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Well hello again. Over the last two weeks, we’ve had the end of the summer transfer window and plenty of international football to be distracted by, but it just doesn’t quite fill the void, does it? As nice as it is to see the likes of Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young succeeding on international level, the two-week international breaks still feel a lot longer than they actually are.

When last we saw Manchester United as a team, we witnessed one of the most memorable matches in United history. In case the break has wiped away your memory, the scoring went a little something like this: Welbeck, Young, Rooney, Rooney, Nani, Park Ji-Sung, Van Persie, Rooney, Young. Or to sum it up further, a hat trick for Rooney, a brilliant brace for Young (and three assists), eight goals for United, and a wake-up call for Arsenal.

It’s highly, highly unlikely we’ll see United have such a goal barrage today at Bolton, but coming out of this short but tricky trip will ensure United keep pace with City and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table heading into next weekend’s clash with Chelsea.


Last season, United took four of six points against Bolton, and they were made to work for the results they received in each fixture.

In their visit to Bolton last September, United fell behind twice but came away with a 2-2 draw thanks to a late Michael Owen equalizer.

Then in March, United weren’t able to break Bolton for more than 80 minutes, and Jonny Evans was sent off with less than 15 minutes remaining. But with time running out, Dimitar Berbatov saved the day, pouncing on a spilled Nani shot and slotting home a dramatic, important winner.



Bolton enter today 10th in the table, but they’ll be looking to perform much better coming out of the international break than they did leading up to it.

A 4-0 win at QPR on the opening day of the season was quite the start, but Owen Coyle’s side hasn’t been able to build off of that against much tougher competition. City came to the Reebok Stadium and left with a 3-2 win, and then Bolton went to Anfield and were dominated by Liverpool in a 3-1 defeat.

Those defensive issues aren’t what you want to be dealing with heading into a match against a potent United attack, but while their depth is hurt by the absences of Marcos Alonso, Tyrone Mears, and Sam Ricketts, there are a couple of defensive boosts for Coyle. Bolton signed promising City defender Dedryck Boyata on loan shortly before the end of the window, but more importantly, they managed to hold on to in-demand center back Gary Cahill, who seemed to be headed for a late move to Tottenham but stayed put after the two sides couldn’t agree a fee.

Coyle also bolstered his attacking options late on, with striker David N’Gog arriving from Liverpool and Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta moving to the club on loan. Both should get their Bolton debuts today, as should Boyata.

Their midfield isn’t nearly as strong as it could be, as Lee Chung-Yong is out for an extended period of time after suffering a broken leg in preseason, and Stuart Holden is still not quite ready to make his return from a knee injury suffered in that March meeting at Old Trafford.

Even with the injuries, Bolton should pose some problems, with the new signings all looking to make an instant impact, Ivan Klasnic in fine form to start the season, and the ageless Kevin Davies, who can’t wait to face United.

Manchester United

United haven’t survived the start of the season unscathed, but where there is an absence, there’s also an opportunity.

With Nemanja Vidic still working his way back and Rio Ferdinand unlikely to start even though he’s available for selection, we should see Phil Jones and Jonny Evans (who likely won’t receive a warm reception from the Bolton faithful) partnering up in the center of defense for the third straight match.

Elsewhere at the back, Chris Smalling has made a fine argument to remain first choice at right back even after Rafael returns next month, and with it, he also may have found where his immediate England future lies.

It’ll be interesting if we see the same quartet in midfield as we did in the first three matches, with Young and Nani on the flanks and Anderson and Tom Cleverley in the middle. Antonio Valencia is fit and available, and Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, and Park are all due for a start sooner or later (perhaps against Benfica on Wednesday), but that quartet has been fantastic thus far. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and it certainly ain’t broke.

If there’s a place where United are never starved for options, it’s in attack. Rooney has come out guns blazing to start the season, finding the scoresheet in each of the first three Premier League matches.

The odds are in favor of that run continuing today, even with a change in his strike partner. Danny Welbeck took advantage of Javier Hernandez’s concussion-related absence to make his mark in United’s early fixtures, but it’s the opposite now, with Chicharito set to make his first start of the season in place of Welbeck, who went down against Arsenal with a hamstring injury.

