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Manchester United Updated Squad 2018/19

The club has announced the updated first-team squad for the remainder of 2018/2019 under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer:

Goalkeepers:
David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant.

Defenders:
Eric Bailly, Matteo Darmian, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young.

Midfielders:
Fred, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba.

Forwards:
Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United 2 – 2 Burnley

It wasn’t surprising to see Burnley came to Old Trafford fighting to steal points. They manage to score two and defend the lead until 85th minute before Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s Manchester United scores two back.

Not the best result but I am sure they’ve learnt a lot as we’re heading to tough February and March with matches against big teams in Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League coming.

Watch highlights below:

Tricky Fixtures Ahead for OGS’ Manchester United

After relatively easy run that resulted 8 wins in 8 games, there will be a fixture run of Paris Saint-Germain (Champions League), Chelsea (FA Cup) and Liverpool (Premier League) ahead in February. It’s almost like a real-life audition for the interim manager. 😀

I am not complaining. I understand that this kind of fixtures are our club were supposed to be involved in. We should be well up for it.

FA Cup: Arsenal 1 – 3 Manchester United

The build up to the game has been fantastic and the team was playing to win.

Romelu Lukaku unusually – not that I’m complaining – registered 2 assists; first for ex-gunner Alexis Sanchez who opened the scoring for the 4th round FA Cup in Emirates and second for England international Jesse Lingard.

It’s 8 wins from 8 games for the caretaker Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and it is clear that his presence, and the backroom staff, aren’t just bringing the “feel good factor” as they also bring tactical nuance too. They introduced Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial while we’re leading 2-1, a decision which was effective as the frenchman scored our third goal and effectively wins us the game against the most successful team in the cup.

Roll on FA Cup 5th round!

Manchester United 2 – 1 Brighton & Hove

As expected, Manchester United beat Brighton & Hove Albion FC 2-1 at Old Trafford

There were unrelaxing moments in second half but the team did what they suppose to do: playing attractive football by attacking their opponents most of the time.

Paul Pogba scored from the spot and Marcus Rashford made another brilliant highly skillful finish. The 21 year old England international has scored in five of the six league games under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

Game highlights below:

Hotspur 0 – 1 Ole’s United [EPL]

It has been a while since the last time I feel nervous watching Manchester United. Widely touted as “the first real test” in Ole Gunnar Solksjaer‘s reign, the team in red was brilliant in the first half, attacking the in-form 3rd on the table Tottenham Hotspur.

Marcus Rashford scored from similar position where Harry Kane did not. It was a vital clinical strike by the 21 years old England international as it defined the winners and the losers.

Pochettino’s men were brilliant at the second half but main man David de Gea 11 saves make sure the scoreline stays one nil for the underdog visitors.

If you sadly missed the game, the official site has posted the highlight here. Enjoy!

The team passed “the first real test”. Today, Ole > Poch. Come on United!

Eric Bailly in African Team of The Year

United center back Eric Bailly has been named in the 2018 African Team of the Year.

He has physicality and skill to be a top central back. But at times he is recklessness, like that tackle he did against Bournemouth, which we are comfortably leading the game 4-1, can cost the team.

He is only 24 though so he’s had the time to learn.

Congratulations!

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