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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How does Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy haul compare?

Posted on May 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Statistics   No Comments »
Fergie bows down to the Stretford End
Sir Alex Ferguson salutes the crowd following yet another title win with Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson has won it all. European trophies, league titles, domestic cups and individual awards. But how does he compare to other legendary managers of the game? For decades up and down the pubs, coffee shops and grounds the debate rages for who is the greatest of them all. Many will be biased with their choice, whilst others may look to the legacy left by a manager over trophies – take Rinus Michels or Johan Cruyff for example.

Others will look ay the trophy count and how many have been won over the years. For me, there is no question who is the greatest. He has evolved constantly over the years, bought some amazing players and instilled a playing style and philosophy that is synonymous with Manchester United.

We will have more tributes over the next two weeks, but for now – we’ve put together a infographic highlighting the trophy haul of the boss over other legendary managers of the game.

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Robin van Persie, goalscoring and past United greats

Posted on October 09, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Statistics   2 Comments »

Robin van Persie has been a massive hit at Manchester United since his move from Arsenal

Robin van Persie has settled in quite nicely at Old Trafford since his £24 million move from Arsenal in August. Many Arsenal fans suggested that he was too old and injury prone to warrant such a fee, however his seven goals in nine appearances, including a superb hattrick against Southampton, highlights the immense quality of the Dutchman.

Many reds will be eager to see more of the Wayne Rooney Robin van Persie partnership, that lined up in a 4-4-2 diamond against Newcastle at the weekend, but with International week upon us – I thought I’d look back in history at some of United’s glorious greats and see what their goals per game ratio was like.

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Wayne Rooney becomes United’s 4th top goalscorer

Posted on April 22, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Statistics   4 Comments »

Author: Stretford_End

Wayne Rooney is now 4th in the all time Manchester United goalscoring charts following his brace against Everton in the 4-4 draw today. He is now behind Jack Rowley, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton respectfully. He overtook United legends George Best and Dennis Viollett. Rooney still has way to go to match the 249 goals notched up by Sir Bobby, however he could well catch Jack Rowley next season – who has 211 goals.

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United’s numbers – make your own conclusions!

Posted on January 01, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Premier League, Statistics   1 Comment »

As a self-confessed lover of numbers and stats, I thought I’d share a few now we’ve reached the halfway point of the league season. I offer no commentary on what each stat shows, draw your own conclusions!

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Man United Premier League season 2010/11 review by numbers

Posted on October 11, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Premier League, Statistics   1 Comment »

Author: Doron

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Please note: this is an old post that has been updated so the tables at the bottom are now visible following the website redesign

Come May, the only number that mattered was 19. A record breaking Scouse-busting 19. However, in order to climb to the highest perch it’s taken a monumental team effort. To what extent is this represented by individual performance statistics though? Who, according to the numbers has been the stand out performer and who away from home has been a bad luck charm when included?!

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The Man United Premier League season review by numbers

Posted on June 18, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Premier League, Statistics   2 Comments »

Man United Champions parade

Author: Doron

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Come May, the only number that mattered was 19. A record breaking Scouse-busting 19. However, in order to climb to the highest perch it’s taken a monumental team effort. To what extent is this represented by individual performance statistics though? Who, according to the numbers has been the stand out performer and who away from home has been a bad luck charm when included?!

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Barcelona vs. Manchester United: Do Barca have a weakness?

Posted on May 25, 2011  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Previews, Statistics, Tactics   25 Comments »

AUTHOR: – Stretford End

Ok, I’m not going to make out I am an expert in Spanish football, nor am I going to nod approvingly at a goal scored by Bojan in the 62nd minute in the 8 nil victory over Almeria earlier in the season – because I never saw it. I do try and tune into Revista La Liga and obviously watch as much football on a Sunday evening (that is when the missus hasn’t got ‘The only way is Essex’ on), but I didn’t want to give the impressive that I am a seasoned connoisseur in all things Spanish. However, I have always admired the magnificent football of Barcelona and the DNA that has been instilled in the club from the Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels days.

This blog aims to look at the goals Barcelona have scored and conceded in the Champions League this season, whilst comparing that with Manchester United.

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Are You a Proper United fan?

Posted on March 24, 2011  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Statistics, Stretty Debate   56 Comments »

Sir Matt Busby

AUTHOR: – Mancunian Red

What right do I have to ask this or judge anyone which of course is a fair response. While I don’t think there is black and white answer to this question I do believe that people have the right to judge and there are certain criteria which defines a true fan from a glory hunter. I will try to explain my reasoning.

Many people believe the myth United became the biggest British club because of the Munich disaster. This is false United had become the best supported club after the war because of the great football we played. Prior to the war it could be argued we weren’t even the biggest club in Manchester. It was only after Busby and Murphy took over the club and put the emphasis on attack and style that United’s support started growing.

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Luis Nani: 2010/11 Statistics and indepth Analysis

Posted on February 28, 2011  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Statistics, Tactics   6 Comments »

Nani

AUTHORStretford-End

Nani, or to give him his full title of Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha, has become an intricate part of United’s attack over the past eighteen months and continues to go from strength to strength as we move towards the ‘squeaky bum’ period.

To date, Nani has scored nine goals in 23 Premier League appearances (goals per game ratio of 39%) and a single goal in six Champions League appearances (goals per game ratio of 17%). Although his goals have been of vital importance for United, its his creating of chances that has stood out this season. Nani can be unplayable at times, either going on the outside of the left back or cutting in from the right and striking with his left foot.

I want to start doing some in depth reviews and analysis of United players and I thought that I would start with our influential Portuguese starlet.

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