Feb 26 2010

United v Villa – Can the reds turn the tide around?

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:56 pm

United have failed to beat Villa twice already this season but the market takes its lead from the history books by rating the Reds 1.89 (10/11) favourites to win the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

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Feb 19 2010

Free tickets for United v Villa final

Tag: Site News @ 1:13 pm

Fancy being at Wembley to see United pick up their first silverware of the season in the Carling Cup Final? Betfair is offering you the chance to do just that.

It could be a classic when the Reds go head-to-head with Aston Villa on Sunday February 28th. Having failed to beat Martin O’Neill’s men in two attempts already this season, United might need your support to make it third time lucky.

With Wazza in unstoppable form United’s number 10 could well fire them to victory. Or will a goalkeeper be the hero as Ben Foster was when the Reds beat Spurs to lift the trophy last season?

Whatever happens, it’s going to be a great occasion. So don’t miss out – click here to place a bet with Betfair by midnight on Wednesday February 24 and you could be cheering the Reds to Wembley glory.

Everyone who places a bet by Wednesday night will be entered into a draw for the Carling Cup Final tickets – and the winner will also be part of a follow-up ‘a day at the final’ feature.

Click here to bet and enter the draw.

Feb 19 2010

Everton will not roll over for United

Tag: Site News @ 10:02 am

After conquering AC Milan at the San Siro, Manchester United face their second tough road game in five days when they go to Everton on Saturday.

But the Betfair layers are taking no chances with the champions and rate the Reds as just 1.85 (5-6) chances to win at an opponent in very good form at present.

Everton have lost just once in 2010 – a fractious derby game with Liverpool – while Chelsea and Manchester City have been beaten at Goodison Park. They will not roll over for United.

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Feb 15 2010

AC Milan vs Manchester United: Preview

So after a disappointing draw against Aston Villa, nearly a week has passed without seeing Manchester United in action, but a tough test is upon us. AC Milan are next up for Sir Alex Ferguson and his Red Army in the Champions League Second Round 1st Leg. With United at the San Siro first, it is sure to be a difficult tie.

Minds will surely be cast back to the last time the two sides met in 2007, United took a 3-2 lead back to Old Trafford and were very confident of finishing off the job in Manchester, only for Kaka, Gattuso, Pirlo et al to completely dismantle an inform United, utterly deflating them and producing a display akin to the great Milan side of the early 1990’s.

Other than 2007 the Rossoneri have dumped United out of Europe’s elite competition on three other occasions, – 1958, 1969 and 2005. So no matter what you have heard about Milan being a waning power and a team in decline, they will be dangerous, especially at home, there is no doubting that.

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Feb 14 2010

Wayne Rooney to Score, Manchester United to win

Tag: UEFA Champions' League @ 11:31 pm

Never mind David Beckham – Manchester United have a score to settle with AC Milan. The Reds have played the Rossoneri four times in Europe’s premier competition and the Italians have prevailed on each occasion. So will it be fifth time lucky for the Reds? And should you back them to qualify at odds of 1.56 (4/7)?

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Feb 14 2010

David Gill’s “Out of Context” Cop-Out

Tag: Manchester United News @ 10:50 pm

The audio, where a United fan questioned David Gill for his contrarian remarks, has been heard, I’m sure, by all and sundry. Well done by that fan to go that far in the first place, however, I do have a gripe with said fan for not being, um, a little more prepared.

Let me explain.

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Feb 10 2010

Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Preview

A five-star showing and brilliant performances from the likes of Michael Carrick, Nani and of course Wayne Rooney. Sir Alex Ferguson must be rubbing his hands with glee as his team face Aston Villa at Villa Park tonight, the side are in full flow and finally look like a team of Champions.

Aston Villa have the best defence in the Premier League and will look to extinguish the majestic Wayne Rooney who is in superlative form. In a dress rehearsal for the Carling Cup in two weeks Manchester United will look to flex their muscles and exact revenge after Villa won 2-0 at Old Trafford in December.

United will start the game with Edwin van der Sar, backed up by Tomasz Kuszczak as is the norm. In front of the Dutchman will likely be Rafael, Wes Brown, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra. Rio Ferdinand is still suspended and Nemanja Vidic, though in the squad, is not fully recovered from his leg problem so may have to settle for a place on the bench.

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Feb 10 2010

Aston Villa v Manchester United: Preview/Match thread

Right. It looks like our match previewer is AWOL so let’s keep it short here. Consider this an open discussion thread — predictions, pre-match whines, moans, cheers; everything.

We lost our last match against Villa, but this United side is streets ahead of the huffing, puffing, lump of blob that was getting by on crutches.

My prediction: 2-1 to United.

Take it away.

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