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United’s Opening Day Premier League Results (Part 1/2)

Of course this weekend Manchester United are scheduled to face West Brom in our opening Premier League fixture of the new season. With that in mind, it’s worth looking back at how United have got on, on opening-day Premier League history.



Of course this weekend Manchester United are scheduled to face West Brom (unless the game gets called of as a result of the riots around the UK) in our opening Premier League fixture of the new season. With that in mind, it’s worth looking back at how United have got on, on opening-day Premier League history.

Here’s how United got on in the first 10 Premier League opening-day fixtures with the remaining 9 opening-day games to feature in a second article later today.

1992/93 – Sheffield United 2 United 1

Strangely for all our dominance in the Premier League, we lost our very first game in the league’s inaugural season and even conceded the first goal scored in the division as well. Two goals from Brian Deane proved the difference between the sides with United getting a consolation through Mark Hughes 30 minutes from time as the hosts held on for what turn out to be a famous win. 

1993/94 – Norwich 0 United 2

As the reigning Champions goals from Ryan Giggs and Bryan Robson set United on their way to a comfortable win at Carrow Road. Robbo’s goal was his last one for the club and fittingly it was a goal that was his trademark, as he timed his run from midfield well to run onto Hughes’ short pass to bury the ball home to seal the three points.

1994/95 – United 2 QPR 0

In what would be a season that would end in double-heartbreak, United comfortably beat QPR – who return to the top-flight this season – at Old Trafford. After Clive Wilson was sent off for the visitors, Hughes put United ahead after half-time with a powerful strike from the edge of the area before Brian McClair doubled the lead heading home after Paul Ince’s shot came off the woodwork. The game finished 10 men aside as Paul Parker was sent off for hauling down Les Ferdinand late on.

1995/96 – Aston Villa 3 United 1

A strong Aston Villa side defeated a new-looking younger United side at Villa Park. After the game famously of course Alan Hansen on Match Of The Day commenting on our loss said his famous ‘You’ll never win anything with kids’ line. Of course Hansen was proven wrong at the end of the year as United won the double. David Beckham memorably scored his first league goal for United in this one.

1996/97 – Wimbledon 0 United 3

On paper this looked like a routine victory over the Crazy Gang and for 90 minutes that’s exactly what it was as goals from Eric Cantona and Denis Irwin put United 2-0 up. In the dying moments of the game though Beckham made this game memorable by scoring (yes you’ve guessed it) THAT goal from the half-way line which catapulted him into the limelight as the most famous young player of his generation.

1997/98 – Spurs 0 United 2

This was the game famous for Teddy Sheringham’s return to White Hart Lane following his move to United in the summer after Cantona retired. It was quite a day for Teddy as he was booed throughout the game and he missed a penalty. Late goals from Nicky Butt and Ramon Vega (own goal) saw United win the game though much to the relief of Teddy.

1998/99 – United 2 Leicester City 2

This game set the tone for what was of course that unforgettable Treble-Winning season. United looked out of shapes for the majority of the game as Martin O Neil’s side deservedly went into a 2-0 lead following strikes by Emile Heskey and Tony Cottee. A fortuitous Sheringham goal 10 minutes from time gave United hope before Beckham brilliantly curled in a free-kick in stoppage time to break the hearts of the Foxes.

1999/2000 – Everton 1 United 1

A late Jaap Stam own goal denied United victory against a stubborn Everton at Goodison Park.  Dwight Yorke’s first-half strike had seemingly put us on the way to a comfortable victory against the Toffees who we had beaten 4-1 in the same fixture the year before. Good goalkeeping by Paul Gerrard kept the hosts in the game and they probably deserved their goal late on when Nicky Barmby’s header deflected in of United’s big Dutchman three minutes from time.

2000/01 – United 2 Newcastle 0

Magpie fans were left cursing Andrew Cole again as his goal after half-time sealed a comfortable win at Old Trafford for United in a game which was also memorable for Fabien Barthez’s league debut.  A powerful header by Ronny Johnsen early on from a Beckham corner set United on our way before Cole linked up with Giggs to score another goal against his former side.

2001/02 – United 3 Fulham 2

Fulham to their credit made United work hard for this one as the newly promoted Division 1 Champions almost came away from Old Trafford with an astonishing win on their return to the top-flight. Our future forward Louis Saha shone for Fulham and put the Cottagers ahead twice in the first half either side of a trademark Beckham free-kick. Ruud van Nistelrooy on his league debut scored twice after half-time to seal a narrow home win.

By Adam Dennehey @ADennehey87

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Man United face PL battle to sign 28-year-old Serie A star



Matias Vecino

Everton to rival Man United for midfielder Matias Vecino

Manchester United face competition from Premier League rivals Everton for the signature of Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino, according to Gazella Dello Sport (h/t Mirror).

