Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager the Premier League has ever seen; he has broken countless records, won 12 titles and swept all before him. That is to say, all, except for one team. Sunday’s opponents, Chelsea, are the only team in Premier League history to boast a positive win/loss ratio against the great man. Despite a recent 5 match unbeaten record against the Blues, it has been over 10 years since United beat them at their own ground. To make this task even more daunting, Chelsea are yet to even draw at Stamford Bridge this season, winning 5 out of 5 home fixtures. However, this doesn’t mean the game is a foregone conclusion. United are looking more confident in recent times, recording 4 straight victories after the Tottenham mishap, and have scored the most goals out of any Premier League team. With Chelsea the second top scorers; on paper we have a classic in store.
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Life was very different ten years ago. Tony Blair was a popular man, Girls Aloud were just forming and Wayne Rooney was still an unknown. However, the Evertonian has since powered through the game, astounding and frustrating in equal measures. He will look to keep United’s season on track and strike back at his own detractors with Stoke’s visit to Old Trafford marking his tenth year since first announcing himself to English football. Continue reading
On the back of two consecutive 2-1 wins in the past week, Manchester United are starting to kick into gear this season; and according to the stats this progression should continue against Tottenham Hotspur. The visitors last recorded a win against United at Old Trafford in 1989, and since then have lost 22 times out of 26. This should be a banker for the Red Devils. However, with a decimated defence and facing an improving Tottenham side, this will be far from an easy fixture for Robin van Persie and co. Continue reading
Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to rest many key players and give some of Manchester United’s youngsters a chance to impress against Newcastle. Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell, scorers against Wigan in the recent Premier League meeting, are likely to start.
Nemanja Vidic (knee) missed United’s clash with Liverpool and faces 8 weeks out. Chris Smalling (metatarsal) and Phil Jones (knee) remain sidelined, so Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand should continue in central defence unless one of the young centre backs in the ranks like Scott Wooton or Michael Keane are given a chance.
It’s been 40yrs since Newcastle won at Old Trafford, Betfair make them 7’s (6/1) to beat United tomorrow in the Capital One Cup betting but considering Alan Pardew is quoted as saying ‘we’ve got to look to win it [the competition]’ and ‘we’ll be sending a strong team there [to Old Trafford]’ you have to think 7’s is generous given that United will be hugely understrength.
Having negotiated the dreaded international break with no serious casualties, fans can breathe a sigh of relief. However, they cannot relax as the Red Devils must guard against a combination of complacency and tiredness when they welcome Wigan to Old Trafford. Last time these teams met, of course, the Latics dealt a stinging blow to United’s title aspirations, and Roberto Martinez will be looking to take advantage of a defence that has already leaked 5 goals in 3 games. Continue reading
Transfer deadline-day wheeling and dealing has distracted attention from this weekend’s Premier League action, and as such, much of the prospective action has gone unmentioned. As a result, a momentous Manchester United milestone has drifted somewhat under the radar, as the Red Devils travel to St. Mary’s for Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1000 league match in charge of the club. With this in mind and with Southampton yet to register a point on their return to the Premiership, Ferguson’s men will be hoping to breeze to an easy three points. If only it were that easy.