Preview: Can United put a dent into Everton’s Champions League ambitions?
Under David Moyes, Everton was the overachiever of the league; they were the team which always managed a top eight finish despite their meager resources. Under Roberto Martinez, they have become a delightful outfit to watch. They have given all the giants a run for their money, beating Arsenal recently. Having gained control of fourth place last week, they relinquished it in midweek after they surprisingly went down against the run of play to Crystal Palace, 2-3. A win against United is absolutely vital to their Champions League hopes.
Probabilities are very few with only four teams left, yet many fans are lost in predictions. How will Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Real Madrid be paired on Friday in Nyon?
Atletico Madrid arguably provided the biggest result in the Last 8 by kicking giants Barcelona out of the competition. The Rojiblancos needed a lone goal from Koke in the second leg to beat the Catalans 2-1 on aggregate.
This sealed the fact that “Barca are out whereas Bayern, Atletico, Real…
Manchester United perhaps could not have asked for this tie to take place at a better time than it did. They are finally stringing results together; their performances, while not altogether convincing, seem more jointed. Their showing in the first leg was spirited…
It is clear to see which position both Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata prefer to function in. Just behind the main striker in the number ten role, with the freedom to distribute the ball to the flanks, supply Robin van Persie to finish or to shoot from in and around the penalty box.
Mata's Man of the Match performance against Newcastle United on Saturday 5th April proved to be the Spaniard's best outing in a United shirt, scoring two goals including a stunning curling free-kick. However, should Wayne Rooney have not been injured Mata would have undoubtedly been moved over to the right or left hand side of the formation.
Preview: Has Manchester United turned a corner?
After every positive display of United, the question always seems to be whether the old United has returned. A positive display in midweek against Bayern will of course see that question asked yet again. United defended tightly and despite conceding the lion’s share of possession at home, managed to spring some surprise attacks on their opponents. They even took the lead through Nemanja Vidic but saw it cancelled out. Nonetheless, David Moyes was appreciated for the tactics he used including bringing on Shinji Kagawa in the second half to counter Bayern’s somewhat limited threats.
Preview: Can Manchester United spring a surprise?
In 2010, the situation was reversed. United had won the “cup with the big ears” in 2008. They had reached the final in 2009, losing out to Pep’s Barcelona. Bayern had not been to the semifinal stage of Europe’s premier competition since 2001, suffering many quarterfinal defeats since. After winning the first leg in injury time, 2-1, thanks to Ivica Olic, Bayern came into Old Trafford looking to defend their lead. Not many said they would be able to do so.
Indeed, Bayern conceded three times within the first half but pulled one back through Ivica Olic. A red card to Rafael in the second half opened the game up more for Bayern. A wonderful strike from Arjen Robben, perhaps one of the best in the history of the UEFA Champions League, sent Bayern through to the semifinals on the away goals rule.
Preview: Moyes hoping to relieve pressure with a win
Pressure seems to be mounting on United’s Scottish manager David Moyes who has guided the Red Devils to their worst campaign in the Premier League era. The defending champions are currently 18 points behind league leaders Chelsea and are 12 points shy of a place in the top four. Moreover United’s 3-0 loss to arch rivals Manchester City was their 10th defeat of the season, another first for a club which has won the league title a record 20 times.
Man United are now on the verge of ending the season with their lowest points total since the inception of the competition back in 1992. Their previous worst 75 points was enough to win them the title in 1997 and third place in 2004. However a place in the top four now seems a very distant dream.
Preview: An important game for Man United, Man City… and Chelsea!
Manchester United (51) could temporarily break into the European zone this Tuesday by replacing Everton (54) on goal difference. The Red Devils are not giving up on qualifying for the UEFA Europa League or even the Champions League although they are currently 11 points adrift the Top Four.
The home crowd will be roaring in support of David Moyes and the squad. Of late, the Red Devils seem to have found the route back to their glorious days. They followed up on their miraculous comeback against Olympiakos in Europe with a vital win against West Ham United in the EPL last weekend.
A season in which nothing has worked out for David Moyes and Manchester United, a victory over arch rivals Manchester City could be their saving grace. Both the sides have different ambitions this season, whereas City have their sights on the Premier League crown, United continue to chase an unlikely top four place.
Man City will enter the field as clear favorites for the match but the Citizens have suffered five defeats already this season and there is no reason why the Red Devils cannot subject them to their sixth. Here are five things Moyes and United must do to get a positive result:
Preview: United in buoyant mood after European win
A timely hat-trick from talismanic striker Robin Van Persie saw Man United secure qualification to the last eight of the Champions League. The result followed a series of poor performances which saw United lose ground in the race for a top four finish as well as being knocked out from both the domestic cup competitions.
The Red Devils now chase an unlikely dream of finishing the season as the champions of Europe and as things stand only winning the competition may guarantee David Moyes’ side a place in the competition next season.
