Yeovil 0-4 Manchester United


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26 January 2018

Alexis Sanchez impressed on his debut as Man United comfortably beat League Two Yeovil 4-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Early on, Jordan Green had an effort saved Yeovil by Sergio Romero with what was a good chance. Yeovil had another good chance through Omar Sownmi who had a header saved.

Scott McTominay had a very good chance for United, with his shot being well saved by Yeovil goalkeeper Artur Krysiak. Tom James had a decent effort from a free-kick which was unconvincingly saved by Romero.

In the 41st minute United took the lead through Marcus Rashford. Sanchez passed it to Rashford but, Yeovil got the ball off him, before some indecision at the back led to Rashford getting in front of the Yeovil defence to score. All Yeovil’s hard work in the first half had been undone.

In the 61st minute, Ander Herrera doubled the lead. From a Yeovil corner, United counter-attacked with Juan Mata passing the ball to Sanchez, who carried the ball before playing it through to Herrera who slotted in with his left foot to celebrate his 150th appearance for the club in style.

Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku finished the scoring off. Lingard finished well from outside the box, while Lukaku volleyed in to an empty net.

Sanchez showed some very positive signs of what could be to come, as he set up two goals and was constantly looking to do something with the ball. He gave away the all repeatedly in the first half, but that shows he was trying to something which is something we need.

17 year old Angel Gomes came on late on and nearly scored as soon as he came on, as he fired into the side-netting after beating his man. He looks like an extremely talented player for the future.

This victory came on manager Jose Mourinho’s 55th birthday on his 100th game in charge of the club. He’s won 62 of those games.

United haven’t failed to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup since 2014 and this competition is probably United’s best chance of a trophy this season. Mourinho made some 10 changes to his starting 11 but it was still a strong side.

Next up for United is a trip to Tottenham next Tuesday, the 30 January. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.


Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Cardiff City


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20 January 2018

Cardiff missed the chance to draw level on points with second-placed as we were held to a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Cardiff started brightly and could’ve gone ahead with a couple of decent chances. Kenneth Zohore should’ve had a goal but, the referee gave a foul against him for barging Jordan Thorniley to the floor, even though he was using his strength. It was a wonderful finish after though.

Yanic Wildschut, on his first start for City had an effort saved after being set up by Junior Hoilett. There were some efforts on goal during the first half between two teams, but not many chances.

Marko Grujic, on his debut for Cardiff after moving on loan from Liverpool, had a long-range effort, which had to be saved.

Jordan Rhodes had a couple of good chances in the first half. The first was a header from a free-kick which he should’ve done better with. The second was an even better chance. After being put through by Lucas Joao, his shot was saved by Neil Etheridge. From the rebound, Adam Reach put the ball over the bar.

Joao missed a couple of really good chances in the second half. The first, he fired narrowly wife after being put through by Rhodes. The second, he headed straight at Etheridge.

Wildschut came very close to putting City in front with an excellent effort on the turn, which went narrowly wide. Overall, the game lacked quality which lead to a goalless draw.

City now have one win in six Championship games, while Sheffield Wednesday have won just once in 12 league games.

City remain in third place, two points off second-placed Derby and 11 points off leaders Wolves. Sheffield Wednesday are 17th, seven points above the relegation zone.

Next up for the Bluebirds are Premier League leaders Manchester City in the FA Cup next Sunday, the 28 January. Next up in the league is a trip to Leeds on Saturday, the 3 February.

The result left Cardiff with one win in six Championship games, while the Owls have won just once in 12 league games.

The draw was Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay’s second in two league games since his appointment on 5 January, keeping him unbeaten as the Owls manager.

But his side look increasingly unlikely to repeat the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons’ play-off bids as they are 14 points and 11 places below the top six with 18 matches remaining.

A point did keep the hosts seven points above the relegation places, while third-placed Cardiff’s subdued form continued, as they failed to score for the fourth time in all competitions since 23 December.

Burnley 0-1 Manchester United


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20 January 2018

Anthony Martial gave Man United the victory over Burley at Turf Moor with a well-taken goal but remain 12 points behind leaders Man City.

United only had two efforts on target all game. Paul Pogba had an effort early on which he flicked over. Jeff Hendricks had a shot for Burnley which went wide.