Fortunately, Welbeck won’t be out as long as initially feared, as he should return to training next week, but Fergie will have quite the dilemma once he does return, especially if Chicharito makes the most of his return to the starting XI. And considering how well he and Rooney worked together last season, that looks more probable than possible.


With their early-season form, those who are into football betting are far more likely to back United, and that’s the right way to go.

However, it likely won’t come easily. It isn’t always easy to make a running start right out of an international break, and Bolton won’t at all be intimidated, even with a few new faces in the lineup.

But the break won’t have dented United’s confidence in the least, and the train will keep on rolling heading into a big week.

Score Prediction: Bolton 1-2 Manchester United




  1. Grognard

    10 September 2011 at 18:29

    Real Sociedad giving Barcelona all they can handle as they are in the 74th minute tied 2-2.

  2. Craig Mc

    10 September 2011 at 18:30

    Pity he can’t DANCE like Mickey Jackson could, so he could have paso dobleyed out of hurricane Jones’s path. OUCH OUCH OUCH πŸ‘Ώ

  3. RedDevilEddy

    10 September 2011 at 18:31

    And people were concerned about our right back spot after we sold Wes and Sheasy!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  4. Nikos

    10 September 2011 at 18:31

  5. Craig Mc

    10 September 2011 at 18:32

    Well we all know Groggy that Barca will do their dying swan act on every tackle against them until they get their winning oenalty πŸ™„

    • Grognard

      10 September 2011 at 18:43

      I fully expect that even though now it is the 87th minute.

  6. Nikos

    10 September 2011 at 18:34

    I’m going to strengthen my biceps during the rest of the half time. Jones is really inspiring.

  7. Grognard

    10 September 2011 at 18:37

    I sense United have called off the dogs and are starting to relax a bit too much. The frantic pace has come to a crawl.

  8. Grognard

    10 September 2011 at 18:40

    Christ, it doesn’t look good for Cleverley. That looks to be a serious injury seeing him in a stabilizing cast. πŸ™ πŸ™

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      10 September 2011 at 19:31

      He says himself, it is a broken foot… πŸ™

  9. Nikos

    10 September 2011 at 18:40



  10. gator

    10 September 2011 at 18:44

    sic free kick from ando 😯

  11. Nikos

    10 September 2011 at 18:48

    4-0 AND


  12. Grognard

    10 September 2011 at 18:49

    That goal was made by Nani. Chicharito should have scored before this goal because De Gea’s distribution was world class.

  13. Craig Mc

    10 September 2011 at 18:52

    FFS is this a put Nani in hospital day or what. That was 2 bad tackles against him in seconds – one of which should be a Nani penalty – and yes I am BIASED! But it was a penalty for Lil man!

  14. gator

    10 September 2011 at 18:53

    daaaaaaaaaaaamn our midfield is sic

  15. colver

    10 September 2011 at 18:54

    Well I gotta say it is refreshing to see we have overcome our away game problem. We are scoring goals for fun. Great to see Hernandez back on the score sheet. And as for Wayne what a legend.

  16. 20LEgend

    10 September 2011 at 18:54

    Clevs has broken his foot…terrible

    • gator

      10 September 2011 at 18:59


    • gator

      10 September 2011 at 19:05

      hope just a metatarsal and not an ankle…

  17. gator

    10 September 2011 at 18:57

    fucking bolton are hacking away at our boys today this is fucked

    hahah cant keep out the hattrick πŸ˜†

  18. Grognard

    10 September 2011 at 18:59

    What a goal by Rooney and then what a ball by Giggs to Rooney a few minutes later that almost led to a sixth. This is scintillating stuff.

  19. Nikos

    10 September 2011 at 19:00

    ?n the name of Cleverley … RAPE THEM

  20. Lars

    10 September 2011 at 19:01

    City win 5-1, we win 8-2…City win 3-0, we win (5+X)-0

    Noisy Neighbors being silenced

  21. Craig Mc

    10 September 2011 at 19:05

    Well Groggy Nani got his 3 assists – what more is there to be said eh πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† .

