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Ronaldo Returns To The Premier League With Brace   

Old Trafford was packed to the rafters Saturday for Cristiano Ronaldo’s return. Fans started the match singing loudly and didn’t stop until after the final whistle. Everyone was full of confidence with Ole Gunnar Solskaer starting Ronaldo at the top of his  4-2-3-1 formation.

Despite the fans being in full voice, United started sluggish and seemed unable to break down Newcastle’s low block. Newcastle began with all 10 men playing mostly in their own half. Joelinton and Saint-Maximin were the two outlet men looking to catch United on the break.

United final woke up and got a goal in stoppage time of the first 45 minutes. Ronaldo, in the right place at the right time, taps the ball in the back of the net. Woodman spilled Mason Greenwood’s left footed shot, giving Ronaldo an easy goal to start with. This was Ronaldo’s 119th goal for United with his last one coming on May 10, 2009, 4,507 days ago.

Second Half

United started with the same malaise that impacted them in the first. This lead to Newcastle starting the half on the front foot and pulling a goal back to draw level. Harry Maguire leaves Ralphe Varane exposed at the back after a missed challenge. Saint-Maximin finds an open Manquillo and with only David De Gea to beat he slots home and pulls Newcastle level.

Saint-Maximin and Almiron were real threats all match and played some good counter attacking football for Newcastle. The goal seemed to wake United and the match itself up, with chances being created at both ends of the pitch.  Then in the 58th minute Ronaldo gets his second of the match.

Ronaldo Gets His Brace in the Stretford End  

Paul Pogba picks the ball up in his own half and passes to a breaking Luke Shaw on half way line. Shaw slides the ball to Ronaldo who splits two defenders and scores between Woodman’s legs. Fans went wild with the goal lifting the mood to a fever pitch.  The goal just about killed any fight Newcastle had left and all three points seemed inevitable.

Jesse Lindgard came on in the 66th minute for a largely unproductive Jordan Sancho. He had some moments but they were few and far between. He looks like he still needs some time to adjust to the Premier League. The match slowed considerably after Ronaldo’s second and Newcastle looked tired with 10 men behind the ball.

Bruno Scores a Peach of a Goal

In the 80th minute Fernandes scores a beautiful goal that put the fans back on their feet and singing his name.  Pogba gets his first of two assists passing to an open Fernandes who is at the top of the box 20 yards out. Newcastle’s tired defenders didn’t close him down like they did in the first half and Fernandes has a delightful, right footed shot hit the back of the net. The goal started with long up field pass by an attentive David De Gea.

 Lindgard Adds a Fourth

United dominated possesion and were causing all kinds of problems for Newcastle. In the 85th and 86th minute Donny Van De Beek comes on for Fernandes and Mason Greenwood makes way for Anthony Martial respectively. Newcastle offered little attacking threat at this point in the match and United get a fourth from Lindergard. Martial leaves a “give and go” return ball from Pogba for Lindgard who smashes a right footed shot past Woodman in the box.  The goal came about from some lovely, tight passing from Pogba who had two assists and gave a stand out performance.

United are Top of the Table   

United looked extremely dangerous going forward with Ronaldo up top.  He is going to make a huge difference this year with the amount of goals he scores and will take United closer to winning the league and he echoed that sentiment in an interview with MUTV. Ole’s starting eleven look like they could go all the way but I still feel we are one or two players away from taking the crown from Manchester City.

United still have some defensive issues, meaning another center mid and maybe another more attacking minded right back. Once United get those taken care of we will have a real chance at the crown.  This year will be very close but I think we are still a bit too weak at the back.  

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.

Man Utd U23s Level In Stoppage Time; Shocking Leicester U23S

Man Utd U23s scored two goals in the final 10 minutes and one in stoppage time, stealing a point against Leicester U23s on Sunday. Goals from D’Mani Mellor and Charlie McNeill ensured the draw to open their Premier League 2 campaign.

Paul McShane, 35, was the player-coach for Man Utd and Welsh Euro 2020 call up Dylan Leavit captained the side. Shola Shoretire also started for United in the match and almost scored in the 19th minute.

