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The ones who got away


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Piers Barber

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“The only way after United is down,” is the oft-heard warning when a big-name player at Old Trafford is tempted by a move away from the club.

Yet history has proved that it’s not always downhill for those sent packing from Old Trafford.

To prove it, here’s an XI of the most prominent former reds who have left the club, but still managed to go from strength to strength elsewhere. Clearly, it’s a side which could certainly hold its own against the very best. Read the full story

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The dangers of desperate spending


 

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Piers Barber

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Sir Alex Ferguson was a manager defined by his ability to manage change. Although he occupied the head role at the same club for 27 years, he effectively built and managed three separate teams: the side which won the 1992/93 Premier League title, the 1999 treble-winning squad, and the European Cup winning side from 2008. Indeed, Ferguson’s greatest quality was his ability to succeed, dismantle, rebuild and then – against all odds –succeed again. 

Now David Moyes, his successor, must manage the latest major transition at Old Trafford. This a United squad defined by uncertainty, with five of its most influential players in recent years having already left or thought to be set to leave the club by the end of the year: Paul Scholes retired at the end of last season, Ryan Giggs’ powers are fading, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra look likely to leave the club, whilst Nemanja Vidic’s agent has announced he may not be signing a new contract when his current deal runs out in the summer.  Read the full story

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“Moyes! It’s All Your Fault!”


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If you use social media, namely Twitter, you probably would have found several “Moyes Out!” tweets after the Newcastle defeat. With United out of the title race, the pressure is starting to pile on United’s new manager.  Taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson is no small feat but how many United supporters expected Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, to be in 9th place in December after winning the league at a canter?  Some supporters have already called for Moyes to be sacked. Others call for patience.  Does Moyes have what it takes to steady the ship?

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Analysis of Manchester United’s Possession & Counterattacking Play Part 2


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Continuing from Part 1 , Part 2 discusses United’s performance against Everton in relation to use of possession in midfield, counterattacking play and defensive shape in  midfield. Read the full story

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Analysis of Manchester United’s Possession & Counterattacking Play Part 1


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For the majority of Sir Alex’s reign at Manchester United, attacking football was the overriding style of football which kept the United faithful begging for more.  Over the last few years, Fergie’s United has become more functional,effective and pragmatic.  As Moyes looks to prove himself as United manager, let’s take a look at some of the areas that will need tweaking if Manchester United are going to return to more fluid,attacking football. Part 1 focuses on United’s match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Part 2 will focus on United’s match against Everton. Read the full story

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Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United – Tactical Screenshots


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Manchester United’s 5-0 demolition job of Bayer Leverkusen was exhilarating and unexpected.  After dropping points to Cardiff City last weekend and Leverkusen’s home record in the BayArena, United’s chances of a crucial win looked improbable. Moyes’ United took advantage of Bayer’s naive approach as they secured qualification into the knockout stages.

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