Angel Di Maria shines as Manchester United thrash QPR 4-0

Posted on September 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney and team-mates celebrate
Wayne Rooney celebrates with MOTM Angel Di Maria as Manchester United thrash QPR

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After a torrid twelve months at Old Trafford, where the trajectory didn’t so much go down but, rather, plummet at an unprecedented speed, United’s 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rogers on Sunday was a cathartic moment for all United supporters.

The opposition may have been extremely limited, but over the last year that has not been a guarantee of a good United performance, let alone a victory. True, in the dying days of David Moyes’ reign, United scored 4 past Villa and Newcastle, and 3 against West Brom, however, even during those performances, 99% of people knew that the game was up and that these results were just moments of respite. The only true light at the end of the tunnel was the next on-rushing train, in the guise of Liverpool, City or Everton.

So, having experienced a year that magnified the fortune of United fans during Ferguson’s reign of terror (on everyone else), it was enjoyable to be at Old Trafford and feel that, as Van Gaal himself suggested, the trajectory may be turning.

The anticipation with regard to seeing the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, had ensured the home fans were in good spirits prior to kick off and the glut of goals in the last twenty minutes of the first half provoked a boisterous atmosphere. For the first time in a year, the crowd crowed as referee Phil Dowd slipped on his arse, resulting in a medley of Steven Gerrard numbers. It felt like a weight had been lifted.

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Stalemate at Burnley but our Angel shines

Posted on August 30, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Burnley, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »

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“First match, it was a loss. The second match is a draw. So maybe today it’s a victory.”

No such luck for Louis van Gaal who again leaves an away ground with two fewer points than should have been expected. Whilst the game was overshadowed by the debut of Angel di Maria, the anticipated lift of spirits seemed to fizzle early on with the defensive line at sixes and sevens and little in the way of dynamism from anyone not named Angel. Burnley were unlucky not to be a goal up early on with a free kick hitting the post and then Jonny Evans nearly gifting a goal were David de Gea not already running out to clear the ball, but United could easily have claimed two penalties in the second half as Ashley Young was pushed off the ball and Ashley Barnes of Burnley blocked the ball with his hands just a short while later.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Defeat to MK Dons provides both questions and answers

Posted on August 27, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, League Cup, Man United, Match Reports, Youth   1 Comment »

Louis van Gaal looks on as his Manchester United side are beaten 4-0 by MK Dons.

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United’s shock defeat away to MK Dons in the League Cup and the manner of it will have raised a few eyebrows but it will have given van Gaal a bit of insight into some of his players but also opened some new questions or doubts about the system.

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United crying out for Di Maria as held to 1-1 draw at Sunderland

Posted on August 24, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland, Transfer Targets   3 Comments »
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Jack Rodwell scores the equaliser for Sunderland in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Louis van Gaal picked up his first point as Manchester United manager, following a 1-1 draw away at Sunderland. Juan Mata had given the visitors the lead after a very nervous start before former United target, Jack Rodwell, scored a header to equalise from a corner. United were disappointing once again and lack confidence all over the pitch when in possession of the football. The second half performance was an improvement, however the home side looked dangerous when counter attacking and pressed United all afternoon, which resulted in the away side relinquishing possession. Ashley Young dived to try and win a penalty and was rightfully booked, whilst Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley were out muscled, and outplayed, by Lee Cattermole and Jack Rodwell.

Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Swansea sink Manchester United as transfers are needed

Posted on August 17, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Swansea City   6 Comments »
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Gylfi Sigurdsson score the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford

The hope and promise of a new era came crashing down within ninety minutes as a lacklustre Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City. Louis van Gaal oversaw United’s first home defeat in the league since 1972 in what was also his home competitive debut. United rarely troubled the visitors, whilst Swansea looked dangerous on the break. United started the game 3-4-1-2 but shifted to 4-4-1-1 in the second half with Hernandez, who looks as if he may have played his last game for Manchester United, being replaced by the ineffective Nani.

