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The Busby Babe 8 hours ago
Manchester United vs Manchester City 2017 live stream: Team news, Time, TV schedule and how to watch pre-season friendly online

Manchester United vs Manchester City 2017 live stream: Team news, Time, TV schedule and how to watch pre-season friendly online

It’s the first ever Manchester derby to be played on foreign soil. It’s the big one, folks! Manchester United face off against Manchester City in the first ever Manchester derby to take place outside of Manchester. Manchester. United will be playing in their third pre-season fixture of their tour of the USA, and City will be playing their first. It is also the opening fixture for both clubs in the very ludicrously named International Champions Cup. Champions? Spurs are even in it, for Christ’s sake. Anyway, while the managers and players have been quick to point out that no Manchester...
The Busby Babe 16 hours ago
Manchester United scale down transfer targets amid high valuations.

Manchester United scale down transfer targets amid high valuations.

‘There’s no value in the market’ You can take this with a pinch of salt. Jose Mourinho has said that United will not be held to ransom over players, and that he only wants one more player this summer if it’s too difficult to bring two more in. He says transfer fees have gone over the top, and he won’t act like some other clubs do with their profligacy. In truth, it’s not his money, he just wants the players, and there is absolutely no reason for him to care about how much players cost. He gives Ed Woodward the list, and it is up to Woodward to deliver, not Mourinho and his...
The Busby Babe Jul 19, 2017
For Andreas Pereira, a new shirt number and a new position

For Andreas Pereira, a new shirt number and a new position

The United academy graduate could be on the verge of a breakthrough season in midfield Watchers of United’s first two pre-season matches of the summer may have noticed a few things. Marcus Rashford has been hitting the weights recently. Anthony Martial is smiling at an alarming rate (we even heard his voice!). And Andreas Pereira has been assigned a new shirt number. Pereira, having previously worn 44, is now sporting Nemanja Vidić’s vacated number 15 shirt. Squad numbers are largely meaningless in the modern game aside from selling shirts and generating webpage clicks (CHA-CHING!),...
The Busby Babe Jul 19, 2017
PSG defender Serge Aurier linked with Manchester United

PSG defender Serge Aurier linked with Manchester United

Manchester United could strengthen with another defender. In the Mirror, Sergio Romero has said the obvious and right thing about David de Gea’s future. He said that he wants him to stay, even if it means fewer games for him. He probably doesn’t mean it, but can you imagine if he’d said, ‘Actually, I’d be much happier if De Gea left for Real Madrid, because if I’m honest, my career is the most important thing in the world to me beyond my family, understandably so.’ Jose Mourinho has also said exactly the right thing about wanting to stay at United. He said that he wants to...
The Busby Babe Jul 18, 2017
United could swap Martial for Perisic as deal nears completion

United could swap Martial for Perisic as deal nears completion

Manchester United are prepared to swap Anthony Martial for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic. There’s a chance that Anthony Martial could be leaving Manchester United after just a couple of seasons. For United, it’s bit of a disappointment, as he promised so much in his first season with Louis van Gaal, and then struggled to make an impact or positive impression under Jose Mourinho. The temptation is to always give more time to younger players, and Martial has the talent to be one of the best. With Mourinho, he rarely indulges younger players the time to learn how to be more effective....
The Busby Babe Jul 18, 2017
Romelu Lukaku scores his first goal for Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku scores his first goal for Manchester United

The Belgian was on target as the Reds saw off Real Salt Lake. Manchester United’s big summer signing Romelu Lukaku opened his account in the Reds’ 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Monday. The 24-year-old’s coolly taken finish — which, despite coming shortly before halftime, proved the winner — was at odds with a rather fiery contest: Juan Mata limped off after United came from behind to take the lead, before Antonio Valencia was sent off for avenging his injured teammate. Romelu Lukaku's first goal for #MUFC: pic.twitter.com/4YI32NUEfK— The ManUtd Blog (@the_manutd_blog) July...
The Busby Babe Jul 17, 2017
Real Salt Lake vs Manchester United 2017 live stream: Team news, Time, TV schedule and how to watch pre-season friendly online

Real Salt Lake vs Manchester United 2017 live stream: Team news, Time, TV schedule and how to watch pre-season friendly online

