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Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United | Match Report

Two points dropped in another frustrating game as Manchester United are held to another goalless draw.

As many expected, following Manchester United’s defeat in the Capital One cup, Crystal Palace were up for this match.

Palace began with pure intent, using their pace to get in behind the United defence.

During the opening 20 minutes the hosts had control of the game and were able to create some chances.

The first came in the very first minute when a mix-up between Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian allowed the ball to drop to Dwight Gayle. Gayle managed a shot but it was not good enough to beat David de Gea in the United goal.

On 10 minutes Palace had two quick chances. Yohan Cabaye chested the ball down on the edge of the box into the path of Yanick Bolasie. Bolasie rifled a shot toward goal from an angle but David de Gea reacted quickly to tip it onto the bar.

Seconds later, from a Yahan Cabaye corner, Scott Dann headed hard calling David de Gea into action once again. The Manchester United keeper turned Dann’s header over the bar.

After 20 minutes of keeping Crystal Palace at bay, United began to take control, enjoying some possession. It was during this period that the visitors managed their first and only shot on target in the first half. It was Wayne Rooney with a curling free kick in the 25th minute, but it was not enough to trouble Hennessey in the Palace goal.

Rooney came close again on the 32nd minute, but Anthony Martial’s pass was slightly over hit, allowing Hennessey to beat Rooney to ball.

Both teams then had a chance to take the lead in the final minutes of the first half. Yohan Cabaye played a ball forward with Dwight Gayle getting on the end of it and having a go at goal. However, similar to his first attempt it was not powerful enough to beat David de Gea.

Just before the whistle, Anthony Martial crossed the ball from the left onto the penalty spot picking out Ander Herrera. The ball appeared to come at him too quick as he couldn’t shape himself to hit the ball cleanly and ended up dragging his shot wide.

The majority of the second half was a physical battle of the midfield with lots of challenges going in and yellow cards being shown to both sets of players.

Crystal Palace wingers Wilfried Zaha and Yanick Bolasie caused United all sorts of problems with their pace and ability to beat players.

It was later in the second half that any real chances came for either team.

In the 72nd Minute, Ward hit a low cross into the United box with Yohan Cabaye the target. Only Cabaye was unable to connect, putting the ball wide of the post.

Three minutes later Crystal Palace had a trio of chances in the space of 20 seconds with the best chance falling to Scott Dann who once again rose the highest to get on the end of a corner but his header was fractionally over.

Manchester United weren’t ready to give up just yet as they searched for a winner. In the 81st minute, Wayne Rooney had a half chance with a shot from distance but it was always going over. And in the 89th minute Martial also had a volley blocked from close range.

It was Crystal Palace though who had the final attempt. In the 91st minute Bolasie got his head on the end of a corner but again the goal could not be found.

The home side will be disappointed not to have won that game but they would have still gone into the dressing room with the confidence thay they were the better team and had deserved three points.

Manchester United on the other hand will just be glad not to have lost after the defeat in midweek against Middlesbrough.

With 11 games now played, Manchester United remain in 4th. Arsenal and Manchester City increase their lead over United with victories over Norwich and Swansea.

Manchester United league position

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Crystal Palace Team Sheet

Cabaye (Jedinak – 80′)


Lee Chung-yong

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Darmian (Young – 66′)
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 69′)
Mata (Lingard – 79′)



Angel Di Maria never wanted to join Manchester United

In a recent interview with Spanish newspaper, Marca, Angel Di Maria opens up on his departure from Old Trafford

He has said that his intention was to stay at Real Madrid and that his preferred destination would have been Paris Saint Germain. Financial problems prevented that move and so he ended up at Manchester United.

The former Real Madrid star also said that he did not like the way Louis van Gaal worked.

Explaining why the move to Old Trafford failed, he says that he ended up being left on the bench; that he had problems with people at the club and that his home was robbed.

How do you feel about the Angel Di Maria saga? Do you feel he was weak? A failure? Or like many other world class players, just didn’t like life under Louis van Gaal? Let us know in the comments below.

You can read the full article on the Sky Sports website here.

Paul Scholes blasts LVG style

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes criticises Louis van Gaal’s playing style.

The midfield maestro, talking to BBC Radio Manchester, has said that he would not like playing in the system Louis van Gaal uses.

He also says that although the team are coached brilliantly defensively, they lack creativity and risk.

How do you feel about the LVG philosophy? Are you for or against? Let us know below in the comments or join the discussion in our fan forum here.

You can read the full article on the BBC website here.

Ronaldo to end career at United?

Sheffield Wednesday player and former Cristiano Ronaldo team mate, Jose Semedo, claims Ronaldo loves English Football and strongly believes the Real Madrid star will return to Old Trafford.

