Sunday, January 31, 2010

Arsenal 1 - 3 United

VDS
Rafael Brown Evans Evra
Nani(Berbatov) Carrick Fletcher Scholes(Giggs) Park(Valencia)
Rooney
Fergie opted for his 4-5-1 formation yet again and it has reaped great dividends for the second time this week. Nani had a jaw dropping first half. His movement was superb and he had a say in both the goals scored during the first 45 minutes, however, he had a quiet second half. Rooney kept showing what a truly magnificent player he is by scoring a goal and creating countless of spaces. He could have scored another hat-trick today! Park wrapped the game up with a good run and an even greater finish. Arsenal, to their credit, did create something in the last 15 minutes. An own goal by Evans put them back in the match and I think they could have easily got something out of this match if they hadn't been so wasteful in front of goal.

Anyway, it was United's day simply because our players were outstanding. I've already praised Nani and Rooney but another person who really had a cracker of a match was young Rafael. At first I thought he was going to be troubled by the tricks of Arsenal's winger but the Brazilian defended superbly. Scholes, once again, commanded our midfield while Carrick produced some quality passing and Fletcher battled hard. Brown and Evans defended superbly and Evra, well, he was his usual self!

All in all I'm pretty pleased with our performance. Today's match shares some similarities with last year's Champions League Semi-Final - The scoreline, a masterclass from a young Portuguese, a goal by Park(something rare), a breath taking run for one of the goals(which was a result of an Arsenal corner) and a late late goal for the Gunners. Luckily,this year, the ref didn't decide to send Fletcher off! Bring on Portsmouth!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

United 3 - 1 Man City

VDS
Rafael(Brown) Ferdinand Evans Evra
Nani(Valencia) Carrick Scholes Fletcher Giggs
Rooney
What a game! I'm ecstatic! The atmosphere at the club where I watched this game was tense. It seems as if we were watching the Champions League Final. However, it was 'just' a Carling Cup match which happened to be against our 'beloved' neighbors Manchester City. No one could deny the fact that United have been superior to City in both legs. United didn't do anything special during today's first half however, apart from Tevez's header, we were rarely troubled. The second half was a different story though. United went straight for the kill and a late late goal by Rooney, who missed a sitter when United were 2 goals ahead, made sure United seal their place in the Carling Cup Final. The other scorers were Carrick and Scholes who finished superbly.

I had a gut feeling that United were going to get eliminated today. The 4-5-1 formation didn't help me change my mind either. However, Fergie was proven right once again as United came out on top. Rooney huffed and puffed up front because he was too isolated but Fergie insisted on a 5 player midfield and that, I believe, shut out City, who rarely troubled United. In fact City's only threatening shot on target ended at the back of the net.

Our defence did well today. Ferdinand, although at fault for City's goal, was strong and made some important tackles throughout the game. Nani had another excellent game on the right wing. Fergie must have one heck of a headache because of Nani's recent resurgence. It is evident that Nani is ineffective on the left wing while he does well on the right wing. Who(either Nani or Valencia) should Fergie play on the right wing vs Arsenal?! Scholes was the midfield maestro. His passing was excellent and he capped an excellent display with a good goal. Carrick and Fletcher were too quiet during the first half but were more effective and determined during the second. Overall it was a good team performance.

Anyway we are going to Wembley for the second year running and it's even sweeter because we are going to Wembley at the expense of City. Yep, Manchester City, the team most pundits were tipping to end United's dominance. Fat chance! Wembley, Wembley, We're the Famous MAN UNITED and we're going to WEMBLEY!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

United 4 - 0 Hull City


VDS
Rafael Rio Evans Evra(Fabio)
Nani Scholes(Gibson) Fletcher Park
Owen(Berbatov) Rooney
FOUR goals by Wayne Rooney put United back at the top of the table. It was a great performance from the lads but we spurned too many chances. Rooney scored the first 7 minutes into the match and scored the other three goals in the last 10 minutes of the game. Most of the players did well today except for Owen who managed to miss a couple of decent chances.

Rooney was the man of the match because of the 4 goals but Nani wasn't far behind. He put in perhaps the best display in a United shirt since his move from Lisbon and was a constant menace to Hull's back four. Scholes was another player who stood out today. He made the midfield his and most of United's attacks were built on Scholes's pin point passes.

