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Reasons for United fans to be optimistic this season

Exciting times are ahead for Manchester United. With the Premier League’s most successful club rightfully back into the Champions League, this season could be the beginning of United re-establishing themselves as one of the dominant forces in English and European football. Fans will now look forward to Tuesday nights against the most elite teams in Europe and with the world class talent that the club have available, it seems that United are back where they belong and are ready to return with a bang!

Another place where United belong is at the top of the Premier League. Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have struggled to genuinely challenging for the title. This could all change this season though if Jose’s second season statistics are anything to go by. During the manager’s second season at Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Real Madrid he has won the domestic title each time. This impressive record also includes both times he had his second season at Chelsea. So will Jose Mourinho follow his career pattern and win the Premier League with Manchester United this season? Only time will tell.

Mourinho with Europa League trophy (Picture: dailymail.co.uk)
Jose Mourinho holds the Europa League trophy (Picture: dailymail.co.uk)

A huge boost towards completing United’s jump from the sixth place finish of last year to becoming the champions of England is the signing of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. One of the main problems from last season was Man United’s inability to finish off countless scoring opportunities. So, Mourinho’s purchase of a proven Premier League striker that scored 25 league goals last season isn’t a bad way to solve this problem.

Furthermore, with Manchester United strengthening by signing Lindelof, Lukaku and Matic, United look a much more dangerous side already. It is not just the new signings that could help make the difference though. Pogba now looks a lot more comfortable expressing himself in the final third of the pitch due to the defensive cover that Nemanja Matic now brings to the team. The recent world-record transfer of Neymar to PSG could also help Paul Pogba impress more this season as the weight of being the world’s most expensive footballer has now been relieved from his shoulders.

Manchester United look set for great things this season and it is definitely an exciting time to be a United fan. Nothing is for certain in football, but the club are surely heading in the right direction. So lets look forward to another entertaining season at the Theatre of Dreams.

What are you most excited about heading into the new season? Will Lukaku and Pogba shine in the Premier League this season? Share your thoughts with The United Stand!

Middlesbrough weigh up loan offer for Andreas Pereira

Middlesbrough have reportedly made an enquiry over Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira according to the Daily Mail.

Pereira was one of eight united players who were told that they had no immediate future under the Portuguese two weeks ago.

United are said to be only wiling to sanction a loan deal for the talented youngster and do not want the 20-year-old to leave the club on a permanent basis.

Mourinho wants the Brazilian to go out and gain more first team experience away from united and would like the youngster to have a full season of games under his belt, before he is considered for his first team plans at Old Trafford.

Boro were said to have been interested in taking Pereria to the Riverside at the back end of last season on an emergency loan, but a deal failed to materialise.

The top-flight new boys have recruited significantly over the summer under the guidance of Victor Orta and he is keen to add more new faces to his squad before the transfer window slams shut, starting with Pereria.

In moving to the Riverside, Pereira would almost guarantee himself first team football enabling him the chance to show the world what he is all about. Staying at Manchester United to feature in the odd domestic cup game and the Under-21 side would not be fair on Pereira nor anyone else.

For a player as talented as he is to be wasting away in the Under-21’s every week would be a crime, not only for him, but for football.

Andreas Pereira – A star ready to shine

Footage of Louis Van Gaal leaving Carrington for the final time brought a smile back to the vast majority of the united faithful in the knowing that the Dutchman’s reign at Old Trafford was well and truly over, but few would have had a smile on their face as wide as Andreas Pereira.

Under Van Gaal Pereira failed to be given a proper run in the first team, with the youngster more often than not finding himself involved with the Under 21’s.

His lack of first team football led to speculation that the 20 year old was seeking a move away from the Theatre of Dreams and in many respects you could understand why. However, with the arrival of Jose Mourinho, this could be exactly what Pereira needs.

Let’s be honest here. With Pereira we aren’t just talking about a player who can go on to become a good all round footballer, we are talking about a player who could potentially go on and become a Ballon D’or Winner. The hype and anticipation surrounding the star is much similar to the days of a certain Paul Pogba and we all know how that panned out.

Mourinho is no fool and will be fully aware of Pereira’s potential.  The fact he is only 20 years old and has little first team experience matters little, he will no doubt be given a proper chance in the first team to impress his new boss. If your good enough you’re old enough, just look at Rashford.

Do you think Pereira will be given more game time under Jose Mourinho? Let us know in the comments below.

Andreas Pereira waiting for Louis Van Gaal to fulfil his word over first team opportunities

Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira has revealed that Head Coach Louis Van Gaal broke a promise to him about first team football and prevented a potential loan move away for him from the club.

