Feb 20 2013

Manchester Derby: Chance for United to show their quality

Tag: Match Preview @ 10:34 am

Rooney Overhead v CityThe Manchester derby at the start of April could pack much less of a punch than the derby at a similar time last season.

Manchester United have started to canter off over the horizon as Manchester City have failed to come good on their promises to defend their Premier League crown down to the last day of the season.

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Feb 20 2013

Antonio Valencia and the curse of the number 7 shirt

Tag: Opinion Piece @ 9:07 am

Luis-Antonio-Valencia-e1357965162700When Antonio Valencia skipped past the Blackburn defence before unleashing a venomous shot that found its way past Paul Robinson, he looked to have given United a crucial edge in the title race. On that Monday night last April, he had also confirmed what many people had witnessed over the previous months – the Ecuadorian had developed into the best right winger in the Premier League, a menacing force ready to tear opponents to shreds.

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Feb 19 2013

Ferguson well positioned to finally avenge a demon?

Rooney subbed with Sir AlexOctober 2010, Wayne Rooney does the unthinkable, he flirts with the enemy. We all know the story, we all know the outcome, many were also surprised that, for whatever reason, Sir Alex chose NOT to dish out the kind of treatment he’s become synonymous with when players cross the line.

Stam felt it, Keane felt it, Kanchelskis, Hughes and Ince felt it, so too Beckham.

Sir Alex has always been ruthless when dealing with players who get a bit too big for their boots to the detriment of the club or, more importantly, to his dressing room.

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Feb 18 2013

Nani’s show off the bench is a wonderful Reading for United

Tag: Match Reports @ 10:15 pm

United_2485345bWhen, a couple of days ago, Sir Alex Ferguson described the current United crop as better and stronger than the 1999 vintage that delivered an unprecedented Treble, many eyebrows were raised. Are Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick really a better proposition than Dwight Yorke and Roy Keane? The jury will be out for another couple of months, but tonight’s win against Reading keeps United on course to reach Wembley twice in May.

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Feb 18 2013

United on their own in race for summer target

Robert Lewandowski - Borrussia DortmundThere was no shortage of Man Utd transfer news and gossip this January and, despite the window shutting until the summer, February is proving no different.

More and more news stories appear to suggest United’s possible summer transfer target, Robert Lewandowski of Borrussia Dortmund, is NOT a target for apparent rival pursuers, Bayern Munich. Great news for United who may not be willing to enter a bidding war for a player entering the final year of his contract.

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Feb 18 2013

Giggs to replace Sir Alex?

Tag: Manchester United News @ 10:55 am

ryan-giggs-500x262Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor has for over a decade been the big white elephant in the room at Old Trafford. The club knows Fergie will eventually step down, the fans know it and the players know it. Names of managers more or less likely to takeover from Sir Alex have engulfed the papers’ sport pages with increasing insistence over the last 12 months, and a new candidate seems to have emerged.

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Feb 17 2013

FA Cup Flashback – Reading 2-3 United

It was six years ago, 27th February 2007 when United travelled to Berkshire to entertain Reading in an FA Cup 5th round replay. The first game, six years ago today in fact, finished 1-1 at Old Trafford after Brynjar Gunnarsson’s header cancelled out Michael Carrick’s opener on half time.

Four changes were made from the first encounter with Ronaldo the most notably to not feature although made an appearance late in the night. I remember the game mostly because of the opening six minutes.

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Feb 17 2013

United strong favourites against Reading

Tag: Betting,FA Cup,Manchester United @ 10:00 am

Soccer - FA Cup - Final - Manchester United v Leicester CityUnited are 1.25 with Betfred and Coral to beat Reading in their fifth round FA Cup clash at old Trafford and everything suggest they will do just that.

They are are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions against Reading (W8, D4) and the last time they lost to them in the FA Cup was way back in January 1927.

The Red Devils have also won 15 of their last 19 home ties in the FA Cup (D2, L2), and come into the game on the top of their form following an excellent 1-1 draw in the Champions League against against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

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