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Why Manchester United must drop Robin van Persie

Why Manchester United must drop Robin van Persie

There are some players who are able to help the team even when their own form is lacking. Robin van Persie is not one of them. It's probably isn't the strongest way of opening an article, to tell the reader to immediately go and read something else, but here we are. The really rather wonderful Rob Smyth wrote this piece on Robin van Persie for Eurosport last week. Go and read it. TBB will still be here when you get back. Go on ... There have surely been times in the last year when Robin van Persie has resented the constant focus on Wayne Rooney. Yet he must be glad of it now. The intense...
The Busby Babe Oct 21, 2014

Shaw acknowledges he has room to improve

Manchester United's young defender believes he hasn't been dreadful, but knows he can get better. Luke Shaw, Manchester United's left-back elect for the next ten years, has made a slightly sticky start to his time at Old Trafford. Issues with fitness delayed his introduction to the team, and last night against West Brom, he had what we might politely call an interesting first half. Anyway, it turns out Shaw himself isn't entirely happy with his game. I know I haven't been up to my full potential and I think maybe people can see that at the moment. I am trying hard and it's about getting...
The Busby Babe Oct 20, 2014
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Manchester United: Reds twice come from behind to nick point

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Manchester United: Reds twice come from behind to nick point

United twice came from behind to nick a draw against West Brom, with Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind getting on the scoresheet. Manchester United twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Monday. It was another night of frustration for Louis van Gaal's side, with the Reds' defensive play again undermining their attacking promise. The game had barely settled into a rhythm by the time West Brom had taken the lead, when Andre Wisdom charged down the left and rolled the ball across for Stéphane Sessègnon to lash into the top corner from the edge of...
The Busby Babe Oct 20, 2014
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United: Lineups and live coverage

West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United: Lineups and live coverage

Adnan Januzaj starts for United with Radamel Falcao dropping to the bench. Louis van Gaal has named Adnan Januzaj in his starting 11 for the first time this season, as Manchester United travel to face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Januzaj comes in for Radamel Falcao, who is apparently suffering from jetlag after international duty. Also of note is the inclusion of Michael Carrick on the bench, and the absence of Paddy McNair from the squad. Phil Jones starts at centre-back alongside Marcos Rojo. Otherwise, there are few surprises in the United selection. Manchester United starting...
The Busby Babe Oct 20, 2014

Ahead of West Brom, Van Gaal demands a complete game

United's manager wants to see 90 minutes of football. Speaking ahead of tonight's game against West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has demanded a complete 90 minute performance from his team. It is the game, the style, the formation and the philosophy that we have to judge and not the points. The points are coming when we are playing well, and not only well for 60 minutes but for 90 minutes. United have dropped off noticeably in the latter stages of their games so far this season, and only a superb performance from David de Gea preserved three points against...

United injury list down to four - is Herrera fit for West Brom?

Manchester United now have only four injuries, but Louis van Gaal isn't telling who. Louis van Gaal's press conference also allowed him to give a quick injury update on the club. The good news is that the number has dwindled to four, although if you want more specifics, you'll have to whistle for it. Van Gaal also noted his pleasure at there being no international injuries. So, who's returned? Well, Ander Herrera was back in training today, although according to reports may need a painkilling injection to play against West Brom, so whether he'll play, or for the full 90 minutes, seems...
Van Gaal: United team unbalanced

Van Gaal: United team unbalanced

Louis van Gaal has spoken of the need for 'balance' at Manchester United, as fans who have been watching Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair hold the line for Angel Di Maria, Falcao and Juan Mata may agree. Internationals are over, but we still have to wait until Monday until Manchester United travel to West Brom. That in mind, let's squeeze out what enjoyment we can - it's pre-match press conference time! Instead of merely hitting the 'send assistant' button, Van Gaal decided to take the opportunity to talk down the glorious stuff his side have been playing: "We could have done better because...
The Busby Babe Oct 16, 2014

Real Madrid unlikely to move for De Gea — reports

According to the papers, rumours linking Manchester United's goalkeeper to the Bernabeu will remain just rumours. Good news, Manchester United fans! Real Madrid are unlikely to make any move for David de Gea in the near future. At least, that's according to Pete Jensen of the Independent, who takes the view that while the Spanish may enjoy the rumours, they're pretty well stocked when it comes to goalkeepers: Real have Keylor Navas waiting to replace Casillas and could also exercise an £8m buy-back clause on talented Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla next summer — so a move for De Gea seems...
The Busby Babe Oct 16, 2014
Internationals: A good week for Rooney, De Gea and Falcao

Internationals: A good week for Rooney, De Gea and Falcao

As proper football returns, here's a quick update on how United's international players got on around the world. Let's start with England, shall we? That's where Manchester is, after all. Though injury and squad purging meant that only one United player made Roy Hodgson's squad for the games against San Marino and Estonia, Wayne Rooney took advantage of the relatively soft opposition to add two more goals to his overall tally. England's brave and glorious captain now has 43 goals, though the record books won't note that his performance against Estonia was, free-kick aside, very much of the...
The Busby Babe Oct 16, 2014

"Should have passed": Watch Gary Neville analyse Ryan Giggs' 1999 wondergoal

"A little bit greedy ... the chest hairs are starting to pop out."
The Busby Babe Oct 16, 2014
Radamel Falcao, proud Yorkshireman

