Luke Shaw is a better defender than Baines says Saints fan

Posted on July 02, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Southampton   1 Comment »
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Luke Shaw in action for England before his transfer to Manchester United

There appears to be a fresh wave of optimism coming out of Old Trafford these days. Manchester United have obtained the services of a world class manager, who is in Brazil competing for the biggest international prize of all. The club have also acquired the services of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, whilst Toni Kroos continues to be linked with the club.

United have also signed one of the most brightest English talents for a record fee paid for a teenager. Luke Shaw looks set to be a superb investment for the club, but we wanted to find out the opinion of a Saints fan who has watched him up close the past two season. We caught up with Chris who blogs over at George Weah’s Cousin and you can follow him on Twitter @crstig.

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Luke Shaw is a great investment for Manchester United

Posted on June 29, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Pre Season, Premier League, Southampton, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Luke Shaw signs for Manchester United and becomes the most expensive teenager of all time

He may now be the most expensive teenager in the history of the game but Luke Shaw’s £27 million, potentially rising to £31 million, move to Manchester United from Southampton is a significant investment in a player who has impressed immensely in his early career to date.

Shaw impressed so much in 2013/14 he persuaded Roy Hodgson to pick him ahead of seasoned veteran Ashley Cole in the World Cup squad and the teenager was given a taste of the tournament he will hope to grace over the next ten years in England’s final group game against Costa Rica. A few days later the news was announced that he would be joining Manchester United for a record fee.

With Patrice Evra entering the twilight of his career, this is surely a shrewd investment in what is one of Europe’s brightest young talents who played 35 times in the Premier League last season.

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Southampton vs. Manchester United Preview: View from the oppo

Posted on May 10, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Southampton   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scored a hattrick for Manchester United against Southampton last season

Manchester United will finish the 2013/14 season away at Southampton, as the club come to terms with the fact Champions League football will sadly be missing from the Old Trafford fixture list next term. The last time United failed to qualify for the tournament was indeed back in 1994/95, when Blackburn Rovers pipped United to the title on the final day of the season. Of course, only the Champions qualified twenty years ago and the runners up went into the competitive UEFA Cup.

Much has changed in the past twelve months, with two managers both departing under extremely different circumstances. Sir Alex Ferguson retired from the game having lifted his thirteenth and final league championship, whereas David Moyes was relived of his duties following the woeful 2-0 defeat at Everton. United will want to get this season out of the way and ensure the new manager – which looks likely to be Louis van Gaal – finalised as soon as possible.

Ryan Giggs has stated that Phil Jones will not play in the fixture on Sunday, but the injury isn’t as bad as he first thought. Wayne Rooney should also return in what could be United’s number 11′s last game in a red shirt.

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United 1-1 Southampton: Saints punish United for not scoring a second

Posted on October 20, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Southampton   15 Comments »

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As the international break with England’s success and jokes of poor taste were left in the past, Premier League football returned. Southampton came to Old Trafford in fine form and frame of mind but there was a feel-good factor at United after Januzaj’s double at Sunderland and subsequent new five year contract announced a few hours before kick-off. Moyes made two changes from that game as Vidic was replaced by Evans (presumably with the Champions League in mind) and Fellaini replaced the injured Cleverley. Southampton also made two changes to their side with Shaw and Rodriguez replacing Fox and Lambert. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Southampton view from oppo: Luke Shaw, Kagawa & Moyes

Posted on October 19, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Southampton   3 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores against Southampton last season

Manchester United take on Southampton at home for the 114th time in both clubs history. David Moyes will be looking to get the season back on track having lost three of the opening seven fixtures so far, whilst Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to build on Southampton early form. The Argentine has tightened up the defence since last season, with the Saints only conceding two goals so far in comparison to 23 goals in seven last games last season. United fans will be bolstered by the news that young starlet Adnan Januzaj has signed a new five year deal with the club. The youngster was outstanding in the 2-1 victory over Sunderland two weeks ago and many will be hoping to see him line up on the left hand side this afternoon.

Here we have a great view from the opposition discussing the early impact of David Moyes, the young Southampton left back Luke Shaw and the best player to play for the Saints, other than Matthew Le Tissier.

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David Moyes will be wary of Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton

Posted on October 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Southampton   3 Comments »
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Southampton have already beaten Liverpool on their travels so far this season

Two decades ago it was safe to say that you’d fancy yourself against Southampton. The Saints of course had the wizard, that is Matthew Le Tissier, who will no doubt remember fondly his sublime chip against Peter Schmeichel at the Dell some seventeen years ago, and of course the laughable pea-poller that had Massimo Taibi checking out the main culprits in the scene, his studs.

That Southampton side also had hard man Ken Monkou, who randomly went on to run a pancake house back home in his native Holland, and of course the face no one could forget, Iain Dowie, leading the line.

United beat Southampton 3-1 at the Dell that season (93/94), with an extremely camp ‘wriggle and jump’ celebration from blue sock wearing Eric Cantona, and a 2-0 win at Old Trafford, with goals from Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis. United went on to win the double, whilst the Saints narrowly avoided relegation. Fast forward twenty years and things are a little different.

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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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Manchester United vs. Southampton: opposition view and selection dilemmas

Posted on January 30, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Southampton   2 Comments »

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Manchester United won 3-2 at Southampton earlier in the season.

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United host Southampton fresh in the knowledge that there’s an opportunity to once again open up a seven point lead after City surprisingly dropped points at QPR on Tuesday night. Form is in United’s favour – they’ve not dropped any points at home since the Spurs game back at the end of September. Southampton are under new management of course after the shock sacking of Nigel Adkins but they haven’t lost a league game for over a month now and 8 points from their last six games isn’t the worst return. The meeting between the sides earlier this season was memorable for various reasons, not least because it truly announced van Persie as a United player. As ever we welcome comments and contributions from both sets of fans.

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Podcast: Southampton, Greenhoff, and insight into United youth culture

Posted on September 05, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Legends, Man United, Podcast, Southampton, Youth   No Comments »

Robin van Persie celebrates scoring for United

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Beyond The Pitch and Stretford-End.com have come together once again to record another podcast, the thirteenth in the series. This week we have two guests who have books coming out – former United player, Brian Greenhoff; and Man United youth historian, Tony Park.

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Southampton 2-3 Man United: undeserving but sums up Fergie’s reign

Posted on September 03, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Southampton   7 Comments »

Robin van Persie celebrates his hat-trick goal

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United travelled down to the south coast to renew a rivalry with Southampton that has produced some epic battles over the years. Southampton were yet to win a game or register a point this season whilst United lost their opening away game at Everton. This time around there’d not be a grey kit in sight but United and Ferguson still had surprises in store.

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