Should Brandon Williams be our new starting left-back?

Brandon Williams has been sensational at left-back for United. Credit: Four Four Two

Brandon Williams has been extraordinary in his performances so far ever since he started games recently. His timing in tackling and reading the game is superb. His positioning and judgement is also great. He isn’t rash in his decision-making especially when it comes to tackling. Williams is good in the air and on the ground. Williams also has that youthful exuberance and good pace.

The youngster hasn’t put a foot wrong as yet. Since he started against Partizan Belgrade he has played with a lot of poise and maturity. Should Ole replace Brandon Williams with Luke Shaw when he returns from injury or Ashley Young?

I believe that Brandon should continue to play in that left-back spot. Ashley Young’s performances has been uninspiring and very inconsistent this season. But Luke Shaw by right should be allowed back into the squad in the left-back position to replace Williams. Because the only reason Luke Shaw hasn’t been playing for United is because of his long-term injury problem. Luke Shaw has been the the number one in that position this season before he got injured.

If he wasn’t injured for the last few months, Brandon most likely wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to play, and Ashley Young would have been ahead of him in the pecking order too. So I think that Luke Shaw should get his starting position back. Shaw has good pace and puts in very good crosses into Martial and Rashford or any of his other teammates.

He loves to get forward with the ball also like Williams. He has more experience than the youngster and is a very good left-back and is a class player when he’s in form. This is going to be a tough call for Solskjaer to make. Will it be Brandon Williams, Luke Shaw or Ashley Young to start for the left-back role?

But when looking at all the attributes that Williams has compared to the other two he clearly has the edge. He certainly is the best player for the left-back position right now.

Match Report: Man Utd 3 Brighton 1

Marcus Rashford grabbed the third goal. Credit: The Daily Mail

Manchester United put on a wonderful display of attacking and entertaining football and triumphed 3-1 at Old Trafford against Brighton Hove & Albion in their Premier league encounter today.

The first-half started with United placing pressure on Brighton using the high pressing tactic. Marcus Rashford 15 minutes into the game on a quick attack took a shot, but it went straight to Matthew Ryan in goal. United continued to press for the opening goal and got one two minutes later through Andreas Pereira.

Pereira raced towards the box and Anthony Martial passed to him and the youngster drilled a low left-footed shot past Ryan. United would get a second in the 17th minute when through a corner Brighton midfielder Davy Propper toe-poked the ball over the goal line after Scott McTominay placed the pressure on him. Scott McTominay forced a save from the Brighton keeper from close range after that.

Although Brighton tried to weather the storm. United was still dominant and controlled the rhythm and possession in the game. Pereira would take another low shot from outside the box, but the keeper came up with a decent save. Brighton had a few chances in the first period to get back into the game but wasn’t able to capitalize on them.

Andreas Pereira got the first goal for United. Image: The Independent

In the second-half, United continued to look confident, although Brighton came out with more enthusiasm and energy. Lewis Dunk was able to get a goal back for Brighton when in the 64th minute through a corner he rose unchallenged to head past David De Gea. But United would strike back to two minutes later.

Fred made a superb pass to Martial, but defender Shane Duffy dispossessed the Frenchman of the ball. However, Martial won the ball back and then fed it to Marcus Rashford, who then slammed a shot into the roof of the net. It was a sensational finish, but the England striker should of have added to his goal. Daniel James ran down on the right flank and delivered the ball to Rashford in the six-yard box, but somehow he managed to place the ball wide.

United kept piling on the pressure and Brandon Williams almost scored on his Premier league debut, but the keeper Ryan denied him. The keeper also thwarted Daniel James’s effort. Then Rashford later on went close again, but was unable to add to his only goal of the match. So in the end the Old Trafford faithful left rejoicing after another entertaining display by the Red Devils.

Manchester United v Brighton Hove & Albion preview

United plays at home against the Seagulls in their Premier league match on Sunday. The game is at 9 am ET in the US. Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay picked up knocks in the win over Partizan, and may miss the this match. Victor Lindelof could be back after missing the Partizan game due to an issue with his back. But he could return for this game also.

Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe are unlikely to figure. Paul Pogba has already been ruled out for a month, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Eric Bailly are making progress after surgery. Ashley Young is suspended after accumulating 5 yellow cards in the league. Brandon Williams is one option to operate at left-back and Marcos Rojo could be another option.

Brighton look set to be without Adam Webster, Jose Izquierdo and Bernardo but Leandro Trossard is fit again.

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Match Report: Man Utd 3 Partizan 0

Rashford celebrates his well-taken goal. Credit: The Independent

Manchester United won 3-0 against Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford in their Europa league match today. Goals by Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford secured victory for the hosts in group L. We have also secured qualification for the round of 32 of the tournament.

The Red Devils currently sit at the top of the table with 10 points and with two games to play. Both teams had goals ruled invalid in the first four minutes of the game. Anthony Martial had received a pass from Marcus Rashford and the French striker put the ball into the back of the net, But he was in an offside position. Then Umar Sadiq’s shot deflected over Sergio Romero by Marcos Rojo, but he was ruled offside also.

After nine minutes, Rashford had a chance to give United the lead after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross took a fortunate deflection into the striker’s path, but he struck his shot wide. Mason Greenwood got the opener in the 21st minute when Rashford’s ball split the defence and he cut inside his marker and blasted a left-footed drive to make it 1-0.

But Partizan tried to come back with a curling shot by Seydouba Soumah that went just wide four minutes later. Then Martial took advantage of a deflected clearance off Greenwood then meandered past three attempted challenges from Partizan’s defenders, and coolly shot the ball past the keeper.

Anthony Martial celebrates the second goal. Image: Getty

With United up 2-0 we were really in the driver’s seat to win this match. But Martial could have scored two goals in a minute when his chip was just slightly off-target as the ball went over the bar as their keeper Stojkovic advanced. United continued the constant pressure on Partizan.

Juan Mata sent a long cross-field pass to Ashley Young, and he cushioned his lay-off for Rashford who smashed his drive high into the net to make it 3-0. Young almost added a goal to his assist, but his curling free-kick sailed wide. Fred almost made it four, but his free-kick was saved by Stojkovic. James Garner then replaced the Brazilian after 63 minutes.

Then some minutes later Andreas Pereira came on for Rashford with a loud applause from the crowd. Scott McTominay came off with an injury as the only negative in the match. But all in all United were wonderful on the night and we hope for more attacking and attractive football from them in the future.

Victor Lindelof will miss the Partizan game because of an injury

Victor Lindelof will be unavailable for the Partizan game. Image: Daily Express

Manchester United will be without Swedish defender Victor Lindelof for Thursday’s Europa league match against Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford. He missed training earlier this week. He picked up a knock against Chelsea last week.

The match will kick-off at 3 pm ET in the US. Lindelof played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Bournemouth last Saturday in which he was a doubt for that match. Ole is hoping that he’ll be back soon when asked about the defender’s condition.

“No, Victor is out, so he won’t be available,” Ole told MUTV.

“Hopefully he can make the weekend but I’m not sure.”

Eric Bailly is still two to three weeks away from a return after having knee surgery in July. He was pictured at the Aon Training Complex training earlier this week.

“They’re working on the grass, they’re working with the fitness staff,” Ole said when asked about Bailly and fellow absentee Tim Fosu-Mensah.”

“I think we can see them coming into training, especially Eric, in the next two to three weeks. Hopefully, he can join the boys and he won’t take long.”

Maybe we’ll see them in a Reserves [Under-23s] game but I think they’ve both come through the surgery well.”

Ole also stated that hopefully Luke Shaw will be back in the squad soon. Paul Pogba is also still on schedule.

“I think Paul said it himself, didn’t he?” said the boss. “It won’t be too long until he’s out of his cast and he’s going to work through the international break. Hopefully, we’ll have him back in early December.”

There’s no further information on Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Nemanja Matic and Angel Gomes, all of whom are still missing with injury.

“Nothing to report,” Ole stressed. “No updates from the last few weeks. Hopefully, after the international break, we can get a few more back.”

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Manchester United is trying seal a triple £210 million transfer

Mandzukic is a more likely candidate to come to Old Trafford in January. Image: Four Four Two

According to the Caught Offside website, Manchester United are allegedly seeking a triple transfer deal that will include Declan Rice, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Mario Mandzukic. The club is willing to spend £210 million for all three transfers. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs reinforcements in for the January transfer window and the Summer transfer window next year. This is a project that United has been working on for a while.

