Manchester United vs. Fulham view from the oppo

Posted on February 08, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Fulham, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Robin Van Persie scores the equalising goal for Manchester United against Fulham
Robin van Persie scores his first goal for Manchester United against Fulham

Manchester United host Fulham on Sunday, with both sides low on confidence following early FA Cup exists and poor league form. United welcome back Rene Meulensteen, who joined the United coaching staff in 2001 and helped Sir Alex Ferguson win a number of league titles and the Champions League in 2008.

Meulensteen has had a tough start to his managerial career in England, with Fulham rock bottom and no having won a league fixture since New Years day. The visitors have lost ex-United forward Dimitar Berbatov to Monaco and have conceded 53 goals so far this term – the worst in the league. United ran out 3-1 winners earlier in the season at Fulham, with Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie getting on the scoresheet.

The home side welcome back Nemanja Vidic, who announced earlier in the week he is to leave the club at the end of the season, who is available again after being sent off against Chelsea in January, whilst David Moyes will be looking to Rooney and van Persie to start working with Juan Mata to form an impressive attacking trio. Time is running out for Manchester United, with Liverpool now ten points clear after their 5-1 hammering of Arsenal, and a win against the relegation threatened Londoners is key.

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Is there a Manchester United youth strategy?

Posted on February 03, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   4 Comments »
Manchester United youth team from 1992
A Manchester United youth side featuring Gary Neville Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and David Beckham

Author: Tony

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I have worked in multi-national organisations, and specifically Human Resources for over thirty years and in my role as a consultant I help businesses with performance and talent management systems.

Organisations have thousands of employees and they are trying to maximise performance from each one, attract new talent into the business while rewarding and retaining their top performers.

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Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United: Adam brace sinks United

Posted on February 02, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Stoke City   8 Comments »
Stoke City's Charlie Adam scored against Manchester United in the Premier League at the Britannia
Charlie Adam hit a screamer to give Stoke City the win over Manchester United

Manchester United lost to Stoke City for the first time in the league since boxing day 1984, a fixture so long ago, Mark Hughes started up top alongside Frank Stapleton. The defeat heaps more misery on David Moyes, who was defiant after the game exclaiming that United were ‘unlucky’ to lose the match. The visitors lost Jonny Evans early on and Phil Jones just before half time, which meant that Michael Carrick had to shift to centre half alongside Chris Smalling. Wayne Rooney was forced to drop deep in midfield and was unlucky to not find the back of the net from a late freekick following a glorious save from Begovic.

Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Stoke City vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on February 01, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   No Comments »
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, and Stoke City's Geoff Cameron in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney and Geoff Cameron clash in the 3-2 Manchester United victory earlier in the season

Manchester United travel to Stoke City this afternoon looking to build on the 2-0 win over Cardiff City mid week. United have a pretty good record at the Britannia Stadium, having never lost there in the Premier League era. You would have to go back to Boxing Day 1984 to record a Stoke City win the league, although this was at Stoke’s Victoria Ground.

Mark Hughes is under pressure to pick up results, with the home side not winning a league match since beating Aston Villa 2-1 just before Christmas and falling into the relegation dog fight. Stoke City are without Steven Nzonzi, who was sent off in the 1-0 defeat against Sunderland.

David Moyes welcomed back Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to the first team squad the other night, and with the addition of Juan Mata from Chelsea, United will be looking for a repeat result of the 3-2 victory earlier in the season at Old Trafford. United are without Nemanja Vidic, who is still suspended from his lunge on Eden Hazard in the 3-1 defeat against Chelsea, and Rio Ferdinand who is still injured. Michael Carrick will face a late fitness test, whilst Nani is out for a month.

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Juan Mata, Manchester United and wingers

Posted on January 31, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Tactics   4 Comments »
Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs was instrumental to Manchester United’s success in the 90s as a winger

Author: Karate Jesus

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‘The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.’

Albert Einstein

There’s been a common sentiment, nay, obsession, shared by practically all United fans over the last five years; sort out central midfield. It’s been easy to lose count of the names put forward as the player to revolutionise United’s engine room and, ultimately, the whole side. Some would undoubtedly have improved the side, others have reeked of ignorant desperation.

