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31/12/17 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Greetings, 2017 is nearly at a close so it'd be nice to sign off with a win. I'm Thariq (@LeFalseNumber12) and thanks for joining me. Let's start off with some team news shall we?

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  2. De Gea, Young, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Pogba (c), Mata, Lingard, Mkhitarayan, Lukaku

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  3. SUBS: Romero, Blind, Rojo, Tuanzebe, Herrera, Martial, Rashford

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  4. So Henrikh Mkhitarayan is back in the starting 11 and Jose has preferred Victor Lindelof to the let's say ring rusty Marcos Rojo.

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  5. Southampton's line-up is as follows:

    McCarthy, Yoshida, Stephens, Hoedt, Long, Tadic, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Hojbjerg, McQueen

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  6. SUBS: Davis, Lemina, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Pied, Bednarek, Forster

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  7. So Luke Shaw starts against his former club and Fraser Forster is dropped by the Saints for this game.


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  8. Southampton aren't coming into the game with any sort of form. They've only won one of their last Premier League games and none of their last seven (stat from BBC SPORT)

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  9. So Southampton seem to be the right team for United to face especially after back-to-back draws but nothing can be taken for granted and Jose's men have to rectify their problems from set-pieces.

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  10. Southampton's selection suggests the visitors will be happy to sit back and soak up pressure with the hope that either Sofiane Boufal or Dusan Tadic can conjure up a bit of magic when they get the ball.

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  11. Mkhitarayan's return is a bit of a surprise though he showed a bit of aggression against Burnley. Mourinho is looking for a bit of guile from the Armenian and Mata to unpick a Southampton side who probably won't show too much attacking intent.

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  12. Then of course there's Jesse Lingard who's going through the proverbial purple patch. Who'd bet against him scoring or setting one up today?

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  13. Lingard of course came off the bench to score two goals against Burnley and salvage a draw for United. He's attributed his streak to "playing further inside" with the result being that he's closer to the striker and areas where he's allowed to get into the box more and shoot as well as create.

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  14. SAF has been speaking to MUTV:

    "United at home you always expect them to win.

    Hopefully we can get the three points today and just stick in there.

    Perseverance you never know what happens in football. Things can happen, you maybe don’t expect it to but things can happen."

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  15. He also had this to say about Eric Harrison's MBE:

    "I was so delighted for him.

    Class of 92 was the climax of his coaching career but so many players have great things to say about him. He deserves this honour, he has made a great contribution."

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  16. Mourinho's spoken to BT Sport about Lukaku:

    "I was very honest with him and he was very honest with me. I asked him if he feels he has to go for a rest he but he said he is paid to play and paid to make sacrifice and the team doesn’t have many options up there. He says he goes with everything he has and he will give his maximum as always."

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  17. The players are coming out. Kick off is a few minutes away. Can United end 2017 on a positive note?

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  18. The attacking three of Mata, Lingard and Mkhitaryan doesn't exactly scream "width"! Looks like it'll be up to Young and Shaw to play wide.

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  19. THE GAME KICKS OFF

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  20. Southampton have started handily with a neat passage of passing.


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  21. United have the ball now and are stroking it across the back. Lindelof tries to find Lukaku but the pass wasn't quite right.


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  22. Long fouls Matic and United win a free kick by their box

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  23. Southampton haven't been afraid to push forward...

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  24. BIG CHANCE FOR LUKAKU!


    Pogba sprays a glorious ball from left to right for Mata. The Spaniard kills the ball beautifully and sends a cross in and Lukaku pretty much unmarked heads it over. United should be in the lead.

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  25. Southampton seem to be happy to knock the ball about. It's been a fairly confident start from the visitors.

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  26. CHANCE FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

    Boufal easily beats the offside trap who cuts the ball back from the byline. United fail to clear and Southampton get a shot away. It's well saved by De Gea before it lands to a now offside Boufal.

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  27. Trouble for Lukaku. It looks like she's going off. He went up for a header with Hoedt and there appears to be a clash of heads. Lukaku worryingly has been staying very still.

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  28. This doesn't look good at all. Lukaku has been staying extremely still and the medical staff are being very careful in even attempting to move him.

    It was an innocuous challenge but the consequences look serious. He's being carried off on a stretcher and looks like an oxygen bag has been placed on to aid him. Let's hope it's nothing too serious for Lukaku.
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  29. The game has restarted and RASHFORD is on for LUKAKU,

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  30. Luke Shaw plays a 1-2 with Mkhitaryan and sends in a dangerous cross which is cleared by the Southampton defense for a corner.

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  31. The corners come to nothing but United regain possession.

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  32. It may take a little while for United to recover after Lukaku's injury. There's a shout of handball in Southampton's box but the ref isn't interested and the ball is cleared and Lindelof is having difficulty dealing with the pace of Shane Long. The Swede gives away a free kick on the right hand edge of United's box.

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  33. Ward-Prowse attempts a shot but De Gea pushes it out for a corner. Southampton's first corner didn't come to much but get get another...

