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Confident West Ham Could Give Man Utd Troubles; 4-2-3-1 Gridlock

West Ham have built a good squad that will be a good test for Manchester United on Sunday

West Ham will be Manchester United’s toughest opponent in the Premier league when they square off Sunday. Top of the league United will have their first real test in the league and will hope to bounce back from a shocking defeat in Switzerland on Tuesday.

West Ham are not one of the traditional big six clubs, but they finished sixth last season and are playing in Europe. Both sides have not been defeated in the league. West Ham have two wins and draws, their last match was one of those draws to Southampton.

On Thursday evening they went to the Croatian capital, Zagreb and beat Dinamo 2-0. An impressive win for West Ham on the road against a really good European team. It is always tough for British and Western European sides to play in Eastern Europe, so it is an impressive result for West Ham, who have been dropped early in Europa League previously after having great Premier League seasons.

West Ham Squad

Jesse Lingard had a huge impact for West Ham when he was brought in on loan in January. Lingard had an outstanding goal and assist output and was always involved in chances. Nothing materialized this summer obviously and West Ham seem to have gotten off fine without Lingard.

They have replaced him in that CAM position with the return of form with Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals has looked good early and Said Benrahma, who they bought from Brentford two summers ago, looks like he is getting comfortable with the league and looks more like he did in the Championship.

Jarrod Bowen has also progressed in his maturation since being bought from Hull, he is deadly on the right. West Ham have really scouted well in the Championship. Aaron Cresswell came from Ipswich, when they were in the Championship, and is one of the most underrated left-backs in the league. His left foot is really good, his crosses and long shots are deadly.

Michael Antonio is also another player bought from the Championship. He was bought as a right wing back from Nottingham Forest and is now West Ham’s greatest goal scorer. He scored against Dinamo Zagreb after pouncing on a back pass, he is a willing runner, scores any way he can and is in tremendous form at the moment.

West Ham also have scouted well in Europe. They have got Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal from the Czech Republic and were fantastic last season. They got another Czech, Alex Kral on loan who has yet to appear, but looked really good in the Euros. The Czechs had a surprisingly good Euros knocking out the Dutch in the opening knockout round.

They also brought in Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow. West Ham bought the Croatian international for €30mil on deadline day. He will provide competition in the attacking roles and probably because he is Croatian started in Zagreb on Thursday.

Andriy Yarmelenko rounds out the attacking options and you always have to account for his left foot, it is deadly if he is able to cut in. Lukasz Fabianski is a solid goalie and West Ham also had more good business when they brought in Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

Zouma had a good loan at West Ham a couple of seasons ago and is paired well with either Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna or even Issa Diop. West Ham have good depth in every position. Ryan Fredericks is a good compliment to Coufal and Alphonse Areola might be one the best back up keepers in the league.

All of these players gel with the most important player in the squad Declan Rice. Rice has been linked for good reason with Manchester United for some time. As well as other top clubs, but the only other club that would rival United for Rice is Chelsea. Rice spent time in Chelsea’s academy from 2006-2014.

The future might be a little uncertain for Rice, but at the present he is an absolute beast in the midfield. His talents were on complete display at the Euros. His ability to run with the ball in the midfield, he even takes on full backs with powering runs, he can hold the ball up and he covers so well.

Rice would probably walk on to any team in the Premier League including Manchester City and Liverpool who have great central midfield talent. Rice is like a Jordan Henderson with what seems like unlimited stamina. He might not be as good of a passer as Henderson, but defensively he offers a little bit more in my opinion.

It is a shame you can not compare him to a United midfielder, but that is why he is linked with Manchester United. Rice scored on Thursday against Dinamo, he intercepted the ball in the middle of the field, ran at the defense and finished on his left foot. He is a game changer in the midfield and United need to track him well.

Mark Noble is the club captain and long time veteran in the club and is almost like a player/coach to Manager David Moyes, who has rejuvenated his career in London.

How Man Utd And West Ham Match Up

In the disappointing opening to the Champions League David Wagner and Young Boys matched Man Utd in formation. West Ham will do as well as they also operate in the 4-2-3-1. Rice and Soucek complete each other well in the pivot and Lanzini and Benrahma roam in the CAM spot.

If Aaron Wan-Bissaka does not get red carded, United probably do not lose that game. So Wagner matching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in formation is not indicative of the result, but Solskjaer should worry about the capabilities of Moyes team in the formation.

