Wayne Rooney shines as United beat Leverkusen 4-2

Posted on September 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney was excellent through the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United and David Moyes got their 2013/14 Champions League season off with a bang, beating German side Bayern Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney, who was by some distance the man of the match, notched a brace, whilst Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia scored the other two.

Rolfes had equalised early in the second half following Wayne Rooney’s opener, but some poor keeping and an exquisite van Persie finish gave United the initiative. United were well worthy of the three points despite a late goal from Toprak after a David De Gea error. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Fellaini and Januzaj shine but otherwise new season, same United

Posted on September 14, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Crystal Palace, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   19 Comments »

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Crystal Palace came to Old Trafford as international football ended and the good stuff returned. They’re the first of the promoted teams United have faced this season and in some ways provided a bit of relief after the intensity of Anfield and with Man City to come next weekend. Palace were forced into one change with Mariappa starting whilst Moyes brought in Fabio, Anderson and Rooney (who had to wear a headband to protect the scabbing cut on his forehead). We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Defeat at Liverpool only emphasises United’s midfield flaws

Posted on September 01, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   27 Comments »

Robin van Persie failed to find the back of the net against Liverpool

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United’s hardest fixture of the domestic season came early, before autumn had even hit. Moyes was dealt a blow on Saturday as Rooney needed stitches to a facial injury sustained in training – he and Valencia were replaced by Young and Giggs. Liverpool were forced into one change from their last league game as Skrtel replaced the injured Toure. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Wayne Rooney returns as Chelsea hold United to 0-0 draw

Posted on August 27, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports   3 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney was back for Manchester United against Chelsea in the 0-0 draw

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Old Trafford, the first draw at home in the league since the 1-1 in 2003/04 and the first 0-0 since the 1994/95 campaign, as Wayne Rooney returned to the starting line up. Jose Mourinho made a significant change and started the game without a recognised forward. There were penalty claims for both sides, whilst Tom Cleverley impressed in the centre of the park. Neither side had a clear cut chance, although Danny Welbeck’s wild swing was probably the closest anyone came to scoring.

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

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Robin van Persie goals help United sink Swansea

Posted on August 18, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Man United, Match Reports, Swansea City   8 Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores a brilliant volley as Manchester United beat Swansea City 4-1

Author: Doron

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David Moyes took charge of his first league game away to Swansea – a tricky looking opening game particularly given that United could only draw there last season. Moyes named Rooney on the bench and made two changes from last week’s Community Shield as Ferdinand replaced Rafael and Valencia replaced Zaha. Swansea left new signing, Bony, on the bench after he’d had a busy week with the Ivory Coast. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United 2-0 Wigan Athletic: Moyes’ first trophy, Evra’s flying again, and more

Posted on August 11, 2013  by El Rob  in Community Shield, El Rob, Man United, Match Reports   2 Comments »
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Van Persie was on target twice as United eased past Wigan.

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The 2013-14 season is almost here. Manchester United have beaten Wigan Athletic 2-0 at Wembley to win the Community Shield, David Moyes’ first trophy at the club. Robin van Persie got both goals, his first one in particular being especially well-worked. In all honesty, it was a fairly pedestrian game, but as everyone knows, this fixture is just a teaser for the start of the Premier League next weekend. Despite all that, there were a few interesting points to note from the game, and our observations are below. We’d love to hear from both sets of fans in the comments.

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Man United 0-1 Chelsea: tactical change gifts Chelsea the win

Posted on May 05, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   12 Comments »

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United played Chelsea for a fifth and final time this season. Chelsea needed to get something from the game to keep up the pressure on Spurs ahead of their big clash on Wednesday whilst United are champions already and although they had nothing to play for, a strong side was still put out, albeit with a few changes. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea preview & line up

Posted on May 04, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports   2 Comments »
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Oscar challenges Danny Welbeck as Manchester United and Chelsea do battle

The Champions welcome Europa league finalists Chelsea to Old Trafford for the fifth and final time this season. Chelsea are currently sitting in third place, a point ahead of Arsenal and three ahead of Tottenham as they battle it out for a Champions League spot for next season. Manchester United on the other hand are looking to finish the season on a high and end the campaign with 94 points.

United and Chelsea last played in an FA Cup replay at the start of April, with the London club winning the match 1-0. United threw away a two nil advantage in the first game and, despite Cech’s excellent save from Hernandez, didn’t really challenge in the replay.

The 3-1 victory over Chelsea last season seems a lifetime ago, but hopefully this Sunday’s clash will be as entertaining (even for Torres’ laughable miss). Here, we look at the match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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West Ham 2-2 Man United : Robin van Persie offside & Andy Carroll

Posted on April 19, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores a vital equaliser for Manchester United away against West Ham

Having already had a taste of the physical threat that West Ham pose at home, United went back there knowing a win would take them within touching distance of the title. After the good away win at Stoke at the weekend and with West Ham having little to play for now, you could have been forgiven for assuming a win might be a formality. But, West Ham, as they often seem to do, have a knack of raising their game when United come to town. Here we discuss the talking points of an eventful match and we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United: van Persie celebrates in style

Posted on April 14, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Stoke City   2 Comments »
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Robin van Persie celebrates with Sir Alex Ferguson following his goal for Manchester United

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Manchester United edged closer to an unprecedented twentieth league title with a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Stoke City. Michael Carrick netted a early toe poked goal from a corner, whilst Robin van Persie scored a second half penalty and celebrated with manager Sir Alex Ferguson on the sideline. United dominated proceedings from the start with Stoke City having limited opportunities, although Nemanja Vidic was lucky not to give away a penalty after slipping over and bringing down Kenwyne Jones in the process. Manchester United are now fifteen points clear, with six games to go – although Manchester City have a game in hand, with Stoke City three points above the drop. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and invite comments from both sets of fans.

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