The youngsters were under trouble from the Foxes early after Charlie Wellens gave up a penalty. Wellens was bailed out by keeper Matej Kovar, the penalty was comfortably saved by the Czech youngster.

Man Utd crush Leeds, Paul Pogba and Bruno shine

Leicester U23s opened the scoring in the 31st minute after the ball fell kindly to Sammy Braybrooke, he played in Jacob Wakeling. Wakeling took his time and found the bottom corner with left foot easily beating Kovar.

Leicester looked likelier to grab a second and almost did a few minutes after taking the lead. Tawanda Maswanhise forced another good save out of Kovar.

Mellor almost saved a disappointing first half for Man Utd, but the shot after stealing a back pass was saved by the Leicester keeper.

Leicester played the counter attack well and pounced on Man Utd mistakes. The young Red Devils did not look completely gelled together yet.

Better Late Than Never

Leicester continued their gameplay in the second half, soaking up pressure, keeping the Man Utd attackers in front of them and break on the counter when thy could. It paid off and Leicester took a 2-0 lead.

Leicester got the counter they were looking for in the 68th minute. A blistering run by Vontae Daley-Campbell broke the defense and his cross found Kasey McAteer who finished well.

Mellor breathed new life in the game for Man Utd after he headed home Charlie Wellens’ cross in the 83rd minute, 2-1. United deserved the goal and it could not have come at a better time.

Man Utd leveled the game in the 91st minute after Alvaro Fernandez did well on the left. He collected his blocked cross after shoving off a defender with ease. His cross then found Charlie McNeill who finished with what looked like a scuff shot or a clever rabona.

McNeill almost won it, but his shot went wide. A deserved draw for Man Utd U23s, their next match will be against Chelsea’s U23s Friday evening.

Neil Wood

Manager Neil Wood spoke with MUTV after the match. “I think it was a great fight back in the last ten minutes. That is what you want to see from a United team,” said Wood.

“It is a newish team, we do not have a lot of experience at this level. It was a surprise to some of them. It is a big learning curve, a quick learning curve for them.

Match Report: Manchester United Crush Leeds 5-1 With Wild Second Half and Bruno Hat-Trick

Manchester United begin their Premier League campaign with a 5-1 victory against Leeds. Goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and four assists from Paul Pogba saw Manchester United cruise past Leeds.

Raphael Varane was also unveiled to the fans setting up a joyous mood in Old Trafford that would continue through the early after in Manchester.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for a safer lineup choice by choosing Fred and Scott McTominay in the middle with Paul Pogba and Dan James out wide.

Strong First Half for Manchester United

Mason Greenwood almost got the scoring started when he deflected an attempted back pass to the Leeds goalkeeper Meslier. The ball almost looped over the Leeds keeper, but he did well to save.

United almost took the lead again when Paul Pogba was played in, but his left footed finish went wide after United won the ball in the middle of the field to create the chance.

Leeds still posed a threat and had some decent crosses defended well by United’s defense. Mateusz Klich found some space in the 16th minute, his curling effort was well saved by David de Gea.

The atmosphere was amazing during the first 30 minutes and it was the half hour mark when Bruno found the breakthrough. Pogba delivered a beautiful pass into the feet of Bruno and he finished with his left foot.

A solid first half for Manchester United, they continued to create chances despite going up and looked solid defensively when Leeds got forward, 1-0 going into the break.

Sensational Second Half Sinks Leeds

Leeds leveled early in the second half when Luke Ayling struck a sensational strike from outside the box that found the top corner. David de Gea could not do anything but pick the ball out the back of the net.

Manchester United took only three minutes to respond. Mason Greenwood got in behind the Leeds defense after Pogba played in a beautiful pass. Greenwood’s first touch placed him perfectly on his left foot and he found the bottom corner low and hard to put United back on top.

Again, after only a short break, it was Pogba again with the assist. Bruno was played in and held the ball up well, his left footed shot could not be cleared off the line by Luke Ayling and the second half got even wilder.

Bruno got his hat-trick before the hour mark after Victor Lindelof played a beautiful over the top pass to the Portuguese. Bruno took it off the volley emphatically beating Meslier.