Ashley Young, who was returning from suspension, came very close to scoring, as he fired narrowly wide from an angle. At the end of the half, Martial came close with an effort from the edge of the box.

In the 54th minute, Martial scored the only goal of the game to give United the lead. Romelu Lukaku won the loose ball before sweeping it across to Martial, who finished off the underside of the bar.

A couple of minutes after the goal Burnley nearly equalised through a Johann Berg Gudmundsson free-kick which hit the bar.

Jesse Lingard had an effort blocked as United tried to put the game to bed. But in the end the one goal was enough. It wasn’t exciting, but it was effective.

United remain in second place, 12 points off leaders Man City and two points clear of third-placed Chelsea. The only real hope for United’s winning the league is that 20 years ago, United under Sir Alex Ferguson were 12 points off Newcastle after 23 games and still ended up winning the league.

With Alexis Sanchez on his way in things are looking positive for United, but the only real question is who would he replace in the team. It will probably be between Lingard and Juan Mata.

Next up for United is a trip to Yeovil in the FA Cup next Friday, the 26 January. Next up in the league is a trip to Spurs on Wednesday, the 31 January. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.

Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City


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15 December 2018

Paul Pogba was exceptional as Man United comfortably beat Stoke City, who had new boss Paul Lambert watching in the stands.

It was mostly comfortable for United, but Stoke did threaten a few times. United could’ve had a penalty early on when Anthony Martial fell in the penalty area but, the referee didn’t give it.

In the 9th minute, Antonio Valencia gave United the lead with a wonderful strike. After picking up the ball from Pogba, he cut inside onto his left foot, before curling the ball into the top left corner.

Cher dan Shaqiri tried a fantastic overhead kick which David de Gea comfortably saved. Stephen Ireland, who was starting his first game since April 2015, had two similar chances to score, but he fired both wide. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had a close range effort blocked by Phil Jones.

But, in the 38th minute, Anthony Martial doubled United’s lead with another brilliant goal. From another Pogba assist, as he found Martial with a neat pass, Martial curled a superb finish past Jack Butland from 20 yards.

Just before half-time Shaqiri had a really good chance to half the deficit but, de Gea got down to push away his low effort after finding space for a shot.

Juan Mata came close to extending the lead during the second half, as he fired narrowly wide after being set up by Jesse Lingard.

In the 72nd minute, Romelu Lukaku added a third. Lukaku had worked really hard during the game and his hold up play had been excellent, so he deserved a goal. He managed to make some space past two Stoke defenders in the box, before firing low and hard past Butland.

Butland had to prevent substitute Marcus Rashford from adding a third, before de Gea had to deny Mame Biram Diouf, who fired the rebound wide, to preserve his clean sheet.

As it looks like Alexis Sanchez could be heading to United, things are looking positive. Where Sanchez would fit in is a big question. All the attacking players worked well together in this game, so it would be interesting to see which player Sanchez would replace.

United remain in second place, but the gap to City has been cut to 12 points after they lost their unbeaten league record against Liverpool. Stoke remain in the relegation zone, a point adrift of fourth-bottom Southampton.

Next up for United is a tough away trip to Burnley next Saturday, the 20 January. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.

Cardiff City 4-0 Sunderland


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13 January 2018

Cardiff City ended a four-match Championship losing run with a comfortable win over 10-man Sunderland.

There wasn’t much action in the first half, with few chances in an even half. Joe Ralls had an effort from the edge of the box brilliantly saved by Robbin Ruiter and Hoilett curled a free-kick narrowly wide.

But, the first 10 minutes of he second half was full of action. In the first minute of the second half, Ralls’ corner found Callum Paterson who headed in via the underside of the crossbar.

It went from bad to worse for Sunderland, who had Didier Ndong sent off in the 49th minute for a challenge on Junior Hoilett. There wasn’t much hope for Sunderland as they were a goal down and a man down.

City went two goals up in the 55th minute through Ralls. From a Sunderland free-kick, Cardiff cleared the ball. The ball got to Kenneth Zohore, who shrugged off Jake Clarke-Salter, before squaring to Ralls, who emphatically swept the ball past Ruiter with a first-time finish.

Paterson added a third in the 80th minute as he slotted in with his weaker foot after Zohore’s free-kick had deflected into his path. And at the end of stoppage time, new loan signing Yanic Wildschut, who came on as a substitute, squared the ball for Anthony Pilkington to tap in from close range. This was City’s biggest winning margin since the 3-0 win over Aston Villa back in August.

