Manchester United vs. Newcastle United view from oppo

Posted on December 25, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Newcastle United, Premier League   No Comments »
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Manchester United take on Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day

Manchester United take on Newcastle United in the boxing day fixture, with the home side looking to avenge the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford last December.

We posed a number of questions to Ed who blogs over at the NUFC Blog. We caught up on Pardew, Beardsley and did he actually like Eric Cantona?! You can follow Ed and the lads @TheNufcBlog

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Aston Villa 1-1 Man United: Missed opportunity

Posted on December 21, 2014  by Karate_Jesus  in Man United   No Comments »

Radamel Falcao scored a lovely headed equaliser, but United failed to push on from there.

Author: Karate Jesus (find him on Twitter here)

United’s six-match winning streak was ended at one of their happiest hunting grounds, following a tenacious display from the home side, led by the dangerous Christian Benteke. Villa also had Gabriel Agbonlahor sent off – very harshly in the opinion of most observers – yet they defended resolutely, and United failed to push on after the numerical advantage presented itself. In the end, a point each is a fair reflection of the play, but Louis van Gaal’s side must see it as a missed opportunity to add to their growing yuletide momentum. We’ll discuss some of the main talking points from the game here, and as always we look forward to comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United 3-0 Liverpool: Good times are coming back

Posted on December 15, 2014  by Mitchell Jones  in Man United   1 Comment »

United’s three goalscorers against Liverpool show each other some love.

Author: Mitchell
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What a difference a season makes. Earlier this year, the good folk here at Stretford End summed up Manchester United’s performance against the visiting scousers with this: “…humbled at home by a rampant Liverpool who won for the first time at Old Trafford in five years… looked rigid and flat in comparison to their rivals… chasing shadows for most of the game and found it difficult to defend against the counter attacking play of Liverpool.”

These are post-Moyesian times though. Where United still looked a little out of sorts, the tide has turned a full 180 degrees and it is the Mancunians who enjoyed a rampant display against a team who couldn’t handle being caught out on the break. The games against Liverpool are often the most explosive and important matches on our calendar and revenge for last year’s three-goal massacre was served ice cold with a 3-0 victory thanks to Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie.

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Man United – Liverpool: view from the opposition

Posted on December 13, 2014  by El Rob  in Man United   No Comments »

Robin van Persie and his weird flappy arms are (hopefully) returning to form. Steven Gerrard looks silly here hahaha but he usually scores against United.

In what promises to be a top-of-the-table clash battle between two teams in top form intriguing tactical chess match entertaining contest between two cavalier sides a game of football contested between two teams that hate each other’s guts, two teams that used to be really good at football – one quite recently, the other one not quite so recently – from two cities in relative mutual proximity that aren’t particularly keen on one other, Man United and Liverpool are due to clash on Sunday at Old Trafford. To preview the game we’ve been joined by Shaun Curran, who’s kindly answered some of our pre-match questions. You can find Shaun on Twitter here.

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Southampton 1-2 Man United: Robin s(t)eals the win

Posted on December 09, 2014  by El Rob  in Man United   2 Comments »

Robin van Persie’s double purloined the points despite an abject United display.

Author: Rob

In what can only be described as an act of floodlight robbery, a shambolic Manchester United came away from St. Mary’s with a scarcely-merited 2-1 victory. They did so despite having been out-shot, out-passed, out-pressed and thoroughly outplayed by the home side, whose wastefulness in front of goal was their downfall. Two superbly taken goals by Robin van Persie, and a succession of fine saves by United’s perennial saviour David de Gea were the only true positives of an astoundingly poor display. Here we discuss the talking points from last night’s game, and as always we welcome the thoughts of both sets of supporters.

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Southampton vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on December 08, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Southampton   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores a hattrick against Southampton in 2012/13

Manchester United travel to Southampton this evening, looking for what would be a fifth successive win over fourth placed Southampton. Ronald Koeman has made a great start to his career on the south coast and, as we reach the halfway point of the season, are serious contenders for a Champions League place. Having said that, Southampton have lost the previous two matches – a 3-0 thumping from Manchester City and a tight 1-0 defeat away at Arsenal – and Koeman will be looking to snatch back third spot with a win over United.

