Man United 2-0 Wigan Athletic: Moyes’ first trophy, Evra’s flying again, and more

Posted on August 11, 2013  by El Rob  in Community Shield, El Rob, Man United, Match Reports   2 Comments »
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Van Persie was on target twice as United eased past Wigan.

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The 2013-14 season is almost here. Manchester United have beaten Wigan Athletic 2-0 at Wembley to win the Community Shield, David Moyes’ first trophy at the club. Robin van Persie got both goals, his first one in particular being especially well-worked. In all honesty, it was a fairly pedestrian game, but as everyone knows, this fixture is just a teaser for the start of the Premier League next weekend. Despite all that, there were a few interesting points to note from the game, and our observations are below. We’d love to hear from both sets of fans in the comments.

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Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United preview: Line up and prediction

Posted on August 10, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Community Shield, Man United, Wigan Athletic   9 Comments »
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Robin van Persie celebrates a Manchester United goal against Wigan Athletic last season.

After two dull months of no football, excluding the silky Spain and ignoring the shambles that is England in the U21 European Championships, we’re back with a bang as Manchester United take on FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley.

Its all change at United with new manger David Moyes starting out in the footsteps of the great Sir Alex Ferguson and of course, the legendary Paul Scholes has moved on to pastures new. Despite the monumental change at the top, United fans are in position they haven’t been in since November 1986 – a new manager at the helm, which is exciting in itself. Here we take a look at the match preview with a superb view from the opposition as we discuss that superb victory over Manchester City, Antonio Valencia and whether or not Wayne Rooney still has it.

We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Rio Ferdinand testimonial is a fitting gesture for a great player

Posted on August 08, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Players, Premier League   2 Comments »
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Rio Ferdinand has been one of the best centre halves of his generation

United had lost the title the season previous to a rampant Arsenal, who added the ultimate insult by winning the championship at Old Trafford. It wasn’t supposed to have been this way. At the start of the season, Ferguson had acquired the creative magician Seba Veron from Lazio and the sharp shooting Ruud van Nistelrooy who had so cruelly been denied the chance the summer before due to injury.

United’s attacking arsenal was somewhat overshadowed by the frailties in defence following the departure of fans favourite Jaap Stam to Seba Veron’s old club. Lauren Blanc was brought in and United struggled, losing at home to Bolton, away at Newcastle and 3-0 at home to Chelsea to name a few. For all Blanc’s qualities in the 80s and 90s, in 2001 he was well past his best.

As Ferguson’s United always did in defeat, he regrouped and looked at how to wrestle the title back from North London. In the summer of 2002, Rio Ferdinand made the same journey to Old Trafford as Eric Cantona, Gordon McQueen and Joe Jordan from Leeds United to break the British transfer record. He and United have never looked back.

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Woody’s Special Prize

Posted on August 06, 2013  by Bricki  in Fun, Man United   5 Comments »
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Manchester United’s transfer policy has been likened to an episode of Bullseye

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Digital television channels are not just the home of Alan Partridge’s war based game show ‘Skirmish’ on UK Conquest but it also offers a delight of old television game shows (they have to fill the air time somehow) One of the ‘great’ shows that seems to be on endless repeat is the 80’s darts based game show ‘Bullseye’. For the young or anyone who had better things to do, the premise behind the show was a ‘professional’ and ‘amateur’ darts player competing to win prizes. These prizes were top of the range and included things such as speedboats, microwaves and video cassette recorders.

What relevance does this have to United I hear you ask?

Read on

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Win a signed copy of Rio Ferdinand’s new book

Posted on August 06, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Competition, Fun, Man United   No Comments »
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Win a signed copy of Rio Ferdinand’s new book “My decade as a Red”

We are very pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win a signed copy of Rio Ferdinand’s new book “My decade as a Red”. Ferdinand is now in his 11th season at Manchester United since he signed from Leeds back in the summer of 2002 following an extremely impressive World Cup performance. He has been a pivotal part of the Manchester United backline for well over a decade now and continues to impress, whilst also offering advise to youngsters Smalling and Jones.

