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The Busby Babe 5 hours ago
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United: Reds return to winning ways

Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United: Reds return to winning ways

Paul Pogba returned from injury, and the goals csme back with him. Manchester United recovered their early season form in Paul Pogba's long awaited return to the team, dispatching Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford. José Mourinho named a much changed team and matchday squad against the Magpies. Pogba went straight back into the starting XI following his recovery from injury, and both Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcos Rojo were named among the substitutes. Due to injuries to Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelöf and Chris Smalling were paired at the back. Up front, Henrikh...
The Busby Babe 15 hours ago
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United 2017 live stream: Team news, Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

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

Proper football is back! And so, after many hours of international football and very few goals, the Premier League is back. Like a renegade master, like Backstreet, like the Beatles touching down in the USSR. Like, er, bacon. We’re not sure where this intro is going, to be honest. Let’s wrap it up. Paragraph two! Here we talk about Manchester United’s opponents today: Newcastle. Rafa Benitez’s black-and-white soldiers are having a fine old season. They currently sit 11th in the table, which is pretty good going given they only came up this season. They don’t score many, but they...
The Busby Babe Nov 17, 2017
Anthony Martial says he has benefited from Mourinho’s tough love

Anthony Martial says he has benefited from Mourinho’s tough love

Mourinho singled Martial out for criticism in the past, but it’s all roses between the two now. Anthony Martial has started the season in fine form, to the tune of six goals, six assists, and at least one attempted murder. Last year, the attacker was often singled out by José Mourinho for failing to meet the manager’s expectations, at times consigned to the bench or left out of the matchday squad altogether. This season though, Martial is being regularly rotated with Marcus Rashford on the left of United’s attack, and appears to have gained Mourinho’s trust. And far from harboring...
The Busby Babe Nov 17, 2017
Marcos Rojo returns to action for Manchester United

Marcos Rojo returns to action for Manchester United

The Argentine defender is both from Argentina and close to full fitness. Jose Mourinho has said that there is no grudge between him and Rafael Benitez. Manchester United take on Newcastle this weekend as Mourinho’s side look to get back towards something like competence, and Benitez tries to settle into mid-table ahead of Newcastle’s takeover. There’s no longer any grudge because Benitez is simply operating in a different world to Mourinho, as much as they are both fighting against modern football. An incredibly handsome and intelligent football blogger has discussed Benitez, and to...
The Busby Babe Nov 17, 2017
Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Rojo all return for Manchester United

Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Rojo all return for Manchester United

It’s good news on the injury front for Jose Mourinho. Exciting news, everybody! Manchester United’s best player is back! Yes, Marcos Rojo is in contention to feature against Newcastle United — what? Oh, right. Fine. Amazing news, everybody! Manchester United’s best player is back! Yes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in contention to feature against OKAY FINE FINE WE’LL DO IT PROPERLY. Ahem. Paul Pogba’s back. HOORAY We don’t want to heap too much praise on one player, but it’s no exaggeration to say that this season, with Pogba in the team, United have looked like one of the greatest...
The Busby Babe Nov 16, 2017
Mourinho promises to keep promoting United youngsters

Mourinho promises to keep promoting United youngsters

Scott McTominay is now a permanent part of the first team, and Mourinho says there will be more academy graduates to follow. José Mourinho has assured Manchester United fans that he will not be the manager to break the club’s proud 80-year record of having an academy graduate in the match day squad. He also confirmed that Scott McTominay is now a permanent member of the first team, and that he intends to promote another youth product next season. “I don't want to be the one that breaks that and I think the next United manager - it doesn’t matter when he comes - should also try not...
The Busby Babe Nov 16, 2017
Zlatan Ibrahimović wants to play the no. 10 role at Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimović wants to play the no. 10 role at Manchester United

Nearing a return from injury, the Swedish striker eyes a new role to match his new squad number Zlatan Ibrahimović is getting closer to returning from the first major injury of his career, and he has his eye on a new role in the Manchester United team: playmaker. Ibrahimović was the spearhead of United’s attack last season, operating very much in the mold of the traditional no. 9. And while his lack of mobility in the twilight of his career could occasionally stifle the team’s fluidity, his hold up play is still arguably the best in world football. But with Romelu Lukaku now a more...
The Busby Babe Nov 16, 2017
Preview: Manchester United vs. Newcastle United

