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David de Gea has reached new heights this season

Posted on April 11, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Man United, Players, Premier League   No Comments »
David de Gea has reached new heights this season
David de Gea
David De Gea has been a revelation at Manchester United in what has been a difficult season.

Guest Author: Doron Salomon

It came as no surprise that the initial response to United announcing that fans could vote for their player of the year was hashtags (#VoteDave) and campaigns supporting David de Gea. In what’s been a remarkably poor season for the club, he is a rare beacon of light and one of the few players to have improved. For the second season running he should be recognised as the best goalkeeper in the league.

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Reds on the road: Can United play this way every week?

Posted on April 06, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Players, Premier League   5 Comments »
Reds on the road: Can United play this way every week?
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Chicharito might be miserable under Moyes, but looked happy to play with Kagawa, Mata and Januzaj.

Author: Rob
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Four straight away wins in the league. No goals conceded away from home in five. Juan Mata is looking confident and decisive while scoring and assisting from his preferred position, with Shinji Kagawa increasingly influential from wide areas and enjoying his partnership with Mata*. Antonio Valencia is recapturing some form, and Wayne Rooney (until his recent injury) has been scoring consistently from the #9 position. Away from Old Trafford, it’s beginning to look like Manchester United again.

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Juan Mata is “the best classic number ten in world football”

Posted on January 25, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
Juan Mata is "the best classic number ten in world football"
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With Juan Mata’s transfer from Chelsea on the verge of being completed, we’ve once again turned to Joe from over at Plains of Almeria for a bit of insight…

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Anderson leaves Manchester United for Fiorentina

Posted on January 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Players, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
Anderson leaves Manchester United for Fiorentina
Sir Alex wants Anderson to curb his enthusiasm
Anderson’s career at Old Trafford was always hindered by injury, lack of fitness and off field problems

“Come in number 8, your time is up”. No doubt if number 8 did indeed stand up to look around at the park keeper, the boat would capsize and our former Brazilian pigeon chested midfielder would plunge into the lake. Yes, Anderson is finally moving on to pastures new, with Fiorentina securing the signature of a player who promised so much, but delivered very little in his six and a half years at Old Trafford.

The summer of 2007 seems a distant memory, when Reds were overjoyed to find at the end of May that United had acquired the services of two of the hottest young properties in Europe. Winger Nani from Sporting Lisbon and the Brazilian player maker Anderson from Porto. Sir Alex Ferguson would also add Carlos Tevez to an attacking arsenal that already consisted of the maturing Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. United would go onto win the European Cup and retain the Premier League title.

Wayward shooting, over eating, no look passing, long term injuries, ‘shitting on Fabreas’, brasses, samba dancing and that penalty in Moscow. A player who promised so much, who for one reason or another – but just didn’t deliver.

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How much can Manchester United expect of Adnan Januzaj?

Posted on January 03, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Players, Stretty Debate   2 Comments »
How much can Manchester United expect of Adnan Januzaj?
How much can we ask of Adnan Januzaj right now?
How much can we ask of Adnan Januzaj right now?

Author: Bricki

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In the space of about 10 minutes during the second half against Spurs, Wayne Rooney knocked at least 4 consecutive long balls out to Adnan Januzaj on the right wing. As we were chasing the equaliser it appeared that the youngest member of the team was the ‘go-to’ guy in a time of crisis.

With a team of internationals should we be placing so much expectation on a player still only 6 months into his first season with the first team?

What kind of effect could such demands have on his overall development?

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Danny Welbeck Leads The Way In Midlands Romp

Posted on December 15, 2013  by Bricki  in Aston Villa, Bricki, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   1 Comment »
Danny Welbeck Leads The Way In Midlands Romp
Welbeck scores twice as United beat Villa 3-0
Danny Welbeck scored twice as Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-0

Author: Bricki

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Following defeats to Everton and Newcastle at Old Trafford it was important that United secured all 3 points at what has usually been a good luck ground in Villa Park.

After a nervy start where Villa created several chances from long range, United took control with two instinctive finishes from the returning Danny Welbeck up front. A third goal from Tom Cleverley (TC23) in the second half secured a very comfortable 3 points that could and should have been more.

Performances from Rooney, Welbeck, Januzaj and others plus the return of Darren Fletcher in midfield were major high points in a win that hopefully means the team will kick on through the vital Christmas period.

Here we discuss the talking points of the game and welcome feedback from both sets of fans.

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Kagawa Haunted By The Ghost Of Veron?

Posted on December 13, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Players   7 Comments »
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Shinji Kagawa hasn’t found the form that made him a hot property at Dortmund.

Author: Bricki

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Shinji Kagawa is my kind of footballer. He’s small, nippy and all about looking after the ball. I could watch him conduct a game from the middle of the park all day long.

The expectations the moment United signed him from Borussia Dortmund were huge. Here was a player that had been part of the heartbeat of the football hipster’s favourite side in Europe. We had seemingly plucked the biggest gem from Dortmund to build our side around.

So a season and a half into his stay with United, what has gone wrong?

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Tom Cleverley’s a victim of Manchester United’s lack of transfer activity

Posted on August 30, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   8 Comments »
Tom Cleverley's a victim of Manchester United's lack of transfer activity
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Can Tom Cleverley step up from a good squad player to an important member of the first team

Author: Doron

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This summer there has been a very public stance by United on central midfielders. David Moyes has not only made it clear that he’d like to sign at least one, probably two players in that area but United have decided to be open about the pursuits of Fabregas and Fellaini, whilst links to other CMs continue to swirl. For Tom Cleverley, competition would not only be positive, but it’s necessary.

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Rio Ferdinand testimonial is a fitting gesture for a great player

Posted on August 08, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Players, Premier League   2 Comments »
Rio Ferdinand testimonial is a fitting gesture for a great player
Rio Ferdinand scores for Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand has been one of the best centre halves of his generation

United had lost the title the season previous to a rampant Arsenal, who added the ultimate insult by winning the championship at Old Trafford. It wasn’t supposed to have been this way. At the start of the season, Ferguson had acquired the creative magician Seba Veron from Lazio and the sharp shooting Ruud van Nistelrooy who had so cruelly been denied the chance the summer before due to injury.

United’s attacking arsenal was somewhat overshadowed by the frailties in defence following the departure of fans favourite Jaap Stam to Seba Veron’s old club. Lauren Blanc was brought in and United struggled, losing at home to Bolton, away at Newcastle and 3-0 at home to Chelsea to name a few. For all Blanc’s qualities in the 80s and 90s, in 2001 he was well past his best.

As Ferguson’s United always did in defeat, he regrouped and looked at how to wrestle the title back from North London. In the summer of 2002, Rio Ferdinand made the same journey to Old Trafford as Eric Cantona, Gordon McQueen and Joe Jordan from Leeds United to break the British transfer record. He and United have never looked back.

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Three factors that have contributed to the Wayne Rooney saga

Posted on August 04, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   8 Comments »
Three factors that have contributed to the Wayne Rooney saga
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It is still unclear as to whether or not Wayne Rooney will be at Manchester United this season

Author: Doron

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You’d have already no doubt read the incredibly fair and excellently written piece about Wayne Rooney by @herzogschild on this blog a few days ago. It concludes that we will never quite know why we’ve reached this point and that it is indeed incredibly sad that such a talented footballer who should have been happy to remain at United for life has such an unclear future ahead of him.

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