Following their disappointing defeat at the hands of Blackburn on new years eve, United looked to quickly bounce back with a trip to St James’s Park to face Newcastle United. Having not lost to the Tyneside club since 2001, United were confident of reducing the 3 point gap on league leaders city to merely goal difference, going into the second half of the season. However, with Demba Ba having scored 14 goals already this season, United’s defensive woes of late would have to subside in order to get a positive result. Rio Ferdinand alleviated some of the pressure by returning to the side along with Wayne Rooney, as Antonio Valencia continued at right back in an auxiliary role. (More …)
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High fliers Newcastle United were the visitors to Old Trafford as United returned to Premier League action following the dissapointment of the mid week draw against Benfica. With Alan Pardew’s side defying pre season predictions that they might struggle by sitting in the dizzy heights of fourth, United knew they were in for a tough afternoon against one of the in form defences in the league. United were relying on the returning trio of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Ashley Young to provide the goals which had been lacking of late, despite a good run of form for the reds. (More …)
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Part four of our list of Premier League grounds. If you have missed the first three parts then you can catch up here. Listed below is part four of these stadiums and some of our favourite matches and memories from watching United play in them, along with the opposite end of the spectrum - some of our worst matches and memories from United games in these stadiums. Every United fan will have their own favourites and worst ones, but these are the ones that stand out for myself (@Sparkly_Devil1) and Dan (@luzhniki2008) :- (More …)
Each year thousands of youngsters hope to get signed up to become a professional footballer and for the small percentage that do make it, it represents the fulfilment of a dream. Playing for a top team like Manchester United, having gone through the youth ranks is the pinnacle for so many people and to do this is such an amazing achievement. Some will go on to have an outstanding career – Giggs, Beckham, Scholes, the Nevilles, Butt, Fletcher, Whiteside, Bobby Charlton and many of the Busby Babes being the prime examples of this- others might only be limited to some odd appearances in League and Cup matches, as part of the manager testing the youngsters out. Recent examples include John Curtis, Michael Clegg, Luke Chadwick, Fraizer Campbell and Chris Eagles. (More …)
… there was a man with big dreams. He had a dream that the club he (ahem) “loves” would become a footballing dynasty. When he first bought the club, he adorned the stands wearing the black and white shirt with pride, drinking with the fans and promising them everything under the sun.
But soon enough things started to go wrong. (More …)