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.

Guest Author: Doron

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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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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 »

Guest Author: Doron

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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.

Author: Doron

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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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Marcos Rojo is a Red: What can we expect?

Posted on August 23, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Guest Writer, Man United, Players   No Comments »
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“That’s Youngy, he plays left wingback these days.” “Him?”

Authors: Rob and Pedro

Despite needlessly restrictive and bureaucratic UK immigration policy, Marcos Rojo is now a Manchester United player, having joined in a deal that sees £16 million go into the murky web of deceit, skulduggery and credit default swaps that characterise the world of modern football finance to his former club and third-party owners, as well as Nani’s return to Sporting CP on a season-long loan. Some were quite surprised at the size of the deal, especially since it featured Nani as a makeweight despite him having some truly excellent spells of form for United (admittedly mixed in with longer spells of frustrating uselessness).

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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 »
Reece James

Author: Doron

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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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2014 Milk Cup Man United: 10 Tournament Takeaways

Posted on July 31, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   1 Comment »

Author: Tony

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They may have changed the sponsorship but it’s business as usual at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

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Manchester United International Graduates – A Rich History

Posted on May 27, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, International, Man United, Youth   1 Comment »

Author: Tony

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When Scott Duncan decided to enter a youth team into the Manchester League at the start of the 1932/33 season, little did he know what cultural revolution he had initiated nor what legacy he would leave.

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Manchester City away: A view from the stands

Posted on March 25, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Manchester City, Premier League   1 Comment »
Manchester United win at Manchester City
Manchester United won 3-2 at Manchester City last season with a last minute Robin van Persie goal

Guest Author: Darren Richman

As we prepare for the visit of City this evening, I thought it was an apt moment to reflect on United’s last win against their cross-town rivals. I had not originally intended to write a piece about my trip to Eastlands that December but, given the way the day unfolded, it would have been remiss if I did not. In the week that saw the launch of a book in which I wrote a chapter about the best day of my life (26/5/99 of course, buy it at http://www.deepestredbook.com/), that trip to the Etihad was almost certainly the greatest away day I have experienced. Setting aside Moscow (since it wasn’t, strictly speaking, an away day) and the Cantona kung-fu kick (since it wasn’t, strictly speaking, great – we drew 1-1), there are only two other genuine contenders. Beckham from the halfway line at Wimbledon and the Spurs 5-3 were both obviously great moments but context is all and City are City. This was the zenith.

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Can Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie play together?

Posted on March 18, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Premier League, Statistics   7 Comments »
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Juan Mata is yet to score for Manchester United following his move from Chelsea

Guest Author: Doron Salomon

As the season continues to turn darker and become increasingly memorable for the wrong reasons, United are going to have to score, and score big if there’s to be anything left to salvage. Putting the ball in the net has been one of the fundamental problems and whilst fans are keen to point the finger at the manager or specific players, this is a shared concern that looks set to continue.

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Manchester United vs. Liverpool: The fixture to look out for

Posted on March 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Liverpool, Man United   1 Comment »
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Bryan Robson and Kenny Dalglish back in 1985 for Manchester United vs. Liverpool

Guest Author: Luzhniki2008‎

When the football fixtures are announced each Summer the first matches that I always look for on these lists are when we will play Liverpool at home and away. These, for me, have always been our biggest matches of the season, regardless of either side’s league position or form. As a child, in the mid 1980s, Liverpool were by far the most successful side of the time, winning numerous League titles, Domestic Cups, Charity Shields and European Cups, though not the Intercontinental Cup.

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