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‘Score first, cant finish the job, lose the points. Story of our season.’ Man United and Liverpool fans react to yesterday’s draw.

Yesterday was one of the biggest days so far for the Premier League. Man United took on a 1st placed Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

For a lot of football fans, yesterday was a confusing one. Man City fans would have been backing Man United because of the point difference between the blues and Liverpool.

However, other football fans are enjoying Man United’s poor form. The game shocked fans as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team went 1-0 up.

Liverpool managed to equalise very late on but it didn’t look like it was coming at all.

However, VAR played a big part in the game yet again. It disallowed a Liverpool goal and awarded Man United’s. Here are your reactions.

Twitter reactions

Both set of fans were disappointed. Man United were unlucky not to get 3 points. Liverpool expected more. Although, it was the referee, Martin Atkinson who got the most criticism.

‘Tell Man City admin that it is legal to give Ederson man of the match.’ Man City fans react to their win.

Man City has their first Premier League game since the international break this weekend. They faced Crystal Palace away. The Football Manc Cave look at your reactions.

Pep Guardiola had a chance to turn things around with the international break. It looks like whatever he worked on paid off as the Blues won 2-0.

David Silva and Jesus were to thank for the goals. Silva also took man of the match. Phil Foden also got some minutes as he came on to replace Kevin De Bruyne. Although, it was Ederson that impressed fans the most.

However, both goals came in the first half. This suggests that things took a step back in the second half but a win is a win.

With Liverpool drawing with Man United, this also closed the gap at the top. The Premier League champions could be on their way back to the top.

Twitter reactions

2 strengths, 2 weakness that will get Man Utd a top-four finish in the league

Solskjaer’s rebuild of Manchester United looks promising as Man Utd win their first two games of pre-season.

Manchester United have begun their pre-season tour with two victories. The Reds beat Perth Glory 2-0 and then went on to crush Leeds United 4-0. Though being lower-tier clubs than Man Utd, fans saw glimpses of what Solskjaer is instilling into his squad.

The coaching staff have vigorously trained the boys, even having double sessions on several occasions.

Solskjaer will have a full pre-season under his belt, and it looks as though the Red Devils are on their way to being fully prepared for the 18/19 campaign.

Here are 2 strengths this Manchester United squad have that can place them in the top four…

High Intensity

The high pressing has been notable in the two pre-season games so far. This is something we haven’t seen for years. Previous managers took a defence-first approach which made pressing high up the field almost impossible for the players.

In the Premier League, a high level of intensity and constant pressure is a key ingredient to success.

Back on the saddle

Solskjaer has mentioned a rebuild on several occasions, and also revealed that each player will start with a clean slate. After a full break and a full pre-season, we could see a totally different Manchester United next season.

The disappointment of last season and the seasons before should spur the Reds on as their closest rivals both grabbed silverware at the end of last season.

Manchester United are far from having a world-class team who can be aiming for several trophies each season. The following weaknesses at Man Utd could destroy the dream of the reds having a great season for the first time in six years.

Defensive clown show

This could be entirely fixed by bringing in Harry Maguire. Manchester United need a solid defender who can protect the Reds from conceding as many set pieces as they have in recent years. The purchase of Aaron Wan-Bissaka has already massively improved the defence.

Chris Smalling struggles on the ball, and Phil Jones is extremely unreliable. Eric Bailly is prone to injury and Marcos Rojo is prone to red cards. Axel Tuanzebe may not yet be in contention to start for Man Utd. This leaves Man Utd with one reliable and high-quality defender; Victor Lindelof.

Slow negotiations

An unfortunate weakness with the Manchester United board. The Reds are terrible at securing transfers and a long time to negotiate with other clubs in order to spend as little money as possible.

This could mean that Man Utd don’t get the players they require to rebuild the Man Utd squad. Which would mean they are in for a very difficult season.

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TORONTO to win vs Houston Dynamo 3-0

Finally, Toronto has started to build up some momentum, they have been the MLS’s yo-yo team this year who just can’t seem to get three wins on the bounce. However, they can do just that this weekend against a struggling Houston Dynamo who got spanked 5-0 last week.

Philadelphia Union & Chicago Fire BTTS 2-1

Philadelphia lost heavily in their last game to a strong Salt Lake side who somehow managed to put 4 goals past them. They were away from home though, so I think in front of their home crowd they should do the business. They are prone to conceding however, so I think both teams to score is the best bet.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES to win vs Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0

San Jose is beating some high profile teams this season, and that should be no different on this occasion against a bottom of the table Vancouver Whitecaps. San Jose currently sits in 5th position and could slingshot themselves up into 3rd if results go their way. Vancouver has lost four games back to back and conceded 14 goals in the process. They sit bottom of the table and rightfully so. I think they’ll put up a fight but I wouldn’t expect miracles.

