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Depay wants to prove worth to Jose

Memphis Depay is eager to prove his worth to Jose Mourinho after the United boss told him he believes in him both publicly and in private.

Memphis has far from lived up to his £25million price tag during his time at Old Trafford. Memphis arrived from PSV at the start of last season after scoring 22 goals in the Eredivise but has suffered with poor form and inconsistent performances.

Memphis stated that United is his dream club but has admitted he wants to be playing more.

“Things are going well on the training pitch.

“I am fresh and fit. Mourinho is a great coach. He has told me he believes in me, both in person, but also publicly.

“I would rather not talk about last season. That is something of the past. I should have performed better. Being a fringe player is not the role I want.

“I am not happy just because I play for Manchester United. This is my dream club, but I still want to play.

“It is difficult that I am not always part of the match squad [at United], I feel like a loaded gun. I am ready to play, but I have to wait for my chance.”

Mourinho is yet to give Memphis his chance this season with Mourinho handing him just 1 start and making 4 substitute appearances across all competitions.

Tell us what you think about Memphis Depay and his career at United so far. Do you think he will prove a success or will he be sold next year?

Moments of Memphis

Memphis Depay only managed a brief cameo appearance late in the second half of the 1-0 Europa League defeat against Feyenoord. He failed to impact the game from the bench, but showed slight glimpses of flair. However, failing to make the starting line up in a heavily rotated squad spells worrying times for highly rated Dutch man.

Louis Van Gaal beat both Liverpool and PSG to the signature of the 22-year-old forward for a reported £26M from PSV Eindhoven last summer. This was on the back of a dazzling season in the Dutch Eredivisie in which he was named the top goal scorer with 22 goals.

Memphis was Eredivisie's top scorer before joining United (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)
Memphis was Eredivisie’s top scorer before joining United (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)

France Football named Memphis the “Best Young Player” in the world in 2015 and was widely regarded as the most exciting young player to come out of the Eredivisie since fellow Dutch compatriot Arjen Robben.

His pacey and tricky playing style earned him a comparison with former Man United Number 7 Cristiano Ronaldo who believes “Memphis is one of the best young players in the world”. Wayne Rooney, Arjen Robben and Marco van Basten have all stated similar claims.

During the 2015/16 Season, Memphis’ Number 7 Man United jersey was the third most sold after Ronaldo and Messi. It’s clear he began life in Manchester as a fan favorite, but the fan’s patience is now running out.

Don’t believe the Memphis hype?

His debut season with Man United didn’t exactly dazzle the fans or the manager with just 7 goals in his 46 appearances.

His ability, however, was evident from the start, most notably against Club Brugge at Old Trafford, scoring twice and assisting Fellaini’s final goal.

Memphis struggled with consistency and form, but his greatest obstacle came in the form on a rather unknown French teenager, Anthony Martial who signed from AS Monaco in the same season only hours before the transfer window shut.

Memphis Depay (Picture: independent.co.uk)
Memphis has failed to live up to expectations since his arrival from PSV (Picture: independent.co.uk)

Martial secured his spot on the left-hand side of the pitch after his debut against Liverpool scoring a memorable final goal off the bench and 2 more goals in his first Premier League start away at Southampton 8 days later.

Memphis has been overlooked by Mourinho this season, only featuring for one Premier League minute as a late substitute against Bournemouth back on matchday one, but Mourinho had pledged to give him and other fringe players a chance to shine during the month of September when the games come thick and fast.

Disappointed not to start against Feyenoord, Memphis needs to grasp every opportunity to impress the boss in order to fight his way back into the starting 11. With Martial’s current form under question, perhaps further opportunities await for Memphis to showcase his quality and his value to the squad.

It’s do-or-die for Memphis this season as Jose Mourinho eye’s a move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann next summer. An under-performing Memphis may need to make way for yet another Frenchman.

