Posts Tagged With 'Robin van Persie'

Manchester United next captain: Who is your money on?

Posted on August 02, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Players, Premier League   6 Comments »
Manchester United next captain: Who is your money on?
RvP celebrates.
Robin van Persie is being touted as the next Manchester United captain

Guest Author: Mitchell Jones

You may not have been aware of this, given how little coverage football has received this summer, but Manchester United have replaced the managerial turd that was David Moyes with a pair of giant Dutch testicles by the name of Louis van Gaal. Given the hype of the media and the supporters, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the champions are back in town. The champions who, well, aren’t actually the champions any more.

Things have gotten so bad at Old Trafford that United don’t even have a team captain any more. Our last one, Nemanja Vidic, decided he couldn’t live up to Moyes’ expectations of everyone playing like Phil Jagielka and shipped himself off to Inter Milan. Patrice Evra saw the writing as well, begging his way into Juventus before he was pushed out in favour of youth. That left Rio Ferdinand, who was told to pack his bags and follow suit. He’s now at Queens Park Rangers, exchanging banterous tweets with his new teammates and hocking his branded merchandise to anything he can put a cap on: footballers, rappers, mannequins, pigeons, lampposts, etc.

So now van Gaal, a mere few weeks into his new post, has a monumental decision to make. With the captain and vice-captain positions open, who will he deem fit to lead the new United back into the promised land of top four glory?

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Manchester City away: A view from the stands

Posted on March 25, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Manchester City, Premier League   1 Comment »
Manchester City away: A view from the stands
Manchester United win at Manchester City
Manchester United won 3-2 at Manchester City last season with a last minute Robin van Persie goal

Guest Author: Darren Richman

As we prepare for the visit of City this evening, I thought it was an apt moment to reflect on United’s last win against their cross-town rivals. I had not originally intended to write a piece about my trip to Eastlands that December but, given the way the day unfolded, it would have been remiss if I did not. In the week that saw the launch of a book in which I wrote a chapter about the best day of my life (26/5/99 of course, buy it at http://www.deepestredbook.com/), that trip to the Etihad was almost certainly the greatest away day I have experienced. Setting aside Moscow (since it wasn’t, strictly speaking, an away day) and the Cantona kung-fu kick (since it wasn’t, strictly speaking, great – we drew 1-1), there are only two other genuine contenders. Beckham from the halfway line at Wimbledon and the Spurs 5-3 were both obviously great moments but context is all and City are City. This was the zenith.

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West Ham United vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on March 22, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
West Ham United vs. Manchester United view from the oppo
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Robin van Persie, who is injured for today’s fixture, scores in the draw against West Ham last season

Following on from Manchester United’s win in the Champions League over Olympiakos, the English Champions travel to East London to take on West Ham United at Upton Park. The home side, currently in twelfth position in the Premier League have always been a tough side for United to take on when under pressure. Two key title deciding games in 1992 and 1995, where Ludo Miklosko denied United time and time again, spring to mind – however, the stark reality is that any title chasing is over for at least another calendar year.

All red were delighted to have qualified for the quarter finals of the European Cup, however – the news that Robin van Persie is out for six weeks and the fact that the club have drawn the European Champions and arguably the best club in the world on current form highlights the monumental challenge David Moyes still has in the remaining two months of the season. With the Dutchman out, it gives a chance to Juan Mata to play through the middle off of Wayne Rooney.

Joey O’Brien and Marco Boriello are unavailable for the home side, whilst Nemanja Vidic is suspended following his dismissal against Liverpool last weekend.

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Manchester United vs. Liverpool view from the oppo

Posted on March 16, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Previews   1 Comment »
Manchester United vs. Liverpool view from the oppo
Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates scoring
Robin van Persie will hope to be on the scoresheet when Manchester United take on Liverpool

Manchester United host Liverpool in the 190th match between the two clubs. United haven’t lost at home to the visitors since the 4-1 defeat back in 2009. At that time, United were in the hunt for a second successive European Cup, the Premier League title and the FA Cup. As we now know a Andres Iniesta inspired Barcelona, with a little help from Lionel Messi, stopped United from reclaiming the European title, whilst David Moyes’ Everton beat United on penalties in the semi-final of the cup – with Dimitar Berbatov taking a horrendous spot kick. United did go on to win the title, three on the trot.

Fast forward half a decade and United are looking up at their rivals who are now 11 points clear. It is highly unlikely United will qualify for the Champions League, even with thirty points left to play for. United will be hoping a win over Liverpool will help to raise confidence ahead of the return Champions League fixture on Wednesday, with the home side 2-0 down from the first leg.

