Manchester Utd 1-0 West Ham Utd (28/11/12)

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Manchester Utd 1-0 West Ham Utd (28/11/12)

Postby -DL- on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:08 pm

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Manchester United v West Ham United

Wednesday 28th November 2012

Kick Off 20:00

Manager: Alex Ferguson

Chairman: Joel and Avram Glazer

2011/2012 Season: 2nd place in the Premiership.

Stadium:

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http://www.footballgroundguide.com/manchester_united/

Away supporters are normally located in one corner of the ground, taking up part of the East and South stands. The view from the away sections are excellent and up to 3,000 away supporters can be accommodated. Entrance into the stadium is gained by first being searched by a steward and then placing your ticket into an electronic bar code reader. It is then up a few flights of rather steep stairs to the concourse. Although the concourse looks a little cramped, it is adequate and there seems to be enough food and drinks outlets that the queues never seem to get too long. These sell a range of pies and other refreshments, plus normally alcohol is available in the form of bottles of Budweiser and cans of Tetley beer. At the far end of the concourse is a large flat screen television showing Sky Sports. I don't know whether it is the American influence at Old Trafford, but I noticed on my last visit that after buying food or drink, that the attendant would always say; 'Enjoy the game' on giving back your change.
The away fans section is set back from the pitch as there is a disabled area to its front. The leg room between rows is a little tight, as well as the space between the seats themselves. This results in most away fans standing throughout the game. The good thing though, is that the away fans can really make some noise from this part of the stadium.

The Club experimented last season for the Aston Villa game, in housing the away fans in a different part of the stadium. This was in the very top tier of the North Stand towards the Stretford End (area NT3). I wouldn't be surprised if away fans end up in there for the 2012/13 season, as the move will part nullify the presence of away fans and allow more desirable seats in the South East corner to be given to home fans. Although the facilities are fine in this area, you can feel a bit 'cut off' from the rest of the stadium up there as the roof above comes down so low that you are unable to see much of the rest of the stadium.

As you probably know Old Trafford is billed as the 'Theatre Of Dreams' and is certainly one of the best grounds in the country. However, if you have never been there before, be prepared to be a little disappointed, as the reality will probably not meet your pre-conceived expectations. Getting tickets for Man Utd home games is pretty difficult even if you are a member of the club, so make sure you have tickets before you travel.

Pubs:

The three pubs nearest the ground (The Trafford, Sam Platts and The Bishops Blaize) generally won't let you in if you wear away colours. The best bet is probably the city centre or along one of the stops on the Metrolink. On my last couple of visits I have drank at the Quadrant pub which had a mixture of home and away fans and a couple of handy Chinese/Chippies nearby. The pub is about a 10-15 minute walk away from Old Trafford, in the direction of the Cricket Ground (see Directions & Parking for more info). Luke Burns a visiting Birmingham City fan adds; 'There is also the Lime Bar in nearby Salford Quays. Good beer, quick service and good mix of home and away supporters'.

Andy Syborn adds 'away fans are okay to drink in the Bridge at Sale. It is two stops from Old Trafford on the Metro (about eight minutes journey time)'. Alternatively alcohol is normally served within the ground, although for some high profile games the Club opt not to sell any.

By Car:

From the South:
Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and follow the A556 towards Altrincham. This will lead you onto the A56 towards Manchester. Keep on the A56 for six miles and then you will come to see Sir Matt Busby Way on your left. The ground is half a mile down this road on your left, although on matchdays this road may well be closed to traffic.

From the North:
Leave the M6 at Junction 30 and take the M61 towards Bolton. At the end of the M61, join the M60. Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and follow the A5081 towards Manchester. After about two miles you will reach Sir Matt Busby Way on your right for the ground.

From The West:
Follow M56 until its end and then take the M60 (W&N) as for Trafford Centre. At Junction 7 leave M60 and take the A56 towards Stretford. Stay on the A56 for 2.1 miles then you will come to see Sir Matt Busby Way on your left. The ground is half a mile down this road on your left, although on matchdays this road may be closed to traffic. Thanks to Brian Griffiths for providing these directions.

By Train:

Probably the best way to get to the stadium is by Metrolink or train from Manchester Piccadilly mainline station, as Old Trafford has both its own railway station next to the ground and a Metrolink station which is located next to Lancashire County Cricket Club on Warwick Road, which leads up to Sir Matt Busby Way. Normally the railway station is less busy than the Metrolink. Alternatively you can get a bus from Piccadilly Gardens (see below).

Chris Kilcourse adds; 'The Metrolink also has another branch line going to Eccles from Manchester Centre. There are two stops to leave the tram - Pomona and Exchange Quay. These are on the opposite (Salford) side of the ground - probably a quieter line on Matchdays. Pomona is the closest to the ground, only a short walk away and closer than Lancashire CC. Exchange Quay is the one to use for return journeys as the trams get full and may not stop at Pomona going back'.

