Wayne Rooney: The Divine Ponytail number 2?

Posted on June 23, 2010  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Man United News, Players   3 Comments »

Roberto Baggio

Wayne Rooney has come under harsh criticism in recent England matches after failing to find the back of the net, criticising the travelling England fans for booing, slammed for being unfit and not ‘really caring’ about the team.  Rather than singling out Rooney, the most talented footballer in the England squad, I would be focusing on England’s poor ball retention, rigid tactics and lack of imagination.

I’ve kept pretty quiet recently on the events occurring down in South Africa, however I wanted to address the situation now that England have qualified for the last sixteen.  Rooney’s World Cup campaign hasn’t even got started yet and I would look at a certain inspirational Roberto Baggio as proof that you don’t need to blow the group stages away.

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Blame Gerrard for Rooney’s “failure”

Posted on June 19, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Players   2 Comments »

It can’t be blamed on the manager, it can’t be blamed on the goalkeeper this time, and despite best attempts, it can’t blamed on Wayne Rooney, the diamond in the manure infested national side. Fabio Capello has indicated he will consider a system change to boost England’s chances of progression, but to get the best out of this group of 23 he will have to make a switch in personnel.

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Manchester United fixtures 2010/11: Newcastle up first

Posted on June 17, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Newcastle United, Premier League, Press   3 Comments »

Chris Hughton

Manchester United kick off their 2010/11 Premier League campaign against Championship winners Newcastle United at Old Trafford on August 14th. United opened the 2000/01 with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle, with Andy Cole and Ronny Johnson getting on the score sheet. The next game sees United up against Europa League finalists Fulham and then at home to West Ham at the end of the month. United then face back to back games against Merseyside opposition, with United traveling to Goodison Park on the 11th – a ground where United were well beaten last term – and then host Liverpool at Old Trafford on the 18th.

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Johan Cruyff Praises Wayne Rooney in World Cup build up

Posted on June 09, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Man United News, Players, Quotes   1 Comment »

Johan Cryuff

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney, describing him as a ‘complete player’. The Manchester United forward was in scintillating form for United this season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions. His injury towards the end of the season hampered United’s title and European bid, however our number ten can look back on a very impressive campaign. Cruyff, who inspired a generation in the 70s, defended Rooney for his dissent in matches. Much has been made of Rooney’s conversation with the referee in the meaningless England friendly on Monday – with many football ‘experts’ not realising that players are in fact allowed to question a decision. This isn’t a post on the ‘respect’ campaign, i’m merely pointing out that even if football now appeals to middle Britain, its roots remain working class, which some journalists seem to overlook. If you want to discuss arguing with officials and player conduct on the pitch you can do in our forum.

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Red Knights bid: Do you feel let down?

Posted on June 03, 2010  by Stretford-end  in LUHG, Man United, Man United News   8 Comments »

Green and Gold

When it was finally “revealed” via statement yesterday that the Red Knights were effectively announcing their intention to NOT make a takeover bid for Manchester United in the near future, I wasn’t surprised. In fact, the more news that has come out in the last few weeks, the less confident I was about a bid at all and the more suspicious I got about the motives of supposed saviours.

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Could Ronaldo be the next Ronaldo?

Posted on May 28, 2010  by Yolkie  in LUHG, Man United, Players   2 Comments »

Ronaldo
Apologies for the somewhat misleading title. We are not suggesting in any realistic tone that Cristiano Ronaldo is about to depart Real Madrid and return to Old Trafford, despite the fact that such a comment is not as absurd as it would have seemed 6 months ago. Nonetheless, one year since the best player in the world left Manchester United, a void exists, and when looking at the potential options, his name appears as likely as any.

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Manchester United Debt – Fergie: No market value

Posted on May 19, 2010  by Stretford-end  in LUHG, Man United, Man United News, Managers, Quotes   13 Comments »

Beckham puts on a Green and Gold scarf
Anyone that reads this blog on a regular basis will know and understand what a Fergie supporter I am, however I think we all agree that we do not believe him one bit when he speaks about the lack of quality/value in the transfer market. Today, we’ve seen Barcelona snap up Spanish forward David Villa for a cool £34Million, whereas Manchester City have placed a £20Million bid for Manchester United target James Milner of Aston Villa – whereas Chief Executive David Gill believe United have already done the majority of their spending, with the signings of virtual unknowns Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez. This has all coincided with the news that the PIK loan that the Glazer family took out in 2006 – will increase by £75million. No market value, or the real reason – no money to spend as United are funding the Glazer greed?

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Ben Foster Transfer: Keeper signs for Birmingham City

Posted on May 19, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Birmingham City, Players, Quotes, Transfer Targets   No Comments »

Ben Foster

Ben Foster has joined Birmingham City for a fee believe to be in the region of £6million. Foster signed for United back in 2005 for a fee of £1million from Stoke City. He was then loaned out to Watford for two seasons where he got rave reviews for his performances, which helped Watford gain promotion to the Premier League. Sadly for Foster he couldn’t save the Hornets from relegation the following season and returned to United in 2007.

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Where Sir Alex shouldn’t be raising his transfer funds

Posted on May 18, 2010  by Yolkie  in Man United, Premier League, Press, Transfer Targets   6 Comments »

Sir Alex Ferguson

With the season over, minds inevitably wander to that personal wish list of transfer targets that you would like to see Manchester United sign. Ben Foster’s imminent departure reminds us that it’s not just incoming transactions that will take place this summer – with many United fans wanting to see something of a fundamental overhaul, I take a brief look at where I don’t think Sir Alex should be raising his transfer funds.

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Manchester United News: Season Review 2009/10

Posted on May 16, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Players   3 Comments »

JI-Sung Park

So there we have it, not since the 1-0 victory over Manchester City back in May 2007 have United not finished Champions of England. Since then United have gone onto lift the Premier League title three times and were on course for a record fourth victory. Sadly, Chelsea thumped Wigan 8-0 on the final day of the season, leaving the record eighteen times winners a point off the top. Credit to Chelsea who have scored a mountain of goals in a crazy season. Here we take a look back at the season just gone and thoughts on performances, matches and what the future holds.

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