Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Inter 0 - 0 United

Van der Sar
O'Shea Ferdinand Evans Evra
Fletcher Giggs Carrick Park
Berbatov Ronaldo

Last year after the Barca game away from home I wrote these line : “I'm stuck between two minds. Should I be happy because United got out of the frightening Nou Camp without losing? Or should I be disappointed because United didn't score a priceless away goal?”

This year after this match I am feeling the same feeling. I’m feeling even more disappointed because United outclassed Inter during the first half and should have scored at least one away goal. A 0-0 draw is a dangerous result. No draw other than 0-0 would do for United and if Inter score that vital away goal, United will need to score two.

I didn’t watch most of the first half because I had a game with my local team and thank God for that. I get too excited and at least the game with my local team proved to be a good distraction. For an hour I managed to get the United game out of my head.

Our makeshift defence did exceptionally well especially Evra who was perfect. I’m delighted with the players’ performance today although Park was quite clumsy at times. I’m quite pessimistic and I have a gut feeling that United might bow out of this year’s Champions League at this stage by drawing. I guess it will be a goal scoring draw i.e either 1-1 or 2-2.

Bring on Tottenham for the Carling Cup final!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

United 2 - 1 Blackburn

Rafael Rio Evans(Vida) Evra
Ronaldo Scholes(Giggs) Carrick Nani(Tevez)
Berbatov Rooney

I'm glad the match has finished because it kept making my heart skip a beat which eventually could have killed me. This was the 10th straight win but unfortunately United didn't extend to the impressive cleansheet record. United weren't impressive at all today but thankfully Ronaldo produced one heck of a freekick which handed United the 3 points. The first goal was scored by Rooney who scored his second goal in two matches since he returned from injury.

We are now 8 points above the scousers but they do have a game in hand. Blackburn were unlucky not to go a goal ahead when they hit the post but then again United were unlucky to have a goal ruled out for a foul when Evans didn't do anything illegitimate.

Next match is vs Inter. Well it may cause my death, I just can't take it anymore but anyway I'm off to enjoy myself at the Nadur Carnival.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

United 3 - 0 Fulham

O'Shea(Evans) Rio Vidic Evra
Park Scholes Carrick(Gibson) Ronaldo
Berbatov(Rooney) Tevez

I’m sorry for my delay but I forgot my laptop at my home in Gozo so I couldn’t update this blog. So, United have now won their game in hand against a Fulham side which offered very little resistance. Scholes scored an excellent first timer while Berbatov and Rooney both scored a sitter. My man of the match was Scholes, who destroyed Fulham with his accurate passes in midfield.

Meanwhile United recorded another cleansheet which may be the easiest cleansheet they will ever achieve. Rooney is back and scored a goal barely 2 minutes after coming on as a substitute. Plenty of positives ahead of the crunch battle at San Siro. Until then bring on Blackburn! Having guessed the 3-0 score line against Fulham I will give it another go today, I predict another 3-0 trashing of Blackburn...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Derby 1 - 4 United

Rafael Rio Evans Evra(O'Shea)
Park(Welbeck) Fletcher Gibson Nani
Ronaldo(Possebon) Giggs

A mixture of youth and experience did the trick in this match as UNITED demolished a spirited yet classless Derby side. The difference in the level was there for all to see, United simply outclassed Derby. Nani scored a beauty, Gibson scored from outside the area, Ronaldo scored a fine header and Welbeck completed the icing on the cake with an outstanding finish.

I am very pleased with Nani’s performance today. He showed he could retire his selfishness and play for the team. I hope he does the same whenever he is called to play. Gibson had a good game at the heart of the midfield and Rafael was terrific at right back. Welbeck also showed his class and Giggs was majestic with some clever runs, passes and dummies. Foster played well too.

For those who watched the match, you are probably still trying to phantom what on earth was the assistant ref doing when he waved Ronaldo’s goal offside a minute or so after scoring. Pathetic refereeing once again, these silly and unexplainable mistakes are damping the beautiful game.

United will visit either Swansea or Fulham in the quarter-final. Meanwhile our next Premier League match is vs Fulham. I expect a win, maybe 3-0? We’ll wait a see.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Man Utd song from Malta

As you might have heard from MUTV or ManUtd.com Alex Ferguson together with a contingent from Manchester United FC are in my country, Malta. They're here to help in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the MUSC Malta. It is the oldest supporters club in the world. To help commemorate this anniversay a Maltese rapper called 'il-Hooligan' has released a song. I found it on the net and decided to produce a video to go with it.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

West Ham 0 - 1 United

Rafael Vida Rio O'Shea
Ronaldo Carrick Scholes Giggs
Tevez(Park) Berbatov

Today United were effective, efficient but certainly not impressive. It was just one moment of brilliance from ol' Giggsy that decided this tough affair. A captain's goal!

United weren't really threatening up front but both Berba and Tevez ran their socks off. Ronaldo had another good game and should have been given a penalty deep into the second half. The reason it was not given was that the ref saw 'Ronaldo' and '7' at the back of the player's shirt so he decided that it was a dive.

Anyway, winning games like these really make me feel that we're capable of retaining the title and with Chelsea stumbling and Liverpool looking very fragile at the back(albeit lucky at the front) I have never felt more confident during this season. Just like the commentator said, "United are the best team in England at present", I couldn't agree more.

At the back United are impermeable. The defenders, especially Vida and Rio, ooze class. VDS is breaking a record after another. We are solid and we are united. With the return of Evra and the almighty Rooney, we can only get better. I think we're on our way to another premiership title :)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

United 1 - 0 Everton

Neville(Brown) Rio Vida O'Shea
Ronaldo Carrick Fletcher(Giggs) Park
Tevez Berbatov

After the highs of last Tuesday I was pretty disappointed with this performance. It lacked the kind of attacking football United played against WBA. Berbatov and Fletcher were poor but Rio and Vida were once again terrific. I liked Tevez's contribution although he should have scored from an ideal position. I would give my man of the match to Carrick though. His passing and tackling were spot on and he managed to win a penalty and should have been given another. Ronaldo converted from the spot.

Meanwhile another cleansheet in the bag which means that VDS broke another record.

I have just watched Liverpool trash Chelsea aside. It was a great performance by the Scousers and I guess the match against them at Old Trafford in March will be pivotal in determining where the league title goes.

Next match vs West Ham. I hate that ground, we haven't won there for the past 2 seasons. I hope history doesn't repeats itself.