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Romero hands Swansea city the win as United fail to deliver again

Posted on August 31, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Romero hands Swansea city the win as United fail to deliver again
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Romero lies face down as he concedes a second goal as Swansea City beat Manchester United again

It was a case of history repeating itself, again, as Manchester United succumb to a good Swansea City side in what was Louis van Gaal’s toughest test yet in what had been a decent start to the 2015/16 season. Juan Mata opened the scoring having got on the end of a Luke Shaw cross, but Swansea hit back through man of the match André Ayew after another great cross by Gylfi Sigurdsson. The winner came four minutes later, when Ayew provided a sublime outside of the boot pass to play in the energetic Bafetimbi Gomis who fired a tame shot past the helpless Romero.

United could not find an equaliser and van Gaal took off United’s most creative player, Juan Mata, to inject some pace on the right hand side with Ashley Young. Ander Herrera was also unlucky to come off in place of Marouane Fellaini as United went more direct. Wayne Rooney, was a peripheral figure throughout the match – but could have scored an equaliser as he broke free of the Swansea defence. Ashley Williams, who was excellent throughout the match, recovered to tackle the United captain, who felt he should have won a penalty – but the truth is, Rooney should have got his shot off quicker.

Its now three wins on the spin for Garry Monk against United as we enter the final hours of the summer transfer window. There should be particular praise for Garry Monk and what he has done at Swansea over the past twelve months. They play an attacking brand of football and have made some shrewd signings, who made a real impact yesterday.

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Wayne Rooney fails to score despite improved performance

Posted on August 23, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Newcastle United, Premier League   4 Comments »
Wayne Rooney fails to score despite improved performance
Wayne Rooney's goal versus Newcastle was ruled offside
Wayne Rooney failed to score again but put in my improved performance

It was two points dropped for Manchester United at home against Newcastle United yesterday, despite dominating the game in terms of possession and shots on goal. The visitors also had their opportunities, with new signing Alexandre Mitrovic hitting the post in the first half whilst other new boy Florian Thauvin nearly won the game right at the end, but failed to latch on to Papiss Cisse’s cross.

The home side had equaled the same amount of shots on target in the first twenty minutes of the match as they did in the opening two Premier League matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Louis van Gaal’s men have not conceded a goal since last May, when Tyler Blackett deflected a goal past Victor Valdes in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal – but have lacked firepower up top. Do United need to invest in a new striker?

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David De Gea missing again against Newcastle United

Posted on August 22, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Newcastle United, Premier League   No Comments »
David De Gea missing again against Newcastle United
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David De Gea is set to miss yet another match following interest from Real Madrid

Manchester United will again be without Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, who will not feature for the club against Newcastle United today. De Gea is being courted by Real Madrid and United manager Louis van Gaal does not feel the keeper is in the right frame of mind to start. The club will be looking to continue its good early season form, having notched up wins against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Club Brugge.

United fans will be eager to see a good performance following a week that saw the club lose out on two potential transfers; Pedro, who went to Chelsea from Barcelona, and Otamendi, who went to Manchester City from Valencia. The United boss has also dismissed speculation that he was frustrated by Ed Woodward and lack of transfer activity.

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Was Louis van Gaal too harsh on Adnan Januzaj against Villa?

Posted on August 15, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   3 Comments »
Was Louis van Gaal too harsh on Adnan Januzaj against Villa?
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Adnan Januzaj scores the only goal of the game but came under fire from Louis van Gaal

Many reds were pleased to see Adnan Januzaj back in the starting xi and even more so to see him slotted in behind Wayne Rooney in the number ten role. Eyebrows are still being raised at the logic of playing Juan Mata, who is blessed with a beautiful pass but not so much in terms of pace, out wide on the right – but it was a welcome return for United’s young prodigy, who hadn’t started a game since February of this year.

Januzaj’s goal was the first for a United player this season and it was some goal, despite the deflection along the way. A run from a central position to wide left, he was perfectly found by Juan Mata, before sending former Manchester City defender Micah Richards sliding along on his backside after a drag back before slotting home. The forward also showed some great close control, but was criticised following the match regarding his ball retention. So, was Louis van Gaal too harsh on United’s young star?

