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The Busby Babe 58 mins ago

Remembering Munich, 58 years on

February 6th, 1958. Today marks the 58th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster: the defining moment in the history of Manchester United. After defeating Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup, Sir Matt Busby's 'Babes' were flying home via Munich, where their aircraft stopped to refuel. After two aborted takeoff attempts, the plane crashed in heavy snow. 23 people sustained fatal injuries, including eight United players. Their average age was just 24. Manager Matt Busby was given only a 50 per cent chance of surviving the crash, though pulled through and oversaw a decade-long process of...
The Busby Babe 6 hours ago

How should Manchester United line up against Chelsea?

Which tactics and players do you think Manchester United should use in their Premier League game against Chelsea? Manchester United take on Chelsea with the news seemingly set to be confirmed that their former manager, Jose Mourinho, will take over from Louis van Gaal in the summer. United have six injuries to contend with before they choose their team to play at Old Trafford. Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are all long term injuries, but they are currently joined by Ashley Young, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phil Jones - Jones is the only player who may make a return this...
The Busby Babe 7 hours ago

Jose Mourinho confident of getting the Manchester United job

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is increasingly confident of being appointed as Manchester United boss. In the Mirror, there's a story that Louis van Gaal is disagreeing with the reason that Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard and others gave for their recent improvement. The players say they have been given more freedom, the manager disagrees. Maybe they've worked out it's easier just to ignore him rather than listen to his useless instructions. The Daily Mail has something about Adnan Januzaj getting a pool table for his birthday. He's 21. 21 and he has gone close to nowhere. He's a few...
The Busby Babe 23 hours ago

Manchester United made massive Neymar bid, according to his father

According to Neymar's father, Manchester United lodged a huge bid for the Brazilian forward last summer. Another day, another delightful story about Ed Woodward's clumsy manoeuvres in the transfer market. Apparently he attempted to sign Barcelona star Neymar last summer, in a bid worth a cool £140 million. No doubt some United fans would consider this silly money for Neymar, but given that he'll soon be the undisputed best player on planet earth, they'd be wrong. We'd normally dismiss this kind of talk as the sort of pap perpetuated by the Daily Express and friends, though the source is,...
The Busby Babe Feb 4, 2016

Manchester United include Regan Poole in Europa League squad

Louis van Gaal calls up another young prospect to the Manchester United first team. There aren't too many surprises in Manchester United's Europa League squad, not least because Manchester United don't have so many players that they can be leaving anybody out. One unfamiliar name is in, however: teenage defender Regan Poole. Poole, still only 17, joined the club on 1 September 2015 from Welsh side Newport County, though due to problems over his international clearance — yes, apparently so, even from Wales to England — he was unable to appear for the club until 1 February. He has...
The Busby Babe Feb 4, 2016

Leeds, Pogba and Di Maria: here's what people ask about Manchester United

According to the BBC, these are the five most popular questions that people ask Google about Manchester United. No, "Marouane Fellaini - why?" doesn't feature. It's all a bit quiet out there. Manchester United's competence at the weekend, coupled with the closure of transfer window, has left a large hole where either anger or speculation should be, and so the Busby Babe must do what all forelock-tugging English subjects do in such dire situations. We turn to the BBC. Over on the BBC website is a quite interesting list entitled "What are the top questions asked about your club?" Essentially...
The Busby Babe Feb 4, 2016

Jose Mourinho confident of Manchester United deal

Jose Mourinho is confident of replacing Louis van Gaal at Manchester United. The Mirror says that Jose Mourinho is close to agreeing a deal with Manchester United, according to reports in Italy. You can believe them or not, but the Busby Babe can exclusively reveal that at least one source close to Jorge Mendes is confident of the deal being done. That's right, we 'understand' it. Here's an article in the Telegraph which explains why United didn't get Pep Guardiola. If you wanted Guardiola, fair enough, but there's no point him working with someone as clueless as Ed Woodward, from his...
The Busby Babe Feb 3, 2016

13 ways Pep Guardiola's appointment will inspire Manchester United

He may have chosen the noisy neighbours, but has Pep Guardiola done Manchester United a huge favour? Here are 13 ways he has already improved United's players. We don't know if you've been reading the press today, but it appears that United's win over Stoke City last night was thanks to one person above all others: Pep Guardiola. Yes, it was the "perfect response to City's Guardiola announcement," according to Sky, while the Guardian suggested that if news of the appointment "can galvanise Manchester United, then the rest of the season for Louis van Gaal and his men may be fruitful after...
The Busby Babe Feb 3, 2016

Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City

Player ratings for Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City. David de Gea 6 He didn't have to do anything, so he didn't. A bit like a policeman investigating another officer for complaints of brutality. Matteo Darmian 6 He was competent, if not spectacular, but he showed that he was capable - along with most of the rest of the side - with the requirements of quick passing. It doesn't matter if he can't cross if United don't make him cross. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson 7 Dealt well with Jonathan Walters, but it's worth remembering that Walters has rarely featured for Stoke this season, so he was out of...
The Busby Babe Feb 3, 2016

Manchester United win a game, nobody knows what to do.