United have faced some tricky ties away at Southampton. During the mid-90s, United lost 3-1 at The Dell when Sir Alex Ferguson blamed the invisible grey strip and of course the quite ridiculous 6-3 hammering a season later with Eyal Berkovic’s celebration resembling an erratic drunkard at a wedding. Since that day in 1996, Southampton have only beaten United twice at The Dell/St Marys – once in 2001 (with the league title already wrapped up) and in early 2003/04, when James Beattie scored a late header.

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Manchester United 2-1 Stoke City: Marouane Fellaini scores

Posted on December 03, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Stoke City   No Comments »
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Marouane Fellaini scores as Manchester United beat Stoke City 2-1

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Another match, another former Man Utd legend in the dugout and another victory for the reds. If I didn’t know any better, I’d suggest that perhaps Louis van Gaal knows what he is doing after all.

Three days removed from a dominant performance against a lacklustre Hull City, United were back at Old Trafford with Mark Hughes replacing Steve Bruce as the ex-player-turned-manager who this time brought Stoke City to compete. This wasn’t the roll over and play dead performance of Saturday as the Potters gave a decent showing of themselves, but goals from Marouane Fellaini and Juan ‘Marcos Rojo’ Mata sealed the three points.

With four wins from the last four games, United are heading into Christmas with a decent run of games and momentum in the face of an injury apocalypse. Here are the talking points from tonight’s game.

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Manchester United vs. Stoke City: Bojan, Sparky & van Persie

Posted on December 01, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   No Comments »
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, and Stoke City's Geoff Cameron in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney, who is in top form at present, in action against Stoke City

Manchester United welcome Stoke City to Old Trafford on Tuesday night and will be looking to win their fourth game on the spin following victories over Crystal Palace, Arsenal and most recently, the 3-0 demolition of Hull City. Louis van Gaal will be delighted with Robin van Persie’s goal in that win and will be hoping his fellow countryman can push on against a side who have not won at Old Trafford since the 1975/76 season.

Angel Di Maria is set to miss the match following a hamstring injury he picked up in the game at the weekend. Wayne Rooney did appear to pick up a knock towards the end, however – is set to be involved. United fans will be hoping to see Radamel Falcao, who is now fully recovered from a calf problem. The visitors are without Glenn Whelan, Steve Sidwell, Robert Huth, Victor Moses and Peter Odemwingie.

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Manchester United line up £28.5 million transfer for Diego Godin

Posted on December 01, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation   No Comments »
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Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

There are a number of reports suggesting that Atletico Madrid centre half Diego Godin could be on his way to Old Trafford as Manchester United look to strengthen defensive following a string of injuries. Louis van Gaal has seen Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw, Rafael, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones all pick up injuries in the first quarter of the season, which has forced the inclusion of youngsters Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, who did well when called up on the 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

So, can you see Diego Godin coming to United in January? Is he the right man?

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Robin van Persie strike sinks sorry Hull City as United win 3-0

Posted on November 30, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Hull City, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   1 Comment »
Wayne Rooney scores Manchester United's second goal in the Premier League match aginst Hull City.
Wayne Rooney helps Manchester United beat Hull City 3-0 with a sweet strike

Strolls in the park are common around this time of year. Kicking the leaves with a loved one as you walk through a cobbled footpath without a care in the world. “Walk in the parks” were commonplace under the Fergie regime, but haven’t been seen for sometime under the direction of David Moyes and now Louis van Gaal. To describe the 3-0 victory over Hull City as a ‘walk in the park’ would be extremely kind to the visitors who, if we’re still keeping with the park analogy, put up as much fight as limp squirrel.

David De Gea, so often United’s man of the match in recent months, could be described as the lonely park keeper – up the other end and in the distance – as he only had two saves to make in comparison to the onslaught he faced at The Emirates the week previous.

Robin van Persie demonstrated his sheer class and talents with a superb strike that topped off an extremely dominated performance. There were injury scares, with Angel Di Maria tweaking a hamstring, early substitutions, with Ben Arfa contributing less than the Argentine who had gone off twenty minutes earlier and of goal mouth scramble that was easily rectified with goal line technology. Here we welcome comments from both sets of fans as we discuss the Talking Points from the match.

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