If you’re listening on a Mobile Device, use this link – Episode 29
Welcome to the twenty-ninth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After a sunny week, this pod sees Tom, James, Jonas and I look back at our surprisingly difficult victory against the Cottagers, interview Blackburn Rover blogger, Mikey Delap, before previewing the match in full and finishing off with a few of your questions. This pod is the last one in a fortnight as Tom and I go on our respective travels before returning to review the Villa match in a fortnight’s time.
Questions Discussed Include: If there was any one player from United’s history who you could bring back to help us during the run in, who would it be and why? In the long term, how beneficial could the injury to Lindegaard be to Manchester United? What truly makes a great footballing team? Looking back, what do you think went wrong at OT against Blackburn and what do you expect United to do differently? What reception will Phil Jones get at Ewood Park?
With slightly less than two months before the end of the season – or almost four, for those of you who care about international football – it’s fair to say that 2012 will be remembered as the year of the strikers – or, as David Cameron would put it, the year of the strikes. But that’s for another time… – since this season has seen forwards under the spotlight even more than usual.
With United not playing until Monday, Saturday’s papers are reasonably quiet when it comes to Fergie’s men. Furthermore, the shocking news about Stylian Petrov’s condition is the unwanted focus of attention and we all wish the Bulgarian a speedy recovery.
There was a time when opposition fans were too scared to come to Old Trafford in any significant numbers due to the knowledge that United fans were famously inhospitable towards visiting supporters. If you ever watch a re-played United match from the 1970s on ESPN classic or ITV4, that was played at Old Trafford, you’ll notice that when the opposition score, there’s virtual silence in the ground. Friends of mine who remember Old Trafford in the 1970s say that while the football wasn’t to the standard we’re used to nowadays, the atmosphere at for United home games was colossal.
March proved a productive month for United; but only in the Premier League. On the European stage they were arguably made to look like boys against men after suffering back-to-back defeats both at home and away to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League.
Domestically, where the (now more than ever) more important matter of winning the title was at stake, United found themselves two points adrift of local rivals Manchester City and a seemingly huge distance behind in the goal difference column, by the end of the month a frustratingly nervous and lucky 1-0 win at home to Fulham has left the reds two points CLEAR and just three goals behind City thanks to a monumental team effort during what – on paper – looked a very tricky month.
Two European giants meet up in this glamorous Champions League quarter-final. Check out who we’re backing with our soccer picks.
This Wednesday we see the first leg of what should be a cracking last eight affair.
Barcelona takes on Milan at the San Siro and are the favorites in the soccer odds at the moment. They can be found anywhere from +370 to +453, which seems like great value for a team as talented as the Rossoneri.
The Catalan powerhouses are at -145 at in places and -148 at others, which again could be interpreted as good value on Messi & company. This is a team that not only doesn’t lose, they have a tendency to win big.
This game Monday night brought Fulham to Old Trafford, a place they haven’t scored a goal since 2006. In the away fixture, Manchester United beat Fulham at Craven Cottage 5-0, and Fulham had worries that this game would have a similar ending to it. Fulham has struggled all season on the road, with only 8 goals scored in the league. With Manchester City dropping points against Stoke City this past weekend, this was a chance for United to go 3 points up with only 8 games left.