Stoke City vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on January 01, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   No Comments »
Chicharito scored a brilliant headed winner at Stoke in 2010. Will he have a similar impact tomorrow?
Javier Hernandez scores a wonderful header for Manchester United against Stoke City

Manchester United travel away to Stoke City on New Years Day, hoping to continue their unbeaten run into 2015.

United missed an opportunity to close the gap on Chelsea and Manchester City, following the 0-0 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

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Manchester United’s 2014 – a roller coaster of emotions

Posted on December 29, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United   1 Comment »

Guest Author: Doron

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It’s been a year of no trophies and high drama for Manchester United. Comings, goings, spending, criticism and philosophies. For fans of a certain age, it has been an eye opener and a year that won’t be forgotten quickly.

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Hugo Lloris denies van Persie & Falcao as United draw 0-0

Posted on December 29, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Spurs   No Comments »
Robin van Persie is denied by man of the match Hugo Lloris as both sides as the game ends 0-0

Author: Mitchell
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For the third season in a row, Manchester United can’t nick a win at White Hart Lane. The unbeaten run at Tottenham Hotspur’s home ground remains in tact but Mauricio Pochettino’s men have become somewhat of a bogie team for the reds. Entertaining though it was, either team could have conceivably won or lost so it was only fitting that neither did.

With United’s first unchanged Premier League line-up since late 2012, Louis van Gaal finally had the opportunity to let his squad stand on its own twenty-two legs with a consistent run of play. In typical fashion, Valencia had to go off with a mild injury, but this was a major stepping stone for the club. Finally, stability is just around the corner.

He says, awaiting tragedy…

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Spurs vs. Manchester United view from oppo

Posted on December 28, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Spurs   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores in the 2-2 draw against Spurs last season

The festive games keep on coming and if you’re fed up of listening to aunt Maple moan about the “loud music of today”, then lock her in a room*, lie back on the sofa and read our Spurs view from the oppo! Wayne Rooney is in superb scoring form having picked up a very impressive brace in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle United (not to mention that he is now captain of my dream team), whilst Juan Mata is really starting to show his true class following his move from Chelsea last January.

United and Spurs are 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Premier League form league and it will be a tight affair in North London today. United are likely to be without Angel Di Maria who picked up a pelvic injury on Christmas Eve, but the visitors welcome back Luke Shaw from an ankle injury.

*Obviously, don’t lock her in a room

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Manchester United vs. Newcastle United view from oppo

Posted on December 25, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Newcastle United, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Manchester United take on Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day

Manchester United take on Newcastle United in the boxing day fixture, with the home side looking to avenge the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford last December.

We posed a number of questions to Ed who blogs over at the NUFC Blog. We caught up on Pardew, Beardsley and did he actually like Eric Cantona?! You can follow Ed and the lads @TheNufcBlog

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Aston Villa 1-1 Man United: Missed opportunity

Posted on December 21, 2014  by Karate_Jesus  in Man United   No Comments »

Radamel Falcao scored a lovely headed equaliser, but United failed to push on from there.

Author: Karate Jesus (find him on Twitter here)

United’s six-match winning streak was ended at one of their happiest hunting grounds, following a tenacious display from the home side, led by the dangerous Christian Benteke. Villa also had Gabriel Agbonlahor sent off – very harshly in the opinion of most observers – yet they defended resolutely, and United failed to push on after the numerical advantage presented itself. In the end, a point each is a fair reflection of the play, but Louis van Gaal’s side must see it as a missed opportunity to add to their growing yuletide momentum. We’ll discuss some of the main talking points from the game here, and as always we look forward to comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United 3-0 Liverpool: Good times are coming back

Posted on December 15, 2014  by Mitchell Jones  in Man United   1 Comment »

United’s three goalscorers against Liverpool show each other some love.

Author: Mitchell
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What a difference a season makes. Earlier this year, the good folk here at Stretford End summed up Manchester United’s performance against the visiting scousers with this: “…humbled at home by a rampant Liverpool who won for the first time at Old Trafford in five years… looked rigid and flat in comparison to their rivals… chasing shadows for most of the game and found it difficult to defend against the counter attacking play of Liverpool.”

These are post-Moyesian times though. Where United still looked a little out of sorts, the tide has turned a full 180 degrees and it is the Mancunians who enjoyed a rampant display against a team who couldn’t handle being caught out on the break. The games against Liverpool are often the most explosive and important matches on our calendar and revenge for last year’s three-goal massacre was served ice cold with a 3-0 victory thanks to Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie.

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Man United – Liverpool: view from the opposition

Posted on December 13, 2014  by El Rob  in Man United   No Comments »

Robin van Persie and his weird flappy arms are (hopefully) returning to form. Steven Gerrard looks silly here hahaha but he usually scores against United.

In what promises to be a top-of-the-table clash battle between two teams in top form intriguing tactical chess match entertaining contest between two cavalier sides a game of football contested between two teams that hate each other’s guts, two teams that used to be really good at football – one quite recently, the other one not quite so recently – from two cities in relative mutual proximity that aren’t particularly keen on one other, Man United and Liverpool are due to clash on Sunday at Old Trafford. To preview the game we’ve been joined by Shaun Curran, who’s kindly answered some of our pre-match questions. You can find Shaun on Twitter here.

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Southampton 1-2 Man United: Robin s(t)eals the win

Posted on December 09, 2014  by El Rob  in Man United   2 Comments »

Robin van Persie’s double purloined the points despite an abject United display.

Author: Rob

In what can only be described as an act of floodlight robbery, a shambolic Manchester United came away from St. Mary’s with a scarcely-merited 2-1 victory. They did so despite having been out-shot, out-passed, out-pressed and thoroughly outplayed by the home side, whose wastefulness in front of goal was their downfall. Two superbly taken goals by Robin van Persie, and a succession of fine saves by United’s perennial saviour David de Gea were the only true positives of an astoundingly poor display. Here we discuss the talking points from last night’s game, and as always we welcome the thoughts of both sets of supporters.

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Southampton vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on December 08, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Southampton   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scores a hattrick against Southampton in 2012/13

Manchester United travel to Southampton this evening, looking for what would be a fifth successive win over fourth placed Southampton. Ronald Koeman has made a great start to his career on the south coast and, as we reach the halfway point of the season, are serious contenders for a Champions League place. Having said that, Southampton have lost the previous two matches – a 3-0 thumping from Manchester City and a tight 1-0 defeat away at Arsenal – and Koeman will be looking to snatch back third spot with a win over United.

United have faced some tricky ties away at Southampton. During the mid-90s, United lost 3-1 at The Dell when Sir Alex Ferguson blamed the invisible grey strip and of course the quite ridiculous 6-3 hammering a season later with Eyal Berkovic’s celebration resembling an erratic drunkard at a wedding. Since that day in 1996, Southampton have only beaten United twice at The Dell/St Marys – once in 2001 (with the league title already wrapped up) and in early 2003/04, when James Beattie scored a late header.

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