Sep 14 2013

Wigs, dives and three points

Tag: Match Reports @ 3:06 pm

1091992-17353341-640-360A promising debut for an 18-year-old, an exquisite freekick from a player who had looked poised to join one of United’s direct rivals throughout the summer and the first glimpse of the only significant signing to arrive in the transfer window would, normally, be enough reason to be cheerful.

Except that the 2-0 win matured against a newly-promoted side who spent the entire second half playing with 10 men after conceding a rather dubious penalty and that United barely looked to be playing with the handbrake on for large spells of the game.

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Sep 01 2013

Will Moyes hit the panic button after Anfield defeat?

I have to say it was not my intention of writing a review of today’s match but seeing as Dan is on vacation, I guess it is important that somebody does fill in and offer a take on what happened, so here goes nothing.

Rodgers and Moyes Anfield Sept 13I have to start off by saying that things looked ominous and very suspect before the kickoff. The team selection for such an epic derby was nothing short of atrocious. Moyes is showing me nothing right now other than he is an unreasonable facsimile of Sir Alex Ferguson without the aura, intimidation factor and magic. A poor copy is still a copy and a copy is not the real thing.

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Aug 27 2013

Tactical stalemate kicks Moyes’ Old Trafford reign off in promising style

Rooney and Lampard Aug 13Today was a cagey and intelligent game of chess that played itself into an unfortunate but deserved draw. Despite the hard work and highly professional effort by Wayne Rooney United could not find that magical moment in the box that would break the deadlock and to be honest, both clubs were reduced to nothing more than half chances and hand ball let offs for Chelsea. Two blatant hand balls in the box were not called against Chelsea and that just seems typical considering I cannot remember the last time Chelsea have ever given up a hand ball penalty, especially to United. I’m sure they have but they never get their just punishment. Lampard’s handball especially was blatantly awful and unfortunately unjust. As for the match as a whole, let me call this segment the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Aug 26 2013

The “committed one” shines in Moyes’ home debut

Tag: Match Reports @ 10:56 pm

imageDull affairs are a rare events at Old Trafford. Dull affairs involving United and Chelsea even more so but, despite all the hype that had preceded the fixture, tonight turned out to be the exception rather than the rule.

David Moyes’ home debut, Wayne Rooney playing in front of the fans he’s desperate to get away from against the side he’d love to join and Jose Mourinho’s return to the venue many thought could be his home turf had provided plenty of talking points ahead of kick off.

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Aug 17 2013

Doubt is temporary, class is permanent (except Wayne Rooney’s).

RvP and Evra v swansea Aug 13OK, one down and 37 to go. So what have we learned from United’s first match of the season, first victory as well as first regular season match under new manger David Moyes?

First off let me congratulate David Moyes on his first victory. I have to say this, even though Dave was never my choice for manager of this prestigious club, I am one of those out there who is very happy for him and delighted with a tough road win that hopefully filled us all with some optimism while answering some immediate questions.

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Aug 17 2013

New era, same old United

Tag: Match Reports @ 7:58 pm

1076575-17162384-640-360The last time United faced Swansea, Sir Alex Ferguson waved goodbye to Old Trafford for the last time as Manchester United manager under a torrential downpour, so there was perhaps a sense of inevitability as David Moyes began his United career against the same opponent and in the same weather conditions.

The continuity between the final chapter of the Ferguson era and the first league match under David Moyes didn’t end there, as Robin Van Persie continued where he had left season, by showing that United might lack a world class midfielder, but they definitely have a world class striker in their squad.

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Aug 06 2013

Henriquez shines as injuries hamper United

Tag: Match Reports @ 8:49 pm

article-2385499-1B2D24BD000005DC-181_634x402Manchester United concluded their pre-season tour with a 1-1 draw in Stockholm against AIK, but David Moyes will have to wait to assess the extent of the injuries to Nani and Jonny Evans, who were both forced off the pitch.

Nani, playing his first pre-season game with the first team squad, had been United’s biggest threat, linking up excellently with Wilfried Zaha and displaying the sort of endeavour and enterprise many expected to see from the Portuguese who, having been linked with a move away from the club, was clearly eager to impress David Moyes before being withdrawn with the game barely 30 minutes old.

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Jul 29 2013

Youngsters shine in United’s last game on tour

Tag: Match Reports @ 3:26 pm

article-2380660-1B0D1201000005DC-762_634x451Almost two months ago Hong Kong braced itself for a sea of red of epic proportions, as the British and Irish Lions kicked off their successful Australian tour with a win against Barbarians in the former British colony’s national stadium. The venue that had represented the first step towards glory for Warren Gatland’s men, was instead United’s last port of call in the first leg of their summer tour.

With performances on the pitch throughout the tour having somewhat resembled the impasse in the transfer window, United left South East Asia after a convincing win over Kitchee, a decent team but nowhere near as equipped as the sides United had come across during their stay Japan.

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