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The Busby Babe 21 hours ago

VIDEO: Watch Anthony Martial's man-of-the-match France debut

Manchester United's Anthony Martial made his full debut for France last night, and made Denmark look moderately silly in the process. Anthony Martial made his first start for France on Sunday evening. Coach Didier Deschamps stuck him out on the left wing against Denmark and was rewarded with a man of the match performance full of trickery, strength and clean, confident passing. He also set up the first goal with a cute through ball, though in the goal itself owes more to Kasper Schmeichel's iniquities than any French endeavour. Anyway, Martial's great. Properly good. Here's one of those...
The Busby Babe 22 hours ago

Manchester United target Thomas Muller says Premier League move 'very tempting'

Manchester United have been linked with another move for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller after he said that a move to the Premier League is 'very tempting'. Thomas Muller was subject of a number of bids from Manchester United last summer, including one of around £60 million, and perhaps another worth significantly more than that. Bayern, of course, refused to countenance his sale despite the ludicrous amounts of money on offer. However, Muller has said this weekend that the high salaries on offer in the Premier League are very tempting, and that after all, his job is his job. It seems...
The Busby Babe Oct 11, 2015

Manchester United reportedly chasing Anderlecht starlet

Louis van Gaal reportedly thinks Youri Tielemans can be Manchester United's long-term replacement for Michael Carrick. Happy Sunday. Our papers round-up today starts with an intriguing transfer story from the Daily Mail, which is complete with a byline and so shouldn't knowingly be total nonsense. It comes courtesy of Simon Jones, who writes that United are chasing Anderlecht's midfield wonderkid Youri Tielemans. We won't pretend to have ever seen him play, but Jones helpfully tells us that he "he can play in the holding role or more advanced and has an eye for goal." Doesn't sound like...
The Busby Babe Oct 10, 2015

Wayne Rooney immortalised with Wembley mural

Wayne Rooney has been immortalised at Wembley stadium with a mural created by the famous street artist Akse P19. How were great footballers recognised in the past? How were those with great achievements recognised? Well, you'd wait until they retired - at least, often for them to reach old age or just thoroughly expire - and then give them a statue, a bust, a song or perhaps a collection of their medals in the club museum. Now, it's different. Thierry Henry had his statue outside the Emirates before he even stopped playing, despite never winning more than a Premier League with Arsenal. Alan...
The Busby Babe Oct 10, 2015

Manchester United linked with Bruno Martins Indi as Marcos Rojo nears exit

Louis van Gaal is looking to sell Marcos Rojo and replace him with Porto's Bruno Martins Indi, to play in Luke Shaw's position until he recovers from injury. In the Guardian, there's a story that Alex Ferguson is worried about the impact that Jurgen Klopp will have on Liverpool, thinking he could do 'very well'. He had a few excellent seasons at Borussia Dortmund, as well as one hugely disappointing ending, but nevertheless, he's very talented and he could make Liverpool overperform. Now, Ferguson is worried, but it's probably worth remembering, after he appointed David Moyes, that he's...
The Busby Babe Oct 9, 2015

Adnan Januzaj has one season to impress Louis van Gaal and save his Manchester United career

Adnan Januzaj has one season to impress Louis van Gaal and save his Manchester United career as the manager runs his eye over his performances this season. Wayne Rooney will miss the match against Estonia for England with an ankle injury he suffered against Arsenal. Just imagine what a tour de force performance he could have put in had he been fully fit. Had he been at the top of his current form, United might have only lost 3-0 at the weekend. That's in the Telegraph. Bastian Schweinsteiger is also injured while on international duty, and he missed the match against Ireland for Germany...
The Busby Babe Oct 8, 2015

Manchester United 2015-16 rolling squad review: Goalkeepers

We've been assessing the performances of David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Victor Valdés and Sam Johnstone over the first few games of the season. The international break's a good time to sit back and reflect on the past few weeks of domestic ongoings, or at the very least a time for headline-starved bloggers to wheel out their tried and tested post formats in an admirable but ultimately futile attempt to keep the clicks coming. And here, indeed, are we. The squad reviews are back, starting, as you do, with goalkeepers. Here's how United's men between the sticks have fared through the first...
The Busby Babe Oct 8, 2015

International break: Where are Manchester United's players going?

