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Friday Flashback: The comeback - Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 5 Manchester United (September 2001)

This week’s Friday Flashback takes us back to September 2001, as we relive Manchester United’s epic comeback against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Three-nil down at half-time; you can only imagine the rollicking Sir Alex Ferguson must’ve dished out to his faltering players. Tottenham Hotspur lead at the break thanks to goals from Dean Richards — making his debut after an £8.1 million transfer from Southampton — Christian Zeige and Les Ferdinand, to the jubilation of the White Hart Lane crowd. Manchester United were absolutely not at the races in the...
The Busby Babe Jun 23, 2016

Red Devils Advocate: The virtues of Marouane Fellaini

Red Devils Advocate is our weekly column designed to spark debate by providing a viewpoint that is in contrast to the common feeling among United fans. This week: why Maroune Fellaini should stay next season. There are few players in the current Manchester United squad who are derided quite so much as Marouane Fellaini. And it’s easy to see why; the Belgian midfielder is a frustrating figure, what with his often clumsy first-touch and propensity to find an opponent’s jaw with his elbow. But deeper than merely what we see play out on the pitch, the resentment of Fellaini is borne by his...
The Busby Babe Jun 23, 2016

United linked with surprise move for Arsenal Euro 2016 star

Could José Mourinho attract Aaron Ramsey to Old Trafford? Thursday's Weird Transfer Rumour Of The Day sees Manchester United linked with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The 25-year-old Welshman, who has impressed since bleaching his hair in the run-up to Euro 2016 (though, it should be noted, we haven't yet established a concrete causal link), is reportedly the man José Mourinho wants to bring to Old Trafford if his move for Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan fails. This story comes courtesy of a Sun EXCLUSIVE, which reports the following: Welshman Ramsey, 25, is taking the Euros...
The Busby Babe Jun 22, 2016

The Championship Manager 99-00 Challenge: Pre-season ‘99

Join Busby Babe writer Ryan Baldi as he takes the reins of Manchester United circa the summer of 1999. As the dust settles on the previous season’s Treble celebrations, the challenge is to win another Champions League title sooner than Sir Alex Ferguson was able to in 2008. The idea for this new feature came from the realisation that, somewhere in the deepest, dustiest depths of the spare-bedroom closet in my house, lay a copy of Championship Manager 99-00. As a fan of Iain MacIntosh’s superb — and often hilarious — series for The Set Pieces, in which he chronicles the travails of...
The Busby Babe Jun 22, 2016

How to watch Euro 2016, Day 13: Time, TV schedule and streaming options

The Euro 2016 group stages come to a conclusion on Wednesday. The Euro 2016 opening phase reaches a climax on Wednesday, with the loose ends to be tied up in the final two groups. The day's action kicks off with all attention on Group F, where all four sides still stand a good chance of progressing into the knockout stages. Hungary head into their final match against Portugal at the top of the group; their opponents, meanwhile sit below Iceland in third place. Austria, who take on the tournament's minnows, sit rock bottom and need a victory to stand a chance of progressing (both games 5...
The Busby Babe Jun 22, 2016

Should Manchester United be chasing this Hungarian legend?

Euro 2016 scouting report: Could Gábor Király do a job at Manchester United? Though Manchester United are ineligible for the Euros -- something about not technically being a country -- the Busby Babe has a scout in France keeping an eye for anybody that might improve the club. After Hungary shocked Austria in Bordeaux, here's how goalkeeper Gábor Király might fit in at Old Trafford ... Pros Is not Sergio Romero. Has a trademark. Where other, lesser men where shorts to play football, Kiraly plays every game in a pair of baggy grey tracksuit bottoms. For a club like Manchester United,...
The Busby Babe Jun 21, 2016

Is it time for Manchester United to think about a new mascot?

