Manchester United beat wasteful Arsenal as De Gea shines again

Posted on November 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney celebrates United’s first goal as Kieran Gibbs looks on helplessly

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Manchester United notched up their first away win of the season and what a win it was. The visitors were under siege for the majority of the first half, with only the heroics of David De Gea stopping Jack Wilshere from opening the scoring for Arsenal. United were up against Danny Welbeck for the first time since his move in the summer, but the former United forward couldn’t find the breakthrough for his new club.

Kieran Gibbs was extremely unlucky to turn Antonio Valencia’s wayward shot into his own net, but it was what United had needed following Arsenal’s first half dominance. United were then able to sit back and soak up pressure and hit the home side on the counter attack, which was achieved to perfection in the 85th minute. Marouane Fellaini found Angel Di Maria on the right of the pitch and the Argentine burst forward before slotting in Wayne Rooney who finished with a delicate chip. Olivier Giroud responded late on for Arsenal, but it was too late as United picked up all three points. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Juan Mata scores to help Manchester United beat Crystal Palace

Posted on November 09, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Juan Mata came off the bench to score the only goal for Manchester United

Manchester United notched up their first win since beating Everton over a month ago, with substitute Juan Mata getting the all important winner. United had a, yet again, a depleted back line, which forced Louis van Gaal to use another different centre half pairing. Youngster Paddy McNair lined up alongside Daley Blind who shift from midfield to defence to accommodate the retuning Michael Carrick.

Luke Shaw had his best game for United, demonstrating his impressive athleticism and pace for a lot of the game. Shaw, who had come in for criticism from van Gaal post World Cup regarding his physique, was always looking to burst forward from deep and get United up the pitch. There is no questioning the talent and potential of the young left back, he just needed to get games under his belt and regain match fitness.

Crystal Palace were unlucky not to score late in the first half, following a mix up between McNair and Blind to deal with a long ball, but former red Fraizer Campbell blazed high into the Stretford End. The win was United’s first clean sheet since the 4-0 thumping of QPR back in September.

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

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Man City 1-0 Man United: Development, arrested

Posted on November 02, 2014  by Mitchell Jones  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Premier League   3 Comments »

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Rooney had some good moments, but Agüero scored City’s winner with customary ease.

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If Wayne Rooney had his own TV show, you’d imagine the intro wouldn’t be too dissimilar to the all-time great comedy Arrested Development. “Now the story of a wealthy football club who lost everything, and the one player who had no choice but to keep them all together.” As has been true for more seasons than I dare to count, the promise of an opening in the captain’s absence has come and gone with only a Rooney-shaped hole that can only be filled with a Rooney-shaped Rooney.

With United’s third least favourite child back after his three game suspension and a hard fought draw against Chelsea, Manchester United were as ready as they’d ever be as the bus rolled into the Etihad for battle with the noisy neighbours of City. David Silva was missing, as had City themselves during their last three games (dropping a lead to draw in Europe and then losing against West Ham and Newcastle). The odds were tight and the result really could have gone either way.

Of course, it went the way that everyone deep down had expected, but not to the level anticipated. City fought to a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Sergio Agüero, but it could have been so different. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea: No early handshakes

Posted on October 27, 2014  by El Rob  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie lashed home a dramatic (and deserved) equaliser in stoppage time.

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Manchester United were only the second side to deny Chelsea all three points in a league match, as the Reds secured a spirited 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal knew that his side needed to improve on the 2-2 draw with WBA last Monday and would have been impressed with his side’s first half performance.

United created numerous chances only to be thwarted by Thibaut Courtois, who received man of the match plaudits for his heroics. Chelsea were also unlucky in the first half when Dider Drogba tested David De Gea, who got down low to stop the Ivorian.

Eden Hazard had some exceptional moments and his dribbling was a threat as he frequently glided between United players. In the 52nd minute, the Belgian was through on goal, following another brilliant dribble to elude the United centre-backs, before striking the ball low and hard – only for De Gea to add another superlative save to his growing collection. Unfortunately for United, Drogba scored from the resulting corner, glancing a powerful Fabregas delivery past De Gea, with Van Persie slightly culpable after straying from the near post. Chelsea took the lead and started looking ominously comfortable.

Both sides were good value for their point, with United marginally on top in the first half and Chelsea having the better of the second… until the 94th minute. Here we discuss the talking points from a tense, engrossing football match, and as always we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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West Brom 2-2 Manchester United: It’s ‘tweet’ revenge for Fellaini

Posted on October 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
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Luke Shaw had difficulties at the Hawthornes, but will surely improve as he regains fitness.

Manchester United salvaged a point at the Hawthorns with a late goal from Daley Blind. United had been behind twice in the match, following a superb strike from Stéphane Sessègnon in the first half. United pressed, with Angel Di Maria in fine form on the left flank – putting in some superb crosses, however went into the break 1-0 down.

Louis van Gaal brought on Marouane Fellaini, who made an immediate impact. The out of favour Belgian, who was linked with a move to Napoli in the summer, scored a superb equaliser and silenced a number of doubters with his exquisite strike. United were well on top for the first twenty minutes in the second half.

However, the in-form Saido Berahino latched onto a through ball following poor defensive play from United, and slotted a smart finish past the helpless David De Gea. The United manager brought on Radamel Falcao, who nearly had an immediate impact, cushioning a long ball for Robin van Persie who struck the post. But it was down to his fellow countryman, Daley Blind, to net a well-deserved equaliser.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from an entertaining draw, and as always we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United 2-1 West Ham: Rooney off as United win

Posted on September 28, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   4 Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United against West Ham United

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Writing these reviews can be a pain in the ass. In the good old days, a simple template would suffice; something along the lines of “Manchester United defeated [Insert Team] in a thrilling game thanks to a goal from [Insert Player] and Sir Alex Ferguson shouting at [Insert Player/Official/Inanimate Object].”

But times have changed and predicting a United result is like trying to guess which ex-footballer Joey Barton will start blithering on about on Twitter. Who the hell knows any more? Coming off the back of an epic 5-3 capitulation against Leicester City last week, all bets were off. Thankfully, things went according to the great Dutch plan. Well, almost.

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Manchester United vs. West Ham Preview: View from oppo

Posted on September 27, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores a wonder goal against West Ham at Upton Park last season

Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford in what is the 129th meeting between the two clubs. The home side have a defensive injury crisis, with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are all out injury whilst youngster Tyler Blackett is suspended following his dismissal last Sunday in the 5-3 defeat away ay Leicester City.

Sam Allardyce has said he fears a backlash following United’s defeat last Sunday, but surely his side will relish a physical battle with a United defensive lineup that could potentially feature youngsters Tom Thorpe or Paddy McNair.

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Leicester City stun Manchester United in 5-3 epic

Posted on September 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Leicester City, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   9 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney couldn’t stop Leicester City fighting back from 3-1 down to win 5-3

“Football, bloody hell!”. A phrase that is generally used when something quite unexpected, baffling and absurd occurs. Of course, the great man’s famous words were in reference to Manchester United’s best ever comeback, some fifteen years ago against Bayern Munich – but what he and all other United’s fans witnessed today was a United implosion combined with a superb Leicester City fightback and some refereeing controversy.

United once lost 6-0 to Leicester, way back in 1960/61 season at Filbert Street. Both teams would finish level on points at the season’s conclusion, with Leicester finishing one place higher due to superior goal difference. There is a long way to go until this season reaches its climax, but Louis van Gaal will surely want to review his defensive setup as United were torn apart at times. Here we discuss the talking points from an exciting match and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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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 »
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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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