Manchester United next captain: Who is your money on?

Posted on August 02, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Players, Premier League   6 Comments »
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Robin van Persie is being touted as the next Manchester United captain

Guest Author: Mitchell Jones

You may not have been aware of this, given how little coverage football has received this summer, but Manchester United have replaced the managerial turd that was David Moyes with a pair of giant Dutch testicles by the name of Louis van Gaal. Given the hype of the media and the supporters, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the champions are back in town. The champions who, well, aren’t actually the champions any more.

Things have gotten so bad at Old Trafford that United don’t even have a team captain any more. Our last one, Nemanja Vidic, decided he couldn’t live up to Moyes’ expectations of everyone playing like Phil Jagielka and shipped himself off to Inter Milan. Patrice Evra saw the writing as well, begging his way into Juventus before he was pushed out in favour of youth. That left Rio Ferdinand, who was told to pack his bags and follow suit. He’s now at Queens Park Rangers, exchanging banterous tweets with his new teammates and hocking his branded merchandise to anything he can put a cap on: footballers, rappers, mannequins, pigeons, lampposts, etc.

So now van Gaal, a mere few weeks into his new post, has a monumental decision to make. With the captain and vice-captain positions open, who will he deem fit to lead the new United back into the promised land of top four glory?

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Louis van Gaal and changes at Manchester United

Posted on July 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Premier League   No Comments »
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with assistant manager Ryan Giggs

Despite not joining the club until after the World Cup Finals in Brazil, nearly all Manchester United fans were delighted at the news that Louis van Gaal would be the next manager of the club. We watched with joy when, what appeared to be, a happier Robin van Persie launching himself into the air to score one of the goals of the tournament. The diving header looped over Spanish captain Iker Casillas who was stranded by the quick thinking Dutchman. His high five celebration with van Gaal is something many Reds will be hoping to see time and time again this campaign.

Even though the former Holland coach has only been at the club for a week – he has been a breath of fresh air with his comments in the limited number of press conferences he has had thus far. A confident and self assured man that is never afraid to voice his opinion or to challenge the status quo. Already, the limp and predictable exchanges between his predecessor David Moyes and the press are a thing of the past. Manchester United have the real deal here – a manager who has won a number of titles in different countries and won the European Cup with a youthful attack minded Ajax side.

So what changes can we expect to see this season?

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Manchester United fans will enjoy Louis van Gaal says Dutch football expert

Posted on May 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Manchester United have appointed Dutchman Louis van Gaal as the new manager of the club.

It wasn’t the best kept secret, but today – Manchester United announced that Louis van Gaal will be the new manager of the club from the 2014/15 season having signed a three year deal. The Dutchman, currently preparing for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil with his homeland, will be ready to take over at the club in July and there have already been a number of big names linked – Luke Shaw, Mats Hummels and Kevin Strootman just a few.

Van Gaal is welcome appointment to many Manchester United fans following the disastrous David Moyes reign. He has won the Champions Leagues, domestic titles in different countries and plays open attacking football. Only Frank O’Farrell in the 70s managed United who wasn’t born in the UK- now United have got their Dutchman.

Ryan Giggs, who called time on his unbelievable career today, will take up the assistant managers post as the next era at Old Trafford begins. We caught up with Dutch football expert Peter McVitie, who writes over at http://benefoot.net/, who spoke about potential signings, the Ajax team of 94/95 and how is style of management differs from that of David Moyes. You can follow David on Twitter @PeterMcVitie.

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With Louis van Gaal imminent is this Ryan Giggs’ final appearance at Old Trafford?

Posted on May 05, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Hull City, Legends, Man United, Managers   1 Comment »
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Will Louis van Gaal be the manager of Manchester United next season?

Ryan Giggs will walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow night in what could well be his final home appearance for Manchester United, either as one of the most decorated players to have ever graced a football pitch or even in his short managerial role. Giggs has played 962 times for United, that is 204 more appearances than Sir Bobby Charlton, who he overtook that evening in Moscow back in 2008. Looking back to that rainy night, it would be hard to imagine United in limbo less than a season without the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.