It was good to see Rio at the back of our defence again. He had a good game as United managed to keep another clean sheet. With the four goals scored, United are now level on goal difference with Arsenal and Chelsea.

Next match is vs City, Manchester City, if we play like we did during the last few games we'd definitely beat them and shut that Argentinian prick up.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Man City 2 - 1 United

VDS
Rafael(Diouf) Brown Evans Evra
Valencia(Scholes) Fletcher Anderson(Owen) Carrick Giggs
Rooney

United started brightly and Giggs opened the score after 20 minutes. It was all about United dominating possesion, however, City, who were playing like a bunch of kids, were given a way in the game when Mike Dean awarded an inexistant penalty. City and particularly Tevez didn't need a second invitation and from that point on they managed to trouble our defence which was all over the place at times. The final 20 minutes were all about United. We attacked relentlessly but Given, arguably the best keeper in England, managed to perform miracles between the City posts.

Once again the 4-5-1 formation backfired on United. We had more possesion, true, but Rooney was too isolated. Whenever Rooney had the ball you'd see 3 City players marking him. When Owen entered in the field of play and Rooney dropped deeper we had our best chances of the match and only a couple of excellent saves by Shay Given denied us the draw. I hope in 8 days time Fergie reverts to a 4-4-2 formation. Rooney cannot keep playing as a sole striker, he needs support.

I don't think United deserved to lose this match. City did have a couple of good chances but we had much more! Tevez, who scored 2 goals, showed that he's a complete jackass with his actions on the field. He was their best player, I admit, but his gestures towards Fergie and the United faithful were unasked for. He should know better.

Anyway, I really can't wait for next week. A week that marks the start of my University exams and a week which will give us a chance to batter City at OT. If we play the way we did during the final 20 minutes, I'd put my money and my mama's house on beating the bitters at OT. We should NEVER let City go to Wembley at our expense, we should be fully concentrated. Today we've seen Rafael given a yellow card for committing one foul, Bellamy nearly murdered our players on the field and didn't receive a yellow, the ref also gave City an inexistant penalty, we've seen a goalie performing miracles, we've also seen a ball cleared off the line and next week we'll see City eliminated from this Cup and I'm pretty damn sure about it.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

United 3 - 0 Burnley

VDS
Neville Brown Evans Evra
Valencia Scholes Carrick(Anderson) Nani
Rooney(Diouf) Berbatov(Owen)



Two goals by Berbatov and Rooney and another by Diouf were enough to get the 3 points, but these goals cannot hide the fact that United played like a bunch of amateurs for most of the match. Our defence was in shambles and if Burnley had at least one decent striker I think we would be looking at a very different scoreline. I'm yearning for the day I see both Vidic and Ferdinand in our back four.

I'm pretty pleased for Diouf. He scored on his home debut and that could be a real morale booster. Overall he did well and I guess that goal sealed his place in our Champions League squad. Well done Diouf! I'm also relieved to see VDS in our goal. Don't get me wrong, I think Kuzschak did really well when he was playing, but VDS is a goalie who oozes class and he rarely puts a foot wrong. However, I'm really disappointed with our strikers. They should have easily scored more goals. Berbatov missed a sitter half way through the second half, I expect him to score from such positions. Nani, who was given a chance to shine, was horrible. He failed to put in a decent cross, his passes were inaccurate and he failed to help Evra when defending.

Anyway, with Chelsea's impressive 7-1 win we are still trailing. Its amazing, we seem to win games when Chelsea win and whenever they slip up, we follow in their footsteps. Our next match is vs Man City. I really don't give two flying fucks if some think that this game is 'just' a Carling Cup game. We need to win against City and I hope Fergie fields a strong side. C'mon United!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Birmingham 1 - 1 United

Kuz
Rafael Brown Evans Evra
Valencia Carrick Scholes(Diouf) Fletcher(s/o) Park(Giggs)
Rooney

Another 2 points dropped :( Fergie demanded a reaction to last Sundays match vs Leeds and he could not have complained about the commitment and determination of his players as they dominated the first half. However, Birmingham still managed to score against the run of play. We are definitely missing a lethal striker and I guess young Diouf wasn't the answer to our lack of finishing abilities in front of goal. He's still inexperienced so I can't really phatom why he was brought on instead of Owen. It was an own goal, the 5th of the season, that won us a point and that is really worrying.

