Why Tom Cleverley failed to fulfil his potential at United…

Posted on September 02, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets, Youth   5 Comments »

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After a 14 year association with Manchester United, Tom Cleverley has taken his first steps towards leaving the club to further his career elsewhere, initially on loan with Aston Villa. His departure is more likely to be greeted with cheers rather than tears by the majority of United fans, but, in truth, what became of his career at Old Trafford is incredibly unfortunate.

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Stalemate at Burnley but our Angel shines

Posted on August 30, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Burnley, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »

Author: Mitchell

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“First match, it was a loss. The second match is a draw. So maybe today it’s a victory.”

No such luck for Louis van Gaal who again leaves an away ground with two fewer points than should have been expected. Whilst the game was overshadowed by the debut of Angel di Maria, the anticipated lift of spirits seemed to fizzle early on with the defensive line at sixes and sevens and little in the way of dynamism from anyone not named Angel. Burnley were unlucky not to be a goal up early on with a free kick hitting the post and then Jonny Evans nearly gifting a goal were David de Gea not already running out to clear the ball, but United could easily have claimed two penalties in the second half as Ashley Young was pushed off the ball and Ashley Barnes of Burnley blocked the ball with his hands just a short while later.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Di Maria could make his United debut against Burnley

Posted on August 29, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Burnley, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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Angel Di Maria could make his debut against Burnley at Turf Moor

Manchester United travel to Turf Moor in the early weekend kickoff in what could be new signing Angel Di Maria’s debut for the club. The former Real Madrid midfielder became the club’s record signing, breaking the English transfer record when he signed for nearly £60 million in the week. The Argentine is the fifth most expensive footballer after James Rodriquez, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

United’s new number seven would have been shocked to see his new team mates go down 4-0 to MK Dons in the week and will surely be included in the starting Xi as Louis van Gaal looks to pick up his first win as manager.

Newly promoted Burnley are also looking for their first win, having lost 3-1 to Chelsea in their first fixture of the season and losing 1-0 to Swansea City, who of course beat United 2-1 on the opening day. Sean Dyche has done a great job at the club and will be hoping for a repeat of the 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the late August of 2009. The two clubs have only played twice in the Premier League era and the last time, before 2009, that United traveled to Turf Moor was in the 1975/76 season where Lou Macari scored the winner.

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Defeat to MK Dons provides both questions and answers

Posted on August 27, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, League Cup, Man United, Match Reports, Youth   1 Comment »

Louis van Gaal looks on as his Manchester United side are beaten 4-0 by MK Dons.

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United’s shock defeat away to MK Dons in the League Cup and the manner of it will have raised a few eyebrows but it will have given van Gaal a bit of insight into some of his players but also opened some new questions or doubts about the system.

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United crying out for Di Maria as held to 1-1 draw at Sunderland

Posted on August 24, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland, Transfer Targets   3 Comments »
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Jack Rodwell scores the equaliser for Sunderland in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Louis van Gaal picked up his first point as Manchester United manager, following a 1-1 draw away at Sunderland. Juan Mata had given the visitors the lead after a very nervous start before former United target, Jack Rodwell, scored a header to equalise from a corner. United were disappointing once again and lack confidence all over the pitch when in possession of the football. The second half performance was an improvement, however the home side looked dangerous when counter attacking and pressed United all afternoon, which resulted in the away side relinquishing possession. Ashley Young dived to try and win a penalty and was rightfully booked, whilst Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley were out muscled, and outplayed, by Lee Cattermole and Jack Rodwell.

Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Marcos Rojo is a Red: What can we expect?

Posted on August 23, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Guest Writer, Man United, Players   No Comments »
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“That’s Youngy, he plays left wingback these days.” “Him?”

Authors: Rob and Pedro

Despite needlessly restrictive and bureaucratic UK immigration policy, Marcos Rojo is now a Manchester United player, having joined in a deal that sees £16 million go into the murky web of deceit, skulduggery and credit default swaps that characterise the world of modern football finance to his former club and third-party owners, as well as Nani’s return to Sporting CP on a season-long loan. Some were quite surprised at the size of the deal, especially since it featured Nani as a makeweight despite him having some truly excellent spells of form for United (admittedly mixed in with longer spells of frustrating uselessness).

