James Wilson’s loan to Brighton is vital for his development

Posted on November 28, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   No Comments »

James Wilson has found his chances at Manchester United pretty limited this season

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The news of James Wilson’s loan to Brighton was akin to a last minute goal in a game. A quick rewrite was needed to a piece that was pretty much written about how it’s important something happens to him soon so that his career doesn’t start to stall. The premise ultimately remains the same but the loan, a positive move, provides some relief that he remains on the right path.

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Van Gaal’s difficult second album

Posted on October 29, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Managers   No Comments »

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In music they talk of the ‘difficult second album’, matching or bettering a previous work. It is of course subjective. To one person a riff could be art, to another, nothing more than offensive noise. Football is more clear-cut in that there is always a definitive result but the process of winning a game remains open for interrogation.

This is where Louis van Gaal finds himself now. He’s roughly 15 months into his spell at United and after achieving the absolute minimum in his first season, there is already an air of impatience amongst the fanbase. Just how do we assess the progress the club is making?

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What is going on with Manchester United’s youth academy?

Posted on September 14, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Youth   4 Comments »

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The international breaks tend to throw up nonsense club-related news and in the break just gone, there was one story in particular that deserves some attention. You may have been made aware, particularly by fans of other clubs, that United’s young players were very poorly represented in the England youth teams this past week. Why has that happened and are United falling behind at youth level?

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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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