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

Champions League: Manchester United pair return for CSKA trip

Manchester United’s Sergio Romero and Antonio Valencia return to the squad for match day three in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The pair were rested for Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park following their return from World Cup qualifying duty for Argentina and Ecuador.

Jesse Lingard will also join the 20-man Champions League squad, while Ashley Young and James Wilson miss out.

Read the full article on the Sky Sports website here.

How do you think Manchester United will fare in Russia? Should key players be rested from Champions League duty in preperation for the Derby? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Memphis given warning

Under performing Memphis Depay receives warning from boss Louis van Gaal.

Following his arrival in the summer, Memphis had a bright start to his Manchester United career, scoring two against FC Bruges, one against former club PSV and one away at Sunderland.

However, in recent weeks the 21 year old has struggled to live up to his own and the fans’ expectations.

This has led to the former Eredivisie star receiving a warning from manager Louis van Gaal with the boss saying that Memphis could suffer the same fate as former United stars Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

Louis van Gaal had this to say:

Ryan has already given advice to him but the player is responsible for his own deeds,

You have to give respect to your team philosophy.

Read the full article on the Sky Sports website here.

Do you think Memphis will come good or do you think he will end up leaving Old Trafford next summer? Leave us a comment below.

Everton 0-3 Manchester United | Match Report

Before the game started, many thought it would be a close encounter considering Manchester United’s record at Goodison Park in recent years. But it was not the case as United made sure that they put the result of their last game, against Arsenal, behind them with a comfortable 3-0 victory. Their first victory at Goodison Park since October 29, 2011.

Apart from two Manchester United goals the first half was fairly quiet. United looked comfortable but the game was very open with both teams seeing plenty of the ball.

The first of United’s goals came from Morgan Schneiderlin on 18 minutes. Chris Smalling, on the penalty spot following a corner, chested the ball down into the path of Schneiderlin toward the left side of the box. Schneiderlin then hit the ball first time with some power across a full stretch Tim Howard and into the bottom right corner.

The corner kick that led to the goal was won by an Ander Herrera shot from the edge of the area, which was tipped over the bar by Tim Howard.

Just four minutes later, Herrera popped up again to head home an early Marcos Rojo cross, for Manchester United’s second.

After the second goal Manchester United were beginning to see more possession, keeping control of the game. They probably should have gone three up after Wayne Rooney selflessly played the ball back across the box into Martial, who could only shoot at Tim Howard. Rooney had a great chance to shoot and probably should have, instead of playing in Martial.

Everton had one great chance to pull a goal back just before the break when Ross Barkley shot from a tight angle but was unable to beat David de Gea who punched the ball clear.

The second half begun with Everton putting some pressure on United with Lukaku proving to be a nuisance with his ability to hold the ball. But Phil Jones and Chris Smalling made sure that was all he did.

Lukaku did manage to get a shot off in the 54th minute, but David de Gea once again showcased his lightning-quick reactions by blocking the shot with his outstretched left foot.

Everton’s period of pressure came to an abrupt end on 61 minutes when Ander Herrera found Wayne Rooney with a perfectly weighted through ball. Rooney, one-on-one with Tim Howard, calmly struck the ball in at the near post with Howard going the other way. This was a much needed goal for Wayne.

Wayne Rooney had a chance to get his second 7 minutes later when his run from just past the half way line saw him only manage a tame shot which was easily saved by Tim Howard. However, there were claims that he was being pulled back.

Midway through the second half Everton looked as though they had switched off with several passes going wayward. But United were not able to capitalise on the mistakes.

On the 80th minute Everton were again close to scoring with a Barkley free kick going narrowly over the bar. This would surely have been only a consolation goal.

Throughout the game Chris Smalling proved to be a rock at the back once again with Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo also putting in good shifts. Ander Herrera also showed why he should get more game time with his goal, assist and fantastic off the ball play, creating space for others.

As it stands, Manchester United now sit second with Arsenal playing their game in-hand this evening away at Watford.