Mark Clattenburg made a fool of himself by sending Fletcher off for a soft tackle. What on earth was Mr Clattenburg thinking??? His lousy assistant nearly dismissed our goal for no reason, just beacuse the City players were complaining! Now for a positive. Our Pole in goal was excellent once again, and although he may be at fault for the goal United conceded, he kept us in the game with a few brilliant saves. Well done Kuz!

Anyway, we had a chance to go on top of the PL and we've blown it again. Heck! Even Man City are now breathing down our necks. I'm resigned to a trophyless season. City will probably dump us out of the Carling cup. I don't think that we'll win anything this year. We haven't got the character and we rely heavily on Rooney. We need another strong, word class striker, otherwise we might as well bid the 19Th title goodbye and if we don't have the money to buy one, then fuck it, Fergie should admit it rather than keeping us in hope.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Carling Cup Semi Final

United's Carling Cup semi final vs Man City has been postponed. The first leg will now be played at City of Manchester Stadium on the 19th of January 2010 while the second leg will be played at OT on the 26th of January. The match vs Hull which was originally scheduled for the 26th January will be postponed.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

United 0 - 1 Leeds United

Kuz
Neville Brown Evans Fabio
Obertan(Valencia) Gibson Anderson Welbeck(Giggs)
Rooney Berbatov

Well, I really cannot believe we couldn't beat a League 1 team. Yes, the club we were facing was Leeds United, our old rivals, but still I expected United to go through to the 4th round. Fergie fielded a team strong enough to compete against any Premier League club let alone a League 1 side.

We were very very poor. I expected more from the likes of Rooney and Berbatov. They missed a couple of chances they ultimately cost us the game. Our back four had a howler. Neville was too slow...I guess his time is up! Brown did his best but lost his cool while Evans was not sharp enough. Fabio had an on and off match. Obertan was poor and this supports my firm belief that he won't become a first teamer before next season. Valencia, a substitute, was the only player who played well and actually tried to do something, however his efforts were to no avail and Leeds held on to their goal advantage.

Our next match is a carling cup game vs Manchester City. I hope we don't give them an opportunity to win a trophy after 33 years...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

My Experience in Manchester #2

Ever since last year's visit to Old Trafford I have stressed time and time again that I simply HAD to go back to OT sooner rather than later. Therefore I convinced 5 of my friends to come with me and booked a plane ticket to Manchester for the 26th of December. We spent 4 days in Manchester, spending most of our time shopping and hearing Glen's constant grumbling whenever we enter a shop. Manchester is a nice city, it is heaven for shopaholics(like my friend Aaron) and for football fans but, in my opinion, lacks that feel that London has(whatever it is).
Anyway we stayed in an apartment near the City Centre. I managed to take the Stadium tour for the first time since I missed it last year thanks to a darned tummy ache. The stadium tour is amazing, the guide(I forgot his name) was very informative and funny. Meanwhile I was very excited about the game vs Wigan which was looming large.

Before the game, my friends managed to get a glimpse of Bobby Charlton and some of the United players but I was busy wondering about at the City centre with Aaron. However, just a few minutes before the game started, I saw Rio Ferdinand :) Yep he was about 3m away from me :)

Now, somthing about the match. WOW! What a game! Unlike last year, I can proudly say that I witnessed, before my very eyes, entertainment of the highest class by the Champions of England. United played the best game of the season so far. The football was eye pleasing and the atmosphere at Old Trafford was electric. The constant chants "We all hate Leeds scum" are still ringing in my ears and so is "Feed the Scousers". The game was breathtaking, simply amazing. To be honest with you, I thought last year's game was a tad boring but this year's game was the extreme opposite. Rooney and Valencia were sublime. Valencia is confirming what a good buy he is while Rooney keeps showing the world his excellence.

