Manchester United 1 Fulham 0

Match corresponding to the Premier League and played at Old Trafford.

Fuf! What a nervy performance by United, is squeaky bum time affecting the players? United were lethargic, nervy and very pedestrian. Old Trafford sounded more like a morgue than a football stadium and 25 minutes in David De Gea had already made two saves while Schwartzer in the Fulham goal still had cold palms! We lacked punch and are passing was sloppy to say the least. Considering Sir Alex Ferguson had already mentioned that goal difference was bound to be a factor on reckoning day our attack was feeble to say the list. Welbeck had something of a mare while Rooney, largely anonymous until his goal, seemed to be late to all passes. Antonio Valencia once again proved he is United’s, and probably the League’s form player but tonight his final ball let him down. Credit to Fulham, however, who maintained form and shape through out and moved the ball around elegantly kept themselves in the game until the final whistle and were denied a very plausible penalty by the referee. United’s slow tempo and lack of quality in the pass meant the match was dour and boring for many stretches of play. United’s goal game from a long Young cross which Evans bravely won and nodded back across the area to find Rooney with his gun cocked and loaded. A sharp pull of the trigger and United were one up. Rio Ferdinand limped off in the second half but with one whole week to go before our next game he should be fit for our trip to Ewood Park next Monday. Most important thing were the three valuable points that take us back to the top of the league. Long has it been said that the mark of champions is to win games like these in which you play like crap but still remain victorious.

Manchester United Team

1   David De Gea

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

6   Johnny Evans

21 Rafael

18 Ashley Young

16 Michael Carrick

11 Ryan Giggs

25 Antonio Valencia

10 Wayne Rooney (Goal)

19 Danny Welbeck

SUBSTITUTES

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez for Danny Welback

Chris Smalling on for Rio Ferdinand

Paul Scholes on for Wayne Rooney

Manchester United 2 West Bromwich Albion 0

Match corresponding to the Premier League and played at Old Trafford.

Apart from the opening 10 minutes this was pretty much a stroll in the park, unlike the catastrophe on Thursday. United had the measure of West Brom quite quickly and rapid wing play by Ashley Young had their full backs going  in the opposite direction. All three of United’s forward players looked very sharp and it was the Hernandez/Rooney combination that struck to get United’s firsts. Chcicharito curled one in with his left and the ever wily Rooney anticipated West Brom’s keeper and defenders to hammer in from close range. West Brom had the wind well and truly taken out of their sails. They also had a fair penalty appeal when Patrice Evra appeared to trip Peter   Odemwingie inside the corner of the United area. None of the officials seemed think it was cause for a penalty and the game continued. David DeGea has kept his habit of game saving saves pulling off two great saves, one in either half. Certainly a new man! The second half saw a small 5 minute West Bromwich revival that was cut short by United’s incisive attacking play. Javier Hernandez hit the post while Danny Welbeck saw it fit to push the ball wide of an open goal. Ashley Young then provoked a penalty as he was tripped over by Keith Andrews. West Brom was by now with 10 men as Ollson had been sent off for two yellows, both justified. Rooney stepped up to score his second penalty in as many games to put the game beyond any reasonable doubt. What made the points even sweeter was the result filtering in from the Liberty Stadium where Swansea had beaten City 1-0 despite having a penalty saved by Joe Hart. All in all a much excellent end to a horrible week. Squeaky bum time Mr Mancini, can you cope with it?

Manchester United Team

1   David DeGea

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

6   Johnny Evans

4   Phil Jones

18 Ashley Young

16 Michael Carrick

22 Paul Scholes

19 Danny Welbeck

10 Wayne Rooney (2 Goals/1 Penalty)

14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

SUBSTITUTES

Paul Pogba on for Paul Scholes

Tom Cleverley on for Danny Welbeck

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester United 3

Match corresponding to the Premier League and played at White Hart Lane.

Well if United do win the league and retain their title this match will be one of those that are often described by pundits as characteristic of the one champion teams win. We play badly, dominated in the first half in fact, but end up winning. Undeservedly so but such is football. Spurs played very well in the first half dominating possession and midfield. Though they lacked bite up front David DeGea had one save to make from Adebayor. The controversial moment came when the referee disallowed an Adebayor goal for handball. The irony is that the Spurs forward was on the line and he blocked a goal bound shot after a cross from out wide from Lennon. As the ball hit him, Adebayor used his left hand to help position the ball to allow him to flick into the back of the net. The ref got this one right in my opinion as without the touch with his hand Adebayor would not have been able to position the ball to be able to tap it in. Wayne Rooney that added salt to the wound as he headed in on the 44th minute. A clearly undeserved lead. The second half started pretty much the same way. Spurs dominant and any rocket SAF delivered at half time seemed to have hit the mark. Yet it was United again that took the bull by the horns. Nani floated in past Modric on the right and drove in a cross that was expertly volleyed in by Ashley Young. His second goal was reminiscent of his one against Arsenal earlier in the season. Drop of the shoulder, cut into to midfield and curl one away from the keeper with his right foot. Jermaine Defoe got a late consolation for Tottenham but United game Spurs a lesson in clinical finishing and shooting. A 100% ratio of shots/shots on target with three goals to boot. Back to two points difference with City and everything points to a title decider at the Etihad in late April!