Soucek and Rice are tall and like to get in the box and attack the posts. They also do well in understanding when to provide cover when the other makes the run. They have wide players who like to cut in and the full backs like to overlap and also put crosses in from different angles, they do not always have to overlap. Cresswell puts in a good cross from anywhere.

Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane are fantastic in the air and should quell those threats, but if one of those runners attack the full backs or a trailing midfielder like Fred, they might fine success. At one point you can see a Nemanja Matic even off the bench come on to help defend. Craig Dawson is all great at attacking set pieces for West Ham.

Scott McTominay and Alex Telles have returned to training with the first team and McTominay is also another big body who can help with West Ham’s height. If McTominay or either Matic start look for Fred to try and get on the ball as well United to pass the ball around.

This could fit West Ham’s style of play, they like to counter, like most 4-2-3-1 sides and if they do not create the chance on the counter, West Ham do not mind being fouled for those dead piece situations. The sides could create a gridlock where both sides can not and will not let the other break each other down.

The substitutions, when they happen will try and exploit the other, so it will be interesting to see who flinches first, Moyes or Solskjaer if they can not break each other down. United should be confident that Ronaldo, Bruno, Pogba and Sancho should pick the lock, but West Ham play good defensively as a unit.

United should also be in confident in defense. Antonio is suspended after picking up a late red card against Southampton. There is really no back up striker for West Ham, the only negative thing about their recent business. Yarmelenko has been used in the past as a back up striker by Moyes.

Varane and Maguire should bully the center of the field as a result. Antonio is always trying to get in behind and has good hold up play it will be hard to replace him. They could also go with Bowen or Vlasic at striker, maybe with pace they can attack Maguire, but they might not be used to being central and knowing when to make those runs.

United should be high up the pitch because of the lack of the threat and look to get on the ball and make things happen with all the great creative players they have.

This is a great match for United against an inform team playing in Europe. It will be a good indicator of how things might go against a Tottenham or an Everton.

Manchester United Disappoint In Bern

Manchester United Face Young Boys

Manchester United fall to Young Boys in Switzerland after a late winner from American international Jordan Siebatcheu in the final minute of the match.

Young Boys decided to match Manchester United with formation, both sides used the 4-2-3-1. Donny van de Beek steps in the starting XI as Paul Pogba moves more towards the wing.

Cristiano Ronaldo got the scoring underway when he attacked a cross to the back post from Bruno Fernandes. He slipped it under the goalie to take the lead, the goalie could have done better.

The dynamics of the game changed when Aaron Wan-Bissaka overran his dribble, his subsequent challenge showed his studs and he was sent off.

Manchester United try to tame Young Boys

Despite the man advantage most of the match, Manchester United kept their lines tight and let Ronaldo try and run on to things.

Ronaldo had a penalty shout early in the second half after he beat his man to get in behind. He was eased off the ball when looking to shot, but the ref waved it off.

Raphael Varane came in for Donny to start the second half. Five defenders flooded the box for United, making life real difficult for the Swiss side despite the man advantage.

The goal finally came for Young Boys in the 66th minute after some sustained pressure from the Swiss side. The ball was switched out wide and Young Boys had plenty of space, the cross found Nicolas Ngameleu and his redirected shot found the back of the net.

A long range shot in the 87th minute by Sandro Lauper had to be tipped over the bar by David de Gea. Young Boys continued their siege on the Manchester United box.

It was the American international who got his goal in the final minute after Jesse Lingard played a terrible back pass that played in the American. He kept his cool and slotted it past de Gea with ease.

Champions League 21-22 Preview: United Start Tournament Against Strong Young Boys Side

Manchester United Face Young Boys

Manchester United will head to Switzerland tomorrow to kick-off an optimistic Champions League campaign for the Red Devils. United will face Swiss side Young Boys tomorrow night.

United announced the traveling squad on Monday as well as the main squad and five main replacements. Edinson Cavani misses out because of an injury in training lead up to the Newcastle match. U23 players Matej Kovar and Anthony Elanga will travel with the squad.

United took care of business this weekend against Newcastle and with a loaded international break some squad rotation could happen. Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof could be rotated in. The Red Devils face an inform West Ham side on Sunday.