    • Grognard

      10 September 2011 at 19:54

      He’s special.

  22. gator

    10 September 2011 at 19:06

    Just a stroll threw the prem this year 😈

    so if clever is down for a while do we spend big in jan???

    • Lars

      10 September 2011 at 19:09

      Pogba, Fletcher, Carrick is adequate cover…Remember Fletch is just coming back to full fitness with two games for Scotland over the week.

      • gator

        10 September 2011 at 19:13

        u right. i hope fletch is back to his best if not better with so much competition on his back. pogba looks the business too.

  23. Nikos

    10 September 2011 at 19:09

    Now that’s how you rupture your cruciate ligaments

  24. Craig Mc

    10 September 2011 at 19:10

    Colver – we have only had 2 away games – so don’t catch chickens before they hatch and all that eh? City result last week Bolton 2 – shitty 3. I think we proved something today right? πŸ˜€

  25. RMJ

    10 September 2011 at 19:12

    damn evra is down injured..and so is evans…damn injury crisis!

  26. gator

    10 September 2011 at 19:15

    how does a ref just let a team injure multiple players in a match??? fucking ridiculous teams should be punished if they injure more than one player a match πŸ‘Ώ

    • Grognard

      10 September 2011 at 19:49

      I think of the number of bad tackles and near miss injuries as well. Bolton were butchers with their tackling. That’s what happens when you are a lot of talentless gits hoping to keep up to a thoroughbred.

  27. Craig Mc

    10 September 2011 at 19:21

    Did Cahill say he should be regular in the England team? Not on today’s performance I would say!

  28. 20LEgend

    10 September 2011 at 19:27

    Terrific performance by Roo, PJ and Ando 😈 😈 😈

  29. Nikos

    10 September 2011 at 19:30

    It’s sad for Cleverley. It’s really really sad. We ‘d better lose this game but not Cleverley.

  30. RedDevilEddy

    10 September 2011 at 19:32

    Anderson playing like he was the best player in the world, and the best comedian, both at the same time! πŸ˜†

    Phil Jones is probably the only person I know of who could challenge Chuck Norris to a fight, and actually win. Despite Vidic though… But Phil, you bloody freaking bastard, it’s not a long time ’till you’ll be able to scream at Vida too! 😯 :mrgreen:

  31. RedDevilEddy

    10 September 2011 at 19:34

    Cleverley may have broken his foot, guess it’s his metatarsal… Really sad if true, Carrick made us really boring today πŸ™„

    (I know we won 5-0 but I nearly grew bored in the second half πŸ˜† )

    • Grognard

      10 September 2011 at 19:41

      Like I said, he suffers from Scholesitis with all those incredibly unnecessary back passes. I have nothing against a a back pass when it is needed but on three occasions I saw open men on the sides that would have furthered the attack but instead he panicked and back passed instead without looking up to see his options. He looks so scared on the ball that he looks for the safe route every time. It’s very frustrating but efficiently tidy.

  32. Grognard

    10 September 2011 at 19:38

    Well it’s player ratings time. It’s so much fun watching this team play that it makes it a pleasure to write the ratings report and to also feel just so positive about the games being played. So without further delay;

    GK: De Gea 7/10 – Truthfully, not much to do but when he was needed he was there and I am still stoked about his quick thinking and attack minded distribution that led to the fourth goal. He continues to make many of us nervous while his footwork and positioning at times is still way off but like I said before, he is a worthy work in progress.

    RB: Jones 8/10 – Was outstanding in the first half and quietly efficient in the second. Great deflection assist and run for the third goal. His aggressiveness is a breath of fresh air. Both he and Smalling make our back four fantastic due to their considerable ability to adapt to multiple positions and excel. Needs to stop hurting Nani though.

    CB: Rio 7.5/10 – Efficient and a calming influence back there. It’s great to see him back and hopefully his injury prone recent history is truly history. Thought his decision making in the box was strong and he was strong on high balls.

