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FC Bayern vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition

Posted on April 08, 2014  by El Rob  in Champions League, El Rob, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
FC Bayern vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition
Vidic-BayernAnother brilliant headed goal (and defensive display) by Vidic would be nice.

On Wednesday night, United face their biggest match of the season in Munich. After last week’s stirring 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, the Reds have to summon a performance for the ages to get past European champions Bayern, and reach the Champions League semifinals.

This past weekend, Bayern lost their first match of the Bundesliga season, 1-0 at Augsburg, with a starting XI featuring stars of the world game such as Mitchell Weiser, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Ylli Sallahi. United beat Newcastle 4-0, a really good performance that built upon their improving away form. Mr. Moyes was also able to rest key players such as Carrick, Ferdinand and Vidic, while Rafael may be fit to start on Wednesday. Unfortunately, man-of-the-match Juan Mata is cup-tied and therefore unavailable for the game. Robin van Persie is still injured and will be out for some time again, while Wayne Rooney is likely to start after suffering from a toe injury at the weekend. Patrice Evra will be available after a one-match suspension, though – amazingly – there is the possibility that Alex Büttner will get the nod at left back, after a disciplined and controlled defensive performance last week.

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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.

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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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Crystal Palace 0-2 Man United: A “routine” away win

Posted on February 23, 2014  by El Rob  in Crystal Palace, El Rob, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »
Crystal Palace 0-2 Man United: A "routine" away win
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Wayne Rooney volleyed home a brilliant second goal to secure the win.

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Manchester United went to South London on Saturday evening, and emerged with a creditable 2-0 win against in-form Crystal Palace. In another era – i.e. the one that ended last May – this would’ve been considered the archetypal ‘routine’ away win in the Premier League, but almost amazingly, this was United’s first away win of 2014. How quickly times change. On the day, a penalty from Robin van Persie and an excellent first time shot by Wayne Rooney – both goals coming after some excellent play by Patrice Evra – made the difference on Saturday. As always, we look forward to hearing from everyone in the comments.

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Danny Welbeck from the bench earns 3 vital points for United

Posted on December 28, 2013  by Bricki  in Man United, Match Reports, Norwich City, Premier League   1 Comment »
Danny Welbeck from the bench earns 3 vital points for United
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Tom Cleverley helped Manchester United to a 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road

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The second game in three days brought another 3 points for the reds in what was at times, a war of attrition. Norwich made life difficult for United and on another day may have taken something from the game. The introduction of Danny Welbeck at half time brought some much needed pace and urgency to a forward line that failed to create much. It was Welbecks quick reaction and calm in front of goal that secured a 1-0 win.

The lack of Wayne Rooney, out with a groin strain left United without the man who had made us tick in recent weeks. We can only hope he will be available for the visit of Spurs on New Year’s day.

Here we look at the talking points of the game at Carrow Road and invite comments/opinion from both sets of fans.

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United come back to beat high tempo Hull City

Posted on December 27, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Hull City, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »
United come back to beat high tempo Hull City
Wayne Rooney scores Manchester United's second goal against Hull City
Wayne Rooney scores against Hull City in the 3-2 win for Manchester United

Some of us were a little hungover from enjoying too much of the festivities from the night before, but Boxing Day served up a right Christmas cracker with Manchester United coming from two goals down to beat Hull City 3-2. Hull will no doubt be extremely disappointed to not have come away with a point after squandering a number of late chances and of course, having had a two goal lead inside fifteen minutes.

A stunning Wayne Rooney half volley was the pick of the goals, whilst United’s number ten was also involved in setting up Chris Smalling’s towering header and putting pressure on United old boy James Chester, who headed into his own net.

Here we discuss the talking points of a thrilling game and welcome comments from both sets of fans. Apologies for the late posting of this blog, overindulging at Christmas takes its toll!

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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.

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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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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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Wayne Rooney shines as United beat Leverkusen 4-2

Posted on September 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »
Wayne Rooney shines as United beat Leverkusen 4-2
Wayne Rooney in action during Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen
Wayne Rooney was excellent through the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United and David Moyes got their 2013/14 Champions League season off with a bang, beating German side Bayern Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney, who was by some distance the man of the match, notched a brace, whilst Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia scored the other two.

Rolfes had equalised early in the second half following Wayne Rooney’s opener, but some poor keeping and an exquisite van Persie finish gave United the initiative. United were well worthy of the three points despite a late goal from Toprak after a David De Gea error. Here we discuss the talking points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Wayne Rooney returns as Chelsea hold United to 0-0 draw

Posted on August 27, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports   3 Comments »
Wayne Rooney returns as Chelsea hold United to 0-0 draw
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Wayne Rooney was back for Manchester United against Chelsea in the 0-0 draw

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Old Trafford, the first draw at home in the league since the 1-1 in 2003/04 and the first 0-0 since the 1994/95 campaign, as Wayne Rooney returned to the starting line up. Jose Mourinho made a significant change and started the game without a recognised forward. There were penalty claims for both sides, whilst Tom Cleverley impressed in the centre of the park. Neither side had a clear cut chance, although Danny Welbeck’s wild swing was probably the closest anyone came to scoring.

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

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