Euro 2016 scouting report: Why Manchester United might want to take a look at Super Victor. Though Manchester United are ineligible for the Euros -- something about not technically being a country -- the Busby Babe has a scout in France keeping an eye out for anybody that might improve the club. After a series of successful public appearances, here's how Super Victor might fit in at Old Trafford ... Pros Has a cape. Capes are fun. Seems a pleasant lad. While the devil is certainly traditional, and Fred the Red has done admirable work in the field of giving out high-fives before matches, it...
The Busby Babe Jun 21, 2016

List of the week: The 6 deadliest strikers of the Ferguson era

Sir Alex Ferguson had some outstanding strikers over his 26-year Manchester United reign. Here are the six best. Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26 years in charge of Manchester United encompassed a plethora of remarkable acheivements, not least an unparalleled trophy-haul which included 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and five FA Cups. It was an era of success which is unlikely to be replicated any time soon, if ever at all. And the success was built on many factors; the never-say-die attitude of Ferguson’s United sides saw the Red Devils rescue victory from the jaws of defeat on a...
The Busby Babe Jun 21, 2016

How to watch Euro 2016, Day 12: Time, TV schedule and streaming options

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Paddy McNair are in action on Tuesday. The final Euro 2016 group stage matchday resumes with a super quadruple-header, with the loose ends to be tied up in two groups. The action gets underway with Northern Ireland taking on Germany and Ukraine taking on Poland, in a group that has so far proved surprisingly even (both 5 p.m. BST, noon ET). Germany head in at the top of the group, though only tiebreakers keep them above second-placed Poland. Northern Ireland are a point further back, with Ukraine rock bottom on a big fat zero. Once Group C's done and dusted,...
The Busby Babe Jun 20, 2016

Why Manchester United absolutely must buy Gareth Bale

Euro 2016: scouting report: Could this little known Welsh youngster be the player United are looking for? Though Manchester United are ineligible for the Euros -- something about not technically being a country -- the Busby Babe has a scout in France keeping an eye for anybody that might improve the club. After Wales' delightful win against Slovakia and narrow loss against England, here's how Gareth Bale might fit in at Old Trafford ... Pros Is very, very, very, very, very good at football. May be going bald. It appears that Bale's trademark samurai bun may, if television pictures are to be...
The Busby Babe Jun 20, 2016

Ryan Giggs is in talks to become Nottingham Forest manager

Reports emerging this morning suggest that Ryan Giggs is on the verge of leaving Manchester United to become Nottingham Forest manager. Reports in the English press this morning claim that Ryan Giggs is set to end his 29-year association with Manchester United to become the new Nottingham Forest manager. The Mirror reports: "Ryan Giggs is on the brink of becoming the new Nottingham Forest manager . . . He will succeed Dougie Freedman in the role that has been vacated since March with Paul Williams acting as interim caretaker." Ever since José Mourninho’s appointment as the new United...
The Busby Babe Jun 20, 2016

The Great Red Debate: What now for Adnan Januzaj?

In this week’s edition of the GRD, Busby Babe writers Ryan Baldi and Jack Sargeant discuss what the future may hold for Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj, as the talented Belgian looks to get his fledgling career back on track. Ryan: There were few positives to be taken from the ill-fated David Moyes era at Manchester United, but the emergence of the then-teenage Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj was undoubtedly one of them. In a miserable season which saw United finish seventh in the Premier League, Januzaj graduated from the youth system to spark life into a flagging side. With...
The Busby Babe Jun 20, 2016

How to watch Euro 2016, Day 11: Time, TV schedule and streaming options

England and Wales are back in action at the Euros on Monday. The final matchday of Euro 2016 group stage action resumes on Monday, with England and Wales both in action (both games 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET). The former take on Slovakia in Saint-Étienne with their progression into the knockout stages already likely in the bag. A point would be enough to guarantee them the group's top spot, unless Wales manage to defeat a fairly ordinary Russia in Toulouse. Wales head into the final matchday level on points with third-placed Slovakia, but ahead of them on tiebreakers. They only need to match...
The Busby Babe Jun 20, 2016