Amit Basu informs me; 'If using the Metrolink, away fans are better off taking the Altrincham - Bury route and getting off at Old Trafford station, by the cricket ground - just follow the crowds for the football. While the nearest stations to the ground are probably Pomona or Exchange Quays on the Eccles line, they not particularly convenient for getting to or from the away end. However, when leaving, if you have a train to catch after the game, avoid Old Trafford Metrolink at all costs! The best bet is get the train from Manchester United Football Ground station to Piccadilly (Journey time 10 minutes). The entrance to the station is immediately outside the away end'

Tickets:

West Ham have sold their allocation, limited tickets remain in the home end.

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Many thanks to Ricardo for the graphics

Onwards and upwards and put today behind us and give it our all.

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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby dub on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:10 pm

A draw will do here
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby bubbles1966 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:16 pm

A surprise away win for a much changed West Ham

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Subs: Spiegel: Demel: Collins: Maiga: Cole: Moncur: Spence

2 goals for Andy Carroll. Both from Jarvis crosses.

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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby IG8Hammer on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:19 pm

This is my first game of the season! Can't wait. Will be sitting in the Man Utd end though... :oops:
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby 61dicksey on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:21 pm

Noble is suspended for this game isn't he?
5 yellows
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby bubbles1966 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:23 pm

61dicksey wrote:Noble is suspended for this game isn't he?
5 yellows


Yep

Noble (banned)
Collison (injured)
Benayoun (injured)
Diarra (injured)
Vaz Te (injured)

Think we might have got a bit closer today with better availability in midfield. Playing Maiga out wide isn't doing us, nor him, many favours.
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby saludo de carlitos on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:23 pm

I fear for us here, confidence will be low.
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby 61dicksey on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:26 pm

No good going with containment in mind we have to get at them and hope for the best.
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby Puff Daddy on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:27 pm

What is wrong in putting a specialist holding midfileder in for this match ? As Nobes is out, cue, Diarra
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby bubbles1966 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:33 pm

As Nobes is out, cue, Diarra


Injured.If he wasn't I'm sure we'd have seen plenty of him by now.

FWIW - Villa, Norwich and QPR have all been very competitive against Man U in recent weeks so I see no justification for us failing to give them a run for their money.
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby Kitt the car on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:59 pm

We usually bounce back well so I'm going for a 1-1 draw which I'd take all day long up at OT
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby Lincolnhammer92 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:05 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:What is wrong in putting a specialist holding midfileder in for this match ? As Nobes is out, cue, Diarra


Still injured as far as i'm aware.
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby Billydinho on Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:07 pm

Watch Tomkins/JOB be put in holding midfield.

Collins will be back in.

4-0 United.
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby Gerblatz on Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:23 pm

No reason why we can't surprise a few here and upset the applecart. Always a difficult place to go and on paper they have quality running through their team, but Ferguson has enough History of meetings with us to know we can get up for this and do them some damage - he'll have his concerns. As Bubbles points out, teams we've beaten this campaign have gone there and done a job...so can we.
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby Jumby on Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:49 pm

Diame to open the scoring, Van Persie to equalise and then late on Carrol scores a header and we win 2-1, Moncur coming on late and putting in a crunching tackle on one of theirs, leaving them grounded and in agony as Moncs jnr walks away with a look of 'Job done' on his face :D
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby last.caress on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:03 pm

Lost our last 7 (League) meetings v ManUre. Haven't taken three points from them in very nearly five years, and there's been no win for us at Old Trafford since that surreal final day of 06/07. General feeling from all corners is that we'll probably lose, and even if we were dismantled by one of those exhibition scores that they have to spell out there wouldn't be all that many eyebrows raised. So, two ways to go as I see it: We shuffle in belly-upwards meekly offering up the three points for our Red Devil overlords and masters, or we go for their throats, exploit the pressure that's on them and not us to get a result, maybe force an error. One way we're definitely ****ed, the other we're probably ****ed, but with a puncher's chance.

Hm: Last time we beat ManUre at OT, it was courtesy of a goal from a striker we would never ordinarily have imagined would ever wear the claret & blue, who had ended his season-long goal drought that year in a defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. :think:
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby Puff Daddy on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:11 pm

When did Rooney last score ? :twisted:
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby vmixture on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:15 pm

Billydinho wrote:
4-0 United.


I dont think we'll get that many.
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby Lord Snuffsbury on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:16 pm

Honestly fancy us to possibly nick a draw here. Sam will get stuck in after today and as long as we aren't too leggy (or have the Chelsea game on our minds), then it wouldn't surprise me if we took something from the game.

Just a hunch...
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Re: Manchester United v West Ham United: Match Thread

Postby HammerMan2004 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:35 pm

Genuinely thought we could get something from Man Utd until I watched today's performance. I give it 65 mins then Man Utd will just end up too much for us. 2-0.
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