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The Busby Babe 15 hours ago
Manchester United 2-0 Ajax: Reds win historic Europa League title

Manchester United 2-0 Ajax: Reds win historic Europa League title

United saw off Ajax to lift the Europa League trophy for the first time. Manchester United won the Europa League for the first time in their history on Wednesday, beating Ajax 2-0 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan either side of halftime ensured a comfortable win for José Mourinho's men, who will be playing their European football in the Champions League next season. United were the more dangerous team from the game's opening exchanges, with Marcus Rashford's lateral movement causing problems for Ajax's high defensive line. The first real...
The Busby Babe 16 hours ago
VIDEO: Mkhitaryan doubles United’s lead in the Europa League final

VIDEO: Mkhitaryan doubles United’s lead in the Europa League final

Our midfield Armenian makes it 2-0! Henrik Mkhitaryan cleverly flicks on Chris Smalling’s knock down to put United 2-0 up. Mkhitaryan 2-0 Goal against Ajax Europa League pic.twitter.com/pWhU4yGcsw— Old Trafford HD (@OldTraffordHD) May 24, 2017
The Busby Babe 17 hours ago
VIDEO: Paul Pogba opens the scoring in the Europa League final

VIDEO: Paul Pogba opens the scoring in the Europa League final

The Frenchman scores a deflected effort to put United ahead 1-0 to the Reds! Pogba got some luck with the deflection, but there was nothing fortunate about that first touch.
The Busby Babe 18 hours ago
Manchester United vs. Ajax lineups: Blind, Fellaini and Mkhitaryan all handed starts

Manchester United vs. Ajax lineups: Blind, Fellaini and Mkhitaryan all handed starts

The lineups are out for the Europa League final. José Mourinho has named the team with which he has trusted Manchester United's entire season, and that will face Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm in an hour's time. There have been three big calls: Chris Smalling and Daley Blind form the central defensive pairing, with Phil Jones made to settle for a place on the bench; Marouane Fellaini is preferred to Michael Carrick in the centre of midfield; and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is preferred to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. Clearly he hasn't listened to the great unwashed of...
The Busby Babe May 24, 2017
Manchester United vs. Ajax 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Europa League final online

Manchester United vs. Ajax 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Europa League final online

United take on Ajax in Stockholm in this season’s grand finale Manchester United are hoping to end José Mourinho’s first season at the club on a high note, by adding a second trophy in Wednesday’s Europa League final clash against Ajax. Against a backdrop of horrible events back at home, the team will be hoping to maintain their focus for this all-important final. Ajax will be the fresher of the two sides, having wrapped up their domestic campaign over a week and a half ago. But even though United’s own league exploits continued up until Sunday, very few of the likely starters have...
The Busby Babe May 24, 2017
Manchester United prepare for Europa League final

Manchester United prepare for Europa League final

Manchester United have received positive news over the fitness of Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini, There's heightened security for the Europa League game tonight, and understandably so. The players and fans will almost certainly know people who were affected by the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, and the game will - at least initially - be played in a subdued mood. United were criticised by some for not having a press conference before the game, yesterday, but it is worth remembering that saying the wrong thing, rather than nothing at all, might have made things even worse for...
The Busby Babe May 23, 2017
THE BUSBYS™, Part II: Pleasant Surprise of the Season and Disappointment of the Season

THE BUSBYS™, Part II: Pleasant Surprise of the Season and Disappointment of the Season

Part 2 of our end of season awards. Pleasant Surprise of the Season Brent Maximin: Is Sergio Romero actually good now? We all knew he had excellent reflexes, but every other part of his game was suspect before this season. His improvement has been such that it’s not a totally ludicrous decision to have him start in goal for the most important match of the season - something that would have been unthinkable a year ago. We should be under no illusions as to his suitability for the number one role, but he’s turned into a very capable back-up. Andi Thomas: Marcos Rojo. I touched on this in...
The Busby Babe May 23, 2017
Juan Mata optimistic ahead of Europa League match

Juan Mata optimistic ahead of Europa League match

Juan Mata has played down It seems that Antoine Griezmann will be joining Manchester United providing they win the Europa League this week. That, anyway, is what we can probably take from his interview on French television saying that he was '6/10' to join the club in the next couple of weeks. You can read about how he might fit into the first team in this blog on the Mirror. Juan Mata has said that despite the heavy schedule of games for United this season, the players won't feel the fatigue. That's because, according to him, problems with fitness aren't felt in games like the Europa...
The Busby Babe May 22, 2017
POLL: Who should start for Manchester United in the Europa League final?

