Having already had a taste of the physical threat that West Ham pose at home, United went back there knowing a win would take them within touching distance of the title. After the good away win at Stoke at the weekend and with West Ham having little to play for now, you could have been forgiven for assuming a win might be a formality. But, West Ham, as they often seem to do, have a knack of raising their game when United come to town. Here we discuss the talking points of an eventful match and we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
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Ashley Young will miss the rest of the season after picking up an ankle injury
Manchester United winger Ashley Young will miss the rest of the season after picking up an ankle injury in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City two weeks ago.
Young and Manchester City captain Pablo Zabaleta had an altercation and in old school style, the Argentinian “got one over” the wide man and committed a late foul, which drew a booking. Young has played 23 times for United this season, grabbing four assists but failing to hit the back of the net this term.
Robin van Persie has been Manchester United’s match winner & saviour against West Ham
Manchester United travel to West Ham on Wednesday evening hoping to maintain the fifteen point gap over Manchester City at the top of the table. Upton Park has been the scene of two disappointing results that had a catastrophic impact on United’s title surge. Back in 1991/92, United lost out to Leeds United in the title race – having been beaten by West Ham away, after an inspired performance from Czech goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko.
Fast forward three years, Miklosko put in another superb display, thwarting Andy Cole on numerous occasions, as United could only draw the match 1-1. Brian McClair’s goal wasn’t enough and Blackburn Rovers took the title. Since then, United have had a pretty good record against the Hammers, but lost two away games back to back in 2006/07 and 2007//08. United went on to win the title in both seasons. Here we discuss the match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.
Nemanaja Vidic has spoken to MUTV about Manchester United’s trip away to West Ham and expects a tough time, like the physical encounter away at Stoke City on Sunday. United won the match 2-0, with Vidic superb at the heart of the defence, winning header after header against the physical Kenwyne Jones, who was eventually substituted.
United’s captain has only featured in twenty appearances so far this season, with sixteen of those coming in the league. His inclusion will be vital to combat the aerial threat of Andy Carroll. United have played West Ham three times so far this season, winning the match 1-0 at home in the league, drawing 2-2 in the FA Cup and then winning the replay 1-0.
Robin van Persie celebrates with Sir Alex Ferguson following his goal for Manchester United
Manchester United edged closer to an unprecedented twentieth league title with a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Stoke City. Michael Carrick netted a early toe poked goal from a corner, whilst Robin van Persie scored a second half penalty and celebrated with manager Sir Alex Ferguson on the sideline. United dominated proceedings from the start with Stoke City having limited opportunities, although Nemanja Vidic was lucky not to give away a penalty after slipping over and bringing down Kenwyne Jones in the process. Manchester United are now fifteen points clear, with six games to go – although Manchester City have a game in hand, with Stoke City three points above the drop. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and invite comments from both sets of fans.
Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen shakes hands in the 4-2 United victory earlier in the season
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Following United’s disappointing inability to all but wrap up the league title against City last Monday, Sunday’s trip to the Britannia will be a stern test of the team’s character. Given the gap at the top is still significantly large, few are envisioning a complete meltdown, but with two tricky away fixtures in four days things aren’t going to come easy. Against City, United appeared jaded, outplayed and lamentably outmuscled by a team who looked more alive and willing. Recently for United, form has tended to mask performance. Recent league wins have been efficient, but largely unconvincing. With few straightforward fixtures left in the campaign, United are going to have to improve to ensure their healthy position isn’t going to be compromised as a result of ineptitude at this late stage. Monday should have served as a warning that certainty is often only an illusion in football. There’s still a lot to play for yet.
According to the Manchester Evening News, former club captain and legend Bryan Robson, fears that Paul Scholes may be set for retirement at the end of the season. Scholes made a dramatic return to United in the 3-2 victory over Manchester City in last season’s FA Cup.
Sadly, Scholes’ return didn’t help towards United’s title surge, losing out to City in the final seconds of the final day. United’s midfield genius last played in the 4-1 FA Cup victory over Fulham in January. Scholes is in third in the all time appearances for Manchester United, but trails Bobby Charlton – who is in second place – by 42 apps.
Do you think Scholes’ time is up?
Nemanja Matic has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United from Benfica
The Guardian has linked Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic with a move to Manchester United from Benfica to strengthen the midfield. For a number of years, many reds have longed for a top class centre midfielder, even more so after 39 year old Ryan Giggs was chosen to pair with Michael Carrick in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City last Monday. Matic has recently signed a new five year deal, so will come at a price, but according to the report – United’s scouts have been impressed with the Serbian international who has notched up five goals so far this term. The 25 year old has featured five times for his country.
Sir Alex Ferguson walks off after Manchester United lose 2-1 to Manchester City
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City at home. The last hurrah of an increasingly forgettable season (yes, I know that seems an odd thing to say). With the gap at 15 points before kick off, it was a chance to finish the title race once and for all as well as put the boot into the neighbours and win with some style and confidence. For City, a dream had to be kept alive and they too had pride and bragging rights to play for, particularly after how the game at their place ended. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
Wayne Rooney scores spectacularly against Manchester City for Manchester United in February 2011
Manchester United welcome Manchester City to Old Trafford on Monday evening, with the visitors trailing the league leaders by 15 points with eight games left to play. United beat City 3-2 back in December following a last gasp Robin van Persie freekick, and have only dropped four points since. Manchester City have lost on their travels away at Southampton and Everton – but will be hoping to halt United’s assault on capturing a twentieth league title. Here we discuss the 165th Manchester derby match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.