    CB: Evans 7/10 – Is slowly but surely extricating himself out of my doghouse with more confident and less panic stricken performances. His clearances have been better and his positioning and one on one marking on balls into the box looks much improved. Still, I did notice a few small lapses that came to nothing.

    LB: Evra 7/10 – Didn’t have much to do but defended well even at times when he was in to much and out of position. Did very little from an attacking perspective but these days that’s a good thing because I am tired of watching him get caught up field.

    RM: Nani 8/10 – Had a great match with some strong dribbles and excellent low crosses. Showing an aggressive and confident streak here he is not afraid to try things. I loved his run into the box for the fourth goal where he was tripped but led to the goal. A very aggressive and bold move that paid off in the end. Still needs to make better decisions when shooting. Very sexy with greased up hair too πŸ˜‰

    CM: Anderson 8.5/10 – Almost makes it as my man of the match but not quite. His distribution and pace and especially his ability interact with his team mates with quick one touch football was fun and exciting to watch. Didn’t create many chances but that’s because he was playing back a bit. Was still a driving force that I am sure freed up space for the wide men to exploit. Frankly, I am amazed this is Anderson. A bit sloppy at times but I like the fact he is trying to make something happen unlike Carrick who is scared of trying something for fear of the hairdryer.

    CM: Cleverley NA – Obviously did not play long enough to rate and his injury looks serious. Hoping the cast was just precautionary and all he has is a sprain.

    CM: Carrick 7/10 – Played a very cautious unimaginative game with a bit too many back passes for my liking but he was tidy and never got a step wrong and also assisted on Chicharito’s second goal thanks to a nice deflection that came to his feet. Nice to have a player of his caliber on the bench even though I do have issues with elements of his game.

    LM: Young 6.5/10 – Did not have a bad game but was quiet and did not reach his standards. I guess he allowed Nani to have the bulk of the spotlight today. Still, he made some nice runs and was always a threat.

    CF: Rooney 9/10 – Man of the Match. He was very clinical finishing scoring three and working his pants off. Biggest play of the game was when we were leading 1-0 and he cleared a sure goal off the line. A striker that does that in a non-corner situation should be praised. His runs and vision were there today but his finishing was sublime and wreaked of confidence.

    ST: Chicharito 8.5/10 – So wonderful to see him back and scoring. His first goal was a work of art not so much because of his excellent finish but for his amazing maze like run to free himself in the process. You cannot teach that, it’s basic instinct and truly Muller like and predatory. His first touch still seems to be a weak point in his game and his lack of greed although commendable, needs to be checked in as he is a goal scorer and he should take his chances when he has them rather than trying to go for the cheeky assist. Also loved the way he hassled Jaaskelainen. It was comical fun.

    SUB: Giggs 7/10 – Ws not on for long but I thought his moves and vision was great and he delivered a beautiful through ball to Rooney which at the end should have been a goal from Chicharito. I believe using him like this can extend his career for a few years.

    SUB: Smalling 7/10 – Did nothing wrong and was efficient as always. Not much time to really get involved but was still very sure of himself.

    Overall I felt it was another outstanding performance by the lads. 18 goals in their first four games is a record and let the music continue because it is bloody well intoxicating to be sure. Fergie has allowed them to play with passion and pace and to articulate their creativeness, which is the big difference between this team and the club of the past two seasons at least. Lets face it, United are fun to watch right now and this fun and success is making them more and more confident and this has given them a totally different look and vibe on the road especially. Keep it coming Fergie. Groggy’s in paradise.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      10 September 2011 at 19:43

      I think you should raise everyone by 0.5 pts.

      Also, De Gea’s distribution alone and half-assist is worthy of at least an 8 in my book. I would also clock Jones in at a 9. He was simply sublime — and did I mention, HE IS 19 YEARS OLD!!!!!!

      We are blessed being fans of the greatest club on earth!

