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Manchester United delivered a classic José Mourinho era performance as they overcame Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.

For a few hours at least, the gap to league leaders Manchester City is down to nine points. The first half was uneventful, as Burnley forced just two saves out of David De Gea whilst United never managed to make superior possession translate into a single shot on target, highlighting where the guile of Alexis Sanchez would help them. United's best movement in the first half came down the left where Young and Martial were having some success, and it was the latter who opened the scoring with a great finish off the crossbar with United's first shot on target. Burnley almost hit back immediately as Gudmundsson struck the cross bar from a free-kick. United stepped back and left Burnley attack them, and the hosts created a number of half-chances they ultimately couldn't finish whilst United spurned a few good opportunities on the counter.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 20 - 12:09 PM

Manchester United cruised to victory on a 3-0 scoreline as Stoke's new manager Paul Lambert watched on from the stands.

United took control early in the tie, with Paul Pogba integral to their best moves. The Frenchman surged forward and set Antonio Valencia free as the defender scored United's first after beating Stoke full-back Josh Tymon. That came just minutes after Anthony Martial could have earned the Red Devils a penalty. However, Martial wasn't left ruing that as he scored United's second with a great curling effort, again assisted by the sublime Pogba. Romelu Lukaku added some late gloss to the scoreline late on. Stoke had their chances but Stephen Ireland missed the target with a big chance and De Gea was a match for attempts from Diouf and Shaqiri. A good result for José Mourinho as United gain on City but the result highlights how much work Paul Lambert has to do if he is to save The Potters from the drop.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 15 - 5:31 PM

Jose Mourinho provided a mixed team news update ahead of his sides game with managerless Stoke on Monday evening.

Following a 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup ten days ago, United were whisked off to a warm weather training camp in Dubai to escape the bite of the British winter. "Very good – unbelievable facilities, the prince’s private facilities are better than any football club in the world," Mourinho said when asked how it was. "Unbelievable conditions to work, nice weather, three days of really, really good training. Hopefully we can improve our level because I really think it was good." Antonio Valencia, absent since December 17 due to a hamstring strain, was part of the group and following a full week of training he is "ready to play" although there are doubts over the availability of Anthony Martial who is "not ready, but I hope he can play." Ashley Young serves the final game of his three-match ban and Eric Bailly is not due to return until early February following ankle surgery.
Jan 15 - 4:16 AM

Manchester united manager José Mourinho has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to training at the end of January or the start of February.

The Swede returned to action after a serious knee injury suffered last April in November but returned to the sidelines after a few appearances. After suffering the setback, José Mourinho was keen to impress on reporters that the striker had not suffered a relapse, and instead needed to build more strength in his knee. His quotes today suggest the issue was more serious than that but not a complete re-occurrence: "Zlatan is injured, or is not totally happy with his condition. He fought like a tiger, like he likes to say, to be back, which he did. He was starting having minutes here and there, he had a start... and he was not happy with his feelings." Mourinho added: "when he's feeling really good, he can come back to work. The date for him to be back to training with the team was around the end of January or beginning of February, so let's hope his feelings are better and we have him as soon as possible."
Source: manutd.com
Jan 12 - 4:16 PM

Manchester United have been boosted by the return of Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick who joined their teammates on a mid-season training camp in Dubai.

Jose Mourinho confirmed last week that Valencia, sidelined since suffering a hamstring strain prior to the festive programme, would rejoin the group this week in the hope of being available once the Premier League fixtures resume on January 15 against managerless Stoke. The Ecuadorian was in excellent form prior to his injury and he should replace Victor Lindelof at right-back when fully fit. However, once Ashley Young completes his three-match ban, Mourinho will have a decision to make given the form of Luke Shaw who has filled in admirably. Carrick on the other hand hasn’t played since September - in the Carabao Cup - having undergone a minor procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm. Marouane Fellaini was also included after making his comeback, in a 10-minute cameo on Friday evening in the FA Cup, following 6 weeks out due to a knee ligament problem.
Source: The Metro
Jan 8 - 4:57 PM

Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku scored in the final 10 minutes at Old Trafford to secure a 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup Third Round on Friday evening.

