardian website by clicking here.

I think I speak for the majority of United fans when I say I am pleased that he stayed and at the way he handled the whole situation throughout the summer.

Lets hope we enjoy many more years of David de Gea between the sticks.

Neymar transfer still on the cards

Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris St Germain all monitoring Neymar’s situation at Barcelona.

As with many other transfer rumours, this one does sound a little far fetched. However, there are concerns that Barcelona will not be able to match Neymar’s wage demands.

There will be nothing Barcelona can do to stop Neymar leaving should his wage demands not be met and a club come in and trigger his £134m release clause. We all know Manchester United can afford it.

In slight contrast, United are also interested in signing Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie. The winger scored 15 last season and helped with 17 assists. He also scored a wonder goal against Sunderland this season.

For full details of the above, please visit the Telegraph website by clicking here.

Watch Matt Ritchie’s strike by clicking here, or watching below:

Valencia out for up to 5 months

Valencia injured his foot during the goalless Manchester derby last month.

It’s reported that the Manchester United winger could face five months on the sidelines as he recovers from his injury.

The club have not given a defined timescale for his recovery. However, Valencia himself has posted photos of his foot in bandages on Twitter, saying that he “came out well from the operation”.

It is claimed that the bone above his left foot was damaged during the match and the fact he did not come off straight away meant that more damage was done.

With Valencia often used as cover at right back, this will now limit Louis van Gaal’s options defensively. Something Manchester United have been used to in recent seasons.

To read the full report, visit the Guardian website by clicking here.

What has happened to Adnan Januzaj?

Lack of playing time is hindering Adnan Januzaj’s development

The Manchester United attacker is currently on loan to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

Adnan Januzaj started brightly bagging his first goal just 18 minutes into his debut – a charity match versus St Pauli. Since then he has made little impact and is yet to start a game in the league. He has made just 5 appearances as a sub and created just one assist.

Two years ago it was a completely different story as he raised eye-brows at Manchester United during the Moyes era. The FA even considered him as someone who could one day play for England, as he is a ‘homegrown’ player.

Things changed though, with the arrival of current United boss, Louis van Gaal. Januzaj was given chances in both the No 9 and No 10 roles – roles that Januzaj has openly said he prefers to play in – by the manager but failed to impress. The decision was then made that the player would be shipped out on loan in the hope that he would play more and develop.

So what happens next for Adnan Januzaj? Does he see out his loan spell at Dortmund then go back out on loan to a team where he is likely to get more game time? Or does he finish his current loan spell then leave Manchester United altogether?

Join the discussion over in the United Stand fan forum by clicking here.

If you would like to read the full article please visit the Daily Mail website by clicking here.

Sanchez and Pelle linked with Manchester United

Premier League experienced Sanchez and Pelle reportedly on United’s radar.

Spanish site Don Balon claim that Louis van Gaal told Alexis Sanchez that he could be the ‘cornerstone’ of the United squad.

However, Sanchez has recently purchased a house in London so it’s unlikely he would up and leave to move north just yet. Also, it would be hard to see Wenger selling a top player to Manchester United again.

Another Southampton player is also allegedly on LVG’s wanted list. And that is Graziano Pelle.

The Italian international is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League and could prove to be a great addition to the United team.

Graziano Pelle in action for Southampton (Source: Telegraph.co.uk)
Graziano Pelle in action for Southampton (Source: Telegraph.co.uk)

But like Arsene Wenger, it’s hard to imagine Ronald Koeman – who holds Pelle in high regard – would allow his main striker to leave. But money talks!

To read the article in full please visit the Telegraph website by clicking here.

What do you think the likely hood of either of these transfer rumours happening is? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Schweinsteiger urges fans to back LVG

Bastian Schweinsteiger believes Louis van Gaal can succeed at Manchester United as he did at Bayern Munich.

The World Cup winner says that Bayern Munich fans were unsure of van Gaal at the beginning. And that it took a while for the players to become accustomed to the Dutchman’s style of play. But Bayern Munich went on to win the double.

In response to claims that Manchester United are lacking in goals, Schweinsteinger notes that it is not too dissimilar in Germany. The midfield maestro points out that Bayern Munich recently drew 0-0 with Frankfurt; unable to break down a team that were playing with 10 men behind the ball.

To read the full article on the Guardian website, click here.

Where do you stand on Louis van Gaals style? Is Schweinsteiger right to ask for patience? Join the discussion in the United Stand fan forum by clicking here.

Ibrahimovic to Manchester United?

