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The Busby Babe 11 hours ago

Hull City 0-0 Manchester United: Drab draw relegates Tigers

Farewell, 2014-15. Let's be honest, all we really care about today is that Stoke City played Liverpool off the park and roundly humiliated Steven Gerrard on his final appearance for the club. Yes, it really was 6-1. Alas, we're also duty-bound to note that something happened at the KC Stadium today, and that thing was Manchester United playing out a miserable 0-0 and relegating Hull City in the process. Hull headed into this game with everything to play for and United with pretty much nothing to, which meant it wasn't too surprising that Hull played like a team that cared and United, well,...
The Busby Babe 15 hours ago

Radamel Falcao's Manchester United career is over

According to the papers, Radamel Falcao has been informed that he will not be playing at Manchester United next season. Hazmat suits on, ladies and gentleman, we're heading to the Daily Mail. The estimable Ian Ladyman — one of the more reliable ones, as far as United-covering hacks go — has an EXCLUSIVE, which goes roughly as follows: Manchester United have told striker Radamel Falcao that his time at Old Trafford is over. Sportsmail can reveal that United manager Louis van Gaal informed Falcao of the club's decision at a meeting that took place in the last 48 hours. "Sportsmail" is...
The Busby Babe 16 hours ago

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

It's Manchester United's last game of the season, and it's an absolutely massive one. For Hull. And now, the end is near. And so we face the final curtain. My friends, it's been okay. We've seen some goals, though not that many. But we have slogged our way to fourth. We've kept the ball; we're back in Europe. And more, much more than this. We did it ... Louis van Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal's way. United's role this afternoon is very much a supporting one. To avoid relegation, Hull City need to (a) win, and (b) hope that Newcastle lose at home to a West Ham United side who couldn't be more on...
The Busby Babe 16 hours ago

ICYMI - the posts of the week

We work incredibly hard at this, but we don't like to talk about it. Here's a reminder of stuff you might have missed this week. As ever, you are welcome. Here are the best posts of the week, which you might have missed. We know you're a busy and successful lot, after all. Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal report Jack Sargeant explained how United collapsed late on after holding the naive Arsenal at bay for much of the match. Gary Pallister's enormous junk A vintage clip from MUTV showed us just what Pallister had been using to block shots throughout his career. United's goal of the season Andi...
The Busby Babe 20 hours ago

Real Madrid prepare David de Gea Man Utd exit, Schweinsteiger tight-lipped.

Real Madrid ask David de Gea's agent to prepare Manchester United exit, United in talks for Nicolas Gaitan, Antonio Valencia linked with move to Spain, Bastian Schweinsteiger refuses to comment on United links. The last game of the season beckons, and it's so meaningless we've all had to start to pretend that Steve Bruce remains particularly relevant. In The Mirror, they reckon that Jorge Mendes will be sitting down with the Real Madrid higher-ups to tell him to get the David de Gea deal done. There will be some wrangling over the fee, and it's still not quite clear if De Gea might have a...
The Busby Babe May 23, 2015

Robin van Persie offered Qatari megabucks, it says here

According to the papers, Michal Laudrup is throwing huge piles of money at Manchester United's ageing Dutchman. We interrupt our regular weekend programming to draw your attention to this Mirror EXCLUSIVE: Robin Van Persie will be offered an £18million deal to sign for Qatari side Lekhwiya Who, we hear you ask? No worries. The Mirror have got you covered there: Lekhwiya are managed by former Swansea chief Michael Laudrup and they are ready to give RVP a three-year-deal worth £6m a year. The prospect of starring in the Middle East could appeal to the 31-year-old if United decide to end...
The Busby Babe May 23, 2015

Van Gaal expects David de Gea to stay at Manchester United, Bayern's Schweinsteiger free to join

Louis van Gaal has said he is convinced that David de Gea will stay at Manchester United, and Pep Guardiola has said that Bastian Schweinsteiger is free to leave Bayern Munich. Right, football isn't cricket, so we'll have to make the best of a bad job, this morning, and pretend we're not all waiting for the Test to start again. To The Telegraph, with its audience of colonels, the retired, and retired colonels. They have a story that Louis van Gaal is convinced that David de Gea will stay at Manchester United. It could be bluster, or there could be truth in the reports that De Gea is still...
The Busby Babe May 22, 2015

