Manchester United top of the league with 3-0 Sunderland win

Posted on September 27, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Sunderland   1 Comment »
Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata all score in United’s 3-0 over Sunderland

Manchester United return to the top of the table for the first time in over two years following a 3-0 victory over lowly Sunderland. United were in rampant mood, following the news that Manchester City lost 4-1 away to Tottenham Hotspur.

Memphis Depay opened the scoring following a beautifully weighted ball from Daley Blind, which was perfectly cushioned into the path of United’s winger by Juan Mata. United’s second came just seconds into the second half when Anthony Matrial, who was again superb, fired in a low drive across the face of the goal – which was bulldozed in off of Wayne Rooney’s right knee.

Juan Mata rounded off the scoring in the final minute of the match after latched into Ashley Young’s left sided cross. The score reflected United’s dominance against a Sunderland side devoid of quality and confidence. David De Gea was called into action a few times, but made a number of routine saves with his feet.

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United look to close gap on City with win over bottom Sunderland

Posted on September 26, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Falcao is taken down in the box against Sunderland last season
There was controversy last year when referee Roger East sent off Wes Brown instead of John O’Shea

Manchester United welcome bottom club Sunderland to Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal’s men look to close the two point gap with league leaders Manchester City. United go into the game off the back of a win against Southampton last weekend at St Mary’s and a win against Ipswich in the league cup midweek. Wayne Rooney netted his first goal for United against the Championship club in the League Cup on Wednesday, whilst new signing Anthony Martial continued his goal scoring form.

United’s visitors this afternoon are in poor form, rock bottom of the Premier League without a win all season. Dick Advocaat, who was once a teammate of United manager Louis van Gaal, has been highly critical of this Sunderland team so far this season and suggested in his press conference that a draw would be a “great result” this afternoon. The visitors last win in the league came on May 9th last season with a 2-0 win over Everton.

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What is going on with Manchester United’s youth academy?

Posted on September 14, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Youth   4 Comments »

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The international breaks tend to throw up nonsense club-related news and in the break just gone, there was one story in particular that deserves some attention. You may have been made aware, particularly by fans of other clubs, that United’s young players were very poorly represented in the England youth teams this past week. Why has that happened and are United falling behind at youth level?

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Anthony Martial arrives as Manchester United batter Liverpool

Posted on September 13, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   5 Comments »

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United v Liverpool – What we learnt (or didn’t learn, or maybe already knew, or maybe still don’t know)

United’s first game of a busy September schedule was, for the most part, a static affair that, had it not been for two fantastic goals by Christian Benteke and Anthony Martial, would have been entirely forgettable. Despite this, any victory over Liverpool is worthy of celebration, even if it came against a side who looked the least imposing to travel down the East Lancs Road in the Premier League era.

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David De Gea back in goal as United take on Liverpool

Posted on September 12, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
David De Gea will surely be back in goal when Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford

If a week is a long time in football, two weeks feels like a lifetime. Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the season came crashing down at the Liberty Stadium when Swansea battled back from a goal down to win the match 2-1. The following evening, United were embroiled in the what is now the infamous David De Gea no go transfer to Real Madrid – which blew up like a fat boozed up father, belly flopping his way through a barrage of kids onto a bouncy castle. Both clubs cried foul play, both clubs sought to plead their innocence through an online statement – but only one club has secured the signature of the player for the next four years.

The contract extension was a surprise for all reds, but it reiterates United’s stance as one of Europe’s elite to be able to hold onto their prized asset – even at the call of Spain’s, historically, most successful club and the prospect of De Gea returning to his home city.

The excitement over De Gea has taken centre stage over the visit of Liverpool and the prospect of seeing Anthony Martial, the world’s most expensive teenager, take the field for his debut as a Manchester United player. It is unknown as to whether his fellow strike partner and United captain Wayne Rooney, who broke the England goalscoring record midweek – surpassing Bobby Charlton’s 49 goals, will miss the game following a suspected hamstring injury.

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Anthony Martial signs for Manchester United for £36million

Posted on September 01, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Targets   5 Comments »
Anthony Martial becomes the most expensive teenager and Manchester United’s 3rd biggest signing

Manchester United have bought Anthony Martial from Monaco for an massive £36million fee on a four year contract, with an option to extent by a further year. Martial becomes United’s third most expensive signing of all time, behind Angel Di Maria (£59.7million) and Juan Mata (£37.1million) and the world’s most expensive teenager in the history of football.

