Manchester United beat wasteful Arsenal as De Gea shines again

Posted on November 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney celebrates United’s first goal as Kieran Gibbs looks on helplessly

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Manchester United notched up their first away win of the season and what a win it was. The visitors were under siege for the majority of the first half, with only the heroics of David De Gea stopping Jack Wilshere from opening the scoring for Arsenal. United were up against Danny Welbeck for the first time since his move in the summer, but the former United forward couldn’t find the breakthrough for his new club.

Kieran Gibbs was extremely unlucky to turn Antonio Valencia’s wayward shot into his own net, but it was what United had needed following Arsenal’s first half dominance. United were then able to sit back and soak up pressure and hit the home side on the counter attack, which was achieved to perfection in the 85th minute. Marouane Fellaini found Angel Di Maria on the right of the pitch and the Argentine burst forward before slotting in Wayne Rooney who finished with a delicate chip. Olivier Giroud responded late on for Arsenal, but it was too late as United picked up all three points. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Arsenal vs. Manchester United preview & view from oppo

Posted on November 22, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scuffing a great early chance against Arsenal last season

Manchester United travel to Arsenal today to face their old adversaries and one of their own. Danny Welbeck will lineup for the first time against his old club, since Louis van Gaal deemed United’s former number 19 surplus to requirements, following the arrival of Radamel Falcao. The Colombian’s career at Old Trafford hasn’t got going following a string of injuries that has kept him sidelined. Welbeck has played more minutes and has netted five goals to Falcao’s single strike, which came against Everton back in October.

It is ironic that United’s last win at The Emirates came in January 2012, with Welbeck scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory. United have a very good record at Arsenal in the past fifteen years, only losing
three times since that 3-1 defeat with Barthez gifting Thierry Henry two goals. United have had some superb moments at Arsenal, with the 4-2 victory (at Highubury) and the 3-1 victory in the Champions League semi final – the pick of the bunch.

The title decider label may have disappeared some time ago, but a win is vital for both teams who are falling behind Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester City.

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Cause for optimism: Van Gaal’s a twister, not a sticker

Posted on November 10, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Managers, Players, Premier League   4 Comments »

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Nearly a third of the way through the league season and van Gaal’s United side are still yet to click. The players are currently playing their third system of the season and appear no closer to exemplifying the mythical ‘philosophy’ that the Dutch manager has referred to so often. But, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Juan Mata scores to help Manchester United beat Crystal Palace

Posted on November 09, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Juan Mata came off the bench to score the only goal for Manchester United

Manchester United notched up their first win since beating Everton over a month ago, with substitute Juan Mata getting the all important winner. United had a, yet again, a depleted back line, which forced Louis van Gaal to use another different centre half pairing. Youngster Paddy McNair lined up alongside Daley Blind who shift from midfield to defence to accommodate the retuning Michael Carrick.

Luke Shaw had his best game for United, demonstrating his impressive athleticism and pace for a lot of the game. Shaw, who had come in for criticism from van Gaal post World Cup regarding his physique, was always looking to burst forward from deep and get United up the pitch. There is no questioning the talent and potential of the young left back, he just needed to get games under his belt and regain match fitness.

Crystal Palace were unlucky not to score late in the first half, following a mix up between McNair and Blind to deal with a long ball, but former red Fraizer Campbell blazed high into the Stretford End. The win was United’s first clean sheet since the 4-0 thumping of QPR back in September.

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

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Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace view from the opposition

Posted on November 07, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Match Previews   1 Comment »
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Wayne Rooney scores against Crystal Palace in the fixture at Old Trafford last season

Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford looking to bounce back from a disappointing derby defeat last Sunday. The visitors are winless in their last four matches, whilst United lie in tenth position – thirteen points of league leaders Chelsea. Palace haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1989/90, a 2-1 victory for the South Londoners with Russell Beardsmore netting for the home side, when of course – Alex Ferguson picked up his first trophy at Wembley six months later against the same opposition.

There are suggestions that James Wilson could replace Robin van Persie up and that Colombian striker Falcao is still sidelined with an ankle injury. Louis van Gaal is without Marcos Rojo, who will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a dislocated shoulder, and of course Chris Smalling – who was stupidly sent off against Manchester City last weekend. United have had a ridiculously poor start, considering the amount of money that has been spent on strengthening the squad, but a win against Palace could move United up to sixth place.

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FA Youth Cup opportunity for Class of 2014-15?

Posted on November 07, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Youth   No Comments »

Manchester United in action in the Milk Cup

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It’s that time of year again when U18 players have their chance to shine in front of a bigger audience than usual and fans can speculate over which players should ‘make it’. United have been drawn at home to Port Vale or Bury in the 3rd Round of the FA Youth Cup and as ever, expectations will be high.

