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 »
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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Sunderland vs. Man United preview: View from the opposition

Posted on August 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   No Comments »
Adnan Januzaj scores past Sunderland?
Adnan Januzaj scored two goals past Sunderland in the away fixture last season.


Manchester United take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this Sunday, having begun their Premier League campaign in disappointing fashion last weekend – United lost 2-1 at home to Swansea in Louis van Gaal’s Premier League debut. Sunderland opened their league season with a 1-1 draw against West Brom, and will be encouraged by their recent performances and results against United.

Although it’s painful to revisit last season – part of me wants to believe that it never happened – the record shows that Sunderland beat United twice last season: at Old Trafford in the league, at their home ground in the League Cup, they emerged victorious from the sides’ League Cup semifinal tie. The Black Cats also led for a long period of time at home to United in the league, before David de Gea’s save of the season kept us in the game and Adnan Januzaj’s heroic intervention turned the match around.

Under new management United should give a far better account of themselves, but an astonishingly large injury list plus the adaptation to new tactical instructions mean that – as van Gaal said almost a month ago – the side will struggle before settling into the Dutchman’s preferred rhythms and system.

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Manchester United vs. Sunderland view from the opposition

Posted on May 03, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   1 Comment »
Wes Brown
Chris Smalling challenges Brown and O’Shea as United lost out in the League Cup to Sunderland.

In what is Manchester United’s penultimate home game of the season, the impact on the bottom half of the table is more at stake as Sunderland travel to Old Trafford. The visitors have done wonders so far to escape the pitfall of the bottom three, so far, but are level on points with third from bottom Norwich on goal difference. United helped Sunderland’s cause with a 4-0 win over Norwich last week, and interim manager Ryan Giggs will be hoping for more of the same this weekend.

Sunderland beat United on penalties in the League Cup back in January and Gus Poyet will be hoping for similar celebrations following the final whistle. The Black Cats last won at Old Trafford in the 1967/68 season. Three weeks later, George Best rounded José Henrique in the Benfica goal to gift Manchester United the European Cup and become the first ever English team to win the tournament. The European Cup may not be in United’s thinking next season, however – qualification, under a potential new manager, most certainly is. Ryan Giggs will no doubt see that this is the beginning of a new chapter in Manchester United’s history.

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Sunderland 1-2 Man United: Januzaj, de Gea and the engine room

Posted on October 05, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland   17 Comments »

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Billed as relegation battle by some wanting some ‘bantz’, United’s trip to Sunderland provided a chance to head into the upcoming international break with a renewed sense of positivity and a much needed win. Moyes once again made changes from the midweek game as Jones, Nani and Rooney returned whilst Januzaj was handed his full debut. For Sunderland there were just two changes as Celustka and Roberge came into the team allowing Gardner to move into midfield. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Sunderland 0-1 Man United: Shinji’s contribution, 672 minutes and another win

Posted on March 31, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Herzog's Child, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland   No Comments »


Authors: Herzog’s Child and Doron

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Revenge wasn’t necessarily the right word to be using going into this game; after all, United did win there last year. Playing before City, this was a chance to open a temporary 18 point lead and continue the run of wins. Sunderland are devoid of form and goalscorers – fighting a battle at the bottom of the league, few saw Martin O’Neill’s position as hanging on the result of this game, least of all the Sunderland blogger we spoke to pre-match, but by the end of Saturday, Sunderland were manager-less and United a game closer to the title. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Sunderland vs. Manchester United preview & line up

Posted on March 29, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Sunderland   1 Comment »
Anderson battles away in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland
Manchester United beat Sunderland 1-0 last season, but lost the title in the dying seconds

Manchester United take on Sunderland for the 135th time in both clubs history. United beat Sunderland 3-1 in December with goals from Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney. This was indeed the last time both Rooney and van Persie scored in the same game, and with the Chelsea FA Cup quarter final on the horizon, its doubtful that this will change any time soon.

The Stadium of Light was the scene where United fans saw the team top the table with all games played, but in dramatic circumstances – finished in second place ten seconds later. We’ve put together a preview, including a great View from the opposition, team news, United line up and match prediction. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United vs Sunderland Preview: tactics, lineups and opposition view

Posted on December 14, 2012  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   6 Comments »

Wayne Rooney scores against Sunderland on the final day of last season

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We welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford on Saturday, looking to build on Sunday’s fantastic result at The Etihad and at least maintain our 6 point advantage over Man City. Fresh in the memory of the players and fans will be Sunderland fans ‘doing the Poznan’ celebration at the end of last season as City clinched the title at the death. Whilst revenge shouldn’t be the motivating factor for the win this Saturday it is essential we continue Sunday’s form against a Sunderland side buoyed by a comprehensive win over Reading in midweek. Here we discuss the match preview, lineups and injury news – welcoming comments from both sets of fans.

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Things: Giggs’ Pareto principle, Steve Bruce’s winger, “Scotty” and more…

Posted on February 08, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, El Rob, Guest Writer, Man United, Manchester City, Players, Premier League, Spurs, Sunderland, Things   3 Comments »

Authors: Doron, ManUtd24 and Rob

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With the FA Cup taking centre stage last weekend, the “Things” column was brushed to one side. Now league football is back on the agenda, the column returns for it’s second issue/publication/whatever you want to call it. As per last time, Rob will be sharing a couple of thoughts and we have another guest joining us, ManUtd24 – who’s focussed on Scott Parker. We’ll make no attempt to be neutral and we’ll attempt to link back to United where possible but otherwise enjoy our thoughts and ramblings for the second time.

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Match preview: Manchester United vs. Sunderland

Posted on November 04, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   9 Comments »

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Three games, six goals scored, no goals conceded. Importantly, three games out of three won. That’s how the record stands since the defeat inflicted on United by City. It’s been the perfect response, despite some rather uncomfortable viewing. Steve Bruce brings his merry group of ex-Reds to Old Trafford – quite fitting seeing as it’s Fergie’s 25th anniversary weekend. Surely Brucey & Co. wont ruin the party…

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United duo leave for Sunderland

Posted on July 07, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Man United News, Players, Sunderland, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   5 Comments »

Brown and O'Shea

AUTHOR: – Doron

Van der Sar, Neville, Hargreaves, and Scholes have all departed; now further money has been taken off the wage bill with the sale of O’Shea and Brown to Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

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