POLL: Who should start for Manchester United in the Europa League final?

With a few places in the starting XI still unclear, have your say on which players should fill them. José Mourinho’s rotation choices in the last several league matches of the season were strong indicators of which players he considers to be sure starters in the Europa League final. Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Henrik Mkhitaryan, and Marcus Rashford are all practically guaranteed to start on Wednesday against Ajax. There are still three places in the team that are potentially up for grabs however. Vote below to have to have your...
The Busby Babe May 22, 2017
THE BUSBYS™, Part I: Highlights and Lowlights of the Season

THE BUSBYS™, Part I: Highlights and Lowlights of the Season

Part 1 of our end of season awards: Our writers choose their season highs and lows. Manchester United’s season is almost over, with the simple matter of negotiating a Europa League final after a recent run of disjointed performances against a young, hungry attacking Ajax team. There’s still a chance for José Mourinho’s first season to end in either in an acceptable level of success or an unquestionable failure. Fittingly for an up and down season, our writers have selected their personal highlights and lowlights from United’s 2016-17 campaign. Here is the first installment of our...
The Busby Babe May 22, 2017
Antoine Griezmann admits that he is close to joining Manchester United

Antoine Griezmann admits that he is close to joining Manchester United

The French forward is surprisingly forthright about his future in a new interview Well, well, well. This summer’s Most Tedious Transfer Saga may not drag out as long as we all expected. Antoine Griezmann was surprisingly forthcoming a new interview when asked about his future. Addressing the rumors of a transfer to Manchester United directly, the Frenchman answered that it was “possible.” While that may not be saying much, he went on to say that he rates the chances of the move happening as 6 out of 10. Antoine Griezmann à Manchester ? « Possible » répond l’intéressé, qui...
The Busby Babe May 22, 2017
Manchester United target Kylian Mbappe

Manchester United target Kylian Mbappe

Manchester United will face competition from Manchester City and Real Madrid in the battle for the young Monaco striker. Manchester United are interested in Kylian Mbappe, but they face competition from Real Madrid and Manchester City. United should be able to offer first team appearances pretty much from the start, given Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unlikely to be kept on - despite United's wishes - and because Marcus Rashford isn't enough to lead the line for a whole season. Let's be honest, we can expect Anthony Martial to do one in the summer too, which is a shame because he can be...
The Busby Babe May 21, 2017
Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace: Young Reds dispatch the Eagles with ease

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace: Young Reds dispatch the Eagles with ease

The kids are alright. José Mourinho kept good on his promise to play the kids in Manchester United’s last league match of the season, fielding the youngest ever United starting XI in the Premier League era. Only Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney, and Jesse Lingard of the regular seniors started against Crystal Palace, with four academy graduates making their full debut. With just fifteen minutes gone, one of those debutants made a dream impact. Paul Pogba’s raking through ball found Josh Harrop on the left of the box. The young attacker cut inside to beat his man,...
The Busby Babe May 21, 2017
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 2017 live stream: Team news, Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 2017 live stream: Team news, Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

Mourinho is playing the kids as United host the Eagles in the final league match of the season Manchester United host Crystal Palace on Sunday in - finally - the last Premier League match of the season. With attentions long since turned to the Europa League final next week, Jose Mourinho has promised to ring even more changes than he has in recent league games. With the exception of Paul Pogba, who is making his first appearance in over a week due to the death of his father, few of the expected starters next week will be involved against Palace. With Crystal Palace now safe from relegation,...
The Busby Babe May 20, 2017
Manchester United 2016-17 Player Report Cards: Matteo Darmian

