Manchester United vs. Chelsea preview & view from the oppo

Posted on October 26, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford in a must win game for the reds.

Manchester United welcome unbeaten Chelsea to Old Trafford and Louis van Gaal’s side need a win in order to close the gap at the top of the table. Both clubs will be looking to capitalise on Manchester City’s loss at West Ham United yesterday, however – Chelsea are sitting comfortably at the top of the table with 22 points, whilst United are in eight position with ten points less. Jose Mourinho has only lost once at Old Trafford, which came in the 2005/06 season following those disastrous matches against Middlesborough (the 4-1 defeat that promoted Roy Keane’s reaction in the now infamous MUTV interview) and in the Champions League against Lille (United were eliminated at the group stage). Darren Fletcher scored the winner that day and Louis van Gaal will hoping for more of the same come 4pm this afternoon.

United of course have looked very leaky in defence and the backline was all over the place for WBA’s second goal last Monday. There are doubts that joint Premier League top goalscorer Diego Costa will miss the fixture though illness, although Mourinho is confident that the Spanish striker will feature. United also have their striker concerns, with Wayne Rooney suspended and Falcao nursing an ankle injury – the Colombian is a doubt after picking up the injury in training on Friday.

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WBA vs. Manchester United: Team news and view from oppo

Posted on October 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney takes a shot at WBA’s goal at the Hawthorns

Manchester United travel to the Hawthorns on Monday night to take on WBA, who will be looking to bounce back following a narrow 2-1 defeat away at Liverpool. Louis van Gaal will aim to make it three wins on the bounce, after beating West Ham and Everton by the same 2-1 scoreline. David De Gea was superb in the latter fixture, making a last gasp save to deny the visitors a point.

United are still without captain Wayne Rooney, who is suspended following his red card in the game against West Ham. This will surely mean a start for Robin van Persie and Falcao up top, with Juan Mata in behind. The United boss didn’t give away any clues in the press conference regarding team, as the visitors look to continue their exceptional record at WBA.

United haven’t lost in the league (WBA have won in the League Cup) since the 1983/84 season, when Ron Atkinson’s side lost 2-0. However, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of the club, both sides were involved in an epic 5-5 draw.

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Manchester United vs. Everton preview & view from the opposition

Posted on October 03, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Everton, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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Chris Smalling is denied as Manchester United lose 1-0 to Everton last season.

Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Sunday, looking for the club’s first back to back wins since beating Crystal Palace and WBA back in the spring. The visitors snatched a last gasp point at Anfield last Sunday when Phil Jagielka struck a beauty to silence the Kop. United are without captain Wayne Rooney, who was stupidly sent off for a rash kick at Stewart Downing last weekend in the 2-1 victory over West Ham United.

Before last season, Everton hadn’t won at Old Trafford since 1992/93. Bryan Oviedo gave the away side the lead and the eventual victory at Old Trafford back in December last season and Roberto Martinez will be looking for a repeat result having only picked up one win in six so far this season.

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Di Maria could make his United debut against Burnley

Posted on August 29, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Burnley, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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Angel Di Maria could make his debut against Burnley at Turf Moor

Manchester United travel to Turf Moor in the early weekend kickoff in what could be new signing Angel Di Maria’s debut for the club. The former Real Madrid midfielder became the club’s record signing, breaking the English transfer record when he signed for nearly £60 million in the week. The Argentine is the fifth most expensive footballer after James Rodriquez, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

United’s new number seven would have been shocked to see his new team mates go down 4-0 to MK Dons in the week and will surely be included in the starting Xi as Louis van Gaal looks to pick up his first win as manager.

Newly promoted Burnley are also looking for their first win, having lost 3-1 to Chelsea in their first fixture of the season and losing 1-0 to Swansea City, who of course beat United 2-1 on the opening day. Sean Dyche has done a great job at the club and will be hoping for a repeat of the 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the late August of 2009. The two clubs have only played twice in the Premier League era and the last time, before 2009, that United traveled to Turf Moor was in the 1975/76 season where Lou Macari scored the winner.

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Sunderland vs. Man United preview: View from the opposition

Posted on August 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   No Comments »
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Adnan Januzaj scored two goals past Sunderland in the away fixture last season.

 

Manchester United take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this Sunday, having begun their Premier League campaign in disappointing fashion last weekend – United lost 2-1 at home to Swansea in Louis van Gaal’s Premier League debut. Sunderland opened their league season with a 1-1 draw against West Brom, and will be encouraged by their recent performances and results against United.