David Moyes had a torrid time in the hot seat, a seat that will forever be reminded of the task at hand with with the name of the greatest manager of all time plastered across the stand it faces. Moyes couldn’t even start to rebuild and was sacked following the 2-0 defeat away at Everton. United now know they have to get it right as another season without Champions League football will be catastrophic for the club. The two main contenders are club legend Ryan Giggs or the disiplinarian Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who won the Champions League with a young Ajax side in 1995. Who would you pick?

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Giggs Off To A Flyer as United thrash Norwich – Talking Points

Posted on April 27, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Managers, Match Reports, Norwich City, Premier League   3 Comments »

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Author: Bricki

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After a busy week at Old Trafford that saw David Moyes contentious reign ended and stalwart Ryan Giggs take over as interim manager, Norwich City were the visitors for a game that many hoped would bring a feel good factor back to the club.

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Will David Moyes win a major trophy at Manchester United?

Posted on April 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers   9 Comments »
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David Moyes ends his first season in charge of Manchester United without a major trophy

“This is a trophy for Sir Alex, so if he is sitting at home and watching today, this is for you Sir Alex and for the way your team performed last season and won the Premier League. The only way you get to the Charity Shield is by winning the league or the FA Cup, so Sir Alex’s team did that last year and the ones from now on will be hopefully for me to win.”
- David Moyes August 2013

Yes indeed. The Community Shield, the season opener between the previous league champions and the FA cup winners. A perfect start for David Moyes to get a taster or what it is like to win a trophy. They have been more entertaining ties down the years, most noticeably an Eric Cantona hattrick pre-King status, Kenneth Wolstenholme’s famous line on Bobby Chalrton’s excellent second goal against Spurs in 1967 (or even Pat Jennings goal in the same game!) and the bare chested Kevin Keegan and Billy Bremner going at it hammer and tong having been sent off for getting a big chunky Johnny Giles elbow. Yes, those were Community, or Charity, shield memories from yesteryear – which you could argue were far more memorable than the 2-0 victory over Wigan some eight months ago.

In the time that has elapsed, we’ve seen a ‘Moyes Out’ plane banner fly over Old Trafford during the 4-1 win over Aston Villa, United humbled at home by Manchester City and Liverpool and a number of uninspiring flat press conferences, where the manager focuses on ‘trying’ to win. The debate on Moyes always brings me back to this question – can you ever see, regardless of time, a Manchester United side managed by David Moyes winning a major trophy?

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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 »
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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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David Moyes & Manchester United: Where does the blame lie?

Posted on January 06, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Everton, Man United, Managers   23 Comments »
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David Moyes has had a tough time at Manchester United since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson

Author: Bricki

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So this is how Manchester United ends… with a whimper and not with a bang. The last 6 months have conclusively proven that our time in the sun is now over and we must accept mediocrity on a level of Liverpool in the 90s.

That’s the only conclusion we can draw from the difficult six months since Sir Alex walked away and David Moyes was given the chalice isn’t it?

I mean it’s not like Sir Alex bled every last bit of success he could out of a group of players we have been saying for several years has been performing better than the sum of its parts. That a manager with over 25 years experience at the same club, a club he effectively had lead role in redesigning and helped to reform from top to bottom, would know exactly how to drive these players further than they realised they could go.

If a manager with 25 years at one of the most successful and famous teams in the world, gives you advice and tells you can achieve something, it might just make you do something many didn’t think you could.

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The Book Of Red Revelations

Posted on October 10, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Legends, Man United, Managers   1 Comment »
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Will Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography heap more pressure on David Moyes?

Author: Bricki

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David Moyes appears to have found the adjustment to managing Manchester United difficult at times so far. This is totally understandable and it would appear the majority of match going United fans have his back right now. Each game has shown loud vocal backing and an understanding that the early days will be difficult.

Is Moyes being dealt a fair hand however by others associated with the club?

In particular the man he succeeded – Sir Alex himself?

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Stretford-end.com 2013/14 Manchester United season preview

Posted on August 15, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Managers, Manchester City, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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David Moyes will be hoping Robin van Persie will fire Manchester United to another title

Every season its the same. The predictions, the hope of glory in ten months time, the arguing with rivals fans up and down the country as we’re all on a level playing field – yes, the league campaign kicks off on Saturday. Fast forward to the end of each season from the dreamy summers of 92, 98 and 2012 and you will see Fergie’s hands around yet another trophy, will May 2014 see David Moyes’ debut season at Old Trafford end in triumph? Take a look at what we think below in our preview special.

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