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Angel Di Maria shines as Manchester United thrash QPR 4-0

Posted on September 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   No Comments »
Angel Di Maria shines as Manchester United thrash QPR 4-0
Wayne Rooney and team-mates celebrate
Wayne Rooney celebrates with MOTM Angel Di Maria as Manchester United thrash QPR

Author: Karate Jesus

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After a torrid twelve months at Old Trafford, where the trajectory didn’t so much go down but, rather, plummet at an unprecedented speed, United’s 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rogers on Sunday was a cathartic moment for all United supporters.

The opposition may have been extremely limited, but over the last year that has not been a guarantee of a good United performance, let alone a victory. True, in the dying days of David Moyes’ reign, United scored 4 past Villa and Newcastle, and 3 against West Brom, however, even during those performances, 99% of people knew that the game was up and that these results were just moments of respite. The only true light at the end of the tunnel was the next on-rushing train, in the guise of Liverpool, City or Everton.

So, having experienced a year that magnified the fortune of United fans during Ferguson’s reign of terror (on everyone else), it was enjoyable to be at Old Trafford and feel that, as Van Gaal himself suggested, the trajectory may be turning.

The anticipation with regard to seeing the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, had ensured the home fans were in good spirits prior to kick off and the glut of goals in the last twenty minutes of the first half provoked a boisterous atmosphere. For the first time in a year, the crowd crowed as referee Phil Dowd slipped on his arse, resulting in a medley of Steven Gerrard numbers. It felt like a weight had been lifted.

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Manchester United vs. QPR view from opposition

Posted on September 13, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers   No Comments »
Manchester United vs. QPR view from opposition
Darren Fletcher of Manchester United scores
Darren Fletcher scores for Manchester United against QPR in the 3-1 win back in 2012

Manchester United host QPR in what is one of the most anticipated fixtures of recent seasons, with Luke Shaw, Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all set for their competitive debut. Angel Di Maria will also be playing his first game as a United player at Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal targets his first win as boss.

QPR have not won at Old Trafford since 1992, when Dennis Bailey netted a hattrick in the 4-1 thrashing on New Year’s Day. Harry Redknapp will be hoping to capitalise on United’s early poor season form, with the west London club a point ahead of van Gaal’s men. QPR have lost twice, to Hull City and to Tottenham Hotspur, but picked up a win in their previous fixture against Sunderland. The last time the away side traveled to Old Trafford was back in November 2012 where United ran out 3-1 winners.

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Di Maria could make his United debut against Burnley

Posted on August 29, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Burnley, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Di Maria could make his United debut against Burnley
Angel di Maria
Angel Di Maria could make his debut against Burnley at Turf Moor

Manchester United travel to Turf Moor in the early weekend kickoff in what could be new signing Angel Di Maria’s debut for the club. The former Real Madrid midfielder became the club’s record signing, breaking the English transfer record when he signed for nearly £60 million in the week. The Argentine is the fifth most expensive footballer after James Rodriquez, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

United’s new number seven would have been shocked to see his new team mates go down 4-0 to MK Dons in the week and will surely be included in the starting Xi as Louis van Gaal looks to pick up his first win as manager.

Newly promoted Burnley are also looking for their first win, having lost 3-1 to Chelsea in their first fixture of the season and losing 1-0 to Swansea City, who of course beat United 2-1 on the opening day. Sean Dyche has done a great job at the club and will be hoping for a repeat of the 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the late August of 2009. The two clubs have only played twice in the Premier League era and the last time, before 2009, that United traveled to Turf Moor was in the 1975/76 season where Lou Macari scored the winner.

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Marcos Rojo is a Red: What can we expect?

Posted on August 23, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Guest Writer, Man United, Players   No Comments »
Marcos Rojo is a Red: What can we expect?
Rojo-first-training-session
“That’s Youngy, he plays left wingback these days.” “Him?”

Authors: Rob and Pedro

Despite needlessly restrictive and bureaucratic UK immigration policy, Marcos Rojo is now a Manchester United player, having joined in a deal that sees £16 million go into the murky web of deceit, skulduggery and credit default swaps that characterise the world of modern football finance to his former club and third-party owners, as well as Nani’s return to Sporting CP on a season-long loan. Some were quite surprised at the size of the deal, especially since it featured Nani as a makeweight despite him having some truly excellent spells of form for United (admittedly mixed in with longer spells of frustrating uselessness).

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Sunderland vs. Man United preview: View from the opposition

Posted on August 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Sunderland   No Comments »
Sunderland vs. Man United preview: View from the opposition
Adnan Januzaj scores past Sunderland?
Adnan Januzaj scored two goals past Sunderland in the away fixture last season.

