Archive for December, 2012

Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United: Preview, Lineups and Opposition View

Posted on December 31, 2012  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Wigan Athletic   4 Comments »
Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United: Preview, Lineups and Opposition View

Wigan v Manchester United

Phil Jones after Wigan score against Man United in April 2012

Author: Rob

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First off, from all of us at the Stretty Rant, we’d like to wish you a Happy New Year. Thanks for reading, and we hope you have a happy, safe and prosperous 2013.

Manchester United start 2013 with a trip to Wigan Athletic, hoping to extend an 8-game unbeaten run in the league (7 wins, 1 draw) which sees them enter the year seven points ahead of City at the top of the league. In this season’s reverse fixture, United comfortably beat the Latics at Old Trafford. 4-0 was the scoreline that day, our biggest margin of victory this season – Alex Büttner had a goal, an assist and a clean sheet on his début, and Nick Powell also scored in his first league appearance. In other news, Wigan look set to take young United forward Angelo Henriquez on loan until the end of the season.

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Man United 2-0 West Brom – getting the Christmas combinations correct

Posted on December 30, 2012  by sleepy_nik  in Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, WBA   1 Comment »
Man United 2-0 West Brom - getting the Christmas combinations correct

West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley, right,

West Brom’s Gareth McAuley scores an own goal against Man United

Author: Sleepy Nik

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United faced a potential banana skin at home to high climbing West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with the latter having a tremendous season so far, and putting a slight wobble of late behind them in recent games. The reds were hoping to finish the year as strongly as possible and hoping to keep the gap between themselves and City at 7 points. For United, back came Cleverley, Young, Vidic, Welbeck and Kagawa, whilst Clarke unsurprisingly sought to pack the midfield and use Long as his lone target man.

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Manchester United vs. WBA match preview and lineups

Posted on December 28, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Quotes, WBA   5 Comments »
Manchester United vs. WBA match preview and lineups
Rooney vs West Brom
Wayne Rooney strikes at goal for Manchester United against WBA last season

Author: Stretford_End

Manchester United take on West Bromwich Albion for the 121st time at Old Trafford on Saturday. United come into the game following an epic 4-3 victory over Newcastle United on boxing day, whilst WBA beat QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road. United beat WBA 2-0 at Old Trafford last season, with two goals from Wayne Rooney, who is set to miss the next three weeks through injury. Here we take a look at current form, injuries, a potential United line up for the match and a superb view from the opposition.

WBA last won at Old Trafford in 1978/79, beating United 5-3 with a side managed by Ron Atkinson which included a young Bryan Robson. Since then, West Brom have picked up three draws and lost ten times (in the league) at Old Trafford.

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Man United 4-3 Newcastle United: Cleverley the game changer and offside analysis

Posted on December 27, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Newcastle United, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   20 Comments »
Man United 4-3 Newcastle United: Cleverley the game changer and offside analysis

Jonny Evans celebrates scoring against Newcastle United

Authors: Stretford_End and Doron

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After the pre-Christmas draw at Swansea, United were hoping to get back to winning ways at home to Newcastle United. The Geordies, whilst fresh from a big morale boosting win over QPR, had injury issues and a pretty naff record at Old Trafford to contend with. This was to be a wet, sodden game that provided much more drama and entertainment than one could have imagined. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Swansea 1-1 Man United: the good, the bad, and the Carrick

Posted on December 23, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Swansea City   33 Comments »
Swansea 1-1 Man United: the good, the bad, and the Carrick

Ashley Youn against Swansea

Ashley Young against Swansea

Author: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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The busy festive spell kicked off with arguably the hardest fixture of the lot – a trip to south Wales to take on one of the league’s leakiest home defences. Swansea are in the gabble of teams who are nicely above the relegation spots and just a few points off Europe despite being in the bottom half of the table. United were guaranteed to be top before kick off but with City’s late winner yesterday, only a win would do. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Swansea City vs. Manchester United match preview & lineup

Posted on December 22, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Quotes, Swansea City   5 Comments »
Swansea City vs. Manchester United match preview & lineup
Ashley Young
Ashley Young scores in the 2-0 victory for Manchester United over Swansea City

Author: Stretford_End

Manchester United take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, which will be the 19th time the two clubs have met. United won both fixtures last season, beating Swansea 1-0 away, through Javier Hernandez goal and 2-0 at Old Trafford with goals from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young. The latter game was the penultimate match in the 2011/12 season, which United had to try get closer to Manchester City’s goal difference.

