Wayne Rooney fails to score despite improved performance

Posted on August 23, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Newcastle United, Premier League   4 Comments »
Wayne Rooney's goal versus Newcastle was ruled offside
Wayne Rooney failed to score again but put in my improved performance

It was two points dropped for Manchester United at home against Newcastle United yesterday, despite dominating the game in terms of possession and shots on goal. The visitors also had their opportunities, with new signing Alexandre Mitrovic hitting the post in the first half whilst other new boy Florian Thauvin nearly won the game right at the end, but failed to latch on to Papiss Cisse’s cross.

The home side had equaled the same amount of shots on target in the first twenty minutes of the match as they did in the opening two Premier League matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Louis van Gaal’s men have not conceded a goal since last May, when Tyler Blackett deflected a goal past Victor Valdes in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal – but have lacked firepower up top. Do United need to invest in a new striker?

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David De Gea missing again against Newcastle United

Posted on August 22, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Newcastle United, Premier League   No Comments »
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David De Gea is set to miss yet another match following interest from Real Madrid

Manchester United will again be without Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, who will not feature for the club against Newcastle United today. De Gea is being courted by Real Madrid and United manager Louis van Gaal does not feel the keeper is in the right frame of mind to start. The club will be looking to continue its good early season form, having notched up wins against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Club Brugge.

United fans will be eager to see a good performance following a week that saw the club lose out on two potential transfers; Pedro, who went to Chelsea from Barcelona, and Otamendi, who went to Manchester City from Valencia. The United boss has also dismissed speculation that he was frustrated by Ed Woodward and lack of transfer activity.

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David De Gea missing again as United travel to Aston Villa

Posted on August 14, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Falcao scores in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last season.

Manchester United look to continue their winning start to the season as they travel to Aston Villa. The home side are also buoyant after beating newly promoted Bournemouth on the opening day. All the talk before the game will be whether David De Gea will remain at Manchester United following the revelation from Louis van Gaal the goalkeeper is “not eager to play”. The Spaniard’s future is uncertain following interest from Real Madrid all summer and with his contract up next summer, United could look to cash in – if the price is right. Romero, who started last weekend against Tottenham, will replace De Gea tonight in goal. Marouane Fellaini is still serving a suspension following his sending off against Hull City at the end of last season whilst Phil Jones is still out injured.

United picked up four points against Aston Villa last season, drawing 1-1 at Villa Park and then beating Villa 3-1 at Old Trafford in the return fixture. Can United improve their performance from the opening fixture against Spurs OR will United’s slow start continue?

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Matteo Darmian impresses as United beat Spurs on opening day

Posted on August 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Spurs   No Comments »
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Matteo Darmian challenges Harry Kane for the ball in the 1-0 victory over Spurs

Its been 76 days since the final game of last season. Manchester United played out a drab 0-0 draw with Hull City, which saw the home side relegated to the Championship – as final games go, this was quite possibly one of the most uneventful for United fans over the past two decades. Fast forward two and a half months and a lot has happened since then. Gone are the likes of Robin van Persie, Nani, Rafael and Angel Di Maria whilst Louis van Gaal has spent big on Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero and Matteo Darmian – with the latter impressing in his debut.

United huffed and puffed their way to a 1-0 victory against a high pressing Spurs, who were a lot more energetic than their limp display back in March against United. The home side ran out 3-0 victors that day and although the result was the same yesterday, the performance was definitely that of an opening day fixture.

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What does 2015/16 hold for Manchester United?

Posted on August 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney celebrate on the opening day of the season against Spurs

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Not since last pre-season has a pre-season been full of such optimism and positivity as the pre-season right here. By the time you read this, the league will likely have kicked off and all good vibes will be dead in the water, but let’s live within the next two days for all of eternity and bask in the possibility that maybe this could be the year of Manchester United.

I mean sure, Rafael da Silva may have been unceremoniously dumped from the club despite his passion and sheer lust for starting fights with people, but this is “the biggest club in the world” (a registered trademark of Manchester United Incoming Transfers Ltd) and damn it, our time has come again. The David Moyes train has derailed; all aboard the Van Gaalamotive!(I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who has ever held a modicum of respect for me. Let us never speak of that line again.)

