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Leicester’s title party on hold as United fail to take advantage

Posted on May 01, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Leicester City, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »
Leicester's title party on hold as United fail to take advantage
Anthony Martial challenges Danny Drinkwater in the 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Leicester City
Anthony Martial scored the opening goal for Manchester United in the 1-1 draw with Leicester City

The media had billed it as the day of the coronation. The new champions elect were to show the old masters what they are now missing and crave so much. It didn’t quite work out that way as both Manchester United and Leicester City gained a point from the tie. United had started the better and capitalised on the early pressure when Anthony Martial latched on to a Antonio Valencia cross in the 8th minute to strike past Kasper Schmeichel. Martial has been United’s best player all season and is continuing to develop into a a top class forward – next season will be a big test for the Frenchman as he will be expected to add to his goal tally of 15 goals for this campaign.

Leicester City were on the back foot for the opening twenty minutes, however – Wes Morgan got the league leaders back in the game with a strong header from a Danny Drinkwater freekick. The Leicester captain got ahead of Marcos Rojo, not the only time, to head past David De Gea to equalise for the visitors.

There were moments when either side could have scored a second goal, with Jesse Lingard and Riyad Mahrez going close, only to be denied by Schmeichel and De Gea respectively. There was controversy involving Marouane Fellaini, who was lucky to stay on the pitch having elbowed Robert Huth, whilst Danny Drinkwater was sent off for pulling back Memphis Depay late in the second half. Depay should have been granted a penalty following the foul by Drinkwater, but Michael Oliver decided the penalty was outside of the box.

Here we discussed the talking points of the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Eric Cantona: Legends of Old Trafford

Posted on May 01, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Players   No Comments »
Eric Cantona: Legends of Old Trafford
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Eric Cantona won four league titles in five seasons at Old Trafford

It seems only like yesterday a certain Frenchman strutted his way through the Old Trafford doors, collar up and with a point to prove. A genius piece of business by Sir Alex Ferguson saw Eric Cantona join Manchester United in the November of 1992 from, then, Champions Leeds United. What happened over the course of the next four and half seasons, I don’t think any Red will ever forget for as long as they live.

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United capitulate as Spurs run riot in 3-0 victory

Posted on April 10, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Spurs   2 Comments »
United capitulate as Spurs run riot in 3-0 victory
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Dele Alli opens the scoring for Tottenham as United are hammered 3-0

They say goodness comes to those who wait, however – with the kickoff delayed by thirty minutes due to traffic problems around North London, it was Mauricio Pochettino’s men who were revelling in the goodness that three points bring. Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scored three goals in six minutes as United were blown away by a Tottenham side still with hopes of clinching their first title since 1961. Manchester United were looking to close the gap on Manchester City in fourth in a final fight for the final Champions League place, but with six games to play and an inferior goal difference – it is looking unlikely Louis van Gaal will achieve that goal.

United played well in the first half and pressed Tottenham back. However, it was the Argentine Lamela who spurned a glorious chance, heading wide when it appeared easier to score past David De Gea. The visitors rarely threatened Hugo Loris in Tottenham’s goal, however – it was Anthony Martial who had United’s best, and only, chance of the game – when he brilliantly glided in from the left hand side past two Spurs defenders, only to smash the ball straight at the French goalkeeper with the game poised at 0-0. If it was tight for the first hour, as soon as Alli opened the scoring, United fell apart.

Lamela won the ball from a scrap, which fell to Harry Kane, who swept a good pass out to Christian Eriksen. The Dane was given far too much space by substitute Matteo Darmian – who replaced the impressive Timothy Fosu-Mensah, before crossing a beautiful ball into the on rushing Alli, who slotted past David De Gea. It got worse for the Italian and United, when the fullback gave a foul away for a late tackle on Kane. Lamela swung in a deep cross from the left hand side before Alderweireld headed home under a soft challenge from Marcus Rojo. A mere two minutes had elapsed before De Gea was once again picking the ball out of the net following a powerful Lamela strike.

United were well beaten by a much better side, despite a decent first half showing, and it is highly unlikely the club will finish in a Champions League spot this season.

