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The Busby Babe Jul 27, 2016

Napoli could make shock move for Manchester United defender

A new day, a new transfer rumour! Today’s is especially from out of left field, with Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Napoli are willing to spend a hefty chunk of their Gonzalo Higuaín cash on Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian. The Neapolitan outfit have been looking for a rotation option on the right of their defence for a while, and lost out on the signing of Sassuolo’s Šime Vrsaljko to Atlético Madrid earlier this summer. Darmian would certainly fit the bill for Maurizio Sarri’s outfit. However, it remains to be seen whether United will...
The Busby Babe Jul 26, 2016

List of the week: The top 5 moments of the 2015-16 season

This week’s list sees us count down the best moments of last season. As a Manchester United fan, there wasn’t a huge amount to get excited about for most of last season; the football was drab and the results were not much better. But amid all of the upheaval and change at Old Trafford this summer, and with the giddy excitement of what joys the coming campaign may bring, it’s easy to forget that there were a handful of truly glorious moments last season, so lets take a look at them. Man Utd 3 - 2 Arsenal - 28 February 2016 - Marcus Rashford’s Premier League debut ...
The Busby Babe Jul 25, 2016

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Create your own match report!

Did Manchester United triumph over their nearest and dearest? Or did Pep Guardiola make Jose Mourinho look silly? YOU DECIDE. Heavy rain and a mess of a pitch led to the cancellation of today's preseason friendly against Manchester City. But no matter! The Busby Babe is proud to present this exclusive Choose Your Own Match Report. Simply decide how the game would have gone, then delete the alternative options and [enjoy/despair at] how United might have got on. Manchester United today completed their two-game preseason tour of China with a [resounding win/embarrassing loss/irrelevant...
The Busby Babe Jul 25, 2016

The Great Red Debate: Is it time to do away with far-flung pre-season tours?

This week’s Great Red Debate sees the Busby Babe’s full editorial team of Ryan Baldi, Jack Sargeant and Andi Thomas discuss the merits of long-haul pre-season tours, and whether there may be a better alternative. Ryan: In recent years, Manchester United’s pre-season preparation has consisted of a handful of friendly matches contested in far-flung locations. The last few tours have seen United take on the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in destinations as distant from Manchester as the U.S.A., Australia and China. These trips are supposed to serve a dual purpose:...
The Busby Babe Jul 25, 2016

David Moyes looking to lure winger from Manchester United

Adnan Januzaj’s promise offered flickering light in the post-Ferguson gloom, though the Belgian international has struggled to demonstrate such talent since the departure of David Moyes. He barely featured under Louis van Gaal, and we still await José Mourinho’s judgement. However, United’s new boss may simply look to postpone a definitive decision by sending Januzaj out on loan — surprise surprise, the man now looking to lure him from Old Trafford is Moyes himself, recently appointed new Sunderland boss. That’s according to the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, who reports that “the...
The Busby Babe Jul 25, 2016

Manchester United's friendly against City cancelled

The second and final game of Manchester United's preseason tour of China has been cancelled. Manchester United's preseason friendly against their local rivals Manchester City has been cancelled after both clubs expressed concerns about the state of the pitch. Problems with the playing surface were compounded by recent heavy rain in Beijing, and so the International Champions Cup will just have to make do without the fixture. This brings to an end United's moderately farcical tour of China: as well as playing one game, a 4-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund, United have had to cope with one of the...
The Busby Babe Jul 24, 2016

Anthony Martial apparently upset over number swap

The French forward is said to be upset that Manchester United have changed his squad number without consulting him. Reports in France this morning claim that Manchester United star Anthony Martial was not informed that his number 9 jersey was being handed to new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and it’s suggested that the 20-year-old forward is less than happy about the situation. French media outlet RMC is reporting that Martial was not consulted before it was announced that he would be sporting the number 11 next season, with the number 9 he wore during the last campaign being given to...
The Busby Babe Jul 24, 2016

United cancel sticky press conference

Suffice to say, Manchester United’s pre-season tour of China hasn’t exactly gone to plan. The Reds followed up a curtain-raising 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund by having to make an unscheduled landing in Tianjin due to bad weather; and now José Mourinho has had to give a spontaneous press conference pitchside at the Olympic Sports Centre in Beijing after the packed room in which the presser was initially planned was deemed too hot and sticky. There are now fears things could go from bad to worse with the team set to take on Manchester City on a worryingly poor pitch on Monday (12:30...
The Busby Babe Jul 23, 2016

List of the Week: Manchester United's 10 greatest cult heroes

This week’s list is about those often underrated United players that, in different ways, left their mark on the hearts of the club's fans, and will always hold a special place in Manchester United's history. Sometimes in football, things may get a little carried away. Sometimes there are players who are qualified as just good or bad. There are players that have long and successful careers at their clubs, win many titles and become a symbol of their respective institutions; these are the legends and the most famous players that you can possibly think of. On the other hand, there are the...
The Busby Babe Jul 23, 2016

Check out first photos of Manchester United's new home kit

It's red. Zlatan 9? Rooney 10? Martial 11? Get your new home kit now: https://t.co/9AOztYicxw pic.twitter.com/SZvKEUKLz2 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 23, 2016 We're sure it has kept you on tenterhooks, but you can finally have peace of mind: Manchester United's new home kit has been launched. It is once again an Adidas number, though this time comes with a peculiar design feature -- namely a subtle half-and-half pattern -- that is sure to look appallingly dated when you dig out your Premier League 2016-17 DVD for nostalgia's sake in a decade's time. However, at least the...
The Busby Babe Jul 22, 2016