Screenshot of current Premier League table showing Manchester United's position
Premier League Table (Source: BBC Football)

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Everton Team Sheet

Howard
Coleman
Stones
Jagielka
Galloway
McCarthy
Barry
Lennon (Deulofeu – 73′)
Barkley
Naismith (Koné – 45′)
Lukaku

Substitutes

Robles
Koné
Mirallas
Deulofeu
Osman
Funes Mori
Browning

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Darmian
Smalling
Jones
Rojo
Schneiderlin
Schweinsteiger (Carrick – 74′)
Mata (Lingard – 45′)
Herrera (Fellaini – 81′)
Rooney
Martial

Substitutes

Depay
Carrick
Blind
Fellaini
Lingard
Pereira
Johnstone

Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United | Match Report

It was a night to forget in North London for Manchester United, as they slump to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of a ruthless Arsenal.

Arsenal started the game by coming at United right from the outset and it paid dividends as all three of Arsenal’s goals came in the first 20 minutes.

The first came in the 6th minute when some mesmerizing one touch passing ended with Mesut Ozil, on the right-hand side of the United box. Ozil played the ball to the near post where Sanchez fired home past David de Gea with a cool Cruyff-like finish.

Less than a minute later Theo Walcott broke into the United box down the left. Cutting back, he played the ball into Mesut Ozil, who was unmarked on the penalty spot. Ozil, with all the time in the world, struck the ball first time, placing it into the bottom left corner, leaving David de Gea rooted to the ground.

It didn’t stop there. Arsenal’s attacking frenzy continued and Alexis Sanchez found the net in the 20th minute for his second in the game. From a central position, Theo Walcott played the ball out to the left finding Sanchez unmarked. Doing what he does best, Sanchez ran at the United defence, skipping past Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling, then lacing the ball into the top right corner. David de Gea had no chance.

By this point United looked defeated and shocked. I think every player and fan on both sides were shocked by what they were seeing from both teams.

On 33 minutes Aaron Ramsey had a golden chance to put United out of their misery. After some more quick, clever passing from Arsenal, a ball over the top to the back post found Ramsay unmarked but his volley was mis-hit and sailed over the bar.

By now Arsenal had taken their foot off the pedal slightly and Manchester United enjoyed some possession.

In the 44th Minute, Anthony Martial found the ball at his feet on the edge of the 6-yard box. He turned his man brilliantly but Petr Cech read the situation very well and came out quickly to block Martial’s shot. Had Martial scored, the second half could have been very different.

The second half was completely different regardless. Arsenal were contempt with their 3-goal lead and so sat back and allowed Manchester United to play.

Although United dominated possession for the entire second half, they only managed a few half chances that never really threatened Petr Cech.

Arsenal again had a couple of chances toward the end of the game to score another with Ozil and Giroud both having shots straight at de Gea and Oxlade-Chamberlain came close in the 91st minute with a lobbed shot hitting the bar.

It has to be said, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal got it spot on today. They completely out-classed Manchester United early on scoring the goals they deserved. They played at a very high tempo and their passing was so quick and tight that it pulled United apart. The link up between the Arsenal forwards was admirable. They were all in tandem with each other and showed great awareness. Then in the second half, they showed their defensive qualities – which have been questioned many times in the past – by keeping Manchester United at bay.

United on the other hand were nowhere near as good. And the sooner they put this result behind them the better.

What did you think of the game? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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

Please also visit The United Stand Fan Forum here to discuss the game or start your own discussion.

Arsenal Team Sheet

Cech
Bellerín
Mertesacker
Gabriel
Monreal
Cazorla
Coquelin
Ramsey
Özil (Oxlade-Chamberlain 75′)
Sánchez (Gibbs 81′)
Walcott (Giroud 75′)

Substitutes

Debuchy
Gibbs
Giroud
Ospina
Oxlade-Chamberlain
Chambers
Campbell

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Young
Smalling
Blind
Darmian (Valencia 45′)
Carrick
Schweinsteiger
Mata (Wilson 82′)
Rooney
Depay (Fellaini 45′)
Martial

Substitutes

Jones
Wilson
Romero
A Valencia
Fellaini
Schneiderlin
McNair

Manchester United 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg | Match Report

Manchester united seal their first win in the UEFA Champions League group stage with an entertaining 2-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford.

