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Burnley 0-0 Manchester United: Another miserable 90 minutes for Van Gaal's plodders

It was another disappointing performance from Manchester United as they were held at newly-promoted Burnley. Louis van Gaal is indeed a genius. He predicted that Angel di Maria would not inspire the team to new heights of brilliance, and he was entirely correct, as the new signing played a decent 70 minutes before being withdrawn for Anderson (yes, really.) His performance was the highlight in a classically inept 90 minutes about which we barely need to write, because you know how it goes. Juan Mata was disappointing and could not find the key pass. Wayne Rooney was wasteful, poor in touch...
The Busby Babe Aug 30, 2014
OFFICIAL: United reach agreement to sign Daley Blind

OFFICIAL: United reach agreement to sign Daley Blind

Daley Blind is a United player, subject to a medical and personal terms. Another signing! Manchester United have officially announced that they've reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to medical and personal terms. The fee is said to be in the region of £14 million. BREAKING: #mufc has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms. pic.twitter.com/2l1l7I2Aow — Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 30, 2014 The Dutch international starred under Louis van Gaal at the recent World Cup in Brazil, where he was deployed in a...
The Busby Babe Aug 30, 2014

DONE DEAL: United set to announce Daley Blind signing

United are reportedly on the brink of confirming the arrival of Ajax versatility man Daley Blind. Manchester United could reportedly announce the signing of Ajax's Dutch international Daley Blind, with the two clubs having reportedly agreed a fee of €18 million. This news comes courtesy of Dutch journalist Elko Born, who has described the transfer as a "done deal": Various Dutch media are reporting Blind will move to Manchester United for a fee of €18 million. Deal will probably be confirmed today. — Elko Born (@Elko_B) August 30, 2014 By 'confirmation' I mean that the clubs...
The Busby Babe Aug 29, 2014

Concerns over Shaw's fitness date back to the World Cup and beyond

England manager Roy Hodgson shares Louis van Gaal's criticisms of the United left back's conditioning Troubling news, friends. It appears that Manchester United may have spent a small fortune on a footballer who finds it impossible to walk past junk food. You'll recall, no doubt, Luke Shaw looking a little Anderson-like in pre-season. And you'll recall Louis van Gaal being so horrified at the state of him that he moved the player onto a personal training regime. Well, it turns out that the England manager, Roy Hodgson, was worrying about Shaw's waistline during the tournament in Brazil, and...
The Busby Babe Aug 29, 2014
Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund "agree terms" with United playmaker

The Japanese playmaker may soon be returning to the club with which he made his name. Sell them! Sell them all! The latest victim of Louis van Gaal's purge of United's flabby squad is, reportedly, Shinji Kagawa. According to German news paper Der Westen, the Japanese playmaker has already agreed terms for a return to Borussia Dortmund. Kagawa's departure has looked inevitable ever since Van Gaal made it clear he "could not fulfil my wishes" in central midfield. Already behind Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Angel di Maria and maybe Adnan Januzaj in the queue for the No. 10 position, such a...
The Busby Babe Aug 28, 2014
Louis van Gaal reveals extent of United's injury crisis

Louis van Gaal reveals extent of United's injury crisis

The injury list just keeps on growing. Manchester United's unfortunate start to the new season isn't getting much better. In today's press conference Louis van Gaal revealed that the Red Devils' injury crisis has, in fact, deepened, with the concussed Shinji Kagawa bringing the tally up to 10 players sidelined. Let's hope no one has told notorious fitness loudmouth/Twitter egg Raymond Verheijen, who has already laid into his compatriot's tough training regime. United will be without three of their summer signings against Burnley, with Marcos Rojo still apparently waiting on his work permit...
The Busby Babe Aug 28, 2014

Wilfried Zaha returns to Crystal Palace on loan

The exodus continues ... The trimming of Louis van Gaal's United squad has continued with the departure of Wilfried Zaha. The young winger will return to Crystal Palace for the season. He becomes the second winger to leave Old Trafford this month, after Nani's departure to Sporting. BREAKING NEWS: Crystal Palace sign Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United on season-long loan. #SSNHQ — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 28, 2014 It seems fair to say that Zaha's United career hasn't quite worked as planned. Unable to force his way into David Moyes's flailing side, he spent the...
The Busby Babe Aug 28, 2014

Are Aston Villa set to do United a huge favour?

