Archive for June, 2012

Following Cristiano Ronaldo three years on

Posted on June 29, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players   5 Comments »
Following Cristiano Ronaldo three years on

Author: Doron

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When a player leaves a club, you’re never quite sure exactly what to do. Is it wrong to still have an interest in him or should one be solely focussed on those who represent your team? The circumstances surrounding a departure often dictate which route is followed as does the status of the player. There’s no right or wrong way but many United fans have gone down the route of continuing to idolise Cristiano Ronaldo.

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England Euro 2012 conclusion: learn from United

Posted on June 25, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, England, Euro 2012, Man United, Tactics   20 Comments »
England Euro 2012 conclusion: learn from United

Author: Doron

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It’s hard to know where to begin with England. Euro 2012 really showed up our national team’s limited ability. Various factors effected this but a couple stood out more so than others – injuries and formations. Oddly, Roy Hodgson should have looked at United as a case study and now he, like Alex Ferguson, needs to ensure that his team change their tactical approach.

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Evra and the fullback: the last hurrah of the complete footballer

Posted on June 22, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Tactics   7 Comments »
Evra and the fullback: the last hurrah of the complete footballer

Author: Doron

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One of the most fascinating changes in football lately has been the shifting requirements of players in specific roles. There’s been a focus on increasing specialisation within the game leading to fewer all-rounded players. It begs the question – which position requires the most all-rounded, complete footballers today?

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United’s 2012/13 fixtures are released

Posted on June 18, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
United's 2012/13 fixtures are released

Author: Doron

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It’s been just over a month since the last season ended but today is the day that the new one starts to really creep up on us – the premier league fixtures are announced!

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United podcast with a special guest: Xavi loves both United and Scholes

Posted on June 17, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Podcast, Pre Season, Tactics, Transfer Speculation   No Comments »
United podcast with a special guest: Xavi loves both United and Scholes

Authors: Doron and Phil

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Beyond The Pitch and Stretford-End.com have come together once again to record another podcast, the tenth in the series. We have another interview this week with special guest, Andy Mitten. We chat about the culture of United as well as looking at what’s in the news with the signing of Kagawa and some thoughts on Euro 2012.

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Man United continue to commit to signing English talent

Man United continue to commit to signing English talent

Author: Doron

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The signing of Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra secured a much sought after young talent for the club. Having only recently turned 18, Powell’s already racked up an impressive 64 competitive appearances and stands at over 6ft tall. In what’s a very global market, United are still looking close to home when it comes to signing players. The capture of Powell confirms United’s commitment to trying to buy English.

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Shinji Kagawa and Euro 2012 hint at the death of 4-4-2 for United

Posted on June 12, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Tactics   28 Comments »
Shinji Kagawa and Euro 2012 hint at the death of 4-4-2 for United

Author: Doron

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Oddly enough, watching Euro 2012 has provided a stark lesson for United and Alex Ferguson in how the team should be playing. It’s also emphasised that there’s been a huge change in style of central midfielders over the last 10 years, with sides focussing their football on a different part of the pitch. Should the Kagawa transfer go through successfully (work permit/medical), it’ll be the first real sign that United too, are to change the way they play.

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Why aren’t United entering an elite European competition?

Posted on June 08, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Youth   No Comments »
Why aren't United entering an elite European competition?

Author: Doron

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Last Monday, Juventus were confirmed as the final club to make up the 24-team strong NextGen Series for 2012/13. A total of twelve countries are represented with six sides coming from England, and yet, United aren’t one of them.

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Stretford End’s Betting Guide to Euro 2012

Posted on June 08, 2012  by sleepy_nik  in Euro 2012, Man United   No Comments »
Stretford End's Betting Guide to Euro 2012

Holland lift Euro 88 trophy

Author: Sleepy Nik

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Euro 2012 will surely throw up a surprise. By common consensus the Euro is saturated with greater quality than the World Cup – lesser teams, a greater spread of expertise across the continent etc – however, it doesn’t always hold true that the favourite wins, and every now and then the tournament (mainly due to its size) elucidates a hidden gem – Greece 2004 comes immediately to mind; a functional system, an articulate coach and a collective will to match. Could we see a dramatically underwhelming Italy progress to the final? Or could the Russian side that beat them comfortably just two weeks ago go all the way? Who knows? Perhaps even Greece herself, with an organised defence but a paltry attack, will shock us once again having had a ‘rest’ in 2008! Our betting tips then should really be taken lightly for that reason. But hey, take a peak.

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Shinji Kagawa agrees terms with Manchester United

Posted on June 05, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Transfer Targets   3 Comments »
Shinji Kagawa agrees terms with Manchester United

Shinji Kagawa

Author: Stretford-End

According to The Sun and BBC, Shinji Kagawa has signed a £12m deal with Manchester United from German champions Borussia Dortmund. Manutd.com has also confirmed the transfer in the last few hours. It is being reported that the Japanese playmaker will complete the move at the end of the month once all the formalities of a work permit have been finalised.

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