Mar 26 2014

Bayern vs United: The Impossible Dream?

Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFollowing the derby drubbing to Manchester City the mood at Old Trafford is unsurprisingly glum. The stage is all set for Guardiola’s men to truly showcase to the whole world the difference of class between Europe’s best and England’s current champions.

As is so often with European nights at Old Trafford, the footballing universe will look on as Pep’s men lock horns with Moyes’s men. Many will see it simply as a formality for the German champions however a small selection of Manchester United supporters, including me, will hope against hope for an upset. An improbable upset. We will dare to dream, the impossible dream.

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Mar 20 2014

Moyes, fans and RVP: Five talking points from United vs Olympiakos

Tag: Manchester United,Opinion Piece @ 2:49 pm

fc8634661294a9b120b0e372aec29999_crop_northManchester United produced a stunning comeback last night, overturning the 2-0 they had carried into the game last night to win 3-0 on the night and book themselves a place in the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since the 2010-11 season, meaning there’s still something left to play for this season.

Here’s five lessons we have learnt last night.

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Mar 19 2014

Not quite 84′ but United’s Champions League Dream remains alive

Tag: Manchester United,Match Reports @ 10:39 pm

Van Persie and Rooney v Olypiakos March 14It might not be the turning point David Moyes needed to save his United career, it’ll probably not change the way this season will be considered, but tonight’s performance showed that United can still turn up and give their fans something to shout about.

Evoking the spirit of ’84 might be a step too far, but United proved that they still have enough quality to perform on the big stage and the fans responded admirably, dragging their side through 90 emotional minutes.

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Mar 18 2014

Moyes has created anger and frustration

Tag: Manchester United,Opinion Piece @ 10:44 am

David Moyes needs a win against OlympiakosIf the drubbing against City was a warning sign that was completely ignored and the capitulations against Sunderland and Olympiacos resembled a new low, then Sunday’s humiliation was as much an end as it was a beginning.

A beginning of the end, hopefully, of David Moyes’ era in charge of Manchester United Football Club.

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Mar 17 2014

News of internal rift sparks doubts over Moyes’ future

Tag: Manchester United,Opinion Piece @ 4:45 pm

News has leaked from within Manchester United today sparking rumours David Moyes’ future is perhaps not as cut and dry as his 6yr contract suggests.

Recent results and, more worryingly, performances have been unacceptable but many onlookers still believe Moyes maintains the clubs backing. However, the latest news would, in most cases, make Moyes position untenable.

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Mar 15 2014

Stealth over strategy in rivals showdown

Tag: Manchester United,Match Preview @ 7:41 pm

Moyes and RodgersThe importance of the match for both David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers – albeit for very different reasons – and the nature of the rivalry between their respective clubs may mean that Sunday’s encounter between Manchester United and Liverpool is more of a battle of stealth than strategy. However, here’s a quick look at how the sides, if they continue with the game-plans that have brought them success in recent weeks, may approach the game.

David Moyes has, rather staggeringly, failed to name the same starting eleven in two consecutive matches since the start of his Manchester United tenure. Nevertheless, a desire to examine the credentials of young defenders, ahead of a summer of upheaval, and some promising away performances from his front six may convince the Scot to redeploy the side that secured victory in United’s most recent match, at the Hawthorns.

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Mar 08 2014

We Lack A ‘Manchester United’ Captain

Robbo Steve BruceBryan Robson, Steve Bruce, Roy Keane and Gary Neville. They are all former Manchester United captains.  Any one of them would take a rocketing ball to the head if it resulted in a United win, any one of them would play in any position required if it helped the team and any one of them would gladly take a pay cut if it lengthened their stay at their club Manchester United.

They all played for the club’s badge, with pride and honour and would fight tooth and nail to help ensure its success. In doing this they produced some truly mesmerizing performances, such as Roy Keane’s performance vs Juventus in the 1999 UCL Semi-Final. Not only were they fantastic footballers, they were also leaders, on and off the pitch, who could single-handedly motivate the whole team by leading through example, and carry them through the most grueling of matches.

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Mar 03 2014

United star is NOT indispensable

rp_Wayne-Rooney-3171109-200x200.jpgThe recent announcement that Wayne Rooney had signed a lucrative five-year contract with Manchester United, rumoured to be worth around £300,000 per week for the Liverpudlian, indicated the club’s determination, or maybe desperation, to prove that Old Trafford remains an attractive home for the most stellar names in football.

The extension keeps Rooney at United until he is 33, which is undoubtedly a gamble, but it is one that Ed Woodward clearly felt the club simply had to take as David Moyes sets about transforming the fortunes of his under-performing side.

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