Manchester United Tactical Analysis: Something really positive happened against Norwich City

Manchester United's quarterfinal match against Norwich City reinforced some things that we already know. The drop off between United's A team and B team is significant. Bruno Fernandes can only be so good when it's Scott McTominay and Fred who are in charge of getting him the ball, and when he's trying to set up …

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Manchester United vs Sheffield United immediate reaction

I don't normally write down my thoughts immediately after a game for good reason. I, like everyone else, get really emotional during matches and often let my emotions dictate my feelings on the match. That's why I think it's really important to always re-watch a game before analyzing it. As fans we come into every …

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Manchester United avoid a really weird moment against Tottenham

It only took 79 minutes for the biggest question-but-not-really-a-question for Manchester United to arise Friday night at Tottenham Stadium. Paul Pogba won United a penalty and that's where a big question could have been asked. Who takes the spot kick? This could have been a big question - and it's certainly a valid one. On the …

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The Hey – Why not us? Part II Blog

I wrote this blog last year the morning that United were set to contest the second leg of their Champions League tie against PSG. The hey, crazier things have happened, why not us? blog. It was about 80% tongue in cheek 19% hopeful and 1% mayyyybeee serious. United were without 10 senior players for that match. Those …

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Stat Analysis: How important is Paul Pogba

At this point it's well known how ridiculous it is that people keep criticizing Paul Pogba and saying Manchester United would be better off without him. In his three plus year at Old Trafford under two different managers the numbers back up how much more of an attack United generate when he's on the pitch. …

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I’m cautiously intrigued by Christian Eriksen

The Telegraph: "Manchester United are pursuing an audacious late move for Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen. Eriksen is keen for a new challenge and United are interested in trying to strike a deal before the transfer window closes at 5pm on Thursday." United's interest in Eriksen is nothing new. He's been linked with the club for the …

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What we’re looking for this pre-season from Manchester United

If he's done nothing else Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought the fun back to the preseason. It's fun to see the young players play alongside the senior players. It's fun to form wildly over-optimistic expectations for how much the kids will be able to contribute this year. That's what the tour is all about. Last …

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The complexities behind the Paul Pogba “transfer”

Paul Pogba is not trying to leave Old Trafford. That's a bold statement, but it's the same one I made right after the season, and then again a few weeks later. I'm sticking with that statement for a few reasons. Primarily because it's the only one that makes sense. Additionally it's because I'm aware of …

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All’s quiet on the Paul Pogba front

Last week you couldn't look at any English publication without seeing headlines about Paul Pogba going to Real Madrid. The way the newspapers were speaking, it almost seemed inevitable (hyperbole is one of the English media's strong suits after all). Over the past five days there's been almost nothing written about Paul Pogba. That's weird. He's …

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