Archive | October 2012

Chelsea vs Manchester United: 1 Thing We Learned

NOTE: The final version of this review was deleted by WordPress for reason yet unknown to mankind. Therefore, the best I can do is publish a very early draft of this piece containing only one point to take away from the Chelsea thriller. Sincere apologies.

In a game that was to go a long way in elucidating the title aspirations of these two teams, Manchester United managed to overcome the slight odds by securing their first win at Stamford Bridge in 10 years, closing the gap at the top of the table to just one point. Read More…

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3 Things Manchester United Needs To Do To Beat Chelsea

This week, United are coming up against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a match which will surely provide an insight as to where the league title ends up this season.

Neither team fared well in Europe mid-week. United went down 2 goals early in the game to come back from behind and scrape a narrow win but remain at the top of their group. Chelsea endured a tough trip to Donetsk, losing to Ukrainian heavyweights, Shakhtar Donetsk, and is sure to seek amendment after falling three points behind Shakhtar in third position.

All eyes are on The Bridge as an injury-ravaged United defence comes up against the combined force of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar. Read More…

The Curious Case of Michael Carrick

After a full four minutes of futile over-thinking, I fail to think of another United player in recent times who has segregated the United supporters in the same way Michael Carrick has.

The Manchester United midfielder has been subject to an immense amount of criticism and is constantly referred to by many as not being United quality. To some, he is a masterful distributor of the ball, playing incisive passes and is the pivot of the midfield. To many others, he is physically slow, passes backwards only, slows down play, doesn’t win the ball and is, well… quintessentially useless.

But is he? Read More…

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Newcastle United vs Manchester United: 5 Things We Learned

Manchester United continued to defy the laws of momentum by managing a reverse scoreline of last season’s correlating fixture against the Magpies at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle supporters have had quite a long while to bask in the glory of defeating the eventual 2011/12 season runner-ups in a surprising 3-0 scoreline. 9 months on, and United have recovered from a historic 3-2 loss to Vilas-Boas’ Tottenham side with a solid 2-1 win over Romanian champions, CFR Cluj and (now) a 3-0 demolition act over Alan Pardew’s injury-ridden Newcastle side.

As satisfying as it may have been to achieve amendment for the January fixture, there were numerous noteworthy points to take from this game in order to gain a better understanding of United’s prospects in the 2012/13 season. Here are 5 of them. Read More…

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Quick update

I seem to have created this blog at a bad time. The infamous international break is back this week, meaning no EPL games to review. As a result, I’ll be posting a very late review on the Newcastle United game at St James’ Park some time in the next couple of days.

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Inaugural post

Hey there! I’m Mohamed Ismail, 15, from Australia. I’ve put this blog together, just to present my ideas/thoughts about Manchester United to the general public (assuming people are reading). The idea is fuelled by a burning interest in sports journalism, as well as United itself.

I am astutely aware it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I aim to provide a statistical insight using concise, clear observations/ideas to form a well-constructed opinion on various issues/events around the club, whether it be an insight to an individual or a match review.

Any feedback would be much appreciated. Cheers!