Another off-night for Manchester United in a European home match means that tonight could well be the end of a forgettable European season. That is, if United are unable to overturn a 3-2 deficit at Athletic Bilbao. The mission? Win by two clear goals, win 3-2 to at least force extra time, or win by anything from 4-3 to 10-9 and beyond to win on away goals.
Despite the lack of an official announcement regarding Paul Pogba’s new deal, Tuesday’s sport pages run plenty of stories regarding Manchester United.
Let’s start with the…..
If you’re listening on a Mobile Device, use this link – Episode 27
Welcome to the twenty- seventh Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After an indifferent seven days, this pod sees Tom, Jonas, Samuel and I look back at our disappointing Europa League defeat, Rooney- driven victory against WBA, and preview the three United matches in the next week; Athletic away, Chelsea in the FAYC (with @ManUnitedYouth) and Wolves away (with @WolvesBlogger)!
Questions Discussed Include: Are United risking the loss of their AAA rating in Europe’s Elite? We really seemed to struggle to dictate the play at Old Trafford, as Athletic controlled the tempo of the game, so you do you think SAF will bring in Scholes to try and keep more of the ball? Who are the key players for United in our Semi- Final against Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup? United are top of the League, are you surprised we’ve caught up so soon?
In recent years Manchester United have been at the centre of some of the more heavily media-scrutinised transfers. But if David Beckham and Ruud Van Nistelrooy moves to Real Madrid exemplified Fergie’s resoluteness in parting ways with loyal servants that had overstepped the line, and Ronaldo’s departure for the Spanish capital was seen as the sign of Fergie’s ability to conjure another season-winning trophy with his star before letting him leave for a world record transfer-fee, Rooney and Pogba are different cases.
This is a story written by Charles Samuel about the first ever Mexican to play for Manchester United. Javier Hernandez…..CHICHARITO.
The story chronicles the life-so-far of one of football’s fastest growing talents. It explains how Chicharito hails from a footballing family background and how his physique led to coaches doubting his ability to make it in the big wide world of professional football, even his Dad (an ex-player) is quoted as saying “I never thought he would actually make it as a professional….”
If ever there was a stereotypical ‘game of two halves’, this was it! United took the initiative and started the better of the two teams, so much so that after 30 minutes United were literally ‘dipping their bread’ as-and-when they fancied scoring.
Within those 30 minutes United took a well deserved and impressive three goal lead, the passing and the movement was killing Sunderland who simply didn’t have an clue what was happening to them.
Frustrated and somewhat stunned by United’s superb start Sunderland began to test United’s physical strengths, this for me was the first of many turning points that eventually led to the game ending 3-3 with United the happier to hear the final whistle.
A Wayne Rooney brace secured three points for Manchester United against West Bromwich Albion and sent Fergie’s men top of the league as City conceded defeat at Swansea.
United went into the game knowing that they had to put Thursday’s dismal performance behind them and, more importantly, keep the pressure on their neighbours.