Category: Manchester United

Why Champions League exits shouldn’t undermine league title wins

West Bromwich Albion arguably produced the biggest shock of the English Premier League season when they beat Manchester United 1-0 giving Manchester City the league title. Winning the league was a landmark for coach Pep Guardiola who had spent several hundred million on acquiring players over two seasons in charge. A title was needed this season to justify Guardiola’s spending. Champions of England means you achieved winning the league in a country where it is seen as the most competitive. Nothing can be taken away from City’s fantastic achievement. Yet just a few days before this result, City crashed out ... Read more

Man United-Spurs FA Cup semifinal could be preempted by your FOX network

Warning! Be prepared to make alternate viewing plans in case your local FOX station won’t be showing the Manchester United vs. Spurs FA Cup semifinal this weekend. That’s because many FOX stations nationwide, particularly in Texas, will be televising live coverage of the funeral for former First Lady Barbara Bush. On Saturday, the Barbara Bush funeral will be televised by many channels from Noon-3pm ET. And the important semifinal between Manchester United and Tottenham from Wembley Stadium in London? That’s scheduled to kick off at 12:15pm ET on the over-the-air national FOX network. A few FOX stations have either moved ... Read more

Early predictions for next season’s Premier League title race

It’s not often mid-April when fans get to begin the annual rite of predicting next season’s Premier League champions. While Manchester City galloped out of the gates, they somewhat limped to the finish line. Will Manchester City pick up where they left off earlier this season steam rolling the competition? Or, will another side wrestle the trophy from the blue side of Manchester? Here are my predictions of the most likely title contenders: Manchester City This season’s title winners. Photo credit: AFP Without a doubt, Guardiola’s team will be odds-on favorites to lift the title again next season. They have ... Read more

Analysis of how Manchester United upset City in terrible week for Cityzens

Manchester City failed to win the title at the Etihad against their crosstown rivals but the highly anticipated Manchester Derby did not fail to disappoint. Some could say Man United showed glimpses of the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson as they clawed their way back from 2-0 down portraying great tenacity and drive. For much of this season, the Manchester United players have lacked passion and creativity due to Mourinho’s tactics, which made this comeback especially meaningful for United fans. After two first half goals from Vincent Kompany and İlkay Gündoğan, it looked as if City were in the ... Read more

Man City-Man United derby delivers 1.7 million viewers to break all-time US TV record

Saturday’s derby between Manchester City and Manchester United was the most-watched Premier League game ever in US television history after 1.72 million people tuned in to watch one of the games of the season. NBC delivered 1.35 million viewers, while 309,000 soccer fans tuned in to watch the game on Telemundo to combine for an average of 1.72 million viewers across all platforms (also including the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com). With the record number, NBC Sports has now televised the 10 most-watched live Premier League telecasts in US history. The live notation is important because a Liverpool-Chelsea game on ... Read more

Man City were offered United’s Pogba in January – Guardiola

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City were offered the chance to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba during the January transfer window, according to City manager Pep Guardiola. “I said no. We don’t have the money to buy Pogba because he is so expensive,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday as he attacked the conduct of agent Mino Raiola. Guardiola also suggested Raiola offered him then United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan shortly before his move to Arsenal in part-exchange for Alexis Sanchez. City will win this season’s Premier League title if they beat second-placed United at the Etihad on Saturday. There is ... Read more

Mourinho admits Man City superiority, targets second

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said he will not hide from the obvious gulf between his side and champions-elect Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s eagerly anticipated derby meeting at the Etihad. Victory for Pep Guardiola’s side would seal the Spaniard’s first Premier League title after a season of dominance over their rivals. It would open up a 19-point gap between the two Manchester clubs and leave City on course to set a new record for the largest ever title-winning margin, currently held by United’s 1999-2000 team, who won the league by 18 points. Mourinho was uncharacteristically taciturn ahead ... Read more

Pep prepared to ring changes for Man City-Man Utd clash

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola indicated Friday he is prepared to make significant changes for the Manchester derby to keep alive Manchester City’s faint hopes of reaching the Champions League semi-finals. A victory for City against neighbours United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday would seal the Premier League title after a trophy-less first season in charge. In normal circumstances, winning a derby to secure the league title would be the undoubted focus, but Guardiola acknowledges that he has to have one eye on the second leg of their European quarter-final against Liverpool three days later. City are ... Read more