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Man United 0-0 West Ham | Full match report

Goals evade Man United once again as their game at home to West Ham finishes goalless. Their fifth goalless draw in nine games.

Man United started the first half at a high tempo. Attacking the West Ham defence and pressing high when off the ball.

In the first ten minutes the reds had several shots at West Hams goal. The best chances involved Marouane Fellaini. In the 5th minute, Fellaini found himself running at the West Ham defence with Lingard in a very good position to his left. Instead, Fellaini decided to go it alone and have a shot. The shot was weak and drifted wide of Adrian’s post.

Four minutes later Paddy McNair curled in a cross from the right finding Fellaini at the back post, but the Belgian’s header went just over the bar.

There was a scare for Man United in the 12th minute when a Daley Blind pass fell to Noble. Noble played a through ball to Victor Moses who was one-on-one with David de Gea. The United keeper read the situation well and came out quick to save with his feet, deflecting the ball out for a corner. Zarate then headed the resulting corner wide.

Man United were next to come close to breaking the deadlock. In the 16th minute, Jesse Lingard whipped the ball in from the left toward Fellaini, who then chested the ball down to Anthony Martial. The 20 year old then hit a volley which looked to be going in but Winston Reid was there to rescue West Ham with a much appreciated block.

Winston Reid blocks Anthony Martial's close range volley (Source: Mirror)
Winston Reid blocks Anthony Martial’s close range volley (Source: Mirror)

Back down the other end West Ham hit the post twice in the space of a minute. At the midway point of the first half, Cresswell arrowed in a cross which bounced off the chest of David de Gea. Chris Smalling stretched out a leg in an attempt to clear the ball but he hit it into Zarate’s face and it ricocheted onto the post and out.

Seconds later West Ham’s Winston Reid headed a corner onto the post. Man United appeared to be hanging on by a thread.

The game settled slightly for the remainder of the second half with West Ham, on a break, managing a shot from Noble. But the veterans shot was never on target.

The start of the second half was similar to the first with Man United pushing forward looking for a scoring opportunity.

Only one came as a Jesse Lingard shot in the 50th minute went marginally over the West Ham goal.

Man United seemed to sit off a little as West Ham gained some momentum. In the 55th minute, Zarate made easy work of beating Varela down the left. The West Ham winger then cut in from the left and hit a shot from outside the box. The shot was on target but David de Gea got down and gathered the ball.

West Ham's Zarate rues missed chance against Man United (Source: Mirror)
West Ham’s Zarate rues missed chance against Man United (Source: Mirror)

A few seconds later Antonio beat Darmian with a cross into Andy Carrol. The West Ham striker touched the ball into Zarate who looked like he was clear through to slot past David de Gea, but instead miscued his shot and dragged it across the goal and out for a goal kick.

Man United’s fans became restless and boo’s were heard from the Stretford End with chants of “Attack! Attack! Attack!”.

The players reacted to the crowd and for the last half an hour really put pressure on West Ham.

During that spell United managed an approximate 10 attempts on goal. The best of these fell to Fellaini, Martial and Lingard.

On the hour mark Anthony Martial went on a winding run across the edge of the West Ham box. Reaching the byline he played a diagonal ball back to Fellaini who managed to get a foot on it. Many fans behind the goal thought it was going in but Adrian got down quickly to palm the ball off the line.

In the 81st minute, Memphis did what Memphis does by running at the defenders and cutting in. The Dutchman then played a pass into Martial who’s first time shot skimmed the outside of Adrian’s left hand post.

A minute later Jesse Lingard raced onto a loose ball and struck a shot fractionally wide.

At the full time whistle both fans and players alike were frustrated. The fans were very vocal with boo’s echoing around Old Trafford. Something which is slowly becoming commonplace.

One thing Man United can take from this match is that there was an increased amount of attacking football. Something fans have been crying out for. However, it means nothing if chances are not taken and games aren’t won.