How do you feel about Memphis? Is he done? Or do you think we may still see the best of him in a United shirt? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

5 Reasons to be excited for the new season

On Friday 27th May, the curtain was finally drawn on an era of stale, nostalgic and underwhelming football. For Friday, 27th May, was the day Jose Mourinho was announced in the media as manager of Manchester United. I take a look at how this appointment and various other goings-on at United give us all plenty of reason to be excited for the new season.

Jose Mourinho will bring back the fear factor

It’s no secret that under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, the football frustrated, bored and divided the fans. That last point is an important one. A once ‘united’ fan base had become inwardly hostile. Fighting among United fans on social media became commonplace. All, as a result of what was happening (or not) on the pitch and in the dugout.

United boss Louis van Gaal cuts a frustrated figure as his side struggle against Sheffield United (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Louis van Gaal showing the same emotion most United fans felt during his time as manager (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

Hopefully that time has come and passed with the appointment of “The Special One”. I strongly believe that having arguably the best manager in world football at the biggest football club in the world is a match made in heaven. Jose was made for this job.

In the few weeks that he has been in charge we have already seen lots of changes made; particularly with recruitment. And since his arrival, social media platforms such as Twitter seem a lot more civilised!

Jose has plenty of experience managing at top and has a fantastic CV boasting an impressive trophy collection. He is a no nonsense manager and will no doubt have United back to winning ways in no time. He will make the Theatre of Dreams a fortress once again.

New signings provide a morale boost for fans

Speaking of recruitment. Jose wasted no time in bringing in new faces. His first acquisition was centre back Eric Bailly, signed from Villareal. With Daley Blind – a midfielder by nature – filling a void in the centre of United’s defence during Van Gaal’s tenure, it’s no surprise that this position was the first to be filled.

That’s not to take anything away from Daley Blind. He did a fantastic job but United are light in that department and it was crucial that a natural centre back was recruited.

Eric Bailly’s biggest traits are his strength and great recovery pace. His rapidly growing talent was also noticed by the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and PSG who were all interested in securing his services.

Mourinho wasted no time making his first signing, Eric Bailly (Picture: express.co.uk)
Mourinho wasted no time making his first signing, Eric Bailly (Picture: express.co.uk)

Following Eric Bailly into Old Trafford was the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Quite possibly footballs biggest, worst kept transfer secret in recent history! Rumours had been circling for weeks maybe even months regarding his arrival and were further fueled by the silence of all parties involved. Zlatan’s huge grin and lack of denial when asked about a move to United was surely the confirmation we all were looking for!

Not much else needs to be said about Zlatan other than we simply cannot wait to see him pull on a United shirt and wreak havoc in our oppositions defences!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside Carrington (Picture: manutd.com)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Possibly the worst kept transfer secret in recent history! (Picture: manutd.com)

The most recent signing is attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He impressed for Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season scoring 11 goals and creating 82 chances which included 15 assists. Most of his goals and assists last season came from playing as a right winger and this is a position United so desperately needed to fill.

Second chances

Louis van Gaal spent in excess of £250m on players during his time as Manchester United manager yet an overwhelming majority of his signings failed to live up to their own AND the fans’ standards.

Arguably, the biggest flop of them all is Memphis Depay. He talked the talk but could not walk the walk. We saw flashes of brilliance from him but when you play for Manchester United, consistency is expected.

Memphis Depay (Picture: independent.co.uk)
Memphis has failed to live up to expectations since his arrival from PSV (Picture: independent.co.uk)

Matteo Darmian is another Van Gaal purchase who couldn’t quite reach the level many expected. The Italian right back had a fantastic pre-season with United in the states and it looked as though Rafael Da Silva would quickly be forgotten. However, Darmian’s form declined quickly and he never really got going.

Surprise signing Bastian Schweinsteiger was for me, going to be our best signing of last summer. I watched him play for Germany in the 2014 World Cup and I remember thinking, “This guy is a warrior. I would love him at United”. When he signed I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to see him play. He had the odd good game but didn’t look like he was up to the job physically. Injuries did not help his cause.

Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates his equaliser for Man United (Source: Daily Mail)
Schweinsteiger’s debut season for United was hampered by injuries (Source: Daily Mail)

Finally, one of the Premier League’s best central midfielders in the previous two seasons; Morgan Schneiderlin. For me, Morgan was hit and miss for the majority of the season. He was good defensively for the most part, making some important tackles and interceptions, but his ball distribution left a lot to be desired.

Now, I don’t want any of the above mentioned players to leave United this summer. All of them are talented footballers.

Take Memphis, Darmian and Schweinsteiger. Each of these players have attacking responsibilities in each of their positions. Memphis an attacking winger; Darmian a right back who likes to get forward with pace and Schweinsteiger, a box-to-box midfielder who is not afraid to get in amongst the goals.

Each of these players were playing in a very rigid system under Louis van Gaal and were somewhat restricted in their play. Under a new manger in Jose Mourinho, the shackles will be off, players will be allowed to express themselves and hopefully, we’ll see the players they were when at their previous clubs. For this reason we should be excited by these players again.

Youth players WILL feature under Mourinho

One big argument the Jose Mourinho naysayers were using as a reason NOT to employ him, was that he does not give youth a chance. This is 100% myth. Totally untrue. You only have to do a quick Google search to discover a plethora of top class footballers who were given their chance as youngsters by Mourinho.

During his first press conference, the new United boss defended his youth policy and rightly so. He also hinted at Rashford and Ibrahimovic playing together and he also made it clear that he understands the club and it’s history and knows exactly what the club AND fans expect of him. This will include giving youth a chance.

Many will hope to see Andreas Pereira feature in Mourinho's plans (Picture: metro.co.uk)
Many will hope to see Andreas Pereira feature in Mourinho’s plans (Picture: metro.co.uk)

A few names have already been dropped as potential breakthrough players this coming season such as, Axel Tuanzebe and Tyrell Warren.

So I am confident that we will see this proud Manchester United tradition continue.

Is a title charge out of the question?

With the arrival of Ibrahimovic, Bailly, Mkhitaryan and possibly Pogba, United look to have plugged a lot of the gaps that plagued the team in recent seasons. So with that in mind coupled with having a winner in Jose Mourinho as our manager, dare we dream of a title charge in his first season? Stranger things have happened. Look at Leicester City.

Memphis Depay, It’s now or never

There can be no doubt that Memphis Depay hasn’t exactly had the best of debut seasons, in fact let’s be honest here, he has been a massive let down. Inconsistent performance’s followed by images of Rolls Royce’s have played its part in the Dutchman’s downfall as last season went by, leading to speculation that he may be heading towards the Old Trafford exit door.

However with the arrival of Jose Mourinho, there could be hope yet in Memphis’ Manchester United career, a second chance if you will, for him to save himself.

It could be argued that former head coach Louis Van Gaal’s ruthless decisions and defensive tactics played a role in the star’s disappointing debut campaign. One mistake, it seemed, and you were out of his starting eleven for the upcoming games. There was no sentiment shown, you were out the starting eleven and that was that. For Memphis this became a real issue, there was no real opportunity for him to go out and express himself and be given a real proper go in the first team.

The overwhelming feeling of disappointment surrounding Memphis has made us actually forget just how potentially good of a player he can be. We have already seen glimpses of his talent and I am not talking about his days for PSV. A superb individual performance against FC Midtjylland was followed up by an impressive performance against Arsenal at Old Trafford, where Memphis outrageously preformed a rainbow flick! Other notable moments mainly came in Europe, in particular a stunning finish against his former club PSV Eindhoven being the main highlight.

The arrival of Jose Mourinho could be just exactly what Memphis needs. Mourinho is no fool and will be fully aware of the talent Memphis has in those footballing boots, it may just be a case of putting an arm round him and reassuring him he will be given a proper run of games to express himself. If this happens then I see no reason why Memphis cannot go and become one of our most important players for not just next season, but many seasons to come.

Memphis Depay and Sadio Mane swap deal

Manchester United are ready to offer Memphis Depay to Southampton, in a bid to sign Sadio Mane according to reports.

The Dutchman has failed to hit the ground running at Old Trafford following his £25 Million pound move from PSV last summer.

