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Man Utd Should Comfortably Advance Past Roma With 4 Goal Cushion

Man Utd face Roma with a 6-2 aggregate lead tonight in the Europa League Semifinals. Man Utd took care of business in the first leg of the tie setting up this huge aggregate lead in Rome tonight.

Man Utd had one of their best performances of the season and got a week off because of the protest on Sunday that spilled over onto the pitch. The protests led to the game against Liverpool being called off.

So United should be fresh and ready to see out any danger that Roma has to offer.

Related: Man Utd v Roma Preview

Roma

After the beating from United, Roma headed to Sampdoria in a league match. Again, Roma were outclassed losing 2-0 on the day. Claudio Ranieri’s club was able to finish their chances and see off Roma.

Roma have only won two game since March, they beat Bologna and Ajax in back-to-back games, since then its been poor, four defeats and two draws has Roma limping to the finish line.

The limp has spurred Roma into announcing that Jose Mourinho will be their manager next season. The former Man Utd boss was recently let go as manager by Tottenham.

Man Utd Press Conference and Team News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would probably not like the way his team got an extra few days off but they did. United will now have to play three games in five days because of the re-schedule of the Liverpool game, stating on Sunday.

Solskjaer advocated for peace after the protests during the press conference and hopes that team winning trophies could ease the tensions with the fans.

As I mentioned in other previews United are getting their fitness levels back, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Edison Cavani are getting their fitness levels back and it has been a huge boost for the club at the end of the season.

“We brought some young staff in, we are working on robustness, resilience, being able to play 50 games for Man Utd. A winning Man Utd team has players who can play 45-50 games at high standard,” said Solskjaer about the expected fitness levels at United.

United should reach the final, SHOULD! Roma probably will not lay over and might fight hard especially early in the game to get a goal or two, it is United’s game to lose.

Could Man Utd be Capable of Another Crazy 6-2 Victory Against Leeds?

Man Utd face Leeds on Sunday, a whole week after they defeated a stubborn Burley side 3-1. Man Utd crushed Leeds earlier in the season 6-2 and the scoreline for this game could be just as flattering for the Red Devils.

Leeds are not a bad team, at times their style of play that could leave them open and Man Utd are in decent goal scoring form lately. Man Utd have scored eight goals in their last three Premier League matches.

Leeds are having a successful season back in the Premier League. They currently sit 10th in the table and could rise to 9th if they were to get a result or a better result than Arsenal, they are level on points with 46, Arsenal has an eight goal advantage on Leeds.

Leeds have not been defeated in the last five games, they defeated two relegation zone teams, draws against Chelsea and Liverpool and a huge victory against Manchester City.

The win against City is an example of Leeds not relying so heavily on an ambitious regardless of who the competition is attack, they sat back and caught City on the counter. A red card for Liam Cooper exacerbated the counter-attacking style.

Even before he got sent off Leeds were not attacking as much as they normally do. The only two shots of the game for Leeds were goals for Stuart Dallas, the utility man is second in scoring this season for Leeds with 7 goals.

Patrick Bamford has returned to the Premier League well this season, his 14 goals leads the squad this season, Bamford also has 7 assists. A solid season for someone who has been criticized in the past and was considered a Premier League flop.

Leeds have scored and given up the same amount goals this season, 50 and they are 10th, kind of weird. Luke Ayling, Jack Harrison, Kalvin Phillips, Illan Meslier and Raphinha have all been solid for Leeds this season as well.

Raphinha is an injury doubt for Sunday and Leeds will definitely be without Rodrigo for this game for sure.

Man Utd Team News and Press Conference

Marcus Rashford has not featured in training this week but could feature against Leeds according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Eric Bailly has returned to training after being out with COVID-19 from international duty, he might be on the bench, it is unclear what his fitness levels are like at the moment.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke glowing about Leeds and their form and how it will be a tough game for Man Utd. Solskjaer compared this Leeds side to the ones that he played against while playing for Man Utd.

“I have played in some massive games against Leeds, I feel the same now with the Leeds team coming up this year, they are going challenge us. We have to be ready for this game physically and mentally,” said Solskjaer.

