Posts Tagged With 'Wayne Rooney'

Everton 2-0 Man United: Pressure heaps on David Moyes

Posted on April 21, 2014  by El Rob  in El Rob, Everton, Man United, Premier League   4 Comments »
Everton 2-0 Man United: Pressure heaps on David Moyes
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Much like United’s season, the game was over before half-time.

Author: Rob
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I think I said all that needed to be said about the Everton defeat here. But for formality’s sake, here’s a brief summary of the game – a game which, sadly,  was a pathetic microcosm of United’s entire season. Another game against a top-six team, another loss in what has become a depressingly predictable pattern for David Moyes’s Manchester United. With rumours of Moyes’s imminent sacking seemingly everywhere this evening, we reviewed some of the troubles that were evident against his former club.

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Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa: Bring on Bayern?

Posted on March 30, 2014  by El Rob  in Aston Villa, Champions League, El Rob, Man United, Premier League   6 Comments »
Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa: Bring on Bayern?
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Juan Mata scored his first goal for United yesterday. If you didn’t celebrate that, you have no soul.
Mata celebrates: “Wayne’s shaved and I haven’t, so you can’t notice we resemble each other a bit!”
Also: Fellaini kinda looks like he’s doing a “Blue Steel” pose, but for a different camera.

Author: Rob
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Manchester United scored a slightly-flattering 4-1 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Villa opened the scoring through a decent Ashley Westwood free kick. “That’ll teach ya to stop confusing me with the golfer Lee Westwood!” he’s reported to have thought to himself while celebrating. United equalised through a Rooney header while Villa were exhibiting their patented “FIFA ’99 Amateur mode” defensive tactics, and United eased on to victory from there, showing a bit of the bounce-back-ability for which the club was is famous. I wanted to make an Alan Partridge reference here, as it’s quite appropriate – think “give me a second season!” – but sadly I’ve given up Alan Partridge references for Lent.*

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West Ham 0-2 Manchester United: Champions click in East London

Posted on March 23, 2014  by Bricki  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, West Ham   4 Comments »
West Ham 0-2 Manchester United: Champions click in East London
Wayne Rooney scores against West Ham
Wayne Rooney scores wonder goal against West Ham United for Manchester United

Following the rediscovering of Manchester United’s attacking instincts in the Champions League, Moyes boys looked to continue the positive vibes against a struggling West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground.

With the news Robin van Persie is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, it was an opportunity to get Juan Mata central and Wayne Rooney as the point of the attack. Neither dissappointed with Rooney producing a stunning 58 yard volley to open the scoring before Mata controlled the game with superb movement, vision and passing. Strong performances from Jones, Carrick, Fletcher and a resurgent Fellaini provided plenty of positives to be taken from the game.

Here we reflect on the talking points of the game and invite debate/opinion from both sets of fans.

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Can Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie play together?

Posted on March 18, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Premier League, Statistics   7 Comments »
Can Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie play together?
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Juan Mata is yet to score for Manchester United following his move from Chelsea

Guest Author: Doron Salomon

As the season continues to turn darker and become increasingly memorable for the wrong reasons, United are going to have to score, and score big if there’s to be anything left to salvage. Putting the ball in the net has been one of the fundamental problems and whilst fans are keen to point the finger at the manager or specific players, this is a shared concern that looks set to continue.

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Stretford-end.com 2013/14 Manchester United season preview

Posted on August 15, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Managers, Manchester City, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Stretford-end.com 2013/14 Manchester United season preview
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David Moyes will be hoping Robin van Persie will fire Manchester United to another title

Every season its the same. The predictions, the hope of glory in ten months time, the arguing with rivals fans up and down the country as we’re all on a level playing field – yes, the league campaign kicks off on Saturday. Fast forward to the end of each season from the dreamy summers of 92, 98 and 2012 and you will see Fergie’s hands around yet another trophy, will May 2014 see David Moyes’ debut season at Old Trafford end in triumph? Take a look at what we think below in our preview special.

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Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United preview: Line up and prediction

Posted on August 10, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Community Shield, Man United, Wigan Athletic   9 Comments »
Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United preview: Line up and prediction
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Robin van Persie celebrates a Manchester United goal against Wigan Athletic last season.

After two dull months of no football, excluding the silky Spain and ignoring the shambles that is England in the U21 European Championships, we’re back with a bang as Manchester United take on FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley.

