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The Busby Babe 8 hours ago

Analysing Manchester United’s possible deadline day transfer deals

With the summer transfer window closing tomorrow, we’ve taken a look at all the potential incomings and outgoings at Old Trafford, and tried to decipher just how much business Manchester United are likely to do tomorrow. The summer transfer window closes (or ‘slams shut’, to use the widely applied euphemism) tomorrow night (11pm BST), and there will surely be a raft of deals hurriedly completed right up until the deadline passes. Last year, Manchester United completed the signing of Anthony Martial on the last day of the transfer window, and two years before that, it was Marouane...
The Busby Babe 13 hours ago

The Great Red Debate: How seriously should Manchester United take the Europa League?

In this week’s Great Red Debate, Busby Babe writers Ryan Baldi and Andi Thomas discuss how seriously Manchester United should take the Europa League this season. Ryan: The Europa League group stage draw was made last friday (26 August) and Manchester United will take on Feyenoord, Fenerbahçe and Zoriya Luhansk. It’s an interesting and testing draw for United, which throws up a couple of tasty narratives: the trip to Feyenoord will see the Red Devils return to the scene of their 1991 Cup Winners’ Cup final victory over Barcelona, and the visit of Fenerbahçe will bring about an Old...
The Busby Babe Aug 29, 2016

United reportedly keen to keep Valencia target

Marcos Rojo has struggled to make the bench under José Mourinho, but United aren’t letting him leave easily. One of the players who would have been hoping for a second chance under José Mourinho was Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, who showed initial promise but faded badly after arriving in Louis van Gaal’s first transfer window. However, Rojo hasn’t been able to force his way into Mourinho’s favoured lineup, and looks set for a season in which his action is restricted to the cups. Of course, an alternative would be for Rojo to move on, though if is agent is to be believed, United...
The Busby Babe Aug 28, 2016

Watch Marcus Rashford net last-gasp winner against Hull

The United starlet came off the bench to bag the only goal of the game in Hull. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Your browser does not support iframes. Note: this video is geo-restricted and will only work in the United States. As Manchester United’s encounter with newly-promoted Hull City entered into second half stoppage time, it looked like the game would end goalless;...
The Busby Babe Aug 27, 2016

Hull City 0 - 1 Manchester United: Substitute Marcus Rashford spares the Red Devils’ blushes with late winner

Manchester United needed a stoppage time goal from Marcus Rashford to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium. Marcus Rashford came off the bench to score a late winner for Manchester United, as the Red Devils overcame an impressive defensive display from Hull City to make it nine points out of nine in the Premier League so far this season. As the rain pounded down in Hull, United dominated possession as they racked up 29 shots with nine on target, but the Tigers frustrated José Mourinho’s men right up until the 92nd...
The Busby Babe Aug 27, 2016

Hull City vs Manchester United: time, TV schedule and live stream

It's an early-season top four clash as Manchester United travel to the Premier League's surprise package Hull City. And to think we all chuckled when Mike Phelan suggested that he should have succeeded Alex Ferguson. Two games into a job widely regarded as hopeless, with the permanent manager having resigned, without a single first-team transfer, and with an injury crisis that borders on the sadistic, and Hull City have six points and sit neatly in the Champions League positions. Even more shockingly, the Coneman now wears trousers. Early days, of course, and Manchester United have also...
The Busby Babe Aug 26, 2016

Europa League draw: Manchester United will face Fenerbahce

Trips to Turkey, Ukraine and the Netherlands await. Manchester United have been drawn into what looks to be a moderately tricky group in the Europa League. They have also been given some serious travelling to do, with away games in both Turkey and Ukraine. The two biggest games will come against Fenerbahce, runners-up in the Turkish Super Lig. Fener are managed by the experienced Dick Advocaat and their squad includes former Manchester United title-winner Robin van Persie, former Liverpool own goal fiend Martin Skrtel, and the experienced Dutch international Gregory van der Wiel. Previous...
The Busby Babe Aug 26, 2016

Who could Manchester United face in Friday’s Europa League draw?

We know you’re all bursting at the seams with excitement. Ah yes, the return of the humble Europa League. The group stage draw is set to be made at UEFA’s swanky pad in Monaco in a few hours time, and we’ve been painstakingly having a look at who Manchester United could face (i.e. checked UEFA’s website) so you don’t have to. The good news is United are in Pot 1, and so theoretically, at least, will avoid being drawn against the tournament’s strongest teams. Also in this pot are Schalke, Zenit, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Club, Olympiacos, Villarreal, Ajax, Inter Milan,...
The Busby Babe Aug 25, 2016

Marcus Rashford drops down to the England U21 side

Manchester United's next big thing hasn't been playing enough football, apparently. In news that will either shake you to your very core or leave you thinking "yeah, fair enough", Marcus Rashford has been dropped down to England's U21 side by new England manager Sam Allardyce. According to the Guardian, and we have no reason to doubt them, Allardyce "decided he could not justify a place for the 18-year-old" on the basis that he's been limited to three substitute appearances this season. Obviously, this is simply the first outward sign of the devastation that Jose Mourinho, whose name is...
The Busby Babe Aug 25, 2016

Manchester United to face Northampton Town in League Cup

The draw for the third round of the League Cup has been made, and José Mourinho’s men will travel to take on the Cobblers. The League Cup -- recently rebranded as the EFL Cup -- third round draw took place yesterday, and Manchester United will travel to take on Northampton Town. The two sides last met in the FA Cup fifth round in 2004, with a young United side which included Cristiano Ronaldo cruising to a 0-3 victory at Sixfields Stadium. The Red Devils would of course go on to lift the famous trophy later that year. Perhaps the most memorable meeting between the two clubs took place in...
The Busby Babe Aug 25, 2016