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Spurs vs. Manchester United preview & view from the oppo

Posted on April 10, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Spurs   No Comments »
Spurs vs. Manchester United preview & view from the oppo
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Matteo Darmian tussles with Harry Kane in United’s 1-0 victory over Spurs at the start of the season

Manchester United travel to White Hart Lane this afternoon, looking to pick up all three points – something they haven’t done since 2011/12 when Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young, who netted a brace, scored to beat Spurs 3-1. Fast forward four years and both clubs have very different aspirations for the season’s finale. United are preparing for an FA Cup quarter final replay against West Ham, whilst also trying to keep the pressure on fourth placed Manchester City and try and creep in to the Champions League. The hosts, on the other hand, are chasing their first English Championship since 1960/61 and have a whole array of young talent on show that are making their mark in England’s top flight.

Spurs have not lost at home since their 1-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Leicester City, whilst United are buoyant following victory in the previous two games, including a 1-0 victory over Manchester City. United have a successful record at White Hart Lane in the Premier League era, winning 12 out of 23 games and only losing 3 times. Manuel Pochettino has done a brilliant job since arriving from Southampton in the summer of 2014 and his high pressing game has many admirers in the game, which Sir Alex Ferguson alluded to in a recent interview.

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Anthony Martial strike is difference between United & Everton

Posted on April 03, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Everton, Man United   No Comments »
Anthony Martial strike is difference between United & Everton
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Anthony Martial scores in the 1-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford

The first time Sir Bobby Charlton lined up against Everton, the visitors ran out 5-2 winners at Old Trafford. Unsurprisingly, Charlton was on the scoresheet that day – his third goal in what would only be his second appearance for the club, having struck twice on his debut against Charlton Athletic two weeks earlier. Fast forward nearly sixty years, 756 appearances more and an additional 246 goals – United fans witnessed the modern day clash of Manchester United versus Everton, with Charlton overlooking – as the “Sir Bobby Charlton” stand was unveiled.

Back in 1956, Charlton lined up alongside United captain Roger Byrne, Duncan Edwards and Bill Foulkes and would go on to win the league title by eight points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur. Today, Charlton saw a mediocre performance from the home side in what was a lacklustre game to close to the gap on Manchester City in fourth place. Anthony Martial scored the only goal following good work by Tim Fosu-Mensah on the right hand side. The visitors were unlucky not to equalise, with captain Phil Jagielka hitting the woodwork before a snapshot made David De Gea spring into action.

In what wasn’t the most eventful game between the two clubs of all time – Louis van Gaal remarked that his side “stole victory” from Everton – who before today had only lost once on the road in the league. Martial’s goal was the club’s 1,000 goal at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.

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Marcus Rashford scores winner as United beat City 1-0 in derby

Posted on March 20, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
Marcus Rashford scores winner as United beat City 1-0 in derby
Marcus Rashford scores the winner in the derby as Manchester United beat City 1-0
Marcus Rashford scores the winner in the derby as Manchester United beat City 1-0

It is the stuff of dreams. Marcus Rashford, born and bred Mancunian settles the derby with a well taken finish. From Argentina to Spain to the Ivory Coast, there is a whole array of nationalities on display consisting of some of the best players in the land. Yet, it was a local eighteen year old that settled the tie to give Manchester United all three points in the race for fourth place. With West Ham dropping two points at Chelsea yesterday, United knew there was a massive opportunity to close the gap as we enter the final eight games of the season.

United were good, whilst City were wasteful in front of goal. However, Sergio Aguero was unlucky not to score in the second half – striking David De Gea’s left hand post. The little Argentine was quality throughout the match, however – Chris Smalling, despite an early booking, rarely put a foot wrong and marshalled Aguero away from goal. Rashford was lively too and showcased his quick feet as he took on Bacary Sagna and Martín Demichelis on a regular basis. His goal in the sixteenth minute was exceptionally taken as he picked up a Juan Mata pass, before blazing past Demichelis, who went to ground far easily, and slotted home.

It was United’s first win at City since the 3-2 victory in 2012, when Robin van Persie scored a last gasp winner , and although the significance of the win, in terms of title chasing, has diminished – Louis van Gaal will be over moon at the thought of Champions League football at Old Trafford once again next season. City’s record against top half teams in the Premier League is abysmal and are very much in free fall – coinciding with the news of the appointment of Pep Guardiola at the end of the season. It may not be a vintage season, but it doesn’t get better than a win over City with an academy player scoring the winner.

