The Tosic/Ljajic saga continues

Posted on December 11, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Transfer Targets, Youth   1 Comment »

Adem Ljajic

We’ve heard it all from ‘being skint’ to ‘work permits’ to ‘slow progress’ in our pursuit of talented Partizan Belgrade starlet Adem Ljajic. Mike Phelan recently revealed that United’s attempt to sign the player broke down due to paperwork implications. However, today a new twist emerged that Manchester United had been paying the player since the deal was announced in January. The progress of Tosic is also worrying considering the £7Million man hasn’t yet started a senior games for United.

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Fergie denies any interest in over the hill defender

Posted on December 11, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Press, Quotes, Transfer Targets   No Comments »

Sol Campbell

The ridiculous rumour linking Manchester United with former Tottenham, Arsenal, Portsmouth and, ahem, Notts County defender Sol Campbell was finally quashed today by Sir Alex Ferguson who claimed he had ‘no idea’ where the story came from.  United’s recent defensive injury crisis would have started the rumour mill but could a player that was playing League two football earlier in the season step up to playing top European Football?  No way.

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Zonal Vs. Man Marking

Posted on December 10, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Old Posts, Tactics   1 Comment »

Blackboard

I am in the process of migrating everything across from the old website to the new layout – I know i’m useless in terms of time scales. The article has received some great praise from around the web – including The Times. I’m going to store this under ‘old posts’ (new category) but I believe the arguments are still valid when assessing the pros and cons of either setup.

Date of publication: December 2006

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Defeat hailed better than victory – ask the British press

Posted on December 10, 2009  by Yolkie  in Arsenal, Champions League, Chelsea, Man United, News, Players, Press, Youth   83 Comments »

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It’s been quite a week – if anyone had told you back in May that in December you would be celebrating a Michael Owen hat-trick in Germany for the club and that Sir Alex Ferguson would describe the possibility of playing Michael Carrick at centre back against Villa as “good news” you would have either carted them off to the loony bin or checked their pockets for a copy of  Grays Sports Almanac.

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Match Report: Wolfsberg 1-3 Manchester United

Posted on December 09, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

Michael Owen scores

It could have been the World Cup Final of 1986 all over again (the use of three in defence) – with a battered Manchester United adopting a three-man backline to try and scrape at least a draw in Northern Germany. However, United went one better and beat the German Champions 3-1 on their home soil, with Michael Owen netting a hat trick. Ferguson’s tactical nous to bring on Obertan and switch to a 4-4-2 late on proved effective as the young French man setup Michael Owen, twice, down the left flank.

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How many United stars made debuts in make or breaks?

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It’s rarely the case for a blog to be prompted so rapidly in the wake of a comment on another, but “The reds” raised an interesting poser ahead of tonight’s Champions League game in Germany – what kind of scenarios where some of the clubs greatest players thrown into for their debut match and is there any link between the direness of the situation and the ability of the player?

Stretford-End.com launched a mini investigation.

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All doom and Gloom in Wolfsburg…..Apparently!!

Posted on December 07, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Man United News, Statistics   7 Comments »

Edin Dzeko

An injury hit Manchester United travel to northern Germany tomorrow night aiming to clinch top spot over their German rivals – even though some reds are worried about United finished second in the group. Ferguson has a task to get out one natural defender, let alone four at the back. There is talk of Michael Carrick deputising at centre half again (which I have no doubt he will do), talk of the chief executive son getting a run out and Fergie opting for three at the back. I remind any Red, who is disgusted by the situation we find ourselves in, of 1996 when we had to rely on Juventus beating Fenerbahçe on the final day of the group stages! What I would have given to have qualified two matches before!

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Match Report: West Ham United 0-4 Manchester United

Posted on December 05, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »

Darron Gibson scores

It was a battle between two injury ravaged United’s at Upton Park as both sides’ concerns grew with more names to add to the wounded list, but in terms of the football, there was only one team in it – four goals, each beautifully constructed in their own way, scored by Manchester United.

There were the expected changes after the Carling Cup win over Spurs but Darron Gibson clearly did enough to keep his place in the team – however, the opening exchanges hinted that West Ham would give United a run for their money. Giggs misplaced a pass that Hines collected – his cross shot across the face of goal was almost converted by Collison who was snuffed out by the backtracking Giggs – this early chance was really the closest the Hammers came to notching a goal in the first half.

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West Ham Preview – 5 memorable Upton Park clashes

Posted on December 04, 2009  by Yolkie  in Man United, Premier League, West Ham   1 Comment »

Clashes betweeen the United’s of Manchester and West Ham have a reputation for being feisty – whether it was ill blood from the Ince sale or the fact that the East Londoners have more than once thrown spanners in the works of various trophy pushes. Stretford-End.com looks back at 5 of the most memorable (in our opinion) Premier League encounters at Upton Park.

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Why Federico Macheda will win the golden boot one day

Posted on December 03, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Youth   6 Comments »

Federico Macheda scores a wonder goal

I’ve made some horrible predictions in the past. (1) Cesc Fabregas would never become as good a player as Edgar Davids, (2) Cristiano Ronaldo would spurn the lures of Real Madrid and (3) I would one day lift the European Cup for Manchester United in the Bernabeu having finished top scorer in the European Cup. Sadly, not all predictions come true (although technically one is still possible – you know where I am Fergie) but I am putting my neck out on this one – Federico Macheda, in three years time, will be one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League.

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