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

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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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Chelsea vs. Manchester United match preview & view from oppo

Posted on January 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester United take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Danny Welbeck takes on Oscar as Manchester United look to close the gap on Chelsea

Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge in what will be the 170th clash between the two sides, as David Moyes’ men look to close the nine point gap between the two sides. United hosted Chelsea in Moyes’ first home game in charge, which ended in a dire 0-0 draw. The visitors are without Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in attack, who were both ruled out on Friday whilst Jose Mourinho has stated that new signed Nemanja Matic will not start the game.

Mourinho’s last game in charge of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge against United ended in a 0-0 draw in May 2007, when United had already wrapped up the league title a week earlier. Chelsea went onto beat United 1-0 in the FA Cup final, with Didier Drogba scoring the winner after an extremely poor final performance from both sides. This was the last trophy won in England by the Portuguese and a win over United will no doubt keep the pace with leaders Arsenal and Manchester City, but it is a must win game Manchester United.

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The Kids Must Be Heard: Singing section at Old Trafford

Posted on January 19, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
Young Manchester United fan
A young Manchester United fan watches his team at Old Trafford.

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All the talk in recent weeks has been about sections for fans in Old Trafford. In an attempt to improve atmosphere there has been trials of a singing section, which will continue in the coming weeks. We have also seen the possibility raised in the last week of a ‘teenage’ section with reduced ticket prices and a chance for the next generation of fans to grow into match going United fans.

So going forward what should the focus be on in terms of getting fans and atmosphere into the ground?

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Second half goals spark Manchester United recovery

Posted on January 12, 2014  by Bricki  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Swansea City   9 Comments »
Adnan Januzaj surges past Leon Britton
Adnan Januzaj was a constant torment for Manchester United against Swansea City

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After being knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Swansea only a week before, United were looking for their first win of the year. The Premier League Fixtures provided a quick opportunity to atone for that loss with the Swans visiting Old Trafford again. Rooney and Van Persie were still absent and Evans was also ruled out. Chris Smalling looked to put his image issues behind him with a solid performance and Danny Welbeck lead the line with support from Januzaj, Kagawa and Valencia. Tom Cleverley was taken out of the firing line with Darren Fletcher coming to provide some steel in the middle of the park.

After a dull first half from both sides with only a Januzaj free kick off the bar providing any sort of excitement, it would take some inspiration from Moyes at half time to dig out a result. A few tweaks of the line up resulted in United starting the second half well, goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck resulted in the first 3 points of 2014.

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

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David Moyes, Manchester United and moving forward

Posted on January 11, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Managers, Players, Premier League   6 Comments »
David Moyes, new Manchester United manager
David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson, the Glazer, the players – where are United now?

Author: Karate Jesus

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Given the increasingly desperate form of the team, United are proving to be fertile ground at the moment for journalists, bloggers or, frankly, anyone, be they of a United persuasion or not. So, if you can’t beat them, join them.

Some of this analysis is poor and I want to quickly address one moot point that highlights how confused many people have become; namely that Ferguson being in the stands is casting a dark shadow over Moyes’ attempts to manage the club.

Ferguson, aside from jumping through the publisher hoops following his autobiography, has remained pretty much silent on football related matters since retiring. If the new man can’t handle him being at games, he shouldn’t be in the job and there is no evidence at all that Moyes is effected by this.

It’s a non-issue that is only being seen as one because people keep repeating it. If Ferguson now stopped going to games, that too would become an issue. It’s lazy thinking, considering the multitude of other issues that are currently causing the club problems.

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Manchester United vs. Swansea City view from the opposition

Posted on January 11, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand celebrates the winner against Swansea City
Rio Ferdinand scores against Swansea in what was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge at home

Manchester United welcome Swansea City for the second time in under a week and are hoping for a better result than last Sunday. Monday 6th January is generally considered the most depressing day of the year, when the majority of people head back to work following the Christmas break – this of course was made even worse by the fact that United had lost both opening 2014 fixtures and were set to lose again mid week to Sunderland in the League Cup.

David Moyes is under an excruciating amount of pressure and is again missing both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who have scored 22 goals between them so far this season. Centre half Jonny Evans is a doubt having picked up a back injury midweek against Sunderland whilst Pablo Hernandez and Roland Lamah are missing for Swansea City due to hamstring and abductor problems respectively.

Many United fans were disheartened to learn that the club are unlikely to purchase any new players in the January transfer window despite being linked to the industrious Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund, who has missed most of the season so far through injury.

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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 »
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
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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