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The Busby Babe Apr 23, 2017
Burnley 0-2 Manchester United: Martial and Rooney score but Pogba limps off late

Burnley 0-2 Manchester United: Martial and Rooney score but Pogba limps off late

Manchester United picked up three simple points at Turf Moor, but the injury curse may have struck again. Ahead of Thursday's derby against Manchester City, Manchester United moved to within a point of their fourth-placed neighbours with an almost-problem-free win over Burnley. In the absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, and in the wake of extra time against Anderlecht, Jose Mourinho shuffled his squad. Wayne Rooney returned to make his first start in months, Anthony Martial slotted in up front, and Daley Blind took up central defensive duties. If there's one thing a...
The Busby Babe Apr 23, 2017
Jose Mourinho rests Marcus Rashford, recalls Wayne Rooney

Jose Mourinho rests Marcus Rashford, recalls Wayne Rooney

After playing two full hours against Anderlecht on Thursday, United's most important striker is given the afternoon off against Burnley. How times change. Wayne Rooney starts ahead of a 19-year-old, and it's frankly a disappointment. An understandable disappointment, of course, given that Marcus Rashford played 120 minutes in the Europa League on Thursday. But still. Tells you something about the pecking order at Manchester United these days. Anyway, Rooney starts and captains, with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard for company up front. Behind them, Paul Pogba — who apparently never...
The Busby Babe Apr 23, 2017
Marcos Rojo out for the season — reports

Marcos Rojo out for the season — reports

It looks like Manchester United's most improved player will miss the end of the season. If, last season, you'd told the Busby Babe that we'd be really worried about a Marcos Rojo injury, we'd have replied: Yes, of course we are. Injuries are horrible. We're not monsters. Admittedly, we wouldn't have thought it was much of a blow to Manchester United's season. But Rojo has been a spiky, committed and surprisingly effective mainstay of United's defence over the last few months. He is arguably this season's most improved player. And he is, according to various newspapers and other media...
The Busby Babe Apr 23, 2017
Burnley vs Manchester United 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

Burnley vs Manchester United 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

A hobbled United team are hoping to keep their top four hopes alive The walking wounded of Manchester United travel to Burnley, chasing a win to maintain their chase for a top four finish. Thursday’s Europa League victory has come at a steep cost as both Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcos Rojo are confirmed long-term absentees. With Juan Mata also out for the foreseeable future, United are stretched so thin in attack that Wayne Rooney may well start at Turf Moor. At the back, Eric Bailly has played virtually every minute since the international break, and as United’s only fit senior center...
The Busby Babe Apr 21, 2017
Zlatan Ibrahimović is unlikely to play again this season

Zlatan Ibrahimović is unlikely to play again this season

With early reports pointing to an ACL tear, the Swede may have played his last game for United With the last kick of the game in normal time of Manchester United’s Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht, Zlatan Ibrahimović went down in agony. Ibrahimović is nearly impossible to knock down, and even with United desperately seeking a winner, it was clear that this was no cheap ploy to con the referee into awarding a penalty. He was clutching his knee, and the ugly replays confirmed the severity of the injury. Now, it appears that injury will cost Ibrahimović the rest of the...
The Busby Babe Apr 21, 2017
Europa League semi-final draw 2017: Manchester United vs. Celta Vigo

Europa League semi-final draw 2017: Manchester United vs. Celta Vigo

It's a trip to sunny Spain for Jose Mourinho's merry men. After their hard-earned win over Anderlecht last night, Manchester United have been drawn to play Spanish side Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League. We assume that Jose Mourinho will be relatively pleased to have avoided Olympique Lyonnais, who looked the most dangerous of the semi-final opponents and will be taking on Ajax. However, Celta Vigo are potentially tricky opponents: they may only sit tenth in La Liga, but they've beaten both Barcelona (in the league) and Real Madrid (over two legs in the Copa del Rey) this...
The Busby Babe Apr 20, 2017
Europa League draw 2017: Start time, TV schedule, and live stream for semifinals announcement

Europa League draw 2017: Start time, TV schedule, and live stream for semifinals announcement

Watch to see which team Manchester United will face in the Europa League semi-finals After scraping by Anderlecht in extra time on Thursday, Manchester United won’t have to wait long to find out their next opponents in the Europa League. The semi-final draw takes place on Friday at UEFA’s lair headquarters, and joining United in the magic sorting hat (or whatever they use) are Ajax, Celta Vigo, and Lyon. Ajax would arguably be the most forgiving opponents (*knocks on proverbial wood*), Celta Vigo would be trickier than they appear on paper, and Lyon could easily turn United over. If you...
The Busby Babe Apr 20, 2017
Manchester United 2-1 Anderlecht (AET): Rashford sends United to the Europa League semi-finals in extra time

Manchester United 2-1 Anderlecht (AET): Rashford sends United to the Europa League semi-finals in extra time

It wasn’t pretty, but the Reds eventually found a way through to the next round. That was decidedly more unpleasant than it needed to be. It was a performance that was often sloppy and disjointed, but another moment of composure from Marcus Rashford was enough to make the difference. Manchester United are through to their first European semi-final in six years, but they certainly didn't do it the easy way. José Mourinho signaled his intent to put this Europa League tie to bed by naming an attacking team, but whatever his intentions, things didn’t quite go to plan on the day. It was an...
The Busby Babe Apr 20, 2017
Manchester United vs Anderlecht: Line-ups!

Manchester United vs Anderlecht: Line-ups!

Zlatan and Mkhi are back in the starting XI. José Mourinho is taking no chances for Manchester United’s Europa League quarter-final second leg, and has named an attacking side to face Anderlecht. After being left out at the weekend, Zlatan Ibrahimović returns to spearhead the attack. Behind him is the also returning Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as the in-form Marcus Rashford and reasonably reliable Jesse Lingard. Here's how #MUFC will line up against Anderlecht in the #UEL this evening... pic.twitter.com/JPbADcqCFi— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 20, 2017 Michael Carrick lines...
The Busby Babe Apr 20, 2017
Manchester United vs Anderlecht 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Europa League online

Manchester United vs Anderlecht 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Europa League online

United host Anderlecht in the quarter-final, leading only on away goals from the first leg. In what is now the most important match of the season to date, Manchester United host Anderlecht in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final. Even with a top four finish in the Premier League still within reach, the Europa League still represents the most straightforward path to next season’s Champions League. The Reds hold a slim advantage on away goals after last week’s annoying 1-1 draw in Belgium, but no one should expect José Mourinho to play this one safe. Despite United’s...
The Busby Babe Apr 20, 2017
Manchester United plan Eric Dier transfer

Manchester United plan Eric Dier transfer

Manchester United are interest in Tottenham Hotspur's versatile Eric Dier. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has options. He has an offer from LAFC for £5m a year, in order to quit Manchester United in the summer and leave them to their own devices. I never get to do this, really, so forgive me: As I exclusively revealed in January's soaraway Yahoo in January. However, there's one detail which might please United fans and Jose Mourinho - he would be available to return to United on loan. According to this story, Manchester United have told Real Madrid that they intend to sign Barcelona striker Neymar....
The Busby Babe Apr 19, 2017
José Mourinho wants Anthony Martial to be more like Marcus Rashford

José Mourinho wants Anthony Martial to be more like Marcus Rashford

Martial has been increasingly marginalized by the manager, who is demanding more from the Frenchman. Anthony Martial is the latest occupant of The José Mourinho Naughty Step. After putting in a shockingly bad performance off the bench away at Anderlecht last week, he was dropped from the squad altogether for the visit of league leaders Chelsea. This was the latest demotion for a player that has been in and out of favor with the manager all season. In his press conference ahead of the second leg of Manchester United’s Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht, Mourinho explained why...
The Busby Babe Apr 19, 2017
Who should be Manchester United's next club captain?

Who should be Manchester United's next club captain?

