Angel Di Maria shines as Manchester United thrash QPR 4-0

Posted on September 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney celebrates with MOTM Angel Di Maria as Manchester United thrash QPR

Author: Karate Jesus

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After a torrid twelve months at Old Trafford, where the trajectory didn’t so much go down but, rather, plummet at an unprecedented speed, United’s 4-0 victory over Qeens Park Rogers on Sunday was a cathartic moment for all United supporters.

The opposition may have been extremely limited, but over the last year that has not been a guarantee of a good United performance, let alone a victory. True, in the dying days of David Moyes’ reign, United scored 4 past Villa and Newcastle, and 3 against West Brom, however, even during those performances, 99% of people knew that the game was up and that these results were just moments of respite. The only true light at the end of the tunnel was the next on-rushing train, in the guise of Liverpool, City or Everton.

So, having experienced a year that magnified the fortune of United fans during Ferguson’s reign of terror (on everyone else), it was enjoyable to be at Old Trafford and feel that, as Van Gaal himself suggested, the trajectory may be turning.

The anticipation with regard to seeing the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, had ensured the home fans were in good spirits prior to kick off and the glut of goals in the last twenty minutes of the first half provoked a boisterous atmosphere. For the first time in a year, the crowd crowed as referee Phil Dowd slipped on his arse, resulting in a medley of Steven Gerrard numbers. It felt like a weight had been lifted.

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Arsenal move offers Welbeck the chance to complete himself

Posted on September 13, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »

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Lots of players leave Manchester United but few departures have carried as much disbelief as that of Danny Welbeck. The disbelief stems not because it was an expensive fee (if anything, the fee was lower than that which could have been expected) and neither was it a total surprise, given the stories emanating from Old Trafford in recent weeks. Instead, it is because, to many, the transfer just seems wrong: a local lad, aged 23, who has been with the club for fifteen years and has arguably the biggest cult fan base of the current squad was sold to Arsenal, the primary rival to which a player could feasibly be sold. Yet, from the player’s perspective, this is a pivotal career moment. Having left United incomplete, the transfer presents an opportunity to allow him to fulfil his potential and become a leading Premier League striker.

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Manchester United vs. QPR view from opposition

Posted on September 13, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   No Comments »
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Darren Fletcher scores for Manchester United against QPR in the 3-1 win back in 2012

Manchester United host QPR in what is one of the most anticipated fixtures of recent seasons, with Luke Shaw, Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all set for their competitive debut. Angel Di Maria will also be playing his first game as a United player at Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal targets his first win as boss.

QPR have not won at Old Trafford since 1992, when Dennis Bailey netted a hattrick in the 4-1 thrashing on New Year’s Day. Harry Redknapp will be hoping to capitalise on United’s early poor season form, with the west London club a point ahead of van Gaal’s men. QPR have lost twice, to Hull City and to Tottenham Hotspur, but picked up a win in their previous fixture against Sunderland. The last time the away side traveled to Old Trafford was back in November 2012 where United ran out 3-1 winners.

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Fitter, happier, more productive.

Posted on September 09, 2014  by Karate_Jesus  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Transfer Targets   5 Comments »

New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria; from ‘La Decima’ to the decimated

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Where are we now?

Three weeks ago, after United slumped to an opening day home defeat to Swansea City (a performance that ‘smashed’ the optimism built up during pre-season, to quote Louis van Gaal), I wrote a piece entitled ‘Where do we go from here?‘; an attempt to highlight what action United needed to take prior to their next home league game, in order for fortune to be turned.

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Why Tom Cleverley failed to fulfil his potential at United…

Posted on September 02, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets, Youth   14 Comments »

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After a 14 year association with Manchester United, Tom Cleverley has taken his first steps towards leaving the club to further his career elsewhere, initially on loan with Aston Villa. His departure is more likely to be greeted with cheers rather than tears by the majority of United fans, but, in truth, what became of his career at Old Trafford is incredibly unfortunate.

