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The Busby Babe Sep 24, 2016

Manchester United 4-1 Leicester City: Pogba on the scoresheet as United record convincing win

United ended a run of two straight league defeats with a convincing victory over Leicester City. Manchester United got back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday, recording a convincing 4-1 victory over reigning champions Leicester City. Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba netted in a first half blitz, with Demarai Gray scoring a consolation for the Foxes soon after the restart. Leicester actually made an ominously solid start to the match, displaying the kind of defensive discipline that saw them to the title last season. United were too ponderous in...
The Busby Babe Sep 24, 2016

Manchester United vs Leicester City: line-ups - Rooney dropped

Rooney has been dropped. We repeat: Rooney has been dropped. This is not a drill Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has not been named in the Red Devils’ starting line-up for the visit of Leicester City. There has been a general clamouring from fans for Rooney to be dropped from the side in recent weeks, following a string of below-par performances, and manager José Mourinho has decided the time has come to remove his skipper from the staring XI. Luke Shaw also misses out, having picked up a minor groin injury in the defeat to Watford last week; Daley Blind starts at left-back. Jesse...
The Busby Babe Sep 23, 2016

Manchester United vs. Leicester City: time, TV schedule and live stream

Can United get back to winning ways against the reigning Premier League champions? Manchester United will look to get back to winning ways after three straight defeats when they take on defending Premier League champions Leicester City at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early kickoff. José Mourinho's men have fallen six points adrift of league leaders Manchester City, and need to arrest their slide quickly. That could be easier said than done against a Leicester side that remains a tricky opponent, even if they're not expected to repeat last season's title heroics this time around. The Foxes...
The Busby Babe Sep 23, 2016

Keith from Wilmslow talks to the Busby Babe

After his MUTV Rooney rant went viral, we spoke to Keith from Wilmslow As many of you will have seen, yesterday we posted a video of a man known only as ‘Keith from Wilmslow’ calling in to MUTV to give his two cents on the Wayne Rooney dabate. Keith’s articulate and well-thought-out argument perfectly expressed the frustration that many fans feel regarding the captain’s continued selection. The YouTube video of Keith’s call-in to the MUTV show went viral, and was picked up by several online publications for the way in which he expertly made his point and appeared to flummox...
The Busby Babe Sep 23, 2016

Mourinho hates Wenger, but he also doesn’t like Brad Pitt or the Manager of the Month award

A new biography of the United boss delves into his rivalry with the Arsenal manager, as well as providing other interesting anecdotes Oh, for a quiet life. Today's serving of Jose Mourinho nonsense has nothing to do with Manchester United at all, but since he's here and working for the club now, Over to the — spit — Daily Mail, for it is their exclusive, and back to January 2014: Wenger had made a thinly disguised dig about Mourinho deliberately playing down Chelsea's chances of being crowned champions because of a 'fear to fail'. It was too much for the ultra-competitive Mourinho to...
The Busby Babe Sep 23, 2016

Mourinho on Wenger: ‘I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face’

In a new book about the Special One, the depth of the United boss’ distaste for the Arsenal manager has been revealed, as well as his not-so-flattering nickname for Wayne Rooney José Mourinho has made little effort to hide his disdain for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger over the years, from their pitch-side shoving match to labelling the Frenchman a "specialist in failure". But the depth of the Manchester United boss’ apparent hatred of Wenger has been revealed in a book by football journalist Rob Beasley, entitled José Mourinho: Up Close and Personal, which is due for release next week...
The Busby Babe Sep 23, 2016

Video: Usain Bolt would give it all up to play for Manchester United

In his first ever Facebook Live video, the Jamaican sprinter revealed his love for the Red Devils runs deep Nine-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt has made no secret of his love for Manchester United over the years, with the legendary sprinter often claiming he’d love to play for the Red Devils if given the chance. Obviously, the guy is exceptional at his day job, so he should probably stick to that. But in his first ever Facebook Live video, while answering fans’ questions, the 29-year-old insisted he’d quit athletics if given the chance to represent United. "If I had the...
The Busby Babe Sep 22, 2016

