The Peoples Person | MUFC News http://thepeoplesperson.com Manchester United daily transfer news, gossip, full match day coverage, exclusives and much more. Sat, 31 Oct 2020 06:51:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 http://images.thepeoplesperson.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/10121842/cropped-Peoples_Person_badge-logoCOUNTER-32x32.png The Peoples Person | MUFC News http://thepeoplesperson.com 32 32 How Man United's starlets fared in FA Youth Cup semi-final http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/31/man-united-lose-to-chelsea-in-fa-youth-cup-semi-final-219379/redbilly/ http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/31/man-united-lose-to-chelsea-in-fa-youth-cup-semi-final-219379/redbilly/#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2020 06:51:22 +0000 http://thepeoplesperson.com/?p=219379 Photo from ManUtd.com. Manchester United’s academy stars crashed out of the FA Youth Cup at the semi-final stage yesterday, losing to Chelsea 1-0 at the FA’s St. George’s Park in Staffordshire. It was a brave but ultimately disappointing performance from the young Red Devils, who could never really get their attacking weapons firing consistently and […]

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Manchester United’s academy stars crashed out of the FA Youth Cup at the semi-final stage yesterday, losing to Chelsea 1-0 at the FA’s St. George’s Park in Staffordshire.

It was a brave but ultimately disappointing performance from the young Red Devils, who could never really get their attacking weapons firing consistently and were not able to recover from Bryan Fiabema’s close range effort early in the second half.

The two clubs have won the trophy no fewer than 19 times between them, with United on 10 wins and Chelsea on nine, but Chelsea’s class showed on this occasion, staying on the front foot for most of the game.

The Blues were denied an early goal when Levi Colwill’s header from a corner from Lewis Bate was scrambled away by the United defence. They then hit the bar with another header from Livramento that was deflected off Reece Devine.

United’s best chance came from a piece of magic from Anthony Elanga just before half-time, whose overhead kick hit the crossbar.

Neil Ryan’s boys were unable to recover from the sucker punch early in the second half but can hold their heads up high in what was a tough match against arguably the country’s strongest side.

Chelsea will now meet Manchester City in Monday night’s final at the same venue.

Manchester United XI: Mastny; Bejger, Fish, Mengi, Devine (Hardley 77); McCann, Svidersky; Shoretire (Forson 86), Hannibal, Elanga; Helm (Wellens 72).

Unused substitutes: Mee, Neville, Savage, Iqbal.

This summer’s transfer window was at time frustrating and disappointing. So cast your mind back to less stressful days and test your knowledge of past United arrivals and departures in our quiz below.


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4-2-3-1: Man United will demolish Arsenal with this brilliant line-up http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/31/united-v-arsenal-219373/redbilly/ http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/31/united-v-arsenal-219373/redbilly/#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2020 06:16:50 +0000 http://thepeoplesperson.com/?p=219373 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a strong squad available to him for tomorrow’s Premier League tie against Arsenal at Old Trafford. The only absentees are Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard, who are still injured, Alex Telles, who is in isolation after a positive COVID-19 test and Anthony Martial, who is serving the last of his three […]

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a strong squad available to him for tomorrow’s Premier League tie against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The only absentees are Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard, who are still injured, Alex Telles, who is in isolation after a positive COVID-19 test and Anthony Martial, who is serving the last of his three match suspension following his sending off against Spurs.

Arsenal also have few problems, with Calum Chambers the only notable absentee.

Despite the success of the 4-4-2 diamond formation Solskjaer employed against RB Leipzig on Wednesday in the Champions League, it’s likely that he will revert to his preferred 4-2-3-1 this time and recall some key players who were rested on Wednesday.

With Telles and Bailly out, the back four pretty much picks itself at the moment, with the Maguire – Lindelof partnership now looking a lot steadier and Luke Shaw, who is reportedly in line for an England recall, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka both in good form.

In midfield, Fred has done a lot of running of late and could be rested, with Scott McTominay likely to return. Paul Pogba may also start again after Solksjaer said at the presser yesterday that he believed the Frenchman is now close to full fitness. Bruno Fernandes will almost certainly be recalled after his rest on Wednesday.

Marcus Rashford will inevitably play after Wednesday’s heroics from the bench, leaving two more forward positions to fill. With Daniel James having been poor to say the least this season, Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata look the most probable candidates although it would mean two-footed Greenwood starting in the unfamiliar left wing role to accommodate Mata on the right.

Edinson Cavani is another possibility, but it’s more likely that he will again be given minutes from the bench.

