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

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

Manchester United 1-0 CSKA Moscow | Match Report

Manchester United score first goal in 404 minutes with a header from Rooney to beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 in match day 4 of the Champions League group stage.

Despite the victory, it will be mixed feelings for many Manchester United fans with the overall performance improved, but there was still little work for Akinfeev to do in the CSKA Moscow goal.

United controlled the game from the start and started at a much higher tempo than in recent games. More crosses were put in and more chances created.

The first fell to Wayne Rooney in the 4th minute. Marcos Rojo played a first time cross from the left which took a touch off Anthony Martial. The ball then bounced for Rooney who hit his volley just wide.

In the 9th and 10th minute Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard had a chance each to get on the score sheet but Rojo’s shot was closed down quickly by Akinfeev and Lingard’s strike sailed over the bar.

In the 16th minute Daley Blind spotted a Juan Mata run and hit a long ball over the top. Mata was able to beat his marker but a charging Akinfeev forced Mata to slide and poke the ball just wide of the bottom right post.

Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard both had chances again around the half hour mark. Lingard’s attempt again went high over the bar while Rojo was closer with his volley from an Ashley Young cross. But pulled the volley wide of the left post.

Manchester United started the second half well by pressing the CSKA Moscow defence.

Marcos Rojo popped up again, this time from a Rooney corner. The left-back got in front of his man but placed his header just wide of the back post.

A few minutes later Anthony Martial had a chance to put United ahead when he got his head on the end of a Rojo cross but his header was too close to Akinfeev.

Around the hour mark Manchester United began to ease off. The fans around the stadium voiced their disapproval with echoing chants of “We’re Man United, and we want some attack”, quickly followed by “Attack! Attack! Attack!”

The team responded to the chants and created a couple more chances. In the 71st minute, Jesse Lingard finished a winding run into the box with a short pass to Mata who then played the ball into Rooney’s feet but he was unable to position himself to get a shot off.

In the 75th minute, a CSKA defensive header looped up into the air. Just outside the box Michael Carrick watched it drop and hit a thunderous volley just wide.

A couple of minutes later United had a scare when Doumbia was put through on goal but David de Gea read the play and was out quick to block his shot. Doumbia then chased the loose ball just a couple of yards in front of him and hit another shot while de Gea was still down, but a sprinting Chris Smalling slid in and blocked the shot putting it out for a corner.

Chris Smalling blocks Doumbia's shot following a block from David de Gea
Chris Smalling blocks Doumbia’s shot following a block from David de Gea (Source: The Guardian)

If there was a time for Manchester United to score, it was now. And Wayne Rooney delivered with a headed goal from a Jesse Lingard volleyed cross in the 79th minute.

Two minutes later Lingard had another chance when Wayne Rooney played a defence boggling, reverse-flick through ball into the youngsters path. But Lingard’s lashing volley was saved by Akinfeev.

It was a much needed win for United. Both to boost their chances of progressing from the group stage and also to end the goal drought and avoid another 0-0 stalemate.

The victory puts Manchester United top of the group stage with two games left to play. One of which is at home to PSV Eindhoven.

Champions League Group B 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 CSKA Moscow match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here. Or by watching below.

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Young
Smalling
Blind
Rojo
Carrick
Schweinsteiger (Herrera – 89′)
Mata (Depay – 74′)
Rooney
Lingard
Martial (Fellaini – 66′)

Substitutes

Jones
Depay
Romero
Herrera
Fellaini
Darmian
Pereira

CSKA Moscow Team Sheet

Akinfeev
Figueira Fernandes
Berezutski
Ignashevitch
Schennikov
Dzagoev (Panchenko – 85′)
Wernbloom
Tosic (Golovin – 75′)
Natcho (Doumbia – 55′)
Milanov
Musa

Substitutes

Chepchugov
Vasin
Panchenko
Nababkin
Golovin
Doumbia

Bale and Anderson January transfer targets

According to BBC Sport Gossip Column, Manchester United will make bids for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Lazio’s Felipe Anderson in the January transfer window.

Rumour has it that Manchester United will make a bid for the £90m rated Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale, in the January transfer window, in a possible swap deal that could include David de Gea.

Also, the reds are believed to be lining up a £40m bid for Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson.

Felipe Anderson in action for Lazio
Felipe Anderson in action for Lazio (Source: Mirror)

If the rumours are to be true, do you think they will happen? Let us know in the comments below or join the discussion in our fan forum here.

You can read the BBC Sport Gossip column here.

Watch some of Gareth Bales best goals by clicking here or watching below.

Leicester’s Ben Chilwell on United radar

It is understood that Leicester City starlet Ben Chilwell is being monitored by Manchester United and Arsenal.

Scouts from both United and Arsenal were present during Leicester’s game with Hull City in the Capital One cup earlier this week, where Ben Chilwell made his full debut.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri thinks highly of the young left-back describing him as a “very, very good player”.

You can read the full article on the Daily Mail website here.

Watch Ben Chilwell’s Academy Player of the Year award 2015 interview below or by clicking here.

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

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 Crystal Palace V Manchester United match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here. Or by watching below.

Crystal Palace Team Sheet

Hennessey
Kelly
Dann
Delaney
Ward
Cabaye (Jedinak – 80′)
McArthur
Zaha
Puncheon
Bolasie
Gayle

Substitutes

Speroni
Hangeland
Bamford
Lee Chung-yong
Jedinak
Sako
Ledley

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Darmian (Young – 66′)
Smalling
Blind
Rojo
Schneiderlin
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 69′)
Mata (Lingard – 79′)
Herrera
Martial
Rooney

Substitutes

Carrick
Young
Romero
Fellaini
Lingard
Tuanzebe
Pereira

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.