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The Busby Babe 17 hours ago

Ashley Young signs three-year contract with Manchester United

After a strong 2014/15 season, Ashley Young has been rewarded by Manchester United with a new three-year contract. After years of mediocrity, Ashley Young last year put in the bare minimum amount of effort to stand out against a sea of mediocrity and poor team performances. He finally played like his career meant something to him, and in a sense it did - he was soon to enter the final year of his contract, and the prospect of unemployment or reduced wages elsewhere was clearly the motivation he needed. After a relatively bright start in his first season at Manchester United, it soon became...
The Busby Babe 20 hours ago

Assessing Manchester United's summer tactical tweaks

Louis van Gaal has been tinkering with tactics ahead of the new Premier League season. How are things looking? It's going to be an interesting season on the pitch; it's going to be an even more interesting season on the tactics boards. Just think of all those arrows being drawn, those dots being coloured, those percentages being totted. It's so exciting that we almost don't need the football itself. So, without further ado, let's run through what changes we can expect to see in the upcoming season of Manchester United tactics: A tweaked shape Pre-season has seen United shift from last...
The Busby Babe 21 hours ago

Manchester United squad preview: Forwards

How will Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson and Wayne Rooney get on for Manchester United this season? We preview United's striking options. Manchester United are lacking in attack, there's no way to deny it. They are short in quality, and relying on only one senior striker. This weakness is slightly mitigated by the possibility of playing Memphis Depay and, if he joins, Pedro in a central role, but neither has the height or presence to lead the forward line in a way that Wayne Rooney can. To go into a season with only Rooney as a traditional, established striker, is a great risk, and there's a...
The Busby Babe 23 hours ago

Manchester United linked with Gregory van der Wiel, Karim Benzema and Pepe ahead of transfer window

With Angel Di Maria and Rafael Da Silva on their way out, Manchester United have been linked with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Pepe, and Paris Saint-Germain's Gregory van der Wiel. Onto the Daily Mail - we are probably supposed to be OUTRAGED that Angel Di Maria was too tired to complete a medical for PSG after a 20 hour journey, because he earns a lot of money. So far, it remains unproven that having lots of money suddenly stops you being tired, and also the fact that a great many millions of pounds rest on him being fully fit probably means that he should be well rested before...
The Busby Babe Aug 3, 2015

Rafael says goodbye to Manchester United ahead of Lyon transfer

The Brazilian rightback has bid farewell to Manchester United as his move to France nears completion. Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. Rafael da Silva, sometime rightback and all-time hero, has jumped in early for the last time as a Manchester United player. Neither United nor Lyon have announced that the transfer has already been completed, but Rafael has said his goodbyes to United and to England. Here he is, in happier times ... I want to thank Manchester United fans for all the love during those 8 years. pic.twitter.com/1YBVEorKZq — Rafael da Silva (@orafa2) August 3,...
The Busby Babe Aug 3, 2015

David de Gea to join Real Madrid from Manchester United this week

Angel Di Maria and David de Gea will leave Manchester United this week to join PSG and Real Madrid respectively, while Louis van Gaal expects Pedro's arrival from Barcelona to give United a chance at the title. On ESPNFC, there's one very enjoyable bit of news. That's right, Lionel Messi has been criticised by a human rights organisation for his part in promoting the ruler of Gabon. First a tax evasion charge, and now this. What a wonderful, shining light he is to all our children. Also on the site, and more relevant to Manchester United, is that Marca say that this week could be the week...
The Busby Babe Aug 1, 2015

Manchester United launch new Adidas home kit

The side, and Adidas, are promising to break expectations. We assume this doesn't mean Manchester United are about to get relegated. We interrupt our regular summer schedule -- all rumours, all the time! -- to bring you exciting news. Manchester United have some new t-shirts! And, as long as you can somehow direct the gaze away from the pustulent yellow sore bulging from across the middle of it, they don't look too bad. Here's a video. It's ... well, it's quite the thing. Excellent face from Phil Jones in there. And another one here, as he breaks into Angel di Maria's house by way of a...
The Busby Babe Jul 31, 2015

Angel Di Maria close to PSG move as Manchester United close in on Pedro

Manchester United will sell Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain for approximately £45 million, and Pedro is expected to leave Barcelona for Old Trafford. The Guardian believe that Angel Di Maria will soon be off to Paris Saint-Germain after a deal neared completion. PSG should pay between £40-45 million after an initial £28 million bid was rejected. You can read that here. The Telegraph also add to the number of papers who believe that United retain an interest in John Stones, though the article here seems to think that Chelsea remain favourites. It would be a surprise if Chelsea...
The Busby Babe Jul 30, 2015

Manchester United lose 2-0 to PSG and Van Gaal pessimistic over David de Gea stay

Manchester United lost 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the International Champions Cup, and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes David de Gea doesn't want to remain at the club. The Daily Mail carries quotes from Louis van Gaal, who says that he's not sure where Angel Di Maria is. That's probably nonsense, but it's clear that the end is nigh for the wastrel Di Maria. That's about it for him, let's hope we never have to go through such a farrago again. Here's the article. Pedro is closer to leaving Barcelona, either for Manchester United or possibly for Bayern Munich, as...
The Busby Babe Jul 29, 2015

Sergio Ramos agrees new Real Madrid contract, Manchester United target John Stones

