Jesse Lingard gives van Gaal the goal Manchester United needed

Posted on November 08, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
Jesse Lingard scores the opener against WBA
Jesse Lingard opens the scoring for Manchester United against WBA in the 2-0 victory at Old Trafford

As we approach the next international break where there is the inevitable gap of watching domestic football, much has happened since the last break in early October. The 19th minute strike by Alexis Sanchez in the 3-0 defeat away at Arsenal is the last league goal Manchester United have conceded. Paul Scholes has spoken openly regarding the way Louis van Gaal has the side playing these days, whilst Middlesbrough have knocked United out of the League Cup, on penalties – at Old Trafford.

Despite the criticism regarding lack of attacking threat, United continue to push and challenge for some sort of title charge. Yesterday, the defensively minded WBA set up shop with eleven men behind the ball – which explains a lot as to why, before yesterday, they had conceded the fewest away goals in the Premier League. The first half was devoid of any real action, excluding the brilliant control, turn and shot from Anthony Martial. The second half was more open and United fans witnessed Jesse Lingard’s first goal for the club; a beautifully curled shot past the helpless Boaz Myhill in the 52nd minute.

United were lucky not to concede when Saido Berahino missed an absolute sitter from five yards. The unmarked forward, who was a second half substitute, headed high and wide from a Craig Dawson cross. With time running out, the visitors pushed men forward – but it was Anthony Martial who won a penalty for the home side after a through ball by Ander Herrera. The young French forward was brought down by Gareth McAuley, who was dismissed by Mike Dean, having showed great pace to get into a shooting position. Juan Mata slotted home the penalty for United to go 2-0 up and keep the pressure on Manchester City, Arsenal and high flying Leicester City.

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Will Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United score goals against WBA?

Posted on November 07, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
Manchester United lose 1-0 to WBA last season
Manchester United haven’t conceded a goal since the 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow

The figures do not bode well for an open attacking game at Old Trafford this afternoon. Manchester United haven’t scored a goal in the Premier League since Wayne Rooney’s strike against Everton three weeks ago, whilst WBA have only conceded two goals away from The Hawthorns all season. Looking at the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace last week, United are struggling to capitalise on the amount of possession the side has during Premier League matches.

This generally applies to games away from Old Trafford – but with WBA’s stingy defence, the 5-5 goal fest in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final is highly unlikely. Louis van Gaal has pleaded for patience with United fans following boos during the CSKA Moscow game in the week – which United won 1-0. Can United pick up in front of goal and pick up three points and seek revenge following the 1-0 defeat to WBA last May?

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Manchester United 0-1 West Brom: United draw a blank again

Posted on May 03, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, WBA   1 Comment »

Manchester United lose for the third time on the spin with a single goal for WBA.

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Oh United, you never make it easy for us, do you?

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West Brom 2-2 Manchester United: It’s ‘tweet’ revenge for Fellaini

Posted on October 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
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Luke Shaw had difficulties at the Hawthornes, but will surely improve as he regains fitness.

Manchester United salvaged a point at the Hawthorns with a late goal from Daley Blind. United had been behind twice in the match, following a superb strike from Stéphane Sessègnon in the first half. United pressed, with Angel Di Maria in fine form on the left flank – putting in some superb crosses, however went into the break 1-0 down.

Louis van Gaal brought on Marouane Fellaini, who made an immediate impact. The out of favour Belgian, who was linked with a move to Napoli in the summer, scored a superb equaliser and silenced a number of doubters with his exquisite strike. United were well on top for the first twenty minutes in the second half.

However, the in-form Saido Berahino latched onto a through ball following poor defensive play from United, and slotted a smart finish past the helpless David De Gea. The United manager brought on Radamel Falcao, who nearly had an immediate impact, cushioning a long ball for Robin van Persie who struck the post. But it was down to his fellow countryman, Daley Blind, to net a well-deserved equaliser.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from an entertaining draw, and as always we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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WBA vs. Manchester United: Team news and view from oppo

Posted on October 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney takes a shot at WBA’s goal at the Hawthorns

Manchester United travel to the Hawthorns on Monday night to take on WBA, who will be looking to bounce back following a narrow 2-1 defeat away at Liverpool. Louis van Gaal will aim to make it three wins on the bounce, after beating West Ham and Everton by the same 2-1 scoreline. David De Gea was superb in the latter fixture, making a last gasp save to deny the visitors a point.

