Manchester United and Arsenal do battle in the FA Cup

Posted on March 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores the winner against Arsenal at home last season in the league

You may not have Brian McClair kicking lumps out of Nigel Winterburn. You may not have Eric Cantona and Dennis Bergkamp’s genius. You may not have a snarling Sir Alex Ferguson confronting the much taller Arsene Wenger – but you do have Manchester United vs. Arsenal, if the FA Cup quarter final for a place at Wembley. Arsenal, the current holders, haven’t beaten United at Old Trafford since the 2006/07 season when Emmanuel Adebayor scored in the last five minutes of the game.

Wenger will be looking to get one over van Gaal, following the 2-1 defeat at The Emirates last November, with David De Gea playing a blinder yet again. United are missing Jonny Evans (suspended) and Robin van Persie, who still has an ankle injury following the defeat to Swansea City.

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Manchester United beat wasteful Arsenal as De Gea shines again

Posted on November 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney celebrates United’s first goal as Kieran Gibbs looks on helplessly

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Manchester United notched up their first away win of the season and what a win it was. The visitors were under siege for the majority of the first half, with only the heroics of David De Gea stopping Jack Wilshere from opening the scoring for Arsenal. United were up against Danny Welbeck for the first time since his move in the summer, but the former United forward couldn’t find the breakthrough for his new club.

Kieran Gibbs was extremely unlucky to turn Antonio Valencia’s wayward shot into his own net, but it was what United had needed following Arsenal’s first half dominance. United were then able to sit back and soak up pressure and hit the home side on the counter attack, which was achieved to perfection in the 85th minute. Marouane Fellaini found Angel Di Maria on the right of the pitch and the Argentine burst forward before slotting in Wayne Rooney who finished with a delicate chip. Olivier Giroud responded late on for Arsenal, but it was too late as United picked up all three points. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Arsenal vs. Manchester United preview & view from oppo

Posted on November 22, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
Robin van Persie scuffing a great early chance against Arsenal last season

Manchester United travel to Arsenal today to face their old adversaries and one of their own. Danny Welbeck will lineup for the first time against his old club, since Louis van Gaal deemed United’s former number 19 surplus to requirements, following the arrival of Radamel Falcao. The Colombian’s career at Old Trafford hasn’t got going following a string of injuries that has kept him sidelined. Welbeck has played more minutes and has netted five goals to Falcao’s single strike, which came against Everton back in October.

It is ironic that United’s last win at The Emirates came in January 2012, with Welbeck scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory. United have a very good record at Arsenal in the past fifteen years, only losing
three times since that 3-1 defeat with Barthez gifting Thierry Henry two goals. United have had some superb moments at Arsenal, with the 4-2 victory (at Highubury) and the 3-1 victory in the Champions League semi final – the pick of the bunch.

The title decider label may have disappeared some time ago, but a win is vital for both teams who are falling behind Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester City.

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Arsenal move offers Welbeck the chance to complete himself

Posted on September 13, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »

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Lots of players leave Manchester United but few departures have carried as much disbelief as that of Danny Welbeck. The disbelief stems not because it was an expensive fee (if anything, the fee was lower than that which could have been expected) and neither was it a total surprise, given the stories emanating from Old Trafford in recent weeks. Instead, it is because, to many, the transfer just seems wrong: a local lad, aged 23, who has been with the club for fifteen years and has arguably the biggest cult fan base of the current squad was sold to Arsenal, the primary rival to which a player could feasibly be sold. Yet, from the player’s perspective, this is a pivotal career moment. Having left United incomplete, the transfer presents an opportunity to allow him to fulfil his potential and become a leading Premier League striker.

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Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United: Cleverleys (plural), Vidic and more

Posted on February 13, 2014  by El Rob  in Arsenal, El Rob, Man United, Players   1 Comment »
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Robin van Persie had a great early chance, but his finishing let him down badly.

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Manchester United emerged from the Emirates last night with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal. United’s ever-chirpy Instagram account described it as a “promising point” while fans on Twitter, in contravention of basic mathematics and the fact that Arsenal away is quite a difficult game, determined it to be a “pointless point.” The buildup to the match was somewhat strange, with United miles away from the title race for the first time in decades, and the Gunners still in contention for the first time in at least six years.