Manchester United Team

1   David DeGea

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

6   Johnny Evans

4   Phil Jones

17 Nani

22 Paul Scholes

16 Michael Carrick

18 Ashley Young (2 Goals)

10 Wayne Rooney (Goal)

19 Danny Welbeck

SUBSTITUTES

Ryan Giggs on for Paul Scholes

Ji Sung Park on for Nani

Norwich City 1 Manchester United 2

Match corresponding the Premier League and played at Carrow Road.

Its the nineties all over again. Scholes and Giggs scoring and grabbing the winner deep into Fergie Time! A lethargic United performance that started ever so well. Sharp, electric and fluid movement and passing which resulted in Paul Scholes scoring from a header from a few yards out. Norwich seemed dazed and ripe for the taking, but this team deserves a lot of respect and it has guts galore. A spirited fight back first wrested control of midfield and then the ball from United that had Nani and Carrick back to their worst! Enter the much maligned David De GEa. If he was Man of the Match on Thursday night he is also deserving of the accolade today. He pull off three magnificent saves and appears to have discovered the knack of clutching a ball from out of the air. His best save, a point balnk header that he grasped out of thin air and stuck to his gloves. Time and again Norwich slammed against this inspired Spaniard while worryingly United seemed to give the ball away far too easily and create little. Young replaced a jaded Hernandez but no change. 80 odd minutes into the game Grant Holt continued his knack of scoring against the big teams and buried a thunderbolt of a shot into the top left hand corner of the goal. Norwich had justifiably equalised and Manchester City were smiling. Enter Ryan Giggs, 900 appeareance for the club today and evergreen. Young floated in a cross with 91 minutes on the clock and up pops the perennial Welshman at the far post to knock in United’s winner. The scale of the celebrations is testament to how hard Norwich City fought United. With Spurs losing 5-2 at the Emirates and them coming to Old Trafford next weekend United certainly have assure second place and keep within 2 points of Manchester City. Fergie Time!!!

Manchester United Team

1   David De Gea

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

6   Johnny Evans

4   Phil Jones

17 Nani

16 Michael Carrick

22 Paul Scholes (Goal)

11 Ryan Giggs (Goal)

19 Danny Welbeck

14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

SUBSTITUTES

Ashley Young on for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

Chris Smalling on for Ryan Giggs

 

Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1

Match played at Old Trafford corresponding to the Premier League.

The prematch talking was all about Evra and Suarez Race Row and thanks to an uneducated, odious individual of a man (ie Suarez) the match would end up being about Evra and Suarez. Patrice, being a proper man, offered his racial abuser his hand in the usual prematch ritual only for the cromagnum that is Suarez to blank him. Cue Patrice’s righteous anger as he grabbed Suarez by the arm and the referee had to start to officiate before the match kicked off. Rio Ferdinand, next down the United line, also blanked the racist and sod him. The tone for the match had been set!

Once the match kicked off it failed to meet all the pre kick off expectations as the first half was a dour affair. Liverpool packed their midfield to deny United space and nullify our wingplay as Giggs had to cut inside often to make up the numbers. Neither keeper was required to make a save in the first half with Rafael coming closest for United. Antonio Valencia once again proved he, along with Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie, is the form player in the League by making the excellent Luis Enrique feel as uncomfortable as he has all season long. Cue the Neanderthal from Uruguay. Phil Dowd, who refereed a very diffcult match excellently, whistled for half time and Mr Suarez decides to wallop the ball into the stands. The crowd incensed and Luis once again acts to calm nerves and relax things. Evra, allegedly confronts him in the tunnel and to the delight of Geoff Shreeves, another odious individual (though Kudos for pissing Dalglish off), Sky reporter, stewards and the Police are called in to usher each side into their respective Dressing Rooms. The second half started with tredpidation until man of the match, Wayne Rooney, buried a delightful volley past a flapping Pepe Reina in the Scouse goal. A couple of minutes later the same player nutmegs said keeper and 2-0. Paul Scholes then turned the clock back and gave a mastercalss in posession football that had £40 million of Liverpool midfield dross (Downing and Henderson) scrambling and running after the ball. Kenny Dalglish reacted by subbing in Bellamy and surely to be crowned Player of the Year, Andy Carroll. Liverpool reverted to a 4-4-2 and made a semblance of an attacking team. Another defensive mistake, hands up Rio, gifted the odious cunt from Uruguay a consolation goal. David De Gea once again pulled off an excellent save from Johnson as United go top of the league and now look to Villa to beat or draw with City tomorrow at Villa Park. The controversy did not finish there. A righteous Patrice Evra ran to the Stretford End waving his arms and pumping his chest in joyful celebration only to have Scouse Bastard players resent this. The icing on the cake was Kenny Dalglish losing it with the aforementioned Geoff Shreeves in the post match interview. Sour grapes from a dour Scot and Scouse Cunt to boot. The Self Pity City will no doubt go into overdrive this week but the cameras do not lie. Suarez did not remove his hand from Evra’s, he refused to accept Patrice’s. 2-1, 3 points. Loving it.