Pogba again, four assists for the French maestro, this time finding Fred of all people. Greenwood found Pogba down the left and he slotted a low cross inside to Fred who easily beat Meslier, 5-1. Pogba became the first ever United player to have four assists in a Premier League match.

Jadon Sancho made his Manchester United debut to break up the goals. The new signing got a standing ovation by just warming up. Sancho replaced James in the 75th minute.

Manchester United’s lead was comfortable and the Red Devils saw the game out, subs got some minutes and United stayed injury free to close out the game.

Manchester United will travel to Southampton next Sunday for another early afternoon kick-off.

Match Report: Man United Sting Brentford With 2 Sensational Goals But Brentford Leaves Old Trafford With A Draw

Man United draw with Brentford after amazing goals from Anthony Elanga and Andres Pereira in the first preseason game at Old Trafford.

It was the first time in 16 months that Old Trafford was this crowded for a game and it felt slightly more than a pre-season game, almost like a League Cup game.

United faced a more stern opponent compared to dysfunctional Derby and mid-table Championship side QPR, who were victorious against a youthful United side on Saturday, Brentford were promoted from the Championship after defeating Swansea in the Playoff Final.

Donny van de Beek, Dan James and Diogo Dalot all returned to the squad and started on the bench. More opportunities for youth players to feature and fight for first team opportunities at United or elsewhere.

Man United Use Fast Start To Grab Early Lead

The energy levels compared to other games were a lot higher for the youthful Red Devils. A few half chances and some great passing overwhelmed the Brentford defenders early on.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka found some space after a good minute or two of great possession and passing for United, his cross found Anthony Elanga who finished it cooly off the volley.

David Raya could do nothing in goal and United got the early and well deserved lead.

Brentford found themselves level after a set-piece, United did not clear the danger well and the ball fell to Shandon Baptiste, his left footed shot brilliantly found the back of the net.

The energy levels never really dipped after the opening goals but the quality in the final third lacked for the remainder of the half, Brentford defended well and the Man United defense looked shaky defending set-pieces.

Two fantastic goals cancelled each other out and both sides were even at the half.

Man United and Brentford Swap Goals Again in the Second Half

Diogo Dalot came on for Brandon Williams to begin the second half, he lost possession within the first minute that lead to a half chance for Brentford. The Bees pressed early and Man United finally broke it, leading to a Jesse Lingard shot.

The shot was parried away and cleared to Andres Periera who struck a brilliant shot from way outside the box, nothing Raya could do again and it was another fabulous goal in the game.

James, Pellestri and Garner came on at the hour mark for Man United. Before that United enjoyed a spell of possession with good passing and movement. Brentford still defended well at times and if it was not for the amazing Man United goals, they defended well.

Van de Beek entered the game with Hannibal and Shoretire for the last fifteen minutes of the match.

Brentford leveled again after Bryan Mbeumo got behind the United defense after a nice touch sprung him free, his left footed shot was well placed and easily beat Tom Heaton.

It was a terrific game considering it was preseason for both clubs, needed minutes for players returning, great youth energy and sensational strikes made it a pleasing game. Both sides should come away happy with the result.

Man United will next face Brentford on Saturday at Deep Dale.

Man Utd Open Their Preseason With A 2-1 Victory at Pride Park

Man Utd defeated Derby 2-1 in their first preseason game. Goals from Tahith Chong and Facundo Pellistri got the result on a day where the result is not as important as fitness.

Most of the Man Utd squad is still on vacation after the Euros, so youth gets the nod, as well as the players who did not make the trip the Euros.

Man Utd’s First Half

It was a hot and sunny day at Pride Park. Derby and former United legend Wayne Rooney barely survived relegation from the Championship last season. Derby does not have the most impressive squad in the Championship, but it is a good test for United youngsters.

Tom Heaton was forced into a decent save inside the first ten minutes after Curtis Davies tried a header from an acute angle, Heaton did well.

Tahith Chong got the first goal for Man Utd, the forward who will spend this season on loan at Birmingham City stole the ball from a Derby defender just inside the box, his chip was saved but found the net on the follow up.

Tom Lawrence had a chance to level the score in the 30th minute, the Derby captain got on the wrong side of Aaron Wan-Bissaka following a cross, but sent his header over.