 

Manchester United take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this Sunday, having begun their Premier League campaign in disappointing fashion last weekend – United lost 2-1 at home to Swansea in Louis van Gaal’s Premier League debut. Sunderland opened their league season with a 1-1 draw against West Brom, and will be encouraged by their recent performances and results against United.

Although it’s painful to revisit last season – part of me wants to believe that it never happened – the record shows that Sunderland beat United twice last season: at Old Trafford in the league, at their home ground in the League Cup, they emerged victorious from the sides’ League Cup semifinal tie. The Black Cats also led for a long period of time at home to United in the league, before David de Gea’s save of the season kept us in the game and Adnan Januzaj’s heroic intervention turned the match around.

Under new management United should give a far better account of themselves, but an astonishingly large injury list plus the adaptation to new tactical instructions mean that – as van Gaal said almost a month ago – the side will struggle before settling into the Dutchman’s preferred rhythms and system.

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Where do we go from here? (The scores are coming out all weird..)

Posted on August 17, 2014  by Karate_Jesus  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
Where do we go from here? (The scores are coming out all weird..)
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Expectations have been raised at Manchester United with Louis van Gaal at the helm

Author: Karate Jesus

At the beginning of the summer, pre-World Cup, most United fans would have been of the opinion that success in the following season would be a top 4 finish and that this would be dependent on a raft of new signings for the newly appointed Louis van Gaal to work with. Expectations then began to become distorted, as Van Gaal’s unfancied Dutch team first spanked the world champions, Spain, 5-1, and then proceeded to the semi-finals of the competition before losing on penalties to Argentina without actually having lost a game. On this evidence, supporters began to think, Van Gaal can clearly work wonders with a squad of limited players that, Robben apart, is inferior to the United squad, even without new signings.

Confidence, excitement and expectation were then further increased during the pre-season tour of America. Whilst fully aware that this was a pre-season tournament, it was hard not to be impressed by United’s performances; given the tripe served up last season, the interplay between players and the goals scored were akin to fresh water after a desert marathon. With the expected addition of players once the team returned from the tour, there was a case for genuine optimism going into the new season. It is less than fourteen days since the squad returned from America and the bubble of optimism has been well and truly burst. It will be dawning on all connected with United that performances in pre-season don’t count for anything and that the problems that existed at the end of last season, Moyes aside, are still there.

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Swansea sink Manchester United as transfers are needed

Posted on August 17, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Swansea City   6 Comments »
Swansea sink Manchester United as transfers are needed
Manchester United vs Swansea City
Gylfi Sigurdsson score the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford

The hope and promise of a new era came crashing down within ninety minutes as a lacklustre Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City. Louis van Gaal oversaw United’s first home defeat in the league since 1972 in what was also his home competitive debut. United rarely troubled the visitors, whilst Swansea looked dangerous on the break. United started the game 3-4-1-2 but shifted to 4-4-1-1 in the second half with Hernandez, who looks as if he may have played his last game for Manchester United, being replaced by the ineffective Nani.

Transition takes time. Louis van Gaal is a World Class manager who will have an impact at Old Trafford, but it will indeed take some time to instil a philosophy and way of playing into a side that is crying out for leadership. The Dutchman was quick to state that he feels he was responsible for the defeat and the loss has ‘smashed’ the confidence of the players – however, this will surely heap more pressure on Edward Woodward regarding new signings.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Swansea City view from oppo preview

Posted on August 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Manchester United vs. Swansea City view from oppo preview
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea

Manchester United host the first game of the 2014/15 Premier League season and welcome Swansea City in what is a return fixture of the opening match last season. United got off to a flyer, hitting four past Swansea in what was David Moyes domestic debut. That was as good as it got for the Scot, who didn’t get to see the end of the season following his sacking in the April of this year.

Now, Manchester United have a new man in charge. A proven winner who has lifted league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany. Can he add and English Championship to his CV? If he is to – it all kicks off against Swansea City at 12:45.

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Manchester United 2014/15 season preview

Posted on August 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester United 2014/15 season preview
Wayne Rooney with Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager and captain are locked in discussion ahead of the 2014/15 season.

Yes, it is that time of year. Those boring summer months are a thing of the past as the first day of the Premier League season is upon us! Manchester United have a new manager at the helm for the second time in twelve months and we thought we’d ask the lads a few questions on how the season may unfold. Will Louis van Gaal win the league title with United in his first season? Will the club sign anyone in the window? Who will get relegated? We ask you also to contribute in the comments with your suggestions.

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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
Eric Cantona scores against Arsenal in 1995/96
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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