Mar 22 2014

Time to burst a few bubbles, United

Tag: Match Preview @ 8:23 am

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailThere’s no rest for the wicked and so, just three days after producing the sort of performance we had been demanding since August, United turn their attention back to the Premier League, desperately hoping to build on Wednesday’s positives to arrive to Tuesday’s night derby in slightly more buoyant mood than they’ve been all season.

United have made their life complicated all season and Saturday’s trip to East London is far from being an appealing prospect, given the Reds’ seemingly unwavering determination to make things difficult for themselves whenever they face West Ham at Upton Park, where West Ham have won their last three league games and where United have conceded at least twice in their last four visits.

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Mar 21 2014

United handed hardest of tests

Tag: Manchester United News @ 11:31 am

969358_10152068594772746_976846734_nManchester United will face Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the Champions League, after the Reds were handed arguably the hardest possible draw in today’s draw, with the first leg to be played at Old Trafford on April 1st, while the return leg at the Allianz Arena eight days later.

Bayern qualified for the quarter finals by knocking Arsenal out 3-1 on aggregate, winning 2-0 at the Emirates, before drawing 1-1 at home at the Allianz Arena and will enter the clash against United as overwhelming favourites, as they bid to become the first side ever to retain the Champions League.

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Mar 21 2014

Attack, the best form of defence

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:50 am

united_2858910bWayne Rooney has urged Manchester United to keep on attacking in each of their remaining games in a bid to salvage something out of a dismal season, while also insisting that an attacking, high-tempo brand of football is part of United’s DNA and the only way forward for the club.

Having been ponderous and sluggish when going forward throughout the campaign, for the first time this season United reverted to their normal selves on Tuesday night, as they put Olympiakos under pressure with a first half performance that might not have been vintage, but was a huge improvement on this season’s standards.

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Mar 20 2014

Moyes, fans and RVP: Five talking points from United vs Olympiakos

Tag: Manchester United,Opinion Piece @ 2:49 pm

fc8634661294a9b120b0e372aec29999_crop_northManchester United produced a stunning comeback last night, overturning the 2-0 they had carried into the game last night to win 3-0 on the night and book themselves a place in the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since the 2010-11 season, meaning there’s still something left to play for this season.

Here’s five lessons we have learnt last night.

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Mar 20 2014

“United can win the Champions League”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:03 am

David Moyes, the Manchester United, enjoys some much-needed respite at Old Trafford.David Moyes has urged his team not get carried away after last night’s memorable comeback against Olympiakos that has earned them a place in the quarter finals of the Champions League, but he also believes United are now the dark horses ahead of Friday’s draw and could cause a major shock ¬†by winning the competition.

After a season characterised by slow, sluggish and uninspiring football United were closer to their normal selves last night, as they took the game to the Greek outfit from the start, roared on by a raucous Old Trafford and managed to overturn a 2-0 deficit in an European competition for only the second time in the club’s history since they beat Barcelona 3-0 in 1984.

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Mar 19 2014

Not quite 84′ but United’s Champions League Dream remains alive

Tag: Manchester United,Match Reports @ 10:39 pm

Van Persie and Rooney v Olypiakos March 14It might not be the turning point David Moyes needed to save his United career, it’ll probably not change the way this season will be considered, but tonight’s performance showed that United can still turn up and give their fans something to shout about.

Evoking the spirit of ’84 might be a step too far, but United proved that they still have enough quality to perform on the big stage and the fans responded admirably, dragging their side through 90 emotional minutes.

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Mar 19 2014

More Greek tragedy could be a turning point

Tag: Match Preview @ 10:11 am

rp_Olympiacos-v-Manchester-United-David-Moyes_3090344-200x200.jpgThe final nail in the coffin? Some desperately needed positives or just another routine disappointment followed by the usual post-match interview filled with regrets and coated in mild disappointment? Nobody quite knows what we can expect from tonight, although the chances of United bidding farewell to the Champions League are far greater than to see progress to the quarter finals.

It could, in many ways, be an emotional night at Old Trafford: probably United’s last Champions League appearance after 19 consecutive years and one which could determine David Moyes’ future and therefore the club’s future, the immediate one as well as the long-term one.

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Mar 19 2014

Is it all over for Moyes?

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:19 am

rp_stoke-200x2001-200x200.jpgDavid Moyes has insisted that he doesn’t fear for his job, despite yet another horrendous defeat on Sunday and the prospect of bidding farewell to the Champions League tonight, if United fail to overturn the 2-0 deficit they carry into tonight’s game against Olympiakos.

In yesterday’s press conference Moyes reiterated that he doesn’t consider himself or his job at risk and that the club’s hierarchy shares his view for the club’s long-term future.

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