According to reports, somebody might be about to part with money for Tom Cleverley. The purge starts to pick up speed! Tom Cleverley, persistent cause of so much vexation to so many Untied fans, may soon be the subject of an actual cashmoney offer from an actual Premier League club. Eight million pounds and Aston Villa, to be precise. That's the Telegraph's story anyway, and it's an exclusive. Apparently the 25-year-old -- yes, he's 25 years old -- is out of favour at United, surplus to requirements, and is "almost certain" to have left Old Trafford by Monday. Given that the vast majority...
The Busby Babe Aug 28, 2014
Juventus and Valencia in for United striker — reports

Juventus and Valencia in for United striker — reports

According to to reports, Javier Hernandez is wanted in both Spain and Italy. The purge is gathering speed. According to various reports (like this one in the Mirror) Manchester United striker Javier Hernández is wanted by both Juventus and Valencia. Apparently there is still some work to be done on the fees: both clubs have bid around £10m, while United are looking for more like £14m. But with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ahead of him in the pecking order, with his form and touch having deserted him, and with the ultra-exciting James Wilson starting to make waves, it looks very...
The Busby Babe Aug 28, 2014
Wayne Rooney named England captain

Wayne Rooney named England captain

Manchester United's striker takes over from Steven Gerrard as England's official pennant-exchanging functionary. Wayne Rooney's inevitable, perplexing march towards a knighthood continues, as he was today named as England's official captain by Roy Hodgson. "I've had a long conversation with him and he is prepared to accept the pressure it brings," roared Hodgson. "I've had no reason to question anything about him." He probably said some nice things as well, but y'know. As for our own dear captain, well, all credit must go to waynerooneyofficial.com for landing the exclusive interview they...
The Busby Babe Aug 28, 2014

Rojo's debut delayed by ownership arrangements — reports

The Argentine defender may miss out on this weekend's game against Burnley. Nothing is ever simple, is it? Even when United buy a player, they can't just buy a player, oh no. They have to go and buy one whose messy ownership situation makes the Premier League all squirrelly, and ends up delaying his debut Manchester United's defence is a mess. Marcos Rojo is, in theory, part of the solution to that mess. Yet he hasn't played for United yet and, if the Daily Mail's information is good, may not play this weekend against Burnley. It's not a work permit that's posing a problem, reckons the...
The Busby Babe Aug 27, 2014

Manchester United will have to pay "top price" for Ajax midfielder

If Louis van Gaal wants to bring Daley Blind across from Ajax, he'll have to pay for the privilege One thing that's been surprising about Louis van Gaal's reign so far: he hasn't signed any Dutchmen. The assumption was that his arrival would be followed, in fairly short order, by the very best talents from his over-achieving national team. Yet so far, nothing. Not even the one purchase that everybody thought was absolutely nailed on, Ajax's versatile midfielder/defender Daley Blind. Recent noises in the UK press suggest that a move might finally be on the horizon, as Van Gaal realises that...
The Busby Babe Aug 27, 2014
United haven't bid for Juve midfielder, but they might be about to, perhaps — reports

United haven't bid for Juve midfielder, but they might be about to, perhaps — reports

Things are getting confusing. In the beginning Eric created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Eric moved upon the face of the waters. And Eric said, Let there be a rumour that Arturo Vidal will move to Manchester United: and there was a rumour that Arturo Vidal will move to Manchester United. Are Manchester United trying to buy Arturo Vidal? Yes! Or no! Depending on who you believe. In the Yes corner are the English press, who have recently demonstrated the kind of suspiciously synchronised...
The Busby Babe Aug 27, 2014

