Match Report: Manchester United 0-1 Besiktas

Posted on November 25, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

Besiktas Celebrate

Twice consecutive finalists Manchester United suffered a humiliating defeat at Old Trafford to Turkish side Besiktas after conceding a deflected goal – throwing more than a slight comparison to their first ever defeat at home in European competition against opposition from the same country.

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Match Report: Manchester United 3-0 Everton

Posted on November 21, 2009  by Yolkie  in Everton, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

Rafael tackles Saha

As straightforward as it could get – Manchester United bounced back from their defeat at Stamford Bridge with a routine win and comfortable performance against Everton.

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Manchester United vs. Everton preview

Posted on November 19, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Everton, Man United   1 Comment »

Michael Carrick runs with the ball against Everton

When it comes to a “Big Four” in England historically speaking Everton are the club that join United, Arsenal and their city rivals Liverpool, with 9 league titles, 5 FA Cups and a European Cup Winners Cup to boot.

The Toffees visit Old Trafford this weekend in the second part of a clash between the city’s teams as Liverpool host City earlier in the day – and unlike the frostier relationship that exists with their neighbours, there always seems to be a healthy respect between the Merseyside blues and the Manchester reds, even if that cordial relationship suffered somewhat during the transfer of Wayne Rooney.

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You’re better off turning your back on United…

Posted on November 11, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Transfer Targets   5 Comments »

Carlos Tevez

….apparently! I wanted to blog about this on Sunday night after the Chelsea game but I was far too depressed considering we hammered them for large parts of the game, but I read an article (if you can call it that) in the News Of The World (the wife buys it) regarding Rooney’s ‘potential transfer to Barcelona’. That garbage isn’t the important part – they profiled eight players who have left Old Trafford and assessed whether or not they were a ‘hit’ or a ‘miss’ at their new club. Please feel free to add your own!

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Match Report: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Posted on November 08, 2009  by Yolkie  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   6 Comments »

Lampard and Terry

Composed, disciplined and in control – in this clash between Champions and league leaders Manchester United did everything that was asked of them but for the second “Grand Slam” game in a row, were cruelly robbed of at least a probable draw after poor officiating.

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Why United must play 4-3-3 against Chelsea

Posted on November 07, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Tactics   10 Comments »

Anderson

United were humbled in Rome back in May and outfought at Anfield a fortnight ago – hopefully the old ‘third time lucky’ saying can apply tomorrow. United have been subjected to an element of stage fright in the big games since the superb 3-1 victory over Arsenal last May and is important that this stops tomorrow. United’s midfield has been put under the microscope on both occasions – with a lack of shape or urgency being cited as the problem.

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Who said what? Chelsea vs. Manchester United preview

Posted on November 07, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Man United News, Quotes   1 Comment »

Ballack and Giggs

Lots of build up and anticipating ahead of the match tomorrow between the top two. United and Chelsea have had a mix start to the season – but still occupy the top two. The Stretty Rant looks at some of the quotes ahead of the game, with Ancelotti doubting our defense, Fergie’s praise of Lampard and Dimitar Berbatov’s view of the game.

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Fergie vs. Ancelotti

Posted on November 07, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Chelsea, Man United, Man United News, Managers   No Comments »

Ferguson and Ancelotti

They may joke about sharing a glass of red win tomorrow as they always have done in previous encounters – but make no mistakes – tomorrow is an enormous game for both teams to make a claim for the strongest team in the land. Fergie and Chelsea’s manager Carlo Ancelotti have met before – when United played Juventus and AC Milan – with the Italian having a better record than the gaffer.

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Match Report: Manchester United 3-3 CSKA Moscow

Posted on November 04, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

Manchester United celebrate

Manchester United qualified for the next stage of the Champions League despite being, for large stages, absolutely diabolical in this group match against their Russian opponents.

Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Sunday game at Stamford Bridge and injuries weighing heavily on his mind, made a series of changes to his side starting with a completely new back 4 and a front line of Macheda and Owen to give the team a feel that was more Carling Cup than Champions League.

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Match Report: Manchester United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Posted on October 31, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Blackburn Rovers, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »

Dimitar Berbatov

Strikes from Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney settled this game against Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers who put up a stubborn and resolute defensive performance against United.

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