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Manchester United: Restoring Glory to the Reds

An Old Trafford Legend replaces van Gaal at Manchester United - Is it the breath of fresh air they need?
Started on 8 July 2015 by InvertedWingbacks
Latest Reply on 11 August 2015 by InvertedWingbacks
I like the new update style you're using, more graphical :P looks like a good save too (dem loans tho lol) keep up the good work ;)

Last Gasp Winner Gives United the Edge
A Late goal from Fellani gave United an Invaluable Win

With only 3 games left of the league season, United and Chelsea met in an intense first leg of their Champions League semi-final - United knew the key to progressing was to avoid conceding, while Chelsea sought to put at least one past their title rivals to give them the advantage, and knock the wind out of their sails.

However, what promised much in the build up, ended up being something of a damn squib, with neither side really able to find a way through, although Keane's side had the better of the chances, testing Courtois several times in the first half, but to no avail.

In the second half, Chelsea fought back strongly, Diego Costa breaking free of the defence after 60 minutes, but firing just wide, as De Gea dove the wrong way in his attempt to stop the shot. The rest of the match was timid from both sides, as they probed at each other's defences, desperate to find a way through.

In the end, it was Belgian Maroune Fellani who found the winning ticket, latching onto Pogba's long ball forward, and making no mistake as he rolled the ball into the far corner of the net just one minute from time to give United a slender 1-0 lead going into the second leg next week
Nice update and win :)
Good win in a tough match!

Tough Week Leaves United On A High
Rooney Watches from the Bench has his team-mates lead the title charge

With Wayne Rooney watching on from the bench as odds shorten on him leaving Manchester United this summer, his team made massive strides towards a League and Champions League double with a narrow win over Leicester.

The match against Leicester was one of United's greatest chances to take the driving seat in the race for the title - A win here, and they would only have to match Chelsea's result on the last day, and an early strike from Spaniard Juan Mata put the Manchester Side firmly in the driving seat.

Argentine midfielder Angel di Maria continued to prove that his form is only getting better with every passing day, and his increasingly impressive showings are giving Keane some food for thought about how he arranges his midfield for next season. The winger doubled United's lead after just 9 minutes, essentially putting the game beyond all doubt.

Leicester were on the back foot, and United were very much in the ascendancy, with Leighton Baines scoring his 11th goal of the season from a long-range freekick to give United a 3-0 lead. Come half time, United were assured in possession, and pushing the ball around, tiring the defence.

The Second half was largely the same story, with Keane's side dominating; James Wilson went close several times, but found himself regularly off-target - a rare sight for a player with 14 goals to his name in all competitions this season. Two late goals from Leicester brought a touch more respect to the scoreline, but United were never in danger of throwing away this golden chance at the League title

Tough Draw Sees United Through
Di Maria orchestrated an away goals win for United

With only London rivals Chelsea standing between United and a crack at the Champions League title, the Reds knew that a score draw would be sufficient to see them into a Final showdown with French side Lyon. Wayne Rooney once again watched from the bench, as rumours swirl that he's set to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Up front, Van Persie, Memphis Depay and James Wilson were chipping away at the Chelsea defence, and it was United who struck first, di Maria breaking from deep to fire the ball home from long-range and send United's fans into Raptures.

The joy was short-lived though, as Eden Hazard equalised just two minutes later with a tap-in from short range after Daley Blind missed an easy interception. Hazard doubled Chelsea's lead just ten minutes later, lifting the ball over an onrushing De Gea after he broke clear of the United defence.

2-1 to Chelsea, and United Champions League dream was slipping further and further away; Chelsea had parked the bus, and parked it well. Nothing United tried was coming off, and with the players getting more and more frustrated, Keane made changes, bringing van Persie off in favour of Joaquin Correa, and pushing his formation out wide, in order to utilise the space opening up on Chelsea's left hand side.

The Argentine made the most of his chance just a few minutes from time, breaking down United's right flank, and cutting inside, leaving Gary Cahill flat-footed, and rolled the ball past Courtois with the confidence of a player at least 8 years his senior. Stamford Bridge erupted, and the final whistle was list in the cheers and chants of the United Fans - their team were Champions League Finalists!
Fantastic drama at the Bridge! Nice update, like the style!
Robin van Persie, United's top scorer with 18 goals, was a key man on the final day

As the Premier league season drew to a close this evening, both Manchester United and Chelsea had an equal shout at the title. Just one point separated the sides, making both United's game against Norwich, and Chelsea's tie against Manchester City, must-win games.

