Liverpool vs. Manchester United preview: Line up & prediction

Posted on August 31, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
Robin van Persie scores against Liverpool last season
Robin van Persie scores against Liverpool in the 2-1 victory last season

Manchester United take on Liverpool at Anfield in the 188th clash between the two sides. Liverpool are currently second having won both of their opening two fixtures 1-0. In the last five trips to Liverpool, United have only won a single match (last season’s 2-1 victory when Rafael and Robin van Persie gave United victory), whilst losing three and drawing the other fixture. Liverpool are without their top scorer from last season Luis Suarez, who is still suspended, and United fans will expect Wayne Rooney to lineup behind Robin van Perise.

We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Tom Cleverley’s a victim of Manchester United’s lack of transfer activity

Posted on August 30, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   8 Comments »
Tom Cleverley
Can Tom Cleverley step up from a good squad player to an important member of the first team

Author: Doron

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This summer there has been a very public stance by United on central midfielders. David Moyes has not only made it clear that he’d like to sign at least one, probably two players in that area but United have decided to be open about the pursuits of Fabregas and Fellaini, whilst links to other CMs continue to swirl. For Tom Cleverley, competition would not only be positive, but it’s necessary.

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Wayne Rooney returns as Chelsea hold United to 0-0 draw

Posted on August 27, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports   3 Comments »
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney was back for Manchester United against Chelsea in the 0-0 draw

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Old Trafford, the first draw at home in the league since the 1-1 in 2003/04 and the first 0-0 since the 1994/95 campaign, as Wayne Rooney returned to the starting line up. Jose Mourinho made a significant change and started the game without a recognised forward. There were penalty claims for both sides, whilst Tom Cleverley impressed in the centre of the park. Neither side had a clear cut chance, although Danny Welbeck’s wild swing was probably the closest anyone came to scoring.

Here we discuss the talking points and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea preview: Team line up & prediction

Posted on August 26, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
Danny Welbeck takes on Oscar
Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck takes on Chelsea’s Oscar

David Moyes’ first league match at home couldn’t come much tougher as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea take on United at Old Trafford. No doubt, Wayne Rooney’s inclusion will be the main talking point before kick off, considering Chelsea have made two failed bids for the player. Rooney was a substitute against Swansea City last weekend, but was able to notch up two assists when he came on to the pitch. Chelsea were victorious at Old Trafford last season, with a late strike from Juan Mata, although United did already have the league title wrapped up.

We have a great view from the opposition were we discuss United opting for Moyes over Mourinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Tactics Board: Moyes’ first tactical conundrum

Posted on August 25, 2013  by sleepy_nik  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Tactics   1 Comment »

David Moyes takes on Chelsea and Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Author: Sleepy Nik

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There has been plenty of talk about the difficulty of United’s opening fixtures, and one view would certainly conclude that facing Mourinho’s Chelsea later in the schedule would have been more beneficial – but perhaps Chelsea’s early visit gives David Moyes a chance to show the rest of the league what he and the team are all about. Whilst it is true that United are currently lacking in the midfield department (and the transfer dallying has left a lot to be desired thus far), it can’t have been easy for the squad to stomach the ‘third favourites’ tag, particularly after such a comfortable ride last term.

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Win a three month subscription to The Times live goal hub

Posted on August 21, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Competition, Man United   No Comments »
Manchester United fans have a chance to win a three month subscription to the new live goal hub

We do try and give away as many competition prizes that we can lay our hands on, so we’re offering you the chance to win a three month subscription to The Times to try out the new goal hub. Whether its van Persie banging in a hattrick at Anfield or Wayne Rooney kissing the badge, United badge hopefully, at Stamford Bridge – then you’ll be able to see it straight afterwards! All you have to do is answer a simple question and email us the answer. Read on for more!

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Robin van Persie goals help United sink Swansea

Posted on August 18, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Man United, Match Reports, Swansea City   8 Comments »
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea
Robin van Persie scores a brilliant volley as Manchester United beat Swansea City 4-1

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David Moyes took charge of his first league game away to Swansea – a tricky looking opening game particularly given that United could only draw there last season. Moyes named Rooney on the bench and made two changes from last week’s Community Shield as Ferdinand replaced Rafael and Valencia replaced Zaha. Swansea left new signing, Bony, on the bench after he’d had a busy week with the Ivory Coast. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Swansea City vs. Manchester United preview: Line up & prediction

Posted on August 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   4 Comments »
Ashley Youn against Swansea
Ashley Young in action against Swansea City for Manchester United last season

Manchester United travel to Swansea City for the evening kickoff on Saturday evening for first game of the Premier League season for both club. The league Champions take on the League Cup winners, having battled out a 1-1 draw last December at the Liberty stadium. David Moyes will be hoping to get his Manchester United career off to flying start having already won the Community Shield last Sunday.

United have played Swansea City twice away in the past two seasons, although previously to that – the two sides hadn’t meet since the 1982/83 season, with a team consisting of Bryan Robson, Steve Coppell and Gordon McQueen. Here we preview the opening match of the season and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Rating: +2 (from 4 votes) 2013/14 Manchester United season preview

Posted on August 15, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Managers, Manchester City, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
David Moyes will be hoping Robin van Persie will fire Manchester United to another title

Every season its the same. The predictions, the hope of glory in ten months time, the arguing with rivals fans up and down the country as we’re all on a level playing field – yes, the league campaign kicks off on Saturday. Fast forward to the end of each season from the dreamy summers of 92, 98 and 2012 and you will see Fergie’s hands around yet another trophy, will May 2014 see David Moyes’ debut season at Old Trafford end in triumph? Take a look at what we think below in our preview special.

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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 »
RvP celebrates.
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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