United gave a valiant effort against Wolves

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was one of the standout stars in the Wolves game. Image: The Sun

Manchester United’s display against Wolves changed the recent trend where we lost two games in a row last term. Although we could have won through Paul Pogba’s penalty that was saved by Wolves keeper Rui Patricio. I loved the fact that we scored first in the game. In the two games that we played last season from what I could remember is that Wolves scored first, and they ended up winning both matches. That helped to set a positive tone for us and usually whenever a team scores first they many times or most times win the game.

United didn’t wilt under the pressure when the men in yellow black got the equaliser. We kept our composure and continued to keep the ball as much as possible. Overall during the whole match we had 65% of the possession, and in the first-half we had 70% possession of the ball.

For us to go to another team’s home ground and get so much possession considering that we lost there twice last season is an achievement in itself. Everyone played well and showed good consistency throughout the match. This is something that we weren’t able to do last season. If we can continue playing at a high level then we’ll challenge for more than one title this season.

Special mentions must be given regarding the performances of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire in particular. They were spot on again with their defending. Their positioning and calmness at the back was reassuring to the rest of the back line. They both did a fine job of keeping the opposition at bay as much as possible. They usually make the right decisions in matches and they showed their class during the match.

Congrats to Anthony Martial for getting his 50th goal for United. I hope that he’ll get a century of goals and many more. I think that center-forward role suits him just fine. He seems to be comfortable in that position. Usually in the past he would play on the left wing. Marcus Rashford is a natural center-forward and can definitely play in that position. But as the season advances it will be interesting to see if Martial will continue to play upfront or Rashford ends up switching roles with him.

I believe this season we will continue to see a team that will play with lots of pace on the counter-attack and have our wingers and wing-backs play an increasingly important role in the success of the team. Daniel James also did a fine job in the Wolves game and I am so excited to see him and the rest of the team mature more as the season goes along.

Match report: Wolves 1 Manchester United 1

Anthony Martial’s goal helped us get a point in today’s game. Image: The Metro

Manchester United had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Wolves at Molineux after a huge penalty miss by Paul Pogba. The Premier league match featured Anthony Martial scoring first for United. However, a sensational strike from outside the penalty area by Ruben Neves ensured that Wolves secured a draw.

Daniel James was given his first start for the Red Devils. The game started off at a slower pace and it was tough for United to breach a compact and well-organized defence. United also dominated possession, but it was difficult for them to create scoring opportunities.

United took the lead in the 27th minute when Anthony Martial scored after some good build up play. United continued to dominate the game and caused the Wolves defence all kinds of problems. The Red Devils enjoyed 70 percent of the possession in the first-half. Raul Jimenez had a shot blocked after a good run by Diogo Jota into the box.

After the break, Wolves came out attacking from the start and equalized in the 55th minute through Ruben Neves, and curled a beautiful shot past David De Gea after a corner kick. The home side were pushing for the late winner, and looked like they would get it too.

Paul Pogba drew a penalty kick in the 67th minute, but his powerful spot kick was saved by Rui Patricio, who guessed the right way. There were shots blocked by the Wolves defense by both Marcus Rashford and Daniel James. Wolves were resilient in there defending and wasn’t about to concede again.

The match featured end to end stuff in the last 20 minutes and both sides looked like scoring, but each team had to settle for a draw in the end.

Wolves v Manchester United Premier league match preview

Ole would be looking for a win at Wolves after United lost there twice last season. Image: TalkSport

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects that the same team that was available for the game last week against Chelsea are the same players who will be available for our trip to Wolves at Molineux.

Ole said: “We’ve had a good week, good training week, a competitive week so hopefully we can have the same squad and people available, unless something changes towards the end. There are still a few days until we play.”

The boss was asked about Alexis Sanchez’s availability. This is what Ole had to say: “He’s part of our squad and he’s a very, very good player,” Ole told reporters. “He’s just had a couple of weeks [of training], three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest, but he’s very close to being part of it [the squad].”

Eric Bailly is still unavailable due to a knee injury he picked up against Tottenham in pre-season. He had an operation and will not return until after Christmas. Also Timothy Fosu-Mensah is still recovering from a knee ligament operation that he had earlier this year.

