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Derby County 1-3 Man United | Match review

United see off Derby County in the FA Cup 4th round with a 3-1 victory.

In a much improved performance, United played some decent football, attacked and scored three goals, including a first half goal!

Captain Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a curled shot from outside the box. It came from a good move that came from Daley Blind playing a long ground pass into Martial, who knocked the ball into Rooney. Rooney looked up and from outside the box curled a shot across and around the keeper leaving him with no chance. It was a great finish that he will be happy with.

20 minutes later Derby found an equaliser with a goal from Thorne. Thorne exposed a gap left by Smalling and he controlled a ball over the top perfectly setting himself to tap it past David de Gea.

United regained the lead in the second half thanks to a goal from Daley Blind. Lingard had possession out on the right and played in a pacey cross across the ground and Blind was quickest to it arrowing the ball into the bottom right.

By this point Derby were looking tired and United took advantage of this when Martial made easy work of beating the Derby right back and pulling the ball back into the path of Mata who slotted the ball across the keeper and into the back of the net sealing the win for United.

Derby can take some pride from their performance as they did have a go at United for the majority of the game and created a few chances of their own.

The win sends United into the 5th round of the FA Cup. A tournament they haven’t won in 12 years. Could this be their year?

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Man United 2-1 Swansea City | Match report

Man United secure their first win in seven Premier League games as they see off Swansea 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Goals from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney earned the red devils the three points, easing pressure on boss, Louis van Gaal.

The first half ended 0-0 with Man United failing to play in the same manner they did against Chelsea. Jeers and groans were heard around the stadium as fans became disgruntled.

However, Man United came out in the second half showing much more intent and Anthony Martial opened the scoring in the 47th minute. Ashley Young whipped in a cross from the right, Wayne Rooney attempted and failed to head the ball but Martial was behind him to head the ball down and past Fabianski.

Martial heads past Swansea's Fabianksi to open the scoring (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)
Martial heads past Swansea’s Fabianksi to open the scoring (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)

United gave a much improved performance in the second half but were unable to extend their lead. Instead Swansea managed to pull level thanks to a goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 71st minute. Swansea sub, Barrow, made easy work of beating Matteo Darmian down the right and hit a cross into the box. The cross found Sigurdsson who looped a header over David de Gea and into the United goal.

Sigurdsson heads over David de Gea to bring Swansea level (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)
Sigurdsson heads over David de Gea to bring Swansea level (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)

It didn’t take long for Man United to take the lead again. This time Rooney providing the goal. The play started with Anthony Martial who ran at the defenders, taking the ball to the byline. Beating the defenders he pulled the ball back across the goal finding Rooney who scored with a clever back-heel flick completely fooling Fabianski.

Rooney scores with clever flick to secure three points (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)
Rooney scores with clever flick to secure three points (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)

Swansea reacted to going a goal down with the introduction of Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis. Both players added strength and pace to the Swansea attack.

The Swans almost equalised twice in injury time. In the 92nd minute, Paddy McNair failed to deal with a cross and the ball fell to Ashley Williams who turned the United defender and hit a shot at goal but David de Gea was able to save at full stretch.

In the 95th minute, Swansea were awarded a corner and Fabianski joned the attack. The ball was delivered and it was the Swansea keeper who got his head on it but he couldn’t get it on target much to the relief of the United goal keeper as he could only stand and watch the ball narrowly miss the post.

The win lifts Man United up to 5th in the table, two points behind Spurs who play their game-in-hand tomorrow, away at Everton.

Man United beat Swansea City to move up to 5th (Picture: bbc.co.uk)
Man United beat Swansea City to move up to 5th (Picture: bbc.co.uk)

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Man United Team Sheet

01 de Gea
18 Young (McNair – 78′)
04 Jones (Darmian – 45′)
12 Smalling
17 Blind
28 Schneiderlin
31 Schweinsteiger
08 Mata
21 Herrera (Carrick – 91′)
09 Martial
10 Rooney


07 Depay
16 Carrick
20 Romero
27 Fellaini
33 McNair
36 Darmian
44 Pereira

Swansea Team Sheet

01 Fabianski
22 Rangel
33 Fernandez
06 Williams
03 Taylor
24 Cork
07 Britton (Barrow – 62′)
04 Ki Sung-yueng
15 Routledge (Montero – 82′)
10 Ayew (Gomis – 82′)
23 Sigurdsson


02 Amat
13 Nordfeldt
18 Gomis
20 Montero
21 Grimes
26 Naughton
58 Barrow

Man United 1-2 Norwich | Match report

Man United slip out of top four after suffering second consecutive league defeat at the hands of Norwich City.

