Author: James Budgen

Year 2 student studying Football Business and Media at UCFB Etihad and Manchester United fan

In the first game of Ralf Rangnick’s tenure as Manchester United interim manager, he comes up against Crystal Palace who is unbeaten in their last three visits to Old Trafford, winning on their last two visits. Under caretaker manager Michael Carrick, United found their feet again, a draw against title challenger Chelsea and a first home league win since the 11th September in the last game against Arsenal has made the situation a little easier for Rangnick to take over from. Image Via Manchester United In his last managerial spells at RB Leipzig Rangnick has adopted a narrow formation, usually…

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In Michael Carrick’s last game as caretaker manager he has steered Manchester United to a 3-2 victory over Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal under the Old Trafford lights, with Bruno Fernandes netting once and two goals for Cristiano Ronaldo to go past the 800 career goal milestone. Image Via Alex Livesey/Getty Images Harry Maguire: “Big result, we knew how important the game was, started the game a little edgy and nervous first 15 minutes, they scored a goal which they shouldn’t score but a great reaction and dominated the game from there.” Diogo Dalot: “After a few knockdowns we’ve had this season…

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Manchester United will be hosting Arsenal under the Old Trafford lights with new interim-manager Ralf Rangnick watching in the stands as Michael Carrick takes charge of his second Premier League game in a crucial top 4 clash. Michael Carrick has been able to steady the ship after the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a win away at Villarreal to secure qualification to the knockout stages and a draw away to league leaders Chelsea is not a bad showcase of his coaching abilities. A big part of Carrick having a good start is the upturn in form of Jadon Sancho, Carrick…

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The points are shared at Stamford Bridge as United scrape a 1-1 draw with league leaders Chelsea, with a Jorginho penalty cancelling out Jadon Sancho’s opener who scored for the second successive game. Carrick: “Of course we want to be better. I am not getting carried away but I thought we defended well. I cannot fault the boys one bit — to come away disappointed and to feel like you have left something out there is a positive.” David de Gea: “We already improved against Villarreal, we won, qualified and now we played a very good team away from home.…

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With all the on goings off the pitch surrounding the appointment of Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United have to focus on the pitch as they face top of the table Chelsea with caretaker manager Michael Carrick taking charge of a second successive game. Chelsea are in electric form coming into this game, unbeaten in ten games, winning nine which currently sees them top the Premier League, scoring 30 goals, the second most in the league and only conceding 4 goals so far in the league, which is the best in the league. https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1464229224647061506?s=20 United on the other hand are in terrible…

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Manchester United have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho securing Man Utd a first win under caretaker manager Michael Carrick. Carrick: “I thought the subs had a massive impact. David [De Gea] has kept us in the game. Terrific night for the players. For the club to go through was amazing. It was a squad [win]. It is a group of good players. I have to say that one is for Ole that.” https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1463239607458222081?s=20 Carrick shook up the line up from the last game, keeping De Gea in…

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In the first game after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick will take charge in a very important Champions League clash as they travel to Spain to face Villarreal in a battle for knock-out stage qualification. This will be Carrick’s first game as a manager, not just Manchester United, meaning he is an unknown quantity after being part of the backroom staff since 2018, but he will have the help of the coaching staff that was also under Solskjaer, including Mike Phealan, Kieran McKenna, Eric Ramsay and Darren Fletcher. https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1462770347552296965?s=20 https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1462771989328760834?s=20 Image Via David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images The…

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Its another embarrassing score line for Manchester United this season, losing 4-1 away to newly promoted Watford has now seemingly sealed the fate of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his job already hanging by the smallest of thread. Watford went into half time 2-0 up, through goals from Josh King and Ismaila Sarr, United started the second half brightly, scoring through substitute Donny Van de Beek, before Maguire’s red card stalled the comeback, and two 90th minute goals from Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Bonaventure sealed an amazing victory for Watford. https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1462118095779090434?s=20 https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1462108295884206080?s=20 Solskjaer reverted back to the 4-2-3-1, after experimenting with…

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Ethan Laird Image Via Getty Images Ethan has took the step up to play in the Championship for Swansea this season where he has not disappointed for them. Playing as a right wing back, Laird has played in 15 games so far in the Championship this season, starting 13 games. Laird has been one of Swansea’s main attacking outlets this season, creating 1.5 chances per game, with 5 big chances created which has led to him grabbing 3 assists so far this season. Laird is also 4th among Championship players for successful dribbles per 90, completing 2.2 per 90. With…

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In a dismal outing by Manchester United, Manchester City easily cruised to a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford with United only managing five shots in the game, an own goal from Eric Bailly after seven minutes and a second just before half time by Bernardo Silva pushed City six points clear of United and put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job under real threat. https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1456998966822907906?s=20 https://twitter.com/theutdjournal/status/1456999906556747778?s=20 Solskjaer stuck with the 5-3-2 system he has starting using recently, Victor Lindelof, who was passed fit just before the game replaced the injured Raphael Varane, Fred and McTominay replaced Matic and Pogba in the midfield…

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