Champions League Expectations

The Cristiano Ronaldo signing has renewed optimism for Champions League success after a disappointing group stage exit last season. The defending run away Swiss champs is a stern test on the road to open the group for United.

The summer signings of Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have given fans new hope for silverware in the competition. In his podcast Gary Neville explains the atmosphere around the city of Manchester since the arrival of Ronaldo.

Gary Neville said the city of Manchester’s spirits have been boosted because of Ronaldo.

We have mentioned on this blog before about the caliber of player Ronaldo is and his lofty expectations of himself and the players around him. It has instantly elevated the club so much already that the squad has already began to mimic Ronaldo’s diet.

Young Boys

Young Boys won the Swiss League by 31 points last season. It is only a 10-team league, but their are decent teams in that league, FC Basel have produced great players playing at a high level in Europe now and in the past. Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Ivan Rakitic are a few. St. Gallen is also decent.

Teams like Young Boys, FC Basel and other central European clubs thrive and play for Europe mostly. They compete well in Champions League and Europa League with the occasional shock victory or close game that showcases the talent that they eventually sell.

Young Boys got dropped in the round of 16 of the Europa League by Ajax last season. In the previous round they knocked out Bayern Leverkusen, scoring for at home and picking up an impressive win 2-0 win at Leverkusen on the return leg.

Champions League qualifying was not the easiest. They got passed two solid regional sides, Romanian champions CFR Cluj and Hungarian champions Ferencvaros.

Young Boys are managed by former Huddersfield manager David Wagner. Wagner was sacked early in the 2020 season with Schalke as the club was eventually relegated. Wagner was hired by Young Boys this summer.

Their is some solid talent in the Swiss side. American international Jordan Siebatcheu leads the line and scored 15 goals for the club in all competitions. Jean-Pierre Nsame a top forward on the club is injured. Meschack Elia and Felix Mambimbi are two exciting players from DR Congo.

Miralem Sulejmani is experienced on the outside. Christian Fassnacht, Nicolas Moumi Ngameleu and Marvin Spielmann are also effective outside and 19-year-old Alexandre Jankewitz joins an already solid midfield on loan from Southampton. Jankewitz was sent off against United in that 9-0 thumping last season.

David von Ballmoos has been the starting keeper for the club since 2017 and kept 19 clean sheets in 42 games last season. He will be shielded mainly by Silvan Hefti, Sandro Lauper, Mohamed Camara and Cedric Zesiger. Club captain and central defender Fabian Lustenberger is currently injured.

Champions League is a big way for these players to gain exposure especially against a team like United with plenty of eyes on them. Both sides will look to start their Champions League campaign off strong and a draw for Young Boys would be huge, they are also fighting for third, a Europa League appearance would also be a success for the club.

Newcastle Breakdown For The Return Of A United Hero

The dreaded international break for Premier League fans is coming to a close and the league will be back up and running. The opponent for United could not be a better coming back/warm-up game, Newcastle.

Newcastle are a weird side, someone would even call them dysfunctional. The reports of dysfunction and Newcastle going down were all the rave in the months of March and April until some great form towards the end of the season saved Newcastle from a relegation scrap.

Newcastle only have a point from their first three games. A 2-2 draw their last time out against Southampton, a common opponent for both United and Newcastle. Newcastle was also unlucky to draw Burnley in the league cup, falling in pens.

Their response to getting knocked out of the League Cup was the draw against Southampton. Newcastle were unlucky to lose, they were pegged back twice and gave up the last goal deep in stoppage time by conceding a penalty.

Newcastle’s Tactics

Newcastle operate in the 5-3-2 on paper. It fluctuates and really is more of a 3-1-4-2 because Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy in their career have been deployed in more offensive positions with Newcastle and their previous clubs, they are not wing-backs, but they are also not wingers.

In the middle Isaac Hayden will look to drop deep in that six role and Miguel Almiron and Joe Wilock will roam and provide mainly attacking support. Wilock has been a game changer for Newcastle, the club made him a permanent signing in the summer after impressing on loan in the second half of the season from Arsenal.

Wilock was the only business the club had in the window to the dismay of Newcastle fans. The business was defended by the club in a statement. Wilock is a wild card for Manchester United, if United are not smart in the middle they can lose track of Wilock. Wilock’s main position is in the midfield maybe as a roaming 8, but could play forward, he scored 8 goals for Newcastle in 14 games since joining in January and was popping up all over the place.

