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

Manchester United 2 Blackburn Rovers 3

A disastrous result that has left United’s attempt to top the league in tatters after losing at HOME against the team last in the league! A makeshift side was put out by Sir Alex Ferguson, 70 years old today, due to the raft of injuries the team is suffering from. Dimitar Berabtov gave away a cheap penalty when he pulled Samba down in the box and Yakubu put the ball past De Gea, back in the side after two games, and he later put a shot under the legs of the Spanish keeper for Rovers’ second. De Gea had his worst game in a United short today as a very weak jump for a crossed ball led to the Hanley scoring Blackburn’s third. United by then had brought the scores back to 2-2 after Berbatov scored his 5th and 6th goals in three matches and United were rampaging forward on both flanks. De Gea’s flimsy goalkeeping let us down badly today though the second Rovers goal was a travesty of errors ranging from Carrick to Phil Jones. SAF needs to spend as this United squad is the weakest in a long time. Anderson came back from injury but the list goes on and on and on! Furthermore Rooney was left out of the squad in dubious circumstances, rumours flow…

 

Manchester United Team

1   David De Gea

3  Patrice Evra

16 Micheal Carrick

4  Phil Jones

25 Antonio Valencia

17 Nani

21 Rafael

13 Ji-Sung Park

19 Danny Welbeck

9 Dimitar Berbatov (2 Goals)

14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

 

SUBSTITUTES

Anderson on for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

William Keane on for Rafael

Manchester United 1 Crystal Palace 2 (AET)

Match corresponding to the Quarter Finals of the League Cup. A tribute was paid to Gary Speed (RIP) before kick off.

A very much changed United line up that once again proved that several players, yes you Messers Gibson, Berbatov, Diouf and Evans, are off too low a quality for Manchester United. Crystal Palace, a team playing in a division lower than United, played a gutsy game, run their socks off, scored one of the best goals ever scored at Old Trafford, and I think deservedly qualified for the competitions semi against Cardiff City. Ferguson, as usual, fielded a reserve side but still included 9 full internationals. Palace were tenacious in midfield and in Zaha had a player that run Fabio somewhat ragged in the first half. as per usual both brazilian twins limped off before 90 minutes and an ineffectual and moany Berbatov did not reappear after half time. Chris Smalling was the only United player that salvages some of his reputation after this match. Him and Ravel Morrison that looked much sharper and active that the Bulgarian scrote that masquaraded as a football player for 45 minutes.  Darren Ambrose scored a truly spectacular goal from 40 yards, simply amazing strike while Kiko Macheda scored United’s equaliser from the penalty spot. There was no doubt in the giving of the penalty as Palace’s skipper pulled Macheda’s shirt and threw him to the ground. As the match went into extra time United piled on the pressure but staunch defending and Palace’s keeper kept the red wave at bay. As the second half of extra time closed, Murray headed in an Ambrose cross in circumstances similar to the annulling of Chicharito’s goal against Newacastle at the weekend for offside. Yet even hardcore Reds cannot deny Palace their moment as they came to play at Old Trafford and they deserved to go throuh. SAF now seriously need to look at the shower of shite that permeates our squad and do something about it!

Manchester United Team

40 Ben Amos

20 Fabio Da Silva

12 Chris Smalling

6   Johnny Evans

21 Rafael Da Silva

32 Mame Biram Diouf

13 Ji Sung Park

28 Darron Gibson

25 Antonio Valencia

9    Dimitar Berbatov

27 Federico Macheda (Goal/Penalty)

SUBSTITUES

Ezekyel Fryers for Fabio Da Silva

Ravel Morrison for Dimitar Berbatov

Paul Pogba for Rafael Da Silva

Manchester United 1 Sunderland 0

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

17 Nani

19 Danny Welbeck

14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

Substitutes

Dimitar Berbatov for Danny Welbeck

Micheal Carrick for Ji-Sung Park

Fabio Da Silva for Darren Fletcher