Having closed the gap in the title race in midweek, United travelled to Stamford Bridge, a ground where United have traditionally struggled, looking to keep up the pressure on City at the top of the table as the season comes towards it’s pivotal stage. With United failing to beat Chelsea at the Bridge for the best part of a decade, the omens were not good for a much needed United result, and an injury blow to Chris Smalling further dented an already injury hampered squad. However, Ashley Young returned to the side for his first appearance since the 5-0 demolition of Fulham in December, with Wayne Rooney also boosting the reds with his return from injury to alleviate the pressure on Danny Welbeck at the heart of United’s attack. (More …)
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Carrying on from Part One, myself and Dan carry on with our list of Premier League grounds. Listed below is part two 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 …)
Like the other thousands upon thousands of United supporters here in the States, I was excited to see that our team was coming to my city. Us Yanks wake up early every weekend for 9 months to see our team play some 4,000 miles away. We don our kits and our scarves in the wee hours of the morning, attempting – but failing miserably – to keep the decibel level at a minimum for the other people in the house who are rightfully sleeping at that time of day. Our TVs are turned down, but that doesn’t matter because we provide our own color commentary to more than make up for it. We feel like we are right there – at Old Trafford or White Hart Lane or Anfield or Stamford Bridge or Craven Cottage or even Liberty Stadium as of this year. It isn’t often that we get the chance to be a part of the live action, so we relish the opportunity to see the exhibition matches when they tour the US. Whether it’s a father taking his son to see the match or a football loving family all going to experience United football together; these matches definitely mean more to us, the lot who doesn’t see them in the flesh week in and week out, than to our brothers and sisters across the pond. But let’s not let nostalgia and a few pints get us deluded over the true reason behind these exhibition matches – exposure, fitness, and team cohesiveness.