Manchester United vs. Arsenal preview: view from oppo

Posted on May 16, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Manchester United beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates in November

Manchester United, who have all but qualified for the Champions League next season, do battle once again with FA Cup finalists Arsenal in a game which could see the home side swap places with the Londoners with a victory. United will be without their skipper, Wayne Rooney, who is still suffering from picking up a dead leg injury last weekend against Crystal Palace. This could mean a start for ex-Arsenal skipper, Robin van Persie, who has no doubt struggled for form since Sir Alex Ferguson departed at the end of his quite brilliant debut season.

Luke Shaw is also set to miss the game following his injury in the fixture last weekend. Louis van Gaal also spoke of the upcoming Euro U21 tournament in the summer, which he feels Shaw should miss in order for his body to recover.

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Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United view from the opposition

Posted on May 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney scores a great volley against Crystal Palace in 2013/14
Wayne Rooney scores a great volley against Crystal Palace last season

Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park off the back of three straight defeats to take on a Crystal Palace side who are also in a poor run of form. Louis van Gaal’s men have lost 1-0 to Chelsea, 3-0 to Everton and 1-0 to WBA. The defeat at Chelsea was a close one, but United were extremely poor against Everton in the 3-0 defeat and were flat against WBA. With Liverpool only four places behind United, a Champions League place is nowhere near certain, which is a far cry from three weeks ago when the spot looked all but wrapped up.

The home side are also in bad form, losing at home 2-0 to WBA, 2-0 to Hull City and 1-0 away to the now Champions, Chelsea. Alan Pardew has guided the South London club to safety following his torrid treatment at Newcastle United, who are now engulfed in a relegation scrap. United will be boosted by the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven, who will join the club in the summer for the new season. With three games left and fourth place not yet secured, van Gaal must pick up three points today.

Palace have not beaten United at Selhurst Park since the end of the 1990/91 season – when the home side ran out 3-0 victors. Ferguson rested a number of key players for the match ahead of the Cup Winners Cup final in Rotterdam a few days later – which United went on to win 2-1.

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Manchester United vs. Aston Villa view from the opposition

Posted on April 03, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Juan Mata scores for Manchester United against Aston Villa last season

Following the international break, in form Manchester United welcome Aston Villa to Old Trafford in what will be the 184th clash between the two sides. Villa are struggling at the wrong end of the table, but have recently picked up under new manager Tim Sherwood with an important win over fellow relegation battlers, Sunderland. Villa fans can also look forward to an FA Cup semi-final clash against Liverpool or Blackburn Rovers but the main focus will be on Premier League survival and three point at Old Trafford.

United are in good form, beating Tottenham and a superb 2-1 win against Liverpool over the past few weeks, which has opened a gap between United in fourth spot. Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini are in fine form and both are expected to start against Villa,

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Liverpool vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition

Posted on March 22, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
David De Gea thwarts Raheem Sterling in the 3-0 victory over Liverpool back in December

In what is the 192nd meeting between the two clubs, Manchester United travel to Anfield to take on a Liverpool side two points behind as the battle for a Champions League spot really heats up. Liverpool have looked a different side since the turn of the year and have won five of their last six matches. United’s general form is also good, although a disappointed 2-1 defeat away at Swansea City means United have only won two of the last six away games.

Louis van Gaal starts a run of of four matches that sees United’s take on Liverpool, relegation strugglers Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea. The Dutchman will know that United have to pick up three points at Anfield to stay ahead of the pack and also send out a message. United last won at Liverpool in the autumn of 2012, when Robin van Persie slotted home the winning penalty. A repeat of that will be most welcome today.

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Manchester United vs. Spurs: view from the opposition

Posted on March 15, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Spurs   1 Comment »
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Manchester United and Spurs battle it out in the 0-0 draw in December

Manchester United begin a run of five games that, once concluded, will give a much clearer picture as to where Louis van Gaal’s men will finish come the end of May. United welcome Tottenham Hotspur, who are also chasing a top four finish, to Old Trafford this afternoon and are in desperate need of a win to keep on the tails of Arsenal, who won handsomely against West Ham United yesterday.

Today’s fixture marks a tricky run that includes a trip away to Liverpool, Manchester City at home and a trip away to league leaders Chelsea. A resurgent Aston Villa are also travel to Old Trafford over Easter.