Semedo, who holidays with Ronaldo, spilled the beans during an interview with Talksport.

Do you think Ronaldo would return to United? Let us know in the comments below or discuss in our fan forum here.

To read the full article on the Telegraph website click here.

Manchester United 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-3 pens) | Match Report

It’s disaster for Manchester United as they are dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Championship side Middlesbrough on penalties.

Manchester united started the game with plenty of possession but again failed to create many goal scoring chances. The play at times was frustrating with lot’s of passes not finding their targets and runs down the wing coming to nothing.

United were forced to wait until the 34th minute for their first shot on target when James Wilson found himself with a scoring chance but his shot was straight at Mejias.

On the 40th minute United had another chance to score when Daley Blind played a diagonal cross to Fellaini who chested the ball down, allowed it to bounce and hit the volley but he was quickly closed down and the volley blocked. Fellaini also had another chance earlier in the half but he scuffed the shot dragging the ball wide.

A resilient Middlesbrough also had there chances.

Their first chance came on the 15th minute when a mis-timed overhead kick from Nsue fell into the path of Friend, who’s shot was saved by Sergio Romero.

Just before half time Middlesbrough came close again when Stuart Downing rifled a shot from outside the box but it was no problem for Romero who reacted quickly to tip it over the bar. A couple of minutes before that Kike also had a scoring chance after bringing down an Ayala cross. But he was unable to get any real purchase on his effort and it was a simple save for Romero.

The second half was a far more entertaining half with both sides having plenty of goal scoring opportunities.

Manchester United were the team who started the brightest. On 52 minutes, Memphis, cutting in from the left and hit a low driven shot but the Middlesbrough keeper got down quickly to stop it.

Pereira and Fellaini also had chances to put Manchester United ahead just a few minutes later but their shots were also lacking as they were both straight at Mejias.

On 57 minutes Middlesbrough thought they had taken the lead when Daley Blind turned a bizarre clearance, from a rebound off the post, into his own net. The goal, however, was disallowed as Kike was in an offside position when he hit his shot against the post.

Six minutes later Middlesbrough again, thought they were going to take the lead after Sergio Romero failed to control a back pass from Daley Blind. The ball rolled of the United keepers foot, hit the outside of the post and ran out for a corner.

The visitors had another chance on 67 minutes. Stuart Downing played a perfectly weighted through ball into the box finding Leadbitter. Leadbitter then fired in a shot from a tight angle but Sergio Romero got down quickly to turn the ball out for a corner.

Then it was Manchester United’s turn again.

Between the 80th and 90th minute, United a managed few attempts at the Middlesbrough goal. Fellaini and Smalling failed to hit the target with their efforts but Jesse Lingard came mighty close in the 90th minute with a fantastic volley that ricocheted off the post.

It looking as though United were going to snatch a winner. But Middlesbrough were not done yet.

Middlesbrough players celebrate win over Manchester United
Middlesbrough celebrate penalty shoot-out victory (Source: The Guardian)

In the space of a minute (90-91), Middlesbrough had three shots on goal, two of which were from Stuart Downing who forced two good saves from Sergio Romero.

Unfortunately neither team were able to find a winner in normal time so the game went to extra time in which both teams had great chances to snatch a winner.

The best chances for a winner came for United in the dying seconds of the second half (ET). The first fell to martial who watched his diving header bounce just in front of the goal line but the spin took it the wrong side of the back post.

A minute later, in time added on, Jesse Lingard played a cross into the box. Fellaini got his head to the ball with space around him and only the keeper to beat. Unfortunately he could only direct the ball over the bar.

The game then went to penalties and misses from Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young cost Manchester United the game with Middlesbrough winning the shoot-out 3-1.

As a neutral, this would have been a fantastic game to watch with so many late chances in normal time and extra time for both teams. For United fans however, it will be another frustrating experience. Once again Wayne Rooney failed to impress; big money signing Memphis also had another game he will want to forget quickly and again they failed to break down a solid defence.

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 Manchester City match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here or watching below.

Manchester United Team Sheet



De Gea

Middlesbrough Team Sheet

De Pena



Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City | Match Report

A goalless draw was the result of a somewhat entertaining Manchester derby. The crowd was electric, strong challenges were aplenty but it lacked that killer finish.

The first half of the match was even in terms of ball possession but very few chances were created; none in fact for Manchester United.

Manchester City carved out a couple of chances with former Liverpool player Raheem sterling finding a shooting opportunity on 11 minutes but his shot was blocked. Yaya Toure also had a couple of chances late on in the half when he beat Morgan Schneiderlin in the air to head just wide from a corner and scuffing a shot over the bar from an early Kevin De Bruyne cross.

Antonio Valencia gave Alexander Kolarov a hard time down the right but failed to find a decent cross and Marcos Rojo kept De Bryune quiet with some great defending.

