Posts Tagged With 'Sir Alex Ferguson'

Louis van Gaal and changes at Manchester United

Posted on July 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Premier League   No Comments »
Louis van Gaal and changes at Manchester United
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with assistant manager Ryan Giggs

Despite not joining the club until after the World Cup Finals in Brazil, nearly all Manchester United fans were delighted at the news that Louis van Gaal would be the next manager of the club. We watched with joy when, what appeared to be, a happier Robin van Persie launching himself into the air to score one of the goals of the tournament. The diving header looped over Spanish captain Iker Casillas who was stranded by the quick thinking Dutchman. His high five celebration with van Gaal is something many Reds will be hoping to see time and time again this campaign.

Even though the former Holland coach has only been at the club for a week – he has been a breath of fresh air with his comments in the limited number of press conferences he has had thus far. A confident and self assured man that is never afraid to voice his opinion or to challenge the status quo. Already, the limp and predictable exchanges between his predecessor David Moyes and the press are a thing of the past. Manchester United have the real deal here – a manager who has won a number of titles in different countries and won the European Cup with a youthful attack minded Ajax side.

So what changes can we expect to see this season?

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With Louis van Gaal imminent is this Ryan Giggs’ final appearance at Old Trafford?

Posted on May 05, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Hull City, Legends, Man United, Managers   1 Comment »
With Louis van Gaal imminent is this Ryan Giggs' final appearance at Old Trafford?
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Will Louis van Gaal be the manager of Manchester United next season?

Ryan Giggs will walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow night in what could well be his final home appearance for Manchester United, either as one of the most decorated players to have ever graced a football pitch or even in his short managerial role. Giggs has played 962 times for United, that is 204 more appearances than Sir Bobby Charlton, who he overtook that evening in Moscow back in 2008. Looking back to that rainy night, it would be hard to imagine United in limbo less than a season without the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.

David Moyes had a torrid time in the hot seat, a seat that will forever be reminded of the task at hand with with the name of the greatest manager of all time plastered across the stand it faces. Moyes couldn’t even start to rebuild and was sacked following the 2-0 defeat away at Everton. United now know they have to get it right as another season without Champions League football will be catastrophic for the club. The two main contenders are club legend Ryan Giggs or the disiplinarian Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who won the Champions League with a young Ajax side in 1995. Who would you pick?

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David Moyes, Manchester United and moving forward

Posted on January 11, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Managers, Players, Premier League   6 Comments »
David Moyes, Manchester United and moving forward
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David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson, the Glazer, the players – where are United now?

Author: Karate Jesus

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Given the increasingly desperate form of the team, United are proving to be fertile ground at the moment for journalists, bloggers or, frankly, anyone, be they of a United persuasion or not. So, if you can’t beat them, join them.

Some of this analysis is poor and I want to quickly address one moot point that highlights how confused many people have become; namely that Ferguson being in the stands is casting a dark shadow over Moyes’ attempts to manage the club.

Ferguson, aside from jumping through the publisher hoops following his autobiography, has remained pretty much silent on football related matters since retiring. If the new man can’t handle him being at games, he shouldn’t be in the job and there is no evidence at all that Moyes is effected by this.

It’s a non-issue that is only being seen as one because people keep repeating it. If Ferguson now stopped going to games, that too would become an issue. It’s lazy thinking, considering the multitude of other issues that are currently causing the club problems.

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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.

Author: Bricki

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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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The Book Of Red Revelations

Posted on October 10, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Legends, Man United, Managers   1 Comment »
The Book Of Red Revelations
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Will Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography heap more pressure on David Moyes?

Author: Bricki

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David Moyes appears to have found the adjustment to managing Manchester United difficult at times so far. This is totally understandable and it would appear the majority of match going United fans have his back right now. Each game has shown loud vocal backing and an understanding that the early days will be difficult.

Is Moyes being dealt a fair hand however by others associated with the club?

In particular the man he succeeded – Sir Alex himself?

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Manchester United vs. Liverpool League Cup: View from oppo

Posted on September 24, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Previews   4 Comments »
Manchester United vs. Liverpool League Cup: View from oppo
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Luis Suarez could return for Liverpool against Manchester United at Old Trafford

Manchester United clash once again with the old enemy Liverpool football club, in what will be the fifth meeting in the League Cup between the pair. David Moyes’ men were humbled on Sunday in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, a performance which highlighted how unimaginative this United side actually are, with the exception of Rooney.

Moyes’ decision to opt for a central midfield duo exposed the pedestrian nature of new signing Marouane Fellaini, who looked lost for most of the match. Liverpool on the other hand come in off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Southampton and will no doubt be looking to bounce back with a win over the Champions.

Liverpool’s talisman Luis Suarez is back from his suspension and will most surely play a part in the fixture. United have lost in two League Cup finals, 1983 and 2003,to Liverpool and the only win came in the Autumn of 1990; a 3-1 win with goals from Bruce, Sharpe and Hughes. We’ve lined up a superb view from the oppo for you, where we discuss; who was better out of Rush, Fowler and Torres? Were Everton happy to get rid of Moyes? And, surely Sir Alex Ferguson did knock Liverpool of their “f*cking perch”. didn’t he?

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Dwight Yorke on Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes – the best

Posted on May 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Legends, Man United   No Comments »
Dwight Yorke on Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes - the best
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Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole celebrate another goal for Manchester United

Its been over ten years since Dwight Yorke left Old Trafford for Blackburn Rovers, but Manchester United’s former number 19 still holds the club in high regard and paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes. Sir Alex is to manage United for the final time against West Brom on Sunday, whilst Paul Scholes is also set to retire.

Yorke was part of the famous treble winning side and formed a superb partnership with Andy Cole – as United swept all before them. We’re extremely luck to talk with Yorke, who answered a few questions for us. We discussed Maldini, the treble and Fergie’s hairdryer.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Reaching 1,500 games is incredible

Posted on May 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Legends, Man United, Managers, Premier League, Quotes   No Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson: Reaching 1,500 games is incredible
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Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes will both retire from Manchester United at the end of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson today spoke of his feat of reaching 1,500 games at Manchester United and labeled it ‘incredible’. The outgoing United boss, who will be replaced by David Moyes, will take his seat in a Premier League dugout for the very last time against West Bromich Albion on Sunday.

Sir Alex was in fine form as he addressed his final press conference and was greeted with warm applause, a speech and a hair dryer cake! Fergie stated that he was ‘lucky to be here’ for such a long time and looked to United’s future.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: champion supreme

Posted on April 22, 2013  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Managers, Premier League   7 Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson: champion supreme
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Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates yet another title win after beating Aston Villa 3-0

Author: Herzog’s Child

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“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

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Man United 4-2 Stoke City – excitement, maturity and a genius

Posted on October 21, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Stoke City   7 Comments »
Man United 4-2 Stoke City - excitement, maturity and a genius

Michael Owen shakes Wayne Rooney’s hand

Authors: Stretford_End and Doron

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Normal football interrupted the international break and Stoke visited Old Trafford to try to end a barren run of results in the red part of Manchester. United’s last game had seen them win confidently at Newcastle but many days had passed since then and plenty of players have been with their countries so while on paper this looked like a home-banker, things are never that simple. With Chelsea winning at Spurs in the early kick off the pressure was on United to get the win and keep the gap at just four points. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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