This, then, is our predicted line-up:

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Photo gallery: Tribute to United legend Nobby Stiles, 1942-2020 http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/30/man-united-legend-nobby-stiles-passes-away-aged-78-219361/redbilly/ http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/30/man-united-legend-nobby-stiles-passes-away-aged-78-219361/redbilly/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:37:59 +0000 http://thepeoplesperson.com/?p=219361 Manchester United legend Nobby Stiles passed away today aged 78. The former Manchester United player had been through a long period of illness including prostate cancer and advanced dementia. Stiles won two League titles and the 1968 European Cup with United during his 11 years at the club. He made 311 appearances for the Red […]

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Manchester United legend Nobby Stiles passed away today aged 78.
The former Manchester United player had been through a long period of illness including prostate cancer and advanced dementia.
Stiles won two League titles and the 1968 European Cup with United during his 11 years at the club. He made 311 appearances for the Red Devils between 1960 and 1971, scoring 17 goals. He went on to play for Middlesbrough and Preston North End before retiring in 1975.
He was also of course part of the England side that won the World Cup in 1966.
After his retirement, he had a brief spell in management and in 1989, he returned to Old Trafford to take up the role of youth team coach, having a hand in the development of players such as Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
The Collyhurst-born star was awarded the MBE in 2000.
A statement issued by his family said: ‘The Stiles family are sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family after a long illness.
‘The family kindly ask for privacy at this sad time.’
Everyone at The Peoples Person wishes to extend their condolences to Nobby’s family and friends and pay tribute with this gallery of photographs taken from happier times.

Nobby getting a telling off from the referee against West Ham, 1960.

Stiles’ goalline clearance in the 1966/67 Manchester derby, that United won 1-0.

Celebrating with Sir Alf Ramsey and Bobby Moore after winning the World Cup, 1966.

Nobby organising his teammates during a 19868 game.

Nobby’s knee injury almost saw him miss the 1968 European Cup final against Benfica.

The squad poses with the European Cup, 1968.

Playing poker with Bobby Charlton on a train, 1968.

This summer’s transfer window was at times frustrating and disappointing. So cast your mind back to less stressful days and test your knowledge of past United arrivals and departures in our quiz below.


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The football transfer rumour mill is up and running again after a short hiatus and Manchester United are already being linked with some fresh faces.
First up is Ajax’s teenage prodigy Ryan Gravenberch. According to The Mirror, ‘The 18-year-old has already emerged as a target for Barcelona and Juventus who have registered their interest and been watching him.
‘But now English top flight clubs are taking interest as Dutch youth international Gravenberch played against Liverpool in the Champions League last week while Manchester United are keeping tabs.’
One thing that won’t appeal to United if they are pursuing Gravenberch’s signature is that they will have to deal with his agent, Mino Raiola, with whom the club has a particularly uneasy relationship.

The second name in the frame is AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu. According to Gazzetta dello Sport via The MEN, the Turkish international is refusing Milan’s €3 million (£52,000 per week) renewal offer and ‘United could make a move to sign Calhanoglu and even offer a five year deal to entice him to Old Trafford.’

‘Out of contract at the end of the season, Calhanoglu would be free to approach in January to sign a pre-contract ahead of a free transfer in the summer – if he does not agree a new deal at Milan.,’ the outlet claims.

The strange thing about both of these transfer stories is that they concern central midfielders, an area in which United are already extremely well served. Calhanoglu, in particular, is an attacking midfielder and would be competing with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba.

If United need any more midfielders, it is surely in the holding role, since the only specialist they have in that area is the aging Nemanja Matic.

Both of these stories have the air of being generated by the players’ agents and whilst they may be true, it would not be the first time that United’s name has been used to whip up competition and demand from other clubs.

They are therefore ones that United have on their radar but unlikely to pursue aggressively at this stage.

This summer’s transfer window was at times frustrating and disappointing. So cast your mind back to less stressful days and test your knowledge of past United arrivals and departures in our quiz below.


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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that United’s full backs must score goals and contribute assists in the system he wants to play.

Speaking at today’s press conference ahead of United’s crunch game against top six rivals Arsenal, Solskjaer was responding to a question about the success of his 4-4-2 diamond formation against RB Leipzig on Wednesday and whether it places extra pressure on full-backs Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to contribute more to the attack.

‘It’s different demands in different systems, we’re still the same, talking about the same principles of being a Man United full-back, you need to be good defending and good going forward,’ Solskjaer said.

‘It’s a position we’ve always been very good at, and we know we need assists and even goals from them, so both of them have played and developed, I think they’re improving. We don’t really have wide, wide wingers like we used to do with Giggsy and David Beckham so are more and more dependent on the full backs coming forward and giving us width.’

Solskjaer also confirmed that Alex Telles, a full-back bought in the recent transfer window who has a strong record of goals and assists, will remain unavailable for selection due to testing positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, another United full-back with attacking qualities, Diogo Dalot, has been impressing over in Italy and put in a man-of-the-match performance for AC Milan, producing a goal and assist in their Europa League match against Sparta Prague.

