West Bromwich Albion
The 6th of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League game (West Brom vs United) at The Hawthorns will kick-off at 16:00 GMT and I can’t wait for a 5th straight win in all competitions for the Red Devils.
Manchester United travel to West Bromwich Albion high on confidence after recording 4 successive wins in all competitions and going level on points with the noisy neighbors and arch rivals Manchester City in the race for the top 4.
Juan Mata’s late free-kick against Watford on Wednesday night (photo left: Mata celebrating after his masterful left-foot-curved free-kicked goal) has reignited belief that a strong end to the season could lift the Reds into the Champions League qualification place. I’m hoping that this will be the case on Super Sunday and beyond.
There is no doubt that the Spaniard gave United’s top-four hopes a timely shot in the arm, firing home a late free-kick to make my day.
I was delighted to hear that the quartet of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini are on their way back for United but Louis van Gaal may opt to select them in the Under-21 side rather than Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at West Brom. I hope the boss does just that. The United Academy Graduates should be encouraged as some of them like Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Marcus Rashford have fit into the senior team like round pegs in round holes.
The Manchester United Academy was established in 1998, following the reorganisation of youth football in England, but has roots stretching all the way back to the 1930s with the establishment of the Manchester United Junior Athletic Club (MUJAC). and has been responsible for producing some of Manchester United’s greatest ever players.
These players include the club’s top five all-time appearance makers, Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, and the new wave of home-grown talents known as Fergie’s Fledglings. The current academy is based at the club’s Aon Training Complex, an 85-acre (340,000 m2) site in the Manchester suburb of Carrington.
The Manchester United youth team is statistically the most successful in English football.
Photos above x 8 nos. viz: Andreas Pereira, Joe Riley, Regan Poole, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, James Weir, Saidy Janko, Paddy McNair and Donald Love: Graduates of United Academy. The Academy boys are dreaming great dreams in the Theater of Dreams.
Van Gaal has lately been fielding academy graduates – and they are truly academy graduates from the Old Trafford stable of upcoming talents. The quartet of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini, above, may have to chill awhile so that the academy graduates can continue their good works – for now. The boys are doing a good job. Why change a winning team?
Photos above: L-T-B. Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson & Marcus Rashford. The United Academy graduate trio in action
In an interview with MUTV, van Gaal said: “Players are coming back but then, normally, they cannot play a match because the rhythm of the game is much higher. So, we have to train more and let them play in the second team. Maybe because I’m forced because of the circumstances to take a risk, like I have done with Marcos Rojo but, when I’m not forced to, then I shall not do that.
“A lot [of players] can do that [make Sunday’s squad] but it’s also what I have already told – I don’t want to take a risk. Valencia is coming back, Fellaini is coming back, Jones is coming back. A lot of players are coming back, and I have said that in former press conferences.”
– United must beat West Brom for a 5th straight win in all competitions –
It is no more news that Juan Mata’s free-kick against Watford has boosted Manchester United’s top-four hopes in the Barclays Premier League and the Spanish mid-field maestro will again be needed on Super Sunday match at The Hawthorns.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was understandably delighted after United recorded a thrilling and vital 3-2 Barclays Premier League win over Arsenal at Old Trafford last Sunday.
Please watch the boss at The Theater of Dreams after the Red Devils-Gunners clash. I enjoyed the video throughly. Please, watch below. It was vintage Van Gaal!
Meanwhile, I can’t wait for Super Sunday . . .
Up Man U!