As for Wolves, Nuno Espirito Santo made nine changes in the game that featured a 4-0 win over Armenian side FC Pyunik at Molineux and they qualified for the third round 8-0 on aggregate. There are no fresh injury concerns and Santo has a fully fit squad to choose from for Monday’s match.

Solskjaer will drop Alexis Sanchez to the reserves if he isn’t sold this summer

Its time to for Alexis Sanchez to leave United. Image: Express.co.uk

According to MUFCLatest it seems as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to get rid of Alexis Sanchez before the transfer window closes in most of Europe.

Roma is the only club it seems that has shown interest in the Chilean striker. Manchester City ended their interest in the player and so far United is stuck with Sanchez. Just recently allegedly there was a bust-up between 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood and Sanchez on the training field.

It has been reported that Solskjaer will send the Chilean to the reserves if he doesn’t agree to leave this summer. The transfer window for most of Europe closes on September 2. So it would seem that Sanchez may not have a future at the club.

When Alexis Sanchez signed his contract in January of 2018, he was being paid £350,000-per-week. But with bonuses and image rights payments the Chilean is raking in around £500,000-a-week all included. So the fact that he has been injured often and when he does play he can’t seem to regain his form is an extremely poor return on the value of his contract. But United also needs to balance the books because they are overpaying him.

I hope that he gets sold because I don’t think that this situation is ever going to work out for Manchester United. He’s the one who is getting paid huge sums of money whether he plays or not. So this is clearly a situation that shows that he must be sold. He is of no good use to us. But on the other hand very few clubs are interested in Sanchez besides Roma, because of his insanely high wages and he’s mostly injured and has poor form.

Even though he gets sent to the reserves, United is still stuck with him. Hopefully this would force Sanchez and his agent to find some way, if any to have the striker leave the club. It would be in the best interests of everyone for Sanchez to leave.

Wolves v Manchester United early team news

Image: Football 365

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pondering whether he should include Daniel James from the start. James scored on his debut in the Chelsea game last Sunday. Matteo Darmian was training with the rest of the squad on Wednesday morning. The Italian defender didn’t play on Sunday.

As far as injuries go, Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah are both long-term absentees and won’t be available for the game at Molineux on Monday. Bailly got injured against Tottenham in pre-season and the Ivory Coast international needed surgery. Fosu-Mensah is recovering from a knee ligament operation he had earlier in the year. The club announced that Joel Pereira was loaned out to Scottish club Hearts for the remainder of the season.

WOLVES

Wolves plays FC Pyunik tonight in the second leg of their third qualifying Europa League round tie. Wolverhampton won 4-0 in Armenia last week. Nuno Espirito Santo may make some changes to the squad for the Premier league game against United on Monday. Patrick Cutrone one of their new players could make his first start for the club.

Jesus Vallejo, who arrived from Spain on loan could be involved after making the bench on Thursday. Bruno Jordao and Pedro Neto will also challenge to feature in the match. They have no major injury concerns.

Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the right manager for Manchester United?

Solskjaer must get it right this season or be sacked. Image: Joe.co.uk

Last season was a disaster for Manchester United and to be fair to Ole I can’t totally fault him for the terrible season that we had. His predecessor Jose Mourinho’s tactics and style of play wasn’t working for the team. We were already struggling to win matches, and it was difficult for the team to win several games in a row without losing, and drawing against teams we shouldn’t of gotten poor results against.

When Ole became our caretaker manager late last year he had to make changes to not only the team’s style of play but the tactics that they were used to under Jose Mourinho. For the first two months United were playing attractive and effective football that everyone loved. Then everything came crashing down. It started with losing against Wolves twice within less than two weeks. After that we went on a long losing streak, although we had a few draws and wins in between.

I believe one of the reasons why United just fell off the wagon and couldn’t get back on track is because our players reverted to the old way of playing under Jose Mourinho. The old habits of passing the ball backwards and side to side slowly instead of advancing it up the field quickly returned. Our passing and movement on and off the ball was pedestrian. The great team spirit disappeared and the goals dried up, and United were conceding lots of goals.

Another reason that was reported by a source close to the club was that when Ole arrived at Old Trafford he found out that allegedly the players weren’t fit. Then Ole put in place a tougher and new training regimen that the players weren’t used to. It worked very well for those two months or so. But then there was a dramatic collapse in their performances and the results. The players bodies couldn’t handle the new rigours of the tougher demands of the training. So this is why we saw such terrible results.

