United go level with Liverpool after hard fought win over Villa

United climbed to just behind Liverpool on goal difference in the table as they beat Aston Villa in an entertaining match on Friday night.

There wasn’t much to separate the two sides until five minutes before the break when Aaron Wan-Bissaka whipped in a cross from the right that Anthony Martial directed home after Tyrone Mings failed to clear.

That goal was canceled out when Bertrand Traore’s slipped the ball underneath David de Gea, but moments later Douglas Luiz’s was adjudged to bring down Paul Pogba, and the resulting penalty was slotted home by Bruno Fernandes for his 11th league goal this season.

Mings headed wide late on and De Gea pulled off a great save from Matty Cash’s long-range stoppage-time effort as United held out for their eighth win in 10 games.

Off the pitch, the transfer window opened today with rumours circulating that United are putting together a bid for Villa Captain Jack Grealish. After his performance in this game, it’s easy to see why, but such is his importance in the side, it will surely take a monumental offer for the Birmingham club to even consider it.

Manchester United hammer neighbours Leeds United 6-2 at Old Trafford

An early brace from Scott McTominay coupled with first half strikes from Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof ensured a dominant three points for Solskjaer.

Leeds have established a reputation as fast starters this season, but the tables were turned in Manchester as McTominay smashed home twice inside the first five minutes.

With Leeds still settling into the surroundings they cheaply lost the ball in midfield, Fernandes slipped in McTominay and he arrowed one past Illan Meslier.

And with the confidence soaring through him, McTominay repeated the trick two minutes later as he latched onto Anthony Martial’s pass to make it 2-0.

United then simply laid siege to Leeds’ goal before the break as Fernandes swept home a loose ball and Lindelof sharply fired home from a corner.

Leeds skipper Liam Cooper did nod home a glimmer of hope for Marcelo Bielsa before the break, but it was a mountain to climb in the second half.

But any team built by Bielsa will always fight back against the odds and David De Gea was forced to make a point blank stop from Raphinha on 56 minutes.

And any slim chance of a dramatic turnaround was ended by the hosts with 25 to play as Dan James netted his first of the season.

McTominay turned provider this time round, with a driving run and ball into the Welshman, who confidently tucked away past Meslier.

But the rampant hosts were not finished there as Fernandes tucked home from the spot for six before Stuart Dallas smacked home another consolation.

United did almost match Liverpool’s seven goals from yesterday, as Meslier denied Edinson Cavani late on, but in the end Solskjaer was forced to settle for a sexy six.

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 6 Leeds United 2

Premier League Preview: Manchester United v Manchester City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has enjoyed some of his most memorable results as United against City but the Norwegian needs a big result now more than ever.

United’s Champions League exit against RB Leipzig has ramped up the pressure on him ahead of this weekend and he is expected to rotate.

Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani are both back in training and Solskjaer is expected to include at least one of them from the start in this game.

Donny van der Beek and Juan Mata could also be drafted in by Solskjaer as he looks to add experience and defensive grit to his midfield.

For City, Guardiola is boosted by some vital returns ahead of the cross-city clash with Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gudogan both back fit.

Guardiola has hinted that Aguero won’t start against the old enemy but given his record against United means we should see him at some stage this weekend.

And with all eyes on Manchester tomorrow, kick off in this is set for 5.30pm on Saturday at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes spot kick seals 1-0 Manchester United win over West Brom

United’s poor home form has been a concern for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Bruno Fernandes’ second half penalty has ended their miserable Old Trafford run.

The hosts looked busy right from the off in this one, as former United keeper Sam Johnstone produced a fine reaction stop to deny Anthony Martial.

The Baggies worked hard to block United out before the break, and Kyle Bartley was inches away nodding home a deep corner.

And Slaven Bilic’s side were almost handed a lucky opener just seconds after the restart, as referee David Coote awarded his first of three penalties on the night.

Fernandes’ did catch Conor Gallagher inside the box, but after a quick VAR check, Coote decided to overrule himself.

That decision injected some life into the second half, as Rashford tested Johnstone and Connor Townsend forced a rare
stop from David De Gea.

But VAR was to have its say again on 55 minutes, as Coote penalised Semi Ajayi for handball, but the impressive Johnstone produced a brilliant save from Fernandes’ spot kick.

However, luck was to go against the young keeper, as Coote ordered a retake after he strayed off his line and Fernandes made no mistake on take two.

United did almost let West Brom back into the game late on, as substitute Callum Robinson fired against the bar, but in the end United had just enough to hold on.

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 1 West Brom 0

Manchester United sweating on fitness of Victor Lindelof

The defender was forced off in the 67th minute whilst playing for Sweden against France in a Nations League game on Tuesday.