PSG, FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich qualified first. They were joined by Chelsea, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United. The Last 8 line-up is a mouth-watering one. Who are the favourites to reach the semis?
Round of 16 results – how it happened
Les Parisiens gave Bayer Leverkusen no chance in the Round of 16, thus underlining their ambition to seat at the table of giants on the European scene. One of PSG’s targets is to clinch the giant UEFA Champions League trophy. With on-fire Zlatan Ibrahimovic, few may underestimate the chances of the French team to progress into the Last 4.
Preview: Moyes and United desperate for qualification to the last eight
Moyes’s maiden season in charge of the Red Devils has been one of United’s worst in recent years. When he took over the reins from departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson it was unfathomable that the defending champions will be struggling for a place in the top four. However with the season almost about to end top four seems like a distant dream and the only way United can participate in next year’s Champions League is if they win the competition this time around something which seems increasingly unlikely.
Preview: Liverpool hoping to catch Chelsea in title race
Both the teams will enter the pitch with different ambitions, Liverpool’s recent form has given the kop faithful a new found belief and Liverpool fans will be hoping their team can lift the league title for the first time in the Premier League era. The Red Devils on the other hand after a title winning campaign last season are still hoping to finish the season in the top four.
For Man United to land a Champions League place, it will take a miracle of epic proportions.
David Moyes and Manchester United have apparently confirmed they are ready to make Southampton left back Luke Shaw the most expensive teenager in the English game. Shaw has made a huge name for himself playing up and down the left flank for the Saints which deservedly honoured him his first England cap in a recent 1-0 victory over Denmark at Wembley.
The search for a gifted left back is a difficult position to fill, with Manchester United looking for a long term replacement for the aging Patrice Evra. Chelsea are also said to be on the hunt to replace Ashley Cole, whose game time has been limited this season.
Further interest has seen Tottenham Hotspur making enquiries but it seems the tussle for the south-west London born teen may be too hot for the Lilywhites to handle.
Preview: United looking to respond after extended break
The Red Devils were not involved in Premier League last week, with their fixture against Man City postponed due to the Citizen’s involvement in the Capital One Cup Final which they subsequently won.
Man United will now be looking to take advantage of their extended rest and push closer to a top four finish. Since the dawn of the Premier League back in 1992, under Sir Alex Ferguson United never failed to finish outside the top three.
Preview: The Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium is not an easy place to play
If Manchester United came across this fixture last season, analysts would likely expect a victory for the Red Devils. But with the way things have been going for United after Sir Alex Ferguson, no match is a guarantee anymore.
David Moyes’ side continues to struggle with consistency, and a meeting with the Greek champions promises to be another difficult fixture.
Trailing Liverpool by 11 points in the Premier League, the chances of United claiming a Champions League spot for next season are slim. So they are left with hoping for a serious let down from the teams above them, or they will have to claim the UCL title.
Preview: Eagles hopeful of continuing good run
Palace have performed admirably under manager Tony Pulis having lost just once at home under the management of the Welsh international. The Eagles have also won three of their last four Premier League games with the only defeat coming at the hands of second placed Arsenal.
Their antics have allowed them to climb to the 15th spot in the table and Pulis’ men will be hoping to distance themselves from the relegation zone with another three points on Saturday.
Preview: Meeting at the Emirates is highly important for both clubs
Frustration and disbelief are perfect words to describe Arsenal and Manchester United's results at the weekend. Now they will both try to bounce back after dropping points.
Arsenal's heavy defeat at Anfield at the hands of an inspired Liverpool side raised a lot of concerns. Sloppy passing and not a lot of movement was Arsenal's downfall, which led to four goals in the opening 20 minutes. They will have a chance to sort things out Wednesday night in front of their fans.
For quite some time, football analysts and fans have been patiently waiting for the Gunners to crash and burn. It has happened far too often over the years, but this season Arsene Wenger's squad has managed to hold on tight.
Preview: Bad moments for both sides
Fulham’s hunt to stay in the top flight now has to go on without ex-Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov. In the last moments of the January transfer window, the Bulgarian star left for AS Monaco to replace injured striker Radamel Falcao.
The Cottagers are rooted at the bottom of the English Premier League table but by the end of Matchday 24, only six points separated them from eleventh-placed Stoke City. In order words, things are tight in the second half of the standings and Fulham could easily find themselves in the safe zone – provided they hit a few right nails during the coming weeks.
Preview: United poised to maintain unbeaten streak against Potters
Last time Stoke beat Manchester United was back in 1984, which implies that the Potters have never beaten the Red Devils in the Premier League era. The defending champions have won all of their last five matches against their counterparts and are unbeaten in their last 13 against their opponents on Saturday.
The hosts have not kept a clean sheet against United since 1983 and keeping their current form in mind, only a miracle will allow them to finish the match with a point.