Man Utd is getting fit at the right time and are in great form in the league. Man Utd have not lost in the last 12 Premier League matches, if they catch Leeds early like they did last time out, the Red Devils will no have problems scoring goals or creating opportunities against Leeds.

Leeds have shown they can be stubborn and play better defense lately which could negate a Man Utd side that are willing to attack more lately.

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are meshing well in the middle and if Rashford doesn’t play, Mason Greenwood and Edison Cavani are in good form to lead the attack.

This match can be looked at as a potential match-of-the-week candidate and hopefully it lives up to the hype. Could Man Utd go out there and destroy Leeds like last time? Absolutely.

Preview: Manchester United v Brighton – Premeier League Matchday 30

Manchester United welcome Brighton in the Premeier League today at 730 p.m. GST. Manchester United took care of Brighton in the first league fixture, a Bruno Fernandes in stoppage time won it for United. 

Manchester United could put some distance on their league rivals, Chelsea and Leicester City both lost on Saturday, a win would see them go 4 points clear of Leicester and 9 clear of Chelsea. 

Brighton have won their last two league games, putting some distance between them and the drop. They are currently 6 points ahead of Fulham. 

In their last outing they easily took care of fellow relegation battlers, Newcastle. Former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck was on the scoresheet for Brighton. 

Brighton have had a disappointing season despite having some decent players: Yves Bissouma, Ben White, Adam Lallana, Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Pascal Gross, Leandro Trossard and Tariq Lamptey. The ladder is out for the rest of the season are all good players. Brighton can defend and like to get on the ball and keep it.

Team News

Manchester United could be without Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Mason Greenwood, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they have been slightly injured. Rashford and Greenwood did practice the morning of the press conference and could be fit. 

Ole spoke with MUTV about the injuries that were picked up during the break. When he spoke about Greenwood and Rashford:

“They need to get through the session on Saturday. They both joined in on Friday morning and hopefully they don’t get any reaction. If they complete the session on Saturday, they’ll be available for selection.”

He also commented on the health of Martial and Lindelof: “Neither of them trained on Friday morning. We’re still waiting for final confirmation on how they are.”

Paul Pogba could be fit and ready to go after receiving healthy amounts of minutes in the international without an obvious reaction.

It will also be interesting who Solskjaer chooses in the net. Before David de Gea became a father he was the first choice goalkeeper in the league. Dean Henderson replaced him in the lineup before the break.

Talkmanunited.com’s Man of the Match: Paul Pogba

Manchester United defeated AC Milan to advance to the Europa League Quarterfinals last night 1-0 on the night and 1-2 on aggregate. 

Paul Pogba returned from injury and came on in the second half. It was a pleasant surprise to have the World Cup winner return to squad, an even better treat when he scored. 

In the 49th minute AC Milan failed to clear their lines after relentless Manchester United pressure in the box. The ball fell to Pogba in the box, he did amazingly well to beat Antonio Donnarumma from the angle.  

Paul Pogba came on for Marcus Rashford and United looked solid with an extra midfielder, forcing Milan to attack on the wings where two of the best defensive fullbacks in the Premier League were waiting.

Pogba had multiple runs where he took on and held the ball on defenders well, forcing Milan defenders to foul him and create openings for his teammates.

The return of Paul Pogba comes at a perfect time, he could play in the FA Cup Quarterfinals at the weekend. It will be nice to have such a great player help finish the season strong and deliver silverware to the club.

Pogba’s moment of brilliance earns him an 8, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well. The San Siro is a hard place to get a result and Manchester United took care of business.

Dean Henderson had a good save on a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header late in the second half. The defense saw the game out and you honestly could not tell that it was a cup game, they even stifled Milan urgency. All 7’s for the defense.

Besides the Zlatan chance, most Milan opportunities were tame. Dean Henderson has kept a lot of clean sheets, but the defense does a really good job at limiting good opportunities.

A little disappointing from the attack minded players, but the result is all that matters in do or die situations. 6’s for the attackers for staying disciplined on the night.

Check out the highlights below.

Ed Woodward Backs Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar SOLSKJAER

On Twitter the hashtag #oleout was trending after a tough draw against Crystal Palace.

The bad results have let Manchester City run away with the title and the derby on Sunday is almost meaningless in regards to the title race.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward spoke with investors for a quarterly update recently. In his call he spoke about finances and the clubs progress.