Manchester United Team

1   David De Gea

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

6   Johnny Evans

21 Rafael

11 Ryan Giggs

22 Paul Scholes

16 Micheal Carrick

25 Antonio Valencia

10 Wayne Rooney (2 Goals)

19 Danny Welbeck

And just because we love the wee little man from Clichy

Chelsea 3 Manchester United 3

Match corresponding to the Premier League played at Stamford Bridge.

Another roller coaster courtesy of Manchester United. Having played better than Chelsea for 55 minutes United found themselves 3-0 down due to two own goals and a spectacular goal scored by Juan Mata, a truly spectacular left footed volley from a Torres cross. United had played much better in the first half, had more of the ball, played better and had two strong legitimate penalty shouts turned down by Howard Webb. Chelsea’s first goal came from unforgivable defending by Patrice Evra who allowed Daniel Sturridge to ghost past him and cross the ball from the by line. De Gea stuck out a leg to stop the ball going into the danger area but it struck Johnny Evans and it fell into the net. United cursing their luck after the non giving of the penalty and the own goal. The second half had just started when Mata blasted Chelsea’s second. David Luis then had a header fool De Gea after it took a crucial deflection off Rio Ferdinandand into the back of the net. Game over, or so we thought. Patrice Evra was then fouled in the Chelsea area and Rooney scored from the spot. Minutes later Danny Welbeck is tripped over by Ivanovic, a somewhat dubious decision but there is definite contact by the defenderon the forward. Rooney puts the ball past Cech, this time to the opposite side of his first. United’s third was a classic Chicharito goal. Giggs sends in a cross from near the corner flag but the wee Mexican’s movement in the box is a  lesson on how a forward should leave centre halves dead in the ground. A small step forward gives  him the two feet of space he needed to rse up and put in a peach of header to draw the game 3-3! David Luis was left to shake his shaggy mane in disbelief. David De Gea then shut up his legion of critics with tremendous save of a Mata free kick that was travelling like an Exocet into the top left hand corner of the goal. A great match and a great advert for the Premier League, though I am sure Chelsea fans would not be too happy with Howard Webb!

Manchester United Team

1   David De Gea

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

6   Johnny Evans

21 Rafael

18 Ashley Young

11 Ryan Giggs

16 Micheal Carrick

25 Antonio Valencia

10 Wayne Rooney (2 goals/2 Penalties)

19 Danny Welbeck

SUBSTITUTES

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (Goal) for Ashley Valencia

Paul Scholes for Rafael

Ji Sung Park for Danny Welbeck

Manchester United 2 Stoke City 0

Match corresponding to the FA Premier League and played at Old Trafford.

After the debacle at Anfield on Saturday and our elimination from the FA Cup (update on blog was not forthcoming as we were moving into our new house on Saturday) David De Gea called in ‘sick’ yesterday and to make matters worse Anders Lindegaard has apparently hurt hos foot quite badly in training. As such Ben Amos was fielded in goal by SAF, a rather telling moment in the career of our Polish goalkeeper! Needless to say it was a game of two penalties, that for once were as clear as the light of day, and the penalty that was the clearest of the three and not given. United dominated this match quite easily and Paul Scholes seems to have turned back the years with quite a masterful performance in midfield. Stoke were uncharacteristically quiet and lacked their usual bite and growl. Hell even Park looked like a footballer for once and won us our first penalty that was transformed by Chicharito, his first goal since the game against Newcastle United in November. Valencia continued in his recent rich vein of form and drove the Stoke left back rather insane with drooping shoulders and mazy runs. Dimitar Berbatov, sporting a new Balotelli style mohican, converted our second spot kick in the second half and that was the end of the game as a contest. Paul Poga came on with 20 minutes to go and rather impressed in his Premier League debut. An evening that was made even better by the news that former Red Darron Gibson scored Everton’s winner against Manchester City at Goodison Park! One can argue that that was Gibson’s greatest achievement for United. The game against Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge has been nicely set up!

Manchester United Team

40 Ben Amos

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

6   Johnny Evans

12 Chris Smalling

13 Ji-Sung Park

22 Paul Scholes

16 Micheal Carrick

25 Antonio Valencia

9   Dimitar Berbatov (Goal/Penalty)

14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (Goal/Penalty)

SUBTITUTES

Paul Pogba on for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez