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The Busby Babe 6 hours ago
Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United: player ratings

Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United: player ratings

Beating the players with sticks. Metaphorical sticks. Sadly. David de Gea: 0 Nothing much that could be done about the first goal or the penalties, but the suspicion is that he might have done better on the other two. Is acquiring a peculiar habit of watching shots go past him. That said, could hardly be blamed for the chaos ahead of him: yes, goalkeepers have to organise the defence, but some things defy organisation. Distribution was mixed, as ever. Rafael: 0 Oh, Rafael. Going forward, while he wasn't as impressive as against QPR, he still did okay providing support and thrust down the...
The Busby Babe 7 hours ago

Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United: Reds throw away a two goal lead in miserable fashion

United found themselves on the wrong end of one of the Premier League's most inexpicable comebacks, as Louis van Gaal's men made themselves look ridiculous. Well, what was that? 2-0 up, then 3-1 up, then 5-3 down. United arrived in Leicaster hoping to win two games in a row for only the second time in 2014; they left a hideous, comical shambles. For a few, brief seconds, it looked as though it was going to be an easy afternoon for United. After a quiet opening, the first goal came from the head of Robin van Persie after good work down the left from Radamel Falcao. A slight deflection did...
The Busby Babe 10 hours ago
Leicester City vs. Manchester United: Live thread

Leicester City vs. Manchester United: Live thread

It's Super Sunday and Manchester United are going to play some football! Join us for this mid-table clash ... Good afternoon. Manchester United last played Leicester City in the Premier League over ten years ago, in April 2004. United went into the game in third place, 13 points off Arsenal at the top of the table, and lined up at Old Trafford with a side that might at best be described as idiosyncratic. Alongside Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo were such luminaries as Roy Carroll and David Bellion, while Eric Djemba-Djemba appeared as a late substitute. United laboured to a 1-0 win with...
The Busby Babe Sep 19, 2014
Wayne Rooney has

Wayne Rooney has "privileges", says Van Gaal

Ahead of Sunday's game against Leicester, Manchester United's manager has had come comforting words for his captain. It seems like only a few weeks ago that Manchester United were scrabbling around for players to fill an XI. Now, with the transfer window done and the injuries easing, Louis van Gaal has options. Particularly up front, where the combined talents of Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie look like an embarrassment of riches. Asked today about his intention, Van Gaal was clear that nobody has an automatic place in the team ... except one man. I don't think any...
The Busby Babe Sep 19, 2014
CONFIRMED: Van Gaal says he wants Ronaldo

CONFIRMED: Van Gaal says he wants Ronaldo

Manchester United manager indicates that he would be interested in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. It's Friday press conference time, and as his his style, Louis van Gaal has been saying things while other people listen. Some of the questions from Her Majesty's Hack Pack had to do with Manchester United as they are now, but one cheeky journo asked him about the rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo might be on his way back to Old Trafford. Rather than straight bat the question back, Van Gaal said it was "possible," citing the example of Radamel Falcao as evidence for the...
The Busby Babe Sep 16, 2014
Money

Money "in place" for Ronaldo's return

Remember that Portuguese bloke who scored loads and loads of goals and then left for Spain? Yeah, he might be coming back ... Join us, friends, as we take a trip to Spain with Guillem Balague, noted journalist, Sky Sports' Iberian expert of choice, and occasional ITK. That's "in the know", if you don't speak Twitter. Anyway, according to Balague, Manchester United's money men aren't content with snaffling Real Madrid's hardest-working player. Oh no. They want the big fish. They want Cristiano Ronaldo. He is unhappy and he's said so - but then he corrected himself by saying ‘I didn't...
The Busby Babe Sep 15, 2014
Rio Ferdinand slates

Rio Ferdinand slates "amateurish" David Moyes

Negative tactics! Confusing instructions! Public humiliations! No chips! Before reading on, we urge you to keep two things in mind. The first is that Rio Ferdinand, once of Manchester United but now of QPR, will shortly be releasing a book, and one tried-and-trusted strategy for releasing a book is to make sure that it contains a few headline-worthy stories. The second is that he as decided to call this book #2Sides. That's right. He's called it a hashtag. Anyway, with that in mind, we turn to the news. It was bound to happen, of course; the silly Moyes stories were bound to come out...
Manchester United 4-0 QPR: Player ratings