United face a second MLS opponent in three days, as their US tour continues. Manchester United continue their pre-season of the United States with a Monday night match up against the hilariously named Real Salt Lake. As was the case in the weekend’s 5-2 victory over the LA Galaxy, José Mourinho plans to field a completely different XI in each half. Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira will share the goalkeeping duties, and Mourinho has confirmed that the team will line up with four at the back, and not the 3-5-2 that we saw at the weekend. With just a week’s worth of training, we’re not...
The Busby Babe Jul 17, 2017
Manchester United agree £40m fee for Ivan Perisic

Manchester United agree £40m fee for Ivan Perisic

Ivan Perisic is set for a move to Manchester United from Inter Milan. In the Mirror is a story that Manchester United are going to make one final, massive offer for Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur. £60m is the sum, and Spurs would do well to take it. He’s young and he’s intelligent, but Spurs have time to find a cheaper alternative, book a healthy profit, and continue along the way up the table. For United, they get their business done early enough to make a difference, and then get a clever, adept and versatile English player. They might also consider using him in defence, and also...
The Busby Babe Jul 16, 2017
LA Galaxy 2-5 Manchester United: Some preseason football happened!

LA Galaxy 2-5 Manchester United: Some preseason football happened!

Nobody got injured, and everybody played well. We think. We don’t really know. Good morning. Last night, Manchester United did something they haven’t done for, ooh, a couple of months. They played a game of football. And while a combination of time zones, prior commitments and broadcasting restrictions meant that none of the tBB team were able to watch the game, we don’t see how that makes any difference. It’s not like we know what we’re talking about at the best of times. So, here’s what happened. Or at least, here’s what we think happened, based on a quick glance at the...
The Busby Babe Jul 15, 2017
Manchester United vs Los Angeles Galaxy 2017 live stream: Team news, Time, TV schedule and how to watch pre-season friendly online

Manchester United vs Los Angeles Galaxy 2017 live stream: Team news, Time, TV schedule and how to watch pre-season friendly online

United open their preseason tour in LA. Manchester United are back in action! Well, sort of. More like light jogging and minimal contact, rather than action. United are kicking off their pre-season tour with a match-up against the MLS’ LA Galaxy on Saturday night. New signings Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelöf are in line to make their debuts in United shirts, and in the tradition of pre-season matches, there are likely be to two different XIs fielded in each half. The manager has already confirmed that David de Gea and Joel Pereira will play one half each. Pre-season friendly...
The Busby Babe Jul 14, 2017
United braced for new David De Gea bid from Real Madrid

United braced for new David De Gea bid from Real Madrid

Madrid have not ended their interest in the Spanish goalkeeper. Plus: Matić could be on the move, and Johnstone goes on loan. Real Madrid are used to getting what they want, and Real Madrid want David de Gea. Contrary to reports earlier this summer that the Spanish giants’ interest in the ‘keeper had cooled, new stories have emerged today that say United are expecting a renewed push from Madrid for De Gea’s signature. Given the outlets involved, this seems like the brief has actually come from United, which is a little weird, unless the end game here is for United to look as though...
The Busby Babe Jul 14, 2017
Chris Smalling reportedly set for United boot

Chris Smalling reportedly set for United boot

José Mourinho is reportedly ready to show the England international the exit door. England international and former Manchester United Players' Player of the Year Chris Smalling could be set to leave Old Trafford this summer. That’s according to an ‘exclusive’ in the Sun, who report that an array of teams, stretching in ability from West Bromwich Albion to Arsenal, are interested in signing the 27-year-old. The Sun claim that Smalling’s axing would be a ‘sensational’ one, though that is an exaggeration of, well, characteristic proportions. We know how the Sun like to ham things...
The Busby Babe Jul 14, 2017
Lukaku and Lindelöf confirm their shirt numbers

Lukaku and Lindelöf confirm their shirt numbers

It’s the most important Manchester United news of the summer — what number will the newbies take? We’ll do the obvious news first, since it isn’t really news at all: Romelu Lukaku will wear the number 9 shirt. We knew this already, since apparently the Belgian striker asked permission from his predecessor, Zlatan Ibrahimović. How very polite. Don’t remember Zlatan extending the same courtesy to Anthony Martial. Lukaku therefore becomes United’s fourth no. 9 in as many seasons, following Ibrahimović, Martial and Falcao. Here’s hoping he hangs onto it for a little...
The Busby Babe Jul 13, 2017
Waynefest 2017: Our favorite (non-goal) Rooney memories

