David de Gea has reached new heights this season

Posted on April 11, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Man United, Players, Premier League   1 Comment »
David de Gea
David De Gea has been a revelation at Manchester United in what has been a difficult season.

Guest Author: Doron Salomon

It came as no surprise that the initial response to United announcing that fans could vote for their player of the year was hashtags (#VoteDave) and campaigns supporting David de Gea. In what’s been a remarkably poor season for the club, he is a rare beacon of light and one of the few players to have improved. For the second season running he should be recognised as the best goalkeeper in the league.

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Reds on the road: Can United play this way every week?

Posted on April 06, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Players, Premier League   5 Comments »
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Chicharito might be miserable under Moyes, but looked happy to play with Kagawa, Mata and Januzaj.

Author: Rob
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Four straight away wins in the league. No goals conceded away from home in five. Juan Mata is looking confident and decisive while scoring and assisting from his preferred position, with Shinji Kagawa increasingly influential from wide areas and enjoying his partnership with Mata*. Antonio Valencia is recapturing some form, and Wayne Rooney (until his recent injury) has been scoring consistently from the #9 position. Away from Old Trafford, it’s beginning to look like Manchester United again.

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Can Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie play together?

Posted on March 18, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Premier League, Statistics   7 Comments »
Juan Mata
Juan Mata is yet to score for Manchester United following his move from Chelsea

Guest Author: Doron Salomon

As the season continues to turn darker and become increasingly memorable for the wrong reasons, United are going to have to score, and score big if there’s to be anything left to salvage. Putting the ball in the net has been one of the fundamental problems and whilst fans are keen to point the finger at the manager or specific players, this is a shared concern that looks set to continue.

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Shinji Kagawa is wasted at Manchester United

Posted on March 01, 2014  by El Rob  in Guest Writer, Man United, Players   11 Comments »
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Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie haven’t been together on the pitch very often this season.

Author: @wastedkagawa
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We’ve got a guest post for you today, on the use – or misuse – of Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United, by someone who has very strong opinions on the matter. This one is sure to stir up lots of debate, so feel free to discuss (no abuse!) in the comments. Enjoy.

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Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United: Cleverleys (plural), Vidic and more

Posted on February 13, 2014  by El Rob  in Arsenal, El Rob, Man United, Players   1 Comment »
Van Persie early chance against Arsenal
Robin van Persie had a great early chance, but his finishing let him down badly.

Author: Rob
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Manchester United emerged from the Emirates last night with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal. United’s ever-chirpy Instagram account described it as a “promising point” while fans on Twitter, in contravention of basic mathematics and the fact that Arsenal away is quite a difficult game, determined it to be a “pointless point.” The buildup to the match was somewhat strange, with United miles away from the title race for the first time in decades, and the Gunners still in contention for the first time in at least six years.

Nevertheless, this fixture played out as it often has in recent years – tense, tight, United set up to defend deep and hit on the break, with Arsenal playing most of their football in front of the United backline. With both teams coming off massive disappointments – including Arsenal’s 5-1 shellacking at Anfield, and every aspect of Manchester United’s existence for the past eight months – there was a palpable hesitancy about the attacking play, and 0-0 in the end was an unsurprising result. As always, we look forward to hearing from both sets of fans (as well as resident comment troll Minimal, whose allegiance is yet to be determined).

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Juan Mata, Manchester United and wingers

Posted on January 31, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Tactics   4 Comments »
Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs was instrumental to Manchester United’s success in the 90s as a winger

Author: Karate Jesus

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‘The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.’

Albert Einstein

There’s been a common sentiment, nay, obsession, shared by practically all United fans over the last five years; sort out central midfield. It’s been easy to lose count of the names put forward as the player to revolutionise United’s engine room and, ultimately, the whole side. Some would undoubtedly have improved the side, others have reeked of ignorant desperation.

This common ‘the centre is weak; fix that, fix United’ diagnosis has led to some practically comatose analysis by United fans when it comes to assessing which players should be brought into the club. In the summer of 2012, there shouldn’t have been any supporters feeling anything other than joy at the signing of Robin van Persie. Instead, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people grumble that ‘we have Hernandez, we’d be better off spending that on Yann M’Vila or Chiek Tiote’.

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Juan Mata is “the best classic number ten in world football”

Posted on January 25, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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With Juan Mata’s transfer from Chelsea on the verge of being completed, we’ve once again turned to Joe from over at Plains of Almeria for a bit of insight…

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Adnan Januzaj – What type of player will he become?

Posted on January 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Youth   No Comments »
Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United celebrates scoring his second goal of the game
Adnan Januzaj has been the bright spark in a disappointing season so far for Manchester United

Author: Nik

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What do the numbers tell us about Januzaj’s best position? And what does he have in common with red legend, Cristiano Ronaldo? @Sleepy_Nik explains more …
There have been few Manchester United players to emerge from the opening half of the season with their reputations enhanced, but one such player is the Belgian sensation, Adnan Januzaj. His form has been the one shining light in a dark and dour start to David Moyes’ United career; form that suggests that the hype around the teenager from all quarters is fully justified.

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Anderson leaves Manchester United for Fiorentina

Posted on January 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
Sir Alex wants Anderson to curb his enthusiasm
Anderson’s career at Old Trafford was always hindered by injury, lack of fitness and off field problems

“Come in number 8, your time is up”. No doubt if number 8 did indeed stand up to look around at the park keeper, the boat would capsize and our former Brazilian pigeon chested midfielder would plunge into the lake. Yes, Anderson is finally moving on to pastures new, with Fiorentina securing the signature of a player who promised so much, but delivered very little in his six and a half years at Old Trafford.

The summer of 2007 seems a distant memory, when Reds were overjoyed to find at the end of May that United had acquired the services of two of the hottest young properties in Europe. Winger Nani from Sporting Lisbon and the Brazilian player maker Anderson from Porto. Sir Alex Ferguson would also add Carlos Tevez to an attacking arsenal that already consisted of the maturing Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. United would go onto win the European Cup and retain the Premier League title.

Wayward shooting, over eating, no look passing, long term injuries, ‘shitting on Fabreas’, brasses, samba dancing and that penalty in Moscow. A player who promised so much, who for one reason or another – but just didn’t deliver.

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David Moyes, Manchester United and moving forward

Posted on January 11, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Managers, Players, Premier League   6 Comments »
David Moyes, new Manchester United manager
David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson, the Glazer, the players – where are United now?

Author: Karate Jesus

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Given the increasingly desperate form of the team, United are proving to be fertile ground at the moment for journalists, bloggers or, frankly, anyone, be they of a United persuasion or not. So, if you can’t beat them, join them.

Some of this analysis is poor and I want to quickly address one moot point that highlights how confused many people have become; namely that Ferguson being in the stands is casting a dark shadow over Moyes’ attempts to manage the club.

Ferguson, aside from jumping through the publisher hoops following his autobiography, has remained pretty much silent on football related matters since retiring. If the new man can’t handle him being at games, he shouldn’t be in the job and there is no evidence at all that Moyes is effected by this.

It’s a non-issue that is only being seen as one because people keep repeating it. If Ferguson now stopped going to games, that too would become an issue. It’s lazy thinking, considering the multitude of other issues that are currently causing the club problems.

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