Tom Heaton had the best save of the game so far in the 38th minute. A corner was headed back into a dangerous area and 39-year-old Phil Jagielka redirected the header on target, but Heaton pulled off a tremendous reaction save.

Man Utd’s Second Half

Massive changes to begin the second half for United, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira return to the squad for now and plenty of more youth players get chances as expected.

Facundo Pellistri got the second goal after Shoretire played him in. Pellistri still had a lot to do and he decided to round the keeper, a great finish for the young Uruguayan.

Colin Kazim-Richards got the goal for Derby, the journeyman did well from outside the box, but Lee Grant could have done a bit better.

Lingardinho looked sharp, he does look like he will not return, especially if Man Utd could get a decent transfer. His curled shot from well outside the box could only to hit the crossbar.

Man Utd passed the ball around well to see out the game after a couple of decent Derby chances. A solid performance for the Red Devils.

The win is not important, it is more about fitness and optics, players are looking for clubs and playing time. United will take the win though, some bigger clubs in England and Europe have not performed well against lesser clubs.

It is not a big deal that Arsenal lost to Hibs the other day, but winning is better than losing.

Man Utd Lose In Bizarre Penalty Shootout 11-10 To Competitive Villarreal; Ending Season On A Low

Man Utd were defeated in penalties by Villarreal in a wild penalty shootout that ended in the hands of the goal keepers.

The game ended 1-1 after a first half goal from Gerard Moreno and an equalizer from Edison Cavani in the second half, no side could breakthrough in extra time and the game went to penalties.

Man Utd Line Up and Pre-Match Thoughts

Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof were the choice center back pairing with Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe on the bench. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for a more attacking side with three forwards getting the start.

Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Edison Cavani all together with Bruno for only the sixth time ever. Injuries and the congested schedule has not allowed such an attacking side being picked often, maybe a nod to the future by Solskjaer.

Scott McTominay fills in with Pogba in the middle, an extremely attack minded side, with Fred, McTominay and Pogba it is a bit safer and more possession minded. One-on-ones for Rashford and Greenwood could be prevalent with Bruno and Cavani occupying the middle.

Man Utd could be susceptible on the break with out a true six and Gerard Moreno is great on the counter. Bacca is a good passing forward as well, one or two passes and they could get behind any defense.

It will be interesting how Man Utd linked defender Pau Torres does against a strong and experienced striker like Cavani. Albiol will likely mark Cavani in the area, if Bruno runs at Albiol it could create mismatches and opportunities for the forwards.

Capoue and Parejo will have to do well in deciding when to press Pogba and Bruno and when to lay off. Juan Foyth gets the nod at right back, but he is also a center back, so he adds a more defensive presence in their back line.

Man Utd Go Behind In The First Half

Scott McTominay got the first decent chance in the sixth minute, McTominay pulled his long range shot well wide, it came after Man Utd won possession in Villarreal’s half.

After the initial spar, Man Utd won possession in Villarreal’s half often, the high press by United worked well in the beginning of the game.

The match became a little feisty before the 20th minute, some decent challenges brought the energy up, and Luke Shaw fizzled a cross/shot that could not find anybody or the back post.

Villarreal looked threatening on a couple of corners, Man Utd had trouble clearing their lines, but Villarreal offered little on the ball and United dominated possession.

Villarreal settled and began to press Man Utd back and won a free kick. Moreno got behind the defense on the subsequent free kick, David de Gea could do nothing and Moreno got his 30th goal of the season.

Man Utd dominated possession after the goal and Villarreal were willing and soaked up the pressure. United just could not get that last pass to create a decent chance.

Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford turned it up at the end of the first half, but United go in the locker room down 1-0.

A Goal By Cavani Sends Man Utd To Extra Time

Set pieces and Man Utd not being able to clear their lines properly allowed Villarreal a golden opportunity early in the second half. United’s frantic defending bailed them out.

McTominay did well to bully his way in the box, his shots were blocked and one gave United a corner. Rashford’s shot from the cleared corner resulted in a scramble and Cavani pounced to level the game early in the second half.

