Reds on the road: Can United play this way every week?

Posted on April 06, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Players, Premier League   5 Comments »
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Chicharito might be miserable under Moyes, but looked happy to play with Kagawa, Mata and Januzaj.

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Four straight away wins in the league. No goals conceded away from home in five. Juan Mata is looking confident and decisive while scoring and assisting from his preferred position, with Shinji Kagawa increasingly influential from wide areas and enjoying his partnership with Mata*. Antonio Valencia is recapturing some form, and Wayne Rooney (until his recent injury) has been scoring consistently from the #9 position. Away from Old Trafford, it’s beginning to look like Manchester United again.

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Juan Mata help Manchester United batter the Geordies 4-0

Posted on April 05, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Newcastle United   2 Comments »
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Juan Mata scores twice to help Manchester United run riot at Newcastle

Author: Bricki

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A trip to St James’ Park is usually full of goals and this visit was no exception. With Wayne Rooney being a major doubt for the trip to Bayern next week and others being rested, it was a much changed team for United. The likes of Ferdinand, Vidic and Carrick were rested with Fletcher, Mata and Hernandez making starts.

The game itself was a dull affair with very little happening until Mata stepped up to bury a free kick shortly before halftime. Just to the right of the penalty ‘D’, Mata stepped up and curled a fabulous shot over the wall and into the top corner of the goal. After the break Uniteds tails were up and a second for Mata took the game away from Newcastle. Further goals from Hernandez and Januzaj made the score more reflective of Uniteds dominance in the box.

Here we pick out the talking points of the match and invite discussion from fans in the comments below.

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Newcastle United vs. Manchester United: Wayne Rooney out

Posted on April 05, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
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Wayne Rooney is out of the clash between Manchester United and Newcastle United with a toe injury

Manchester United travel to Newcastle United hoping to avenge the 1-0 defeat at the start of December last year. United go into the match ahead of the 2nd leg clash with Bayern Munich on Wednesday and David Moyes will surely rest a number of players if the club has any chance to progress into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Newcastle have only won one of the last four games since Alan Pardew’s infamous head butt incident in the 4-1 victory over Hull City. The Newcastle boss will again be in the stands for the visit of Manchester United today. United last lost to Newcastle at the ‘Sports Direct Arena’ at the start of 2012, when Demba Ba gave United a torrid time in the 3-0 defeat.

As mentioned, Wayne Rooney will miss the trip with a badly injured toe, whilst United are still missing Robin van Persie, who is still recovering from the knock he picked up in the 3-0 victory over Olympiakos. Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are back in training and are available for selection. Juan Mata, who is obviously ineligible on Wednesday, will surely start off of Danny Welbeck.

For the home side, Moussa Sissoko joins Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy on the treatment table, having picked up a thigh strain.

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Manchester United, Bayern Munich & European Cup Glory

Posted on March 31, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United   1 Comment »
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Bayern Munich lift their fifth European Cup at Wembley last May.

Yep. Its finally here. Three times European Cup winners Manchester United take on reigning champions Bayern Munich, who are gunning for a sixth victory in this season’s competition. Having already wrapped up the the Bundesliga title with a laughable twenty-eight point gap over last year’s beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund, Pep Guardiola and his men will be fairly confident about progressing to the semi-finals of the tournament. With David Moyes under a severe amount of pressure, the European title is the only trophy left for United to win this season, although – in the way – are arguably the best team on the planet at present.

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Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa: Bring on Bayern?

Posted on March 30, 2014  by El Rob  in Aston Villa, Champions League, El Rob, Man United, Premier League   6 Comments »
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Juan Mata scored his first goal for United yesterday. If you didn’t celebrate that, you have no soul.
Mata celebrates: “Wayne’s shaved and I haven’t, so you can’t notice we resemble each other a bit!”
Also: Fellaini kinda looks like he’s doing a “Blue Steel” pose, but for a different camera.