Club football is over, for the moment, so Manchester United's squad are off around the world. Here's what they'll be up to over the next few days. International week is here again! And while Louis van Gaal will, we hope, be sat in a dark room watching Manchester United's shredding at the hands and feet of Arsenal over and over again, moaning softly to himself and deciding who to blame — hint, Louis: you — fully 16 of his players will be gadding off around the world to sing jingoistic songs and play underwhelming football. Some of them won't be gadding very far, admittedly. Phil Jones,...
The Busby Babe Oct 8, 2015

Memphis confident he can overcome slow Manchester United start

Manchester United winger Memphis is confident that he can overcome the slow start to his Manchester United career. Memphis Depay, in the Daily Mail, has acknowledged that he has struggled in his early Manchester United career. He's said that it's been hard to adjust to the physical demands in the Premier League. A lot of people have written him off already, which is pretty pathetic. Players should get a proper chance, at least. Ravel Morrison as admitted that the reason he failed at United was no mistreatment on the club's part, but that he failed to knuckle down and take training...
The Busby Babe Oct 7, 2015

Manchester United linked with Valencia's £37 million Shkodran Mustafi

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Valencia's £37 million defender Shkodran Mustafi. David Beckham can't see Manchester United ever struggling in the same manner as Liverpool. While he's probably too optimistic about the club's ability to win another title soon, he's right in that being as absolutely horrendous as that wretched Merseyside club - embracing racism at the expense of dignity - is probably unlikely to happen at Old Trafford. That's in the Guardian. This is in the Telegraph. ?????????????????? Juan Mata is the cheeriest man in Britain. If I died, I'd want him to...
The Busby Babe Oct 6, 2015

Manchester United players unhappy with Louis van Gaal's tactical blunders

According to a report in the Times, Manchester United's players are unhappy with the way Louis van Gaal set the side up ahead of their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal. The day's tastiest story doubtless comes courtesy of the Times' man in the north James Ducker, who described Manchester United's players as "dismayed" by the tactics employed by Louis van Gaal for the side's 3-0 thrashing away at Arsenal on the weekend. According to Ducker's report, which is mostly hidden behind Rupert Murdoch's pesky paywall: "Van Gaal had been encouraged in the build-up to the game to play a system that would...
The Busby Babe Oct 6, 2015

Taking the positives from Manchester United's defeat to Arsenal

Manchester United got hammered at the weekend. But cheer up! It wasn't all bad! We at the Busby Babe consider ourselves to be, fundamentally, optimists, and if that doesn't come always come across then that's the fault of the world, not us. So in this vein, we've attempted to find some silver linings around the edge of Sunday afternoon's hideous storm cloud of a performance. It wasn't easy ... The return of three in midfield United's best performances last season came while playing three in midfield, a formation that allowed United's two sort-of wingers to combine with those just inside...
The Busby Babe Oct 6, 2015

Jose Mourinho claims Alex Ferguson could not persuade him to join Manchester United

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that Alex Ferguson was unable to persuade him to join Manchester United. Jose Mourinho has said that Alex Ferguson could not have tempted him to Manchester United, to which we say: Ahem. That's in the Guardian, and with trouble at Chelsea, and boredom at Old Trafford, let's wait and see how this one plays out over the next year. Alex Ferguson has been adding yet more wibble to the fire, saying that if Ryan Giggs had retired earlier he would already be Manchester United manager. That's true, maybe, because his constant manoeuvring and undermining of David...
The Busby Babe Oct 6, 2015