Read on to find out how to win a signed copy of his book.

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Three factors that have contributed to the Wayne Rooney saga

Posted on August 04, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   8 Comments »
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It is still unclear as to whether or not Wayne Rooney will be at Manchester United this season

Author: Doron

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You’d have already no doubt read the incredibly fair and excellently written piece about Wayne Rooney by @herzogschild on this blog a few days ago. It concludes that we will never quite know why we’ve reached this point and that it is indeed incredibly sad that such a talented footballer who should have been happy to remain at United for life has such an unclear future ahead of him.

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Wayne Rooney: a regrettable situation for club and player

Posted on August 02, 2013  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   18 Comments »

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On October 20th, 2010, a gang of 40 or so local Manchester United supporters turned up outside Wayne Rooney’s home in Prestbury, Cheshire. Most wore black hooded jackets, some wore balaclavas. It was a threatening mob and one that carried an unambiguous message: join City and there will be consequences. Rooney had just recently handed in a transfer request. Media reports had suggested that his agent, Paul Stretford, had flirted with Manchester City executives in a bid to secure a cross-town move for the want-away striker. A similar group had turned up at Rio Ferdinand’s house five years previously. The defender had reached a stalemate in negotiations with United over a new contract. He had been seen in a London restaurant with then Chelsea Chief Executive Peter Kenyon, prompting speculation that he wanted out. As with Rooney, the supporters wanted answers. Upon seeing them, Ferdinand came out and addressed the issue. Rooney stayed indoors and rang the police. Both players eventually stayed. It is unlikely that the men outside their gated homes influenced their decisions. The new contracts and higher wages that followed their stalling may have. Rio Ferdinand will play his testimonial match at Old Trafford on Friday. Rooney is likely to be gone by the end of the month, twelve months from his own testimonial year. He wants out, again, and it appears this time really will be the end. No mob will arrive to persuade him to stay. Many now would drive him away.

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Wilfried Zaha: A view from a Crystal Palace fan

Posted on July 30, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players   6 Comments »
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Wilfried Zaha looks to be a superb signing from Crystal Palace for Manchester United

As the Cesc Fabregas transfer debacle rolls on, Manchester United fans can be confident that Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever signing looks to be a good one – with the talented Wilfried Zaha putting in some impressive performances in pre-season. Of course, I remember Djemba Djemba having a decent pre-season, but Zaha’s trickery and skill will have reds off their seats in anticipation.

We caught up with Nic Potter, a season ticket holder at Crystal Palace for twenty years who has seen the likes of Chris Armstrong, Attilio Lombardo and, erm, Thomas Brolin – grace the Selhurst Park turf. We put some questions to Nic and here is what he thinks of the talented youngster.

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Man United shouldn’t discard Ashley Young

Posted on July 27, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players   19 Comments »
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Luckily at United, a winning and successful club, fans’ favourites tend to far outweigh the scapegoats. One player who’s flirted with the latter though is Ashley Young, so much so that many seem to feel he is expendable. However, like it or not, Young has a role to play in this squad.

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Poker playing Manchester United fans wanted for a rare tournament

Posted on July 23, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Competition   No Comments »
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Win a chance to play poker at Old Trafford with some Manchester United legends

Few United fans are lucky enough to step out and play at Old Trafford, as we did last May!. However, courtesy of Party Poker, Red Devils fans are being given the opportunity to play poker at the field of dreams, and rub shoulders with United legends of the past.

The Road to Old Trafford poker competition is set to be held on August 9th and 10th, with fans being handed the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play cards at the legendary football stadium, courtesy of Party Poker. The event is expected to attract a lot of United fans and avid poker players, and the Premier League champions are making a weekend of it with other attractions to tempt potential participants.

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