One recurring theme over the last couple of seasons has been Nani’s future. Has the Portuguese winger done enough to warrant staying at Manchester United? Has he reached his peak? Has Sir Alex Ferguson got any patience left for him?
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As Manchester United stumble to the title, the gap closing but maybe not fast enough for Manchester City to snatch it away again, the general play continues to disappoint.
Brilliantly consistent rather to consistently brilliant sums up United. A rather odd formation with Robin van Perfect on top of a midfield 5, emulating City, just didn't work.
As Manchester United lined up today to face Stoke City at the daunting Britannia Stadium, many were surprised to see the side being put out by Sir Alex Ferguson.
After a big gap, we saw Wayne Rooney being played as a mainstream central midfielder alongside Michael Carrick with Shinji Kagawa on the left and Antonio Valencia on the right. Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez started upfront for the away side.
Losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup Quarter final is no disgrace but from 2-0 up at home in the first game, losing 3 goals unanswered is of concern.
In both games the cracks that appeared are the faults that separate the very best from the nearly men, and I saw enough to know we have to fix some faults.
Manchester United have done pretty well this season. The early parts were rather wobbly but performances over the past 3 odd months have seen them move way ahead in the Premier League title race. Here, let us see at which places can the squad be improved and who can be brought in for that!
Historically the style of play that Manchester United uses focuses primarily on their wingers.
Look over the archives and the Red Devils have been blessed with some aesthetically gifted footballers in these areas from George Best, Norman Whiteside, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name just four.
Manchester United beat QPR 2-0 at Loftus Road yesterday and it was a comprehensive win.
Set on their way by a wonder goal from Rafael (you sure he’s a Right Back!?), United overcame the blow of Robin van Persie’s first-half substitution through a hip injury to go on and win the game via a Ryan Giggs goal. Here are the five talking points from the match:
Antonio Valencia rightfully was Manchester United’s best player last season and is one of the best wingers in the world. A certain Pep Guardiola has waxed lyrical about him in the past and who’s he to disagree with?
The Champions League last 16 draw brings Real Madrid to us, a two-legged affair between top teams in the top 2 leagues in Europe.
This mouth watering event, has match ups from manager to the bench, that pits top players in every position against their counterparts. Surely a game for the connoisseur, Rioja vs Single Malt, different yet each the best in their geography.
In a game of 3 halves, a Manchester United team comprising a 50/50 combination of first team and the League Cup team claimed a last 16 place in the Champions League, proving that last seasons failure was an exception, as Manchester City look on jealously.
Manchester United claimed a memorable 3-2 Premier League victory over the current Champions of Europe at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, a result that they had failed to achieve in 10 years against Chelsea in their own back yard.
Manchester United travel to London this weekend to face the European Champions and Premiership leaders in this season’s biggest game so far. The question is - how will we fare?
Analyzing Chelsea, I can see a huge change from the team that won the Champions League through dogged defending and the explosive impact of Didier Drogba.