Manchester United power into the FA Cup Fourth Round win 1-0 Watford win

Despite creating a host of chances on the night, it was to captain for the night Scott McTominay’s early goal proved the key difference between the teams.

The hosts were on top from the start in this one as Dan James’s drive tested Daniel Bachmann before McTominay bulleted home Alex Telles’ corner.

That early goal opened the game at both ends with Hornets defender Adam Masina denied by David De Gea before Eric Bailly skidded a header just wide.

United continued to dominate things after the break with Bachmann called into action to deny Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood.

United talisman Marcus Rashford did almost make the game safe in the final minutes but Bachmann was there once again to keep the score down.

Full Time from Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 1 Watford 0

Premier League: Manchester United vs Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could climb to 2nd place with a win, only 2 points behind league-leaders Liverpool.

The Red Devils could be without star-man Marcus Rashford though after he aggravated a long-standing shoulder problem in their 2-2 draw against Leicester City.

United will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight matches whilst Wolves will be looking for only their second win in 6 matches.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side did show signs of promise, however, after a strong performance at the Molineux earned them a point against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, despite going a goal down in the opening minute.

Meetings between the two sides don’t generally produce many goals, with only 3 in the last 4 outings but Solskjaer’s side are in fine goal-scoring form, netting 13 in their last 4.

United are likely to rotate heavily for the game, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani could all see returns to the line-up after starting from the bench on Saturday.

The game is a 20:00 pm kick-off at Old Trafford on Tuesday 29th December.

Premier League: Manchester United vs Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could climb to 2nd place with a win, only 2 points behind league-leaders Liverpool.

The Red Devils could be without star-man Marcus Rashford though after he aggravated a long-standing shoulder problem in their 2-2 draw against Leicester City.

United will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight matches whilst Wolves will be looking for only their second win in 6 matches.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side did show signs of promise, however, after a strong performance at the Molineux earned them a point against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, despite going a goal down in the opening minute.

Meetings between the two sides don’t generally produce many goals, with only 3 in the last 4 outings but Solskjaer’s side are in fine goal-scoring form, netting 13 in their last 4.

United are likely to rotate heavily for the game, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani could all see returns to the line-up after starting from the bench on Saturday.

The game is a 20:00 pm kick-off at Old Trafford on Tuesday 29th December.

Manchester United battle back to win 3-1 away at West Ham

United struggled to get going at the London Stadium but the half time introduction of Bruno Fernandes inspired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a fourth straight league win.

It was the confident hosts who made the better start in East London with Pablo Fornals forcing a brave early stop from Dean Henderson.

The Spaniard continued to pose a threat, as his poked effort came back off the post, before Tomas Soucek deservedly put the Hammers in front.

Declan Rice flicked on Bowen’s corner and the Czech midfielder held off Alex Telles to scramble home from close range.

David Moyes’ side were then presented with a perfect to go in 2-0 up at half time, but Sebastien Haller lost hit nerve at the crucial moment.

Both sides looked busy after the restart, as Bowen was inches away from converting Vladimir Coufal’s cross, and Scott McTominay powered wide.

But with the visitors slowly edging themselves into the game, Paul Pogba produced a fantastic equaliser on 65 minutes.

Henderson’s sweeping clearance released Fernandes and his pull back was expertly swept home by Pogba.

That goal successfully tipped the balance in United’s favour as Mason Greenwood netted a quick-fire second shortly after.

Telles’ driven cross evaded a string of Hammers defenders and the teenager showed a Solskjaer-esque touch to slot past Lukasz Fabianski.

That strike opened the floodgates for a rampant United, as Marcus Rashford scuffed an effort against the post.

But the England international was not to be denied his big moment as he wrapped up the fight back with a superb finish from Juan Mata’s cross field pass.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1 Manchester United 3

Arsenal end Old Trafford hoodoo with 1-0 Premier League win at Manchester United

On a night of few clear chances for either team a second half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a crucial three points for the Gunners.

Neither side created much in the early stages on a rainy night in Manchester before a chance apiece just before the break.

United striker Mason Greenwood wriggled away from Gabriel inside the box but Bernd Leno reacted smartly to block his effort.

Arsenal’s best chance of the first 45 minutes fell to Bukayo Saka but the teenager could only head over from Hector Bellerin’s cross.