Man Utd sprang to life after the goal and had another opportunity but Bruno’s shot/cross went wide.

Francis Coquelin replaced Bacca in the first change of tactics for either side, Coquelin a defensive minded midfielder signaled that Villarreal were worried about United’s rejuvenated attack.

Cavani had a decent opportunity after Shaw scuffed a right footed shot, Cavani’s header looked to be going in, but Pau Torres blocked it well.

United had a lot of good opportunities and looked really threatening in the middle of the second half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka found a lot of space on the right, but his crossing is not a strength.

Super sub Paco Alcacer entered the game for Yeremy and Moi Gomez replaced Trigueros, two like for like swaps positionally, and Ole continues to opt for the same XI, who have played well.

McTominay played well for United, he had a few driving runs at the Villarreal defense, on one of the runs his low driven cross was nearly flicked in by Cavani at the near post.

Neither side could find that goal and the game finished 1-1 at full time.

A Stale and Tired Extra Time Results In Penalties

Both sides looked tired in extra time and seemed to hope for a mistake by either side. The subs for Villarreal were paying off Alcacer and Alberto Moreno got some decent chances in.

It took 100 minutes for Solskjaer to replace someone, Fred came on for Greenwood who looked exhausted and had a decent game for United.

A scramble for United defensively in the second half of stoppage made things a bit nervy, especially after Fred got away with a handball in the area.

Tuanzebe entered the game for Bailly and Dan James came on for Pogba, a surprise given Pogba’s penalty prowess.

Three added minutes in the second half and Man Utd brought in two more prospective penalty kick tackers, Alex Telles and Juan Mata for McTominay and Wan-Bissaka.

The Bizarre Penalty Shootout!

It was the confident and experienced David de Gea versus the young cup keeper Rulli for Villarreal.

Gerard Moreno, the regular penalty kick tacker for Villarreal, easily beat de Gea on the first penalty sending him the wrong way.

On Mata’s only touch of the game he beat Rulli high, a good penalty for the veteran, but Villarreal again beat de Gea and regained the lead.

The next substitute Telles took the second Man Utd penalty and he beat Rulli easily as well, four lefties, four goals.

Paco Alcacer snuck it past de Gea, a slight touch from the keeper. Bruno, United’s penalty taker, had a repeat of Alcacer’s and snuck it past Rulli, 3-3.

Former Liverpool player Alberto Moreno stepped up and powered it past de Gea. Rashford answered smoothly with a stutter run up and never looked down, 4-4.

Parejo beat de Gea awkwardly to de Gea’s right. Cavani then stepped up and beat Rulli, 5-5 and now sudden death.

Moi Gomez beats de Gea down the middle, but Fred smashes it past Rulli’s left, 6-6. Veteran Albiol was cool as well and sent de Gea the wrong way.

Dan James forced the keeper the wrong way as well and the nerves got really high on the field and in the stadium, 7-7.

Ex Aresnal man Coquelin went top netting and easily beat de Gea. A nervy Luke Shaw then beat Rulli somehow, the keeper got a piece to it as well, 8-8.

Villarreal club captain Mario Gaspar beat de Gea as well. Tuanzebe looked cool and composed before his kick and he was, easily beating Rulli, 9-9.

Man Utd linked defender Pau Torres went high as well and beat de Gea. Lindelof got by Rulli as well, and now it was the keeper’s turn.

Rulli smashed it by de Gea and then saved the penalty by de Gea.

End Of The Season For United

A disappointing ending to the season for United, a lot of people in the media and fans dubbed this game as a building block for United, even Ole.

Losing does not mean that United can not go forward and have a strong next season and be more competitive in the more prestigious tournaments, but it is a blow, winning a trophy is better than losing a trophy.

Man Utd Youngsters Pivotal in 1-2 Win On the Final Day of The Premier League

A heavily rotated Man Utd defeat Wolves 1-2 at Molineaux in the final day of the Premier League with the two goals being scored in the first half.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for youth and rotational players for the final league game of the season. In three days Man Utd face Villarreal in the Europa League Final and with top 4 clinched a rotated squad was always likely.