So if this story is really true then I think this could be a major reason why in the last three months or two months of the season we were so poor performance wise. But now we have new defenders in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire which will greatly improve our defense. I loved that we signed Daniel James who is a winger that has pace, trickery and can put in dangerous crosses. He also adds that youth enthusiasm that we need at the club.

Ole came into a job that was tough to take on because he had to maintain the great reputation, tradition, and football culture that the club has created. He also has to try to follow in the footsteps of his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, which is virtually impossible to do. Only time will tell if Ole can keep his job and get United fans to fully believe in his leadership qualities.

When Ole first took the job as caretaker manager, everything was going right for him. He virtually made no mistakes and we were winning so easily. But it all went terribly wrong. Now we just started the new season with a bang by winning 4-0 against Chelsea.

Will the team start of brightly again, but only to wane later on in the season? Let’s hope that for Solskjaer and his men that we don’t repeat what happened last season and that Ole doesn’t lose his job.

United must be ready for their next test

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must prepare and plan better for a dangerous Wolves side. Image: TalkSport

Manchester United passed their first test with flying colors against Chelsea and now must take on a much tougher foe in Wolves. The Wolves squad has a strong tight-knit unit that makes it difficult to beat them. Their team spirit is one of their best attributes. They are never really out of a game even when they’re losing.

We lost last season twice to Nuno Espirito Santo’s men. In each game they were well organized, and compact in both the midfield and defense. Their forwards Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez were constant threats going forward and they placed pressure on our defenders. We’ll have to be ready to deal with their intelligent runs that they make on and off the ball and into the box.

United were sloppy with the ball both times we faced the men in yellow and black. Many times the Red Devils lost the ball in midfield, and in the final third defensively. We can’t afford the same mistakes against a team that ruthlessly punished us especially on the counter-attack where we were the most vulnerable. Ole should make sure that the midfielders fight to win the ball back whenever we lose it and also win any 50-50 balls.

We need to play the ball forward as quickly as possible. I believe we that Ole should use a 4-2-3-1 system to help to protect the back four. Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba should be placed deep in midfield with Jesse Lingard at an advanced position being placed at the top of the diamond.

Andreas Pereira was mostly poor in the Chelsea game. He didn’t make the right decisions with the ball and lost it at times. Although our whole midfield also had that problem. He was probably the biggest culprit. Anthony Martial should be on the left wing and Daniel James on the right. Then Marcus Rashford in the centre-forward position.

Our back four should be Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. I believe Wolves played a similar formation last year when they faced them twice. We just need to keep our concentration and just be careful with the decisions that we make with the ball. Once we are organized and compact from back to front, defend well and we take our chances, then we’ll be fine.

We have to keep their wingers quiet like Jonny and Ruben Neves that supplies the ball to Jimenez and Jota. Keeping possession of the ball especially in our final third of the field and in their final third the field and playing directly against them will put them under constant pressure. These are the things that we need to do to win the game.

How should Ole approach this game against Wolves? What do you think should be the formation and starting line-up?

What I loved about the Manchester United v Chelsea game

Marcus Rashford was The Man of the Match with his two goals. Image: Sky Sports

Manchester United’s 4-0 drubbing of Chelsea was a great way for United to start the season off. There were a few things that I loved from United in the game.

Firstly, I love the way how quickly United launched their counter-attacks. Whether it was Pogba, McTominay, Lingard or Rashford when they got the ball they broke swiftly and they were very fluid on the counter-attack. The counter-attacking style is what United is the best at right now. We have the players and the right system to do it, and we have young quick players to exploit the opposition’s weaknesses.

Secondly, we now have a strong solid back four of Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka that we can depend on. We haven’t had a reliable back four in a long while. There were always inconsistencies with our left-backs, right-backs and our centre-backs in the past. Many times in games they weren’t usually on the same page when they defended together. A group of certain defenders were either out of position, won’t aggressive in closing down players on a regular basis, or defensively we didn’t always look compact and organized.

Thirdly, I loved the fact that Rashford, Lingard, and Martial went back at times to help the midfielders and defenders defend the goal. Then you would see those three players sprint forward to start a counter-attack whenever they received the ball. Getting virtually all the players defending as a unit I think will help us to certainly keep more clean sheets this season.

