Jose Mourinho at Monday's first-team training session

Monday Briefing: United news from the weekend

Monday 01 October 2018 07:00

Your Monday Briefing provides a concise and informative round-up of Manchester United news from the weekend, keeping you up to date with the club…

We'd grown accustomed to the Reds picking up maximum points in the pink kit after those consecutive Premier League triumphs on the road against Burnley and Watford but the sequence ended on Saturday with that disappointing defeat to Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham United. It means Jose Mourinho's men now have an unwanted full set of results at London Stadium since the Hammers moved there - a win, a draw and a loss.

Marcus Rashford's brilliant midair backheel to beat Łukasz Fabiański and reduce the arrears to 2-1, just before Marko Arnautovic wrapped up West Ham's 3-1 win, will sadly have to be filed in the 'memorable goals in forgettable games' folder. Past examples include a Patrice Evra rocket in an away loss to Bayern Munich and a fine Darren Fletcher effort against Manchester City in an Old Trafford derby defeat.
Watch what happened at West Ham Video

Watch what happened at West Ham

Here's what happened in Saturday's Premier League match at London Stadium...

United's visitors for Tuesday night's Champions League tie, Valencia, picked an opportune time to register their first La Liga win of the season at the seventh time of asking - 1-0 away to Real Sociedad. French striker Kevin Gameiro netted the decisive goal in the 36th minute, assisted by Denis Cheryshev who was one of five Los Che players to be booked. Valencia, who had goalkeeper Neto to thank for saving a second-half penalty, are now 14th in Spain's top flight with eight points, six fewer than the traditional top two Barcelona and Real Madrid.

For the third weekend in a row, Neil Ryan's Academy side won by the slenderest of margins but after back-to-back 4-3 thrillers against Blackburn and West Brom, Saturday's scoreline at Newcastle's example was a plain old 1-0. Anthony Elanga's deflected winner might have been added to at the Aon Training Complex when Arnau Puigmal took a penalty but the Spaniard's spot-kick was saved. The Under-23s played a day earlier and also won 1-0, away to Norwich City with an Aidan Barlow goal.
Casey Stoney's seemingly freescoring Reds were unable to find the net against Durham Women's FC on Sunday afternoon and had to settle for a point in the FA Women's Championship. There was concern for United forward Leah Galton when she was stretchered off during the second half of the 0-0 draw at Leigh Sports Village - here's to a speedy recovery.

We're also sending our best wishes to Tim Fosu-Mensah, who had to be carried off on Saturday, only eight minutes into Fulham's 3-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park. His loan-club manager Slaviša Jokanović confirmed: "Timothy has a shoulder problem, but I’m not sure exactly what kind."
Get fit soon, Tim! Fosu-Mensah was forced off early in Fulham's visit to Everton.
Axel Tuanzebe played the full 90 for Aston Villa on Friday night as Steve Bruce's mid-table team came from behind to draw 1-1 away to Bristol City. Also in the Championship, Dean Henderson conceded twice in the first five minutes of the second half before his loan club Sheffield United eventually won 3-2 at Millwall. Another keeper who came through the United Academy, Ben Amos, was in goal for the hosts. Sticking with shot-stoppers, Kieran O'Hara helped winless Macclesfield Town to at least pick up a League Two point at home to Forest Green and Joel Pereira was also involved in a 1-1 draw, with Vitoria Setubal away to Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal's Primeira Liga.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson started and finished Scunthorpe United's respectable 0-0 draw away to in-form Burton Albion in League One. In Scotland, Demi Mitchell was on the pitch throughout Hearts' 2-1 win over St Johnstone but James Wilson was substituted in the 62nd minute of Aberdeen's 1-0 away loss to champions Celtic. Meanwhile, Matty Willock watched from the St Mirren bench as former United youth-team player David Gray, now 30, headed in the game's only goal for visitors Hibernian.

Mourinho assesses London loss article

The manager has given his reaction to a difficult day in the capital for the Reds.

Women: United 0 Durham 0 article

The Reds remain unbeaten in the Women's Championship, despite not scoring in Sunday's home game at Leigh.

U23s: Watch the goal that beat Norwich Video

U23s: Watch the goal that beat Norwich

Aidan Barlow scored the only goal on Friday afternoon when our Under-23s beat Norwich City 1-0...

U18s: Elanga's strike sees off Newcastle Video

U18s: Elanga's strike sees off Newcastle

See how Anthony Elanga's solo run earned three points for Neil Ryan's Under-18s on Saturday...