Saturday, August 29, 2009

United 2 - 1 Arsenal

O'Shea Brown Vidic Evra
Valencia(Park) Carrick Fletcher Giggs(Berbatov) Nani

Although Sir Alex got his tactics horribly wrong, United still managed to win this tough game against a team which has been on fire since the start of the season. A goal from Rooney from the spot and a gift from Diaby were enough to overhaul Arsenal's first half lead. Foster who may have been at fault for Arsenal's first goal managed to pull a miraculous save on van Persie which kept United in the match and gave the necessary boost to his team mates who managed to play quite well during the final 30 minutes of the match.

It was a very bizarre match. The own goal by Diaby was very unusual, he seemed like he actually wanted to put the ball in the back of his keeper's net. The game also had quite a handful of yellow cards while Rooney managed to make a sliding tackle with his head! Yep you heard that right! At the end of the match Berbatov fluffed a very good chance to make it 3-1 and Arsenal managed to equalize thanks to van Persie but the assistant ref flagged for offside. Arsene Wenger who was still cheering his side's equalizer kicked a water bottle at the linesman when he realised the goal had been canceled and the ref sent Arsene Wenger off. Wenger, however, tried to stay in our lovely stadium by standing in the stands without having a seat (see picture below) but the ref kept insisting that the Gunners manager's ass wasn't allowed anywhere near the pitch. The scenes at the end of the match were quite hilarious to say the least!

Our man of the match was without any shadow of a doubt Darren Fletcher. The scot was everywhere! He really has improved during the last couple of seasons and today's performance was a proof of his improvement. Outstanding performance by Fletcher :)

All in all it was a 50/50 match, any team could have won and fortunately United were the team who got out of this fixture on top. My main concert is Chelsea. They seem to be too good to drop points while Liverpool have been dropping points for fun. Next: Tottenham. Tough fixture. I'd settle for a draw.
We gunned down the Gunners :) Well, actually, they gunned themselves down :P

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wigan 0 - 5 United

Neville Vidic Evans(O'Shea) Evra
Valencia Scholes(Gibson) Fletcher Nani
Rooney(Owen) Berbatov
After a disappointing first half, in which we spurned a couple of decent chances, United's attackers stuffed Wigan with 5 goals and ensured I spend my evening smiling. The second half was a goal festival I have been longing for quite a while. We won too many games by a goal last season so such a scoreline is always welcome :) Rooney scored his 100th(a header; he's getting really good at headers) goal for the club shortly before starting his route to the 200 goal mark with another fine goal. Berbatov scored a nice goal and so did Nani and Owen.

I'm pretty pleased with today's performance. During the second half our players were excellent and Vidic's return was another big boost. Finally Owen scored his first competitive goal for United and it was a well taken goal. 4 goals to go and he equals the lying cunt's (Tevez) Premier League goal tally for last year. Nani had another positive match by scoring and setting up Owen en route while Berbatov showed some fine moves and cleverly scored United's 2nd. Foster made a couple of good saves and finally I'm seeing the real Ben who's so highly rated by Fergie. All in all I'm pretty pleased and I hope United emulate or even better today's performance in the upcoming matches :)

Next match is vs Arsenal. In my opinion they have been the surprise package for this season. With Adebayor and Eboue leaving the club, I really thought the club was in shambles but they managed to prove me wrong. I expect a win. I'm sure we're better than them but we must prove it next Saturday! C'mon United!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Burnley 1 - 0 United

Brown(Neville) Evans OShea Evra
Park Carrick Anderson(Valencia) Giggs
Owen(Berbatov) Rooney
So we have lost our 2nd game of the season and to be honest with you all, we didn't deserve to win because we didn't try to win. It was an awful performance and at the end Burnley were rewarded for working their socks off.

It's true that we always start the season a tad too slow but we shouldn't be losing such games against a club which was outclassed by Stoke last weekend. Anyway it just wasn't United's day. Carrick missed a penalty, Rooney lost his head, Park was absolutely crap, Fergie's tactics were laughable(how on earth can you win a game by putting a slow Gary Neville on the playing field instead of Brown?), Owen was poor and the rest of the players really didn't look like they wanted to win except for Giggs who tried to hurry United's play but to no avail.

Our next is away vs Wigan. A tough hurdle, I know, but we should win it. I still believe in our boys!

Bleak Day for Black United

Sunday, August 16, 2009

United 1 - 0 Birmingham

Fabio Evans(Brown) O'Shea Evra
Valencia Scholes Fletcher Nani(Giggs)
Berbatov(Owen) Rooney
I had been waiting for this match for quite a while now. I was excited and as I browsed through a couple of Man Utd related blogs and websites to get some info regarding today's match, my computer suddenly turned off and I realised that there was a power cut! It was about 2pm local time and I went to a nearby pub in hope that they will show United's game, but alas they didn't have a generator! Time was running out and my friends and I sought a club which had a generator and hence could show United's match live. Luckily the Universal bar provided just that and I was in time(well only 2mins late) to watch my beloved heroes start their title defence.

I expected a comfortable result but United only won thanks to a Rooney goal. In my opinion Rooney was the only player who really troubled Birmingham. He scored a good goal, had a couple of shots off target while goalie Hart saved 2 beautifully executed Rooney shots. He was our main man and I really have no idea how United could possibly cope should Rooney get injured, something that happens too often for my likeing.