Wilock and Almiron are great underneath Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin. When the forwards are fit Newcastle can be a problem. Wilson provides that direct threat, if the ball is at his feet in the box, the shot will likely be on target. Saint-Maximin provides that directness along with flash and the ability to take defenders on.

Contrary to what people may think about Newcastle’s tactics, they do have a plan and it is not that bad. Send in crosses with Ritchie and Murphy to let Wilson attack and have Wilock get to the back post and slip his marker. Get Saint-Maximin and Almiron on the ball to take on defenders opening up the quick switches, putting defenders in bad situations.

Defensive Woes

Offensive tactics are not bad, defense is a problem for Newcastle. This season they have already given up 8 goals, last season they gave up 62 goals, only four other clubs were worse defensively. Newcastle decided not to upgrade their defense after such a poor campaign last season and will rely on continuity.

Fabian Schar, Jamal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark and Emil Krafth are the main defensive options with the ladder two on the bench after giving up four goals to West Ham in their opener. It seems like Newcastle may not have the right players for their defensive tactics.

No team plays the 3-center back formation better than Man City and another good example is England, what they both have in common is Kyle Walker. City will have Cancelo playing the wing-back next to Walker and England will use Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold and James. All great players, that is why they do have success in the formation.

Walker knows when to stay and go in defense. When to press the winger, when to stay with the full back when they overlap. Fabian Schar struggles at times. If Murphy and Wilock are too high up the pitch that could leave Schar on an island. The winger now has complete control of the situation, he can take Schar on and drive to the line or play the quick pass inside and the switch is on.

Aston Villa exploited Newcastle often with Ashley Young and Anwar El Ghazi. Manchester United could also take advantage of Newcastle’s defense with Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho on the left. Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could also get involved when the switch is on. Long shots and the opportunity to play a teammate in could be abundant for the playmakers.

They have the ability to change it up and if their original game plans do not workout they could add a player like Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Fraser and Joelinton off the bench. Not the worst options off the bench.

Man Utd Team News and Presser

It is going to be Ronaldo’s first game at Old Trafford since 2009 and manage Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed this during his press conference.

“He’s been having a good pre-season with Juventus, he’s played for the national team, he’s had a good week with us here. He’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure.”

“He’s developed into one of the most accurate finishers that I’ve seen. He’s one of the best in the air, his timing, desire to get on the end of crosses is second to none. He still hits the target 99 times out of 100 as well when he shoots outside of the box. He knows the game more, he knows which positions to drop into and when to run in behind and he’s still as quick, it looks like from the stats, and he’s a shining leading star, everyone’s going to look up to him. He’s going to be a leader in this dressing room.”

There could be some late fitness tests for some United players who did play late in the international break as well as picking up some slight injuries.

“Jadon has come back in with a minor knock but he’s trained the last couple of days. He’s disappointed he couldn’t play for England but determined to be fit and he’s available. So that’s a positive. Cristiano has trained all week so he’s available. The international break, we didn’t get anyone injured. Luke, Harry and Victor played late on Wednesday night so they’ve not had a lot of recovery but they will be available I think.”

United should be able to control the game on Saturday, but Newcastle could be up for the task of playing spoiler to what likely will be a joyous atmosphere at Old Trafford for the return of Ronaldo.

Ronaldo Our Hat-Trick Hero

By Artyom Tonoyan

In his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 57 hat-tricks. In this context, he has no equal in the 21st century and even his main rival Leo Messi is three lines below. The Portuguese scored his first hat-trick with Sporting. For the Red Devils, Cristiano has only one hat-trick.

When in the summer of 2003 a skinny guy from Madeira named Cristiano arrived at the legendary Old Trafford, he was still far from the popularity of the general football audience. Of course, the Portuguese was talented and promising, but he had a long way to go to prove his stellar worth.  And it is worth noting that during the first seasons, Ronaldo tried to win the fans’ sympathy not with goals, but with dexterous tricks and feints. This behavior of the Portuguese amused the stands.  

After three years at United, Ronaldo has scored 28 goals.  After that, he realized that the road to football greatness is usually strewn with goals. To become the best player in the world, you need to either score yourself or create goals for others, influencing the outcome of matches. 