“The progress made by Ole and the players this season is clear and our thriving academy and women’s team are also adding to the optimism we feel about the future on and off the pitch.”

If United were to continue this poor trend they might find themselves in a dog fight for the top four. United are currently five points clear of fifth place Everton, but Everton have a game at hand. That gap after this weekend could be down to a point or two if United fail to get a result against rivals City.

The year-to-year revenue is also down approximately €290 million and that could rise if United fail to qualify for Champions League.

Manchester United have five big games in the next two weeks. Man City, AC Milan two times, West Ham and Leicester City all could be pivotal in determining if Solskjaer is still in the clear.

A Change In formation Can Fix Recent Goal Scoring Woes For Manchester United

Manchester United have now gone three games in a row without scoring a goal and it seems like forever ago since the four goal thrashing of Real Sociedad two weeks ago.

Offensively it is not working lately, especially in the league. In two games this season United have 15 goals, those two games against Leeds and Southampton really inflate their goal tally. In 5 games they have 25 goals, nearly half of their goals.

It really is not a recent phenomenon, United have had these offensive inconsistencies all season.

In seven league games this season United have been held goalless, and failed to score in both fixture against Chelsea and Arsenal. The goals are not coming against other big 6 clubs either. No goals in the first fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester City.

False 9 Fernandes

It has been a dismal season for Manchester United forwards, Marcus Rashford is the exception, but more can be expected of him and Edison Cavani has been a decent addition adding 6 goals, but Cavani has been injured and has only started 9 games this season with 9 cameos.

Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have been disappointing in the league with only five goals between the two, one for Greenwood.

Due to current injuries by other more forward minded midfielders like Donny Van De Beek and Paul Pogba, United can not add someone to the midfield to free up Bruno Fernandes. If they were fit, Solskjaer can deploy Fernandes as the false 9.

The 4-2-3-1 has been utilized by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer most of the season, the formation is seen as more of a defensive formation with two defensive midfielders, some could argue that Fred and Scott McTominay are not the most natural defensive midfielders. But, they provide cover for Harry Maguire and most of the time Victor Lindelof and help cover the forward minded left and right midfielder.

An extra midfielder could help because Fernandes plays such an advanced role already that United at times are out manned in the midfield.

Fernandes as the 10 is amazing, but there is offensive problem arising because of the formation. The two midfielders do not get high enough quickly to support Fernandes. At times they have, McTominay has upped his goal tally in all competitions and has four league goals. United have struggled at times breaking down the opposition between the lines. When they have they look unbeatable.

In a 1-0 loss to Arsenal this season, Solskjaer played a 4-3-1-2 against the London side, when Paul Pogba returns from his injury, it would be interesting to see if Solskjaer will change formations to accommodate the Frenchman or continue the 4-2-3-1 with Pogba in it.

A hybrid 4-3-1-2 and 4-3-3 (False 9), could help Solskjaer get the best out of his best players. It would free up Rashford, Fernandes, Martial and Greenwood of some defensive duties and Cavani off the bench could give a team something different to worry about.

Either way Manchester United must do something to counter act recent offensive woes. A second place finish looked fairly safe a couple of weeks ago, but due to their recent form the rest of the pack have begun to close the gap on Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United Press Conference

Yesterday afternoon Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke with the media ahead of a midweek clash against Crystal Palace.

Team News

Solskjaer revealed that United could receive an injury boost with the return of Edison Cavani after being out the last couple of weeks.

“Edison trained he’s joined in, that is good. Let’s hope there is no reaction after the session, hopefully he will travel with the squad.”

“Paul [Pogba] is still not ready for us, no, he is feeling better and not been training with the team yet, so he is definitely not traveling down to London.”

Donny Van De Beek and Scott McTominay returned to action during the weekend and despite any setbacks could feature again this week, McTominay looking the likelier. Solskjaer did acknowledge a couple of possible doubts regarding fitness.

VAR Controversy

Solskjaer was dismissive of the “controversy” on Sunday. Harry Maguire cleared up Luke Shaw’s comments after the game about Maguire’s conversation with the ref.

Solskjaer elected to put the situation to bed and take the high road electing to take responsibility for the goalless draw and not push it on the refs.