Nevertheless, this fixture played out as it often has in recent years – tense, tight, United set up to defend deep and hit on the break, with Arsenal playing most of their football in front of the United backline. With both teams coming off massive disappointments – including Arsenal’s 5-1 shellacking at Anfield, and every aspect of Manchester United’s existence for the past eight months – there was a palpable hesitancy about the attacking play, and 0-0 in the end was an unsurprising result. As always, we look forward to hearing from both sets of fans (as well as resident comment troll Minimal, whose allegiance is yet to be determined).

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Arsenal Vs. Manchester United view from the opposition

Posted on February 11, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores the winner against Arsenal for Manchester United at Old Trafford

Manchester United travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal following disappointing results for both clubs over the weekend. The visitors could only manage a draw against bottom club Fulham, whilst Arsenal were hammered 5-1 by a rampant Arsenal. United have only beaten two teams, as it stands this evening, in the top ten – West Ham, who have risen to tenth following their win over Norwich, and Arsenal – with a Robin van Persie header back in November.

Since that game, United have only won three games in the league at Old Trafford – a shocking statistic. The visitors are without Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, who both picked up injuries in the 2-1 defeat away at Stoke City, whilst Arsenal have Yaya Sanogo available from a long term injury.

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There’s much to admire about how United stifled Arsenal

Posted on November 11, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Tactics   7 Comments »
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Robin van Persie celebrates with his team mates following a superb header against Arsenal.

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In the aftermath of United’s win over Arsenal yesterday there’s been a lot of attention on a variety of things but maybe not enough on United as a team, a group of players. Arsenal underperformed, resorted to playing long balls more than they’d liked to and didn’t test de Gea – but why?

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Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal: van Persie header closes gap

Posted on November 10, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   2 Comments »
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Manchester United close the gap on Arsenal after Robin van Persie scored in a 1-0 win

Its had to be him. Manchester United’s leading scorer from last season, Robin van Persie scored again against his old club to close the gap on the league leaders. The current champions could have been eleven points behind the North London club come 5:45pm, had Arsenal continued their impressive away displays, but it was their former captain who had the final say. Wayne Rooney’s superb delivery from a corner was met by the Dutchman at the near post mid way through the first half. A injury to skipper Nemanja Vidic was a blow just before half time, especially considering the dominance the Serb showed against lone front man Olivier Giroud, however Phil Jones slotted in alongside Jonny Evans to continue his impressive development.

Here we discuss the talking points of an extremely important win for Manchester United and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United transfer round up: Rooney, Fabregas & Thiago

Posted on July 16, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Premier League, Transfer Targets   8 Comments »
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Cesc Fabregas is the subject of a £25million bid from Manchester United

Manchester United have had an eventful couple of days. First of all, hattrick hero Thiago decided to scribble out David De Gea’s message and head for Bavaria where he will link up with his old mentor Pep Guardiola. No sooner were reds infuriated with themselves for spending so long on reading up on the fact that he is the son of Mazinho – the man who missed a laughable chance in the 1994 World Cup final – attentions were turned to pizza throwing snotty nose ex Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, a glorious playmaker who would be a wonderful signing, especially for the generous £25million reportedly bid by the English Champions.

Then, there is Wayne Rooney – the man who looks destined to not be playing at Old Trafford this season. Here we take a look at the last couple of days and what the future could potentially hold.

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The Night Tom Hanks Played In United’s Midfield

Posted on June 10, 2013  by Bricki  in Arsenal, Bricki, FA Cup, Fun, Man United   No Comments »

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In the great moments we all remember where we were. On the night of the FA Cup Semi win over Arsenal, this is where i ended up…

The 98/99 season saw me in fifth year at high school and preparing to take my GCSEs, determining my future. I had watched the original tie at home and despite Keane’s dubiously disallowed goal i still expected us to win. Only after the final whistle and confirmation of the replay date did i realise there would be a slight problem.

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