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Man of the Match: Young

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Ashley Young has been voted Manchester United’s Man of the Match by fans on Twitter after his impressive two-goal display in Tuesday’s thrilling 4-2 triumph over Watford.

Watford 2 United 4

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Premier League / Vicarage Road / Attendance: 20,552 / Scorers: Young 19, 25, Martial 32, Lingard 86; Deeney pen. 77, Doucoure 84
Manchester United netted four goals on the road - including two in six minutes from Ashley Young - to see off Watford and keep the pressure on rivals Manchester City.
Anthony Martial's fine first-half finish made it 3-0 for half-time and Jessie Lingard's stunning second-half solo goal ensured the Reds shrugged off an attempted comeback from the Hornets.

United 1 Brighton 0

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Premier League | 25 November 2017 | Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,018 | Scorer: Dunk o.g. 66.
Ashley Young's deflected effort, which will probably go down as an own goal by Lewis Dunk, was enough for Manchester United to secure a vital, but hard-fought 1-0 win over a dogged Brighton at Old Trafford.

Lindelof sparks United career

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There are often turning points, single moments in a match, when fans look back and think ‘that kickstarted his career’.
The Old Trafford faithful possibly witnessed that exact moment on Saturday when Victor Lindelof arrived – in more ways than one – with a crunching, but fair, challenge on Anthony Knockaert which seemed to help inspire the Reds to defeat Brighton.

Report: Basel 1 United 0

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Champions League Group A | 22 November 2017 | St. Jakob-Park | Attendance: 36,000 | Scorer: Lang 89
Jose Mourinho warned Basel would be forced to go on the offensive if CSKA Moscow won the earlier Group A game and he was proved correct as, after being bossed for much of the first half, the Swiss side carried the greater threat and grabbed a late winner.

Match preview: Basel v United

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Setting the scene… Manchester United returned from the international break in fine style, with a 4-1 win over Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United. Despite going behind inside 15 minutes, the Reds rallied back with goals from Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling before the break. Paul Pogba, returning from injury, and Romelu Lukaku added to goals in the second half, to complete the rout.

Zlatan: Return proves I'm a lion

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic again likened himself to a lion after returning from his serious knee injury miraculously ahead of schedule in
Manchester United's 4-1 thumping of Newcastle United.

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1

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Premier League | 18 November 2017 | Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,035 | Scorers: Martial 37, Smalling 45+1, Pogba 54, Lukaku 70; Gayle 14.
The returning Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United with a goal and an assist as the Reds came from behind to beat Newcastle United 4-1 under the bright lights of Old Trafford.

Smalling: Matic 'can Do Everything'

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Chris Smalling has praised the quality that Nemanja Matic has brought to the Manchester United team, declaring the midfielder "can do everything".

Preview: United v Newcastle

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Setting the scene… The final international break of 2017 is now over and Premier League action makes a welcome return to Old Trafford this weekend as Manchester United host mid-table Newcastle United in a Saturday teatime clash.

Mourinho's Tough Love Works For Martial

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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial believes Jose Mourinho’s tough love approach to man-management has fuelled his excellent contributions on the pitch this season.

The 21-year-old former AS Monaco star has impressed supporters as both a starter and substitute, scoring six goals and tallying as many assists from his 16 appearances in all competitions so far.

Martial’s admirable form with United led to him being recalled to the France squad by international boss Didier Deschamps earlier this month and, on Tuesday night, he claimed another assist when setting up Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette during a 2-2 draw with world champions Germany in Cologne.

Impressively, a statistic emerged afterwards that claims Anthony has been involved in a goal every 58 minutes for both club and country this season, which highlights his creative capabilities at present.

It also represents the player's more clinical performances in 2017/18 following the challenges of last season, when he fea…

Lukaku Becomes Belgium's All Time Scorer

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Romelu Lukaku added to his double against Mexico to secure a win over Japan and become Belgium's all-time record .

Romelu Lukaku became Belgium's outright record scorer with the only goal in an uninspired 1-0 friendly win over Japan in Bruges.

The Manchester United striker had pulled level with Bernard Voorhoof and Paul Van Himst on 30 goals after his double in Friday's pulsating 3-3 draw with Mexico.

And he took his tally to 31 with 18 minutes remaining against Japan on Tuesday, heading in from almost on the line after a superb run and cross from Nacer Chadli.
Before his historic goal, it had been a frustrating night for the 24-year-old, who was comfortably shackled by a stubborn Japan defence.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez will be pleased with his side's improved defensive display, but is likely to be concerned by the struggles of his star-studded attack against a side that had conceded six goals in their last two games against Haiti and BrazilBelgium carved out the …

Martial wins GOTM prize

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Anthony Martial has followed up his Player of the Month prize for October by also scooping the best goal accolade.

The France international provided an undoubted highlight of the month when latching onto Romelu Lukaku's flick-on to beat Hugo Lloris with his left foot and settle a tight encounter with Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

The Premier League winner polled 35 per cent of the vote to beat off competition from second-placed Jesse Lingard, whose header at Swansea City in the Carabao Cup proved popular. Joshua Bohui's fine solo effort in the UEFA Youth League draw against Benfica finished in third spot.