Great MUTV moments: Gary Pallister is the full package

Manchester United's in-house television channel was the platform for one fan to compliment Gary Pallister on the size of his lunchbox. Gary Pallister achieved a huge amount over his Manchester United career. He was part of the side that won Manchester United's first trophy in 26 years. He's remembered for his free-kick in the final home game of the season in the 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers. When he joined from Middlesbrough, he cost £2.3 million, the highest amount paid between British sides, and the second highest ever paid by a British club. With Manchester United he won four...
The Busby Babe May 22, 2015

Match Preview: Hull City vs. Manchester United

STEVE BRUCE STEVE BRUCE STEVE BRUCE. Aside from that Manchester United have a very, very slight chance at making third, but could consign Hull City and their boss to The Championship as they face relegation. Manchester United have officially nothing to play for in the final game of the season on Sunday, though their match away at Hull City should at least be slightly interesting in that the hosts are scrapping for their Premier League lives. Steve Bruce needs to mastermind a win over his former club for Hull to stay in the top flight, as well as hoping West Ham do a job against Newcastle...
The Busby Babe May 22, 2015

Manchester United sign incredible contract extension with Espon

In astonishing news, Manchester United have extended their contract with Espon office supplies to make sure that the club have enough printers, paper, and I don't know what else, who cares. Manchester United have beaten off strong competition from top clubs around the world who had been tracking Espon as their potential office suppliers. Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal moved quickly when they heard that clubs from around the company, and at least one club in the English Premier League were circling the suppliers of wires and electronic bits and bobs. Ironically, it is thought that a last...
The Busby Babe May 22, 2015

Manchester United move for Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Barca's Dani Alves

Manchester United have been linked with Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger, Barcelona's Dani Alves, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. It's Friday, meaning the majority of people in the world will be finishing the week by heading to the pub and getting blotto. That means people pre-emptively take their eye off the ball at work, and wind down, working less hard and making mistakes. With that in mind, here's some writing done on a Friday. In The Mirror, Ander Herrera has promised there will be more and better from Manchester United next season. You'd hope so, given...
The Busby Babe May 21, 2015

@LIFEHACK_NEO answers your Manchester United queries

We asked @LIFEHACK_NEO to give his appraisal of the season as our readers and Twitter followers asked him for his incisive responses. He didn't let us down. @TheBusbyBabe @LIFEHACK_NEO Favourite moment of the season? (other than Carrick's performance against Cambridge away, obvs) #ASKNEO4NEPAL — Adam Kravetz (@kravz100) May 18, 2015 NEO: PROBABLY EVERY MOMENT CARRICK HASN'T BEEN ON THE FIELD. IT'S LIKE A TANTALISING GLIMPSE INTO A BRIGHT AND HOPEFUL FUTURE. I CAN FEEL MY SOUL ASCENDING EVERYTIME HE HOBBLES OFF INURED @TheBusbyBabe @andi_thomas @LIFEHACK_NEO #ASKNEO4NEPAL how much...
The Busby Babe May 21, 2015

On This Day, 2008: Manchester United win the Champions League

On 21 May 2008, Manchester United won the Champions League in a penalty shootout with Chelsea. Relive John Terry's excellent slip and failure. Wes Brown curls in a cross for Cristiano Ronaldo, who obviously scores his header. Then Frank Lampard stumbles towards goal for his inevitable equaliser. The teams go at each other in extra time, and Didier Drogba, then a much worse human being on the football pitch than he later became, was sent off. United were unable to exploit the advantage, and the game went to a penalty shootout. Cristiano is the only player to miss his penalty,...
The Busby Babe May 21, 2015

Manchester United move swiftly for Valencia's Nicola Otamendia and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

