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Next Up Manchester United 1 May 2016

Next Up Manchester United 1 May 2016

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

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Going to Manchester United ?

Manchester United   M16 0RA

By car  103 mls, 2 hours 15 mins


Leave the M60 at Junction 12 M602 (Salford /Manchester). At the end of the M602 (Junction3) follow signs for Salford Quays & Trafford Park. At the oundabout turn right onto Trafford Road(A5063). At the bridge over the Manchester ShipCanal, keep in the right hand lane, turn right and follow the road round to Trafford Wharf Road, then left at the traffic lights onto Sir Alex

Ferguson Way. Continue through the traffic lights onto Wharfside Way and follow the signs to your required car park.


Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and take the A556 in the direction of Manchester Airport. Continue onto the M56 to Manchester, passing the Airport, and follow the signs to the M60 (North & West). Leave the M60 at Junction 7 (A56 Chester Road) and follow the signs for Manchester United. (Sir Matt Busby Way is closed from Chester Road on Match Day.)

There are lots of small private car parks near to the ground, otherwise it is street parking.  Old Trafford Cricket Ground costs £10 but it can be slow leaving.  Around the cricket ground there is street paeking if you arrive early. Parking at  Salford Quays Lowry  Outlet Mall (M50 3AH) , a ten minute walk away from the stadium, has 4 hours free parking if you spend £5-00 in the shops or restaurants and then get a store to validate your receipt/car parking ticket). Otherwise park in one of the smaller tiowns on the outskirts and take the Metrolink to Old Trafford.

MATCHDAY: Access to car parks E1 & E2 can only be gained via Wharfside Way with the relevant permits. Anyone attempting to access via Chester Road will be directed around the traffic system which will cause further delays. Where acting upon Police instructions, Supporters parking on E1 & E2 may be held back after the game

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Report by Paul Weston

I suspect that, like most City fans, the past week had been ruined for me as I went through in my mind, time and time again, the injustices of the match against West Ham and what had to be one of the most awful and inconsistent refereeing performances I have ever witnessed. It had ruined what in fact could have been a good match.

The consequences of Jamie Vardy’s rant against the referee as he was sent off had led to his absence for the Swansea match with the strong chance of this being extended to the Old Trafford match on 1 May. It was difficult not to feel that the world was against us, compounded by Stoke City’s rather pathetic performance against Spurs on the following day.

In order to cope I had decided to approach the match in a realistic but positive way- rather like Ranieri. It had been so far a brilliant season which I would probably never ever witness again in my lifetime. If Spurs beat us to the top then good luck to them, but we City fans and the team would stand proudly together and we would cheer them to the end, whatever the result.

All the so-called experts had filled column inches in the newspapers before the match doubting how we could cope without Vardy. Claudio Ranieri, not only a master tactician but also so skilful at both charming and manipulating the press, chose to praise the whole squad and some of the lesser known players. Ulloa led the line for the match and Schlupp was selected for his raw pace ahead of Albrighton.

The KP stadium was packed and, as the players came onto the pitch, erupted to an awesome noise which drowned out the Posthorn Gallop and The Birch’s rabble rousing cry to the fans. I have never witnessed anything like it and it could not have failed to stir the players.

After a rather uncertain start during which Swansea, as expected, had a lot of possession, City were presented with a gift. Williams played a sloppy pass across defence which rebounded off Mahrez and he calmly slotted the ball just inside the post. 1-0 and which was just the calming factor we all needed.

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Leicester City 4 v 0 Swansea City

Report by Stuart Dawkins

The way that Spurs had demolished Manchester United and Stoke to win their previous two games and, with all respect to Swansea, the way that City’s visitors had been playing recently made this feel like a “must win” game for Leicester – even without the presence of Vardy.

It is hard to get the balance right currently between optimism (“five points ahead with four to play”) and natural Leicester pessimism (“they haven’t won it yet”).  Claudio has finally admitted the league title is a target – but that is entirely consistent with his approach all season of setting the next achievable target, and no further.

The approaches to the ground were surrounded by camera crews.  The banner at the Kop end read “History makes us who we are”, Birch rang a bell (“Dilly Ding, Dilly Dong”) before the players came out onto the pitch.   The noise made by the City fans when the teams did come out was the loudest I have ever heard at the King Power stadium.  Nothing was quite normal about the pre-match build-up.

Ranieri made two changes – predictably Ulloa replaced the banned Vardy, partnering Okazaki up front; Schlupp also replaced Albrighton reflecting his positive contribution and speed towards the end of last week’s match against West Ham.

Leicester looked nervy for the first 10 minutes.  Morgan gave the ball away after less than 40 seconds which almost led to a Swansea chance.  Whilst Swansea threatened nothing too dangerous, they looked the more settled side.

Then the normally dependable Ashley Williams played a lazy pass from defence, which hit Mahrez, leaving the Leicester star with only the keeper to beat.  He took his time, picked his spot and scored easily:  1-0 after 10 minutes.

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Referee Claims Lead Role in King Power Drama


Report by Eddie Blount

Forget the fact that there were no less than four contenders for Player of the Year on the pitch for this game for one participant played a bigger role in deciding the outcome than all four put together. Unfortunately it was referee John Moss!

City and West Ham might just as well have stayed in the dressing-room at half time and allowed Moss to strut about the pitch unaccompanied for all the impact in the second half that either team was allowed to have on the result.

With so much at stake for both teams what occurred was a travesty of justice for both teams but particularly for City as officious and totally inconsistent decision-making ruined the match as a contest that the better team might have won. As it was I cannot say which side was the better as the impact of Moss’s performance, particularly in the last half hour, turned the match into a pure lottery.

The game began in sensational fashion and City miraculously avoided going one down in the first West Ham attack. A dubious free kick, one of very many to follow, was headed goalwards by Kouyate and superbly tipped on to the keeper’s left post by Schmeichel for the ball to then hit the other post and rebound into his grateful arms. At such moments it seems as though the fates are smiling on you. Little did we know!

Huth should have scored from a corner after ten minutes so the match was initially evenly poised. Shortly afterwards Vardy was hauled down in the penalty area via an arm round his neck. It was a clear penalty but we have come to accept that this happens at set pieces, even though it should not. Referee Moss was not interested and City made nothing of it though the event was later to assume much greater significance.

As the half wore on the crowd became irritated by the referee’s seemingly inconsistent awarding of fouls which was somewhat akin to rugby union when a referee awards a penalty as a scrum collapses on the basis of guesswork. Bookings started to become frequent including Vardy for winning a ball in a tackle and presumably allowing the opponent to trip over his leg. I always get worried when the referee makes several bookings in the first half especially when most of them were unnecessary. I was right to be concerned.

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