All three of these players has been linked with Manchester United in the past. But Mario Mandzukic I believe has the best chance for United of a deal materializing for him. It has been touted in many media sources that Mandzukic is surplus to requirements at Juventus. I believe that its possible to obtain him during the January transfer window.

He’s competing with many other strikers including Ronaldo and he has rarely played this season or if at all for Juventus. I think that Juventus would be willing to sell him. But does he want to come to United with the state that we’re in? He and his agent may not even be interested in Old Trafford as a potential destination.

Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly I think are off-limits for us. The owners or chairmen of those clubs has said in the past that they aren’t interested in selling them. They have rebuffed many offers for their players in the past. Especially now as the season is in progress I don’t think that their clubs West Ham and Napoli respectively will sell them in January.

Most teams want to make sure that they have more than enough players available in case of injury or if there is a drop in form of certain players the manager can easily replace them. Then there is also the fact that these teams are challenging for trophies in multiple competitions and they want to maintain their places in the top 4 so that they can qualify for the Champions League or in some cases the Europa League next season. So I don’t see Rice and Koulibaly coming to United in January.

Maybe in the summer we can get them. That’s not a guarantee either because their are other teams that will be vying for their signatures. In the summer United may need to look at other targets, because the targets that I just mentioned are usually too expensive to buy them anyway.

Would Rice and Koulibaly want to come to United especially if we finish the season out of the Champions League places? If we finish in 6th place or mid-table we wouldn’t be able to play in the Europa League next season. Most players want to play in the Champions League and if any of these scenarios happen I’m sure that this will be an important factor for them when making their choices on whether to stay or go to another club.

The report looks exciting for any United fan, but I honestly don’t see these transfers materializing whether its in January or in the summer next year. United should seek to target talented players with the right attributes and attitude that are inexpensive.

Our inconsistency shows our lack of quality

Anthony Martial needs to improve his work rate and his overall game. Image: Sky Sports

Manchester United’s disappointing loss to Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium was just another example of the fact the team is lacking in quality. Ole needs to upgrade his squad in certain areas like the striker positions and in midfield. In driving rain and powerful winds we struggled against a just above average team. We couldn’t even fight and put in a workman-like performance to get a 1-0 win in this match.

We lacked the energy and work ethic that was required to win the match. United all over the pitch didn’t really use the high pressing tactics that we used in previous matches that achieved success for us. We were never in control of the game. We didn’t have any rhythm in our play and Bournemouth just took advantage of that. I thought that Ole should have continued to use the 3-5-2 system that had worked so well for us against Liverpool, Norwich, Chelsea in the League cup and Partizan.

He should just stick with that formation for the rest of the season, unless he needs to change the system in certain circumstances or against certain teams. I believe that he made a mistake in going back to a 4-2-3-1 formation. This formation has rarely worked for us so Ole should stop using it. The 3-5-2 better suits the attributes that our players have.

United needs to get a ball winner or two in the center of midfield that can also keep ball for a decent time and pass it forward whenever he has the chance to. Winning balls in the air and on the ground along with tough tackling is paramount for any ball winner. Scott McTominay has been excellent in his last three games before this one in being positive in winning balls in central midfield and quickly distributing the ball upfield so that we can keep the attack flowing smoothly as possible.

This match also showed again that we need at least two quality strikers. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial hasn’t been consistent for us this season and even late last season in scoring goals or putting in decent displays. If we can bring in two very good strikers that will be great. Rashford is the only senior striker right now whose form has looked better lately.

Marcus Rashford’s form has improved lately. Sky Sports

Lastly in defence, we can’t seem to get enough clean sheets. The last time we had a clean sheet was last month against Partizan when he won 1-0 away. We have a few of them, but even though our defense has been mostly solid we still concede that one bad goal that ends up hurting our performance. Sometimes we end up losing or drawing the game because of it. The more goals that we can score and the more clean sheets we can get then we will obtain more consistency in winning matches.

