Tag Archives: Match Review

5 things we learned from Sunday’s title clinching victory

By Matt Dodd. 1) Knocked off their perch “Au revoir Cantona and Man Utd, come back when you’ve won 18.” Well, Manchester United will be back at Anfield next season with one better than that, and I’m sure comical banners and songs for that trip to Merseyside are already being created. First-half goals from Javier [...]

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5 parts to dissect from Wembley’s derby day disaster

By Matt Dodd. 1) Oh Dimitar It was genuinely one of those ‘harder to miss than score’ chances. Berbatov had already missed a guilt-edged chance just 15 seconds before the horror miss. Carrick, Scholes and Park combined in a classy, one-touch, Barca-esque exchange, but the Bulgarian could do no more than hit it more-or-less straight [...]

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Referee watch: West Ham United vs. Manchester United

by Matthew Campbell I don’t like to slate referees but I have to say that West Ham should be furious with the performance of Lee Mason this afternoon.  Now I am not saying that Manchester United didn’t deserve to win, because they undoubtedly did, but they can have at least two decisions to thank for [...]

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Referee Watch: Manchester United vs. Bolton Wanderers

By Matthew Campbell Manchester United had to rely on the late late show from Dimitar Berbatov to secure all three points for the league leaders against Bolton Wanderers, a victory that extends their lead at the top of the table to four points. Bolton will feel hard done by not to get anything out of [...]

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Player Ratings – Manchester United Vs. Olympique Marseille

By Mark Young. Manchester United sneak through, but only just, against a Marseille side that could sniff progression at only 1-0 down. Wayne Rooney was the pick of the performers and is finally somewhat back to his best. Man United march into the quarter finals. Manchester United 1.  Edwin Van Der Sar Another solid performance from [...]

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Rooney shines as United march on in Europe

By Matt Dodd. “If you’re going to win this tournament, you’ve got to be prepared to play anyone and beat them.” These the words from an invigorated Wayne Rooney in response to being asked whether he wanted to avoid Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, following Manchester United’s edgy win over Marseille. And [...]

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Mighty United Heap More Woe On Misfiring Gunners

By Mark Young FA Cup Quarter Final Manchester United 2 – 0 Arsenal Man United are on their way to Wembley for the FA Cup Semi Final after beating Arsenal 2-0 on Saturday in the sixth round at Old Trafford which included a master class by Edwin Van Der Sar. Fabio da Silva’s tap in, [...]

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Referee Watch: Manchester United vs. Arsenal

By Matthew Campbell After two dismal refereeing performances from Martin Atkinson and Phil Dowd in the last two Manchester United games it was Chris Foy’s turn to take centre stage in United’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter final. But after both managers criticised the standard of refereeing in recent games, [...]

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Manchester United v Manchester City: 5 Tactical Talking Points

By Sleepy 1. Mancini’s introduction of Wright-Phillips. This wrought positives and negatives as the latter was introduced just after the break on the right to provide some much needed width for the largely ineffectual Kolarov (with Silva asked to switch wings). This made an immediate impact on the right, not only offering city vital width [...]

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SEA’s Player Ratings & Match Thoughts: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United

Midfield Problems Rears Its Ugly Head Not for the first time this season our central midfield has struggled when the opposition have looked to exert pressure. Why? In the main Sir Alex has preferred a 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 formation (due to the excellent form of Berbatov), which is fine for matches at Old Trafford, but is fraught [...]

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