United’s fourth draw in six Premier League games means they drop down to fourth in the table. The points United continue to drop could come back to haunt them later in the season.

Man United drop to fourth in the Premier League table after another goalless draw
Man United drop to fourth in the Premier League table after another goalless draw

What did you think of the game? Are you happy with the fact that they played with more attacking intent? Do you think Man United are heading in the right direction? We would love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

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

Man United Team Sheet

de Gea
McNair (Varela – 45′)
Smalling
Blind
Darmian
Schneiderlin (Carrick – 44′)
Schweinsteiger (Depay – 73′)
Mata
Fellaini
Lingard
Martial

Substitutes

Depay
Carrick
Young
Romero
Varela
Borthwick-Jackson
Pereira

West Ham Team Sheet

Adrián
Tomkins
Reid
Ogbonna
Cresswell
Song (Obiang – 78′)
Moses (Antonio – 37′)
Noble
Kouyaté
Zárate (Jenkinson – 88′)
Carroll

Substitutes

Randolph
Jenkinson
Obiang
Collins
Jelavic
Antonio
Oxford

Leicester City 1-1 Man United | Full match report

Man United miss out on going top of the Premier League after managing only a draw away at Leicester City.

For the majority of the first half Leicester moved the ball around quickly and looked the more likely team to score, despite Man United having the bigger share of possession.

The first attempt on goal came from the home team in the 13th minute when a misplaced pass from Michael Carrick fell to Jamie Vardy who laid the ball to Kante. Kante hit a shot but was quickly closed down and the shot deflected out for a corner.

In the 17th minute Wayne Rooney had a chance with a volley near the edge of the box but was unable to connect cleanly, leaving an easy save for Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester broke the deadlock mid way through the second half and it was Jamie Vardy who put the foxes ahead. Fuchs spotted Vardy making a run and played a perfectly timed, long range through ball into the strikers path. Making no mistake Vardy hit the ball across the face of the goal, beating David de Gea and finding the back of the net. This goal saw Jamie Vardy break Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games.

Jamie Vardy beats Man United's Darmian and de Gea to put Leicester city ahead (Source: Daily Mail)
Jamie Vardy beats Man United’s Darmian and de Gea to put Leicester city ahead (Source: Daily Mail)

Okazaki almost put Leicester two up just seven minutes later. He played a quick one-two with Mahrez, but saw his shot saved excellently by de Gea.

United had a couple of attempts on goal either side of the Okazaki chance with the first coming from Bastian Schweinsteiger, however the German dragged his long range shot wide. Ten minutes later it was Wayne Rooney who had a go with a header from a United corner, but it didn’t trouble the Leicester keeper.

On the stroke of half time Man United found an equaliser when Bastian Schweinsteiger won a man to man battle with Okazaki to head home from a corner.

Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates his equaliser for Man United (Source: Daily Mail)
Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates his equaliser for Man United (Source: Daily Mail)

Early in the second half it was Man United who had the first try at going ahead. Bastian Schweinsteiger again winning a header, this time from an Ashley Young free kick, but the header lacked direction and was easy for Schmeichel.

Mid way through the second half Leicester had a couple of chances. The first came from a counter attack. Mahrez made easy work of a long run down Leicester’s right wing and picked out Ulloa who hit a shot but David de Gea was out quick and saved with his feet.

Ulloa found himself with another shooting opportunity about seven minutes later but was unable to catch the ball properly, hitting it high and wide.

Man United started to dominate possession more as the game entered the later stages but they were only able to create a few chances. The best of these fell to Mata in the 79th minute. He brought down a cross from Memphis and turned to shoot but the shot cannoned off a defender and went out for a corner.

Five minutes later Memphis also had a good chance but slightly over hit his first touch and the shot that followed was blocked.

Man United had once more chance to snatch the three points in injury time when Darmian picked up a loose ball. Frustratingly, for him and the travelling fans, he couldn’t hit the target.

The draw means Man United drop to third in the Premier League, one point behind Manchester City and Leicester who sit first and second respectively.

Man United sit third after the draw at Leicester City (Source: BBC Football)
Man United sit third after the draw at Leicester City (Source: BBC Football)

What did you think of the game? Are you growing frustrated with the style of play and lack of goals? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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

Leicester City Team Sheet

Schmeichel
Simpson (de Laet – 80′)
Morgan
Huth
Fuchs
Mahrez
Kanté
Drinkwater
Albrighton (Schlupp – 70′)
Okazaki (Ulloa – 60′)
Vardy

Substitutes

de Laet
King
Schlupp
Ulloa
Dyer
Schwarzer
Inler

Man United Team Sheet

de Gea
McNair
Smalling
Blind
Darmian
Carrick
Schweinsteiger
Young
Mata
Martial
Rooney (Depay – 68′)

Substitutes

Depay
Romero
Fellaini
Schneiderlin
Rashford
Borthwick-Jackson
Pereira

Man United 0-0 PSV Eindhoven | Full Match Report

Fans make themselves heard with boos at the final whistle, as a limp Man United fail to win and secure last 16 qualification.

Before the game started it was expected that Man United, at home, would see off PSV Eindhoven and secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Despite several attempts at goal in both halves, it just wasn’t to be.

United started the game with an attacking mentality. They moved the ball around quickly and got plenty of balls into the box.

Their first chance came in the 6th minute when Jesse Lingard squared the ball into Bastian Schweinsteiger. The German international shot with his left foot but it lacked any power and Zoet was able to gather the ball easily.

It was almost 1-0 to the home side in the 31st minute when Morgan Schneiderlin got on the end of a corner with a slight touch but the PSV keeper got down and saved on the line.

During the next 5 minutes PSV Eindhoven had a couple of attempts of their own. The first coming from Hendrix. He found a gap between Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin and placed a curling shot to David de Gea’s far post but the United keeper got across quickly to save.

Man United's David de Gea at full stretch to prevent Hendrix from scoring (Source: Guardian)
David de Gea at full stretch to prevent Hendrix from scoring (Source: Guardian)

Shortly afterward Hector Moreno headed just over from a PSV corner.

In the 37th minute Man United had two quick chances with shots from Martial and Lingard both being saved, fairly easily, by Zoet.

Just before the half time whistle Anthony Martial almost gave United some breathing space. Memphis played a ball into Martial’s path on the left hand side of the box and the Frenchman hit a low left-footed drive down at the near post but Zoet, again, got down quickly to put the ball around the post.

At the start of the second half Man United seemed to be almost at full throttle. Three shots at goal in as many minutes left many fans feeling as though a goal was coming.

In the 46th minute Schneiderlin got his head on the end of a corner but couldn’t keep it on target.

A minute later Anthony Martial whipped in a cross from the right wing finding Lingard at the near post. Lingard’s header went narrowly wide of Zoet’s far post.

Man United's Lingard and Rooney rue missed chance (Source: Guardian)
Lingard and Rooney rue missed chance (Source: Guardian)

Then in the 49th minute Memphis cut in from the left and hit a right footed shot. The shot, however, lacked power and Zoet was able to get down and smother the ball.

It was at this point that Man United appeared to switch off and PSV Eindhoven took advantage of this and created several chances to score.

In the 53rd minute, de Jong beat Daley Blind just inside the United box but dragged his left-footed shot well wide.

Propper then tried in the 62nd minute with a long range half-volley after completing three kick-ups while running, but could only hit his shot directly at David de Gea.

PSV Eindhoven continued to create chances, despite United’s possession, with the best chance coming from a PSV break which saw Locadia come close to giving the visitors the lead. Unfortunately for him he couldn’t control his shot, pulling it wide.

