Manchester United vs Ipswich Town, Capital One Cup 3rd Round – [MATCH PREVIEW]


Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona vs Ipswich, January 1993

After a 3-2 win and a Martial art performance at St Mary’s on Sunday, Manchester United now turn their attention to Wednesday night, where Louis van Gaal’s men welcome Ipswich Town to the Theatre of Dreams in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup.

The two sides have met 52 times before, but not for 13 years – Manchester United winning 25 of the match ups, and Ipswich just behind with 18, therefore there only ever being 9 draws between the two clubs.

imageThe most triumphant victory for United against Ipswich, and United’s record win – came in 1995, when the Red Devils thrashed the Tractor Boys 9-0 at Old Trafford; Andy Cole scoring 5 times for the Reds, and holding the record for the most goals scored by one player in a Premier League game – later levelled by Defoe, Shearer and Berbatov. That season, United finished in 2nd place, 1 point behind champions Blackburn Rovers – with Ipswich Town finishing bottom, and a whopping 61 points lower than the Reds.


Ruud van Nistelrooy with is 2002/03 Player of the Year award

The last time the sides met, during Ipswich’s most recent spell in the top flight, resulted in a 1-0 win for United at Portman Road, where Ruud van Nistelrooy’s first half penalty secured that victory for the Reds.

However, 13 years on – both sides have changed. Since they last met, United have won 6 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 6 Community Shields and the occasion – the Capital One Cup, 3 times.

United will be hoping to bounce off the Southampton win and progress through to the 4th Round of the cup, as well as potentially rotating the squad and giving the likes of Wilson, Pereira and Lingard a chance.

Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Rojo and McNair are both unavailable for selection due to injury, and that Phil Jones will start on the bench. So I’d like United to line up in the same 4-2-3-1 formation they’ve set out with this season, this is my squad:


I think it’s important for the likes of Pereira, Lingard and Wilson to get experience in these kind of games, especially at Old Trafford. It will get them used to playing in front of the home crowd, so they’re ready to go onto the big stage if called up in the future. However it’s also important that United’s regular players stay sharp too, with a tough run of fixtures approaching – Arsenal and Everton away, and City at home.

Anthony Martial has to start for me, we need the pace. It’s great having Memphis out wide but we need speed through the middle, something Rooney has slowly lost over the years. It’ll be interesting to see what team Louis van Gaal lines up with, judging on the upcoming fixtures and the recent individual performances by some players.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy looks forward to the “unbelievable experience” he is about to face, speaking to the club website, he said:

“It’s probably the biggest draw you could get in the cup.

My phone’s been going non-stop, with people not only wishing me all the best but asking for tickets as well.

It will be a massive thing for the town, the club and the players. You can go into a massive game like this where no points are up for grabs not quite with the shackles off, but you can enjoy yourself.

For the young lads as well, even if they don’t play and just travel to Old Trafford it will be an unbelievable experience.”

A massive occasion for Ipswich, however they are the huge underdogs – but you never know with football.

Kick off is 8pm, and the date of the fixture is Wednesday 23rd September. My prediction is 4-0 United. Come on you Reds!


Man of the Match Martial sends United to 2nd – Southampton 2-3 Manchester United [Match Preview]


Anthony Martial scoring his 2nd goal of the game.

An electric performance by new boy Anthony Martial sees Manchester United go 2nd in the Barclays Premier League after an efficient 3-2 win at St Mary’s.

The Reds started slow, and the Saints came out racing. Graziano Pellè converted after just 13 minutes, rebounding off David De Gea’s fast reacting initial save from Sadio Mané’s effort. By this point, Southampton had been dominating, and continued to control the game until the 34th minute, where youngster Anthony Martial popped up out of nowhere to score his second in a United shirt, out of 2 shots on target for the club. The finish was beautifully executed, a Cruyff turn and a calm low slot to the side of Stekelenburg. United then controlled the game until half time, where the sides went in at 1-1; probably a fair score line.

At half time, Louis van Gaal made what he described as a ‘tactical change’, replacing Matteo Darmian with Antonio Valencia.


