Posts Tagged With 'Champions League'

FC Bayern vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition

Posted on April 08, 2014  by El Rob  in Champions League, El Rob, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
FC Bayern vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition
Vidic-BayernAnother brilliant headed goal (and defensive display) by Vidic would be nice.

On Wednesday night, United face their biggest match of the season in Munich. After last week’s stirring 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, the Reds have to summon a performance for the ages to get past European champions Bayern, and reach the Champions League semifinals.

This past weekend, Bayern lost their first match of the Bundesliga season, 1-0 at Augsburg, with a starting XI featuring stars of the world game such as Mitchell Weiser, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Ylli Sallahi. United beat Newcastle 4-0, a really good performance that built upon their improving away form. Mr. Moyes was also able to rest key players such as Carrick, Ferdinand and Vidic, while Rafael may be fit to start on Wednesday. Unfortunately, man-of-the-match Juan Mata is cup-tied and therefore unavailable for the game. Robin van Persie is still injured and will be out for some time again, while Wayne Rooney is likely to start after suffering from a toe injury at the weekend. Patrice Evra will be available after a one-match suspension, though – amazingly – there is the possibility that Alex Büttner will get the nod at left back, after a disciplined and controlled defensive performance last week.

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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 »
Manchester United, Bayern Munich & European Cup Glory
Bayern Munich
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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Olympiakos 2-0 Manchester United: Woeful display from United

Posted on February 25, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   7 Comments »
Olympiakos 2-0 Manchester United: Woeful display from United
Joel Campbell, centre, celebrates scoring the second goal for Olympiakos against Manchester United
Joel Campbell scores for Olympiakos against Manchester United in the Champions League

Manchester United suffered defeat in Athens at the hands of Greek Champions Olympiakos after a woefully inept performance. The visitors are down 2-0 from the first leg and have it all to do at Old Trafford in three weeks’ time. Alejandro Dominguez’s instinctive reaction to a shot from Giannis Maniatis ended up in the back of the net past David De Gea.

Dominguez was unlucky not to have scored earlier, when his mazy, unopposed run was blocked by a last-ditch Nemanja Vidic tackle. Chris Smalling, deployed at right back, looked awkward and uncomfortable as he stumbled and bumbled his way up and down the touchline. He wasn’t alone, with United only registering their first shot on goal in the 89th minute of the match.

The home side doubled their lead in the second half when Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell scored a curling left-footed shot from outside the area to again leave the Spaniard helpless. Cleverley and Valencia were replaced by Welbeck and Kagawa who didn’t have any significant impact, whilst forwards Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were anonymous. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Olympiakos Vs. Manchester United Champions League preview

Posted on February 24, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Sleepy Nik   No Comments »
Olympiakos Vs. Manchester United Champions League preview
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney will be hoping to find the net against Olympiakos after a great goal Saturday

Some may consider Manchester United’s current season a Greek tragedy, with David Moyes’ men way off the pace in the Premier League. The Champions League is generally a nice distraction, especially considering the opposition facing domestic rivals in the competition. Wayne Rooney scored his first goal since the 3-2 victory over Hull City and will be looking to link up again with Robin van Persie as United aim to do one better than last season and get into the quarter finals.

United have met Olympiakos four times in their history, with the most recent coming back in October 2002, when Juan Sebastian Veron scored a superb goal in a 3-2 victory. United have won all four matches scoring twelve goals to the Greek’s two. The away side are missing Nani (hamstring), Phil Jones (hip) and Jonny Evans (calf) who have remained in Manchester due to injury, whilst Juan Mata is cup tied.

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Man United 1-0 Real Sociedad: sign of things to come with some partnerships?

Posted on October 23, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   5 Comments »
Man United 1-0 Real Sociedad: sign of things to come with some partnerships?

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It’s strange how Europe has so far has been a welcome distraction from the attention that’s come with the side’s league form. Against Leverkusen and Shakhtar United were good and with Real Sociedad coming to Old Trafford, expectations were that United should be winning this one. Moyes made four changes from Saturday with Valencia, Giggs, Kagawa and Hernandez in for Nani, Fellaini, Januzaj and van Persie. We welcome comments from all fans.

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Shakhtar 1-1 Man United: Moyes changes the system and it works

Posted on October 02, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Reports   16 Comments »
Shakhtar 1-1 Man United: Moyes changes the system and it works

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United went into a tricky away game at Shakhtar off the back of poor domestic form and with the late blow that Rooney got a whack in training on Tuesday and was therefore unavailable. Moyes opted to recall Rafael, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Fellaini Cleverley, Welbeck and van Persie as he made nine changes from the weekend defeat to West Brom. We welcome comments from all fans.

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All David Moyes needs to know about Shakhtar Donetsk

Posted on October 01, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
All David Moyes needs to know about Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk celebrate
Shakhtar Donetsk look to heap more misery on Manchester United & David Moyes

Manchester United travel over 2,000 miles on Wednesday to take on Shakhtar Donetsk in what will surely prove to be the toughest away trip of the group. United are in poor form and David Moyes is under pressure following a 2-1 home defeat to WBA last Saturday and a thumping 4-1 loss to Manchester City the previous Sunday. The United manager voiced concerns in the week that the English Champions are a fair few world class players short to challenge for Champions League honours, an opinion voiced by many fans who saw a number of botched transfer negotiations explode over the summer.

United have a chance to build on their 4-2 opening win against Bayern Leverkusen a few weeks ago. We caught up with a man who knows Shakhtar well and he discussed the highly rated Brazilian pair, Wellington Nem and Bernand, and what the fans think of United post Ferguson.

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Wayne Rooney shines as United beat Leverkusen 4-2

Posted on September 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney shines as United beat Leverkusen 4-2
Wayne Rooney in action during Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen
Wayne Rooney was excellent through the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United and David Moyes got their 2013/14 Champions League season off with a bang, beating German side Bayern Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney, who was by some distance the man of the match, notched a brace, whilst Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia scored the other two.

Rolfes had equalised early in the second half following Wayne Rooney’s opener, but some poor keeping and an exquisite van Persie finish gave United the initiative. United were well worthy of the three points despite a late goal from Toprak after a David De Gea error. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Bayer Leverkusen don’t fear Manchester United

Posted on September 17, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Match Previews   4 Comments »
Bayer Leverkusen don't fear Manchester United
Sami Hyypia

Author: Doron

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David Moyes will take charge of his first Champions League (proper) game tonight when United host Bayer Leverkusen. He’ll have a strong squad to pick a side from as Kagawa returns from flu but Welbeck and Jones are doubts, Rafael isn’t quite fit, Nani is suspended and Januzaj is ineligible for now. United’s group has been widely acknowledged to be pretty tricky so winning the home games will be vital.

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Why isn’t Adnan Januzaj in Man United’s Champions League squad?

Posted on September 16, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Youth   20 Comments »
Why isn't Adnan Januzaj in Man United's Champions League squad?
Adnan Januzaj

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Everyone wants everything immediately. There’s no patience in football anymore. Adnan Januzaj made an impressive league debut for United off the bench against 10-man Palace at the weekend but won’t be involved in United’s squad to face Leverkusen tomorrow. There’s plenty of logic and common sense behind that decision, not that you’d know if you logged into social media networks…

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