Portsmouth 1 - 1 Man Utd
Wes Rio Vida Evra
Ronaldo Scholesy Carrick Nani
Another 2 points dropped, while our main rivals Chelsea win yet again, thus putting us 4 points behind Chelsea already. Chelsea's slow start last year cost them the league. We've started slow, I just hope it won't cost us a league title.
United started slowly, yet managed to dictate much of the first half especially after Scholes's screamer. Tevez laid off the ball to Scholes who's thunderbolt went straight into the net, with James having no chance. After this goal, Man Utd attacked but couldn't get a second goal.
In the second half Portsmouth were much better, they attacked and were rewarded with a goal by Benjani after a superb build up. There were few chances after this goal, but James was in an inspirational form to keep Tevez and Nani from scoring. Pompey managed to keep strong and keep United at bay. In the dieing minutes, Muntari was sent off for Portsmouth, but United's man advantage only lasted for a few minutes when Ronaldo was also dismissed for head-butting, in a Zidanish fashion, Hughes. Although the actual incident wasn't caught on camera so no one actually saw it except the referee and the people present at Fratton Park.
My team has let me down again. We're not seeing the free flowing football played last year, the type of football we all love watching, and which won us the league. A draw is not a good result especially after drawing last weekend but a big UP after this match is the fact that Tevez managed to get 90 minutes under his belt, in which he played quite well although there is room for improvement, while an enormous DOWN is the fact that we will have to cope not only without Rooney, but without Ronaldo too in the next 3 matches.
In the end, if we look at the table we're lying in the middle of it, we didn't manage to leapfrog teams who only played once such as the Gunners and Liverpool. But if we look at the bright side of life, we won a point on a ground where we didn't manage to win nor draw last season, although I must say, the situation we're in is worrying me, especially with the Man City game looming large. They have won all points at stake, and it would take a much improved United side which is minus Rooney and Ronaldo to win the 3 points at the City of Manchester stadium. We'll just wait and see, we really need Saha and Solskjaer, Giggs playing as a second striker just isn't working for us.
But we will keep the red flay flying high, cause UNITED will never die, there are still 36 games remaining surely we'll manage to get something out of them.
Come On Your Reds!!
Over and Out.
N.B. My Player Ratings:
VDS - 6, Brown - 6, Ferdinand - 6, Vidic - 6, Evra - 7, Ronaldo - 6, Scholes - 7, Carrick - 7, Nani - 6, Giggs - 6, Tevez - 7. (SUBS O'Shea - 5, Eagles - 5)