Man United had one more good chance to seal a win and that was in the 73rd minute; Ashley Young pulled a right footed cross back into the path of Jesse Lingard, but he was leaning back and his first time shot sailed over the bar.

The full time whistle brought an end to yet another frustrating goalless draw. The United fans made their frustrations heard by booing as the players left the field.

The draw means Man United drop to second place in Group B. They play their final group stage match away at VfL Wolfsburg from which they will need a win to qualify for the last 16 as PSV are likely to beat CSKA who are already out.

Man United drop to second in Group B (Source: BBC Football)
Man United drop to second in Group B (Source: BBC Football)

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

You can also watch the Man United V PSV Eindhoven match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here. Or by watching below.

Man United Team Sheet

de Gea
Darmian (Mata – 85′)
Smalling
Blind
Rojo
Schneiderlin
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 58′)
Lingard
Rooney
Depay (Young – 59′)
Martial

Substitutes

Mata
Young
Wilson
Romero
Fellaini
McNair
Pereira

PSV Eindhoven Team Sheet

Zoet
Arias
Bruma
Moreno
Brenet
Guardado
Hendrix (Isimat-Mirin – 60′)
Pröpper
Narsingh (Pereiro – 18′)
de Jong
Locadia

Substitutes

Isimat-Mirin
Pereiro
Schaars
Maher
Poulsen
Pasveer
Bergwijn

Watford 1-2 Man United | Match Report

Man United escape with all 3 points thanks to an injury time winner away at Watford.

Man United got off the mark early with a goal from out-of-form Memphis Depay in the 11th minute. Ander Herrera and Ashley Young played a quick one-two out on the right with Herrera curling in a first time cross into the near post. Memphis beat the defenders to the ball, leaping and placing a cushioned volley past Gomes and into the top corner.

In the 21st minute, Watford were gifted an opportunity to equalise when Ashley Young lost possession, allowing Watford to break. The ball was played through to Ighalo who passed Bastian Schweinsteiger but could only scuff his shot yards wide of David de Gea’s left hand post.

Morgan Schneiderlin had a chance to extend Man United’s lead in the 28th minute following a scramble in the Watford penalty area. The France international struck a volley, but was unable to keep it down.

Watford had another chance to pull level in the 36th minute when Capoue found space for a shot. But he too, could not hit his volley on target.

Shortly before half time Memphis found himself with possession on the left hand side. He dribbled the ball, cutting in from the left and hit a shot toward the bottom left of Watford’s goal. The shot lacked any real power and Gomes was able to get down and tip the ball round the post.

Despite the early goal from United, the first half can be described as scrappy, with neither team really taking control of the game. Man United slightly edged it having had the better chances at goal.

Memphis celebrates putting Man United ahead (Source: Mirror)
Memphis celebrates putting Man United ahead (Source: Mirror)

The second half was a little more entertaining. Man United started brightly with Jesse Lingard and Bastian Schweinsteiger both having chances to score.

In the 47th minute, Memphis played a diagonal pass to Lingard on the edge of the Watford box. Lingard took a touch then hit a left footed shot at goal, but it was no problem for Gomes who palmed the ball away.

Two minutes later Schweinsteiger found a shooting opportunity but hit his shot over the bar.

Around the hour mark Watford began to get into the game, putting a lot of pressure on Man United. They pressed United’s back line very well, creating a catalogue of chances. Approximately 7 shots were hit at the United goal with 5 of them being saved by David de Gea.

The best of the above chances fell to Abdi. The attacker hit a low volley inside the box which looked as though it was heading for the bottom left corner. But David de Gea reacted quickly to pull off an excellent save, turning the ball around the post.

In the 84th minute, it looked as though Watford were going to pay for not taking their chances, when a ball over the top fell to Lingard who was one-on-one with Gomes. It seemed so simple for Lingard who just had to lift the ball over the Watford keeper’s head. But his touch was tame and Gomes gathered it easily.