Old Trafford, especially when United play so well, is the place to be. I'd give anything to re-live those 5 goals again, there, at OT. Just as I said last year, the emotion involved cannot be explained neither in words nor in video, you must be there. I was lucky enough to see a match which involved 5 goals, 2 post hitting shots, one excellent save and a 5 star performance by United. This ensured that my friends and I got out of OT extremely happy and yearning for more. Well, who knows, maybe next year I'll be back at OT, but after looking at my ever decreasing bank balance, I highly doubt it :(

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

United 5 - 0 Wigan

Kuz
Rafael Brown Vidic(Anderson) Evra(Fabio)
Valencia Fletcher Carrick Park
Rooney Berbatov(Welbeck)

I was present at Old Trafford for this match. United managed to score 5 goals against Wigan for the second time this season. Carrick scored a good goal, Rooney scored one and hit the bar twice, Valencia scored a goal and created another 3, Berbatov scored his 6th goal of the season while Rafael scored his fisrt goal of the season.

It was a great performance by United who played the best football I've seen this year. Rooney and Valencia were on fire. United's(and the premier league's)final goal of the decade was an absolute beauty with Valencia chipping the ball over Wigan's goalie after some fine moves by Rooney.

With Chelsea dropping points, United are still in the hunt for the Premier League. This year the top teams in the PL have become weaker compared to last year, however the other clubs have strengthened their teams wisely and that is what's making this years PL so exciting and unpredictable. Next match is vs our hated rivals Leeds United. I think Fergie will field some of our promising young players. Bring em on!

My Experience in Manchester #2

Ever since last year's visit to Old Trafford I have stressed time and time again that I simply HAD to go back to OT sooner rather than later. Therefore I convinced 5 of my friends to come with me and booked a plane ticket to Manchester for the 26th of December. We spent 4 days in Manchester, spending most of our time shopping and hearing Glen's constant grumbling whenever we enter a shop. Manchester is a nice city, it is heaven for shopaholics(like my friend Aaron) and for football fans but, in my opinion, lacks that feel that London has(whatever it is).
Anyway we stayed in an apartment near the City Centre. I managed to take the Stadium tour for the first time since I missed it last year thanks to a darned tummy ache. The stadium tour is amazing, the guide(I forgot his name) was very informative and funny. Meanwhile I was very excited about the game vs Wigan which was looming large.

Before the game, my friends managed to get a glimpse of Bobby Charlton and some of the United players but I was busy wondering about at the City centre with Aaron. However, just a few minutes before the game started, I saw Rio Ferdinand :) Yep he was about 3m away from me :)

Now, somthing about the match. WOW! What a game! Unlike last year, I can proudly say that I witnessed, before my very eyes, entertainment of the highest class by the Champions of England. United played the best game of the season so far. The football was eye pleasing and the atmosphere at Old Trafford was electric. The constant chants "We all hate Leeds scum" are still ringing in my ears and so is "Feed the Scousers". The game was breathtaking, simply amazing. To be honest with you, I thought last year's game was a tad boring but this year's game was the extreme opposite. Rooney and Valencia were sublime. Valencia is confirming what a good buy he is while Rooney keeps showing the world his excellence.

Old Trafford, especially when United play so well, is the place to be. I'd give anything to re-live those 5 goals again, there, at OT. Just as I said last year, the emotion involved cannot be explained neither in words nor in video, you must be there. I was lucky enough to see a match which involved 5 goals, 2 post hitting shots, one excellent save and a 5 star performance by United. This ensured that my friends and I got out of OT extremely happy and yearning for more. Well, who knows, maybe next year I'll be back at OT, but after looking at my ever decreasing bank balance, I highly doubt it :(

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010

Hull City 1 - 3 United

Kuz
Rafael Brown Vidic Evra
Valencia(Park) Fletcher Carrick Giggs(Obertan)
Rooney Berbatov

Wayne Rooney had a part to play in every goal as he atoned for an error to inspire United to a 3-1 victory over Hull. He scored 0ne and created three, one of them was Hull's temporary equaliser. Berbatov was the other United goal scorer while Dawson put the ball in his own net.

United didn't play well at all. Vidic and Rooney were the players who stood out in this encounter. I watched this game at a Pub in Manchester, but to be honest I was quite disappointed with the atmosphere. Maybe most of the people present were City supporters...

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