United is not just about Rooney so let's talk about the other players. Foster, in my opinion, was excellent today. He made a couple of good interceptions and really looked like a man brimming with confidence. The back for, in the absence of Vida and Rio, did quite well. Valencia was OK while both Scholes and Fletcher played the ball well. Nani managed to assist Rooney but had to be replaced after half time. Berbatov tried to do something but failed. Owen who played for like 15 minutes could have scored a goal but fluffed his chance. Mind you, that fella does have potential, he managed to run clear of the back four twice in 15 minutes.

Anyway we managed to win the opener, something we didn't do for the last couple of years. Next match is vs Burnley. I expect a win. A 2-0 scoreline will do just fine :)

NB. Does anyone know why Carrick did not play today??

Sunday, August 9, 2009

United 2 - 2 Chelsea (1-4 after penalties)

O'Shea(Fabio) Ferdinand Evans Evra
Park(Giggs) Carrick Fletcher(Scholes) Nani(Valencia)
Berbatov(Owen) Rooney

So United started the 2009-2010 season on a sour note after losing yet another penalty shootout. Nani, who played quite well, scored a beautiful goal but Chelsea managed to overhaul the one goal defecit by scoring 2 goals. Rooney scored deep in injury time to send the game into penalties which was the third time in a row the Charity Shield ended on penalties.

The thing that really pissed me off was their second goal. Ballack, in front of the ref's eyes, elbowed Evra who was knocked down. Seconds earlier the ref had blown the whistle because he thought that Ballack, who was on the ground, had suffered a serious injury. But the ref didn't blow the whistle this time even though Evra was clutching his face on the ground. Chelsea, who had all the right to play on since that dummy of a ref didn't blow the freakin whistle, didn't put the ball out of play and from the resulting action, Lampard, who made the most of Evra's absence, scored Chelsea's second goal. Rules state that the official must stop play for a head injury and Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Evra all protested to Mr.Foy after the goal.

Anyway the game looked destined to finish 2-1 for Chelsea but Rooney scored a good goal after receiving a terrific pass from Giggs. The penalty shootout was a total disaster as Carrick was the only United player to score while Foster didn't even mark a single penalty shot. All in all I'm pretty disappointed United didn't finish Chelsea off when we had some decent chances and another thing that bothered me was Foster's horrific shooting. We'll have to get used to it since VDS is out for about 10 weeks.

On another note I'm pretty pleased another season of football has kicked off. It will be full of ups and downs, mostly ups, I hope and at the end of it I hope we win yet another Premier League trophy! It should be a great season, Chelsea look solid while you can never write neither Arsenal nor Liverpoll off although they both look a tad weaker compared to last season. Man City have built a decent squad while Aston Villa, Everton and Tottenham will all be doing their best to ensure they play European Football next season. The likes of Westham, Portsmouth and Fulham are always a tough nut to crack while the so called 'small' clubs will do anything to avoid relegation. It should be a cracker of a season! Enjoy the ride.

C'Mon United!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

United 2 - 0 Valencia

United won today vs Valencia in the last pre season game. Rooney and Cleverley scored the goals with Valencia providing the assist. I didn't watch the match since I had to go to a BBQ.

Rooney's goal was quite good while Cleverly kept his cool to put the ball at the back of the net. The next match is that vs Chelsea the real business starts now.

C'MON UNITED!!!!!!!!!!

This Blog is Two Years Old!

So another year has passed and I'm still not bored of updating this blog week in week out. In fact I like expressing my opinions about my favourite football club and that's what is keeping this blog alive!

Blogs do need a certain level of commitment and that's why most people start blogging but get bored after a couple of weeks. The secret to creating a blog that actually lasts is to blog about something that you truly love and can't get enough of. That's why this blog has been a success! I just love United and even though I watch about 60 matches per year, I just can't get enough of them!

I'd like to thank all those who bother read my thoughts on this blog and even though my English may be quite poor at times I really appreciate that most readers have kept visiting this blog on a weekly basis to see what good old Oli has to say.
The new season is just round the corner and I do hope you keep visiting this blog during the course of the season. The Club is facing some exciting times. With Ronaldo gone will Valencia prove to be an able replacement? Will Owen answer his critics? Is Obertan another gem found by Sir Alex? Will Macheda get his place in the first team? Will Foster be able to replace VDS? Will Fergie's patience on Berba finally pay off? Is Welbeck ready to play for the first team? After living in Ronaldo's shadows for some years, will Rooney get his chance to shine? How will Nani fare this season? There are hundreds of questions which can only be answered during the oncoming season.
United is not just a football club, it's a Religion. So let us pray!

Just like last year I gathered some interesting statistics about this site... enjoy.
Date of creation : Saturday, August 4th, 2007
First Article header : Welcome to My Blog ( A brief description about the objective of this blog)Posts since creation: 170
Most Comments to an article: 21. (Article: Champions Of England! May 11th 2008)
Blog Hits : 8,271. Average of 11.33 hits per day (increase of 1.90 hits from last year)
Unique Visitors : 956
Matches Covered since creation of blog: 76(PremierLeague), 26(Champions League), 9(Fa Cup), 7(Carling Cup), 2(FA Community Shield), 12 ( Friendly matches) 2(World Club Cup) 1 (Uefa Super Cup). Total: 135 matches.
Major Arrivals since the blog's begining : Tevez, Manucho, Berbatov, Obertan, Owen, Valencia
Major Departures since the blog's begining : Smith, Pique, Manucho, Ronaldo, Tevez
Major Cups Won : 7 (2Premier Leagues, Champions League, 2 Community Shields, Carling Cup, World Club Cup)
Total Goals scored since blogs' start (inc Friendlies) : 263 Goals