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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
Matteo Darmian challenges Harry Kane
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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What does 2015/16 hold for Manchester United?

Posted on August 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
What does 2015/16 hold for Manchester United?
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Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney celebrate on the opening day of the season against Spurs

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Not since last pre-season has a pre-season been full of such optimism and positivity as the pre-season right here. By the time you read this, the league will likely have kicked off and all good vibes will be dead in the water, but let’s live within the next two days for all of eternity and bask in the possibility that maybe this could be the year of Manchester United.

I mean sure, Rafael da Silva may have been unceremoniously dumped from the club despite his passion and sheer lust for starting fights with people, but this is “the biggest club in the world” (a registered trademark of Manchester United Incoming Transfers Ltd) and damn it, our time has come again. The David Moyes train has derailed; all aboard the Van Gaalamotive!(I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who has ever held a modicum of respect for me. Let us never speak of that line again.)

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Memphis Depay set to make his debut against Tottenham

Posted on August 07, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Memphis Depay set to make his debut against Tottenham
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Memphis Depay is set to make his debut for Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur

Yes! It is back! Manchester United will take part in what is the 4,443rd league match of the club’s history, honestly. United fans welcome another whirlwind of a Louis van Gaal season, with new faces in the starting berth – including Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin. Gone are fan favourites, such as Rafael as well as players who should have been fan favourites but never came close, such as Angel Di Maria.

United fans will remember the impressive pre-season from last summer, reminiscent of a superb jager bomb night out, which came crashing down in a miserable hungover haze with the 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City last term. United need to get off to a good start against Tottenham, who were blown away by the home side in a 3-0 victory back in March.

Will United an opening day home match for the first time since the 3-0 victory over Newcastle United in 2010? Have your say in the comments on how United will line up and how the match will go. Some of the best comments will be displayed on the Twitter feed. Ole!

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Ander Herrera VIDEO including goals and skills from 2014/15

Posted on July 12, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Ander Herrera VIDEO including goals and skills from 2014/15
Ander Herrera has had a great first season with the club
Ander Herrera has had a great first season at Manchester United

Ander Herrera has had an impressive first season at Manchester United, scoring eight goals in thirty one appearances in the process. His dominant display in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool back in March. Herrera, who signed for £29million last summer from Athletic Bilbao, continues to flourish in the centre of midfield and struck up an impressive partnership with fellow Spaniard, Juan Mata.

We’ve come across a great video, uploaded by JSMHEProductions, which captures Herrera’s highlights from his debut season. Enjoy!

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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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Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United view from the opposition

Posted on May 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United view from the opposition
Wayne Rooney scores a great volley against Crystal Palace in 2013/14
Wayne Rooney scores a great volley against Crystal Palace last season

Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park off the back of three straight defeats to take on a Crystal Palace side who are also in a poor run of form. Louis van Gaal’s men have lost 1-0 to Chelsea, 3-0 to Everton and 1-0 to WBA. The defeat at Chelsea was a close one, but United were extremely poor against Everton in the 3-0 defeat and were flat against WBA. With Liverpool only four places behind United, a Champions League place is nowhere near certain, which is a far cry from three weeks ago when the spot looked all but wrapped up.

The home side are also in bad form, losing at home 2-0 to WBA, 2-0 to Hull City and 1-0 away to the now Champions, Chelsea. Alan Pardew has guided the South London club to safety following his torrid treatment at Newcastle United, who are now engulfed in a relegation scrap. United will be boosted by the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven, who will join the club in the summer for the new season. With three games left and fourth place not yet secured, van Gaal must pick up three points today.

Palace have not beaten United at Selhurst Park since the end of the 1990/91 season – when the home side ran out 3-0 victors. Ferguson rested a number of key players for the match ahead of the Cup Winners Cup final in Rotterdam a few days later – which United went on to win 2-1.

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