Wednesday, January 30, 2008

United 2 - 0 Portsmouth

Brown Rio Vida Evra
Park Carrick Scholes Nani
Ronaldo Rooney
A match which United won 2-0 but in reality could have or should I say SHOULD have won by a larger score. The football played in the first half was an eye pleaser but the second half deluded me to be honest. Ronaldo scored both goals and he's got a total of 27 goals this season. Simply amazing.

Ronaldo opened the scoring on 10 minutes, sliding the ball inside David James' near post after a slick move involving Paul Scholes and Nani. Just three minutes later, the irrepressible Ronaldo scored again, thumping a dipping free-kick beyond the flat-footed James.

Although I'm a wee bit disapointed that we did not score more, I'm pretty pleased with the way things are going at United. We're playing great football, but we should learn how to capitalise on our chances. Rooney needs to re-learn how to strike a ball, immediately. Apart from his finishes all the team players played well, particularly Paul Scholes. The defence was once again exceptional, VDS should have stayed home and watched the match on the telly. He was virtually a spectator. Full credit to our defence.

Next match is vs Tottenham away from home. Their team will be all out to get revenge for last weekend's defeat to United. I just hope we get out of White Hart Lane with the 3 points.

Ratings - VDS-6, Brown-7, Ferdinand-7, Vida-8, Evra-7, Ronaldo-9, Scholes-9, Park-6, Nani-7, Carrick-7, Rooney-7. (Tevez-6, Hargo-6, ANderson-7.)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

United 3 - 1 Tottenham

I'm glad we won this match and sent high flying Tottenham back to planet earth. Since I opted to watch my home team Victoria Hotspurs take on Nadur Youngsters at the Gozo Stadium, I didn't watch United's match but I'll do my best to watch the replay of this match or at least the highlights.
United's next match is Vs our boogey team, Porthsmouth. Although we're playing home this team is still a though nut to crack but I still expect United to bag all points at stake.

A quick word about our new striker Manucho, he has impressed me! Especially his diving header vs I don't know who. Maybe Ferguson has made a bargain, maybe we have found the new Drogba. Who knows, time will tell.

Scorers - 2 Ronaldo, 1 Tevez

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Reading 0 - 2 United

Brown Rio Vida Evra
Ronaldo Carrick Hargreaves Park
Rooney Tevez

This was a win which United fully deserved although Reading had their moments. Our defence? Simply exceptional! Look at Vidic’s tackle to deny Kitson, Ferdinand’s clearance when VDS was out of his goal, VDS’s great save and Carrick stealing important balls at the end of the game. Our attackers had a great approach to the game but the finishing was ridiculous. All Ronaldo’s shots were off target and so were Rooney’s, but in the end they were our saviours with two fine strikes.

So the first half was quite eventful although it finished 0-0. The most notable attempt was Hargreaves’s freekick which was saved superbly. The second half had more attempts and if it wasn’t for some brave defending we could have been a goal down when Rooney scored. The goal came about when Tevez played in Rooney who sneaked in between two defenders and parried the ball past Hahnemann. Reading huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow our defence away instead Ronaldo sealed the game with a cool finish.

It was a great game at the back and a great midfield display by Carrick. Park disappointed me to be honest. I can’t understand why Ferguson doesn't start Nani. We scored 3 goals vs Newcastle when he was introduced in the game and today we scored another 2. He is surely influential.

After all we got our 3 points and we’re still up there, where we belong!

Next Match vs Tottenham for the FA Cup, bring them on :D
Ratings - Vds-7, Brown-7, Ferdinand-7, Vidic-8, Evra-6, Ronaldo-7, Carrick-7, Hargreaves-7, Park-5, Rooney-7, Tevez-7. (Giggs-6, Nani-6, Fletcher-6)

We put an awful lot into the game and tested them to the end.
But the quality of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo proved too much.

Steve Coppell

Sunday, January 13, 2008

United 6 - 0 Newcastle

OShea Rio Vida Evra
Ronaldo Carrick Anderson Giggs
Tevez Rooney

6, is a magic number!... And United's performance was even more magical. During the first half United huffed and puffed but Newcastle's defence somehow kept the scoreline 0-0. But it was in the second half when goals began to flood in. Ronaldo scored his first Hat-Trick in a United shirt, Tevez got a brace while Ferdinand scored a goal which makes you wonder, is he really just a defender?

