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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Dimitar Berbatov retires from Bulgaria national side

Posted on May 13, 2010  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Man United News, Players, Quotes   2 Comments »

Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester United’s number nine has decided to call it a day on his International career aged just 29.  Berbatov, who found the net 12 times in 33 Premier League apperances for United this season, is Bulgaria’s all time top goalscorer with 48 goals in 77 appearances and won his first cap back in 1999 against Greece.  Some would consider his performances this season a little disappointing, despite generally scoring when he started a match and contributing a number of goals to a goals tally that surpassed last season’s total.  There are many rumours linking Dimitar Berbatov with a move away from Old Trafford, especially considering that Ferguson doesn’t believe the Bulgarian can play in a 4-3-3 formation with Wayne Rooney.

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Reviewing the Sun’s review of our Euro trips

Posted on May 12, 2010  by Yolkie  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports, Old Posts, Press   1 Comment »

Stretford-End.com reviews the Sun newspaper’s account of Manchester United’s European performances this season. Having taken the time to log all of the paper’s match ratings, it seems appropriate having now finished the season that we have a look back and see how well our progress was deemed by the tabloid media.

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Chelsea’s hollow celebrations don’t indicate Utd failings

Posted on May 10, 2010  by Yolkie  in Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Premier League   22 Comments »

Chelsea celebrate

If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, Manchester United fans would have a veritable feast in the wake of their Premier League title surrender. Allowing myself a little time to wallow before taking a more rationalised evaluation, you wouldn’t be surprised to find one of my major bugbears lies with the media representation of Chelsea’s one point title win.

They can act like Mike Dean and Steven Gerrard didn’t make the difference; but as Didier “manchild” Drogba argued with teammates through the game and celebrated like a rockstar when he got the toy he asked for for Christmas; as John Terry took his hands off the ball to pick up the trophy; as the country’s scribes finally got to hit “publish” on those long awaited obituary style attacks at Sir Alex Ferguson and United, one can’t help but think how utterly pathetic and hollow their celebrations were.

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Manchester United 4-0 Stoke City Match Report

Posted on May 10, 2010  by Yolkie  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Stoke City   3 Comments »

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United’s 4 goal defeat of Stoke City on the final day was not enough as Chelsea, as expected, destroyed Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge to take the Premier League title. Their mammoth 8-0 win over the Latics certainly impressed but United fans could at least look back at the half time state of affairs and lament the overly generous officiating that the West London side have been the beneficiaries of this term.

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Forum Post: Read the 09/10 season climax here!

Posted on May 06, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Chelsea, Citeh, Fun, Liverpool, Man United, Wigan Athletic   5 Comments »

Titus Bramble

Ian over in our forum has put together a collaboration of events that look at determining the outcome of the Premier League title and finishing positions for Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Europa League qualifiers Liverpool and Manchester City. Show your appreciation for a witty, humorous and insightful prediction of what could well happen on Sunday afternoon.

You can view the original thread in our forum. So make sure if you like the thread you let Ian know!

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Liverpool fans wished failure on their own

Posted on May 03, 2010  by Yolkie  in Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, News, Premier League   1 Comment »

To write a blog trying to decide whether I thought Liverpool threw the game against Chelsea would be almost as easy as the Dippers made it for the West London club. That debate even exists asto whether Liverpool gifted 3 points or if they are actually that bad is a new low for our once proud rivals up the M62. Yesterday’s reviews of their capitulation were varied. But, in surrendering even the faint hope of short term prosperity for more probable short term schadenfreude, those Liverpool fans who were happy to see their team lose not only the game but all of its integrity in one fell swoop are also presumably looking forward to the years in the wilderness that result guaranteed.

Liverpool’s fans wished for their own club to fail yesterday. That short term failure could have long term effects. Stretford-End.com explains why those fans should be careful what they wish for.

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Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United

Posted on May 02, 2010  by Yolkie  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland   No Comments »

Nani Scores

Nani’s expertly hit drive just before the half hour kept alive Manchester United’s slim hopes of retaining the Premier League. Sunderland at the Stadium of Light were formidable opponents with one of the best home records in the league, but United were able to overcome a physical battle on the pitch and the psychological blow of the most unprofessional of surrenders up the M62 to push the most unpredictable top of the table merry go round in modern memory right the way to the last game.

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