Apr 22 2012

Will United Leave It Late against Everton Again?

For Manchester United, the equation for the next two games is pretty simple. Defeat Everton today and City next Monday, and the Premier League title goes to Old Trafford once again.

United have won five in a row at home against Everton, but the Toffees can often prove to be a difficult side to put away, just as they were last season when United needed Chicharito’s late winner to secure a vital 1-0 win.

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Amos, Jones, Smalling, Giggs, Park, Young, Hernandez.

Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin; Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Gibson, Pienaar; Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Cahill, Gueye, Barkley, Anichebe.

Apr 19 2012

Rooney, van Persie or Aguero?

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With 4 games of the Premier League season remaining, the race for honours is surging towards a thrilling crescendo, but for 3 individuals there’s a race for an accolade of their own taking place that could easily go down to the final minutes of the season.

Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero are within 6 goals of each other and each will have their eye on the Golden Boot believing their respective teams have fixtures to put them in with a realistic chance of catching, or distancing themselves, from their more than capable counterparts. The race is on, and there’s money to be made in the football betting ring!

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Apr 19 2012

Episode 30 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you’re listening on a Mobile Device, use this link – Episode 30

Welcome to the thirtieth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After a mid season scouting break, this pod sees Tom, Adam, Jonas and I look back at our last three fixtures, the Reserves’ Northern League title win, Petrucci’s Potential, Fabio’s Future and Much More!

Questions Discussed Include: We need another winger next season, with the transfer speculation surrounding Gaitian? Wayne Rooney, rather surprisingly, has been substituted in the both of the last two matches, is this significant? Petrucci. What does the future hold? Do you think Baines could be on Sir Alex’s radar after he said Fabio will be going out on loan next season?

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Apr 17 2012

The Tactics Board- United blasts Villa, but title-winning form?

Manchester United recovered from a disappointing performance in their loss to Wigan, and showed a better attack and finishing in dealing with a slipping Aston Villa side. United benefitted from a controversial penalty, but it had a minimal effect on the outcome as Villa’s defense was overwhelmed and their attack was one-dimensional and uninspired. Villa struggled all game with a Red Devils attack that was rejuvenated by the return of Paul Scholes, and a more even attack up front. United’s ease of control and success going forward, was what the team needed to recover from the Wigan game and prepare them for their next two challenging fixtures. Continue reading

Apr 16 2012

Diving not a Young issue for the Premier League

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Yesterday was supposed to be a glorious mid-April afternoon of football, as fans across the country focused their attention to Old Trafford and Wembley, with Manchester United looking to restore their gap at the top of the table and Spurs and Chelsea playing out an all-Londoner semifinal to gain a spot in the FA Cup final.

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Apr 15 2012

All too easy four United against sorry Villa

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Manchester United restored their 5-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa courtesy of two goals from Wayne Rooney and one apiece from Danny Welbeck and Nani.

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Apr 15 2012

Once a Young Villain, Always a Young Red – Wallpaper

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Apr 15 2012

Home Sweet Home for United against Villa?

Wednesday’s defeat at Wigan was an ill-timed blip and also made for unpleasant viewing, but while it added another twist to a Premier League title race that many – mistakenly, because it’s not over until the title is secure – considered to be all over, Manchester United are still in full control of their destiny.

City closed the gap to two points with a 6-1 win at Norwich yesterday, but United can restore their lead to five points with a home win over Aston Villa in today’s only Premier League tie.

United have won all six of their home league matches in 2012, and a seventh win in a row would continue United’s dominance over Villa. Villa have only one win over United since 1995, and considering that they’re winless in their last five away matches, the odds are strongly against them today.

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young, Rooney, Welbeck.

Subs: Amos, Jones, Cleverley, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov, Hernandez.

Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Collins, Baker, Lichaj, Bannan, Gardner, Clark, Ireland, Weimann, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Guzan, Johnson, Delfouneso, Heskey, N’Zogbia, Cuellar, Carruthers.