At Norwich, Roy Keane set his stall out to attack Norwich, and seal the victory which would give United an invaluable win, but his gameplan fell apart after just 20 minutes, when Ron Vlaar capitalised on a rare error from David De Gea to hammer a volley home from the edge of the box.

Despite having nothing to play for, Norwich were not about to lie down and let United (who, until now had been Champions elect) walk all over them, and they were swarming forwards, not allowing Keane's side to settle on the ball, and disrupting the play whenever they could.

United and their fans were visibly frustrated - today was their golden opportunity to seal the league title, but when Vlaar doubled Norwich's lead, all of the wind fell from United's sails - 2-0 down, and with seemingly nothing left in the tank, Keane's side were broken.

In Manchester, Chelsea were set to take on Manchester City, and events in Norwich meant that a win for the London club would seal the title. 7th-placed City were barely 12 points ahead of the Norwich side who were so spectacularly throwing a spanner in United's title works.

Anything can happen on the last day of the season though, and when Yaya Toure broke free of the Chelsea defence after just 10 minutes, Petr Cech had to react quickly to get a palm up and block the shot, much to the relief of the Chelsea fans.

Toure saw his early shot saved by Cech in the Chelsea goal

A draw wouldn't be enough for Chelsea, with United's goal difference slightly better, and as the London side poured forwards, the United fans waited with bated breath for any news; and they weren't waiting long, as Sergio Aguero broke free of Gary Cahill, and lifted the ball over Cech to take the lead after 30 minutes.

From then, City were cruising, passing with an air of assurance, and never letting Chelsea back into the game. In Norwich, United fans were going crazy, knowing full well that, unless City let it slip now, the title was theirs!
Below: United Celebrate Title Victory
Sounds like an exciting final day! Congrats!
Yay you won the title!

also what are you doing using my disgraceful banner
2015-08-11 10:37#218218 AlexTHFC : Yay you won the title!

also what are you doing using my disgraceful banner

That explains that then. Was going to question the banner :P

Live From Berlin, Only on the BBC

Hello, and welcome to Berlin's Olympiastadion, the location for this summer's Champions League final, between 3 Time Champions Manchester United, and Ligue 1 runners-up Lyon. These two teams have earned their place in the final, through some scintillating performances over the last season.

Lyon opened their campaign against Barcelona at home with a hard-fought 2-1 defeat. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi netted for the visitors, and although Eugene Konoplyanka pulled one back for the French side. Next, the French outfit travelled to Germany to play Wolfsburg, winning 3-2 thanks to goals from Konoplyanka and Alexandre Lacazette. A heavy 4-0 defeat against Sporting came next, but Lyon turned the tables in the reverse fixture, winning 2-1 at home, through goals from Nabil Fekir and Clinton N'Jie. With Group A looking tight, the reverse fixture against Barcelona was an opportunity for Lyon to really kickstart their campaign; and the 2-2 draw was a definite improvement, as Clement Grenier netted twice to put Lyon within touching distance of the knockout stages. Goals from Lacazette, Dabo and Mvuemba sealed the deal against Wolfsburg, and Lyon were on the way to the knockouts.

Shakhtar were the first opponents, and a Yassine Benzia strike at Stade de Gerland put Lyon in the driving seat heading into the second leg in Ukraine, where the French outfit slipped through on away goals after a narrow 3-2 loss in the away leg. The Quarter finals were a similar setup; Lacazette helped his side to a 1-0 win against Roma at home, and Konoplyanka netted in the away leg to seal a 1-1 away draw, and send his side through to a semi-final tie against group rivals Barcelona. At Stade de Gerland, Lyon played out an emphatic 4-0 victory, with goals from Bisevac, Fekir, Prince-Boateng and Marcelo Moreno delighting fans. The away leg at the Nou Camp was almost an exact reversal; goals from Dani Alves, Messi, Suarez and Neymar looked to be sending the tie to Extra Time, until fan favourite Alexandre Lacazette popped up on the edge of the area to rifle a volley into the top corner and seal a ticket to Berlin.

