View from the Opposition – Manchester United

View from the Opposition – Manchester United

A bit about you:

Name: Andrew

Current home town: Leicester

Birthplace: Leicester

How long have you supported your team? Around 45 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: When the players walk out on the side of the Stretford End. Supporters don’t realise, home teams usually walk out on the right-hand side of the tunnel.

Favourite match played by your team & why: 1968 European Cup Final beating Benfica 4 – 1 in extra time at Wembley. George Best was a legend born on the world stage.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club:  George Best, closely followed by Duncan Edwards and Steve Coppell.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Sanchez and Shaw, hoping both get to show their superb natural ability this season, causing a few jaws to drop.

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Fred, he has shown some world class moves in pre-season, just hope he is fit enough for 90 minutes.

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Maddison, he is the unknown factor, City will need, but no one knows if he will deliver in the premier league.

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Angel Gomes – This kid will be at the next world cup.

How do you think you’ll do against us? As always after a world cup, the first few games of every season are extended pre-season fitness games. The team that has transitioned the best, generally comes out on top.  

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club?  Should have done a lot better, the stature of Utd demands that on the world arena. I believe the Utd board are saying that players have been bought and not played enough, so how can trust be given blindly for more. We signed a very good quality midfielder in Fred, a youngster and a third-choice goal keeper. I really hope beyond all hope we only re-signed Fellaini just to sell, come the January sales.

Where do you think you’ll finish this season?  2nd again

Who do you think will win the league? Noisy neighbours (cough) again

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? Newcastle, Bournemouth, Southampton, this stage of the season, it’s only judgement through signings on top of last season’s finishes, that provide any coherent debate. All that can change when manager's start to be sacked.

Any other comments? 3rd season syndrome? let’s see come the reverse fixture.

Next Up Manchester United 10 August 2018

Next Up Manchester United 10 August 2018

Manager        José Mourinho    

Founded      1878 as Newton Heath LYR F.C. and 1902, as Manchester United F.C.1863

Ground         Old Trafford

Address       Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 0RA

Capacity      74,994

Squad: 

1              Spain                     GK        David de Gea

2              Sweden                 DF        Victor Lindelöf

3              Ivory Coast            DF        Eric Bailly

4              England                 DF        Phil Jones

5              Argentina               DF        Marcos Rojo

6              France                   MF        Paul Pogba

7              Chile                      FW        Alexis Sánchez

8              Spain                     MF        Juan Mata

9              Belgium                 FW        Romelu Lukaku

10            England                 FW        Marcus Rashford

11            France                   FW        Anthony Martial

12           England                  DF        Chris Smalling

13           England                  GK       Lee Grant

14           England                  MF       Jesse Lingard

15           Brazil                      MF        Andreas Pereira

17           Brazil                      MF        Fred

18           England                  DF        Ashley Young

20           Portugal                  DF        Diogo Dalot

21           Spain                      MF       Ander Herrera

22           Argentina               GK        Sergio Romero

23           England                 DF         Luke Shaw

25           Ecuador                 DF         Antonio Valencia (captain)

27           Belgium                 MF         Marouane Fellaini

31           Serbia                    MF        Nemanja Matić

36           Italy                        DF        Matteo Darmian

39           Scotland                 MF       Scott McTominay

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.manutd.com

Going to Manchester United ?

 
Manchester United   M16 0RA
By car  103 mls, 2 hours 15 mins
 
FROM THE NORTH
Leave the M60 at Junction 12 M602 (Salford /Manchester). At the end of the M602 (Junction3) follow signs for Salford Quays & Trafford Park. At the roundabout turn right onto Trafford Road(A5063). At the bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal, keep in the right hand lane, turn right and follow the road round to Trafford Wharf Road, then left at the traffic lights onto Sir Alex
Ferguson Way. Continue through the traffic lights onto Wharfside Way and follow the signs to your required car park.
 
FROM THE SOUTH
Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and take the A556 in the direction of Manchester Airport. Continue onto the M56 to Manchester, passing the Airport, and follow the signs to the M60 (North & West). Leave the M60 at Junction 7 (A56 Chester Road) and follow the signs for Manchester United. (Sir Matt Busby Way is closed from Chester Road on Match Day.)
 
There are lots of small private car parks near to the ground, otherwise it is street parking.  Old Trafford Cricket Ground costs £10 but it can be slow leaving.  Around the cricket ground there is street parking if you arrive early. Parking at  Salford Quays Lowery  Outlet Mall (M50 3AH) , a ten minute walk away from the stadium, has 4 hour parking for a reasonable fee. Otherwise park in one of the smaller towns on the outskirts and take the Metrolink to Old Trafford.
Parking is also available at “Park and Ride” sites for the Metro
 
BY TAXI
MANCHESTER AIRPORT: 20 minutes – under £20*
PICCADILLY STATION: 15 minutes – under £10*
*Estimated prices and journey time dependant on traffic.
Please check with the driver before travelling.
 