The highly rated 20 year old is still seen as a future star at Old Trafford, but has seen his route into the first team blocked by the Dutchman.

Despite the broken promise and lack of first team chances, Pereira is remaining calm about his chances of progressing at Old Trafford.

Speaking to Goal he said “I wanted to be loaned out in January in order to play more football and to keep developing myself, but Van Gaal told me that he did not want me to be loaned out. He told me to stay in Manchester because he would use me and that I would play.”

“I told him that was fine and that if I could stay and play then I would. He did not let me leave. I took the decision and now I am training, doing my job and waiting for him to fulfil his word.”

“Of course I expected to play more, I think that I deserved the chance. I did well in the games that I had the opportunity to play, but football can be like that. My manager has not given me this opportunity yet and I will keep working hard, waiting for the chances.”

Youthful Stars | Who has the brightest future at Manchester United?

By Larry Taylor

“I always wanted to know about what the pipeline of players looked like for the team we would like to select in three years’ time” – Sir Alex Ferguson.

This season has been a frustrating one; but one positive is the emergence of young talent from Manchester United.

With the emergence of young players, whether purchased or academy grown, there’s no doubt the Red Devils have abundance of youthful talent at the club.

Memphis, Martial, Periera, Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Cameron Borthwick Jackson,  Jesse Lingard — the list goes on.

With the expectation of established players coming in, which youngsters can make the cut? Who can keep a position in the United first team? And how far can each player go at the club?
Over two articles, I will investigate what the future holds for each player

Part one:

Jesse Lingard

He’s well-travelled, but the 23 year-old has made the most of his opportunities this season. Direct and pacey, Lingard has provided an outlet of attack predominantly in a wide area and through the middle.

Pros: Lingard has the ability to beat a player which is unfortunately a talent lacking in this current United squad. Lingard was rained upon with praise when he initially broke into the team when he played direct at players and attempting to go past them, usually with great effect. In what has been a struggling attack at times, it has been refreshing to see.

The Englishman also isn’t afraid to get dirty and defend. For what the Mancuncian lacks in natural talent, he makes up with it in effort.

Cons: Although he has broken into the side this season, he is 23 years old which is late in the traditional sense for a footballer to crack the first team. Given his inconsistencies, you have to wonder if Lingard can get much better than what he currently offers.

He has also been used in the middle which this journalist doesn’t like. He has been most effective in wide areas. Play him there, LVG!

Future at United? Squad player. Lingard is talented and enthusiastic but he does have a lack of quality and consistency that should be expected of a United first-team player. As a back up substitution or a player to bring in while first teamers are rested, the academy product definitely provides a very solid option.

Andreas Pereira

We haven’t seen a lot of the Brasilian but rest assured, the boy can play. For whatever reason, he has not been provided a great number of opportunities under Louis Van Gaal but he has a very large range of skills and is a player of high potential.

Pros: Pereira has an abundance of talent that most footballers would dream of. He’s a great dribbler, has a great passing range; has an effective cross and can score goals from close range or from distance. For anyone who has watched this boy in the u21’s, you know he’s too good for that level.

Cons: For all of LVG’s faults, there has to be a reason why the 22 year-old has not been given an opportunity. There was recent reports that Periera and Januzaj had a little competition with each other to see who could score a goal from a corner. If true, that is a poor attitude to have in a team sport, particularly when you are trying to crack the first team.

We also haven’t seen Pereira truly tested in the premier league. He is slight in stature and this may be a problem for the predominantly central attacker. Until he gets a genuine opportunity, we cannot judge how he will go. With expected signings in attacking areas, you have to wonder if he will get an opportunity.

Future at United?  First-team player or sold. Potentially, Pereira can be anything. If afforded the opportunity and belief, the 22 year-old will shine and show the football world what he is capable of. If Pereria doesn’t get the chance he desires soon,  the player could realistically leave the club this summer. Only time will tell!

Marcus Rashford

What a man! We haven’t had a lot to cheer about this season but the 18 year-old has dared to make the Old Trafford shadows fade into the sunlight. 7 goals since February, including a double against Arsenal, the winner against Manchester City and a goal to help United into the semi finals of the FA Cup suggests this Mancunian is just getting started.

Pros: Besides his wonderful pace and unpredictability, Rashford is a dogged attitude. Like Lingard, Rashford runs tirelessly in attack and defence and searches for the ball. For a young player in a huge team, it would be easy to get lazy but the striker has the attitude to match his talent.

Negatives: First touch can be poor at times and has shown a lack of consistency. There’s also a worry about the work he does in defence.


