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De Gea "says yes" to Real Madrid, according to Spanish television

A deal is only waiting on agreement between the clubs. Just about come to terms with the fact that Manchester United will be missing four crucial players for tomorrow's game against Chelsea? Good. Here's something else to ruin your day. David de Gea has reportedly agreed to move to Real Madrid. We're on third hand information here, but thanks to the Mirror we know that Spanish journalist Joesp Pedrerol (no idea), while appearing on La Sexta (again, no idea), has claimed that: The Manchester United goalkeeper wants to wear the white of Real Madrid from next season. The club considered many...
The Busby Babe Apr 17, 2015

The injury crisis is back! Four to miss Chelsea clash

Doom. Doom. Doom. Doom. Remember all those injuries Manchester United had at the beginning of the season? Remember how they all went away and that was nice? Well, they're back, and just in time for the most difficult game going. Louis van Gaal tells #MUTV that Carrick, Rojo, Jones & Blind will miss Saturday's game at Chelsea. Evans still suspended. Shaw available. — Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 17, 2015 Oh dear. So, it's reshuffle time! If Van Gaal decides to keep the same formation, then we'd guess at a back four of Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and one of...
The Busby Babe Apr 17, 2015

Opposition scout report: Chelsea vs. Manchester United

How can United beat the champions-elect? Manchester United take on the Premier League champions-elect Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. It's ultimately a meaningless game in the non-existent title race, though it certainly is a chance for Louis van Gaal's side to fire a warning shot for next season. It also should be a rather tougher test of United's resurgence than the one they faced at home to Manchester City last weekend. José Mourinho is a wily old fox, and though his sides have been criticised for a lack of attacking invention, his teams counter-attack as well as anyone else's....
The Busby Babe Apr 16, 2015

De Gea nominated for Player of the Year

United's goalkeeper is also up for the PFA Young Player award. David de Gea's exceptional, occasionally vital performances in Manchester United's goal have today been recognised by his peers. The Professional Footballer's Union has announced the shortlist for their Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, and De Gea is in the running for both. Announcing the shortlist, the PFA's website said: Whilst earlier in the season some of the Old Trafford faithful were frustrated with the manner of the team's performances, the three-times European champions still managed to grind out...
The Busby Babe Apr 16, 2015

Were United chasing Klopp last season?

Reports from Germany indicate that United may have approached the soon-to-be ex-Dortmund manager. Interesting times in Germany. Jürgen Klopp, the charismatic/irritating (delete according to preference) manager of Borussia Dortmund, has announced that he will be leaving at the end of the season. Bookmakers have installed Manchester City as his likeliest next destination, meaning next year's Manchester derby might be a more energetic affair, at least on the blue side. However, German newspaper Bild — who broke the story yesterday — included in their coverage an intriguing little...
The Busby Babe Apr 15, 2015

United reportedly complete deal for England defender

The young right-back will reportedly arrive in the summer. Today's big transfer news is that Manchester United have apparently completed a deal to sign Southampton's young right-back Nathaniel Clyne. So says the Daily Mirror's David McDonnell, who has stuck his neck out on the line by making the declaration on MUTV. According to the Metro, McDonnell has a pretty good track record of nailing United stories -- and it's rare that a journalist is so up front about a potential transfers unless they have something to go on. However, it's probably best to still wait and see on this one, given that...
The Busby Babe Apr 15, 2015

United announce American pre-season tour

Putting the United in United States. Manchester United have announced that they'll be returning to the United States on a pre-season tour for the second consecutive season. Once again the club will be taking part in the International Champions Cup, which, I'm sure you don't need reminding, we won in glorious fashion last summer. Glory glory ... ! This year's tour is expected to be shorter than last year's; the length of which had Louis van Gaal especially irritated. An article from the Daily Mail last week hinted that they'll spend 12 days on the west coast, likely staying in a single...
The Busby Babe Apr 14, 2015

United move into "pole position" for England U21 star

If the papers are to be believed, Danny Ings could soon be United bound. Exciting news from the Daily Mail. Apparently, "Manchester United" have "become favourites" to "sign Danny Ings", and have been "holding talks" with "Burnley" about a "summer deal". Ings, who has scored nine league goals this season, is out of contract at the end of the season and so could agree a deal with United at any moment, and move for a fee calculated by tribunal. Apparently Louis van Gaal was extremely impressed with his performance at Old Trafford in United's hugely fortunate 3-1 win, and United think he'll...
The Busby Babe Apr 13, 2015

"No question" of United target leaving PSG

Paris Saint-Germain's chairman rules out selling Edinson Cavani. Bad luck for any United fans hoping to see Edinson Cavani up front next season. Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is still a fan of the striker, and has been saying as much to Le Parisien (via ESPN): Edinson Cavani is a player I like a lot. I can tell you that he feels very good with us, and there is no question of him leaving. Paris loves him, and he loves Paris. No, no, don't cry. We here at tBB have got your back. Simply choose your favourite coping mechanism from those below and soon your disappointment...
The Busby Babe Apr 13, 2015

Deconstructing Manchester United's 4-2 win over Manchester City

Just how did United win their first derby since 2012? Manchester United turned in another excellent performance to see off rivals City 4-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday. After a dodgy opening few minutes, the Reds steadied the ship and roared back to record a victory that seems to all but guarantee Champions League football. So, how did United's first derby win come about? Let's take a look at the game's key tactical pointers. Lineups Louis van Gaal made only one change to the team that beat Aston Villa last weekend, with Marcos Rojo dropped to make way for a returning Chris Smalling....
The Busby Babe Apr 12, 2015