The first half saw United dominate possession and create many chances; despite Draxler causing one or two problems and Wolfsburg being particularly dangerous on the break.

And it was VfL Wolfsburg who drew first blood.

In the 5th minute, some deft passing on the edge of the Manchester United box created space for Max Kruse to pick out Daniel Caliguiri with a through ball who shot past David de Gea with his right foot. A split second before Kruse’s killer pass, three of the United back line stepped forward in an attempt to catch Caliguiri offside. Only Valencia was not in tune and played the striker onside.

Manchester United reacted positively. They took control of the game and created several chances with Mata, Rooney and Memphis all having shots saved or blocked.

On 33 minutes United were rewarded for their persistence by winning a penalty after a hand ball by Wolfsburg goal scorer Daniel Caliguiri. It was Mata who stepped up and he made no mistake in drawing United level; converting into the bottom left, sending Benaglio the wrong way.

The second half was full of promise for United fans and they were not let down when on 52 minutes, a reverse back-heel flick on the edge of the area from Mata dropped conveniently in front of Smalling who slid in and knocked the ball past Benaglio to put United 2-1 ahead.

Although the game ended with Manchester United winning 2-1, Wolfsburg, immediately began to push forward and test Manchester United’s defence. But there was no way through as the United back line remained resolute right up until the final whistle, allowing Wolfsburg only a handful of chances.

Manchester United, VfL Wolfsburg, PSV and CSKA all now have three points and a zero goal difference after two games.

Did you find this match report useful or informative? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

You can also watch the Manchester United V Vf Wolfsburg match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here or watching below.

Please also visit The United Stand Fan Forum here to discuss the game or start your own discussion.

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
A Valencia (Young 45′)
Smalling
Blind
Darmian
Schneiderlin
Schweinsteiger (Jones 72′)
Mata
Rooney
Depay (Pereira 62′)
Martial

Substitutes

Jones
Young
Wilson
Romero
Fellaini
McNair
Pereira

VfL Wolfsburg Team Sheet

Benaglio
Träsch (Jung 77′)
Aparecido Rodrigues
Dante
Rodríguez
Guilavogui
Caligiuri
Arnold (Schurrle 70′)
Kruse
Draxler
Dost (Bendtner 70′)

Substitutes

Bendtner
Schäfer
Klose
Schürrle
Grün
Jung
Seguin

Manchester United V Sunderland | Match Report

Manchester United got top of the Barclays Premier League after three goals and a clean sheet against Sunderland, at the Theatre of dreams.

Manchester United started the game with high tempo, creating several chances. However, Sunderland remained resilient in defence, holding United off for as long as possible.

The Black Cats rarely troubled de Gea in the Manchester United Goal with their best chance coming from a Lens shot on the 23rd minute that was saved by the United keeper.

Both Mata and Memphis had shots blocked by Cattermole and Pantilimon respectively. Martial also came close with a run in from the left which saw him dispossessed at the last minute but winning United a corner.

Despite the dominance from United and the chances they created, it looked like both sides were going to head in at half time with the score still 0-0.

But, in the 4th and final minute of injury time, Daley Blind played a perfect ball over the top finding Mata in space on the right side of the box. Mata then crossed the ball – some may argue it was a shot – across the face of the goal where Memphis slid in to push the ball into the back of the net.

Coming out in the second half, Manchester United hoped to pick up where they left off in the first half. And that, they did.

Just a minute into the second half Martial made easy work of passing the Sunderland defence on the right side of the box. Looking up, he plays the ball across the face of goal finding Rooney, who more or less ran into the ball, knocking it over the line for his first Premier League goal and United’s second in the match.

