Anderson leaves Manchester United for Fiorentina

Posted on January 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
Sir Alex wants Anderson to curb his enthusiasm
Anderson’s career at Old Trafford was always hindered by injury, lack of fitness and off field problems

“Come in number 8, your time is up”. No doubt if number 8 did indeed stand up to look around at the park keeper, the boat would capsize and our former Brazilian pigeon chested midfielder would plunge into the lake. Yes, Anderson is finally moving on to pastures new, with Fiorentina securing the signature of a player who promised so much, but delivered very little in his six and a half years at Old Trafford.

The summer of 2007 seems a distant memory, when Reds were overjoyed to find at the end of May that United had acquired the services of two of the hottest young properties in Europe. Winger Nani from Sporting Lisbon and the Brazilian player maker Anderson from Porto. Sir Alex Ferguson would also add Carlos Tevez to an attacking arsenal that already consisted of the maturing Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. United would go onto win the European Cup and retain the Premier League title.

Wayward shooting, over eating, no look passing, long term injuries, ‘shitting on Fabreas’, brasses, samba dancing and that penalty in Moscow. A player who promised so much, who for one reason or another – but just didn’t deliver.

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David Moyes, Manchester United and moving forward

Posted on January 11, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Managers, Players, Premier League   6 Comments »
David Moyes, new Manchester United manager
David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson, the Glazer, the players – where are United now?

Author: Karate Jesus

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Given the increasingly desperate form of the team, United are proving to be fertile ground at the moment for journalists, bloggers or, frankly, anyone, be they of a United persuasion or not. So, if you can’t beat them, join them.

Some of this analysis is poor and I want to quickly address one moot point that highlights how confused many people have become; namely that Ferguson being in the stands is casting a dark shadow over Moyes’ attempts to manage the club.

Ferguson, aside from jumping through the publisher hoops following his autobiography, has remained pretty much silent on football related matters since retiring. If the new man can’t handle him being at games, he shouldn’t be in the job and there is no evidence at all that Moyes is effected by this.

It’s a non-issue that is only being seen as one because people keep repeating it. If Ferguson now stopped going to games, that too would become an issue. It’s lazy thinking, considering the multitude of other issues that are currently causing the club problems.

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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 »
Manchester United were 2011 FA Youth Cup winners
Manchester United last won the FA Youth Cup in 2011, beating Sheffield United in the final

Author: Doron

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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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Win a signed Denis Irwin Manchester United shirt

Posted on June 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Competition, Legends, Man United, Man United News   No Comments »
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Win a Manchester United shirt signed by ex player and legend Denis Irwin

Stretford-end.com have got hold of a Manchester United shirt signed by ex left back and legend Denis Irwin as a prize give away. Irwin signed for Manchester United in 1990 from Oldham and went on to make 529 appearances for the club, which puts him 8th on the all time list – a remarkable achievement. Irwin won seven League titles, a European Cup, three FA Cups, a League Cup and a whole host of other honours at his time at Old Trafford. Read onto to find out more!

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Michael Carrick: “I am at my peak at Manchester United”

Posted on May 02, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Premier League, Press, Quotes   No Comments »
Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick believes he is at his peak for Manchester United

Michael Carrick has been excellent for Manchester United this term. United’s number sixteen, who signed from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006, has been a pivotal part of the side to ensure a unprecedented 20th league was won with four games to spare. Carrick has played in 43 games for United this season, that is second to only Robin van Persie.

Earlier in the season, we described Carrick as United’s most important midfielder and after a number of dominant performances, you can’t argue otherwise. The cultured midfielder was speaking with the official Manchester United website and discussed Andrea Pirlo, Sergio Busquets and setting an example for the younger players.

Carrick’s performances were noted by his peers and he was nominated for the PFA footballer of the year award, which was subsequently won by Gareth Bale.

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Nemanja Vidic expects tough test away at West Ham

Posted on April 15, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Premier League, Press, Quotes, West Ham   No Comments »
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Nemanja Vidic expects a tough match for Manchester United away at West Ham

Nemanaja Vidic has spoken to MUTV about Manchester United’s trip away to West Ham and expects a tough time, like the physical encounter away at Stoke City on Sunday. United won the match 2-0, with Vidic superb at the heart of the defence, winning header after header against the physical Kenwyne Jones, who was eventually substituted.

United’s captain has only featured in twenty appearances so far this season, with sixteen of those coming in the league. His inclusion will be vital to combat the aerial threat of Andy Carroll. United have played West Ham three times so far this season, winning the match 1-0 at home in the league, drawing 2-2 in the FA Cup and then winning the replay 1-0.

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Nemanja Matic linked in move to Manchester United

Posted on April 13, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Press, Transfer Speculation   2 Comments »
Nemanja Matic
Nemanja Matic has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United from Benfica

The Guardian has linked Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic with a move to Manchester United from Benfica to strengthen the midfield. For a number of years, many reds have longed for a top class centre midfielder, even more so after 39 year old Ryan Giggs was chosen to pair with Michael Carrick in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City last Monday. Matic has recently signed a new five year deal, so will come at a price, but according to the report – United’s scouts have been impressed with the Serbian international who has notched up five goals so far this term. The 25 year old has featured five times for his country.

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Roberto Mancini believes United should not be 15 points clear

Posted on April 05, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Manchester City, Quotes   No Comments »
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Fegruson
Robert Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson on the touchline in the Manchester derby last season

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini today commented that Manchester United should not be fifteen points clear in the title run in, despite the fact that United have not lost in the league since late November, when the league leaders went down 1-0 away at Norwich. In that time, United have only dropped four points (two draws away at Swansea and Tottenham) whilst City have lost away at Southampton and at Everton, and of course – losing to Manchester United after that last gasp freekick from Robin van Persie. We will have a full preview of the match live on the website in time for the derby.

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Robin van Persie praises Rene Meulensteen coaching

Posted on February 07, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Quotes   No Comments »
Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates scoring
Robin van Persie praises Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen for his goals this season

Robin van Persie has thanked United’s long serving coach Rene Meulensteen for his goal scoring exploits this season. Meulensreen celebrated ten years at Old Trafford last season and is an extremely well liked and respected member of the coaching team. He has helped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney develop into the players they are today. The Dutch coach, who retired through injury at the age of 29, helped a young Ronaldo develop by working on when he should dribble and when to pass the ball, which of course helped towards the incredible 42 goal haul in 2007/08. It appears he is having the same impact with Robin van Persie.

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Manchester United 3-1 QPR Talking Points

Posted on November 25, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Match Reports, Queens Park Rangers   4 Comments »
Darren Fletcher of Manchester United scores
Darren Fletcher scores Manchester United’s second goal in the 3-1 win over QPR

Author: Bricki

Manchester United again came from behind to claim all three points at Old Trafford against bottom club QPR. United went 1-0 down to a Jamie Mackie strike, before relying on Evans, Fletcher and Hernandez to finish the game. We were lucky enough to have a great ‘view from the opposition’ in our QPR match preview on Friday, which you might find interesting. Here we discuss the Talking Points from the match and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

Bricki also blogs on The Running Fella.

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