Tomorrow sees the first Micro-Derby of the season between United and City with both clubs flying high in the Premier League and showing great potential in the Academy League. But while City currently occupy top spot, United lie 7th (out of 10) in Group C having won just two of their opening matches and suffering defeat three times.
Welcome to the eleventh Can They Score Manchester United Podcast.
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This week’s episodes features James and I along side Doron, from Stretford End, talking about United’s performances against Chelsea and Leeds, Macheda, Pogba, our trip to Stoke this weekend, listeners questions and much more! James (from Written Offside) and I, Chris (from Can They Score), welcome your feedback, positive or negative, as our aim is to to bring you the best analysis of the biggest club in the world with interesting guest, reviews and discussion.
I woke up this morning eager as a beaver and highly anticipating the event as the day had finally come. No I am not talking about our big match with FC Basel. Nope, I’m talking about the release date in North America for my favorite addiction, FIFA 12. My life, my love and the reason I won’t be leaving my house for at least a month.
It wasn’t exactly a job well done, but it was mission at least somewhat accomplished two weeks ago in Lisbon, as Manchester United opened their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Benfica. Tonight, United will look to record their first group win and claim pole position in Group C as they welcome Swiss side FC Basel to Old Trafford. It’s a certainty that we’ll see a less than full strength side, perhaps more so because of the spate of injuries that have crept up for United recently than tonight’s opposition, but a comfortable victory should nonetheless be on the horizon.
The image is burnt into your memory. Lionel Messi kicking a microphone after scoring against Van Der Sar, David Villa curling into the top corner, and watching Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez sit on the pitch in utter despair while Abidal lifts the giant trophy. Yes, the Champions League final may just have been 4 months ago, but it does feel a really long time ago.
There are times as a Manchester United supporter when trying to understand what makes a team succeed or fail can be a challenge. The match at today at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke was indeed a match that challenged my thinking as it forced me to ask many questions but also find trouble answering as many.
It’s always part of the script when you visit Brockhall Village so be prepared for a battle. Blackburn gave exactly that yesterday and came away with points after giving United’s considerably smaller lads a roughing up early on in the game and stamping their authority with two well taken, but somewhat gifted finishes in the opening 21 minutes. Despite the loss United will take positives from their performance in tricky conditions and against stiff opposition.
Despite their struggles away from home, there were few teams last season who had a realistic chance to pick up a result both home and away against Manchester United. One of those teams was Stoke, who hung with United in both meetings last season and were unlucky to not come away with at least a point.