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All Eyes On Mason This Evening

Lee Mason takes charge of a game that no matter what the outcome he will be either seen as afraid of Chelsea if he gives them too many decisions or getting revenge on Chelsea for his colleague if he gives us any decisions.

Before Sunday this game wouldn’t of been seen as a big game but since the Clattenburg incident on Sunday everyone has been looking forward to see what happens. Chelsea have lost 2 games in the past 5 days and will not want to make it 3 in a row.

Chelsea have taken the step of including a warning to their supporters in the matchday programme for tonight’s League Cup game following the controversial Premier League clash between the two sides.

United travel to London knowing corm can literally be thrown out. It will come down to who will put in out the strongest team. Chelsea will want a win here to make up for losing Sunday so do not be stunned to see a strong team lining out from the blues.

Ferguson is likely to rest Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand. Michael Keane, Marnick Vermijl and Scott Wootton travel and are expected to be involved in the most hostile game they have been involved in to date.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Victor Moses, Marko Marin and Daniel Sturridge could start for Chelsea as John Terry, Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic are banned and Frank Lampard still injured.

United are aiming to qualify for the quarter-finals for the fifth successive season, they knocked out Newcastle in the third round, but have not dismissed two Premier League clubs in the same League Cup run, since lifting the trophy for the fourth time in their history in 2010.

Security will also be increased for the match after a steward was hospitalized while Hernandez celebrated the winner. With more than 6,000 United fans expected to attend it will be a 42,000 sell-out crowd at Stamford Bridge.

One thing is for sure this will be a big game for Chelsea while United will be looking at Arsenal on Saturday midday.

Steve – @WatchMUFC



  1. gator

    October 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    away fans are brilliant. sturrige trips on the ball and the chants of are you torres in disguise hahaha :mrgreen:

  2. gator

    October 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    an der son son son 😯 what a pass.

  3. colver

    October 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    We may suck in Europe but Chelsea are totally our bitch. And Hernandez the deadly Mexican assasin is BACK!

  4. gator

    October 31, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    2 pens and a corner vs our kids 🙄 rent boys are shit

  5. kar

    October 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    What a game.
    Proud of the performance. Would have liked a better bench, but still proud of the boys.

  6. tonymontanna4united

    October 31, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    A shame we couldnt hold on, but overall on the basis of the 90 minutes i thought we gave a good account of ourselves considering it was almost a reserve team against what later resembled more or less their first team.
    Feel sorry for wooton, he wasnt half bad before the pen, and i thought michael keane was fantastic, looked really composed and calm. Probably would have helped if it had been one or the other besides a more experienced CB like evans, rather than the 2 of them together, but as i say before the pen i thought they did well on the whole.
    For once the midfield actually looked pretty decent. Anderson really was impressive tonight and i say that as one of his biggest critics, as was giggs.
    Kept the ball nicely and exploited mikel and romeu’s lack of mobility getting in behind and setting a few good chances up.
    Powell too i really like the look of. Always looks so assured and confident, always looking for the ball. Mentally he looks ready, its like playing a game at stamford bridge was something he took all in his stride.
    He seemed to then be given less of the ball later on and was asked to drop deeper which didnt suit him but overall very encouraging and someone id like to see a lot more of.
    My man tunnicliffe looked a bit lost though it has to be said. Getting a lot of criticism from united fans on other forums im seeing, people saying hes never gonna be united quality.
    Today wasnt his best game, but i still stand by my assertion that the guy will be a fantastic player in the future.
    He does need to be eased in now though, and unfortunately thats something that fergie seems against doing in his old age as it is strictly experience > youth/the future for him which will inevitably count against tunners, powell, keane etc- hopefully not in the way it did with pogba however.

    PS- Really disappointed with fergies quotes afterwards seemingly putting the blame on nani for costing us the equaliser. Seems bitter and unfair to me but unfortunately not too surprising.
    Nani is well and truely in fergies doghouse and id wager as good as gone. And that depresses me as a big fan of the lil man and i still believe he should be a bonafide starter in this team of ours.
    Incosistent he might be, but honestly apart from rvp and rafael who the hell isnt? No one i can think of comes to mind. .

    • Moscow

      November 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

      @tonymontanna4united: Yeah, it’s a shame that delightful chip is now banished from memory… I was impressed with Anderson AND Welbeck tonight (a rarity), but Fat Boy needs to hit the treadmill more.

