Man United 4-2 Stoke City – excitement, maturity and a genius

Posted on October 21, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Stoke City   7 Comments »

Michael Owen shakes Wayne Rooney’s hand

Authors: Stretford_End and Doron

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Normal football interrupted the international break and Stoke visited Old Trafford to try to end a barren run of results in the red part of Manchester. United’s last game had seen them win confidently at Newcastle but many days had passed since then and plenty of players have been with their countries so while on paper this looked like a home-banker, things are never that simple. With Chelsea winning at Spurs in the early kick off the pressure was on United to get the win and keep the gap at just four points. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Man United vs. Stoke City match preview – stick with a diamond or twist to width?

Posted on October 19, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   7 Comments »

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring against Stoke

Author: Doron

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In a strange turn of events, United actually play a game at 3pm this Saturday. It’s felt like an age since the surprisingly fluid and dominant win up in Newcastle – a real shame given some rhythm was much needed. Stoke are the visitors and United’s record against them is good, they’ve not won at Old Trafford for over 36 years. Mind you, we all remember what happened last time a team came to Old Trafford with a similar record. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Joshua King – will another Norwegian player leave United?

Posted on October 11, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Youth   12 Comments »

Joshua King (right) challenges Luke McCullough (left)

Author: Doron

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If there’s one thing United have been disappointingly good at in recent years, it’s losing Norwegians. Ole, Magnus and Etzaz have all moved on for various reasons and Joshua King could follow them out of the door in January.

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Robin van Persie, goalscoring and past United greats

Posted on October 09, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Statistics   2 Comments »

Robin van Persie has been a massive hit at Manchester United since his move from Arsenal

Robin van Persie has settled in quite nicely at Old Trafford since his £24 million move from Arsenal in August. Many Arsenal fans suggested that he was too old and injury prone to warrant such a fee, however his seven goals in nine appearances, including a superb hattrick against Southampton, highlights the immense quality of the Dutchman.

Many reds will be eager to see more of the Wayne Rooney Robin van Persie partnership, that lined up in a 4-4-2 diamond against Newcastle at the weekend, but with International week upon us – I thought I’d look back in history at some of United’s glorious greats and see what their goals per game ratio was like.

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Newcastle United 0-3 Man United: Fergie’s new system works a treat!

Posted on October 08, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Newcastle United, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   17 Comments »

Jonny Evans celebrates opening the scoring against Newcastle United

Authors: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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United’s struggle at Newcastle last season was fresh in the minds of fans and probably players ahead of the annual trip to St James’ Park. United’s form has been patchy and following the defeat against Spurs last weekend, a response was needed. Newcastle had defensive injuries and were missing their first choice goalkeeper as well as both centre backs. Still, their front six meant that this was a game that couldn’t be taken lightly. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Newcastle United vs. Man United match preview: key battle, line ups and history

Posted on October 06, 2012  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Previews, Newcastle United, Premier League   8 Comments »

Wayne Rooney faces up to Fabricio Coloccini

Author: Rob

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After coming away with three Champions League points in Cluj on Wednesday, Man United face a very tough away trip to Newcastle on Sunday. The team will be trying to get its league form back into some semblance of order after last weekend’s surprising, pulsating but ultimately deserved defeat at home to Spurs. Newcastle come into the match on the back of a 3-0 Europa League win against Bordeaux in the Europa League. As always, we look forward to hearing from fans of both teams.

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CFR Cluj 1-2 Man United: Rooney to Robin and some winning performances

Posted on October 03, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   7 Comments »

Robin van Persie celebrates his second goal with Wayne Rooney

Author: Doron

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Game two of this season’s Champions League adventure saw United go to Romania for the second season running. Last year it was Otelul Galati, this year it’s CFR Cluj. United left some experience back in Manchester though to rest or recover – Giggs, Scholes and Carrick opened up spots for some home-grown youngsters instead – Lingard, Tunnicliffe and Michael Keane. Cluj were something of an unknown quantity but nevertheless, a win was expected.

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An introduction to CFR Cluj from a Romanian football scout and journalist

Posted on October 01, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »

Some United fans have had this flag made to take out to Romania

Author: Doron

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Following Saturday’s defeat at home to Spurs, United fly out to Romania today before playing Romanian Champions, CFR Cluj, tomorrow. They’re new opposition for United and it’s the second year running we travel to Romania to face opposition. Like last year, we’ve once again called on Radu Baicu, a Romanian journalist and scout for BSC Young Boys to introduce Cluj to United fans. Here’s what he had to say…

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Podcast: United, from community institution to commercial juggernaut – Tom Clare

Posted on September 30, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Podcast   No Comments »

Sir Matt Busby shares a drink with Bob Paisley

Authors: Doron and Phil

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Beyond The Pitch and Stretford-End.com have come together once again to record another podcast, the fourteenth in the series. This week we are joined by Tom Clare who has spent over 60 years following United.

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Man United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: United nearly make up for Fergie’s selection error

Posted on September 29, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Spurs   43 Comments »

Robin van Persie challenges Clint Dempsey

Author: Doron

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Spurs came to Old Trafford with that familiar feeling of impending doom – it’s not been a happy place for them to visit for a generation now. That said, depending on Fergie’s team selection they may be forgiven for thinking things might be about to change – United’s midfield has too often been there for the taking and Spurs have some powerful options in that area. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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