Memphis 22, hasn’t scored a league goal for the club since November and has more often than not found himself sitting on the substitutes bench.

It’s reported that the winger has already held showdown talks with head coach Louis Van Gaal over his future and according to the Daily Star, United are ready to let him leave in the transfer window.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is said to be a huge fan of Memphis and is keen to make a move for the winger sooner rather than later, with Memphis already attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool and Paris Saint German.

Mane has been on United’s radar for some time now and remains on the club’s wish list as they look to bring in a host of fresh talent this summer.

Memphis: ‘I am on the right track’

United number 7, Memphis Depay, believes he is on the right track after his highly applauded performance in the 2nd leg Europa League tie against Midtjylland.

The winger, who signed from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, scored United’s 5th goal and won a penalty which was converted by Herrera in their most recent game, against Midtjylland.

However, we have seen brilliance from him already this season when he scored two goals against FC Brugge in the Champions League qualifying round. Since then he has failed to live up to his price tag only scoring a handful of goals and struggling to maintain a spot in the starting eleven.

However, Memphis has shown steady progress in his last two games for United. Against Shrewsbury Town he struggled in the first half but in the second half he was much more focused. His take-on’s were more successful with shots that we’re actually on target. And he also linked up well with players around him with some neat one touch passing. You could see he was growing into the game and finding some rhythm.

The positive second half performance against Shrewsbury Town clearly restored some self-confidence and self-belief as he gave a man of the match worthy performance in the following game (and United’s most recent game) against Midtjylland. He oozed confidence as he ran at defenders, beat them, played in some decent crosses, hit shots that were on target and we even saw flashes of skill. The goal he scored at the end of the game capped off a fine performance.

Memphis recently spoke with Fox Sports and had this to say:

I am very happy with my goal and I am on the right track. I am still working very hard to improve each day.

This is a great feeling. We had to make amends for last week’s defeat.

We knew what we had to do and it is always a good feeling to be able to look at the scoreboard at the end and see we set the record straight.

I think that we were clearly enjoying ourselves on the pitch. We all worked hard for each other and that is the most important thing for me then we can also shine individually.

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

Man United 5-1 Midtjylland | Match review

After going a goal down against the run of play early on, United rallied together to brush Midtjylland aside with 5 goals of their own.

Very few people would have predicted this scoreline, particularly with the long list of injuries the team has and with Anthony Martial being added to the list just before kickoff with a hamstring problem. But the team pulled together knowing that a loss at home to Midtjylland would be unacceptable.

It was the visitors who found the back of the net first, in the 28th minute. Against the run of play, Sisto found himself with a bit of space on the edge of the box and easily skipped past Carrick and Blind then slotted the ball past Romero into the bottom left corner. United were now 3-1 down on aggregate and pressure was increasing. But, they reacted very well by dominating possession, getting forward and moving the ball around quickly, as they were before the Midtjylland opener.

It only took a few minutes for United to find an equaliser. On the 32nd minute Memphis ran the ball past the Midtjylland defence to the byline and hit a driven cross along the ground which was met by the boot of Bodurov who directed the ball into his own net. Just before half time, Mata had a chance to put United ahead and level on aggregate from the spot after Herrera was brought down just inside the area but Mata’s penalty was saved by Andersen.

Sisto celebrates scoring Midtjylland's opener (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Sisto celebrates scoring Midtjylland’s opener (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

United did take the lead in the 63rd minute thanks to a goal from youngster Marcus Rashford. The move started with Herrera who floated a cross over to the back post. Mata got on the end of it with a first time cross back across goal. Using his pace, Rashford beat the Midtjylland defenders to the ball and buried the ball into the back of the net. United were now 2-1 up and 3-3 on aggregate.

The game was being played almost entirely in the Midtylland half with United controlling the play and creating lots of chances. On the 75th minute young boy Marcus Rashford got himself on the score sheet again. This time it was Guillermo Varela with the assist. Following some quick, yet patient build up play, Varela hit a cross from the right hand side which dropped to the back post. Rashford found himself in a yard of space and allowed the ball to drop and then slotted the ball under the keeper, putting United 3-1 up and 4-3 ahead on aggregate.