This common ‘the centre is weak; fix that, fix United’ diagnosis has led to some practically comatose analysis by United fans when it comes to assessing which players should be brought into the club. In the summer of 2012, there shouldn’t have been any supporters feeling anything other than joy at the signing of Robin van Persie. Instead, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people grumble that ‘we have Hernandez, we’d be better off spending that on Yann M’Vila or Chiek Tiote’.

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Manchester United vs. Cardiff City view from oppo

Posted on January 28, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Cardiff City, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Cardiff City v Manchester United - Cardiff City Stadium
Wayne Rooney could return against Cardiff City alongside new signing Juan Mata

Manchester United welcome Cardiff City to Old Trafford and the return of a United legend. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to face his former club for the first time as Cardiff manager. The Norwegian former forward notched up 126 goals for United, including that famous goal in the Nou Camp versus Bayern Munich in the 1999 European Cup final. Both clubs have done business recently with Brazilian defender Fabio signing on a permanent deal and Wilfried Zaha heading there on loan.

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both training with the first team yesterday and could make an appearance, however – Nemanja Vidic is still suspended from his sending off in the 3-1 defeat against Chelsea. Juan Mata is also set to make his debut for the club after signing from Chelsea for £37.1 million.

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Juan Mata is “the best classic number ten in world football”

Posted on January 25, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
Juan Mata Spain

With Juan Mata’s transfer from Chelsea on the verge of being completed, we’ve once again turned to Joe from over at Plains of Almeria for a bit of insight…

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Adnan Januzaj – What type of player will he become?

Posted on January 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Youth   1 Comment »
Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United celebrates scoring his second goal of the game
Adnan Januzaj has been the bright spark in a disappointing season so far for Manchester United

Author: Nik

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What do the numbers tell us about Januzaj’s best position? And what does he have in common with red legend, Cristiano Ronaldo? @Sleepy_Nik explains more …
There have been few Manchester United players to emerge from the opening half of the season with their reputations enhanced, but one such player is the Belgian sensation, Adnan Januzaj. His form has been the one shining light in a dark and dour start to David Moyes’ United career; form that suggests that the hype around the teenager from all quarters is fully justified.

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Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United: Talking Points

Posted on January 20, 2014  by El Rob  in Chelsea, El Rob, Man United, Premier League   6 Comments »
Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto’o scores a hattrick for Chelsea against Manchester United

Author: Rob
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As you may have heard, Manchester United went to Stamford Bridge and lost 3-1 to Chelsea in a slightly strange game. United played some very decent football, especially in the first fifteen minutes, yet they were fully deserving of the defeat. Moreover, they lost to a Chelsea side that didn’t play particularly well, and who only moved out of second gear three or four times in the entire match. Here are some thoughts on the game – as usual, we’d love to hear from both sets of fans in the comments*.

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Anderson leaves Manchester United for Fiorentina

Posted on January 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
Sir Alex wants Anderson to curb his enthusiasm
Anderson’s career at Old Trafford was always hindered by injury, lack of fitness and off field problems

“Come in number 8, your time is up”. No doubt if number 8 did indeed stand up to look around at the park keeper, the boat would capsize and our former Brazilian pigeon chested midfielder would plunge into the lake. Yes, Anderson is finally moving on to pastures new, with Fiorentina securing the signature of a player who promised so much, but delivered very little in his six and a half years at Old Trafford.

The summer of 2007 seems a distant memory, when Reds were overjoyed to find at the end of May that United had acquired the services of two of the hottest young properties in Europe. Winger Nani from Sporting Lisbon and the Brazilian player maker Anderson from Porto. Sir Alex Ferguson would also add Carlos Tevez to an attacking arsenal that already consisted of the maturing Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. United would go onto win the European Cup and retain the Premier League title.

Wayward shooting, over eating, no look passing, long term injuries, ‘shitting on Fabreas’, brasses, samba dancing and that penalty in Moscow. A player who promised so much, who for one reason or another – but just didn’t deliver.

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