Archive for March, 2013

Sunderland 0-1 Man United: Shinji’s contribution, 672 minutes and another win

Posted on March 31, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Herzog's Child, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland   No Comments »
Sunderland 0-1 Man United: Shinji's contribution, 672 minutes and another win

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Authors: Herzog’s Child and Doron

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Revenge wasn’t necessarily the right word to be using going into this game; after all, United did win there last year. Playing before City, this was a chance to open a temporary 18 point lead and continue the run of wins. Sunderland are devoid of form and goalscorers – fighting a battle at the bottom of the league, few saw Martin O’Neill’s position as hanging on the result of this game, least of all the Sunderland blogger we spoke to pre-match, but by the end of Saturday, Sunderland were manager-less and United a game closer to the title. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck up against Yorke and Cole

Posted on March 29, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Fun, Legends, Man United   1 Comment »
Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck up against Yorke and Cole
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Wayne Rooney is blindfolded as takes on Yorke and Cole along with Danny Welbeck and Hernandez

It seems an age ago. That goal against Barcelona in the Nou Camp in the ridiculously entertaining 3-3 draw. Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke were pivotal in Manchester United’s treble triumph, but that goal looked as if the pair had eyes in the back of their head. Fast forward fourteen and a half years and the lads are demonstrating their telepathic abilities once more as they take on Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck in this great football challenge video.

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Sunderland vs. Manchester United preview & line up

Posted on March 29, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Sunderland   1 Comment »
Sunderland vs. Manchester United preview & line up
Anderson battles away in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland
Manchester United beat Sunderland 1-0 last season, but lost the title in the dying seconds

Manchester United take on Sunderland for the 135th time in both clubs history. United beat Sunderland 3-1 in December with goals from Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney. This was indeed the last time both Rooney and van Persie scored in the same game, and with the Chelsea FA Cup quarter final on the horizon, its doubtful that this will change any time soon.

The Stadium of Light was the scene where United fans saw the team top the table with all games played, but in dramatic circumstances – finished in second place ten seconds later. We’ve put together a preview, including a great View from the opposition, team news, United line up and match prediction. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Robin van Persie deserves to be crowned PFA Player of the year

Posted on March 25, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Awards, Liverpool, Man United, Spurs   13 Comments »
Robin van Persie deserves to be crowned PFA Player of the year
Robin van Persie scores again for Manchester United
Robin van Persie has been a pivotal part of Manchester United’s title pursuit this season

Many fans ridicule it and simply remark that, in the grand scheme of the things, it really doesn’t matter. No, no – I’m not talking about the International break, but personal awards for players. Yes, the European Cup, Championship, FA Cup and League Cup are all more important – agreed. But when one of your players, like Wayne Rooney in 2010, Giggs in 2009 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 (and 2007) are awarded with such a prize, their contributions has aided the club throughout the season. Sure, sometimes you lose out – like in 2010 – but the award is a pretty good indication of a player who has made the difference in the season. This is why Robin van Persie must be crowned PFA Footballer of the year ahead of the exceptional Luis Suarez and brilliant Gareth Bale.

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Manchester United: unglamorous, unfashionable, unfancied

Posted on March 19, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players   6 Comments »
Manchester United: unglamorous, unfashionable, unfancied

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Author: Doron

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With Man United on course to win the title this season and likely to come close to breaking or matching records, it’s funny to think so many (media and general football fans) still dismiss this group of players, particularly when comparing them to previous successful teams. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that the players who’ve starred in the 44 games so far, have at some point been much maligned and to the neutral bandwagon jumper, they’re just not that exciting. Or maybe it’s because since Ronaldo and others left, United just haven’t been considered as dominating on the pitch. Yet, those that have excelled this season have been superb and deserve the praise that’s not been so forthcoming.

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Manchester United 1-0 Reading: Rooney goal, Rotation & 15 points

Posted on March 18, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Doron, El Rob, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Reading   2 Comments »
Manchester United 1-0 Reading: Rooney goal, Rotation & 15 points
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Rio Ferdinand sets up Wayne Rooney for Manchester United’s winner against Reading

Authors: Doron & El Rob

Manchester United beat Reading 1-0 with a goal from Wayne Rooney to send the league leaders fifteen points clear at the top, following Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat away at Everton. The game itself was unspectacular, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad rotation working as we enter the international break. Reading have only lost out to United by a single goal margin, and yesterday was no different. United did just about enough to win the game, although Reading fans will no doubt feel aggrieved at not winning a penalty when Mariappa was pushed by Vidic in the second half. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Reading match preview & line up

Posted on March 15, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Reading   No Comments »
Manchester United vs. Reading match preview & line up
Wayne Rooney is congratulated by Rio Ferdinand
Wayne Rooney scores a brace against Reading in the 4-3 win back in December

Manchester United host Reading at Old Trafford as the two clubs embark in only the 19th fixture between the two teams. United have beaten Reading twice this season. A crazy 4-3 Manchester United victory, with seven first half goals was the first fixture, and more recently – the 2-1 victory in the FA Cup, where Phil Jones picked up an ankle injury. Its top versus bottom and as always we have a cracking view from the opposition, injury news, potential lineup an prediction for the match. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Rio Ferdinand back in England squad for footballing reasons

Posted on March 14, 2013  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Players, Premier League   1 Comment »
Rio Ferdinand back in England squad for footballing reasons
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Rio Ferdinand has been called up to the England squad following his superb form for Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand is back in the England squad to face San Marino and Montenegro as Roy Hodgson finally rewards United’s number five for his tremendous form this term. This time the news wasn’t announced to passengers on the London tube, nor did the England boss not want to hear questions about Ferdinand, as he remarked following England’s victory over Brazil last month – but its official, Rio is back playing for his country.

Although I thought it was mind numbingly obvious pre Euro 2012 as to why Ferdinand was so ridiculously omitted from the squad, some of the contributors in the comments thought otherwise. Everyone is entitled to their say (although I’m not sure how many of them turned a computer on to angrily type their response), but surely now, it is obvious, Hodgson was wrong not to include him in the first place?

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Man United 2-2 Chelsea: midfield frailties, fatigue and some slack for Benitez

Posted on March 10, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Reports   12 Comments »
Man United 2-2 Chelsea: midfield frailties, fatigue and some slack for Benitez

Wayne Rooney celebrates putting Manchester United 2-0 ahead against Chelsea in the FA Cup

Author: Doron

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United hosted Chelsea for their third meeting this season in a third different competition. As things would pan out, both sides have two more meetings to come due to a strange game of football that really did have two contrasting halves. Rooney came back into the side as van Persie was rested – that was one of four changes from midweek for United whilst Chelsea went further and made seven. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea FA Cup: Fergie and Rafa reunited

Posted on March 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Previews   6 Comments »
Manchester United vs. Chelsea FA Cup: Fergie and Rafa reunited
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Manchester United & Chelsea meet at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter final

Author: Doron

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Having already had the pleasure of playing Chelsea twice this seasons, both times in London, there are two more games against them to go, this time in Manchester. First up, it’s another domestic cup clash, as both sides are looking for a place in the semi finals of the infamous FA Cup. In many ways, despite both suffering defeats midweek, the two sides couldn’t be in more different places at the moment – more on that to come. As ever, we welcome comments and opinions from both sets of fans.

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