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 »
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
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 »
Manchester United v Southampton: Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against Southampton for Manchester United

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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

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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 »

Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates scoring

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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Man United 2-0 West Brom – getting the Christmas combinations correct

Posted on December 30, 2012  by sleepy_nik  in Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, WBA   1 Comment »

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West Brom’s Gareth McAuley scores an own goal against Man United

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United faced a potential banana skin at home to high climbing West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with the latter having a tremendous season so far, and putting a slight wobble of late behind them in recent games. The reds were hoping to finish the year as strongly as possible and hoping to keep the gap between themselves and City at 7 points. For United, back came Cleverley, Young, Vidic, Welbeck and Kagawa, whilst Clarke unsurprisingly sought to pack the midfield and use Long as his lone target man.

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Man United 4-3 Newcastle United: Cleverley the game changer and offside analysis

Posted on December 27, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Newcastle United, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   20 Comments »

Jonny Evans celebrates scoring against Newcastle United

Authors: Stretford_End and Doron

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After the pre-Christmas draw at Swansea, United were hoping to get back to winning ways at home to Newcastle United. The Geordies, whilst fresh from a big morale boosting win over QPR, had injury issues and a pretty naff record at Old Trafford to contend with. This was to be a wet, sodden game that provided much more drama and entertainment than one could have imagined. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Swansea 1-1 Man United: the good, the bad, and the Carrick

Posted on December 23, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Swansea City   33 Comments »

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Ashley Young against Swansea

Author: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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The busy festive spell kicked off with arguably the hardest fixture of the lot – a trip to south Wales to take on one of the league’s leakiest home defences. Swansea are in the gabble of teams who are nicely above the relegation spots and just a few points off Europe despite being in the bottom half of the table. United were guaranteed to be top before kick off but with City’s late winner yesterday, only a win would do. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Man City 2-3 Man United: perfect tactics, superb performers, and a six point gap

Posted on December 10, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Doron, Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   5 Comments »
Manchester United celebrate in front of the United fans after Robin van Persie’s goal

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It wasn’t just to be any old derby match – United’s visit to City would hold huge value to the fans after last season’s goings on. Even going into the game the signs were that a result would be big heading into the busy Christmas period – United held a three point lead over City but the blues were unbeaten in the league and had a very impressive record at home. Ferguson was able to call on Cleverley and Valencia who had both been doubts whilst City had Silva fit and Mancini opted for Balotelli over Tevez. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and welcome contributions from both sets of fans.

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Reading 3-4 Man United: substitutions, technology, and form

Posted on December 04, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Reading   4 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand celebrate in Manchester United’s 4-3 victory over Reading.

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United went to Reading on Saturday afternoon knowing that Chelsea had lost, Arsenal had lost, and Man City had drawn – a win would open up a much-needed three point gap ahead of next weekend’s game against the current champions. If there was one surprise in United’s team selection, it was that Fletcher could his second league start in a week whilst the goalkeeper tombola kept turning over. Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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