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  34. and that is cleared and united counter thrillingly with Rashford leading the charge. He plays it off to Mkhitaryan who tries to cross it in from the right but it hits a Saints player and the attack fizzles out.

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  35. What Rashford will add up top is pace and if United counter then he will be key in those attacks.

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  36. Southampton once again play some intricate football leading Phil Jones to put the ball out for a corner.

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  37. BIG CHANCE FOR SOUTHAMPTON.

    The corner comes in and Hoedt rises up practically unmarked and heads the ball wide. Should have hit the target at the very least.
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  38. Shaw and Young are trying to provide width to their credit but the danger is that if Southampton steal possession the pair have to get back quickly. The Saints have looked good on the ball to be fair.

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  39. Shaw is fouled as he tries to set off on a run. Hojbjerg is the offender and is booked.

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  40. CHANCE FOR UNITED.

    Lindelof with a lovely ball over the top for Rashford. The young striker tries to get the ball out his feet in the area and is surrounded by two defender. The ball breaks loose to Mata but his shot is saved by McCarthy.

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  41. Shaw is looking lively down the left.

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  42. United looking to turn up the tempo and...

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  43. RASHFORD MISSES A SITTER!

    Young gets to the right of the Southampton box and sends in a lovely ball. Rashford on the six yard box, practically unmarked, can only divert his header away from goal. Another presentable chance for United is spurned.

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  44. Southampton push forward but Mata wins possession by the United box. The build up is patient until Pogba sends a ball in to Lingard in the box. He tries to fashion a chance for himself but claims that a Southampton defender handled the ball in the box.

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  45. There was a definite hand there from Yoshida. LEt'sput that under the category of "SEEN THEM GIVEN" Yoshida's arm was in an unnatural position arguably.

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  46. Mata and Shaw have been busy this half.

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  47. According to Sam Wallace of the Telegraph United's medical staff are still assessing Lukaku and an ambulance is on stand-by if required.

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  48. Remember there will be a considerable amount of stoppage time as a result of Lukaku's injury.


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  49. Ball goes out wide to Shaw and he wins a corner which is taken short. It was very clever as Mkhitaryan plays the ball with Mata and nearly walks the ball to the goal. The Armenian's cutback is blocked for another corner.

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  50. United try the same trick but it doesn't come off.


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  51. GOOD NEWS: The medical staff don't think Lukaku's injury is as bad as first thought and he does not need to go to the hospital.


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  52. United are trying to end the half positively.

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  53. CLOSE BY LINGARD. Pogba again sprays a wonderful ball from right to left to Mkhitaryan. The Armenian exchanges a couple of passes with Mata before ball is sent into the box. Lingard sends a glancing header just wide.



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  54. Six minutes of injury time. United on the attack as Mkhitaryan overhits a cross from the left. Mata retrieves the ball and lays it off to Matic who hits it but it's easy enough for the goalkeeper.



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  55. Hasn't quite happened for Rashford yet. United on the counter again but the young strikers cross to Mkhitaryan is a way off.

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  56. Still a few minutes for United to fashion a chance before the break.

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  57. Even Juan Mata is bit feisty. United are looking frustrated.

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  58. The ref blows for half time as a promising attack peters out for United. The home side were denied a pretty clear penalty whilst Lukaku, Rasford and Lingard couldn't convert decent opportunities.

    The big news of the half though was the injury to Lukaku after a clash of heads with Hoedt. It looked serious and he was stretchered off wearing an oxygen mask. The news since has been positive as the injury wasn't as bad as it could have been and he will not need to go to hospital.
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  59. United start the second half with the same 11 who finished the first. Southampton are also unchanged.


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  60. Lingard and Young combine well down the right. Lingard sends a ball across the box but no one was there to meet it. Positive enough start by United though.

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  61. Southampton are seeing a lot of the ball now. They're knocking it a bout as United sit deep. Southampton attack down their left and win a corner.

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  62. Another corner for the Saints...and it's cleared


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  63. Mata tries to spring Rashford free but McQueen makes a great challenge. Southampton break and Tadic releases Ward-Prowse who sends a precise center into the box which Long meets but somehow De Gea scoops the ball above the bar with his foot.

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  64. United need some time on the ball and work something. Just not happening for the home side at the moment.


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  65. That pretty much sums up United at the moment. Shaw gets the ball with Mkhi as an option to his left but the fullback hits an aimless ball upfield for a thrown in.

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  66. Shaw attacks his fullback and wins a corner.

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  67. Mkhitaryan takes it short to Mata and gets the return ball. He sends a dangerous cross in but it's headed out for a corner on United's right. Mata takes that corner and it's comfortably claimed by McCarthy

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  68. Mkhitaryan shows a bit of purpose and cuts in from the left and has a go. The ball is scooped up by McCarthy though.

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  69. Sofiane Boufal is booked for a foul on Ashley Young. The offense in isolation wasn't much but it was more the accumulation of fouls by the Saints man.