Sunderland then began to press a litte, having a 10 minute spell of possession. During this spell they came close when a perfectly weighted through ball found Patrick van Aanholt one-on-one with de Gea. The United keeper stood his ground and blocked van Aanholt’s shot.

This small threat from Sunderland was enough for United to regroup and take control of the game once more. Again United came forward playing some good football and finding shooting opportunities.

On 66 minutes, Martial and Memphis found themselves two against one with Martial in possession. The 19 year old Frenchman selflessly tucked the ball past the last defender into the path of Memphis. Memphis, one-on-one with Pantilimon, was unfortunately unable to seize his chance to score his second as he was only able to shoot straight at the Sunderland keeper.

Although it was never in doubt, the three points were wrapped up in the 90th minute when substitute Ashley Young picked out Mata in acres of space at the back post. Young fired a cross to Mata who’s first touch stopped the ball dead. With all the time in the world he rifled the ball into the top right corner.

With that win Manchester United are now back in familiar territory at the top of the league. But with a tough October facing them, will they stay there?

Did you find this match report useful or informative? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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

Please also visit The United Stand Fan Forum here to discuss the game or start your own discussion.

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Valencia
Smalling
Blind (Jones 74′)
Darmian
Carrick (Schweinsteiger 68′)
Schneiderlin
Mata
Rooney
Memphis (Young 77′)
Martial

Substitutes

Jones
Young
Romero
Herrera
Fellaini
Schweinsteiger
Pereira

Sunderland Team Sheet

Pantilimon
Jones
Kaboul
O’Shea
van Aanholt
M’Vila
Cattermole
Johnson (Fletcher 45′)
Toivonen (Larsson 70′)
Lens
Borini

Substitutes

Larsson
Jordi Gómez
Defoe
Coates
Yedlin
Mannone
Fletcher

Manchester United V Ipswich Town | Match Report

Manchester United cruise into the fourth round of the Capital One cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town. Wayne Rooney, Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial Provide the goals.

Manchester United were in complete control of the first half with some decent spells of passing and movement. But it was on the 22nd minute that their first real goal opportunity presented itself.

Daley Blind played a long, direct ball through the centre of the Ipswich defence, finding Rooney on the edge of the box. Rooney did well to bring the ball under control with his first touch, setting himself up to drill the ball through the keepers legs.

Manchester United continued to put pressure on the Ipswich back line with lots of one touch passing around the edge of the Ipswich penalty area. An opening was found when a rare, but clever lay off from Fellaini, allowed Mata to get a shot off which was saved by the keeper.

Ipswich Town were very quiet during the first 45 minutes with perhaps their best chance coming early on in the 9th minute when Herrera was forced to make a very important tackle deep inside the box to prevent a shot at goal.

At just one goal down, Ipswich came out in the second half full of belief. They put some early pressure on United creating chances on goal.

On 49 minutes Fellaini played a weak pass which resulted in an Ipswich player picking up the loose ball and whipping in a cross. Fortunately for Fellaini the cross come to nothing.

Manchester United quickly regained control of the game and were quick to increase their lead. On 58 minutes, Mata was brought down on the edge of the box winning a free kick in a dangerous position. Both Mata and Pereira lined up to take the kick. It was Pereira who struck, curling the ball up and over the wall then dipping into the bottom right corner.

United really found their rhythm again after this goal and began creating some chances with Mata, Martial (who was brought on as a sub) and Pereira all having shots saved or going narrowly wide.

Apart from the first ten minutes of the second half, Ipswich were very much like they were in the first; not having a great deal of joy in front of the Manchester United goal.

There was one scare, however, in the 83rd minute when it looked as though Ipswich might pull a goal back. But, Phil Jones (who also came on from the bench) was alert to the situation and stuck a foot out to dispossess the Ipswich attacker on the edge of the six yard box.

