Juan Mata help Manchester United batter the Geordies 4-0

Posted on April 05, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Newcastle United   2 Comments »
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Juan Mata scores twice to help Manchester United run riot at Newcastle

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A trip to St James’ Park is usually full of goals and this visit was no exception. With Wayne Rooney being a major doubt for the trip to Bayern next week and others being rested, it was a much changed team for United. The likes of Ferdinand, Vidic and Carrick were rested with Fletcher, Mata and Hernandez making starts.

The game itself was a dull affair with very little happening until Mata stepped up to bury a free kick shortly before halftime. Just to the right of the penalty ‘D’, Mata stepped up and curled a fabulous shot over the wall and into the top corner of the goal. After the break Uniteds tails were up and a second for Mata took the game away from Newcastle. Further goals from Hernandez and Januzaj made the score more reflective of Uniteds dominance in the box.

Here we pick out the talking points of the match and invite discussion from fans in the comments below.

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The Kids Must Be Heard: Singing section at Old Trafford

Posted on January 19, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
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A young Manchester United fan watches his team at Old Trafford.

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All the talk in recent weeks has been about sections for fans in Old Trafford. In an attempt to improve atmosphere there has been trials of a singing section, which will continue in the coming weeks. We have also seen the possibility raised in the last week of a ‘teenage’ section with reduced ticket prices and a chance for the next generation of fans to grow into match going United fans.

So going forward what should the focus be on in terms of getting fans and atmosphere into the ground?

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David Moyes & Manchester United: Where does the blame lie?

Posted on January 06, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Everton, Man United, Managers   23 Comments »
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David Moyes has had a tough time at Manchester United since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson

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So this is how Manchester United ends… with a whimper and not with a bang. The last 6 months have conclusively proven that our time in the sun is now over and we must accept mediocrity on a level of Liverpool in the 90s.

That’s the only conclusion we can draw from the difficult six months since Sir Alex walked away and David Moyes was given the chalice isn’t it?

I mean it’s not like Sir Alex bled every last bit of success he could out of a group of players we have been saying for several years has been performing better than the sum of its parts. That a manager with over 25 years experience at the same club, a club he effectively had lead role in redesigning and helped to reform from top to bottom, would know exactly how to drive these players further than they realised they could go.

If a manager with 25 years at one of the most successful and famous teams in the world, gives you advice and tells you can achieve something, it might just make you do something many didn’t think you could.

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How much can Manchester United expect of Adnan Januzaj?

Posted on January 03, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Players, Stretty Debate   2 Comments »
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How much can we ask of Adnan Januzaj right now?

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In the space of about 10 minutes during the second half against Spurs, Wayne Rooney knocked at least 4 consecutive long balls out to Adnan Januzaj on the right wing. As we were chasing the equaliser it appeared that the youngest member of the team was the ‘go-to’ guy in a time of crisis.

With a team of internationals should we be placing so much expectation on a player still only 6 months into his first season with the first team?

What kind of effect could such demands have on his overall development?

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Manchester United vs Spurs: View From The Opposition

Posted on January 01, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Match Previews, Spurs   No Comments »
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Manchester United host Spurs at Old Trafford hoping to avenge the 3-2 defeat from last season

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Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford for today’s New Year clash. The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane produced an exciting 2-2 draw and usually clashes between the two are full of incident. Spurs achieved their first win at Old Trafford last season since 1989 with a 3-2 but had to survive a United onslaught in the second half. An Evans OG and goals from Dempsey and Bale were enough to see Spurs home.

Since the 2-2 draw on the 1st December both sides have experienced differing fortunes. United have started to find a consistency in recent weeks whilst Spurs have had to recover from heavy defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool that resulted in the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas. Tim Sherwood has stepped in and appeared to steady the ship for Spurs whose most recent result was a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Stoke City.

United have continued injury concerns with Van Persie, Jones and Rafael serious doubts whilst Wayne Rooney faces a late call on his fitness. Spurs have added Paulinho to an extensive injury list after Charlie Adam’s assault/tackle at Stoke City.

We sat down with Tottenham fan, Bashir Falconer to run the rule over the North London side heading into today’s teatime clash.

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Hammers Nailed By A Resurgent United

Posted on December 22, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   1 Comment »

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As we hit the Christmas and New Year rush it looks like United have started to rediscover their own sense of urgency on the pitch.

Goals from Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young, all with their own differing beauty made this a comfortable afternoon for the reds with a 3-1 win. It appeared at times almost like a United team under Sir Alex who didn’t let their opponents ever get a significant foothold in the game. Plenty of positives to digest and very few negatives (Buttner) with now only being 4 points from the top 4 made it a solid afternoons work.

Here we pick out some of the talking points of the afternoon and invite feedback/thoughts from both sets of fans.

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Danny Welbeck Leads The Way In Midlands Romp

Posted on December 15, 2013  by Bricki  in Aston Villa, Bricki, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Danny Welbeck scored twice as Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-0

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Following defeats to Everton and Newcastle at Old Trafford it was important that United secured all 3 points at what has usually been a good luck ground in Villa Park.

After a nervy start where Villa created several chances from long range, United took control with two instinctive finishes from the returning Danny Welbeck up front. A third goal from Tom Cleverley (TC23) in the second half secured a very comfortable 3 points that could and should have been more.

Performances from Rooney, Welbeck, Januzaj and others plus the return of Darren Fletcher in midfield were major high points in a win that hopefully means the team will kick on through the vital Christmas period.

Here we discuss the talking points of the game and welcome feedback from both sets of fans.

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Kagawa Haunted By The Ghost Of Veron?

Posted on December 13, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Players   7 Comments »
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Shinji Kagawa hasn’t found the form that made him a hot property at Dortmund.

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Shinji Kagawa is my kind of footballer. He’s small, nippy and all about looking after the ball. I could watch him conduct a game from the middle of the park all day long.

The expectations the moment United signed him from Borussia Dortmund were huge. Here was a player that had been part of the heartbeat of the football hipster’s favourite side in Europe. We had seemingly plucked the biggest gem from Dortmund to build our side around.

So a season and a half into his stay with United, what has gone wrong?

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Manchester United 0-1 Everton: Moyes loses to old club

Posted on December 04, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Bricki, Everton, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   10 Comments »
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Manchester United lose at home to Everton for the first time since 1992/93

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Manchester United hadn’t even signed Eric Cantona the last time Everton were last victorious in the league at Old Trafford. The Yugoslav Preki danced a merry dance around the helpless Peter Schmeichel to give the visitors a 3-0 win. United went onto lift the league title that season, the first time in 26 long years. It is looking highly unlikely that United will be retaining the title come May, as David Moyes’ men find themselves closer to the relegation zone than to the top of the table.

Bryan Oviedo, who was filling in for Leighton Baines – a summer transfer target for the home side, scored the only goal of the game to push Everton up to fourth place, whilst United linger in tenth position. United were unlucky not to hit the back of the net after Tim Howard saved from Patrice Evra’s header and Danny Welbeck hit the bar.

Here we discuss the talking points of the game and welcome feedback from both sets of fans.

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So Far, So Good In Europe For Moyes

Posted on November 28, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Champions League, Man United   No Comments »
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David Moyes’ Manchester United have safeguarded their path in to the last 16 of the Champions League

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I wonder if David Moyes turned to Sir Alex on the plane back after last nights 5-0 win over Leverkusen and said ‘I thought this Champions League was supposed to be difficult?!’

United under Moyes have made simple work of the group stage of the Champions League this year however what does it really tell us so far?

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