Manchester United have been linked with summer transfers for the unsettled Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, and also are lining up Valencia's central defender Nicola Otamendi, with a move agreed with the player. Good morning. Someone put the croissants in the oven and get the milk out of the coffee. I'm not quite sure how you manage the latter one. To the news! Manchester United have enquired about Liverpool's Raheem Sterling. That matches a story from a couple of months ago when the who contract dispute was kicking off, and has now resurfaced. Now, it's hardly likely to come from...
The Busby Babe May 20, 2015

PICTURED: Manchester United sign new goalkeeper

... though don't get too excited. Manchester United have reportedly signed a new goalkeeper (though sadly one who won't be ready to take over from David de Gea right away). 16-year-old Belgian Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui has reportedly put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Old Trafford, with photos of the former Standard Liège man at the Aon Training Complex published online by Belgian newspaper HLN. Moutha-Sebtaoui (16) van @Standard_RSCL naar @ManUtd @jeroenbossaert @hlnsport #hlnsport #mufc http://t.co/69bp6ComPZ pic.twitter.com/z2RHysiSFk — HLN.BE (@HLN_BE) May 20, 2015 If you...
The Busby Babe May 20, 2015

The alternative Manchester United goal of the season award

Forget about Ander Herrera. Disregard Wayne Rooney. Ignore that Angel di Maria goal, and that Juan Mata one. Which of these not particularly impressive goals do you rate the highest? At last night's end of season awards, the extremely dapper and handsome Juan Mata walked away with the goal of the season trophy for his extremely handsome and dapper goal against Liverpool. And fair enough. Even Vanilla Ice voted for him, and are you going to argue with Vanilla Ice? .@manutd #ivotedmata in the Goal of the Season poll. #mufcpoty http://t.co/WX3lZa4yQP — Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) May 19,...
The Busby Babe May 20, 2015

Being: Liverpool second series - watch the exclusive trailer

Watch Brendan Rodgers' brilliant performance as a pseudish David Brent character transposed to the world of football in this short clip. It's impossible to overstate Brendan Rodgers' influence. Not just on Liverpool, not just on football, but the world itself. Philosophy, philanthropy, philology - Rodgers knows it all and has seen it all. He has already seen the future as if it was something that had already come to pass. You can tell it, in his eyes. He knows exactly what happens on the football pitch is a product of the outstanding work done by his outstanding group of technically...
The Busby Babe May 20, 2015

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United awards speech - five things we learned

Watch Louis van Gaal's end-of-season player awards speech in front of his Manchester United players and staff, including Ryan Giggs. Joe Devine analyses in depth. Before the speeches start, a charity auction takes place. Clearly nobody but Ryan Giggs has the gall to bid against the boss, and for good reason. After a delicate starter of the Please Don't Leave Us David De Gea Awards Ceremony the manager takes centre stage for the main event and calls for focus. Either that, or he's calling everyone's attention to the men's room. it honestly could be either. Despite struggles during...
The Busby Babe May 20, 2015

Manchester United want Ajax's £25 million goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen and Chelsea's Petr Cech

Louis van Gaal has hinted that both Manchester United 'keepers, David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard, could be sold. Ajax's Jasper Cillessen and Chelsea's Petr Cech could both arrive to strengthen the squad. Good morning, I hope your hangover isn't as bad as Louis van Gaal's is this morning. As the paracetamol dissolves and the bacon starts frying, let's have a look at the morning's news. There's a new name for the list of potential replacements for David de Gea when he joins Real Madrid: Ajax's Jasper Cillessen. Cillessen knows Van Gaal from working with him at the World Cup, and has just...

Manchester United draw shows where Arsenal need to strengthen

Arsenal's draw at Old Trafford, while an improvement on previous showings, still exposes the areas that the club need to strengthen in the summer. There is an area of thought which says that Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Manchester United was a bad result and highlights the club's lack of 'ambition'. That seems an odd argument: Arsenal have not won a league game at Old Trafford since the 2006/07 season, and have just two points in the 8 games at Old Trafford since that 1-0 victory, including last season, where they lost against David Moyes' Manchester United. Furthermore, whatever you think of...

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