How does Rafael deal with Ronaldinho?

Posted on March 10, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Tactics   1 Comment »

Ronaldinho

After the 3-2 victory over AC Milan three weeks ago in the San Siro, Rafael came under some fierce criticism for his naive performance against Ronaldinho. The 2004 & 2005 World player of the year gave our young right back a big lesson, which will no doubt be of valuable experience to the lad as he develops even further. Firstly, my personal opinion was that Rafael did ok, although I believe he was at fault for not thumping the ball down the pitch just before Seedorf scored Milan’s second. However, as we approach kick off time, I wanted to look at the positions of both fullbacks in the previous game and their potential roles tonight.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Manchester United

Posted on March 06, 2010  by Yolkie  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Wolves   No Comments »

Scholes Scores

Paul Scholes scored a landmark goal to give Premier League Champions Manchester United a crucial (if unconvincing) three points against division struggliers Wolves at Molineux. The United legend’s 100th league goal for the club returned them to the top of the league.

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Time for a hero; so who will it be?

Posted on March 05, 2010  by Yolkie  in Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »

Federico Macheda

I think we could safely say that after the last international break of the season we’re entering “squeaky bum time”; after a season that has seen thrills and spills and has been described as both fantastic and woeful, you might need time to pinch yourself and compose when you realise there’s only 8 weeks left of the league season.

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Ferguson: Michael Owen will be out for a few weeks

Posted on March 02, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Injuries, Man United, Man United News, Players   2 Comments »

Michael Owen

Michael Owen’s injury nightmare continues as Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that he believes United’s number seven will be out for few weeks. Michael Owen started the League Cup final against Aston Villa on Sunday and scored the opening goal to help United to a 2-1 victory. Owen pulled up half way through the first half to be replaced by Wayne Rooney, who scored the winner in the second half. Ferguson stated that both Owen and Rafael will go for scans on the injuries they sustained in the match.

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Chelsea to experience United defensive injury crisis?

Posted on March 02, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Injuries, Man United, Premier League   4 Comments »

John Terry

Back in December I got some stick for defending Sir Alex Ferguson for fielding a makeshift three man defense against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Some readers seemed to think that I was a 3-5-2 advocate, when in fact I do not feel it is effective in top level football anymore. Forwards are withdrawn to the flanks and cut inside to attack, so there is little need for a three center halves, with one effectively spare – but that is for another blog/discussion! My defense for Ferguson was based on the fact that United were suffering from a defensive injury nightmare with Van Der Sar, Vidic, Ferdinand, Brown, Evans, O’shea, Neville, Rafael and Fabio all unavailable for selection. Could it be that Chelsea are now experiencing similar problems?

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Are Arsenal now a serious contender for the title?

Posted on March 02, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Premier League   22 Comments »

United beat Arsenal

After we brushed aside a rather naive looking Arsenal in the 3-1 victory in January, I honestly thought there would be no way back for Arsenal. Combine that with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Chelsea the following week, I smugly presumed that my prediction from the week before was highly accurate. Fast forward a month and Arsenal are two points behind United and three points behind Chelsea, whilst it appears that the Gunners have an easier run in than both United and Chelsea. So I lay it down to you, are Arsenal serious contenders for the title? Or will they fall at the wayside as they have done in the last few seasons?

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Dimitar Berbatov, Antonia Valencia & Park show quality in final

Posted on February 28, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, Man United, Players, Statistics   7 Comments »

Ji Sung Park

Manchester United retained the League Cup today having beaten Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley today. Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney scored the crucial goals to give United their fourth League cup win, with our number ten getting lots of superlatives thrown in his direction. Wayne Rooney is without doubt the best player on the planet and our star player by a mile – however, United demonstrated their strength in depth today with superb performances from Dimitar Berbatov, Antonio Valencia and Ji-Sung Park as we enter the business end of the season.

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Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa Match Report

Posted on February 28, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, League Cup, Match Reports   1 Comment »

Wayne Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson steered his Manchester United side into the record books once again as it was the first time in history that the club had ever successfully defended a cup competition – a result that wasn’t without fortune, though, and a result that was secured with a familiar combination.

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Anderson injured: Cruciate ligament damage rules midfielder out

Posted on February 25, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Injuries, Man United, Man United News, News, Players   1 Comment »

Anderson

Brazilian Anderson will miss the rest of the season after damaging his cruciate ligament injury early in the West Ham game on Tuesday. The midfielder was making his first start after alleged disciplinary issues and got injured after less than ten minutes, hobbling round as a passenger until the 18th, but now it seems that the damage is far worse than first anticipated.

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Manchester United 3-0 West Ham Match Report

Posted on February 23, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »

Rooney

Wayne Rooney scored twice and Michael Owen came off the bench to net another as Champions Manchester United strolled past West Ham at Old Trafford. It was a poor game of football to mark the 100th anniversary of the Theatre of Dreams but Rooney did at least do his best to illuminate the fixture.

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