Man United 4-3 Newcastle United: Cleverley the game changer and offside analysis

Posted on December 27, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Newcastle United, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   20 Comments »

Jonny Evans celebrates scoring against Newcastle United

Authors: Stretford_End and Doron

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After the pre-Christmas draw at Swansea, United were hoping to get back to winning ways at home to Newcastle United. The Geordies, whilst fresh from a big morale boosting win over QPR, had injury issues and a pretty naff record at Old Trafford to contend with. This was to be a wet, sodden game that provided much more drama and entertainment than one could have imagined. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Swansea 1-1 Man United: the good, the bad, and the Carrick

Posted on December 23, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Swansea City   33 Comments »

Ashley Youn against Swansea

Ashley Young against Swansea

Author: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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The busy festive spell kicked off with arguably the hardest fixture of the lot – a trip to south Wales to take on one of the league’s leakiest home defences. Swansea are in the gabble of teams who are nicely above the relegation spots and just a few points off Europe despite being in the bottom half of the table. United were guaranteed to be top before kick off but with City’s late winner yesterday, only a win would do. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Swansea City vs. Manchester United match preview & lineup

Posted on December 22, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Quotes, Swansea City   5 Comments »
Ashley Young
Ashley Young scores in the 2-0 victory for Manchester United over Swansea City

Author: Stretford_End

Manchester United take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, which will be the 19th time the two clubs have met. United won both fixtures last season, beating Swansea 1-0 away, through Javier Hernandez goal and 2-0 at Old Trafford with goals from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young. The latter game was the penultimate match in the 2011/12 season, which United had to try get closer to Manchester City’s goal difference.

Alas, United lost the league on goal difference, which no doubt was one of the driving factors towards Sir Alex Ferguson’s pursuit of Robin van Persie. United top the table going into Christmas, whilst Swansea lie in 10th under the guidance of former Danish playmaker Michael Laudrup. Here we look at team news, injuries and possible United lineup.

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Man United vs Sunderland Preview: tactics, lineups and opposition view

Posted on December 14, 2012  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   6 Comments »

Wayne Rooney scores against Sunderland on the final day of last season

Author: Bricki

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We welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford on Saturday, looking to build on Sunday’s fantastic result at The Etihad and at least maintain our 6 point advantage over Man City. Fresh in the memory of the players and fans will be Sunderland fans ‘doing the Poznan’ celebration at the end of last season as City clinched the title at the death. Whilst revenge shouldn’t be the motivating factor for the win this Saturday it is essential we continue Sunday’s form against a Sunderland side buoyed by a comprehensive win over Reading in midweek. Here we discuss the match preview, lineups and injury news – welcoming comments from both sets of fans.

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Michael Carrick and Roy Keane: so dissimilar and yet so alike

Posted on December 13, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players   8 Comments »

Author: Doron

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A metronome performs the same action at regular intervals. It is both reliable and predictable. If one were to describe a footballer as ‘metronomic’ you could be forgiven for assuming this implies dullness or that the player has limitations. Yet it feels like exactly the right word to describe probably the most important midfielder at United, Michael Carrick – this team’s Roy Keane.

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Man City 2-3 Man United: perfect tactics, superb performers, and a six point gap

Posted on December 10, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Doron, Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   5 Comments »
Manchester United celebrate in front of the United fans after Robin van Persie’s goal

Author: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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It wasn’t just to be any old derby match – United’s visit to City would hold huge value to the fans after last season’s goings on. Even going into the game the signs were that a result would be big heading into the busy Christmas period – United held a three point lead over City but the blues were unbeaten in the league and had a very impressive record at home. Ferguson was able to call on Cleverley and Valencia who had both been doubts whilst City had Silva fit and Mancini opted for Balotelli over Tevez. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and welcome contributions from both sets of fans.

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Man City vs. Man United preview, lineups, tactics and opposition view

Posted on December 09, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   3 Comments »

Vincent Kompany scores for Manchester City against Manchester United at Eastlands

Authors: Sleepy Nik and Doron

Manchester United travel to Eastlands this afternoon attempting to maintain top spot in the Premier League whilst also trying to avenge the 1-0 defeat from last season, which put United’s neighbours in pole position in their quest for the title. This will be the 164th meeting between the two clubs and 147th clash in the league. United go into the game after a roller coaster of a game against Reading last weekend, whilst City dropped two points at home against Everton. Sir Alex Ferguson has already started the mind games, questioning the amount of penalties Manchester City have had at home, whilst Roberto Mancini struck back with ‘swimming’ comparisons with Ashley Young (in reference to the winger’s tumble against QPR last season). Here we discuss the match preview, lineups and injury news.

We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. CFR Cluj match preview & lineup

Posted on December 05, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Previews, Quotes   6 Comments »
Robin van Persie celebrates with Wayne Rooney following a goal against CFR Cluj
Robin van Persie celebrates with Wayne Rooney after scoring two goals against Cluj

Author: Stretford_End

Manchester United welcome Romanian Champions CFR Cluj to Old Trafford for the first time as group H reaches it climax. United are already through to the last sixteen having secured qualification in week four away at Braga. Cluj may well be struggling in their domestic campaign but have it all to play for in the Champions League. The Stretty Rant was lucky enough to interview a Romanian journalist discussing the chances of Cluj this season and he believes their best opportunity is in this game against United. Here we discuss the opposition, a potential United lineup and injury news.

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Reading 3-4 Man United: substitutions, technology, and form

Posted on December 04, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Reading   4 Comments »
Wayne Rooney is congratulated by Rio Ferdinand
Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand celebrate in Manchester United’s 4-3 victory over Reading.

Author: Doron

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United went to Reading on Saturday afternoon knowing that Chelsea had lost, Arsenal had lost, and Man City had drawn – a win would open up a much-needed three point gap ahead of next weekend’s game against the current champions. If there was one surprise in United’s team selection, it was that Fletcher could his second league start in a week whilst the goalkeeper tombola kept turning over. Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Man United 1-0 West Ham – persistence with personnel and system required

Posted on November 29, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   2 Comments »

Robin van Persie celebrates scoring against West Ham

Author: Doron

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United once again had to launch ‘project comeback’ against QPR at the weekend – results meant that United would go into the midweek games top of the league despite a far from convincing season thus far. Opponents, West Ham, have had a very good start to the season, aided by a kind fixture list. They shouldn’t be taken lightly though, Big Sam has a knack of getting the most out of players and knows how to grind out the points. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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