Sep 28 2013

Abject United stumble again

Tag: Match Reports @ 5:39 pm

Manchester-United-v-West-Bromwich-Albion-Premier-League-2315539“There’ll be more days like last Sunday” said David Moyes during the week, as he illustrated the transition Manchester United are going through at this moment in time. Well, David, thanks for the reminder but you shouldn’t have bothered to press your point home so swiftly.

Today’s defeat against West Bromwich, United’s first at Old Trafford against the Baggies since 1978, won’t hurt as much as last Sunday’s derby shellacking but is, in many ways, much, much worse than the abject performance that led to capitulate against a side that lost to Aston Villa today.

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Sep 25 2013

Beating Liverpool, a Peautiful feeling

Tag: Match Reports @ 10:26 pm

Chicharito celebrates winner v Liverpool Sep 13If Sunday’s capitulation against Manchester City had been United’s lowest point for quite some time, more for the manner through which the defeat arrived than for the result itself, tonight was the perfect response as far as David Moyes was concerned.

Granted, United did not exactly play entertaining football and, at times, were pegged by Liverpool and perhaps a tad lucky to escape with a clean sheet but while Moyes’ could have rightly criticised his players’ performance on Sunday, the effort his players showed tonight can’t be faulted.

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Sep 23 2013

United’s deficiencies are laid bare by City

Tag: Match Reports @ 8:13 am

1096459-17406945-640-360When it rains, the saying goes, it pours. United didn’t so much have to negotiate some heavy rain, rather they endured a torrential downpour as they produced one of the most abject derby performances in recent years.

A day that had started badly with the news of Robin Van Persie missing out because of a thigh strain became progressively worse as United’s limits were laid bare and repeatedly exposed by an impressive City side which, painful as it is to admit, thoroughly deserved the win and could have even scored a couple of more goals.

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Sep 17 2013

Rooney makes history for United

Tag: Match Reports @ 10:05 pm

1093871-17375889-640-360“He was afraid,” said Roy Keane of one his teammates prior to the second leg of the semifinal in the 2001-02 season when United were knocked out on away by Leverkusen. “Played for his country, won championships, big star, fucking afraid of taking the big step up.”

There was no place for fear ahead of David Moyes’ first Champions League game in charge of Manchester United, certainly not in the man who, after signing for the club, stated his desire to emulate the belligerent Irishman’s achievements in a red shirt.

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Sep 14 2013

Wigs, dives and three points

Tag: Match Reports @ 3:06 pm

1091992-17353341-640-360A promising debut for an 18-year-old, an exquisite freekick from a player who had looked poised to join one of United’s direct rivals throughout the summer and the first glimpse of the only significant signing to arrive in the transfer window would, normally, be enough reason to be cheerful.

Except that the 2-0 win matured against a newly-promoted side who spent the entire second half playing with 10 men after conceding a rather dubious penalty and that United barely looked to be playing with the handbrake on for large spells of the game.

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Sep 01 2013

Will Moyes hit the panic button after Anfield defeat?

I have to say it was not my intention of writing a review of today’s match but seeing as Dan is on vacation, I guess it is important that somebody does fill in and offer a take on what happened, so here goes nothing.

Rodgers and Moyes Anfield Sept 13I have to start off by saying that things looked ominous and very suspect before the kickoff. The team selection for such an epic derby was nothing short of atrocious. Moyes is showing me nothing right now other than he is an unreasonable facsimile of Sir Alex Ferguson without the aura, intimidation factor and magic. A poor copy is still a copy and a copy is not the real thing.

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Aug 27 2013

Tactical stalemate kicks Moyes’ Old Trafford reign off in promising style

Rooney and Lampard Aug 13Today was a cagey and intelligent game of chess that played itself into an unfortunate but deserved draw. Despite the hard work and highly professional effort by Wayne Rooney United could not find that magical moment in the box that would break the deadlock and to be honest, both clubs were reduced to nothing more than half chances and hand ball let offs for Chelsea. Two blatant hand balls in the box were not called against Chelsea and that just seems typical considering I cannot remember the last time Chelsea have ever given up a hand ball penalty, especially to United. I’m sure they have but they never get their just punishment. Lampard’s handball especially was blatantly awful and unfortunately unjust. As for the match as a whole, let me call this segment the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Aug 26 2013

The “committed one” shines in Moyes’ home debut

Tag: Match Reports @ 10:56 pm

imageDull affairs are a rare events at Old Trafford. Dull affairs involving United and Chelsea even more so but, despite all the hype that had preceded the fixture, tonight turned out to be the exception rather than the rule.

David Moyes’ home debut, Wayne Rooney playing in front of the fans he’s desperate to get away from against the side he’d love to join and Jose Mourinho’s return to the venue many thought could be his home turf had provided plenty of talking points ahead of kick off.

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