Manchester United vs. Swansea City match preview & line up

Posted on May 11, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   1 Comment »
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Swansea City travel to Old Trafford on Sunday in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final home match

Manchester United welcome Swansea City to Old Trafford on Sunday in what will be Sir Alex Ferguson last ever homematch. The legendary manager will clock up 1,499 games and will field a strong side, which could well feature Paul Scholes – who also looks set to retire at the end of the campaign. The game will mark the 20th time both sides have met over the years. United have won eight of the previous nineteen matches, whilst Swansea City have won six.

The league cup winners have had a very successful campaign, with impressive debut seasons from legendary Danish playmaker Michael Laudrup, who has guided the Swans to their first major trophy, and Spanish forward Michu who has been a goal scoring revelation.

Here we discuss the match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Youth, legacy and attacking football

Posted on May 11, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Managers   No Comments »
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Sir Alex Ferguson has won thirteen league titles with Manchester United over the years

In just over a week’s time, the greatest manager that ever sat down in a dug out will retire from the game, leaving a lasting legacy and many, many memories. Sir Alex Ferguson has decided the time as come for him to move on and here we’ve got the account of three Reds who saw the Fergie evolution, the impact he has had on the club and football in general. From the 1990 FA Cup final to Keith Gillespie to Moscow 2008, our contributors have covered it all. We will never ever see the likes again.

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Sir Alex Ferguson retires – we look back at his achievements

Posted on May 10, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Managers   No Comments »
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Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26 and a half year reign will come to an end against WBA on Sunday week.

As the news is slowly sinking in that Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the 2012/13 season, we’ve taken some time to reflect on what the great man has achieved over the years. Whether it be the signing of Cantona, “knocking Liverpool off their F*cking perch” or the treble – we have it covered here. Please do share your memories of Sir Alex and the lasting legacy he will leave at the club and for English football in general.

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David Moyes is the right man to take Manchester United forward

Posted on May 09, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Managers   16 Comments »
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David Moyes is set to be named Manchester United manager as Sir Alex Ferguson retires

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David Moyes has been announced as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Man United, taking on maybe the hardest but also most sought after job in football. His appointment may not inspire all United fans and may baffle others but for me, United have appointed the right man for the job. Many ex-Reds have claimed that both Moyes and Ferguson are ‘cut from the same cloth’, which cannot be said for the quite volatile figure of Jose Mourinho. Is Moyes the man to guide United into this new era under the watchful eye of the new director and ambassador?

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How does Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy haul compare?

Posted on May 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Statistics   No Comments »
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Sir Alex Ferguson salutes the crowd following yet another title win with Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson has won it all. European trophies, league titles, domestic cups and individual awards. But how does he compare to other legendary managers of the game? For decades up and down the pubs, coffee shops and grounds the debate rages for who is the greatest of them all. Many will be biased with their choice, whilst others may look to the legacy left by a manager over trophies – take Rinus Michels or Johan Cruyff for example.

Others will look ay the trophy count and how many have been won over the years. For me, there is no question who is the greatest. He has evolved constantly over the years, bought some amazing players and instilled a playing style and philosophy that is synonymous with Manchester United.

We will have more tributes over the next two weeks, but for now – we’ve put together a infographic highlighting the trophy haul of the boss over other legendary managers of the game.

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Gareth Bale transfer was the one that got away

Posted on May 08, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Quotes, Spurs, Transfer Speculation   2 Comments »
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Gareth Bale was linked to a move to Manchester United when at Southampton in 2007

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he was disappointed to miss out on the signing of a young Gareth Bale in 2007. Bale was a teenager at Southampton and Manchester United went in for the Welshman before Tottenham Hotspur. However, the current double winning player of the year never got the chance to speak to United according to Ferguson. Instead the youngster moved to White Hart Lane and was deployed as a left back for the early part of his career.

Its strange to think that Bale was considered a liability a couple of season ago from a defensive view point, but Harry Redknapp moved him further up and the pitch and he has since developed into one of the best players in Europe. Zinedine Zidane is a favourite, so what did happen in 2007 that saw the former Southampton man move to Spurs instead of United?

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Man United 0-1 Chelsea: tactical change gifts Chelsea the win

Posted on May 05, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   12 Comments »

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United played Chelsea for a fifth and final time this season. Chelsea needed to get something from the game to keep up the pressure on Spurs ahead of their big clash on Wednesday whilst United are champions already and although they had nothing to play for, a strong side was still put out, albeit with a few changes. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea preview & line up

Posted on May 04, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports   2 Comments »
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Oscar challenges Danny Welbeck as Manchester United and Chelsea do battle

The Champions welcome Europa league finalists Chelsea to Old Trafford for the fifth and final time this season. Chelsea are currently sitting in third place, a point ahead of Arsenal and three ahead of Tottenham as they battle it out for a Champions League spot for next season. Manchester United on the other hand are looking to finish the season on a high and end the campaign with 94 points.

United and Chelsea last played in an FA Cup replay at the start of April, with the London club winning the match 1-0. United threw away a two nil advantage in the first game and, despite Cech’s excellent save from Hernandez, didn’t really challenge in the replay.

The 3-1 victory over Chelsea last season seems a lifetime ago, but hopefully this Sunday’s clash will be as entertaining (even for Torres’ laughable miss). Here, we look at the match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Rafa Benitez slammed and praised by Sir Alex Ferguson

Posted on May 03, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Press, Quotes   No Comments »
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Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez shake hands after a Manchester United vs. Liverpool match

Sir Alex Ferguson today spoke of Rafa Benitez being “concerned with his CV” ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday. The interim Chelsea manager will indeed leave the club in the summer and Ferguson jibe was no doubt aimed at Benitez’ inevitable job search post May.

The Chelsea boss has just picked up manager of the month for April and will look to end his uncomfortable time at Stanford Bridge on a high. His side are still fighting for a Champions League spot, whilst also getting to a Europa League final, something Sir Alex noted in his press conference ahead of the tie.

Handshakes, post game drinks – the two have never seen eye to eye, however – has Ferguson acknowledges the contributions of his opposite number in an extremely hostile environment or as he, like he has done so many times before, change his approach when a manger is no longer a threat?

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Michael Carrick: “I am at my peak at Manchester United”

Posted on May 02, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Premier League, Press, Quotes   No Comments »
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Michael Carrick believes he is at his peak for Manchester United

Michael Carrick has been excellent for Manchester United this term. United’s number sixteen, who signed from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006, has been a pivotal part of the side to ensure a unprecedented 20th league was won with four games to spare. Carrick has played in 43 games for United this season, that is second to only Robin van Persie.

Earlier in the season, we described Carrick as United’s most important midfielder and after a number of dominant performances, you can’t argue otherwise. The cultured midfielder was speaking with the official Manchester United website and discussed Andrea Pirlo, Sergio Busquets and setting an example for the younger players.

Carrick’s performances were noted by his peers and he was nominated for the PFA footballer of the year award, which was subsequently won by Gareth Bale.

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