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  70. Young sends a cross in and Southampton put it behind. Mkhitaryan tries the same routine with MAta but it comes to nothing.

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  71. Mkhitaryan does well to track back and win the ball by his own box.

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  72. Lingard is booked for a late challenge on Stevens. The United man wasn't best pleased with the decision as moments before the ref refused to give him a free kick for a perceived foul

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  73. Pogba sprays a fantastic ball to Mkhitaryan but the Armenian wastes the opportunity to put a good ball in. His cross goes behind.

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  74. Lindelof gives away a free kick for a foul on Boufal. It's all getting frustrating for United.

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  75. The free kick comes in and De Gea comes out to punch and is taken out by Phil Jones!

    In other news Anthony Martial comes on for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
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  76. Martial's first major contribution is to win a free kick for United 10 yards from Southampton's box. Good distance for a strike

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  77. Young and Mata lining it up.

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  78. Young takes it but it's deflected behind for a corner. Mata takes it but a foul is given against Matic

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  79. Lingard dribbles towards the box and gives it to Rashford who's forced wide. He gives the ball to Shaw whose cross is deflected out for a corner.

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  80. The corner comes to nothing but United retain possession.

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  81. Matic tries to hit one from distance but it's high, wide and not so handsome. United are lacking ideas.

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  82. Tadic with a free header. A warning for United.

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  83. Matic booked for hauling down Tadic. Tactical foul I think is the parlance as Tadic would have had a fair bit of space to run into.

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  84. The tactics this half have been odd by United. Sitting deep rather than trying to force the issue. Mourinho is hoping to hit Southampton on the break but he's playing a dangerous game.

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  85. Patient stuff now by United but it breaks down as Shaw's cross is blocked and cleared.

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  86. Tadic sends a tame shot wide but Southampton's build up play was sharp.

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  87. Martial tries to force something and wriggles his way into the Southampton box. The ball falls to Rashford but the striker couldn't quite find a gap to fire a shot towards.

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  88. United build an attack. Pogba swings the ball wide to Young who finds Mata. Mata comes infield and finds Shaw who tries to get a cross in but it's blocked for a corner. The corner comes to nothing.

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  89. GABBIADINI ON FOR LONG

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  90. Ward-Prowse is booked for a challenge on Lingard.

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  91. Young wins a free kick on the edge of the Southampton box as he was pulled back by Boufal. Good position this.

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  92. BALL IS IN THE NET BUT IT'S RULED OUT.


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  93. TADIC OFF LEMINA ON

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  94. The free kick was swung in and there was a small scramble before the ball trickled towards goal. Pogba puts the ball in but is rightly flagged for offside.

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  95. United once again are struggling to keep possession with any sense of conviction and allowing Southampton to come forward.

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  96. BOUFAL OFF REDMOND ON

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  97. Mourinho isn't looking too pleased and is having words. Presumably to remind the 4th official that any time being wasted should be noted.

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  98. Martial fouls Hojbjorg. Southampton get a breather again.

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  99. Shaw is bustled off the ball and Southampton attack but United deal with .

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  100. Pogba tries a long ball to Martial but it's cleared by Stevens.

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  101. 2 minutes remaining.


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  102. Martial, Mata and Shaw try to construct something on the left but Martial's cross is cleared.


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  103. A REALLY GOOD CHANCE FASHIONED BUT BLOCKED.


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  104. MATIC plays a ball to Mata who threads it through to Lingard who for a moment has a sniff but as he swung a boot his shot is blocked.

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  105. Rashford has a chance but mistimes his header. We're into stoppage time.


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  106. Martial wins a corner. Could this be United's final chance?

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  107. It's cleared

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  108. Southampton win a throw but United win it back.


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  109. THE REF BLOWS AND UNITED DRAW AGAIN.

    IT'S UNITED 0-0 SOUTHAMPTON.
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  110. Mourinho having a word with the ref and doesn't look unhappy.

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  111. Not enough clear cut chances and a lack of ideas are hampering United. Southampton didn't even have to play that well to get the result.

    Sure United should have had a penalty but regardless there were a couple of good chances in the first half to go one up but they weren't taken.

    The approach in the second half was strange too as United looked happy to contain and hit on the break. Whether that's the way Mourinho wanted to set up or felt he had to given the busy period his team have not been able to grind out the results required.

    United are now behind Chelsea.

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  112. Not the way United would have wanted to finish off 2017. Jose needs solutions NOW to get United our of their sticky patch. He needs to find a way for United to rediscover their fluency in attack because this is a team that is struggling for ideas at the moment.

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  113. So United sit in third going into 2018. After a promising start to the season it's disappointing to see things fizzle out. There's no time for Jose to feel sorry for himself though as a trip to Goodison awaits.

    And with that I bid you a fond farewell. Unfortunately United couldn't sign off with a victory but thank you for joining me, Thariq (@LeFalseNumber12), today and I wish you all a Happy New Year.

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