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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West Brom 2-2 Manchester United: It’s ‘tweet’ revenge for Fellaini

Posted on October 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
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Luke Shaw had difficulties at the Hawthornes, but will surely improve as he regains fitness.

Manchester United salvaged a point at the Hawthorns with a late goal from Daley Blind. United had been behind twice in the match, following a superb strike from Stéphane Sessègnon in the first half. United pressed, with Angel Di Maria in fine form on the left flank – putting in some superb crosses, however went into the break 1-0 down.

Louis van Gaal brought on Marouane Fellaini, who made an immediate impact. The out of favour Belgian, who was linked with a move to Napoli in the summer, scored a superb equaliser and silenced a number of doubters with his exquisite strike. United were well on top for the first twenty minutes in the second half.

However, the in-form Saido Berahino latched onto a through ball following poor defensive play from United, and slotted a smart finish past the helpless David De Gea. The United manager brought on Radamel Falcao, who nearly had an immediate impact, cushioning a long ball for Robin van Persie who struck the post. But it was down to his fellow countryman, Daley Blind, to net a well-deserved equaliser.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from an entertaining draw, and as always we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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WBA vs. Manchester United: Team news and view from oppo

Posted on October 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney takes a shot at WBA’s goal at the Hawthorns

Manchester United travel to the Hawthorns on Monday night to take on WBA, who will be looking to bounce back following a narrow 2-1 defeat away at Liverpool. Louis van Gaal will aim to make it three wins on the bounce, after beating West Ham and Everton by the same 2-1 scoreline. David De Gea was superb in the latter fixture, making a last gasp save to deny the visitors a point.

United are still without captain Wayne Rooney, who is suspended following his red card in the game against West Ham. This will surely mean a start for Robin van Persie and Falcao up top, with Juan Mata in behind. The United boss didn’t give away any clues in the press conference regarding team, as the visitors look to continue their exceptional record at WBA.

United haven’t lost in the league (WBA have won in the League Cup) since the 1983/84 season, when Ron Atkinson’s side lost 2-0. However, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of the club, both sides were involved in an epic 5-5 draw.

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Roy Keane book: Legendary captain is honest in his assessment

Posted on October 18, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Players   1 Comment »
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Roy Keane with Paul Ince in his first season at Manchester United, over twenty years ago

Roy Keane is one of the best players I’ve ever seen in a Manchester United shirt. Sure, there were players such as Cantona, Ronaldo and Giggs who were technically superior to the Irishman, but Keane would turn losses into draws and draws into wins with his sheer will to win and his boundless desire to excel. A born leader, and  a born winner. He was Sir Alex Ferguson’s leader on the pitch and in his 480 appearances for the club he won title after title, relentlessly demanding high standards from everyone around him.

Since leaving the club he has had a well-documented falling out with United’s legendary ex-manager and has been outspoken regarding the quality of his former teammates – with high-profile exits in the European Cup to FC Basel and, more recently, to Real Madrid in Ferguson’s final European Cup game. It was announced some time ago that Roddy Doyle would ghost write Keane’s second book “The second half” – and extracts have been widely published in the press over the past few weeks.

But what do we make of the book after all? A good read? A compelling read? Would Keane finish every chapter in the style of Alan Partridge, proclaiming “Needless to say, I had the last laugh”? Would there be a chapter entitled “I hate Fergie”? Some footballers release abysmal books. Succumbing to the 21st century’s demand for celebs, need to be famous and rich footballers – we’ve seen twenty year old Wayne Rooney release “My Story So Far” and of course, everyone’s favourite left back Ashley Cole had a belter called “My defence” (a 20p car book steal if there ever was one). But Keane’s story is different. He is to the point (as you’d expect), quite insecure about his management, and demonstrates self doubt throughout.

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Man United 2-1 Everton: Happy times are back

Posted on October 06, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Everton, Man United   4 Comments »
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David de Gea made three incredible saves to secure all three points for Manchester United.

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Manchester United registered consecutive victories in the league for the first time since Louis van Gaal took over as boss, with another tense and nervy 2-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford. As they did against West Ham United, the Reds had to withstand a late barrage of chances and shots on goal, but with David de Gea in inspired form throughout the game, the three points were safe at the final whistle. Here’s a quick review of the talking points from Sunday’s game, looking at the performances in defence, midfield and attack – followed by some concluding praise for United’s lion giant in goal.

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Manchester United vs. Everton preview & view from the opposition

Posted on October 03, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Everton, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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Chris Smalling is denied as Manchester United lose 1-0 to Everton last season.

Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Sunday, looking for the club’s first back to back wins since beating Crystal Palace and WBA back in the spring. The visitors snatched a last gasp point at Anfield last Sunday when Phil Jagielka struck a beauty to silence the Kop. United are without captain Wayne Rooney, who was stupidly sent off for a rash kick at Stewart Downing last weekend in the 2-1 victory over West Ham United.

Before last season, Everton hadn’t won at Old Trafford since 1992/93. Bryan Oviedo gave the away side the lead and the eventual victory at Old Trafford back in December last season and Roberto Martinez will be looking for a repeat result having only picked up one win in six so far this season.

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Manchester United 2-1 West Ham: Rooney off as United win

Posted on September 28, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   4 Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United against West Ham United

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Writing these reviews can be a pain in the ass. In the good old days, a simple template would suffice; something along the lines of “Manchester United defeated [Insert Team] in a thrilling game thanks to a goal from [Insert Player] and Sir Alex Ferguson shouting at [Insert Player/Official/Inanimate Object].”

But times have changed and predicting a United result is like trying to guess which ex-footballer Joey Barton will start blithering on about on Twitter. Who the hell knows any more? Coming off the back of an epic 5-3 capitulation against Leicester City last week, all bets were off. Thankfully, things went according to the great Dutch plan. Well, almost.

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Posted on September 27, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Announcements, Competition, Man United   No Comments »
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Manchester United vs. West Ham Preview: View from oppo

Posted on September 27, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores a wonder goal against West Ham at Upton Park last season

Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford in what is the 129th meeting between the two clubs. The home side have a defensive injury crisis, with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are all out injury whilst youngster Tyler Blackett is suspended following his dismissal last Sunday in the 5-3 defeat away ay Leicester City.

Sam Allardyce has said he fears a backlash following United’s defeat last Sunday, but surely his side will relish a physical battle with a United defensive lineup that could potentially feature youngsters Tom Thorpe or Paddy McNair.

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Leicester City stun Manchester United in 5-3 epic

Posted on September 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Leicester City, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   9 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney couldn’t stop Leicester City fighting back from 3-1 down to win 5-3

“Football, bloody hell!”. A phrase that is generally used when something quite unexpected, baffling and absurd occurs. Of course, the great man’s famous words were in reference to Manchester United’s best ever comeback, some fifteen years ago against Bayern Munich – but what he and all other United’s fans witnessed today was a United implosion combined with a superb Leicester City fightback and some refereeing controversy.

United once lost 6-0 to Leicester, way back in 1960/61 season at Filbert Street. Both teams would finish level on points at the season’s conclusion, with Leicester finishing one place higher due to superior goal difference. There is a long way to go until this season reaches its climax, but Louis van Gaal will surely want to review his defensive setup as United were torn apart at times. Here we discuss the talking points from an exciting match and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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