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The Metrolink service operates a frequent service from the City Centre (including Victoria & Piccadilly Stations) to Old Trafford station which is situated within a five minute walk of the football ground. North Western Trains operate a matchday only service from City Centre Stations direct to Old Trafford Stadium where the station is located alongside the South Stand.
PLEASE NOTE
Sir Matt Busby Way is a ‘no through’ road .
 
By train journey takes approx 2-3 hours  but you cannot get back on Fri night
 
Where to drink
The three pubs nearest the ground (The Trafford, Sam Platts and The Bishops Blaize) generally won't let you in if you wear away colours. The best bet is probably the city centre or along one of the stops on the Metrolink. The Quadrant pub usually has a mixture of home and away fans and a couple of handy Chinese/Chippies nearby. The pub is about a 10-15 minute walk away from Old Trafford, in the direction of the Cricket Ground
 
All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide.

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The Foxes Trust Predictor League 2018-19 – 4 Days To Go

You Beauty, not just the stadium looking splendid, it is also the return of the Foxes Trust Premier League Prediction Game for the 2018/19 season.
 
This season we are using the talkSPORT Selco Predictor league as our format which is open to everyone, please note under 18s can join if they get parental consent, see their T&Cs.
 
This league runs the whole season from week 1 to 34 (I know 38 matches but with mid-week that’s 34 weeks). As well as the TalkSPORT prizes, the Foxes Trust will be offering a prize for the winner of The Foxes Trust Predictor League (TFTPL). The League is open to anyone with a limit of 50 persons.
 
You can join the TFTPL for fun but to be eligible to win the prize you must send your name, email address, and Predictor League Player name to mail@foxestrust.com.  You must join the league with zero points to be considered for the prize.
 
So, get registering, thank you to those who join, good luck and enjoy the season.
TalkSPORT Predictor with Selco https://predictor.talksport.com/public/#/home
 
Remember to press ‘Join’, If the Join button doesn’t work, reload your profile and it should resolve any issues. (if there is a problem with the original joining button there is a "chat" area in the bottom RH corner of the "Dashboard" screen once you have created your account / logged in  and they are VERY helpful in sorting the problem)
 
Then, once Registered –
To enter predictions
Go onto dashboard and click More against Premier League Predictor
 
This is also where you join the TFTPL
 

 

On the right-hand side, you will see a Mini Leagues Icon, click on it

 
 
Then either complete the Mini-League Search by entering The Foxes Trust Prediction League or Use Invitation Code and enter jledg
 
 
Up the Foxes

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City’s Eurostars finish the pre-season with a win

Lille (LOSC) 1 v 2 LCFC

Report by Stuart Dawkins

Claude Puel’s long association with Lille, or LOSC (Lille Olympique Sporting Club) as the locals refer to their team, made this a logical venue for the final pre-season match.  The city’s Eurostar station had the added advantage of making it very accessible to Leicester fans – in effect we walked from home to Lille, with the assistance of a couple of prompt trains.

Lille is a surprisingly good destination for a few days’ stay: a pretty old town with plenty of cafes and restaurants surrounded by a decent-sized city with a textile-based history not dissimilar to Leicester’s.  The world’s first fully-automated metro system made transport to the match and elsewhere very straightforward. 

Around 1,000 City fans made their way to the Stade Pierre Mauroy for the match.  The home team had made the match a ‘fan day’, with pumping music, a pre-match presentation of the LOSC players to the fans and much else, which added to the atmosphere.

The stadium is impressive – 50,000 seats with a retractable roof – and was used for international matches during Euro 2016.  For this match the roof was closed, adding to the sense of theatre for the pre-match festivities.

My experience of overseas pre-season friendlies is that it is quite common for details to change at the last minute.  One year in Sweden it was the location of the match itself which changed a day or two before kick-off.  This time it was the kick-off time, brought forward by 10 minutes – a fact that most people will only have found out after arriving at the stadium.

The other oddity was City’s announced line-up.  On the metro to the match I was asked by a local, in French, whether Vardy would be playing and I confidently said “Non, il est en vacances”.  It was odd, therefore, that his name appeared on the team sheet on the big screen in the stadium.  A confusion further compounded by Maddison playing and wearing the number 9 shirt (as he had against Valencia).  A whole generation of young Lilleois may now be thinking they have seen Vardy play, when they have not!

