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Oppos Viewpoint – Manchester United

A bit about you:

Name: Ian Stirling, 48, married with one child, Vice chair of the Manchester United Supporters' Trust. 

Current home town:  Salford

Birthplace: Blackpool. 

How long have you supported your team? Since I can remember. Grew up under the shadow of the floodlights. 

Overview of your club:

Proud history, fantastic supporters, leeches for owners.  

Favourite thing about your home ground: It's just steel and bricks now. The ground I knew and loved doesn't exist now. It lost its heart when all seater stadiums were introduced.  What makes it special now is the people who fill it.  

Favourite match played by your team & why: Semi final of the FA cup against Arsenal in '99. If they gave out oscars for football matches it'd win the lot!   

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Has to be Cantona although I've seen better players, I've never seen a better man.  

About our forthcoming match against you

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? De Gea. Goes about his work without any fuss. The Paul Scholes of Goalkeepers. 

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Next Up – Manchester United

Next Up - Manchester United 21 September 2014, 1.30PM

Manager      Louis van Gaal         

Founded      1878 as Newton Heath LYR F.C. and 1902, as Manchester United F.C.1863

Ground         Old Trafford

Address       Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 0RA

Capacity        75,731

Squad: 

1        GK      David de Gea

2        DF      Rafael

3        DF      Luke Shaw

4        DF      Phil Jones

5        DF      Marcos Rojo

6        DF      Jonny Evans

7        MF      Ángel Di María

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Nick Powell – Former Club Fans Viewpoint – Part Two

Today is the second and final article featuring the views of Wigan fans giving us an insight into deadline day loan signing Nick Powell, first to feature today are the views of Sean Livesy

“Nick Powell signed after the opening of the loan transfer window in September last year and his first game was in fact against Leicester at the KP Stadium as a 55th minute substitute for Roger Espinoza. In his time with us Nick scored 12 goals in all competitions and his career as a Wigan player can be split in to two separate sections. The first part of his season with us from September to January where he was excellent and made what was effectively a poor side under Owen Coyle tick and the second part from January to the end of the season where he spent much of the time out of the side through a combination of fitness, lack of form and what many perceived to be a poor attitude.

There is no doubt that Nick Powell is a talented player but many Wigan fans grew frustrated at the end of the season as it seemed Powell considered himself above the club and carried an air of someone who knew he was better than lowly Wigan.

The change in management no doubt hampered Nick's progress, under Owen Coyle Nick Powell could have been considered the best player in a poor side and on many occasions he pulled us out of the mire but once Uwe Rosler took over and began to mould the side in to his own vision Powell was no longer the stand out performer and perhaps being less of a focus point for the side didn't fit in to his style. Where as he was clearly a cut above the rest of the under-performing side with Coyle in charge the rest of the squad responded to Rosler and got back to their true levels. Nick should have kicked on but sadly they didn't and it could be argued his performance levels went backwards.

His appearances dwindled later in the season with a lack of fitness which was capped by missing the play-offs due to a court appearance for drunk driving. At this point there was probably no way back for Nick, a hugely talented player but still a very young man. With a full season in the Championship behind him he should take to the Premier League easily but it's his attitude that has the big question mark over it. If he can improve his work rate then his undoubted talent will shine through and Leicester will have a decent player on their hands.”

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A Cameo Performance the Key to an Unexpected Away Win

Stoke 0 City 1

Report by Kate Thompson

At a ground where City wins have been as rare as hens’ teeth and where we suffered the worst heartbreak of supporting the team in 2008, this was as surprising as it was welcome. 

The news before the game that Schmeichel was unavailable only added to the feeling that we would be lucky to get a point but in the event Hamer stepped up to the plate and was a worthy deputy. His kicks from his area often went out for an unnecessary throw-in but in truth the only save of any significance came right at the end of the game when Stoke were chasing it.

Apart from Hamer, the team was the same as the one which played against Arsenal but with Drinkwater and Cambiasso on the bench; I was surprised that Albrighton wasn’t among the subs whereas Knockaert was. 

The first half was disappointing, with City camped in their own half for much of the time and there were several examples of last-ditch and rather desperate defending.  Peter Crouch missed an easy chance and there were a few other scares.

However, two inspired substitutions at half-time turned the game around and meant that Ulloa’s goal in the 65th minute settled matters.  Cambiasso immediately showed his class, spraying passes around and finding team-mates in a way his colleagues had failed to do. 

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Oppos Viewpoint – Stoke

A bit about you:

Recent graduate, currently training as a croupier at a local casino because no one in the entire World of Sport is willing to give me a chance in a job. I am also a blogger on a new, but successful Stoke site (4231 Stoke) (http://fourtwothreeonestoke.com) just to keep me sane during this tough time.

Name: Matt Morris, however I’m known as Mozzaa.

Current home town:  Stoke-on-Trent

Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent

How long have you supported your team? Well my first game was Exeter away in 1992, I was 6 months of age so I do not count that, I started to regularly go Stoke games in 1996; so a good 18 years.

Overview of your club:

A different beast to how we were even 2 years ago, however there is still some of the aspects there, but with plenty of attacking flare and pace. Severely under-rated, unfairly judged (usually by London folk) and have a centre half who should be in the England squad, but is judged on a mistake on his debut against a world class striker, who had one of the games of his career and a more internationally experienced Gary Cahill wanting no responsibility of defending said player – the shirker, but we are not bitter about it...

Favourite thing about your home ground: The warmth climate. In all seriousness, I would say it is probably the supporters, when we get going that is, it is rare and far between these days though. – The ground was a balls up soon as the plans were made (it’s a long story but the ground is the wrong way round to which they wanted it to be.).

Favourite match played by your team & why: Match itself – it can’t be anything else but beating Bolton 5-0 at Wembley, not many teams will go to Wembley and beat a team on a similar billing so emphatically. In terms of experience, Valencia away I doubt will ever be beat - the entire week was immense.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: It would have been Graham Kavanagh, but he left a bitter taste in most fans mouths and he’s the only player who has made me cry when they left. So I will go for Sergei Shtaniuk– not many outside of Stoke would have heard of him, but the guy was an absolute colossus and was far too good for us at the time, genuine Premier League player playing in Division 2. Rory Delap deserves an honorary mention too.

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