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The Busby Babe 16 mins ago
Manchester United will play FC Rostov in the last 16 of the Europa League

Manchester United will play FC Rostov in the last 16 of the Europa League

The draw could have been worse, but the travel requirements could have been a lot, lot better. To walk from Old Trafford, Manchester, to Rostov, north-east of Moscow in Russia, takes approximately 605 hours. Apparently. And we don't know if Google Maps is factoring in time for eating, sleeping, and explaining the intricacies of Brexit to every baffled European you pass along the way. Ultimately, we have to hope that Manchester United take the plane ... ... for that's where United are heading in the next round of the Europa League. What do we know about FC Rostov? We know that they overcame...
The Busby Babe 1 hour ago
Zlatan Ibrahimović has brought more to Manchester United than just his goals

Zlatan Ibrahimović has brought more to Manchester United than just his goals

The Swede has the potential to be a talisman, in the mold of Eric Cantona “Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin,' thought Alice 'but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!” All of a sudden, Zlatan Ibrahimović will not be playing for Manchester United, maybe as soon as the summer. But the impact of his time at United may be felt for many years to come. Barring injury, Ibrahimović is on course to get the fabled 30+ goals in a season – though, surprisingly, it is not entirely all about him and his numbers. Backed by a healthy traveling...
The Busby Babe 17 hours ago
Wayne Rooney is NOT leaving Manchester United this month

Wayne Rooney is NOT leaving Manchester United this month

The United skipper has released a statement confirming his stay (for now). Finally, we can all collectively exhale. United fans have been waiting with bated breath to find out whether or Red Devils skipper and club mascot Wayne Rooney would be leaving Old Trafford for the obscene riches of the Chinese Super League. Now - straight from the horse’s mouth - we have confirmation that he will not be leaving United this month. “Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Man United. I hope...
The Busby Babe 21 hours ago
Ben Foster and the Quintuple: Manchester United's third League Cup victory

Ben Foster and the Quintuple: Manchester United's third League Cup victory

Remembering United's third League Cup triumph, the second trophy of a possible five. 2008-09 was a peculiar season in lots of ways. Cristiano Ronaldo, despite some heavy flirting with Real Madrid, had been persuaded to stay on an extra year. Carlos Tévez was starting to suspect that United might not want to keep him on permanently. Liverpool put together a half-decent title bid. And all the while United were chasing an unprecedented quintuple of trophies. Such things always exist more in the papers, of course, at least during the season. But equally, United generally set out to win every...
The Busby Babe Feb 22, 2017
Saint-Étienne 0-1 Manchester United: Reds complete comfortable aggregate win

Saint-Étienne 0-1 Manchester United: Reds complete comfortable aggregate win

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the only goal of the game as United sealed a 4-0 aggregate win over Saint-Étienne. Manchester United booked their place in the Europa League’s final 16 with a 1-0 win away at Saint-Étienne on Wednesday. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the only goal of the game to ensure a 4-0 aggregate victory for the Reds, with Eric Bailly’s late sending off the only blot on the copybook. It certainly wasn't a game that will live too long in the memory, with neither side looking particularly bothered. Saint-Étienne played with the urgency of a team three goals down, United with...
The Busby Babe Feb 22, 2017
Pogba and Ibrahimović both start for Manchester United against Saint-Étienne

Pogba and Ibrahimović both start for Manchester United against Saint-Étienne

Mourinho is taking no chances in Round 2 of the #PogDerby. Jose Mourinho is taking no chances with his starting XI against Saint-Étienne in the second leg of United’s Round of 32 Europa League tie. Even with a commanding 3-0 lead from the first leg at Old Trafford, Mourinho has decided that the best way to avoid having to send on Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimović to save the day is by having them on the pitch to begin with. Here's how #MUFC will line up tonight... #UEL pic.twitter.com/zPSZ17yaV3— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 22, 2017 As with all the second rate cup games,...
The Busby Babe Feb 22, 2017
From Ruud van Nistelrooy to Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United's second League Cup victory

From Ruud van Nistelrooy to Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United's second League Cup victory