Anthony Martial celebrating after giving United the lead

It didn’t take long for composed Frenchman Anthony Martial to pop up again, after a well under hit pass back by Southampton defender Maya Yoshida, Martial found himself one on one; and of course – the youngster made it look easy. 50 minutes played and United were leading 2-1, now it was their game to control.

Man of the match contender David De Gea kept United in the game on numerous occasions, with some sensational stops, the most memorable from a Jose Fonte header in the 60th minute from a Saints corner, where Dave produced one of the strongest one hand saves the Premier League has ever seen.

“It was a great save from David De Gea, I thought it was in.” Fonte told Sky Sports. “He’s showed why he is considered one of the best in the world.”


Valencia and Schneiderlin celebrating Juan Mata’s goal.

Eight minutes later, Louis van Gaal’s possession based style of play appeared. With United calculating 45 passes all over the pitch, which resulted in Memphis Depay shooting and hitting the post, but Juan Mata was there to pick up the pieces – the Spaniard slotted home to put United 3-1 up, with just over 20 minutes left to play.

Louis van Gaal’s reaction to his type of goal:

“It is our philosophy. We are not playing the ball around in a positional game to only control the game, but also to create chance. When you do that, it is a good example for our philosophy, but it is also confirmation that we are on the right way.”

In the 86th minute, Southampton’s deadly due popped up again, with Sadio Mané crossing in to Graziano Pellè, who cooly headed into the corner. 3-2. This left the last few minutes of the game very scrappy, and United absolutely hanging on for the 3 points.

The Red Devil’s managed to stick together and power through for a well fought victory, sending them to 2nd in the Barclays Premier League, 2 points behind league leaders City.


The players huddle after Mata’s goal.

Van Gaal was thrilled with the result and some points of the performance, the Dutchman spoke to the press after the game, and said:

“It’s a fantastic result away at Southampton and I think we have made a statement that we shall compete for the title.”

Louis was happy with the level of control United showed today:

“We were ahead against Swansea City and we were also ahead against PSV, but we controlled the match better and we played to kill the game. After the Champions League match against PSV, our players were tired and you could see that in the last 15 minutes, but I liked the way we did it because we controlled, in the second half, the game for 30 minutes. But the last 15 minutes were difficult.”


Anthony Martial converting his 2nd of the game.

Anthony Martial has to be a talking point, and LVG praised the new boy by saying:

“He is always an attacking point for a lot of players and that I like in him. He is always running in behind and that I like also. But he is an attacking point and he keeps the ball so he is very important for us already. You cannot say he is ahead of schedule. He has the talent to do it but the Premier League has a lot of rhythm and there is a lot of physical influence from the defenders, but he is also a strong guy. We can expect maybe more consistency that I had expected, but you never know. We are only three games in.”

Maybe a title shot isn’t so unlikely for the Reds this season, a huge factor will depend on how teams around them perform. Gameweek 6 was a successful one for van Gaal’s men, of course – getting the win; but seeing Arsenal, City and Liverpool all drop points as well. LvG spoke about going for the title:

“Of course we shall always strive for it. We did that also last year. You cannot expect a title from a team in transition, but when we are close we shall grab it!”

United’s next five Premier League fixtures:

United’s next five Premier League fixtures:

Sunderland (H)
Arsenal (A)
Everton (A)
Man City (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Not an easy run of fixtures whatsoever, a huge test for Louis van Gaal’s men awaits over the next few months.

Luke Shaw lands in Manchester – “Road to recovery starts now!”

imageIt’s confirmed that Luke Shaw has landed at Manchester Airport this morning – so he can start his journey back on to the football pitch.

Just 5 days since the tackle that probably ended Luke Shaw’s season, he’s undergo two operations in Eindhoven and doctors confirm they are ‘satisfied’ with the progress they have made.

imageLuke Shaw posted this via his Instagram account. Thanking everyone at St Anna hospital for their “care and attention.”

Louis van Gaal yesterday announced in his press conference that he had been on the phone to Luke Shaw and the Dutchman praises Luke for his spirit during this time.

“I called Luke Shaw last night,” Louis van Gaal told reporters. “He sounds very strong, which is amazing for me – a good signal. It is very difficult to replace him, but in Blind, Rojo and Young we have good replacements.”

Luke Shaw has received thousands upon thousands of messages from fans, football clubs and footballers.