Martial becomes the third player to pick up the award this season, following Paul Pogba (for his strike at Swansea City) and Antonio Valencia (for his screamer against Everton).

Man Utd Agree Deal For Embalo

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Manchester United have lined up a deal for Benfica prospect Umaro Embalo,according to a report from the Mirror.

The 16-year-old has been a target for the Old Trafford club for the past year after impressing against them in a tournament and staff were asked to compile a report.

They faced strong competition from Real Madrid, however, are now confident of persuading the teenage winger to move to England in the new year.Umaro Embalo (right) is a tricky, pacy winger who can play up front or on the right wing.The teenager has been compared to former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria.

WHO IS UMARO EMBALO?

Born in 2001 in Bissau, Guinea
The 16-year-old is left footed and plays as a right winger or centre forward
Has represented Portugal at Under 16 and Under 17 level
Currently plays for Benfica's Under 19s
Has scored 15 goals in 18 appearances for Portugal U17s
Embalo, born in Bissau, Guinea, has scored 15 goals in 18 games for Portugal's Under 17s and had a 26-minute cameo ag…

Shaw To Reject Fenerbahce

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Luke Shaw will reject the chance to join Fenerbahce in January and stay to fight for his place at Manchester United, according to a report from the Daily mail.

The England left-back has yet to start this season and may be allowed to leave if suitable offers arrive.

However, though there is interest from Fenerbahce, the 22-year-old, who cost United £27m in 2014, has no designs on a move to TurkeyShaw is out of favour under manager Jose Mourinho, who has barely used the player since arriving at Old Trafford in 2016.

This season he has played 48 minutes of senior football, both sub appearances in the Carabao Cup against Burton Albion and Swansea City.

Shaw has struggled since suffering a serious broken leg against PSV in the Champions League in September 2015, at which point he had been first choice left back for United.

The 22-year-old is not in Jose Mourinho's first-team plans at Old Trafford, having not featured in the Premier League this season, and is said to be available for a…

International Reds Round-up

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Manchester United defenders Victor Lindelof and Matteo Darmian are set to go head to head for their countries when Sweden and Italy meet in the play-offs for the World Cup finals in Russia.

The first leg on Friday sees Lindelof’s Sweden welcome the Azzurri to the Friends Arena in Stockholm, scene of the Reds' Europa League triumph last May.

Darmian’s Italy will then host the return fixture at the San Siro on Monday with both ties starting at 19:45 GMT.
United centre-back Eric Bailly is suspended for Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualification match against Morocco, which will decide whether the African Cup of Nations champions top Group E to reach their fourth successive World Cup.

Meanwhile, in two of the glamour friendlies scheduled to be played during the international break, Wembley will be the scene for serial World Cup winners Germany and Brazil to take on England.

Four Reds have been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad, including Ashley Young, who has not played for his country …

Jose's plans for the break

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Jose Mourinho believes the international break will be a key period for a number of his injured Manchester United players to work towards regaining full fitness.

The Reds have been without Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, who have all been sidelined for a number of weeks.

Fellaini had a positive impact on his return to action as a substitute against Chelsea on Sunday, with Mourinho Praising The Belgian Afterwards for making himself available for selection, having only trained with the team the day before the game.

The boss is hopeful the players can use the next two weeks before our next game, against Newcastle United in the Premier League at Old Trafford, on Saturday 18 November to continue to work on the training ground to edge closer to a comeback.

“We have the group of players which are the ones that we hope will recover as soon as possible,” Mourinho told MUTV after the defeat at stamford bridge. “They have to work every day but…

Jose: Fellaini was amazing

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Jose Mourinho heaped praise on the "amazing" Marouane Fellaini for his determination and courage to play for Manchester United in Sunday's big match at Chelsea, despite not being fully fit.
The midfielder had not featured for the Reds since the victory over Crystal Palace at the end of September, after picking up an injury while on international duty for Belgium.

Mourinho revealed that Fellaini only returned to full training on Saturday and was named on the bench for Sunday's defeat at Chelsea. With United trailing at Stamford Bridge, the Belgian was introduced just after the hour-mark and he almost snatched a late leveller for the Reds when his shot was brilliantly saved by his international team-mate Thibaut Courtois.

Report: Chelsea 1 United 0

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Premier League | Stamford Bridge | Attendance: 41,615 | Scorer: Morata 55
Manchester United’s Stamford Bridge frustrations continued as Alvaro Morata’s second-half header sealed a 1-0 victory for Chelsea.

The Blues’ frontman struck the killer blow on 55 minutes as he rose unmarked to head home following a solid period of pressure from the hosts. United had some promising moments in the first half, but the long run of no wins at the Bridge – which now stretches to five years – carried on for the Reds.

Martial Out To Build On Big Start

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Anthony Martial says he hopes to score even more goals for Manchester United between now and the end of the season after an excellent start to the campaign.

