Posts Tagged With 'Liverpool'

Wayne Rooney bags Anfield goal in smash and grab win for United

Posted on January 17, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney bags Anfield goal in smash and grab win for United
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Wayne Rooney scores a late goal at Anfield to give Manchester United victory

Before the game, there was no distracting Manchester United fans from some epically glorious moments at Liverpool over the years. The memories of Roy Keane rampaging up and down the Anfield turf is quickly replaced by Diego Forlan’s brace against Jerzy Dudek and then concludes with John O’Shea scoring a last minute goal at the Kop as United march on to the 2006/07 title. Much has played out in the eighty-two league matches at Anfield prior to this afternoon’s kick off and although both sides aren’t now fighting for top spot, both managers were well aware of the fortunes that awaited the victor.

Mid week saw both managers speak about title droughts, with Louis van Gaal suggesting that United would not go on such a barren run as Liverpool, who have not won the Championship since May 1990. The charismatic Jurgen Klopp, who eulogised about Sir Alex Ferguson – described the former Manchester United manager as “The John Lennon of football” – spoke about the fact that he could have been in the United dugout, had the timings been right. Both men have crossed paths before in Germany, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund doing battle, but it was the Dutchman who has continued his run against United’s biggest rivals with a 1-0 smash and grab.

Wayne Rooney converted United’s only shot on target, whilst David De Gea saved United once again with an array of saves to keep out Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson. The home side will feel hard done by as United were second best for the majority of the game. Louis van Gaal kept with his usually 4-2-3-1 formation, with Ander Herrera pushed up just behind Wayne Rooney who was leading the line. Despite Liverpool’s dominance, it is United who picked up all three points and are now two points behind Tottenham in fourth spot.

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Anthony Martial arrives as Manchester United batter Liverpool

Posted on September 13, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United   5 Comments »
Anthony Martial arrives as Manchester United batter Liverpool
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United v Liverpool – What we learnt (or didn’t learn, or maybe already knew, or maybe still don’t know)

United’s first game of a busy September schedule was, for the most part, a static affair that, had it not been for two fantastic goals by Christian Benteke and Anthony Martial, would have been entirely forgettable. Despite this, any victory over Liverpool is worthy of celebration, even if it came against a side who looked the least imposing to travel down the East Lancs Road in the Premier League era.

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David De Gea back in goal as United take on Liverpool

Posted on September 12, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
David De Gea back in goal as United take on Liverpool
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David De Gea will surely be back in goal when Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford

If a week is a long time in football, two weeks feels like a lifetime. Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the season came crashing down at the Liberty Stadium when Swansea battled back from a goal down to win the match 2-1. The following evening, United were embroiled in the what is now the infamous David De Gea no go transfer to Real Madrid – which blew up like a fat boozed up father, belly flopping his way through a barrage of kids onto a bouncy castle. Both clubs cried foul play, both clubs sought to plead their innocence through an online statement – but only one club has secured the signature of the player for the next four years.

The contract extension was a surprise for all reds, but it reiterates United’s stance as one of Europe’s elite to be able to hold onto their prized asset – even at the call of Spain’s, historically, most successful club and the prospect of De Gea returning to his home city.

The excitement over De Gea has taken centre stage over the visit of Liverpool and the prospect of seeing Anthony Martial, the world’s most expensive teenager, take the field for his debut as a Manchester United player. It is unknown as to whether his fellow strike partner and United captain Wayne Rooney, who broke the England goalscoring record midweek – surpassing Bobby Charlton’s 49 goals, will miss the game following a suspected hamstring injury.

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Magical Juan Mata helps United to victory at Anfield

Posted on March 22, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
Magical Juan Mata helps United to victory at Anfield
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Juan Mata scores a stunning second goal as Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1

Manchester United picked up a valuable three points in the 192nd clash between the two north western giants, which saw Liverpool lose 2-1 at home. It was game full of talking points, but the stand out moment had to be Juan Mata’s sublime second goal.

There was controversy, with Liverpool club captain Steven Gerrard, who was playing in his final match against United, only lasting a mere forty-eight seconds before being sent off for a stamp on Spaniard Ander Herrera. There were other incidents, which saw Phil Jones smash into Jordan Henderson and in the final seconds of the match Martin Skrtel looked to leave a foot in on United’s goalkeeper David De Gea – however, in a game of this magnitude there are always going to be challenges of this nature.

Louis van Gaal, who was experiencing his first trip to Anfield as United boss, was delighted with the first half performance and has now seen his team pick up two wins on the bounce against two key rivals for a Champions League place. United are now only a point behind Arsenal and two points behind Manchester City – with both clubs having to travel to Old Trafford before the end of the season.

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Liverpool vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition

Posted on March 22, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
Liverpool vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition
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David De Gea thwarts Raheem Sterling in the 3-0 victory over Liverpool back in December

In what is the 192nd meeting between the two clubs, Manchester United travel to Anfield to take on a Liverpool side two points behind as the battle for a Champions League spot really heats up. Liverpool have looked a different side since the turn of the year and have won five of their last six matches. United’s general form is also good, although a disappointed 2-1 defeat away at Swansea City means United have only won two of the last six away games.

Louis van Gaal starts a run of of four matches that sees United’s take on Liverpool, relegation strugglers Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea. The Dutchman will know that United have to pick up three points at Anfield to stay ahead of the pack and also send out a message. United last won at Liverpool in the autumn of 2012, when Robin van Persie slotted home the winning penalty. A repeat of that will be most welcome today.