LA Galaxy vs Los Angeles FC over 2.5 goals 2-3

Los Angeles is the favourites to lift the MLS Cup this year, they’re form this season has been second to none. They come up against Zlatan though who lives for the big stage. I think Los Angeles will get the win but the safest bet would be over 2.5 goals.

FC Cincinnati vs New England Revolution over 2.5 goals 1-3

FC Cincinnati’s season is pretty much over, they’re just playing for pride now with the home crowd I fancy them to grab a goal. New England, however, is looking to make the playoffs. So a win here could move them from 8th into 5th.

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This Man City midfield will blow Wolves away

This Man City midfield three could run rampant against Wolves on Saturday.

The Football Manc Cave bring your attention to Manchester City, who will play against Wolves in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Pep Guardiola can test the strength of his squad on Saturday 20 July. His side will come face to face against fellow-Premier League side Wolves, who finished 7th in the league last season.

The Man City eleven who start the game could be a strong outfit, and the manager has the opportunity to see how his side will fare against one of the league’s better sides.

The Citizens recently smashed West Ham with a fairly weak squad, by Man City’s standards. However, this is midfield you can expect to see against Wolves…

Rodri

Rodri made his debut against West Ham United. The £62million defensive midfielder had a shaky start to the game, regularly passing the ball sideways or backwards. But after finding his feet, the Spaniard began to drive the ball forward and pick out positive passes ahead of him. It is important that he is integrated with the squad and figures out his new team, and is likely to start the game against Wolves.

David Silva

Going into his last season with Man City, David Silva is still crucial to the way the Blues tick. He scored a fantastic goal against West Ham, getting on the end of a long pass, bringing it down and slotting it home. The Spanish international will continue to be the heartbeat of the side in the upcoming season, and it is important that he has a strong pre-season.

David Silva will likely be the captain, as he was against West Ham, should he play against Wolves.

Kevin De Bruyne

Arguably the best midfielder in the Premier League. Kevin De Bruyne will be crucial to Manchester City’s hunt for domestic and European glory. With David Silva leaving the club in 2020, De Bruyne will be looking to be the new face of Man City.

The Belgian didn’t play alongside Rodri and David Silva against West Ham. Seeing these three world-class midfielders work alongside each other promises to be quite the spectacle. It is important for Guardiola to set the foundations of his squad, despite the knowledge that Fernandinho will feature heavily in place of Rodri next season.

Man City will hope that Kompany can teach 22y/o defender these 2 things

Philippe Sandler is under Vincent Kompany’s wing for a further year, and will most certainly return to Man City a more well-rounded player.

The 22-year-old Dutchman will be leaving the Etihad to play for Anderlecht on loan for a season. Man City made the announcement this week.

Apparently, Kompany had been working alongside Sandler long before the Belgian hero left to Anderlecht to take the role as player-manager. Kompany and Man City have opted that Sandler goes with him to spend more time learning from the Premier League champion.

Kompany’s influence on the Blue’s defence will be missed at the Etihad. However, after Sandler returns, that hole may well be filled. Here are two things Sandler can bring home with him from his season in Belgium.

Leadership and demands

Kompany captained Man City for many years. Organising his backline with ruthlessness, he managed to evolve with the ManCity team, playing with many different defenders alongside him.

Upon his return, we may see a very confident and vocal Philippe Sandler. Man City need a long-time servant for their defence in order to maintain winning ways in the future.

Bring the ball out from the back

At Man City, Kompany and Laporte made quite the pair. Often, Kompany would get the ball to his defensive partner, who would make a long ball to the Man City attack. But Kompany would regularly bring the ball out or bring himself forward to support midfielders. This type of play got Kompany in prime position to score his wonder goal against Leicester last season.

This will be something Kompany tries to pass on to Sandler and will develop his confidence off the ball as well as on the ball.

Sandler will return to the Etihad with more game time and experience in his football career. As well as the invaluable tutorship of Vincent Kompany. Rejoining the squad at 23 years-old, he may be well on his way to starting week in week out of the blues.

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Orlando City vs Columbus Crew

Orlando city managed to pull off a shock last week by drawing 2-2 with top of the table Philadelphia union away from home.

Nani is in impressive form so far this season and I think his technical ability will be too much for a colombus crew side who have lost their last four games.

Orlando managed to beat Colombus Crew in their last meeting 2-0 away from home. So with home advantage I see them doing this business in this one.

My prediction:

Orlando city 2-0 Columbus Crew

Nani to score at any time.

Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids

Portland Timbers beat New York City away from home in their last outing, mind you it wasn’t a convincing win they were dominated for most of the game but still managed to hold onto a 1-0 win.

Colorado rapids aren’t in terrible form but they’re facing the Timbers at the worst possible time.

I can imagine Portland with home advantage and the confidence they picked up from their last game will be enough to see it through.

My prediction:

Portland Timbers 2-1 Colorado Rapids

Over 2.5 goals

New York Red Bulls vs New York City

Anything can happen in a derby but I think both will be hungry to score some goals so my safe bet is both teams to score.