United are still without captain Wayne Rooney, who is suspended following his red card in the game against West Ham. This will surely mean a start for Robin van Persie and Falcao up top, with Juan Mata in behind. The United boss didn’t give away any clues in the press conference regarding team, as the visitors look to continue their exceptional record at WBA.

United haven’t lost in the league (WBA have won in the League Cup) since the 1983/84 season, when Ron Atkinson’s side lost 2-0. However, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of the club, both sides were involved in an epic 5-5 draw.

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WBA Vs. Manchester United preview view from the oppo

Posted on March 08, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney and Manchester United vs. WBA earlier in the season at Old Trafford.

Manchester United travel to WBA in the early kick off hoping to avenge the 2-1 defeat at the hands of their west Midlands opponents earlier in the season. United haven’t played since the disastrous 2-0 defeat away at Greek Champions Olympiakos, which was even worse than the 1-0 defeat away at Lille in 2005, a defeat generally considered the ‘Massimo Taibi benchmark’ of European defeats.

The Hawthorns was the scene of Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match in charge, an epic 5-5 draw – the first of its kind in the Premier League. Fast forward ten months and United are out of the title race, out of both domestic cups and have it all to do in the return leg of the European Cup last 16. David Moyes wrote a letter to Manchester United season ticket holders praising the support from the fans and will no doubt be under pressure yet again to try and close the enormous gap on Manchester City in fourth spot.

Phil Jones (hip), Jonny Evans (calf) and Nani (hamstring) are all doubtful for the visitors, whilst Chris Brunt and James Morrison, who were both injured on international duty, face a late fitness test for the home side.

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Man United 1-2 West Brom: testing times for players, staff and fans

Posted on September 28, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, WBA   14 Comments »

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After the lows of last weekend, the midweek win over Liverpool lifted spirits a bit and everything seemed to be back on track again. Moyes stuck with many of the players who beat Liverpool with the likes of Buttner, Jones, Evans, Nani, Hernandez and Kagawa retained whilst Anderson got a start in the middle. What unfolded was far from ideal. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United v. West Bromwich Albion: Match Preview

Posted on September 27, 2013  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Previews, WBA   2 Comments »

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Manchester United take on West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford this Saturday, at the end of a difficult week for the club and its new manager, David Moyes. The 4-1 dismissal by City last Sunday was as painful as its proximate cause (midfield weakness) was predictable. In midweek, a 1-0 League Cup win over Liverpool was even more welcome than usual, as the media pressure on Mr. Moyes eased slightly, Jonny Evans got his first minutes of the season, Chris Smalling did well in defence, and we saw the return of Rafael, whose importance to the team was certainly felt in his absence. In the same competition West Brom were less fortunate, losing to Arsenal on penalties after ending 1-1 in 120 minutes. At this early stage of the season, the Baggies are two points behind United in the Premier League table and look a bit more like the team of last year, after losing two of their opening three games at home. Tomorrow probably won’t bear any resemblance to the last time the two clubs met, a memorable 5-5 joyride at the Hawthorns in Fergie’s final game.

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WBA Vs. Manchester United preview: Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game

Posted on May 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Match Previews, WBA   2 Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy
Sir Alex Ferguson will take charge of Manchester United for the very last time on Sunday against WBA

So, after 1,500 games – Sir Alex Ferguson is to wave goodbye to English football and Manchester United as he bows out a champion at The Hawthorns on Sunday. United’s legendary manager has won 38 trophies since he took over from Ron Atkinson (who ironically left WBA to join Manchester United) back in November 1986.

Although the title was wrapped out weeks ago and the game, for United fans anyway, will be about saying goodbye to the greatest manager of all time – Sir Alex will want to go out with a win. United beat WBA 2-0 at Old Trafford in the last game of 2012, with an own goal from and a a last minute strike by United top scorer Robin van Persie.

Here we discuss the match preview including a potential line up, team news and a superb view from the opposition. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United 2-0 West Brom – getting the Christmas combinations correct

Posted on December 30, 2012  by sleepy_nik  in Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, WBA   1 Comment »

West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley, right,

West Brom’s Gareth McAuley scores an own goal against Man United

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United faced a potential banana skin at home to high climbing West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with the latter having a tremendous season so far, and putting a slight wobble of late behind them in recent games. The reds were hoping to finish the year as strongly as possible and hoping to keep the gap between themselves and City at 7 points. For United, back came Cleverley, Young, Vidic, Welbeck and Kagawa, whilst Clarke unsurprisingly sought to pack the midfield and use Long as his lone target man.

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