Spurs have picked up wins in the previous two trips to Old Trafford, beating United 3-2 with an electric performance from Gareth Bale and last season 2-1 on New Years Day. The last win for United against Spurs came back in 2011/12, with a 3-0 victory in August. How United fans would love to see a repeat of that victory today.

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Preston NE vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on February 15, 2015  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
Paul Huntington scores as Preston beat Sheffield United in the last round of the FA Cup

The last time Manchester United faced Preston North End in any competitive competition was back in the 1971/72 season, ironically in the FA Cup. The previous United team sheet included the likes if Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and of course, George Best. The like of Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and Falcao will line up over forty three years later in what is a very different competition.

Preston are riding high in League One and are a good bet for promotion – but will be looking to pull off one of the all time FA Cup shocks when they take on United at Deepdale, in a tournament that has already seen the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City lose at home to lower ranked teams.

United struggled to beat Cambridge in the previous round and Louis van Gaal was critical of his United side in the 3-1 defeat of Burnley last week – so United fans will expect a performance in the FA Cup, which looks like the only trophy United have a chance of winning this season.

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Manchester United vs. Leicester City: Heskey, 5-3 and Falcao

Posted on January 31, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Leicester City, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Jamie Vardy stuns Manchester United in the 5-3 victory for Leicester back in September

It was one of the most barmy, spectacularly topsy turvy games in living memory. Manchester United were 3-1, cruising you could say. The same arrogances that Arsenal fans succumb to when leading against Bolton in the title race back in 2002/03 – and we all know how that finished! You could of course have been excused in reading the last few pages of the match programme whilst putting your feet up and talking to the bloke next to you about that berk at work, considering at 3-1 – United looked home and dry.

Then of course, Jamie Vardy won a penalty, bald since birth Esteban Cambiasso rifled in the equaliser before that man Vardy (who quite possibly might want to consider shaving his head) netted the fourth. He was then of course brought down for another penalty, which saw youngster Tyler Blackett sent off. Laurie Sanchez (if you squint) lookalike Leonardo Ulloa then slotted home Leicester’s fifth as United’s capitulation was confirm – Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United.

United last faced Leicester City at home back in the spring of 2004, when Gary Neville got on the score sheet! Louis van Gaal will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointing results against Southampton and also Cambridge in the cup. Leicester are unbeaten in their last two away games, winning at Hull City and coming back from 2-0 down to draw with Liverpool.

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Soccer AM’s Max Rushden answers questions ahead of FA Cup tie

Posted on January 23, 2015  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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“Rushden was petrified on his first day at the Soccer AM offices”

Manchester United travel to Abbey Road for the FA Cup fourth round tie against League Two outfit Cambridge United. The visitors last played the U’s back in 1991/92 (when United won the competition) beating their opponents 4-1 on aggregate. The match at Abbey Road finished 1-1, with Brian McClair scoring for United.

One man who was there that day is Max Rushden, Soccer AM’s co presenter since 2008, who has kindly answered a few questions for us ahead of the tie. What does he think of straight talking Louis van Gaal? Was Dion Dublin really responsible for United buying Eric Cantona? And if he could ask Sir Alex Ferguson one single question – what would it be? To find out – read on! –

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Stoke City vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on January 01, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   No Comments »
Chicharito scored a brilliant headed winner at Stoke in 2010. Will he have a similar impact tomorrow?
Javier Hernandez scores a wonderful header for Manchester United against Stoke City

Manchester United travel away to Stoke City on New Years Day, hoping to continue their unbeaten run into 2015.

United missed an opportunity to close the gap on Chelsea and Manchester City, following the 0-0 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

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Spurs vs. Manchester United view from oppo

Posted on December 28, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Spurs   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores in the 2-2 draw against Spurs last season

The festive games keep on coming and if you’re fed up of listening to aunt Maple moan about the “loud music of today”, then lock her in a room*, lie back on the sofa and read our Spurs view from the oppo! Wayne Rooney is in superb scoring form having picked up a very impressive brace in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle United (not to mention that he is now captain of my dream team), whilst Juan Mata is really starting to show his true class following his move from Chelsea last January.

United and Spurs are 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Premier League form league and it will be a tight affair in North London today. United are likely to be without Angel Di Maria who picked up a pelvic injury on Christmas Eve, but the visitors welcome back Luke Shaw from an ankle injury.

*Obviously, don’t lock her in a room

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