      Devastated we’re out of the Capital One Cup, now we don’t have assurances for the Europa League 😥 😥 😥

      • Redrich

        November 1, 2012 at 3:32 am

        @Moscow: Oh please, what Party Polical Broadcast are you listening to now?
        United will not need the League Cup to qualify for anything based on this showing.
        Aside from the defeat (which always hurts) this was a good showing from our up-and-comings, and from our fringe players.
        Chelsea overloaded it’s bench because, perhaps, they might need the LC to get into Europe next season! : 😉

        • Opti

          November 1, 2012 at 5:15 am

          @Redrich: I think he was joking 😀

    • RMJ

      November 1, 2012 at 2:30 am

      @tonymontanna4united: i mentioned on here before that i rate Keane a lot and was stumped by the rave reviews that Wooton all the time. But dont think wooton was at fault for anything and Andy’s sub was the turning point. My only concern is Rafael cos he played the full 90 minutes along with Hernandez and Welbeck and if they will be fit by saturday.


    • Opti

      November 1, 2012 at 5:14 am

      @tonymontanna4united: Having seen the highlights, I do not understand how Nani can be blamed for anything if not for shielding the youngsters who DEFINITELY were at fault for the loss (given that we were leading 3-2).

      The penalty committed by Wootton was a poor decision and poor position. He is young and will learn. I can live with it.

      The assist by Wootton (commentator said Keane?) to Sturridge was football 101 — NEVER PASS IN FRONT OF YOUR OWN GOAL. Silly mistake. Again, he is young and will learn. I can live with it.

      We played against a largely Chelsea 1st team – Torres with our own 2nd team + Nani + Rafael (at LB) and still managed to draw at SB after 94 mins. Chicharito scored again. Anderson played well. That’s the good news.

      We conceded a corner and 2 PKs… set pieces, set pieces, set pieces… FIX IT! That’s the bad news.

      In between the good and bad, I just don’t understand Fergie:
      0) We scored two goals from having and sustaining a high pressure deep into Chelsea half… why stop and “park the bus”? Aren’t United famous for their stamina?

      1) If he actually cared about the CC, he should have taken off a striker near the end: Giggs and Welbeck would have been sensible as they seemed gassed. Could have brought on Vermijl in place and shuffled the RB/LB or at least provide some added

      2) In the past 2-3 seasons, we seem to either concede early (8 games this season) or concede late (Everton, Fulham, Everton, Chelsea). This points toward an issue with pre-match preparations and nerves. Have we lost our edge that made us famous? Our pre-match arrogance or self-fueled belief in The Manchester United?

      Overall, I do not care about this match, except for losing when 3-2 up after 90 mins against Chelsea. Bring on Arsenal!!! I 8-2 wait three days 😀

  7. Stephen

    November 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Great game and a really decent performance. Anderson should be embarrassed with himself, if a nearly 40 year old is fitter than you than that tells everything about his attitude. He dis play well, but loose some weight.

  8. The_Philosopher

    November 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I won’t pretend that this defeat doesn’t hurt. It does. I would have really liked for us to win this one. Just so the youngsters can get a taste for victory.

    Hernandez just keeps scoring. He is official in my books. Official as in he’s now graduated from super sub to just a great out-n-out striker who can start games. Its just like 1999 again.

    I was very happy to see Anderson play well. I really like him and I think he would do well in a 4-5-1 with himself, Cleverly and Kagawa in the middle, RVP upfront and Young/Valencia providing width. He needs more game time though. He couldn’t even last as long as Giggs did.

    Very pleased with Powell. He was so composed. I would love to see more of him. He must get a shot at the champions league and more league games.

    Tunicliffe was a bit out of his depth but he has great potential.

    I get the feeling that Fletcher isn’t firing on all cylinders. His bowel condition seems to have limited the amount of energy he can use. It seems as though if he pushes himself too much the condition flair’s up again. So he treads carefully…

    Buttner was overwhelmed by the occasion I suspect. He always cowered in the corner whenever he got the ball, too affraid to look up and find a pass. He needs more games and a confidence boost.

    Keane was superb for 19 year old

    Wooton was good but a little rash with the penalty in the last minute. He’s young. He will learn. This was a baptism of fire for him. He’s gonna be a great player for us one day. Keep Evans, Smalling and Jones on their toes.

    Giggs led well like a real General. Legend.

    Nani’s chipped goal was amazing.

    Rafael is developing nicely. I’m almost tempted to say he’s solid.

    I’m sad about the loss. With the squad we’ve got we need as many games as we can get.