Defeat made it a disappointing return for Chris Coleman to a stadium where he had managed Wales and had seen some great moments. But, the Cardiff fans saw the other side of him, which is that he is from Swansea, so they jeered him.

City were briefly in second after this game but, went back down to third after Derby’s win at Birmingham. Meanwhile, Sunderland remain bottom of the table, with a lot of work for Coleman to do.

Next up for City is the FA Cup replay at Mansfield next Tuesday, the 16 January, with a home tie against Manchester City at stake. Next up in the league is a trip to Sheffield Wednesday next Saturday, the 20 January. Hopefully we can continue our winning form and keep up our push for promotion.

Manchester United 0-0 Southampton


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30 December 2017

United lacked any spark as they were unable to break Southampton down at Old Trafford.

The first half didn’t have much action, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances. Romelu Lukaku came close to scoring, heading over after Juan Mata had crossed the ball into him.

But, in the 14th minute, Lukaku went off with a head injury. He was stretchered off the field. He had played every minute of every game of this season prior to that match. Having scored 11 in his first 10 matches, he has only scored 4 in his last 19.

Southampton came close to scoring early on, as James Ward-Prowse forced David de Gea. But it was a moment after that that caused Jose Mourinho to be frustrated after the game.

The ball clearly struck Maya Yoshida’s arm in the box but, the referee didn’t give it. Southampton were very lucky not to concede a penalty.

During the first half Juan Mata forced Alex McCarthy, who replaced Fraser Forster for this game, into a save and Jesses Lingard headed wide when in a good position.

The second half was a similar story, as a lacklustre United failed to break down Southampton. But, it was Southampton who came closest to scoring as de Gea somehow pushed Shane Long’s effort onto the bar and over.

Late on, Paul Pogba had the ball in the net, but he was in an offside position. The ball might’ve still gone in if Pogba had left Nemanja Matic’s effort, which could’ve gone on off the post.

I believe that Mourinho has to stop having a go at other people and have a look at himself. The penalty was for one goal, United should be beating Southampton comfortably,

Mourinho has been talking a lot about money in the past few days, especially regarding Liverpool paying £75million for Virgil Van Dijk but, a United starting line-up worth £378million could not break down a Southampton team without Van Dijk at the back.

United drop to third after Chelsea beat Stoke 5-0, whilst Southampton are 13th, just two points above the relegation zone after going eight games without a win.

Next up for United is a trip to Everton next Monday, the 1 January. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.

Cardiff City 0-1 Preston


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29 December 2017

Preston scored in the 90th minute to hand Cardiff their third successive defeats, as they failed to move back into the Championship top two.

In a first half lacking quality, Joe Ralls had an effort from outside the box, which went narrowly wide after being deflected, whilst Preston had a couple of penalty appeals turned down.

Cardiff were lacking the spark that has been there all season in a game was lacking any sort of spark. It was always going to take one goal to win the match.

The goal came in the 90th minute through Tom Clarke. From a corner Paul Huntington had a free header which went straight at City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who palmed the ball away. Then, in a goalmouth scramble the ball fell to Clarke who headed in.

Rhys Healey forced Chris Maxwell deep into stoppage time but, in the end Preston held on to move within a point of the play-off spots. On Neil Warnock’s 1400th game as a manager, his team fell to a third successive defeat.

Cardiff had never lost three successive games under Warnock and we are now fourth, after Derby, who have climbed to second, beat Ipswich 2-1. We are now 11 points off Wolves, who beat Bristol City. We are one point off Derby and behind third-placed Bristol City on goal difference.

Next up for the Bluebirds is a trip to QPR next Monday, the 1 January. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.

Bolton 2-0 Cardiff City


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Bolton scored two late goals to inflict a fourth Championship defeat of the season on Cardiff City and end City’s six-game unbeaten run.

There wasn’t much goalmouth action in the first half. Sol Bamba had an effort saved after Junior Hoilett’s free-kick had been flicked on by a Bolton defender.

Hoilett thought he had scored during the first half but he was in an offside position when he received the ball from Omar Bogle.