Frank Lampard told Sky Sports News HQ:

“It’s a terrible thing and we all hate to see that, especially when I know him and I know he’s a good young English boy  starting his career, started the season well.

I know he’s a top player already, and going to get even better.

Throughout football I’ve seen the reaction, and at home I can only say the same myself.

He’s a young player, fantastic player, he came out straight away and said his recovery starts here and we’re all backing him with that. I can only say I hope it makes him stronger and I’m sure it will do.

The only thing benefit I’ll say for him, he’s got a long time, he’s a young kid, he will come back and be an England international and a top Manchester United player for many years to come.”

Kind words by Frank Lampard towards Luke Shaw, and like he said – Shaw is young, he has time to recover and time to come back on to the football pitch stronger and fitter than ever.

Southampton vs Manchester United – Match Preview

imageManchester United travel to St Mary’s on Sunday, to play a Saints side who’ve won just 1 of their last 5 games in the Premier League; however it’s a fixture that has produced 2 draws in the last 4 meetings between the 2 sides.

United currently sit 3rd in the Premier League table, and a win at St Mary’s could take them to 2nd, behind leaders City. However for Southampton, it’s been a different story so far – the Saints sit 11th, on just 6 points, and a home win could take them to 5th – Southampton have won five and lost just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League home matches.

It’s a game that should produce goals, with the Saints in form Dusan Tadic netting 2 for the team so far, the man who upset the Red Devils the last time the 2 sides met, with the only goal in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford last season. However, that was the first time in the two sides meeting, where both teams didn’t convert; for 6 years.

image With Louis van Gaal confirming Wayne Rooney is fit to play, it looks like he will lead the line for the Reds, probably meaning young Anthony Martial will be dropped to the bench. Most likely with Mata, Depay and Young behind. I expect Ander Herrera or Bastian Schweinsteiger to start, alongside Morgan Schneiderlin, who’s chance it is to face his former club, the same would go for Luke Shaw – however the full back won’t feature due to the devastating injury he picked up on Tuesday night in Holland.

With Shaw out, it’s likely for Marcos Rojo to earn his first start of the season at centre half alongside in-form Chris Smalling, with Daley Blind moving to left back, and August’s player of the month Matteo Darmian sustaining his place at right back. Of course, David De Gea is expected to start between the sticks.

I expect it to be a brilliant fixture, and hopefully a successful one for the Reds. It’d be nice to keep a clean sheet at St Mary’s, something United have not managed to do in any of their last seven league encounters against the Saints. However, all 4 of the league meetings between Ronald Koeman and Louis van Gaal have ended as away wins (PSV Eindhoven v AZ Alkmaar in 2006/07 and Southampton v Man Utd in 2014/15). So going off that stat, United should come out victorious on Sunday!

Kick off is 16:00 GMT, and my prediction is Southampton 1-2 Manchester United, a reoccurance of this fixture last season.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy believes Anthony Martial should be United’s outright striker this season, ahead of Wayne Rooney.

Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring against Liverpool on his debut for the Reds.

Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring against Liverpool on his debut for the Reds.

Manchester United legend Ruud Van Nistelrooy believes that new youngster Anthony Martial is the answer to United’s number 9 search.

Who better to have an opinion on United’s attacking options, than the Dutchman himself. Between 2001 and 2006, Ruud Van Nistelrooy converted 150 times for the Reds, in just 219 games.

When speaking to BBC Sport, Van Nistelrooy said:

“He looks like the out-and-out striker that is needed. It would be a good combination if Martial was up front and Rooney was just off him. That would be a good strike force.”

Martial, who impressed on his debut at Old Trafford by scoring the final goal in a 3-1 dominance against bitter rivals Liverpool; is already showing great signs of potential. He’s fast, holds the ball up well and showed he can finish when the chance proposes itself. Despite his hefty price tag of £36m and rising, the Frenchman seems to be progressing finely, and concentrating on the challenges ahead.

Wayne Rooney, who is currently out with a hamstring injury. Announced this summer that he will be playing in the number 9 role this season, and that he is ready to get the goals for us. However, Ruud van Nistelrooy disagrees:

“Wayne Rooney is playing in that position but I don’t think he’s an out-and-out striker. But obviously, he can fulfil that role and get his goals.”

