Author: James Budgen

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

In Manchester United’s first game of 2022 they host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford, where if they win the game, they can move within a point of a spot in the top four. So far under Ralf Rangnick’s reign at Old Trafford he is yet to lose a game, winning three times and drawing twice in his first five games, with his biggest win coming last time out, beating Burnley 3-1 at Old Trafford. Image Via OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images United played Wolves at Molineux back in August, where a spirited performance from David De Gea and a late…

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Manchester United close out 2021 with a convincing 3-1 victory against Burnley, with first half goals from Scott McTominay, Ben Mee (OG) and Cristiano Ronaldo, keeping Ralf Rangnick unbeaten as Interim Manager. Rangnick: “As expected it was a very tough physical game against a team who play very physical. We also showed the qualities we have in our team. It was important today to raise the energy level.” Rangnick: “It is all about energy for me, about passion and if we show that – especially at home – we have a good team which is not so easy to play…

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After returning from an extended absence with a disappointing 1-1 draw away to 19th placed Newcastle, Ralf Rangnick and Manchester United host 18th placed Burnley at Old Trafford in their last match of 2021. Rangnick said the performance against Newcastle was really poor, with United allowing Newcastle a lot of opportunities to take all three points, and would’ve deserved them as well. Image Via Stu Forster/Getty Images Burnley poses one of the most difficult tests in the Premier League for any side, manager Sean Dyche has them very regimented defensively that it could be a struggle for any side in…

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In a very poor performance, Manchester United has dropped points to 19th placed Newcastle United, who would’ve grabbed the three points if it wasn’t for a couple of sensational saves from David De Gea. Image Via Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images Ralf Rangnick: “I didn’t like the performance at all. Today we didn’t control the game apart from a few moments.” “Our biggest problem was the mistakes we made. Even when we scored the equalizer we were not really controlling the game and making the right decisions.” Manchester United Starting XI: David De Gea, Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry…

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After 16 days without a game, Manchester United return from their absence to face relegation threatened Newcastle United at St James’s Park to try and hunt a top four spot. After the 1-0 win away to Norwich on December the 11th, Man Utd faced Covid-19 issues, forcing the training ground to close and the fixtures against Brentford and Brighton to be postponed. Image Via Visionhaus/Getty Images The squad has been back at the training ground for a week, with all staff and players recovering from Covid-19, making every player, bar Paul Pogba who is still recovering from his injury, seemingly…

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It took a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and multiple saves from David De Gea to secure a 1-0 win for United down against bottom of the league Norwich City and for the first time this season keep two clean sheets in a row in the league and win three games in a row. Image Via Stephen Pond/Getty Images Image Via Stephen Pond/Getty Images Rangnick: “From the start we controlled the game but didn’t always have the best possible solutions. Defensively we did well, tactically in the first half we didn’t allow them to have too many shots or chances.” Rangnick: “It…

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Manchester United are travelling down to East Anglia to face bottom of the table Norwich City for Ralf Rangnick’s second Premier League game in charge to try and win three Premier League games in a row for the first time this season. Rangnick had a successful first Premier League outing against Crystal Palace, winning 1-0 and seeing that his players were able to adapt to his tactics, with the players clearly pressing higher up the pitch than in previous matches Image Via Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images Rangnick: “We were always on the front foot [against Crystal Palace], we had…

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Manchester United have draw 1-1 with BSC Young Boys at Old Trafford with Ralf Rangnick making eleven changes from the team that faced Crystal Palace whilst also handing out six UCL debuts to Man Utd Academy Graduates. Image Via The Athletic Rangnick: “We were not defending high enough, not proactive enough. We also could have conceded two or three goals. If the final score was 3-3 or 4-3 to us no one could have complained.” Manchester United XI: Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw, Donny Van de Beek, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Amad Diallo, Anthony Elanga,…

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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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