  9. tonymontanna4united

    November 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    @Opti Yeah i found the comments very bitter myself. Overlook the fact that after nani lost the ball we actually won it back, and tunnicliffe played a ball through to hernandez which ended in an offside, which then resulted in chelsea starting from their own pen area to scoring the goal some 20 seconds later, and you can see what im getting at.
    I mean it wasnt like giggs 2 years ago at anfield dithering about just outside our pen area which mascherano won and put on a plate for babel i think to give score the winner.
    Or carrick against shitty in the cup doing the exact same thing on the edge of our area, pissing about, losing the ball and putting yaya one on one to score the winner.
    No criticism there for either player though i dont seem to remember 🙄
    And the comments after about giggs were equally frustrating. The reporter asking about how well anderson played, which he did lets be fair here, and fergie turns it into a “lets wax lyrical over giggs instead” party without even so much of a word of praise for ando.
    I mean dont get me wrong, giggs to his credit did have one of his yearly good games for us, but anderson was simply fantastic and i dont think anyone can dispute that.
    To just seemingly ignore that though and barely mention the guy while going on about a 39 year old just disappointed me a little bit tbh.
    Probably sums up why we’ll be seeing giggs starting at the emptyhad again later this season too 🙄

  10. RMJ

    November 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Totally agree mate and spot on. Also, I hope Fergie will pick Keane more often for some games and play him ahead of Ferdinand against bottom table teams like he did with Evans and Pique to an extent. Also, I think the problem with Anderson has more to do with how he paces himself in games and thats something players have to learn at an early age. If he wasnt fit he wouldnt be playing and at a club of our stature thats a given. Anyone see the all the pogba rave. Watched the Juve Bolog game just for kicks and he was ok but nothing like how the media makes him out to be. He got too much space and after that he was very annonymous. Good player but doubt he will reach the heights being loaded

  11. RMJ

    November 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Actually just read this

    Didnt know that Wootton was that old.

  12. tonymontanna4united

    November 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    RMJ, your absolutely right about keane mate, the guy was quality. So calm and confident, just looked really elegant and his reading of the game was fantastic, he made a number of really crucial interceptions being in the right place at the right time.
    Was hugely impressed and likewise would like to see him get some more game time. I mean if you can perform like that at SB against a strongish, later nearly first team, chelski side, then a home game against some mid table side should be a possibility (although again as weve seen before, fergie would rather opt for carrick in defence than go for a youngster).
    As for wooton, well as i said last night, i actually felt he wasnt too bad on the whole. Positionally i thought he was solid, and having a good game really before the pen which was just a lack of concentration really which then severely affected his confidence and resulted in that shocker of a back pass which they scored from.
    Overall looks a good player, but keane just looks that class above, and being 3 years younger than wooton i think he is, im inclined to opt for keano.
    And by the way, if you think michael keane is good, you just got to wait to see his brother will. That kid is class.

  13. Stephen

    November 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Tony, At least Giggs can last more than 80 mins….

  14. tonymontanna4united

    November 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Stephen, your right fitness is still a major issue with anderson. Dont get me wrong, im not suddenely his biggest fan or anything, i still think hes had long enough to impress and is a lucky boy he hasnt already been shown the exit door, but credit where credits due, the guy was fantastic last night (as he was actually against newcastle in the previous round) and a few kind words from his manager might have been appreciated.
    I probably am reading into it too much, just annoyed me a little that rather than praise some of his young players who did well, he still preferred to dodge the question and heap his praise onto giggs again.
    Sums up for me part of the problem we are having ie fergie cant see beyond his blue eyed boys giggs and scholes, no one can out perform them, no one but them are worthy of praise etc.

  15. Stephen

    November 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I have to give Wenger praise of late, he has been talking sense finally. The embarrassing stance of Chelsea with Clattenberg is border line comical. Do they actually think a Premier referee would call a black player a monkey? They have already back tracked with regards to Mata, and pushing this forward with no evidence is bring the game into disrepute. They are also tainting the image of someone who is innocent, unlike their racist captain who clearly said what he said, then lied in a court of law. They also have stood by this parasite, but now they feel race is an issue, funny that.
    Arsenal are in a permanent sate of transition, players want to earn a lot of money, but they also want to win trophies. The one thing that Fergie has done very will in integrate young players with a balance of older, this is an art form. Fergie has competed now over 20 years for trophies, which is phenomenal, Arsenal seem to more obsessed by budget and excuses. Tomorrows should be a good game, a win is far from certain as we cannot defend, lets not get too carried away, but thankfully there are 2 top sides playing who have some class.

    • Ian

      November 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Your t-shirt IS on the way mate I just haven’t had a chance to send it, I’ll get it done asap. Sorry mate

  16. Stephen

    November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks mate

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