Wayne Rooney shines as United beat Leverkusen 4-2

Posted on September 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney in action during Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen
Wayne Rooney was excellent through the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United and David Moyes got their 2013/14 Champions League season off with a bang, beating German side Bayern Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney, who was by some distance the man of the match, notched a brace, whilst Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia scored the other two.

Rolfes had equalised early in the second half following Wayne Rooney’s opener, but some poor keeping and an exquisite van Persie finish gave United the initiative. United were well worthy of the three points despite a late goal from Toprak after a David De Gea error. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Bayer Leverkusen don’t fear Manchester United

Posted on September 17, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Previews   4 Comments »
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David Moyes will take charge of his first Champions League (proper) game tonight when United host Bayer Leverkusen. He’ll have a strong squad to pick a side from as Kagawa returns from flu but Welbeck and Jones are doubts, Rafael isn’t quite fit, Nani is suspended and Januzaj is ineligible for now. United’s group has been widely acknowledged to be pretty tricky so winning the home games will be vital.

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Why isn’t Adnan Januzaj in Man United’s Champions League squad?

Posted on September 16, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Youth   20 Comments »
Adnan Januzaj

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Everyone wants everything immediately. There’s no patience in football anymore. Adnan Januzaj made an impressive league debut for United off the bench against 10-man Palace at the weekend but won’t be involved in United’s squad to face Leverkusen tomorrow. There’s plenty of logic and common sense behind that decision, not that you’d know if you logged into social media networks…

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The Twitter Assassination Of Ashley Young (And Several Others)

Posted on September 15, 2013  by Bricki  in Man United   1 Comment »
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Ashley Young has come under fire since joining Twitter

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In the voice of Taggart (or is it Sir Alex?) “There’s been a murder…”

The victim was found with his iPhone in hand and a twitter feed of comments calling him everything from a charlatan to a shithouse. His twitter account only had one tweet sent

“Joined Twitter and looking forward to interacting with all the fans”

Quite a response for just saying hello…

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Fellaini and Januzaj shine but otherwise new season, same United

Posted on September 14, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Crystal Palace, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   19 Comments »

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Crystal Palace came to Old Trafford as international football ended and the good stuff returned. They’re the first of the promoted teams United have faced this season and in some ways provided a bit of relief after the intensity of Anfield and with Man City to come next weekend. Palace were forced into one change with Mariappa starting whilst Moyes brought in Fabio, Anderson and Rooney (who had to wear a headband to protect the scabbing cut on his forehead). We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Patronising Other Fans – Non League Day

Posted on September 06, 2013  by Bricki  in Man United   1 Comment »
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Do Premier Leagaue football fans patronise non league football fans?

Author: Bricki

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No Premier League/Premiership/Greatest League Ever this weekend means we are at that point in the year that is Christmas to non-league sides. That is what the people behind ‘Non-League Day’ want us to believe anyway.

It is that one day where fans of the bigger sides grace there local non league teams with their presence.

I’m not sure if you can tell but I am not the biggest fan of what has become an annual event.

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Defeat at Liverpool only emphasises United’s midfield flaws

Posted on September 01, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   27 Comments »

Robin van Persie failed to find the back of the net against Liverpool

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United’s hardest fixture of the domestic season came early, before autumn had even hit. Moyes was dealt a blow on Saturday as Rooney needed stitches to a facial injury sustained in training – he and Valencia were replaced by Young and Giggs. Liverpool were forced into one change from their last league game as Skrtel replaced the injured Toure. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Liverpool vs. Manchester United preview: Line up & prediction

Posted on August 31, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
Robin van Persie scores against Liverpool last season
Robin van Persie scores against Liverpool in the 2-1 victory last season

Manchester United take on Liverpool at Anfield in the 188th clash between the two sides. Liverpool are currently second having won both of their opening two fixtures 1-0. In the last five trips to Liverpool, United have only won a single match (last season’s 2-1 victory when Rafael and Robin van Persie gave United victory), whilst losing three and drawing the other fixture. Liverpool are without their top scorer from last season Luis Suarez, who is still suspended, and United fans will expect Wayne Rooney to lineup behind Robin van Perise.

We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Tom Cleverley’s a victim of Manchester United’s lack of transfer activity

Posted on August 30, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   8 Comments »
Tom Cleverley
Can Tom Cleverley step up from a good squad player to an important member of the first team

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This summer there has been a very public stance by United on central midfielders. David Moyes has not only made it clear that he’d like to sign at least one, probably two players in that area but United have decided to be open about the pursuits of Fabregas and Fellaini, whilst links to other CMs continue to swirl. For Tom Cleverley, competition would not only be positive, but it’s necessary.

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Wayne Rooney returns as Chelsea hold United to 0-0 draw

Posted on August 27, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports   3 Comments »
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney was back for Manchester United against Chelsea in the 0-0 draw

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Old Trafford, the first draw at home in the league since the 1-1 in 2003/04 and the first 0-0 since the 1994/95 campaign, as Wayne Rooney returned to the starting line up. Jose Mourinho made a significant change and started the game without a recognised forward. There were penalty claims for both sides, whilst Tom Cleverley impressed in the centre of the park. Neither side had a clear cut chance, although Danny Welbeck’s wild swing was probably the closest anyone came to scoring.

Here we discuss the talking points and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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