The Paris St Germain striker could sign for Manchester United next summer.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract at PSG will expire next summer and Manchester United are thought to be close to agreeing a deal with the Swede.

United will face competition from Major League Soccer sides as it is known that Ibrahimovic is interested in finishing his career in the USA.

Read more on this by visiting the Telegraph website here.

What do you think of the possibility of seeing Ibrahimovic in a Manchester United shirt? Join the discussion over in our forum by clicking here.

Watch some of Ibrahimovic’s best goals below.

Emre Mor monitored by Manchester United

The Denmark Under-19’s striker is being monitored by Europe’s elite, including Manchester Untied, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Manchester United, along with other European clubs, will be sending scouts to monitor Emre Mor’s progress in Malta this week.

The youngster will be available in January at a cut price, due to him only signing a part-time contract with his current club, Nordsjaelland.

To learn more about the player you can read the full article over at the Guardian by clicking here.

You can also watch Emre Mor score a fantastic goal, followed by an assist during the 2015 Danish U19 Cup Final. Skip to 2:50 to see the wonder goal.

Manchester United 2-0 West Brom | Match Report

Jesse Lingard scores his first goal for Manchester United helping them toward all three points.

The Red Devils score two goals and keep another clean sheet as they continue push for a title challenge.

During the first half United created some decent chances with the first one coming in the 12th minute. Following a patient build up, Michael Carrick showed great vision to place a firm pass through the middle to Wayne Rooney. The United captain was unable to control the ball comfortably and hit his volley up into the stands.

Juan Mata came close just a few minutes later when Wayne Rooney directed a pass into him. Mata hit his shot first time, curling the ball just wide of the far post.

Former Manchester United defender, Johnny Evans, came to West Brom’s rescue in the 41st minute by reading the game well to prevent Lingard from scoring. Anthony Martial played Jesse Lingard in down the left side of the box. As Lingard struck the ball, Evans was in quick to immediately block the shot.

Just before half time, West Brom goalkeeper, Myhill, was called into action to stop an Anthony Martial shot. The United attacker brought the ball down and span his defender but his shot was hit directly at Myhill.

At half time you would have been forgiven for thinking the game was destined for yet another goalless draw. But just 5 minutes in Jesse Lingard punished some lacklustre defending with a fantastic goal. West Brom defender Chris Brunt’s looping defensive header fell to Lingard who controlled the ball perfectly. With a little bit of time he shaped him self up to curl a well placed shot into the far bottom corner. Myhill had no chance.

The introduction of Saido Berahino and Ricky Lambert seemed to lift West Brom as they began to attack searching for an equaliser with 20 minutes still to go.

They had two great chances to draw level but Darren Fletcher, another former United player, couldn’t get his header from a free kick on target and Berahino missed an almost open goal watching his close range header sail over the bar.

Saido Berahino looks on as he heads over from six yards against Manchester United
Saido Berahino looks on as he heads over from six yards (Source: Guardian)

Manchester United had a couple more chances to extend their lead with Lingard and Mata in the 73rd and 85th minutes respectively, both trying but failing to hit the target.

In the 91st minute United were able to seal the three points when Anthony Martial was brought down in the box by last man McAuley. Juan Mata stepped up and placed his penalty down the middle. McAuley was red carded as a result of his challenge on Martial.

Over the last two games we have seen an improvement in United’s attacking play. There has been a lot more movement around the box and more chances are being created. But giving the opposition goalkeeper work to do is still something the red devils need to improve on. Today’s game is no exception. Most of Manchester United’s attempts we’re either off target or could not beat the Baggies defence.

The win today keeps Manchester United in 4th place, a point behind Manchester City and Arsenal, who are both yet to play.

Premier league table

What did you think of the game? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or you can visit The United Stand Fan Forum here to join the post match discussion.

You can also watch the Manchester United V West Brom match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here. Or by watching below.

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Young (Jones – 62′)
Smalling
Blind
Rojo (Borthwick-Jackson – 76′)
Carrick
Schweinsteiger
Mata
Rooney (Herrera – 82′)
Lingard
Martial

Substitutes

Jones
Depay
Romero
Herrera
Schneiderlin
Borthwick-Jackson
Pereira

West Brom Team Sheet

Myhill
Dawson
McAuley
Evans
Brunt (McManaman – 85′)
McClean
Fletcher
Yacob
Morrison (Berahino – 72′)
Sessegnon
Rondón (Lambert – 72′)

Substitutes

Olsson
Chester
Gardner
Lambert
Berahino
McManaman
Lindegaard