United weren’t ready to stop just yet and on the 88th minute, United were awarded another penalty after a Memphis shot was handled by a Midtjylland defender. This time it was Ander Herrera who stepped up and he made no mistake by rifling the ball into the top left corner. United were now 4-1 up in the game and had a two goal lead on aggregate. It was the breathing space they had been hoping for and I’m sure Louis van Gaal would have zipped up his note pad at this point.

As the fourth official announced the amount of additional time there would be, there was a sense that the game was already finished. United were as good as through and Midtjylland didn’t look like they had the legs to score two goals in as many minutes. But, Memphis wasn’t done yet and he capped off a great performance with a equally great solo goal in the 91st minute. The former PSV player ran at the Midtjylland defence forcing them backwards and when he created a gap he arrowed the ball into the bottom left corner. And that was it. United won 5-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate to progress to the next round.

Memphis celebrates his late goal with Herrera (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Memphis celebrates his late goal with Herrera (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

There were a few stand out players in this match and one of those was the young Marcus Rashford. He continuously proved a nuisance for the defenders with his ability to leave them standing with his quick change of pace. His positioning an ability to read the game were also proven with the two goals he scored. No better way to cap off a fine performance than scoring a couple of goals to help secure a place in the next round of the Europa League.

Juan Mata also deserves a mention. Throughout the whole game he put in 110% popping up in all areas of the pitch, linking the play between defenders and attackers, dictating play, winning back possession and getting an assist for Rashford’s first goal.

And we cannot leave out Memphis. He was poor in the first leg and against Shrewsbury Town on Monday he showed signs of improvement and a growing confidence. I said in the Shrewsbury review that he now has a great opportunity to prove himself over the coming weeks with several players out injured and he took his chance very well tonight. He had a very high success rate with take-ons, beating the defenders and getting plenty of shots in. But he wasn’t greedy by just taking shots, he also looked up to see what was going on around him and played a few key passes into the path of runners. We even saw flashes of skill from him which just indicates that his confidence is slowly returning and the goal he scored in injury time was the icing on the cake.

All in all it was a good performance from United. The team played well as a unit and as fans we can be proud of them. They are all under a lot of pressure and together with all the injuries, they need our support.

United’s next game is against Arsenal, on Sunday, at Old Trafford. This will be a real test for Memphis and United as Shrewsbury Town and Midtjylland can’t really be considered as tough opponents, but both games have done the team and Memphis some good in terms of morale and confidence. Hopefully both will carry into the game against Arsenal and we can get a result.

Paul’s Player Ratings – United V Midtjylland:

Romero (6) Was a little flaky with the ball at his feet but was rarely called upon.
Varela (7) Was good getting forward, linking up with Herrera and Lingard and provided an assist for Rashford’s second goal.
Carrick (6) Could have done more to prevent the Midtjylland goal.
Blind (6) Also could have done more to prevent the Midtjylland goal.
Riley (6) Was good going forward, linking up with Memphis.
Schneiderlin (7) A stalwart in the midfield with plenty of interceptions and winning tackles.
Herrera (7) Put in a good shift and scored a penalty.
Lingard (6) Was good going forward but lacked a killer end product often choosing to come backwards.
Mata (8) Dictated play, very high work rate, pressed well winning possession and provided the assist for Rashford’s first goal.
Memphis (9) Used his strength, pace and skill to beat defenders throughout the game, created chances for others and scored a great solo goal.
Rashford (9) Also showed great pace and strength when in possession and scored two strikers goals.

So what did you think of tonight’s game? Are there any players that you thought stood out? Would you rate any of the players differently? Let me know in the comments below.

You can watch the United Stand’s live match reaction with Mark Goldbridge by clicking here or watching below:

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

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.

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

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

Memphis given warning

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

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

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

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

Louis van Gaal had this to say:

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

You have to give respect to your team philosophy.

Read the full article on the Sky Sports website here.

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