José Mourinho made five changes from the side which beat Everton on New Year's Day but the starting XI was still strong and duly dominated the Championship outfit. Marcus Rashford should have scored a brace but only managed to hit the post once in each half. His first-half header created by a Mkhitaryan cross was a particularly poor miss. As for the Armenian, aside from that moment he provided little and was hooked at half-time with Lukaku emerging as his replacement. Pogba and Mata both forced good saves from Derby 'keeper Scott Carson whilst Lawrence forced a save out of Romero with The Rams' best effort. However, with minutes of normal time left Jesse Lingard fired home with another moment of magic from range range and Lukaku took advantage of the space offered on the counter to add gloss to the scoreline, finishing calmly. United travel to Dubai for a mid-season break after a hectic festive schedule.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 6 - 1:10 PM

Two second half goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United all three points at Everton.

Sam Allardyce suffered his second consecutive league loss as Everton manager in the face of a good performance by Man Utd. In the first half United pushed forward but yet again lacked a clinical edge, attempting too many shots from distance and failing to give a good final ball. Their opponents were no better. Juan Mata hit the bar after the interval before United took the lead. Mata and Pogba combined well before the latter set up Martial who finished well. Pogba's assist was duly deserved in such a fine performance where he proved a threat on Pickford's goal. He again assisted Lingard when they doubled the lead but his role was minor as Lingard's effort was successful because of stunning individual play. United's confidence will have been boosted by such a good performance and for once, they have gained points on Man City in first.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 1 - 2:32 PM

Romelu Lukaku was stretchered off early as Manchester United dropped points for the third-straight league match after a goalless draw against Southampton at Old Trafford.

The result means Manchester United, now winless in the league since December 17th, will enter 2018 in third place. Lukaku was stretcher off after a clash of heads with Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt inside 10 minutes, having earlier headed the best chance of the first-half over the bar. Marcus Rashford replaced the Belgian, who was taken off wearing an oxygen mask, while United lacked the cutting edge despite seeing plenty of the ball in the final third during the first-half. After the restart, Shane Long forced a brilliant kick save from David de Gea as both sides traded possession without reward. Paul Pogba had the ball in the back of net on 81 minutes, but his effort from close was ruled out for offside. Compounding the concern over the extent of Lukaku's injury is the status of Zlatan ibrahimović, who Jose Mourinho revealed after the match is facing "a month out".
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 02:53:00 PM

Jesse Lingard did not make the starting XI, but continued his hot play coming on as a 2nd half substitute and personally erasing Manchester United's two goal deficit to eke out a 2-2 draw with Burnley.

This was a frustrating affair for United, who dominated the stat sheet, including over 70% of the possession and besting Burnley in shots by a ridiculous 23-3. Yet, it was the Clarets who made the most of their chances, turning two of those three shots into first half goals to give them a two goal advantage and the reputation of a solid defense poised to protect their lead. Lingard, who was a surprise non-starter in this one, came on to begin the second half and it was just what the doctor ordered. In the 53rd minute, he scored on the back heel after being fed the ball by Ashley Young. It looked as though Burnley might stave off the comeback, but Lingard bagged a brace in stoppage time. Once again, Ashley Young was involved as his shot bounced off the leg of a Burnley defender and Lingard quickly pounced with a swift volley. It is a positive end to the game but still disheartening as Manchester City have a chance widen the gap at the top even more.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 12:13:00 PM

Juan Mata put in a man of the match performance but handful of missed chances came back to haunt Manchester United as they drew 2-2 with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

After being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Bristol City, Manchester United suffered another disappointing result. The visitors conceded first but bounced back just before the break when Jesse Lingard cushioned into the path of Mata, who coolly tucked his low close-range strike beyond an outstretched Kasper Schmeichel. Both sides traded chances before Mata scored his second, a picturesque free kick from 19-yards out. The visitors dominated the second half and should of put the match to bed. Lingard hit the post after rounding Schmeichel, while Marcus Rashford squandered a chance following the dismissal of Daniel Amartey. In the end, United paid the ultimate price as Harry Maguire slid in at the back post to equalize in the 94th minute. The draw means Jose Mourinho's side now sit 13 points off league-leaguers Manchester City.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 05:54:00 PM

Antonio Valencia is at risk of missing the entire festive programme after limping off at the Hawthorns due to a hamstring problem.

