Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lyon 1 - 1 United

I'm more than pleased with this result but let's face it, a 1-1 draw is a bit harsh given the possession we had during the second half. Rooney was too isolated and except for the 1 chance he had, he was out of the game.
The first half was a quiet one and only Rooney could have scored from both sets of teams, but the second half was a different story. United kept possesion well and tried hard to penetrate the stubborn Lyon defence. Ironically it was the Lyon team who got their noses in front with a fine goal by a United target, Ben something.

The introduction of Tevez and Nani gave United a breath of fresh air, and in the end it was Nani's cross which was converted to the back of the net by Tevez. A goal which might send United to the quarter finals. An away goal is just priceless.

N.B Giggs isn't the Giggs we knew anymore, Ferguson must drop him. Meanwhile Scholes is still a valid player, his accuracy in his passing is just phenomenal. Fergie, give Giggs a break and let him fight to get back into the team, it will do him good.

Next Match Vs Newcastle..... Will be difficult, I just hope we win.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

United 4 - 0 Arsenal

Brown Rio Vida Evra
Nani Fletcher Carrick Anderson Park

It wasn't meant to be this easy, but United crushed the Premiership leaders 4-0. United's performance was flawless, and if it hadn't been for Lehmann we could have scored at least 3 more. Rooney, Nani and a double by the energetic Fletcher put United in the quarter final of the oldest cup competition in the world.

When I saw the United line up, well I kept wondering what on earth Fergie was thinking but when I saw the team perform so well all my wonders went to rest. Rooney delivered a dazzling display, Nani showed the world what he can do and Fletcher was simply amazing.
I beleive United are now the favourites to win the FA Cup, especially given the fact that the two of the top 4 teams have been eliminated. Chelsea may be the only team that could trouble us. Our next match is Vs Lyon in the Uefa Champions League. It will be a difficult match, I just hope the 4-0 win today will be a morale booster as we get a step closer to silverware.
Now, it's my duty to go out and celebrate this win with my friends, although none of them support Man Utd, except for one who decided to stay at home...

VDS-6, Brown-7, Rio-7, Vida-7, Evra-7, Nani-8 Carrick-8, Fletcher-8, Park-7, Anderson-8, Rooney-8


Sunday, February 10, 2008

United 1 - 2 Man City

Brown Ferdinand Vida O'Shea
Nani Scholes Anderson Giggs
Ronaldo Tevez

Yeah we lost vs City at our own backyard, but to be honest City deserve this result since they defended excellently. I was really impressed by Dunne, he was perfect. United paid tribute to the fallen United players who died in the Munich air crash. Thankfully no Man City supporter tried to spoil the 1 minute silence, but the City players certainly did their best to spoil United's 'festivities'. The 1 minute silence was a fitting tribute but a win would have been the best way to honour the United players who passed away on the 6th of Feb 1958.

Although we enjoyed most of the possesion, our performance was poor. We failed to trouble the inexperienced City keeper. This was a match were the significance of Wayne Rooney to the United squad prevails.

City's two load lead came from Vassell and Benjani, our keeper couldn't do much about these goals. Carrick might have given us a bit of hope and a 'de ja vu' of the Champions League final in 1999, but in the end his goal didn't mean anything at all and United went on to lose their 4th game of the season. I just hope both Chelsea and Arsenal lose some points in their respective game.

Should Arsenal win tomorow, they'll open up a 5 point gap which will be hard to reduce. But afterall United always do things the hard way so winning the league will be no big deal. That's why I love United.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Munich Victims Remembered

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash, where 8 United players died. Obviously I have never seen this team play, but the great reviews and praises they got from people who lived in that era really makes me feel like I missed on something special.
Anyway here's a poem/song I found on the internet it explains what happened on the 6th of Febuary 1958;

The Flowers of Manchester
One cold and bitter Thursday in Munich, Germany,
Eight great football stalwarts conceded victory,
Eight men will never play again who met destruction there,
The flowers of English football, the flowers of Manchester

Matt Busby's boys were flying, returning from Belgrade,
This great United family, all masters of their trade,
The pilot of the aircraft, the skipper Captain Thain,
Three times they tried to take off and twice turned back again.

The third time down the runaway disaster followed close,
There was slush upon that runaway and the aircraft never rose,
It ploughed into the marshy ground, it broke, it overturned.
And eight of the team were killed as the blazing wreckage burned.

Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor who were capped for England's side.
And Ireland's Billy Whelan and England's Geoff Bent died,
Mark Jones and Eddie Colman, and David Pegg also,
They all lost their lives as it ploughed on through the snow.

Big Duncan he went too, with an injury to his brain,
And Ireland's brave Jack Blanchflower will never play again,
The great Matt Busby lay there, the father of his team
Three long months passed by before he saw his team again.

The trainer, coach and secretary, and a member of the crew,
Also eight sporting journalists who with United flew,
and one of them Big Swifty, who we will ne'er forget,
the finest English 'keeper that ever graced the net.

Oh, England's finest football team its record truly great,
its proud successes mocked by a cruel turn of fate.
Eight men will never play again, who met destruction there,
the flowers of English football, the flowers of Manchester.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Tottenham 1 - 1 United

Brown Ferdinand Vidic Evra
Ronaldo Scholes Hargreaves Giggs
Rooney Tevez
This was one of the worst performances I've seen this season. I beleive Ferguson must realise that the likes of Giggs and Scholes cannot start the match with each other. It's either Scholes or Giggs, this is reality and Ferguson must face it especially in such important matches against a good team. Nani should start instead of Giggs and maybe Giggs should start that odd game. Scholes is still class but I beleive that Anderson's current form could or SHOULD push either Scholes, Carrick or Hargraves to the bench. Anderson doesn't deserve to be warming the bench week in week out. I'm no manager that's just my opinion.

I only managed to watch the second half of this match due to my maths private lessons. I believe United stole a point at White Hart Lane. Tottenham were punished for some poor finishes and disgraceful defending in the last minute of the game. Tevez should not have been given that much space, but there again I thank Tottenham for their gift.
Our next match is Vs our neighbours Man City. It will be a special occasion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich crash. I just hope the level of idiocy from the City supporters will be minimum. Booing and jeering while thousands try to pay tribute to the dead is senseless, anyone who booes should be banned, for life. The FA must have a zero-tolerance approach to this issue.
There's no place for idiots in football.