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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Want to play football at Old Trafford? It’s a lucky day for United fans

Posted on May 01, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Competition, Man United   No Comments »
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To celebrate United’s 20th league title, we’re proud to present an exclusive offer to Stretford-end.com readers – A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step out on the Old Trafford pitch and take part in an actual game of football (and there’s more!).

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Wayne Rooney has a long term future says Sir Alex Ferguson

Posted on April 30, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Players, Press, Quotes   5 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney will remain at Manchester United says Sir Alex Ferguson despite links with PSG

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Wayne Rooney has a long term future at the club, despite numerous press reports linking the forward in a summer move to French club PSG. Rooney is fourth in the all time United goal scorers, behind Jack Rowley, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton and will be participating in his ninth season at United in August. Rooney’s exclusive in the 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid made the morning papers, which was no doubt a blessing for Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir. Ferguson was quoted as saying that established players, like Rooney, have a significant part to play in the development of the younger players next season.

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Arsenal vs. Manchester United preview & line up

Posted on April 26, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Previews   6 Comments »
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Danny Welbeck scores against Arsenal for Manchester United

Manchester United, the newly crowned champions, travel to Arsenal on Sunday as the season draws to a close. Arsenal still have a lot to play for in order to qualify for the Champions League next season, desperate to get one over United, who return victorious with their former captain – Robin van Persie.

Last season, United ran out 2-1 winners with goals from Antonio Valencia and a late strike by Danny Welbeck. United’s top scorer, then at Arsenal, scored in between – but it concluded a double over the North London side, who had been humbled at Old Trafford in the previous August. United beat Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier this campaign, with van Persie getting on the scoresheet inside the first few minutes. We welcome comments and predictions from both sets of fans.

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Sir Alex Ferguson defends Liverpool’s Luis Suarez after FA ban

Posted on April 26, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United, Quotes   1 Comment »
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Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in his Arsenal press conference

Sir Alex Ferguson remarkably backed Liverpool’s Luis Suarez after The FA issued the striker with a ten match ban following his press conference ahead of the Arsenal match on Sunday. Ferguson likened the issue with that of Eric Cantona some eighteen years ago and stated that he understood how Liverpool might feel ‘aggrieved’ at the sentence. For me, you can slate The FA, but surely the responsibility lies with the Uruguayan?

Eric Cantona was banned for nine months and made his return against Liverpool on October 1st 1995. United went on to win the double that season and Cantona scored the winner against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

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De Gea secured the title at Fulham

Posted on April 23, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United   10 Comments »

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As a season finishes, whilst Alex Ferguson is already looking ahead, planning and scheming for the next season, everyone else seems to obsess with what’s just happened. Players and moments are dissected, discussed and argued over to no end point. In an unprecedented move, I’m going to combine the two and explain just why David de Gea is the league’s best goalkeeper and point to the moment few realised that was the case.

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