The Championship Manager Challenge: January ‘00 (part 2)

Join Busby Babe writer Ryan Baldi as he takes the reins of Manchester United circa the summer of 1999. As the dust settles on the previous season’s Treble celebrations, the challenge is to win another Champions League title sooner than Sir Alex Ferguson was able to in 2008. With 10 games crammed into January 2000, we decided to break this instalment of the Championship Manager Challenge down into two digestable chunks. Part one saw us travel to Brazil for the inaugural World Club Championship and steamroll our group-stage opponents to reach the final, where Real Madrid lie in wait....
The Busby Babe Aug 24, 2016

Bastian Schweinsteiger speaks out about United exclusion

The German midfielder claims that United will be his last club in Europe, and he remains ready if needed. The victim No. 1 of José Mourinho’s antagonistic management has so far proven to be Germany legend Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has reportedly been booted out of the first team dressing room and carted off to the reserves. He has featured in neither pre-season nor the season proper, and there remains the possibility he’ll be ushered out of Manchester United before the transfer deadline slams shut. However, unlike Victor Valdés — who was put in a similar situation by Louis van...
The Busby Babe Aug 24, 2016

The Great Red Debate: How good will Zlatan Ibrahimovic be for Manchester United?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made an impressive start to his Manchester United career, and in this week’s Great Red Debate, Busby Babe writers Ryan Baldi and Jack Sargeant discuss what we can expect the Swede to achieve over the next two years. Ryan: As far as making an immediate impact at a new club goes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has pretty much nailed it since signing for Manchester United in July this year. The veteran Swedish striker came with an almighty pedigree and a level of self belief that is beyond comprehension to most mere mortals, but there was no shortage of doubters. Despite breaking...
The Busby Babe Aug 22, 2016

United reportedly reject Phil Jones offers

Around a dozen clubs are said to be interested in signing the England international. Back in July, the Guardian's Manchester correspondent Jamie Jackson made the frankly bizarre claim that Phil Jones and Chris Smalling had "been informed they start the term as the first-choice pairing" at Old Trafford. Either José Mourinho was pulling a hilarious prank or he never actually made such a statement, with Jones having failed to feature in either of United's opening league fixtures. Instead, the former England international has been strongly linked with moves elsewhere; according to the Daily...
The Busby Babe Aug 22, 2016

Manchester United youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson joins Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan

Promising Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has completed a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan. Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan. Borthwick-Jackson made his first-team debut for the Red Devils under Louis van Gaal last season, amid an defensive injury crisis. Although more accustomed to playing as a central defender, the 19-year-old made his debut at left-back, coming on as a 76th minute substitute for Marcos Rojo aganst West Bromwich Albion in November...
The Busby Babe Aug 22, 2016

What is Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s best position?

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is one of Manchester United’s most exciting and advanced prospects of recent years, and is proving himself to be very versatile on the pitch. But what is Timbo’s best position? Well, kids, it’s that time of year again: the Premier League has officially started. Some fans are happy, some are sad and some are trying to figure out what the hell is going to happen to their teams. Same as usual, really. At Manchester United we are discussing many things: the possible arrival of José Fonte from Southampton, possible departures, Wayne Rooney’s almost biblical decline...
The Busby Babe Aug 21, 2016

Manchester United striker departs on loan to Derby County

James Wilson will once again be hoping to prove his worth in the Championship. Manchester United’s young forward James Wilson has left on loan to the Championship for the second consecutive season. The 20-year-old spent last season at Brighton and Hove Albion, and will be gunning for promotion to the top tier again this time around — albeit with Derby County. The deal will run to the end of the current campaign, and Wilson will be hoping to make a bigger splash than he did on the south coast, mustering just five goals. BREAKING: #DCFC agree deal to sign @ManUtd's James Wilson on a...
The Busby Babe Aug 21, 2016

Ander Herrera: "Antonio Valencia is the best in the world"

Manchester United's converted winger has impressed his teammates with his start to the season. It seems fair to suggest that Ander Herrera has, on the sly, been quite enjoying Antonio Valencia's promising start to the season. Under the harsh interrogation of MUTV, the midfielder hemmed and hawed before eventually letting slip that: I know he’s not a normal right-back because he used to play as a winger, but I think that, right now, he is the best right-back in the world, maybe with Dani Alves, because I like Dani Alves a lot. I think Antonio is one of the best right-backs in the...
The Busby Babe Aug 20, 2016

Marouane Fellaini set for new United contract

José Mourinho is apparently Marouane Fellaini’s number one fan. Many expected the arrival of José Mourinho — and then Paul Pogba — to finally put an end to Marouane Fellaini’s rather sorry Manchester United career. However, the exact opposite has proven the case, with the Belgian’s spell at Old Trafford revived by two starts in the first two Premier League games of the season. Now, he could be set to sign a new deal with the club. This news comes courtesy of Daniel Cutts in The Sun, who reveals that Mourinho is keen on handing him a two-year extension to his current deal —...
The Busby Babe Aug 19, 2016

Machester United 2 - 0 Southampton: Paul Pogba impresses on his (second) United debut in comfortable win

A solid display saw Manchester United secure another three points against Southampton at Old Trafford. Manchester United made it six points out of six, as José Mourinho maintains his perfect Premier League start with a comfortable 2-0 win over Southampton at Old Trafford. But the story of the game, no matter the outcome, was always going to be Paul Pogba’s debut. The world record £89 millon midfielder was named in United’s starting eleven for the visit of the Saints. And Pogba got off to an inauspicious start, as his first involvement was an errant swipe at the ball, gifting...

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