Posts Tagged With 'Manchester United'

David De Gea missing again as United travel to Aston Villa

Posted on August 14, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
David De Gea missing again as United travel to Aston Villa
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Falcao scores in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last season.

Manchester United look to continue their winning start to the season as they travel to Aston Villa. The home side are also buoyant after beating newly promoted Bournemouth on the opening day. All the talk before the game will be whether David De Gea will remain at Manchester United following the revelation from Louis van Gaal the goalkeeper is “not eager to play”. The Spaniard’s future is uncertain following interest from Real Madrid all summer and with his contract up next summer, United could look to cash in – if the price is right. Romero, who started last weekend against Tottenham, will replace De Gea tonight in goal. Marouane Fellaini is still serving a suspension following his sending off against Hull City at the end of last season whilst Phil Jones is still out injured.

United picked up four points against Aston Villa last season, drawing 1-1 at Villa Park and then beating Villa 3-1 at Old Trafford in the return fixture. Can United improve their performance from the opening fixture against Spurs OR will United’s slow start continue?

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Matteo Darmian impresses as United beat Spurs on opening day

Posted on August 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Spurs   No Comments »
Matteo Darmian impresses as United beat Spurs on opening day
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Matteo Darmian challenges Harry Kane for the ball in the 1-0 victory over Spurs

Its been 76 days since the final game of last season. Manchester United played out a drab 0-0 draw with Hull City, which saw the home side relegated to the Championship – as final games go, this was quite possibly one of the most uneventful for United fans over the past two decades. Fast forward two and a half months and a lot has happened since then. Gone are the likes of Robin van Persie, Nani, Rafael and Angel Di Maria whilst Louis van Gaal has spent big on Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero and Matteo Darmian – with the latter impressing in his debut.

United huffed and puffed their way to a 1-0 victory against a high pressing Spurs, who were a lot more energetic than their limp display back in March against United. The home side ran out 3-0 victors that day and although the result was the same yesterday, the performance was definitely that of an opening day fixture.

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5 points to summarise Manchester United’s season

Posted on May 24, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   No Comments »
5 points to summarise Manchester United's season
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Marouane Fellaini has become an important part of the Manchester United first team

The season’s conclusion is very much on the horizon following a whirlwind of a campaign that saw Manchester United reclaim back a Champions League spot. United will again be at the table of European football’s elite, providing of course Louis van Gaal’s men can overcome the awkwardness of the initial canapes, the dreaded preliminary round.

Lets forget that of course on what is today a carnival of football and indeed Le King’s 49th birthday. United’s manager will finally have a break following season that included guiding the Netherlands to the brink of the World Cup final, Luke Shaw will no doubt be going easy on the burgers following last summer’s debacle and of course the crazy time of the year that is the summer transfer window – where 17 year old spotty teenagers take on the alias of a football agent, hidden behind the mask of @transferguy with the aim to amass a significant social following having spouted absolute nonsense.

With United travelling to relegation bound Hull City, and of course ex-captain Steve Bruce, where the whole nations whispers – “Can Hull City actually beat Manchester United having not beaten them since 1974 considering the inevitability of yet another Newcastle United defeat?”. Its a long whisper. But that is indeed all there is left to play for. United will surely not lose to a Hull City side, which have been turned over the past three times the club has come to town. This also includes a final day victory over relegation threatened Hull, week before the 2009 Champions League final – where United played a weakened side. Hull City and orange faced Phil Brown stayed up that day, but Bruce faces a much more difficult task.

With the season drawing to a close, take a a look at our five concluding points for the 2014/15 season.

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West Brom 2-2 Manchester United: It’s ‘tweet’ revenge for Fellaini

Posted on October 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
West Brom 2-2 Manchester United: It's 'tweet' revenge for Fellaini
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Luke Shaw had difficulties at the Hawthornes, but will surely improve as he regains fitness.

Manchester United salvaged a point at the Hawthorns with a late goal from Daley Blind. United had been behind twice in the match, following a superb strike from Stéphane Sessègnon in the first half. United pressed, with Angel Di Maria in fine form on the left flank – putting in some superb crosses, however went into the break 1-0 down.

Louis van Gaal brought on Marouane Fellaini, who made an immediate impact. The out of favour Belgian, who was linked with a move to Napoli in the summer, scored a superb equaliser and silenced a number of doubters with his exquisite strike. United were well on top for the first twenty minutes in the second half.

However, the in-form Saido Berahino latched onto a through ball following poor defensive play from United, and slotted a smart finish past the helpless David De Gea. The United manager brought on Radamel Falcao, who nearly had an immediate impact, cushioning a long ball for Robin van Persie who struck the post. But it was down to his fellow countryman, Daley Blind, to net a well-deserved equaliser.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from an entertaining draw, and as always we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Roy Keane book: Legendary captain is honest in his assessment

Posted on October 18, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Players   1 Comment »
Roy Keane book: Legendary captain is honest in his assessment
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Roy Keane with Paul Ince in his first season at Manchester United, over twenty years ago

Roy Keane is one of the best players I’ve ever seen in a Manchester United shirt. Sure, there were players such as Cantona, Ronaldo and Giggs who were technically superior to the Irishman, but Keane would turn losses into draws and draws into wins with his sheer will to win and his boundless desire to excel. A born leader, and  a born winner. He was Sir Alex Ferguson’s leader on the pitch and in his 480 appearances for the club he won title after title, relentlessly demanding high standards from everyone around him.