Preview: Manchester United vs. Newcastle United

Manchester United will be hoping to keep pace at the top of the league table with a win on Saturday. When Newcastle United step out onto the Old Trafford pitch on Saturday afternoon, they will come up against a home side spoiling for a fight. Manchester United players and management have endured a torturous fortnight of second-guessing and criticism. October was not a good month for the club — seeing their spot at the top of the table evaporate — and November got off to an equally rotten start with the 1-0 loss to Chelsea. Saturday will also reignite the oft-contentious rivalry between...
The Busby Babe Nov 15, 2017
International Reds: Lindelöf books World Cup spot at Darmian’s expense; Lukaku breaks Belgium record ... sort of

International Reds: Lindelöf books World Cup spot at Darmian’s expense; Lukaku breaks Belgium record ... sort of

Victor Lindelöf’s Sweden have booked their place in next summer’s World Cup at the expense of Matteo Darmian’s Italy. This international break was a particularly important one, if only for the couple of Manchester United players whose World Cup hopes were at stake. Let’s take a look at how they — and everyone else — got on. World Cup playoffs The biggest story of the break was unquestionably Italy's failure to make the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Matteo Darmian played the entirety of the Azzurri’s 1-0 first leg defeat in Sweden, and was withdrawn midway...
The Busby Babe Nov 15, 2017
Manchester United target Carlos Soler for January transfer

Manchester United target Carlos Soler for January transfer

The Valencia midfielder could be swapped for Andreas Pereira. According to this story in The Daily Mail, Barcelona have agreed a deal in principle for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann has disappointed this season, but is still wanted by the top teams as one of the few superstars who isn’t yet claimed by one of them yet. Manchester United have not been ruled out of the race yet, at least, but there is a growing strain between Jose Mourinho and the board. If he has to sell in order to raise funds this transfer window, then getting another £100m together seems...
The Busby Babe Nov 14, 2017
Does Jose Mourinho truly “get” Manchester United?

Does Jose Mourinho truly “get” Manchester United?

What should we make of Jose Mourinho’s weird approach to managing Manchester United? And should we even care? When we think about we might want from a Manchester United manager, we can probably make a basic distinction between the football stuff, and everything else. The football stuff is fairly obvious. Basically, the ideal Manchester United manager should coach his team to play attacking, aggressive, thrilling football, in matches both big and small; should win trophies, particularly league titles; and should achieve both of the above while using at least a few, and ideally plenty, of...
The Busby Babe Nov 14, 2017
Paul Pogba nearing return to action for Manchester United

Paul Pogba nearing return to action for Manchester United

#Pogback The Mirror report that Luke Shaw crashed into Phil Jones’ car with his big old car. Because it is international week, we are stuck with utter turd in the news. Jones is back because he was injured while on international duty, though it is not expected to be too serious an injury. Shaw is with the United squad that aren’t on international duty, because Ashley Young is a better option for both United and England. Both are expected to be out for 18 months after suffering minor footballers’ whiplash. Having said that, Jones thinks that he should be able to play at the weekend,...
The Busby Babe Nov 13, 2017
United reportedly interested in Atletico Madrid midfielder

United reportedly interested in Atletico Madrid midfielder

Saúl Ñíguez is said to be open to a move to Old Trafford. Manchester United could be about to make a move for Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez, according to the Sun’s Warren Haughton. The 22-year-old Spaniard has established himself as one of Europe’s rising stars over the last few seasons, and looks set to be a fixture of the national team for years to come. Matching technical aptitude with tireless industry, Saúl is just about everything United’s midfield is not — at least when Paul Pogba’s not in it. Could he really be on his way to Old Trafford? Unfortunately, it...
The Busby Babe Nov 13, 2017
Phil Jones is injured again