United chasing "£20m" Liverpool midfielder

And you thought silly season was winding down. Well now. This is interesting. According to the Mirror, Manchester Uni— hahaha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ahahahahahaha! Sorry. We'll get through this. Joe Allen. That's the rumour. Joe Allen. Of Liver— hahahahaha! Oh ho ho ho h oh ho ho ho ho h oh oh ohohoho! Hahahahaha hahahahahah ahahahah ahahahahahahha ahaha! Sorry! Focus. Apparently Louis van Gaal was "impressed" by Allen's display when Wales played the Neth— hahahah ahahahaha! Aahahahahha ahahahah ahah! Hah ahhhh ahhahah haha! Ahem. Anyway, the figure in question is...
The Busby Babe Aug 26, 2014

MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United: Report/tactical analysis

Our crack team of analysts have pinpointed exactly what went wrong, and why. Help us, Angel di Maria. You're our only hope.
The Busby Babe Aug 26, 2014
Manchester United vs MK Dons: Live thread

Manchester United vs MK Dons: Live thread

It's the Capital One Cup! Join us! Third time lucky? Last season's seventh place finish condemns Manchester United to enter the League Cup -- sorry, the Capital One Cup -- in the second round, and that indignity means a trip to Milton Keynes, home of the concrete cows, the town with the most roundabouts in Britain, and just one of the former dwelling places of this particular third of tBB. It's also home to the MK Dons, a hideous carbuncle on the face of English football that we won't dignify with any further attention. Instead, to United. It hasn't taken Van Gaal long to get the hang of...
The Busby Babe Aug 26, 2014

Why Ángel Di María is exactly what Manchester United need

He's not a defender, he's not really a central midfielder, and he doesn't solve every problem. But Manchester United's record signing is precisely what the club need right now. Manchester United's signing of Ángel Di María has provoked near-unprecedented unity in the footballing commentariat. He's an excellent player, runs the consensus, but he's not what they need. Various metaphors have been deployed in support of this argument — paper over cracks, hats instead of trousers, and so on — but perhaps the most resonant comes from the Times. Drawing the comparison (£) with Manchester...
The Busby Babe Aug 26, 2014
OFFICIAL: Ángel Di María is a Manchester United player

OFFICIAL: Ángel Di María is a Manchester United player

AR! GEN! TINA! AR! GEN! TINA! Ring the bells! Sound the trumpets! Add acute accents to all the vowels in any social media presence you might maintain. For Ángel Di María has passed his medical, made a series of Xs on a series of dotted lines, and is now a Manchester United player. BREAKING: Angel Di Maria has completed his move to #mufc for a British record fee of £59.7m. #WelcomeDiMaria pic.twitter.com/ySiDmJM0gD — Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 26, 2014 The details. At a reported fee of £59.7m, Di María becomes English football's record signing. He is reported to have...
New reports: Manchester United look to seal £34m Vidal deal in coming days

New reports: Manchester United look to seal £34m Vidal deal in coming days

Manchester United will look to take their spending to the next level by securing Arturo Vidal before the window ends, according to new reports in the Independent and the Telegraph. Arturo Vidal to Manchester United has been perhaps the most tedious rumour of the summer, but it's back all of a sudden and this time it's pretty well stood up. Both the Independent and the Telegraph claim that United will make a move to tie up his signature before the end of the transfer window in addition to Daley Blind to complete the rebalancing of their squad. There are some other claims, which suggest the...
The Busby Babe Aug 25, 2014

Napoli end interest in United midfielder — reports

According to the papers, Marouane Fellaini's ankle injury has ended his chances of spending the season on loan with Napoli. Exciting news, everybody! It turns out that Manchester United may go into the new season with one more central midfielder than expected! Marouane Fellaini is staying! The Belgian midfielder has been linked with a move to Napoli for much of the summer, as Rafael Benitez seeks to reinforce his squad and United look to trim their squad and, perhaps, restore a little of Fellaini's value ahead of a permanent move next summer. But Fellaini's recent ankle injury —...