Match Report: Manchester United 3-3 CSKA Moscow

Posted on November 04, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

Manchester United celebrate

Manchester United qualified for the next stage of the Champions League despite being, for large stages, absolutely diabolical in this group match against their Russian opponents.

Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Sunday game at Stamford Bridge and injuries weighing heavily on his mind, made a series of changes to his side starting with a completely new back 4 and a front line of Macheda and Owen to give the team a feel that was more Carling Cup than Champions League.

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Match Report: Manchester United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Posted on October 31, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Blackburn Rovers, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »

Dimitar Berbatov

Strikes from Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney settled this game against Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers who put up a stubborn and resolute defensive performance against United.

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Obertan probably won’t start against Blackburn

Posted on October 30, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Blackburn Rovers, Man United, Man United News, Players   No Comments »

Gabriel Orbertan

Gabriel Orbertan is unlikely to start for United against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow as Sir Alex Ferguson thinks that it is still ‘too early’ for the young French winger after his impressive debut display against Barnsley in the 2-0 victory last Tuesday. Orbertan used his pace a number of times down the right hand side and showed some promising signs that he could be a valuable asset as the season progresses.

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Match Report: Barnsley 0-2 Manchester United

Posted on October 27, 2009  by Stretford-end  in League Cup, Man United, Match Reports   1 Comment »

Neville is sent off

Danny Welbeck and Michael Owen scored goals early in each half to secure progression from a comfortable 4th round Carling Cup tie at Oakwell against Barnsley, though the final 10 minutes raised an important question about player safety.

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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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