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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IRREFUTABLE proof – Rooney is better than Torres. By a scouser.

Posted on October 02, 2009  by Yolkie  in Liverpool, Man United, Players, Statistics   9 Comments »

Rooney

Through the glory of weblinks I discovered apparent “revealed proof” that Fernando Torres is better than Wayne Rooney.  Indeed, the writer excitedly states it’s “irrefutable”.

Jeebus, I thought, has the writer of this blog discovered something that is tangible and definitive enough to finally dispel the purpose of opinion?? And if he has, what is he doing wasting it on a comparison about football players??

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Match Report: Manchester United 2-1 Wolfsburg

Posted on September 30, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

Michael Carrick scores against Wolfsburg

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Manchester United kept up their 100% record in this season’s Champions League against German side Wolfsburg but the victory had a huge degree of luck as they had to come from behind.

The team selection prompted a few questions. Was Kuszczak’s selection a sign Foster had been dropped? The decision to play both Giggs and Valencia a similar sign for Nani? The decision to give Carrick and Owen game time seemed slightly straight forward but questions were being asked of the collective unit after an uncertain first 20 minutes in which United discovered that there was more to the German champions than their highly documented strike force.

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Fixture List Manipulation and FA inconsistencies

Posted on September 30, 2009  by Yolkie  in Citeh, Man United, Man United News, Munich, News, Premier League, Press   No Comments »

Munich Memorial

On my way back from the capital earlier this week the long train journey afforded me an indulgence I don’t take too often, that being the reading of the good old fashioned printed word. Of course I keep upto date with all things football but that generally is done either online or via Sky Sports News.

There was an interesting piece in the Telegraph by Henry Winter that was invitingly titled “Premier League missed a trick with Manchester United centenary fixture “. The article is essentially referring to the 100th anniversary of United playing at Old Trafford which is due to be celebrated on the 19th February 2010.

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