Radamel Falcao, proud Yorkshireman

El Whippet, more like. Big news, folks. Radamel Falcao, though he may seem ever-so-Colombian to the casual glance, is in fact from the wrong side of the Pennines. Well, technically. After a fashion. According to the Daily Mail, Falcao's heritage can be traced back to this rainy island ... In 1932 in the small North Yorkshire village of Burn, a few miles south of Selby, a man in his mid-twenties and his pregnant wife packed their bags for a new life in South America. George had accepted a post as an accountant in northern Colombia. For a young couple who had grown up through the horrors of...
The Busby Babe Oct 16, 2014

Pep Guardiola sees himself managing United

Pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass ... It's sportsbook season. Hot on the heels of Roy Keane's latest slice of score-settling comes a new volume, Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich, by his "close friend and journalist Marti Perarnau". And it turns out that the balding Catalan possession-fetishist has quite a bit of affection for a certain club on the northwest of England ... The day after beating Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, Guardiola and [his assistant Manuel] Estiarte travelled to Manchester to...
The Busby Babe Oct 13, 2014

Real Madrid defender had "one foot" at United

Sadly, football is a game of two feet. Should call it "feetball", really. This was sort-of common knowledge anyway, but Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Raphael Varane, Real Madrid footballer and current holder of the title Best Young Central Defender In The World, was on the verge of joining Manchester United before eventually heading to Spain. I was on holiday and in Madrid. Zinedine Zidane arrived with a DVD and I thought 'that player, with two years' work with us, would be fantastic'. Varane had one foot at Manchester United but Real Madrid are very strong and Rapha came to us. Now,...
The Busby Babe Oct 10, 2014
Are United about to pay Tyler Blackett £50,000 a week?

Are United about to pay Tyler Blackett £50,000 a week?

According to reports, United's young defender is in line for a whopping pay rise. Big excting news for Tyler Blackett in the Daily Mail: Tyler Blackett to be rewarded with new £50,000-a-week Manchester United contract Wow. That's ... a lot. Let's see what's going on. Manchester United are ready to give Tyler Blackett a new contract. No surprise there. His current deal is up at the end of the season, apparently, and he's been playing pretty well. Still, £50,000 a week seems a lot. The 20-year-old defender is currently earning just £2,000 a week at Old Trafford. That'll be because...
The Busby Babe Oct 9, 2014

Ronaldo staying at Madrid "forever"

... as if millions of dreams suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. Ashes and sackcloth, friends. Ashes and sackcloth. Jorge Mendes, the Secret Ruler of Football, has descended from his lofty castle in the sky to make a pronouncement on the future of his client Cristiano Ronaldo. And it's not happy reading for those Manchester United fans who had allowed themselves to believe that He might just be on his way back to Old Trafford ... Cristiano is very happy at Real Madrid and has always been very happy. He's going to break all the...
The Busby Babe Oct 8, 2014
Radamel Falcao's pet parrot celebrates every goal

Radamel Falcao's pet parrot celebrates every goal

You are not Falcao's No.1 fan. Can you remember what noise you made when Radamel Falcao scored his first goal for Manchester United? A high-pitched squeal. A calm, controlled "Get in, son"? A deep, throaty bellow? If you answered "I squawked 'Gol de Falcao'" then congratualations, you are Coco, the pet parrot of the Colombian forward. Would you like a cracker? Is Falcao's house nice? How, exactly, are you reading this? Look, it's the international break. This means that instead of news, we get parrots. According to the Daily Mail, Falcao's wife Lorelei owns the parrot, which goes off...
The Busby Babe Oct 8, 2014

Roma have "no interest" in selling midfielder

Breaking: Kevin Strootman is still not for sale. Another week, another Roma official denying that they will be selling Kevin Strootman to Manchester United. This time it's their billionaire owner James Pallotta, who has been talking to the BBC ... It is just not happening. I have told the papers that they should stop wasting paper. We don't have any interest in selling Kevin. That's that then. Nothing more to say-- oh, hang on. There's more ... Obviously as business people when people call us and say 'we want your player' you are going to listen to them. You have to do that, that is the...
The Busby Babe Oct 8, 2014
Falcao admits United

Falcao admits United "gambled" on his fitness

United's newest striker says he'll need time to get to his best, but that he's very happy at Old Trafford. Finally off the mark at Old Trafford, Radamel Falcao has been talking to the Manchester Evening News about his summer and his transfer to Manchester United. He has not, however, been talking about any interest from Real Madrid that might or might not have existed: I would rather not to talk about that. It is already past and I have to look to the future. I have to look to Manchester United. I am very happy here. Apparently, United's decision to take him on loan despite his knee...
The Busby Babe Oct 6, 2014

When Roy Keane headbutted Peter Schmeichel

Because obviously, Peter Schmeichel is the United player you'd want to headbutt. If you're reading, Arsene, Jose, this is how you do it. None of this half-hearted, hold-me-back pushing on the sidelines. Oh no. This is how differences should be settled: He said: 'I've had enough of you, It's time we sorted this out.' So I said 'Okay' and we had a fight. It felt like 10 minutes. There was a lot of noise - Peter's a big lad. Peter is Peter Schmeichel, and so "big lad" is something of the understatement. But if there's one United player you'd back to take on Schmeichel and at least achieve an...
The Busby Babe Oct 6, 2014

Ashley Young returns to United training

Manchester United's pre-season wing-back wizard is back in training. Rejoice! We'll soon be seeing Ashley Young back in a Manchester United shirt. The winger, who bizarrely looked like Dani Alves for a few games during pre-season, hadn't played since picking up a groin injury in August, though he is now back in training and a return to first-team action is imminent. Of course, it's not likely that we'll be seeing him actually starting games, especially with Louis van Gaal having switched from the 3-5-2 he used in training to a 4-4-2 diamond formation over the last few games. Then again,...