The Swedes eventually lost 4-2 to the World Cup winners at the Stade de France, with United’s Paul Pogba playing the full 90 minutes and fellow teammate Anthony Martial on the bench.

It has been revealed that Lindelof’s substitution was due to a back issue, something the centre-half is said to have been suffering with for a while.

Manchester United face relegation-threatened West Brom in the Premier League at the weekend and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping the defender comes back from international duty in good enough shape to feature against the Baggies.

United have not enjoyed their start to the Premier League season and are currently 14th in the table having endured their worst beginning to a league campaign for a number of years.

To make matters worse for Solskjaer, there is still confusion over the availability of Brazil full-back Alex Telles, who tested positive for coronavirus for a second time whilst away with his country.

The new Old Trafford signing had already missed two weeks of action before the international break due to self-isolation and it is currently uncertain as to whether he’ll be available against West Bromwich Albion.

Telles did feature on the bench for the Selecao in their recent game against Uruguay but never came on – despite allegedly contracting Covid-19 for a second time.

Premier League Preview: Manchester United v Arsenal

Clashes between these two sides are etched into the history of the Premier League.

But with both teams slipping in recent years the fixture may have lost some of its title race importance but none of its edge.

United responded to their 6-1 defeat to Tottenham with some impressive form and head into this one on the back of a four-game unbeaten run.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat RB Salzburg 5-0 in midweek and the Norwegian is only expected to make limited changes.

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford should come back in with Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial dropping out.

Arsenal have lost their last two in the league going into this one and Mikel Arteta is expected to ring the changes.

A thigh injury picked up against Dundalk in midweek looks set to rule out David Luiz with Shokdran Mustafi set to fill in.

Whilst Nicolas Pepe also looks set to start for the Spaniard after he netted a spectacular goal against the Irish club in midweek, with Eddie Nketiah and Willian also pushing for a return.

Kick off is set for 4.30pm tomorrow at Old Trafford.

Premier League: Newcastle United vs Manchester United

The two sides are coming off the back of differing domestic results, with the Magpies trying to build on a 3-1 win over Burnley at St James’ Park last time out, while Man United try and bounce back from a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

The same fixture last season was one of Newcastle’s highest points of their campaign, when Matty Longstaff sealed the points with a debut goal in front of the St James’ Park crowd. Fast forward ten months and there will be no crowd to take in the action and possibly no Longstaff either, as he continues to struggle with injury.

Newcastle received a boost during the international break through Allan Saint-Maximin, with the French winger signing an improved deal to keep him at the club until 2026. After Man United’s performance against Spurs last week, he’ll be salivating at the thought of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this weekend.

Steve Bruce will have to patch up his side once more though, with Jamal Lewis, Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Martin Dubravka all sidelined with injuries.

Miguel Almiron played for Paraguay in the week and should be available, while Fabian Schar came through Switzerland’s Nations League games without issue and could come into the starting XI.

As for the visitors, they’ll be without Anthony Martial after his red card against Spurs, while new signing Edinson Cavani is still self-isolating due to COVID-19 precautions. Alex Telles could make his debut after joining from FC Porto.

Axel Tuanzebe could be involved after an ankle injury, and Eric Bailly is also expected to make it, despite suffering a hamstring injury while playing for Ivory Coast.

Harry Maguire’s inclusion will be the main talking point, with the defender’s form being called into question after his performance against Spurs, before another mistake led to a red card during England’s Nations League defeat to Denmark.

Rumours of a bust-up with Bruno Fernandes have been played down by all involved, but all is clearly not right at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United take on Manchester United at St James’ Park on Saturday, October 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United: Top 4 spot secured for United

This game was billed as a Top Four play-off with the Foxes needing to win, and United only needing a draw ahead of kick off.

But with Chelsea winning at home to Wolves to secure their place, the second half pressure was too much for the hosts as they slip down into the Europa League spots.

Both sides showed plenty of nerves in the opening stages, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s pot shot the closest either came to a goal.

Marcus Rashford carved out United’s best chance of the first half, but Kasper Schmeichel as he palmed away his long range strike.

With updates from Stamford Bridge beginning to filter through after the break, Leicester looked to push on, as Jamie Vardy was inches away from scoring.

The former England man got the better of Harry Maguire in the air, but with David De Gea glued to the floor, his header came back off the bar.

But despite having the better chances, Leicester were to shoot themselves in the foot with 20 minutes to go.

Jonny Evans rashly fouled Anthony Martial inside the box, and Fernandes showed off his trademark hop skip and goal technique from the spot.

That goal broke Leicester hearts, and the expected onslaught never really arrived, as Evans late red card completed a miserable end to the season.