It would be a shame to see such a pricey player play out of position, but Martial does have some experience on the wing too. With players like Mata, Young and Valencia to consider, it’ll be tough for Van Gaal to find the perfect balance in attack.

Manchester United prepare £30 million bid for midfield maestro Arturo Vidal

20140628-021741-8261702.jpgReports in Italy suggest Arturo Vidal could be on the brink of a move away from Juventus this summer, with Louis van Gaal enquiring about the Chilean’s future with the club.

United seem to be giving the fans the summer they promised, with some class signings and a class managerial mastermind. Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have arrived, together averaging an approximate £59 million. But the Dutchman isn’t done yet, Vidal is next on the list; with Mats Hummels, De Vrij and Arjen Robben still in firm sight.

When speaking to Sky Italia, Vidal said “Will I stay at Juventus? I do not know. I just think about the World Cup and the national team now. After the World Cup we will see what will be my future.”

Is Arturo Vidal the answer to United’s midfield miseries? He’s tactically one of the best midfielders in the world, due to his tackling abilities, play-making, and his ability to support the team in both defense and attack at a high level. Since joining Juve in 2011, Vidal has played 95 games, scoring 28 goals; being included in the Serie A Team of the Season in consecutive seasons, and also winning the league 3 times with the Giants.

Earlier this month, Louis van Gaal expressed his admiration of Vidal, even when the Dutchman was in charge in Munich – he told reporters; “I always wanted to buy Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen but he went to Juventus.”

The signing of Vidal for the rumoured £30 million would take United’s transfer spending to £89 million, without even exiting June. The summer the fans were promised, a new era for the club, and all involved.

The ‘Race’ for 4th – from a Manchester United fans perspective


After a ‘disastrous’ season from a Manchester United fans perspective, the Red Devils sit 7th, on 57 points; with 5 games to play. Tottenham (6th), sit on 60 points, but with only four games to play. Arsenal (5th), sit on 64 points, with 5 games to play. And Everton, currently 4th, sit on 66 points, with 5 games left to play.

A Champions League spot for United, looks almost certainly out of reach. But when you look at the fixtures of which we have to play, and the teams around us have to play; it makes you wonder.

United’s last five games consist of a trip to Goodison Park, of which could be huge in the potential race for 4th. Shortly followed by three relatively easy games at home, against Norwich, Sunderland and Hull – 3 games where we should easily pick up 9 points. And the last game of the season, away to Southampton; a winnable game seeing their current form, but anything can happen in football. If United

Everton’s last five games could be difficult, they face Crystal Palace at home, then United at home, then, like United; Southampton away; then Manchester City at home, and to finish their season; Hull away. If United are aiming for 4th, Everton can not pick up more than 6 points in their last 5 games, seems unlikely, but could easily happen; United will have to win all of their remaining 5 games to draw equal with Everton at 4th spot, as well as increasing their goal difference to above Everton, of which currently stands at +18 for United, and +22 for Everton.

Arsenal’s last 5 fixtures look relatively easy, however; their form recently may effect their fight for 4th. They host West Ham, then travel to Hull, then return to the Emirates and play Newcastle, then West Brom and finish the season off at Carrow Road, against a struggling Norwich side. A similar position as Everton, because if Arsenal pick up more than 8 points out of their last 5 games, United mathematically can not get the Champions League spot. Again, it seems unlikely, but could happen; with a few dodgy results away from home, and a potential flop in one of their last 3 home games. Goal difference could again come into play, with Arsenal currently on +16, 2 less than United.

Tottenham have four games remaining, and currently sit on 60 points, 3 ahead of United, 4 behind Arsenal and 6 behind Everton. Spurs host Fulham at home, then travel to Stoke, then West Ham and then finish off with a home game to Villa. Picking up 3 points in each game would see Tottenham finish on 72 points, but look unlikely to be the team that rule United out of a Champions League, with a lousy goal difference of 0.

Anything could happen in the next 5 weeks. Personally, I can’t see Everton getting a result against us, or City; and potentially Southampton. I can’t see Arsenal beating West Ham or Hull; yet could easily pick up points in other games. I can’t see Tottenham finishing strongly, even though they probably have the easiest remaining games of the 4, they still could slip up to West Ham and Stoke.

