Posts Tagged With 'FA Cup'

Manchester United sign off 2015/16 with FA Cup win at Wembley

Posted on May 22, 2016  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United   No Comments »
Manchester United sign off 2015/16 with FA Cup win at Wembley
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Wayne Rooney lifts the FA Cup for Manchester United after beating Crystal Palace 2-1

Manchester United ended the season with a trophy – the FA Cup – in a entertaining final that saw substitute Jesse Lingard net the winner in extra time. It was a quality strike, worthy of winning any football match. United’s opposition, Crystal Palace, put in a good performance and were only 12 minutes away from a famous 1-0 victory, before Juan Mata scored the equaliser. The Palace fans were quality throughout the game – from start to finish.

In what was a whirlwind of an afternoon and evening, with the news that Jose Mourinho would take over as United manager at some point next week, Louis van Gaal must be pleased that he has delivered a trophy – the first major one without Sir Alex Ferguson since May 1985, when Ron Atkinson lifted the same trophy on the same turf. For all his faults, ‘philosophy’ and stubbornness in refusal to change – van Gaal has been a great manager, but it didn’t quite work out at Old Trafford as we’d expected following the 2014 World Cup.

There were a number of boos when he lifted the trophy – which shouldn’t have happened, considering he’d just won a trophy. His joyous celebration highlighted the passion and desire he still has to win football matches (and a trophy), but the football he instilled, having spent a fortune, wasn’t anywhere near the standards set by Sir Alex Ferguson over more than twenty five years.

United are now joint record holders with Arsenal for the FA Cup wins and combined with a record twenty league titles, ensures the club continues to be the most successful football club in England! Here is to next season!

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Remembering the brilliance of the FA Cup..

Posted on May 21, 2016  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United   No Comments »
Remembering the brilliance of the FA Cup..
Eric Cantona scores in the FA Cup final
Eric Cantona helps Manchester United towards the double in 1994

“Que sera sera whatever will be will be, we’re going to Wembley – Que sera sera!”. Yes, the famous chant that has stood the test of time for clubs throughout the land and Manchester United are gearing up to do battle with Crystal Palace in what is a mirror fixture of the 1990 FA Cup final. When Louis van Gaal’s men take the field today, United will have featured in the FA Final more times than any other club (although Arsenal hold the record with 12 wins), taking the club’s tally to twenty. In those finals, the United faithful have witnessed a Billy Meredith inspired performance in 1909, despair at losing the 1958 final and the euphoria of Norman Whiteside bending one past Neville Southall.

1871 marks the first official FA Cup final. It is quintessential British occasion, an institution that reminds us all of a different time in football – a more innocent time. With the introduction of the Premier League in 1992 and the launch of the Champions League (also in 1992), football became more of a business, more about profit and ultimately – more about money. The FA Cup became a casualty in a football world that saw transfers and wages soar. The football bigwigs, and a small number of fans, would prefer a top four finish over an FA Cup victory – simply to qualify for the Champions League and face up against a Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. There is no doubting the importance of a Champions League place finish for a club and fan, both from a financial point of view (club) and from a mark of success point of view (fan) – but in order to achieve such a feat, perhaps United need to be victorious in a competition that has seen the likes of Eric Cantona, Jack Rowley and Denis Law leave the famous twin towers as winners.

The twin towers may be no more, the lingering memories of the Frenchman’s flair and swagger confined to a discussion over a few pints in the pub and the Champions League has accelerated past at Usain Bolt pace, leaving the FA Cup struggling for breath – but the 2016 FA Final provides an important reminder of what has come before and what lies ahead for the victor.

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Preston NE vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on February 15, 2015  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
Preston NE vs. Manchester United view from the oppo
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Paul Huntington scores as Preston beat Sheffield United in the last round of the FA Cup

The last time Manchester United faced Preston North End in any competitive competition was back in the 1971/72 season, ironically in the FA Cup. The previous United team sheet included the likes if Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and of course, George Best. The like of Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and Falcao will line up over forty three years later in what is a very different competition.

Preston are riding high in League One and are a good bet for promotion – but will be looking to pull off one of the all time FA Cup shocks when they take on United at Deepdale, in a tournament that has already seen the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City lose at home to lower ranked teams.

