Manchester United 2-1 West Ham: Rooney off as United win

Posted on September 28, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   3 Comments »
Manchester United's Robin Van Persie scores against West Ham United in the Premier League match
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United against West Ham United

Author: Mitchell

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Writing these reviews can be a pain in the ass. In the good old days, a simple template would suffice; something along the lines of “Manchester United defeated [Insert Team] in a thrilling game thanks to a goal from [Insert Player] and Sir Alex Ferguson shouting at [Insert Player/Official/Inanimate Object].”

But times have changed and predicting a United result is like trying to guess which ex-footballer Joey Barton will start blithering on about on Twitter. Who the hell knows any more? Coming off the back of an epic 5-3 capitulation against Leicester City last week, all bets were off. Thankfully, things went according to the great Dutch plan. Well, almost.

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Manchester United vs. West Ham Preview: View from oppo

Posted on September 27, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores a wonder goal against West Ham at Upton Park last season

Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford in what is the 129th meeting between the two clubs. The home side have a defensive injury crisis, with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are all out injury whilst youngster Tyler Blackett is suspended following his dismissal last Sunday in the 5-3 defeat away ay Leicester City.

Sam Allardyce has said he fears a backlash following United’s defeat last Sunday, but surely his side will relish a physical battle with a United defensive lineup that could potentially feature youngsters Tom Thorpe or Paddy McNair.

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Leicester City stun Manchester United in 5-3 epic

Posted on September 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Leicester City, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   9 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney couldn’t stop Leicester City fighting back from 3-1 down to win 5-3

“Football, bloody hell!”. A phrase that is generally used when something quite unexpected, baffling and absurd occurs. Of course, the great man’s famous words were in reference to Manchester United’s best ever comeback, some fifteen years ago against Bayern Munich – but what he and all other United’s fans witnessed today was a United implosion combined with a superb Leicester City fightback and some refereeing controversy.

United once lost 6-0 to Leicester, way back in 1960/61 season at Filbert Street. Both teams would finish level on points at the season’s conclusion, with Leicester finishing one place higher due to superior goal difference. There is a long way to go until this season reaches its climax, but Louis van Gaal will surely want to review his defensive setup as United were torn apart at times. Here we discuss the talking points from an exciting match and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Leicester City vs. Manchester United preview: view from oppo

Posted on September 20, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Leicester City, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
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Manchester United will look to push on following the 4-0 victory over QPR last weekend

Manchester United play Leicester City for the first time in over a decade. The last time the two teams met, Gary Neville was on the scoresheet as United looked to the FA Cup final. The last time United played the home side at, what was the The Walkers Stadium, the visitors ran out 4-1 victors, with Ruud van Nistelrooy netting a hat trick. The last time United lost away to Leicester was back in the 1985/86 season.

Louis van Gaal will be looking to push on following the great 4-0 victory over QPR last week, which saw Angel Di Maria light up Old Trafford with a brilliant performance. The home side have had a great start to the season and having taken points off Everton and Arsenal already, last weekend saw their first win in the Premier League; beating Stoke City 1-0.

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Angel Di Maria shines as Manchester United thrash QPR 4-0

Posted on September 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney celebrates with MOTM Angel Di Maria as Manchester United thrash QPR

Author: Karate Jesus

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After a torrid twelve months at Old Trafford, where the trajectory didn’t so much go down but, rather, plummet at an unprecedented speed, United’s 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rogers on Sunday was a cathartic moment for all United supporters.

The opposition may have been extremely limited, but over the last year that has not been a guarantee of a good United performance, let alone a victory. True, in the dying days of David Moyes’ reign, United scored 4 past Villa and Newcastle, and 3 against West Brom, however, even during those performances, 99% of people knew that the game was up and that these results were just moments of respite. The only true light at the end of the tunnel was the next on-rushing train, in the guise of Liverpool, City or Everton.

So, having experienced a year that magnified the fortune of United fans during Ferguson’s reign of terror (on everyone else), it was enjoyable to be at Old Trafford and feel that, as Van Gaal himself suggested, the trajectory may be turning.

