Manchester United week back (September 27 – October 3, 2021)

The first team

The Mancunians have found their smile with their first European victory of the season against Villarreal at Old Trafford (2-1), a success that emerged in stoppage time with the victorious goal of Cristiano Ronaldo.

You elected David de Gea man of the match for this meeting, with an excellent score of 4.77 / 5. The two scorers Alex Telles and Cristiano Ronaldo completed the podium with 3.53 / 5.

Note that the Portuguese took the opportunity to beat the record for the number of matches played in the Champions League. With 178 matches in C1, he overtakes his former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas. [ManUtd.com]

Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed the match after receiving a red card against Young Boys two weeks earlier. UEFA said this week before the match against the yellow submarine that our right-back would be suspended for two games, instead of one, because his fault is considered particularly dangerous. [ManUtd.com] The club will appeal this decision. [ManUtd.com]

The score might have seemed rather flattering in view of the match made, and this weekend’s game against Everton confirmed that the Red Devils are still recovering. They failed to do better than a 1-1 draw against the Toffees, with Townsend’s equalizer responding to Martial’s opener.

And it is again David de Gea that you considered the best player of our team, with 3.43 / 5. Bruno Fernandes (3.23) and Anthony Martial (3.13) are second and third respectively.

The Spaniard played the 450th game of his career with Manchester United this Saturday, making it into the Top 20 players with the most games played for the club. Rio Ferdinand, Martin Buchan, Bryan Robson, Michael Carrick, Mark Hughes and George Best, who have all played between 450 and 470 games for United, are expected to be overtaken by the end of the season, barring an accident. [ManUtd.com]

United are nine in a row in the league at Old Trafford without a clean sheet (in reverse order: Everton 1-1, Villa 0-1, Newcastle 4-1, Leeds 5-1, Fulham 1-1, Liverpool 2- 4, Leicester 1-2, Burnley 3-1, Brighton 2-1), a streak dating back to last March with a 1-0 win over West Ham. Such a sequel had not had a precedent since 1971.

Both matches this week were played without Harry Maguire, who came out injured last weekend against Aston Villa. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated that our captain is suffering from a calf injury and will be out for a few weeks.

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In contrast, Marcus Rashford resumed contact training on Friday, for the first time since his shoulder surgery. [BBC]

Amad Diallo is also back in training, but without contact. [@utdreport]

Cristiano Ronaldo was voted best player of the month for September by supporters via the club’s website and apps. [ManUtd.com] He was also nominated for best player in the league last month, and you can give him a boost. by voting here. [@utdreport]

Mason Greenwood turned 20 this week.

Young people

-23 years

After a catastrophic start to the season, our under-23s are now on a very good footing as they have just accumulated a fourth consecutive victory, this time at the expense of rival Liverpool (3-0). Bjorn Hardley, Anthony Elanga and Shola Shoretire scored the Mancunian goals. The last city was very restless on his side and could have opened the scoring twice, before Hardley’s goal in the 21st.

A passer on goal, unlucky to find the post next, Elanga made the break before half-time with an off-center free kick that eluded everyone, before Shoretire finished the job on an excellent serve from Wellens. Liverpool finished at 10, the fault of an insane tackle by Corness on Svidersky. United remain seventh in the championship.

The team: Kovar, Wellens, Mengi, McShane (Bennett 72′), Hardley, Svidersky, Savage, Shoretire, Iqbal (McNeill 63′), Fernandez (Emeran 90′), Elanga. [ManUtd.com]

-18 years old

Another opponent for the under-18s, and an equally striking victory over Newcastle United on Saturday (5-0). The man of the match is undoubtedly Joe Hugill, author of a hat-trick, the first goal coming in the 5th minute after a decisive heel from Garnacho. Hugill once again made the difference just before the break, with the other three goals coming in the second half, including one for Sam Murray and another for Sam Mather.

The only bad news of the afternoon is the injury of Marc Jurado replaced by Maxi Odoyele in the 20ᵉ minute, while on the contrary, Isak Hansen-Aaröen, 17, played his first minutes of the season in coming back from injury, but could quickly leave with the under-23s. Here they are in sixth place in the ranking.

L’équipe: Vitek, Murray, Fredricson, Kambwala, Jurado (Oyedele 20 ‘), Gore, Mainoo, Hansen-Aaroen (Ogunneye 56’), Mather, Garnacho (Norkett 56 ‘), Hugill. [ManUtd.com]

-19 ans (UEFA Youth League)

In the middle of the week, things had been much less rosy for our Academy in the UEFA Youth League, opposed to Villarreal’s under-19 (1-4). Led 0-4 on their lawn at halftime, the young Red Devils took a hell of a slap. Even the goal of closing the gap for United was 100% Spanish, with Alvaro Fernandez concluding with a header a cross from Marc Jurado. Our young people are third in their group, with 3 points, behind Villarreal (6) and Atalanta (3), and ahead of Young Boys (0).

