Rafael may leave United but he’s still smiling

Posted on May 25, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Players   No Comments »

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In a post-season that United fans can expect to see plenty of arrivals and departures, it seems inevitable that Rafael da Silva has played his last game for the club. Having lost his place in the side to Antonio Valencia, he last started a game away at Yeovil on the first weekend of 2015 and a series of minor injuries, the last being cracked ribs whilst playing for the U21 side in April, have ensured there wasn’t even the opportunity for a farewell appearance.

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Manchester United’s U21 glory is a squad success

Posted on May 15, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   4 Comments »

Adnan Januzaj celebrates scoring against Manchester City in the week for the U21

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Around this time of year there are usually blogs effusive with praise for Warren Joyce and what he’s been able to achieve over the course of the season with the United U21 side. Here’s another one, except this year has arguably been even more of a challenge than usual.

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Manchester United 0-1 West Brom: United draw a blank again

Posted on May 03, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, WBA   1 Comment »

Manchester United lose for the third time on the spin with a single goal for WBA.

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Oh United, you never make it easy for us, do you?

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Manchester United’s young English talent does exist!

Posted on April 26, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Youth   No Comments »

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Through club channels, social media and the traditional media there is an ever-growing interest in youth football today. There are three stand-out reasons for this: 1) there’s a race to spot the next big star with social kudos as the prize; 2) there’s a genuine interest from the media to keep abreast of what is and isn’t working at youth level; 3) the ‘outrage generation’ are always looking for success or failure stories. As a result, there’s currently as much coverage and conversation about youth football than there ever has been.

However, Man United haven’t been coming out of it all very well. In the latest international break, somewhat inexplicably, there wasn’t a single United player in the England U20, U19, U18, U17 or U16 squads; Jesse Lingard in the U21s was the sole club representative in the national youth setup. The club’s non-participation in the UEFA Youth League and quarter final exit from the FA Youth Cup meant they’ve missed out on TV coverage and a chance to show off their top talents. The narrative at the start of the season was that United had forgotten about the club’s tradition of youth production and recent articles believe United are falling behind in that area.

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Valencia’s renaissance as a defender has been key for United

Posted on April 07, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United   6 Comments »

Antonio Valencia has been in good form for Manchester United at right back this season.

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Louis van Gaal likes footballers who stick to the plan; players that can understand and execute his instructions. Those who fulfil this expectation and perform well will be rewarded with their manager’s loyalty and will continue to be selected in his team. One player who seems to have cemented his position in the side is Antonio Valencia, a player who had seen his initial popularity amongst supporters dwindle following two indifferent seasons prior to van Gaal’s arrival. Under van Gaal, Valencia has been used almost exclusively as a right back and this reinvention has been to the benefit of both manager and player as the Ecuadorian has become a consistent cog in United’s suddenly improving side.

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Darren Fletcher – forever fighting

Posted on February 02, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players   3 Comments »
Darren Fletcher
Darren Fletcher has finally left Manchester United to kick start his career at WBA

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Darren Fletcher’s move to West Brom is the end of a career-long battle at United. He has overcome rules, injuries, doubt, criticism and illness to make nearly 350 appearances for the club. He leaves having won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Club World Cup; he’s done the lot.

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Manchester United’s 2014 – a roller coaster of emotions

Posted on December 29, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United   1 Comment »

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It’s been a year of no trophies and high drama for Manchester United. Comings, goings, spending, criticism and philosophies. For fans of a certain age, it has been an eye opener and a year that won’t be forgotten quickly.

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Cause for optimism: Van Gaal’s a twister, not a sticker

Posted on November 10, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Managers, Players, Premier League   4 Comments »

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Nearly a third of the way through the league season and van Gaal’s United side are still yet to click. The players are currently playing their third system of the season and appear no closer to exemplifying the mythical ‘philosophy’ that the Dutch manager has referred to so often. But, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

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FA Youth Cup opportunity for Class of 2014-15?

Posted on November 07, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Youth   No Comments »

Manchester United in action in the Milk Cup

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It’s that time of year again when U18 players have their chance to shine in front of a bigger audience than usual and fans can speculate over which players should ‘make it’. United have been drawn at home to Port Vale or Bury in the 3rd Round of the FA Youth Cup and as ever, expectations will be high.

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Andreas Pereira – a surprise addition to the first team?

Posted on September 19, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Youth   1 Comment »

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There was one surprising inclusion in the Manchester United first team squad photo earlier this week. William Keane and Reece James who went on the summer tour weren’t included – both are now someway down the pecking order for their positions. Injured players such as Jones, Carrick, Lingard and Fellaini all took part along with young striker, James Wilson, who’s now very much with the first team. He was joined from the U21 squad, maybe somewhat surprisingly, by Andreas Pereira.

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