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Too good to go down....?
When I was 13 years of age at the end of rhe 1973-74 season Manchester United were relegated after a couple of torrid seasons but only six years after lifting the European Cup and seven years since their last league title. The club had lurched from pillar to post since the retirement of Sir Matt and the drop to the second division was somehow inevitable. The parallels between then and now are being documented across the internet but suffice to say despite winning the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League since Sir Alex's retirement the club have declined in the league and the current season is shaping up poorly. Liverpool and Manchester City are looking infinitely stronger than us at the moment.
Two disappointing 1-1 draws...
Ahead of the Thursday afternoon Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar, Manchester United have had two hugely forgettable home draws against Rochdale in the Caraboa Cup and Arsenal in the Premier League. Neither game set the pulses rating and the opening day excitement following the 4-0 defeat of Chelsea now seems a million miles away. United look like a team who will finish in the middle of the table, the rebuilding work may take some time. The Europa League and the domestic cups probably offer the club their best chance of success this season. The top 4 looks a long way off never mind chasing down Liverpool and Manchester City...
It's looking a bit gloomy at Old Trafford
Manchester United were well beaten at West ham on Sunday and the performance from most of the players was not very good. They lacked spark and drive; they were second best in most departments to West Ham United who were good value for their 2-0 win. The sight of Manchester United fans leaving the away section of the ground before the final whistle spoke volumes, they had seen enough. The scrappy one nil win in the Europa league was hardly uplifting and it seems that the euphoria of the opening day's thrashing of Chelsea has long since evaporated. Ole is at the wheel, but needs to steer the troops in the right diection and get them playing to their abilities as soon as possible.
Pogba's penalty miss crucial in Molineux draw
A Paul Pogba penalty miss cost Manchester United dear, as they shared the spoils with Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 1-1 draw at Molineux in Monday evening's televised clash. The game also highlighted how detrimental VAR is proving to the live football experience.
Up and coming fixtures
After a couple of disappointing results in the Premier League and Champions League, United entertain West Ham United on Saturday evening in the 5.30 kick off. It is a game the red devils need to win to have any chance of competing for a top four finish. OGS seems to think 15 points from the last 6 league games will guarantee a top three spot, so there is everything to play for. After West Ham at Old Trafford, Manchester United head to Barcelona facing a difficult task in overturning a 0-1 reversal. But it has been done before.
United back in action after the international break...
United will return to action after the international break and attempt to quickly make amends for two defeats at Wolves in the FA Cup and against Arsenal in the Premier League. First up is the visit of Watford to Old Trafford on March 30th an then a quick return to Molineux to play Wolves in a league match. Barcelona visit Manchester in the Champions League on April 10th before West Ham come to Old Trafford and then United treavel out to Spain for the reurn leg v Messi & Co.
Up and coming...
A busy few wekks for the much improved United squad begins with the difficult trip to PSG. United trail 0-2 following their defeat in the first leg at Old Trafford in this Champions League tie. This is followed by the trip to Arsenal on March 10th before the third away game in a row is at Wolves in the FA Cup Quarter final. United end the month with the visit of Watford to Old Trafford on March 30th (kick off 3 pm) for a rare Saturday match.
FA Cup next and a chance to get back to winning ways..
After the long unbeaten run under OGS was ended by a dominant PSG side at Old Trafford in the Champions League, United have the chance to make amends and keep on the trophy hunt with a televised 5th round tie at Stamford Bridge on Monday 18th Februarty. Ole will have to shuffle his pack as injuries are mounting up but that is why a strong squad is important. United sit in fourth place in the league and the improvement in the club is tangible since the change of manager.
Run over but United stage vintage Lancashire derby fightback
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's winning run as Manchester United manager came to an end on Tuesday evening. However, an impressive late comeback - in a 2-2 draw with Burnley - evoked the spirit of many United teams the Norwegian is famously featured in as a player.
Seven Up - Bring on the Gunners!
OGS has been in "temporary" charge of United for seven competitive matches and the team have won them all. It is the best start any manager has ever had in the history of the great club. Next up is the FA Cup 4th round tie away at Arsenal. It is a game both teams will want to win as progression in the tournament would help Keep siverware traditions alive. The game is a friday evening kick off at 7.45pm. United have been allocated just over 5,000 tickets for this match.
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- Run over but United stage vintage Lancashire derby fightback
- Seven Up - Bring on the Gunners!
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