For me, the Champions League spot is pretty much out of reach for United this season, but a few good results and a few dodgy slip-ups for teams around them, and they’re in there with a shot. You have to be optimistic in football, because with no hope; there’s no game.

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United (Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg) – Match Preview


It’s here. Two of the biggest clubs in world football face each other in sensational style. It’s Manchester United vs Bayern Munich.

Last weeks clash between the two resulted in a 1-1 draw, but could easily have been more. Danny Welbeck missed an easy chance to put United ahead early in the game, but Neuer read him. Robben and Ribery, compared to usual, were quiet. Surprisingly, Rafael and Buttner handled the duo very well, and it’s something that the full back’s tonight will have to do.

David Moyes, who got the tactics spot on last week, spoke to media and said; “We’ll need a good performance from everybody. We can’t have any passengers. I expect us to play better. And I believe we can. To get through, we will have to. My focus is on getting through. The players are ready and focused. We’re relishing it.”

Wayne Rooney was potentially ruled out of a spot in the squad over the weekend, however the Englishman trained with United at the Aon Training Complex, in Manchester yesterday. Moyes, when asked about the involvement of Wayne in Munich, said; “We’ll do everything we can [to get him on the pitch]. He’s happy to take an injection to play.” Guardiola has no doubt that Rooney will take part in the game; Pep said; “He is going to play. One hundred per cent. He is going to play. I bet you a big, big glass of beer. I believe he is going to play. Rooney is going to play. He is a big player, one of the best players I’ve ever seen in my career. I’m sure he’s going to play.”

Rooney is essential for our European triumph, as Juan Mata is ineligible to play, and Shinji seems to be finding form out wide. Rumoured team news suggests that Rafael will not play tonight, the reason being unknown. This means Phil Jones is likely to be called up at Right Back, Phil Jones vs Franck Ribéry; is this a good idea?

Momentum-wise, United go into the game in high spirits, after a 4-0 battering against Newcastle. Bayern, however; are quite the opposite – they ended their 53 game unbeaten streak last weekend against FC Augsburg, suffering a 1-0 loss, slipping to their first league defeat since October 2012.

Is the fact that the 2nd leg is in Germany in United’s favour? I believe it is. United’s away form has been brilliant this season, in and out of the Premier League. Forget the Olympiakos disaster, but 5-0 against Leverkusen, 4-0 on Saturday.. these are all tiny glimpses of our away success, something I feel we’ll portray in our performance tonight.

The lineup could vary, I would personally go for the 4-2-3-1 formation, with De Gea in goal, Jones at right back (suggesting Rafa is out), Vidic and Rio in the centre and Evra on the left. A midfield two of Fellaini and Fletcher; Valencia out right, Januzaj out left and Rooney behind Welbeck. Speed is key for this game, Januzaj, Valencia and Welbeck all provide this magnificently, with Rooney not being the slowest, and Fletcher being fast on his feet.

My score prediction for the game is 2-2, sending us through on away goals. What a night it would be, and what an experience for some of our younger players. Come on United!

A Juantastic performance completes a 4-0 battering at St James’ park for Manchester United – Match Report


Nothing less than a Juantastic performance St James’ Park today; as Manchester United cruised through a 4-0 win against the Jordies, retaining the best away record in the Premier League this season!

United lined up with a second string squad, with Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Bayern Munich in mind. Lindegaard was inbetween the sticks, Valencia at right back, Jones and Smalling at centre-half and Evra at left back. A deep midfield two of Fletcher and Fellaini, and a starting quartet of Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata, Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez!

Unfortunately / fortunately, Ashley Young was quickly replaced by Adnan Januzaj on the right hand side, as the winger suffered a hand injury after a dodgy landing to a 50/50 challenge. Ashley was taken to a local hospital and received checks on his hand / fingers, results showed that Young has torn ligaments in his hand, David Moyes described it as a “bad injury”.

A sketchy start for United, one that pretty much defined our season – slow, undesirable and soulless. However, things changed when Spanish starlet Juan Mata netted a beautiful free kick after 38 minutes, from just outside the box; to put United ahead! His second goal in a United shirt, with many more to come!