Manchester United's route to the final was longer, starting in the Playoffs against Fenerbahçe, who they dispatched with ease at Old Trafford, netting 4 in a smooth victory. The return leg was an excuse to play some youngsters, and despite an impressive display, United still found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.

Drawn into a group with Juventus, Olympiakos and Qarabag, United embarked on an incredible 5 game unbeaten run in Europe, ended only by a 2-1 defeat on the last match of the group against Juventus. This imperious group performance put United in the top half of the draw, and they drew CSKA Moscow in the first knockout round, whom they swept aside in an aggregate 5-1 victory.

When United were drawn against Real Madrid, and then suffered a 4-2 defeat, many thought it would be the end of their campaign, but an excellent performance by Angel di Maria, who orchestrated two United goals, saw them through to the semi-finals, where they met League rivals Chelsea. A 1-0 win at Old Trafford, followed by a 2-2 draw in London saw United into the final, where we pick up the story.

Ahead of the game, United's fans have been optimistic - their run to the final has been nothing short of impressive, compared to Lyon's stop-start approach. Indeed, even looking at the starting line-ups, United seem to have more about them tonight.

Manchester United Matchday Squad

Starting XI: David De Gea, Rafael, Phil Jones (c), Jonny Evans, Leighton Baines, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Angel di Maria, James Wilson
Bench: Victor Valdes, Matteo Darmian, Joaquin Correa, Wayne Rooney, Marquinhos, Kingsley Coman, Memphis Depay

Olympique Lyon Matchday Squad

Starting XI: Anthony Lopes, Cristophe Jallet, Milan Bisevac, Samuel Umitti, Mouhamadou Dabo, Maxime Gonalons, Clement Grenier, Claudio Beauvue, Nabil Fekir, Alexandre Lacazette
Bench: Mathieu Gorgelin, Bakary Kone, Arnold Mvuemba, Marcelo Moreno, Clinton N'Jie, Guieda Fofana, Jordan Ferri

And without further ado, it's off to Berlin for kick-off

United kick us off, and immediately, Lyon are on the backfoot, James Wilson sending a raking ball down the flank for di Maria, who flicked it centrally to Juan Mata, who's shot was deflected by the outstretched boot of Bisevac. United's corner was driven in by Mata, but di Maria's glancing header was going nowhere but Lopes' gloves.

The atmosphere around the stadium was electric, and it escalated after 14 minutes, when Wilson rolled the ball out wide to Januzaj, and then met the resultant cross with a graceful volley into the bottom corner of the net to put United 1-0 up.

Wilson celebrates his spectacular volleyed goal which gave United the lead

United embarked on several flowing attacks after the restart; 22 minutes in, De Gea lofted the ball forwards, but Grenier beat Wilson to the header, playing the ball forward to Lacazette, who promptly lost the ball to Phil Jones. The defender's pass forward found di Maria, who rolled the ball into the path of James Wilson. The striker turned Grenier inside out, before lofting the ball out wide to Juan Mata. The Spaniard's ball into the box found Adnan Januzaj rushing to meet it, and the Belgian made no mistake, his diving header connecting sweetly, and leaving Lopes flat-footed as he tried to meet it.

Despite being 2-0 down, Lyon were seemingly sparked into action - from the restart, Lacazette played a sweet pass to Henri Bedimo, who held the play up, allowing his teammates to pour forwards on the break, Bedimo lifted a ball out wide to Dabo, who squared it into the box, beating Phil Jones, and Lacazette battered the ball towards the goal. De Gea got a glove to the ball, but only managed to parry it onto the crossbar. Beauvue pounced on the rebound, and made no mistake at the second attempt - burying the ball in the back of the net.

Beauvue wastes no time in picking the ball out of the net to kickstart his side's comeback

Not even 10 minutes after Lyon pulled one back, United were in the driving seat again. James Wilson picked the ball up deep inside the Lyon half, and played a smart 1-2 with Juan Mata, before lifting the ball over Grenier to find Leighton Baines out wide. Baines gave him the ball back, leaving the defence flat-footed. Wilson shaped to take the shot from the edge of the area, but spotted di Maria powering down the right flank, and threaded the ball through the Lyon defence for the Argentine to hammer the ball home and make it 3-1.

The second half saw more of the same from United, and with no further goals, United were well on their way to the Champions League title!

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