I know that we can’t win the league and we may not reach the top four this season. But I believe that the Europa league is our best chance of getting silverware this season. Talent wise and in terms of quality I believe that we have what it takes to win the Europa league competition again. When Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and the rest of players returns from injury hopefully our form will improve.

Ole would have a stronger squad and more options to choose from. Paul Pogba when he returns needs to show his world class talent on a consistent basis if our midfield and the team are to thrive and become successful.

Match Report: Bournemouth 1 Man Utd 0

Josh King celebrates after scoring the winning goal. Images: Getty

Under heavy rain and strong windy conditions, Manchester United gave a terrible performance in a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium in their Premier league encounter today. Ex-United striker Josh King got the winner from close range at the half-time mark.

Manchester United were never really in control of the game from start to finish. Although we had some possession in the early stages of the match we couldn’t stamp our authority on the game. Anthony Martial had the first shot on target, but keeper Aaron Ramsdale easily saved it. There were opportunities for Andreas Pereira and Fred, but they squandered them.

The home side had a corner-kick after Scott McTominay deflected Harry Wilson’s shot over the goal-line. Pereira’s free-kick which was deflected into the path of Daniel James put his effort wide. Martial had fallen into the box by a challenge by Jefferson Lerma, but no penalty was given by the referee.

Then at the half-time mark, Josh King put the Cherries in front when after good build-up Adam Smith passed the ball to the striker in the six-yard box, and he chested it down on the turn and shot the ball through David De Gea’s legs. Bournemouth had the confidence that they needed to turn the game in their favour. Ryan Fraser took a shot that was calmly saved by De Gea.

United tried to reply through Pereira in the 58th minute, but his powerful drive forced the keeper to parry the ball clear. De Gea on the other end had to come off his line to deflect the ball away after it fell to Harry Wilson. As United pressed for the equalizer, Harry Wilson produced a great save from De Gea with his strong effort.

In the late stages of the match we constantly attacked the team from the south coast. Mason Greenwood struck the post, and Marcus Rashford was foiled at the last moment from a Steven Cook challenge in the box. But it wasn’t to be for United and the Cherries were victorious in the end.

Match Preview: Bournemouth v Man Utd

Manchester United travels to the Vitality stadium away to Bournemouth on Saturday for a Premier league game. The game will kick-off at 8:30 am ET in the US. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sweating over the fitness of Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, and Victor Lindelof. The trio picked up slight knocks.

“It’s still early,” Ole told reporters. “Hopefully we can get them back on the pitch tomorrow.” “They got some treatment yesterday, a little bit more treatment today, a light session and hopefully they’re ready. I can’t tell you exactly now.”

Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic will not be fit in time for trip to south coast. Matic and Tuanzebe has been unavailable for the last 2 weeks. Luke Shaw sustained a thigh injury against Crystal Palace. While Tuanzebe picked a hip problem in a warm up before the Liverpool game.

Paul Pogba won’t be back until December. Eric Bailly is a long-term absentee after having knee surgery in the summer.

As for the Cherries, they will be without David Brooks (ankle injury), and Dan Gosling hasn’t featured yet this season. After he had hip surgery in July. Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas are still recovering from knee injuries. Chris Kavanagh will be the referee for the game.

Match Report: Chelsea 1 Man Utd 2

Marcus Rashford was the Man of the Match. Image: Daily Express

Manchester United moved on to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup today with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Marcus Rashford scored twice to oust the Londoners out of the competition.

Marcus Rashford was the star of this contest and he scored from the penalty spot in the 25th minute after Daniel James was fouled in the box by Marcus Alonso. United showed good passing and movement on and off the ball, while the hosts didn’t play so well in the first-half.

However in the second-half, Chelsea showed more desire and attacking intent. They grew in confidence and Michy Batshuayi equalized for the Blues just after the hour mark when he ran with the ball from midfield took a cracking low shot from 20 yards out.

But Manchester United retook the lead with a wonderful strike from Rashford that nestled into the top right-hand corner of the net from a free-kick. “It was a Cristiano-like goal,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the match. It was probably one of the best goals that I have seen Rashford score.

So United is in the quarter-finals where they will join Manchester City, Aston Villa, Leicester City, Everton, Liverpool, Colchester United and Oxford. The quarter-final draw will take place on Thursday.