Transition takes time. Louis van Gaal is a World Class manager who will have an impact at Old Trafford, but it will indeed take some time to instil a philosophy and way of playing into a side that is crying out for leadership. The Dutchman was quick to state that he feels he was responsible for the defeat and the loss has ‘smashed’ the confidence of the players – however, this will surely heap more pressure on Edward Woodward regarding new signings.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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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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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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Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City: A tactical breakdown

Posted on March 26, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Premier League   2 Comments »

Edin Dzeko scored early in both halves, to kill the game off as a contest.

Manchester United continued their wretched run against the top teams in the Premier League this season, capitulating to a 3-0 defeat at home to local rivals Manchester City. The Blues led after forty-three seconds and, despite United looking vaguely competitive for around thirty minutes before half-time, their lead was never in danger, and they coasted through the second half after Dzeko scored an easy second goal from a corner. Yaya Toure emphasised the visitors’ total superiority by angling a third past a helpless De Gea shortly before full-time. In today’s Talking Points, we break down the tactics employed by David Moyes that led to the club’s latest embarrassment.

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West Ham 0-2 Manchester United: Champions click in East London

Posted on March 23, 2014  by Bricki  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   4 Comments »
Wayne Rooney scores against West Ham
Wayne Rooney scores wonder goal against West Ham United for Manchester United

Following the rediscovering of Manchester United’s attacking instincts in the Champions League, Moyes boys looked to continue the positive vibes against a struggling West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground.

With the news Robin van Persie is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, it was an opportunity to get Juan Mata central and Wayne Rooney as the point of the attack. Neither dissappointed with Rooney producing a stunning 58 yard volley to open the scoring before Mata controlled the game with superb movement, vision and passing. Strong performances from Jones, Carrick, Fletcher and a resurgent Fellaini provided plenty of positives to be taken from the game.

Here we reflect on the talking points of the game and invite debate/opinion from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool: United brushed aside

Posted on March 17, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports   4 Comments »
Steven Gerrard scores from the spot
Steven Gerrard scores a second penalty as Liverpool humble Manchester United 3-0

Manchester United were humbled at home by a rampant Liverpool who won for the first time at Old Trafford in five years. Steve Gerrard scored two penalty kicks and Luis Suarez rounded off the home side’s misery when he latched on to a mis-hit Daniel Sturridge shot. United only really tested Simon Mignolet’s goal just before the break, when Wayne Rooney’s goal bound effort was saved.

United looked rigid and flat in comparison to their rivals, who stroked the ball around with ease for most of the match. The home side were chasing shadows for most of the game and found it difficult to defend against the counter attacking play of Liverpool. Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling would take turns to drop deep and help influence play, with the youngster often found at the tip of the diamond.

We discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Olympiakos 2-0 Manchester United: Woeful display from United

Posted on February 25, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   7 Comments »
Joel Campbell, centre, celebrates scoring the second goal for Olympiakos against Manchester United
Joel Campbell scores for Olympiakos against Manchester United in the Champions League

Manchester United suffered defeat in Athens at the hands of Greek Champions Olympiakos after a woefully inept performance. The visitors are down 2-0 from the first leg and have it all to do at Old Trafford in three weeks’ time. Alejandro Dominguez’s instinctive reaction to a shot from Giannis Maniatis ended up in the back of the net past David De Gea.

Dominguez was unlucky not to have scored earlier, when his mazy, unopposed run was blocked by a last-ditch Nemanja Vidic tackle. Chris Smalling, deployed at right back, looked awkward and uncomfortable as he stumbled and bumbled his way up and down the touchline. He wasn’t alone, with United only registering their first shot on goal in the 89th minute of the match.

The home side doubled their lead in the second half when Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell scored a curling left-footed shot from outside the area to again leave the Spaniard helpless. Cleverley and Valencia were replaced by Welbeck and Kagawa who didn’t have any significant impact, whilst forwards Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were anonymous. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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