Archive for January, 2012

Talking Points: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United (FA Cup)

Posted on January 29, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, FA Cup, Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Sleepy Nik   13 Comments »
Talking Points: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United (FA Cup)

Authors: Doron and Nik

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United travelled west to Liverpool for a 4th round FA Cup game at rivals Liverpool. With injuries yet again hitting the side hard, they lined up in a 4-5-1 without key creative players Rooney or Nani. Rafael returned at right back whilst Carrick was joined in the middle by the oldies, Giggs and Scholes. Welbeck was asked to lead the line and at the back, De Gea was brought in at a ground he did well at last time out. Liverpool matched United’s formation with Carroll leading their attack and Carragher sitting in front of the back four.

Below, we discuss the talking points and invite Liverpool fans as well as United fans to join in the discussion.

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Things: Evra back to his best, Arsenal boo, Darron Gibson’s role and more…

Posted on January 24, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Chelsea, Doron, El Rob, Everton, Fulham, Guest Writer, Man United, Nik, Norwich City, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Tactics, Things   17 Comments »
Things: Evra back to his best, Arsenal boo, Darron Gibson's role and more...

Authors: Doron, Nik and Rob

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Despite being a website with content about Man United written by Man United fans – we all happen to not only enjoy football in general, but watch a lot of it. Therefore, we’re trying something new – a weekly column looking at a few learnings and observations from the weekend’s football and not necessarily just in England. A new scribe shall be joining us on this column, Trinidad & Tobago’s finest, Rob. We’ll make no attempt to be neutral and we’ll attempt to link back to United where possible but otherwise enjoy our thoughts and ramblings.

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Talking Points: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Posted on January 23, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   9 Comments »
Talking Points: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Authors: Doron and Nik

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With the players knowing that City had beaten Spurs, United took to the field knowing they had to match their rivals and beat Arsenal. Arsenal were hoping to avoid a third straight league defeat and importantly put some pressure on Chelsea in the Champions League positions. Ferdinand missed out due to a back injury whilst Giggs partnered Carrick in the middle. For Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain was handed a Premier League debut and Vermaelen was passed fit to start.

Below, we discuss the talking points and invite Arsenal fans as well as United fans to join in the discussion.

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Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Manchester United

Posted on January 21, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   2 Comments »
Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Manchester United

Author: Doron

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United start a tough run of games with a trip to London to face Arsenal. Both teams have had cursed seasons when it comes to injuries and for Arsenal it shows no signs of letting-up. United will be hoping Spurs can take points of City whilst Arsenal are looking to recover from defeat in Wales last weekend.

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Daniel Taylor talks United squad, owners, social media and Liverpool

Posted on January 17, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Herzog's Child, Man United, Premier League   8 Comments »
Daniel Taylor talks United squad, owners, social media and Liverpool

Author: Herzog’s Child

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Given we’re at the midway point in an already bemusing – some would say disheartening – season, perhaps now is as important a time as ever to glance back over our shoulder at what has gone before surmising what is happening and what will be in the future. Daniel Taylor was the Guardian’s man in Manchester until last week and has just been appointed chief football writer at the newspaper. Our warmest congratulations go towards him on a richly deserved promotion. Daniel has been kind enough to answer at length on a number of issues surrounding United. For this and the insights that follow, I thank him. Daniel has had two Alex Ferguson-related books published, the links for which follow below. Cheers.

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Talking Points: Manchester United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Posted on January 15, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Bolton Wanderers, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   1 Comment »
Talking Points: Manchester United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Author: Doron

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United were looking to build on the nervy but morale boosting win at City last weekend. Bolton meanwhile, despite being at the wrong end of the table had managed to win their last two away games but would have to be without Gary Cahill who was in London to complete a move to Chelsea. United kept Lindegaard in goal and brought Rafael and Evans into defence whilst Scholes was given a start in midfield.

Below, we discuss the talking points and invite Bolton fans as well as United fans to join in the discussion.

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Talking Points: Man City 2-3 Man United (FA Cup 3rd Round)

Posted on January 08, 2012  by sleepy_nik  in FA Cup, Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Nik, Sleepy Nik   14 Comments »
Talking Points: Man City 2-3 Man United (FA Cup 3rd Round)

Author: Nik

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United travelled the short distance to Man City today in an eagerly anticipated FA Cup 3rd Round game. Having lost two games in a row and conceded six goals in the process; fans, staff and players were hoping for an improvement and change of fortunes. City were defending the trophy they won last year.

We invite both City and United fans to discuss the game below.

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Talking Points: Newcastle United 3-0 Manchester United

Posted on January 04, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Newcastle United, Premier League   15 Comments »
Talking Points: Newcastle United 3-0 Manchester United

Author: Doron

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With City beating Liverpool yesterday, United had to win at Newcastle – something they’ve done fairly often – in order to keep the pressure on their rivals. A response to the Blackburn result was needed for United whilst Newcastle’s own lacklustre display at Anfield couldn’t be repeated. Ferdinand returned along with Giggs and Rooney whilst Lindegaard was chosen in goal.

Below, we discuss the talking points and invite Newcastle fans as well as United fans to join in the discussion.

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Talking Points: Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers

Posted on January 02, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Blackburn Rovers, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   18 Comments »
Talking Points: Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers

Author: Doron

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United ended 2011 with a home game against Blackburn, the league’s bottom side before kick-off. It marked the halfway point in the league season and enabled United to end the year at the top of the table should they get at least a point. Blackburn however had other ideas and despite conceding more away goals than any other side, they recorded their first away win of the season to move off the foot of the table.

Below, we discuss the talking points and invite Blackburn fans as well as United fans to join in the discussion.

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Macheda vs. the odds

Posted on January 01, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Man United News, Players, Queens Park Rangers, Transfer Speculation, Youth   11 Comments »
Macheda vs. the odds

Author: Doron

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Despite being just 20 years old, Federico Macheda is being written off as a potential United footballer in many quarters. His loan move to QPR is widely considered to be a good move for him but has he played his last game in a United shirt?

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