Manchester United 2016-17 Player Report Cards: Matteo Darmian

Matteo Darmian’s season can be summarised with a shrug of the shoulders. Basic competence is a good starting point, but not all you’d want at the peak of your powers. Alas, the only praise we can give Matteo Darmian two seasons after his arrival at Old Trafford is of the faint and damning kind, with the Italian international having been very solid but just as unspectacular. He’s been unable to recover the kind of form he showed before being snapped up by Louis van Gaal a couple of years ago, and faces an uncertain future as a result. To be sure, Darmian certainly hasn’t been bad...
The Busby Babe May 19, 2017
Manchester United 2016-17 Player Report Cards: Luke Shaw

Manchester United 2016-17 Player Report Cards: Luke Shaw

Out of form, out of shape, and injured. It’s been (another) season to forget for the left-back. One of the problems with Luke Shaw is that he has a body type that makes him look out of shape even when he isn’t. So when he is out of shape, as he has been for the majority of this season - it’s apparent to everyone watching that his frequent critics have a point. Just look at the state of him. For a young player that is continuously tipped as having the potential to be United’s and England’s starting left-back for the next decade, a mere 19 starts in all competitions is nothing to...
The Busby Babe May 19, 2017
Manchester United 2016-17 Player Report Cards: Antonio Valencia

Manchester United 2016-17 Player Report Cards: Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia has emerged as an unlikely star. Louis van Gaal’s reign didn’t come with too many unqualified successes, though moving Antonio Valencia to full-back after a couple of disappointing seasons on the wing was certainly one of them. The Ecuadorian has emerged as one of the very best defenders in the league, and under José Mourinho appears to have recovered some of the confidence he’s been missing for the last few years. Valencia’s transformation has been peculiarly complete: one would probably expect a winger-turned-defender to resemble Dani Alves rather than Paolo...
The Busby Babe May 19, 2017
Manchester United prepare to play the kids against Crystal Palace

Manchester United prepare to play the kids against Crystal Palace

Jose Mourinho's going to be picking a youthful squad for the last day of the Premier League season. Sunday is the final day of the Premier League season, and it's going to be a slightly odd one at Old Trafford. To nobody's great surprise, Jose Mourinho, having given up on the league some time ago and with the Europa League final coming on Wednesday, is set to pick a squad containing a fair few unfamiliar names from United's youth ranks. Who, precisely? Well, speaking at his press conference today, Mourinho listed several likely inclusions: Joel Pereira, Kieran O'Hara, Josh Harrop, Scott...
The Busby Babe May 19, 2017
Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia take home player of the year awards

Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia take home player of the year awards

Herrera wins the fans’ award, Valencia win the players’, Tuanzebe, Gomes, and Mkhitaryan also take home prizes. Ander Herrera beat out Antonio Valencia and Zlatan Ibrahimović to be named the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year. Herrera, who has had his best season at Manchester United playing in a deeper role, won the fans’ vote, accepting the award from David de Gea, the winner of the past three. Valencia didn’t go home empty handed however, picking up the Players’ Player of the Year award. Remarkably, it means that Valencia has now been voted by his teammates as the player of the...
The Busby Babe May 18, 2017
Manchester United 2016-17 Player Report Cards: Axel Tuanzebe

Manchester United 2016-17 Player Report Cards: Axel Tuanzebe

Tuanzebe had to wait a while for his turn, but he’s already showing signs that he belongs at this level. Alongside Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Roshaun Williams, Axel Tuanzebe had long been earmarked as part of a young defensive-minded core of United youngsters who were good enough to truly make the breakthrough to the first team. Given the understandable skepticism over José Mourinho’s record of promoting youth, it was a pleasant surprise to see Tuanzebe elevated to training with the senior squad and even singled out for praise as early as the preseason. Tuanzebe had to wait some time for...

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