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Manchester United v. West Bromwich Albion: Match Preview

Posted on September 27, 2013  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Previews, WBA   2 Comments »
Manchester United v. West Bromwich Albion: Match Preview

Author: Rob

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Manchester United take on West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford this Saturday, at the end of a difficult week for the club and its new manager, David Moyes. The 4-1 dismissal by City last Sunday was as painful as its proximate cause (midfield weakness) was predictable. In midweek, a 1-0 League Cup win over Liverpool was even more welcome than usual, as the media pressure on Mr. Moyes eased slightly, Jonny Evans got his first minutes of the season, Chris Smalling did well in defence, and we saw the return of Rafael, whose importance to the team was certainly felt in his absence. In the same competition West Brom were less fortunate, losing to Arsenal on penalties after ending 1-1 in 120 minutes. At this early stage of the season, the Baggies are two points behind United in the Premier League table and look a bit more like the team of last year, after losing two of their opening three games at home. Tomorrow probably won’t bear any resemblance to the last time the two clubs met, a memorable 5-5 joyride at the Hawthorns in Fergie’s final game.

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Man United v Real Madrid: Five fears, five hopes

Posted on March 03, 2013  by El Rob  in Champions League, El Rob, Man United   9 Comments »
Man United v Real Madrid: Five fears, five hopes
Rooney battles with Ronaldo in the first leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the most obvious threat to Manchester United, but Real Madrid are full of terrors.

Author: Rob

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Apparently there is a football match on Tuesday night. Manchester United face Real Madrid at Old Trafford, in the second leg of their Champions League second round tie. It’s very evenly balanced, with the first leg finishing 1-1 at the Bernabéu. Not surprisingly, football fans everywhere – Reds, Madridistas, neutrals, casual fans – are buzzing about this game. This post is meant to summarise some of United’s hopes and fears going into this titanic fixture. If you’re so inclined, share some of your own thoughts in the comments.

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QPR 0-2 Man United: wingers start to fly and it definitely wasn’t Scholes

Posted on February 24, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, El Rob, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   1 Comment »
QPR 0-2 Man United: wingers start to fly and it definitely wasn't Scholes
Manchester United's Rafael da Silva celebrates against Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League
Rafael celebrates opening the scoring at QPR for Manchester United

Authors: Doron and Rob

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In theory, the bottom side and lowest scorers hosting the runaway leaders and highest scorers should have been a formality but with both sides having so much to play for, any assumptions would be dangerous. United have been in good league form with no defeat for over three months whilst QPR are embroiled in a difficult relegation battle. Wanting to avoid an upset, Ferguson called on his experienced players for this game and rewarded Nani with another start after his display last Monday. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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How good is this Manchester United team?

Posted on February 23, 2013  by El Rob  in Champions League, El Rob, Man United, Premier League   11 Comments »
How good is this Manchester United team?
Relentless winners, relentlessly confusing too.
Manchester United: Relentless winners, but relentlessly confusing too.

Author: Rob

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After roughly 40 games of the season played, I still have no idea what to make of this United team. The way things are looking, it is turning out to be either the most dominant not-great team in the history of professional sports, or a genuinely great team that has rarely displayed why, in fact, it is so great.

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Man United 2-0 Everton: old Vidic, Giggs reinvented, the Rooney role and the Jones job

Posted on February 11, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, El Rob, Everton, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   1 Comment »
Man United 2-0 Everton: old Vidic, Giggs reinvented, the Rooney role and the Jones job
Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones
Phil Jones sticks tight to Marouane Fellaini as Manchester United beat Everton 2-0

Authors: Sleepy Nik, Rob and Doron

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It felt like there was a lot to think about going into this game – City had lost at Southampton; United were off to Madrid a few days after; and United had dropped points in this fixture last year, leading to the title slipping away. This had the feelings of being a game that was that bit more crucial than some of the others lately. Everton too would want to win after Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea all did but they suffered a huge blow in the warm-up as Distin, who’s having a superb season, pulled out with an injury. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Spurs 1-1 United: Denied at the death, but a good point nonetheless

Posted on January 21, 2013  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Reports, Spurs   24 Comments »
Spurs 1-1 United: Denied at the death, but a good point nonetheless
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Evra vs. Lennon was one of the key battles in Tottenham vs. Manchester United

Author: Rob

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In Sunday’s big game Man United traveled to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur, looking to avenge their 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Wintry conditions threatened to postpone the match, but after a late pitch inspection the teams were given the all-clear. Spurs lined up as expected with Defoe and Parker replacing Adebayor (international duty) and Sandro (injured). United made only one change to the team that beat Liverpool last Sunday, but altered their team shape and tactics significantly. As always, we’d love to hear the debate from both sets of fans.

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Newcastle United vs. Man United match preview: key battle, line ups and history

Posted on October 06, 2012  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Previews, Newcastle United, Premier League   8 Comments »
Newcastle United vs. Man United match preview: key battle, line ups and history

Wayne Rooney faces up to Fabricio Coloccini

Author: Rob

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After coming away with three Champions League points in Cluj on Wednesday, Man United face a very tough away trip to Newcastle on Sunday. The team will be trying to get its league form back into some semblance of order after last weekend’s surprising, pulsating but ultimately deserved defeat at home to Spurs. Newcastle come into the match on the back of a 3-0 Europa League win against Bordeaux in the Europa League. As always, we look forward to hearing from fans of both teams.

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Manchester United vs. Fulham preview: Lineup and predictions

Posted on August 24, 2012  by Stretford-end  in El Rob, Fulham, Man United, Man United News, Match Previews, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   25 Comments »
Manchester United vs. Fulham preview: Lineup and predictions

Ryan Giggs celebrates his goal against Fulham

Authors: El Rob & Sleepy Nik

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With Fulham full of confidence after their 5-0 opening day win, and with United looking to kickstart the season after Monday’s defeat to Everton, tomorrow’s game should be an exciting, adrenaline-fueled affair. We won 1-0 against them at Old Trafford last season – not a classic performance, but one that was mostly comfortable, apart from the penalty that should’ve been but wasn’t given. However, that game was full of the profligacy that characterised the second half of 2011/12 for United – 21 shots, 9 on target, only one goal. Given Fulham’s own form in front of goal and our well-documented injury worries at the back, we should hope that our attackers are a bit more clinical with their chances this time around.

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United and rivals – predictions and thoughts for 2012/13

United and rivals - predictions and thoughts for 2012/13

The new season is just days away so we decided we’d make some predictions and share our thoughts on both United and our rivals. Bookmark this so you can tell us how wrong we were come May 2013! We hope you’ve got your new kit and football equipment all ready for Saturday!

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The Manchester Derby: The Complete Preview

Posted on April 28, 2012  by sleepy_nik  in Doron, El Rob, Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   5 Comments »
The Manchester Derby: The Complete Preview

Authors: Doron, Nik and Rob

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For United the situation is simple. Avoid defeat (i.e. they have two potential chances, draw or win the match), and the prospect of a 20th title is looking very tasty indeed. By default, City must chase the game (and seek to control it) in search of the three points required to re-position themselves at the top of the league before a tricky trip to Newcastle. The key question for both managers on Monday seems to be whether to play two or three central midfielders.

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