Archive for April, 2011

Arsenal vs. Manchester United Match Preview

Posted on April 30, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   1 Comment »

Nani celebrates scoring at Arsenal
AUTHOR: – Doron

It’s incredible how fortune can turn so quickly in football. Just over two months ago Arsenal were battling for four trophies and now there is only league left for them. It’s something United must be wary of going into this game – a loss at The Emirates coupled with a potential Chelsea win later today would make the top of the league tighter than most would feel comfortable about. League title ambitions aside, this is a tasty fixture in itself between two of the great clubs of the Premier League era.

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Talking Points: FC Schalke 04 0-2 Manchester United

Posted on April 27, 2011  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   3 Comments »
Talking Points: FC Schalke 04 0-2 Manchester United

Vidic wins a header

AUTHOR: – Stretford-end and Doron

Manchester United edged closer to Wembley with a comfortable 2-0 win over semi-final newcomers Schalke 04. Goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney sealed an easy win for the three times European Cup winners, with Schalke 04 offering little in terms of an attacking threat. Bayern Munich bound Manuel Neuer was superb for ‘The Miners’, keeping United out in the first half with some exceptional saves. Javier Hernandez again showed why he is keeping Dimitar Berbatov out of the starting line up, whilst Michael Carrick waltzed around the midfield effortlessly, picking passing out at ease. Here we discuss the talking points of the match and welcome both sets of fans to contribute to the events.

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Fans in Glass Stadiums…

Posted on April 26, 2011  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Munich   3 Comments »

AUTHOR: – Bricki

Its not been the best of times in recent months for the image of the football supporter or the game in general…

We’ve had the parcel bombs sent to Neil Lennon and other high profile Celtic fans/staff. The ongoing troubles between Rangers and Celtic, which included a potential riot between players and management. The Tottenham fans allegedly singing abusive and potentially racist songs at Emmanuel Adebayor.
Manchester United fans shaming a Youth Cup semi-final at Anfield with chants about Heysel and Hillsborough.

This is but the tip of an iceberg that has included players receiving racial abuse from fans, being abused by people hiding behind Twitter names and last night included a section of Manchester City fans refering to United fans as Munichs in songs at Blackburn Rovers.

Isn’t it time that enough was enough and we reclaim the game from these morons?

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FC Schalke 04 vs. Manchester United Match Preview

Posted on April 26, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Previews   7 Comments »

Raul and Benedikt Höwedes celebrate beating Inter

AUTHOR: – Doron

It’s semi-final time in the Champions League and United are away to FC Schalke 04 in the first leg. United have never played the club from Gelsenkirchen but have mixed memories against German opposition. Both teams are at different stages of their domestic leagues – whilst United lead the way in the Premier League, Schalke are in the bottom half of the Bundesliga.

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Centre Stage and Ferguson’s final evolution

Posted on April 24, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Tactics   9 Comments »

Sir Alex with the 11th Premier League trophy

AUTHOR: – Nik (Guest Blogger)

How the manager’s selection policy in midfield is instigating tactical change

Manchester United seem to be gaining that vital momentum and consistency in the league as we enter the final few weeks of yet another captivating season. Crucial to United’s success this term has been the selection policy in central midfield, and seemingly a move towards a slight change in team shape.

In the modern era, Sir Alex Ferguson’s approach to the central midfield area is dictated by makeup of the opposition team; moreover, he has only ever had one mantra when it comes to team selection: to question whether the player is good enough (mentally as well as in terms of technique) to contribute to a winning team (i.e. is he in the right form at the right moment?). It is for these reasons that Fergie is not only held up as a motivator of men, but as an astute tactician, able to re-invent his team and club time and again.

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Southern Bias or Northern Insecurity

Posted on April 24, 2011  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Premier League, Press, West Ham   16 Comments »

Scott Parker

AUTHOR: – The Mancunian Red (Guest Blogger)

In a recent debate with Lee Clayton, I called his decision to support Scott Parker for Football Writers’ Player Of The Year as a demonstration of bias rather than a meaningful reasoned and thought out decision. It is difficult to put over a reasoned argument over twitter so I would like to thank the excellent Stretford-End website for allowing me to put over my argument!