Video: United fan’s Rooney rant stumps Sammy McIlroy on MUTV

Watch how an MUTV caller nails the Rooney debate Following Manchester United’s 3-1 win away at Legue One side Northampton Town in the EFL Cup last night, a fan referred to as ‘Keith from Wilmslow’ called in to MUTV to voice his oppinion on Wayne Rooney. The United skipper has come in for a great deal of criticism of late, with many supporters feeling it is time for the 30-year-old to be phased out of the first-team, and his performance against the Cobblers did little to change that view. The caller expressed an oppinion that appears to be shared by the vast majority of United fans...
The Busby Babe Sep 22, 2016

Jose Mourinho calls out football's "Einsteins"

Manchester United's manager is not impressed that he's been criticised so strongly, so soon. One of the great unwritten rules of football is that if the press spend a few days questioning somebody's abilities or character, and that player or manager then swipes back, then whatever that player or manager has said, however plain or easily understandable, will be described as "bizarre". The ultimate example is Eric Cantona's seagulls analogy, which wouldn't confuse a GCSE English student but was variously described as enigmatic, mysterious, gnomic and, yes, bizarre. More recently, we wake up...
The Busby Babe Sep 22, 2016

There's plenty of time for Jose Mourinho to be ruthless with Wayne Rooney

What's the right thing to do when Manchester United's captain is on the wane? It's not just on the pitch that Pep Guardiola's been outdoing Jose Mourinho. Manchester City's manager has attracted much praise for his off-pitch ruthlessness; for the cold-eyed manner in which he's jettisoned senior members of his squad when they don't fit his needs. That ruthlessness is why Joe Hart and Yaya Toure — key parts of title-winning City sides — are, respectively, in Turin and on the naughty step. Wayne Rooney, you'll doubtless have noticed, is still in Manchester United's first XI. The contrast...
The Busby Babe Sep 22, 2016

Northampton Town 1 - 3 Manchester United: three things we learned

The Red Devils rediscovered their winning touch against the Cobblers. Mourinho must now keep this momentum going After suffering to three back-to-back defeats inkust over a week, Jose Mourinho and his side will feel like a huge weight has been lifted off their shoulders, as they confidently beat Northampton Town to qualify for the fourth round of the EFL Cup last night. Despite a few nervy moments in defence, the Red Devils were clinical on the other side of the pitch, scoring three goals from the seven shots they had on target. Herrera has to start vs Leicester City Ander Herrera made his...
The Busby Babe Sep 21, 2016

United will play City in the EFL Cup fourth round

NARRATIVE NARRATIVE NARRATIVE NARRATIVE NARRATIVE Brace yourselves: it's happening again. Manchester United will play Manchester City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. The game will be played at Old Trafford in the week of October 24th; the exact date will presumably be up to the television people. For United, that means their October schedule now reads Liverpool away, Fenerbahce at home, Chelsea away, City at home, which is possibly an even trickier run of fixtures than Feyenoord and Watford. Twitter's going to snap in half. City, for their part, will be coming off a moderately tricky...
The Busby Babe Sep 21, 2016

Manchester United 3-1 Northampton Town: United avoid an upset

In not entirely straightforward fashion, Manchester United ended their run of defeats and progressed in the EFL Cup. United progressed to the fourth round of the League Cup with a win that was comfortable at the beginning, comfortable at the end, and very nearly a complete fiasco in the middle. For the opening half hour, United looked every inch the strolling aristocrats, and it was a surprise they only managed the one goal. Wayne Rooney — a striker again! — had already miscued in front of an open goal and just failed to reach a fizzing Marcos Rojo cross by the time Adam Smith, under...
The Busby Babe Sep 21, 2016