The world was in shock after Manchester United won a a Premier League game. In the Mirror, there's confirmation that our eyes did not deceive us. So, er, yes, Manchester United won a game in the Premier League. Stoke were almost unimaginably bad, but that wouldn't have stopped United being worse in past games. A big old success. I can't remember what happens now. The Daily Mail has a story that Ryan Giggs was absent from the match last night as he was on compassionate leave due to a family illness. Nevertheless, it's nice to spot a correlation between him being away and United winning a...
The Busby Babe Feb 2, 2016

Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City: United impress in comfortable win

Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke City. Manchester United turned in one of their best performances of the Premier League season as they cruised past Stoke City 3-0. A difficult game was anticipated against one of the division's strongest mid-table sides, though Louis van Gaal's side revealed a hitherto invisible ability on the counter-attack, shredding the Potters on the break. For a fleeting moment, it was almost like the olden days. United started the game on the front foot, but didn't test Stoke keeper Jack Butland...
The Busby Babe Feb 2, 2016

Michael Carrick and Matteo Darmian return as Manchester United take on Stoke City

Louis van Gaal has made two changes from the team that beat Derby County in the FA Cup. Manchester United have made two changes from the team that beat Derby County in the FA Cup on the weekend, with Matteo Darmian and Michael Carrick coming in for Guillermo Varela and Morgan Schneiderlin respectively. United's big new January signi ... oh, no, sorry, we didn't make one. Oh well! Marouane Fellaini is, of course, still in the team, with Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera having to settle for a spot on the bench. Stoke City line up with what seems to be quite an offensively-minded team. Their...
The Busby Babe Feb 2, 2016

How should Manchester United line up against Stoke City?

Will Manchester United choose Wayne Rooney and Memphis to play against Stoke City in their Premier League match? It's fair to assume that Louis van Gaal will continue to make terrible decisions with his team selection and oversee another useless performance, this time against Stoke City at home. Let's face it, Marouane Fellaini will again turn up in central midfield and stink the place out. Wayne Rooney will continue to be able to do nothing but shoot, and the rest of the side are so depressed they'll be awful. The defence, including the plainly bad Daley Blind and Chris Smalling, will not...
The Busby Babe Feb 2, 2016

Manchester United vs Stoke City, 2016 Premier League: Time, TV schedule, team news, online and live stream

Manchester United vs Stoke City, 2016 Premier League: Time, TV schedule, team news, online and live stream Manchester United host Stoke City ahead of a 2-0 defeat to Mark Hughes' side. Stoke reinforced last night with the £18 million signing of Giannelli Imbula from Porto, whereas Manchester United were too incompetent to even sign a right-back, having started the morning scrabbling around for Mathieu Debuchy. There is no evidence to expect United's uselessness in the transfer window to do anything but carry on onto the pitch in the match tonight. As well as the usual suspects, Ashley...
The Busby Babe Feb 2, 2016

Jose Mourinho set to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been identified as a replacement for Manchester United's Louis van Gaal. In the Telegraph, there's a story about United panicking given the appointment of Pep Guardiola to Manchester City. Be reasonable, there's no panic. United have known this has been coming, and they haven't panicked at all. In fact, they've done very little in response and it's just one of the many reasons they're suffering. Jose Mourinho is favourite to take over in the summer, but there's almost no chance United will be able to attract anyone special without Champions League...
The Busby Babe Feb 1, 2016

Manchester United midfielder completes Hull City loan move

Nick Powell has left Manchester United for the Championship. Manchester United's one-time boy wonder and veteran of the Wolfsburg Champions League disaster, Nick Powell, has been farmed out to Championship promotion hopefuls Hull City on loan. It's perhaps just about the single most boring deadline day transfer you could imagine, but sadly, it looks like this is about as exciting as things are going to get. SIGNING: @HullCity have completed the signing of Nick Powell on loan from @ManUtd until the end of the season pic.twitter.com/xjKgLe7ttB — Hull City (@HullCity) February 1,...
The Busby Babe Feb 1, 2016

Manchester United did not make move for Pep Guardiola - reports

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United didn't want Pep Guardiola anyway, thank you very much. According to a report from Sky Sports, Manchester United have been "prepared" for the announcement that Pep Guardiola will take over Manchester City in the summer "for months." If true, it would only serve to further illustrate the extent of Ed Woodward's embarrassing incompetency, and his inexplicable and continued faith in the incumbent boss Louis van Gaal. Sure, Guardiola may not be everyone's cup of tea, and neither his Barcelona or Bayern Munich teams may have necessarily float your boat....
The Busby Babe Feb 1, 2016

Arsene Wenger blocks Manchester United's bid for Mathieu Debuchy

That's it, Wenger! That's the last straw! How dare you defy Manchester United like this! It never rains, but it pours. First Pep Guardiola, the greatest football manager of all time, decides to go to the wrong half of Manchester, and now Arsene Wenger has blocked Manchester United's attempts to borrow Mathieu Debuchy from Arsenal. Oh cruel world! Oh pernicious Wenger! Oh misery! Oh woe! Ahem. This is slightly better sourced than that Ighalo nonsense: the Irish Independent cite sources in France, which we think means L'Equipe. The Telegraph, meanwhile, have some quotes from Bordeaux's...
The Busby Babe Feb 1, 2016

Manchester United make late bid for Watford's Odion Ighalo, apparently

Or: newspaper makes desperate late bid for clicks We wouldn't normally debase ourselves like this, but since absolutely nothing is else is going on at all, we're going to debase ourselves like this. Apparently, "Manchester United" are "in transfer talks" to "sign" Watford's "Odion Ighalo". Let's play chase the rumour! The Telegraph ask "Have United been luring us all into a false sense of security?", though they blame the Metro. The Metro think United are "set to be active" — which is a rather exciting way of saying "currently inactive — but admit that the move "looks unlikely",...
The Busby Babe Feb 1, 2016

Pep Guardiola will NOT be Manchester United's next manager

To everybody's complete surprise, he's off to Manchester City. If there were any Manchester United fans still harbouring dreams of Pep Guardiola taking over at Old Trafford, you might as well go back to sleep, for dreams are all they will ever be. The former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich manager will be taking over at Manchester City from 2016/17. Now, if you were feeling positive, you might be tempted to shrug this off as just one of those things. They appointed a couple of people he used to work with at Barcelona, and they've got loads of money. Maybe there's a 'Guardiola's a...

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