Match Preview: Win at Goodison is a must have!

Sid Thursday, October 27, 2011

It’s been 4 days since the derby defeat at the hands of Manchester City, meanwhile we beat Aldershot comfortably with a 2nd string side that featured none of the players who started on Sunday. And come Saturday, we play probably one of our biggest games of the season as a consequence, Everton vs Manchester United will be the match that all eyes will be on.

Manchester Derby - A Chalkboard Analysis

Sid Monday, October 24, 2011

We have a special tactical analysis of Manchester Derby from the editor of one of my favorite Football blogs around The False 9.

The 161st Manchester derby was one of the most horrifying experiences ever for me as a Manchester United fan. Completely ripped apart and ruthlessly punished the Red Devils have a lot to do if they have to retain the title.

Of course tactically the game changed totally after Jonny Evans was sent off, but having said that United didn’t create any good chances even when they were 11v11. A lack of a world class midfielder is quite obvious when on the opposite side you have got someone like David Silva stamping his authority all over the match.

Fergie’s latest striking dilemma!

Sid Monday, October 17, 2011
Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck

This season has been all about Manchester United’s youth bursting on to the scene and giving our senior players a run for their money! We’ve seen Evans and Jones keep Rio and Vida out of the team on two occasions already; while Cleverley and Anderson grabbed the central midfield positions for themselves and kept Carrick on the side-lines at the start of the season.

We must handle Anfield with care

Guest Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Note: this article is contributed by a new writer for the blog, Leaxan Freitas. He discusses our start to the season and why we can't afford to make silly mistakes at Anfield this Saturday. 

Eleven games into the season and by the time we finish up on 15th at Anfield we would have been two months into the season. What a start to the season, which really for me began in the second half of the Community Shield. Then, we lost Rio and Vidic on the opening day against West Brom. Millions of Red Devils all over the world feared for the worst, but 9 games on and we haven’t lost a single match so far.

Is Rio's time at Old Trafford coming to an end?

Sid Sunday, October 9, 2011

Usually when MLS clubs come sniffing for a big name player, he’s usually in his 30’s and past his best, like Beckham, Henry and Marquez before. And the latest player to be linked with a move to America is our very own fan favourite, Rio Ferdinand.

Jones isn’t the only talented young CB we have!

Sid Thursday, October 6, 2011

I’m sure the first name that popped into everyone’s mind when they read the title of the article was Chris Smalling, but this article isn't about him either. The player I’m talking about hasn't really received as much plaudits from the press and fans like Smalling and Jones have, but he has been just as impressive as the duo.

Season Expectations

Gonzalo Maldonado Friday, August 12, 2011

The victory at the Manchester derby proved United are still the team to beat. After last Sunday’s comeback win against City, United begin their new season this Sunday at West Brom and begin their attempt to reclaim the Premier League title. What do we expect from the champions of England this season in all competitions?

Premier League
Big clubs are always expected to win titles and United isn’t the exception. Considering how many experienced players we have lost, one could assume this season will be one of transition and development of the youngsters among the squad. But there’s something on our side that, to me, will win us the title: Sir Alex Ferguson. The gaffer is a master at rebuilding teams and has no problem in showing the door to the older players to make room for the youth. The preseason games have shown there is no shortage of talented, exciting footballing prospects. Sir Alex knows how to rotate the squad, give everyone the adequate games and make everyone feel important to the club.

Title challengers
There are five potential title challengers, but all of them have yet to certify they’re up for it. Andre Villas Boas will have to deal with Chelsea’s ageing squad. The inclusion of Josh McEachran is a big hope to the Blues, who have only bought promising striker Romelu Lukaku and young midfielder Oriol Romeu. The Portuguese manager must find a solution to the Fernando Torres issue.

It remains to be seen whether City will be able to challenge for the League and the Champions League. It is a new experience for our noisy neighbors, who will have to rotate the squad appropriately so as to be competitive in all fronts. In addition to this, Mancini will have to handle the Tevez situation so as to not generate conflict in the dressing room (oh, and there’s this other guy named Balotelli whose conduct will have to be addressed).

Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs are the three other teams which will fight for a Champions League place next season. With Fabregas and Nasri seemingly leaving the club (we’ll have to wait and see what happens with Van Persie), Arsene Wenger has only brought in Ivorian winger/striker Gervinho, promising winger Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson, failing (or not willing) to buy a goalkeeper, two experienced centre backs and a striker. I don’t see the Gunners winning the League this season, and only time will tell if they’ll secure a Champions League spot.

