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The Busby Babe 9 hours ago

FA Cup fifth round draw: Preston or Sheffield United await

If United get past Cambridge United in the replay, they'll face an away day against League One opposition. Well, it could have been a lot worse. In today's draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup, the Cambridge United/Manchester United draw avoided Liverpool, Arsenal and the rest of the Premier League. Instead, should United overcome their opponents in the replay, it's off to League One. The winner will play either Preston North End or Sheffield United, in what has every chance of being another fairly tricky tie. Preston are in pretty decent nick this season, and currently sit in the playoff...
The Busby Babe 10 hours ago

Van Gaal has decided Januzaj's future — agent

According to reports, Louis van Gaal has blocked any January transfer for Adnan Januzaj. It's official, folks. Under Louis van Gaal, Adnan Januzaj is going nowhere! Er, in the literal, will-not-be-transferred sense, not the metaphorical, stuck-on-the-bench-watching-his-talent-waste-away sense. Sorry. Should have been clearer. Let's try that again shall we? Adnan Januzaj has no prospects under Louis van Gaal! Um, that is, of a January move. That didn't really help either, did it? Anyway, while we try to sort this out, point your eyes at these quotes from (somebody the Telegraph says is) his...
The Busby Babe 13 hours ago

Dortmund star whispers sweet nothings in United's ear

World -cup winner Mats Hummels has been flirting, again. Well, sort of. There is no way of saying nothing in football, and that goes double for the transfer window. So Mats Hummels, who has once again said nothing about his future, has in doing so said plenty about his future. At least, that's how the English press are treating a recent interview with Bild, in which a question about him leaving at the end of the season was left unanswered, at some length: Are you looking for a headline? No, I will keep it the way I've been doing it for seven years. I'll let everything come to me and just...
The Busby Babe 20 hours ago

Nani: United want me back

The Portuguese winger has been enjoying a great season on loan at Sporting Lisbon. Manchester United's RonaldoLite (or RonaldoVeryVeryLite), Nani, has been enjoying an excellent season on loan at Sporting Lisbon. Indeed, he's been so good that the Louis van Gaal is apparently interested in bringing him back into the Reds' first team. Quoted in the Manchester Evening News, the 28-year-old, whose contract at Old Trafford doesn't yet expire for another three years, said United "know my value and I know they want me to stay." This scenario is quite a strange one. Nani has certainly been...
The Busby Babe Jan 23, 2015

Cambridge United 0-0 Manchester United: Reds held to disappointing goalless draw

Manchester United will have to win a replay at Old Trafford if they're to make the FA Cup fifth round. Manchester United's season-long run of disappointing performances hit new heights at Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium on Friday, where they were held to a goalless draw by the League Two minnows. It was a shocking display from Louis van Gaal's side, and it means the Reds will have to win a replay at Old Trafford if they're to progress into the fifth round. United's only real chance of the first half was a half-chance in the opening few minutes, when Daley Blind surged down the left and...
The Busby Babe Jan 23, 2015

Cambridge United vs. Manchester United: how to watch the FA Cup online, tv listings, live stream link

No giantkillings here, thanks. The Manchester United team is out for their FA Cup fourth round clash with Cambridge this evening, and manager Louis van Gaal is pulling few punches. His team is a strong one -- only Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson would be eye-raising inclusions if this was a Premier League game. The only suprise is that Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata have both been omitted from the squad. It's anyone's guess which weird and wonderful formation van Gaal is using, but TBB is taking a stab in the dark and predicting a back three comprised of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and one of...
The Busby Babe Jan 23, 2015

We see you Louis, twitchin' that ass

Apparently, playing four at the back makes Louis van Gaal ... uncomfortable. At the back. Here's Manchester United's manager explaining why he is reluctant to play 4-4-2: I know all the stats. I read the stats. I know that we have won more with 4-4-2 in a diamond. But when you analyse the game, then we have twitched our ass on the bench. I said to my players I was squeezing my ass, but it was the wrong expression. I have twitched my ass on the bench because we were out of balance. All the matches when we play 4-4-2, like against West Ham United, it was always twitching your ass. I don't...
The Busby Babe Jan 22, 2015

Fletcher set for move to London

According to the papers, Darren Fletcher will shortly be swapping Old Trafford for Upton Park. It's been a quiet transfer window so far at Old Trafford, but all that may be about to change. According to a report in London's Evening Standard, Manchester United vice-captain Darren Fletcher is "poised" to join "West Ham" on "loan" for the rest of the "season". Sam "Allardyce" appears to have beaten Valencia "and" West Brom in one of the oddest races that it's ever been tBB's duty to imagine, and with Fletcher's "contract" due to "expire" this "summer", apparently he feels "the time" is...
The Busby Babe Jan 22, 2015

United midfielder hits back at Neville criticism

Daley Blind had some interesting things to say in response to Gary Neville's recent criticism. Manchester United summer signing Daley Blind has been responding to criticism from former United right-back Gary Neville, and in doing so he's said a couple of interesting things. Quoted by Mark Ogden in the Telegraph, he started off by defending United's slow build-up play. "I can take a bit of criticism. The people on television can say what they want, you hear it, but I think I have played some good games. Of course, I listen to [Neville], but I try to play my own game and do what the trainer...
The Busby Babe Jan 20, 2015

Zenit midfield star flirts with United

Oh Axel, you cheeky devil! Zenit Saint Petersburg's midfield star Axel Witsel has been flirting with Manchester United in an interview with Bleacher Report. Making the kind of statements that probably won't particularly endear him to his current fans, the Belgian admitted that he wants "to play in one of the top clubs in Europe one day," and that he has liked the Reds "from when [he] was young." Now, while this irrefutably proves Witsel is a Good Lad with impeccable taste in football teams, it unfortunately won't mean anything more than that. As it happens, TBB (or at least this third of...
The Busby Babe Jan 20, 2015

Three at the back is rubbish, but it's meant to be

United often labour in Louis van Gaal's current preferred formation: you know that, and so does he. The difference is that he doesn't care. Three at the back is rubbish, and everybody knows it. The fans know it; witness the chanting from the away end at Loftus Road, a couple of thousand of them raised their voices in song, demanding a 4-4-2. Gary Neville knows it; speaking last night on Sky, he was dismissive of the formation: They haven't been taking risks in the 3-5-2 system And Louis van Gaal knows it. I know in advance when we play with four midfielders in a diamond that we create...
The Busby Babe Jan 20, 2015

Adidas to fund mega-transfer for Barcelona genius, it says here

Lionel Messi! Manchester United! A noted sportswear company! We're through the looking glass, people. There's still — checks calendar — nearly two weeks of this nonsense to go, friends, so brace yourself and we'll make this as painless as possible. News reaches us, via the Mirror— tilts head from side to side — and Spanish website Fichajes— shrugs — that Adidas' forthcoming deal with Manchester United won't just mean oodles and oodles of dollars and a freedom from the tyranny of terrible Nike shirts. Oh no. It will also mean Lionel Messi. Messi, as you are doubtless...
The Busby Babe Jan 19, 2015

Wonderkid snubs United for Real Madrid

Martin Ødegaard will join the European champions. The wanderings of Martin Ødegaard, 16-year-old Norwegian wunderkind and transfer target of half the known world, appear to be over. The still-only-a-child, who in 2014 became the youngest footballer ever to appear in a European qualifier, spent a couple of weeks with Manchester United in the same year, part of a globetrotting tour that also took in Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Dulwich Hamlet, Mysterious Dwarves, AFC Wimbledon, Universidad de Chile, Harlequins, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Lynyrd Skynrd, Burning Man,...
The Busby Babe Jan 19, 2015

United trawling Spain for defenders, apparently

According to reports, Louis van Gaal is shopping around La Liga for defensive reinforcements. Rumours! Rumours! Getcha rumours here's Two for the price of one! Two for one! Getcha rumours here! Ah, hello. What can I get you? How about our Double Defender Deal? One old rumour, one new (ish). One Argentinian, one Brazilian. Two centre-halves, both playing in Spain, both for teams beginning with 'V'. Sound good? Excellent. Well, here you go: A couple of transfer stories: MUFC made a €35m offer for Otamendi that has been rejected. More on @revistadelaliga 6pm today — Guillem Balague...
The Busby Babe Jan 19, 2015

Could United's Premier League rivals poach their star striker?