Both teams played good, quick football throughout the first half which kept the fans on both sides at full voice. You might say that the battle in the stands was at times more fierce than that on the pitch!

The second half was a different story. Manchester United came out and controlled the game. City struggled to gain any rhythm with United pressing very well.

Anthony Martial created lot’s of problems for City down the left with his winding runs leaving defenders wondering what just happened.

Manchester United, with all their possession, were able to create a few chances in the second half. But they were, frustratingly, not able to convert any of them.

The first came on 49 minutes when Juan Mata saw his shot blocked, then less than a minute later, Chris Smalling came close, heading a Juan Mata corner back across goal and narrowly wide.

United continued to be patient, keeping possession, but had to wait until the 83rd minute before their next big chance.

On 83 minutes, Anthony Martial, from outside the City box, scooped a ball over the top to Jesse Lingard who then jumped and flicked the looping ball up and over Joe Hart only to watch it bounce off the cross bar.

United’s last big chance came in the 87th minute when a lofted Ander Herrera free kick was headed down by Fellaini into the path of Chris Smalling. Smalling managed to get a shot off but a full stretch Joe Hart was able to tip the ball around the bottom left post.

Despite the lack of goals the match was an entertaining one. Gripping at times when it looked like United were on a break. The fans of both clubs created a fantastic atmosphere from start to finish.

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo had great games at the back and Anthony Martial once again looked dangerous with the ball at his feet. It is definitely safe to say that at the final whistle, it was Manchester United who were the more disappointed of both clubs.

With all the top 6 having played 10 games, Mancester United now sit 4th; level on points with 3rd placed West Ham United and two points behind leaders Manchester City and second placed Arsenal.

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

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

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Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
A Valencia (Darmian – 81′)
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 75′)
Mata (Lingard – 67′)



Manchester City Team Sheet

De Bruyne
Y Touré (Demichelis – 77′)
Sterling (Jesús Navas – 55′)
Bony (Iheanacho – 83′)


Jesús Navas

Transfer Rumour: Harry Kane and Rafael Varane

It is rumoured that Manchester United will reignite their interest in signing Harry Kane next summer with Louis van Gaal insisting on it.

Harry Kane was strongly linked to United in the last transfer window but a move did not come to fruition as Tottenham did not feel United’s offer met their valuation of the England forward.

Also on the rumour-mill: with United failing to capture the signature of Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos in the summer, attentions have now been turned to one of Madrid’s other centre backs, Rafael Varane. Louis van Gaal believes he is the man to improve his teams defensive options.

To read the full report please visit The Telegraph website here.

Do you think Harry Kane and Rafael Varane would be a good signings for United? Who else would you like to see in a Manchester United shirt? Let us know in the comments below.

CSKA Moscow 1-1 Manchester United | Match Report

Manchester United make life difficult for themselves in the Champions League group stage after a lackluster performance results in a 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow.

Despite dominating possession for the majority of the first half, United struggled to find a way through the CSKA stronghold in what was always expected to be a tough game,

It was CSKA Moscow who drew first blood when, against the run of play, a handball in the Manchester United box from Anthony Martial in the 15th minute, resulted in a penalty. The penalty, taken by Eremenko, was saved by David de Gea but Doumbia was quickest to react and converted the rebound to put the home side 1-0 ahead.

The second half brought a slight improvement with Manchester United continuing to control the game and creating a few chances.

On 59 minutes, a Herrera cross found Rooney who headed straight at the keeper and on 62 minutes the CSKA keeper made easy work of a weak, in-step, Lingard shot.

With these two chances coming within a couple of minutes of each other you sensed a goal was coming. And it did, with Anthony Martial making amends for his handball incident. On 64 minutes, Ander Herrera played a clever through ball into the path of Antonio Valencia who hit a first time cross into the box. The cross was fractionally too high for Rooney but Anthony Martial was behind and with a fantastic diving header arrowing the ball past the keeper and in off the far post.

The game continued with Manchester United trying without success to get a winner. CSKA Moscow seemed to persistently outnumber United by two or three to one with their constant pressing and plugging of any gaps.

If United are going to progress through the group stage they will need to find a way of breaking teams down and quick.

As it stands, Manchester United now sit 2nd, two points behind VfL Wolfsburg with the group still very much open after 3 games.

Champions League Group B showing Manchester United in 2nd place
Champions League Group B (Source: BBC Football)

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CSKA Moscow Team Sheet

Figueira Fernandes
Berezutski (Berezutski – 42′)
Alekseevich Eremenko (Panchenko – 83′)
Dzagoev (Cauna – 87′)



Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
A Valencia
Rojo (Blind – 63′)
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 45′)
Lingard (Depay – 80′)



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.