FC Bayern vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition

Posted on April 08, 2014  by El Rob  in Champions League, El Rob, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
Vidic-BayernAnother brilliant headed goal (and defensive display) by Vidic would be nice.

On Wednesday night, United face their biggest match of the season in Munich. After last week’s stirring 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, the Reds have to summon a performance for the ages to get past European champions Bayern, and reach the Champions League semifinals.

This past weekend, Bayern lost their first match of the Bundesliga season, 1-0 at Augsburg, with a starting XI featuring stars of the world game such as Mitchell Weiser, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Ylli Sallahi. United beat Newcastle 4-0, a really good performance that built upon their improving away form. Mr. Moyes was also able to rest key players such as Carrick, Ferdinand and Vidic, while Rafael may be fit to start on Wednesday. Unfortunately, man-of-the-match Juan Mata is cup-tied and therefore unavailable for the game. Robin van Persie is still injured and will be out for some time again, while Wayne Rooney is likely to start after suffering from a toe injury at the weekend. Patrice Evra will be available after a one-match suspension, though – amazingly – there is the possibility that Alex Büttner will get the nod at left back, after a disciplined and controlled defensive performance last week.

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Manchester United, Bayern Munich & European Cup Glory

Posted on March 31, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United   1 Comment »
Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich lift their fifth European Cup at Wembley last May.

Yep. Its finally here. Three times European Cup winners Manchester United take on reigning champions Bayern Munich, who are gunning for a sixth victory in this season’s competition. Having already wrapped up the the Bundesliga title with a laughable twenty-eight point gap over last year’s beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund, Pep Guardiola and his men will be fairly confident about progressing to the semi-finals of the tournament. With David Moyes under a severe amount of pressure, the European title is the only trophy left for United to win this season, although – in the way – are arguably the best team on the planet at present.

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Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa: Bring on Bayern?

Posted on March 30, 2014  by El Rob  in Aston Villa, Champions League, El Rob, Man United, Premier League   6 Comments »
Juan Mata scored his first goal for United yesterday. If you didn’t celebrate that, you have no soul.
Mata celebrates: “Wayne’s shaved and I haven’t, so you can’t notice we resemble each other a bit!”
Also: Fellaini kinda looks like he’s doing a “Blue Steel” pose, but for a different camera.

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Manchester United scored a slightly-flattering 4-1 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Villa opened the scoring through a decent Ashley Westwood free kick. “That’ll teach ya to stop confusing me with the golfer Lee Westwood!” he’s reported to have thought to himself while celebrating. United equalised through a Rooney header while Villa were exhibiting their patented “FIFA ’99 Amateur mode” defensive tactics, and United eased on to victory from there, showing a bit of the bounce-back-ability for which the club was is famous. I wanted to make an Alan Partridge reference here, as it’s quite appropriate – think “give me a second season!” – but sadly I’ve given up Alan Partridge references for Lent.*

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Olympiakos 2-0 Manchester United: Woeful display from United

Posted on February 25, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   7 Comments »
Joel Campbell, centre, celebrates scoring the second goal for Olympiakos against Manchester United
Joel Campbell scores for Olympiakos against Manchester United in the Champions League

Manchester United suffered defeat in Athens at the hands of Greek Champions Olympiakos after a woefully inept performance. The visitors are down 2-0 from the first leg and have it all to do at Old Trafford in three weeks’ time. Alejandro Dominguez’s instinctive reaction to a shot from Giannis Maniatis ended up in the back of the net past David De Gea.

Dominguez was unlucky not to have scored earlier, when his mazy, unopposed run was blocked by a last-ditch Nemanja Vidic tackle. Chris Smalling, deployed at right back, looked awkward and uncomfortable as he stumbled and bumbled his way up and down the touchline. He wasn’t alone, with United only registering their first shot on goal in the 89th minute of the match.

The home side doubled their lead in the second half when Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell scored a curling left-footed shot from outside the area to again leave the Spaniard helpless. Cleverley and Valencia were replaced by Welbeck and Kagawa who didn’t have any significant impact, whilst forwards Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were anonymous. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Olympiakos Vs. Manchester United Champions League preview

Posted on February 24, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Sleepy Nik   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney will be hoping to find the net against Olympiakos after a great goal Saturday

Some may consider Manchester United’s current season a Greek tragedy, with David Moyes’ men way off the pace in the Premier League. The Champions League is generally a nice distraction, especially considering the opposition facing domestic rivals in the competition. Wayne Rooney scored his first goal since the 3-2 victory over Hull City and will be looking to link up again with Robin van Persie as United aim to do one better than last season and get into the quarter finals.

United have met Olympiakos four times in their history, with the most recent coming back in October 2002, when Juan Sebastian Veron scored a superb goal in a 3-2 victory. United have won all four matches scoring twelve goals to the Greek’s two. The away side are missing Nani (hamstring), Phil Jones (hip) and Jonny Evans (calf) who have remained in Manchester due to injury, whilst Juan Mata is cup tied.

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United 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk: Through to the second round

Posted on December 11, 2013  by El Rob  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports, Sleepy Nik   3 Comments »
Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk
Phil Jones, the goalscorer, put in a decent midfield shift for United.

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Last night, United broke their two-match home losing streak with a tense 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk. In doing so, they secured their place as group A winners in the Champions League, and will therefore be looking forward to the draw for the first knockout round of the competition. United will be drawn against one of Galatasaray, Schalke, Milan, Olympiakos or Zenit. Here we’ll be looking at some of the major talking points from last night’s match, especially in terms of the tactical approach, and what they could mean for David Moyes’s side in the future.

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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 »
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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Bayer Leverkusen v. Manchester United: A collective excellence

Posted on November 27, 2013  by El Rob  in Champions League, El Rob, Man United   4 Comments »
Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United - UEFA Champions LeagueValencia’s haka paid off, as nearly all of the starting XI performed superbly.

(Photo credit: The Graun)

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In what came as a massive surprise to almost everyone, Manchester United went to the BayArena and savaged hosts Bayer Leverkusen by a score of 5-0. In doing so, United qualified for the next round of the Champions League, almost certainly as group winners. After conceding another late equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Cardiff on Sunday, the team needed a good performance and result to put our restless minds at ease.

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Changing The Game with HTC and Copa90

Posted on October 26, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Champions League, Man United   No Comments »

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Stretford End have writers that provide knowledge, debate and some fantastic articles. It was inevitable that we would be approached at some point to feed this to the masses in other ways. Copa90 and HTC asked Stretford End if we could support them on their programme – The Euro Fan.

Unfortunately all the decent writers were unavailable so they were left stuck with me to guide them around the city and give a United point of view to the European experience.

This is what happened.

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Man United 1-0 Real Sociedad: sign of things to come with some partnerships?

Posted on October 23, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   5 Comments »

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It’s strange how Europe has so far has been a welcome distraction from the attention that’s come with the side’s league form. Against Leverkusen and Shakhtar United were good and with Real Sociedad coming to Old Trafford, expectations were that United should be winning this one. Moyes made four changes from Saturday with Valencia, Giggs, Kagawa and Hernandez in for Nani, Fellaini, Januzaj and van Persie. We welcome comments from all fans.

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