Sunderland vs. Manchester United preview & line up

Posted on March 29, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Sunderland   1 Comment »
Anderson battles away in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland
Manchester United beat Sunderland 1-0 last season, but lost the title in the dying seconds

Manchester United take on Sunderland for the 135th time in both clubs history. United beat Sunderland 3-1 in December with goals from Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney. This was indeed the last time both Rooney and van Persie scored in the same game, and with the Chelsea FA Cup quarter final on the horizon, its doubtful that this will change any time soon.

The Stadium of Light was the scene where United fans saw the team top the table with all games played, but in dramatic circumstances – finished in second place ten seconds later. We’ve put together a preview, including a great View from the opposition, team news, United line up and match prediction. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Robin van Persie deserves to be crowned PFA Player of the year

Posted on March 25, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Awards, Liverpool, Man United, Spurs   13 Comments »
Robin van Persie scores again for Manchester United
Robin van Persie has been a pivotal part of Manchester United’s title pursuit this season

Many fans ridicule it and simply remark that, in the grand scheme of the things, it really doesn’t matter. No, no – I’m not talking about the International break, but personal awards for players. Yes, the European Cup, Championship, FA Cup and League Cup are all more important – agreed. But when one of your players, like Wayne Rooney in 2010, Giggs in 2009 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 (and 2007) are awarded with such a prize, their contributions has aided the club throughout the season. Sure, sometimes you lose out – like in 2010 – but the award is a pretty good indication of a player who has made the difference in the season. This is why Robin van Persie must be crowned PFA Footballer of the year ahead of the exceptional Luis Suarez and brilliant Gareth Bale.

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Manchester United: unglamorous, unfashionable, unfancied

Posted on March 19, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players   6 Comments »

Michael Carrick Manchester United

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With Man United on course to win the title this season and likely to come close to breaking or matching records, it’s funny to think so many (media and general football fans) still dismiss this group of players, particularly when comparing them to previous successful teams. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that the players who’ve starred in the 44 games so far, have at some point been much maligned and to the neutral bandwagon jumper, they’re just not that exciting. Or maybe it’s because since Ronaldo and others left, United just haven’t been considered as dominating on the pitch. Yet, those that have excelled this season have been superb and deserve the praise that’s not been so forthcoming.

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Manchester United 1-0 Reading: Rooney goal, Rotation & 15 points

Posted on March 18, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Doron, El Rob, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Reading   2 Comments »
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Rio Ferdinand sets up Wayne Rooney for Manchester United’s winner against Reading

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Manchester United beat Reading 1-0 with a goal from Wayne Rooney to send the league leaders fifteen points clear at the top, following Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat away at Everton. The game itself was unspectacular, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad rotation working as we enter the international break. Reading have only lost out to United by a single goal margin, and yesterday was no different. United did just about enough to win the game, although Reading fans will no doubt feel aggrieved at not winning a penalty when Mariappa was pushed by Vidic in the second half. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Reading match preview & line up

Posted on March 15, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Reading   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores a brace against Reading in the 4-3 win back in December

Manchester United host Reading at Old Trafford as the two clubs embark in only the 19th fixture between the two teams. United have beaten Reading twice this season. A crazy 4-3 Manchester United victory, with seven first half goals was the first fixture, and more recently – the 2-1 victory in the FA Cup, where Phil Jones picked up an ankle injury. Its top versus bottom and as always we have a cracking view from the opposition, injury news, potential lineup an prediction for the match. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Rio Ferdinand back in England squad for footballing reasons

Posted on March 14, 2013  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Players, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Rio Ferdinand has been called up to the England squad following his superb form for Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand is back in the England squad to face San Marino and Montenegro as Roy Hodgson finally rewards United’s number five for his tremendous form this term. This time the news wasn’t announced to passengers on the London tube, nor did the England boss not want to hear questions about Ferdinand, as he remarked following England’s victory over Brazil last month – but its official, Rio is back playing for his country.

Although I thought it was mind numbingly obvious pre Euro 2012 as to why Ferdinand was so ridiculously omitted from the squad, some of the contributors in the comments thought otherwise. Everyone is entitled to their say (although I’m not sure how many of them turned a computer on to angrily type their response), but surely now, it is obvious, Hodgson was wrong not to include him in the first place?

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Man United 2-2 Chelsea: midfield frailties, fatigue and some slack for Benitez

Posted on March 10, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Reports   12 Comments »

Wayne Rooney celebrates putting Manchester United 2-0 ahead against Chelsea in the FA Cup

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United hosted Chelsea for their third meeting this season in a third different competition. As things would pan out, both sides have two more meetings to come due to a strange game of football that really did have two contrasting halves. Rooney came back into the side as van Persie was rested – that was one of four changes from midweek for United whilst Chelsea went further and made seven. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea FA Cup: Fergie and Rafa reunited

Posted on March 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Previews   6 Comments »
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Manchester United & Chelsea meet at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter final

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Having already had the pleasure of playing Chelsea twice this seasons, both times in London, there are two more games against them to go, this time in Manchester. First up, it’s another domestic cup clash, as both sides are looking for a place in the semi finals of the infamous FA Cup. In many ways, despite both suffering defeats midweek, the two sides couldn’t be in more different places at the moment – more on that to come. As ever, we welcome comments and opinions from both sets of fans.

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Gary Pallister speaks about Manchester United & Chelsea

Posted on March 08, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United   No Comments »
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Gary Pallister played for Manchester United against Chelsea in the FA Cup

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Gary Pallster won three FA Cups with United, 1990, 1994 and 1996, after becoming England’s most expensive defender after signing for £2.3 million in 1989. Pallister was a superb centre half; quick, intelligent and a towering frame to win headers. Many feel he should have won more caps for his country. He played in the January 1998 FA Cup match between United and Chelsea. United got off to a flying start and went 5-0 up, before Chelsea scored three in a wet goals galore game. Ever wondered who was quicker out of Giggsy, Kanchelskis and Pally?! Find out what the big man thinks.

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Man United 1-2 Real Madrid: Fergie as gutted as us and pride in defeat

Posted on March 06, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   24 Comments »
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Nani is shocked as he is sent off in Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

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The eyes of the footballing world were on Old Trafford last night as United hosted Real Madrid in the second leg of the last 16 in the Champions League. With the tie finely poised after the first leg, Fergie had fans guessing his starting line up for days in advance, particularly given Jones’ injury. What followed couldn’t have been more dramatic and cruel but also seems to have brought out the best in fans and players. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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