Alas, United lost the league on goal difference, which no doubt was one of the driving factors towards Sir Alex Ferguson’s pursuit of Robin van Persie. United top the table going into Christmas, whilst Swansea lie in 10th under the guidance of former Danish playmaker Michael Laudrup. Here we look at team news, injuries and possible United lineup.

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Man United vs Sunderland Preview: tactics, lineups and opposition view

Posted on December 14, 2012  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   6 Comments »
Man United vs Sunderland Preview: tactics, lineups and opposition view

Wayne Rooney scores against Sunderland on the final day of last season

Author: Bricki

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We welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford on Saturday, looking to build on Sunday’s fantastic result at The Etihad and at least maintain our 6 point advantage over Man City. Fresh in the memory of the players and fans will be Sunderland fans ‘doing the Poznan’ celebration at the end of last season as City clinched the title at the death. Whilst revenge shouldn’t be the motivating factor for the win this Saturday it is essential we continue Sunday’s form against a Sunderland side buoyed by a comprehensive win over Reading in midweek. Here we discuss the match preview, lineups and injury news – welcoming comments from both sets of fans.

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Michael Carrick and Roy Keane: so dissimilar and yet so alike

Posted on December 13, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players   7 Comments »
Michael Carrick and Roy Keane: so dissimilar and yet so alike

Author: Doron

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A metronome performs the same action at regular intervals. It is both reliable and predictable. If one were to describe a footballer as ‘metronomic’ you could be forgiven for assuming this implies dullness or that the player has limitations. Yet it feels like exactly the right word to describe probably the most important midfielder at United, Michael Carrick – this team’s Roy Keane.

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Man City 2-3 Man United: perfect tactics, superb performers, and a six point gap

Posted on December 10, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Doron, Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   5 Comments »
Man City 2-3 Man United: perfect tactics, superb performers, and a six point gap
Manchester United celebrate in front of the United fans after Robin van Persie’s goal

Author: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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It wasn’t just to be any old derby match – United’s visit to City would hold huge value to the fans after last season’s goings on. Even going into the game the signs were that a result would be big heading into the busy Christmas period – United held a three point lead over City but the blues were unbeaten in the league and had a very impressive record at home. Ferguson was able to call on Cleverley and Valencia who had both been doubts whilst City had Silva fit and Mancini opted for Balotelli over Tevez. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and welcome contributions from both sets of fans.

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Man City vs. Man United preview, lineups, tactics and opposition view

Posted on December 09, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   3 Comments »
Man City vs. Man United preview, lineups, tactics and opposition view

Vincent Kompany scores for Manchester City against Manchester United at Eastlands

Authors: Sleepy Nik and Doron

Manchester United travel to Eastlands this afternoon attempting to maintain top spot in the Premier League whilst also trying to avenge the 1-0 defeat from last season, which put United’s neighbours in pole position in their quest for the title. This will be the 164th meeting between the two clubs and 147th clash in the league. United go into the game after a roller coaster of a game against Reading last weekend, whilst City dropped two points at home against Everton. Sir Alex Ferguson has already started the mind games, questioning the amount of penalties Manchester City have had at home, whilst Roberto Mancini struck back with ‘swimming’ comparisons with Ashley Young (in reference to the winger’s tumble against QPR last season). Here we discuss the match preview, lineups and injury news.

We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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