Three consecutive championships in the Premier League and two prizes for the best player of the tournament. The cherished triumph in the Champions League and of course the Golden Ball.  After such success, no one doubted that he could stand on a par with the greatest players of this game.

Nevertheless, no matter how the Portuguese shone in England, he managed to score 3 goals in one match only once. It happened in early 2008, in an amazing match with Newcastle.  Throughout the first half United dominated, but there weren’t many dangerous moments.

As soon as the second half began, justice prevailed for the actively playing hosts.  The first goal was scored by Ronaldo. The Portuguese from the free-kick struck a cunning blow under the wall, with which the guests’ goalkeeper could not cope.  Soon, Carlos Tevez doubled the lead of his team. But that evening belonged exclusively to Cristiano.  

In the 70th minute, United played a gorgeous vertical combination, during which Ronaldo was in a shock position and issued a double. The match rolled smoothly to its end. There was no longer any doubt about the success of the owners. But in the end, the guys of Alex Ferguson decided to please the audience at Old Trafford with a real waterfall of heads. 

Since 80 minutes, the Red Devils have scored 3 more goals. First, Ferdinand pleased the stands, and then Tevez. Well, between these goals, Ronaldo scored the first hat-trick in a Manchester United jersey. Cristiano put the defender on the lawn with a sharp feint, and then sent the ball into the net with an accurate blow.

When the question arises who is the best player in the world, many talk about Messi and it’s hard to argue with that. But at the same time, Ronaldo can play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers and Doncaster and still score hat-tricks. I’m not sure Messi can do that. This is how Sir Alex Ferguson compared the two legends in 2015.

Man Utd Weekend Review: Greenwood Snatches 3 Points From Wolves, U23s Fall and James Sold

Daniel James started the Wolves game for Man Utd but with the signings of Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo playing time would not be guaranteed for the Welsh International.

Longtime admires Leeds have came in and bought James according to Fabrizio Romano. Leeds were close to buying James a few seasons ago after the player broke out for Swansea but Man Utd came in with a late bid.

Romano is also reporting that Diogo Dalot and Amad will stay at the club. Amad was close to going out on loan to Feyenoord but was recently injured.

Man Utd Grab Late Winner v Wolves

Mason Greenwood bagged another goal for United this weekend, scoring in each league game so far for Man Utd. His late goal gives United 7 points from a possible 9 heading to the international break.

Wolves looked lively at Molineux and should have probably scored if it was not for the heroics of Aaron Wan-Bissaka early and an amazing double save by David de Gea in the second half ensured the clean sheet.

Paul Pogba might have been sent off after his touch was too heavy or even get called for a foul. The ball was then played wide to Greenwood who finished.

Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho got their first starts for Man Utd. It was also the full debut for Varane, who played well and made some Premier League team of the weeks on Monday.

Man Utd U23s fall to City

Manchester City U23s won PL2 last season and look a real good side again this season. A good test for United’s U23s, who have players in and out of the side ahead of the transfer deadline.

Hannibal returned to the squad, but it was not enough losing 4-2 on the day. City scored early after United tried to play out the back. Alvaro Fernandez, probably the best player this season answered before the break.

James Mcatee looks a solid player for City and was a thorn in United’s side all game. His second goal of the game came after a beautiful switch pass into the box.

Defender Joseph Olowu came close to scoring three times on headers from set pieces for United, but just could not finish. Mcatee would get his hat-trick for City with another beautiful left footed strike putting City up 3-1.

Hoogewerf made it a game again shortly after and things go chippy between the two clubs. City would finish the game off after Mcatee played in a teammate who finished well, 4-2 on the day for City.

Manchester United Legend Returning At The Perfect Time

Manchester United have completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo according to the club. Ronaldo left the club in 2009 to join Real Madrid and returns to Old Trafford after a small transfer battle with rivals Manchester City.

Ronaldo has scored over 600 goals in his entire career. Ronaldo spent the last three season at Juventus and has a brevity of awards and trophies in his cabinet.

Ronaldo returning comes at an interesting time for United. United could compete for a title and need someone more consistent at the number 9 position.

Consistency has been lacking at the position since United had the likes of Berbatov, Rooney, Van Persie, Tevez and even Zlatan. It has been a few seasons without a consistent striker.

