Archive for January, 2013

Man United 2-1 Southampton: Saints match Barca for shape and deserve more

Posted on January 31, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Southampton   3 Comments »
Man United 2-1 Southampton: Saints match Barca for shape and deserve more
Manchester United v Southampton: Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against Southampton for Manchester United

Author: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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Southampton made the long journey north to Manchester knowing that even with a defeat they’d remain out of the relegation zone. Still, the pain that van Persie’s late winner caused earlier in the season lingers and fresh with a new manager, they’d fancy their chances of getting a result. United already knew they had a chance to widen the gap to City after seeing them draw at QPR on Tuesday. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Southampton: opposition view and selection dilemmas

Posted on January 30, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Southampton   2 Comments »
Manchester United vs. Southampton: opposition view and selection dilemmas

Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie celebrate
Manchester United won 3-2 at Southampton earlier in the season.

Author: Doron

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United host Southampton fresh in the knowledge that there’s an opportunity to once again open up a seven point lead after City surprisingly dropped points at QPR on Tuesday night. Form is in United’s favour – they’ve not dropped any points at home since the Spurs game back at the end of September. Southampton are under new management of course after the shock sacking of Nigel Adkins but they haven’t lost a league game for over a month now and 8 points from their last six games isn’t the worst return. The meeting between the sides earlier this season was memorable for various reasons, not least because it truly announced van Persie as a United player. As ever we welcome comments and contributions from both sets of fans.

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Wilfried Zaha transfer to Manchester United agreed

Posted on January 25, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Transfer Targets   5 Comments »
Wilfried Zaha transfer to Manchester United agreed
Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha signs for Manchester United from Crystal Palace

Manchester United have signed the in demand Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace for a fee thought to be in the region of £15m with at least £5m being made up by clauses and add-ons, subject to a medical. He will spend the remainder of the 2012/13 season on loan at Palace, but will join United in the summer.

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In defence of Danny

Posted on January 24, 2013  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Players   15 Comments »
In defence of Danny
Danny Welbeck scored for Manchester United when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in August 2011
Danny Welbeck gets some stick from Manchester United fans

Author: Herzog’s Child

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Given his unfortunate ubiquity, there’s a healthy chance you will have encountered Bad Luck Brian. Residing on most social network platforms, the spectacled goofball, complete with retainer-clamped teeth, has been subjected to hundreds of captions describing the catastrophic ends his perpetual misfortune leads him to. Thankfully for Brian, he doesn’t actually exist, but the satire that renders his life one better off unlived prods lightly at those whose existences are marked by misery. The loveable individuals whose excellent intentions are too frequently crapped on by the Gods of Luck – good people, forever wilfully shambling in terribly bad situations. Sometimes, sadly, they’re footballers.

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Producing youth the United way: patience and support

Posted on January 23, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Youth   4 Comments »
Producing youth the United way: patience and support
Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck is a product of the Manchester United youth system, arguably the best in England.

Author: Doron

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Watching a team made up of locally produced players and/or those who’ve come through the Academy after joining as a teenager is a joy and a privilege. Too often these days, fans of the top teams in England and abroad are denied such a pleasure for various reasons. Balancing the expectations and need to achieve today with building for the future and player production is hard to get right. So hard, that some clubs can be accused of not caring about the latter. Fortunately at United, and under Alex Ferguson, that is not the case.

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Spurs 1-1 United: Denied at the death, but a good point nonetheless

Posted on January 21, 2013  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Reports, Spurs   24 Comments »
Spurs 1-1 United: Denied at the death, but a good point nonetheless
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Evra vs. Lennon was one of the key battles in Tottenham vs. Manchester United

Author: Rob

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In Sunday’s big game Man United traveled to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur, looking to avenge their 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Wintry conditions threatened to postpone the match, but after a late pitch inspection the teams were given the all-clear. Spurs lined up as expected with Defoe and Parker replacing Adebayor (international duty) and Sandro (injured). United made only one change to the team that beat Liverpool last Sunday, but altered their team shape and tactics significantly. As always, we’d love to hear the debate from both sets of fans.

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Tottenham Hotspur v.s Manchester United preview & lineup

Posted on January 19, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Spurs   No Comments »
Tottenham Hotspur v.s Manchester United preview & lineup
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the season.

Author: Stretford_End

Manchester United travel to White Hart Lane for the 178th time to take on 4th place Tottenham Hotspur. United lost 3-2 at Old Trafford earlier in the season, despite a flurry of attacks in the second half.

Andre Villas-Boas has, so far, done a superb job in challenging for a champions league place but will be aware that Spurs have not beaten United at home since 2000/01, in a match that saw United field a weakened side having wrapped up the Premier League already. Although, Spurs have a great opportunity to do the double over United, the first time since 1989/90. Here we take a look at the match preview including a view from the opposition, injury news, a potential United lineup and prediction.

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United’s old boys: to stay or to go?

Posted on January 17, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players   5 Comments »
United's old boys: to stay or to go?
Giggs and Scholes
Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs to stay on for another year?

Author: Doron

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It’s that time of the year when the future of some of United’s older players usually becomes a bit clearer. With the policy of offering only one year deals in place, there are obvious doubts every year about the likes of Giggs, Scholes and now Ferdinand. Who’s likely to be kept on and maybe more importantly, who should be kept on?

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Sir Alex – United’s Own Vince McMahon

Posted on January 15, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Fun, Man United, Managers, Uncategorized   2 Comments »
Sir Alex – United’s Own Vince McMahon
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Is Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United’s very own Vince McMahon?

Author: Bricki

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With the genuine rough and tumble of football in the 60s/70s giving way to the sniper like diving and slightest touch shrieking of football these days, it seems that football has followed a similar path to ‘professional’ wrestling.

In the glory days what you saw out on the pitch seemed genuine enough. Players such as Norman Hunter, Nobby Stiles and Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris dished out challenges that hurt. The enforcers of the game were just that, they distributed punishment that hurt. The same could be said of the wrestling world when it still operated in its ‘regional’ homes rather than the one or two giant companies. People such as the Von Erichs, Four Horseman and the quintessential Ric Flair wrestled with intensity and style you could believe hurt the unfortunate souls that entered their ring.

The man who took this industry and changed it forever was Vincent Kennedy McMahon. He realised that by bringing the different regions under one umbrella and basically eliminating competition would ensure his long term success. As the money came into the industry through better media exposure and more disposable income for customers, he exploited this and created a dynasty it is difficult to see being overthrown or made irrelevant in the future.

Sound familiar at all?

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Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: a tale of two halves, a local forward and a flare

Posted on January 14, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   5 Comments »
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: a tale of two halves, a local forward and a flare

Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates scoring

Robin van Persie celebrates opening the scoring against Liverpool

Author: Doron

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In the first of Sunday’s two big games, United hosted Liverpool in one of football’s most famous and at times, ferocious, rivalries. United would be without Rooney and Evans – the latter pulling out just the day before due to a hamstring injury. For Liverpool, just one player who’d have started was missing, Jose Enrique. A captivating game would ensue and as ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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