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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Match Report: Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United

Posted on September 26, 2009  by Yolkie  in Man United, Match Reports, Stoke City   2 Comments »

Berbatov scores

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What increasingly looked like a banana skin for Manchester United ended up as a comfortable routine 2-0 at Stoke City that sent the Champions to the top of the table for the first time this season, but only thanks to divine intervention that came in the form of two Ryan Giggs’ assists as the Welshman came from the bench to rescue the game.

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Match Preview: Stoke City vs. Manchester United

Posted on September 25, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Stoke City   No Comments »

Danny Welbeck

Manchester United take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow – having won five of their past six games. Stoke City have also had a decent start to the season – beating Burnley (already one thing United haven’t done this season), Bolton and earning a point against newly promoted Birmingham – away from home. The Potters were also unlucky to lose to Chelsea at home – after a late Malouda strike.

United last played Stoke on boxing day last year – where a single Carlos Tevez strike was enough to ensure all three points. United also beat Stoke 5-0 at Old Trafford in November – with Danny Welbeck (pictured above) netting at absolute screamer – right in front of the Stretford End.

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Michael Owen, Cyprus and Craig Mc

Posted on September 25, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Citeh, Man United, Players   3 Comments »

Michael Owen Scores

Don’t you just hate it when you predict something, whether it be the ability of a future international defender such as William Prunier (just for the record – I didn’t do that) to whether your attire on a night out is considered a serious lady magnet (ripped jeans and pulled up socks – always a winner), and it goes horribly wrong? You may recall my foolish write off of Michael Owen last week – indicating that his style of play was from another era that was no match for the ‘technical superiority’ of today’s modern game and even had the cheek to bring Didier Drogba into the equation – good grief. This blog looks at my week in Cyprus, delirious celebrations at Michael Owen’s goal and my groveling explanation of my original comments.

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Fletcher and his rise in the United ranks

Posted on September 25, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Statistics, Tactics   2 Comments »

Darren Fletcher

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Its quite a remarkable rise from a player who was so widely criticised on the terraces, bars and pubs (and the MUTV studios) – in my opinion rather harshly. Darren Fletcher has always a been a good player – a very good player – however, when he was learning his trade United were in transition and was quite often or not made a scapegoat by fans who didn’t appreciate the Scot’s quite brilliant closing down of play combined with at times some excellent passing. His performances in the 2004/05 season – helped to free up Roy Keane and gained him a place in the FA Cup final.

The following article hopes to examine the importance of Fletcher in the team today and how he has improved over time. We will be using screenshots from the Guardian’s excellent Chalkboard - which I encourage every Red to use. This may go horribly wrong but we’ll give it a shot and see what we come up with!

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Wenger: Arsenal are stronger than United

Posted on September 25, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United   15 Comments »

Arsene Wenger sent off at Old Trafford

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that his Arsenal team is ‘stronger’ than both Manchester United and Manchester City – despite losing to both teams within the past month. Wenger believes that on the basis of those matches – in which Arsenal conceded six goals and scored three – Arsenal have a claim to be the stronger team. Wenger also cited injuries to key players being a main factor.

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