Jan 24 2012

Classic FA Cup: United v Liverpool 1985 Semi Replay

Tag: Manchester United @ 4:00 pm

Bryan Robson recalls the day United overcame a title winning Liverpool side at Maine Road in the 1985 FA Cup semi-final replay despite going a goal behind thanks to a Paul McGrath own goal.

Fancy a portion of goosebumps?…..watch this…..

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Jan 23 2012

Tactical insight: Versatile United victorious again

Going into the game at the Emirates some serious pressure was put on United, with City getting a late 3-2 win over Spurs less than an hour before kick off. 3 points were a necessity. The 8-2 demolition in August was still fresh in the minds for both sets of fans, with Arsenal craving revenge and United hoping to prove that they still are have the upper hand on their North London rivals. The game went by and United collected yet another three points away from home, making it a total of 26 points out of 33 on their travels this season, which is an improvement to the whole of last season’s total. In the first half United totally dominated, and could had more than just their one goal advantage, but a change in tactics by Arsenal put them back in the game and in the end the 2-1 loss felt harsh to them.

United seemed comfortable during the whole game, but yet again they let the oppositions back in it after dominating. What happened to United?

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Jan 22 2012

United Two Good for Arsenal

Tag: Manchester United,Match Reports @ 8:14 pm

Danny Welbeck scored ten minutes from time to beat Arsenal and seal an important away win for United.

United looked set for a draw after Robin Van Persie had cancelled out Antonio Valencia’s opener but Welbeck’s finish keeps United within three points of City.

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Jan 13 2012

Scholesy’s back. One step up and two steps back for United?

Amid all the controversy that, at least for the blue half of Manchester, surrounded Sunday’s FA Cup fixture, one might be forgiven for almost forgetting something that transcended the meanings of those 90 minutes – Paul Scholes is back.

Following his retirement in May, the United legend announced his comeback to help the club in a time of difficulty, in a totally unexpected move for most of the public.

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Jan 12 2012

The Scope 1.4 – The Telescope – January 2012

Tag: Manchester United,The Scope @ 11:53 am

1. Life in technicolor

I’ve discovered that the word “vintage” is a polite synonym for irrelevant. Any studio that releases a motion picture in technicolor, in this age, is deliberately looking to be bankrupt. The 3-D, IMAX, CGI monstrosities, released in this day, will destroy you at the box office. Any football team, employing tactics that make people like Steve Bruce or John Barnes, nostalgic, in 21st century European football, is desperate for an early exit in the Champions League. Or a severe hiding from noisy neighbors. Manchester United seems to be currently free falling on the technical standard meter.

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Jan 10 2012

Noisy Neighbours silenced as United punish ignorant Blues

Going into the FA Cup clash with our Manchester City, serious questions were asked of Sir Alex his Red Devils. Following two consecutive losses at the hands of Blackburn and Newcastle, and with the 6-1 slaughtering still fresh in mind, this game was made for a Manchester United comeback. The press did not seem to think so, putting City as bang-on favourites, some even expecting a repeat of the horrible experience in October. After all, United are a club in severe crisis! It was not to be though, with United dominant in every aspect and putting out a team that would not only stop City, but punish them to maximum effect.

It was obvious Sir Alex had learnt from his mistakes earlier this season, and made the changes necessary to beat City. Not only from the start, but as the game went on as well. What exactly were those changes?

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Jan 09 2012

The Scope 1.3 – The Microscope – January 2012

Tag: Manchester United,The Scope @ 7:11 pm

Things we lost in the center:

The centre has always been the source of direction and control since the beginning of ages. Isaac Newton will tell you, your movement and indeed of any other object, is based on it’s centre of gravity(which makes it clear that Park Ji-Sung’s is somewhere in between his butt cheeks). The direction and control of the World Police in Langley, Virginia has the first name Central. It is therefore clear that if your objective, whether falling on your butt everytime you receive the ball,or expiring inconvenient dictators, is to establish control and direction, you need to find the centre. And solve it.

Central midfield is the most revered role and zone in all of football. It is still however debatable, whether such reverence is applied at the protestant Theatre of Dreams. And in this belated edition(there’s an apology hidden in there) of The Scope,we’re exploring the months of October, November and December with a focus on the central midfield.

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Jan 08 2012

No sign of a blue moon rising as United enjoy derby day revenge

Tag: Manchester United,Match Reports @ 8:51 pm

Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after defeating Manchester City in a pulsating encounter at Eastlands.

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck sent United fans into raptures as Fergie’s men reclaimed local rights, while City were left incensed by referee Chris Foy’s decision to send Kompany off.

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