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The Busby Babe 3 hours ago
Player ratings: Everton 1-1 Manchester United

Player ratings: Everton 1-1 Manchester United

A frustrating day at the office reduced to a series of numbers. David de Gea: 7 Made two or three excellent saves, and guessed right for the penalty. Deserves better defending. Antonio Valencia: 6 A not particularly exciting performance, but hey, that's part of being a decent fullback. And Valencia is, now, a decent fullback. Well done him. Phil Jones: 6 Six full games in a row, without injuring himself or any of his teammates. It's probably time to start remembering that Jones, before he became a strange mix of comedy and calamity, was a very promising defender. Be nice if he's sorting...
The Busby Babe 4 hours ago
Watch: Fellaini’s faux pas costs Man Utd against Everton

Watch: Fellaini’s faux pas costs Man Utd against Everton

The Belgian conceded a penalty within minutes of entering the field at Goodison Park This is getting silly now. Since the 4-1 defeat of Leicester City at Old Trafford on 24 September, Manchester United have won just one Premier League game. Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton leaves United sixth in the table, 13 points behind leaders Chelsea and nine behind Manchester City in the final Champions League qualifying spot. Jose Mourinho continues to insist that his side are playing well and that their results don’t match their performances, and he’s right. Against Everton, United went into...
The Busby Babe Dec 4, 2016
Everton 1-1 Manchester United: Toffees rescue late draw from penalty spot

Everton 1-1 Manchester United: Toffees rescue late draw from penalty spot

Manchester United’s poor league form continued as they threw away a late lead at Goodison Park. Manchester United drew their third straight Premier League fixture on Sunday, with Everton netting a late penalty in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. It was a fairly even game, though the home supporters will have left the happier after Leighton Baines cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimović’s opener only in the dying minutes. Everton made the more enterprising start of the two sides, and would’ve been ahead within three minutes, had Michael Carrick not intervened to thwart Romelu Lukaku at the far...
The Busby Babe Dec 4, 2016
Henrikh Mkhitaryan starts as United face Everton

Henrikh Mkhitaryan starts as United face Everton

The Armenian makes his first Premier League start since September, while Eric Bailly returns to the bench. The teams are out for Manchester United’s Premier League encounter with Everton at Goodison Park, with José Mourinho making only two changes to the side that thrashed West Ham in the EFL Cup in midweek. Matteo Darmian is given the nod over Luke Shaw at left-back, while Paul Pogba starts over the suspended Wayne Rooney. That means Henrikh Mkhitaryan is handed only his second Premier League start since joining from Borussia Dortmund — the last came back in September, when United...
The Busby Babe Dec 3, 2016
United winger could be set for Roma switch

United winger could be set for Roma switch

Memphis has reportedly attracted the interest of the Italian giants. Manchester United attacker Memphis could be set for a move to AS Roma, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. The Rome daily are reporting that the Giallorossi have long admired the 22-year-old Dutchman, and had resolved to make a move even before their star winger Mohamed Salah sustained an ankle injury that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. There had been some hope among United supporters that José Mourinho's arrival would kickstart Memphis’ Old Trafford career, given the Portuguese...
The Busby Babe Dec 3, 2016
Everton vs Manchester United 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

Everton vs Manchester United 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

The Red Devils travel to Goodison park where they won 3-0 last season José Mourinho will be hoping that his Manchester United side can carry the momentum gained from Wednesday’s 4-1 demolition of West Ham United into Goodison Park on Sunday, as they prepare to take on Everton in the Premier League. Anthony Martial overcame a recent spell of poor form to score a brace against the Hammers, and generally put in the kind of performance that we haven’t seen from him since last season. The 20-year-old Frenchman tends to perform well against Everton, having starred in last term’s 3-0 win on...
The Busby Babe Dec 2, 2016
José Mourinho to be given ‘significant funds’ for January spending