Lastly, I love that we won the ball back quickly whenever we lost it. Then when we had the ball we placed pressure on Chelsea and we kept it well for most of the game. Manchester City and Liverpool do very well at winning the ball back and applying pressure high up the pitch. Which is also what United did in this game. The Red Devils also attacked in numbers which was lacking last season.

Players were making runs quickly forward to support the few others who were higher up the pitch. All of these good habits or practices are the attributes that we need in order to be successful this season. Once we can especially stay healthy and we play like how we performed against Chelsea or better, then the sky’s the limit for this team. Let’s go United!!

Match Report: Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

The United players celebrate a goal in front of the fans. Image: The Telegraph

Manchester United were the big winners against a Chelsea side that were poor defensively with Frank Lampard’s first match in charge.

A double by Marcus Rashford (18′ pen. 67′), one of them from the penalty spot, one from Anthony Martial (65′) and Daniel James (81′) completed the scoring rout. Chelsea threatened early in the game with Tammy Abraham almost put the visiting side ahead with a rasping drive from a loose ball that crashed against the right post.

Pedro then shot over the bar a few moments later. Martial had an opportunity to put United in front when a poor pass by Kurt Zouma presented the striker the chance to score, but his effort was a tame one. Chelsea were in the ascendency and had another scoring opportunity when Cesar Azpilicueta put in an excellent cross and a powerful shot by Mason Mount that forced Dea Gea into a fine save.

Referee Anthony Taylor called a penalty against Kurt Zouma who fouled Rashford in the box. Rashford justly slammed home the ball past goalie Kepa. The Red Devils began to grow in confidence. Aaron Wan-Bissaka made two clearances as the Blues continued their attack on United’s goal. Ross Barkley placed his shot just wide and also shot straight at De Gea who made a comfortable save. Emerson also shook the crossbar after Victor Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka missed a pass from Jorginho.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates with the fans. Image: The Telegraph

Chelsea resumed the second-half with the same enthusiasm as they started the first. Pedro’s shot deflected off Luke Shaw for a corner. From the resulting corner Emerson cracked another shot, and it was parried away by De Gea. Christian Pulisic was then introduced by Lampard to add a pair of fresh legs to the game. Then after that it was United that would put the match beyond the reach of Chelsea with two goals inside two minutes. Maguire began a counter-attack, and Jesse Lingard chased the ball and whipped in a superb cross that allowed Martial to side foot the ball past the keeper.

Then Paul Pogba produced a wonderful pass to release Rashford, who got United’s third in a one-on-one situation. Zouma then headed the ball over the bar. Daniel James had only been on the field for 8 minutes when he latched on to a pass from Martial. James took a shot and it deflected in and off Emerson for a fourth goal.

Both Mount and Ederson took shots to get on the score sheet, but they couldn’t breach United’s defence. The Red Devils were able to end the game with a clean sheet and a big win.

Manchester United: De Gea (c); Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; Lingard (Mata 86), Andreas (James 73), Rashford (Greenwood 86); Martial.

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Christiansen, Zouma, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho (Kante 73); Mount, Barkley (Pulisic 58), Pedro; Abraham (Giroud 66).

Manchester United v Chelsea preview

The match is at 11:30 am ET time on Sunday. Anthony Taylor will be the referee for the game. Eric Bailly will be absent through a knee injury that he picked up during the pre-season. He won’t be back until Christmas time. Alexis Sanchez hasn’t played any pre-season games and lacks match fitness after he played at the Copa America in Brazil earlier this summer. He has been training after recovering from an injury, but may not start.

Paul Pogba and Matteo Darmian weren’t available for the last pre-season game against AC Milan. They are in the process of improving their fitness. We should see Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Harry Maguire make their debuts.

Mason Greenwood may be in the starting line-up, but Tim Fosu-Mensah will miss out with an injury.

For Chelsea they have many injured players that won’t feature for this match. Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Reece James will all miss the game with injuries. N’Golo Kante and Willian are also doubtful. Kante has been suffering with a hamstring injury, while Willian has a knee injury.

This is an important match for us because we not only are at home, but we must win after our main rivals Manchester City and Liverpool won their matches. Chelsea is also one of our rivals and they have been a team that has always been really tough to beat. So we need to win convincingly and get the three points.

We can’t afford to lose or draw this game, because we’ll already be three points or two points behind our rivals. United needs to send the message that we mean business and that we’re a real force to be reckoned with this season.