Although it’s painful to revisit last season – part of me wants to believe that it never happened – the record shows that Sunderland beat United twice last season: at Old Trafford in the league, at their home ground in the League Cup, they emerged victorious from the sides’ League Cup semifinal tie. The Black Cats also led for a long period of time at home to United in the league, before David de Gea’s save of the season kept us in the game and Adnan Januzaj’s heroic intervention turned the match around.

Under new management United should give a far better account of themselves, but an astonishingly large injury list plus the adaptation to new tactical instructions mean that – as van Gaal said almost a month ago – the side will struggle before settling into the Dutchman’s preferred rhythms and system.

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Manchester United vs. Swansea City view from oppo preview

Posted on August 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea

Manchester United host the first game of the 2014/15 Premier League season and welcome Swansea City in what is a return fixture of the opening match last season. United got off to a flyer, hitting four past Swansea in what was David Moyes domestic debut. That was as good as it got for the Scot, who didn’t get to see the end of the season following his sacking in the April of this year.

Now, Manchester United have a new man in charge. A proven winner who has lifted league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany. Can he add and English Championship to his CV? If he is to – it all kicks off against Swansea City at 12:45.

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Manchester United 2014/15 season preview

Posted on August 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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Manchester United manager and captain are locked in discussion ahead of the 2014/15 season.

Yes, it is that time of year. Those boring summer months are a thing of the past as the first day of the Premier League season is upon us! Manchester United have a new manager at the helm for the second time in twelve months and we thought we’d ask the lads a few questions on how the season may unfold. Will Louis van Gaal win the league title with United in his first season? Will the club sign anyone in the window? Who will get relegated? We ask you also to contribute in the comments with your suggestions.

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Nemanja Vidic bids farewell to Manchester United to head to Italy

Posted on May 11, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Players, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Nemanja Vidic will surely go down as one of Manchester United’s greatest ever defenders

Guest Author: Beci Wood

While this season has been one to forget for Manchester United fans, today should be a celebration of Nemanja Vidic’s remarkable career. After cementing himself as one of the finest ever centre-backs to play for the club and my favourite player, our captain is off on a free transfer to ply his trade in Italy for Inter Milan. If he gets picked this afternoon, the game against Southampton will be the Serb’s 300th appearance for the Red Devils. Blood, sweat and maybe even a tear in last Tuesday’s emotional farewell speech at Old Trafford, hardman Vidic has given everything to the Reds cause, winning 15 trophies in eight fantastic years.

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Southampton vs. Manchester United Preview: View from the oppo

Posted on May 10, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Southampton   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scored a hattrick for Manchester United against Southampton last season

Manchester United will finish the 2013/14 season away at Southampton, as the club come to terms with the fact Champions League football will sadly be missing from the Old Trafford fixture list next term. The last time United failed to qualify for the tournament was indeed back in 1994/95, when Blackburn Rovers pipped United to the title on the final day of the season. Of course, only the Champions qualified twenty years ago and the runners up went into the competitive UEFA Cup.

Much has changed in the past twelve months, with two managers both departing under extremely different circumstances. Sir Alex Ferguson retired from the game having lifted his thirteenth and final league championship, whereas David Moyes was relived of his duties following the woeful 2-0 defeat at Everton. United will want to get this season out of the way and ensure the new manager – which looks likely to be Louis van Gaal – finalised as soon as possible.

Ryan Giggs has stated that Phil Jones will not play in the fixture on Sunday, but the injury isn’t as bad as he first thought. Wayne Rooney should also return in what could be United’s number 11’s last game in a red shirt.

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Manchester United vs. Sunderland view from the opposition

Posted on May 03, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   1 Comment »
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Chris Smalling challenges Brown and O’Shea as United lost out in the League Cup to Sunderland.

In what is Manchester United’s penultimate home game of the season, the impact on the bottom half of the table is more at stake as Sunderland travel to Old Trafford. The visitors have done wonders so far to escape the pitfall of the bottom three, so far, but are level on points with third from bottom Norwich on goal difference. United helped Sunderland’s cause with a 4-0 win over Norwich last week, and interim manager Ryan Giggs will be hoping for more of the same this weekend.

Sunderland beat United on penalties in the League Cup back in January and Gus Poyet will be hoping for similar celebrations following the final whistle. The Black Cats last won at Old Trafford in the 1967/68 season. Three weeks later, George Best rounded José Henrique in the Benfica goal to gift Manchester United the European Cup and become the first ever English team to win the tournament. The European Cup may not be in United’s thinking next season, however – qualification, under a potential new manager, most certainly is. Ryan Giggs will no doubt see that this is the beginning of a new chapter in Manchester United’s history.

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