In a repeat scoreline from earlier in the season Manchester City capitalised on a lazy first half performance from Manchester United that saw them head into the break with a comfortable looking two goal lead.
United came out stronger and upped the tempo in the second half and immediately began to give City problems. After pegging their rivals back with a well worked goal from Luke Hendrie United pushed forward looking for an equaliser, but Devante Cole muscled his way to a close range finish that ultimately sealed a 3-1 defeat for United as they searched for their first win in the league in 2012.
If you’re listening on a Mobile Device, use this link – Episode 23
Welcome to the twenty- third Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After a successful weekend, this pod sees Tom, Samuel and I look back at our strong 2-1 win over Liverpool, preview our first footsteps into the Europa League (including an interview with a Dutch football writer) and a quick look ahead at our trip to Carrow Road on Sunday, the 26th Feb.
Questions Discussed Include: Should Manchester United be in the Europa League? Is Wayne Rooney a big match player? Do you think Paul Scholes could end up at Euro 2012? Will Grant Holt cause Jonny Evans many problems on Sunday?
Academy League football returns today with an exciting trip to Manchester City.
United’s local rivals were surprisingly dumped out of the FA Youth Cup at home to Fulham on Wednesday night after squandering a 1-0 lead going into the break through top goalscorer Jordie Hiwula. That goal was Hiwula’s 20th of the season including one in the reverse fixture at Carrington earlier in the season that saw United outplayed for the majority of the game with City coming away eventual 3-1 winners.
Hiwula also scored for City’s EDS (Reserves to you and me) in the Manchester Senior Cup last week to seal a 4-2 victory and will surely be the player to watch today as United look to find their first league win of this calendar year.
January saw United compete in the ‘Tie of the Round’ twice in the FA Cup beating neighbours City 3-2 at The Emptihad but falling disappointingly short without creating many chances at Anfield later in the month. In the Barclays Premier League the reds saw off the challenge from Bolton and Stoke at Old Trafford without conceding a goal after coming unstuck for the first time in years at St James’ Park (Sports Direct Arena) at the start of the month. January also saw United secure a magnificent three points at The Emirates after a 2-1 win saw them keep pace with league leaders City.
Who stood out for you throughout the month of January 2012?
Or was it whoever booted the ball at Martin Keown’s head before the FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Leeds United?
Manchester United made a successful debut onto the Europa League stage winning 2-0 away against Ajax, in the first leg of the round of 32.
United take a comfortable lead back to Old Trafford, courtesy of second half goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez, but will be without Antonio Valencia for up to four weeks, after the Ecuadorian winger suffered a hamstring injury.
You would not think that anything could overshadow a Manchester United-Liverpool game, but thanks to Suarez and his antics everyone has seemingly forgotten that United won 2-1 thanks to a quickfire Rooney double right after half time. The former Evertonian could have had himself a hat-trick had the referee not disallowed his 30-yard effort for a free kick against Evans, who to his credit won the ball marvellously. It really has been a big-game season for Wayne Rooney, who has now scored 21 goals in all competitions. More impressively, 11 of those goals have come in matches against Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Man City, and now Liverpool. United could have had more though, totally dominating Liverpool from start to finish. Following Glen Johnson’s effort in the third minute, the Scousers did not have a single shot on target until Suarez pounced on some poor United defending to make it a nervy couple of minutes at the end.
Following yesterday’s toxic encounter at Old Trafford, Luis Suarez has apologised for not shaking Patrice Evra’s hand, while Kenny Dalglish has admitted overreacting with his comments in the post match interview.
Liverpool’s Suarez caused a storm by not shaking Evra’s hand before kick off and then petulantly kicking the ball in the stands as the halftime whistle went.
Dalglish defended his striker, claiming he had “not seen what had happened” and calling Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves “severe and out of order” for his comments on Suarez.
Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United saw off Liverpool in a fiery encounter at Old Trafford.
The Liverpool born striker grabbed a brace early in the second half, to secure United fourth consecutive home win in the league against their bitter rivals from the East Lancs Road.