The anticipation with regard to seeing the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, had ensured the home fans were in good spirits prior to kick off and the glut of goals in the last twenty minutes of the first half provoked a boisterous atmosphere. For the first time in a year, the crowd crowed as referee Phil Dowd slipped on his arse, resulting in a medley of Steven Gerrard numbers. It felt like a weight had been lifted.

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Manchester United vs. QPR view from opposition

Posted on September 13, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   No Comments »
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Darren Fletcher scores for Manchester United against QPR in the 3-1 win back in 2012

Manchester United host QPR in what is one of the most anticipated fixtures of recent seasons, with Luke Shaw, Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all set for their competitive debut. Angel Di Maria will also be playing his first game as a United player at Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal targets his first win as boss.

QPR have not won at Old Trafford since 1992, when Dennis Bailey netted a hattrick in the 4-1 thrashing on New Year’s Day. Harry Redknapp will be hoping to capitalise on United’s early poor season form, with the west London club a point ahead of van Gaal’s men. QPR have lost twice, to Hull City and to Tottenham Hotspur, but picked up a win in their previous fixture against Sunderland. The last time the away side traveled to Old Trafford was back in November 2012 where United ran out 3-1 winners.

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Fitter, happier, more productive.

Posted on September 09, 2014  by Karate_Jesus  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Transfer Targets   5 Comments »

New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria; from ‘La Decima’ to the decimated

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Where are we now?

Three weeks ago, after United slumped to an opening day home defeat to Swansea City (a performance that ‘smashed’ the optimism built up during pre-season, to quote Louis van Gaal), I wrote a piece entitled ‘Where do we go from here?‘; an attempt to highlight what action United needed to take prior to their next home league game, in order for fortune to be turned.

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Stalemate at Burnley but our Angel shines

Posted on August 30, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Burnley, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »

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“First match, it was a loss. The second match is a draw. So maybe today it’s a victory.”

No such luck for Louis van Gaal who again leaves an away ground with two fewer points than should have been expected. Whilst the game was overshadowed by the debut of Angel di Maria, the anticipated lift of spirits seemed to fizzle early on with the defensive line at sixes and sevens and little in the way of dynamism from anyone not named Angel. Burnley were unlucky not to be a goal up early on with a free kick hitting the post and then Jonny Evans nearly gifting a goal were David de Gea not already running out to clear the ball, but United could easily have claimed two penalties in the second half as Ashley Young was pushed off the ball and Ashley Barnes of Burnley blocked the ball with his hands just a short while later.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Di Maria could make his United debut against Burnley

Posted on August 29, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Burnley, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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Angel Di Maria could make his debut against Burnley at Turf Moor

Manchester United travel to Turf Moor in the early weekend kickoff in what could be new signing Angel Di Maria’s debut for the club. The former Real Madrid midfielder became the club’s record signing, breaking the English transfer record when he signed for nearly £60 million in the week. The Argentine is the fifth most expensive footballer after James Rodriquez, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

United’s new number seven would have been shocked to see his new team mates go down 4-0 to MK Dons in the week and will surely be included in the starting Xi as Louis van Gaal looks to pick up his first win as manager.

Newly promoted Burnley are also looking for their first win, having lost 3-1 to Chelsea in their first fixture of the season and losing 1-0 to Swansea City, who of course beat United 2-1 on the opening day. Sean Dyche has done a great job at the club and will be hoping for a repeat of the 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the late August of 2009. The two clubs have only played twice in the Premier League era and the last time, before 2009, that United traveled to Turf Moor was in the 1975/76 season where Lou Macari scored the winner.

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United crying out for Di Maria as held to 1-1 draw at Sunderland

Posted on August 24, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland, Transfer Targets   3 Comments »
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Jack Rodwell scores the equaliser for Sunderland in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Louis van Gaal picked up his first point as Manchester United manager, following a 1-1 draw away at Sunderland. Juan Mata had given the visitors the lead after a very nervous start before former United target, Jack Rodwell, scored a header to equalise from a corner. United were disappointing once again and lack confidence all over the pitch when in possession of the football. The second half performance was an improvement, however the home side looked dangerous when counter attacking and pressed United all afternoon, which resulted in the away side relinquishing possession. Ashley Young dived to try and win a penalty and was rightfully booked, whilst Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley were out muscled, and outplayed, by Lee Cattermole and Jack Rodwell.

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

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