Author: James Budgen

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

It’s ending how it started for Ralf Rangnick as interim manager for Manchester United, facing Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, bringing a close to the 21/22 season. United do have something to play for on this final day, with Europa League or Europa Conference League yet to be decided between United and West Ham, but the balls in United’s court as they have a two point advantage, meaning a win will seal Europa League football, but any other result, qualification will depend on West Ham’s result against Brighton & Hove Albion. When United last faced Crystal Palace in early December,…

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With Manchester United facing Nottingham Forest in their first FA Youth Cup Final since 2011 and a chance at winning the competition for the 11th time in the clubs history, it is a great time to look at the players that have been key to the cup run and will be key in winning United the final. Alejandro Garnacho Only four players in United history made their first team debut before playing in a FA Youth Cup Final (Ryan Giggs, Norman Whiteside, George Best and Duncan Edwards) and Garnacho will likely make the list five after coming on late recently…

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For the first time since 2011, the Manchester United Under 18s are playing in the FA Youth Cup Final, with Nottingham Forest just standing in their way of an 11th Youth Cup trophy, but what is just as impressive as reaching the final itself, is the dominant fashion in which they have done it. Manchester United 4-2 Scunthorpe United The Youth Cup run started on a rainy night at Old Trafford in mid-December against Scunthorpe United, in which United cruised to a 4-2 victory in their first match in front of a crowd at the Theatre of Dreams to start…

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In this article I will be discussing the talking points from Manchester United’s embarrassing performance at the Amex Stadium which ended up in a 4-0 defeat. Any Personal Pride? With the season this team has had and all the down moments and with a lot of the players leaving this summer, you’d think that they would want to come together as a group and end the season on a high note, but instead they look like a bunch of individuals that are already on holiday and take no responsibility on what they are doing to the fans and Manchester United…

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In their 5th successive away defeat, Manchester United have been embarrassed once again this season, this time to Brighton and Hove Albion, with goals from Moises Caicedo, Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard piling more misery on this season for United. Ralf Rangnick: “It was a terrible performance. From the first until the last minute it was not enough; we can only apologise for this performance and a humiliating defeat.” Bruno Fernandes: “They outplayed us. They always had a solution. Pressed us better and they deserved the result. A little bit of everything [went wrong]. Quality. Mentality. They deserved…

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With their penultimate game of the season, Manchester United travel down to the south coast to face 9th placed Brighton & Hove Albion, trying to snap a four game losing streak away from home. Despite United winning the past seven games between the two, the fixtures have usually been very closely contested, and that was definitely the case earlier in the season at Old Trafford, where in the first half, where Brighton dominated the first half, but a sending off for Lewis Dunk swayed the game in United’s favour, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes grabbing the goals for a…

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In this article I will discussing the talking points coming from Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Brentford, in the final home game of the season. Mata Magic Juan Mata’s inclusion in the starting XI caused a bit of stir pre-game, but he proved the doubters wrong with an excellent performance, controlling the game from start to finish in the no.10 position, helping United have some midfield dominance in a game for the first time for a while. His quick passing play, kept the ball moving, connecting the midfield with the attack, which caused Brentford a lot of problems in winning…

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A professional performance by Manchester United has seen off Brentford with a 3-0 win in the final game at Old Trafford this season, with Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo amongst the goals, along with Raphael Varane, scoring his first goal for the Red Devils. Ralf Rangnick: “You could see that the players had come together, that they liked playing with each other. We had three creative central midfield players on the pitch and that helped us on the ball.” “We were in control for most parts. In possession that was one of our best performances this year. It was the…

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As the season nears it end, Manchester United are playing their final game at Old Trafford, welcoming 14th placed Brentford to the Theatre of Dreams in a league game for the first time since 1947. Man Utd seem to be stumbling over the finishing line this season, winning only two of their last eleven games, and only one win in their last six league games, taking them out of contention for a Champions league spot, but are still fighting for a spot in the Europa League with West Ham United. Brentford on the other hand have enjoyed a great season…

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In this article I will be discussing the talking points which have come out of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford. Ronaldo Saves United Again At 37 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo is currently carrying Manchester United Football Club on his back, he is the only player of late capable of scoring a goal, scoring eight of United last nine goals, and again today salvaged a draw for his team. In this game he even contributed quite a bit defensively, multiple times he dropped back, adding an extra defensive man at times, tracking back where other United players…

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