Its all change at United with new manger David Moyes starting out in the footsteps of the great Sir Alex Ferguson and of course, the legendary Paul Scholes has moved on to pastures new. Despite the monumental change at the top, United fans are in position they haven’t been in since November 1986 – a new manager at the helm, which is exciting in itself. Here we take a look at the match preview with a superb view from the opposition as we discuss that superb victory over Manchester City, Antonio Valencia and whether or not Wayne Rooney still has it.

We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Three factors that have contributed to the Wayne Rooney saga

Posted on August 04, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   8 Comments »
Three factors that have contributed to the Wayne Rooney saga
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It is still unclear as to whether or not Wayne Rooney will be at Manchester United this season

Author: Doron

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You’d have already no doubt read the incredibly fair and excellently written piece about Wayne Rooney by @herzogschild on this blog a few days ago. It concludes that we will never quite know why we’ve reached this point and that it is indeed incredibly sad that such a talented footballer who should have been happy to remain at United for life has such an unclear future ahead of him.

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Wayne Rooney: a regrettable situation for club and player

Posted on August 02, 2013  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   18 Comments »
Wayne Rooney: a regrettable situation for club and player

Author: Herzog’s Child

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On October 20th, 2010, a gang of 40 or so local Manchester United supporters turned up outside Wayne Rooney’s home in Prestbury, Cheshire. Most wore black hooded jackets, some wore balaclavas. It was a threatening mob and one that carried an unambiguous message: join City and there will be consequences. Rooney had just recently handed in a transfer request. Media reports had suggested that his agent, Paul Stretford, had flirted with Manchester City executives in a bid to secure a cross-town move for the want-away striker. A similar group had turned up at Rio Ferdinand’s house five years previously. The defender had reached a stalemate in negotiations with United over a new contract. He had been seen in a London restaurant with then Chelsea Chief Executive Peter Kenyon, prompting speculation that he wanted out. As with Rooney, the supporters wanted answers. Upon seeing them, Ferdinand came out and addressed the issue. Rooney stayed indoors and rang the police. Both players eventually stayed. It is unlikely that the men outside their gated homes influenced their decisions. The new contracts and higher wages that followed their stalling may have. Rio Ferdinand will play his testimonial match at Old Trafford on Friday. Rooney is likely to be gone by the end of the month, twelve months from his own testimonial year. He wants out, again, and it appears this time really will be the end. No mob will arrive to persuade him to stay. Many now would drive him away.

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Juan Mata exchange for Wayne Rooney is fiction, isn’t it?

Posted on July 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Premier League, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   9 Comments »
Juan Mata exchange for Wayne Rooney is fiction, isn't it?
Juan Mata has been linked in a player exchange move with Wayne Rooney
Juan Mata has been linked with a move to Manchester United in exchange for Wayne Rooney

No sooner had the fax, email or carrier pigeon (whatever clubs use to send a transfer deal across these days) been discussed with the FC Barcelona board over the potential sale of Cesc Fabregas, another talented Spaniard popped into the thoughts of United fans. The extremely gifted and quick footed Juan Mata was the subject of immense excitement this morning following the news that Chelsea had indeed bid £10million,and a player, for want away forward Wayne Rooney.

The players suggested for exchange were Juan Mata and some other bloke. United fans were laughing at the bid. Had Jose Mourinho continued his ‘egg’ madness since he left these shores in 2007? £10million and Juan Mata for Rooney? Amongst all the chaos and gossip, one thing was clear – United had rejected the bid out of hand, which would make any United fan angry and confused. Or, were United rejecting a different bid from Chelsea?

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Manchester United transfer round up: Rooney, Fabregas & Thiago

Posted on July 16, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Arsenal, Man United, Premier League, Transfer Targets   8 Comments »
Manchester United transfer round up: Rooney, Fabregas & Thiago
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Cesc Fabregas is the subject of a £25million bid from Manchester United

Manchester United have had an eventful couple of days. First of all, hattrick hero Thiago decided to scribble out David De Gea’s message and head for Bavaria where he will link up with his old mentor Pep Guardiola. No sooner were reds infuriated with themselves for spending so long on reading up on the fact that he is the son of Mazinho – the man who missed a laughable chance in the 1994 World Cup final – attentions were turned to pizza throwing snotty nose ex Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, a glorious playmaker who would be a wonderful signing, especially for the generous £25million reportedly bid by the English Champions.

Then, there is Wayne Rooney – the man who looks destined to not be playing at Old Trafford this season. Here we take a look at the last couple of days and what the future could potentially hold.

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