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Man City 1-0 Man United: Development, arrested

Posted on November 02, 2014  by Mitchell Jones  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Premier League   3 Comments »

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Rooney had some good moments, but Agüero scored City’s winner with customary ease.

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If Wayne Rooney had his own TV show, you’d imagine the intro wouldn’t be too dissimilar to the all-time great comedy Arrested Development. “Now the story of a wealthy football club who lost everything, and the one player who had no choice but to keep them all together.” As has been true for more seasons than I dare to count, the promise of an opening in the captain’s absence has come and gone with only a Rooney-shaped hole that can only be filled with a Rooney-shaped Rooney.

With United’s third least favourite child back after his three game suspension and a hard fought draw against Chelsea, Manchester United were as ready as they’d ever be as the bus rolled into the Etihad for battle with the noisy neighbours of City. David Silva was missing, as had City themselves during their last three games (dropping a lead to draw in Europe and then losing against West Ham and Newcastle). The odds were tight and the result really could have gone either way.

Of course, it went the way that everyone deep down had expected, but not to the level anticipated. City fought to a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Sergio Agüero, but it could have been so different. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester derby: Match preview and view from the opposition

Posted on November 01, 2014  by Stretford-end  in El Rob, Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews   1 Comment »

Yaya Touré has dominated this fixture for years, but he’s in poor form while Fellaini has done well recently.

The first Manchester derby of the 2014/15 season takes place on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester City playing host to Manchester United. United go into the game on the back of two consecutive draws in the league – a chaotic, enjoyable 2-2 away at West Brom, followed by a tense, tactical 1-1 with Chelsea at Old Trafford last Sunday. For their part, City have hit a poor patch of form, winless in their last three games – including a 2-1 reverse at West Ham in the league last weekend. City did the double over United in the Premier League last season, and they’ll be looking to make it four league wins in a row against their cross-town rivals. United will be attempting to reverse that trend, and a repeat of the performance and result from this fixture in November 2012 would be most welcome. We’re joined by Steven from the View from a Blue blog, and he’s kindly answered our pre-match questions. You can follow Steven on Twitter here.

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Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea: No early handshakes

Posted on October 27, 2014  by El Rob  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie lashed home a dramatic (and deserved) equaliser in stoppage time.

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Manchester United were only the second side to deny Chelsea all three points in a league match, as the Reds secured a spirited 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal knew that his side needed to improve on the 2-2 draw with WBA last Monday and would have been impressed with his side’s first half performance.

United created numerous chances only to be thwarted by Thibaut Courtois, who received man of the match plaudits for his heroics. Chelsea were also unlucky in the first half when Dider Drogba tested David De Gea, who got down low to stop the Ivorian.

Eden Hazard had some exceptional moments and his dribbling was a threat as he frequently glided between United players. In the 52nd minute, the Belgian was through on goal, following another brilliant dribble to elude the United centre-backs, before striking the ball low and hard – only for De Gea to add another superlative save to his growing collection. Unfortunately for United, Drogba scored from the resulting corner, glancing a powerful Fabregas delivery past De Gea, with Van Persie slightly culpable after straying from the near post. Chelsea took the lead and started looking ominously comfortable.

Both sides were good value for their point, with United marginally on top in the first half and Chelsea having the better of the second… until the 94th minute. Here we discuss the talking points from a tense, engrossing football match, and as always we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea preview & view from the oppo

Posted on October 26, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford in a must win game for the reds.

Manchester United welcome unbeaten Chelsea to Old Trafford and Louis van Gaal’s side need a win in order to close the gap at the top of the table. Both clubs will be looking to capitalise on Manchester City’s loss at West Ham United yesterday, however – Chelsea are sitting comfortably at the top of the table with 22 points, whilst United are in eight position with ten points less. Jose Mourinho has only lost once at Old Trafford, which came in the 2005/06 season following those disastrous matches against Middlesborough (the 4-1 defeat that promoted Roy Keane’s reaction in the now infamous MUTV interview) and in the Champions League against Lille (United were eliminated at the group stage). Darren Fletcher scored the winner that day and Louis van Gaal will hoping for more of the same come 4pm this afternoon.

United of course have looked very leaky in defence and the backline was all over the place for WBA’s second goal last Monday. There are doubts that joint Premier League top goalscorer Diego Costa will miss the fixture though illness, although Mourinho is confident that the Spanish striker will feature. United also have their striker concerns, with Wayne Rooney suspended and Falcao nursing an ankle injury – the Colombian is a doubt after picking up the injury in training on Friday.

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