Manchester United rumoured to be in for Juventus defender

Reports today suggest José Mourinho is interested in bringing veteran Leonardo Bonucci to Old Trafford. The summer solstice today brings not only a full moon but a fresh transfer rumour, with Manchester United being linked to Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. He's an exceptionally good player; not only is he rock solid in defence but he's also got thoroughly impressive playmaking capabilities, enabling him to step out from the back and ping passes into the path of onrushing forwards. He also once punched and chased off an armed robber who had the temerity to demand his watch. He...
The Busby Babe Jun 19, 2016

How to watch Euro 2016, Day 10: Time, TV schedule and streaming options

Let the final matchday begin! It has taken a little while in coming, but we're slowly but surely heading towards the sharp end of this inflated European Championships. Sunday marks the arrival of the final slate of group stage games, meaning it's do-or-die for a couple of the teams in action. It also means you're either going to have to do some fancy split-screen multitasking, or you're going to have to pick and choose your viewing wisely. That's because the day's two Group A games are being played simultaneously, with France taking on Switzerland and Albania going head-to-head with Romania...
The Busby Babe Jun 18, 2016

Manchester United Euro 2016 scouting notebook: André Gomes

Here's how United target Gomes fared in Portugal's Euro 2016 encounter with Austria. Manchester United have been linked with Portugal midfielder André Gomes quite a lot lately, with his supposed Frank Lampardesque style having apparently attracted the attention of his compatriot José Mourinho. The Valencia playmaker was in action in Portugal's draw against Austria this evening, and we decided to see what all the fuss is about. Our minute-by-minute scouting notebook can be found below. Something tells us Jim Lawlor's job is safe, but hopefully our report is at least slightly instructive....
The Busby Babe Jun 18, 2016

How to watch Euro 2016, Day Nine: Time, TV schedule and streaming options

THE FELLAINI IS BACK! On paper, the day's Euro 2016 action doesn't look particularly exciting. However, when taken in context, it promises to serve up three particularly interesting encounters. In the first match, Belgium will look to bounce back from their disappointing tournament-opening defeat to Italy with a win over the Republic of Ireland (2 p.m. BST, 9 a.m. ET). However, Martin O'Neill certainly knows how to organise a defence, and their draw with Sweden in the first match suggests they could give Marc Wilmots' side a game. In the day's second match, two of the tournament's minnows...
The Busby Babe Jun 17, 2016

Friday Flashback: Cantona makes scoring return from suspension in 1995

On 1 October 1995, Eric Cantona returned to the Manchester United line-up after a 248-day absence. His absence was, of course, an enforced one, having infamously launched a flying kick at a Crystal Palace supporter at Selhurst Park in January. Cantona had been sent off for kicking Richard Shaw during United’s encounter with Palace. As he was leaving the pitch, Palace fan Matthew Simmons was directing some verbal abuse toward the French forward. The red mist descended. Cantona inexplicably flug himself into the stand and kicked Simmons. Cantona’s moment of rage landed him...
The Busby Babe Jun 17, 2016

United make bid for French youngster

United have made their move to bring Adam Ounas to Old Trafford by lodging an opening bid for the French youngster, according to reports in France. According to the very reliable French journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport, Manchester United are one of six clubs to have made a €10million offer for Bordeaux’s midfield prodigy Adam Ounas. Man Utd à la lutte avec 5 clubs dont Naples, Southampton etc pour Ounas. Bordeaux ne veut pas le vendre ! https://t.co/F27MwQaSNv — Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) June 16, 2016 Among the pack competing to sign the exciting 19-year-old...
The Busby Babe Jun 17, 2016

How to watch Euro 2016, Day Eight: Time, TV schedule and streaming options

Italy and Spain are among the sides in action on day eight of Euro 2016. The day's Euro 2016 action kicks off with perhaps the most intriguing game of the lot, with Italy going head-to-head against Sweden (2 p.m. BST, 9 a.m. ET). This Italy team is, on paper, the worst they've brought to a major tournament in quite a long time, though Antonio Conte's strategy worked perfect in their impressive tournament-opening victory over Belgium. Sweden, meanwhile, will be hoping for an improvement after barely scraping a draw against the Republic of Ireland. The action then switches away from Group E...

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