What is arguably the tastiest fixture of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 is also a reflection of how far the erstwhile greats of English football have fallen.
After two games at home, United hit the road again as they head to St. James’ Park where they take on home side Newcastle United who are fighting a relegation battle.
STOKE CITY vs MANCHESTER UNITED Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent Saturday, 26 December 2015 1245 hours UTC **** Manchester United take to the road again on Boxing Day as they travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City. THT previews the game that may be one of the two games at LvG’s disposal to hold down his place at Manchester United. Team News, Tactics and Predicted Lineup Stoke City Mark Hughes will kick off Boxing Day proceedings in the Premier League in an early afternoon kick-off when he hosts his former club again at the Britannia. The 1-2 loss to Crystal Palace has dropped his team out of the top 10 in the league table. That said, Stoke City had brought down Manchester City at the Britannia less than a month ago and would hope to inflict a similar fate on their neighbours, a club they have been relatively successful against at home in the last few seasons (P5 W1 […]
Manchester United host Norwich this gameweek as they look to break a winless streak that has covered five games in all competitions since November 21. United boss Louis van Gaal is under pressure and he couldn’t deliver sooner on his current assignment.
MANCHESTER UNITED vs WEST HAM UNITED Old Trafford, Manchester Saturday, 05 December 2015 1530 hours **** Comparing the inches of space devoted to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively in football blogs and sports periodicals, one could be forgiven for believing that Chelsea were 3rd in the league while United a lowly 14th and not the other way around. A lot of it stems from the outcry from United supporters across the globe asking for their team to play their old firebrand style of football. LvG has made changes to the side and sacrificed speed for possession. While it may not be exciting to watch, one cannot deny that LvG’s methods have worked to a certain extent. The defense doesn’t seem leaky and shaky anymore (thanks in large part to David de Gea and Chris Smalling). Old Trafford looks like a fortress again with United having conceded only one Premier League goal at home. And it is to this fortress that […]
MANCHESTER UNITED vs WEST BROM Old Trafford, Manchester Saturday 07 November 2015 1500 hours **** Manchester United play host to West Brom on Saturday after having gotten a huge monkey off their backs –the monkey of going four games in all competitions without scoring, a dubious record unprecedented in the club’s history. Wayne Rooney’s goal on Tuesday against CSKA Moscow in their Champions League group fixture ended his and the club’s goal drought and catapulted them into first position in their group. West Brom, on the other hand, have had a fairly successful season so far on the road and they have few reasons to worry when they make their trip up north. Team News, Tactics and Predicted Lineup Manchester United Louis van Gaal’s team selection and tactics have been under fire from media and fans alike. Rooney’s continued presence in the starting 11 despite a lack of goals, Depay’s continued relegation to the bench, Martial’s deployment on the wings […]
Manchester United will play hosts to their cross town rivals in a fixture that will not only be for bragging rights but also determine which of the two will finish at the top of the league at the end of this game week.
Arsenal v Manchester United Emirates Stadium Sunday, 04 October 2015 1500 hours UTC *** Manchester United and Arsenal will add another page to the annals of their storied rivalry as two of the biggest clubs in England lock horns again at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Both teams played in Europe mid-week and will not be wholly fresh for the encounter but if history is anything to go by, it will be another classic game between the two. Adding spice to the mix is the fact that Arsenal are only three points behind United in the league table and while a win for United would reinforce their presence at the top of the table, three points for Arsenal would put them level on points with United. Team News, Tactics and Probable Lineups Arsenal Arsenal enter this game in worst possible mental state, having lost to Olympiakos at home in Europe on Wednesday night. What should be more worrying for Arsenal is […]
Manchester City FC vs Borussia Mönchengladbach Stadion im Borussia-Park 30 September 2015 1945 hours UTC ***** English powerhouse Manchester City will square up to German side Borussia Mönchengladbach in a crucial Group D clash that is a must win for both sides following their losses in their respective group openers. The clash promises to be an exciting encounter – Mönchengladbach’s team has been favourite picking grounds for major league sides across the world when they go hunting for talent while City’s impressive, star-studded lineup needs no introduction. THT previews the clash. Team news, Tactics and Predicted Lineups Manchester City The English side were steamrolling everyone in their path till their paths crossed with Italian Champions Juventus in their Group D opener. The Old Lady inflicted a 2-1 defeat on City at the Etihad Stadium as last season’s European runners up picked at City’s flaws and punished them. The defeat has set into motion a string of losses with both West […]
In the world of football where statistics are dominated by goalscorers and accolades reserved for the ones with a nose for the opponent’s net, goalkeepers are a different breed. They seldom cross their own half, are often left alone in their goal (at least for the good teams) and at the end of the day, everybody remembers how many you let in. Goalkeepers may not win teams games but they can surely save them for their team. A good goalkeeper can make the difference between hanging onto a hard fought victory or meekly surrendering the lead and allowing the game to peter out into a tame draw. THT takes a look at the best goalkeepers in the world over the 2014/15 season. David de Gea (Manchester United; Spain) – 78 saves, 11 clean sheets The 24 year old goalkeeper of Spanish origin has been key to United achieving their aim of a top four finish this season. Whether it was […]