This summer’s transfer window was at times frustrating and disappointing. So cast your mind back to less stressful days and test your knowledge of past United arrivals and departures in our quiz below.


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The football transfer rumour mill is up and running again after a short hiatus and Manchester United are already being linked with some fresh faces.
First up is Ajax’s teenage prodigy Ryan Gravenberch. According to The Mirror, ‘The 18-year-old has already emerged as a target for Barcelona and Juventus who have registered their interest and been watching him.
‘But now English top flight clubs are taking interest as Dutch youth international Gravenberch played against Liverpool in the Champions League last week while Manchester United are keeping tabs.’
One thing that won’t appeal to United if they are pursuing Gravenberch’s signature is that they will have to deal with his agent, Mino Raiola, with whom the club has a particularly uneasy relationship.

The second name in the frame is AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu. According to Spanish sources, the Turkish international is refusing Milan’s €3 million (£52,000 per week) renewal offer and ‘Manchester United are ready to offer him a hefty contract for next summer’ and are ‘willing to double the midfielder’s salary.’

‘The idea of being able to close his signing in January and ensure his arrival in the summer at zero cost greatly seduces the Red Devils sports management,’ the outlet claims.


Hakan Calhanoglu

The strange thing about both of these transfer stories is that they concern central midfielders, an area in which United are already extremely well served. Calhanoglu, in particular, is an attacking midfielder and would be competing with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba.

If United need any more midfielders, it is surely in the holding role, since the only specialist they have in that area is the aging Nemanja Matic.

Both of these stories have the air of being generated by the players’ agents and whilst they may be true, it would not be the first time that United’s name has been used to whip up competition and demand from other clubs.

They are therefore ones to watch, but not to get too excited about at this stage.

This summer’s transfer window was at times frustrating and disappointing. So cast your mind back to less stressful days and test your knowledge of past United arrivals and departures in our quiz below.


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4-4-2 diamond: How Solskjaer's shot himself in the foot with big Leipzig win http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/30/4-4-2-diamond-ole-gunnar-solskjaers-tactical-dilemma-after-rb-leipzig-win-219344/marwanharraz/ http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/30/4-4-2-diamond-ole-gunnar-solskjaers-tactical-dilemma-after-rb-leipzig-win-219344/marwanharraz/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 06:00:35 +0000 http://thepeoplesperson.com/?p=219344 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rightfully been receiving praise for his side’s brilliant performance vs RB Leipzig but is it possible he shot himself in the foot a little? The legendary Norweigan has done remarkably well to have his side bounce back so well and so quickly following the humiliation vs Tottenham Hotspur. […]

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rightfully been receiving praise for his side’s brilliant performance vs RB Leipzig but is it possible he shot himself in the foot a little?

The legendary Norweigan has done remarkably well to have his side bounce back so well and so quickly following the humiliation vs Tottenham Hotspur.

Beating Newcastle, PSG and Leipzig is evidence of that and he did it all using different systems and players too.

It’s a far cry from that 4-0 defeat to Everton during the 18/19 season and how the players struggled to bounce back from it all.

While beating PSG was thoroughly enjoyable and well deserved, the 5-0 drubbing of Leipzig was arguably the more complete performance.

Solskjaer pulled out the 4-4-2 diamond formation out of the bag and it worked better than anyone could anticipate.

The formation allows the former Molde man to select arguably his best eleven if he wanted to and yet it’s been hardly used in his reign overall.

It seems strange that a formation that has those factors has been hardly considered as the long term solution for Manchester United and instead others were used more often.

Solskjaer’s shot himself a little in the foot in the sense that there’s no way he could play this formation over a respectable period of time because he alone has invested in three wingers over two summer transfer windows.

They’re all young as well and have bright futures ahead of them but he did it because of his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

However, surely Solskjaer should’ve at least given the 4-4-2 diamond a chance before putting all his eggs in one basket?

Nonetheless, the former striker’s performance as manager of late has essentially put to bed the myth that he has no tactical competence so that should mean it won’t be the last time fans see the formation in action.

Leipzig gave Manchester United quite a bit of room to work in and deeper defences will need the full-backs to help unlock opponents.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw don’t tend to get forward too often and width is key in such a winger-less formation so it makes sense if Solskjaer is only saving the diamond formation for big clashes.

Fans would’ve wanted to see more similar performances to the defeat of Leipzig and hopefully they will come but they probably won’t in a 4-4-2 diamond.

This summer’s transfer window has been one of the strangest in living memory. So cast your mind back to less stressful days and test your knowledge of past United arrivals and departures in our quiz below.


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Manchester United fans were thoroughly pleased to see their loan star Diogo Dalot perform so well for AC Milan.

