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Manchester United are Europa League Champions

Manchester United’s experienced team defeated Ajax’s juniors to win the Europa League and, ultimately, qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Reds defeated their opposition 2-0, the goal scorers being Pogba (18′) and Mkhitaryan (48′). Although Mourinho was too skeptical to celebrate the first goal, he definitely raised his hopes of lifting the cup by the time the second goal was netted.

Manchester United might have finished 6th on the Premier League table, but all that is now irrelevant. They will be joining the top four Premier League finishers in the Champions League next season, and that is what they’ll truly be celebrating.

Arsenal now remains the only top English Club to not be participating in the Champions League next season. How times have changed! Nevertheless, we wish all the English clubs the best next year.

Who knows, just like United, the Gunners could gain success outside of the Premier League. The FA Cup Final will be played this weekend, and the only thing we know for sure is that one London club will be walking away with a trophy!

All in all, congratulations Manchester United!

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MANCHESTER UNITED UPDATE

Manchester United have really built themselves up since last year, and are beginning to show that they can still be a too club without Alex Ferguson.

They put on very strong and promising performance in January. Not only were they largely winning their Premier League matches, but they also succeeded through the third and fourth round of the FA Cup.

The same fate followed them throughout February, in which they reached the Europa League last 16 and won the Football League Cup by defeating Southampton 3-2! Impressive! 

It’s sad to note that they were knocked out of the FA Cup in March after being defeated by Chelsea 1-0. Manchester United are good, but perhaps not as good as the Premier League leaders.

Although, that was indeed challenged this April. Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-0 last weekend, just a few days after drawing against RSC Anderlecht 1-1 in the first leg of the Europa League quarter final! They won’t give up!

Manchester United is currently 5th position on the Premier League table, but they have the mentality of a team in top four. Let’s hope that this can-do attitude helps them in the second leg of their Europa League match tomorrow!

Clear Divisions

It appears as if distinctions are being made between the top teams that have the potential to go on to win the Premier League title and the top teams that will just finish somewhere near the top of the table. Here’s why…

After Chelsea’s brilliant 3-1 victory against Manchester City, they continued their winning streak. Diego Costa netted the winning goal for Chelsea in their game against West Brom to secure their ninth successive league win. Chelsea are 3 points ahead of second-place Arsenal, and it seems like no team can stop them (especially with Diego Costa running around)!

After defeating West Ham 5-1, Arsenal went on to destabilise FC Basel in the Champions League. They defeated the opposition 4-1, with a rewarding hat-trick from Pérez! Arsenal continued their celebrations into the weekend, as they defeated Stoke 3-1. This secured their second place position on the Premier League table, keeping them in touching distance of the leaders, Chelsea.

After losing to Bournemouth 4-3 and then drawing 2-2 with West Ham, Liverpool have fallen to third place, six points behind the leaders Chelsea. With the way the Blues are playing, it might prove too difficult to close the gap again.

Manchester City have also had their fair share of disappointments. During their match against Chelsea, the Man City players lashed out at the blue players out of frustration, causing Aguero and Fernandinho to be suspended for a few matches. 

This perhaps gives reason as to why City drew 1-1 with Celtic in the Champions League, and lost 4-2 against Leicester City. They are currently sitting fourth on the Premier League table, but with the same 30 points as Liverpool. Their title hopes aren’t over yet, but only if they find a way to recover from their distress.

Now, moving down to sixth place, we find Manchester United. It’s been a tough season for them so far, but they seem to be trying to turn things around. After drawing 1-1 with Everton, they defeated  Zorya Luhansk in the Europa league and Tottenham 1-0 in the Premier League. That’s more like it.

However, we must still be aware of the fact that they’ve still got a lot to make up for. United are six points away from top four and a whopping 13 points behind Chelsea. The Premier League is a long road, and they must continue to prove themselves constantly.

The Premier League top teams are breaking up point by point. They all seem to have progressed in Europe, despite a few recent poor results. However, the Premier League is proving to be a whole different ball game!

GOOD TO BAD AND VICE VERSA

Manchester City began the week on a high after defeating Barcelona 3-1! However, by this weekend they had been brought down a notch. Luckily, the opposite was true for Manchester United.

Messi gave Barcelona the lead against Manchester City in the 21st minute. However, three goals from Gundogan (39′, 74′) and De Bruyne (51) silenced the team known as the best in the world!

Perhaps it was the energy needed to secure this win that caused City to underperform in their match against Middlesbrough. Although Aguero managed to net a goal for his team in the 43rd minute, de Roon scored the equaliser for the opposition in extra time. By this point, it was too late to make amends.

Manchester United did the reverse of what Manchester City did. The Reds lost their Europa League match against Fenerbahce 2-1. They began losing from the second minute of the match, and Rooney’s late goal in the 89th minute couldn’t save them from defeat.

