Manchester United vs. Stoke City: Bojan, Sparky & van Persie

Posted on December 01, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   No Comments »
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, and Stoke City's Geoff Cameron in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney, who is in top form at present, in action against Stoke City

Manchester United welcome Stoke City to Old Trafford on Tuesday night and will be looking to win their fourth game on the spin following victories over Crystal Palace, Arsenal and most recently, the 3-0 demolition of Hull City. Louis van Gaal will be delighted with Robin van Persie’s goal in that win and will be hoping his fellow countryman can push on against a side who have not won at Old Trafford since the 1975/76 season.

Angel Di Maria is set to miss the match following a hamstring injury he picked up in the game at the weekend. Wayne Rooney did appear to pick up a knock towards the end, however – is set to be involved. United fans will be hoping to see Radamel Falcao, who is now fully recovered from a calf problem. The visitors are without Glenn Whelan, Steve Sidwell, Robert Huth, Victor Moses and Peter Odemwingie.

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Manchester United line up £28.5 million transfer for Diego Godin

Posted on December 01, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation   No Comments »
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Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

There are a number of reports suggesting that Atletico Madrid centre half Diego Godin could be on his way to Old Trafford as Manchester United look to strengthen defensive following a string of injuries. Louis van Gaal has seen Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw, Rafael, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones all pick up injuries in the first quarter of the season, which has forced the inclusion of youngsters Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, who did well when called up on the 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

So, can you see Diego Godin coming to United in January? Is he the right man?

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Robin van Persie strike sinks sorry Hull City as United win 3-0

Posted on November 30, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Hull City, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   1 Comment »
Wayne Rooney scores Manchester United's second goal in the Premier League match aginst Hull City.
Wayne Rooney helps Manchester United beat Hull City 3-0 with a sweet strike

Strolls in the park are common around this time of year. Kicking the leaves with a loved one as you walk through a cobbled footpath without a care in the world. “Walk in the parks” were commonplace under the Fergie regime, but haven’t been seen for sometime under the direction of David Moyes and now Louis van Gaal. To describe the 3-0 victory over Hull City as a ‘walk in the park’ would be extremely kind to the visitors who, if we’re still keeping with the park analogy, put up as much fight as limp squirrel.

David De Gea, so often United’s man of the match in recent months, could be described as the lonely park keeper – up the other end and in the distance – as he only had two saves to make in comparison to the onslaught he faced at The Emirates the week previous.

Robin van Persie demonstrated his sheer class and talents with a superb strike that topped off an extremely dominated performance. There were injury scares, with Angel Di Maria tweaking a hamstring, early substitutions, with Ben Arfa contributing less than the Argentine who had gone off twenty minutes earlier and of goal mouth scramble that was easily rectified with goal line technology. Here we welcome comments from both sets of fans as we discuss the Talking Points from the match.

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Manchester United vs. Hull City view from oppo and match preview

Posted on November 29, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Hull City, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney scores Manchester United's second goal against Hull City in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney scores a cracker against Hull City last season

Manchester United welcome Hull City to Old Trafford today looking for their third win on the bounce, following victories over Crystal Palace and more recently, Arsenal. The visitors haven’t won a game since October 4th and have lost their last three games. Their only victory at United came in the 1951/52 FA Cup third round, when the second division side beating the hosts 2-0.

There is a suggestion that today could be the day Louis van Gaal drops Robin van Persie to the bench in favour of either James Wilson of Radamel Falcao. Marcos Rojo faces a late fitness test, whilst Daley Blind and Luke Shaw will miss the match through injury. Gaston Ramirez is banned for the match following his dismissal against Tottenham last weekend, whilst the visitors are also without Abel Hernandez who has flown back to Uruguay. Mohamed Diame has been passed fit.

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Manchester United beat wasteful Arsenal as De Gea shines again

Posted on November 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney celebrates United’s first goal as Kieran Gibbs looks on helplessly

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Manchester United notched up their first away win of the season and what a win it was. The visitors were under siege for the majority of the first half, with only the heroics of David De Gea stopping Jack Wilshere from opening the scoring for Arsenal. United were up against Danny Welbeck for the first time since his move in the summer, but the former United forward couldn’t find the breakthrough for his new club.

Kieran Gibbs was extremely unlucky to turn Antonio Valencia’s wayward shot into his own net, but it was what United had needed following Arsenal’s first half dominance. United were then able to sit back and soak up pressure and hit the home side on the counter attack, which was achieved to perfection in the 85th minute. Marouane Fellaini found Angel Di Maria on the right of the pitch and the Argentine burst forward before slotting in Wayne Rooney who finished with a delicate chip. Olivier Giroud responded late on for Arsenal, but it was too late as United picked up all three points. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Arsenal vs. Manchester United preview & view from oppo

Posted on November 22, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie scuffing a great early chance against Arsenal last season

Manchester United travel to Arsenal today to face their old adversaries and one of their own. Danny Welbeck will lineup for the first time against his old club, since Louis van Gaal deemed United’s former number 19 surplus to requirements, following the arrival of Radamel Falcao. The Colombian’s career at Old Trafford hasn’t got going following a string of injuries that has kept him sidelined. Welbeck has played more minutes and has netted five goals to Falcao’s single strike, which came against Everton back in October.

It is ironic that United’s last win at The Emirates came in January 2012, with Welbeck scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory. United have a very good record at Arsenal in the past fifteen years, only losing
three times since that 3-1 defeat with Barthez gifting Thierry Henry two goals. United have had some superb moments at Arsenal, with the 4-2 victory (at Highubury) and the 3-1 victory in the Champions League semi final – the pick of the bunch.

The title decider label may have disappeared some time ago, but a win is vital for both teams who are falling behind Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester City.

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Cause for optimism: Van Gaal’s a twister, not a sticker

Posted on November 10, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Managers, Players, Premier League   4 Comments »

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Nearly a third of the way through the league season and van Gaal’s United side are still yet to click. The players are currently playing their third system of the season and appear no closer to exemplifying the mythical ‘philosophy’ that the Dutch manager has referred to so often. But, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

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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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