Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal: van Persie header closes gap

Posted on November 10, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   2 Comments »
Robin van Persie scores against Arsenal
Manchester United close the gap on Arsenal after Robin van Persie scored in a 1-0 win

Its had to be him. Manchester United’s leading scorer from last season, Robin van Persie scored again against his old club to close the gap on the league leaders. The current champions could have been eleven points behind the North London club come 5:45pm, had Arsenal continued their impressive away displays, but it was their former captain who had the final say. Wayne Rooney’s superb delivery from a corner was met by the Dutchman at the near post mid way through the first half. A injury to skipper Nemanja Vidic was a blow just before half time, especially considering the dominance the Serb showed against lone front man Olivier Giroud, however Phil Jones slotted in alongside Jonny Evans to continue his impressive development.

Here we discuss the talking points of an extremely important win for Manchester United and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Arsenal a view from the oppo

Posted on November 10, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Patrice Evra scores against Arsenal
Patrice Evra scores against Arsenal last season at Old Trafford

Manchester United welcome league leaders Arsenal to Old Trafford today in what is a must win game for the current Champions of England. A win would close the gap to five points, whilst an away win would mean United would fall eleven points behind. Arsenal’s man of the moment Aaaron Ramsey could well have been lining up for United had he of not chosen the London club when he left Cardiff in 2008. The Welshman will no doubt be looking to add to his extremely impressive tally of 11 goals so far this season. Rafael could miss out with an ankle injury but Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans could well return following injuries. Danny Welbeck will certainly miss out this afternoon.

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Duncan Edwards… what position did he actually play?

Posted on November 07, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Recommended United Literature   3 Comments »
Manchester United?s youth team, England, c 1950s.
Manchester United’s youth team in the 1950s with Duncan Edwards 2nd from the right on the back row.

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When naming my best ever United XI, a difficult exercise at the best of times, the first player in my team is Duncan Edwards… playing in central midfield.

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Fulham 1-3 Man United: positives with a hint of concern

Posted on November 03, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Fulham, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   5 Comments »

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There was much intrigue about United’s trip to Fulham – United’s form has been slowly improving whilst Fulham’s has been rather less good which therefore had all the ingredients for a United-style upset. Carrick and Welbeck missed out through injury as Vidic returned in the league and Jones partnered Cleverley in the middle. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Fulham v. Manchester United: Match preview

Posted on November 01, 2013  by El Rob  in El Rob, Fulham, Man United, Match Previews   1 Comment »
Wayne Rooney scores the winner at Fulham

Rooney scored the winner in this fixture last season.

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Hey there sports fans. Plucky little upstarts Manchester United take on Martin Jol’s entertaining Fulham side at Craven Cottage this Saturday, on the back of three consecutive wins in all competitions. Coming off their biggest win of the season – a 4-0 League Cup beating of Norwich – United will be hoping to build some momentum in their league campaign after a pretty rotten start. Mr. Moyes has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from; Danny Welbeck is absent after spilling a bucket of Gatorade on his knee. In this fixture last season, only two things happened: 1) the lights went out around halftime, and 2) United won thanks to an excellent Rooney goal. Fulham have a decent record against United in recent years, winning in March and December 2009 and drawing 2-2 in August 2010.

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Manchester United vs. Norwich: view from the oppo

Posted on October 28, 2013  by Stretford-end  in League Cup, Man United, Match Previews, Norwich City   No Comments »
Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United v Norwich
Shinji Kagawa scores a hattrick against Norwich for Manchester United in the fixture last March.

Norwich City have are unbeaten in the League Cup against Manchester United. Ok, the two clubs may have only met three times, a two legged semi final in 1975 (which ended as 2-2 at Old Trafford and 1-0 to Norwich at Carrow Road) and a 4-1 drubbing in the 3rd round away in East Anglia sixteen years before Adnan Januzaj was even born (bet that makes you feel old), but history is on the side of the Canaries. United hammered Norwich 4-0 in March, with a superb hattrick from Shinji Kagawa and an excellent long range effort by Wayne Rooney.

The fixture will surely give David Moyes a chance to rotate his side and give the likes if Zaha, and Hernandez a run out. United travel to struggling Fulham on Saturday afternoon and the Manchester United manager will want to ensure he has a full strength squad, so expect the likes of Rooney, van Persie and Carrick to be rested.

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Manchester United 3-2 Stoke City: Hernandez seals win

Posted on October 27, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   2 Comments »
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, and Stoke City's Geoff Cameron in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney helped United to a 3-2 victory over Stoke City in the Premier League

David Moyes’ euphoric fist clenched celebration said it all. In a week that has been dominated by Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography, Beckham’s beanie hat and Roy Keane’s acid tongue – this current Manchester United crop took a leaf out of Ferguson’s sides with a late win and two great headers from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez. Peter Crouch gave the visitors a fortunate lead, after Jonny Evan’s clearance hit the striker and bounced in following a great save from David De Gea. Robin van Persie equalised before a stunning freekick by Arnautovic, his first goal for the club.

It was left until twelves minutes from time for United to take the lead. The Mexican headed home a great cross from Patrice Evra, but former United forward and current Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believed United’s number 14 shouldn’t even have been on the pitch. Here we discuss the talking points and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Changing The Game with HTC and Copa90

Posted on October 26, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Champions League, Man United   No Comments »
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Stretford End have writers that provide knowledge, debate and some fantastic articles. It was inevitable that we would be approached at some point to feed this to the masses in other ways. Copa90 and HTC asked Stretford End if we could support them on their programme – The Euro Fan.

Unfortunately all the decent writers were unavailable so they were left stuck with me to guide them around the city and give a United point of view to the European experience.

This is what happened.

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Manchester United vs. Stoke City view from opposition

Posted on October 26, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   No Comments »
Michael Owen shakes hands with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney after Stoke's match at Old Trafford
Wayne Rooney scored in the 4-2 victory over Stoke City last season.

An old hero returns today as Manchester United take on Stoke City in the Premier League in what is a must win game for the home side. Mark Hughes, who made more competitive appearances for United than Bryan Robson and Jack Rowley, will be hoping that this is the fixture that Stoke City beat Manchester United at Old Trafford as the last time was a 1-0 victory way back in April 1976.

Stoke lie in 16th place at present and will be hoping to move away from the relegation zone, with Norwich only a point behind them. The visitors are confident that Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron will be available, whilst for United; both Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are out injured. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic could return, despite the promising partnership of Jones and Evans midweek against Real Sociedad.

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Man United 1-0 Real Sociedad: sign of things to come with some partnerships?

Posted on October 23, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   5 Comments »

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It’s strange how Europe has so far has been a welcome distraction from the attention that’s come with the side’s league form. Against Leverkusen and Shakhtar United were good and with Real Sociedad coming to Old Trafford, expectations were that United should be winning this one. Moyes made four changes from Saturday with Valencia, Giggs, Kagawa and Hernandez in for Nani, Fellaini, Januzaj and van Persie. We welcome comments from all fans.

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