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How Manchester United should line up vs Newcastle United

Manchester United return to Premier League action against Newcastle on Sunday looking for a win that will boost their hopes of a top-four finish. United have won just two of their seven top-flight games so far this season and already find themselves 12 points adrift of leaders Liverpool. The Reds’ disappointing showing in The Hague on Thursday night extended...

The Manchester United transfer mistake that is starting to hurt them

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a selection headache when he takes United to Newcastle on Sunday, but this isn’t the kind of headache managers want, where players are pushing each other for a starting place, instead this is a dilemma of which out of form players the Norwegian has to turn to to start at St James’ Park. The injuries...

Manchester United have a problem that must be fixed in the January transfer window

When you sign a Brazilian for £52million then there is always going to be a heavy weight of expectation. Gradually Fred has shown himself unable to meet these expectations, in fact he’s arguably getting further away from them. There is clearly a good footballer in there, let’s not forget Manchester City wanted him as well as United, but it’s...

Man Utd player ratings vs AZ Alkmaar: David de Gea good but Fred and Diogo Dalot poor

Manchester United laboured to a 0-0 draw with AZ Alkmaar in The Hague after another dispiriting display from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Here’s how the players rated: David de Gea Made a firm stop from Oussama Idrissi and showed good use of his feet before making a couple more standard saves. 7 Diogo Dalot Was rebuked early on by...

How Manchester United should line up vs AZ Alkmaar

Manchester United will be without defensive trio Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw for their trip to AZ Alkmaar, as well as striker Anthony Martial and midfielder Paul Pogba. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave an update on his injured stars after United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal, with Wan-Bissaka out through illness for the Europa League clash. Martial could make...

Manchester United give Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial injury updates

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the reason why Paul Pogba is missing from Manchester United’s squad for the AZ Alkmaar match. Pogba has not travelled to the Netherlands for United’s Europa League group game with AZ Alkmaar due to an ankle injury he suffered in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on August 31. The 26-year-old was sidelined for France’s...

Manchester United player Axel Tuanzebe could solve key squad problem

It was a mixed night for Axel Tuanzebe as he made his return to the Premier League spotlight on Monday night. Two years after he made his Manchester United league debut as a right-back against Arsenal he was up against the same opposition, this time as a makeshift left-back. A crucial error from Tuanzebe gifted Arsenal their way back...

Andreas Pereira faces Manchester United sliding doors moment

With regards to Andreas Pereira, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made two big statements over the summer and they both came at the start of July, with a whole month remaining in the transfer window. The Manchester United boss named the Brazilian and Scott McTominay as two replacements for Ander Herrera, the outgoing midfielder who joined Paris Saint-Germain after his contract...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must build his Manchester United team around Scott McTominay

A leader It wasn’t just the goal – although that certainly made a difference. Watch United these days and you’ll see that almost every week Scott McTominay is the most vocal player on the pitch. It’s the 22-year-old barking out orders in midfield, communicating with the full-backs and issuing the rallying cry when things begin to go wrong. This...

Why Axel Tuanzebe played at left back for Manchester United vs Arsenal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Axel Tuanzebe’s performance at left-back in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Tuanzebe, a centre half by trade, played out of position after Aaron Wan-Bissaka pulled out of the game through illness and Luke Shaw failed to recover to return to the squad after a month out. Fellow full-back Diogo Dalot is also still injured...