This scare did not deter Watford from coming forward and they were soon rewarded for their efforts in the 87th minute. An unnecessary tackle from Marcos Rojo in the United box resulted in referee Robert Madley pointing to the spot. Deeney stepped up and scored the penalty, bringing Watford level with just a few minutes left to play.

The last few minutes of the game were sure to have had the fans on the edge of their seats. Man United reacted positively and came at Watford looking for a late winner.

In the 90th minute, Chris Smalling got on the end of a corner, flicking the ball toward the top left corner of the goal. But Gomes, at full stretch, pulled off a good save tipping the ball wide.

Man United continued to press and in the 91st minute a saved shot fell to Bastian Schweinsteiger who hit the ball across the goal. Deeney, who scored Watford’s equaliser from the spot, came sliding in to attempt to clear the ball, but could only drag it into his own net, gifting United the goal and all three points.

Deeney turns Schweinsteiger's cross into his own net gifting Man United a goal (Source: mirror)
Deeney turns Schweinsteiger’s cross into his own net gifting Man United a goal (Source: mirror)

Watford will feel hard done by after that match as they deserved at least a point for their efforts. However, they had plenty of chances to score but failed to take them. United on the other hand will be relieved to take all three points after the late penalty and they can now look to build on that as they continue their push for a title challenge.

The win today puts Man United top of the Premier League with Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester all to play this afternoon.

Premier League table showing Man United top (Source: BBC Football)
Man United currently sit top of the league.

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Watford Team Sheet

Gomes
Nyom
Cathcart
Britos
Anya
Capoue
Watson
Jurado
Deeney
Abdi
Ighalo

Substitutes

Oularé
Paredes
Aké
Guédioura
Ibarbo
Diamanti
Arlauskis

Man United Team Sheet

de Gea
Jones
Smalling
Blind
Young
Schweinsteiger
Schneiderlin
Mata
Herrera
Lingard
Depay

Substitutes

Rojo
Romero
McNair
Darmian
Rashford
Pereira
Goss

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

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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

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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

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

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

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.

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Manchester United Team Sheet

Romero
Darmian
Smalling
Blind
Rojo
Carrick
Fellaini
Pereira
Lingard
Wilson
Memphis

Substitutes

De Gea
Young
Schweinsteiger
Herrera
Mata
Martial
Rooney

Middlesbrough Team Sheet

Mejias
Kalas
Ayala
Gibson
Friend
Leadbitter
Stephens
Nsue
Downing
De Pena
Kike

Substitutes

Dimi
Amorebieta
Clayton
Fabbrini
Jackson
Nugent
Zucolini

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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Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
A Valencia (Darmian – 81′)
Jones
Smalling
Rojo
Schneiderlin
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 75′)
Mata (Lingard – 67′)
Herrera
Martial
Rooney

Substitutes

Depay
Carrick
Blind
Romero
Fellaini
Lingard
Darmian

Manchester City Team Sheet

Hart
Sagna
Kompany
Otamendi
Kolarov
Fernando
Fernandinho
De Bruyne
Y Touré (Demichelis – 77′)
Sterling (Jesús Navas – 55′)
Bony (Iheanacho – 83′)

Substitutes

Zabaleta
Caballero
Jesús Navas
Mangala
Demichelis
Roberts
Iheanacho

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

Akinfeev
Figueira Fernandes
Berezutski (Berezutski – 42′)
Ignashevitch
Schennikov
Tosic
Wernbloom
Alekseevich Eremenko (Panchenko – 83′)
Musa
Dzagoev (Cauna – 87′)
Doumbia

Substitutes

Chepchugov
Berezutski
Panchenko
Nababkin
Cauna
Milanov
Golovin

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
A Valencia
Jones
Smalling
Rojo (Blind – 63′)
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 45′)
Schneiderlin
Lingard (Depay – 80′)
Rooney
Herrera
Martial

Substitutes

Depay
Mata
Carrick
Blind
Romero
Fellaini
Darmian