Manchester United the comeback kings

Posted on November 11, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, Man United   1 Comment »
Javier Hernandez volleys a shot on goal for Manchester United against Aston Villa
Javier Hernandez stars in Manchester United’s latest comeback against Aston Villa

Author: Stretford_End

Manchester United stunned Aston Villa with a dramatic fightback from two nil down, to win an epic clash 3-2. We’ve been here before. Aston Villa have been here before. The words “comeback” and “last minute” are usually associated with Manchester United matches. Over the years, rival fans have pointed to “luck” and “favouritism” from officials. If it happened a couple of times, you could maybe classify it as luck – whens its been happening for over twenty years, you have to put it down to sheer determination and a never say die attitude.

We’ve seen last gasp winners, such as the Michael Owen strike to win the Manchester derby in 2009 or the Eric Cantona FA Cup winner back in 1996 – but United’s stubbornness to never throw in the towel has to be a quality instilled from the boss – Sir Alex Ferguson. Here we look at some of the greatest comebacks over the past twenty years and welcome you to share your experiences and views. This also includes fans who have been on the receiving end of a comeback!

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Aston Villa vs. Manchester United preview: opposition thoughts and the United plan

Posted on November 10, 2012  by Herzogs Child  in Aston Villa, Herzog's Child, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   7 Comments »

Phil Jones scores against Aston Villa

Author: Herzog’s Child

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Manchester United travel to Aston Villa, marking the start of four away games in a row for the league leaders. With Champions League qualification assured, focus now is on staying top for as long as possible, particularly with rivals facing each other this weekend. Villa know they can’t drop into the relegation zone regardless of the score but will want to pull away from the dangerous territory they find themselves in. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal: rivalry put on hold

Posted on November 05, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   5 Comments »

Patrice Evra scores for Manchester United against Arsenal in 2-1 victory

Author: Doron

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After a double-header against Chelsea, United faced another London-based side as Arsenal came to Old Trafford. It’s early in the season but Arsenal are already off the pace set by United, Chelsea and City – a defeat would only reassert that a title challenge will probably not happen this year. For United, there was a chance to go top with Chelsea playing at Swansea later in the day. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Manchester United vs. Arsenal preview

Posted on November 02, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Previews   7 Comments »

Manchester United beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates back in January

Authors: Stretford_End

Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford for the 187th league meeting between the two clubs. United come into this game following a league win and a league cup defeat to Chelsea, whilst Arsenal beat QPR last Saturday 1-0 and came back from 4-0 down to win an epic cup tie midweek against Reading. Robin van Persie will lineup for the first time against his old club, whilst the North Londoners will want to try and avenge the 8-2 defeat from last season. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Chelsea 5-4 Manchester United: Anderson, atmosphere, youth and penalties

Posted on November 01, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Doron, League Cup, Man United, Match Reports, Youth   11 Comments »
Manchester United draw level as Eden Hazard scores a penalty for Chelsea
Manchester United concede in the last minute as Eden Hazard scores a penalty for Chelsea

Authors: Stretford_End and Doron

Manchester United and Chelsea were again involved in another thrilling encounter, with the London club advancing to the next round of the League Cup. Chelsea came back three times to draw level in normal time, whilst taking the advantage in extra time after the introduction of Eden Hazard and Oscar. United fielded a mix of players, although at right back Rafael was the most experienced player in the United defence – with Wootton, Keane and Buttner making up the other three positions. Here we discuss the main talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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United can expose Chelsea’s left side to end dreadful run at the Bridge

Posted on October 27, 2012  by sleepy_nik  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews, Nik, Sleepy Nik, Tactics   7 Comments »

Author: Nik

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Having emphasised the need for United to move away from 4-4-2 in recent seasons, certainly against stronger sides in the division and in Europe, United’s best chance to end a terrible run of results without a win at the Bridge on Sunday may actually come from keeping the ball wide, and attempting to exploit the Chelsea left side. A lopsided 4-2-3-1 with Rooney deep is a likely scenario, as Ferguson will probably cede possession to the home side in the centre (given the current form of their trio of playmakers, Oscar, Mata and Hazard, ahead of Ramires and Mikel). Getting the ball wide, and with pace, could be United’s best approach.

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Chelsea vs. Man United – Terry, youth production and the Macarena

Posted on October 26, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   1 Comment »

Author: Doron

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Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge is without a doubt United’s biggest game and hardest game of the season so far. Not just because it’s Chelsea but because they’re unbeaten in the league and top, by four points. We’ve cornered Chelsea fan, @JoeTweeds, and forced him into giving us some answers to some very probing questions!

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Manchester United 3-2 Braga Talking Points

Posted on October 24, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   4 Comments »
Javier Hernandez header versus Braga
Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez scored a header against Braga in United’s 3-2 victory

Authors: Nik and Stretford_End

Manchester United beat S.C. Braga 3-2 having fought back from two goals down after Alan scored two first half goals for the Portuguese. Javier Hernandez scored two headers in between a Jonny Evans equalizer. Sir Alex Ferguson opted for a 4-4-2 diamond, however the withdrawal of Shinji Kagawa saw the introduction of Luis Nani, which gave United width in a more traditional 4-4-2 as Wayne Rooney moved to the left flank. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United 4-2 Stoke City – excitement, maturity and a genius

Posted on October 21, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Stoke City   7 Comments »

Michael Owen shakes Wayne Rooney’s hand

Authors: Stretford_End and Doron

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Normal football interrupted the international break and Stoke visited Old Trafford to try to end a barren run of results in the red part of Manchester. United’s last game had seen them win confidently at Newcastle but many days had passed since then and plenty of players have been with their countries so while on paper this looked like a home-banker, things are never that simple. With Chelsea winning at Spurs in the early kick off the pressure was on United to get the win and keep the gap at just four points. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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Man United vs. Stoke City match preview – stick with a diamond or twist to width?

Posted on October 19, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   7 Comments »

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring against Stoke

Author: Doron

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In a strange turn of events, United actually play a game at 3pm this Saturday. It’s felt like an age since the surprisingly fluid and dominant win up in Newcastle – a real shame given some rhythm was much needed. Stoke are the visitors and United’s record against them is good, they’ve not won at Old Trafford for over 36 years. Mind you, we all remember what happened last time a team came to Old Trafford with a similar record. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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