David De Gea missing again as United travel to Aston Villa

Posted on August 14, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
Falcao scores in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last season.

Manchester United look to continue their winning start to the season as they travel to Aston Villa. The home side are also buoyant after beating newly promoted Bournemouth on the opening day. All the talk before the game will be whether David De Gea will remain at Manchester United following the revelation from Louis van Gaal the goalkeeper is “not eager to play”. The Spaniard’s future is uncertain following interest from Real Madrid all summer and with his contract up next summer, United could look to cash in – if the price is right. Romero, who started last weekend against Tottenham, will replace De Gea tonight in goal. Marouane Fellaini is still serving a suspension following his sending off against Hull City at the end of last season whilst Phil Jones is still out injured.

United picked up four points against Aston Villa last season, drawing 1-1 at Villa Park and then beating Villa 3-1 at Old Trafford in the return fixture. Can United improve their performance from the opening fixture against Spurs OR will United’s slow start continue?

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Pedro asks to leave Barcelona as Stoichkov sticks the boot in!

Posted on August 11, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has slammed Louis van Gaal and urged Pedro to stay put

Surely it is only a matter of time? A matter of time before Manchester United fans see a grinning Pedro in a press conference being shadowed by new boss Louis van Gaal as the club look to add some much needed pace out wide following the departure of Angel Di Maria to PSG. Today, Barcelona released a statement proclaiming that Pedro, who has amassed over 50 caps for Spain and been at the Catalonian club since his was a child, wants to leave the Spanish Champions – with United looking the likely destination.

However, hours earlier barmy Bulgarian and Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov slammed the United coach and urged the winger to stay and the Nou Camp. So what is it going to be? Will Pedro part ways with the club where he has won three European Cups – or will he depart for pastures new under the van Gaal regime?

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Matteo Darmian impresses as United beat Spurs on opening day

Posted on August 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Spurs   No Comments »
Matteo Darmian challenges Harry Kane
Matteo Darmian challenges Harry Kane for the ball in the 1-0 victory over Spurs

Its been 76 days since the final game of last season. Manchester United played out a drab 0-0 draw with Hull City, which saw the home side relegated to the Championship – as final games go, this was quite possibly one of the most uneventful for United fans over the past two decades. Fast forward two and a half months and a lot has happened since then. Gone are the likes of Robin van Persie, Nani, Rafael and Angel Di Maria whilst Louis van Gaal has spent big on Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero and Matteo Darmian – with the latter impressing in his debut.

United huffed and puffed their way to a 1-0 victory against a high pressing Spurs, who were a lot more energetic than their limp display back in March against United. The home side ran out 3-0 victors that day and although the result was the same yesterday, the performance was definitely that of an opening day fixture.

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What does 2015/16 hold for Manchester United?

Posted on August 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney celebrate on the opening day of the season against Spurs

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Not since last pre-season has a pre-season been full of such optimism and positivity as the pre-season right here. By the time you read this, the league will likely have kicked off and all good vibes will be dead in the water, but let’s live within the next two days for all of eternity and bask in the possibility that maybe this could be the year of Manchester United.

I mean sure, Rafael da Silva may have been unceremoniously dumped from the club despite his passion and sheer lust for starting fights with people, but this is “the biggest club in the world” (a registered trademark of Manchester United Incoming Transfers Ltd) and damn it, our time has come again. The David Moyes train has derailed; all aboard the Van Gaalamotive!(I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who has ever held a modicum of respect for me. Let us never speak of that line again.)

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Memphis Depay set to make his debut against Tottenham

Posted on August 07, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Memphis Depay is set to make his debut for Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur

Yes! It is back! Manchester United will take part in what is the 4,443rd league match of the club’s history, honestly. United fans welcome another whirlwind of a Louis van Gaal season, with new faces in the starting berth – including Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin. Gone are fan favourites, such as Rafael as well as players who should have been fan favourites but never came close, such as Angel Di Maria.

United fans will remember the impressive pre-season from last summer, reminiscent of a superb jager bomb night out, which came crashing down in a miserable hungover haze with the 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City last term. United need to get off to a good start against Tottenham, who were blown away by the home side in a 3-0 victory back in March.

