10:00 Hours 9th June 1944
Elements of 51st Highland and 3rd Canadian Division have pushed into the Northern suburbs of Caen. Units of both 12th SS Panzer and 21st Panzer Divisions have stemmed the Allied thrust into the city routed one Canadian Company. Caen itself is being put under tremendous pressure from the North as a combined arms assault is being launched by the British and the Canadians. AOK 7 has given the defence of Caen the highest priority as it is crucial to the strategic defence of the whole Normandy front. Elements of SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment 26 have been detached from front holding against the British Airborne and have been ordered into the Caen area around Herouville to assist in the defence. Reinforcements have once again been asked for.
Match corresponding to the Barclay’s Premier League. Team changes once again after the Champions League mid week game. David De Gea was left on the bench while Wayne Rooney once again played in centre midfield. Patrice Evra returned at left back. Other than that nothing much has changed as United were lethargic and slow in the first half with little flow to our play. The goal came in the first half after a cross floated in was headed timidly goalwards by Danny Welbeck and then took a deflection off Manchester United former defender Wes Brown that diverted the ball into the goal. The second half was a slight improvement on the first with United trying to increase the tempo. Sunderland had a confused shout for a penalty appeal after a linesman confused a Sunderland handball in our area for United’s handball. Javier Hernandez had a headed effort headed off the line with the Sunderland keeper beaten. Westwood, Sunderland keeper, pulled off a fantastic double save off Rooney and Evra. Three points the best thing that happened in the match really. We take a break now for two weeks for two meaningless International Friendly games!
This match also came on the eve of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 25th anniversary in charge of United. He was presented with a memento on the pitch prior to the match and received the honour of having the North Stand at Old Trafford named the ‘Sir Alex Ferguson Stand’. Long may he reign!!!
Manchester United Team
34 Anders Lindegaard
3 Patrice Evra
5 Rio Ferdinand
15 Nemanja Vidic
4 Phil Jones
13 Ji-Sung Park
24 Darren Fletcher
10 Wayne Rooney
19 Danny Welbeck
14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez
Dimitar Berbatov for Danny Welbeck
Micheal Carrick for Ji-Sung Park
Fabio Da Silva for Darren Fletcher