Unique Season

The press conference was short and with the last question Solskjaer praised his players for being professional despite the unique season.

The players are dealing with a condensed schedule as well as having to be switched on to football 24/7 with less opportunities for a release. 

This Player’s Versatility Stole the Show for Manchester United on a Tepid Thursday Night

Axel Tuanzebe’s versatility was on display Thursday night, helping United secure a 0-0 draw and advance to the round of 16. The tie could have been made interesting if Oyarzabal converted a penalty but a woeful miss helped United regain composure and see out the tie. 

Tuanzebe came close to scoring but a flying knee by Victor Lindelof to the face of a Sociedad defender overturned what would have been Tuanzebe’s first ever United goal. 

In the second half Tuanzebe was brought on for Fred in the middle of the field. The tie was looking secure at that point and the play had slowed down. 

“Obviously I can play several positions, preferred is center back, but if the manager needs me to do a job for the team, I will do the job for the team,” said Tuanzebe in a post-match interview with MUTV.

It is still a good run for Tuanzebe to show his versatility to his manager in a position of need due to a recent slew of injuries. Tuanzebe being able to showcase his versatility must help his stock with likely defensive reinforcements coming this summer. 

“It is one of those positions, now we suddenly get Donny, Scott, Paul, three of them out and we have been really well off before,” said Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

It would have been nice to see Amad Diallo or Shola Shoretire getting a goal or providing an assist, but the minutes are extremely important for the young players confidence. 

“They are growing, good young players have a lot to learn, and it is the best way for them to learn is to be chucked on,” said Tuanzebe of the youngsters playing.

A clean sheet and some youth playing are positives that you can take out of this match. The biggest positive could be Tuanzebe playing in the midfield. 

No hannibal Debut for a month; Galbraith could get another Dream opportunity

HANNIBAL MEJBRI

During yesterdays press conference with Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer it was revealed that Hannibal Mejbri will be out for a month due to an injury he sustained playing for the reserves.

It was no guarantee that Hannibal would have featured heavily against Real Sociedad or not. Jose Mourinho elected to use a pretty solid side against Wolfsberger in the Europa League despite and even subbed on Lucas Moura with the tie comfortably sealed.

But, it could have been a good opportunity for Mejbri to make a debut and challenge for minutes in a banged up midfield. Paul Pogba is out for another month or so and Scott McTominay has been injured recently his absence being more cautious and less severe than Pogba’s injury.

ETHAN GALBRAITH

Ethan Galbraith has not featured for United’s first team since a defeat in 2019 against Astana in the Europa League and has been playing with an U23 side that currently sit 5th in Premier League 2.

Galbraith was recently placed on the Europa League squad fueling speculation that he could feature in todays game against Sociedad.

It will be interesting to see if he gets an opportunity versus Sociedad tonight, but just being around the first could be a huge confidence for Galbraith going forward in his career.

Manchester United Would Be Foolish to Sell This Player

It was reported that Dean Henderson approached manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his lack of playing time. It was also reported that United have slapped a €40 million price tag on the keeper.

It is understandable that United having a willingness to sell from a business standpoint, if they were to sell him they would get full profit because they produced Henderson and if they kept him they would not have to buy a keeper in the close future.

David de Gea is 30, and he does not seem to be in as good as form as previous campaigns. United have nearly given up the same amount of goals this season as compared to the whole of last season, only four goals separate the totals.

It could be good business if United were to sell de Gea to Spain and start Henderson, you have a keeper in Henderson who is only 23-years-old. They could have their future keeper for the next decade, or risking losing him to a Premier League rival. With the news that one keeper might possibly leave this summer, rivals have been keeping tabs on Henderson. 

Henderson has appeared in 12 games in all competitions this season for United and has a total of 7 clean sheets. He looks likely to continue playing cups and Europe, barring any injuries of de Gea. 

David de Gea has only 9 clean sheets in all competitions and has given up a total of 37 goals in 28 games. David de Gea is a legend at the club and has stuck with the team during some rough years. 

It will be a tough decision for all involved, but it could be foolish if they were to let Henderson go to a rival and stick with an aging de Gea. What should United do, go with the future or continue with the legend? Comment below.  

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