David Moyes & Manchester United: Where does the blame lie?

Posted on January 06, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Everton, Man United, Managers   23 Comments »
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David Moyes has had a tough time at Manchester United since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson

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So this is how Manchester United ends… with a whimper and not with a bang. The last 6 months have conclusively proven that our time in the sun is now over and we must accept mediocrity on a level of Liverpool in the 90s.

That’s the only conclusion we can draw from the difficult six months since Sir Alex walked away and David Moyes was given the chalice isn’t it?

I mean it’s not like Sir Alex bled every last bit of success he could out of a group of players we have been saying for several years has been performing better than the sum of its parts. That a manager with over 25 years experience at the same club, a club he effectively had lead role in redesigning and helped to reform from top to bottom, would know exactly how to drive these players further than they realised they could go.

If a manager with 25 years at one of the most successful and famous teams in the world, gives you advice and tells you can achieve something, it might just make you do something many didn’t think you could.

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How much can Manchester United expect of Adnan Januzaj?

Posted on January 03, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Players, Stretty Debate   2 Comments »
How much can we ask of Adnan Januzaj right now?
How much can we ask of Adnan Januzaj right now?

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In the space of about 10 minutes during the second half against Spurs, Wayne Rooney knocked at least 4 consecutive long balls out to Adnan Januzaj on the right wing. As we were chasing the equaliser it appeared that the youngest member of the team was the ‘go-to’ guy in a time of crisis.

With a team of internationals should we be placing so much expectation on a player still only 6 months into his first season with the first team?

What kind of effect could such demands have on his overall development?

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Lady luck isn’t shining on David Moyes at present

Posted on January 02, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Spurs   11 Comments »
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Emmanuel Adebayor scores for Tottenham in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United

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Like it or not, luck has always played a part in football (as fans of yesterday’s visitors, Spurs, will remind us of more than most by uttering the name, “Roy Carroll”). It doesn’t necessarily dictate the course of a season-long campaign but it can influence moments, short spells and momentum; determining the ebbs and flows of clusters of fixtures. It’s also something that isn’t siding with United and David Moyes this season.

To write a piece about luck may seem like a strange choice – diversionary and/or naïve – acting as if that’s all that’s going wrong at United this season. Of course, that isn’t the case but there’s no doubting that Moyes isn’t getting the rub of the green in a few key areas and in some cases it’s directly impacting the outcome of some games.

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Manchester United vs Spurs: View From The Opposition

Posted on January 01, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Match Previews, Spurs   No Comments »
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Manchester United host Spurs at Old Trafford hoping to avenge the 3-2 defeat from last season

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Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford for today’s New Year clash. The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane produced an exciting 2-2 draw and usually clashes between the two are full of incident. Spurs achieved their first win at Old Trafford last season since 1989 with a 3-2 but had to survive a United onslaught in the second half. An Evans OG and goals from Dempsey and Bale were enough to see Spurs home.

Since the 2-2 draw on the 1st December both sides have experienced differing fortunes. United have started to find a consistency in recent weeks whilst Spurs have had to recover from heavy defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool that resulted in the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas. Tim Sherwood has stepped in and appeared to steady the ship for Spurs whose most recent result was a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Stoke City.

United have continued injury concerns with Van Persie, Jones and Rafael serious doubts whilst Wayne Rooney faces a late call on his fitness. Spurs have added Paulinho to an extensive injury list after Charlie Adam’s assault/tackle at Stoke City.

We sat down with Tottenham fan, Bashir Falconer to run the rule over the North London side heading into today’s teatime clash.

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Danny Welbeck from the bench earns 3 vital points for United

Posted on December 28, 2013  by Bricki  in Man United, Match Reports, Norwich City, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Tom Cleverley helped Manchester United to a 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road

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The second game in three days brought another 3 points for the reds in what was at times, a war of attrition. Norwich made life difficult for United and on another day may have taken something from the game. The introduction of Danny Welbeck at half time brought some much needed pace and urgency to a forward line that failed to create much. It was Welbecks quick reaction and calm in front of goal that secured a 1-0 win.

The lack of Wayne Rooney, out with a groin strain left United without the man who had made us tick in recent weeks. We can only hope he will be available for the visit of Spurs on New Year’s day.

Here we look at the talking points of the game at Carrow Road and invite comments/opinion from both sets of fans.

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Norwich vs. Manchester United: view from the opposition

Posted on December 28, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Norwich City, Premier League   No Comments »
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Anthony Pilkington scores the winner for Norwich City last season against Manchester United

Manchester United travel to Norwich this afternoon looking to improve further on five back to back wins in all competitions. United lost 1-0 to Norwich last season following a great goal from Anthony Pilkington. Norwich are currently three points above the relegation zone and were subjected to a disappointing defeat to Fulham on Boxing Day after a late Scott Parker winner.

David Moyes travels today without the suspended Antonio Valencia, who received his marching orders late in the 3-2 victory over Hull City and Rafael who pick up a groin injury in the same match. Michael Carrick, could return to the starting lineup for the first time since the 1-0 win over Arsenal back in November.

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United come back to beat high tempo Hull City

Posted on December 27, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Hull City, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores against Hull City in the 3-2 win for Manchester United

Some of us were a little hungover from enjoying too much of the festivities from the night before, but Boxing Day served up a right Christmas cracker with Manchester United coming from two goals down to beat Hull City 3-2. Hull will no doubt be extremely disappointed to not have come away with a point after squandering a number of late chances and of course, having had a two goal lead inside fifteen minutes.

A stunning Wayne Rooney half volley was the pick of the goals, whilst United’s number ten was also involved in setting up Chris Smalling’s towering header and putting pressure on United old boy James Chester, who headed into his own net.

Here we discuss the talking points of a thrilling game and welcome comments from both sets of fans. Apologies for the late posting of this blog, overindulging at Christmas takes its toll!

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Hull City vs. Manchester United view from oppo

Posted on December 26, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Hull City, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce will be looking to get one over his old club

Manchester United travel to Hull City this afternoon for the 25th clash between the two sides. United last played at the KC stadium the day after boxing day in 2009, winning 3-1. The last time Hull City beat United was way back in the 1974/75 season, when both clubs were in Division 2. Steve Bruce has done a great job so far, guiding his side to 12th spot.

David Moyes’ men will be looking to push on following disappointing home defeats to Everton and Newcastle at the start of the month, but have since beat Aston Villa away and West Ham at home. Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie are still out through injury, whilst Danny Welbeck is expected to travel after suffering an injury in the fixture at the 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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