It is wonderful to see his desire but playing at a high intensity all game is reminiscent of Wayne Rooney who is now declining sooner than he should have.  This is knit-picking as he is 18 years old and these discrepancies can easily be corrected with experience and coaching.

Future at United? Crucial first-team player. When you play for a big club, it is about taking your chances. With Rooney, Martial, Wilson, Keane and Fellaini in front of him before the season started, Rashford has done very well to take his chance and grab it with both hands. He has been forced to play a lot of football games back-to-back due to a lack of options but with the expected acquisition of attacking options, I expect Rashford to have less game time as a rotational squad player to ease his development with the long-term objective to have him as a mainstay in the first team in 2-3 years time. The thought of Rashford and Martial together at their peak will be a night mare to our dreams. Bright future.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we will look at:  Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Joe Riley, RoShaun Williams and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Memphis


Your Aussie Correspondant,
Larry – The United Stand.

Pereira OUT | Mane & Forster IN

Another day, another transfer mill around Manchester United.

The Express along with a number of Spanish outlets are reporting that Andreas Pereira is in talks with Spanish outfit Malaga about a move in the summer while United would look to bring in Southampton duo Sadio Mane and goal keeper Fraser Forster, the latter amid fears of David De Gea leaving Old Trafford.

For any United fan, the potential departure of Andreas Pereira is a difficult but realistic pill we may have to swallow.
The Brazilian was undoubtedly the best performer on the U.S. pre-season tour, putting in a number of good performances, including against current Champions league holders Barcelona, and was looking like having a break-out season in the first team.

Unfortunately, things have not panned out that way. Pereira has again been forced to be a constant shining light in the u 21’s while awaiting another chance to push his case for a start in the top side. After scoring a free-kick against Middlesborough in the Capital One Cup, again, Pereira pushed his case for first-team action.

As this article is written, the attacking midfielder is still awaiting a starting birth in the Premier League. Pereira even expressed a desire to go out on loan, but Van Gaal turned down the option.

With reports suggesting Louis Van Gaal could stay for yet another season, the unfortunate departure of Andreas Pereira seems likely. You cannot blame the player for becoming disillusioned with life at Old Trafford, especially considering the number of injuries and other young players who have been given an opportunity to shine, while Pereira sat on the periphery of the team.

Here’s hoping this is simply a rumour-mill, or the Red Devils can prepare themselves for the possibility of Paul Pogba case 2.0.

Mane would be a great addition to the side, but I do not see how a winger compliments the departure of an attacking midfielder. Regardless of whether this is true or not, there’s no debating Peirera has been badly mistreated.

The other concern amongst United fans is what feels like the inevitable departure of Spanish international David De Gea. The classy goal-keeper was a fax-machine away from becoming a Real Madrid player and considering his heroics this season, it is worrying to think where United would currently be positioned without him in-goal.
Forster is a very solid goal-keeper but he is not the calibre of Manchester United. If the Red Devils are unable to keep hold of the Spaniard, they should seek Stoke’s Jack Butland who has proven he is capable of world-class saves himself this season.

All the rumour and innuendo reaffirms the need for stability and leadership at Old Trafford. A Director of Football is a necessity if United are going to begin to get any fluency about their future ambitions, otherwise we risk falling further behind than we already are.

Over to you, Ed – please sort it out.

Your Aussie Correspondent,

Larry – The United Stand

Pereira shows again why he should get more game time

This season has seen many of United’s youngsters given plenty of opportunities and game time as a result of injuries to United’s senior players. But one of United’s hottest prospects, Andreas Pereira, is continuously overlooked by Louis van Gaal.

The young Brazilian was in action for Brazil’s under-23 team yesterday against Bafana Bafana. A game in which he scored with a composed finish. Pereira hopes that he can continue to perform for Brazil and take part in the Olympics.

Despite his lack of minutes at club level under van Gaal, Pereira still believes that United is the place that he can become a great player. In an interview with ManUtd.com he had this to say:

“It’s a dream to play in the Olympics so hopefully I can do that. I am working hard to get there and hope I can. It’s an Under-23 team and obviously I’m 20 now.

“It is very special because Brazil have never won a gold medal in the Olympics for football. It would be nice if we can win it for the first time. Argentina have won it before so we want to catch up with them!

“My ultimate dream is to play for the first team of Brazil and win a World Cup. That’s my biggest dream. I know United can help me a lot with that dream and hopefully we can help out each other.”

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

Pereira shared a video of his goal via Twitter:

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.

You can also watch The United Stand’s match reaction video by clicking here or watching below.

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