Wednesday, September 30, 2009

United 2 - 1 Wolfsburg

O'Shea Rio Vidic Evra
Valencia(Fletcher) Carrick Anderson Giggs
Owen(Berbatov) Rooney

United won their second match of this years' Champions League thanks to a fightback lead, once again, by the evergreen Giggs. United dominated the game and played eye pleasing football throughout the whole match especially after Berbatov's introduction. However Wolfsburg managed to get their noses in front with a good goal by a 6foot fiver who was challenged, in the air, by our Evra. It is needless to say that Dzeko had no competition at all to get to the ball.

This goal seemed to have triggered the United side and a couple of minutes after Wolfsburg's goal, Giggsy saw his deflected freekick get to the back of the net. It was all about United from now on and a beautifully built attack lead to United's second goal scored by Carrick. Giggs was the assist to this goal! I was really getting worried about Carrick lately. His morale seemed to have hit rock bottom and only a good performance could re-boost his confidence. Luckily he had a good game today and scored a great goal. Just what he needed!

While Rooney had a game off today, Berbatov was on fire. His moves were jaw dropping while his first time football was nothing short of world class. I usually criticize our Bulgarian but he didn't put a foot wrong today. Meanwhile Owen got injured and I hope it's nothing serious because we desperately need a back up striker.

All in all I'm pleased with today's match. Although United spurned a couple of chances, I'm pleased with our player's response to Wolfsburg's goal. Next Sunderland. 3-0 is my prediction.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Stoke 0 - 2 United

O'Shea Rio Vidic Evra
Valencia Fletcher Scholes(Carrick) Nani(Giggs)
Rooney(Owen) Berbatov

Another Giggs inspired United managed to win against a team who's main priority was not to concede a goal. The first half was very frustrating for United who attacked and attacked without getting any real reward for their labour. However, on the 55th minute Fergie brought on the Welsh wizard who managed to assist both Berbatov and O'Shea who scored without much effort. Giggs was also unlucky not to score a goal himself when he missed the target from an ideal position. He managed to change the game and his genius unlocked the stubborn Stoke defence. Definitely my man of the match.

It was a good performance by the team altogether although I was a tad disappointed with Valencia's contribution as well as Nani's. They seem to hold the ball for too long and the final pass is not always good. Valencia could have and should have scored early in the first half but his chip shot was weak, while Nani, who had a good effort saved, didn't cross the ball well enough and his main aim seemed to be to show off his ineffective skills. There's room for improvement.

At the end of the day we managed to get 3 points at a very difficult ground, while Chelsea managed to lose a 'very winnable' fixture. We're on top of the league again. Order has been restored :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

United 1 - 0 Wolves

Neville Evans Brown Fabio(s/o)
Nani Gibson Carrick Welbeck(King)
Macheda(De Laet) Owen(Valencia)
United are through to the fourth round of the Carling Cup thanks to a 1-0 win over Wolves. Welbeck scored the decisive goal after a dazzling one-two with last Sunday's hero Owen.

Considering that we played for an hour with 10 men, I think this was a good performance by the boys. It was nice to see Kuzchak back in goal, VDS and the recent rise of Foster have limited our Pole's appearances in a United shirt. However, I strongly believe that Kuz is better than Foster in some departments and not playing him is pretty harsh. Brown also had a good match and so did Gibson. I always liked Gibson, he's a no nonsense midfielder with an eye for goal. His shooting is pin point and he's scored some fabulous goals last year. I'd like to see more of the Irishman.

The 17 year old debutant, Joshua King, seems to be an interesting young striker. He had a decent debut in which he could have scored after dribbling past the Wolves defense. Another young lad to keep an eye on.

Our next match is away to Stoke. It will be a tough test but I expect United to win it by the odd goal. C'mon you reds!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

United 4 - 3 Man City

O'Shea Rio Vida Evra
Park(Valencia) Anderson(Carrick) Fletcher Giggs
Rooney Berbatov(Owen)
Welcome to the real Manchester

Wow, what a match! During the second half United performed superbly but could have ruined the show with a late blunder by Rio. Thankfully we didn't rue that mistake as well as Foster's thanks to Rooney, a brace by Fletcher and a 96 minute winner by Owen. Tevez was welcomed to Manchester with a Champions performance by the champions of England and although I'm disappointed at how we conceded the 3 goals I'm over the moon with our attackers who destroyed City during the second half.

United scored first and although it is definitely a morale booster to score so early, I argued with my mates that scoring an early goal could only trigger the opposition and that's what happened in the first half. City were better although not that threatening at the front. During the second half it was a different story. United attacked relentlessly but Given was performing miracles in the City goal meanwhile the blues attacked the United goal twice and scored two.

Anyway, all players played well. Fletcher and Anderson were untouchable in midfield while Giggs was immense on the left flank. Rooney scored and did his best while Berbatov had a good game and could have scored 2 if it wasn't for Given's saves. Owen played for 10 minutes and did his job when he scored. Valencia played quite well when he came on while the back four were quite shaky at times except for Evra who ran throughout the match like a maniac.

I'm still breathless. Another 3 years chopped off my life time? Maybe. But it was worth it.

Tevez, that's how it feels to be at City :)
Welcome to Manchester Owen!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Besiktas 0 - 1 United

Neville Evans Vidic Evra
Valencia(Park) Carrick(Berbatov) Anderson Scholes Nani
Rooney(Owen)A win on Turkish soil is never easy so I'm quite happy with today's result. United's only goal was headed in by Scholes, probably the shortest player on the field. Although the Turks rarely threatened Foster's goal they managed to contain United and that's what made this match a difficult one for United.

The game wasn't really fun to watch mainly due to the fact that both sets of players defended well and our attacking threat was poor because Rooney was too isolated up front. We looked much more adventurous when Berbatov and Owen entered the field of play. This is a vivid reason why Fergie must play with a 4-4-2 formation rather than 4-5-1, we looked much better with two attackers rather than Rooney isolated up front and running his socks off to no avail.

My man of the match was Patrice Evra who was everywhere on the field. He attacked and defended superbly. On the other hand I am really disappointed with Valencia who was very poor today. He rarely passed past the Besiktas full back and when he did, his final pass was poor. Valencia needs to improve drastically.

I'm also pleased with Berbatov's performance today. He held the ball superbly while Owen worked hard and even started the move that ended with Scholes scoring the winner.

There's no need telling you who United will face this weekend. My view? I really don't know what to expect. But with Adebayor, clearly City's best player so far, Tevez and Robinho not taking any part in the match, I think United might just edge it.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tottenham 1 - 3 United

O'Shea Rio Vida Evra
Fletcher Scholes(s/o) Anderson(Nani) Giggs
Berbatov(Carrick) Rooney
What a game by United! It was an excellent comeback by the lads after conceding a goal just after 52 seconds. After that goal it was all about United. Giggs scored a spectacular freekick. Anderson scored another beauty which means that he's off the mark in competitive matches and Rooney, well, he scored a goal that had class written all over it and ran his socks off during the match. My man of the match was definitely Rooney but Anderson was excellent too.

I feared the worst just after 1 minute. Tottenham who had won all their previous matches scored a nice goal and I thought that they were going to run riot. But United responded just like champions should do and outplayed the Spurs in every department. Rio and Vida were a rock at the back, Evra never stopped running, our midfield was exceptional except for Scholes who got sent off after 2 stupid challenges. At 2-1 he could have ruined our party but United kept going and going and crowned the performance with the third goal. Rooney is, in my opinion, the best player in the Premier League. Period.

Our next match is vs Besiktas away from home. It could be a tricky match but United have enough power to defuse the Turks. Bring 'em on!