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The Busby Babe 7 hours ago

Louis van Gaal's summer wishlist apparently revealed

Sounds good to us. Louis van Gaal is set to continue his "'Galacticos' transfer policy" this summer, according to a report in the Daily Mail yesterday. The three biggest players apparently on his wishlist are Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, Juventus midfielder (and ex-United reserve *sob*) Paul Pogba, and Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, though more names are mentioned. Right-backs Nathaniel Clyne and Danilo of Southampton and Porto respectively are both mentioned (and would probably be more sensible, long-term purchases), as is PSV winger Memphis Depay. However, Kevin...
The Busby Babe 20 hours ago

Louis van Gaal talks tactics and United's turnaround

It's all about the triangles. For the time being, at least, we seem to have seen the end of Louis van Gaal's tinkering. The recent switch away from the depressingly slow midfield diamond to a 4-2-3-1 (or what van Gaal seems to refer to as a 4-3-3) has seen great rewards reaped, and the Dutch manager has discussed the success of his new strategy in an interview with Sky Sports. Quoted in the Manchester Evening News, van Gaal said: "It's always dependent on the players involved, but everybody knows the system I prefer is 1-4-3-3 with a No.10 or No.6. A holding midfielder or a No.10...
The Busby Babe Mar 26, 2015

Another World Cup winner on United's radar?

Sami Khedira is leaving Real Madrid this summer. Might he be heading to Old Trafford? Here is a thing that we know: Sami Khedira, World Cup winner and Real Madrid midfielder, will be looking for a new club come the summer. In an interview with German magazine Kicker — all thanks, as ever, to Mr G. Translate — Khedira confirmed his intention to leave the Bernabeu, and also that he hasn't signed for anybody else: This is not a decision against Real, but I want to put a new charm in my career and develop myself. I had a great time in a great team and I will do everything we can to help...
The Busby Babe Mar 26, 2015

Let's not get carried away about Juan Mata

One scissor kick doesn't make a superstar. Juan Mata is an incredible life-giving genius who writes whimsical blogs and scores winning goals against Liverpool. That much is not in dispute amongst reasonable people, and it should be enough to have you suspended from your place of work or favourite drinking hole* should you contest otherwise. However, it seems that because of his lovely points, and they are bloody lovely, the past year and a bit of disappointment is on the verge of being whitewashed. If Manchester United want to improve next year, then his recent improvement should not...
The Busby Babe Mar 25, 2015

This is what's going to happen during United's international break

It's not good news for Jonny Evans ... It's international week, and the entire Manchester United-supporting world is as one in hoping and praying that nothing happens to disrupt the team's momentum. After all, it's been a while since the team had any momentum, and it would be exceptionally annoying if it were ruined by Sepp Blatter's malignant meddling. But for those of you that can't bear the suspense, we are here to help. TBB has dusted off the crystal ball and we can exclusively reveal what is going to happen to each and every one of United's international footballers over the next week...
The Busby Babe Mar 25, 2015

Arsenal set to "swoop" for United defender — reports

Is Chris Smalling set to follow in Mikaël Silvestre's illustrious footsteps? Look up there, into the trees. Can you see him? Just there, on the branch? See his beady, glinting eyes? His vicious, curled talons? That, dear friends, is the Wenger owl, wisest and most stubborn of all the birds of prey, famous for its ability to turn its head in every direction apart from straight forward. Watch as the Wenger owls glides silently into the night. See as he banks smoothly over the fields of Carrington, his eyes fixed on the tiny red shirts below. They know nothing of the silent death that awaits...
The Busby Babe Mar 24, 2015

Falcao makes a decision on his future — reports

"You can't fire me! I quit!" In what cynics are already calling a "face-saving pre-emptive move", the Manchester Evening News are reporting that Radamel Falcao, Manchester United's misfiring striker, has decided not to stay on at Manchester United after his loan expires, even if he gets offered a new contract, which he won't. According to the paper, Falcao is generally unhappy that he no longer seems to feature in Louis van Gaal's first team plans, and reached his decision after being asked to turn out for the U21s earlier in March, a game in which he not only failed to score but blocked...
The Busby Babe Mar 24, 2015

Di María could still be brilliant for United, if he cares

Louis van Gaal's latest shape has brought the best out of the team, and it could provide United's misfiring record signing with the platform he needs. Assuming he cares. Assumptions are dangerous things, but here at tBB we like to live on the edge. So let's begin this piece with one grade-A, 24-carat slice of chicken counting. Let's assume, for the moment, that Louis van Gaal will stick with this slightly lop-sided 4-3-3 not just for the rest of this season — which he surely must — but on into the next. That he's finally got a plan to go along with his philosophy. If so — and it is a...
The Busby Babe Mar 24, 2015

World Cup winner ready for United move — reports

The Mats Hummels saga enters another chapter, apparently. It's been a while since we had anything Mats Hummels-related. Ever since January came and went, things seem to have been stuck in a kind of limbo: United want him, he's focusing on sorting out Dortmund, and Dortmund are focusing on sorting themselves out. Rinse and repeat. But no more! As the next transfer window appears in the distance — just the trifling business of the rest of the season to get out of the way first — things start to move again. The Daily Mail, once again focusing on the costs of immigration, report that United...
The Busby Babe Mar 23, 2015

United send chief scout to watch Brazilian starlet — reports

Lazio's Felipe Anderson is the latest young forward to find himself linked with a move to Old Trafford. Like the Pony Express, the rumours must go through. While most of the Manchester United-related content from today's press focuseson yesterday's wonderful and hilarious victory at Anfield, we still have one or two snippets of transfer gossip making their way through. Take this, from the Telegraph. Apparently chief United scout Jim Lawlor was in Italy on Sunday, watching Lazio beat Verona 2-0. The target of his attention, so the story goes, was 21-year-old Brazilian forward Felipe...
The Busby Babe Mar 23, 2015

