What has happened to Nemanja Vidic?

Posted on October 25, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Players, Statistics, Tactics   14 Comments »

Nemanja Vidic

Ok I admit it – there are a few things i’m scared of. Spiders are one, being caught wearing a trilby hat and ghost pets – however I think we can fairly conclude that the sight of Fernando Torres puts our no-nonsense, swashbuckling centre half turn into a nervous wreck. Nemanja Vidic was sent off for the third consecutive match against Liverpool today in the 2-0 defeat at Anfield. Looking back at last year’s fixture at home – our Serbia defender was all on course for a whole host of awards following an impressive season – which included a last minute goal against Sunderland and being part of a 14 match record breaking match run in which United didn’t concede a goal. However, after the Torres goal in which Vidic totally misjudged the flight of the ball – I ask – what has happened to Vidic?

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Match Report: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

Posted on October 25, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   10 Comments »

Torres and O'Shea battle for the ball

Fernando Torres and David N’Gog scored the goals to grant under pressure Rafa Benitez a reprieve as Liverpool comfortably, and deservedly, beat the Champions Manchester United.

As is often the case in games of such magnitude the first half was somewhat of an anti climax with chances at a premium, though admittedly Liverpool had the better of the opening exchanges.

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Stretford-End.com appeals to Liverpool FC on behalf of Benitez

Posted on October 23, 2009  by Yolkie  in Announcements, Liverpool, Man United, News   No Comments »

Rafa Benitez

With the Liverpool / Manchester United game fast approaching we were enlightened to our opponent’s current plight.

Apparently they’ve lost 4 in a row and it’s their worst run for over 20 years. At Stretford-End.com we didn’t realise this because you know, we’re top and looking that far down the table would probably give us a nosebleed.

However don’t let it be said we’re not a charitable lot. We wrote to Liverpool Football Club to offer our support.

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Match Report: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Manchester United

Posted on October 21, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

Berbatov goes down in the box

Antonio Valencia scored his second Manchester United goal in his second consecutive game to give Sir Alex Ferguson’s men a thoroughly deserved win in Moscow against CSKA and ensure the club equalled a European Cup away record of unbeaten games at the scene of their most recent successful campaign in the competition.

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Match Report: Manchester United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Posted on October 17, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Bolton Wanderers, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »

Zat Knight Own Goal

The two sides of Manchester United were on show as Bolton Wanderers threatened to overcome a two goal deficit to snatch a point – but in the end Antonio Valencia’s first goal for the club proved to be the goal that put United to the top of the table.

Sir Alex Ferguson made a host of changes, some voluntary and some forced by circumstance – while Edwin van der Sar made a welcome return for his first league start of the season, Gary Neville, Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs and Anderson were restored to the line up while Michael Owen and Jonathan Evans started in place of the injured Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney – Dimitar Berbatov also was selected when the birth of his daughter in the midweek had threatened to render the Bulgarian unavailable.

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Sheva? Batistuta? Kluivert? Who did you want to see?

Posted on October 13, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Transfer Targets   9 Comments »

Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko today stated that United tried to sign him when he was playing for Dynamo Kyiv back in 1999.  Shevchenko and Rebrov struck a superb partnership in the late 90′s and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League under the guidance of legendary manager Valery Lobanovsky.  Dynamo Kyiv lost to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals but a new star of European Football was born.  Shevchenko revealed that he could have joined either Barcelona or Manchester United at 22 but chose the, then, five times European Champions AC Milan.  Over the years United have been linked to a number of star players throughout Europe who fell through the net for one reason or the other – who did you most regret not signing over the years?  The following article looks at some of the top players over the years who were linked with United.

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Football365 and the Mirror must stop Fergie witch-hunt. Now.

Posted on October 07, 2009  by Yolkie  in Man United, Man United News, News, Premier League, Press, Uncategorized   2 Comments »

Fergie

..just as it says on the tin, really.

Sir Alex has come in for criticsm for voicing his opinion about the physical condition of Alan Wiley. Clearly an attempt to deflect the heat from his side following a poor display but the media backlash which is trying to get Fergie charged with all sorts is bordering on the rabid.

A “journalist” for Football365, Sarah Winterburn, opines that Fergie’s comments were worthy of comparison to Adebayor’s recent antics against Arsenal. He should be fast-tracked to punishment. He should not allowed to explain those comments. Really? Were the comments really that bad? Let’s examine them.

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Ryan Giggs, September’s Player of the Month

Posted on October 06, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »

Giggs

Player of the Month -

No surprises here as Ryan Giggs’ excellent form saw him steal the show every time he took to the pitch in September.

From his man of the match masterclass at White Hart Lane where he kept up his impressive record of scoring in each of the 18 Premier League seasons with a stunning free kick, to a one man assist machine in the Manchester derby and a similar rescue act at the Brittania stadium, ending with getting United out of jail against Wolfsburg, Giggs’ impressive showings were backed up with 2 goals and a staggering 6 assists to add to the three goals he provided for his team mates in August.

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Bruce: 1999? 2008? Nah – 93/94 was the best!

Posted on October 04, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players   3 Comments »

Bruce and Pallister

Sunderland manager and ex Manchester United captain Steve Bruce reckons that the 1993/94 side assembled by Sir Alex Ferguson was his best side ever – more so than the double winning side of 2008 and the treble side of 1999. Bruce signed in 1987 for £800,000 from Norwich and helped United win a number of honours before moving onto Birmingham City in 1996. Bruce will always be remembered for his two late goals against Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 – which gave United a 2-1 lead and one hand on the title.

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Match Report: Manchester United 2-2 Sunderland

Posted on October 04, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Sunderland   1 Comment »

Rooney and Berbatov

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Abysmal, lacklustre but very very lucky – Manchester United salvaged an injury time draw against a Sunderland side that had completely dominated and outplayed them at Old Trafford.

A selection that excluded the injured Michael Owen and the rested Ryan Giggs was always likely to be struggling to find a plan B – no strikers on the bench, and an odd midfield that featured Welbeck out wide meant that it was plan A or bust for the Premier League Champions. On the first half evidence it was truly “bust”, as Sunderland’s energetic midfield thoroughly outran their opponents. The early exchanges were dominated by the visitors and on 7 minutes they were rewarded with a 20 yard strike from in-form Darren Bent.

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