Anthony Elanga had a golden opportunity in the 8th minute after Dan James cut inside and played a ball across the box and it fell nicely to the feet of Elanga, but he sent his shot in the stands.

It was Elanga who got the scoring started in the 13th minute, James found the 19-year-old forward again this time with a left footed cross. Elanga got in front of his defender and powered the header passed the Wolves keeper.

After some good Man Utd pressure and chances early, United sat back and soaked up some Wolves pressure with ease, not much for Dean Henderson to do in the first 38 minutes.

Still not much for Henderson to do when Wolves leveled. Fabio Silva found his Portuguese teammate Nelson Semedo. Silva’s pull back found an open Semedo in the box and he easily slotted the ball past Henderson.

Both sides became reinvigorated after the equalizer and Brandon Williams got behind the Wolves defense but his shot was straight at Rui Patricio and he easily saved the powerful shot.

Donny van de Beek won Man Utd a penalty during first half stoppage time and Juan Mata picked out the corner of the goal. Man Utd go into the locker room up 1-2 and probably deserve the lead after a solid performances from the rotated squad.

Man Utd Clamp Wolves in the Second Half

It was all Wolves to begin the second half, Man Utd took some of the pressure off with a couple of great attacks. Amad slipped James in with an extremely well weighted pass, but James was woeful and tried to be too cute with his finish.

Elanga and Amad were both really impressive on the day. Positionally and creatively, they both played like they were seasoned professionals compared to their youthful realities.

Brandon Williams also had a decent game, he got forward well, and kept the always over lapping left back at bay. Williams did well staying inside and pressing when the ball came out to the full back, but he also had a few misplaced passes.

Man Utd as a team played an assured second half, the possession that they conceded was defended really well as a team. United did well to not allow Wolves many moments inside, they forced Wolves wide and after Traore went down in the first half, Wolves lacked playmakers out wide.

The crosses that Wolves would create from the wide positions were easily snuffed out by Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe. Tuanzebe and Williams rescued Bailly after he let Fabio Silva behind him in the 76th minute, the pairing looked good and could get the start together in three days.

Ole opted not to use his substitutes until the 82nd minute, Shola Shoretire and Hannibal came on for Juan Mata and Amad. It was a debut for Hannibal in the first team, it was only a short cameo for Hannibal, but he looked decent on the ball a couple of times.

William Fish also got a debut, a whole two minutes, but he could be an interesting watch in the summer during pre-season engagements.

Wolves found some joy down the right late in the match, but could not really create any decent chances until Gibbs-White found some space, but his shot was dragged wide. Willy Boly also had a decent long ranged shot.

It was an extremely impressive win for a young Man Utd side against a decent Wolves side at home and on the final game for manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

With a final in three days this was a pretty satisfying win to end the campaign.

Man Utd Give Up Second Half Goal to Fulham; Game Ends 1-1 in Final Home Game of the Season

Man Utd and relegated Fulham draw 1-1 in the final game at Old Trafford this season. United opened the scoring, but a goal from Fulham in the second half cemented parity between the sides.

Old Trafford hosted fans for the first time in 14 months and the energy in the beginning of the game because of it was extremely apparent.

Axel Tuanzebe got the start along side Lindelof in defense, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to have a huge decision to make if Harry Maguire is not fit for the Europa League final.

Fulham, have already been relegated and looked to use that freedom that some already relegated teams have experienced in the past, but United struck first sensationally.

Edinson Cavani scored one of Manchester United’s best goals of the season after David de Gea played a long ball that was flicked on by Bruno Fernandes. The pass found Cavani who spotted Alphone Areola off his line and chipped the keeper around 40 meters out.

Man Utd kept everything in front of them during long stretches in the first half easily breaking up any danger offered by Fulham. It helped create chances for Man Utd and Bruno had a wonderful shot saved by Areola.

Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho almost put Fulham level after he was played in and got behind Victor Lindelof. The shot was tame and de Gea easily saved the one-on-one.

United probably should have put Fulham away in the first half, especially with all the possession that Fulham gave away in their own half.

Man Utd Let Fulham Back In The Game

As the second half wore on, the energy from the first half seemed to diminish and Fulham got back in the game and had some decent chances.