The visitors picked up the initiative after the break with Alexandre Lacazette releasing Aubameyang to release Aubameyang who curled just wide.

With neither really able to take charge of the game, the match turned on a decisive moment on 65 minutes.

Bellerin collided with Paul Pogba inside the box and despite the Frenchman’s protests, referee Mike Dean pointed straight to the spot and Aubameyang confidently slotted past David De Gea.

United almost pinched a point in the closing stages as Donny van de Beek’s effort deflected onto the post but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were unable to stage a big finale.

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

Manchester United huff and puff in Luton cup victory

A Juan Mata penalty on the stroke of half-time and neat finishes from substitutes Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood secured a largely unspectacular 3-0 win.

After slipping to a home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday, Solskjaer made 10 changes in Bedfordshire, although his starting line-up still boasted eight senior internationals.

Donny Van De Beek made his full debut in midfield, while goalkeeper Dean Henderson finally made his Manchester United bow, with Rashford required off the bench to sew up the victory.

A trip to Preston or Brighton awaits in round four, but Solskjaer knows his team need to find the form from the back end of last season if they are to remain in the hunt for the long haul this time around.

James Shea was unsurprisingly the busier of the goalkeepers in the opening exchanges and did well to keep out a Mata strike as the visitors saw plenty of the ball.

Luton enjoyed a couple of forays forward and Danny Hylton should have done better when picked out in the box by former United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe.

The lack of incisiveness from his side would have been a worry to Solskjaer, who had highlighted a late start to pre-season training as a key reason in their weekend loss to Palace.

But, just as Luton appeared set to have seen out the first half without incident, they conceded a penalty less than two minutes before the break.

A United attack broke down and Brandon Williams collected the ball, bursting into the box where he was tripped by George Moncur.

Mata stepped up to send Shea the wrong way and give the visitors a half-time lead.

The visitors started to exert a period of pressure as Jesse Lingard saw a shot cleared off the line before Shea once again did well to push clear a Nemanja Matic drive and then keep out Van De Beek with his legs.

Solskjaer clearly felt he needed more to put a spirited Luton to bed and introduced Bruno Fernandes, Greenwood and Rashford from the bench with 12 minutes to go.

Instead, it was Luton who would threaten next, Henderson making his first save of the night to deny Tom Lockyer, who then saw his follow-up effort cleared off the line.

But then the resources available to Solskjaer would prove the difference as Rashford and Greenwood both opened their accounts for the season in the dying stages to seal a result which certainly flattered the visitors.

Crystal Palace seal shock 3-1 Premier League win at Manchester United

Palace rode their luck after the break, but a below par United can have few complaints about losing their first game of the new season.

The visitors looked to stay compact and hit United on the counterattack in the early stages, and that paid off perfectly after just seven minutes.

Mamadou Sakho’s pass fed Jeff Schlupp in behind the United defence and his low cross flew across the box with Townsend arriving on cue to tuck home at the far post.

That early setback rocked United, with Paul Pogba’s long range effort their only chance inside the first 45 minutes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw on Mason Greenwood after the break, but the teenager wasted a brilliant chance to equalise on the hour mark.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s cross was perfect for the England international, but his free header flashes wide of the post.

That miss was to prove crucial for United, as Palace were handed an early season present by VAR with twenty minutes to go.

Referee Martin Atkinson chose to go with the technology and award the softest of soft penalties against Victor Lindelof.

United were initially handed a reprieve as David De Gea saved Jordan Ayew penalty, but Atkinson firmly removed himself from Solskjaer’s Christmas card list by ordering a retake.

Zaha pulled rank on Ayew for the second spot kick as the former United man fired past De Gea.

The hosts did look to rally in the closing stages, as debutant Donny van der Beek slotted home, but
Palace’s pace and power on the counter proved the difference once again.

With United pushing high up in the Palace half, a long ball out of defence released Zaha yet again and he held off Lindelof to seal all three points.

FULL TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD IT’S MANCHESTER UNITED 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 3

Phil Foden Apologises for Breach of Coronavirus Protocol

The Football Association have also announced a full investigation into the incident.

