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(“They’re behind you!” Antonio Valencia tries in vain to find his team mates, who have become invisible thanks to that magical grey kit)

Manchester United will have an opportunity to wear their new grey third kit when they play Southampton at St.Mary’s on Saturday. If they do, then it will be the first time they have worn it in the top flight since they wore it in a 3-1 defeat at yes, you guessed it, Southampton.

On that day, back in 1996, Ferguson ordered the team to change their kit at half-time, blaming it for the players having become invisible whilst wearing it and being unable to see each other on the pitch. (more…)

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Manchester United began their defence of the Carabao Cup in some style. Whilst they have never actually won the cup under it’s current sponsorship, they did win it last time when it was the plain old EFL Cup.

An easy 4-1 win at Old Trafford over a poor Burton Albion side meant that José Mourinho and his team progress and will now meet Swansea City in Wales in the next round. (more…)

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The first question to be asked is; do either of the two clubs really need him? And the short answer to this question is; no, they don’t, not really.

Sánchez is a goalscorer and creator of the highest order and would improve virtually any club for whom he played.

City, however, already have Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jésus scoring goals and, on the creative side, they have Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gündogan, Benjamin Mendy, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Yaya Touré, so it is difficult to see where he would fit into the side. (more…)

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At around the same time last year Manchester’s City and United were about to meet each other in the derby, the loss of which was to be followed by a change in fortune for United.

Having started the season, along with City and Chelsea on a 100% winning run they were to go on and draw many games they should have won and finish the season in sixth, whilst the other two, as we all know, finished first and second.

Here we look at the opening few games of the so-called “big six” and compare them, where possible, to results against the same opposition last season. (more…)

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They have played the same amount of games. They have won the same amount of games. They have scored the same amount of goals and they have conceded the same amount of goals. They have both drawn one game and neither have lost a game. Consequently they have the same amount of points thanks to their identical tallies in everything else.

They are, however, only three points ahead of Chelsea and have only played five game so it’s still definitely very early days yet. (more…)

There goes another weekend and now we can all look forward to the Carabao Cup. Yes, dear readers, the Carabao Cup fills in for the Champion’s League this week and much excitement will be available to fans when they watch United take on Burton Albion at Old Trafford and City play Mr. Entertainment himself, Tony Pulis and his West Brom team at The Hawthorns.

Not this week the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Münich and Qarabag. No, it is the lesser known teams of football, the minnows who get their chance in the spotlight. (more…)

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When we were regulars in the Stretford End, Bobby Charlton was scoring the goals that would lead to him becoming the club’s top scorer. He was a model professional and never a moment’s trouble to his manager or, as far as we are aware, his wife.

Denis Law was “The King” and, to our knowledge, only rocked the United boat once over a pay rise he thought he deserved. Matt Busby disagreed and transfer-listed him. That was the one and only time Law caused any problem, insignificant as it was, for his club. He has also not caused any problems for his wife, again, as far as we are aware. (more…)

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Well folks, it’s the weekend again. It seems like a mere seven days since the last one and that only lasted two days! Maybe Monday-Friday should be the weekend and the other two days could be the rest of the week. That would play havoc with the football schedules!

Anyway, Manchester United face Everton on Sunday thanks to the latter’s involvement in Big Vase. This Sunday lark should be a very temporary arrangement for the Toffees as, judging by the way they are playing, they will not be proceeding beyond the group stage. (more…)

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The first thing to point out is that Paul Pogba’s injury, which may keep him out for a month or even six weeks depending upon your daily rag of choice, is not the end of the world.

Yes, he is one of the first names on the teamsheet and has been in good form recently, even scoring a couple of goals in the opening games, and yes, he will be missed.

He will probably be replaced, however, by Ander Herrera in some games and Marouane Fellaini in others and, occasionally, by both. The way the pair have been playing recently means that the loss of Pogba will not be felt quite as much as it might have been at a different time of the season. (more…)

With an unprecedented six teams competing in this year’s competition one would be forgiven for thinking that the odds on a British team winning the trophy are pretty decent.

The problem, as is often the case, is that quantity tends to get confused with quality.

Today we take a brief look at the three teams who have already played their first games and assess their chances. (more…)