Bolton took the lead in the 75th minute through a Gary Madine penalty after a Sol Bamba handball. It was slightly harsh as Bamba was right by the Bolton player who headed the ball at his arm but, his arm was in an unnatural position.

Then, in the 88th minute, Josh Vela doubled Bolton’s lead. After some poor defending which allowed Bolton to split the defence open, Madine squared for Vela to tap-in from close range.

In the end, City weren’t able to break Bolton down, with Bolton frustrating City throughout. Neil Warnock even subbed off substitute Lee Tomlin after he had only been on for 10 minutes but, Warnock said that it was because he didn’t want Tomlin, who was on a yellow card, getting sent off.

Cardiff remain in second, but are now seven points off leaders Wolves. Wolves should remain at the top all season with the amount of money they have spent and probably will spend. Meanwhile, Bolton are 23rd, one point away from safety.

Next up for the Bluebirds are Fulham at home next Tuesday, the 26 December.

West Brom 1-2 Manchester United


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17 December 2017

Man United moved back to within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City by overcoming West Brom.

United started strongly in the first half. In the 27th minute, United opened the scoring through Romelu Lukaku. From a Marcus Rashford cross, Lukaku headed in to give United the lead. Once again his celebrations were muted, but they might’ve been in respect for his former club.

United doubled the lead in the 35th minute through Jesse Lingard. From the edge of the box, Lingard’s shot was on target, but beat West Brom keeper Ben Foster via a Ahmed Hegazi deflection.

In one of West Brom’s only times attacking United, Jake Livermore managed to test David de Gea from outside the box. But, United were looking comfortable.

West Brom were better in the second half, attacking United more. Rashford came close to extending United’s lead, as he fired narrowly wide. Lingard also had an effort on goal, firing straight at Foster following a counter-attack.

West Brom felt that they should’ve had a penalty when Ashley Young blocked off James McClean, allowing de Gea. McClean felt as if he had been barged to the floor.

West Brom pulled a goal back in the 77th minute, as Gareth Barry tapped in after a scramble in the box following a corner. Jay Rodriguez came close to equalising, but he headed a Chris Brunt cross wide.

West Brom came close again to equalising, with another scramble following a corner but, this time the ball ended up in de Gea’s hands. In the end, United held on for the win.

United manager Jose Mourinho said his side would fight until the end after moving back to within 11 points of Man City. He said that he would go on holiday if he felt it was impossible to catch City.

It was less routine than it was supposed to be for United, but a win’s a win. All United can do is keep winning and hope that City falter at some point.

If Lukaku starts scoring again that will help United get more wins. He has now scored 15 times for United and three in his past four appearances.

United remain in second, 11 points off runaway leaders City. West Brom are in the relegation zone in 19th place, two points away from safety.

Next up for United is a trip to Bristol City in the EFL Cup next Wednesday, the 20 December. Next up in the league is a trip to Leicester next Saturday, the 23 December. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.

Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City


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16 December 2017

A goal from Sol Bamba gave Cardiff a narrow victory over Hull to keep up the pressure on Championship leaders Wolves.

Cardiff were quite poor in the first half, as we over-played quite a few times. Nouha Dicko tested Neil Etheridge early on, but it was a comfortable save for Etheridge. Dicko came very close to scoring soon after that, as he hit the post from a difficult angle.

With about half an hour played, Lee Tomlin had an effort saved from close range. If he’d hit it either side of the keeper it would’ve gone in but, he hit it straight at the keeper. Tomlin had another very good chance in the first half, but this time he sliced the ball over the bar from inside the box.

Cardiff came out much stronger in the second half, and Junior Hoilett came very close to heading in after Sol Bamba had headed across the face of goal.

In the 57th minute, Cardiff took the lead through Bamba. From a Tomlin cross, Anthony Pilkington flicked it on to Bamba, who headed in past Allan McGregor, who was on loan at Cardiff last season. Bamba was fantastic all game.

The closest Hull came to an equaliser was a wayward long-range effort from Sen Larsson. Only a Michael Dawson block prevented Tomlin from doubling Cardiff’s lead.

In the end Cardiff held on to extend the unbeaten home record and to remain only four points off leaders Wolves. The Bluebirds did really well considering they have nine first team players injured.

Whilst Cardiff are second, Hull are 19th, five points above the relegation zone. Next up for the Bluebirds is a trip to Bolton next Saturday, the 23 December. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.