According to reports, Manchester United target Sergio Ramos has will extend his Real Madrid contract until 2020. As a result, United may move for Everton's John Stones. Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos will extend his contract with the Spanish club until 2020, according to reports. Marca report that a new contract between the defender and Real will be announced before August 23rd, the start of the Spanish season. Ramos has secured a significant raise, and this should end interest from Manchester United. Marca say Sergio Ramos has agreed to extend his contract until 2020 on an increased...
The Busby Babe Jul 29, 2015

What time does Manchester United vs Paris Saint-German begin, and how to watch

Manchester United take on PSG tonight in Chicago, but how to watch Louis van Gaal's men play against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co in the International Champions Cup? Manchester United play their last pre-season game in America tonight as they take on Paris Saint-Germain in the International Champions Cup. United will probably begin with an eleven which will be close to the one that they expect to play in their first Premier League, when they begin their campaign against Tottenham Hotspur. One player who will not feature is Angel Di Maria, who is currently in the middle of transfer negotiations...
The Busby Babe Jul 29, 2015

Manchester United 2015/16 kit announced

Manchester United's new kit for the 2015/16 has been announced with pictures revealed.
The Busby Babe Jul 28, 2015

How will Manchester United line up against Tottenham Hotspur?

Manchester United have already signed five players, but Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi could still arrive. How will they fit into the side to play Spurs at the start of the Premier League season? There has been much talk of Manchester United playing Louis van Gaal's supposedly favoured 4-3-3 formation, but so far the teamsheets in the friendlies have not been faithful to such an assumption. In defence, it's been a standard four at the back, and though Van Gaal has said that Antonio Valencia is the current number one number 2, Matteo Darmian has been so much better already that you must assume...
The Busby Babe Jul 28, 2015

Manchester United could complete Pedro deal from Barcelona this week

Ed Woodward has returned from Manchester United's pre-season tour with the intention of signing Pedro from Barcelona, with a striker and a central defender also wanted by Louis van Gaal. According to the Daily Mail, PSG have offered Manchester United £29 for Angel Di Maria, less than half of what they paid for him. Obviously a compromise figure much higher than that is almost certain, but let's not forget that despite the falling euro, PSG are a club funded to launder the PR reputation of an oil-and-gas rich state which carries out repression and human rights abuses (much like our own,...
The Busby Babe Jul 27, 2015

Sergio Ramos told he will not be sold by Real Madrid to Manchester United

After a meeting with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, Sergio Ramos has been told that he will not be sold this season to Manchester United. According to reports in the Guardian, Sergio Ramos has been told that he will not be sold under any circumstances by Real Madrid, following a meeting with Real president Florentino Perez. Manchester Untied have twice bid for Ramos this transfer window, with their last bid being around £40 million. United have informed Real that unless they are sold Ramos for a fair price, they will not allow goalkeeper David de Gea to join them this season....
The Busby Babe Jul 27, 2015

Next season on the Busby Babe

Let us know what you'd like for next year. Please let us know in the comments what you'd like more/less of from the site next season. Some suggestions will probably be ignored, and some might be carried through if we like them. Cheers (FYI I know you wanted youth/reserve team coverage - that has been sorted, it's just not posted yet).
The Busby Babe Jul 27, 2015

Manchester United sign Sergio Romero as replacement for Spanish 'keeper exit

Manchester United have signed Sergio Romero from Sampdoria on a free transfer, Louis van Gaal has failed to explicitly rule out the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, and Pedro is still expected to join from Barcelona. Manchester United are certainly interested in replacing Angel Di Maria with Pedro of Barcelona - if not as a direct replacement, but in the next transfer they make. United's goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek was circumspect, but didn't rule out the potential transfer. The full quotes are in the Manchester Evening News, here. Sergio Romero has been signed by United, joining last night....
The Busby Babe Jul 26, 2015

Angel Di Maria misses flight to join Manchester United as PSG move looms

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria has apparently missed a flight to America to join his team-mates with reports of an imminent move to Paris Saint-Germain. Right, quite a miserable day, all told, so let's just run through this as swiftly as possible and then we can all go back to bed. Louis van Gaal says Angel Di Maria missed the flight to join up with United. What a clown! His new team-mates at PSG are in America too. This might be one of the stupidest protests of all time. You can read about that here, and also Laurent Blanc saying there's a good chance he'll be joining...
The Busby Babe Jul 25, 2015

Match thread - Manchester United vs Barcelona

United take on Barcelona in California on Saturday. Manchester United take on Barcelona in the most mouthwatering of their preseason fixtures in California on Saturday night, with Louis van Gaal's side getting their first test against strong European opposition after wins over Club América and the San Jose Earthquakes. Van Gaal has confirmed that goalkeeper David de Gea should start between the sticks after missing the first couple of friendlies with an injury. Antonio Valencia is also back available, though it remains to be seen if he'll displace Matteo Darmian in the starting...
The Busby Babe Jul 25, 2015

Angel Di Maria to join Paris Saint-Germain from Manchester United for 65 million euros

Angel Di Maria will leave for Paris Saint-Germain from Manchester United after wasting everyone's time for a year. According to L'Equipe, Manchester United will sell waste of time Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain for 65 million euros. The absolute waste of time will have a chance to relaunch his career after wasting his and everyone else's time over the last season at Manchester United when he assisted loads of goals, scored a belter against Leicester City, but was generally absolutely appalling and couldn't be bothered. United are expected to replace Di Maria with Pedro from Barcelona...

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