Apr 30 2012

Will United deliver decisive blow in derby epic?

In case you weren’t aware – and if you weren’t, you’ve been living under a giant rock in the remotest of places – there’s a match of some importance tonight in Manchester.

The Premier League title race has been a two-team tussle between United and City for much of the season, and it’s been expected for some time that it could all come down to tonight’s showdown at the Etihad. And after many a twist and turn, we’ve finally reached the match everyone’s been waiting for, and it stands to have as much meaning as many thought it would.

Is it the most important match in Premier League history? Many have billed it as much. While that might be up for debate, it certainly has an argument for being the most important Manchester derby of all time.

It’s been previewed from almost every angle possible, many a statistic has been thrown out, many quotes have been given and analyzed. Along with the thousands packing into the Etihad tonight, millions upon millions around the world will be watching, United supporters, City supporters, neutrals.

Will it live up to the hype and be a classic? That would give people more to talk about, but when it comes down to it, the result is all that matters. For United, a draw would do, but United are going for the win, as they should.

Apr 30 2012

Derby view of a glory hunter

Tag: Random Rant @ 11:04 am

Lets start this with the admission that under current football fanatical thinking – “I am a Glory Hunting B…………!”

I started supporting United in 1979, despite being from Walsall and a happy midlander born and bred. My local team was Walsall FC and I do have fond memories of the old Fellows Park that I use to go to as a child for my regular football fix. It was good, but more the atmosphere than the quality of football!!

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Apr 28 2012

Pep’s the best? Not quite.

Tag: Random Rant @ 10:45 am

Following Guardiola’s decision to step down, and the knee-jerk reaction from a large section of the media, I decided it was time to bring down the myth about Guardiola being the greatest manager in the world. As we know, a Gowan-born lad has been at the helm for 25 years and shows no sign of letting go…

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Apr 24 2012

The Tactics Board – Squeaky Bum Time or Creaky Back Line?

Manchester United faced an Everton squad hoping to put the disappointing loss against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final behind them. David Moyes’ squad came out and played attacking football, pressing United up high and using the aerial abilities of Nikica Jelavic and Marouane Fellaini to boss a lax United defense in the box. United’s attack was great, with excellent pace and movement off the ball, but the defense did not play with the same spirit. Rafael and Nani were caught out several times on defense, and this combined with an aggressive attacking strategy by Everton to possibly spoil United’s plans for a 20th league championship.

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Apr 24 2012

Episode 31 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

Tag: Podcast @ 1:27 pm

If you’re listening on a Mobile Device, use this link – Episode 31

Welcome to the thirty first Can They Score podcast. During this week’s episode, Tom, Miguel, Steven and I look back at our soul destroying 4-4 draw against Everton before moving on to the biggest and most important preview of the year as we prepare for the title decider next Monday, during which time we interview Manchester City blogger; View From a Blue.

Questions Discussed Include: How can/ should we approach the biggest derby ever next Monday? Which United player will City fear most? Will City, or more importantly Mancini, approach the match searching for three points? Nani is outstanding going forward but does he leave too many spaces behind him when he goes forward?

Also Featuring Tom’s Turning Point & Pattison’s Player Profile!

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Apr 23 2012

Four Fours Sake Reds! – Wallpaper

Tag: Wallpapers @ 12:57 pm

Apr 22 2012

United feel the blues as Everton blow the title race wide open

Tag: Match Reports @ 7:07 pm

Manchester United threw away a 2-goal lead against Everton as they dropped two – potentially – crucial points in the title race, in an extraordinary game likely to have a much bigger importance than expected.

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Apr 22 2012

Will United Leave It Late against Everton Again?

For Manchester United, the equation for the next two games is pretty simple. Defeat Everton today and City next Monday, and the Premier League title goes to Old Trafford once again.

United have won five in a row at home against Everton, but the Toffees can often prove to be a difficult side to put away, just as they were last season when United needed Chicharito’s late winner to secure a vital 1-0 win.

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Amos, Jones, Smalling, Giggs, Park, Young, Hernandez.

Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin; Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Gibson, Pienaar; Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Cahill, Gueye, Barkley, Anichebe.

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