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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Memphis Depay: All you need to know about United’s new winger

Posted on May 10, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
Memphis Depay scores for the Netherlands against Chile in the World Cup
Memphis Depay is an exciting talent who is heading to Old Trafford

With Manchester Unite’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace yesterday, combined with Liverpool’s failure to beat Chelsea in the teatime kickoff today – United only need a point to mathematically, despite having a far superior goal difference, qualify for next season’s Champions League. Louis van Gaal will have a full summer to plan for the 2015/16 campaign, a season that United fans will expect the club to challenge again for honours – both home an abroad. Many new faces are expected to join in the summer, but one man is already signed up and gearing for the next campaign.

United recently announced the signing of Memphis Depay for a reported £25million from PSV Eindhoven. United have some great Dutch players over the years, including Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Edwin van der Sar and already have Robin van Persie (whose future still remains a doubt) and Daley Blind.

We caught up with Peter McVitie, a Scottish journalist living in the Netherlands, who has been following Depay for the past few years. Peter kindly answered a number of pressing questions we had on United’s new winger. Have a read yourself and feel free to drop Peter and additional questions we may have missed on Twitter – @Petermcvitie.

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Manchester United need to pass on £43.5million Radamel Falcao

Posted on February 21, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Swansea City, Transfer Targets, Youth   3 Comments »
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Radamel Falcao has struggled for form and fitness at Manchester United

Manchester United fans couldn’t believe their eyes at the beginning of September. The week previous, United had broken the English transfer fee again to sign Angel Di Maria from European Champions Real Madrid, but the signing of Colombian Falcao meant the fans were in dreamland. A club that had missed out on Champions League football for the first time since finishing second in 1994/95 had pulled in some of the world’s finest talent and wouldn’t scrape back into Europe’s elite but juggernaut through with a bit of swagger.

Spring is upon us and although United are a in a good position and have only lost once in the nineteen games, Southampton, Arsenal and Tottenham are breathing down the necks of Louis van Gaal’s men. United’s Colombian forward has made little impact since his £6million loan move from Monaco. The lack of impact isn’t anything to do with effort nor ability, but he simply hasn’t played enough games to be able to score the goals we all have seen him bang in for FC Porto and Atletico Madrid. Can United really splash out and pay half of what Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009 on a 29 year old?

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David De Gea is pivotal for Manchester United going forward

Posted on February 01, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   2 Comments »
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David De Gea has risen to become Manchester United’s most important player

David De Gea has risen from a promising youngster to one of the best goalkeepers in the world game. Long gone are suggestions that the Premier League is “too physical” for the Spaniard or that he “flaps at crosses” following a string of wonderful displays that have won Manchester United a vast amount of points in what is a Champions League spot chasing season.

This is of course a far cry from nervous looking displays when De Gea left Atletico Madrid for the then English champions in the summer of 2011. United’s number one, who was replacing the legendary Edwin van der Sar – who bowed out in the European Cup final defeat at the hands of Barcelona at Wembley, had a torrid time at the Hawthorns on his Premier League debut – with many, quite moronically, writing him off at such a premature stage.

Since then he has become such an important player for United, so what message would it send out if indeed he were to be sold in the summer to Real Madrid? Louis van Gaal must do everything in his power to ensure his prized asset remains a United player for the foreseeable future.

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Arsenal move offers Welbeck the chance to complete himself

Posted on September 13, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »

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Lots of players leave Manchester United but few departures have carried as much disbelief as that of Danny Welbeck. The disbelief stems not because it was an expensive fee (if anything, the fee was lower than that which could have been expected) and neither was it a total surprise, given the stories emanating from Old Trafford in recent weeks. Instead, it is because, to many, the transfer just seems wrong: a local lad, aged 23, who has been with the club for fifteen years and has arguably the biggest cult fan base of the current squad was sold to Arsenal, the primary rival to which a player could feasibly be sold. Yet, from the player’s perspective, this is a pivotal career moment. Having left United incomplete, the transfer presents an opportunity to allow him to fulfil his potential and become a leading Premier League striker.

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Fitter, happier, more productive.

Posted on September 09, 2014  by Karate_Jesus  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Transfer Targets   6 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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Why Tom Cleverley failed to fulfil his potential at United…

Posted on September 02, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets, Youth   14 Comments »

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After a 14 year association with Manchester United, Tom Cleverley has taken his first steps towards leaving the club to further his career elsewhere, initially on loan with Aston Villa. His departure is more likely to be greeted with cheers rather than tears by the majority of United fans, but, in truth, what became of his career at Old Trafford is incredibly unfortunate.

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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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Where do we go from here? (The scores are coming out all weird..)

Posted on August 17, 2014  by Karate_Jesus  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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Expectations have been raised at Manchester United with Louis van Gaal at the helm

Author: Karate Jesus

At the beginning of the summer, pre-World Cup, most United fans would have been of the opinion that success in the following season would be a top 4 finish and that this would be dependent on a raft of new signings for the newly appointed Louis van Gaal to work with. Expectations then began to become distorted, as Van Gaal’s unfancied Dutch team first spanked the world champions, Spain, 5-1, and then proceeded to the semi-finals of the competition before losing on penalties to Argentina without actually having lost a game. On this evidence, supporters began to think, Van Gaal can clearly work wonders with a squad of limited players that, Robben apart, is inferior to the United squad, even without new signings.

Confidence, excitement and expectation were then further increased during the pre-season tour of America. Whilst fully aware that this was a pre-season tournament, it was hard not to be impressed by United’s performances; given the tripe served up last season, the interplay between players and the goals scored were akin to fresh water after a desert marathon. With the expected addition of players once the team returned from the tour, there was a case for genuine optimism going into the new season. It is less than fourteen days since the squad returned from America and the bubble of optimism has been well and truly burst. It will be dawning on all connected with United that performances in pre-season don’t count for anything and that the problems that existed at the end of last season, Moyes aside, are still there.

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Mats Hummels surely now main focus to strengthen defence

Posted on August 10, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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Mat Hummels has been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer

Manchester United saw one of their summer transfer targets, Thomas Vermaelen, leave to join Barcelona in a £15million deal from Arsenal. Vermaelen had fallen out of favour at The Emirates, with Arsene Wenger preferring Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as his centre back pairing. Barcelona are for the first time without their captain, Carles Puyol, who was forced to retire through injury ending a gloriously successful career. The Catalan club have added defender Jeremy Mathieu to their ranks, but obviously feel the need to replace the gaping hole left by their former number 5.

It was clear that Arsenal didn’t want to lose their club captain – admittedly who is of less importance than Robin van Persie, who departed two summers ago – to a team who will no doubt be challenging for Champions League places this season and when the calling came from a top club who is in Europe’s elite competition, the Belgian’s mind was surely made up.

Now Louis van Gaal faces the dilemma of heading into the Premier League season without Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra and having not added to the squad defensively. Could the experienced Mats Hummels be the man to come in and make the difference?

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