Marcus Rashford scores twice to dent Arsenal’s title hopes

Posted on February 28, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Reports, Youth   No Comments »
Marcus Rashford scores a brace on his Premier League debut
Marcus Rashford scores twice against Arsenal to give Manchester United a deserved victory

Marcus Rashford, who made his Manchester United debut against FC Midtjylland in the week, scored another brace on his Premier League debut this to end a wonder week for the 18 year old local lad. Louis van Gaal’s men hadn’t picked up three points since the 3-0 victory over Stoke City at the start of the month.

In that time, United fans had seen their side concede a late equaliser at Chelsea, lose two fixtures 2-1 to struggling Sunderland and Europa League minnows Midtjylland – before beating Shrewsbury in the FA Cup and thumping their Danish foes in the return leg. A win was needed for United, who were up against an Arsenal side needing a big “pick me up” from the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona midweek.

United were well worth the three points against a below par Arsenal side, who are falling further behind in the race for the title. The home side fielded three players making their Premier League debuts, in Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and James Weir. United have now fielded debuts to eight players this season under Louis van Gaal. If the attacking football hasn’t been quite vintage, the belief in youth talent remains.

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Louis van Gaal takes a dive and falls over against Arsenal!

Posted on February 28, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Man United News, Managers   No Comments »
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Arsene Wenger looks on as Louis van Gaal dives on the sidelines

Cristiano Ronaldo was known for it, so was Robert Pires – but today Manchester United and Arsenal fans witnessed a bizarre demonstration from Louis van Gaal who proceeded to throw himself to the floor following what he perceived to be simulation against his side! Mike Dean was in the firing line as the Dutchman let rip at the fourth official! Take a look at the Louis van Gaal dive in all its glory..

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David De Gea set to return but Anthony Martial a doubt for Arsenal

Posted on February 28, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Injuries, Man United, Man United News   No Comments »
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David De Gea missed the Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland through injury

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is set to return for the match against Arsenal, however teammate Anthony Martial is a major doubt for the fixture. Both players picked up injuries in the warm up against FA Midtjylland midweek.

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Manchester United vs. Arsenal view from the oppo

Posted on February 28, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Man United News, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Alexis Sanchez scores as Arsenal thump Manchester United 3-0 back in October

Anthony Martial is a major doubt for Manchester United, who are already missing captain Wayne Rooney through injury. Martial picked up a hamstring injury in the warm up against FC Midtjylland in midweek and could well miss the clash against Arsenal. David De Gea is due to return in goal for the home side, having also missed the game through picking up an injury in the same warm up. United have only won two of the last six games at home.

Arsenal are looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at the hands of reigning European Cup holders Barcelona. Arsene Wenger suggesting that his side only has a 5% chance of qualifying for the next round – so focus will turn to the league title and the FA Cup. The Gunners last picked up a league win at Old Trafford in the 2006/07 season, when Emmanuel Adebayor scored a late winner. The away side are without Alex Oxlade Chamberlain – who picked up a knee injury in the Champions League match against Barcelona. Wenger’s men have only won one of their last four away matches.

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Sunderland view from the oppo: Defo, Adam Johnson & relegation

Posted on February 13, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Sunderland   No Comments »
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Jack Rodwell scores in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last season

Following the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, United fans will be looking for much of the same as the performance was much better against the league champions than in the abysmal display against Southampton.

United travel to second from bottom Sunderland today six points adrift of Manchester City in fourth place. All the talk for the home side will be around the sacking of Adam Johnson, who pleaded guilty on one count of sexual activity with a child and was subsequently sacked by Sunderland, and the relegation battle ahead. The away fans will be looking to see if Will Keane can make an impact following his brilliant goal on Monday against Norwich.

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Stunning goal scored by Will Keane for United against Norwich

Posted on February 08, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Youth   No Comments »
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Will Keane scored a beautiful chip for Manchester United against Norwich


It ended up finishing 7-0 to United with 5 goals for Will Keane, a penalty by Pereira and a first U21 goal for Fosu-Mensah. Phil Jones played an hour whilst Januzaj and Varela went off injured in the first half. United were brilliant but it was against a young Norwich side.

The pick of the goals was a sumptuous chip by Keane after he’d beaten a couple of defenders

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United throw away three points in injury time against Chelsea

Posted on February 08, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
Jesse Lingard scores against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Jesse Lingard scores the opener against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge


Manchester United were minutes away from a well overdue victory at Stamford Bridge, however Diego Costa – playing his first game against United for Chelsea – scored in injury time to deny Louis van Gaal’s men victory. United had played well throughout the game and the visitors deserved to pick up all three points, despite Chelsea’s late surge. Jesse Lingard scored the opener with a stunning shot on the turn to beat Thibaut Courtois in the 61st minute. David De Gea was called into action on a number of occasions making a world class save from Branislav Ivanovic’s volley and keeping out fellow Spaniard Cesc Fabregas at the near post.

Louis van Gaal was disappointed with his United side for switching off in the last fifteen minutes but praised the overall performance of the team. Here we discuss the United youngsters making waves in the first Xi and a much more exciting game – despite the disappointing end to the game.

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Van Gaal quashes Mourinho reports as United travel to Chelsea

Posted on February 07, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
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Youngster Anthony Martial will be key down the left hand side for Manchester United

Over the past decade, both sets of fans would have seen this clash as an opportunity to take advantage in the title challenge. These days, Manchester United fans are struggling to see a team that resembles anything put on show in the Sir Alex Ferguson era, whilst Chelsea fans have witnessed what only can be described as a worst title defence in the modern era only comparable to Chris Froome opting to compete in the 2016 Tour de France on a unicycle.

United were much improved against Stoke City in the 3-0 victory last Tuesday, with Anthony Martial terrorising Philipp Wollscheid who was replaced by Phil Bardsley – who was equalled tormented. Martial holds the key for United down that left hand side and will be urged to take on Branislav Ivanovic as much as possible. The in form Wayne Rooney, who was criticised by Louis van Gaal for suggesting that United were allowed to play with more freedom, will be looking to close in on Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring record for the club and a first victory at Stamford Bridge since the ill-fated 3-2 victory back in 2012/13.

The BBC reported on Saturday that United are holding talks with Jose Mourinho in an apparent bid to bring the Portuguese in at the end of the season. These reports have been dismissed, as expected, by Louis van Gaal – who can silence his critics with a good performance and a win against the current league champions.

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Neymar’s father reveals United made £140million transfer bid

Posted on February 05, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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Manchester United reportedly bid a record £140 million for Barcelona’s Neymar

The Times are reporting that Manchester United actually offered a mind blowing £140million for Neymar, Barcelona’s Brazilian striker who can’t stop scoring these days. The deal would have smashed that of Gareth Bale, who moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 and the Spanish club would have been forced to let the Brazilian forward speak with United as the offer triggers a release clause in Neymar’s contract.

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Manchester United look to get back on track with win over Stoke City

Posted on February 02, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Stoke City   No Comments »
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Louis van Gaal looks on as his Manchester United side go down 2-0 to Stoke City

Manchester United fans saw much needed goals and a win over Derby County in the FA Cup last Friday, but it is the league where Louis van Gaal is losing ground and the visit of Stoke City will bring back bad memories. United went down 2-0 to Stoke City on Boxing Day, following a horrendous mistake from Memphis Depay and a generally poor performance all round. Can United score in the first half of a home game? We wanted to find out a little more from the opposition of what they think about tonight..

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