Manchester United’s remaining fixtures assessed

Posted on February 21, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League   10 Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson shouting
Manchester United are 12 points clear with 36 points left to play for.

Manchester United are current top of the league with a twelve point cushion from twenty-six games played. Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t have dreamed of such a lead in August and will no doubt look to extend that gap even further, following Manchester City’s last gasp title clincher on goal difference last season. As Doron did last season, we take a look at the remaining Premier League fixtures to see whether United can win the Championship for an unprecedented twentieth time.

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Phil Jones injury update after 2-1 Reading victory

Posted on February 20, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Injuries, Man United, Reading   3 Comments »
Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones
Phil Jones has been in great form but picked up an ankle injury in the victory over Reading

Manchester United are through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup after a 2-1 victory over Reading at Old Trafford, however Phil Jones picked up an ankle injury as was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches. Jones, who was excellent in the 1-1 draw in Madrid, rolled his ankle in a tackle on Reading captain Jobi McAnuff and was replaced by Nani just before half time. The versatile youngster will be hoping it is only strained ankle ligaments as United enter the business end of the season.

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Manchester United in the 1970s

Posted on February 18, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Old Posts   No Comments »
Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty with the 1977 FA Cup

Author: The Mancunian Red (Guest Blogger)

I often listen to the older fan bemoan today’s atmosphere, claiming it was different it the 1970s, yet I first started going in the 1970s and had fans telling me it wasn’t the same at the old days, how it was said you could hear the roar in Oldham when United scored in a big European cup game. And even in the 1970s I distinctly remember fans after the game complaining about the atmosphere.

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Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United: youngsters show fight and maturity

Posted on February 14, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   3 Comments »
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo takes on Wayne Rooney as Manchester United draw 1-1 with Real Madrid

It was billed by Jose Mourinho as the game the “world was waiting for”, and it didn’t disappoint. Manchester United drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in the Bernanbeu after Danny Welbeck put the visitors in the lead with a headed goal from a Wayne Rooney corner. Madrid hit back ten minutes later after a superb headed leap from Cristiano Ronaldo, who glanced the ball past the helpless David De Gea. Both sides hit the woodwork, but Sir Alex Ferguson will be delighted with the performances of his youngsters, David De Gea, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones – who demonstrated exceptional maturity and quality on such a stage. Here we discuss the talking points of a truly brilliant football match.

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Win two tickets to Manchester United vs. Real Madrid

Posted on February 13, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Competition, Man United   No Comments »
Champions League Trophy
Manchester United and Real Madrid tickets up for grabs

Although it seems a way off with the monumental clash tonight, The Stretty Rant have teamed up with bwin to offer you the chance to win two tickets to see Manchester United vs. Real Madrid at Old Trafford on 5th March. If its anything like the last time the two teams met in Manchester, it will be a belter as United fans welcome Cristiano Ronaldo home for the first time since his 2009 summer move to the Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid vs. Manchester United – insight into the Spaniards

Posted on February 12, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Guest Writer, Man United, Match Previews   2 Comments »
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid takes on Manchester United in the Champions League

Author: David

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United’s last 16 pairing in the Champions League has thrown up an opposition we’ve not faced for nearly 10 years – Real Madrid. Although many of us watch La Liga on a regular basis, it’s always worth getting an expert opinion on the intricacies and politics of the club. David Cartlidge has kindly written about Real and covered everything from their tactics to their obsession with a tenth European crown. David’s a freelance writer and written for a long list of reputable websites about Spanish football, most notably as a Spanish football expert for The Mirror. (He also happens to be a United fan!)

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Tactical preview: Forget Ronaldo, be patient & take risks

Posted on February 11, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Nik, Tactics   7 Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United take on Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid in the Bernabeu

Author: Sleepy Nik

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United face Real Madrid on Wednesday, in the glamour tie of the round, and are tagged as underdogs in the eyes of most bookmakers and experts. Yet there remains a suspicion that they can cause Real Madrid problems given their own attacking flair and newly found confidence on the European stage, as well as the fact that Mourinho’s men currently find themselves in a relative state of flux. The tie has been billed as Ronaldo (20 hat-tricks since July 2009!) versus van Persie (19 league goals), but there is so much more to absorb in this fascinating contest.

We have the reunion of two of the silkiest, and tactically astute, players in the game in Carrick and Alonso; attack-minded fullbacks in the form of Portugal’s Coentrao (so good at Euro 2012) and United’s Brazilian maestro, Rafael. But perhaps crucially, we may well see somewhat of a reversion to the early 2000’s in terms of ‘game approach’, as both Mourinho and Ferguson – underrated tacticians in their own right – ponder the use of a classic No. 10. Whatever the specific selections, it is fairly certain that both coaches will seek to deploy the classic ‘4-2-3-1’ system, with two holding midfielders and ambitious fullbacks.

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Man United 2-0 Everton: old Vidic, Giggs reinvented, the Rooney role and the Jones job

Posted on February 11, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, El Rob, Everton, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   1 Comment »
Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones
Phil Jones sticks tight to Marouane Fellaini as Manchester United beat Everton 2-0

Authors: Sleepy Nik, Rob and Doron

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It felt like there was a lot to think about going into this game – City had lost at Southampton; United were off to Madrid a few days after; and United had dropped points in this fixture last year, leading to the title slipping away. This had the feelings of being a game that was that bit more crucial than some of the others lately. Everton too would want to win after Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea all did but they suffered a huge blow in the warm-up as Distin, who’s having a superb season, pulled out with an injury. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Paul Pogba got what he deserved from United

Posted on February 11, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Youth   27 Comments »
Team-mates congratulate Paul Pogba after scoring the winner for Juventus against Bologna
Paul Pogba blamed Sir Alex Ferguson for his swift exit from Manchester United

Author: Doron

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Although he left United over half a year ago, Paul Pogba remains a constant topic of discussion for fans. Since his switch to Juventus, he’s been very polite about his time in Manchester when doing interviews with the Italian press. It was then surprising to read his first full feature interview with The Times on Friday night and discover a cockiness and arrogance that has previously only been talked about by those who’ve been lucky enough to get close to United.

Having kept relatively quiet about Pogba since his move, it feels like it’s time to spell out a few home truths in light of what he said and what some fans think.

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Manchester United vs. Everton: sensible squad rotation needed ahead of Madrid

Posted on February 08, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Everton, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester UnitedManchester United players are left stunned as Everton come back to draw 4-4.

Author: Doron

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It’s not that Everton are a ‘bogey side’ for United but the last two games against them have been unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. Moyes’ men are having another very solid season and are unquestionably the best side on Merseyside right now. With United travelling to Madrid in a few days this game has a dangerous look about it as Fergie may be tempted to leave a couple of players out. As ever, we welcome comments and opinions from both sets of fans.

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