Manchester United 4 Crystal Palace 0 – Premier League

Manchester United went top of the Premier League after beating rock bottom Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Crystal Palace have now not scored in any of their seven Premier League games, losing them all. 

Juan Mata opened the scoring after just two minutes following good work from Marcus Rashford. Rashford went past two Palace defenders and pulled the ball back to Mata who placed his effort past Hennessey.

Marouane Fellaini doubled United’s lead before half time. The Belgian tapped in at the back post after a great cross from Ashley Young. Playing as a left back today, United have still not conceded a goal with Young in the team this season.

Fellaini scored again just after half time, as the midfielder headed in Rashford’s free kick from close range.

Romelu Lukaku then continued his run of scoring in every Premier League game so far this season. The Belgian striker converted Martial’s pullback after good work from Ander Herrera.

After the international break, United travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League.

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Manchester United 4 Burton Albion 1 – Carabao Cup

Manchester United began their bid to retain the League Cup on Wednesday night. The Reds faced Burton Albion at Old Trafford in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup (EFL Cup). 
The Brewers have visited Old Trafford once before, back in 2006 when United won 5-0 in an FA Cup Third Round Replay. Famously Burton and United drew 0-0 in the original tie at the Pirelli Stadium. 
Despite Jose Mourinho making a raft of changes, Manchester United comfortably reached the Last 16, beating Burton 4-1.
Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick both started in midfield for the first time at Old Trafford this season. Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard and Sergio Romero also got rare starts. While Victor Lindelöf and Chris Smalling came back into the team like they did against Basel last week in the Champions League.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring as he chipped the ball over Connor Ripley in the Burton goal. Rashford was set up by fellow academy graduate Jesse Lingard.

The England international striker then quickly added a second from long range. The 19-year-old’s effort went in off the post to give United a commanding lead. Sergio Romero did make a good save to prevent a Burton consolation soon after.

Jesse Lingard then got United’s third, with the aid of a big deflection. The midfielder’s strike deflected and wrong footed Ripley.

In the second half, the Reds added another when Anthony Martial finally got his goal. The Frenchman made it 4-0 as Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Joel Pereira came on for first team minutes.

The Brewers finally had something to shout about in the last minute when Lloyd Dyer scored the first goal scored by an away team at Old Trafford this season. It sent the 3,500 traveling Burton fans home happy to have seen their team score a goal at Old Trafford.

 

Manchester United now play Swansea City away in the Fourth Round next month at the Liberty Stadium, following Wednesday night’s draw.

Manchester United 4 Everton 0 – Premier League

Manchester United beat Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford to join Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. The Reds won 4-0 for a third time in five league games. United and City are totally equal in first, with the same goals scored and goals conceded.

Last season, the sides played out two 1-1 draws, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring both of the United goals. Without Ibrahimovic today, the Reds looked to former Everton man Romelu Lukaku to continue his goal scoring form. Lukaku scored again late on and set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal.

Antonio Valencia scored a goal of the season contender to give the Reds the lead after just four minutes. The United captain, volleyed in from the edge of the box past Jordan Pickford.


David de Gea made some good saves in the second half, including one close range stop from the returning Wayne Rooney. Then finally, with under ten minutes left, Henrikh Mkhitaryan latched onto Romelu Lukaku’s through ball to score as Pickford ran out to close the Armenian down.


Lukaku himself kept up his goal scoring form late on. The Belgian striker scored against his old club when he volleyed in Jesse Lingard’s flick on.


The goals continued for United. In a similar last ten minutes to those enjoyed against West Ham and Swansea City, the Reds scored three late goals. Anthony Martial won a penalty after a great run and added the fourth from the spot. Martial ran through on the break, went past several Everton players before ex-red Schneiderlin handled.

Manchester United now face Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup before travelling to Southampton next weekend. 

Manchester United 2 Leicester City 0 – Premier League

Manchester United faced Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday as the Reds looked to make it three Premier League wins out of three before the international break.

Manchester United went into the game in great form, having won both of their opening two Premier League games of the season 4-0. Comfortable wins over West Ham United and Swansea City saw the Reds top of the table ahead of game week three in the Premier League.

Leicester City, after letting a lead slip at The Emirates on the opening night, have found some form over the past week. The Foxes beat Brighton at the King Power Stadium last weekend before enjoying a 4-1 away win at Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

In the week that Manchester United announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a new one-year deal at the club, it was another striker, in Romelu Lukaku that was key to Manchester United’s chances at Old Trafford. Lukaku scored twice on the opening weekend against West Ham and added another away at Swansea last week.

While Paul Pogba, having picked up the UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award in Monaco this week, was looking to maintain his great start the season. The French international midfielder scored against both West Ham and Swansea, like Lukaku, while he also set up Eric Bailly’s goal in South Wales.

Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-0 at Old Trafford to continue their perfect start to the Premier League season.

Manchester United missed several chances in the first half. Paul Pogba volleyed just past the post from Anthony Martial’s cross. While Juan Mata saw his effort disallowed for offside. Mata capitalised after Kasper Schmeichel spilled a shot. The Spaniard was also unlucky to see his curling shot well saved by Schmeichel.

Despite Romelu Lukaku seeing his penalty saved by Schmeichel in the Leicester goal, the Reds continued to press for the opening goal. The penalty was awarded when Danny Simpson handled a cross and referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.

Finally, after 70 minutes substitute Marcus Rashford opened the scoring at Old Trafford. The 19-year-old latched onto Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s out-swinging corner to beat Schmeichel. Rashford had only been on the pitch for three minutes before he found the net in front of the East Stand.

12 minutes later, Marouane Fellaini added a second to seal the three points. The Belgian diverted in Jesse Lingard’s ball across to give the scoreline a more convincing look.