Ronaldo began his career at United as a left winger looking to run at defenders. Now, he operates mainly in the center and still utilizes his athleticism to great success with outrageous leaping headers.

Manchester United Strike Force

This is a little more opinionated, warning. I think United need to hold possession and play with a classical number 9. I think Mason Greenwood could be that guy, is he there yet if he is only scoring 10 goals? No, but he is extremely promising.

Greenwood has shined early this season, scoring a goal in each game and he finished last season off well. In a press conference in 2019, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of Greenwood, “natural finishing, he is one of the best I have seen.” High praise from a striker who also played with and around great strikers.

If Greenwood wants to be that guy, he needs at least 20 goals in the league. You have to get goals if you want to be the main striker. During the Leeds game he was that guy and played more centrally, In the poor performance against Southampton he was pushed wider and had to share the middle with Anthony Martial.

Martial

There have been some rumors of bids coming in for Martial. If I was a team wanting to buy Martial, I would wait to the deadline and cut €10-15mil off of Martial’s value. The only buyers in the French league seem to be PSG, who are not bringing in Martial.

Maybe a team in Spain or Italy could come in later for a bid. There was rumors of Atalanta if Duvan Zapata gets sold, it was hot air mostly and a couple of weeks ago the club will not allow him to leave this summer according to Sky Sports.

Not surprising with the injury of Marcus Rashford, the frequent injuries of Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood still being young that United have not moved on from Martial.

I do not think Martial is a classical number 9. He does not always hold up the ball well, his headers could be better and his turn and shot skills are lacking lately. Martial had some great moments as a Red Devil, but lately things have not been kind to the Frenchman.

Martial scored 17 league goals in 2019, only four last season, injuries hampered him a lot last campaign. Edinson Cavani has pushed Martial out of the center and with Marcus Rashford’s natural position looking more like the left wing, Martial is slowly getting pushed out of the squad.

Cavani

The Uruguayan is a great talent, his talents was on display at times last season, especially towards the end of the season. But, the big man can not stay healthy.

Cavani is a class athlete and wonderful player when fit and would work well with Ronaldo if they were up top together and it might not require a huge revamp of the system.

Greenwood and Martial pretty much did that at the weekend at times the formation going forward looked like a 4-2-2-2 with Pogba and Bruno playing attacking midfielders on the right and left. They looked to both get in the middle and make things happen.

Defensively that could be problematic. Both Cavani and Ronaldo are up in age and at the point in both of their careers that being asked to do too much defensively may harm their ability to be as effective offensively.

Someone like Greenwood can run for days and might pair better with either or. It looks like Cavani might be a super sub when Ronaldo comes.

Ronaldo

Ronaldo was not enough for a strong Juve team to recapture Serie A last season after winning it for a decade. It was not all Ronaldo’s fault or even any of it and Ronaldo held Juve accountable for it, he expects to win.

Not only does United get a number 9 that they need they also get an extreme winner, someone for Greenwood to try and emulate, someone is going to hold the United looker room accountable.

Manchester United Squad Update: Williams Headlines Latest United Player To Go Out On Loan For 21-22

Manchester United have loaned out Brandon Williams to Norwich City for the season. A move that seemed imminent in the last week and likely will not be the last player to leave United before deadline day.

Brandon Williams will not have it easy at Norwich. The club has decent full back depth with: Max Aarons, Sam Byram and Dimitris Giannoulis. Williams might be fighting for time with Giannoulis, who recently signed permanently after impressing on loan in the Championship from PAOK.

Max Aarons at right back might shut down Williams being able to transition back to being on his more natural right foot. Aarons has been linked with Bayern Munich and other top clubs. Williams needed the move and could become the Canneries starting left back by the end of the season.

MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE A MASSIVE SQUAD THAT NEEDS TO BE CUT DOWN SOONER RATHER THAN LATER

Other United players that have sealed moves

James Garner

The 20-year-old holding midfielder has re-joined Nottingham Forest on a season long loan the club announced on Sunday. Garner impressed last season at Forest and was happy to return to Forest.

“Last season, I had a good loan spell there so I can’t wait to get back and play in such a tough league and showcase my ability to everyone and hopefully show everyone what I can do,” said Garner when speaking to MUTV.

Before heading out Garner extended his contract with United. He will be at the club until 2024.

