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The Busby Babe 18 hours ago

Blackett extends United contract

In your face, Juventus! Tyler Blackett has extended his contract with Manchester United. The young defender, who debuted this season and has made ten appearances on total, has signed on for another two years, until 2017, with an option to extend the deal for another year. Louis van Gaal has been talking to manutd.com, and is very enthusiastic about his prospects ... I am delighted that Tyler has signed a new contract ... Tyler has great potential and I believe he is at the right club to continue his development and progression to become a great defender. ... while Blackett himself is,...
The Busby Babe Feb 25, 2015

De Gea and Van Gaal "aren't talking" — Spanish reports

"Frank, please inform Louis that I am not speaking with him ..." When you say up, AS say down. When you say tea, AS say coffee. And when most of the rest of the papers say that David de Gea is edging closer to signing a new contract with Manchester United, AS say that he and Louis van Gaal's relationship has totally collapsed, and he will soon be running to the welcoming arms of Real Madrid. According to the Spanish sportspaper: it's not Real Madrid's interest in the player that's the number one reason behind De Gea's itchy feet - it's his poor relationship with Van Gaal. The coach hasn't...
The Busby Babe Feb 25, 2015

David de Gea close to United extension – reports

Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly happy with his current goalkeeping options. Stop laughing at the back. A whole spate of stories came through last night suggestign that David de Gea is close to extending his contract with Manchester United. Various outlets, including a couple of semi-reputable ones like the Mirror and the Daily Mail, write that Carlo Ancelotti has decided he's happy with his rather dodgy current options of Iker Casillas and Keylor Navas, paving the way for de Gea to renew with United. However, even if de Gea was to sign a new deal at Old Trafford, it probably wouldn't all look...
The Busby Babe Feb 25, 2015

United starlet set to walk out on the club

Let's hope this doesn't turn out to be Paul Pogba all over again. Star of Manchester United's reserve team, Andreas Pereira, is reportedly set to walk out on the club when his contract expires in the summer. The 19-year-old is believed to have already rejected a new United deal, and he's apparently set to move to the Netherlands on a free transfer. In quotes from De Telegraaf, translated by Sport Witness, PSV Eindhoven is his likely destination: "It's true that we talk to PSV. PSV have contacted our advisors. The intention is that they will soon go to the table with PSV." The Daily Mail...
The Busby Babe Feb 24, 2015

Wilson a doubt for the weekend

His leg's dead, Jim. Manchester United's young scamperer limped out of last night's U21 game against Sunderland, and though the injury is nothing serious -- a dead leg -- he is now a doubt for the weekend's game against the same opposition. Except they probably won't play the reserves. Wilson's doubtfulness is good news for Radamel Falcao loyalists and the Keep Wayne Striking brigade. With Robin van Persie last seen on crutches, Louis van Gaal is down to just two strikers, and as such may not be able to continue to pretend that one of them is a midfielder.  However, Wilson's pace is sorely...
The Busby Babe Feb 23, 2015

Injury threatens career of United summer target, claims former doctor

Kevin Strootman is looking ever more like a bullet to be dodged. Roma midfielder and the star of Louis van Gaal's dreams, Kevin Strootman, first ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Napoli just over a year ago. He made his welcome return to action in November, though hasn't made one of Rudi García's matchday squads since warming the bench against Lazio in early January. More knee woes are the diagnosis, and according to former Roma physio Mario Brozzi, things don't look great. He's quoted on RomaToday.it as telling 'La Partita Perfetta' on Gold Tv and...
The Busby Babe Feb 23, 2015

United apparently identify Falcao replacement

Could Robert Lewandowski be heading to Old Trafford? Today's silly rumour comes courtesy of the Daily Mail, who aren't usually as bad as their 'Daily [Insert Word Here]' counterparts at completely fabricating football transfer 'gossip'. Or so we thought. However, their slightly perculiar journalist Rob Shepherd has recently written that Robert Lewandowski could be on his way to Old Trafford in the summer, with Bayern Munich's Polish striker having: "come onto Manchester United’s radar." If a world class 26-year-old has really only just 'come onto our radar,' then I think we need a new...
The Busby Babe Feb 21, 2015

