Posts Tagged With 'Tactics'

Kagawa Haunted By The Ghost Of Veron?

Posted on December 13, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Players   7 Comments »
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

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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There’s much to admire about how United stifled Arsenal

Posted on November 11, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Arsenal, Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Tactics   7 Comments »
There's much to admire about how United stifled Arsenal
Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League
Robin van Persie celebrates with his team mates following a superb header against Arsenal.

Author: Doron

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In the aftermath of United’s win over Arsenal yesterday there’s been a lot of attention on a variety of things but maybe not enough on United as a team, a group of players. Arsenal underperformed, resorted to playing long balls more than they’d liked to and didn’t test de Gea – but why?

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Tactics Board: Moyes’ first tactical conundrum

Posted on August 25, 2013  by sleepy_nik  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik, Tactics   1 Comment »
Tactics Board: Moyes’ first tactical conundrum

David Moyes takes on Chelsea and Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Author: Sleepy Nik

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There has been plenty of talk about the difficulty of United’s opening fixtures, and one view would certainly conclude that facing Mourinho’s Chelsea later in the schedule would have been more beneficial – but perhaps Chelsea’s early visit gives David Moyes a chance to show the rest of the league what he and the team are all about. Whilst it is true that United are currently lacking in the midfield department (and the transfer dallying has left a lot to be desired thus far), it can’t have been easy for the squad to stomach the ‘third favourites’ tag, particularly after such a comfortable ride last term.

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Man City vs. Man United preview, lineups, tactics and opposition view

Posted on December 09, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews, Nik, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   3 Comments »
Man City vs. Man United preview, lineups, tactics and opposition view

Vincent Kompany scores for Manchester City against Manchester United at Eastlands

Authors: Sleepy Nik and Doron

Manchester United travel to Eastlands this afternoon attempting to maintain top spot in the Premier League whilst also trying to avenge the 1-0 defeat from last season, which put United’s neighbours in pole position in their quest for the title. This will be the 164th meeting between the two clubs and 147th clash in the league. United go into the game after a roller coaster of a game against Reading last weekend, whilst City dropped two points at home against Everton. Sir Alex Ferguson has already started the mind games, questioning the amount of penalties Manchester City have had at home, whilst Roberto Mancini struck back with ‘swimming’ comparisons with Ashley Young (in reference to the winger’s tumble against QPR last season). Here we discuss the match preview, lineups and injury news.

We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Norwich City 1-0 Man United – perfect tactics beat insipid Reds

Posted on November 18, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Norwich City, Premier League   12 Comments »
Norwich City 1-0 Man United - perfect tactics beat insipid Reds

Anthony Pilkington heads past Anders Lindegaard to score for Norwich City

Author: Doron

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Man City went top at lunchtime on Saturday as Chelsea lost at West Brom. It meant that United knew they’d have to win at Carrow Road to ensure they ended the weekend as the league leaders. Norwich had famously beaten United at home in 2005 and this season they’d conquered Arsenal – despite what the TV pundits thought, this was never going to be a simple victory for the Reds. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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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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Man United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: United nearly make up for Fergie’s selection error

Posted on September 29, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Spurs   43 Comments »
Man United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: United nearly make up for Fergie's selection error

Robin van Persie challenges Clint Dempsey

Author: Doron

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Spurs came to Old Trafford with that familiar feeling of impending doom – it’s not been a happy place for them to visit for a generation now. That said, depending on Fergie’s team selection they may be forgiven for thinking things might be about to change – United’s midfield has too often been there for the taking and Spurs have some powerful options in that area. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Sir Alex Ferguson bans reporters: What do you think?

Posted on September 13, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Everton, Man United, Managers, Premier League, Press, Stretty Debate   6 Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson bans reporters: What do you think?
Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson banned two journalists for reporting that Rio Ferdinand would miss the Everton game.

Sir Alex Ferguson banning reporters from weekly press conference at Carrington is nothing new, nor is he silent in his criticism for some journalists who he believes create fictitious stories to unsettle his Manchester United players. James Ducker, The Times North West correspondent, posted an interested link to debate on Ferguson’s latest ban. Two journalists, Mark Ogden and Paul Hetherington have been banned from United press conferences, apparently for reporting that Rio Ferdinand would not feature in the 1-0 defeat to Everton recently – a story, that turned out to be true. Here we look at the views from both sides of this decision.

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Manchester United vs. Fulham preview: Lineup and predictions

Posted on August 24, 2012  by Stretford-end  in El Rob, Fulham, Man United, Man United News, Match Previews, Premier League, Sleepy Nik   25 Comments »
Manchester United vs. Fulham preview: Lineup and predictions

Ryan Giggs celebrates his goal against Fulham

Authors: El Rob & Sleepy Nik

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With Fulham full of confidence after their 5-0 opening day win, and with United looking to kickstart the season after Monday’s defeat to Everton, tomorrow’s game should be an exciting, adrenaline-fueled affair. We won 1-0 against them at Old Trafford last season – not a classic performance, but one that was mostly comfortable, apart from the penalty that should’ve been but wasn’t given. However, that game was full of the profligacy that characterised the second half of 2011/12 for United – 21 shots, 9 on target, only one goal. Given Fulham’s own form in front of goal and our well-documented injury worries at the back, we should hope that our attackers are a bit more clinical with their chances this time around.

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Everton vs Manchester United match preview

Posted on August 20, 2012  by Stretford-end  in Everton, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   4 Comments »
Everton vs Manchester United match preview

Danny Welbeck versus Everton

Manchester United travel to Everton on Monday for the 185th meeting of the two sides (in all competitions). Manchester United won the fixture 1-0 last term, with a goal from United forward Javier Hernandez. Everton fought back from two goals down to draw level at Old Trafford in an extremely entertaining 4-4 draw, which saw United lose their edge in the title race with Manchester City. Here we preview the first game of the Premier League season for both sides. If you are interested in getting down the bookies, United are favourites to win the game.

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