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Fortunately, United had a better fate this weekend. They defeated Swansea City by only conceding one goal and by netting three. That’s more like it!

Manchester City are one win away from securing their entry into the next round of the Champions League. However, they are down to third place on the Premier League table.

Manchester United still have a chance to reach the next stage of the Europa League, however, they are going to have to perform a lot better in order to do so. Despite this, they seem to be on the up as they are now sixth place on the Premier League table.

Nothing is ever clear cut in football. As more games are played, the clearer things will become. Soon it will be evident which teams are strong and which ones are not.

 

 

 

Red Rage

Arsenal had a shocking blow in the Champions League match this week, similarly to Manchester United in their Europa League game. The only different between the two teams was that Arsenal managed to recover. It’s sad that the same can’t be said about Mourinho’s team.

Paris St Germain wasted only but a few seconds before taking the lead against Arsenal. Cavani gave PSG an extremely early lead when he netted a goal just after 42 seconds! Well, there’s no time like the present!

The Gunners did eventually manage to equalise in the 77th minute (thanks to Sanchez), however, this wasn’t even the most exciting part of the game. 

In extra time, when the result had pretty much been confirmed, both Verratti (from PSG) and Giroud were sent off the pitch. All they had to do was hang in there a little longer. Pity.

Nevertheless, the great news is that all the teams in Arsenal’s group drew and, so, every team in group A has one point. Therefore, the Gunners still have a clean slate and an equal chance of progressing to the next stage!

Tottenham, sadly, were the only England team to lose as they conceded two goals to Monaco which they failed to cancel out.

But honestly, Spurs weren’t the only English club in dismay. In Europa League, the great Manchester United fell under the petite power of Feyenoord. It only took one goal, from Vilhena in the 79th minute, to punish Mourinho’s team. The Reds are going to have to work a lot harder if they want to succeed in Europe.

Arsenal still have a stable chance of being successful in the Champions League; however, Europa League might just prove too difficult for Mourinho’s United. Manchester United just haven’t been the same since Ferguson left. Maybe it is wise to keep the same manager for a lengthy period of time… 

Red with Victory

Both Manchester United and Liverpool won their Premier League matches this weekend, and without conceding either. The only difference between them was that Liverpool scored one more goal in their match, which was against Watford.

On Saturday, Manchester United didn’t turn up with the aim of producing dazzling football with a grand result against Nowrich. All they did was what they needed to do to get three points. They scored a goal. Mata, in the 72nd minute, bagged a late win for United, sustaining the hope that they still might be able to make it into top four.

Liverpool produced slightly higher results in their game, but still gained the same three points. The Reds secured a win after goals were netted by Allen in the 35th minute and Firmino in the 76th. It’s a shame that, even after this, they won’t be able to qualify for a Champions League position… Although they could win Europa League and get in that way.

In fact, earlier this week, Liverpool defeated Villarreal 3-0 to make it to the Europa League final! Jurgen Klopp might just be winning a cup in this first year of managing the club! Now that is victory.

Manchester United are fighting for a Champions League position in the Premier League, however, the Reds are also doing the same in Europa. Although they are both good football teams, and both deserving of a place, one team will have to pave way for the other one way or another.

One Way or Another

Liverpool have won games in the Premier League, but they are not as high as they were last season. However, if a Champions League spot is out of reach, then they have other ways of getting their eyes on the prize.

Liverpool were hugely successful in their game against a ten-man Everton on April 20th, defeating them 4-0. However, the following weekend, they drew 2-2 against Newcastle. The same number of goals scored, but a different result entirely.

On the 28th, Liverpool lost the first leg of their match against Villarreal 1-0. in the . This means they have to work even harder in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final if playing in the Champions League next season is to become a reality.

The Premier League is also still proving hard to manage. The Reds have begun the month of May with a 3-1 loss against Swansea, which included the sending off of Smith. However, we must sympathise with the team and the fans, for this was the time in which they were reflecting on the 96 that died during the Hillsborough incident.

Liverpool aren’t fighting for much in the Premier League, but they certainly are in Europa. If they can find a way to win it, then they will discover that this season is, in actual fact, one worth celebrating.

 

 

Liverpool at Large

Liverpool, despite dismal Premier League results, have been victorious in their Europa League adventure. If they are not showing signs of greatness in UK competitions, they are definitely doing so on an international stage.

On March 10th, Liverpool defeated Manchester united 2-0 in the Europa League first leg. Sturridge converted a penalty in the 20th minute and Firmino netted the second goal in the 73rd. Liverpool were well on their way to the next round.

Their entrance into the Last 8 was confirmed a week later in the second leg. Although Martial netted a penalty for United in the 32nd minute; Coutinho levelled the scoreline in the 45th. This made the final result 3-1 on aggregate, with a tremendous triumph for Liverpool, especially considering that they had to face their rival twice!

