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Are We About To See Rashford Re-born?

Marcus Rashford made his name in a Manchester United shirt during a Europa League match against FC Midtjylland on February 25th, 2016.

Rashford was named on the bench for the tie. However, during the match warm-up, an injury to Anthony Martial meant the 18-year old was to make his debut in the starting XI. Continue reading Are We About To See Rashford Re-born?

It’s only Fulham…

“It’s only Fulham”

It was inevitable really. Lose and further fuel would’ve been added to the rumblings to remove Mourinho from the post of Manchester United manager. A draw would’ve returned the same result. Scrape a win and it would’ve been unacceptable. Batter them and ‘it’s only Fulham’. Continue reading It’s only Fulham…

What is going on??

Those of you that follow me (not many I know) will know that I have been very much in the ‘Mourinho-In’ camp for some time. Whilst many, including our very own Mark Goldbridge, have pitched up tents over in the ‘out’ camp, I have remained across in my field, like an old man at Glastonbury a week after the festival has finished. Continue reading What is going on??

Mourinho’s Big Romelu Lukaku Problem

Jose Mourinho is facing a potential problem with Romelu Lukaku that could undermine Manchester United’s season.

Despite an amazing start to the season by Lukaku the question Mourinho must answer is how do United cope without Lukaku? Injury is one potential issue but a more sensible scenario is what Mourinho does when Lukaku needs a rest? With seven games coming up in 22 days, encompassing Premier League, Champions Leauge and League cup, it would be unwise to think Lukaku will play in all of those ties. Otherwise injury really will be a factor. But how does Mourinho replace the enigma that is Lukaku?

Rashford and Martial are the obvious choices but with both young talents providing such threat and consistency down the flanks will Mourinho want to mess with a winning formula? In addition, neither Rashford or Martial are Lukaku. Both offer the pace and directness but neither come close in the power stakes. Lukaku is a bully that occupies centre backs and forces them back. Taking that out of the side diminishes the space the likes of Pogba and Mkhitaryan are thriving on at the moment thanks to Lukaku.

So how does Mourinho solve the Lukaku dilemma? In the long term Zlatan provides the power, in the short term United will have to find another way.

Discover what ways United fans desire and a potential youth option ready to stake his claim in a United shirt on Our United Stand Call In on YouTube on the link below.

‘Rashford is the best striker in the Premier League’ – Rio

United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Marcus Rashford has been the best striker in the Premier League since his debut back in February.

Rashford has scored 16 goals for United and England with his first coming on his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.

The United starlet has made a name for himself across the world and it’s no surprise that Rio Ferdinand Thinks so highly of him. The former United centre back had this to say:

“I think Marcus Rashford should be selected for the senior squad next week and be unleashed against Malta.

“Including his hat-trick for the U21s against Norway earlier this month, no English striker has scored more goals since he made his professional debut in February.

“I don’t care how old you are, that record warrants a place in the squad. He has been the best striker in this country since February in terms of output – the statistics don’t lie.”

With Anthony Martial yet to hit form and Wayne Rooney being dropped for the Leicester game, Rashford has a great chance to cement a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI on a more regular basis; providing he is afforded the playing time to do so.

Rashford earns Jose trust while derby flops will miss out

Jose Mourinho is set to axe both Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan from the starting line up for Thursdays Europa League game against Feyenoord.

Both Lingard and Mkhitaryan were subbed at halftime in the Manchester derby for their poor first half displays. Mourinho laid into his derby flops and warned them they would be dropped.

Mourinho reacted to the 2-1 defeat to City by claiming several of his team would be dropped. However Marcus Rashford will be promoted to the starting line-up after his excellent second half performance against City after which Mourinho admitted his mistake in leaving him on the bench.

“The performances are the deciding factor,

“How can I decide? Performances are the only way that I can decide.

“So if you’re asking me if they’re going to play against Feyenoord, then no.

Mourinho admitted several of the players, including Lingard and Mkhitaryan, were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the derby.

“Let’s speak, for example, about Mkhitaryan, How many big matches has he played?

“The kid Jesse, how many times has he played big matches?

“So you never know the way players are going to react, especially when you don’t know them so well. And, after only a couple of months, it’s too early to know them really well.”

Mourinho admitted he considered starting Rashford after his midweek hat-trick for the England U-21s and said that Rashford’s fearlessness means he is now ready to promote him to the starting XI and keep faith with him once there.

“For me, the next big game is against Feyenoord – and the next game he’s going to play,

“That’s the only thing I can say.

“I trust him completely. I know his future will be absolutely brilliant.

“He’s mainly a No.9. If you want to play him in different positions, we need to work on him, we need to improve him, but his big personality is there.

“Normally, people look to the football talent, but the personality at this level is very, very important and he was showing that last season — he was showing that immediately.”

After Saturdays game against City many United fans would agree that it is time Rashford was given an extended run in the first XI.

Would you drop both Lingard and Mkhitaryan for the next game and give Rashford a chance in the starting line-up? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Marcus Rashford signs new 4-year deal

It’s been a whirlwind season for Marcus Rashford. The 18-year-old made his senior debut for both club and country in the space of just a few months. On both occasions scoring with his first shot.

Rashord has committed his future to United by signing a four year deal thought to be worth £25,000 per week before bonuses.

Marcus Rashford is represented by his brother Dwayne Maynard and has rejected approches from the likes of Jorge Mendez, Stellar Group and Paul Stretford.

Maynard held talks with United secretary John Alexander and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

United are waiting for Jose Mourinho to settle into his job before officially announcing Rashford’s contract renewal.

