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.


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.


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 1 Swansea City 1 – Premier League photo match report


Manchester United’s penultimate league home game saw the visit of Swansea City, who had won on two out of their last three trips to Old Trafford.


Jose Mourinho made four changes to the side that drew the Manchester Derby 0-0, with Englishmen Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney coming into the side. Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all rested ahead of the Europa League semi final first leg v Celta Vigo. While Marouane Fellaini was suspended following his headbutt on Sergio Aguero in the derby.


But, after just seven minutes, Valencia was forced into action when Luke Shaw went off injured. With Mourinho thinking Shaw’s early exit must mean he has “a big injury”. Later on, the injury crisis got worse when Eric Bailly hobbled off, leaving United with no senior centre backs fit. Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind finished the match as CB’s.


Bailly had earlier almost gifted Swansea the lead, when his clearance deflected back off Gylfi Sigurdsson and went just wide. Jordan Ayew and Fernando Llorente also had shots saved by David De Gea in the first half.


But, it was United who took the lead, when Marcus Rashford won a controversial penalty at the feet of Lukasz Fabianski. Wayne Rooney stepped up, sending Fabianski the wrong way to make it 1-0 to the home side on the stroke of half time.


Captain Rooney then had a great chance to double the lead, but even with Fabianski unable to get across, he could only hit his own teammate Anthony Martial with his shot. The Polish international then reacted well to Martial’s deflected effort and then Valencia’s powerful across goal strike.


United then gave away what turned out to be a costly free kick, when Rooney fouled Ayew in the 79th minute. Free kick specialist Sigurdsson placed his effort past De Gea, into the top corner. The strike earned the Swans a vital away point in their fight for Premier League survival.


A tenth home Premier League draw for United does see their unbeaten run reach a club record 25 games. But 23 dropped home points may prove costly in the race for the top four.

Manchester United 2 Chelsea 0 – Premier League photo match report

Manchester United rested Michael Carrick, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the Europa League Quarter Final second leg.

Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and David De Gea all came into the side.

Chelsea were forced to bring in both Asmir Begovic (Due to Courtois ankle injury) and Kurt Zouma (after Marcos Alonso got injured in the warm up).

The Premier League trophy was on show before the game with Chelsea 4 points clear of Spurs in the race for the title.

United started quickly and Marcus Rashford gave them a deserved lead. The 19 year old latched onto a fantastic Ander Herrera through ball to beat Begovic and score his 5th Premier League goal of the season.

While Herrera was also tasked with stopping Premier League Player of the Season nominee, Eden Hazard, following the Belgian wherever he went to great effect. With Matteo Darmian doing a similar job on the other side against Pedro. Mourinho’s tactics worked perfectly, nullifying the Chelsea wingers, leaving Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly a 2 v 1 against Diego Costa.

But Herrera made the difference when United had the ball too. Adding a goal to his assist. He ran onto Ashley Young’s pull back early in the second half and shot past Begovic with the aid of a deflection.

While Chelsea had the majority of possession at 2-0, they failed to register a shot on target. Ashley Young blazed three shots wide and over, while Rashford looked for his second, shooting into the side netting in the second half.

While Rashford and Herrera got the goals, this was a team performance from MUFC with every player giving ‘everything’ as asked for by José Mourinho before the game.

The result meant Manchester United’s unbeaten league run stretched to 22 games. A run which has been salvaged three times by late goals (Home v Liverpool and Everton, Away v Stoke).

It was Chelsea’s 2nd defeat in 4 league games, after losing to Crystal Palace at home at the start of April. But, a favourable run in still has them favourites to lift the title in May.

United now have only 2 league home games left against Swansea and Crystal Palace. While they have 5 away games in tough end to the league season.

MUFC now face Anderlecht in the second leg of the Europa League Quarter Final on 20th April, looking to reach the last four of a competition that still seems the most likely route to Champions League qualification for next season.