Monday, August 23, 2010

Slow Start for Manchester United

As usual another slow start for Manchester United in the league. United drew with Fulham in an away fixture to share one point each.

Scholes gave the visiting team lead in the firts half. In absence of Rooney, United looked slow in attack with Berbatov and new signing Hernandez. Fulham came back after the half time and it looked to fininsh at 1 - 1 after 80 minutes. Things changed dramitically as Hanglehand scored an own goal to give United lead for the second time in the game. Just moments after the goal United got a penalty with Duff caught handling the ball in the box. Nani took the penalty but the goal keeper saved it to deny 2 goals lead for United.

More drama. Hanglehand scored on a corner to level the game just moments befor the 90 minutes of play. Hughes looked happy with the result and Sir Alex was not convinced woth the way game finished. Evans was not very comfortable against Zamore and co. Long balls and crosses were flowing in the whole game for home side.

For United Scholes scored for 150th time. The absence of Rooney made the difference. Owen and Giggs came in the second half but they looked never ever scoring.

Final Score:

Fulham 2
Manchecter United 2

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Blackburn 0 - Manchester United 0

Manchester United shared points in the match against Blackburn and failed to go top in English Premier League. Blackburn’s cautious and calculated approach was sufficient for them to share points with Manchester United.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson preferred experienced player and started with Giggs and Scholes in central midfield with Nani and Valencia on wings. As expected Rooney missed the game because of his injury and Macheda joined Berbatov upfront.

O'shea returned to take part in a premier league game after a long time.

Blackburn were cautious in the first half and Valencia had two good chances of which one was one on one with Robinson. Overall Manchester United never looked threatening in the first half. Samba got injured and Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce was forced to make first change in 33rd minute.

In the second half Blackburm were more attacking than before but Van Der Sar did enough to maintain a clean sheet. Ferdinand got injured and there is no news about the seriousness of his injury.

In the end moments Garry Neville blocked a shot from Steven Nzonzi and finally the game ended as a draw.

Final Score:

Blackburn 0 - 0 Man Utd



Samba (Nelsen 33) - Givet - Olsson (Diouf 70) - Salgado
Jones - Emerton (Dunn 46) - Grella - Pedersen
Nzonzi - Kalinic

Man Utd

Van der Sar
Neville - Ferdinand - Vidic - O'Shea (Evra 79)
Valencia - Giggs (Gibson 57) - Scholes - Nani
Berbatov - Macheda (Park 65)

After this draw Man Utd remained at second position in the league with Chelsea ahead them with one point and one game in hand.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Man Utd out from UEFA Champions League despite win over Bayern

Manchester United’s hope of double of Champions League and Premier League ended after thrashing out from the UEFA Champions League despite a win over German giants Bayern Munich.

Wednesday night was full of drama at Old Trafford and many unexpected things happened with a bottom line that Bayern Munich secured a place in semi finals of Champions League after winning on away goals rule. The first leg at Munich ended 2-1 for the home side on last week. So Bayern visited Manchester with 2-1 lead on aggregate but United were having the advantage of away goals.

On Wednesday night the entire world has witnessed a great drama at Old Trafford in which Manchester United won the game 3-2 but can’t make to the semi finals.
United boss Sir Alex Fergusson stunned everyone by including Wayne Rooney in the first eleven. Another shocking inclusion was Gibson.

United equaled on goals on aggregate just three minutes after the start when Gibson scored to ensure United to go ahead if the match will not see any further goals. Score changed after seven minutes from kick off again in the favor of home team when Nani scored on an assist from Valencia.

Nani scored again just four minutes before the half time and score line became 3-0 for the home team. It was looking to be a similar game of Champion’s league that United have won 7-1 over AS Roma in 2006-07 season. That time also United were behind by 1-2 after the away leg, but in the home game United battered Roma 7-1 to ensure their position in the semi finals that year.

Olic scored just before the half time and signaled a threat for United, from this point Bayern were just one goal behind going to Champions League semi final. At the half time it was clear that there is a lot more action to come.

Second half started and United showed a cautious approach and Rafael was booked second time in 50th minute and was sent off. This really changed things around and Sir Alex Fergusson was forced to add more to defending options in order to deny any other goals from Bayern. So he substituted Wayne Rooney and send O Shea who played his first game in nearly five months. Bayern were full on attack with Schweinsteiger, Ribery and Robben in the midfiled with Olic and Gomez upfront. In 74th minute a wonder goal came from a volley from Arjen Robben and that goal created the difference between the two sides.

The final score remained 3-2 in favor of Man Utd but it was not enough to take them into last four of Champions League.

This is first time in nearly seven years that none of the English club has reached the semi finals of this competition.

Some people may question about Rooney’s inclusion, in spite of injuries, in the team. Alex Fergusson started with lots of experienced player on the bench and many young bloods on starting line up like Rafael and Gibson. He preferred Scholes and Giggs on bench with Berbatov and O Shea. Squad captain Garry Neville was not even on the bench. This approach from Sir Alex Ferguson was a little uncharacteristic because in past we have seen him having faith on experienced players in big games. On the other hand this may be due to the fact of weekend game against Chelsea.