Liverpool, on the other hand, has spent all of the money that was left from Torres’ transfer to Chelsea and have built a new team. The additions of Jose Enrique, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Doni have made many wonder whether Liverpool can challenge United for the title. I see them qualifying for UCL, they’ve got potential, but they’ll have to improve their performances after what we’ve seen in preseason. Spurs are a big question mark. Their goal will be keeping the success they’ve garnered the last seasons. Should Luka Modric leave, I don’t see them even making it to the Europa League.

Champions League + Domestic Cups
Last season ended bitterly, with United saying goodbye to legends Edwin Van der Sar and Paul Scholes in a CL final defeat against Barcelona. We all wonder whether we can beat Barca and win the CL. Taking into account that this is a young squad, who has yet to fully develop, I’d settle with a semifinal this season. The fact that this is a rejuvenated squad doesn’t mean that we can’t compete at the highest level against top European teams. We have the quality needed to reach a CL semifinal; from then on it will depend on ourselves.

I hope we can win at least one of the domestic cups this season. Last year we lost to City in the FA Cup and were thrashed by West Ham in the Carling Cup. Given the number of youngsters in the squad who are starting to play at their best, we should have a very strong team available for these competitions.

In conclusion, I’d be more than happy if United are able to retain the Premier League this season, and maybe win the FA Cup. Sir Alex Ferguson will be the decisive factor which will lead us to glory.

South American Starlets - Ganso

Gonzalo Maldonado Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Full name- Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima "Ganso"
Date of birth - 12 October 1989 (age 21)
Place of birth - Ananindeua, Pará, Brazil
Height - 1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)
Position - Attacking Midfielder

The season begins the United way

Gonzalo Maldonado Monday, August 8, 2011

The season couldn’t have started better for us. A win over the noisy neighbors after thrilling second half comeback saw United recover from a two goal deficit at half time and lift the community Shield.

It was a leveled first half, with United creating more chances than City, but we had ten disastrous minutes. Our centre backs were unable to prevent Lescott from scoring as David de Gea remained static a step away from the goal line. City dominated the last minutes of the first half and took an exaggerated two goal lead, things weren't looking good then and people were already predicting our collapse and demise!

South American Starlets - Neymar

Gonzalo Maldonado Wednesday, August 3, 2011

This is start of a new series of articles on the blog, with the aim of giving the readers an idea of South American players who might be setting Europe alight in the near future So to kick the series off, we shall present you with probably the most known wonderkid of the continent: Neymar.

Name: Neymar da Silva
Age: 19
Height: 1.74m (5 ft 9 in)
Position: Winger, Striker.

The Battle to be United's No.1

Sid Saturday, July 30, 2011

Around the same time last year, Anders Lindegaard was an unknown to most United fans and even after he was signed in January we really didn’t get to see him in action except for 2 appearances in the FA cup. On the other hand, David De Gea has had people raving on about his talent and ability for quite a while now. Having usurped the talented Sergio Asenjo from the no. 1 position at Atletico Madrid, he has been long touted as the man who would replace Iker Casillas as the Spanish No. 1.

The Fall of Rio's successor!

Sid Friday, July 29, 2011

Jonny Evans was once considered the ideal successor to Rio Ferdinand & the next big prospect to emerge from the youth team. This was merely a season ago! Since the start of last season, his stock has taken a steep slide and seems to have hit rock bottom.

Could this be Fergie's last season?

Trapstar8 Saturday, July 16, 2011

As the new season draws closer, the fixtures are released and the transfer window clicks into overdrive adding even more excitement to the overwhelming optimisim felt amongst fans across the globe. One thought has dawned upon me amongst all this and i admit it fills me with emotions not usually associated with the return to pre-season. 

The terms 'dread','scared' or 'fearful' best describe some of the feelings i get upon the question I've asked myself more and more recently. "Is the Sir Alex's last season in Charge?" The question is impossible to answer, there's no right or wrong opinion because simply put nobody even knows,maybe not even Sir Alex at this stage.

Is this the Frenchman's last chance?

Gonzalo Maldonado Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gabriel Obertan is among the 21 players who are travelling to USA for the 2011 Tour. Many, and I include myself, were expecting the French winger to be by this time either loaned out or transferred to another club. However, Sir Alex Ferguson seems to be giving Obertan one last chance.

The end of an Era at United

Sid Monday, July 11, 2011

I never really thought I’d be so sad to see John O’Shea or Wes Brown, maybe it was because I was so sure we’d see them play out their entire career at United, like Scholes and Neville have, and Giggsy will. While Brown's departure was on the cards, no one ever imagined we'd see O'Shea leave. 

