Old Trafford – 100 years old today

Posted on February 19, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Bolton Wanderers, Man United, Players   4 Comments »

Old Trafford

Our grand old stadium is 100 years old today and I am welcoming you to share your memories with us here at the Stretty Rant. 100 years ago today United played their first match at Old Trafford – a 4-3 loss to Liverpool. Over the years the stadium has witnessed some fascinating moments and played host to a number of wonderful United sides. Old Trafford was home to Jack Rowley, Bobby Charlton, George Best, Tommy Taylor, Duncan Edwards, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney – players who are engraved into the history and tradition of the football club. Here is to the next 100 years!

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Paul Scholes lucky goal against Milan – remember Porto?

Posted on February 18, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Players, Press   2 Comments »

Paul Scholes

One thing that winds me up is the old ‘lucky Man United’ tag that gets labeled at any fortuitous event that surrounds the club. Whether it be a refereeing decision or a scuffed shot that hits a pigeon and rolls in past the keeper – United are generally perceived as a side that have the Gods looking down on them. It amazes me that tag has been around for about eighteen/twenty years – its interesting the Gods have stayed around for so long! So to Paul Scholes’ superb ‘shinner’ against Milan on Tuesday night – big fat piece of luck? Or what goes around comes around?

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Wolves fined £25,000 for fielding weakened side against United

Posted on February 18, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Premier League, Press, Wolves   3 Comments »

Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers were today fined £25k for fielding an understrength side against United back in December. Wolverhampton Wanders lost the match 3-0, however made a number of changes from their game against Tottenham Hotspur the previous weekend for the clash against Manchester United. Mick McCarthy obviously felt that he should rest his side for the match against Burnley after United – a match that Wolves won 2-0. The Stretty Rant feel that the Premier League are demonstrating complete double standards on this issue.

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Darren Fletcher inspires Manchester United win in Milan

Posted on February 17, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Players   3 Comments »

Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher continues to prove that he is a man for the big occasion. Fletcher set up Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes in the San Siro on Tuesday night to give United a 3-2 lead going into the second leg. Fletcher was inspiration against Arsenal in the two semi final games last season and was the unsung hero in the 7-1 thrashing of Roma back in 2007. It is quite clear how important Fletcher is to this Manchester United, both from an defensive side and creative side (Fletcher has eight assists so far this season).

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Sir Alex Ferguson has mixed feelings on result

Posted on February 17, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United News, Managers, Quotes   2 Comments »

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for his Manchester United side coming back from a goal down to beat the seven times European Champions 3-2 on their own turf. However, Ferguson was disappointed that United conceded a late back-heeled goal by Clarence Seedorf, the same Seedorf who scored the second goal in the San Siro three years ago to send United crashing out of Europe.

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AC Milan 2-3 Manchester United Match Report

Posted on February 16, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   5 Comments »

Rooney scores

In an enthralling Champions League second round first leg tie, Wayne Rooney added to his ever growing reputation with a fantastic double in the San Siro to give United a great advantage going into the second leg. AC Milan and Manchester United is one of the great traditional European nights and this occasion had plenty of that old romantic feel with each side boasting a collection of modern day legends, stars of tomorrow and plenty of hard work, but if one word could sum up the opening period, it would be fortune.

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Ferguson: Its a good time to play AC Milan

Posted on February 14, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Man United News, Managers, Quotes   2 Comments »

Alexandre Pato
Sir Alex Ferguson believes that it is a good time for Manchester United to play AC Milan, considering the seven times European Champions have lost their starlet, Kaka, to Real Madrid and have had to go through a number of changes since Paulo Maldini and Carlo Ancelotti left the club in May. United last played the Rossoneri in May 2007 and lost 5-3 on aggregate. Milan went onto to lift their seventh crown in Athens, whilst United won a sixteenth domestic title.

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Cristiano Ronaldo could make Manchester United return

Posted on February 14, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Transfer Targets   8 Comments »

Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he could return to Old Trafford one day after leaving the club last summer for Real Madrid. Ronaldo, who was the 2008 World Player of the Year, spent six seasons at Old Trafford, winning the Premier League three times as well as the Champions League in 2008. The Portuguese star has scored eleven goals in thirteen games so far in La Liga – even though he has missed a couple of months with an injury.

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F365 re-writes United victory against Arsenal

Posted on February 11, 2010  by Yolkie  in Arsenal, Man United, Premier League, Press, Quotes   11 Comments »

Nani scores against Arsenal

If you’re a regular reader of this blog or our forum then you’ll know nothing gets my goat quite like an idiot journalist; following our recent exhibition at the Emirates I wasn’t surprised to see people concentrate more on Arsenal than United. I was surprised how quickly they would forget however and how quickly said exhibition would be translated by a journalist on Football365.com as a “one dimensional”, “counter attack” philosophy.

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Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United Match Report

Posted on February 10, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

Nani is sent off

A chance missed; a man light but Manchester United came from behind to draw against Aston Villa. Carlos Cuellar’s header was almost immediately leveled by a James Collins own goal to send United to within a point of leaders Chelsea who lost at Everton.

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