United struggled to beat Cambridge in the previous round and Louis van Gaal was critical of his United side in the 3-1 defeat of Burnley last week – so United fans will expect a performance in the FA Cup, which looks like the only trophy United have a chance of winning this season.

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Chelsea 1-0 United: odd tactics and selections but no need to overreact

Posted on April 01, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Sleepy Nik   9 Comments »
Chelsea 1-0 United: odd tactics and selections but no need to overreact

Authors: Sleepy Nik and Doron

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To Stamford Bridge again, for the third time this season. Crazily, there’s still a fifth meeting between the two sides to come and Chelsea will go into it with two domestic cup wins, a draw and a league defeat against us. Benitez named his strongest side whilst Fergie rested van Persie and was forced into changes as a result of injuries (Rooney, Rafael and Evans) sustained whilst players represented club and country. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United 2-2 Chelsea: midfield frailties, fatigue and some slack for Benitez

Posted on March 10, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Reports   12 Comments »
Man United 2-2 Chelsea: midfield frailties, fatigue and some slack for Benitez

Wayne Rooney celebrates putting Manchester United 2-0 ahead against Chelsea in the FA Cup

Author: Doron

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United hosted Chelsea for their third meeting this season in a third different competition. As things would pan out, both sides have two more meetings to come due to a strange game of football that really did have two contrasting halves. Rooney came back into the side as van Persie was rested – that was one of four changes from midweek for United whilst Chelsea went further and made seven. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea FA Cup: Fergie and Rafa reunited

Posted on March 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Match Previews   6 Comments »
Manchester United vs. Chelsea FA Cup: Fergie and Rafa reunited
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Manchester United & Chelsea meet at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter final

Author: Doron

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Having already had the pleasure of playing Chelsea twice this seasons, both times in London, there are two more games against them to go, this time in Manchester. First up, it’s another domestic cup clash, as both sides are looking for a place in the semi finals of the infamous FA Cup. In many ways, despite both suffering defeats midweek, the two sides couldn’t be in more different places at the moment – more on that to come. As ever, we welcome comments and opinions from both sets of fans.

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Gary Pallister speaks about Manchester United & Chelsea

Posted on March 08, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Doron, FA Cup, Man United   No Comments »
Gary Pallister speaks about Manchester United & Chelsea
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Gary Pallister played for Manchester United against Chelsea in the FA Cup

Author: Doron

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Gary Pallster won three FA Cups with United, 1990, 1994 and 1996, after becoming England’s most expensive defender after signing for £2.3 million in 1989. Pallister was a superb centre half; quick, intelligent and a towering frame to win headers. Many feel he should have won more caps for his country. He played in the January 1998 FA Cup match between United and Chelsea. United got off to a flying start and went 5-0 up, before Chelsea scored three in a wet goals galore game. Ever wondered who was quicker out of Giggsy, Kanchelskis and Pally?! Find out what the big man thinks.

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Talking Points: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United (FA Cup)

Posted on January 29, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, FA Cup, Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Nik, Sleepy Nik   13 Comments »
Talking Points: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United (FA Cup)

Authors: Doron and Nik

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United travelled west to Liverpool for a 4th round FA Cup game at rivals Liverpool. With injuries yet again hitting the side hard, they lined up in a 4-5-1 without key creative players Rooney or Nani. Rafael returned at right back whilst Carrick was joined in the middle by the oldies, Giggs and Scholes. Welbeck was asked to lead the line and at the back, De Gea was brought in at a ground he did well at last time out. Liverpool matched United’s formation with Carroll leading their attack and Carragher sitting in front of the back four.

Below, we discuss the talking points and invite Liverpool fans as well as United fans to join in the discussion.

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Talking Points: Man City 2-3 Man United (FA Cup 3rd Round)

Posted on January 08, 2012  by sleepy_nik  in FA Cup, Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Nik, Sleepy Nik   14 Comments »
Talking Points: Man City 2-3 Man United (FA Cup 3rd Round)

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United travelled the short distance to Man City today in an eagerly anticipated FA Cup 3rd Round game. Having lost two games in a row and conceded six goals in the process; fans, staff and players were hoping for an improvement and change of fortunes. City were defending the trophy they won last year.

We invite both City and United fans to discuss the game below.

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