Deconstructing United's 2-1 win over Liverpool

Just how did United manage to beat Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday? Never let it be said that TBB isn't a democracy. Back by popular demand for this week (or perhaps because it has given us another excuse to watch United win at Anfield) is real life tactical analysis, or at least something masquerading as such. We've come up with five of the most important factors behind Sunday's 2-1 win, in which a brace from Juan Mata ensured Daniel Sturridge's late goal was nothing more than a consolation. So, without further ado, let's head over to the chalkboard. 1. Pressing and more pressing Manchester...
The Busby Babe Mar 22, 2015

Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United: All hail Juan Mata

A superb Juan Mata brace enabled United to see off Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Manchester United delivered an impressive performance to win 2-1 away at Anfield on Sunday. A brace from the outstanding Juan Mata was enough for the victory, and enabled Louis van Gaal's men to extend their buffer inside the top four to five points. United started the game with pace and purpose, and were completely on top by the time the brilliant opening goal came within a quarter of an hour. It was the result of a defence-splitting pass by Ander Herrera, whose compatriot Juan Mata darted inside off the...
The Busby Babe Mar 22, 2015

Liverpool vs. Manchester United: how to watch EPL online, tv listings, live stream link

Gulp. The teams are out for today's all-important clash between United and Liverpool at Anfield. The big news is that Ángel Di María has been omitted from Louis van Gaal's starting lineup, with Juan Mata happily retaining his place in an attacking midfield band also consisting of Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young. Meanwhile, Ander Herrera starts alongside Michael Carrick in midfield, while Marcos Rojo is only fit enough to make the bench. Antonio Valencia is still preferred at right-back to Rafael da Silva. United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata,...
The Busby Babe Mar 21, 2015

Radamel Falcao 'unhappy' at Manchester United

I bet he hasn't cried as much as we have. Think back to deadline day, and the quite unbelievable coup Manchester United pulled off in signing Monaco's Colombian wonder Radamel Falcao. It looked like an outrageously good signing, and one that all had us wondering quite what we could achieve with El Tigre up top. Several months and only four league goals on, we're left wondering what all the fuss was about. So too, alas, is Falcao himself: The striker's first agent and "mentor" Silvano Espindola has given an interview with AS Colombia, in which he said: "I am not going to tell you that he...
The Busby Babe Mar 20, 2015

Three great United victories at Liverpool

It's Liverpool away on Sunday. Let's get nostalgic. Ahead of United's trip to Anfield on Sunday, we look back at three previous times United have gone to visit that lot and come away with a win. Liverpool 1-4 United, 17 December 1969 Wilf McGuinness' time in charge of Manchester United was not a happy one. Appointed as the natural, internal successor to Matt Busby, he spent most of his time flailing around in his predecessor's long, dark shadow and alienating nearly everybody in the dressing room. As Eamon Dunphy put it: "The torch had been passed on. Wilf grabbed the lighted end." But...

Liverpool could be make-or-break for Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United destiny could all come down to how he approaches the game against Liverpool at Anfield. There are not many opinions I share with your dad. Of course, there are some - I think teenagers play too many videogames now, that gamesmanship and branding is increasingly making the Premier League unbearable and that the Labour party has lost its sense of direction - but by and large, we're not very similar people. There is one other big view that we share though, one that's held dear unlike any other, and that's that fourth place is not an achievement. It is not...
The Busby Babe Mar 20, 2015

Michael Carrick signs contract extension

ONE MORE YEAR! ONE MORE YEAR! United fans have been waiting all season for one particular contract renewal, and we are delighted to announce that it has finally happened. Yes, Michael Carrick, United's premier smooth-passing, deep-lying, opinion-splittingmidfielder, has signed on for another year of the Van Gaal revolution. HURRAH! / BOO! [delete as according to taste] As United's official website reminds us, Carrick has made 376 appearances for the club and scored 23 goals, "most recently netting a technically impressive header during last weekend's 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur"....
The Busby Babe Mar 19, 2015

United monitoring young English striker

Radamel Falcao out, Danny Ings in? When Burnley striker Danny Ings was turning out for non league minnows Dorchester Town five years ago, one imagines that he'd never have dreamed of being a replacement for Radamel Falcao. However, according to the Manchester Evening News today, he could well make a move to Old Trafford in the summer, on the back of an impressive debut season in the Premier League. Now, this section of TBB is still a little sceptical of Ings' potential, and that if we had to go in for a young English forward, would rather it be the younger, more well-rounded Saido...
The Busby Babe Mar 19, 2015

Louis van Gaal reveals his methods

In an extensive interview, United's manager opens up about how he prepares the team for a game. Louis van Gaal fans, all your Christmases have come at once. The Daily Telegraph have secured themselves an exclusive, bumper-length interview, which ranges widely across his upbringing, his methods, his opinions on the players, and plenty more. There's loads of good stuff — he reveals that this will be his last job, for example — but one point of particular interest is the insight into his preparation and methods. He gives, essentially, a blow-by-blow rundown of how United prepare for a...
The Busby Babe Mar 19, 2015

Five United players called up to England squad

God save the Hodge! Ah, international football. Just when we'd all managed to forget its existence, back it comes like an unpaid bill. England have two games coming up, a Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, then a friendly against Italy in Turin. And five Manchester United players will be along for the ride. Wayne Rooney, England's captain, is present and correct, as are three defenders: Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling. Finally, Michael Carrick returns to the fold after missing the World Cup. However, there's no place for Ashley Young, and given that Andros Townsend...