Manchester United vs. Manchester City view from the oppo

Posted on October 25, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
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Juan Mata scores United’s third goal in the 4-2 rout at Old Trafford last season

When Manchester United and Manchester City take the field this afternoon, it will be 170th time both clubs have done battle. In fixtures gone by, fans of both sets of clubs have seen the likes of George Best, Franny Lee, Eric Cantona, Georgi Kinkladze, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero do battle – with United winning seventy of the matches and City forty-nine. If United are victorious in the derby, they will leapfrog City into second place and could even go top for a handsome win (United will need to win by four clear goals). If the away side are victorious, City will return to the top of the Premier League and put some distance between themselves and United.

Wayne Rooney will play his first game for the club at the age of 30 and if he is on the scoresheet will be the 2nd highest goal scorer in the Premier league outright. The United captain is currently joint second with former Manchester United striker, who had a brief spell at Manchester City, on 187 goals. Rooney will have to score a fair few more goals to catch Jimmy Greeves, the all time top goals scoring in English football’s top flight – with 357 goals (Rooney currently in 36th spot).

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Everton brushed aside by impressive Manchester United display

Posted on October 18, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Everton, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores his goal at Goodison since 2007 as United ran out 3-0 winners over Everton

Whenever one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams lost heavily the fixture before, you knew only too well that there would be a positive reaction in the next game. His successor Louis van Gaal was absolutely delighted with the way in which his Manchester United went about their business at Goodison Park against Everton.

Morgan Schneiderlin, who was dropped two weeks ago for the clash against Arsenal, opened the scoring before Ander Herrera headed home United’s second following a quite brilliant cross from Marcos Rojo on the lefthand side. Wayne Rooney, who first played against his hometown club ten years ago in the 2004/05 season – which United lost 1-0, finished off the scoring having latched onto a through ball by Herrera after Phil Jagielka gave the ball away; his first at Everton since 2007. United were different class and set down a marker ahead of the derby next Sunday at Old Trafford.

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Everton vs. Manchester United preview: Can United bounce back?

Posted on October 17, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Everton, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
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Manchester United were thumped 3-0 away at Everton last season

The International break is over! The Premier League is back! Also, Manchester United are looking to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal two weeks ago. The club travel to Goodison Park today to take on Everton – who come into game following a 1-1 draw with Liverpool. The home side are in decent form following a 3-2 comeback against WBA at the end of September and will be boosted by the performance of Ross Barkley against Estonia and Lithuania.

United went down 3-0 last season in a deserved victory for the home side following a impressive performance from James McCarthy. The season before saw David Moyes take charge of his last game for the club, however – United went into the fixture last April in decent form having beaten Tottenham, Aston Villa and Liverpool before narrowly losing out to Chelsea. Time has flown in this fixture – with twenty years having past since United went down 1-0 in the 1995 FA Cup Final and thirty years since Norman Whiteside bent one past Neville Southall.

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United thumped 3-0 at Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez stars

Posted on October 05, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
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Alexis Sanchez scores a brilliant first goal to give Arsenal the lead over United

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It was going so well. Top of the league, looking down at the multitude of implosions that threatened to keep Louis van Gaal’s Red and White Army in title contention, scoring goals and conceding next to nothing. It was going so well that it had to end at some point but no one expected it to be within the first twenty minutes of Sunday’s game at the Emirates. It wasn’t going THAT well.

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Wenger tried to sign Anthony Martial as United travel to Arsenal

Posted on October 04, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney celebrates as Manchester United beat Arsenal at the Emirates last season

Manchester United travel to Arsenal knowing that a win will return the club to the top of the Premier League following Manchester City’s 6-1 thumping of Newcastle United yesterday. The home side come into the match off the back of a shock 3-2 defeat at home in the Champions League, which leaves the North London club at the bottom of their group. United come in off the back of beating Sunderland at home last weekend and thwarting German club Wolfburg midweek having gone a goal behind.

