Stretford End writes to the Mirror about the baffoon McGovern

Posted on December 17, 2009  by Yolkie  in Man United, News, Premier League, Press   8 Comments »

United against Wolves

I wrote yesterday regarding Derek McGovern of the Daily Mirror and how he is the worst journalist in the UK.

Today he cemented the position in his latest column by declaring in all seriousness that both Tottenham and Wolves have better teams than Manchester United. That’s Premier League Champions Manchester United, League Cup holders, Champions League finalists and (for the moment at least) World Champions.

Naturally, something had to be said because presumably whoever is in charge of editing at the Mirror is either missing McGovern’s rabid scribes or is being slipped a crafty tenner. So, we emailed them.

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Liverpool loving Derek McGovern is the worst journalist in the UK

Posted on December 16, 2009  by Yolkie  in Liverpool, Man United, News, Players, Press   9 Comments »

Ryan Giggs

I’m no great fan of the tabloid media. Last weeks blog where I voiced dismay over the way Joe Public lapped up the woefully inaccurate judgment of players ability depending on what club they played for (perfectly illustrated by the responses we got) and that followed me emailing the Sun Chief Sports Idiot Steven Howard (to no response, must get a lot of those emails!) but step forward Derek McGovern of the Mirror, who in two fell swoops has made the once respected profession of journalism look like the career of choice for those who couldn’t even arrange the letters “GCSE” in the right order let alone sit the exams, his latest excuse for an article details how he’s been frothing at the mouth over the Ryan Giggs BBC award after he believes the United legend has done “nothing” this year.

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Match Report: Manchester United 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Posted on December 15, 2009  by Yolkie  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Wolves   No Comments »

Nemanja Vidic

Relegation threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers sacrificed their best top flight run for over two decades after back to back wins by making ten changes against Manchester United but Sir Alex Ferguson’s men still managed to make heavy work of it despite the flattering scoreline at Old Trafford.

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Ryan Giggs wins Sports Personality of the Year 2009

Posted on December 13, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Awards, Man United, Man United News, Players   1 Comment »

Sports personality of the year

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has added another trophy to his bulging cabinet after being awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2009.Giggs finished ahead of Jenson Button in second and Jessica Ennis in third despite entering the running as a 20-1 outsider (some bookies were offering 66-1 a few weeks ago).

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Stretty debate: Villa performance poor or blip?

Posted on December 13, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, Injuries, Man United, Stretty Debate, Tactics   2 Comments »

Fergie blows his top

Yolkie and I have been discussing the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last night in depth and we’ve both got conflicting views on the events at Old Trafford.  I generally feel that we just had a bad day at the office, even though United didn’t play that badly.  Yolkie feels that, Giggs aside, we’re missing a creative spark from midfield, whilst many first team players are simply going through the motions.  We are going to try and have at least one ‘Stretty debate’ every month, which looks at a conflict of opinion.  We encourage you to get involved, pick a side and join in the discussion!

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Match Report: Manchester United 0-1 Aston Villa

Posted on December 12, 2009  by Yolkie  in Aston Villa, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   4 Comments »

Villa score at Old Trafford
Aston Villa’s great record against the so-called big four continued as they won 1-0 at Old Trafford with a performance far more deserving than the scoreline suggests.

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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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