José Mourinho to be given ‘significant funds’ for January spending

The Red Devils are reportedly in the hunt for a top-class defender With the January tranfer window set to swing open in less than a month, the rumours of potential new recruits for Manchester United are relentless. The consensus among the various reports, however, seems to be that the Red Devils are on the hunt for defensive re-inforcements, with stories linking the likes of Virgil van Dijk, José Giménez and Victor Lindelöf with moves to Old Trafford. And yesterday, a report by Duncan Castles in the Daily Record claimed that "Manchester United have given José Mourinho the green light to...
The Busby Babe Dec 1, 2016
Manchester United will be hoping for more of the same from Anthony Martial

Manchester United will be hoping for more of the same from Anthony Martial

Can the youngster’s brace against West Ham be the catalyst for a return to form With his brace against West Ham United in the EFL Cup quarter-final tie at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial doubled his goals tally for the current campaign. United fans will be hoping the Frenchman’s vibrant display will be the catalyst for getting his season back on track. The 20-year-old has looked a shadow of the player who took Old Trafford by storm last season following a £36 million move from Monaco. A stunning solo goal on his debut against Liverpool set Martial off and running on what would be a...
The Busby Babe Dec 1, 2016
Manchester United will meet Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final

Manchester United will meet Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final

The Red Devils will take on the Tigers for the chance to play at Wembley in February’s final After last night’s emphatic 4-1 EFL Cup quarter-final victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford, Manchester United will play Hull City in the semi-final of the competition. The EFL Cup semi-finals are two-legged affairs and, against Hull, United will play the first leg at home before travelling to the KCOM Stadium for the return fixture. On the other side of the draw, Liverpool will play Southampton for a place in February’s final at Wembley Stadium. The Reds beat Leeds United 2-0 at...
The Busby Babe Nov 30, 2016

Manchester United 4-1 West Ham United: doubles from Martial and Zlatan see off the Hammers

The Red Devils cruise into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup Manchester United and West Ham United met in the Premier League just three days before this game, playing out a 1-1 draw despite the Red Devils dominating. And United fans could be forgiven for fearing the same fate again at half-time, but outstanding attacking performances from Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw United finally rack up the kind of scoreline that they’ve been threatening in recent weeks. It was West Ham who scored an early goal on Sunday but this time it was the Red Devils...
The Busby Babe Nov 30, 2016

Wayne Rooney and Henrikh Mkhitaryan return for Manchester United

Anthony Martial is also recalled for United's League Cup game against West Ham. Following Sunday's disappointing 1-1 draw against West Ham, Wayne Rooney, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial have been restored to Manchester United's starting lineup to play the same opposition. We expect Rooney to take up a central position with Mkhitaryan and Martial to the right and left respectively. Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues up front. Behind them, Michael Carrick will do his passing thing and Ander Herrera will do his running around thing. Paul Pogba is suspended for this one. As is Jose Mourinho,...
The Busby Babe Nov 30, 2016

José Mourinho given one match touchline ban

Manchester United's manager will miss the League Cup game against West Ham United. For the heinous crime of kicking a water bottle while being in charge of a football team, Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been given a one-match touchline ban and will miss tonight's game against West Ham United. He has also been fined £16,000. This is just a touchline ban, so he will be permitted to enter the stadium, talk to the players, and communicate with the bench during the game. In his place in the technical area will (we assume) be Rui Faria, whose famously mild temperament and...
The Busby Babe Nov 30, 2016

José gonna José: Are Manchester United really after John Obi Mikel?

Correction: are Manchester United really after John Obi Mikel again? Further adventures in attempting to make sense of the transfer market. Today, Chelsea midfielder and mooted Manchester United target John Obi Mikel! Who? Oh come along now. Jon Obi Mikel. Signed for Manchester United ten long years ago, back when Alex Ferguson was in charge, before deciding in vague and mysterious circumstances that he, unlike Elvis Costello, really wanted to go to Chelsea. The London club claimed to have struck a deal with Mikel's agents, and the player briefly went missing before turning up in London...
The Busby Babe Nov 30, 2016

Video: The EFL Cup quarter-final from the perspective of a West Ham and a Manchester United fan