José Mourinho unconcerned by United's friendly thrashing

Borussia Dortmund ran out 4-1 winners in the first game of the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament. Manchester United's International Championship Cup campaign kicked off with a 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, which can sit anywhere on a spectrum between understandable, disappointing and downright embarrassing. However, manager José Mourinho was unconcerned by the thrashing, claiming that BVB's longer training time had given them a big headstart. Quoted by the BBC, Mourinho said: "It was like Formula 1 against Formula 3. They are much sharper, so it was difficult to judge....
The Busby Babe Jul 22, 2016

How to be the best Manchester United fan you can be

Eat United. Drink United. Drive United. Work United. Live United. It's difficult, sometimes, isn't? You lie there at night under your Manchester United duvet, your unsleeping head cradled in your Manchester United pillow, gazing up at the ceiling as the hands on your Manchester United clock chip away at the smallest hours. Am I Manchester United enough? you ask yourself. Is there anything I could be doing to be more Manchester United? Do not fret, dear reader. Manchester United's dedication to amassing sponsor upon sponsor means that you — yes, you! — can now live an entirely Manchester...
The Busby Babe Jul 22, 2016

Manchester United vs Borussia Dortmund: Preview and team news

Manchester United kick off their pre-season tour of China against Borussia Dortmund today. Here’s everything you need to know about the fixture. Manchester United will take on Borussia Dortmund today (kick-off: 1pm BST) as the club’s pre-season tour of China kicks off in earnest. The teams have been announced, and United are starting with Sam Johnstone in goal; a defence of Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw; a midfield of Daley Blind and Ander Herrera behind Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard; with Memphis Depay apparently playing as a striker. Man...
The Busby Babe Jul 21, 2016

Manchester United’s provisional 2016-17 squad numbers announced

The squad numbers for next season have been announced. Here are all the major changes and the one particular vacant number that has got people speculating. Manchester United have announced their provisional squad numbers for the 2016-17 season, and there are a few interesting changes. Most notably, Anthony Martial will wear the number 11 jersey next season, with the number 9 that he previously wore being given to new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And Adnan Januzaj, the last player to wear the number 11 shirt, will take the number 15. #MUFC's provisional squad numbers for 2016/17:...
The Busby Babe Jul 21, 2016

Agent fee final hurdle in Pogba deal

Widespread reports suggest that Manchester United are close to agreeing terms with Juventus on the transfer of Paul Pogba, but the two clubs are yet to agree who should pay Mino Raiola’s fee. Manchester United are close to completing the world record signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus, with the fee due to the player’s agent Mino Raiola the only remaining stumbling block, according to reports. Multiple outlets have reported that, after United’s opening offer was rejected on Tuesday, the two clubs met again yesterday and reached an agreement over a fee, with a sum of between €110...
The Busby Babe Jul 21, 2016

Manchester United interested in Juventus’ Bonucci

Paul Pogba is not the only Juventus player Manchester United are interested in, according to reports. According to Miguel Delaney’s report for ESPN FC yesterday, Paul Pogba is not the only Juventus player Manchester United are trying to sign this summer. The report claims that Manchester United officials, while attempting to hash out a deal for Paul Pogba, took the opportunity of meeting face to face with their Juventus counterparts to also enquire about the Bianconeri’s key defender Leonardo Bonucci. Bonucci, who starred for Italy during their run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016...
The Busby Babe Jul 21, 2016

Paul Pogba’s agent confirms NO DEAL has been completed

Our hopes for the swift completion of Paul Pogba’s seemingly-imminent move from Juventus has been dashed by a tweet from his agent Mino Raiola. The Italian-born Dutchman — who also has Henrikh Mkhitaryan in his stable — has confirmed that “there is no deal done,” and suggested that the reports that claimed on the contrary were nothing but mere “bla bla bla.” There is no deal done regarding Paul Pogba, lots of bla bla bla.— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) July 21, 2016 Obviously this doesn’t mean that the deal is dead, but it does seem to suggest that there’s still a...
The Busby Babe Jul 21, 2016

Has José Mourinho dropped a Paul Pogba hint?

José Mourinho has today been facing the press ahead of tomorrow's pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund in China, but the Portuguese tactician has refused to be drawn on the stories strongly linking Paul Pogba with a move to Manchester United. However, while he was giving nothing away, he wasn't actually giving nothing away; take a look at this quote that comes courtesy of the Mirror, and judge for yourself: "I don’t confirm and I don’t deny. I cannot tell. First of all because I don’t think its correct to speak about players from other clubs. He’s a Juventus player not a...
The Busby Babe Jul 20, 2016

Manchester United defender set for Bundesliga loan move

Manchester United right-back Guillermo Varela is set to move on loan to Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, according to a number of reports. The 23-year-old Uruguayan — who made his first-team breakthrough under Louis van Gaal last season — has been deemed surplus to requirements by José Mourinho at Old Trafford, and was omitted from the United squad that travelled to China ahead of the upcoming pre-season tour. Varela is certainly unfortunate to have been forced out of the club, having looked pretty solid in the few appearances he made last season. However, he’s understandably...
The Busby Babe Jul 20, 2016

Juventus accept Manchester United’s world record bid for Pogba

Reports emerging from France claim that Manchester United and Juventus have come to an agreement over the transfer of Paul Pogba. Paul Pogba will soon be a Manchester United player again, as Juventus have accepted the Red Devils’ mammoth €120 million bid for the player, according to reports in France. L’Equipe is reporting that, after rejecting United’s opening offer of €100 million yesterday, the Italian champions have now accepted an improved bid of €120 million (£102 million) for the talented French midfielder. Multiple reports in Italy yesterday claimed that the two clubs...

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