Northampton Town vs Manchester United: line-ups

Wayne Rooney starts up front for United in the EFL Cup third round, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Michael Carrick named in the Red Devils’ line-up Wayne Rooney will lead the line for Manchester United in their EFL third round tie away at Northampton Town tonight. In a much changed side, José Mourinho has given some of the fringe players in his squad an opportunity to impress. United will line up as follows: Sergio Romero; Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo; Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick; Memphis Depay, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young; Wayne Roney. Here it...
The Busby Babe Sep 21, 2016

We're the famous Man United and we're stretching in a car park

A funny thing happened on our way to Sixfields ... In what we can only assume is a deliberate attempt to stop the internet talking about Wayne Rooney's form and Luke Shaw's pride, Manchester United spent some time before tonight's League Cup tie doing their warm-ups ... in a car park. United are training in a car park ahead of tonight's game with Northampton. The magic of the cup, eh? pic.twitter.com/94UUsEfIao— Tom (@HearUnitedSing) September 21, 2016 So much for the glamour of professional football. And they do all look a bit like they're looking for a lost contact lens, don't...
The Busby Babe Sep 21, 2016

Video: Should Rooney be dropped? How do United turn their form around? - live chat recap

In our weekly live chat on facebook, Ryan Baldi discussed United’s current form and whether Wayne Rooney should be dropped. This week’s Facebook Live chat has been uploaded to YouTube. In it, the subject of Manchester United’s poor form, the debate around Wayne Rooney’s place in the team, and the upcoming fixtures against Northampton Town and Leicester City are all covered. You can check out the replay below. Please let us know if you have any questions for next week’s chat.
The Busby Babe Sep 21, 2016

The Great Red Debate: how do United overcome their current slump?

In this week’s Great Red Debate, Busby Babe writers Ryan Baldi and Andi Thomas discuss how United can bounce back from their three-game losing streak Ryan: [Understatement alert!] It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Manchester United. Defeat to rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford the week before last, highlighted some of the deficiencies in the United squad; the midfield lacks balance, the best combination of wingers is not yet known, and the tactical plan needs serious work. And in the days since the Manchester derby, those weaknesses have been further exposed. First, in the...
The Busby Babe Sep 21, 2016

Manchester United to make £30m January bid for Drinkwater?

The Red Devils could be weighing up a move for another of their former youngsters José Mourinho is a big admirer of Danny Drinkwater, and Manchester United could be set to make a £30 million bid for the Leicester City midfielder in Jauary, according to The Sun. In a scenario similar to that which saw United break the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer, if the Red Devils move for Drinkwater, they would be attempting to re-sign a player whom they let go for a minimal fee four years ago. Manchester-born Drinkwater came through United’s academy but never made...
The Busby Babe Sep 21, 2016

Why Ander Herrera must start for Manchester United

The Spaniard has made only two starts for Jose Mourinho this season. It’s been a tough week for Manchester United, suffering three defeats, and the players are not performing well. But there is one individual who gives his best whether it’s from the start or off the bench: Ander Herrera. The Spaniard has found it difficult to start for the Red Devils on a weekly basis, despite being at Old Trafford since 2014. Many feel he was wrongly treated under Louis Van Gaal. Herrera had an impressive first season at the club, netting on six occasions and creating four goals, although he started...
The Busby Babe Sep 21, 2016

José Mourinho reportedly blames United’s poor form on a Van Gaal hangover-effect

Scapegoating or a fair cop? Manchester United manager José Mourinho reportedly blames the side’s recent poor form on his predecessor, Louis van Gaal. This is according to an interesting report from the Mirror’s David Anderson, which claims that: Mourinho has told friends he feels the players are still hindered by the rigid style of play under his old Barcelona mentor Van Gaal, three months after he began working with them. He believes he is having to retrain the players to think for themselves after two years of being stifled by the Dutchman's mental-straitjacket approach. The other...