Jones, Young and De Gea: Profiles & Career stats

Sid Friday, July 8, 2011

As everyone knows we've signed 3 players so far this summer, while it looks like we're still in the market for at least another player. So here's a short description of the trio also with a table of their career stats so far.

Why is Sir Alex the best?

Gonzalo Maldonado Thursday, June 30, 2011

Note: Always love it when new authors join the team, and especially when someone as talented in writing as Gonzalo! Hopefully this is just the start of many more articles from him. He's captured the sentiment of every United fan when it comes to the Great One at the top at Old Trafford. Hope you enjoy reading the article too.

Sir Alex Ferguson is proving once again his knowledge and experience in the game by reshaping the squad that will look to retain the Premier League title and also seek Champions League glory, after two consecutive finals ending in defeat to Barcelona.

Could going for Sneijder or Modric be the wrong move?

Sid Saturday, June 25, 2011

The signings of Ashley Young and Phil Jones might have provided cover and strengthened the wings and defense but one position that everyone wants to see a new player is Central Midfield, with the likes of Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder linked to us over the past few weeks, the anticipation of seeing a big name CM join is building.

But is trying to find a like for like replacement for Scholesy the solution here?


Rise of the Tenderfoots.

theblcksheep Friday, June 24, 2011

Last season United fans had so much to celebrate yet had more reasons to feel gutted at the same time. Having won the premier league a record 19 times, Manchester united lost to an exceptional Barcelona side in the Champions League final at Wembley.

Sir Alex admitted that they were the best side he had ever faced in his career. Even though featuring in 3 out of the last 4 European cup finals is a tremendous achievement, United had to be content with winning only one final, over Chelsea in 2008, and losing the other two finals against Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. In both of those finals, United's aging midfield was unable to hold possession and they finally crumbled under the wave of Barcelona's attack. Fresh legs and creativity was found missing in the midfield on both days.

Why Manchester United’s signing of Phil Jones is risky, but also a masterstroke.

Sid Sunday, June 19, 2011

Note: The article is a contribution from my friend Chris, an hardcore Everton and Juventus fan. The guy keeps up with almost every major football league in Europe and knows his Football. This is his take on our signing of Phil Jones, and its impact on the rest of the team. Hope everyone enjoy the read.


The Knight of Salford

theblcksheep Friday, June 17, 2011

It was 1999 FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park. Arsenal were piling pressure on a 10 man United side, with Roy Keane sent off for a rash challenge. United pushed the game into extra time, but were still struggling to find possession over a dominant Arsenal side. Five minutes into the second half of extra time Ryan Giggs, intercepted a cross field pass from Patrick Viera and, set off on a brilliant run that took him past four Arsenal defenders before he drilled a fierce shot into the nearside roof of the net. It was a goal of the highest quality, and Giggs impromptu celebration, whipping his shirt off and twirling it above his head, became one of football’s most memorable moments.

Does the ‘Petit Prince’ want to become King?

Sid Saturday, June 11, 2011

When Patrice Evra made the following statement a few weeks ago,
“So, ‘Petit Prince’, if you want to become King you know where you have to go.”

It seemed nothing more than a mischievous dig at Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, he is after all known for such jibes, one of the reasons we love him so much at the club. But the rumours surrounding Nasri’s future and Sir Alex’s alleged interest in signing him have grown from being tabloid tales to rumors that actually might have some truth in it. So would Nasri dare leave London and Emirates, to join Manchester United?

What have thou done Hernandez??

Sid Friday, June 10, 2011

This is the question Sir Alex will be asking Hernandez after ending the season without his top scorer even making the bench for the Champions League final. Fergie would never have imagined that he’d have to bench Berba in the season where he was finally starting to score goals and living up to his 30million price tag. You'd have got great odds on football betting sites on Hernandez scoring 20 goals, so unexpected was his impact!

Old Trafford's next hero?

Sid Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The past few weeks have seen the number of goalkeepers linked to us dwindle and the player who looks odds on favourite to sign is David De Gea. David De Gea is considered one of the best, if not the best young GK’s in the world and Sir Alex has gone for probably the best available.

Champions League Final Preview

Sid Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memories of Rome 2009 is what almost every Manchester United fan associates whenever Barcelona is mentioned, and it still causes me to wince, memories of the team being ripped apart effortlessly by Barca on that night, and the fact that we were rolled over like tame mice makes the defeat still haunt us.

