Win two tickets to Manchester United vs. Real Madrid

Posted on February 13, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Competition, Man United   No Comments »
Champions League Trophy
Manchester United and Real Madrid tickets up for grabs

Although it seems a way off with the monumental clash tonight, The Stretty Rant have teamed up with bwin to offer you the chance to win two tickets to see Manchester United vs. Real Madrid at Old Trafford on 5th March. If its anything like the last time the two teams met in Manchester, it will be a belter as United fans welcome Cristiano Ronaldo home for the first time since his 2009 summer move to the Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid vs. Manchester United – insight into the Spaniards

Posted on February 12, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Guest Writer, Man United, Match Previews   2 Comments »
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid takes on Manchester United in the Champions League

Author: David

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United’s last 16 pairing in the Champions League has thrown up an opposition we’ve not faced for nearly 10 years – Real Madrid. Although many of us watch La Liga on a regular basis, it’s always worth getting an expert opinion on the intricacies and politics of the club. David Cartlidge has kindly written about Real and covered everything from their tactics to their obsession with a tenth European crown. David’s a freelance writer and written for a long list of reputable websites about Spanish football, most notably as a Spanish football expert for The Mirror. (He also happens to be a United fan!)

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Tactical preview: Forget Ronaldo, be patient & take risks

Posted on February 11, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Nik, Tactics   7 Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United take on Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid in the Bernabeu

Author: Sleepy Nik

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United face Real Madrid on Wednesday, in the glamour tie of the round, and are tagged as underdogs in the eyes of most bookmakers and experts. Yet there remains a suspicion that they can cause Real Madrid problems given their own attacking flair and newly found confidence on the European stage, as well as the fact that Mourinho’s men currently find themselves in a relative state of flux. The tie has been billed as Ronaldo (20 hat-tricks since July 2009!) versus van Persie (19 league goals), but there is so much more to absorb in this fascinating contest.

We have the reunion of two of the silkiest, and tactically astute, players in the game in Carrick and Alonso; attack-minded fullbacks in the form of Portugal’s Coentrao (so good at Euro 2012) and United’s Brazilian maestro, Rafael. But perhaps crucially, we may well see somewhat of a reversion to the early 2000’s in terms of ‘game approach’, as both Mourinho and Ferguson – underrated tacticians in their own right – ponder the use of a classic No. 10. Whatever the specific selections, it is fairly certain that both coaches will seek to deploy the classic ‘4-2-3-1’ system, with two holding midfielders and ambitious fullbacks.

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Man United 2-0 Everton: old Vidic, Giggs reinvented, the Rooney role and the Jones job

Posted on February 11, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, El Rob, Everton, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   1 Comment »
Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones
Phil Jones sticks tight to Marouane Fellaini as Manchester United beat Everton 2-0

Authors: Sleepy Nik, Rob and Doron

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It felt like there was a lot to think about going into this game – City had lost at Southampton; United were off to Madrid a few days after; and United had dropped points in this fixture last year, leading to the title slipping away. This had the feelings of being a game that was that bit more crucial than some of the others lately. Everton too would want to win after Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea all did but they suffered a huge blow in the warm-up as Distin, who’s having a superb season, pulled out with an injury. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Paul Pogba got what he deserved from United

Posted on February 11, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Youth   27 Comments »
Team-mates congratulate Paul Pogba after scoring the winner for Juventus against Bologna
Paul Pogba blamed Sir Alex Ferguson for his swift exit from Manchester United

Author: Doron

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Although he left United over half a year ago, Paul Pogba remains a constant topic of discussion for fans. Since his switch to Juventus, he’s been very polite about his time in Manchester when doing interviews with the Italian press. It was then surprising to read his first full feature interview with The Times on Friday night and discover a cockiness and arrogance that has previously only been talked about by those who’ve been lucky enough to get close to United.

Having kept relatively quiet about Pogba since his move, it feels like it’s time to spell out a few home truths in light of what he said and what some fans think.

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Manchester United vs. Everton: sensible squad rotation needed ahead of Madrid

Posted on February 08, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Everton, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester UnitedManchester United players are left stunned as Everton come back to draw 4-4.

Author: Doron

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It’s not that Everton are a ‘bogey side’ for United but the last two games against them have been unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. Moyes’ men are having another very solid season and are unquestionably the best side on Merseyside right now. With United travelling to Madrid in a few days this game has a dangerous look about it as Fergie may be tempted to leave a couple of players out. As ever, we welcome comments and opinions from both sets of fans.

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Robin van Persie praises Rene Meulensteen coaching

Posted on February 07, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Quotes   No Comments »
Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates scoring
Robin van Persie praises Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen for his goals this season

Robin van Persie has thanked United’s long serving coach Rene Meulensteen for his goal scoring exploits this season. Meulensreen celebrated ten years at Old Trafford last season and is an extremely well liked and respected member of the coaching team. He has helped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney develop into the players they are today. The Dutch coach, who retired through injury at the age of 29, helped a young Ronaldo develop by working on when he should dribble and when to pass the ball, which of course helped towards the incredible 42 goal haul in 2007/08. It appears he is having the same impact with Robin van Persie.

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Fulham 0-1 Manchester United: Wayne Rooney & clean sheet

Posted on February 03, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Fulham, Man United, Match Reports   1 Comment »
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney scored the only goal for Manchester United against Fulham

Manchester United continued their pursuit of a twentieth league championship with a 1-0 victory over Fulham, with Wayne Rooney getting the vital winner. Rooney latched onto to a long punt forward from Jonny Evans and slotted the ball past the helpless Mark Schwarzer. Fulham were far better than they were in the FA Cup match a week ago, and were unlucky in the first half not to take the lead through a Bryan Ruiz left footed shot. Here we take a look at the game’s talking points and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Fulham vs. Manchester United preview: Q&A and line up

Posted on February 02, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Fulham, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   1 Comment »
Dimitar Berbatov in Fulham colours
Dimitar Berbatov has been a popular signing for Fulham from Manchester United but will miss the match

Author: Stretford_End

Manchester United travel to Craven Cottage to play Fulham for the 80th time in the clubs history. United recently beat Fulham 4-1 in the FA Cup and beat the London club 3-2 at Old Trafford earlier in the season, with Robin van Persie getting on the scoresheet for the first time. Fulham were quite poor against United last week and the 4-1 result didn’t reflect the level of dominance by the home side. Here, we look at a view from the opposition, availability and a potential United line up.

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Man United 2-1 Southampton: Saints match Barca for shape and deserve more

Posted on January 31, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Southampton   3 Comments »
Manchester United v Southampton: Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against Southampton for Manchester United

Author: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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Southampton made the long journey north to Manchester knowing that even with a defeat they’d remain out of the relegation zone. Still, the pain that van Persie’s late winner caused earlier in the season lingers and fresh with a new manager, they’d fancy their chances of getting a result. United already knew they had a chance to widen the gap to City after seeing them draw at QPR on Tuesday. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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