Anthony Martial signs for Manchester United for £36million

Posted on September 01, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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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   No Comments »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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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David De Gea missing again against Newcastle United

Posted on August 22, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Newcastle United, Premier League   No Comments »
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David De Gea is set to miss yet another match following interest from Real Madrid

Manchester United will again be without Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, who will not feature for the club against Newcastle United today. De Gea is being courted by Real Madrid and United manager Louis van Gaal does not feel the keeper is in the right frame of mind to start. The club will be looking to continue its good early season form, having notched up wins against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Club Brugge.

United fans will be eager to see a good performance following a week that saw the club lose out on two potential transfers; Pedro, who went to Chelsea from Barcelona, and Otamendi, who went to Manchester City from Valencia. The United boss has also dismissed speculation that he was frustrated by Ed Woodward and lack of transfer activity.

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Memphis Depay hits two goals as United beat Club Brugge

Posted on August 19, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United   1 Comment »
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Memphis Depay scores twice against Club Brugge as Manchester United take a lead to Belgium

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How good does it feel to be back in the Champions League? In some form, anyway. They’re not there quite yet, but a dominant 3-1 victory at home to Club Brugge should make the second leg of the qualifying play-offs in Belgium a little more of a relaxed affair.

It was tense, it was intense and it was a little more difficult than it should have been. Ultimately though, it was a game in Europe on a Tuesday night and I hope you won’t begrudge me for savouring that feeling once again.

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Manchester United vs. Club Brugge view from the oppo preview

Posted on August 17, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Manchester United take on Club Brugge for the first time in the club’s history

Manchester United fans last faced European opposition 496 days ago. In that time, signed a World cup winner, broke the British transfer record and sacked a manager and hired a new one. Yes, a lot can happen in just over a year, but United are two games away from finalising a place in the Champions League proper. After two decent wins, United fans are in joyful mood as the club welcome Club Brugge to Old Trafford – the first meeting between the two clubs in history. All eyes will be on whether David De Gea and whether he starts in goal for United this evening.

Even if this is just a qualifying round, reds are delighted to be back in the competition, with a young and developing side whilst welcoming new opposition to Old Trafford.

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Pedro reportedly questions transfer to Manchester United

Posted on August 15, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Reports suggest that Pedro is questions whether to move to Manchester United or not

Barcelona winger Pedro is reportedly questioning whether a move to Manchester United would be the right for him following the breakdown in communication with both Victor Valdes and David De Gea between Louis van Gaal. Valdes was a teammate of Pedro when at Barcelona, whilst De Gea is a teammate for the Spanish national team. The ex-Barcelona keeper, who went to Old Trafford last winter on a free transfer, fell out with the manager over playing in a reserve match – whilst United’s player of the season last term, was reported to have declined to play for the club following his apparent desire to join Real Madrid.

Will the potential transfer of Pedro hit a snag due to Louis van Gaal’s treatment of Valdes and De Gea?

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Was Louis van Gaal too harsh on Adnan Januzaj against Villa?

Posted on August 15, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   3 Comments »
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Adnan Januzaj scores the only goal of the game but came under fire from Louis van Gaal

Many reds were pleased to see Adnan Januzaj back in the starting xi and even more so to see him slotted in behind Wayne Rooney in the number ten role. Eyebrows are still being raised at the logic of playing Juan Mata, who is blessed with a beautiful pass but not so much in terms of pace, out wide on the right – but it was a welcome return for United’s young prodigy, who hadn’t started a game since February of this year.

Januzaj’s goal was the first for a United player this season and it was some goal, despite the deflection along the way. A run from a central position to wide left, he was perfectly found by Juan Mata, before sending former Manchester City defender Micah Richards sliding along on his backside after a drag back before slotting home. The forward also showed some great close control, but was criticised following the match regarding his ball retention. So, was Louis van Gaal too harsh on United’s young star?

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