United are in the market for midfielders, with Paul Pogba and Scott Mctominay out injured. Inter have already rejected a loan offer from the Red Devils for the player.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mirror), Everton have now made a move to sign the player. Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is said to be a fan of the 28-year-old having managed against him during his time at Napoli.

Matias Vecino
Matias Vecino has fallen down the pecking order at Inter Milan

The midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Inter with Antonio Conte preferring to use Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic and Borja Valero when fit. Stefano Sensi’s good form has also seen Vecino go out of favour.

Danish Superstar Christian Eriksen is set to join the Italian giants in the coming weeks. This could further limit Vecino’s chances and he would be better off moving elsewhere.

Vecino has two goals and two assists for Inter in 17 appearances this season. (h/t Whoscored)

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Conte, however, is reluctant to let the midfielder go in this window. Inter are currently three points behind defending champions Juventus as they try to win their first Scudetto in 10 years.

The Inter manager is keen to maintain a strong squad as the season nears its business end.

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Man United keen on signing 2 players on loan to replace Marcus Rashford



Odion Ighalo

Manchester United keen to loan Odion Ighalo and Islam Slimani

Manchester United are keen on signing Odion Ighalo and Islam Slimani on loan to provide cover for the injured Marcus Rashford. (h/t Sky Sports)

Ighalo plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League while Slimani is currently on loan at Monaco from Leicester City.

Both Ighalo and Slimani have the experience of playing in the Premier League, having done so on 55 and 39 occasions respectively.

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Slimani has impressed at Monaco

Both players have done well for their current clubs so far. Ighalo has scored 10 goals in 19 appearances for Shanghai whereas Slimani has registered 7 goals and 7 assists in 14 appearances for Monaco.

Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are also interested in Slimani (h/t Daily Star).

Ighalo has a better record out of the two in the Premier League. With the Chinese Super League likely to be indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic gripping the nation, it remains to be seen if the player will be allowed to travel.

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The injury to Marcus Rashford has left United without a reliable striker upfront. United have played both Liverpool and Burnley since the striker’s injury and have failed to hit the net in both games.

Given the nature of the January transfer window, it makes sense for the club to pursue a loan deal for an established forward until the summer.

Ighalo and Slimani are in their 30s but both players are physically imposing and are capable of playing as a target man upfront.

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United are currently 5th in the table with 14 games left to go. We face Chelsea in the league in February, which will give us a chance to close the gap on a top-four spot.

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Transfer blow for Man United as £13m difference could stop the deal for Portugese star



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Bruno Fernandes transfer to Manchester United at the risk of collapse

The transfer of Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon is at the risk of collapse with Sporting Lisbon holding out for £55million, according to Portuguese station TVI24 (h/t Metro).

The 25-year-old midfielder has informed the Portuguese club of his wish to move to Old Trafford and has already agreed on personal terms with United. Sporting are unhappy with United’s opening offer of £42m, which is £13m short of the Portuguese club’s expectation.

United’s offer contains a number of add-on clauses that can eventually take the deal to £60million. Sporting, however, deem the conditions improbable and are seeking a greater fee upfront.

Bruno Fernandes

Sporting are unwilling to drop their asking price as United have failed to include a player in exchange as a part of the deal.

The Portuguese side were willing to accept a lower fee had a player been included. However, neither Andreas Pereira or Marcos Rojo were willing to move to the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Fernandes played in the 2-0 loss to arch-rivals Benfica in what could be the player’s last match for Sporting.

The Portuguese club have demanded a minimum of £55.3million as a guaranteed payment. They also expect United to include bonuses that are more achievable.

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Sporting will have to pay 50% of the sell-on fee to Fernandes’ previous club Sampdoria and will look to get as much as they can from United.

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Man Utd agree on contract terms with midfielder who could be signed for £51m



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Manchester United have reportedly agreed on terms with Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United have reportedly agreed on terms with Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes. (h/t Sun)

The player has reportedly agreed on a Manchester United contract until 2025 worth £5milion-a-year ahead of a £51m transfer in the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old has played 25 times for Sporting this season and has scored 13 goals and 10 assists. (h/t Whoscored)

Bruno Fernandes

United were to make their first formal offer for the player. It is being reported now that the deal has already been agreed upon. (h/t Sun)

It’s claimed that Fernandes has been offered a deal nearing £100,000-a-week at United.

The signing of the Sporting skipper should provide the United midfield with numbers and an attacking impetus.

The midfielder has an £85million release clause in his contract but Old Trafford bosses have been working to drive the price down. The club were also open to offering two players to bring the price down. (h/t Sun)

Fernandes was part of the Portuguese squad that won the UEFA Nations League in 2019.

He has won 19 caps for the Portuguese national side and has scored 2 goals since making his debut in 2017.

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United next play Manchester City in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals at the Etihad on Wednesday.

The Red Devils trail 3-1 from the first leg as they aim to get to their first final under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

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