Ademola Lookman almost caught de Gea out at his near post, but de Gea saved well and followed it up with a double save after Carvalho tried a header off the deflection of the save.

In response United had some good half chances that brought the crowd back into the game, but could not capitalize after decent spells of possession.

It was a counter attack that almost put the game away for United. Cavani found Mason Greenwood well, but Areola made himself big and was able to save the shot from Greenwood in the 73rd minute.

Fulham leveled the game after Bobby Decordova-Reid found Joe Bryan at the back post. Bryan was completely unmarked and had plenty of time to pick his spot against de Gea.

Bruno was one of the only outlets offensively for Man Utd during the second half and had many long range shots easily kept by Areola. Including one in the 79th minute after he sat down his defender and did well to create a shot opportunity.

It was basically all Fulham after that and even ended the game looking to score on United. It was an extremely disappointing game for United, they could have clinched second.

United had a chance to put in one last attack against but played the ball side-to-side instead of putting in the box. One eye must be on the Europa League final.

Manchester United’s Back Ups Frustrated By Leicester 1-2, Handing City the Title

Manchester United were defeated by Leicester 1-2, the defeat means that Manchester City is the Champions of the Premier League and Leicester are now extremely likely to qualify for Champions League.

Because of the congested week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to rotate his squad heavily, with 10 changes being made compared to Sunday’s game against Aston Villa and a debut for Anthony Elanga.

Ole said he was going to rotate heavily when speaking to the press and this was the likeliest game. Manchester United face Liverpool on Thursday.

Leicester City come in to the game with a slight dip in league form, but still have a five point cushion on West Ham for the last Champions League spot, Leicester had a grasp on the Champions League last season but faltered at the end.

Manchester United 1, Leicester City 2

Leicester could smell blood against Man Utd’s heavily rotated squad and attacked early and often putting massive pressure on United.

Luke Thomas got the scoring going for Leicester early in the 11th minute after he smashed home a volley after sustained amount pressure from Leicester.

Despite the obvious chemistry problems between the team, the attackers looked lively. Amad, Anthony Elanga and Mason Greenwood were taking on defenders and looking good on the ball.

Mason Greenwood leveled the game in the 16th minute after he received the ball from Amad he wiggled in the box to find space. He expertly picked out the bottom left hand corner of the goal, squeaking it past Kasper Schmiechel.

The game appeared to settle after the Greenwood goal. Man Utd were able to hold onto possession a bit and take some pressure off their backline.

After the initial 20 minutes of the first half the game drastically settled down and both sides went into the half leveled.

A lot of the same in the beginning of the second half, both teams trying to stay compact and get possession. After a stable few minutes of possession Leicester City won a corner.

On the subsequent corner Cagar Soyuncu out jumped his marker and headed home in the 66th minute. This was his first goal of the season and a crucial one for Leicester’s Champions League hopes.

In the 73rd minute Youri Tielemans had an opportunity to finish the game after Jamie Vardy redirected a cross across the face of goal, Tielemans could not stretch enough to get a shot on goal.

Manchester United were hardly getting good possession in the second half and constantly gave up the ball in their own half by trying to dribble out or with poor clearances, this allowed Leicester to compound pressure.

Manchester United never really got close to equalizing, a couple of half chances after Bruno Fernandes came on is all United could muster at the end.

A decent game to give some younger players some minutes, but what if everyone was fit and had the energy to go? Tough game for Manchester United because of the current fixture overload to end the season.

Mason Greenwood was easily the man of the match, a good finish for the youngster who is in really good form, Greenwood has six goals in his last six league appearances.

A good shout to someone like Axel Tuanzebe or Nemanja Matic for defending nobly against a potent Leicester attack, you would have hoped for the defense to be lights out, but being realistic two goals allowed for a defense that never started together is not bad.

Manchester City were always going to win the title but United would like to be as competitive as they possibly could in every match.

Leicester looked destined to return to the Champions League after losing to Manchester United on the final day last season. Leicester can clinch the spot if West Ham drop points in any of their remaining matches.

Manchester United would look to bounce back after a frustrating second half against Leicester. United will host their biggest rivals Liverpool on Thursday.

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