Manchester United 4-0 QPR: Player ratings

Player ratings as Manchester United romped to a comfortable 4-0 win over QPR, with few low points and plenty of standouts. David de Gea 6 "Dave, come off your line once in a while mate!" "Dave, please never, ever come off your line again, thanks mate." Rafael 8 The wee genius was back in play again and he gave a quite superb performance. Many things helped us give an improved performance today - Di Maria being magic, Blind's control of midfield, Herrera's scampering, QPR's defence - but Rafael also had a huge impact. Must start as often as possible from now on. Jonny Evans 6 Decent...
Manchester United 4-0 QPR - Falcao flops on debut as United run riot

Manchester United 4-0 QPR - Falcao flops on debut as United run riot

Manchester United cruised to a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, with Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Rafael all sparkling in the win. Radamel Falcao shamed Manchester United as he put in a miserable display by missing a sitter during the Reds' easy 4-0 win over QPR. Sorry. It's just hard, and weird, to watch United as uncritically as this without some sort of sense of doom going on. This was a good performance - albeit against a rotten side - but for the regular United-watcher who has some emotional investment in the team, it was a truly great day and a big step forward. Proper football!...
The Busby Babe Sep 12, 2014
It might backfire, but selling Danny Welbeck was no mistake

It might backfire, but selling Danny Welbeck was no mistake

United's departed striker may go on to score heaps of goals. But that wouldn't mean letting him go was an error. It was the question on everybody's lips. The last lingering mystery of the transfer window. Over in the Daily Mail, they were really quite excited about it: "In a couple of days' time van Gaal will attempt to explain why he elected to sell Welbeck to Arsenal on deadline day. Like Welbeck's performance for England, it will make compulsive viewing." And then it turned out that the answer to the question was, well, really quite dull. Banal, even: Welbeck has been here since he was...
The Busby Babe Sep 12, 2014
Nine injuries for United, with Phil Jones ruled out until October

Nine injuries for United, with Phil Jones ruled out until October

Manchester United's injury woes continue ahead of the return of the Premier League. Stupid international football. Stupid Switzerland. Phil Jones, one of the few United players to have made an okayish start to the season, has today been ruled out for three weeks to a month by Louis van Gaal. Jones joins an extensive list of United injured -- nine, according to Van Gaal -- though the majority are fringe or young players. Marouane Fellaini is "more than a month" away from playing after sustaining a knee injury, while Michael Carrick "isn't ready but has run for the first time on grass"....
The Busby Babe Sep 11, 2014
Louis van Gaal explains why United sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal

Louis van Gaal explains why United sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal

So his poor goalscoring record does matter, after all. When the Danny Welbeck critics (I know, we can't believe they exist either ...) have a poke at Longsight's finest, their most common criticism is that his goalscoring record is poor. Manchester United fans would often rightly respond that A) his game is based around much more than kicking the ball in the back of the net and B) he's been played out on the wing often enough to skew such statistics. However, it seems his record does matter after all. Explaining the decision to sign Radamel Falcao and sell Welbeck -- to Premier League...
The Busby Babe Sep 11, 2014

Radamel Falcao wants to stay at United for "many years"

Radamel Falcao wants his loan deal to be made permanent. Radamel Falcao was unveiled to the press and public alongside Louis van Gaal and Daley Blind today, and already he's decided that he wants his loan deal at Old Trafford to be made permanent. He opened his press conference by saying: "I am very happy to be here, it is a big challenge for me. I always dreamed to be in a club like Manchester United." Later, with a cheeky smile, he added: "I hope to stay many years in Manchester United and make history in this club. When I was in Porto and Atlético Madrid I always dreamed of playing...
The Busby Babe Sep 10, 2014
Frank de Boer: Daley Blind would prefer to play in midfield for United

