Manchester United vs. Stoke City view from opposition

Posted on October 26, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   No Comments »
Michael Owen shakes hands with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney after Stoke's match at Old Trafford
Wayne Rooney scored in the 4-2 victory over Stoke City last season.

An old hero returns today as Manchester United take on Stoke City in the Premier League in what is a must win game for the home side. Mark Hughes, who made more competitive appearances for United than Bryan Robson and Jack Rowley, will be hoping that this is the fixture that Stoke City beat Manchester United at Old Trafford as the last time was a 1-0 victory way back in April 1976.

Stoke lie in 16th place at present and will be hoping to move away from the relegation zone, with Norwich only a point behind them. The visitors are confident that Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron will be available, whilst for United; both Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are out injured. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic could return, despite the promising partnership of Jones and Evans midweek against Real Sociedad.

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Man United 1-0 Real Sociedad: sign of things to come with some partnerships?

Posted on October 23, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   5 Comments »

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It’s strange how Europe has so far has been a welcome distraction from the attention that’s come with the side’s league form. Against Leverkusen and Shakhtar United were good and with Real Sociedad coming to Old Trafford, expectations were that United should be winning this one. Moyes made four changes from Saturday with Valencia, Giggs, Kagawa and Hernandez in for Nani, Fellaini, Januzaj and van Persie. We welcome comments from all fans.

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Manchester United vs. Real Sociedad: Vela, Basque & prediction

Posted on October 22, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Manchester United welcome Real Sociedad to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening

Manchester United welcome Spanish side Real Sociedad to Old Trafford on Wednesday hoping to pick up after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday afternoon. The visitors will be boosted but their excellent win over Valencia and will be eager to pick up their first point, or points, in the group stage so far having lost both previous fixtures. The Basque club are struggling to match the heights of last season following the loss of Asier Illarramendi and with ex-Arsenal forward Carlos Vela looking out of sorts, looking to follow his former team mate the Bernabeu.

The two clubs have never met before and David Moyes will be hoping his luck turns for the third group game. As always, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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United 1-1 Southampton: Saints punish United for not scoring a second

Posted on October 20, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Southampton   15 Comments »

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As the international break with England’s success and jokes of poor taste were left in the past, Premier League football returned. Southampton came to Old Trafford in fine form and frame of mind but there was a feel-good factor at United after Januzaj’s double at Sunderland and subsequent new five year contract announced a few hours before kick-off. Moyes made two changes from that game as Vidic was replaced by Evans (presumably with the Champions League in mind) and Fellaini replaced the injured Cleverley. Southampton also made two changes to their side with Shaw and Rodriguez replacing Fox and Lambert. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Southampton view from oppo: Luke Shaw, Kagawa & Moyes

Posted on October 19, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Southampton   3 Comments »
Manchester United v Southampton: Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney scores against Southampton last season

Manchester United take on Southampton at home for the 114th time in both clubs history. David Moyes will be looking to get the season back on track having lost three of the opening seven fixtures so far, whilst Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to build on Southampton early form. The Argentine has tightened up the defence since last season, with the Saints only conceding two goals so far in comparison to 23 goals in seven last games last season. United fans will be bolstered by the news that young starlet Adnan Januzaj has signed a new five year deal with the club. The youngster was outstanding in the 2-1 victory over Sunderland two weeks ago and many will be hoping to see him line up on the left hand side this afternoon.

Here we have a great view from the opposition discussing the early impact of David Moyes, the young Southampton left back Luke Shaw and the best player to play for the Saints, other than Matthew Le Tissier.

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David Moyes will be wary of Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton

Posted on October 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Southampton   3 Comments »
Mauricio Pochettino
Southampton have already beaten Liverpool on their travels so far this season

Two decades ago it was safe to say that you’d fancy yourself against Southampton. The Saints of course had the wizard, that is Matthew Le Tissier, who will no doubt remember fondly his sublime chip against Peter Schmeichel at the Dell some seventeen years ago, and of course the laughable pea-poller that had Massimo Taibi checking out the main culprits in the scene, his studs.

That Southampton side also had hard man Ken Monkou, who randomly went on to run a pancake house back home in his native Holland, and of course the face no one could forget, Iain Dowie, leading the line.

United beat Southampton 3-1 at the Dell that season (93/94), with an extremely camp ‘wriggle and jump’ celebration from blue sock wearing Eric Cantona, and a 2-0 win at Old Trafford, with goals from Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis. United went on to win the double, whilst the Saints narrowly avoided relegation. Fast forward twenty years and things are a little different.

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The Book Of Red Revelations

Posted on October 10, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Legends, Man United, Managers   1 Comment »
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Will Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography heap more pressure on David Moyes?

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David Moyes appears to have found the adjustment to managing Manchester United difficult at times so far. This is totally understandable and it would appear the majority of match going United fans have his back right now. Each game has shown loud vocal backing and an understanding that the early days will be difficult.

Is Moyes being dealt a fair hand however by others associated with the club?

In particular the man he succeeded – Sir Alex himself?

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Sunderland 1-2 Man United: Januzaj, de Gea and the engine room

Posted on October 05, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland   17 Comments »

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Billed as relegation battle by some wanting some ‘bantz’, United’s trip to Sunderland provided a chance to head into the upcoming international break with a renewed sense of positivity and a much needed win. Moyes once again made changes from the midweek game as Jones, Nani and Rooney returned whilst Januzaj was handed his full debut. For Sunderland there were just two changes as Celustka and Roberge came into the team allowing Gardner to move into midfield. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Di Canio, Welbeck & all things Sunderland: View from oppo

Posted on October 05, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring for Manchester United against Sunderland
Wayne Rooney scores for Manchester United against Sunderland

One of them is a club in apparent turmoil that are closer to the relegation zone than where their fans expect them to be, the other – well, you can pick that. Manchester United travel to Sunderland today, hoping for a better performance than in the 4-1 drumming to Manchester City and the 2-1 home defeat to West Brom.

United face a Sunderland side that has only picked up a single point under a short and explosive Paulo Di Canio reign. In the past five meetings at the Stadium of lights, United have won four and drawn one – although, these have all been low scoring games. The English champions last lost to Sunderland in the 96/97 season, following and European Cup away tie.

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Shakhtar 1-1 Man United: Moyes changes the system and it works

Posted on October 02, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   16 Comments »

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United went into a tricky away game at Shakhtar off the back of poor domestic form and with the late blow that Rooney got a whack in training on Tuesday and was therefore unavailable. Moyes opted to recall Rafael, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Fellaini Cleverley, Welbeck and van Persie as he made nine changes from the weekend defeat to West Brom. We welcome comments from all fans.

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