My prediction:

2-2

Both teams to score

Real Salt Lake vs Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia somehow conceded 2 goals to a weakened Orlando side last week so being away from home I can see them conceding a goal or two.

My prediction:

1-1

Both Teams to score

Chicago Fire vs FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati started this season very strong but cracks started to appear and they’ve been in a decline ever since. They somehow managed to pull of a 3-2 victory over Houston Dynamo last week. But the week before that they were spanked 7-1 but Minnesota.

Chicago Fire love to entertain especially when at home so my bet is…

My prediction:

Chicago fire 3-1 FC Cincinnati

Both teams to score.

Laurent Banide’s vision for Oldham Athletic should change the clubs fortunes

Laurent Banide stresses the importance of youth players and having a hands-on approach to managing this Oldham side.

“He is still one of the best coaches I ever worked with”. Who said that? No other than Thierry Henry.

Beginning at Monaco, Banide played a role in the development of world-renowned French footballers such as Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet.

As Banide states in his press conference with Oldham Athletic, “you need to give confidence to young players and work with the strong points of the player”.

Oldham have recently signed 28 year-old goalkeeper Gary Woods and 27 year-old full-back Zak Mills. By appointing experienced players to help resurface the Latics, it may allow Banide to spend more time developing the young talent at Boundary Park.

Banide ensures the supporters that he has a “philosophy” and a “projection” for the club, which should certainly alter the mood in the Oldham camp after several disappointing seasons and unstable management. Should Banide’s keep his promise of trying to provide the fans with exciting football, we could see a totally different Oldham walk out onto the field at the beginning of the 19/20 EFL League Two campaign.

In terms of his approach, Banide says that he “prefers to work on the field and try to see our possibilities”. This hands-on approach could see Oldham players improve individually as Banide stands beside them in training assessing their strengths and weaknesses.

The Frenchman tells us that there is a “good energy with everyone here”, indicating that the club are prepared to turn things around and still have a positive attitude despite previous seasons.

With an abundance of experience and recommendations from Theirry Henry, alongside a very positive press conference given by Banide, Oldham fans should be excited for the upcoming season as their new manager has high hopes of improving the status of the club.

Jutkiewicz to Wigan – It’s a No From Me

The latest rumour in transfer “silly season” is Birmingham City striker Lucas Jutkiewicz could be on the move to Championship rivals Wigan Athletic. Somewhat of a sideways move if you ask many football fans after, Birmingham received a 9 point deduction last year in which they finished the season one point and one place above Wigan.

Both clubs last year finished lower midtable, but what a difference Jutkiewicz could make to Wigan Athletic. The target man striker finished last year on 14 goals and 10 assists in the Championship, while Wigans top scorer Joe Garner finished on 8 goals.

Nevertheless, the Latics look set to lose their top assister Nick Powell this summer, everything that Jutkiewicz brings to the team could propel them up the tab

Danny Mayor’s Comments Speak Volumes Regarding The Future of Bury

‘Tell us what is happening’ were the latest comments said to Bury chairman Steve Dale regarding the club’s future and wages for all of the club staff.

The author of those comments was Danny Mayor, who alongside fellow critic of Dale Nicky Adams, speaks volumes for the worries held within the dressing room.

Mayor was at the heart of Bury’s success last season but is yet to sign a new contract keeping him at Gigg Lane. Having spent six years with the Shakers, Mayor has seen everything from promotion to relegation.

Despite dipping in and out of form at times, the number 10 was on top form notching up many goals and assists helping his side to promotion, including the decisive goal at Tranmere in the final week of the season.

Yet he may have played his last game due to the grave uncertainty regarding the future of the club. Speaking to the Bury Times, Mayor spoke out against the chairman and the issues surrounding wages.

“I’m the same as the other lads, I don’t really know what’s going on,” said Mayor.

We’ve not been told anything about whether the club’s going to be sold or not.

We’re kind of in limbo, really.

We saw the statement but we’ve heard a lot of things before and it’s not come to fruition so we have to take it with a pinch of salt.”

Mayor has been linked with several clubs including Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday over recent weeks. There were even reports about a move to near neighbours Salford City as they began their transfer window with the signing of Richie Towell.

However, despite numerous transfer talks, the midfielder seems happy working with Ryan Lowe as are so many of his colleagues. Up to 70% of players want to stay working with their manager this upcoming season.

Despite the positive comments regarding their future which will certainly please fans, no fans would argue with a mass exodus should Steve Dale fail to pay wages or his successor as club chairman.

A nightmare worry could still become a damming reality if a new owner is not in place by June 20th, the day of the new fixture release.

“It’s tough for everyone. I’d love to say everything’s going to work out and I’ll stay at Bury but I can’t sign anything when it’s not been offered.

I can’t keep waiting around to see what they say, hoping the club gets bought. A lot of lads are in the same situation.

They’re out of contract and they’ve got families, and they’ve got to do what’s best for them.”

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