We got together with SB Nation’s West Ham blog to discuss tonight’s game Ahead of Manchester United’s EFL Cup quarter-final clash with West Ham United at Old Trafford tonight, Ryan from the Busby Babe and Charlie from Brace the Hammer got together to discuss their expectations of the game. They both discussed what kind of team selecton they expect to see for this knockout fixture and spoke more broadly about how their teams’ respective seasons are going so far.
The Busby Babe Nov 30, 2016

Video: Looking back on Man Utd’s draw with West Ham, previewing the EFL Cup and discussing transfer rumours

If you missed this week’s Facebook Live chat, catch up here In this week’s Facebook Live chat, we discussed all the major talking points from the weekend’s draw with West Ham United and why Manchester United are failing to pick up wins at home lately. We also previewed tonight’s EFL Cup quarter-final against the Hammers. And finished up by rounding up othe latest transfer rumours and discussing which of the centre-backs linked with a January move to Old Trafford would be the best option for the team. If you missed it, catch up below. The Busby Babe live chat 29/11/2016Posted by...
The Busby Babe Nov 29, 2016

Eric Bailly returns to Manchester United training

The Ivorian defender has been out since October. Some good injury news from Manchester United, which feels like quite a rare thing to write. Even though United don't actually have that many injuries at the moment. Maybe that's just the default position of the football follower. Maybe the injury crisis is always there, even when it isn't. Maybe we've drifted from the subject. Anyway! Eric Bailly, who limped out of the 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea with damage to his knee ligaments, is back in training ahead of schedule. Hooray. The initial prognosis estimated that Bailly would miss two months,...
The Busby Babe Nov 29, 2016

"No smoke without fire": Are Manchester United chasing Victor Lindelöf?

The rumour mill seems to think that Manchester United may be after Benfica's Swedish central defender. We take a look. In which The Busby Babe, as a service to you, tries to make sense of the transfer market. Today, reported Manchester United target Victor Lindelöf! Who? Lindelöf may sound like an elf, but he is in fact a Swedish central defender who plays for Benfica. He's 22 years old, he stands at 6'2, and he's been in Portugal since 2011. He made his debut for the first team in 2013-14 and has established himself as a fixture in this campaign, playing in 10 of 11 league games and all...
The Busby Babe Nov 29, 2016

Manchester United vs. West Ham United 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch EFL Cup online

United will be out for revenge after Sunday’s goalless draw with the Hammers. Manchester United play host to West Ham United for the second time in four days on Wednesday, though this time the two teams are bidding for a place in the EFL Cup (née League Cup) semifinals. Let’s hope we have as entertaining a match as we saw in Sunday’s 1-1 draw, though with a better result for José Mourinho’s men at the end of it. United will be without the injured Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly, while Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are both out suspended. However, our troubles aren't nearly as...
The Busby Babe Nov 28, 2016

Player ratings: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United

Herrera shone as Darmian struggled David de Gea: 6 There wasn’t much that de Gea could have done to prevent Cheikhou Sakho’s goal. He was a bystander for most of the game but made one key save to keep the score level late on. Antonio Valencia: 6 Got forward well and offered natural width down the right, allowing Juan Mata to cut inside, although his delivery was inconsistent. Defensively, coped fairly well with his marking duties on Dimitri Payet. Marcos Rojo: 7 He’s a car wreck at left-back, but in the centre of defence Rojo is perfectly serviceable. He was thoroughly decent again...
The Busby Babe Nov 28, 2016

Video: Pogba and Ibrahimovic combine for Man Utd equaliser against West Ham

Watch the big Swede’s header against the Hammers It wasn’t the result any of us wanted or expected: a fourth draw from the last four home games and another instance of Manchester United dominating all but the scoreboard. West Ham United took an early lead and the Red Devils were unable to muster more than a single goal in reply. But it was a nice goal — a beatufully floated high ball from Paul Pogba picked out Zlatan Ibrahimovic to head home after a nice spell of possession. Re-live it here courtesy of NBC Sports.

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