Author: Alan Bince

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Website Editor and Writer for United Journal

Manchester United’s incoming new manager Erik ten Hag has recommended his current defender at Ajax, Jurrien Timber, to the English side as a potential defender signing for the summer as the Mancunians step up interest, sources have told The United Journal. The 20-year-old Dutch international is understood to be emerging as one of the concrete names on United’s shortlist of defenders for the summer. Timber, who played in Ajax’s 2-1 KNVB final loss to PSV Eindhoven and was a part of the Netherlands squad for the Euros last summer, has been enjoying a good season so far at Ajax. United,…

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Imagine growing up supporting Manchester United and attending games at Old Trafford; buying Red News outside The Theatre of Dreams! United Journal’s Alan Bince & Atanu Wadhwa had the chance to talk to one such fan recently – Andy Slater. Andy is the editor of Barmy Article which is the independent fanzine for the Manchester United Women’s team.  Back in 1996, when the North Stand went up, Andy and his dad bought season tickets together in the East Stand Lower but after 21 years, due to the debacle surrounding the disabled section, in 2017, he gave up his Season Ticket. …

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A historical moment for the Young Red Devils as they beat Birmingham City at St George’s Park in the Barclays FA WSL Academy League Cup final.  Charlotte Healy’s side scored four goals and conceded one from Birmingham’s Pullen in the 90+7th minute, by which the game had already been killed.  United captain Poppy Lawson lifted the trophy after a brace from Alyssa Aherne, and a goal each from Keira Barry and Rebecca May helped United win the cup silverware. https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1501653209944756225?t=lym3sAWFVR2ALvLhmya4sg&s=19 As I covered the match commentary on United Journal’s Twitter handle, critical analysis wasn’t necessary since I observed moments in…

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Frantic scenes at Old Trafford as Manchester United lose two points to Roy Hodgson’s Watford, who are currently in the relegation battle. With Manchester City, Tottenham, and Liverpool fixtures closing at the start of March, these points were much needed in their bank as the Red Devils lost momentum in the top 4 battle. Ralf Rangnick made a couple of changes in the start as he benched Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Jadon Sancho to provide rest after the UCL game against Atletico. https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1497577043797897219?s=20&t=gBYTZ01z3wiONIC3VfYveg United started the first half brightly creating multiple clear-cut scoring scenarios in the final third. The…

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Manchester United face Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16 ties this week. The Colchoneros qualified by finishing runner-up in a group containing Liverpool, AC Milan, and Porto. Currently, Diego Simeone’s side occupies 5th place in league positions and was knocked out of Copa del Rey by Bilbao.  United Journal invited Atletico Madrid Fan Community Into the Calderon’s Manager and Host of Colchonero Chat podcast Jeremy Beren to help the readers get an expert view on tactics, club’s motivation, and their desire to win this fixture. Atletico Madrid is expected…

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Manchester United will look to the summer transfer window to upgrade their options in midfield despite questions over price and availability of their preferred targets. The club have been brainstorming over a list containing the likes of Declan Rice, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Amadou Haidara, Kalvin Phillips, and John McGinn.  Recently, uncertainties in addressing multiple areas have come into the limelight with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, and Edinson Cavani looking set to leave United by the next transfer window, unless things change with regards to a new contract offer. As it stands, the club will decide on contracts once the…

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Manchester United’s Number 8, Vilde Bøe Risa, was recently invited on the premiere episode of Their Pitch – A women’s football podcast by TV4 Sweden and Fotbollskanalen and hosted by journalists and experts Amanda Zaza and Mia Eriksson. Listeners were introduced to Vilde The Person, Vilde The Footballer, and Vilde The Analyst.  In this piece, United Journal will discuss the key takeaways from this podcast episode featuring the Norwegian international who joined Manchester United in the summer of 2021. Investment in Grassroots For Vilde, in her childhood, football was easily accessible in Norway. She mentions how she enjoyed playing the…

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Sunday marks 64 years since the Munich Air Disaster took the lives of 23 people including 8 Manchester United players. The footballing world remembers each one of them. On February 6th, 1958, as Manchester United’s senior team was boarding a flight back home after eliminating Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup, the British European Airways Flight 609 had stopped temporarily to refuel at Munich-Riem Airport in West Germany.  Fearing that the crew would fall behind schedule, flight operators attempted to take off from a region covered densely with snow. The first two attempts were aborted. In the third attempt…

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Manchester United Women encountered one of the busiest transfer deadline days in a while. Marc Skinner’s team needed strengthening in numerous areas of the pitch due to the position at which the club are now in the table in order to compete against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. Injuries and COVID-19 were other factors that had to be taken into concern since the Red Devils will need to get past another 10 games before the league ends, and progress forward in the Continental Cup semi-final against Emma Hayes’ Chelsea.In the past 24 hours, United made ambitious moves in the…

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Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United dropped two points to an Aston Villa side that was trailing by two goals. The final result felt numb after Coutinho sealed the equalizer at Villa Park on his debut. Things looked positive in the first half but the overall performance looked dull and unconvincing. Nemanja Matic, United’s center-defensive midfielder caught up with fatigue from the 50th minute of the game. Protection started to evaporate and frustrations were evident from the fouls committed by the pivot. Rangnick pushed Fred along with Cavani to coordinate pressing upfront to break Villa’s defensive quartet. Rangnick’s plan worked well to…

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