- October 27, 2015
Louis van Gaal is never one to pull his punches. The Manchester United manager certainly didn't mince words following the first meeting between his team and crosstown rivals Manchester City in the 2015 2016 season. "We don't have the luck," he said following the 2015 Manchester derby, arguing that his team should have won-and would have done just that, with better officiating on the field.
The highly-anticipated Manchester Derby ended in a scoreless draw, ruining a chance for Manchester United to leapfrog City and take the top spot in the 2015 2016 Premier League. Van Gaal blamed the loss on a key moment early in the second half, when a Raheem Sterling challenge on Ander Herrera arguably should have resulted in a penalty. The challenge was difficult to see, though, and officials ultimately didn't award the penalty.
Bad Luck for Manchester United
That challenge wasn't the only instance of Manchester
- October 26, 2015
Leading up to the third week of play there was stalemate in Champions League Group B 2015 2016, with each of the team's on exactly the same number of points. In week one, Wolfsburg beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 and PSV Eindhoven topped Manchester United 2-1. In week two, however, Man United bounced back with a 2-1 win against Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven crumpled in a 2-3 loss against CSKA Moscow. Those outcomes left each team in Group B with three points in the standings and goal difference tallies at zero. PSV Eindhoven technically had the edge, since they'd scored the most goals (four) across the first two fixtures, but for all intents and purposes, Group B was anyone's game.
Week three of 2015 2016 Champions League competition officially breaks the stalemate in Group B-at least for now. The matches played on October 21st saw Wolfsburg pulling ahead with a 2-0 home win against PSV. CSKA Moscow and Manchester United, meanwhile, played a soccer match that ended in a 1-1 draw.
- October 20, 2015
At the end of September, after Arsenal lost their second Champions League match of the fall and tumbled to last place in the group, club manager Arsene Wenger blamed the physical demands of the English Premier League for his squad's unsatisfying performances. Arsenal had originally been expected to flourish at this year's Champions League, following a strong 2014 2015 season. But losses against teams they should have beaten in the group stage-Romania's Dinamo Zagreb and Greece's Olympiacos-have left fans scratching their heads.
So why did Arsenal, a dependably solid football club in the most competitive football league in the world-lose to two relatively minor soccer teams in the Champions League? Because of the competitive nature of the Champions League, Wenger argued. The Arsenal manager reasoned that, while both Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos were able to prepare for mid-week Champions League by taking it easy and coasting to wins in their domestic games, Arsenal
- October 11, 2015
So far in the 2015 2016 Capital One Cup (also known as the Football League Cup), we haven't seen a ton of big surprises. The first two rounds of the tournament went more or less as expected, with all of the biggest soccer clubs (Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, etc.) making it to round three intact. However, the Capital One Cup third round matches, played on September 22nd and 23rd, brought arguably the first big development of the tournament so far the elimination of Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham Make an Early Exit
Tottenham Hotspur, of course, were one of the most successful soccer clubs in the Capital One Cup last year. Spurs went all the way to the finals, beating teams like Nottingham Forest, Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle United,
- October 05, 2015
Just when we were all starting to wonder whether or not Man Utd might have what it takes to reclaim the Premier League title in 2016, Arsenal dominate against Manchester United to complicate matters significantly. The Gunners defeated the Red Devils 3-0 in Sunday's biggest Premier League showdown. The win put Arsenal in second place and dropped United from first to third. Manchester City, meanwhile, who United replaced at the top of the table just last weekend, reclaimed the top spot thanks to a massive 6-1 victory against Newcastle.
Arsenal's Surprising Dominance
Though Arsenal had the home field advantage in their Sunday, October 4th match against Manchester United, many soccer analysts expected the Red Devils to dominate. Louis van Gaal's
- October 03, 2015
Emboldened, perhaps, by his club's recent ascension to the top of the English Premier League, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said that the Red Devils had a "realistic" chance of winning the Champions League by 2017. The Dutchman wouldn't go as far as to predict a UCL victory for this team this year though. The Red Devils did get one step closer to that goal as Manchester United grab Champions League win against Wolfsburg last Wednesday at Old Trafford.
A Long-Awaited Champions League Win
Manchester United's last win of the 2013 2014 Champions League took place on March 19th, 2014, with a 3-0 triumph against Olympiacos. 560 days later, they beat Wolfsburg to end their lengthy drought of wins at Europe's most prestigious club
- October 01, 2015
Last weekend saw Manchester United top the EPL table 2015 - 2016, but it's been a hard slog to get there. Not too long ago, Manchester United were the de facto frontrunners in the English Premier League each year. Just as Bayern Munich dominate the German Bundesliga with an iron fist, Manchester United won the EPL 13 times between 1993 and 2013. Then, just as quickly as the Vikings had come to be the dominating force in English football, they seemed to vacate that position. In the 2013 2014 season, the football squad tumbled to a seventh place finish on the league standings table. It was the worst finish since 1990 for England's most consistently great soccer club.
Fast-forward to now, and it seems Manchester United might finally be ready to reclaim the top spot. After a solid 2014 2015 campaign-which netted the Red Devils a fourth place finish in the Premier League and returned them to the
- September 21, 2015
For several weeks now, one of the big questions of the 2015 2016 UEFA Champions League has
concerned Manchester United. Specifically, football fans throughout Europe have been wondering how the Red Devils might do in this year's prestigious European soccer tournament. On one hand, Man United are playing well in this year's English Premier League so far, after making several intriguing signings over the summer. On the other hand, the Red Devils haven't competed at the UCL level in two years and only managed a spot in this year's tournament thanks to a dynamite playoff performance. So the question is, will Manchester United make a triumphant return in the Champions League 2015 - 2016 Group B? Or will we see the football team bow out of the competition after the group stage?
- September 21, 2015
There were teams that suffered bigger losses, point-wise, but of all of the football clubs involved in this year's UEFA Champions League, Manchester United might have had the worst start. Playing in Group B alongside PSV Eindhoven, VfL Wolfsburg, and CSKA Moscow, Man United suffered a 1-2 loss to PSV in their first game of the 2015 2016 tournament. Worse, Manchester's promising young left-back had to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher with a double leg fracture. We take a look at the Luke Shaw injury, how bad is it, did the tackle deserve a sending off, and what are Luke's prospects for recovery?
Shaw's potentially season-ending injury came 15 minutes into Manchester's September 15th fixture
- September 16, 2015
The Match: What Went Down
The Red Devils donned the Manchester United home jersey 2015 2016 and took the pitch at Old Trafford to take on Liverpool. However, it took a little while before their home field advantage really seemed to kick in. Indeed, after the first half of play, the football match was still stalemated at 0-0.
It wasn't until the opening minutes of the second half that Manchester midfielder Daley Blind took an assist from Juan Mata to score the first goal of the match. From there on out, it was like puzzle pieces falling into place for the Red Devils. At the 70-minute mark, Ander Herrara drained a penalty goal to make the score 2-0. And while Christian Benteke-Liverpool's highest profile signing of the summer transfer window-brought Liverpool back within one point at 84 minutes, the comeback surge was decidedly brief.
While Daley Blind was likely the man of the