Manchester United sign off 2015/16 with FA Cup win at Wembley

Posted on May 22, 2016  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney lifts the FA Cup for Manchester United after beating Crystal Palace 2-1

Manchester United ended the season with a trophy – the FA Cup – in a entertaining final that saw substitute Jesse Lingard net the winner in extra time. It was a quality strike, worthy of winning any football match. United’s opposition, Crystal Palace, put in a good performance and were only 12 minutes away from a famous 1-0 victory, before Juan Mata scored the equaliser. The Palace fans were quality throughout the game – from start to finish.

In what was a whirlwind of an afternoon and evening, with the news that Jose Mourinho would take over as United manager at some point next week, Louis van Gaal must be pleased that he has delivered a trophy – the first major one without Sir Alex Ferguson since May 1985, when Ron Atkinson lifted the same trophy on the same turf. For all his faults, ‘philosophy’ and stubbornness in refusal to change – van Gaal has been a great manager, but it didn’t quite work out at Old Trafford as we’d expected following the 2014 World Cup.

There were a number of boos when he lifted the trophy – which shouldn’t have happened, considering he’d just won a trophy. His joyous celebration highlighted the passion and desire he still has to win football matches (and a trophy), but the football he instilled, having spent a fortune, wasn’t anywhere near the standards set by Sir Alex Ferguson over more than twenty five years.

United are now joint record holders with Arsenal for the FA Cup wins and combined with a record twenty league titles, ensures the club continues to be the most successful football club in England! Here is to next season!

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Remembering the brilliance of the FA Cup..

Posted on May 21, 2016  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United   No Comments »
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Eric Cantona helps Manchester United towards the double in 1994

“Que sera sera whatever will be will be, we’re going to Wembley – Que sera sera!”. Yes, the famous chant that has stood the test of time for clubs throughout the land and Manchester United are gearing up to do battle with Crystal Palace in what is a mirror fixture of the 1990 FA Cup final. When Louis van Gaal’s men take the field today, United will have featured in the FA Final more times than any other club (although Arsenal hold the record with 12 wins), taking the club’s tally to twenty. In those finals, the United faithful have witnessed a Billy Meredith inspired performance in 1909, despair at losing the 1958 final and the euphoria of Norman Whiteside bending one past Neville Southall.

1871 marks the first official FA Cup final. It is quintessential British occasion, an institution that reminds us all of a different time in football – a more innocent time. With the introduction of the Premier League in 1992 and the launch of the Champions League (also in 1992), football became more of a business, more about profit and ultimately – more about money. The FA Cup became a casualty in a football world that saw transfers and wages soar. The football bigwigs, and a small number of fans, would prefer a top four finish over an FA Cup victory – simply to qualify for the Champions League and face up against a Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. There is no doubting the importance of a Champions League place finish for a club and fan, both from a financial point of view (club) and from a mark of success point of view (fan) – but in order to achieve such a feat, perhaps United need to be victorious in a competition that has seen the likes of Eric Cantona, Jack Rowley and Denis Law leave the famous twin towers as winners.

The twin towers may be no more, the lingering memories of the Frenchman’s flair and swagger confined to a discussion over a few pints in the pub and the Champions League has accelerated past at Usain Bolt pace, leaving the FA Cup struggling for breath – but the 2016 FA Final provides an important reminder of what has come before and what lies ahead for the victor.

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Preston NE vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on February 15, 2015  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Paul Huntington scores as Preston beat Sheffield United in the last round of the FA Cup

The last time Manchester United faced Preston North End in any competitive competition was back in the 1971/72 season, ironically in the FA Cup. The previous United team sheet included the likes if Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and of course, George Best. The like of Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and Falcao will line up over forty three years later in what is a very different competition.

Preston are riding high in League One and are a good bet for promotion – but will be looking to pull off one of the all time FA Cup shocks when they take on United at Deepdale, in a tournament that has already seen the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City lose at home to lower ranked teams.

United struggled to beat Cambridge in the previous round and Louis van Gaal was critical of his United side in the 3-1 defeat of Burnley last week – so United fans will expect a performance in the FA Cup, which looks like the only trophy United have a chance of winning this season.

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Soccer AM’s Max Rushden answers questions ahead of FA Cup tie

Posted on January 23, 2015  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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“Rushden was petrified on his first day at the Soccer AM offices”

Manchester United travel to Abbey Road for the FA Cup fourth round tie against League Two outfit Cambridge United. The visitors last played the U’s back in 1991/92 (when United won the competition) beating their opponents 4-1 on aggregate. The match at Abbey Road finished 1-1, with Brian McClair scoring for United.

One man who was there that day is Max Rushden, Soccer AM’s co presenter since 2008, who has kindly answered a few questions for us ahead of the tie. What does he think of straight talking Louis van Gaal? Was Dion Dublin really responsible for United buying Eric Cantona? And if he could ask Sir Alex Ferguson one single question – what would it be? To find out – read on! –

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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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The Night Tom Hanks Played In United’s Midfield

Posted on June 10, 2013  by Bricki  in Arsenal, Bricki, FA Cup, Fun, Man United   No Comments »
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In the great moments we all remember where we were. On the night of the FA Cup Semi win over Arsenal, this is where i ended up…

The 98/99 season saw me in fifth year at high school and preparing to take my GCSEs, determining my future. I had watched the original tie at home and despite Keane’s dubiously disallowed goal i still expected us to win. Only after the final whistle and confirmation of the replay date did i realise there would be a slight problem.

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Dwight Yorke on Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes – the best

Posted on May 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Legends, Man United   No Comments »
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Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole celebrate another goal for Manchester United

Its been over ten years since Dwight Yorke left Old Trafford for Blackburn Rovers, but Manchester United’s former number 19 still holds the club in high regard and paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes. Sir Alex is to manage United for the final time against West Brom on Sunday, whilst Paul Scholes is also set to retire.

Yorke was part of the famous treble winning side and formed a superb partnership with Andy Cole – as United swept all before them. We’re extremely luck to talk with Yorke, who answered a few questions for us. We discussed Maldini, the treble and Fergie’s hairdryer.

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Chelsea 1-0 United: odd tactics and selections but no need to overreact

Posted on April 01, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Sleepy Nik   9 Comments »

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To Stamford Bridge again, for the third time this season. Crazily, there’s still a fifth meeting between the two sides to come and Chelsea will go into it with two domestic cup wins, a draw and a league defeat against us. Benitez named his strongest side whilst Fergie rested van Persie and was forced into changes as a result of injuries (Rooney, Rafael and Evans) sustained whilst players represented club and country. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United 2-2 Chelsea: midfield frailties, fatigue and some slack for Benitez

Posted on March 10, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Reports   12 Comments »

Wayne Rooney celebrates putting Manchester United 2-0 ahead against Chelsea in the FA Cup

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United hosted Chelsea for their third meeting this season in a third different competition. As things would pan out, both sides have two more meetings to come due to a strange game of football that really did have two contrasting halves. Rooney came back into the side as van Persie was rested – that was one of four changes from midweek for United whilst Chelsea went further and made seven. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea FA Cup: Fergie and Rafa reunited

Posted on March 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Previews   6 Comments »
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Manchester United & Chelsea meet at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter final

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Having already had the pleasure of playing Chelsea twice this seasons, both times in London, there are two more games against them to go, this time in Manchester. First up, it’s another domestic cup clash, as both sides are looking for a place in the semi finals of the infamous FA Cup. In many ways, despite both suffering defeats midweek, the two sides couldn’t be in more different places at the moment – more on that to come. As ever, we welcome comments and opinions from both sets of fans.

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