Robin van Persie picks up foot injury against Swansea

A knock to Robin van Persie in Swansea has added injury to insult. Robin van Persie only made it back from injury ahead of this weekend's game against Swansea City, though the ailing Dutchman has picked up another knock. According to Manchester United's official Twitter account, the 31-year-old had to leave the ground with "his right foot in a protective boot": Robin van Persie left the Liberty Stadium earlier today with his right foot in a protective boot. #mufc pic.twitter.com/TJULiQdyiv — Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2015 Of course, that doesn't give us any clue as to...

Swansea 2-1 Manchester United: Reds streak comes to an end in South Wales

Manchester United played slightly less appalling football than in recent months, but suffered an end to their unbeaten streak as a Jonjo Shelvey screamer gave Swansea City the win. Well, who could've seen that coming? After weeks and weeks of terrible football gaining results, Manchester United put in a slightly improved performance against Swansea City and came away with nothing to show for it. We use 'improved' with caution, however. This was a better performance, and at 1-1 United were pressing and harrying and looking good for a winner, but a Shelvey strike on the breakaway sowed panic...
The Busby Babe Feb 20, 2015

United duo back available for Swansea trip

United will have Robin van Persie and Phil Jones back available for this weekend's trip to Swansea City. There's good news on the Manchester United injury front, with Robin van Persie and Phil Jones both available after short injury layoffs. Both players missed United's rather painful win over Preston North End on Monday, though Louis van Gaal has revealed that Michael Carrick is United's only injured player. Quoted on United's official website, van Gaal said: "They [Jones and van Persie] are fit to play. Only Carrick is still injured. I think he shall train with the group next week. I...
The Busby Babe Feb 19, 2015

United snap up Belgian wonderkid — reports

According to the papers, promising 16-year-old Indy Boonen has moved to Old Trafford. Before we begin, a caveat. Manchester United, the club, the Twitter account, the corporate entity, have not confirmed this transfer. We're very much in the land of "reportedly" and "according to". Though those reports are coming from most reputable place, so this might well be a thing. So here goes. HLN, everybody's favourite Belgian newspaper, tells us that 16-year-old Genk prospect Indy Boonen has signed a three-year contract at Old Trafford. With thanks as ever to our hard-working interpreter, Mr G....
The Busby Babe Feb 19, 2015

Manchester United target WILL move this summer

PSV manager Phillip Cocu thinks Memphis Depay will be on the move this summer. PSV Eindhoven boss Phillip Cocu thinks that his side's attacking starlet Memphis Depay willl be on the move this summer. The 21-year-old winger has already over a century of appearances for the Dutch club, and made 13 appearances for the Netherlands -- some of them under a certain Mr. L. van Gaal. In quotes rehashed by the Mirror, Cocu told Sport Express: "At some point, it becomes clear that he is ready for the next step. And yes, I think he's going to leave PSV after this season." He also thinks that Depay...
The Busby Babe Feb 18, 2015

United considering shock bid for England international — reports

A wild rightback option appears! Hold on to your hairpieces, ladies and gentlemen! The Daily Mirror have hooked themselves a big fat transfer rumour! Look at it thrashing about on the line there! It's a whopper! Manchester United are weighing up a summer move for Tottenham's England defender Kyle Walker ... United are believed to have made discreet enquiries about Walker's situation at White Hart Lane, with Van Gaal identifying him as a player able to operate effectively in a flat back four or as a wing-back Makes a certain amount of sense, this one. United are quite obviously looking...
The Busby Babe Feb 18, 2015

Van Gaal "warned as to his future conduct"