The United youngster was previously earning around just £1,500 per week. But his fantastic form starting on his debut, scoring a brace against Midtjylland followed by a double against Arsenal, has rightly earned himself a new contract.

It doesn’t stop there. Rashford and his brother are also in talks with Nike over a possible boot deal.

It is believed that Jose Mourinho is looking forward to working with Rashford despite some concern within the club the young lad will struggle for chances under the Portuguese boss.

Marcus Rashford has been a bright light it what you might call a dim season for United. So watch some of his highlights by clicking here or watching below:

Rashford wins U18 Prize

Marcus Rashford has been named Manchester United’s Under-18s Player of the Year by the club’s coaching staff, after what has been an incredible breakthrough season for the young forward.

The 18 year old began the 2015/16 campaign with the academy and also featured in the Under-19s UEFA Youth League campaign, enjoying a hot streak of 8 goals in 6 games in September.

A handful of appearances for the Under-21’s followed at the turn of the year, before Rashford was called up into the Manchester United first team after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm up before United’s all important 2nd leg Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford.

The Mancunian grabbed his opportunity in some style, scoring twice against FC Midtjylland in a 5-1 victory at Old Trafford before adding two more in his next outing three days later against Arsenal.

Winning goals followed against Manchester City and Aston Villa, plus a sensational strike against West Ham United in the FA Cup have further boosted Rashford’s senior credentials.

Speaking to ManUtd.com after collecting the award, Rashford said “It has been a bit crazy really as everything happened at once, so it’s difficult to take in. That worked in my favour as I didn’t really have time to think about it.”

“It means a lot coming from Manchester. It’s what dreams are made of when you are born here; it was everything I was looking forward to. I am happy.”

“It’s important for me to thank all the coaching staff from the Under-18s, Colin Little, Nicky Butt, Paul McGuinness and Warren Joyce. They are the ones who have helped me get to where I am, so it’s important to thank them.”

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.

Blog: We must not paper over the cracks

It was a big week for United last week which turned out to be a mixed week in terms of results and performances. We took on Liverpool in the second leg of the Europa League round of 16, in which we needed to turn around a 2-0 deficit and then of course there was the highly anticipated Manchester Derby at the “Emptyhad” – although it was pretty full for this game.

It was a week that was important and a week that had the potential to either keep United’s season alive or totally destroy it and I have to be honest, I wasn’t particularly psyched for either game and that is purely down to the football we have been subjected to and the managers team selections. All season we have seen unfathomable team selections and severely mundane football, so you can forgive me for not being enthusiastic, despite who our opponents were and our recent record against the better teams.

The result against Liverpool came as no surprise to me, especially after seeing Fellaini had been picked and that Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin in particular, were left on the bench. I knew that with the Belgian playing that it would be like playing with 10 men and that we would struggle.

The game itself didn’t turn out as bad as I thought it would be though, however we did lack the desire and passion that you would expect from a Manchester United V Liverpool match. The performance was toothless and I failed to see any real passion or fight on the pitch. This was not acceptable in such a huge game on the Football calendar.

Philippe Coutinho breezes past Carrick and Blind (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Philippe Coutinho breezes past Carrick and Blind (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

Then of course there were the defensive substitutions; two full backs and a defensive midfielder. In a game where you are chasing three goals, you make attacking changes, right? I know I’m no manager, but come on. Memphis was on the bench so why was he not used? As we have witnessed recently, he is that player who can produce something special. At the very least, he would have added some pace and strength in our attack.

Following the draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford came the victory in the Manchester derby at the Etihad. Again, I could not get excited during the few days building up to this match like I normally would for such a big game. Sure, City were also on a run of substandard form, but United have been so much worse. My hope was lifted a little, however, when I saw that Fellaini wasn’t starting. I liked the prospect of Carrick and Schneiderlin starting with Mata in the number 10 role. Mata hasn’t really been a standout player in recent weeks with goals and assists, but more often than not he is involved in the build up to goals… when we actually score them!

Rashford squares up to Demichelis in the Manchester derby (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Rashford squares up to Demichelis in the Manchester derby (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

The team selection without Fellaini paid off. It felt like we had another option in midfield. I can’t help but believe that if Fellaini had played it would have been Schneiderlin who would have been left on the bench and Schneiderlin played a role in the build up to the only goal of the game. He and Mata linked up in the midfield then Mata threaded the ball through to Marcus Rashford. The youngster then skipped past an ageing Demichelis and slotted the ball past the England number 1, Joe Hart.

Winning this game gave United yet another glimmer of hope in finishing in the top four, with City – who currently sit fourth – now only one point ahead, although the remaining games each of the top 5/6 teams has tends to suggest that we may struggle to get that top four spot.

What can we take from the two matches?

If we are to take any positives from this week is has to be that with Marcus Rashford in the team our attack looks so much better with added pace, strength and of course, goals! All we need now is for Memphis to start firing and we can be a lethal attacking force again.

Michael Carrick also had two great games this week. His defensive contribution has been vital and his passing ability to instigate attacking moves has been admirable. And let’s not forget Smalling, Blind and de Gea. This trio have been excellent not just in the last week, but all season and are without doubt the reason we are not flirting around mid-table.

Paul’s final thought

We may all be happy that we have beaten City at the Etihad but we simply cannot forget the horror show we were subjected to over the two legs against Liverpool in the Europa League. The performance was disgusting and completely unacceptable against such big rivals. We must not allow ourselves to use the odd victory, like the one over City, to paper over the cracks of our poor season. As fans, some of us are slipping into that frame of mind where we are beginning to accept mediocrity. I have seen it on social media and I am guilty of it myself. This simply cannot happen.

Thank you for reading and enjoy the international break… Who am I kidding? No one enjoys it!