Nov 30 2010

West Ham United vs Manchester United: Match Preview

After what probably was the first impressive performance from Manchester United this season against Blackburn, the clubs fringe and young players will get a chance to propel themselves into the limelight when they visit Upton Park tonight to play West Ham in the Carling Cup quarter-final.

As normal for the Carling Cup it will be all change for United, Tomasz Kuszczak or Ben Amos will start in goal.

Wes Brown looks likely to captain a defence that will contain Chris Smalling whose reputation should further be enhanced against West Ham. He is likely to be partnered by Jonny Evans who is looking to up his level of performance, as it has been disappointing of late. Fabio will replace Patrice Evra at left back.

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Nov 28 2010

Sunday News Round-Up: United Clear At The Top Plus Who Did United Get In The F.A. Cup?

On a something of a slow news day, we can safely say it has been a fantastic weekend for Manchester United. Not only did Dimitar Berbatov score five against Blackburn Rovers yesterday, taking them clear at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea fumbled in their match at Newcastle, only managing a 1-1 draw which means United are clear at the top of the league for the first time this season.

To make things even better the draw for the F.A. Cup 3rd Round was made earlier today and to the delight of many we pulled Liverpool out of the hat. Pretty much a free ride to the fourth round then, given the form of the Anfield team.

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Nov 27 2010

Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn Rovers: Berbatov The Star As United Find Themselves In Seventh Heaven

Tag: Match Reports @ 9:14 pm

Many said it had been coming with an unbeaten run that stretched into last season it was only a matter of time before someone was on the end of a severe thumping.

Today it came, Manchester United put seven past a woeful Blackburn Rovers side at Old Trafford who did manage a late consolation through Christopher Samba, but the man of the moment was undoubtedly Dimitar Berbatov, who walked off with the match ball and five goals to his name.

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Nov 26 2010

Rangers 0-1 Manchester United: Roo To Be Thankful For?

Tag: Match Reports @ 5:47 pm

In the spirit of the great American holiday known as Thanksgiving, here are five things I’m thankful for from our win over Rangers:

1) Rangers’ lack of serious bite.

The home side did have some chances, but in part to injury issues that rival ours, didn’t test our back line as I expected they would, especially in the second half. All the better, since it allowed us to show our own intent early and often without putting ourselves at serious risk like we have often this season.

2) Fergie’s lineup selection at the back.

It was important to have the trio of Smalling, Evans, and Fabio all in the starting XI together so that they can build that chemistry with one another, and they did what was asked of them. For them to get that experience, to go into a hostile environment in a key situation and hold their own, will pay big dividends in the near future.

3) That we kept pushing for the win and duly got what we deserved.

Yes, we could have and should have been ahead earlier, and not just because of the clear penalty that wasn’t given early on. But even though the situation would be the same win or draw, we didn’t sit back late and just play out the stalemate.

Instead we kept coming forward, and it was rewarded, thanks to Fabio’s face being in the wrong place at the right time. And we could have added to that lead as well.

4) That Rooney got on the scoresheet.

Who else was going to take that penalty? His performance merited a goal, and when it came time to deliver in a pressure situation, he did so calmly and coolly. (np) Sure, he’s still looking for his first goal from open play this season, and there’s still rust. But we saw more of what we need to see from him, exuberant celebration included.

It’s too early to say he’s back and that he’s redeemed himself, but it all certainly qualifies a step in the right direction for both.

5) What ode to Thanksgiving would be complete without giving thanks to good health (oh, the irony…)? Or slightly improved, at least.

We’re still dealing with injury issues, but our depth is gradually getting a boost, and when that huge stretch comes in a few weeks, we should be in an even better position.

It’s big for Rooney to go the full 90 in his second appearance back, Giggsy was back in the starting lineup after an extended absence, and having Fabio fit and available is significant as well, especially with Patrice Evra having his ups and downs this season…not to mention an eye on a move, apparently. Not to say the youngster will displace him as first choice anytime soon, but it’ll make it easier to give him a regular rest when there’s a quality backup option to turn to.

Now, if only someone could find where Dimitar Berbatov left his scoring boots and his confidence, we’d really be set.

Nov 24 2010

Match Preview: Rangers vs. Manchester United

Manchester United’s Champions League campaign started with a dud against Rangers, but tonight, United could seal a place in the round of 16 at Rangers’ expense as the two tangle at Ibrox Stadium.

Rangers’ held United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in September, but since then, United have reeled off three wins in a row to move into pole position Group C, scoring a 1-0 win over Valencia at the Mestalla and wins of 1-0 and 3-0 over Turkish champions Bursaspor.

Following their second-half onslaught in Bursa three weeks ago, United have reached the magic 10-point mark with two matches remaining, which has them three points ahead of Valencia, who are two points ahead of Rangers after their 3-1 win over the Scottish champions in the last round of matches.

While a draw would do the trick for United and leave them needing only a home draw against Valencia in two weeks’ time to wrap up top spot in the group, a draw could spell doom for Rangers. With Valencia hosting point-less and goal-less Bursaspor tonight, it’s very, very likely that Rangers need a win and nothing less to keep their knockout round hopes alive going into their trip to Turkey.

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Nov 23 2010

Tuesday’s News Round-Up: Wayne Wants A Long Stay But Will Dimitar Be Out The Door

With Wayne Rooney’s long-term future sorted out, the striker conducted an in-depth interview with MUTV this afternoon and after his reintroduction to Old Trafford at the weekend Wayne Rooney has been spoke of his apprehensions about the return.

Rooney began: “It was a great feeling [to wear the shirt again], obviously having been out for a long time and the issues that have gone on over the last few weeks

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Nov 21 2010

Bebe Scores A Wonder Strike For The Reserves Against Wigan

Tag: Site News @ 9:00 pm

The last couple of weeks the fortunes of Manchester United’s reserve and academy sides have been very different. While the reserves have recently recorded wins over Wigan and Bolton, the academy has struggled, being thrashed by Wolves 4-0. But things look to be back on the up after wins in their latest fixtures.

Starting with the reserve side, the last match they played was at home to Wigan and was a match they triumphed 3-1 but the main story after this game revolved around one man… Bebe.

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Nov 20 2010

Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic: Evra And Hernandez Take United Joint Top

Tag: Match Reports @ 10:00 pm

The score line may suggest a relatively easy day at the office but it was far from it.

Manchester United did beat Wigan by two goals at Old Trafford but in reality had to thank the referee for sending off two Wigan players, which gave United the upper hand in the closing stages.

With Wigan seemingly unable to beat Manchester United in the recent past and being the lowest scorers in the Premier League, most thought this would be a good opportunity to increase out goal difference and close in on those above.

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