Archive for February, 2012

Talking Points: Norwich City 1 – 2 Manchester United

Posted on February 29, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Norwich City, Premier League   No Comments »
Talking Points: Norwich City 1 - 2 Manchester United

Authors: Doron and Nik

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United travelled to Norwich knowing that City had won the day before. Rooney didn’t travel but United were able to call upon Ryan Giggs for the 900th time in his United career. An attacking line up saw a 4-4-2 away from home, a far and welcome cry from the 4-5-1 system that has been seen all too often in the past 18 months.

Here we discuss the talking points of the game and invite Norwich fans to join in the discussion below.

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Pogba: time for United to be brutal

Posted on February 28, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Transfer Speculation, Youth   17 Comments »
Pogba: time for United to be brutal

Author: Doron

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A few quick thoughts on Pogba given the papers have quotes from his agent today saying that United want him but there are other interested clubs and ultimately his future is totally unknown.

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Unexpected success may beckon for United

Posted on February 24, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Man United, Players, Youth   7 Comments »
Unexpected success may beckon for United

Author: Doron

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Whilst the first team battle on against (mainly) City (but also themselves) for yet more league success; the Reserves and the Academy have both been somewhat over-performing – depending on what your expectations for the season were. With March closing in it’s a chance for reflection on what has been and an opportunity to fantasise over what might happen in the last few months of the season.

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We’re free to do whatever they want

Posted on February 21, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Herzog's Child, Liverpool, Man United   31 Comments »
We're free to do whatever they want

Author: Herzog’s Child

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Given the enormous brouhaha that emanated from the now tedious race-gate, one would be forgiven for thinking the sneering one’s refusal to shake the hand of someone he racially abused was the one and only vile act of February 11th last. Yet the day’s initial ugly act had already occurred when The Greater Manchester Police, those rarefied bastions of all that’s great and good about our society, felt obliged to confiscate and subsequently impound Red Issue fanzine for having the gall to provoke humour through its pages. Concealing a parody Ku Klux Klan cut-out mask embossed with a sympathy message for Luis Suarez, the ‘zine was rounded up from its sellers and carted off to the cop-shop on the grounds that the mask could potentially incite racial hatred and untold disturbance amongst supporters. That the size of the mask rendered it quite impossible to conceal one’s face mattered little. Nor did it seem pertinent that its message was overtly anti-racist. The message from those who felt compelled to drive Red Issue from the streets – an act which could have potentially set the publication’s future into ruination – was clear from their motivations: the satirising of serious situations are prohibited – when it suits those who can divvy out unjustified and criminally insidious authority. On a day blighted by an ever-enlarging grotesqueness permeating the game, the removal from the street of a publication that regularly exposes football’s absurdities was a low that could set a worrying trend. And the most worrying aspect is that most won’t care.

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Fergie to move upstairs?

Posted on February 20, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Managers   4 Comments »
Fergie to move upstairs?

Sir Alex Ferguson shouting

Author: Stretford_End

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he would like to ‘move upstairs’ in two or three years time when his legendary reign as boss comes to an end. Ferguson revealed in a radio interview that he also had the chance to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was playing for Shrewsbury back in 2006. Many believe that current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will become the next United manager – but how would the Portuguese feel in having Sir Alex still at the club?

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Things: United and Liverpool haircuts; dancing babies and struggling managers

Posted on February 15, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Doron, El Rob, Guest Writer, Liverpool, Man United, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Things   No Comments »
Things: United and Liverpool haircuts; dancing babies and struggling managers

Authors: Doron, Written Offside, Nik and Rob

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Here arriveth the third installment of the “Things” column, covering random highlights and lowlights from last weekend’s football. Musings this week are brought to you as ever from Nik, Doron and Rob (he’s the funny one); with the added treat of James from Written Offside sharing some thoughts on Aston Villa. Enjoy.

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Talking Points: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

Posted on February 13, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   7 Comments »
Talking Points: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

Authors: Stretford End, Doron and Nik

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It’s sad really that many will expect to be reading about non-footballing issues on a piece written about a football game. To be honest, the biggest disappointment post-match was that the Guardian have discontinued their chalkboards and therefore here ends analysis via that method. Anyway, United moved temporarily top after a generally comfortable win over Liverpool as Rooney scored a quick-fire double. Scholes came in for Ashley Young in the only change from the Chelsea game. Liverpool surprisingly left out Bellamy and Suarez came in to start for the first time after his ban.

Here we discuss the talking points of the game and invite Liverpool fans to join in the discussion below.

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The Managerial Merry Go Round – Next Stop MUFC

Posted on February 10, 2012  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Managers   1 Comment »
The Managerial Merry Go Round - Next Stop MUFC

Author: Bricki

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We’ve been extremely lucky as Manchester United fans, we’ve had stability for over twenty five years in the management of our club. Whilst we have had changes in ownership, playing staff and coaching staff, the man at the helm has been there through out.

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Things: Giggs’ Pareto principle, Steve Bruce’s winger, “Scotty” and more…

Posted on February 08, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, El Rob, Guest Writer, Man United, Manchester City, Players, Premier League, Spurs, Sunderland, Things   3 Comments »
Things: Giggs' Pareto principle, Steve Bruce's winger, "Scotty" and more...

Authors: Doron, ManUtd24 and Rob

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With the FA Cup taking centre stage last weekend, the “Things” column was brushed to one side. Now league football is back on the agenda, the column returns for it’s second issue/publication/whatever you want to call it. As per last time, Rob will be sharing a couple of thoughts and we have another guest joining us, ManUtd24 – who’s focussed on Scott Parker. 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 for the second time.

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Talking Points: Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United

Posted on February 06, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Citeh, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   14 Comments »
Talking Points: Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United

Authors: Doron and Nik

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Manchester United were down in London to try and match City’s win over Fulham and go level on points again with their neighbours at the top of the table. De Gea returned in goal whilst Rooney and Young came back from injuries to start. Chelsea were forced to give Gary Cahill a debut at the back as they suffered from a few injuries. Having been 3-0 down after 50 minutes, United fought back to draw 3-3 but can maybe feel aggrieved to have not taken maximum points.

Here we discuss the talking points of the game and invite Chelsea fans to join in the discussion below.

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