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Manchester United 1 – 0 Everton Talking Points

Posted on April 23, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Everton, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   12 Comments »
Manchester United 1 - 0 Everton Talking Points

Chicharito celebrates scoring

AUTHOR: – Doron

For two hours at least, United have opened up a 9 point gap at the top of the Premier League and now know for certain that wins in the next two league games will seal a record breaking 19th title. Everton however came to Old Trafford determined to make the afternoon as uncomfortable as possible and made United wait until the 84th minute to score. Here we discuss the Talking Points of the game and encourage both United and Everton fans to leave their thoughts on a nerve-shredding game.

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Manchester United vs. Everton Match Preview

Posted on April 22, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Everton, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   2 Comments »

Everton score a late equaliser against Man United
AUTHOR: – Doron

Where to begin?! What a strange week it’s been! United somehow still have a cushion at the top of the league – a 6 point gap now over Arsenal and a revived Chelsea. Meanwhile, Everton are on their own surge and are now hot on the heels of arch rivals Liverpool who are 6th. Despite what at first looks like a mediocre away record (19 points from 48), this is the 6th best return in the league. United though have been almost perfect at home this season and will be looking for a record 13th home league win in a row.

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Don’t know which is which, viva da Silva

Posted on April 22, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Players   4 Comments »

Rafael and Fabio Da Silva

Author: Herzog’s Child

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At the risk of provoking society’s selective wrath – and, under one particular constable’s belief, imprisonment – the correct term, if one is to be believed, is batshit. I write that with clear understanding that no lenses are being trained on my words; it’s a dull, just recently-appointed exercise, but a necessity, nonetheless. Derogative though it may now be, it’s a label that, whilst not strictly an accepted word, is best suited to the stylistics of certain endeavours. Say, to the manic expressiveness of Diego Armando Maradona; the aloof ramblings of our dearly missed, demented French genius; or – for instance – the everyday movements and rumblings of a man named Royston who once led our battalions. Provided it’s supplanted with a wealth of talent, the trait, unlike the name suggests, is a refined quality. It’s an attitude, if little else, and its addition to a player can provide the modicum needed to ensure greatness on the field, when quality is simply not enough, as is often the case. It instils fearlessness, a hunger. Distinctly uncommon in most players, it’s an inherent quality, impossible to coach, or nurture. To have one player at your disposal that purveys it clearly is a rarefied bit of fortune. To have two, who not only encompass a certain madness, but also an immense swarm of skill, borders on preposterous. The fact they are twins – and identical, no less – is beyond surreal. But, hey-ho, Rafabio are ours, luckily, and are on route to alight the future.

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Eric Cantona – Great but not the greatest?

Posted on April 20, 2011  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Press   17 Comments »

Eric Cantona

AUTHOR: – Stretford-end

Yes the title may leave me open for some criticism, however it is merely in response to a comment made by World Soccer editor Gavin Hamilton (a magazine that I do thoroughly enjoy reading) that the great Frenchman was a great player, but did not reach the heights of other great players.

I thought it was quite an interesting discussion, considering that I know some Reds that, although worship Cantona for what he did at Old Trafford, think that it was a kind of ‘right place right time right man’ situation.  Eric Cantona was made for Manchester United in 1992 and the club was made for him. He was the missing piece of the jigsaw in the search for Championship glory after 26 years, and in that year the Frenchman was free to display his sublime skill, flair and grace on the Old Trafford turf.

Any football fan, however blinkered, will clearly acknowledge the level of players such as Zidane, Maradona and Di Stefano – but there is no doubting that Cantona was inspirational to the ongoing success of Manchester United and the Premier League as a whole by helping to pave the way for the likes of Ronaldo, Henry and Zola as foreign stars gracing our league.

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