The Frenchman was voted October's star man by fans on Twitter, the second successive month he has won the Player of the Month award. His impressive form has also led to a recall to the France squad for their upcoming friendlies against Wales and Germany.

Having scored seven times already this term, the forward is only one goal away from equalling his tally for last season. Although he's happy with how he's performing, both when starting and coming off the bench, Martial feels he still has another level to reach so he can have an even greater impact for the team.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Chelsea, he told MUTV : "At the moment, I’m happy, even if I could have done more, scored more goals and made more decisive passes. But I’m happy.

"I think the difference is that last year I didn’…

MOU: QUARTER OF THE PLANET ARE MAN UTD

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The Portuguese has promised to "fight" to bring glory back to Old Trafford for the immense number of Red Devils followers around the globe.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that he holds a position of great responsibility as the leader of a club “quarter of the planet” supports.

The Portuguese has been criticised for his defensive style of play when tackling top-six opponents, particularly away from home.
These resurfaced again this season when United were held to a 0-0 draw at Liverpool, and even a 1-0 success over Tottenham at Old Trafford did little to quell criticism aimed in his directionWith such a sizeable fanbase, Mourinho is away of the pressure that is on him to bring success to the club, but he says that he will “fight” to do so.

“I cannot meet how many millions [of United fans],” he said. “I think a quarter of the planet is Manchester United red, I cannot meet a quarter of the planet.

“The only thing I can do is what I’ve done since day one – …

MATCH PREVIEW: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER UNITED

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Setting the scene… This fixture has produced fireworks in the past and you can expect no different on Bonfire Night when United visit the champions this weekend for what is always an eagerly-awaited occasion.

The Reds are in fine form in all competitions, currently second in the Premier League and on the brink of qualification for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages. Chelsea, meanwhile, will be glad to return to domestic action after boss Antonio Conte endured a disappointing return to Italy in Tuesday night's 3-0 beating at the hands of Roma. A win on Sunday would be crucial if the Blues are to be considered genuine title contenders, while the pressure will be on United regardless of the result from Sunday's earlier match between Manchester City and Arsenal.

Add into the mix the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge and the stage is set for another explosive encounter.
How can I watch it? Sunday’s big game will kick off at 16:30 GMT and will be broadcast live on S…

Player of the Month: Martial

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Anthony Martial has been voted Manchester United's Player of the Month by supporters for the second successive time. It's one of the closest battles we've ever had in our poll, conducted on the club's Twitter account , to decide the winner of the trophy but Martial edged it with 49 per cent of the final vote, marginally ahead of David De Gea with 48 per cent, while Chris Smalling was third.

Ashley Young Among Man Utd Players Called Up By England

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Ashley Young’s excellent form with Manchester United has been recognised by England manager Gareth Southgate, who has named the versatile Red in his latest Three Lions squad.

Young has not played for England since a World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine on 10 September 2013, but has never given up on his dream of representing his country again.

MOURINHO: "MY PLAYERS DESERVE MORE CREDIT FOR SPURS WIN"

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho strongly believes his players deserve more credit for recent results and performances in all competitions.

The Reds are currently second in the Premier League after 10 matches, top of Group A in the UEFA Champions League (with 12 points from 12) and safely through to the Carabao Cup fifth round. United have also scored 38 goals in total, which is 14 more than at this stage of last campaign.

MATIC HEAPS PRAISE ON MCTOMINAY

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Nemanja Matic reserved special praise for the performance of fellow midfielder Scott McTominay after Manchester United's UEFA Champions League victory over Benfica on Tuesday night.

McTominay, who has been at the club since the age of five and recently signed a new deal, made his full home debut and first Champions League start as the Reds won 2-0 at Old Trafford to edge closer to qualification for the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition.

MATIC HAS 'NOTHING TO PROVE' TO CHELSEA FOLLOWING £40M SALE TO MAN UTD

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The Serbian was allowed to depart Stamford Bridge over the summer but insists that offers no added incentive ahead of his return with the Red Devils.

Nemanja Matic insists he has nothing to prove to Chelsea as he prepares to return to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United.

MARTIAL IS AGAIN MAN OF THE MATCH

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Anthony Martial claimed Manchester United’s Man of the Match award for the second successive game after another eye-catching performance against Benfica on Tuesday night.

The Frenchman topped our poll on Twitter with 55 per cent of the votes, ahead of Nemanja Matic (35 per cent) and Daley Blind (10 per cent), after the trio were nominated by MUTV pundits Ron Atkinson and Lou Macari.

Manchester United 2 Benfica 0

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UEFA Champions League | Old Trafford |
Attendance: 74,437 | Scorers: Svilar (own goal) 45, Blind (penalty) 78

Manchester United maintained an exemplary start in the UEFA Champions League with a fine 2-0 win over Benfica, courtesy of a first-half own goal from Mile Svilar and a second-half penalty by Daley Blind.

The match started in lively fashion as the two teams looked to take a stranglehold of the game in front of a boisterous Old Trafford crowd, and both sides had chances early on, with Anthony Martial and Andreas Samaris each firing high and wide.