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1995/96: No Champions League, Cantona returns and kids do well

Posted on July 20, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Players, Premier League   No Comments »
1995/96: No Champions League, Cantona returns and kids do well
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Eric Cantona scores again in yet another 1-0 victory against Arsenal back in 1996.

The good times appear to be back at Old Trafford following a disastrous post-Ferguson campaign that saw the legendary manager’s successor dismissed ten months into a six year contract. The club have taken the well received decision of appointing Louis van Gaal, a world class manager who has won titles in numerous countries and lifted the Champions League trophy with Ajax.

The Dutchman’s triumph in Vienna with an youthful side consisting of Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and eighteen year old Patrick Kluivert is one of the tournament’s finest, which actually fell on Eric Cantona’s birthday. The Frenchman was half way through his eight month ban for his kung-fu kick on an abusive Crystal Palace fan and the club had missed out on Champions League football having finished second to Blackburn Rovers in 1994/95. It is the only time since Manchester United have failed to qualify for Europe’s elite competition – until last season.

With no Champions League football this season, van Gaal can focus solely on challenging for the Premier League title and re-establish the club domestically. It is nearly twenty years since the summer of 1995 that saw Mark Hughes, Andrei Kanchelskis and Paul Ince leave the club to be replaced by a batch of inexperienced youngsters. Alex Ferguson chased Eric Cantona around the streets of Paris on a scooter and everyone had written United’s chance off before the season had even begun.

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Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool: United brushed aside

Posted on March 17, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Reports   4 Comments »
Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool: United brushed aside
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Steven Gerrard scores a second penalty as Liverpool humble Manchester United 3-0

Manchester United were humbled at home by a rampant Liverpool who won for the first time at Old Trafford in five years. Steve Gerrard scored two penalty kicks and Luis Suarez rounded off the home side’s misery when he latched on to a mis-hit Daniel Sturridge shot. United only really tested Simon Mignolet’s goal just before the break, when Wayne Rooney’s goal bound effort was saved.

United looked rigid and flat in comparison to their rivals, who stroked the ball around with ease for most of the match. The home side were chasing shadows for most of the game and found it difficult to defend against the counter attacking play of Liverpool. Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling would take turns to drop deep and help influence play, with the youngster often found at the tip of the diamond.

We discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Liverpool view from the oppo

Posted on March 16, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Previews   1 Comment »
Manchester United vs. Liverpool view from the oppo
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Robin van Persie will hope to be on the scoresheet when Manchester United take on Liverpool

Manchester United host Liverpool in the 190th match between the two clubs. United haven’t lost at home to the visitors since the 4-1 defeat back in 2009. At that time, United were in the hunt for a second successive European Cup, the Premier League title and the FA Cup. As we now know a Andres Iniesta inspired Barcelona, with a little help from Lionel Messi, stopped United from reclaiming the European title, whilst David Moyes’ Everton beat United on penalties in the semi-final of the cup – with Dimitar Berbatov taking a horrendous spot kick. United did go on to win the title, three on the trot.

Fast forward half a decade and United are looking up at their rivals who are now 11 points clear. It is highly unlikely United will qualify for the Champions League, even with thirty points left to play for. United will be hoping a win over Liverpool will help to raise confidence ahead of the return Champions League fixture on Wednesday, with the home side 2-0 down from the first leg.

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Manchester United vs. Liverpool: The fixture to look out for

Posted on March 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Liverpool, Man United   1 Comment »
Manchester United vs. Liverpool: The fixture to look out for
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Bryan Robson and Kenny Dalglish back in 1985 for Manchester United vs. Liverpool

Guest Author: Luzhniki2008‎

When the football fixtures are announced each Summer the first matches that I always look for on these lists are when we will play Liverpool at home and away. These, for me, have always been our biggest matches of the season, regardless of either side’s league position or form. As a child, in the mid 1980s, Liverpool were by far the most successful side of the time, winning numerous League titles, Domestic Cups, Charity Shields and European Cups, though not the Intercontinental Cup.

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Manchester United vs. Liverpool League Cup: View from oppo

Posted on September 24, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Previews   4 Comments »
Manchester United vs. Liverpool League Cup: View from oppo
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Luis Suarez could return for Liverpool against Manchester United at Old Trafford

Manchester United clash once again with the old enemy Liverpool football club, in what will be the fifth meeting in the League Cup between the pair. David Moyes’ men were humbled on Sunday in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, a performance which highlighted how unimaginative this United side actually are, with the exception of Rooney.

Moyes’ decision to opt for a central midfield duo exposed the pedestrian nature of new signing Marouane Fellaini, who looked lost for most of the match. Liverpool on the other hand come in off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Southampton and will no doubt be looking to bounce back with a win over the Champions.

Liverpool’s talisman Luis Suarez is back from his suspension and will most surely play a part in the fixture. United have lost in two League Cup finals, 1983 and 2003,to Liverpool and the only win came in the Autumn of 1990; a 3-1 win with goals from Bruce, Sharpe and Hughes. We’ve lined up a superb view from the oppo for you, where we discuss; who was better out of Rush, Fowler and Torres? Were Everton happy to get rid of Moyes? And, surely Sir Alex Ferguson did knock Liverpool of their “f*cking perch”. didn’t he?

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