Hopefully this isn't Carlos Tevez all over again. An alarming report came courtesy of Duncan Castles in the Sunday Times (£) yesterday, with Manchester United's Premier League rivals reportedly ready to pounce on Radamel Falcao at the end of the season. Castles claims that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have all made inquiries, and though reports in the Spanish media a few weeks ago suggested United would convert Falcao's loan move into a permanent one, Louis van Gaal doesn't seem to be taking the bait. Indeed, van Gaal hasn't exactly been too kind to the attacking star, making a...
The Busby Babe Jan 17, 2015

Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Manchester United: Marouane Fellaini grabs the points

Once again United were unimpressive in victory. Manchester United recorded only their third away win in the Premier League this season away at struggling Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. True to form, it wasn't pretty. Only a fine second half strike from substitute Marouane Fellaini separated the sides, courtesy of some more peculiar tactics from Louis van Gaal. United struggled to keep a hold of the ball early on, instead opting to hit it long out of defence at the earliest opportunity. Considering the attack consisted of Radamel Falcao, Ángel Di María and Juan Mata, it was a pretty...
The Busby Babe Jan 17, 2015

Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United: how to watch EPL online, tv listings, live stream link

Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojo both return to the starting lineup. The teams are in for Manchester United's game away at QPR today. The big news is that Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojo are back in the starting lineup -- the former returning after being omitted from the squad that lost to Southampton last week, and the latter after sustaining an injury in that game's reverse fixture at St. Mary's last month. Alteration to the #mufc team-sheet: Jonny Evans starts, while Chris Smalling is now on the bench. pic.twitter.com/ex57Ob5qyi — Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 17,...
The Busby Babe Jan 16, 2015

Louis van Gaal: United unlikely to be active in the January transfer window

But what about the hundreds of millions we have to spend?! So this winter Manchester United are set to sign (in no particular order) Mats Hummels, Ron Vlaar, Raphaël Varane, Marquinhos, Fabian Schär, Kevin Strootman, Nathaniel Clyne, Séamus Coleman, perhaps Luis Suárez and almost certainly Lionel Messi. Isn't that right Louis? Go on, tell us who we're going to sign! "I don't think we shall be very active." Oh. And why might that be? "Not many players at a certain level are available. I have also said when we have to buy a player he has to be better than our players who are now...
The Busby Babe Jan 16, 2015

Van Gaal challenges Falcao to "prove himself"

Start scoring goals, Radamel. Quickly. It's Saturday tomorrow, which means it's Friday today, which means it's time, once again, for Louis van Gaal Meets the Journos. As ever, United's manager has been talking on matters diverse and various, but his answer to one question was of particular note: If a player costs £95million or £5,000 it doesn't make any difference. You have to prove yourself. He was talking, apparently, about Radamel Falcao, whose absence from the squad against Southampton caused much consternation. It seems clear that Van Gaal won't simply be rubber-stamping a...

Manchester United to have transfer talks tomorrow, with January targets revealed

Louis van Gaal will sit down and discuss transfer targets for the January window with the club tomorrow, claims the Mirror. Louis van Gaal appears to have improved not only his English, but also his Mancunian, because he's about to take part in a Transfer Summit. And that summit is apparently the discussion of maybe making an offer for Mats Hummels. The Mirror also note that Roma have conceded they may accept a 'huge' offer for Kevin Strootman, but that could be entirely unrelated. We'd also like a right-back, and Nathaniel Clyne and Seamus Coleman are those suggested. And to be honest,...