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Sunderland vs. Man United preview: View from the opposition

Posted on August 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   No Comments »
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Adnan Januzaj scored two goals past Sunderland in the away fixture last season.

 

Manchester United take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this Sunday, having begun their Premier League campaign in disappointing fashion last weekend – United lost 2-1 at home to Swansea in Louis van Gaal’s Premier League debut. Sunderland opened their league season with a 1-1 draw against West Brom, and will be encouraged by their recent performances and results against United.

Although it’s painful to revisit last season – part of me wants to believe that it never happened – the record shows that Sunderland beat United twice last season: at Old Trafford in the league, at their home ground in the League Cup, they emerged victorious from the sides’ League Cup semifinal tie. The Black Cats also led for a long period of time at home to United in the league, before David de Gea’s save of the season kept us in the game and Adnan Januzaj’s heroic intervention turned the match around.

Under new management United should give a far better account of themselves, but an astonishingly large injury list plus the adaptation to new tactical instructions mean that – as van Gaal said almost a month ago - the side will struggle before settling into the Dutchman’s preferred rhythms and system.

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Where do we go from here? (The scores are coming out all weird..)

Posted on August 17, 2014  by Karate_Jesus  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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Expectations have been raised at Manchester United with Louis van Gaal at the helm

Author: Karate Jesus

At the beginning of the summer, pre-World Cup, most United fans would have been of the opinion that success in the following season would be a top 4 finish and that this would be dependent on a raft of new signings for the newly appointed Louis van Gaal to work with. Expectations then began to become distorted, as Van Gaal’s unfancied Dutch team first spanked the world champions, Spain, 5-1, and then proceeded to the semi-finals of the competition before losing on penalties to Argentina without actually having lost a game. On this evidence, supporters began to think, Van Gaal can clearly work wonders with a squad of limited players that, Robben apart, is inferior to the United squad, even without new signings.

Confidence, excitement and expectation were then further increased during the pre-season tour of America. Whilst fully aware that this was a pre-season tournament, it was hard not to be impressed by United’s performances; given the tripe served up last season, the interplay between players and the goals scored were akin to fresh water after a desert marathon. With the expected addition of players once the team returned from the tour, there was a case for genuine optimism going into the new season. It is less than fourteen days since the squad returned from America and the bubble of optimism has been well and truly burst. It will be dawning on all connected with United that performances in pre-season don’t count for anything and that the problems that existed at the end of last season, Moyes aside, are still there.

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Swansea sink Manchester United as transfers are needed

Posted on August 17, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Swansea City   6 Comments »
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Gylfi Sigurdsson score the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford

The hope and promise of a new era came crashing down within ninety minutes as a lacklustre Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City. Louis van Gaal oversaw United’s first home defeat in the league since 1972 in what was also his home competitive debut. United rarely troubled the visitors, whilst Swansea looked dangerous on the break. United started the game 3-4-1-2 but shifted to 4-4-1-1 in the second half with Hernandez, who looks as if he may have played his last game for Manchester United, being replaced by the ineffective Nani.

Transition takes time. Louis van Gaal is a World Class manager who will have an impact at Old Trafford, but it will indeed take some time to instil a philosophy and way of playing into a side that is crying out for leadership. The Dutchman was quick to state that he feels he was responsible for the defeat and the loss has ‘smashed’ the confidence of the players – however, this will surely heap more pressure on Edward Woodward regarding new signings.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Swansea City view from oppo preview

Posted on August 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea

Manchester United host the first game of the 2014/15 Premier League season and welcome Swansea City in what is a return fixture of the opening match last season. United got off to a flyer, hitting four past Swansea in what was David Moyes domestic debut. That was as good as it got for the Scot, who didn’t get to see the end of the season following his sacking in the April of this year.

Now, Manchester United have a new man in charge. A proven winner who has lifted league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany. Can he add and English Championship to his CV? If he is to – it all kicks off against Swansea City at 12:45.

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