May 02 2012

Episode 32 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast (including our own @JonyB007)

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Welcome to the thirty second Can They Score podcast. During this week’s episode, Tom, Jon, Paul and I look back at our devastating Derby defeat against Manchester City; including in-depth discussion into Sir Alex’s selection, Ji Sung Park’s deterioration and Ryan Giggs’ legacy. To finish, we consider our remaining title hopes before previewing both Swansea’s trip to Old Trafford and City’s trip to St James Park.

Questions Discussed Include: How stupid does Sir Alex think the fans are if he expects us to believe that we weren’t set up to take a draw? At what point does Giggs begin to tarnish his legacy with his constant poor performances? When was the last time that Park did what (Sir Alex thinks) Park does best? Should we retain any hope in the title race? Featuring Tom’s Turning Point & Pattison’s Player Profile

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May 02 2012

The Tactics Board- United lost in a sea of Sky Blues

Manchester United came into this game only needing a point, and it appears that Sir Alex Ferguson picked his team with this being the goal. The Red Devils came into this game with a very conservative strategy and line-up. United’s strategy works, congesting the middle of the pitch and City struggled on the attack with their main attacking avenue blocked. They were left trying to play crosses into the box, but their forwards were badly selected for this task. United’s strategy worked for them until City took the lead from a corner in first half stoppage time. City’s goal now left the league champions chasing a goal with a very defensive set-up. Ferguson made changes on the hour mark, but Mancini countered his moves and ensured City their 3 points. Continue reading

May 01 2012

One’s Kompany, No One’s a Crowned…….Yet!
#thefatladyaintsingingyet – Wallpaper

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May 01 2012

United have unwanted Kompany at the top of the table.

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A Vincent Kompany header saw city drawing level with United, as Mancini’s side went ahead on goal difference

With Fortyfive minutes played, Kompany rose above Chris Smalling to head home the winner,leaving United chasing shadows in the second half.

United started with Rooney alone up front, Ji-Sung Park playing alongside Giggs, Scholes, Carrick and Nani in midfield with Smalling and Jones replacing Evans and Rafael in the back four.

After a first half virtually devoid of action, City were ahead just before halftime.

A David Silva corner was missed by Chris Smalling, leaving Vincent Kompany free in the box – the City captain made no mistake, heading his team into the lead.

The second half saw United tryin to
claw back the deficit, with Welbeck, Young and Valencia replacing Park, Scholes and Nani.

United were never close to an equaliser though, as City ran away with a 1-0 win which seals a 7-goals lead for them.

City still have to play Newcastle away, while United face Swansea and Sunderland.

The race is still on, with City facing Newcastle away and QPR at home.

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

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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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