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Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal: van Persie header closes gap

Posted on November 10, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   2 Comments »
Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal: van Persie header closes gap
Robin van Persie scores against Arsenal
Manchester United close the gap on Arsenal after Robin van Persie scored in a 1-0 win

Its had to be him. Manchester United’s leading scorer from last season, Robin van Persie scored again against his old club to close the gap on the league leaders. The current champions could have been eleven points behind the North London club come 5:45pm, had Arsenal continued their impressive away displays, but it was their former captain who had the final say. Wayne Rooney’s superb delivery from a corner was met by the Dutchman at the near post mid way through the first half. A injury to skipper Nemanja Vidic was a blow just before half time, especially considering the dominance the Serb showed against lone front man Olivier Giroud, however Phil Jones slotted in alongside Jonny Evans to continue his impressive development.

Here we discuss the talking points of an extremely important win for Manchester United and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United 3-2 Stoke City: Hernandez seals win

Posted on October 27, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   2 Comments »
Manchester United 3-2 Stoke City: Hernandez seals win
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, and Stoke City's Geoff Cameron in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney helped United to a 3-2 victory over Stoke City in the Premier League

David Moyes’ euphoric fist clenched celebration said it all. In a week that has been dominated by Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography, Beckham’s beanie hat and Roy Keane’s acid tongue – this current Manchester United crop took a leaf out of Ferguson’s sides with a late win and two great headers from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez. Peter Crouch gave the visitors a fortunate lead, after Jonny Evan’s clearance hit the striker and bounced in following a great save from David De Gea. Robin van Persie equalised before a stunning freekick by Arnautovic, his first goal for the club.

It was left until twelves minutes from time for United to take the lead. The Mexican headed home a great cross from Patrice Evra, but former United forward and current Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believed United’s number 14 shouldn’t even have been on the pitch. Here we discuss the talking points and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Robin van Persie goals help United sink Swansea

Posted on August 18, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Man United, Match Reports, Swansea City   8 Comments »
Robin van Persie goals help United sink Swansea
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea
Robin van Persie scores a brilliant volley as Manchester United beat Swansea City 4-1

Author: Doron

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David Moyes took charge of his first league game away to Swansea – a tricky looking opening game particularly given that United could only draw there last season. Moyes named Rooney on the bench and made two changes from last week’s Community Shield as Ferdinand replaced Rafael and Valencia replaced Zaha. Swansea left new signing, Bony, on the bench after he’d had a busy week with the Ivory Coast. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Wayne Rooney leaving: better for him or United?

Posted on June 09, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   7 Comments »
Wayne Rooney leaving: better for him or United?
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United is uncertain as he continues to be linked to a move away

Sometimes its best to go your separate ways. You’ve achieved as much as you can together and its best to depart on amicable terms. Nope, its not what tons of couples up and down the country are thinking – it is the sensitive guff that usually accompanies the opening paragraph of a summer transfer story. Wayne Rooney has been one of Manchester United’s greatest players in history. He has netted more goals than George Best, Ruud van Nistelrooy & Dennis Viollet and is closing in on Jack Rowley – but his future is uncertain at Manchester United.

It is nine seasons since an eighteen year old Evertonian walked through the Old Trafford doors, fresh from Euro 2004, to sign for the club. Will United’s troubled number ten pack up his things and leave for pastures new? Or will the new gaffer be able to turn Rooney’s fortunes around?

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Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United: van Persie celebrates in style

Posted on April 14, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Stoke City   2 Comments »
Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United: van Persie celebrates in style
Robin van Persie celebrates
Robin van Persie celebrates with Sir Alex Ferguson following his goal for Manchester United

Author: El Rob and Stretford_End

Manchester United edged closer to an unprecedented twentieth league title with a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Stoke City. Michael Carrick netted a early toe poked goal from a corner, whilst Robin van Persie scored a second half penalty and celebrated with manager Sir Alex Ferguson on the sideline. United dominated proceedings from the start with Stoke City having limited opportunities, although Nemanja Vidic was lucky not to give away a penalty after slipping over and bringing down Kenwyne Jones in the process. Manchester United are now fifteen points clear, with six games to go – although Manchester City have a game in hand, with Stoke City three points above the drop. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and invite comments from both sets of fans.

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Robin van Persie deserves to be crowned PFA Player of the year

Posted on March 25, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Awards, Liverpool, Man United, Spurs   13 Comments »
Robin van Persie deserves to be crowned PFA Player of the year
Robin van Persie scores again for Manchester United
Robin van Persie has been a pivotal part of Manchester United’s title pursuit this season

Many fans ridicule it and simply remark that, in the grand scheme of the things, it really doesn’t matter. No, no – I’m not talking about the International break, but personal awards for players. Yes, the European Cup, Championship, FA Cup and League Cup are all more important – agreed. But when one of your players, like Wayne Rooney in 2010, Giggs in 2009 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 (and 2007) are awarded with such a prize, their contributions has aided the club throughout the season. Sure, sometimes you lose out – like in 2010 – but the award is a pretty good indication of a player who has made the difference in the season. This is why Robin van Persie must be crowned PFA Footballer of the year ahead of the exceptional Luis Suarez and brilliant Gareth Bale.

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