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L’équipe : Vitek, Jurado, Kambwala (Bennett 59′), Hardley, Fernandez, Svidersky (Mainoo 76′), Savage (Gore 76′), Hoogewerf (Mather 59′), Shoretire, Garnacho, Hugill (Iqbal 59′). [ManUtd.com]

The female team

After the slap given by Chelsea last weekend, the important thing was to react for the players of Marc Skinner, and the bet is paid off with a 2-0 victory in Birmingham, the third success in four meetings this season. Leah Galton and Ella Toone scored both goals, one per period, with two assists for rookie Hannah Blundell, putting the Red Devils in third place in the league.

The team: Earps, Batlle, Thorisdottir, Mannion, Blundell, Zelem, Groenen, Russo (Boe Risa 71 ‘), Staniforth (Hanson 45’), Galton (Jones 90 ‘+ 2), Toone. [ManUtd.com]

Players on loan

Brandon Williams (Norwich, Premier League)
Remained on the bench in the 0-0 draw against Burnley.

Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Remained on the bench in the 1-2 loss to Tottenham.

Facundo Pellistri (CD Alavès, Liga – Spain)
Came in the 82 in the 0-1 loss on the lawn of Athletic Bilbao.

Andreas Pereira (Flemish, Serie A – Brésil)
Was titular in the semi-final second leg of the Copa Libertadores on the lawn of Barcelona SC (2-0 victory), in a double pivot. He took a yellow card in the first minute of play but had a good game, and struck twice on goal without targeting. He came out at 77ᵉ. Flamengo will face Palmeiras on November 27.

Reece Devine (St Johnstone, Premiership – Ecosse)
Remained on the bench without entering for the fourth consecutive time, in a 3-1 win over Dundee FC.

Dylan Levitt (Dundee United, Premiership – Ecosse)
Played 90 minutes in 1-0 win over Ross County.

Tahith Chong (Birmingham City, Championship / D2)
Played his ninth and tenth game this season with the Blues, each time starting, in the 0-2 loss at QPR and then 0-3 at home to Nottingham Forest. Birmingham remain on five games without a win (including four losses) and have not scored for four games.

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Ethan Laird (Swansea, Championship / D2)
Ninth and tenth game also this season for him, including eight as a starter. Holder in the 1-3 defeat to Fulham during which he played 90 minutes, he entered the 61ᵉ on the lawn of Derby County (0-0). Facing the Cottagers, he touched the post and the bar and played part of the game on the left side, which shows a certain versatility. [United in Focus]

Di’shon Bernard (Hull City, Championship / D2)
Played twice this week. Tuesday night, he entered the 85ᵉ against Blackpool (1-1). On the other hand, he was the holder on Saturday to the right of a three-way defense to receive Middlesbrough (2-0) and was elected man of the match. [United in Focus]

James Garner (Nottingham Forest, Championship / D2)
Nottingham is much better since the change of coach (four games unbeaten). Two away victories for Garner this week: 3-1 at Barnsley in which he played 71 minutes, then that in Birmingham 3-0 in which he entered in the 71ᵉ.

Ethan Galbraith (Doncaster Rovers, League One / D3)
Not in the squad during the 0-6 rout of his own at Ipswich, Galbraith played 90 minutes in the thick of the game against MK Dons (2-1) for his team’s second victory this season in the league. The Rovers, however, remain last.

Nathan Bishop (Mansfield Town, League Two / D4)
No more success for Bishop, also last at the lower echelon with Mansfield. Holder in goal for the eleventh time since his arrival, he could not prevent the defeat of his team 0-1 against Barrow. Bishop received praise from his trainer Nigel Clough this week, however. [United in Focus]

D’Mani Mellor (Salford City, League Two / D4)
Again absent from the scoresheet in the 2-0 victory at Colchester, Mellor has seen his counter blocked with one minute of play since his arrival in the Mancunian suburbs in August.

Will Fish (Stockport County, National League / D5)
Remained on the bench during the 2-1 win at Weymouth. Arrived in August, he played 84 minutes in a month and a half.

Connor Stanley (Atlanta United II, USL Championship / D2 – USA)
The holder for the first time in six weeks, he played 90 minutes on the right wing in the draw at Indy Eleven 1-1.

Photo credit: Michael Regan

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