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Angel Di Maria dream transfer turns in PSG exit nightmare

Posted on July 26, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation   2 Comments »
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Angel Di Maria signing for Manchester United from Real Madrid last summer

It shouldn’t have turned out this way. On 26th August 2014, Manchester United pulled off the biggest transfer in British history – the signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7million.

But eleven months can be a long time in football and at this moment in time, it is believed that the Argentine is on the brink of signing for French champions PSG for £46.1 million. So where did it all go wrong? Why has it not worked out and are Manchester United making a mistake in selling their number seven?

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Manchester United should keep David De Gea for another season

Posted on July 19, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Premier League, Transfer Speculation   1 Comment »
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David De Gea is available on a free transfer next season with United standing firm at present

Jean-Marc Bosman. Who’d have thought in the build up to December 15th 1995 at the European Court of Justice that the freedom of movement for players would change forever – with footballers now having the ability to run down their contract and leave for nothing at the end of their agreement. Edgar Davids and Steve Mcmanaman were two of the early adopters as they left Ajax and Liverpool for AC Milan and Real Madrid, respectively, for absolutely nothing. The clubs that had nurtured their talents since they were kids would not receive a penny for their efforts.

Manchester United are now, and have been for some time, in a dilemma over David De Gea. Should United let David De Gea go for a cut down fee based upon the duration of his current deal OR should United stick two fingers up at Real Madrid and keep De Gea for one more season? Surely, if United are to challenge for honours next season, it has to be the latter.

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United mean business with Bastian Schweinsteiger signing

Posted on July 12, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Bastian Schweinsteiger takes on the legendary Andrea Pirlo in the Champions League

Manchester United have signed a player. Not just any player, but a player of real pedigree who has won the lot. Not even Edward Woodward impersonating Basil Fawlty in the directors lounge could send this one south. Bastian Schweinsteiger will be a Manchester United player come the start of the Premier League season following the news that Bayern Munich had accepted a bid, believed to be around £15million, for the player who is now on his way to Manchester for a medical. 536 appearances for Bayern, eight Bundesliga titles, seven German cups, a European Cup win and of course that World Cup final victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina last June.

United have signed a player, who although is entering the final stage of his career as he turns 31 next month, who will bring experience and class to a side desperate for leadership. With the pursuit of Sergio Ramos still on the cards – it is clear that Louis van Gaal wants to fill his new look United side with leaders.

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Robin van Persie was simply brilliant for United when he played

Posted on July 05, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Transfer Speculation   1 Comment »
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A sight United fans became accustomed to; Robin van Persie scoring the winner

Ohh Robin van Persie. A booming chant that would have Old Trafford rocking, right from the start with that beautifully taken left footed strike against Fulham on his home debut right up to his last for the club, in the 3-1 victory over Burnley in February. The Dutchman has been a wonderful signing for Manchester United and his time at the club will be looked back on fondly by all who saw him in a United shirt. His debut season was one of the best I’ve ever seen for a player joining the club and although he would never reach the same heights again, his £24million move from Arsenal was well worth the investment.

As a deal with Turkish club Fenerbache looms large, it appears van Persie has played his final game for the club.

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Why Manchester United can’t sign Harry Kane for £40million

Posted on June 21, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Spurs, Transfer Speculation   2 Comments »
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Harry Kane has been linked with a £40 million move from Spurs to United

When Trevor Francis signed for Nottingham Forest from Birmingham City for over £1 million (it was actually £1,180,000) it absolutely smashed the previous British transfer record, which stood for a solitary month. Francis became the first ever £1 million player to play on these shores. The forward, who scored twelve goals in fifty two games for England, went on to win two European Cups with Brian Clough – the only club team ever to win a continental trophy more times than their domestic league title.

1979 seems a far cry ago, but the same criticism, shock and cynicism still apply to the expensive football transfers of the day. At the time, Paulo Rossi held the world transfer record, when he moved to Juventus – but the valuation of Francis proved to be a telling moment in British football, considering David Mills became the first half million pound player the month previous.

Since then we’ve seen Bryan Robson, Paul Gascoinge, Andy Cole, Dennis Bergkamp, Seba Veron, Rio Ferdinand, Robinho and Gareth Bale break the British transfer record (a player be transferred into or from the English top flight) with astronomical fees being exchanged. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur’s young and prolific goal scorer, has been linked with a £40million move to Manchester United – why after one brilliant season would United part with nearly half the money made from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo for a player with bags of potential but limited first team action?

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