Two years on Sir Alex and the team have a chance at redemption and erase all memories of that horrible night in Rome. But the challenge that faces us is a more formidable and organised Barcelona team that have been dominating the La Liga for the past few seasons. The thrashing they handed out to their closest rivals in Spain, Real Madrid in the El Classico last year is an example of how devastating their team can be. Pep Guardiola’s team are what Wenger’s hopes his bunch of kids can be.

A Review of Manchester United transfer targets: Midfielders part II

Sid Thursday, April 21, 2011

Continued from Part 1

A Review of Manchester United transfer targets: Midfielders


The midfield has been an area I have always expressed concerns over, and games we struggle in are always characterized by our inability to dominate in midfield. We may have the likes of Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Scholes and Gibson in the team, but the lack of consistency has been a cause of concern.

Balotelli: How long will Mancini protect him?

Sid Sunday, April 17, 2011

I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say City deserved to win the match last night and were the better team on the night. So they deserve congratulations for their victory but also being winner’s means their players also show some respect to their opponents and their fans. So I don’t understand what made Balotelli think it would be a brilliant Idea to try and rile up United players and fans!


A Striking Dilemma for Fergie

Sid Saturday, April 16, 2011

Six months ago, I would never have imagined that we’d see Dimitar Berbatov on the bench so often, and struggling to get minutes on the pitch! Berbatov has gone from being our no. 1 striker at the start of the season to our third striker in the matter of months.


What really won us the game at Stamford Bridge

Sid Thursday, April 14, 2011

As I look back at the 2-1 victory over Chelsea last night, so many great moments come to my mind, and for a game that had so much riding on it for Chelsea especially, I think they failed to really turn up. Yes, this was one of their better performances off late, but still they hardly threatened to cause us much trouble and we ended up finishing the match in comfort.

The Red Report: Midfielders, TonyV, America again, Ronaldo retired.

Sid Sunday, April 10, 2011

 Welcome to the thirteenth issue of The Red Report, the round table discussion of all things Manchester United by your favourite United blogs: The Busby Way, Stretford-End, Bangalore To Old Trafford, ManUtd24, United Youth, Red Flag Flying High and Red Force Rising. "Business end of the season" or "squeaky bum time" whatever you call it, we're there! Central midfield, Antonio Valencia, pre-season and the original Ronaldo are all on the agenda...

Review of Manchester United transfer targets: Goalkeepers


David De Gea

It’s not unusual to have United linked with so many players in the lead up to the summer, but unlike the past few seasons, Sir Alex hasn’t come out and said he won’t be buying anyone, actually to the contrary he has himself said we’d be getting in at least 2-3 players this summer.

The enormity of players linked to the club is so large I had to divide the article into parts that I will publish over the next few weeks. So the best place to begin is the heart of a team’s defense, a Goalkeeper.

A perfect away game!

Sid Thursday, April 7, 2011

Going into the game at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, there was a feeling of nervousness about. It was after all the quarter-finals of the Champions league, against our Arch-rivals Chelsea and we were playing it at a ground where we had failed to win since 2002. So the chances of coming away with anything, let alone a victory seemed very slim.

A look at Rooney’s ban and possible positives from it.

Sid Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I’m not being crazy when I say we shouldn’t be overly worried about Wayne’s ban. Rooney’s return to form has been coming for the past few weeks where we have seen sparks of brilliance from him, and the goal spree finally came against West Ham, where he brought us back from 2-0 down to a earn us a victory worthy of champions!

Squad Overhaul this summer, If so where do we need new players?

Sid Sunday, April 3, 2011

The English press has been buzzing recently with news that Sir Alex well be overhauling the first team squad this summer, with reports saying his transfer budget is an astounding £100 million. Though I really doubt Sir Alex will splash that much money on the squad but there might be some truth in the rumors for sure.

The Old Trafford Atmosphere Needs YOU!

Sid Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Stretford End Flags (SEF) was set up as an independent fans groups with the aim of providing new banners to adourn the front of The Stretford End.
SEF's aim is to look into ways of improving the atmosphere and colour within Old Trafford and involving YOU, the fans in this process.

Rumor Weekly: 20th to 26th March 2011

Sid Sunday, March 27, 2011
Kuszczak on his way out of Old Trafford?


Gabriel Obertan: Our Mercurial French Enigma

Sid Saturday, March 26, 2011

This season has seen its ups and downs for the team, but the positives easily outnumber the negatives and of these few let downs this season, my biggest disappointment has been a certain French winger who has promised so much but failed to deliver every time, Gabriel Obertan.

Fabio: à la Bale?

