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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 – 0 Reading [FA Cup]

It wasn’t “another day at the office” as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer made 9 changes to the squad and field a team that technically hasn’t work together. No fluidity like the first 4 games under him but some individual brilliance saves the day and bring us to the next round of FA Cup.

It’s not all gloom though as there are some positives too:

  • We score 2 and concede 0. It means 2 clean sheet and 5 wins out of 5 under the caretaker manager.
  • Matteo Darmian looking like a central defender while Sergio Romero is probably the best reserve goalkeeper in the league.
  • Romelu Lukaku scores 3 games in a row after Christmas break. It looks like Ole’s assessment of his striking techniques actually helps.
  • We give another youth the first senior team game to Tahith Chong.

If you are into mobile app, the official Manchester United mobile app has posted the game highlights.

Update: video highlight posted to the official website: link.

Premier League 2018/19: What bookies make of Manchester United’s chances

It was a case of close but no cigar last season as Jose Mourinho saw his Manchester United side finish second in the Premier League behind neighbours and bitter rivals Manchester City who amassed 100 points, 19 more than the runners-up.

With millions spent trying to close the gap, many followers of English football believe The Special One is drinking in the last chance saloon at Old Trafford. A genuine title challenge and run into the latter stages of the Champions League is needed to secure his long-term future as manager of the 20-time top-tier champions but bookmakers expect a tough year ahead.

The ante-post Premier League betting odds at bet365 have The Red Devils at 7/1, third in the list behind two-in-a-row for The Cityzens at a short 4/7 and the 5/1 available when getting your stake on Liverpool. Surely fans would see a third-place end as a step backwards but it’s doubtful too many punters will be happy to take odds-on about a selection over the course of an entire season.

Let’s look at ways you can back Manchester United this term.

Source: ODDSbible via Twitter

Improved United look value at the price

Both halves of the Manchester divide are expected to strengthen over the summer with cash ready to be spent on bringing in reinforcements. Manchester City were thoroughly impressive last season, as their final points tally confirmed, but United lost seven times against the two of City and you’ve got to expect serious improvement on that front.

Mourinho made his first move in June when spending £47m on Brazilian midfielder Fred who joins from Shakhtar Donetsk and that gives an early sign of the mood in the camp. Bringing in new faces is important but so too is keeping hold of the better players already in the dressing room and Marouane Fellaini signed a new two-year deal. The Belgian divides opinion in the stands but he played an important part in the World Cup and certainly knows how to score in the Premier League.

A good mix of old and new and the 7/1 on United will look on the generous side for punters searching for a season-long interest. A top-four finish, which is surely the least fans and the board will expect in the coming season, is 2/7, while Romelu Lukaku is around the 8/1 mark to top score.

Source: Manchester United via Twitter

Three points expected in week one

Man Utd v Leicester City is one of the standout fixtures from week one of the new season and the locals will be expected to hit the ground running. Season ticket holders will have that match picked as a solid three points but what do the recent stats make of it?

The teams played twice last season with United winning 2-0 at Old Trafford in August thanks to goals from Rashford and Fellaini but they had to settle for a 2-2 draw in the reverse leg four months later. A double from Mata was cancelled out by Vardy and a 90th-minute equaliser from Maguire. Amartey was sent off at the death. The Reds have won their last two home games vs Leicester with plenty to spare and -1 on the handicap again will return 21/20.

Manchester United 4 – CSKA Moscow 1 – All Goals

Very good performance all around and another 4 goals scored. Well done lads.

Manchester United – Everton: All 4 Goals

First goal: mental strike by Antonio Valencia:

Second, by our “king of assist” Henrikh Mkhitaryan:

Third, Romelu Lukaku. He’s just a natural goalscorer!

Fourth, nicely executed penalty by Anthony Martial:

Our 3rd 4-0 Wins in 2017/2018 Season

The 4-0 Goal galore was opened by a superb strike from Antonio Valencia. It was his first of the last few months and it was mental! I would bet that very few, or even none, goalkeepers who can stop that kind of attack. After the goal, we play dull, predictable and unimpressive football. It’s obvious that we missed the creativity of Paul Pogba, who are sidelined for bad injury. However, for casual observers, it’s obvious that Jose Mourinho tend to replace the right players at the right time. And so far this season, it managed to change the output of the game.

It was a similar scenario against Everton last weekend. Jose replaces Marcus Rashford with Jesse Lingard, apparently to ensure that left back Ashley Young is well protected, as Jesse is relatively more resilient than Marcus in defending. The second crucial change was Ander Herrera who replaces Juan Mata. The game fairly did not develop to Reds’ liking until the Spanish midfielder entered the field and changes things. Last was the introduction of “super sub” Anthony Martial.

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Swansea City vs Manchester United All Goals

We scored 4 two games in a row. We will face tougher tests this season, but these type of games were tests we consistently failed last season.

Best United Display Since Sir Alex

A 4-0 win against West Ham is probably seen as a routine under Sir Alex but it’s hard to not get carried away with today’s performance. After 3 seasons and  3 managers, it seems like we finally have a team capable of winning the elites. Although we’ve won 3 last season – that if you count Community Shield as a trophy – our main target is always the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

I haven’t seen anything this good since Sir Alex retired. Not from Moyes and Van Gaal. Not even from Mourinho.

Matic and Pogba, the new midfield axis, were predictably effective. Big lad Lukaku will score a lot of goals, while Martial and Rashford will indeed help scoring some as well. At the back, Baily was very comfortable playing with Jones, and De Gea will definitely continue to perform some good saves.

Long season ahead of us, but that was a very comfortably good start. Let the good times roll!

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