Will Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United score goals against WBA?

Posted on November 07, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
Manchester United lose 1-0 to WBA last season
Manchester United haven’t conceded a goal since the 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow

The figures do not bode well for an open attacking game at Old Trafford this afternoon. Manchester United haven’t scored a goal in the Premier League since Wayne Rooney’s strike against Everton three weeks ago, whilst WBA have only conceded two goals away from The Hawthorns all season. Looking at the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace last week, United are struggling to capitalise on the amount of possession the side has during Premier League matches.

This generally applies to games away from Old Trafford – but with WBA’s stingy defence, the 5-5 goal fest in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final is highly unlikely. Louis van Gaal has pleaded for patience with United fans following boos during the CSKA Moscow game in the week – which United won 1-0. Can United pick up in front of goal and pick up three points and seek revenge following the 1-0 defeat to WBA last May?

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Manchester United fire blank in 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace

Posted on November 01, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
Louis van Gaal looks on as Wayne Rooney fails to find the back of the net
Louis van Gaal looks on as Wayne Rooney fails to find the back of the net against Palace

With Manchester United legend Paul Scholes openly criticising Louis van Gaal’s approach and “philosophy” – the best response would have been to play with an open attacking display against Crystal Palace and throw caution to the wind. Sadly, for van Gaal, the United fans and Paul Scholes – the legendary midfielder was proved right as United struggled to find any momentum that would suggest come May, the club will be challenging for the league title.

With the exception of the Arsenal game, United have become difficult to beat and breakdown, although Yannick Bolasie was unlucky not to open the scoring with a thundering shot parried on to the bar by David De Gea. Wayne Rooney, who is continuing to come under fire from United fans for his below par performances the season, should have opened the scoring following a superb through pass by Anthony Martial.

United will struggle to keep up with title chasing Manchester City and Arsenal – both of whom won yesterday – with performance that are laboured, sluggish and lack any real cutting edge. United are not creating chances, which is one of the main problems outlined by Paul Scholes. Will the philosophy come good or will United slowly see any title challenge slip away?

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Louis van Gaal looks to answer Scholes critic with win at Palace

Posted on October 31, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
Marouane Fellaini scores the winner against Crystal Palace last season

Manchester United travel to Crystal Palace today to try and bounce back from their League Cup exit in the week at the hands of Middlesbrough. The hosts are also looking to try and pick up three points following their 5-1 thumping against Manchester City on the same evening.

Crystal Palace have lost their last two games; 1-0 away to Leicester City and 3-1 at home to West Ham United – where as United have picked up four points with the win against Everton and drawing last weekend with Manchester City.

Wayne Rooney has come under heavy criticism from United fans for his performances so far this season. Rooney was openly defended by Manchester United legend Paul Scholes who stated that “any striker would find it difficult to score in this current team” and that his (Rooney) movement has been excellent, but he isn’t getting the football due to the ball retention enforced by Louis van Gaal philosophy. Can Wayne Rooney add to his two league goals so far this season?

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Van Gaal’s difficult second album

Posted on October 29, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Managers   No Comments »

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In music they talk of the ‘difficult second album’, matching or bettering a previous work. It is of course subjective. To one person a riff could be art, to another, nothing more than offensive noise. Football is more clear-cut in that there is always a definitive result but the process of winning a game remains open for interrogation.

This is where Louis van Gaal finds himself now. He’s roughly 15 months into his spell at United and after achieving the absolute minimum in his first season, there is already an air of impatience amongst the fanbase. Just how do we assess the progress the club is making?

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Manchester United and Manchester City in 0-0 stalemate

Posted on October 25, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Premier League   No Comments »
Bastian Schweinsteiger gets stuck into Fernandinho in his first Manchester derby

It has been over ten years since we witnessed a 0-0 draw in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Back then a raw Cristiano Ronaldo was menacing down the wings, Liam Miller patrolled the midfield alongside a much more memorable Roy Keane – whilst Roy Carroll kept a clean sheet against an attacking outlet of Steve McMananman, Nicholas Anelka and Shaun Wright-Phillips. The personnel may have changed significantly alongside the objectives of both clubs but it was the defence who came out on top in a match that showcased flashes of excitement, albeit these were indeed limited to only flashes.

Substitute Jesse Lingard came closest to opening the scoring after hitting the bar following a brilliant through ball by Antony Martial who was operating down the left hand side for United. City were very strong defensively through the middle – with Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi excellent in central defence and Fernandinho closing down the space in front of back four. The result was a fair one as Manchester City return to the top of the table, with United remaining in fourth – just two points behind.

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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 »
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 »
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 »
John Stones beats David De Gea as Everton thrash United 3-0
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 »
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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