To seal the victory, Anthony Martial, staying true to form, made easy work of placing the ball past the Ipswich keeper at the far post in the 92nd minute. The 19 year old found himself on the end of a ball over the top after a deflection off Memphis. Showing his strength, he resisted the advances from an Ipswich defender and ended up one on one with the keeper. Everyone knew what was coming at this point and many United fans had already started celebrating.

Most of United’s control and dominance during this game was largely down to Bastian Schweinsteiger. Since joining the club he has proven to be a huge presence all over the pitch and today was no exception. He dictated the play very well and always found space to receive a pass.

It was also a great evening for Pereira. The youngster made his first competitive start for Manchester United under Louis van Gaal and bagged himself a goal.

You can also watch The United Stand’s match reaction video by clicking here or watching below.

Manchester United Team Sheet

David de Gea
Antonio Valencia
Chris Smalling
Daley Blind
Ashley Young
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Ander Herrera
Juan Mata
Marouane Fellaini
Andreas Pereira
Wayne Rooney

Subs:

Sergio Romero
Matteo Darmian
Phil Jones
Michael Carrick
Morgan Schneiderlin
Memphis Depay
Anthony Martial

Ipswich Town Team Sheet

Bialkowski
Yorwerth
Oar
Malarczyk
Parr
Emmanuel
Coke
Tabb
Bru
McGoldrick
Murphy

Subs:

Chambers
Maitland-Niles
Pitman
Sears
Kenlock
Crowe
Toure

Southampton V Manchester United | Match Report

Manchester United’s visit to St Mary’s stadium saw them emerge victorious in a thrilling match that ended 3-2.

A brace from Anthony Martial and a goal from Mata sealed the victory for the reds but, they were made to wait almost 20 minutes before their first chance at goal.

Southampton had dominated the first 20-30 minutes of the game, creating lots of chances and putting United on the back foot.

Among those chances came the first goal, scored by Pelle on the 12th minute. David De Gea palmed a close range shot from Mane into Pelle’s path and he cooly slotted home to De Gea’s right, from 12 yards out.

Southampton continued to apply pressure. Including when they weren’t in possession of the ball. However, a brief moment of pressure from United, late in the first half, led to a scrap in the box and the ball fell kindly to Martial. Remaining composed, he turned and tucked the ball into the Southampton goal on 34 minutes.

This was a turning point in the game as Manchester United began to press, in search for a second, before half time.

The second half was a different story. Southampton, who were very well organised and disciplined in the first half seemed to drop off and allow Manchester United to come at them.

And it didn’t take long for United to take the lead. In the 50th minute Martial pounced onto a weak back pass from Yoshida and found himself one-on-one with Stekelenburg. Sending him the wrong way, Martial calmly placed the ball in the far corner.

The following ten minutes saw Southampton attempt to fight. By playing some quick football and running at the United defence, they searched for an equaliser. But this came to nothing and instead it was Manchester United who grabbed the next goal. Memphis cut in from the right and rifled a shot against the post. The ball then fell to Mata who was quickest to react and hit it first time to score and put United 3-1 up.

Now credit to Southampton as they gave united a scare and something to think about when on the 85th minute, Pelle found some space in the middle of the box to head his second goal of the game from a Sadio Mane cross.

Southampton continued to push forward until the final whistle having several shots either blocked by De Gea or going fractionally wide.

Team Sheets:

Southampton:

Stekelenburg
Yoshida
Fonte
van Dijk
Targett (Martina – 45′ )
Wanyama
Romeu (Davis – 56′ )
Mané
Ward-Prowse (Long – 76′ )
Tadic
Pellè

Substitutes

DaSoares
Long
Davis
Rodriguez
Martina
Juanmi

Manchester United:

de Gea
Darmian (A Valencia – 45′ )
Smalling
Blind
Rojo (McNair – 69′ )
Carrick (Schweinsteiger – 60′ )
Schneiderlin
Mata
Rooney
Depay
Martial

Substitutes

Young
Romero
Herrera
A Valencia
Fellaini
Schweinsteiger
McNair