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As the reds go marching on on on

Here we are then, it’s September already and we’ve now been top of the league for about a month. Is there anything to get carried away? Absolutely not, it’s going well so far and you and I have to be very pleased indeed but to “think that we’re back” etc is wrong. Fergie always use to say if you’re not winning the big trophies then make sure you’re winning the smaller ones and in winning both the League Cup and Europa League last season we did just that.

Lukaku so hungry to win trophies

Having a winning mentality within the squad is huge and in the last 18 months we’ve won three trophies. Plus new players like Lindelöf and Matic come into the squad having both won domestic honors of their own last season. That does leave Lukaku however, but if there is anyone in our squad that is hungry to win trophies then it is him. Slip ups will happen, possibly at Stoke tomorrow where I’m off to, then again we made run out easy winners with a few goals and a clean sheet again. Let’s hope so. If not, we have a long season ahead and the this week this the start of two games a week so squad rotation and keeping everyone happy is now key.

Below are all of September fixtures and just like last season myself and all the Stretford Enders who sit near me will do our predictions before each game and then I’ll do a short sharp match report about each game. United!!

9 September Premier League Stoke City A 17:30
RESULT = 2-2 DRAW (Choupo-Moting (2)) – (Rashford, Lukaku)
A most frustrating afternoon on Saturday, you know what you’re going to get against Stoke at their place, but I felt first half we just didn’t do enough to get at them and it played straight into their hands. Still it was a good little trip and beers back in Manchester after were great. Just a shame we couldn’t keep our winning run going, it would have been nice to have not played well and still won. Still it didn’t stop Stoke fans celebrating their draw against us like they’d actually won the game. Embarrassing that.

My view from the away end at Stoke before kick off

The Stretford Enders pre-match match predictions:
Myself 2-0 United
Stuart 2-0 United
Oliver 1-1 United
Barry 3-1 United
Claire 2-0 United
Kevin 1-0 United

12th September Champions League FC Basel H 19:45
RESULT = 3-0 WIN (Fellaini, Lukaku, Rashford)
Absolutely brilliant to have the Champions League back and it was great to be there. However, it wasn’t a great match and in all honestly it was an easy win for us. Not a great atmosphere either but I’m hoping it will be better when we host Benfica next month. Good winning start to the group!

The Stretford Enders pre-match match predictions:
Myself 3-1 United
Stuart 2-1 United
Oliver 2-0 United
Barry 3-0 United – well done Barry
Claire 3-1 United
Kevin 1-0 United

United celebrating Valencia’s wonder strike

17th September Premier League Everton H 16:00
RESULT = 4-0 WIN (Valencia, Miki Ryan, Lukaku, Martial)
What an amazing goal and what a brilliant start to the match. We in the Stretford End lower and right behind Valencia’s strike which we could see flying straight in as soon as he hit it. Unfortunately we didn’t punish Everton after that and they came back into it. Rooney got a great reception and clapped off the pitch when he was substituted later, I’m not sure if that would have happened as much if he’d put away the two superb chances he had. Thankfully and unlike last year we finished off a team at home with three more late goals. Special mentioned to De Gea too of course, 100 United clean sheets.

The Stretford Enders pre-match match predictions:
Myself 2-0 United
Stuart 2-0 United
Oliver 2-0 United
Barry 1-0 United
Claire 2-1 United
Kevin 2-0 United

20th September EFL Cup Burton Albion H 20:00
RESULT = 4-1 WIN (Rashford (2), Lingard, Martial) – (Dyer)

Game was done and dusted just after half an hour and I was surprised there wasn’t any more goals after that. Two great finishes from Rashford playing up top and yet another goal for Martial. Shame they scored in injury time as three of us had predicted 4-0, oh well onto Swansea away in the next round.

Rashford with two goals against Burton

The Stretford Enders pre-match match predictions:
Myself 4-0 United
Stuart 5-0 United
Oliver 3-0 United
Barry 4-0 United
Claire 4-0 United
Kevin 3-0 United

23rd September Premier League Southampton A 15:00
RESULT = 1-0 (Lukaku)

The Stretford Enders pre-match match predictions:
Myself 2-0 United
Stuart 1-0 United – well done Stuart
Oliver 2-1 United
Barry 3-1 United
Claire 3-0 United
Kevin 2-0 United

27th September Champions League CSKA Moscow A 19:45
RESULT = Myself Stuart Oliver Barry Claire Kevin

30th September Premier League Crystal Palace 15:00
RESULT = Myself Stuart Oliver Barry Claire Kevin

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