City’s line-up was roughly what might be expected given the absence, for various reasons, of Vardy, Maguire, Gray and Evans.  Pereira was deployed as a right-midfielder, ahead of Amartey.

Despite their usual pre-match warm-up routine, City’s players did not seem to have told their internal clocks that the match started early.  Only an outstanding double-save by Schmeichel prevented them from going a goal down after twenty seconds; quite an achievement from your own kick-off.  Albrighton sloppily gave the ball away and LOSC had two shots well-parried by the keeper.

By the time LOSC actually scored, which was a mere three minutes into the match, it was already well-deserved.  City looked all over the place, particularly defending on the left, and a cross found Mothiba unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box with time to chest the ball down before firing home.

Things took a while to get much better.  LOSC looked sharper in midfield and faster on the break, whilst City offered very little.  Critically, few good chances were created in this period and slowly Leicester began to get some shape into their game. 

he equaliser, after 35 minutes, was a little out of the blue.  A trademark looped cross from Albrighton from the left looked to be behind Iheanacho, but the in-form striker managed to head the ball in via the inside of the far post.  What was also positive was Pereira’s position – coming in behind the striker in a way that suggested he could well have made the header himself had the striker not done so.

The teams were well-matched for the remainder of the half, but LOSC’s earlier spark had dwindled and City were becoming the more dominant team.

City were far more convincing in the second half.  By the time they scored the winner, it was well-deserved.  It came from an impressive phase of play.  Amartey played an excellent cross-field ball.  Albrighton and Chilwell exchanged passes before Chilwell crossed for Iheanacho to score his second of the game with a low shot from an un-marked position.

The first half had largely progressed in the low-key way that pre-season friendlies often do.  There were no yellow cards – despite a couple of pulls and pushes from each side that might have warranted them.  The second half, however, became quite a feisty affair.  The referee carded a LOSC player only a few seconds into the half, and then another a few minutes later. 

I’m not sure whether this was a deliberate change of policy to ‘protect’ the players – but for some reason it had the opposite effect and as the second half progressed both sides were putting in full-blooded, and occasionally illegal tackles and each acquired several yellow cards.  Both Maddison and Silva received injuries and were substituted – the latter only having come on at half-time for Iborra.

In the 70th minute, Puel began to make a large series of substitutions which, understandably, upset the flow of the game.  City were still the better side, but both sides had chances and Schmeichel again had to make a good save to keep City ahead and to close out the win.

So, what did we learn from this performance?

Despite the clamour for three-at-the-back, Puel seems committed to four.  Pereira looks very lively – he played a number of ‘tricks’ and got forward very well.  His defensive attributes were not particularly tested by LOSC.  Amartey looks steady at right-back although, again, he was not overly tested.

As the game progressed, Maddison began to be more of an influence.  Both in this match and against Valencia, he showed a great ability to find space and to hold onto the ball when challenged.
Iheanacho is clearly in good goal-scoring form.  How or whether that will continue once Vardy returns will be interesting.  Chilwell looked strong going forwards – making a couple of 70-yard runs – and was tidy in defence once the lethargic first 10-minutes had been completed.

City looked a bit more creative with Silva rather than Iborra – but Silva is also capable of trying one trick too many and losing the ball, so the debate as to which should partner Ndidi will continue.

It was interesting that Morgan was one of the very few players to play the full 90-minutes – the others being Schmeichel, Chilwell and Albrighton.  He looked slow to react to the LOSC goal – but so did the entire City team.  He made one impressive lung-bursting 60-yard chase towards the end of the first half to chase a LOSC attack, which boded better for his fitness.

Benalouane was sound and played an impressive number of attacking passes during the match.  If he can finally erase the defensive howlers from his repertoire, he is a good presence in the squad.

Each of the various fringe/young players who performed – here and against Valencia – did a decent job, although it is risky to make judgements based on 15/20-minute cameos in friendlies.

Overall, it was a competent City performance, in a match with plenty of atmosphere from the home and away fans, in a great stadium, in a welcoming and interesting City.  A good way to end the pre-season phony-war … now bring on United!

Lille: Maignan, Soumaoro (c), Fonte, Xeka, Benzia, Bamba, Celik, Mothiba, Pepe, Maia Alencar, Ballo Toure

City: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Morgan (c), Benalouane (Johnson 72), Amartey (Knight 83), Iborra (Silva 46 (Ndukwu 87)), Ndidi (Elder 72), Albrighton, Maddison (Diabaté 56), Ricardo (Fuchs 72), Iheanacho (Gordon 72). Subs not used: Ward

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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