Man United 1-2 Real Madrid: Fergie as gutted as us and pride in defeat

Posted on March 06, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   24 Comments »
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Nani is shocked as he is sent off in Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

Author: Doron

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The eyes of the footballing world were on Old Trafford last night as United hosted Real Madrid in the second leg of the last 16 in the Champions League. With the tie finely poised after the first leg, Fergie had fans guessing his starting line up for days in advance, particularly given Jones’ injury. What followed couldn’t have been more dramatic and cruel but also seems to have brought out the best in fans and players. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United 4-0 Norwich: Kagawa hattrick inspires reds

Posted on March 03, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Norwich City, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Shinji Kagawa scores the first of his hattrick in the 4-0 victory over Norwich City

Manchester United prepared for the visit of Real Madrid with a 4-0 victory over Norwich City, who had beaten United 1-0 earlier in the season. Shinji Kagawa scored a superb hattrick and Wayne Rooney hit a superb strike in to the top corner in the ninetieth minute. The 4-0 victory puts Manchester United fifteen points clear, with Manchester City traveling to Aston Villa on Monday night. The win was the 33rd time United had beaten Norwich in all competitions. Here we discuss the talking points of a one sided game, where a single player stole the show – Shinji Kagawa. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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QPR 0-2 Man United: wingers start to fly and it definitely wasn’t Scholes

Posted on February 24, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, El Rob, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   1 Comment »
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Rafael celebrates opening the scoring at QPR for Manchester United

Authors: Doron and Rob

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In theory, the bottom side and lowest scorers hosting the runaway leaders and highest scorers should have been a formality but with both sides having so much to play for, any assumptions would be dangerous. United have been in good league form with no defeat for over three months whilst QPR are embroiled in a difficult relegation battle. Wanting to avoid an upset, Ferguson called on his experienced players for this game and rewarded Nani with another start after his display last Monday. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United: youngsters show fight and maturity

Posted on February 14, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   3 Comments »
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Cristiano Ronaldo takes on Wayne Rooney as Manchester United draw 1-1 with Real Madrid

It was billed by Jose Mourinho as the game the “world was waiting for”, and it didn’t disappoint. Manchester United drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in the Bernanbeu after Danny Welbeck put the visitors in the lead with a headed goal from a Wayne Rooney corner. Madrid hit back ten minutes later after a superb headed leap from Cristiano Ronaldo, who glanced the ball past the helpless David De Gea. Both sides hit the woodwork, but Sir Alex Ferguson will be delighted with the performances of his youngsters, David De Gea, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones – who demonstrated exceptional maturity and quality on such a stage. Here we discuss the talking points of a truly brilliant football match.

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Man United 2-0 Everton: old Vidic, Giggs reinvented, the Rooney role and the Jones job

Posted on February 11, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, El Rob, Everton, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   1 Comment »
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Phil Jones sticks tight to Marouane Fellaini as Manchester United beat Everton 2-0

Authors: Sleepy Nik, Rob and Doron

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It felt like there was a lot to think about going into this game – City had lost at Southampton; United were off to Madrid a few days after; and United had dropped points in this fixture last year, leading to the title slipping away. This had the feelings of being a game that was that bit more crucial than some of the others lately. Everton too would want to win after Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea all did but they suffered a huge blow in the warm-up as Distin, who’s having a superb season, pulled out with an injury. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Fulham 0-1 Manchester United: Wayne Rooney & clean sheet

Posted on February 03, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Fulham, Man United, Match Reports   1 Comment »
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Wayne Rooney scored the only goal for Manchester United against Fulham

Manchester United continued their pursuit of a twentieth league championship with a 1-0 victory over Fulham, with Wayne Rooney getting the vital winner. Rooney latched onto to a long punt forward from Jonny Evans and slotted the ball past the helpless Mark Schwarzer. Fulham were far better than they were in the FA Cup match a week ago, and were unlucky in the first half not to take the lead through a Bryan Ruiz left footed shot. Here we take a look at the game’s talking points and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United 2-1 Southampton: Saints match Barca for shape and deserve more

Posted on January 31, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Southampton   3 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against Southampton for Manchester United

Author: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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Southampton made the long journey north to Manchester knowing that even with a defeat they’d remain out of the relegation zone. Still, the pain that van Persie’s late winner caused earlier in the season lingers and fresh with a new manager, they’d fancy their chances of getting a result. United already knew they had a chance to widen the gap to City after seeing them draw at QPR on Tuesday. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Spurs 1-1 United: Denied at the death, but a good point nonetheless

Posted on January 21, 2013  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Reports, Spurs   24 Comments »
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Evra vs. Lennon was one of the key battles in Tottenham vs. Manchester United

Author: Rob

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In Sunday’s big game Man United traveled to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur, looking to avenge their 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Wintry conditions threatened to postpone the match, but after a late pitch inspection the teams were given the all-clear. Spurs lined up as expected with Defoe and Parker replacing Adebayor (international duty) and Sandro (injured). United made only one change to the team that beat Liverpool last Sunday, but altered their team shape and tactics significantly. As always, we’d love to hear the debate from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: a tale of two halves, a local forward and a flare

Posted on January 14, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   5 Comments »

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Robin van Persie celebrates opening the scoring against Liverpool

Author: Doron

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In the first of Sunday’s two big games, United hosted Liverpool in one of football’s most famous and at times, ferocious, rivalries. United would be without Rooney and Evans – the latter pulling out just the day before due to a hamstring injury. For Liverpool, just one player who’d have started was missing, Jose Enrique. A captivating game would ensue and as ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Wigan Athletic 0-4 Man United: a near perfect away performance

Posted on January 02, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Wigan Athletic   5 Comments »

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Rafael and Welbeck celebrated van Persie’s final goal at Wigan

Author: Doron

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United travelled to Wigan aiming to finish the busy festive fixture schedule unbeaten and with a win. The DW Stadium, so often a three points banker for United, held unpleasant memories from last season and United would be keen to ensure the same errors weren’t repeated. Wigan have been flirting dangerously with the relegation places once again after just one win in their previous seven games. Fergie recalled Rafael, Ferdinand, Giggs, van Persie and Hernandez to the starting line up. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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