Since leaving the club he has had a well-documented falling out with United’s legendary ex-manager and has been outspoken regarding the quality of his former teammates – with high-profile exits in the European Cup to FC Basel and, more recently, to Real Madrid in Ferguson’s final European Cup game. It was announced some time ago that Roddy Doyle would ghost write Keane’s second book “The second half” – and extracts have been widely published in the press over the past few weeks.

But what do we make of the book after all? A good read? A compelling read? Would Keane finish every chapter in the style of Alan Partridge, proclaiming “Needless to say, I had the last laugh”? Would there be a chapter entitled “I hate Fergie”? Some footballers release abysmal books. Succumbing to the 21st century’s demand for celebs, need to be famous and rich footballers – we’ve seen twenty year old Wayne Rooney release “My Story So Far” and of course, everyone’s favourite left back Ashley Cole had a belter called “My defence” (a 20p car book steal if there ever was one). But Keane’s story is different. He is to the point (as you’d expect), quite insecure about his management, and demonstrates self doubt throughout.

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Man United 2-1 Everton: Happy times are back

Posted on October 06, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Everton, Man United   4 Comments »
Man United 2-1 Everton: Happy times are back
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David de Gea made three incredible saves to secure all three points for Manchester United.

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Manchester United registered consecutive victories in the league for the first time since Louis van Gaal took over as boss, with another tense and nervy 2-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford. As they did against West Ham United, the Reds had to withstand a late barrage of chances and shots on goal, but with David de Gea in inspired form throughout the game, the three points were safe at the final whistle. Here’s a quick review of the talking points from Sunday’s game, looking at the performances in defence, midfield and attack – followed by some concluding praise for United’s lion giant in goal.

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Posted on September 27, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Announcements, Competition, Man United   No Comments »
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A young fan watches on as Manchester United take to the field

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Mats Hummels surely now main focus to strengthen defence

Posted on August 10, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
Mats Hummels surely now main focus to strengthen defence
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Mat Hummels has been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer

Manchester United saw one of their summer transfer targets, Thomas Vermaelen, leave to join Barcelona in a £15million deal from Arsenal. Vermaelen had fallen out of favour at The Emirates, with Arsene Wenger preferring Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as his centre back pairing. Barcelona are for the first time without their captain, Carles Puyol, who was forced to retire through injury ending a gloriously successful career. The Catalan club have added defender Jeremy Mathieu to their ranks, but obviously feel the need to replace the gaping hole left by their former number 5.

It was clear that Arsenal didn’t want to lose their club captain – admittedly who is of less importance than Robin van Persie, who departed two summers ago – to a team who will no doubt be challenging for Champions League places this season and when the calling came from a top club who is in Europe’s elite competition, the Belgian’s mind was surely made up.

Now Louis van Gaal faces the dilemma of heading into the Premier League season without Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra and having not added to the squad defensively. Could the experienced Mats Hummels be the man to come in and make the difference?

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Will Marouane Fellaini leave Manchester United for Napoli?

Posted on July 30, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation   1 Comment »
Will Marouane Fellaini leave Manchester United for Napoli?
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Marouane Fellaini joined Manchester United from Everton for £27.5m last season

Alas. It might be that time. The time to say a big farewell to the Marouane Fellaini. He may indeed possess a hairstyle that belongs to a middle aged American lady in the late 1970s, but his time at Old Trafford is a very disappointing one. His ridiculously inflated £27.5 million transfer fee, which of course – was even more laughable when you heard the news that a month earlier, he could have been picked up for four million less – didn’t help matters. But former manager David Moyes and Edward Woodward waited until the the eleventh hour to unveil this tall, dark and – quite clumsy – new signing. Yes, Fellaini’s arrival at the club was met with the same groans of dissatisfaction that had met Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor a few months earlier.

Will Marouane Fellaini head to Naples? Or will the Belgian be given another crack at Old Trafford and show his class?

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Manchester United new kit deal with Adidas for 2015/16

Posted on July 14, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Announcements, Man United   No Comments »
Manchester United new kit deal with Adidas for 2015/16
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Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs wearing an Adidas produced kit

German manufacturer Adidas will replace Nike, Manchester United’s current kit provider, at the start of next season – in what is the biggest kit deal of all time. This follows the news that Nike, the US sports manufacturer, had decided to opt out of continuing the relationship with Manchester United – a relationship that has been intact since taking over from Umbro at the turn of the century. The fee is reportedly to be £750 million, £40 million less than the Glazer family paid for the club back in 2005.

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