This match will be among most beautiful defeat for the German Giants. Their calculated approach was enough to seal a place in the last four and they will play Lyon in the semi finals.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Rooney out for a month

Ace striker Wayne Rooney will not take part in any action for at lease a month. Clearly he will be out from important home game against Chelsea and Champions League game against B Munich.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Four Devils among Top 50 highest football salary getters

Four Manchester United players are among the top highest paid footballers in world made by Portuguese agency Futebol Finance. Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs are in the list of “Top 50 footballers with highest salaries”.

Ex Man Utd player Cristiano Ronaldo is on the top of this list followed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi on the second and third position. Interesting thing is that all these three players are playing in Spanish League.

Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor is the highest paid footballer currently playing in English Premier League. He is followed by Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

For Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand is the player getting highest salary of £5.6million. He is one 18th position in the world players list. Wayne Rooney (£5.2million) is on 20th position. Dimitar Berbatov (£4.1million) and Ryan Giggs (£4.1million) are on 46th and 49th position respectively.

The whole list is as following:

1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, £11.3million)
2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona, £10.4million)
3 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, £9.1million)
4 Samuel Eto’o (Internazionale, £9.1million)
5 Kaka (Real Madrid, £8.7million)
6 Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, £7.4million)
7 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, £7.4million)
8 Carlos Tevez (Manchester City, £7million)
9 John Terry (Chelsea, £6.5million)
10 Frank Lampard (Chelsea, £6.5million)
11 Thierry Henry (Barcelona, £6.5million)
12 Xavi (Barcelona, £6.5million)
13 Ronaldinho (AC Milan, £6.5million)
14 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, £6.5million)
15 Daniel Alves (Barcelona, £6.1million)
16 Michael Ballack (Chelsea, £5.6million)
17 Raul (Real Madrid, £5.6million)
18 Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United, £5.6million)
19 Kolo Toure (Manchester City, £5.6million)
20 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, £5.2million)
21 Robinho (Manchester City, £5.2million)
22 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, £5.2million)
23 Victor Valdez (Barcelona, £5.2million)
24 Frederic Kanoute (Sevilla, £5.2million)
25 Deco (Chelsea, £5.2million)
26 Didier Drogba (Chelsea, £4.8million)
27 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, £4.8million)
28 Francesco Totti (Roma, £4.8million)
29 Luca Toni (Roma, £4.8million)
30 David Villa (Valencia, £4.8million)
31 Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich, £4.8million)
32 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich, £4.8million)
33 Ashley Cole (Chelsea, £4.8million)
34 Fernando Torres (Liverpool, £4.8million)
35 Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £4.8million)
36 Patrick Vieira (Internazionale, £4.8million)
37 Charles Puyol (Barcelona, £4.3million)
38 Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, £4.3million)
39 Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid, £4.3million)
40 Andreas Pirlo (AC Milan, £4.3million)
41 Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich, £4.3million)
42 Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich, £4.3million)
43 David Beckham (AC Milan, £4.3million)
44 Wayne Bridge (Manchester City, £4.3million)
45 Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid, £4.3million)
46 Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United £4.1million)
47 Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal, £4.1million)
48 Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea, £4.1million)
49 Ryan Giggs (Manchester United £4.1million)
50 Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus, £4.1million)

Source: Top 50 highest football salaries

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

AC Milan 2 - Manchester United 3

Man Utd have won the much awaited game against AC Milan in the first leg of Champions League Second Round.

Ace striker Wayne Rooney continued his dream form and scored twice after Scholes equalized for United in Reply to Ronaldinho's goal in the third minute. Seedorf scored in 85th minute to reduce the gap.

Final Score:
AC Milan 2
Manchester United 3

Friday, February 5, 2010

Manchester United v Portsmouth: Preview

Manchester United will face the weakest team of Premier League on Saturday at Old Trafford with a great chance of going on top of the table.

The confidence level of the United players is sky high after the win over Arsenal last Sunday. On the other hand Portsmouth is struggling and was forced to sell their top player to sustain in the league financially. So it is expected to be a one sided game in favor of the Red Devils.

Team News
Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand will remain suspend and miss this tie. Hargreaves and O Shea will remain out due to their injuries. Vidic may come back to join Evans or Brown at the center back position. Sir Alex should go with the same combination in the mid field and upfront that played against Arsenal.

Diop and Hreidarsson will miss this tie.

Manchester United must go for a kill in this game because it is a scoring game for United and this will help them to improve their goal difference.

Probable Line Up

Manchester United
Van Der Sar
Rafael - Vidic - Evans - Evra
Nani - Scholes - Carrick - Fletcher - Park

Belhadj - Ben Heim - Wilson - Finnan
O' Hara - Brown - Mokoena
Yebda - Boateng

Predicted Score

Manchester United 5
Portsmouth 0

Manchester United Squad

Manchester United Squad
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