We look back at United's second League Cup triumph, perhaps as notable for an argument off the pitch as a thumping win on it. Having broken their League Cup duck in 1992, Manchester United went and won the actual league a year later. Clearly, Alex Ferguson and company developed a taste for the more rarefied competitions: over the next 14 years they won plenty more titles, but only made it back to two League Cup finals. And they lost both of those, to Aston Villa and Liverpool. Still, when they eventually did pick up another League Cup, they did so in emphatic and dramatic fashion. The game...
The Busby Babe Feb 22, 2017
Saint-Étienne vs. Manchester United 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Europa League online

Saint-Étienne vs. Manchester United 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Europa League online

Manchester United take a commanding lead to France in search of Europa League progress. With a three-goal lead and a clean sheet from the first leg, it seems only natural that the build-up to the second leg against Saint-Étienne has focused more on those players that haven't flown out to France, than those that have. It looks as though Luke Shaw is being forced through the same cycle of first criticism, then praise, but either way no game time that both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial went though earlier in the season. Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, is definitely not being forced out of...
The Busby Babe Feb 21, 2017
Is Antonio Valencia Manchester United's Player of the Season?

Is Antonio Valencia Manchester United's Player of the Season?

Our writers make their cases for, and against, the full-back. With almost two-thirds of the season in the books, we’re at the time when we start taking stock of just how well - or not - this year has gone so far for United. So we put together three people who responded to the email of our best writers to tackle one pressing question: Has Antonio Valencia been our best player? Photo by Clive Brunskill/ Proof that Valencia has used his left foot, at least once. Andi Thomas says YES Antonio Valencia has been Manchester United's player of the season for one reason,...
The Busby Babe Feb 21, 2017
Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney missing from Manchester United's Europa League squad

Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney missing from Manchester United's Europa League squad

Manchester United have flown to France without their captain or their out-of-favour left-back. Manchester United are taking a three-goal lead to France, but Jose Mourinho still can't find room in his squad for Luke Shaw. The young left-back has been omitted from the twenty-person group heading to Saint-Etienne for the second leg of the Europa League last-32 knockout game. Maybe he's being kept fresh for the League Cup final. Yeah. That'll be it. Nice one, Jose. You old softy. Also missing are Wayne Rooney, who we assume is still suffering with this vague and unspecified muscular malaise....
The Busby Babe Feb 21, 2017
Alex Ferguson and Donald Trump: Manchester United's first League Cup victory

Alex Ferguson and Donald Trump: Manchester United's first League Cup victory

Our week of EFL Cup final hype begins with a look back at United's first victory in the competition, way back in the 1990s. Only three teams have won more League Cups than Manchester United's four, but it took the red half of Manchester a while to get the hang of the thing. The competition began in 1960, but Rotherham United, Rochdale, Swindon Town and even Manchester City all made it to the final before United, in 1983, finally decided to grace the showpiece fixture with their presence. It didn't go particularly well. Liverpool had won the previous two finals, and though United led for...
The Busby Babe Feb 20, 2017
Who should partner Eric Bailly in Manchester United's defense?

Who should partner Eric Bailly in Manchester United's defense?

The Ivorian is United’s best central defender, but who is his best partner? Ever since Nemanja Vidić and Rio Ferdinand left Old Trafford, Manchester United didn't have a truly reliable and consistent center back and that was a major issue during Louis van Gaal's ill-fated tenure. Chris Smalling had a pretty good 2015/16 season but is prone to episodes of carelessness; Marcos Rojo is at his best a useful CB and at his worst a torrid time for any supporter; Daley Blind works hard and has a pretty nice touch with the ball on his feet, but is not a CB; Phil Jones cannot stay healthy even if...
The Busby Babe Feb 19, 2017
Manchester United draw Chelsea away in the FA Cup quarter finals

Manchester United draw Chelsea away in the FA Cup quarter finals

The Red Devils get the toughest possible draw in the FA Cup FA Cup holders Manchester United have been handed a difficult draw in the next round , as they have been picked to face Chelsea away from home. The draw means that José Mourinho gets another reunion with his old team, and United return to the scene of their worst loss this season - a 4-0 drubbing in the league. BREAKING: FA Cup quarter-final draw. Chelsea to face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge: https://t.co/D8rvcer9Ol pic.twitter.com/51R0FkQh2I— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) February 19, 2017 Most Reds...
The Busby Babe Feb 19, 2017
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Manchester United: Pogba and Ibrahimovic make the difference

Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Manchester United: Pogba and Ibrahimovic make the difference

United are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup but Blackburn pushed them all the way. There are no bad wins in knockout competitions, but Manchester United's progress through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup was far from straight forward. A committed Blackburn Rovers side gave the lie to their lowly league position and pushed United all the way. They even took the lead, the first goal against United for more than four games. Still, if a team is going to lose a run of clean sheets, it's as well to do it in style. After 17 minutes Marvin Emnes — transformed for a moment into Kaka...
The Busby Babe Feb 19, 2017
Mourinho rings the changes for Manchester United against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup

Mourinho rings the changes for Manchester United against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup

The big guns (and Daley Blind) all get a rest. José Mourinho has rung the changes for Manchester United as they face Blackburn Rovers away in the FA Cup. David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, and Daley Blind have the weekend off. Instead, The Sergio Romero Experience is between the sticks, and Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian are in charge of the full-backing. In the middle, Marcos Rojo returns from injury to partner whichever version of Chris Smalling shows up today. The team news is in...Come on, #MUFC! pic.twitter.com/fDf1UmHriX— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 19, 2017 Michael...
The Busby Babe Feb 19, 2017
Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester United 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch FA Cup online

Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester United 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch FA Cup online

More cup action for United today, as Jose Mourinho and company make the short trip to Ewood Park. To say Blackburn Rovers isn't a happy club at the moment is something of an understatement. The fans are still deeply unhappy with their owners, international chicken conglomerate Venky's, and the manager who kept them in the Championship last season, Paul Lambert, took the first opportunity he could to jump ship. Good to see Blackburn's fans have been preparing for today's FA Cup tie: 'Venkys Out' banners on every road bridge on the M65 today.— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) February 19,...
The Busby Babe Feb 18, 2017
Rumour Mill: Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie reportedly wanted by Manchester United

Rumour Mill: Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie reportedly wanted by Manchester United

Will the Red Devils prepare a transfer move for the rising Serie A talent? According to Daily Star and the Metro, Manchester United are just one of the many European clubs that are interested in Ivory Coast international Franck Kessie, whose stock keeps rising week by week. Starting off as centre-back during his early days as a professional footballer, Kessie has been dubbed as ‘the next Yaya Toure’ in recent months. It’s not a total surprise that the 20-year-old has been linked with the club, who told Italian newspaper, Gazzetta Dello Sport, that it’s his dream of playing for...
The Busby Babe Feb 18, 2017
Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester United 2017: Time, TV schedule, and FA Cup live streaming options

Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester United 2017: Time, TV schedule, and FA Cup live streaming options

United travel to the Championship strugglers on Sunday. Manchester United are back in cup action on Sunday, as they make the short trip to face Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round. It has been five years since these sides last met, and both teams have had a rocky ride since. Rovers have been unable to recover from top flight relegation in 2012, and currently find themselves fighting for survival down in the Championship. Neither their squad nor incumbent manager Owen Coyle offer much cause for optimism, and United should really be expecting to record a comfortable...
The Busby Babe Feb 17, 2017
Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United for China this month

Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United for China this month

Wayne “Wazza” Rooney could be off to China to make silly money. Most Manchester United supporters have come to terms with the fact that Wayne Rooney’s United career is soon coming to an end. He is no longer a first choice player - and quite frankly, not even second choice in any position - and José Mourinho has been notably non-committal about the skipper’s future at the club. But while most expected a transfer out this coming summer, The Telegraph is reporting that #Wexit (sorry, sorry) could happen as soon as this month. Photo by Gareth Copley/ He’s...
The Busby Babe Feb 17, 2017
The strange case of Luke Shaw, the £30m fourth-choice full-back

The strange case of Luke Shaw, the £30m fourth-choice full-back

We try to work out what's going on with Manchester United's missing prospect. The irritating thing about Jose Mourinho's exclusion-happy style of man-management is not that it's stupid. Everybody knows it's stupid. Indeed, its performative stupidness might even be part of the point: yes, Henrikh, a quick, dynamic, imaginative player is precisely what Manchester United need right now. Enjoy your weekend off. Think about what you've done. No, no need to watch. It'll be another draw. No, the irritating thing is that it's stupid but it also, annoyingly, seems to work. Since he returned to the...

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