Manchester United came from behind to beat Stoke City 4-2 at Old Trafford with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck on the scoresheet.
United survived a mediocre first half before a largely improved performance after the break secured their sixth win in the last seven matches which keeps them four points behind league leaders Chelsea.
United confirmed the same back five from their victory in Newcastle a fortnight ago, but there was no diamond-shaped midfield this time as Fergie reverted to a more classic 4-4-2 with Welbeck and Valencia out wide, Scholes and Carrick in the middle and Rooney and Van Persie up front.
Life was very different ten years ago. Tony Blair was a popular man, Girls Aloud were just forming and Wayne Rooney was still an unknown. However, the Evertonian has since powered through the game, astounding and frustrating in equal measures. He will look to keep United’s season on track and strike back at his own detractors with Stoke’s visit to Old Trafford marking his tenth year since first announcing himself to English football. Continue reading
Another round of World Cup Qualifiers means that club football takes a back seat and we get a chance to watch international teams and the different tactics they use. Now, on Friday, October 12th, there was a World Cup Qualifier in South America that every Manchester United fan should have taken note of, even though there wasn’t a single United player on the pitch. The game in question was Argentina’s 3-0 win over Uruguay.
This was an important World Cup Qualifier between 2 national teams in the top 8 of the FIFA rankings, but there was one aspect of this game that should be noted by Red Devil fans, as it may be a look into the future this season. This should have been a close game, but Argentina was able to dominant the 2011 Copa America champions through their use of a lopsided 4-4-2 Diamond formation. This is a formation that most Manchester United fans have become familiar with in the past few weeks, but Argentina played the formation different in several ways that the Red Devils should take note of. Before looking at Argentina’s approach, first we’ll look at Manchester United’s.
What a massive shame, John Terry misses the clash with United due to suspension.
Reckon his legs have gone anyway, Welbeck would give him a torrid time, I really wish he was playing in truth. Still, it won’t stop the travelling fans belting out Viva John Terry for 90 minutes!
If reports in Italy are to be believed, United’s troubled Portuguese winger Nani could be on his way to Italian giants, AC Milan.
Nani’s Old Trafford career has taken a nose dive since an alledged training ground incident with Davide Petrucci some 3 weeks ago culminating in not even making the bench for the Reds in their last outing at St James’ Park.
This is probably a first for RedRants and it will probably attract a share of criticism BUT, being a proud Englishman, I believe it’s the way forward for the site so I’m going to give this Live Blog a try.
I’m cool with anti-Ingerlund chat as I think it adds to the discussion and the dynamic of our great and varied conversations. With United having Welbeck, Rooney, Cleverley and Carrick at least in the squad it could be a good chance to keep an eye on their performances.
To evolve (verb; develop gradually)
On Friday, it’ll be ten years since Wayne Rooney announced his arrival in the Premier League with a stunning strike against Arsenal, at the tender age of 16.
Has a player in United’s history ever split public opinion the way Nani does?
I guess Veron was in a similar boat to Nani and it’s only now, 10 years on, that Veron’s memory is one of ‘mis-use’ rather than use-less.
Does Diego Forlan fit into the category of ‘players who split opinion’? I’m not sure, although he’s another one who fans now seem willing to look back on and suggest he might have been mis-used rather than simply a bad buy.
Peter Davenport used to split opinion, so too Ralphy Milne. Gary Birtles didn’t split opinion he was simply considered useless by 100% of anyone and everyone who watched him play for United, in his case United just wasn’t the right club for him.