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Romero hands Swansea city the win as United fail to deliver again

Posted on August 31, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Swansea City   1 Comment »
Romero lies face down as he concedes a second goal as Swansea City beat Manchester United again

It was a case of history repeating itself, again, as Manchester United succumb to a good Swansea City side in what was Louis van Gaal’s toughest test yet in what had been a decent start to the 2015/16 season. Juan Mata opened the scoring having got on the end of a Luke Shaw cross, but Swansea hit back through man of the match André Ayew after another great cross by Gylfi Sigurdsson. The winner came four minutes later, when Ayew provided a sublime outside of the boot pass to play in the energetic Bafetimbi Gomis who fired a tame shot past the helpless Romero.

United could not find an equaliser and van Gaal took off United’s most creative player, Juan Mata, to inject some pace on the right hand side with Ashley Young. Ander Herrera was also unlucky to come off in place of Marouane Fellaini as United went more direct. Wayne Rooney, was a peripheral figure throughout the match – but could have scored an equaliser as he broke free of the Swansea defence. Ashley Williams, who was excellent throughout the match, recovered to tackle the United captain, who felt he should have won a penalty – but the truth is, Rooney should have got his shot off quicker.

Its now three wins on the spin for Garry Monk against United as we enter the final hours of the summer transfer window. There should be particular praise for Garry Monk and what he has done at Swansea over the past twelve months. They play an attacking brand of football and have made some shrewd signings, who made a real impact yesterday.

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Manchester United look to avenge double Swansea defeat

Posted on August 30, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Ashley Youn against Swansea
Manchester United have not beaten Swansea City away since August 2013

Manchester United travel to Swansea City looking to capitalise on another defeat for Chelsea and keeping ground on league leaders Manchester City. A win will put United second as we enter the international break and Louis van Gaal’s men are yet to concede a goal in the league. Swansea started the season well with a draw and Stamford Bridge, which was of course overshadowed by the Eva Carneiro incident, before beating Newcastle United and drawing with Sunderland.

United fans will remember the optimism around the club before Louis van Gaal’s first game as United boss, which came crashing down when Swansea won 2-1, with goals from Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson. United also lost 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium in the return fixture with Bafetimbi Gomis hitting the winner.

The next 48 hours will be a busy period for all clubs as we enter transfer deadline day and United fans will be hoping there will be resolution to the David De Gea saga, who will not feature for the club, again, today.

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Wayne Rooney answers critics with hat trick against Brugge

Posted on August 27, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Players   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney celebrates with Ander Herrera having scored a hattrick against Club Brugge

Yes, the white Pele has once again answered his critics. Wayne Rooney helped Manchester United to juggernaut past the helpless Club Brugge in some style to qualify for the Champions League. We now know that Rooney and company are in Group B and will do battle with PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and German side Wolfsburg – a much more challenging proposition than the qualifying match posed. Rooney is usually very quick to be criticised when he is below par – and it is fair to say that his early season form didn’t look as if he would surpass the 249 goals set by Bobby Charlton and become the club’s top goalscorer of all time.

Fast forward two weeks and he is only 17 goals off hitting 250 for the club; an absolutely monumental achieve. So was the criticism just and what heights can Wayne Rooney reach this season?

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Wayne Rooney fails to score despite improved performance

Posted on August 23, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Newcastle United, Premier League   4 Comments »
Wayne Rooney's goal versus Newcastle was ruled offside
Wayne Rooney failed to score again but put in my improved performance

It was two points dropped for Manchester United at home against Newcastle United yesterday, despite dominating the game in terms of possession and shots on goal. The visitors also had their opportunities, with new signing Alexandre Mitrovic hitting the post in the first half whilst other new boy Florian Thauvin nearly won the game right at the end, but failed to latch on to Papiss Cisse’s cross.

The home side had equaled the same amount of shots on target in the first twenty minutes of the match as they did in the opening two Premier League matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Louis van Gaal’s men have not conceded a goal since last May, when Tyler Blackett deflected a goal past Victor Valdes in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal – but have lacked firepower up top. Do United need to invest in a new striker?

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