Although they handled themselves well before Europe, their fans at home had little to rejoice about. The Reds managed to put two goals passed Southampton, however, this was topped by three goals from the opposing team. Despite their effort, Liverpool could take no goals home to add to their Premier League points total.

This April, Liverpool has, however, stepped up their game! Not only did they draw 1-1 with Tottenham and defeat Stoke 4-1 in the Premier League; they also took larger leaps in the Europa League. After drawing with Borrusia Dortmund 1-1 for the first leg, they went on to defeat them 4-3 in the second (and this was with the first two goals from the opposition going before 10 minutes of the game had even been played). Bravo!

Liverpool have a chance to raise the Europa League trophy, and we wish them all the best in doing so. However, they’re sitting at 8th place on the PL table, with only a few points seperating them from a much improved Chelsea. Liverpool can only guarantee themselves a Europa League spot next season by actually winning the Cup itself. It must be done.

 

Melancholic Manchester

The month of March was of minimal triumph for both Manchester teams. There has been defeats, multiple draws, but also a win from one Manchester side over the other!

On March 10th, Liverpool knocked Manchester United out of the Europa League with a 2-0 defeat. It was only the notable work of David de Gea that prevented United from facing further humiliation.

The weekend of that week, both Manchester teams drew. City had a goalless Premier League draw against Nowrich; whereas, United ventured a little further with a 1-1 draw agaist West Ham, earning themselves an FA Cup replay. One can only hope that they produce a valuable result next time around.

Manchester City walked through another goalless draw on March 15th, however this one was in fact worth every goal (zero in total). Due to their previous 3-1 defeat over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of the Champions League, a draw in the second leg meant that the final result was 3-1 on aggregate. This secured a place for City in the Champions League quater finals! Small kicks from the players; big leaps for the team!

Two days later, Manchester United gained another 1-1 result, but against their rival, Liverpool. The Manchester teams have been, undeniably, following their own and each other’s footsteps! This meant that the result on aggregate for the Europa League was 3-1. The only difference was that United were on the losing side of this scoreline, unlike Manchester City, which, therefore, ended their run in Europe. Well, there’s always next year.

The only thing that helped to console United, was their triumph over their greatest rival, Manchester City! The weekend derby saw only one goal, which came from United’s Rashford in the 16th minute! A single goal was all that was needed to silence a Manchester City that was suffering from a case of Goal Drought. We hope for a recover soon.

And they have. Manchester City have won all their four games so far this April. They’ve won 4-0 against Bournemouth and 2-1 against West Brom to keep them glued to 4th place on the Premier League table, with Manchester United sitting below them with four points less. City have also been the only English team to make it to the semi-finals of the Champions League after drawing 2-2 against Paris St Germain and then defeating them 1-0 in the second leg at home. Impressive!

However, the same cannot be said for United. I must admit they have managed to win two games so far this month: 1-0 against Everton and 2-1 against West Ham. Nevertheless, they can’t maintain a streak of wins. Between these two matches, United lost 3-0 to Tottenham! I’m sure they could have done much better than that.

Manchester City won’t be winning the Premier League trophy this year, however, they’ve gone the furthest they have ever gone in the Champions League. This could be their year! United, on the other hand, only seem to be settling for a Europe League position. Maybe next year they’ll show us signs of their former selves again.

 

 

 

 

 

DisUnited

Manchester United ended 2015 at 6th place on the Premier League table, and they don’t seem to have moved much since then. They lost to Stoke 2-0 and drew goallessly against Chelsea before pensively entering the new year.

Manchester United didn’t fail to deliver during the month of January. They made it through the the third and fourth round of the FA Cup by defeating Sheffield United and, later, Derby. United had moderate prosperity in tallying points in the Premier League: they defeated Swansea (2-1), drew against Newcastle (3-3), defeated their rival, Liverpool, (1-0) and lost against Southampton (0-1). They are definitely a team that likes change!

In fact, the sparse match results have meant that many fans haven’t stopped contemplating the future of Van Gaal this February. His United team defeated Stoke 3-0 before drawing against Chelsea (1-1) and losing against Sunderland (2-1).  After that, United lost the first leg of their Europa League match against FC Midtjylland. However, they made up for this in the second leg with a 6-3 victory on aggregate! They even defeated Shrewsbury 0-3 to pass the fifth round of the FA Cup! Not bad. Not bad at all.

This weekend they made a success of themselves. They defeated Arsenal 3-2, with two goals from Rashford and one from Herrera. The incident that might have slightly overshadowed their victory was the embarrassing fall of Louis Van Gaal! Manchester United is going up and they’re manager is falling down! The irony!

Manchester United are currently fifth on the PL table, so they haven’t budged too far up. If Van Gaal is to remain as manager, he must get them to finish in the top four. Mourinho is simply lingering around waiting for the vacancy! The pressure is on!