The Ecuadorian was replaced midway the second half, and if tests confirm Valencia has suffered a muscular strain, then it’s likely to mean at least 2-3 weeks on the sidelines. When asked for an update post-match, Mourinho mused. "This is what I call a December injury. It is an injury of accumulation of fatigue. It is a muscular one. Hamstring. Big, small, medium, I don't know." On how long he could be out, the United boss replied. "Let’s wait," although the player himself posted an update via Instagram which read. "Thanks for your support and concern. I am fine." However, I’d read very little into this. Options include shifting Ashley Young onto the opposite flank with Luke Shaw coming in at left-back or Daley Blind / Marcos Rojo playing on the right. Mourinho may also consider a 3-5-2 now that Paul Pogba is available following his three-match ban.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 03:33:00 PM

Manchester United held on in the end to take all three points with a 2-1 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.

United started the game well and rushed into an early 2-0 lead. First, Lukaku got his second goal in as many games by leaping to direct a cross from the left by Marcus Rashford beyond the reach of Ben Foster. United extended their lead soon after with Jesse Lingard's shot deflected off Ahmed Hegazi into the Baggies' net. Gareth Barry pulled one back in the second half as United became complacent and failed press their possession advantage into more goals. United could even have blown their lead as West Brom pushed them for an equaliser and only for De Gea's ability they would have conceded in a late goalmouth scramble. United cut City's lead at the top to 11 points, West Brom stay stuck in the relegation zone in 19th.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 11:15:00 AM

A persistent knee problem is expected to keep Marouane Fellaini out for the remainder of 2017.

The Manchester United midfielder suffered a knee ligament [medial] strain while on international duty in October and spent a month on the sidelines. But, despite his return, Fellaini was still hampered by the problem and he hasn’t featured in the matchday squad since the win over Brighton in game week 13. He will now miss the entire festive programme and with his current deal due to expire in 2018, the 30-year-old may have played his last game for the club. Eric Bailly is another absentee after Jose Mourinho confirmed a decision has been taken for the defender to undergo ankle surgery. "I don’t say [he’s out] for the rest of the season, but it’s for the next two or three months." Fortunately, United are well-stocked in the heart of defence with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all able to play centrally.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 08:37:00 AM

Jose Mourinho didn’t go as far as to say that Eric Bailly would not play again this season, but the United boss did imply the defender will be sidelined for a significant period.

Speaking after the 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday, Mourinho admitted Bailly had suffered a "serious" ankle injury while on international duty in November. "We are trying a conservative treatment," he said. "But, if [that fails], probably he will have a surgical procedure," although Mourinho was keen to stress that he is "not a doctor" and any diagnosis or timescale would be better coming from a qualified medical practitioner. The return of Marcos Rojo has helped to ease the burden while the improved form of Victor Lindelof is encouraging. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are fit, for now at least, but it would be extremely naïve to think that the pair will remain that way for long given their recent history. Daley Blind is an option and Michael Carrick could also be deployed at centre-back once fully fit.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 05:14:00 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored the lone goal as Manchester United rebounded from their Manchester derby defeat with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on a rainy night at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho made four changes to the side that fell 2-1 at the weekend, bring in Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay and Juan Mata. On 25 minutes United struck when Mata feathered a cross to the back post, and Lukaku leapt highest to head home his goal 14th of the season. Bournemouth had chances throughout the match but David de Gea was up for the challenge, making a seven saves en route to his 11th clean sheet of the season. United could have doubled their advantage twice in the second-half, but Martial fired a sitter over from six yards out and Marcus Rashford rattled a drive back off the crossbar. The victory means United remain second in the table and three points clear of third-place Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 06:01:00 PM



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