Waynefest 2017: Our favorite (non-goal) Rooney memories

Off the pitch, Rooney was often a joy as well. As we continue to look back on Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United career, we should remember not just the goals, and the moments of magic on the pitch. Outside of the pitch, Rooney was often an entertainer as well. Here are some of our favorite non-goal-scoring Rooney memories. Getting sparked out by Phil Bardsley; Making light of it in a goal celebration One of the few moments of joy that Rooney provided in the final third of his Manchester United career. He was already mostly rubbish by this point, but he still made us laugh. Taking the...
The Busby Babe Jul 13, 2017
Waynefest 2017: Looking back at Rooney’s first league title

Waynefest 2017: Looking back at Rooney’s first league title

In 2006/07 Manchester United picked up an unlikely league title, as Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo began to assert themselves. As an illustration of just how much English football changed during Wayne Rooney's 13 seasons at Manchester United, let us consider the following thought experiment: If, in 2017, United were coming off the back of a season in which they'd released their brilliant, inspirational, terrifying captain after he called half their team useless. If they'd bombed out of the Champions League and finished 8 points off the title-winners. And if they spent the summer...
The Busby Babe Jul 13, 2017
Mesut Ozil unclear on Alexis Sanchez future amid Manchester United rumours

Mesut Ozil unclear on Alexis Sanchez future amid Manchester United rumours

Anthony Martial could be doing one the other way. Manchester United and Real Madrid are at each other’s throats about the logistics of their summer tours. They are both in the United States for some pre-season money-raising friendlies, and have clashed as they both maintain a base in Los Angeles. There has been arguments about training grounds and hotels, amongst other tedious minutiae. It all makes for an exciting background for the next month-long back-and-forth over David de Gea, as the two clubs posture over where he’s headed. It is very hard to care, as long as United don’t...
The Busby Babe Jul 12, 2017
DONE DEAL (almost): Adnan Januzaj is leaving Manchester United

DONE DEAL (almost): Adnan Januzaj is leaving Manchester United

The apple of David Moyes’ eye is heading to Spain. One of the more frustrating Manchester United careers of recent times is coming to its conclusion. Adnan Januzaj, who wore the No. 11 shirt for a season and briefly threatened to become somebody very special indeed, will move to Real Sociedad for about £10m. He leaves having scored 5 goals in 63 games for United, having been sent home early from a loan spell with Borussia Dortmund, and having failed to keep Sunderland up last season. Though to be fair, that last one would might have been beyond Maradona. But he’s only 22, so there’s...
The Busby Babe Jul 12, 2017
United begin contract talks with Ander Herrera

United begin contract talks with Ander Herrera

The Spanish international was one of United’s most impressive performers last season. Manchester United have reportedly begun contract talks with Ander Herrera, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. According to the Daily Star’s Jeremy Cross, United are willing to almost double his £100,000-a-week wage to stave off interest from Barcelona. Of course, we should take the details with a pinch of salt — it is, after all, the Daily Star — but there’s no doubt that tying Herrera down will be one of José Mourinho’s top priorities in the coming...
The Busby Babe Jul 12, 2017
Manchester United close in on Perisic and Dier, ditch Jones and Smalling

Manchester United close in on Perisic and Dier, ditch Jones and Smalling

Two in, two out as Manchester United aim to sign Ivan Perisic and Eric Dier, and sell Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Useless, brainless defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling might finally be somebody else’s problem and our advantage. Mr Tony Pulis, West Brom’s manager, is interested in taking both of them from Manchester United. There’s no mention of a fee, but we can only hope that United don’t have to pay West Brom to take them off our hands. Imagine, soon people won’t have to pretend that Smalling was really any better under Louis van Gaal’s system. A lot of transfer news...
The Busby Babe Jul 11, 2017
Michael Carrick named as new Manchester United captain

Michael Carrick named as new Manchester United captain

Entering his 12th season with the team, the veteran midfielder takes over the armband. Reports that first emerged last week have now been confirmed: Michael Carrick is the new captain of Manchester United. Following the departure of Wayne Rooney - who had worn the armband for the previous three seasons - Carrick was clearly next in line for the captaincy on grounds of seniority. As an influential dressing room figure, and someone who has worn the armband on multiple occasions in the past, it is a natural promotion from vice-captain for Carrick. Watch our new captain's reaction! Celebrate...

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