No fine, no ban. No point? Not all the news is exciting. Life can't all be "Three players a doubt for Monday night" and "Usain Bolt abandons his United dream". Sometimes, a dull thing happens that you should know about, and there's very little we can do to jazz it up. It might even be patronising to do so. So, with that in mind, here's the FA: Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday 18 February 2015, Louis van Gaal has been warned as to his future conduct after he was found to have breached FA Rules in relation to media comments. The Manchester United manager...
The Busby Babe Feb 18, 2015

Arsenal FA Cup tie moved to Monday night

Once more unto the weekdays, dear friends, once more ... More fun with fixtures, folks! The FA and the BBC have decided, in their infinite wisdom, that United will host Arsenal on the evening of Monday 9 March. Not bad news for the teams themselves, who will get an extra day or so's rest after a round of midweek Premier League fixtures — United are away at Newcastle on the previous Wednesday, while Arsenal visit QPR — but pretty rough luck for the travelling fans. It also — perhaps interestingly, perhaps not — sets both sides up for something of an oddity. United's games in the cup...
The Busby Babe Feb 18, 2015

Rooney "apologised" for diving, apparently

Preston's keeper claims United's captain said sorry after the game. Before we get to the details, lets all take a minute to acknowledge that Thorsten Stuckmann is in possession of an excellent name. "Thorsten Stuckmann." If he wasn't in nets for Preston North End he'd be chopping down trees, or carving faintly erotic abstract sculptures from giant blocks of marble. Thorsten Stuckmann. That's a man who gets things done. Now, to business. Following on from United's 3-1 win on Monday night, Stuckmann has been chatting to the Sun about Wayne Rooney's Disgraceful Act of Simulation That Shamed...
The Busby Babe Feb 17, 2015

The one thing Manchester United are getting right

Louis Van Gaal's men aren't very good at much, but at least they're annoying people again. Joy is a multi-faceted, many-flavoured thing, and football, wonderful thing that it is, can deliver up plenty. There's the sense of swelling pride that comes from watching your lot steamroller that lot, or the untrammelled schadenfreude that comes from watching the great and the good slipping at just the wrong moment. There's the quiet, pseudo-paternal warmth that comes from watching a kid from the academy step onto the pitch and grow, before your eyes, into a footballer — perhaps tempered these...
The Busby Babe Feb 16, 2015

Preston North End 1-3 Manchester United: United unconvincing in victory again

United saw off Preston to advance to the FA Cup sixth round on Monday, though it was another rather average display. Manchester United will face Arsenal in the FA Cup sixth round after coming behind to see off Preston North End 3-1 at Deepdale on Monday. It was another deeply unconvincing performance from Louis van Gaal's side, with the final score masking yet more poor football. United started the game with promise, though despite some early probing from the lively Ángel Di María, they never created anything more than half-chances. By the halftime whistle, they'd slipped back into the...
The Busby Babe Feb 16, 2015

Preston North End vs. Manchester United: how to watch FA Cup online, tv listings, live stream link

It's time for some Monday night FA Cup madness! We're sure you'll all agree: there's no better way than to spend a Monday evening than watching Louis van Gaal's Manchester United make heavy weather of an FA Cup tie against a team that they really ought to be thrashing. Tonight, the Reds have made the short journey north-west to play third-tier opponents Preston North End. Hopefully this one won't be quite as miserable as we're expecting. The good news is that Ander Herrera is actually alive and well, and starts in United's midfield. Luke Shaw also returns to the lineup, while Marouane...
The Busby Babe Feb 16, 2015

Remembering Preston: last time Manchester United went to Deepdale in the FA Cup

Come back in time to 1972, when a crisis-ridden United laboured their way past tonight's opponents in the fourth round of the cup. Welcome to a new, occasional series in which tBB revisits an old match against whichever team Manchester United happen to be playing at the weekend. Today, the last time United went up against Preston ... The first time Manchester United met Preston North End, their current statuses were very much reversed. In 1890, a North End side in the process of winning their second consecutive (and, as it would turn out, final) league title crushed Newton Heath 6-1 in the...