Right at the death, David de Gea preserved his clean sheet saving well at his near post from Leicester sub Andy King. Manchester United have still not conceded a goal in the Premier League, three games into the new season.

Most of United’s players will now head off to their national teams for the international break. The Reds face Stoke City away in their next Premier League game, in two weeks time.

Manchester United 4 West Ham United 0 – Premier League

Manchester United took on West Ham United at Old Trafford in their first league game of the season. The final match of the first weekend of the Premier League season saw the return of Javier Hernandez to Manchester as a West Ham player. Chicharito returned to English football following two years in Germany at Bayer Leverkusen. West Ham paid a reported 16m to bring the Mexican back to the UK. Also making his first competitive appearance for the Irons was Marko Arnautović, signed from Stoke. Two of United’s three new signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic made their league debuts for the Reds on Sunday afternoon.


Romelu Lukaku scored a brace on his home debut as Manchester United made a perfect start to the Premier League season.

Lukaku opened the scoring after 22 minutes, latching onto a Marcus Rashford through-ball to place his shot past Joe Hart in the West Ham goal. After good work from new signing Nemanja Matic in midfield, Rashford came away with the ball and fed the Belgian striker for his first Premier League goal in a Red shirt.

Lukaku then added a second, heading in a free kick early in the second half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan whipped in the cross and the striker headed in to extend Manchester United’s lead.

Nemanja Matic put in a great performance on his home debut for Manchester United, following his 40m move from Chelsea. Playing alongside Paul Pogba, who also had a great game, Matic impressed the Old Trafford crowd.

Marcus Rashford hit the post in the second half, while Marko Arnautovic hit the bar for the Irons before the Reds added a third.

Anthony Martial came off the bench to score, after another Henrikh Mkhitaryan assist. The Armenian midfielder played in Martial for a one on one with Joe Hart and the Frenchman made no mistake in placing his shot past the English international goalkeeper.

Paul Pogba added a fourth from outside the box late on to seal a comfortable opening day victory for the Reds. The Frenchman ran through midfield and placed a curling shot past Joe Hart.


Manchester United now head to South Wales to play Swansea next weekend, looking to sustain momentum after an opening day win at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 – Premier League

Juan Mata arrives at Old Trafford with his girlfriend after being rested for the Europa League Final in Stockholm on Wednesday 24th May.

Mata therefore had time to sign autographs for fans and pose for photos before the game.

Fellow Spaniard, David De Gea arrives after also getting the day off, with the Portuguese Joel Pereira starting for the first time in goal.

Jose Mourinho handed debut starts to Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Josh Harrop as most first team players were rested ahead of the Europa League Final.

Of the first team players, only Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney started. While Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick were on the bench.

Pogba and Lingard both played 44 minutes each, coming off for Carrick and Martial just before half time. While Blind stayed on the bench as he prepares to start the final at centre-back.

Debutant Josh Harrop opened the scoring fifteen minutes in, after running onto a Pogba through-ball. Harrop cut into the box and placed a shot into the far corner past Wayne Hennessey.

Just four minutes later, Pogba himself added a second. After Tim Fosu-Mensah won the ball in midfield, Jesse Lingard took his time to play in the Frenchman who capitalised on a Palace mistake to slot home. Pogba went off to a standing ovation having both scored and assisted during his 44 minute appearance.

Palace’s top scorer Christian Benteke hit the post with a header in the second half. While Joel Pereira made a good save from a Luka Milivojevic free kick to preserve a clean sheet on his first start for the reds.

Later on, 16-year-old Angel Gomes replaced Wayne Rooney to become the days fifth debutant. The diminutive Gomes still had time to show off his ability despite only playing five minutes.

Manchester United closed their domestic season with a comfortable 2-0 win and finished with a lap of honour.

Marcos Rojo made an appearance on crutches, following successful knee surgery recently.

While Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Sergio Romero had time to take photos with family members after being rested.

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Manchester United now head to Stockholm to face Ajax for the Europa League, plus qualification for next season’s UEFA Super Cup and Champions League.

Manchester United 3 Southampton 2 – EFL Cup Final 2017 Photo Match Report

The United players leave the team hotel, The Hilton London Wembley, to get on the specially branded ‘EFL Cup Final’ team bus.

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Wembley Stadium an hour before the 4.30pm kick off.

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The Manchester United players, after playing 4 matches in the previous 11 days. And the Southampton squad, fresh from a two week training camp in Spain, warm up.

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Both clubs’ colours are laid out on the pitch alongside their home shirts, with the teams now in the tunnel.

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Jose Mourinho and Claude Puel stand alongside their players awaiting the national anthem.

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The 2017 EFL Cup final kicks off.

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A free kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring. While a calm finish from Jesse Lingard, who has now scored in each of the FA Cup final, Community Shield and League Cup final, put MUFC 2-0 up. Before Manolo Gabbiadini struck for the Saints either side of half time. But it was the 35 year-old Swede who met Ander Herrera’s fine cross in the 87th minute to clinch United a fifth League Cup title.

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United fans’ celebrate Zlatan’s late winner by waving their phone flashlights.

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Ibrahimovic sinks to his knees as Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo congratulate him, after referee Andre Marriner blew his FT whistle.

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Ander Herrera leads the celebrations with a scarf given to him by a fan.

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Club Captain, Wayne Rooney lifts the trophy despite not playing in the final. The substitute was going to replace Ander Herrera but after Ibrahimovic scored Jose Mourinho decided to see out the win with Marouane Fellaini instead.

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The United players come over to applaud the fans on the far side after collecting their winners’ medals.

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The Wembley arch lit up red after a fantastic cup final seen by 85,264 fans.

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Manchester United now return to Premier League action at Old Trafford against AFC Bournemouth on 4th March 2017, at 12:30pm.