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United chasing Champions League spot with a win over WBA

Posted on March 06, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
United chasing Champions League spot with a win over WBA
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Jesse Lingard bends one in against WBA earlier in the season when United ran out 2-0 winners

With both Manchester City and West Ham picking up three points yesterday, Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United must ensure they keep up with the chasing pack in order to qualify for the Champions League. This feat would be unthinkable a few weeks ago, when United lost at home 1-0 to Southampton – but have picked up crucial wins against Watford and the 3-2 victory over Arsenal last weekend. This of course coincided with all of the top four dropping points in the last two weeks – so United do have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, outside of winning the Europa League.

Today’s opponents will look to their form against United last season, picking up four points in the 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns and the 1-0 victory over United at Old Trafford. However, United will look to the 2-0 victory over The Baggies earlier in the season, when Jesse Lingard scored a superb second. Although the football hasn’t been vintage, van Gaal has done a good job in brining youngster through to the first team – although there is of course a suggestion he was forced to play his hand with the amount of injuries United have suffered – and surely Marcus Rashford will continue up front to see if he can add to his two goals Premier League tally so far.

United last picked up all three points at WBA in March 2014 under David Moyes. The Scot was sacked just over a month later, but the 3-0 win was one of the highlights of his short lived managerial stint. The home side are undefeated in the Premier League since February 6th and will be looking to build on the victory over Crystal Palace and the 2-2 draw with league leaders Leicester City.

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Juan Mata ‘absolutely delighted’ with 3-2 win over Arsenal

Posted on February 29, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Man United News, Quotes   No Comments »
Juan Mata 'absolutely delighted' with 3-2 win over Arsenal
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Juan Mata looks on as Jesse Lingard challenges Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez

Juan Mata and his team mates are “absolutely delighted” with the 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday. Marcus Rashford netted a brace before Ander Herrera scored the winner midway through the second half. Mata, who is ten games away from a century of Manchester United appearances, played well through the middle flanked by fellow Spaniard Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin.

The 27 year old spoke about progress in both the FA Cup and Europa League, but referred to “the top positions in the Premier League”, indicating that the club would settle for a Champions League spot, rather than a very late title surge. Mata, who has scored four goals in twenty seven games for United this season, was full of praise for youngster Marcus Rashford – describing the week as one he’ll never forget.

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Marcus Rashford scores twice to dent Arsenal’s title hopes

Posted on February 28, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Reports, Youth   No Comments »
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Marcus Rashford scores a brace on his Premier League debut
Marcus Rashford scores twice against Arsenal to give Manchester United a deserved victory

Marcus Rashford, who made his Manchester United debut against FC Midtjylland in the week, scored another brace on his Premier League debut this to end a wonder week for the 18 year old local lad. Louis van Gaal’s men hadn’t picked up three points since the 3-0 victory over Stoke City at the start of the month.

In that time, United fans had seen their side concede a late equaliser at Chelsea, lose two fixtures 2-1 to struggling Sunderland and Europa League minnows Midtjylland – before beating Shrewsbury in the FA Cup and thumping their Danish foes in the return leg. A win was needed for United, who were up against an Arsenal side needing a big “pick me up” from the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona midweek.

United were well worth the three points against a below par Arsenal side, who are falling further behind in the race for the title. The home side fielded three players making their Premier League debuts, in Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and James Weir. United have now fielded debuts to eight players this season under Louis van Gaal. If the attacking football hasn’t been quite vintage, the belief in youth talent remains.

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Louis van Gaal takes a dive and falls over against Arsenal!

Posted on February 28, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Man United News, Managers   No Comments »
Louis van Gaal takes a dive and falls over against Arsenal!
Louis Van Gaal dives against Arsenal
Arsene Wenger looks on as Louis van Gaal dives on the sidelines

Cristiano Ronaldo was known for it, so was Robert Pires – but today Manchester United and Arsenal fans witnessed a bizarre demonstration from Louis van Gaal who proceeded to throw himself to the floor following what he perceived to be simulation against his side! Mike Dean was in the firing line as the Dutchman let rip at the fourth official! Take a look at the Louis van Gaal dive in all its glory..

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