World Cup round up: Any players heading to Manchester United?

Posted on July 14, 2014  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Arturo Vidal has been linked with a move to Manchester United from Juventus since the World Cup

Alas, it is all over. One of the best World Cup Finals in living memory has finally ended. England were humbled, Holland were brilliant and Brazil’s collapse was astounding. We saw Miroslav Klose overtake Ronaldo as the tournaments all top top goal scorer with sixteen goals, we witnessed one of the great volleys of all time, which was then followed by an even better one from James Rodriguez of Colombia, and of course we saw Manchester United’s new manager in action with Holland and he was a penalty kick, or two, away from the World Cup final.

So, which players impressed you? Who failed to deliver? Most importantly, can you see any of these stars at Manchester United next season? Here we take a look at some of the star performers and comment on the transfer rumours linking them with the club.

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Paul Scholes was right to call out Wayne Rooney for England

Posted on June 08, 2014  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Players   No Comments »
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Paul Scholes celebrates with Wayne Rooney for Manchester United

The last time Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney lined up together at International level was ten years ago in Lisbon when England were eliminated on penalties by the hosts Portugal. Paul Scholes retired at the age of 29 from the national team, but was soon reunited with Rooney at club level when he was transferred from Everton to Manchester United on transfer deadline day. In that time, the club has won a European Cup and five Premier League titles, whilst Scholes has since retired twice.

Rooney heads to Brazil in what will most definitely be his last World Cup finals having made zero impact on a major international tournament since he burst onto the scene in the summer of 2004. He has been subject of criticism from his former teammate in recent weeks and has publicly dismissed the suggestion that he is past his peak.

Paul Scholes knows Wayne Rooney a lot better than many of his England colleagues and any journalist that has commented on the story, so why did Scholes say the things he did?

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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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Will a World Cup star be heading to Manchester United this summer?

Posted on May 26, 2014  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   2 Comments »
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Will Manchester United sign a top performer from the World Cup in Brazil?

Ah yes, it is that time again. The time to get put up that heavily branded ASDA World Cup wall chart, to reel off some of the best footballing cliques down the pub – including trying to fit in “dark horses”, “group of death” and “goalkeepers moaning about the new ball” into once sentence – and of course, the hype surround a good performance from an unlikely player. Toto Schillaci came from nowhere, whilst lanky Kennet Andersson helped Sweden to five goals en route to the semi-finals and of course, Liverpool bought that loveable character El Hadji Diouf based upon his performance in 2002.

So, how likely are Manchester United to purchase a player following the World Cup? Which players have already been linked to an Old Trafford move and where do United need to strengthen?

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Rio Ferdinand back in England squad for footballing reasons

Posted on March 14, 2013  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Players, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Rio Ferdinand has been called up to the England squad following his superb form for Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand is back in the England squad to face San Marino and Montenegro as Roy Hodgson finally rewards United’s number five for his tremendous form this term. This time the news wasn’t announced to passengers on the London tube, nor did the England boss not want to hear questions about Ferdinand, as he remarked following England’s victory over Brazil last month – but its official, Rio is back playing for his country.

Although I thought it was mind numbingly obvious pre Euro 2012 as to why Ferdinand was so ridiculously omitted from the squad, some of the contributors in the comments thought otherwise. Everyone is entitled to their say (although I’m not sure how many of them turned a computer on to angrily type their response), but surely now, it is obvious, Hodgson was wrong not to include him in the first place?

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United fan confession: I think I might like England again

Posted on September 03, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, International, Man United, Youth   13 Comments »

Author: Doron

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United > England. It’s what I’ve always believed and what I’ve always been told. Perhaps though, my interpretation of that belief needs amending somewhat now though. I am English and despite my lack of passion towards the national team, I can see myself having something of an affair, cheating almost on my beloved Man United. The freshness brought into the club this year by youth seems to be transferring itself onto the national team and for the first time in 15 years, I’m almost excited to watch my country play. Almost.

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Want Better Mens Teams? Treat Them Like Women…

Posted on July 01, 2011  by Bricki  in Bricki, International, Man United, Premier League   3 Comments »

England Women Football Team

AUTHOR: – Bricki

Following England Under 21s dismal exit at the hands of the Czech Republic at the Euro Championships in Denmark, the debate has again turned to the youth development of players in this country and what is going wrong.

In the team that was defeated by the Czechs on Sunday were 4 Man Utd players (Smalling, Welbeck, Cleverley and Jones). Producing youth players has been an important part of the fabric of United since the days of Busby and Murphy with most of the generations since producing at least 1/2 players of genuine class. It was the appointment of Sir Alex Ferguson though that saw the Academy given an importance again in the club and the development of our own players was placed at the heart of everything the club did.

So what does the future hold for the junior players of today and how do we look to improve and develop them to become a force at International Level again?

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Stretty Debate: Do Man United need a ‘John Terry’?

Posted on March 29, 2011  by Bricki  in Bricki, International, Man United, Stretty Debate   26 Comments »

John Terry

AUTHORS: - Bricki & Stretford-end

Every now and then we get involved in a Stretty debate where we look at a particular subject and offer counter arguments. This blog looks at the current England captain John Terry and whether or not Manchester United could use such a player in the side. Both arguments are honest and thought provoking and we welcome your comments on whether ‘Manchester United need a John Terry’.

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The Enigma of Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick

AUTHOR: – Bricki

Michael Carrick used to always be on the bench for England. Last night he wasn’t even in the squad. Its a position he seems to have been stuck in since the middle of last season. The question is what has happened to the player who was an integral cog in 3 championship winning teams and a team that reached consecutive Champions League Finals?

The introduction of Carrick into the United team from Spurs gave the midfield a more composed look and protection for the back four. This allowed Fletcher, Scholes and the newly signed Anderson to play further up the pitch and support Rooney and Ronaldo. After several quiet displays early on in his United career he excelled against Chelsea at Old Trafford, snuffing out attacks and giving more presence in Midfield.

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Could Chris Smalling be the next big thing?

Posted on November 15, 2010  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Man United News, Players   1 Comment »

Chris Smalling

Recently, I predicted that within eighteen months Chris Smalling would be called up to the England squad following what I believe to be an impressive couple of outings for United since his move from Fulham that was agreed in January of this year. However, I was quite shocked, considering I made this prediction a mere month ago, to find that our young centre half has been called up to the full England squad to face France this week. Smalling is yet to start a Premier League match for United but has in three of United’s four Champions League matches. So I’m asking the question – is Smalling the next big thing?

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