Andreas Pereira

Despite his stunning goal in preseason, the central midfielder always looked likely to head out. United would have wanted to get money for the Brazilian right away, but settled for a loan with an option to buy.

Flamengo, a Brazilian club swooped in for Pereira, but who knows if they can come through with the €20mil option to buy at the end of the season. We could be seeing Pereira hit some more bangers again next summer.

Outgrowing the academy

Di’Shon Bernard

The 20-year-old center back was on loan to Salford City all of last season and did not take part in preseason with Manchester United and was already loaned to Hull in July.

Bernard is relevant because he made his Championship debut for Hull against Fulham, one of the favorites to get promoted back to the Premier League.

Bernard faired well for Hull, he had the hard task of going against one of the stronger and best strikers in the league, Alexander Mitrovic. Young Bernard stood his ground on many occasions with the big man and deserved some respect for his showings against a tough opponent despite the loss.

Will Fish

Fish did take part in preseason for United and got some minutes in with the first team. Fish is another one of those players that outgrew U23s, but needs first team minutes at a higher level, just not the Premier League at the moment.

Fish headed out to Stockport County on loan in the fifth tier of English football. Maybe a team higher than the National League would have came calling, but Fish has already settled well with club and is already making an impact.

On his first appearance for the club he picked up man of the match and was in the starting eleven this weekend that lost to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Ethan Galbraith and Ethan Laird

Galbraith spent last season playing for the U23s and is already a Norther Ireland international. Galbraith made his debut for Norther Ireland back in 2019 and will join Doncaster Rovers for the season on loan.

Laird spent last half of the season on loan to MK Dons, the defender has already joined Swansea City. Swansea missed out on the Premier League in the playoff final losing to Brentford. Laird joins a really competitive side, it will be a good challenge for him.

Dylan Levitt

Levitt was at the Euros this summer with Wales and previously had a couple of loans that have not really worked out. Levitt featured alongside Garner in the middle for United in preseason and could still be in the future plans for United, but he needs for this loan at Dundee to workout.

Manchester United still have players like Jesse Lingard, Amad Diallo and Mengi that could move in the next week and maybe a player or two might come in.

Premier League Preview: Could Man Utd Destroy Southampton 9-0 Again?

Man Utd destroyed Southampton in February 9-0. A red card within 90 seconds doomed the Saints and United pounced.

It is probably not going to be 9-0 on Sunday, but United have a real opportunity to bag some goals against Southampton. Southampton look like they have continued their poor form that plagued them in the second half of last season.

Southampton

Southampton jumped out to a great start last campaign, but ended up sputtering in the second half of the season and finished 15th on 43 points.

Like last season, Southampton opener was similar, good first half and a bad second half. Southampton jumped on Everton. New signing Adam Armstrong scored in his debut from Blackburn after Everton gave up the ball in a dangerous area.

Everton went on to score three goals in the second half. Disappointing for Southampton to lose 3-1 after going up in the first half. United should not worry if the Saints get a goal early. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer commented about what to expect from Southampton during his press conference.

“You know that game was a one off [9-0]. That’s a special game when you get a lad sent off in the first minute, so I don’t count that game at all. Always with Ralph’s teams you get high energy, high pressing, belief in themselves. And they give you a great challenge, like they did last season we were lucky to – well, not lucky, maybe lucky, maybe good – when we turned their two-goal lead into a 3-2 win for us with Edinson’s substitute appearance. We know every time we travel down there it’s a very, very difficult game.”

The Saints’ Squad

The Saints have a decent amount of talented players in their squad, they usually do and have consistently supplied the Premier League with great talents via their youth system as well as recruiting across Europe.

New signings Valentino Livramento and Armando Broja are two exciting young players from Chelsea. Romain Perraud comes from Brest in Ligue 1 and Adam Armstrong from Blackburn.

Those players will hope to mesh with solid veterans like James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu and Nathan Redmond. Theo Walcott has seen better days. Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo are two exciting attackers.

The club was hit with some key departures. Danny Ings joined Villa and both Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand left for Leicester City. Big losses for Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Man Utd Team News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United fans would hope to have Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho fully fit and ready on Sunday.

“You’ll see on Sunday. They’ve worked well anyway. They’ve had minutes. We’ve had a very good week ourselves. We’ll see who’s making the flight down to Southampton on Saturday,” said Solskjaer.

