Manchester United 4-0 Norwich: Kagawa hattrick inspires reds

Posted on March 03, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Norwich City, Premier League   1 Comment »
Shinji Kagawa scores for Manchester United against Norwich City
Shinji Kagawa scores the first of his hattrick in the 4-0 victory over Norwich City

Manchester United prepared for the visit of Real Madrid with a 4-0 victory over Norwich City, who had beaten United 1-0 earlier in the season. Shinji Kagawa scored a superb hattrick and Wayne Rooney hit a superb strike in to the top corner in the ninetieth minute. The 4-0 victory puts Manchester United fifteen points clear, with Manchester City traveling to Aston Villa on Monday night. The win was the 33rd time United had beaten Norwich in all competitions. Here we discuss the talking points of a one sided game, where a single player stole the show – Shinji Kagawa. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Norwich City line up and preview

Posted on March 02, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Norwich City, Premier League   1 Comment »
Anthony Pilkington heads home for Norwich City v Manchester United
Manchester United lost 1-0 to Norwich City in November with Anthony Pilkington heading in the winner

Author: Doron

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Ever since the defeat at Norwich earlier in the season, United’s league form has been exemplary. By contrast, it’s been a mixed back for Norwich who’ve only won once in the league since mid-December, conveniently last weekend. Although comfortably above the relegation zone, they are a couple of defeats away from being sucked into uncomfortable territory. For United, there’s a balancing act to be done with the manager needing to pick a side with Real Madrid midweek in mind. As ever, we welcome comments and opinions from both sets of fans.

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Red Matters: hidden United stories, revealed

Posted on February 26, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Munich   1 Comment »

Author: Doron

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Over the last twelve months, United fans have been very fortunate that there have been so many new books and collections of writing about the club and all things related. The digital age has opened a new gateway for publishing content and encouraged people who wouldn’t have previously seen such a project through, to do so.

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QPR 0-2 Man United: wingers start to fly and it definitely wasn’t Scholes

Posted on February 24, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, El Rob, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   1 Comment »
Manchester United's Rafael da Silva celebrates against Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League
Rafael celebrates opening the scoring at QPR for Manchester United

Authors: Doron and Rob

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In theory, the bottom side and lowest scorers hosting the runaway leaders and highest scorers should have been a formality but with both sides having so much to play for, any assumptions would be dangerous. United have been in good league form with no defeat for over three months whilst QPR are embroiled in a difficult relegation battle. Wanting to avoid an upset, Ferguson called on his experienced players for this game and rewarded Nani with another start after his display last Monday. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Ryan Giggs is one appearance away from 1,000

Posted on February 24, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Players   2 Comments »
Ryan Giggs is one appearance away from hitting 1,000 games for club and country

Ryan Giggs is an absolute legend of the game and at Manchester United. Two European Cups, four FA Cups, four League Cups and a ridiculous twelve league titles. His goal against QPR helped to push United three points closer to a thirteenth league title. Giggs’ has scored in every season he has been a professional, an extraordinary record for the one club man. We’ve put together an infographic of some of Giggs’ achievements and stats over the years.

Which team has he scored the most league goals against? Who has he made the most appearances against? And, just hold old was Danny Welbeck when Giggs made his debut against Everton back in 1991?! Ryan Giggs could celebrate his 1,000th appearance against Norwich City next Saturday, if selected of course.

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How good is this Manchester United team?

Posted on February 23, 2013  by El Rob  in Champions League, El Rob, Man United, Premier League   11 Comments »
Relentless winners, relentlessly confusing too.
Manchester United: Relentless winners, but relentlessly confusing too.

Author: Rob

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After roughly 40 games of the season played, I still have no idea what to make of this United team. The way things are looking, it is turning out to be either the most dominant not-great team in the history of professional sports, or a genuinely great team that has rarely displayed why, in fact, it is so great.

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QPR vs. Manchester United preview: lineups and injury news

Posted on February 22, 2013  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Previews, Queens Park Rangers   2 Comments »
Michael Carrick scores against QPR
Manchester United beat QPR 2-0 last season with Michael Carrick finding the back of the net

Authors: El Rob and Stretford_End

Manchester United travel to QPR for only the second time in the last seventeen years since both sides met in the league. Back then they were fighting relegation and United were trying to win back the title they’d lost the season before through their inspirational forward. Some things don’t really change do they? United beat QPR 2-0 at Loftus road last season, with goals from Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick. Patrice Evra had a shocking first forty-five minutes up against Jamie Mackie, but United claimed all three points.

Earlier in the season, manager less Rangers took the lead at Old Trafford before goals from Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez hit back with three goals. Here we discuss the match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United’s remaining fixtures assessed

Posted on February 21, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League   10 Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson shouting
Manchester United are 12 points clear with 36 points left to play for.

Manchester United are current top of the league with a twelve point cushion from twenty-six games played. Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t have dreamed of such a lead in August and will no doubt look to extend that gap even further, following Manchester City’s last gasp title clincher on goal difference last season. As Doron did last season, we take a look at the remaining Premier League fixtures to see whether United can win the Championship for an unprecedented twentieth time.

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Phil Jones injury update after 2-1 Reading victory

Posted on February 20, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Injuries, Man United, Reading   3 Comments »
Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones
Phil Jones has been in great form but picked up an ankle injury in the victory over Reading

Manchester United are through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup after a 2-1 victory over Reading at Old Trafford, however Phil Jones picked up an ankle injury as was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches. Jones, who was excellent in the 1-1 draw in Madrid, rolled his ankle in a tackle on Reading captain Jobi McAnuff and was replaced by Nani just before half time. The versatile youngster will be hoping it is only strained ankle ligaments as United enter the business end of the season.

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Manchester United in the 1970s

Posted on February 18, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Old Posts   No Comments »
Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty with the 1977 FA Cup

Author: The Mancunian Red (Guest Blogger)

I often listen to the older fan bemoan today’s atmosphere, claiming it was different it the 1970s, yet I first started going in the 1970s and had fans telling me it wasn’t the same at the old days, how it was said you could hear the roar in Oldham when United scored in a big European cup game. And even in the 1970s I distinctly remember fans after the game complaining about the atmosphere.

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