Phil Jones is injured again

Oh, FFS. Oh, mother of god, here we go again. Phil Jones has been Manchester United’s best defender this season. As per the rules of the infamous Phil Jones Boom/Bust Cycle, Phil Jones has now followed up that impressive form with a series of injuries. The latest - on international duty, of course - came on Friday. Jones limped off after just 24 minutes of England’s friendly draw against Germany, and has now returned to Manchester United’s Carrington training facility for treatment. Why was Phil Jones - currently the best English center half in the premier league, notoriously...
The Busby Babe Nov 13, 2017
Manchester United interested in Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti

Manchester United interested in Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti

Come to England, and forget about all that ‘culture’ stuff, Samuel. Manchester United apparently have interest in Barcelona’s French international central defender Samuel Umtiti, and that has prompted the Catalonians to prepare a new contract offer for him. There is no hint that Umtiti is unhappy at Barcelona - and why would you move from Spain to Brexit England for any reason at all - but he nonetheless has a £53m release clause, meaning that he is eminently affordable by the standards of modern, young and promising defenders. Victor Lindelof was watched by Jose Mourinho while on...
The Busby Babe Nov 12, 2017
Marouane Fellaini set for January exit

Marouane Fellaini set for January exit

The Belgian midfielder’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and Beşiktaş have moved to snap him up. A report in this morning’s Sunday Mirror claims that Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is set to join Beşiktaş upon the opening of the next transfer window. The 29-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, though the Turkish club have apparently made decided to splash £8 million to sign him in January rather than wait until he becomes a free agent in the summer. Bizarre. The Belgian had established himself as a...
The Busby Babe Nov 10, 2017
José’s Juniors: James Wilson scores a brace

José’s Juniors: James Wilson scores a brace

James Wilson grabs a double for the reserves, but the U18s suffer a rare loss. Reserves Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City It was a break from Premier League 2 action for the reserves this weekend, instead they were in action in the Premier League International Cup against Swansea City. The home match-up favored the reds who came out 2-1 winners with two goals from James Wilson. Wilson’s first goal came 14 minutes into the second half via the penalty spot after Swansea skipper Joe Rodon handled the ball. Wilson dispatched the penalty past Lewis Thomas to give United a 1-0 lead. His second...
The Busby Babe Nov 10, 2017
Manchester United’s international break wishlist

Manchester United’s international break wishlist

Two whole weeks without United. Cross your fingers and hope that nothing awful happens ... It’s the international break! Hooray! While Manchester United don’t take to the field until two Saturday’s time, this isn’t a moment for complacency. Many of United’s players have joined up with their countries, while others, along with their manager, have stayed home. Which might be even more dangerous. Here is what tBB is hoping for from this international break. That Henrikh Mkhitaryan finds some form We’re off to a mixed start here. Armenia played Belarus on Thursday night and...
The Busby Babe Nov 9, 2017
Manchester United target Gremio midfielder Arthur

Manchester United target Gremio midfielder Arthur

United are looking to add in the forthcoming transfer windows. Talking in part of his England career following a comeback to international duty after years away, Ashley Young has said that he never gave up on his time at Manchester United. Young was disappointing for much of his time under Alex Ferguson, and along with everyone else was useless under David Moyes. There was hope that Louis van Gaal would bin him, but he successfully linked up with Marouane Fellaini, and proved that he was an adequate performer as a left-back and as a left wing-back. So it has proved under Jose Mourinho, who...
The Busby Babe Nov 8, 2017
Mourinho doesn’t want to go to PSG (yet), but his agent wants you to know that they’re interested

Mourinho doesn’t want to go to PSG (yet), but his agent wants you to know that they’re interested

PSG want United’s manager, and Besiktas want United’s star(?) midfielder. José Mourinho, who wants to stay at Manchester United for “fifteen years,” has already started batted his eyelashes elsewhere after barely fifteen months. Some recent flirting in the media was followed up by some half-assed denials, but the Mourinho-to-PSG rumors refuse to go away. Just as stories have popped up this week about Mourinho being told that he has to sell players before he can buy any, lo and behold Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in his services have been made public yet again. Truly, a stunning...

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