Frank de Boer: Daley Blind would prefer to play in midfield for United

According to Daley Blind's old boss, his favourite position is in central midfield. According to Ajax manager Frank de Boer, Manchester United summer signing Daley Blind would prefer to play in central midfield for the Red Devils, despite having starred under Louis van Gaal as a left wing-back at the World Cup. De Boer is quoted by ESPN as saying: "He started as a full-back but I think now he prefers to be a controlling midfielder. I think he'll have two or three options [at United] -- either at wing-back or on the left in a central midfield pairing." Given United's big issues in central...
The Busby Babe Sep 9, 2014
Injury crisis easing as another United player returns to training

Injury crisis easing as another United player returns to training

Manchester United's Brazilian rightback has declared himself fit for selection. Slowly but surely, Manchester United are getting closer to having a decent Premier League squad available. The latest to return from the wilderness is adorable rightback Rafael, who this morning told the world via Instagram that he was feeling nostalgic ... All together now: "awwww ..."/"oh God, I feel so old ..." Anyway, more interesting for United fans will have been the caption, with rather helpfully doesn't embed. But it reads: "5 years a go young skinny rafael good memories. Back in training ready to help....
The Busby Babe Sep 9, 2014
Danny Welbeck and the

Danny Welbeck and the "humiliation" of Louis van Gaal

Two goals against Switzerland has made a fool of Manchester United's manager. Apparently. Danny Welbeck scored a couple of goals for England last night. If you were watching with United eyes, it was a touch bittersweet; if with England or Arsenal eyes, it was very encouraging. If you were watching with Daily Mail columnist Neil Ashton's eyes -- not literally, that would be disgusting -- then it was, well, something else entirely ... Louis van Gaal's decision to sell Danny Welbeck for £16m is one of the most controversial transfers in Manchester United history. This is the club who...
Surprise! United starting player injured on international duty

Surprise! United starting player injured on international duty

Phil Jones looks like he might be out of the game against Queens Park Rangers and possibly longer as he was withdrawn over what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Good news and bad news today, fellow Reds. First the good news, which concerns team news ahead of the QPR game: Ander Herrera, and all of our summer signings, are fit and ready for action. Now, the bad news: Phil Jones is not, because he was crocked while playing for England, as he is accustomed to do. Which means our available centre-back options are likely to consist of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, and probably not...
Rejoice! United midfielder returns to action for QPR game

Rejoice! United midfielder returns to action for QPR game

Ander Herrera is back in business as we do battle against Harry Redknapp and his dastardly minions at the weekend. Football? Between individual organisations allowed to buy and sell players of any nationality? And we play it at the weekend? Sounds like a good idea to us. And Manchester United, who by virtue of clicking on this website you've been allocated to share in the triumphs and disasters of, will play some team called Queens Park Rangers. And the good news is that shiny new midfielder Ander Herrera, in his loveliness, will be back fit for it after being cruelly sidelined after our...
The Busby Babe Sep 8, 2014

United deny that Falcao is lying about his age

International breaks really are the worst. Shocking news, folks. Radamel Falcao has been carrying on an elaborate, complex fraud for many years now, and it has only been exposed by the fearless Sun newspaper, lover of truth and exposer of wrongdoing. The Colombian striker, thought by Google everybody to have been born on February 10 1986, was in fact born in 1984! Which makes him 30! Apparently. The story does rather fall to pieces when it emerges that (a) Manchester United knew about the allegation and (b) are entirely content that it is nonsense. "We were aware of the rumours at the time...
United plan to buy an £80m player every season for a decade - report

United plan to buy an £80m player every season for a decade - report

Manchester United's transfer policy will allow them to buy stars every season for a decade, according to reports. "A Luis Suarez a year" is perhaps the most unpalatable sales pitch we've ever heard, but thankfully it's meant only figuratively. That's what the Telegraph claim is the crux of our transfer policy for the next decade going ahead. Given how the last window went, we may scoff at the notion the club is thinking more than ten days into the future, let alone ten years, but according to Jason Burt of the Telegraph, that's how we plan to approach the future. With the capability of...