Louis van Gaal: 'The result was fantastic'

The manager was understandably pleased with United's victory. Louis van Gaal spoke to Sky Sports in the aftermath of United's excellent 4-2 victory at home to Manchester City, and we've transcribed a few of his quotes. He was asked what the result meant: "Three points. Four points ahead of the fourth place. And I'm very happy for the fans because I have seen what it meant to them. The fans have always supported us, even when the results were not good, so I'm very happy for them. The result was fantastic." He also revealed that some of the players weren't aware they finished the game a man...
The Busby Babe Apr 12, 2015

Manchester United see off City in comprehensive 4-2 win

It was United's seventh straight Premier League win -- and the pick of the bunch. Manchester United maintained their wonderful run of form with an emphatic 4-2 win at home to Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday. Goals from Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling were bookended by a Sergio Agüero brace, as United recorded their first derby win since 2012. The game could scarcely have started worse for United, who were suffocated in the opening exchanges by the intensity of City's pressing. David de Gea was called into action for the first time after just six...
The Busby Babe Apr 12, 2015

Manchester United vs. Manchester City: how to watch EPL online, tv listings, live stream link

It's time for the big one. Manchester United play host to cross-town rivals City on Sunday afternoon, looking to win this fixture for the first time since 2012. With Louis van Gaal's side hitting good form at just the right moment (and Manuel Pellegrini's losing theirs), now seems as good a time as any for the Reds to reclaim Manchester's bragging rights. For a full preview of what you can expect, make sure you check out our opposition scouting report. How to watch Match time: 4 p.m. BST, 11 p.m. ET Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester TV: In the UK, you'll catch this game on Sky Sports 1/HD...
The Busby Babe Apr 10, 2015

"Very high chance" that United target moves this summer

PSV and Netherlands hotshot Memphis Depay will likely be sold this summer, according to a club director. Dutch youngster Memphis Depay has been in some sizzling form for club and country over the last season. In the Eredivisie, he's scored 22 in 31 games, and he received rave notices for his showing in a 2-0 win over Spain last month. So good has he been, in fact, that the club have more or less given up on keeping him. According to director Marcel Brands (as quote in the Mirror): The chances are very high that he leaves. If you see what clubs are enquiring about him, they really are the...
The Busby Babe Apr 10, 2015

Opposition scout report: Manchester United vs. Manchester City

It's derby time! Recent performances have suggested that Manchester United may have finally cracked the style of play Louis van Gaal has been trying to implement, though only this weekend's derby clash with cross-town rival City will give us a definitive answer. United should be sky-high on confidence, whie City's recent struggles suggest they'll be rather more unsure heading in. City have now lost five of their last seven games in all competitions, including defeats to Burnley and Crystal Palace. It is a run that has seen them drop below United into fourth place, with the future of manger...
The Busby Babe Apr 9, 2015

Do Manchester United have a derby problem?

The team in red have lost the last four Manchester derbies. Are United developing a complex when it comes to their nearest and dearest? Manchester United go into Sunday's derby in pretty good form: since February's disappointing loss against Swansea City they've won five on the spin, including a surprisingly comprehensive dissection of Tottenham and a profoundly enjoyable afternoon at Anfield. City, meanwhile, are teetering on the edge of one of modern football's Miracle-Gro crises: out of nothing they've lost their last three away games, effectively abandoned their title and slipped from...
The Busby Babe Apr 8, 2015

Don't get too excited: United still aren't very good

With a few games against properly good teams coming up, it's time for a short, sharp dose of realism ... Manchester United are third. Third. Third! Third? Third! That's right, below the team who are going to win the league, and Chelsea. There is some belting banter for you, right there, for free. Unless you are the editor, in which case it probably cost you more than you believe it was worth, but there's very little that can be done about it now, unless you are the only one reading it because you have removed it before it is published, in which case the people reading this will actually not...
The Busby Babe Apr 8, 2015

Van Gaal gets his way as United cut summer tour

When next season begins, Manchester United won't have spent quite so long flying around the world. According to various reports across the UK press, Louis van Gaal has won his argument with the Manchester United hierarchy over the club's pre-season arrangements. This summer United will again play in the International Champions Cup — got to defend that trophy — but will not spend over two weeks schlepping all over the USA, as they did last year. Instead, they will spend around 12 days in the USA and will stay at a single base, likely on the west coast; they'll be back in the UK by August...
The Busby Babe Apr 8, 2015

Are these Manchester United's new kits?

Rumoured designs for Adidas' away and third shirts have been published online. The time of year when hundreds new kits are photoshopped and published online as 'leaks' has returned, though every now and again one of them turns out to be right. The website Footy Headlines (the reliability of which TBB is unsure) has posted images of an Adidas away and third shirt, purportedly to be worn by the players next season: Photos: Rumoured #mufc away and 3rd kits 2015/16 [via @Footy_Headlines]: pic.twitter.com/z2OuF6ge4K — UtdReport.com (@UtdReport) April 7, 2015 Now, they could well be...
The Busby Babe Apr 7, 2015

United identify Van Persie replacement — reports

All change up front for United: a Dutchman out, a Uruguayan in? Robin van Persie hasn't played for Manchester United since the 2-1 defeat to Swansea on 21 February. Since then, while the Dutchman has laboured with an ankle injury, a revitalised Manchester United have won five on the bounce, and while Wayne Rooney hasn't looked particularly great on his own up front, the team has played the best football of their season. Correlation or causation: either way, it's not a good look. So it's no huge surprise that today's Mirror brings news that United are prepared to listen to offers for the...