Juan Mata scores to help Manchester United beat Crystal Palace

Posted on November 09, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Juan Mata came off the bench to score the only goal for Manchester United

Manchester United notched up their first win since beating Everton over a month ago, with substitute Juan Mata getting the all important winner. United had a, yet again, a depleted back line, which forced Louis van Gaal to use another different centre half pairing. Youngster Paddy McNair lined up alongside Daley Blind who shift from midfield to defence to accommodate the retuning Michael Carrick.

Luke Shaw had his best game for United, demonstrating his impressive athleticism and pace for a lot of the game. Shaw, who had come in for criticism from van Gaal post World Cup regarding his physique, was always looking to burst forward from deep and get United up the pitch. There is no questioning the talent and potential of the young left back, he just needed to get games under his belt and regain match fitness.

Crystal Palace were unlucky not to score late in the first half, following a mix up between McNair and Blind to deal with a long ball, but former red Fraizer Campbell blazed high into the Stretford End. The win was United’s first clean sheet since the 4-0 thumping of QPR back in September.

Here we discuss the talking points and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace view from the opposition

Posted on November 07, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Match Previews   1 Comment »
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, left, scores his side's second goal against 10-man Crystal Palace
Wayne Rooney scores against Crystal Palace in the fixture at Old Trafford last season

Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford looking to bounce back from a disappointing derby defeat last Sunday. The visitors are winless in their last four matches, whilst United lie in tenth position – thirteen points of league leaders Chelsea. Palace haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1989/90, a 2-1 victory for the South Londoners with Russell Beardsmore netting for the home side, when of course – Alex Ferguson picked up his first trophy at Wembley six months later against the same opposition.

There are suggestions that James Wilson could replace Robin van Persie up and that Colombian striker Falcao is still sidelined with an ankle injury. Louis van Gaal is without Marcos Rojo, who will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a dislocated shoulder, and of course Chris Smalling – who was stupidly sent off against Manchester City last weekend. United have had a ridiculously poor start, considering the amount of money that has been spent on strengthening the squad, but a win against Palace could move United up to sixth place.

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FA Youth Cup opportunity for Class of 2014-15?

Posted on November 07, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Youth   No Comments »

Manchester United in action in the Milk Cup

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It’s that time of year again when U18 players have their chance to shine in front of a bigger audience than usual and fans can speculate over which players should ‘make it’. United have been drawn at home to Port Vale or Bury in the 3rd Round of the FA Youth Cup and as ever, expectations will be high.

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Man City 1-0 Man United: Development, arrested

Posted on November 02, 2014  by Mitchell Jones  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Premier League   3 Comments »


Rooney had some good moments, but Agüero scored City’s winner with customary ease.

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If Wayne Rooney had his own TV show, you’d imagine the intro wouldn’t be too dissimilar to the all-time great comedy Arrested Development. “Now the story of a wealthy football club who lost everything, and the one player who had no choice but to keep them all together.” As has been true for more seasons than I dare to count, the promise of an opening in the captain’s absence has come and gone with only a Rooney-shaped hole that can only be filled with a Rooney-shaped Rooney.

With United’s third least favourite child back after his three game suspension and a hard fought draw against Chelsea, Manchester United were as ready as they’d ever be as the bus rolled into the Etihad for battle with the noisy neighbours of City. David Silva was missing, as had City themselves during their last three games (dropping a lead to draw in Europe and then losing against West Ham and Newcastle). The odds were tight and the result really could have gone either way.

Of course, it went the way that everyone deep down had expected, but not to the level anticipated. City fought to a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Sergio Agüero, but it could have been so different. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester derby: Match preview and view from the opposition

Posted on November 01, 2014  by Stretford-end  in El Rob, Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews   1 Comment »

Yaya Touré has dominated this fixture for years, but he’s in poor form while Fellaini has done well recently.

The first Manchester derby of the 2014/15 season takes place on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester City playing host to Manchester United. United go into the game on the back of two consecutive draws in the league – a chaotic, enjoyable 2-2 away at West Brom, followed by a tense, tactical 1-1 with Chelsea at Old Trafford last Sunday. For their part, City have hit a poor patch of form, winless in their last three games – including a 2-1 reverse at West Ham in the league last weekend. City did the double over United in the Premier League last season, and they’ll be looking to make it four league wins in a row against their cross-town rivals. United will be attempting to reverse that trend, and a repeat of the performance and result from this fixture in November 2012 would be most welcome. We’re joined by Steven from the View from a Blue blog, and he’s kindly answered our pre-match questions. You can follow Steven on Twitter here.

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Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea: No early handshakes

Posted on October 27, 2014  by El Rob  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie lashed home a dramatic (and deserved) equaliser in stoppage time.

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Manchester United were only the second side to deny Chelsea all three points in a league match, as the Reds secured a spirited 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal knew that his side needed to improve on the 2-2 draw with WBA last Monday and would have been impressed with his side’s first half performance.

United created numerous chances only to be thwarted by Thibaut Courtois, who received man of the match plaudits for his heroics. Chelsea were also unlucky in the first half when Dider Drogba tested David De Gea, who got down low to stop the Ivorian.

