DARKSIDE CHRONICLES: Edition 002
Let me start off this week by saying that originally I was planning to offer up a different article that dealt with other problems regarding Manchester United. But due to the big game and glorious comeback that the lads fashioned on the weekend, I think I should stick to the match and all the talking points.
Let me start by going against the grain and congratulate Fergie and the club on a great comeback under testing conditions and adversity. It’s never easy to come back from 0-3 down yet alone against Chelsea at the Bridge, so we must all bow our heads and praise the lads for showing a lot of heart to fight back and steal a point. That Chelsea club is a shadow of itself also but still, they were at home and we had not won there in ten years. I honestly felt that despite our troubles, this game was the game for us to win if ever we were to end the Sdtamford Bridge jinx. Well we didn’t win but the draw feels almost as good as a win now doesn’t it?
What. A. Game! If there ever was a marque game for the Premier League it was this one. Great goals, drama, penalties, a wonderful comeback, and horrible refereeing. A lot of people are of the opinion that Howard Webb was Uniteds best player of the day, but the “best referee in the world” had an off day for both sides. United and Chelsea got crucial decisions against them, some more obvious than the other, but as most great United games go the ABU fanbase quickly came out with refereeing decisions to try and overshadow a wonderful comeback. Who can forget the 5-2 comeback win against Spurs in 2009, the first goal coming from a penalty that was given “only because it was at Old Trafford”? Or the 3-2 comeback at Blackpool last season, with literally everybody trying to point out how Rafael should have had a penalty awarded against him rather than look at Fergie’s brave, and decisive decision to take Rooney off for Hernandez with 30 minutes to go?
Manchester United produced a trademark comeback to force a draw at Stamford Bridge.
Two Wayne Rooney’s penalties and a late equaliser by Javier Hernandez saw United snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat, after having been 3-0 down at one stage, while David DeGea produced two outstanding saves deep in injury time to deny Chelsea and earn United a deserved point on a bitterly cold afternoon in West London.
Today is one of the most important days in the American sporting calendar, as the NFL’s Super Bowl takes place. But well before the rival Giants and Patriots kick off in Indianapolis, the real clash of the titans will take place at Stamford Bridge.
Either Manchester United or Chelsea have won the last seven Premier League titles, and in that time, the two sides have developed quite the rivalry, to put it mildly. And though Chelsea haven’t been at their best in Andre Villas-Boas’ first season at the helm, today’s showdown is still undoubtedly one of United’s biggest games of the season, because it’s Chelsea, because Chelsea don’t need to be allowed an opening back into the title race, and because United need to keep pace in that race.
A ruthless ten minute bombardment saw this determined group of United youngsters stun their opponents into submission just before the break at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Thursday night.
With this tricky looking fixture away from home and key players missing from the squad, the game was far from a foregone conclusion, but an immense display from my Man of the Match Tyler Blackett and a showing of similar proportions from Mats Daehli ensured United safely navigated their way into the quarter finals to face either Charlton Athletic or Spurs at home (venue undecided as yet) later this month with a 5-1 win.
If you’re listening on a Mobile Device, use this link – Episode 21
Welcome to the twenty- first Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After a roller-coaster week, this pod sees Steven, Tom, Adam and I look back at our loss at Anfield, our victory against Stoke, our trip to SW6 and full analysis of Ravel Morrison’s departure to Upton Park.
Questions Discussed Include: Who was at fault for Liverpool’s two goals, at Anfield, last week? At 26, just how good could Valencia be? Who should start at CB at Stamford Bridge? Was the time right for Ravel Morrison’s departure?
Today sees the next round of the FA Youth Cup take place between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
Both teams have looked impressive during their respective cup runs so far this season with United beating Torquay United easily then producing a much tougher, ultimately more satisfactory performance and victory over the mighty sleeping giant that is Derby County. In their two previous ties Swansea has eliminated two teams that United have been beaten by in all three attempts in the league this season.
THE DARK SIDE CHRONICLES: Edition 001
Hello to all friends and foes in the Red Rantiverse. Yes I’m back and I must say that returning to Red Rants is as much a shock to me as it is to you. When I left some moths ago, I was determined to stay away for good as it had become quite clear to me that many of you had grown tired of my rants and the truth. A few months have passed and to be honest I never really missed the place. Insults and abuse tend to do that but still, RedRants has always been and still is a part of my DNA. I feel that I am one of the people who helped define this blog and who instilled to it a specific personality and voice unlike other United sites on the blogosphere. Still, it was not my intention to return but a funny thing happened on my way to the forum. Ian dropped me another line asking for my presence. After much consideration and trepidation, I return with a weekly column.