Manchester United draw 0-0 again – will the philosophy ever work?

Posted on December 06, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Premier League, West Ham   1 Comment »
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Anthony Martial fails to find the back of the net against West Ham United

Another afternoon. Another 0-0. Another excuse from the manager. Louis van Gaal saw his Manchester United side fail to score for the sixth time this season, as West Ham United earned a well deserved point at Old Trafford. The visitors had the better of the chances, with David De Gea thwarting Victor Moses – who was through one on one following a poor Daley Blind pass. The Spaniard was also lucky to see Chris Smalling’s attempted clearance smash the post, just before Winston Reid hit the same upright later in the half.

Argentine Mauro Zárate was guilty of missing the best and easiest chance of the match as his outside of the boot strike went well wide having been played in by Andy Carroll. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial went close in the second half, but it was the same old story as United picked up another goalless draw. Statistics show that United are much tighter at the back and concede fewer goals than last season, however – the visitors were unlucky not to find the back of the net.

United’s manager believes that his side have not got luck on their side at present, which was evident in the amount of chances van Gaal believes his side have squandered. With United apparently cooling any interest on Pep Guardiola, it appears that the Dutchman will be able to finish off his philosophy as we approach the halfway mark of his tenure.

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Slavan Bilic dismisses boring link as United take on West Ham

Posted on December 05, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
Robin van Persie scores against West Ham United last season
Now departed Robin van Persie scores the opener against West Ham United last season.

Manchester United welcome West Ham to Old Trafford as the hosts look to close the gap on Manchester City at the top of the table. United drew 1-1 last weekend with Leicester City, when a win would have taken Louis van Gaal’s men to the top of the table – but had to settle for a point, with Bastian Schweinsteiger netting his first goal for the club.

The visitors have lost their last two games away from Upton Park, losing 2-0 to Watford and going down 4-1 to rivals Spurs – whilst United are undefeated at home. Wayne Rooney, who has been struggling for form this season, will miss the game through injury. Rooney is currently on 499 appearances for the club and will have to wait a little longer for his milestone.

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West Ham vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on February 08, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores a wonder goal at West Ham last season as United picked up all three points

Louis van Gaal will be hoping to overtake Southampton and reclaim third place with a win over West Ham United today. United haven’t lost to West Ham at Upton Park, in the league, since 2007/08 and will be hoping to maintain the same form that overcame Leicester City last weekend. The visitors welcome back Ashley Young, who has been out injured since New Years Day, but will be without Michael Carrick.

One other piece of news is that West Ham United have terminated the contract of former Manchester United prodigy Ravel Morrison with immediate effect.

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Manchester United vs. West Ham Preview: View from oppo

Posted on September 27, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores a wonder goal against West Ham at Upton Park last season

Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford in what is the 129th meeting between the two clubs. The home side have a defensive injury crisis, with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are all out injury whilst youngster Tyler Blackett is suspended following his dismissal last Sunday in the 5-3 defeat away ay Leicester City.

Sam Allardyce has said he fears a backlash following United’s defeat last Sunday, but surely his side will relish a physical battle with a United defensive lineup that could potentially feature youngsters Tom Thorpe or Paddy McNair.

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West Ham 0-2 Manchester United: Champions click in East London

Posted on March 23, 2014  by Bricki  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   4 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores wonder goal against West Ham United for Manchester United

Following the rediscovering of Manchester United’s attacking instincts in the Champions League, Moyes boys looked to continue the positive vibes against a struggling West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground.

With the news Robin van Persie is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, it was an opportunity to get Juan Mata central and Wayne Rooney as the point of the attack. Neither dissappointed with Rooney producing a stunning 58 yard volley to open the scoring before Mata controlled the game with superb movement, vision and passing. Strong performances from Jones, Carrick, Fletcher and a resurgent Fellaini provided plenty of positives to be taken from the game.

Here we reflect on the talking points of the game and invite debate/opinion from both sets of fans.

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West Ham United vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on March 22, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie, who is injured for today’s fixture, scores in the draw against West Ham last season

Following on from Manchester United’s win in the Champions League over Olympiakos, the English Champions travel to East London to take on West Ham United at Upton Park. The home side, currently in twelfth position in the Premier League have always been a tough side for United to take on when under pressure. Two key title deciding games in 1992 and 1995, where Ludo Miklosko denied United time and time again, spring to mind – however, the stark reality is that any title chasing is over for at least another calendar year.

All red were delighted to have qualified for the quarter finals of the European Cup, however – the news that Robin van Persie is out for six weeks and the fact that the club have drawn the European Champions and arguably the best club in the world on current form highlights the monumental challenge David Moyes still has in the remaining two months of the season. With the Dutchman out, it gives a chance to Juan Mata to play through the middle off of Wayne Rooney.

Joey O’Brien and Marco Boriello are unavailable for the home side, whilst Nemanja Vidic is suspended following his dismissal against Liverpool last weekend.

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Hammers Nailed By A Resurgent United

Posted on December 22, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   1 Comment »

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As we hit the Christmas and New Year rush it looks like United have started to rediscover their own sense of urgency on the pitch.

Goals from Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young, all with their own differing beauty made this a comfortable afternoon for the reds with a 3-1 win. It appeared at times almost like a United team under Sir Alex who didn’t let their opponents ever get a significant foothold in the game. Plenty of positives to digest and very few negatives (Buttner) with now only being 4 points from the top 4 made it a solid afternoons work.

Here we pick out some of the talking points of the afternoon and invite feedback/thoughts from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. West Ham United: view from oppo

Posted on December 20, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores a penalty for Manchester United against West Ham

Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford on Saturday with both clubs in a confident mood following qualification for the semi-finals of the league cup mid week. Despite West Ham’s obvious joy in beating rivals Tottenham on Wednesday, the Hammers are flirting very dangerously with relegation and are currently just a point above the drop.

Fulham were the last team West Ham beat at the end of November and have since lost heavily away to Liverpool. United last lost, in the league, at home to West Ham on the final day of the 2006/07 season – when Carlos Tevez scored his final goal for the club, before joining eventual Champions in the summer.

Nani joins Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, which will keep him out for several weeks. Wayne Rooney has a slight chance of being fit having missed the cup tie in the week.

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West Ham 2-2 Man United : Robin van Persie offside & Andy Carroll

Posted on April 19, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores a vital equaliser for Manchester United away against West Ham

Having already had a taste of the physical threat that West Ham pose at home, United went back there knowing a win would take them within touching distance of the title. After the good away win at Stoke at the weekend and with West Ham having little to play for now, you could have been forgiven for assuming a win might be a formality. But, West Ham, as they often seem to do, have a knack of raising their game when United come to town. Here we discuss the talking points of an eventful match and we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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West Ham United vs. Manchester United preview & line up

Posted on April 16, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, West Ham   5 Comments »
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Robin van Persie has been Manchester United’s match winner & saviour against West Ham

Manchester United travel to West Ham on Wednesday evening hoping to maintain the fifteen point gap over Manchester City at the top of the table. Upton Park has been the scene of two disappointing results that had a catastrophic impact on United’s title surge. Back in 1991/92, United lost out to Leeds United in the title race – having been beaten by West Ham away, after an inspired performance from Czech goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko.

Fast forward three years, Miklosko put in another superb display, thwarting Andy Cole on numerous occasions, as United could only draw the match 1-1. Brian McClair’s goal wasn’t enough and Blackburn Rovers took the title. Since then, United have had a pretty good record against the Hammers, but lost two away games back to back in 2006/07 and 2007//08. United went on to win the title in both seasons. Here we discuss the match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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