Eden Hazard had some exceptional moments and his dribbling was a threat as he frequently glided between United players. In the 52nd minute, the Belgian was through on goal, following another brilliant dribble to elude the United centre-backs, before striking the ball low and hard – only for De Gea to add another superlative save to his growing collection. Unfortunately for United, Drogba scored from the resulting corner, glancing a powerful Fabregas delivery past De Gea, with Van Persie slightly culpable after straying from the near post. Chelsea took the lead and started looking ominously comfortable.

Both sides were good value for their point, with United marginally on top in the first half and Chelsea having the better of the second… until the 94th minute. Here we discuss the talking points from a tense, engrossing football match, and as always we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea preview & view from the oppo

Posted on October 26, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford in a must win game for the reds.

Manchester United welcome unbeaten Chelsea to Old Trafford and Louis van Gaal’s side need a win in order to close the gap at the top of the table. Both clubs will be looking to capitalise on Manchester City’s loss at West Ham United yesterday, however – Chelsea are sitting comfortably at the top of the table with 22 points, whilst United are in eight position with ten points less. Jose Mourinho has only lost once at Old Trafford, which came in the 2005/06 season following those disastrous matches against Middlesborough (the 4-1 defeat that promoted Roy Keane’s reaction in the now infamous MUTV interview) and in the Champions League against Lille (United were eliminated at the group stage). Darren Fletcher scored the winner that day and Louis van Gaal will hoping for more of the same come 4pm this afternoon.

United of course have looked very leaky in defence and the backline was all over the place for WBA’s second goal last Monday. There are doubts that joint Premier League top goalscorer Diego Costa will miss the fixture though illness, although Mourinho is confident that the Spanish striker will feature. United also have their striker concerns, with Wayne Rooney suspended and Falcao nursing an ankle injury – the Colombian is a doubt after picking up the injury in training on Friday.

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West Brom 2-2 Manchester United: It’s ‘tweet’ revenge for Fellaini

Posted on October 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
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Luke Shaw had difficulties at the Hawthornes, but will surely improve as he regains fitness.

Manchester United salvaged a point at the Hawthorns with a late goal from Daley Blind. United had been behind twice in the match, following a superb strike from Stéphane Sessègnon in the first half. United pressed, with Angel Di Maria in fine form on the left flank – putting in some superb crosses, however went into the break 1-0 down.

Louis van Gaal brought on Marouane Fellaini, who made an immediate impact. The out of favour Belgian, who was linked with a move to Napoli in the summer, scored a superb equaliser and silenced a number of doubters with his exquisite strike. United were well on top for the first twenty minutes in the second half.

However, the in-form Saido Berahino latched onto a through ball following poor defensive play from United, and slotted a smart finish past the helpless David De Gea. The United manager brought on Radamel Falcao, who nearly had an immediate impact, cushioning a long ball for Robin van Persie who struck the post. But it was down to his fellow countryman, Daley Blind, to net a well-deserved equaliser.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from an entertaining draw, and as always we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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WBA vs. Manchester United: Team news and view from oppo

Posted on October 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney takes a shot at WBA’s goal at the Hawthorns

Manchester United travel to the Hawthorns on Monday night to take on WBA, who will be looking to bounce back following a narrow 2-1 defeat away at Liverpool. Louis van Gaal will aim to make it three wins on the bounce, after beating West Ham and Everton by the same 2-1 scoreline. David De Gea was superb in the latter fixture, making a last gasp save to deny the visitors a point.

United are still without captain Wayne Rooney, who is suspended following his red card in the game against West Ham. This will surely mean a start for Robin van Persie and Falcao up top, with Juan Mata in behind. The United boss didn’t give away any clues in the press conference regarding team, as the visitors look to continue their exceptional record at WBA.

United haven’t lost in the league (WBA have won in the League Cup) since the 1983/84 season, when Ron Atkinson’s side lost 2-0. However, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of the club, both sides were involved in an epic 5-5 draw.

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Roy Keane book: Legendary captain is honest in his assessment

Posted on October 18, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Players   1 Comment »
Roy Keane with Paul Ince in his first season at Manchester United, over twenty years ago

Roy Keane is one of the best players I’ve ever seen in a Manchester United shirt. Sure, there were players such as Cantona, Ronaldo and Giggs who were technically superior to the Irishman, but Keane would turn losses into draws and draws into wins with his sheer will to win and his boundless desire to excel. A born leader, and  a born winner. He was Sir Alex Ferguson’s leader on the pitch and in his 480 appearances for the club he won title after title, relentlessly demanding high standards from everyone around him.

Since leaving the club he has had a well-documented falling out with United’s legendary ex-manager and has been outspoken regarding the quality of his former teammates – with high-profile exits in the European Cup to FC Basel and, more recently, to Real Madrid in Ferguson’s final European Cup game. It was announced some time ago that Roddy Doyle would ghost write Keane’s second book “The second half” – and extracts have been widely published in the press over the past few weeks.

But what do we make of the book after all? A good read? A compelling read? Would Keane finish every chapter in the style of Alan Partridge, proclaiming “Needless to say, I had the last laugh”? Would there be a chapter entitled “I hate Fergie”? Some footballers release abysmal books. Succumbing to the 21st century’s demand for celebs, need to be famous and rich footballers – we’ve seen twenty year old Wayne Rooney release “My Story So Far” and of course, everyone’s favourite left back Ashley Cole had a belter called “My defence” (a 20p car book steal if there ever was one). But Keane’s story is different. He is to the point (as you’d expect), quite insecure about his management, and demonstrates self doubt throughout.

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