Despite a positive start from Man United, controlling the game, attacking; they were once again unable to come away with three points thanks to goals from Norwich’s Cameron Jerome and Alex Tettey, either side of the break.

The first goal came in the 37th minute following a Norwich counter attack. Jerome shook off advances from Michael Carrick in the United box and fired home past David de Gea to put the Canaries 1-0 up.

Shortly after the break, following a mix-up in the United midfield, Tettey doubled the visitor’s lead after driving the ball into the bottom left corner leaving David de Gea stood rooted to the ground.

Alex Tettey strikes to double the visitors lead against Man United (Source: Mirror)
Alex Tettey strikes to double the visitors lead against Man United (Source: Mirror)

Man United fought back and found their way back into the game on the 65th minute when an Ashley Young cross fell to Anthony Martial in the box. The French international battled past two Norwich defenders to power the ball into the roof of the net. But the goal wasn’t enough to inspire Man United to stage a fantastic come back.

During the first half, United had several attempts at taking the lead. However, none of them really caused Norwich any problems.

Captain Wayne Rooney did, however, have a goal disallowed in the 9th minute due to the flag being raised signalling that Fellaini, who played the ball to Rooney, was offside.

In the 23rd minute, Rooney played a one-two with Juan Mata and on the return pass the Man United veteran fired a shot at the Norwich goal but it was deflected out for a corner.

Anthony Martial pulls one back for Man United (Source: Mirror)
Anthony Martial pulls one back for Man United (Source: Mirror)

Late on in the second half both teams had chances to score. Man United could have equalised in the 78th minute if not for a Mata free kick being saved by Rudd and in the 83rd minute Norwich had a shot at goal bringing a save out of de Gea who was at full stretch.

Man United have now only won two out of their last eight league games allowing the teams above them to pull away and teams below to catch up.

These are worrying times not just for the fans but also for the club. If thing’s don’t improve, Man United may not only miss out on a title challenge, but also on a top four Champions League spot.

The loss means that Man United slip down to fifth with Tottenham Hotspur moving up into fourth.

Man United drop to 5th after loss at home to Norwich (Source: BBC Football)
Man United drop to 5th after loss at home to Norwich (Source: BBC Football)

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Man United Team Sheet

01 de Gea
18 Young
04 Jones
12 Smalling
17 Blind
16 Carrick
27 Fellaini (Herrera – 60′)
09 Martial
08 Mata
07 Depay
10 Rooney


20 Romero
21 Herrera
28 Schneiderlin
30 Varela
33 McNair
43 Borthwick-Jackson
44 Pereira

Norwich City Team Sheet

13 Rudd
05 Martin
24 R Bennett
06 Bassong
23 Olsson
28 O’Neil (Mulumbu – 82′)
27 Tettey
22 Redmond
14 Hoolahan (Howson – 66′)
12 Brady
10 Jerome (Mbokani Bezua – 82′)


01 Ruddy
02 Whittaker
08 Howson
09 Mbokani Bezua
18 Dorrans
21 Mulumbu
32 Odjidja-Ofoe

Wolfsburg 3-2 Man United | Full match report

Man United crash out of the UEFA Champions League after a dramatic game at Wolfsburg in which the hosts won 3-2.

Both teams played good attacking football for the majority of the game but it was Wolfsburg who were the more fortunate in front of goal.

Man United opened the scoring through Anthony Martial in the 11th minute. Daley Blind played a long pass with pin point accuracy to Juan Mata, the Spaniard then turned and played a quick through ball into the path of Anthony Martial. The United number 9 found himself one-on-one with Benaglio and cooly slotted the ball past him into the bottom right corner.

Anthony Martial celebrates putting Man United ahead (Source: Mirror)
Anthony Martial celebrates putting Man United ahead (Source: Mirror)

The lead only lasted three minutes before Naldo hit a simple volley, from a Rodrigues free kick, past David de Gea at the front post.

Wolfsburg then went on to take the lead thanks to a Vieirinha goal in the 29th minute. The goal came about after some quick one-touch passing including a one-two between Draxler and Kruse. Draxler, on the return pass, selflessly squared the ball across the six-yard box to allow Vieirinha to slot past David de Gea.

On the stroke of half time Man United thought they had equalised when Jesse Lingard’s cross beat both sets of players, including Benaglio and bounced into the far bottom corner of the net, but the goal was ruled offside as Juan Mata was adjudged to be interfering with play.

Time was running out in the second half for Man United to get something and in the 82nd minute they were handed a lifeline in the form of a Guilavogui own-goal. Fellaini headed the ball down to the penalty spot from a corner and the bounce was misjudged by the Wolfsburg player who headed the ball backward, over his own keeper and into the back of the net.