Anthony Martial will be looking to add to his tally of four goals so far this season with the revelation that Arsene Wenger had enquired about the teenager when at Lyon and also at Monaco – only for the club to sell the youngster to Manchester United for a world record fee, for a teenager, of £36 million plus add ons on transfer deadline day.

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Manchester United top of the league with 3-0 Sunderland win

Posted on September 27, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Sunderland   1 Comment »
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Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata all score in United’s 3-0 over Sunderland

Manchester United return to the top of the table for the first time in over two years following a 3-0 victory over lowly Sunderland. United were in rampant mood, following the news that Manchester City lost 4-1 away to Tottenham Hotspur.

Memphis Depay opened the scoring following a beautifully weighted ball from Daley Blind, which was perfectly cushioned into the path of United’s winger by Juan Mata. United’s second came just seconds into the second half when Anthony Matrial, who was again superb, fired in a low drive across the face of the goal – which was bulldozed in off of Wayne Rooney’s right knee.

Juan Mata rounded off the scoring in the final minute of the match after latched into Ashley Young’s left sided cross. The score reflected United’s dominance against a Sunderland side devoid of quality and confidence. David De Gea was called into action a few times, but made a number of routine saves with his feet.

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United look to close gap on City with win over bottom Sunderland

Posted on September 26, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
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There was controversy last year when referee Roger East sent off Wes Brown instead of John O’Shea

Manchester United welcome bottom club Sunderland to Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal’s men look to close the two point gap with league leaders Manchester City. United go into the game off the back of a win against Southampton last weekend at St Mary’s and a win against Ipswich in the league cup midweek. Wayne Rooney netted his first goal for United against the Championship club in the League Cup on Wednesday, whilst new signing Anthony Martial continued his goal scoring form.

United’s visitors this afternoon are in poor form, rock bottom of the Premier League without a win all season. Dick Advocaat, who was once a teammate of United manager Louis van Gaal, has been highly critical of this Sunderland team so far this season and suggested in his press conference that a draw would be a “great result” this afternoon. The visitors last win in the league came on May 9th last season with a 2-0 win over Everton.

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What is going on with Manchester United’s youth academy?

Posted on September 14, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Youth   4 Comments »

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The international breaks tend to throw up nonsense club-related news and in the break just gone, there was one story in particular that deserves some attention. You may have been made aware, particularly by fans of other clubs, that United’s young players were very poorly represented in the England youth teams this past week. Why has that happened and are United falling behind at youth level?

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Anthony Martial arrives as Manchester United batter Liverpool

Posted on September 13, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United   5 Comments »
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United v Liverpool – What we learnt (or didn’t learn, or maybe already knew, or maybe still don’t know)

United’s first game of a busy September schedule was, for the most part, a static affair that, had it not been for two fantastic goals by Christian Benteke and Anthony Martial, would have been entirely forgettable. Despite this, any victory over Liverpool is worthy of celebration, even if it came against a side who looked the least imposing to travel down the East Lancs Road in the Premier League era.

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David De Gea back in goal as United take on Liverpool

Posted on September 12, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
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David De Gea will surely be back in goal when Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford

If a week is a long time in football, two weeks feels like a lifetime. Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the season came crashing down at the Liberty Stadium when Swansea battled back from a goal down to win the match 2-1. The following evening, United were embroiled in the what is now the infamous David De Gea no go transfer to Real Madrid – which blew up like a fat boozed up father, belly flopping his way through a barrage of kids onto a bouncy castle. Both clubs cried foul play, both clubs sought to plead their innocence through an online statement – but only one club has secured the signature of the player for the next four years.

The contract extension was a surprise for all reds, but it reiterates United’s stance as one of Europe’s elite to be able to hold onto their prized asset – even at the call of Spain’s, historically, most successful club and the prospect of De Gea returning to his home city.

The excitement over De Gea has taken centre stage over the visit of Liverpool and the prospect of seeing Anthony Martial, the world’s most expensive teenager, take the field for his debut as a Manchester United player. It is unknown as to whether his fellow strike partner and United captain Wayne Rooney, who broke the England goalscoring record midweek – surpassing Bobby Charlton’s 49 goals, will miss the game following a suspected hamstring injury.

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