Within 48 hours of making their Three Lions debut against Iceland, the Manchester City playmaker and Manchester United forward are having to leave the camp after breaching the strict bio-bubble in Reykjavik.

Allegations emerged in the Icelandic media on Monday that Foden and Greenwood had spent time with two girls during the trip, with media outlet DV publishing purported footage filmed by one of them.

With an FA investigation now hanging over the pair, Foden issued an apology via Twitter and vowed to “learn a valuable lesson from this error in judgement”.

“I apologise to Gareth Southgate, to my England team-mates, to the staff, supporters and also to my club and my family,” he wrote.

“I am a young player with a lot to learn, but I am aware of the huge responsibility I have in representing Manchester City and England at this level.

“On this occasion I made a poor decision and my behaviour didn’t meet the standards expected of me.

“I breached Covid-19 protocols put in place to protect myself and my England colleagues. As a consequence I will now miss the opportunity to travel to Denmark with the squad, and that hurts.

“I will learn a valuable lesson from this error in judgement and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week.”

Speaking on Monday afternoon, Southgate said: “It’s a very serious situation and we have treated it that way and have acted as quickly as we have been able to.”

The FA has vowed to fully investigate the circumstances leading up to the breach in Reykjavik.

“Whilst in Iceland, both Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood spent time outside of our private team area, which was a breach of our Covid-19 duties,” the governing body said in a statement.

“While they did not leave the team hotel, it was an unacceptable breach of our protocol. They have both apologised for their serious lack of judgement.

“The FA will be launching a full investigation into the circumstances leading up this breach. We have spoken to the Football Association of Iceland to offer our apologies for this incident and to ensure them that we are taking the appropriate steps.”

The youngsters’ behaviour has not only gone down badly with the FA but their respective clubs, with City swiftly condemning Foden’s behaviour.

A club statement read: “It is clear that Phil’s actions were totally inappropriate. His behaviour not only directly contravenes strict guidelines related to Covid-19, but also falls well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international.

“The club supports the FA regarding this incident, and officials from the club are now in touch in relation to Phil’s enforced early return to the UK.”

Manchester United released a statement at a similar time, saying: “We are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation.”

Southgate – who called the pair “naive” – also refuted suggestions that players may feel they can flout the rules because he gives them plenty of leeway.

“I think we like to have a good relationship with the players, but the players that have worked with me for a long time know I’m not afraid to make tough calls, so no, I don’t agree that is the case,” he replied when he was asked if players may see him as a ‘soft touch’.

“I don’t think I can be responsible for discipline when players are not with us. We then have to make decisions on how we approach it.

“I think whenever there have been issues, whether it’s been as an Under-21 coach or senior coach, we’ve dealt with them internally, so I think we’ve been very strict and firm.”

While this is the latest off-field incident which Southgate has had to contend with he maintains he is honoured by his position and can deal with the extra baggage that comes with managing his country.

“You’re in a position where you’re answerable pretty directly to government, you’re in a situation where you’re dealing with the royal family, dealing with the nation,” he said.

“You happen to be a spokesman for the nation. So, it is completely unique – it has been great to get on the pitch and work with the players – the rest, I have to park and accept that as part of the job.

Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood issues apology for breach of Covid-19 regulations

The 18-year-old insists he has learned a lesson from the incident, which resulted in him being sent home ahead of the Nations League match in Denmark.

“Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused,” he said in a statement.

“It was irresponsible of me to break the Covid-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public.

“In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down when he had shown great trust in me.”

The Football Association has launched a full investigation after allegations emerged in the Icelandic media on Monday that Greenwood and Manchester City’s Phil Foden had spent time with two girls during the trip, with media outlet DV publishing purported footage filmed by one of them.

Greenwood added: “Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake.

“I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.”

Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden sent home from England duty after breaking Covid-19 restrictions

The pair reportedly brought girls back to the England hotel following the 1-0 win over Iceland on Saturday night, something that breaks the ‘bubble’ of the England squad while in Reykjavik.

The hotel the England squad were using is exclusively for the team, and due to fears of the virus spreading, visitors are not allowed unless organised properly.

Gareth Southgate confirmed the pair were travelling back to England instead of with the team to Denmark, where they face the Danes in their second Nations League game on Tuesday night.

Foden and Greenwood could also face disciplinary measures in future.