Archive for May, 2013

Rafael continues to play the Brazilian and United way

Posted on May 30, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players   4 Comments »
Rafael continues to play the Brazilian and United way
Rafael scores against QPR
Rafael has had a remarkable season and his attacking bursts are pivotal to United on the counter

Apparently, the Brazilians invented the fullback. The 1958 World Cup tournament saw the 1950 beaten finalists scrap the universally approved WM formation and adopt a 4-2-4 approach. The Brazilian fullback was born! Djalma Santos, Nilton Santos, Carlos Alberto, Jorginho, Roberto Carlos, Cafu and Daniel Alves are a few of the great players to grace the world game and Rafael looks to follow in their footsteps, despite the fact that ‘A Seleção’ have adopted more of a cautious European approach, sacrificing their famous flair and creativity in favour of tactical discipline and athleticism.

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Dwight Yorke on Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes – the best

Posted on May 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Legends, Man United   No Comments »
Dwight Yorke on Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes - the best
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Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole celebrate another goal for Manchester United

Its been over ten years since Dwight Yorke left Old Trafford for Blackburn Rovers, but Manchester United’s former number 19 still holds the club in high regard and paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes. Sir Alex is to manage United for the final time against West Brom on Sunday, whilst Paul Scholes is also set to retire.

Yorke was part of the famous treble winning side and formed a superb partnership with Andy Cole – as United swept all before them. We’re extremely luck to talk with Yorke, who answered a few questions for us. We discussed Maldini, the treble and Fergie’s hairdryer.

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WBA Vs. Manchester United preview: Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game

Posted on May 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Match Previews, WBA   2 Comments »
WBA Vs. Manchester United preview: Sir Alex Ferguson's last game
Sir Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy
Sir Alex Ferguson will take charge of Manchester United for the very last time on Sunday against WBA

So, after 1,500 games – Sir Alex Ferguson is to wave goodbye to English football and Manchester United as he bows out a champion at The Hawthorns on Sunday. United’s legendary manager has won 38 trophies since he took over from Ron Atkinson (who ironically left WBA to join Manchester United) back in November 1986.

Although the title was wrapped out weeks ago and the game, for United fans anyway, will be about saying goodbye to the greatest manager of all time – Sir Alex will want to go out with a win. United beat WBA 2-0 at Old Trafford in the last game of 2012, with an own goal from and a a last minute strike by United top scorer Robin van Persie.

Here we discuss the match preview including a potential line up, team news and a superb view from the opposition. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Reaching 1,500 games is incredible

Posted on May 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Managers, Premier League, Quotes   No Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson: Reaching 1,500 games is incredible
Giggs and Scholes
Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes will both retire from Manchester United at the end of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson today spoke of his feat of reaching 1,500 games at Manchester United and labeled it ‘incredible’. The outgoing United boss, who will be replaced by David Moyes, will take his seat in a Premier League dugout for the very last time against West Bromich Albion on Sunday.

Sir Alex was in fine form as he addressed his final press conference and was greeted with warm applause, a speech and a hair dryer cake! Fergie stated that he was ‘lucky to be here’ for such a long time and looked to United’s future.

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Football Be Food For The Soul

Posted on May 12, 2013  by Bricki  in Legends, Man United, Managers   1 Comment »
Football Be Food For The Soul
Sir Alex Ferguson's speech following his last every home game

Author: Bricki

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Life is an ever decreasing circle. The older we get and the more we experience, the closer we feel to the end. We need things in our lives to lift our spirits and take us to heights that everyday existence just cannot do.

Ever since I’ve been hold enough to understand, I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by a football mad family and friends. It became all encompassing at one point with me running a team as well as following United.

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Manchester United vs. Swansea City match preview & line up

Posted on May 11, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   1 Comment »
Manchester United vs. Swansea City match preview & line up
Ashley Youn against Swansea
Swansea City travel to Old Trafford on Sunday in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final home match

Manchester United welcome Swansea City to Old Trafford on Sunday in what will be Sir Alex Ferguson last ever homematch. The legendary manager will clock up 1,499 games and will field a strong side, which could well feature Paul Scholes – who also looks set to retire at the end of the campaign. The game will mark the 20th time both sides have met over the years. United have won eight of the previous nineteen matches, whilst Swansea City have won six.

The league cup winners have had a very successful campaign, with impressive debut seasons from legendary Danish playmaker Michael Laudrup, who has guided the Swans to their first major trophy, and Spanish forward Michu who has been a goal scoring revelation.

Here we discuss the match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Youth, legacy and attacking football

Posted on May 11, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Managers   No Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson: Youth, legacy and attacking football
Sir Alex thinks Glazer protests a distraction, while Giggs eyes his job
Sir Alex Ferguson has won thirteen league titles with Manchester United over the years

In just over a week’s time, the greatest manager that ever sat down in a dug out will retire from the game, leaving a lasting legacy and many, many memories. Sir Alex Ferguson has decided the time as come for him to move on and here we’ve got the account of three Reds who saw the Fergie evolution, the impact he has had on the club and football in general. From the 1990 FA Cup final to Keith Gillespie to Moscow 2008, our contributors have covered it all. We will never ever see the likes again.

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Sir Alex Ferguson retires – we look back at his achievements

Posted on May 10, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Managers   No Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson retires - we look back at his achievements
Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26 and a half year reign will come to an end against WBA on Sunday week.

As the news is slowly sinking in that Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the 2012/13 season, we’ve taken some time to reflect on what the great man has achieved over the years. Whether it be the signing of Cantona, “knocking Liverpool off their F*cking perch” or the treble – we have it covered here. Please do share your memories of Sir Alex and the lasting legacy he will leave at the club and for English football in general.

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David Moyes is the right man to take Manchester United forward

Posted on May 09, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Managers   16 Comments »
David Moyes is the right man to take Manchester United forward
David Moyes is Manchester United's new manager
David Moyes is set to be named Manchester United manager as Sir Alex Ferguson retires

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David Moyes has been announced as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Man United, taking on maybe the hardest but also most sought after job in football. His appointment may not inspire all United fans and may baffle others but for me, United have appointed the right man for the job. Many ex-Reds have claimed that both Moyes and Ferguson are ‘cut from the same cloth’, which cannot be said for the quite volatile figure of Jose Mourinho. Is Moyes the man to guide United into this new era under the watchful eye of the new director and ambassador?

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How does Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy haul compare?

Posted on May 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Statistics   No Comments »
How does Sir Alex Ferguson's trophy haul compare?
Fergie bows down to the Stretford End
Sir Alex Ferguson salutes the crowd following yet another title win with Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson has won it all. European trophies, league titles, domestic cups and individual awards. But how does he compare to other legendary managers of the game? For decades up and down the pubs, coffee shops and grounds the debate rages for who is the greatest of them all. Many will be biased with their choice, whilst others may look to the legacy left by a manager over trophies – take Rinus Michels or Johan Cruyff for example.

Others will look ay the trophy count and how many have been won over the years. For me, there is no question who is the greatest. He has evolved constantly over the years, bought some amazing players and instilled a playing style and philosophy that is synonymous with Manchester United.

We will have more tributes over the next two weeks, but for now – we’ve put together a infographic highlighting the trophy haul of the boss over other legendary managers of the game.

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