Sid Tuesday, March 22, 2011

When Fabio and Rafael joined the club 3 years ago, all the excitement surrounding them was mainly focused on Fabio. He was considered the more talented of the twins and also was the captain of the Brazil U-17 team at the time. But since their arrival at Old Trafford, it has been Rafael who’s career has just taken off, leaving older brother Fabio in his dust!

Rumor Weekly: 14th to 19th March 2011

Sid Sunday, March 20, 2011

Douglas Costa: Close to a United switch?
The Latest edition of Rumor Weekly is out. Several players have been linked this past week, including the usuals - De Gea, Sanchez, Pastore. while 3 United players have been linkd with moves away from old Trafford.

The Red Report: Fergie vs the Media, Scholesy, Vile Chants and more...

Sid Friday, March 18, 2011

 Welcome to the twelth issue of The Red Report, the round table discussion of all things Manchester United by your favourite United blogs: The Busby Way, Stretford-End, Bangalore To Old Trafford, ManUtd24, United Youth, Red Flag Flying High and Red Force Rising. After a brief absence we're back and with a new contributor! Fergie, Scholes, our fans and the player of the year are all on the agenda...

Will we really miss Rio?


As news that Rio might be injured for the rest of the season reached me, my first thought was "Thank god we have Smalling!" This got me wondering, has Smalling really made such a big impact that the loss Rio doesn’t get me worried anymore?!

Match Preview: Manchester United vs Marseille

Sid Monday, March 14, 2011

Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 15th March 2011
Venue: Old Trafford
Kick Off: 19:45 GMT

The desire to win, something Arsenal lack and we have!

Sid Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday ended on a perfect note for us, as we beat the Gunners 2-0 in the FA cup and a very comfortable win at that! What made this win sweeter was the fact that Gunners have now been knocked out of three competitions in the past fortnight, going from challengers for a quadruple to challenging for only one title!

Rumor Weekly

This will be a new segment on the blog, and hopefully will become a weekly feature! It will be a roundup of all transfer rumors related to Manchester United from the past week. Hopefully will also get some feedback on how i can improve this section or on new sections to start on the blog.

Rodwell is supposedly on his way to United this summer


Match preview: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Sid Saturday, March 12, 2011

Competition: F.A Cup
Date: Saturday, 12th March 2011
Venue: Old Trafford
Kick Off: 17:15 GMT or 22:45 IST

The F.A Cup has for the past few years been hardly given any importance, but come this Saturday, the match between Manchester United and Arsenal is probably going to be one of the biggest games of the season. The result of this fixture could possibly affect the title race and also reinvigorate either team! The whole world will be watching, and this is the perfect chance for either team to show how they respond to setbacks!

Turning point of the season?!

Sid Friday, March 11, 2011

Last week would probably rate among the worst weeks for the club in the recent past. Especially since we suffered consecutive defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Liverpool! And the result against Liverpool was made worse by the lack of fight we displayed in the game; it was reminiscent of our display against Barcelona in the Champions league final a few seasons ago! Disgraceful is the word that comes to mind!!

Match Preview: Liverpool vs. Manchester United

Sid Sunday, March 6, 2011

Competition: Barclays Premier League
Date: Sunday, 6 March 2011
Venue: Anfield
Kick Off: 13:30 GMT

For me this is the biggest game of the season, and no other fixture will probably be able to recreate the feeling a United fan gets when we beat the scousers at Anfield! Having already won two games against Liverpool this season, and hopefully we can complete a hat trick of wins against them today.

Our Midfield isn’t as strong as it seems

Sid Sunday, February 13, 2011

Our team is among the best in the world but every team has its weak areas, while we do require a winger to replace Ryan Giggs, that need isn’t that urgent, especially given how well Giggsy is continuing to perform, also we have Park and Valencia set to return from their injuries. For me, our midfield is the area that needs strengthening.

Preview: Blackpool v United

Rob Bromilow Tuesday, January 25, 2011
With all the speculation surrounding Charlie Adam's proposed move to Liverpool before the end of the month it is important to remember that a game is going to be played. This game was due to be played early in December and has been a game in hand for both these sides for almost 2 months.

With Eikrem gone, It's Matty's turn!


I think my admiration for Eikrem is no secret and his departure has come as a shock to me, I was so sure that he would make it into our first team this season, evident from my blog earlier this season. I think many close followers of the reserves had tagged him as the next big player to come through our academy! But it didn’t happen, so now I guess it’s time to start drooling over some other youngster, and I think my pick is going to be Matthew James!
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