Marcos Rojo withdraws from Argentina squad

A hamstring injury means Marcos Rojo will stay in Manchester over the international break. Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo will not be involved in Argentina's upcoming international fixtures against Ecuador and Paraguay after the Argentina Football Association granted him permission to stay in England while he recovers from a recent hamstring injury. A statement from the AFA, translated by the Guardian, reads thus: "Marcos Rojo will not be part of the squad for the qualifying debut against Ecuador and Paraguay, as he is in the final phase of recovery from a grade 1 injury in his...
The Busby Babe Oct 5, 2015

A tribute to the departing Brendan Rodgers

We'll miss you, Brendan. It's been outstanding. Thank you for everything. We at the Busby Babe will miss Brendan Rodgers, who yesterday evening was sacked as manager of Liverpool Football Club. We will miss his inability to organise a defence. We will miss his remarkable nous in the transfer market. But most of all, we will miss the things that he says. You may be aware of the writer Daniel Harris, author of several books about Manchester United. When he's not writing those, however, he's undertaking much more serious work, using Twitter to archive Rodgers' various pronouncements on the...
The Busby Babe Oct 5, 2015

Van Gaal surprised by Manchester United defeat to Arsenal but confident of comeback

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was surprised by his players' poor performance in their defeat against Arsenal but is confident they can bounce back. Aha! Louis van Gaal, who spent the summer alienating key players, including David de Gea, and also isolating Victor Valdes and Robin van Persie, was amazed that his players did not show the will to win against Arsenal, and was surprised they were not able to stick to their team plan. Well, it's easier to have your player approach a game with commitment if they're happy with the manager, isn't it? That's in the Daily Mail. Van Gaal...
The Busby Babe Oct 4, 2015

Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United: player ratings

This way to see who was poor, who was rubbish, and who was both poor and rubbish. Manchester United got blown to pieces by Arsenal this afternoon. Whether it was just a freakish forty-five minutes, or whether Louis van Gaal's philosophy has been soundly demolished, one thing is certain: hardly anybody came out of it looking good. But who came out of it looking the worst? Let's find out ... David de Gea: 5 Looked a bit silly for the first goal, though he probably didn't anticipate Matteo Darmian allowing Alexis Sanchez to stroll across the box with quite such impunity. Nothing he could do...
The Busby Babe Oct 4, 2015

Arsenal vs Manchester United, 2015 Premier League: Time, TV schedule, online and live stream

Arsenal vs Manchester United, 2015 Premier League: Time, TV schedule, online and live stream Manchester United take on Arsenal in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium at 4pm GMT. Manchester United will retain first place should they win against Arsenal, or go one point behind Manchester City should they draw. If Arsenal pull off a massive victory over United they could possibly leapfrog United into second place. Manchester United have injury worries with Marcos Rojo and Paddy McNair, while Luke Shaw is a long-term absence with a broken leg. Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Matteo...
The Busby Babe Oct 3, 2015

Louis van Gaal: I would not tolerate Arsene Wenger's failure to win at Arsenal

Ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash against Arsenal, manager Louis van Gaal has said he could not stand the idea of failing to win the league for as long as Arsene Wenger. Louis van Gaal is now confident that he can stay at the top of the Premier League with Manchester United should his side enjoy victory over Arsenal on Sunday, saying that the belief will, 'raise a lot,' should they succeed. Any result seems possible tomorrow, given Arsenal and United's various weaknesses and strengths. Van Gaal has also said he wouldn't be able to go 11 years without a title, but it wasn't a...
The Busby Babe Oct 2, 2015

Manchester United have Michael Carrick ready for Premier League game against Arsenal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is pleased to have midfielder Michael Carrick fit for the match against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Louis van Gaal has praised Ashley Young, explaining that his versatility and willingness to play across the pitch is useful for him. He also has words of praise for Chris Smalling, while saying that he has had many different challenges across his career compared to Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, whose final jobs extended for more than two decades. You can read about that in the Guardian. Roy Hodgson, in the Telegraph, has refused to...

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