All goals were beautifully built especially the 3rd goal, when Carrick played into Rooney, whose clever touch gave Tevez space, and from his slide-rule pass Ronaldo shot up on the overlap to provide the perfect finish. Then there was another stunner, Ferdinand made it four from Rooney's majestic pass. Given time and space Rooney weighed up the angles and played a glorious pass into Ferdinand - who slotted in brilliantly. Pure Class. It was a game which I wished had no ending.
The defence was brilliant, the midfield was perfect especially Carrick, and the attackers worked tirelessly and eventually got their rewards although Rooney could have been happier had he scored a goal or two. Given made some great saves on Rooney. Full credit to him. Now we're on top of the league by a greater goal difference. Our next match is vs Reading, I beleive it will be a very difficult match but if United play like they did vs Newcastle, we would beat anyone let alone Reading. It will be difficult and although I hope we win, I've got a feeling we'll drop some points. Fingers crossed.
Ratings. VDS-8, O'Shea-7, Ferdinand-8, Vidic-8, Evra-7, Ronaldo-9, Carrick-8, Anderson-7, Giggs-7, Tevez-9, Rooney-7. (Simpson-8, Fletcher-7, Nani-7)

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Aston Villa 0 - 2 United

Wayne Rooney scored under the watchful eye of new England coach Fabio Capello as Manchester United ruined Aston Villa's
FA Cup chances once more. Rooney inspired United after coming on as substitute with 20 minutes left. He fired just over seconds before Cristiano Ronaldo turned home Ryan Giggs' cross with nine minutes left. Rooney then provided a superb finish with a minute left, firing across Scott Carson as United sealed a place in the FA Cup fourth round.

This was by no means a great performance by United( Yes, I'm always complaining). United only performed when Rooney came on. He was the spark that ignited the remainder of the match. Saha looked, well, rusted. I think Fergie should give up on him and buy a new striker, we desperately need one to compliment the Rooney and Tevez partnership. The defence was solid once again and I can't complain about the midfield. Anderson seems to have cemented his place in the team with such performances.

Our next match is vs Newcastle. Obviously I expect a win.

Also, I'd like to mention Michael Mifsud who scored two goals against Blackburn. He's surely knocking on the Premier League's door. Kick Saha out and bring Mifsud! What you're waiting for Fergie? Oh Wait, I forgot we already bought a 'superstar' from Angola. Too bad I already forgot his name.
Ratings : VDS-7, Brown-6, Rio-7, Vida-7, Evra-6, Ronaldo-6, Carrick-6, Anderson-7, J.S.Park-5, Giggs-6, Saha-4. (Subs- Rooney-8, Hargreaves-7, O'Shea-6)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

United 1 - 0 Birmingham

O'Shea Ferdinand Vidic Evra
Park Carrick Anderson Nani
Ronaldo Tevez

This match was as exciting as watching paint dry. United could have won by a wider margin, but the lack of ability of finishing accurately cost us dearly. Ok, we won but this was a mediocre performance, same as those we witnessed back in August & September.

I’m not really in the mood of writing but I cannot end this report without thanking Tevez for saving our blushes, his goal came thanks to a fine move by United I must say. Tevez was unlucky not to get a hat trick as 2 of his shots hit the post but I guess that's football. Tevez was the man of the match in my opinion. Too bad he will most probably miss United’s next match.

Our next match is an FA Cup tie Vs Aston Villa, we just can’t get this team out of our FA Cup campaign track. The draw always to pits us against them.

Anyway Bring Em ON! And Please Bring ROONEY back! Anyone has a clue where he is? He’s not injured, Is he?
Oh and I nearly forgot! Happy New Year, I hope it will be a great one, winning the treble again would classify 2008 as great, I suppose...

Ratings: Kuzchak-7, O’Shea-6, Ferdinand-6, Vidic-7, Evra-7, Nani-7, Carrick-6, Anderson-6, Park-7, Tevez-8, Ronaldo-7. (Brown-5, Saha-5, Hargreaves-6.)