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   No Comments »

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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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Why Tom Cleverley failed to fulfil his potential at United…

Posted on September 02, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets, Youth   14 Comments »

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After a 14 year association with Manchester United, Tom Cleverley has taken his first steps towards leaving the club to further his career elsewhere, initially on loan with Aston Villa. His departure is more likely to be greeted with cheers rather than tears by the majority of United fans, but, in truth, what became of his career at Old Trafford is incredibly unfortunate.

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Defeat to MK Dons provides both questions and answers

Posted on August 27, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, League Cup, Man United, Match Reports, Youth   1 Comment »

Louis van Gaal looks on as his Manchester United side are beaten 4-0 by MK Dons.

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United’s shock defeat away to MK Dons in the League Cup and the manner of it will have raised a few eyebrows but it will have given van Gaal a bit of insight into some of his players but also opened some new questions or doubts about the system.

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Blackett, Keane and James: 3 different paths to the first team

Posted on August 03, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   No Comments »
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Given how tour has panned out for the trio of young defenders – Blackett, Keane and James – it felt necessary to provide a little bit of background and context as to how they each took differing paths to their current position in the first team squad.

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FA Youth Cup returns as Manchester United take on Burnley

Posted on December 16, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Burnley, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Man United News, Youth   No Comments »
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Manchester United last won the FA Youth Cup in 2011, beating Sheffield United in the final

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It’s that time of year again – the FA Youth Cup focuses attention on the younger players at United and thrusts them into the limelight for hopefully the next few months. Last year United lost at this same stage, going down 4-3 at home to Burnley despite having the likes of Pearson, Januzaj, Daehli and Wilson all starting. There’s a chance for revenge though as the draw has thrown up Burnley once again, this time on away turf on Monday night.

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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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Fulham 1-3 Man United: positives with a hint of concern

Posted on November 03, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Fulham, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   5 Comments »

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There was much intrigue about United’s trip to Fulham – United’s form has been slowly improving whilst Fulham’s has been rather less good which therefore had all the ingredients for a United-style upset. Carrick and Welbeck missed out through injury as Vidic returned in the league and Jones partnered Cleverley in the middle. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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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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United 1-1 Southampton: Saints punish United for not scoring a second

Posted on October 20, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Southampton   15 Comments »

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As the international break with England’s success and jokes of poor taste were left in the past, Premier League football returned. Southampton came to Old Trafford in fine form and frame of mind but there was a feel-good factor at United after Januzaj’s double at Sunderland and subsequent new five year contract announced a few hours before kick-off. Moyes made two changes from that game as Vidic was replaced by Evans (presumably with the Champions League in mind) and Fellaini replaced the injured Cleverley. Southampton also made two changes to their side with Shaw and Rodriguez replacing Fox and Lambert. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Sunderland 1-2 Man United: Januzaj, de Gea and the engine room

Posted on October 05, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland   17 Comments »

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Billed as relegation battle by some wanting some ‘bantz’, United’s trip to Sunderland provided a chance to head into the upcoming international break with a renewed sense of positivity and a much needed win. Moyes once again made changes from the midweek game as Jones, Nani and Rooney returned whilst Januzaj was handed his full debut. For Sunderland there were just two changes as Celustka and Roberge came into the team allowing Gardner to move into midfield. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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