Manchester United

August 29th, 2013

The end has come…again

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Dear Man Utd Offside blog readers,

I am sorry to say that due to changing circumstances that prevent me giving the time this page deserves, I am ceasing my updates of this blog. It was a bit ambitious to try and bring it back after such a long period of inactivity, but I don’t regret it, it was fun. However, I was trying to hold the fort alone so to speak, and now I don’t have the time to do that. I don’t really want to let the blog fall into decay again, but I don’t really have too much of a choice, the site owners have taken no interest in it. A quick glance across the other clubs on the top bar will confirm that.

Should anyone out there wish to continue to discuss Utd issues, the Manchester United Offside Facebook page could still be used, I will keep the occasional eye on it. But as for the blog, I am done. Thank you for your support. Best wishes


August 18th, 2013

Swansea vs Man Utd Match Report (Utd swan to victory in fantastically upbeat first game)

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Well, faithful legions of admirers, ladies, gentlemen, denizens of the Internet deep, the situation here at The Offside remains as ever it was: something akin to a loyal customer who can never get through to the call centre on high. Nevertheless, he battles on, and that is what shall be happened, at least for the next few weeks and games, after which I will be forced to reassess the situation. More news on that when it happens and I shall be needing feedback on what action to take. But anyway, for now we have time to focus on the opening weekend of the Premier League and it was rather a good one as they go. Usually you get the mix of an awake team catching out one that is still on the summer holiday beach in St. Barts, the perilously boring 0-0 draw featuring less alertness than a teenage insomniac, the standard ‘I-don’t-remember-it-being-this-difficult-last-season’ mob and of course the debuts of the new boys, ranging from ‘Hey! We can do this!’ to Cardiff City’s ‘Damn, this is tough!” But as I say, it went rather well, with a very alert Villa seeing off an transfer-plagued and injury-riddled Arsenal undoubtedly the story of the day. But Utd were in action too and all eyes were on Moyes as he looked to show that Utd are still a team to fear. Any need for the fans to worry? Apparently not. Read the rest of this entry »

August 12th, 2013

Man Utd vs Wigan Community Shield 2013 (First trophy for Moyes as RVP fires up for a new season)

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I said it in the Sevilla report that as far as I was concerned, I would start judging Utd from the community shield onwards. Utd got just two wins on tour against opposition that could hardly be described as world-leading, but that all disappears into the mists of time when faced with actual result-based competition. You do the hard work to get into a Community shield, so how can it be described as a glorified friendly? It’s a competitive fixture, one match, one trophy, like the Super Cup. Given Moyes has never won a trophy of any description, this provided a perfect chance for an opener. Read the rest of this entry »

August 10th, 2013

Utd vs Sevilla (Ferdinand’s testimonial cast in shadow by sublime Spanish)

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In themselves, testimonials are not taken seriously. They are just a nice way of showing respect for a certain player’s loyalty and longevity, and the opponent and result are largely irrelevant. However, there were a few extra reasons to take a peak at the latest one at Utd. In recent years, we’ve celebrated the careers of Ole Solskjaer, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville. This season came the turn of Rio Ferdinand and the chosen opponents were Spanish outfit Sevilla. Testimonials are sometimes left until the end of player’s career, but in this case, Ferdinand has just come off the back of a season as solid as any. All the more reason for this one to be a little more competitive. In addition, this, because of all Utd’s globetrotting, was Moyes’ first game at Old Trafford. How would it go? Well, in short summary, Utd were largely made to look quite average by a free-flowing Spanish side full of confidence. Read the rest of this entry »

August 7th, 2013

AIK vs Man Utd (Latest tour report and transfer discussion)

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First off, let me just say, as we plod along here, that I’ve not really enjoyed following this Tour 2013. In my view, and comments from all managers seem to back this up, pre-season is the opportunity to ‘tune’ the team, ensure everyone recovers their pre-holiday fitness as best as possible and to embed young players and prospects. Now, also in my view, that can be done against many many many teams. So why Utd felt the need to travel halfway across the world, racking up the greatest number of air miles of any Premier League team, FOR FOOTBALL REASONS, is completely illogical to me. In my final view, this has been nothing but something to satisfy the corporate men-in-suits, as much as Utd’s fan base in the East has enjoyed it. Read the rest of this entry »