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Manchester United scored a slightly-flattering 4-1 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Villa opened the scoring through a decent Ashley Westwood free kick. “That’ll teach ya to stop confusing me with the golfer Lee Westwood!” he’s reported to have thought to himself while celebrating. United equalised through a Rooney header while Villa were exhibiting their patented “FIFA ’99 Amateur mode” defensive tactics, and United eased on to victory from there, showing a bit of the bounce-back-ability for which the club was is famous. I wanted to make an Alan Partridge reference here, as it’s quite appropriate – think “give me a second season!” – but sadly I’ve given up Alan Partridge references for Lent.*

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Manchester United v. Aston Villa: A view from the opposition

Posted on March 29, 2014  by El Rob  in Aston Villa, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »

 article-2524043-1A1F324700000578-864_634x437The reverse fixture saw one of United’s best 2013/14 performances – Danny and Adnan were especially good. 

Coming off another entirely predictable, soul-crushing, unfortunate defeat to local rivals Manchester City, Manchester United take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday. Villa Park was the site of one of United’s better team performances in 2013/14, as the Reds ran out 3-0 winners. Since that game, United have lurched from consistently bad performances to awful results, with lots of overlap between the two, of course. To preview the match, we’re got a view from the opposition with Jamie, a Villa fan and NFL blogger at Any Given Sunday Night. You can follow him on Twitter (@JamieCutteridge) here. As always, we welcome feedback in the comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City: A tactical breakdown

Posted on March 26, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Premier League   2 Comments »

Edin Dzeko scored early in both halves, to kill the game off as a contest.

Manchester United continued their wretched run against the top teams in the Premier League this season, capitulating to a 3-0 defeat at home to local rivals Manchester City. The Blues led after forty-three seconds and, despite United looking vaguely competitive for around thirty minutes before half-time, their lead was never in danger, and they coasted through the second half after Dzeko scored an easy second goal from a corner. Yaya Toure emphasised the visitors’ total superiority by angling a third past a helpless De Gea shortly before full-time. In today’s Talking Points, we break down the tactics employed by David Moyes that led to the club’s latest embarrassment.

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Manchester City away: A view from the stands

Posted on March 25, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Manchester City, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Manchester United won 3-2 at Manchester City last season with a last minute Robin van Persie goal

Guest Author: Darren Richman

As we prepare for the visit of City this evening, I thought it was an apt moment to reflect on United’s last win against their cross-town rivals. I had not originally intended to write a piece about my trip to Eastlands that December but, given the way the day unfolded, it would have been remiss if I did not. In the week that saw the launch of a book in which I wrote a chapter about the best day of my life (26/5/99 of course, buy it at http://www.deepestredbook.com/), that trip to the Etihad was almost certainly the greatest away day I have experienced. Setting aside Moscow (since it wasn’t, strictly speaking, an away day) and the Cantona kung-fu kick (since it wasn’t, strictly speaking, great – we drew 1-1), there are only two other genuine contenders. Beckham from the halfway line at Wimbledon and the Spurs 5-3 were both obviously great moments but context is all and City are City. This was the zenith.

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Manchester United vs. Manchester City: View from the opposition

Posted on March 24, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews, Premier League   1 Comment »
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Fellaini experienced his first Manchester derby in September, as Yaya Touré bossed things at the Etihad.

Manchester United take on local rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday, in a match that will hold massive significance for both sides, though for potentially different reasons. With little else in the league to play for, United will want to keep building the momentum built by their last two wins on the trot – a rarity this season – and to gain some measure of revenge for the 4-1 shellacking received at the Etihad in September. David Moyes will want to see an better performance than United’s last home game – a soul-crushing 3-0 reverse against Liverpool.

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West Ham 0-2 Manchester United: Champions click in East London

Posted on March 23, 2014  by Bricki  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   4 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney scores wonder goal against West Ham United for Manchester United

Following the rediscovering of Manchester United’s attacking instincts in the Champions League, Moyes boys looked to continue the positive vibes against a struggling West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground.

With the news Robin van Persie is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, it was an opportunity to get Juan Mata central and Wayne Rooney as the point of the attack. Neither dissappointed with Rooney producing a stunning 58 yard volley to open the scoring before Mata controlled the game with superb movement, vision and passing. Strong performances from Jones, Carrick, Fletcher and a resurgent Fellaini provided plenty of positives to be taken from the game.

Here we reflect on the talking points of the game and invite debate/opinion from both sets of fans.

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