Dec 22 2013

United left-back heading for the exit door

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:43 am

72368In news that will surprise exactly nobody, Alexander Buttner is edging closer to leaving Manchester United, perhaps even in the January transfer window, if reports are to be believed.

Buttner, whose tattoos are inversely proportional to his ability to defend and sense of positioning, has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since arriving in the summer of 2012 and immediately entering the top five of Fergie’s most surprising signings.

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Dec 21 2013

Welbeck bursts West Ham’s bubbles

Tag: Match Reports @ 5:28 pm

1153905-18096639-640-360Getting excited about beating West Ham at Old Trafford might be a damning verdict of how far the mighty have fallen this season but, on the other hand, the current campaign isn’t one for people who like to cherry-pick moments worth celebrating, therefore we should all sit back and enjoy today’s positives before getting on with the Christmas shopping.

For there were positives aplenty today.

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Dec 20 2013

All United want for Christmas is three points

Tag: Match Preview @ 4:46 pm

Danny-Welbeck-Aston-Villa-v-Manchester-United_3052335Having negotiated the elements against Stoke on Wednesday night, United turn their attention to the Premier League which, this weekend, sees the arrival of Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United at Old Trafford and of another set of fans whose hatred for United overcomes even that normally destined for their local rivals.

As East London’s finest make the journey up, David Moyes is left counting his injured player like a kid counting down the days to Christmas Day, albeit with a complete different attitude.

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Dec 20 2013

No home comfort for United?

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:31 am

Manchester United's Patrice Evra is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring his side's second goal.Patrice Evra has said United must overcome the fear factor that they’ve developed when playing on their own turf this season, which has been seized upon by other clubs with United having already lost three games at home in the first four months of the season.

The Reds welcome West Ham United tomorrow, having lost consecutive home games in the league against Everton and Newcastle, failing to score in both games.

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Dec 19 2013

Have we become a cup team?

Tag: Manchester United @ 1:23 pm

De Gea v Stoke CC Dec 2013 Hailstones stormAnother cup win. This time under bizarre conditions. Nobody fancies a cup quarter-final at the Britannia on a windy Wednesday night. Glad we got through it, all the more in convincing fashion. The score ended 0-2 to United with Darren Fletcher coming off the bench again much to the delight of the away fans who were raucous throughout.

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Dec 19 2013

Elements can’t stop United

Tag: Match Reports @ 7:37 am

1152578-18080670-640-360Manchester United are unquestionably better than Lionel Messi and they proved it last night.

For years, the Argentine’s sheer brilliance has been somewhat slightly overshadowed by fans questioning whether he’d have what it takes to do it on a wet night in Stoke, and while that question remains unanswered, United proved that they can indeed negotiate the Britannia Stadium on a cold, windy night in the Potteries.

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Dec 18 2013

A bitter man and the best fans in the world between United and a semifinal spot

Tag: Match Preview @ 8:05 am

139603229_Stoke_465509bA trip to Stoke on a, presumably, cold Wednesday night in December is nobody’s idea of glamour, but tonight’s Capital One Cup quarterfinal at the Britannia could prove to be a lot more important than it would have in seasons gone by, where the League Cup was the least important competition of the season.

The tournament might have lied way down United’s priorities order at the start of the season but, given the current circumstances, United could do worse things than focusing on the Capital One Cup, particularly given that a place in the semifinal is only 90 minutes away.

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Dec 17 2013

Fletcher at his finest

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Portsmouth v Manchester United - Fratton ParkManchester United’s reassuring 3-0 demolition of Aston Villa last weekend was notable for more than just the club’s long overdue return to form. It was a game which also marked the return of fan favourite Darren Fletcher, who finally made his long-awaited comeback after 12 months out with a bowel condition. Many had questioned whether he would ever pull on red shirt again.

Fletcher’s return is a major boost for United. Not only will he bolster the side’s struggling midfield and possibly prove a vital player for the latter stages of the Champions League, but will also boost the spirits of a flagging team. As manager David Moyes said after the fixture at Villa Park: “Today was a big message to a lot of people – keep believing. If you are not well then keep believing that you can get yourself right.”

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