Juan was back on the scene just a few minutes after the break, following a brilliant interception from Shinji Kagawa and a beautiful ball from Chicharito; the Spaniard finished cooly. Making it 2-0 to the Reds, and giving Mata his third goal in two games!

United were back just 15 minutes later! After a quick pass across the box by Shinji Kagawa resulted in a Chicharito goal! Great link up play by the Japanese and the Mexican – giving United an extremely comfortable 3-0 lead.

The boy who can do anything popped up in the XTH minute to secure the win for United! Juan Mata was unable to complete his hat-trick, but assisted Adnan’s goal with a “magical backheel” (said David Moyes) to lead to a calm finish by Adnan, resulting in a 4-0 win, and a huge momentum boost for Wednesday night in Germany!

My personal man of the match, Juan Mata. The Spaniard was majestic today, in everything he did; his link up play, his goals, his assists; the works.

An exquisite performances by Moyes’ men today, leaving the Devils in 6th place with 57 points, just 7 points off Arsenal, who travel to Goodison Park tomorrow to play a transformed Everton under Roberto Martinez!

Manchester United 1-1 Bayern Munich – Match Report


A picturesque night at Old Trafford last night, as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Bundesliga and Champions League giants in the first leg of their quarter final clash with the German’s in the Champions League.

United started with a, what some may call ‘retro’ squad; De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Büttner, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Giggs, Rooney and Welbeck. A typical 4-2-3-1, however when attacking converted into a 4-3-3; with Giggs joining the midfield, and Welbeck pushing out left. The formation worked and the tactics were spot on, we pressurised our opponents, making them give the ball away, make mistakes and lose concentration regularly.

Bayern started with a very strong squad, consisting of; Neuer – Ribéry, Martinez, Robben, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm, Müller, Alaba, Schweinsteiger and Kroos. All these world class players, yet few performed. Lahm was unreal, going from one of the best full back’s in the world; to a contender for one of the best midfielders; all under Guardiola.

Just three minutes into the game, Welbeck seemed to have give United a dream start with a well struck volley beating Neuer; however was brought back for his ‘high’ foot, abysmal decision. Danny was soon on the ball again, and found himself in any strikers dream one-on-one, he took his time; and attempted to chip Neuer, but the shot was easily saved by the German.

Half time and the game was 0-0, United the more dominant side; however this half United were shooting towards the Stretford End, which was atmospheric to say the least.

58 minutes into the game was when the deadlock was broken, as Wayne Rooney delivered a lovely corner to Italy bound and United skipper Nemanja Vidic to nod home and take the lead.

However, just under 10 minutes later; Bayern were back; as Mandzukic headed a ball down to Schweinsteiger, making it impossible to miss. United dominated the rest of the game, and were unfortunate, if anything; to only take a draw.

That wasn’t all for Schweinsteiger though, in the 90th minute, he received his second yellow for a rash challenge on Rooney. Bastian was forced to depart the pitch the referee, ruling him out of the second leg next week, aswell as Javi Martinez; for picking up a yellow.

Good news for United, no Schweinsteiger or Martinez; however, Bayern are a team with great versatility; and as a club have the ability to get the best out of each she every player.

After the game, Moyes praised the Old Trafford support, and Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester United as “one of the best teams in the world”, Pep said; “I am pretty satisfied. Man United is one of the best teams in the world. We have scored an away goal which is important, but we also got lucky that the efforts from (Danny) Welbeck and Rooney didn’t go in. The goal we conceded was difficult to defend. It’s never easy to play against a team which defends so deeply. We will see if we can find some solutions for the match in Munich. It’s always dangerous when you go into the second leg with a 1-1 draw, but even a 2-1 victory would have been dangerous for us. We will try to win the second leg and I am sure we can do it. I have full confidence in my players and hope the fans in Munich will push us like the United supporters did for their team today.”

A good result at Old Trafford for United, leaving them in a good position to travel to Germany and beat our opponents on foreign soil.

Manchester United’s official man of the match was Nemanja Vidic, and tonight; mine is going to have to be the same; he was quick, efficient and solid; along with Ferdinand, the deadly duo of the past.

The lads showed real desire and passion out there last night, and there’s no doubt they’ll do the same in Munich. Come on United!