As Wayne Rooney drifts towards the exit door, we take a look at who might inherit the Old Trafford captaincy. As we approach the sharp end of the season, and as Manchester United gird themselves for one final push in the league and in Europe, one man is conspicuous by his absence: Wayne Rooney. Manchester United's captain is, apparently, injured. But even if he weren't, United's captain probably wouldn't be in United's first team. He might not even be making the squad. And come the summer time, he might not even be a Manchester United player any more. So, who's next? Who will be granted...
The Busby Babe Apr 19, 2017
Ander Herrera set for new Manchester United contract

Ander Herrera set for new Manchester United contract

There's news about Manchester United's two Spanish midfielders, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera. Is the subtext of this article that Jose Mourinho climbed into the Chelsea dressing room, using his old set of keys, and sneezed on the towels and kit of every single player on Chelsea's squad, wiped off the finger prints of his entry, hacked into the security mainframe and then cleaned off the entry records to hide his transgression - it's not for me to say. Oh, look, Bastian Schweinsteiger scored another time for Chicago Fire. Isn't it nice that he's found his level after two years, almost, of...
The Busby Babe Apr 18, 2017
Manchester United target Borussia Dortmund attacker

Manchester United target Borussia Dortmund attacker

United are reportedly after Ousmane Dembélé. Lukaku will cost a fortune. Young is unsure of his future. Herrera isn’t taking his place for granted. You know what they say - you can never have too many Dembélés. And if one gifted, lightning quick young French striker suffers a dip in form, don’t bother trying to raise his confidence or develop his game. Sack him off, and move on to the next one. And if the next one is too expensive (we’re looking at you, suddenly-€100m-rated Kylian Mbappé), don’t lose heart - there’s always another one that you for whom you can overpay...
The Busby Babe Apr 18, 2017
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Manchester United succeeded with Marcus Rashford in attack against Chelsea, when he offered the pace that Zlatan Ibrahimovic sorely lacks. The run behind the defence is something that Ibrahimovic only offers over short distances, but Rashford allows United to play on the counter-attack more effectively and dangerously.
The Busby Babe Apr 18, 2017
Rashford usurps Ibrahimovic as man of the moment

Rashford usurps Ibrahimovic as man of the moment

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been suggested as a viable replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Manchester United succeeded with Marcus Rashford in attack against Chelsea, when he offered the pace that Zlatan Ibrahimovic sorely lacks. The run behind the defence is something that Ibrahimovic only offers over short distances, but Rashford allows United to play on the counter-attack more effectively and dangerously. According to this story, Jose Mourinho outsmarted Antonio Conte with a stroke of genius. I'm not sure that getting your players to defend sensibly and man-mark the...
The Busby Babe Apr 17, 2017
Manchester United 2 - 0 Chelsea: Things we learned

Manchester United 2 - 0 Chelsea: Things we learned

The Reds’ best performance of the season may contain keys for future success Manchester United ran out 2-0 victors over Chelsea on Sunday, in the third and final edition of this season’s Mourinho Classic SuperJoséco Derby Della Mourinho. Here are some things we learned. Mourinho still thrives an as underdog This was José Mourinho at his best; the master tactician and motivator that we were supposed to have gotten in the first place. Stung by an unceremonious sacking at Chelsea, and clearly trying hard to put on a charm offensive for United fans, Mourinho has been an unusually subdued...
The Busby Babe Apr 17, 2017
Adnan Januzaj wants to stay in the Premier League

Adnan Januzaj wants to stay in the Premier League

Manchester United bask in glory, and Adnan Januzaj wants to stay in the Premier League. Adnan Januzaj wants to stay in England when he leaves Manchester United in the summer. He's failed to impress at both United and Sunderland in the Premier League, and at Dortmund last year, so maybe he'll give the Championship a go. There's clearly a player there, but there doesn't seem to be a great deal up top. The Mirror thinks that United put on their best display of the season against Chelsea. It's hard to disagree, but the most important thing is that this isn't just a flash of form, but the...
The Busby Babe Apr 14, 2017
Anderlecht 1 - 1 Manchester United: Three things we learned

Anderlecht 1 - 1 Manchester United: Three things we learned

Mourinho’s right. Mourinho’s wrong. Martial’s form is a concern. Yet again, Manchester United drew a game that they should have won. Yet again, a disappointing result followed subpar finishing in front of goal. Here are three things we learned from the 1-1 draw at Anderlecht. Anthony Martial’s form is cause for concern Photo by Clive Brunskill/ Anthony Martial had arguably his worst appearance in a United shirt yesterday. Brought on to replace Jesse Lingard with half an hour to go, Martial was meant to provide some cutting edge to an attack that had so far...

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