July 30th, 2013

Tour 2013: Kitchee vs Utd (A rare win for Utd on tour as youngsters shine brightly)

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Yes, you read that right, Utd won on Tour. And that means….absolutely nothing. I’d never heard of Kitchee, but they play in the Hong Kong league, which I think excuses me that lack of awareness. Having had the time to keep up with this match with live text feeds from the newspaper, it became clear very quickly that those covering the action were a little hacked off at the station. They signed up to cover classic Champions League encounters and ferociously contested derby games, not pre-season meanderings in the Far East. But Utd were in residence and Kitchee turned up, so they reluctantly settled over their laptops. Read the rest of this entry »

July 27th, 2013

Cerezo Osaka vs Man Utd: Draw salvaged by Zaha

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The latest tour opposition arrived in the form of Cerezo Osaka, a perfectly capable team from the J-League. It’s rather warm over in Japan at the moment and the heat must certainly be helping Utd’s fitness, if not their performance levels. Nevertheless, despite scraping a 2-2 draw against Osaka and being outplayed a lot of the time, David Moyes reckons the game featured the best Utd play yet on tour and there were indications that he may be correct in that assessment. There is still a long way to go, a very long way in truth, but Utd did ok in difficult conditions. Read on to find out how: Read the rest of this entry »

July 24th, 2013

Yokohama F-Marinos vs Utd: Utd fall again to Tour opposition

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If anyone paid any attention to the recent Lions tour, they will be familiar with the setup. The Lions play a bunch of ‘warm-up’ provincial sides before the main feature. That’s kind of what Utd’s tour is like, the main feature being the real league of course. The Lions actually lost one of their provincial games, something not generally done, before winning the main feature convincingly, something not generally done. Which is why the people on the facebook pages, and the twitterers, and the Daily Mail readers shouldn’t be composing prophecies of doom just yet. Granted, Utd haven’t got up to speed yet on tour, but will Moyes be judged on pre-season? That’s like making a court verdict while the accused is still in the van on the way. Read the rest of this entry »

July 22nd, 2013

A-League All-Stars – Moyes’ first win

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Picture the scene. A pub. 2025. The final round of the Tuesday night quiz. The survivors of the brutal preliminaries: two elite outfits of pub quiz legend. With the scores tied in a dramatic finale, the questionmaster leans forward to his microphone and says: “Which player was the first to score under David Moyes’ tenure as Manchester United boss?” The cue for complete silence. Both teams look puzzled. “Right,” one team member says logically. “That was 2013, who was playing for United in 2013?” “Giggs,” one offers, comfortable in the knowledge that the 52-year old Welshmen is still an integral part of the first team. “Nah,” says another. “Not likely to be him. Put down Rooney or something.” The gentlemen in question paid no attention to the Rooney transfer saga of ‘13, and quite rightly so. But on the other team is an avid Utd fan and he takes great pride in whispering: “Jesse Lingard.” And not a single other person in the pub knew that. Read the rest of this entry »

July 5th, 2013

Great change at Utd as Moyes makes first appointments

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Breaking news….Sir Alex Ferguson retired. I know, I missed that little newsbite too. I bet it was in one of those really tiny sections; you know, the ones where they say Gary Smith has transferred to Torquay for £500 and will be paid in custard creams, or David Beckham’s next club will be in the Belize division 2 – all of his salary going towards a penny chew. But anyway, apparently it was there, and on July 1st (a couple of days ago – granted, but if you are looking for hot-off-the-press news, this graveyard really isn’t the best place) his successor, Mr Moyes, drove the 35.5 miles (43 minutes according to Google Maps) to his new office. He looked absolutely delighted at the name plaque Utd went to great expense to produce: Read the rest of this entry »

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