Will United an opening day home match for the first time since the 3-0 victory over Newcastle United in 2010? Have your say in the comments on how United will line up and how the match will go. Some of the best comments will be displayed on the Twitter feed. Ole!

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Angel Di Maria dream transfer turns in PSG exit nightmare

Posted on July 26, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation   2 Comments »
Angel di Maria
Angel Di Maria signing for Manchester United from Real Madrid last summer

It shouldn’t have turned out this way. On 26th August 2014, Manchester United pulled off the biggest transfer in British history – the signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7million.

But eleven months can be a long time in football and at this moment in time, it is believed that the Argentine is on the brink of signing for French champions PSG for £46.1 million. So where did it all go wrong? Why has it not worked out and are Manchester United making a mistake in selling their number seven?

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Manchester United should keep David De Gea for another season

Posted on July 19, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Premier League, Transfer Speculation   1 Comment »
De Gea
David De Gea is available on a free transfer next season with United standing firm at present

Jean-Marc Bosman. Who’d have thought in the build up to December 15th 1995 at the European Court of Justice that the freedom of movement for players would change forever – with footballers now having the ability to run down their contract and leave for nothing at the end of their agreement. Edgar Davids and Steve Mcmanaman were two of the early adopters as they left Ajax and Liverpool for AC Milan and Real Madrid, respectively, for absolutely nothing. The clubs that had nurtured their talents since they were kids would not receive a penny for their efforts.

Manchester United are now, and have been for some time, in a dilemma over David De Gea. Should United let David De Gea go for a cut down fee based upon the duration of his current deal OR should United stick two fingers up at Real Madrid and keep De Gea for one more season? Surely, if United are to challenge for honours next season, it has to be the latter.

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United mean business with Bastian Schweinsteiger signing

Posted on July 12, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Bastian Schweinsteiger takes on the legendary Andrea Pirlo in the Champions League

Manchester United have signed a player. Not just any player, but a player of real pedigree who has won the lot. Not even Edward Woodward impersonating Basil Fawlty in the directors lounge could send this one south. Bastian Schweinsteiger will be a Manchester United player come the start of the Premier League season following the news that Bayern Munich had accepted a bid, believed to be around £15million, for the player who is now on his way to Manchester for a medical. 536 appearances for Bayern, eight Bundesliga titles, seven German cups, a European Cup win and of course that World Cup final victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina last June.

United have signed a player, who although is entering the final stage of his career as he turns 31 next month, who will bring experience and class to a side desperate for leadership. With the pursuit of Sergio Ramos still on the cards – it is clear that Louis van Gaal wants to fill his new look United side with leaders.

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Ander Herrera VIDEO including goals and skills from 2014/15

Posted on July 12, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Ander Herrera has had a great first season with the club
Ander Herrera has had a great first season at Manchester United

Ander Herrera has had an impressive first season at Manchester United, scoring eight goals in thirty one appearances in the process. His dominant display in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool back in March. Herrera, who signed for £29million last summer from Athletic Bilbao, continues to flourish in the centre of midfield and struck up an impressive partnership with fellow Spaniard, Juan Mata.

We’ve come across a great video, uploaded by JSMHEProductions, which captures Herrera’s highlights from his debut season. Enjoy!

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Robin van Persie was simply brilliant for United when he played

Posted on July 05, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Transfer Speculation   1 Comment »
Robin van Persie scoring at Old Trafford
A sight United fans became accustomed to; Robin van Persie scoring the winner

Ohh Robin van Persie. A booming chant that would have Old Trafford rocking, right from the start with that beautifully taken left footed strike against Fulham on his home debut right up to his last for the club, in the 3-1 victory over Burnley in February. The Dutchman has been a wonderful signing for Manchester United and his time at the club will be looked back on fondly by all who saw him in a United shirt. His debut season was one of the best I’ve ever seen for a player joining the club and although he would never reach the same heights again, his £24million move from Arsenal was well worth the investment.

As a deal with Turkish club Fenerbache looms large, it appears van Persie has played his final game for the club.

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