Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wigan 0 - 4 United

O'Shea Smalling Vidic Evra
Fletcher Carrick Scholes(Gibson) Nani(Fabio)
Chicharito(Berbatov) Rooney

So at the end of the day we ended with a comfortable victory but, during the first 20 minutes or so, Wigan battered us. We were still in with a shout thanks to the brilliant VDS. I can only recall two decent United attacks during the first half. We scored one and rattled the woodwork on the other occasion.  During the second half we were much better but we never seriously troubled the goalie until the 75th minute. That's when Chicho scored the second after being set up by Rooney. I thought Rooney was average today but he still had a say in three of the goals scored. So, yes, the guy, even though never really hitting top form and probably won't, is pivotal in our title winning ambitions.

Chicharito :- Mexican for clinical finishes
After the second goal Wigan gave up. Rooney got the simplest of goals when Berba did the right thing and set him up on the counter. Fabio got in on the act with a fine finish and it was just a joy to see his jubilant reaction after the goal!

Nani was a tad frustrating today. He possesses great skill but seems to forget that he plays in a team sometimes. He's got a load of assists this year but that tally could easily be twice the number it is if he passes the ball more often. I think that and his shameful dives keep him back from being truly world class. Our other midfielders Fletcher and Carrick did really well today, much much better than last Wednesday and Scholes had a good game apart from an error early on which nearly cost us a goal.

The coming week will make or break our season. I'd be happy with 3 points or 4 points from a possible 6. Winning both games will settle the title issue and losing both games will put us in a difficult position. But I BELIEVE! Bring on the scum in blue led by the overpriced ladyboy and the "brave men" Terry and Lampard. COME ON UNITED!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Marseille 0 - 0 United

O'Shea Smalling Vidic Evra
Nani Fletcher Gibson(Scholes) Carrick 
Rooney Berbatov

A very poor game of football with both teams defending extremely well the odd attack. A 0-0 result is never a safe one but this draw is, in my opinion, a pretty decent result. Neither side deserved to win this game so the result is only fair on both teams. 

Smalling was excellent
United's midfielders and strikers were really poor today but our defense did well and neutralized most of Marseille's chances. Smalling, in my opinion, excelled yet again. However, Gibson, Carrick, Rooney and Berbatov were abysmal. Nani, who looked like the only player capable of creating something, started many promising attacks but never really delivered a decent ball in the box while Fletcher did most of the running but lacked quality. I like Gibbo, he delivers mouthwatering long balls and has a potent shot but his passing is shocking sometimes. There's plenty of room for improvement if he wants to make it at United! 

Something's still seems to be wrong with Rooney. He worked hard but he was outpaced and showed that even Evra could dribble more than him. C'mon ROO! 

Evra with the Judas who wanted to join Liverpool 3 years ago
I'm quite confident we'll get the win at Old Trafford but we need to be much better than today. Wigan next...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

United 1 - 0 Crawley

Rafael(Smalling) O'Shea Brown Fabio(Fletcher)
Bebe Carrick Gibson Anderson(Rooney)
This game was a pain to watch. I pity the people who made the trip to Old Trafford and had to see our players play with no determination at all. 

Brown was the stand out player this evening. He scored a goal and made some clean tackles. Meanwhile our central midfielders failed to control the midfield play and our wingers were atrocious. Their performance would have been almost acceptable if we were playing another PL side but we were playing a non league club! At the front Chicharito was too isolated and failed to shoot in the right moments. He also managed to get caught offside twice in a minute. Some feat that is! Rooney was given a 45 minute run out and managed to misplace a couple of passes and lose his head.

Crawley almost leveled the score late in the second half but thankfully the bar came to our rescue. Obertan then summed up today's mediocre performance with a comical slip that broke down a rare second half United attack. Overall it was a very poor performance but I hope the youngsters will learn that football is a funny old game that pulls the occasional shock every now and then. Thankfully, that shock did not materialize today. Credit should go to the Crawley players. They deserve to be applauded and our players should learn from the grit  and determination the Crawley players showed today.

It's not all gloomy though, we are through to the next round of the FA Cup! Another step towards Wembley.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

United 2 - 1 Man City

O'Shea Smalling Vidic Evra
Nani Scholes(Carrick) Fletcher Anderson(Berbatov) Giggs

You Beauty!
A professional performance gave United the important 3 points against Manchester City. I was at Old Trafford for this game and the atmosphere inside the stadium was just unbelievable. Nani scored a very good goal just in front of the Stretford End, where I was seated, and then, on the other side of the stadium, Rooney popped up with an immaculate overhead kick that sent the OT faithful into raptures of joy. I saw that goal in front of my very own eyes but had to replay it over and over again when I arrived back home. I am proud to have witnessed a goal that "defies description".