Edinson Cavani could also play a part in Sunday’s game. Cavani will add another dynamic going forward and works well with Mason Greenwood.

“Edinson’s always looked after himself. Of course, he’s lacking in team training, in football training but he’s been looking after himself and you can see that. He had different reasons as to why he was late, there were some personal reasons, but his body can tolerate a lot. It wasn’t that he needed those extra days physically, it was a different matter. He’s chomping at the bit, he’s ready to go and let’s see how much we can get out of him early on.”

Fantastic Away From Home

Man Utd were fantastic away from home last season. 12-7-0 on the road last season, no road losses is a great accomplishment, but with fans that dynamic of course changes.

“Definitely, it’ll be a big difference. I don’t know how many points but we won so many points from going one goal down but you can’t afford to do that with fans in the stadium when you’re away from home. Because the fans mean so much in the energy levels, that little bit of extra edge, maybe some nerves if you’re the away team. We have to start better, that’s a definite.”

Southampton lost eight matches at home last season and won eight. Decent, their problems came on the road, St. Mary’s is a good home ground and the fans should be up for the challenge of providing extra energy against United.

Match Report: Man Utd U23s Salvage A Draw With Sublime Fernandez Goal Against 10-Man Chelsea

Man Utd U23s steal a late draw against 10-man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. A goal from Alvaro Fernandez in the 87th minute cancelled out a Chelsea penalty leaving the game in a 1-1 draw.

Charlie McNeill gets the start as striker for the game cementing his participation with the U23s this year. Shola Shoretire as well, Shoretire was receiving first team attention, but now looks likely to stay with U23s this season.

First Half

Man Utd U23s got off to a strong start offensively and took the game to Chelsea early at Stamford Bridge. McNeill came close to scoring when his left footed strike was saved on to the post in the 8th minute.

Martin Svidersky had his open header cleared by a Chelsea defender. The header following a Shoretire corner looked goal bound, but a defender cleared the ball well.

Chelsea finished the half on the attacking end after dominating most of the first half. Chelsea came close on a couple of half chances.

Utd U23s attacked early well but never got anything working creatively. The midfield dominance was wasted and Utd U23s should be disappointed not having a lead at the break.

Second Half

Chelsea came the closest to scorning in the second half. Harvey Vale’s volley was wide. Man Utd responded with good possession, but Charlie McNeill’s turn and shot was well over.

Dillon Hoogewerf was played in after a long vertical pass, his first touch was brilliant and easily beat the Chelsea defender. The United youngster looked in on goal and was chopped down by the Chelsea defender resulting in a red card.

Despite being a man down, Chelsea came close to scoring again. United could not clear a corner and the ball fell nicely to a Chelsea player, but his shot was soft.

Chelsea won the ball in a threatening area in the 71st minute. United’s defense was stretched and Chelsea won a corner after a challenge in the box. Vale easily beat Matej Kovar to the right and took the lead 1-0.

Alvaro Fernandez finally got United on the board after brilliantly maneuvering past a couple of Chelsea defenders. Fernandez found space and fired it past the Chelsea keeper, 1-1.

Man Utd U23s offensively never looked in the game. It was a really disappointing performance from Shoretire, McNeill and Mellor. Mellor was quiet out wide and Shoretire never had that killer pass or moment.

Man Utd U23s Key Performers

Alvaro Fernandez: The Spanish left back was really strong on the day. He constantly bodied Chelsea players off the ball and looked one of the strongest players on the field. He picked his runs extremely well and played the right pass most of the time.

Chelsea brought on a speedster against Fernandez, but Alvaro coped well by utilizing his strength.His leveler in the 87th minute was brilliant, he beat multiple players and smashed it in the far corner.

Dillon Hoogewerf: Hoogewerf constantly put Chelsea defenders under pressure with his quick feet and speed. His touch and speed lead to the Chelsea red card.

Charlie Savage and Martin Svidersky: Both players dominated the middle of the pitch for most of the game. Both supported the defense and offense well at times, knowing when to go and not. Chelsea created little through the middle of the pitch. Savage was unlucky not to score early.

Man Utd U23s will next be in action against Manchester City U23s next Saturday, August 28th at 2 P.M. GMT.

Man Utd U18s will also be in action tomorrow morning against Liverpool U18s at 1130 A.M. GMT. You can watch both games on MUTV.

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