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

Tag: Manchester United @ 1:17 pm

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

Tag: Match Reports @ 9:16 pm

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

Tag: Manchester United,Wallpapers @ 8:08 pm

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.

Apr 13 2012

The Tactics Board – Did Wigan expose United weakness?

Manchester United had an unpleasant day at the DW Stadium. In the previous 14 games, United has won all 14 and Wigan has never been able to score. This was a game that showcased several tactical battles and changes by both managers. Roberto Martinez did a nice job for Wigan at countering Sir Alex Ferguson’s moves, and ultimately giving Wigan the chance to pick up points for the first time against United. Continue reading

Apr 11 2012

United slip up as Wigan stun the champions

Tag: Match Reports @ 10:58 pm

Shaun Maloney’s curled effort saw Wigan picking up three unexpected points against Manchester United at the DW Stadium.

The result sees United’s gap on Manchester City cut back to five points as Mancini’s men dismantled West Brom 4-0.

United were well below par and suffered only their second defeat since January, bringing to a crashing end their excellent record at Wigan.

Ferguson chose to refresh his side – in came Jones, Giggs and Hernandez for Rafael, Scholes and Welbeck.

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Apr 11 2012

Complacent Reds Eat Humble Wigan Pie – Wallpaper

Tag: Manchester United,Wallpapers @ 10:23 pm