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Stalemate at Burnley but our Angel shines

Posted on August 30, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Burnley, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »

Author: Mitchell

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“First match, it was a loss. The second match is a draw. So maybe today it’s a victory.”

No such luck for Louis van Gaal who again leaves an away ground with two fewer points than should have been expected. Whilst the game was overshadowed by the debut of Angel di Maria, the anticipated lift of spirits seemed to fizzle early on with the defensive line at sixes and sevens and little in the way of dynamism from anyone not named Angel. Burnley were unlucky not to be a goal up early on with a free kick hitting the post and then Jonny Evans nearly gifting a goal were David de Gea not already running out to clear the ball, but United could easily have claimed two penalties in the second half as Ashley Young was pushed off the ball and Ashley Barnes of Burnley blocked the ball with his hands just a short while later.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Di Maria could make his United debut against Burnley

Posted on August 29, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Burnley, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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Angel Di Maria could make his debut against Burnley at Turf Moor

Manchester United travel to Turf Moor in the early weekend kickoff in what could be new signing Angel Di Maria’s debut for the club. The former Real Madrid midfielder became the club’s record signing, breaking the English transfer record when he signed for nearly £60 million in the week. The Argentine is the fifth most expensive footballer after James Rodriquez, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

United’s new number seven would have been shocked to see his new team mates go down 4-0 to MK Dons in the week and will surely be included in the starting Xi as Louis van Gaal looks to pick up his first win as manager.

Newly promoted Burnley are also looking for their first win, having lost 3-1 to Chelsea in their first fixture of the season and losing 1-0 to Swansea City, who of course beat United 2-1 on the opening day. Sean Dyche has done a great job at the club and will be hoping for a repeat of the 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the late August of 2009. The two clubs have only played twice in the Premier League era and the last time, before 2009, that United traveled to Turf Moor was in the 1975/76 season where Lou Macari scored the winner.

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Defeat to MK Dons provides both questions and answers

Posted on August 27, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, League Cup, Man United, Match Reports, Youth   1 Comment »

Louis van Gaal looks on as his Manchester United side are beaten 4-0 by MK Dons.

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United’s shock defeat away to MK Dons in the League Cup and the manner of it will have raised a few eyebrows but it will have given van Gaal a bit of insight into some of his players but also opened some new questions or doubts about the system.

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United crying out for Di Maria as held to 1-1 draw at Sunderland

Posted on August 24, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland, Transfer Targets   3 Comments »
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Jack Rodwell scores the equaliser for Sunderland in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Louis van Gaal picked up his first point as Manchester United manager, following a 1-1 draw away at Sunderland. Juan Mata had given the visitors the lead after a very nervous start before former United target, Jack Rodwell, scored a header to equalise from a corner. United were disappointing once again and lack confidence all over the pitch when in possession of the football. The second half performance was an improvement, however the home side looked dangerous when counter attacking and pressed United all afternoon, which resulted in the away side relinquishing possession. Ashley Young dived to try and win a penalty and was rightfully booked, whilst Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley were out muscled, and outplayed, by Lee Cattermole and Jack Rodwell.

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

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Marcos Rojo is a Red: What can we expect?

Posted on August 23, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Guest Writer, Man United, Players   No Comments »
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“That’s Youngy, he plays left wingback these days.” “Him?”

Authors: Rob and Pedro

Despite needlessly restrictive and bureaucratic UK immigration policy, Marcos Rojo is now a Manchester United player, having joined in a deal that sees £16 million go into the murky web of deceit, skulduggery and credit default swaps that characterise the world of modern football finance to his former club and third-party owners, as well as Nani’s return to Sporting CP on a season-long loan. Some were quite surprised at the size of the deal, especially since it featured Nani as a makeweight despite him having some truly excellent spells of form for United (admittedly mixed in with longer spells of frustrating uselessness).

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