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 »
Juan Mata
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 »
Manchester United v Liverpool FA Cup Semi-Final
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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Shinji Kagawa is wasted at Manchester United

Posted on March 01, 2014  by El Rob  in Guest Writer, Man United, Players   11 Comments »
Kagawa and Van Persie
Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie haven’t been together on the pitch very often this season.

Author: @wastedkagawa
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We’ve got a guest post for you today, on the use – or misuse – of Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United, by someone who has very strong opinions on the matter. This one is sure to stir up lots of debate, so feel free to discuss (no abuse!) in the comments. Enjoy.

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Is there a Manchester United youth strategy?

Posted on February 03, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   4 Comments »
Manchester United youth team from 1992
A Manchester United youth side featuring Gary Neville Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and David Beckham

Author: Tony

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I have worked in multi-national organisations, and specifically Human Resources for over thirty years and in my role as a consultant I help businesses with performance and talent management systems.

Organisations have thousands of employees and they are trying to maximise performance from each one, attract new talent into the business while rewarding and retaining their top performers.

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Duncan Edwards… what position did he actually play?

Posted on November 07, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Recommended United Literature   3 Comments »
Manchester United?s youth team, England, c 1950s.
Manchester United’s youth team in the 1950s with Duncan Edwards 2nd from the right on the back row.

Author: Tony

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When naming my best ever United XI, a difficult exercise at the best of times, the first player in my team is Duncan Edwards… playing in central midfield.

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Man United vs. Real Madrid – a different beast from last time

Posted on March 05, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Guest Writer, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Cristiano Ronaldo heads home for Real Madrid against Manchester United in the Bernabeu

Author: David

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Ahead of the first leg, we enlisted the help of David Cartlidge to give us some insight into Real Madrid. This time, we’ve gone back to him loaded with some questions about what’s happened since that game and what could happen tonight.

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Manchester United in the 1970s

Posted on February 18, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Old Posts   No Comments »
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Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty with the 1977 FA Cup

Author: The Mancunian Red (Guest Blogger)

I often listen to the older fan bemoan today’s atmosphere, claiming it was different it the 1970s, yet I first started going in the 1970s and had fans telling me it wasn’t the same at the old days, how it was said you could hear the roar in Oldham when United scored in a big European cup game. And even in the 1970s I distinctly remember fans after the game complaining about the atmosphere.

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Real Madrid vs. Manchester United – insight into the Spaniards

Posted on February 12, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Guest Writer, Man United, Match Previews   2 Comments »
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid takes on Manchester United in the Champions League

Author: David

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United’s last 16 pairing in the Champions League has thrown up an opposition we’ve not faced for nearly 10 years – Real Madrid. Although many of us watch La Liga on a regular basis, it’s always worth getting an expert opinion on the intricacies and politics of the club. David Cartlidge has kindly written about Real and covered everything from their tactics to their obsession with a tenth European crown. David’s a freelance writer and written for a long list of reputable websites about Spanish football, most notably as a Spanish football expert for The Mirror. (He also happens to be a United fan!)

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An introduction to CFR Cluj from a Romanian football scout and journalist

Posted on October 01, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »

Some United fans have had this flag made to take out to Romania

Author: Doron

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Following Saturday’s defeat at home to Spurs, United fly out to Romania today before playing Romanian Champions, CFR Cluj, tomorrow. They’re new opposition for United and it’s the second year running we travel to Romania to face opposition. Like last year, we’ve once again called on Radu Baicu, a Romanian journalist and scout for BSC Young Boys to introduce Cluj to United fans. Here’s what he had to say…

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