From the Start till the End he scored GOALS...
At last United managed to get a win in this new season. The match proved to be different from the previous United matches, United barely posed any real threat to Robinson all match. In my opinion there were only 3 decent shots during the match from United, the goal by Nani, a shot by Scholes and a shot by Tevez which was cleared off the line. To be honest Tevez should have done better because his final shot was tame. The first half was really boring in my point of view, but at least the second half was a little bit better although we didn't see the entertainment provided by United last year during most of our premiership matches.
United started pretty slowly, in fact Tottenham could have scored after a few seconds, but to my relief, the ball hit the post. After the 10th minute, United seemed to take control of the match, United tried to attack but failed to trouble goalie’ Robinson. In fact I don’t recall one decent shot on goal, except for that by Carrick. Our only striker, Tevez worked hard all half, but he was too isolated, there was no one to help him up front. Saha who was supposed to be fit for this match, but didn’t make it to the substitutes bench. A late horrible miss cued shot by Hargreaves closed the curtains on a pretty mediocre first half.
As mentioned earlier, the second half was way better than the first one. From a neutral's point of view I think it was quite entertaining, though I must emphasize that I miss the football played by United last season. Both teams had their chances, Berbatov went agonisingly close when his shot somehow managed to pass through Van Der Sar's legs but thanks to a heroic tackle by Ferdinand the ball didn't end at the back of the net. No wonder the Old Trafford faithful kept chanting Rio's name during the second half, in my opinion that clearance spared our blushes. Practically seconds later another shot was blocked by our brave defence, this time Wes Brown was called to the scene and blocked a dangerous shot by Berbatov, it appeared that Brown blocked the ball using his hands, oh well, thank God the ref is blind. A few minutes later it was the Spurs turn to defend against our 'forwards', they managed to do so successfully and blocked away Tevez's shot but only temporarily as the ball fell to Nani who drilled in a stunning effort. Pure class! After this goal, Tottenham gave me a couple of frights but thankfully they didn't equalise.
At last we witnessed a United win in this new campaign, and I hope it won't be the last. Well surely it won't be the last, but another blop and our title aspirations would be dead and buried. I'm not quite convinced by United's performance, I really believe that our previous performances were better but after all it's goals that count, and we managed to score our second of the season, two of the best goals scored so far in the premier league in my opinion. Anyway our next match is against Sunderland, and I expect nothing else but a win. Hopefully Saha will be able to play and help Tevez up front. Until then, keep the red flag flyin high, we're back on track.
As we attacked relentlessly, Van Der Sar literally basked in the sun, doing nothing but waiting patiently for our makeshift attacking front to deliver. But it was of no avail, it just wasn't our day. When Kitson was sent off for Reading, I really thought that it would be our turning point and take advantage of the situation, but the Reading players defended as if their lifes depended on this game. Well they got their reward, a priceless point at Old Trafford, something a few teams succeed in doing.
Most probably Rooney won't play next Wednesday since he fractured a bone in his foot so we really depend on Tevez, and I hope Giggs and Evra get back where they belong, in the Midfield and Defence respectively. Last season we lost away to Portsmouth, I just hope history won't repeat itself!
To sum it all up, I feel that my beloved team didn't meet my expectations, yet I still believe we have a squad capable of winning what our hearts desire i.e. Premiership and Champ's League :D
I'll blog again after the Pompey match. Come On You Reds!!!
Over and Out.
N.B. My Player Ratings : VDS - 5, Brown - 7, Ferdinand-5, Vidic-6, Silvestre-5, Ronaldo-7, Carrick-7, Scholes-6, Evra-5, Rooney-7, Giggs-7. Subs : Nani-7, O'Shea-6, Fletcher-5.
Meanwhile Yesterday(Friday) Man Utd XI played against Doncaster Rovers FC, a friendly match played mostly with second string players apart from new signing Anderson who showed some classy touches. The game ended 2-0, with Gibson and Evans scoring. Today Man Utd played another friendly against Peterboro, United won 3-1 with Eckersley, Jones and Dong scoring. Dong's goal was quite spectacular, but the highlight of the came was the debut of Owen Hargreaves. United's next game is tomorow against Chelsea, in the season curtain raiser a.k.a The Cherity Shield. I hope We Win :D