As in the first half, United’s lead didn’t last long. Two minutes after the own-goal, Wolfsburg won a corner and Naldo beat the United defence to the ball and nodded it in at the back post.

Man United players look dejected after Naldo scores Wolfsburg's third (Source: Mirror)
Man United players look dejected after Naldo scores Wolfsburg’s third (Source: Mirror)

Man United continued to push for an equalizer having shots saved or blocked in the dying minutes. Had they scored it would not have mattered as PSV Eindhoven beat CSKA Moscow in the other Group B match. CSKA took the lead in that game which at one point meant Man United would still quality despite being a goal down.

There are positives to take from the game with youngsters Varela and Borthwick-Jackson both playing very good games at a high level and Man United providing an attacking threat that has been missing for some time.

The loss means Man United drop out of the Champions League and into the Europa League. Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Man United miss out on place in Champions League last 16 (Source: BBC)
Man United miss out on place in Champions League last 16 (Source: BBC)

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Wolfsburg Team Sheet

Aparecido Rodrigues
Rodríguez (Schäfer – 16′)
Draxler (Caligiuri – 85′)
Vieirinha (Klose – 78′)



Man United Team Sheet

de Gea
Darmian Booked (Borthwick-Jackson – 43′)
Schweinsteiger (Carrick – 69′)
Mata (Powell – 69′)



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.

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Man United Team Sheet

de Gea
McNair (Varela – 45′)
Schneiderlin (Carrick – 44′)
Schweinsteiger (Depay – 73′)



West Ham Team Sheet

Song (Obiang – 78′)
Moses (Antonio – 37′)
Zárate (Jenkinson – 88′)



LVG Press Conference: Six Players could miss Watford game

During his Press Conference with MUTV at the AON sports complex on Friday, the reds manager Louis Van Gaal confirmed that six players could miss the away game against Watford this Saturday.

Manchester united manager Louis Van Gaal says Anthony martial and Wayne Rooney are among the absentees for the Watford game. Manager spoke on no. of issues including martial and Carrick’s injury, Wayne’s illness, Lingard’s England call up and Smalling’s outstanding performance this season.

To begin the press conference, Van Gaal said he has spoken to Bastian Schweinsteiger, Anthony martial and Morgan Schneiderlin after they played in the emotional friendly between England and France at Wembley Stadium. Though he didn’t mention anything about their discussion describing it as “private”, he expressed sympathy for the French people.

Furthermore he gave updates on injuries. He said that Rooney was ill following the international break. He also mentioned that Manchester united can solve these problems as they have multi-functional players. The manager also appreciated Chris “Mike” Smalling’s development this season. Smalling stands out as the best centre back in the Premier League this season and he has played a crucial role in building United’s solid defence.

Van Gaal also made it clear that Martial’s injury is not serious but he cannot play the away match against Watford this weekend. He gave an update about Carrick’s injury, saying “Michael is also not a heavy injury; he shall be playing much quicker than everybody has written.”

Antonia Valencia has undergone surgery and will not play at least for two months. Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini are also on the sidelines because of their injuries. Fellaini has not played since United’s 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow. He also mentioned that James Wilson could feature in the Watford fixture but not for the full 90 minutes as he does not have match rhythm.

If you want to read updates about van Gaal’s press conference, Read it here on Manchester United’s official blog.

Can Manchester United cope against Watford without Martial and Rooney? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

Martial injury update

France International team Coach Didier Deschamps gave updates about Anthony martial’s injury which he picked up during Tuesday’s friendly match against England.

Anthony martial picked up a foot injury on Tuesday’s emotional friendly match between England and France, which France lost by 2-0. He forced two good saves out of Joe hart and Jack Butland before being substituted for Antoine Griezmann on 67 minutes.

There were several rumours about Martial’s injury in various newspapers. Some newspapers claimed that his injury was not serious and that he will be back for the Watford game. But the real status of injury is yet to be known.

Martial left the stadium on crutches. He was having some difficulty when he was substituted. The France manager said that he was in quite a bit of pain. According to him, it’s just a knock on Martial’s foot. Martial got a kick in the penalty area and from then on, he was in a bit of pain.

Meanwhile, Martial’s wife Samantha Martial has posted on her Instagram account that martial has no injury. Manchester united fans would be delighted if that’s the case. All ears to Van Gaal now for the pre-match conference on Friday. He may also provide an injury update on 34 year old defensive midfielder Michael Carrick.

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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′)



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′)



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.

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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


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

Ipswich Town Team Sheet