The Italian giants were playing in the Europa League on Thursday night and overcame their opponents thanks to the young full-back.

Dalot was sent to Milan temporarily in the hopes he would get regular minutes at a high level so he can continue his development.

The Portuguese defender saw his progress at United stall after a series of injuries coupled with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s arrival at Old Trafford.

Many thought Dalot’s loan meant it was the end for him and he’d have no future with the Red Devils but that’s proven far from it.

Manchester United have long insisted Dalot has a future at the club and it’s why they refused to include an option for Milan to purchase him.

Wan-Bissaka, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Brandon Williams are all capable of playing at right-back so there was hardly any room for the former Porto man.

During United’s fantastic 5-0 victory over RB Leipzig, Axel Tuanzebe also come on at right-back for a short while, showing just how hard it would’ve been for Dalot to get enough minutes.

Hopefully he can continue to get better in Italy and prove he has a right to be at Old Trafford next season.

This summer’s transfer window has been one of the strangest in living memory. So cast your mind back to less stressful days and test your knowledge of past United arrivals and departures in our quiz below.


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Midfield magician: Man United star amongst the league's best passers http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/29/bruno-fernandes-shows-theres-more-to-his-game-than-just-penalties-219340/marwanharraz/ http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/29/bruno-fernandes-shows-theres-more-to-his-game-than-just-penalties-219340/marwanharraz/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:30:36 +0000 http://thepeoplesperson.com/?p=219340 Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has often been criticised by rival fans who feel he lacks the qualities to become a true world-class midfielder. The Portuguese magician arrived at Old Trafford in January but settled in so well that he’s now a key figure in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. In fact, both, players from United […]

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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has often been criticised by rival fans who feel he lacks the qualities to become a true world-class midfielder.

The Portuguese magician arrived at Old Trafford in January but settled in so well that he’s now a key figure in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

In fact, both, players from United and the fans themselves were happy to admit Bruno’s arrival is what sparked the push for a third-place finish.

Had the former Sporting Lisbon man not made the switch, it’s likely the team would have failed in their quest to qualify for the Champions League.

Rival fans who are dismissive of Bruno claim he’s only good for taking penalties but as the stat below shows, there’s far more to his game.

Bruno’s qualities are obvious to the naked eye but it’s good to see him compared to the best in the league and see how he fits in.

The sensational playmaker still has room to grow and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him step up a level this season.

Solskjaer’s task is ensuring he gets the best out of Bruno and hopefully it doesn’t come at the cost of Manchester United’s other world-class midfielder in Paul Pogba.

This summer’s transfer window has been one of the strangest in living memory. So cast your mind back to less stressful days and test your knowledge of past United arrivals and departures in our quiz below.


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Barely had a sniff: Remarkable stat shows how United kept Leipzig out http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/29/manchester-united-hardly-let-rb-leipzig-attack-in-stunning-display-219338/marwanharraz/ http://thepeoplesperson.com/2020/10/29/manchester-united-hardly-let-rb-leipzig-attack-in-stunning-display-219338/marwanharraz/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:00:40 +0000 http://thepeoplesperson.com/?p=219338 Manchester United absolutely stunned RB Leipzig at Old Trafford, overcoming the Bundesliga leaders in fantastic fashion to climb to the top of their Champions League group. Marcus Rashford was absolutely crucial in the win, coming off the bench to score a remarkable hat-trick within 30 minutes to dispose of the German side. United defeated Leipzig […]

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Manchester United absolutely stunned RB Leipzig at Old Trafford, overcoming the Bundesliga leaders in fantastic fashion to climb to the top of their Champions League group.

Marcus Rashford was absolutely crucial in the win, coming off the bench to score a remarkable hat-trick within 30 minutes to dispose of the German side.

United defeated Leipzig 5-0 and although the club’s attackers got the praise, it was a thoroughly complete performance.

Defensively Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were solid and certainly deserved their clean-sheet as there was hardly a notable chance against them.

In fact, the statistic below shows just how well the Red Devils did and everyone worked hard to ensure they kept out Leipzig at all costs.

This was a team that hadn’t lost a match so far this campaign and who were scoring freely, yet they couldn’t keep Manchester United out or threaten on the other end.

For RB Leipzig to enter the box just 12 times is remarkable and a testament to the effort everyone put in to make sure it stays that way.

United simply overpowered their opponents in midfield with Solskjaer’s 4-4-2 diamond setup and that provided the base on which to attack their opponents.

It’s a formation well worth considering for the long run and fans would love to see it more after the emphatic 5-0 victory.

This summer’s transfer window has been one of the strangest in living memory. So cast your mind back to less stressful days and test your knowledge of past United arrivals and departures in our quiz below.


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