Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fulham 0 - 1 United


DDG
Rafael Rio Evans Evra

Valencia(Chicharito) Carrick Cleverley(Giggs) Nani(Welbeck)
RVP Rooney
Rooney and Ronaldo goals. Similar positions, similar finishes, similar effect on the title race?
Quite a late post, I know, but my examinations have taken their toll on me. I slept immediately after the game and only woke up a couple of hours ago. A solid 14 hour sleep! I was exhausted.

Anyway, back to what really matters: Manchester United. That was a massive massive win. Rooney scored an excellent goal which was quite reminiscent of what Ronaldo did in the 2006/07 season. I remember, back then, our players celebrated as if they had just won the league. That late win had a significant impact on the title race and yesterday's win will probably be as important, come May. Well, let's hope so.

Great banner by the red army. David's name was also sung throughout the game.
United played very well, especially during the first half. Our boys hit the woodwork twice and were denied a couple more times by Fulham's good goalie (whose name I forgot). That said, Rafael and Robin cleared two  balls off the line. Our goalie had a very good game in goal. He made two stunning saves and looked quite comfortable throughout. Evans was excellent and Rio did what he had to do quite well. Carrick and Cleverley kept the ball moving while Nani looked lively on the left. That was probably his best performance in a United shirt this year.  It's a relief to see we've got a winger who could actually beat an opponent. Valencia was on the verge of decent. He's still off-form. I hope he rediscovers his form because we need the guy. He could be excellent on the right, just as he was last year. Come on Tony!

Lights out just before half time
Rooney was my man of the match. Yes, he scored a good goal but his performance was more than just about that goal. He helped build up attacks and even defended when there was the need to help the boys at the back. I've said it time and time again, I'd choose Rooney over RVP any day. The latter is a world class striker but Roo is an all rounder. I've heard he's quite decent in goal as well so we've got plenty of cover if our goalies get injured, hah.

This could have been a very tricky game and I'm quite glad we got the 3 points and a clean sheet. Before last year, when we battered Fulham 5-0, we found the goings at Craven Cottage quite tough. In the previous 3 games we drew once and lost 3-0 and 2-0 in the other games. 

We're looking pretty comfortable at the top. Fergie has got a full squad at his disposal and that is ultimately what could decide the title. Last year we had too many injuries and had to field players out of their positions. I remember when Carrick and Evra had to play in central defence. At the moment we've got 5 fit central defenders! It's been a while since I've seen such riches. Injury problems have given us a tough time during the past 2 to 3 years.

City will play Liverpool very soon. Let's hope the scousers can do us a little favour. Meanwhile our next fixture is at home to Everton. Another tough hurdle, we know what happened last year. The blues have only lost 3 times this season. 

Ferguson displays his fighting skills after the game. Pretty decent.

FACTS:
  • Manchester United have earned more points this season than they have ever done in PL history after 25 games.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored (10) or assisted (7) 17 goals in 17 Premier League appearances so far in 2012-13.

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