Mar 21 2015

Old foes do battle for a new crown

Tag: Match Preview @ 12:43 pm

Manchester-United-v-Burnley (1)Screaming, covered in non-descript fluids and struggling to adjust to the light. Manchester United appeared reborn last weekend.

Reborn in the sense that it felt like watching Manchester United, not like being forced to watch Adrien Chiles’ care worker scrub his back in the bath whilst he plays with his manhood.

Not even the vast Dutchman stood on the touchline who is looking more and more like a loaf of bread with each passing day could have predicted the performance against Spurs.

Speed, intent and creativity, words that would most likely be seen to describe Jonjo Shelvey’s upcoming murder spree-definitely not a United performance.

But here we are a week later, two points off second and looking like we deserve to be there. Not like Alan Shearer on Match of the Day who is clearly there because he’ll work for free and was the only one who could teach Martin Keown sign language so that he could finally communicate with his keepers.

Sunday brings about the biggest game in English football. Mark Ogden in his ever insightful comments on football described this weekend’s game as two bald men fighting over a comb.

What Ogden fails to see is that both Manchester United and Liverpool are making resurgences. Manchester City become less convincing with each passing day, whereas two old rivals now appear growing in stature.

So maybe these men are old and balding, but their desire to adapt and grow with the changing world is getting greater by each day. In a week of European disappointments tomorrow’s fixture is one of the most important games of the season, not just for the sides involved but for the future of English football.

Manchester United team news

Louis Van Gaal indicated that Robin Van Persie is getting closer to making his return with some light running training, but won’t be anywhere near the first team just yet.

Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw both will be on the bench for tomorrow’s game and are likely to be back in the first team next week when Smalling, Jones or both end up injured.

Angel Di Maria will be back from suspension and it will be interesting to see how he fits in the side, if he does at all.

Liverpool team news

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is back in training after five weeks out with a groin injury but may not be ready to feature against United.
Striker Mario Balotelli has recovered from the illness that saw him miss his side’s win over Swansea on Monday.

Key men

Tomorrow is all about leaders. One player that he been dragging United through and incredibly tough period has been the captain Wayne Rooney.

From his energy and movement on the pitch to his brilliant goal celebration last weekend the reformed England striker has been giving United a lift that he been much needed of recent weeks.

Clearly in the best shape of his life Rooney has been relishing being moved back up front and out of midfield. United will need him to be on absolutely top form both as a captain and as a striker for tomorrow’s trip to Anfield.

Once an unsung hero but no longer, Michael Carrick showed how important he is for United’s midfield last weekend against Spurs.

The English midfielder showed class and vision all game, topping a fantastic performance off with an excellent header.

His contract renewal has been wonderful news for fans this week and his role on Sunday will be to keep United dominating in the middle of the park.

Predicted starting XI

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William Dawson

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Mar 15 2015

The rat race for fourth begins

Tag: Match Preview @ 9:31 am

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League
The air of unease surrounding toay’s fixture against Spurs is similar to that of using the bus.

You expect it to be bumpy, out of your control and there’s usually some gormless looking moron sat at the front smelling like urine. Harry Kane and his Spurs side will undoubtedly turn up intending to give United an equally uncomfortable experience.

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Mar 03 2015

United look to conquer the North East

Tag: Match Preview @ 6:27 pm

Wayne Rooney 2014It’s quieter than a nun’s hen party. Like some tragic episode of the Tweenies many are asking where have all the journalists gone?

Last week Van Gaal was the wrong man to lead United, the club was in permanent decline and Ryan Giggs was being stifled by his Dutch overlord.

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Feb 27 2015

Will United paper over the cracks again?

Tag: Match Preview @ 6:36 pm

JS50447094It appears this week’s theme is despair vs faith.

Either you’re willing to give Van Gaal time to build his team, bed in new players and establish a regime or you’re frothing at the mouth, grabbing torches and pitchforks, incoherently muttering about Dennis Irwin and are ready to hire the latest European manager with a floppy fringe.

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Feb 20 2015

Scalping Swans

Tag: Match Preview @ 7:57 pm

_81049768_463603240The clock ticks over to the 72nd minute. A high ball is thrown into the penalty area, thousands watch in despair as an oversized, over vilified Belgian rises higher than any other to destroy Preston North End’s dreams.

Throwing elbows, fouling two defenders and breaking hearts all over the North West, Marouane Fellaini thuds home the goal that will send Manchester United into an FA Cup quarter final.

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Feb 07 2015

United must bring the hammer down on the Hammers

Tag: Match Preview @ 8:55 am

Manchester-United-v-Cambridge-United-FA-Cup-Fourth-Round-ReplayA broken plane, a broken dream, a broken heart, a broken team, no word said, a silent vow, we loved you then, we love you now.

Off the back of an emotional week United take what will undoubtedly be a difficult trip to London for Sunday’s fixture against West Ham. It will be important to play with the spirit of those lost on that bleak February night.

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Jan 30 2015

The bleak mid-winter battle

Tag: Match Preview @ 6:25 pm

Di-MariaOn the 21st of September around 12.45pm, United fans were sat back with their feet up or pint in hand brimming with excitement at the idea of a season with this new look United side under the brilliant Van Gaal.

Half an hour later most had switched off their televisions in disgust, sank a few more ales and taken to the internet to discuss why this would be another season of abject failure.

Nothing better summarises the fickle nature of football than that fixture. United went from title contenders to mid-table mediocrity quicker than a Tom Cleverly back pass.

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Jan 10 2015

Saints fear the wrath of an Angel

Tag: Match Preview @ 7:40 pm

Yeovil-v-Manchester-UnitedWhat a difference a Christmas break makes. A month ago Chelsea had won the league. Southampton and West Ham were going to be in the Champions League. And families across Britain were hopeful that their lives would mean something in 2015.

Fast forward to Monday morning and the Nation is furious they can’t wear pyjamas to work while simultaneously drowning in coffee. A wet realization has soaked commuters. This year is going to be exactly the same as the last.

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