Photo taken after the start of the 2nd half from the Stretford End
It was a very good derby game, much much better than the derby at Eastlands earlier this season. Both teams had precautionary formations, fielding just one striker, but the game was an enjoyable one. City did give me a few life threatening scares, especially when Silva missed the target after just three minutes. I wasn't particularly pleased when I learned that O'Shea was in the starting line up but he had a very good game. Smalling had City's 'massive' strikers in his back pocket and Vidic was his usual immense self. He gives his all for the United cause and I salute him for that! I saw him, in front of my naked eyes, save a certain goal with a diving header. The guy is simply exceptional. 

Celebrating with my friends after the game
Rooney worked really hard throughout the game and then scored that gem of a goal. This was his answer to City's supporters singing that "he's just a fat granny shagger". He may have had a turbulent season but that goal had World Class written all over it. Well done ROO!

Overall I enjoyed my day at Old Trafford. The city fans kept singing that Manchester is Blue but hey I couldn't see one person sporting their gear in the city centre neither before nor after the game. They also sang "are you from Manchester?" No I'm not, but I'm damn proud I support the boys in red. 

Another step towards the 19th title while City's microscopic chances of lifting our trophy vanish in thin air. Just what I asked for.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Wolves 2 - 1 United

Rafael Evans(Smalling) Vidic Evra
Nani Fletcher Carrick(Scholes) Giggs
Rooney Berbatov(Chicharito)

So finally the unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt halt by Wolves. I never expected United to complete a season without losing one game but to be honest I never really imagined that bottom side Wolves were going to hand us our first defeat of the season. We have now lost 3 precious point which will bring Chelsea and City back with a chance.

Nani scored inside three minutes and Rooney could(should) have made it two a few seconds later. However, it wasn't to be. Normally I don't like blaming players for our misfortunes but Evans was piss poor today. He fouled every time he went up for the ball and let a Wolves player get a free header for the second goal. I think Smalling would have been more adequate for today's game. United were also  denied a dead cert penalty in the second half but  hey, "United always get it their way." But to be honest, the simple reason for our defeat today was that no body really showed up after Nani's goal and Wolves played with tremendous determination. So well done to Wolves.

Thankfully Arsenal failed to win their game and let's hope the clowns from Liverpool do us a favour tomorrow but UNITED will never die, so roll on next weekend and let's beat the bitters! I love United.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gary Neville Retires

A picture that really speaks a thousand words
So Gary Neville decided that his playing days are over. I thought that his retirement was only imminent, especially after his recent performances. He has been a great player for this club but it was also evident that his performances have waned during the past couple of seasons and when he played this season he just couldn't keep up with the pace of the opponents. Therefore I think that calling it a day was the right move by Neville. 

He spent almost 20 years at our glorious club. He wasn't just a player, he was one of us. He gave Tevez the finger, teased Man City and Liverpool fans when we scored and kissed Paul Scholes. Now, who(United fans) wouldn't do that?!!! His performances were brilliant especially when he was still in his late 20's. Fergie has even called him the greatest English left back of his generation and I can't argue with that! 

He wasn't a player who liked the spotlight. In fact casual United fans, who jubilate whenever Rooney or Park touch the ball while wearing proudly their AON shirt, might not even appreciate who this player is. The die hards obviously know that Gary Neville is Mr. Manchester United. His will to fight for United has endeared him to everyone who loves United. Because of United, he might have made a billion enemy but, as long as Manchester United's name remains on top, he won't give two flying fucks. That is what made us love him.

So one of the 3 precious jewels we have in our squad has now retired. A loyal player who gave his all for the United cause. A legend. Gary Neville we salute you!


Premier League: 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2008/09
FA Cup: 1995/96, 1998/99, 2003/04

League Cup: 2005/06, 2009/10

Comm Shield: 1996, 1997, 2008

UEFA Champions League: 1998/99

Intercontinental Cup: 1999
FIFA Club World Cup: 2008 

Eat your heart out Gerrard, Terry and Torres!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

United 3 - 1 Aston Villa

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

Another good victory at Old Trafford thanks to two Wayne Rooney goals and another scored by Vidic. It was an entertaining game and we could have easily won the match by a wider margin but Brad Friedel was at his best tonight.

My man of the match was Nani. He terrorised Villa's defence and they could only stop our Portuguese by fouling him. He got an assist after delivering a peach of a cross to Rooney and was really unlucky not to score one himself. I'm also very glad for Rooney. He took his goals well and was a tad unfortunate not to get a hat trick today. His ferocious shot at the end of the match was brilliantly saved by Villa's keeper. More of the same please Wayne!

At half time we were in a better position than we are right now, but unfortunately Chelsea and Arsenal managed to turn their score around. We're still at the top but a lot of difficult games are coming our way! Wolves away won't be easy and then we'll have to deal with Man City who are brimming with confidence after managing to draw vs the mighty Notts County....HA!

Anyway I've got a very important exam tomorrow so I'm not really in a mood to write anything else. We'll meet again after the Wolves match when, hopefully, we will be celebrating another win....oh and I will be finished from my exams.  Then I'm heading to Manchester but unfortunately my friends and I didn't manage to find a ticket for the derby game so it will be a bit of a useless trip. OH WELL!