      • Grognard

        10 September 2011 at 19:52

        A goalkeeper is judged by his saves, not his assists. I think he got a good grade considering he had little to do. I gave him a half point for that distribution play. Generally a keeper who has nothing to do would get a 6/10. I save 8’s, 9’s and 10’s for when he makes a number of big saves or saves a game for us with his brilliance. It’s all about balance and perspective.

    • despicable

      10 September 2011 at 21:11

      Chicha is like Muller… Perfect comparison.. sharp and natural movement!!!

    • Grognard

      11 September 2011 at 01:50

      I can’t win. I am positively brimming with positivity and generosity and yet some butthead still has to tick the dislike button. There’s no pleasing some people. πŸ™„ πŸ™„

  33. [OPTI]Madschester United

    10 September 2011 at 19:39

    Super short ratings:

    Not arrogant, just better! πŸ˜€

    1. De Gea’s clean sheet and his outstanding and sublime distribution. F’ me!
    2. Jones’ mazy runs (for our third goal and in second half from own-half). Outstanding. 19 years old!!! F’ me!
    3. Chicharito’s world-class runs (especially on first goal). F’ me!
    4. Anderson’s outstanding movement off the pass and his quick passing. A sequence in the second half made me loose my jaw in amazement. F’ me!!
    5. Rooney’s form is scary. Is it 8 goals in 4 games now and back-to-back hat-tricks.

    Are we this good or are our opponents that bad?

    F’ me!!!

    • gator

      10 September 2011 at 19:59

      we are this good. the shackles have come off of our midfield. andos one touch game with our wingers and forwards is just mesmerizing… a bit tidier(is that a word?) and he is in the top tier of mids in the world.

    • Craig Mc

      10 September 2011 at 20:32

      Opti – youb said fuck you – well OK I do – because you didn’t mention Lil man and he had THREE assists. So yeah feck off to your ratings, and Groggy you vbetter give me some support here, or I will fly out to Canada and give you what Jones the cruncher gave Nani πŸ˜€

      • RedDevilEddy

        10 September 2011 at 20:39

        Nani had 2* assists πŸ™‚

        Craigy are you okey, are you okay Craigy? You’ve been hit by, BOOM, you’ve been struck by, a smooth Eddyman. πŸ˜‰

        • Craig Mc

          10 September 2011 at 20:44

          πŸ˜† Eddi Nani had 3 assists if I say so = I saw what I saw, tho one was disallowed – you need spectacles mi man

        • RedDevilEddy

          10 September 2011 at 20:46

          πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

      • [OPTI]Madschester United

        10 September 2011 at 22:18

        On Nani, great to get two assists, but best is still to come. He can go up another level (or two?).

        He did not provide me with a highlight as much as these… I love the kid… better is yet to come.

      • Grognard

        11 September 2011 at 01:54

        Come on out to Canada anyway and we can visit my local pub which actually goes by the name “The City of Manchester Pub” Don’t ask why. We could go there and drain the place of it’s ale supply. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  34. AndyCR7

    10 September 2011 at 19:42

    Scintillating football… Sad for Clev πŸ™
    Rooney’s third goal was the best of the day…
    Jones is a beast!

    • Grognard

      10 September 2011 at 19:43

      Vidic is a beast, I like to refer to Jones as King Conan.

  35. Grognard

    10 September 2011 at 19:42

    If Cleverley is gone for a long time then Anderson needs to be moved into his position and Paul Pogba must be given his chance to show what he has. I do not want a season of Carrick and Fletcher partnering Anderson.

    • Craig Mc

      10 September 2011 at 20:48

      Grog – Jones the enforcer can play in MF behind Anderson, because he was fantastic in that position for B’Burn and he keeps the MF FLOWING!

      • Grognard

        10 September 2011 at 21:22

        I thought about that because he is also so comfortable on the ball and moving forward. Place him at DMF and this allows Ferie to start Rio and Vidic as well as Smalling in the back four without losing Phil.

        • [OPTI]Madschester United

          11 September 2011 at 03:41

          I am watering at thought about Jones in holding MF… however, I am not sure his passing is up to our new-found 1-touch methods.

          ——–De Gea——–

          That is a mobile, pacey, and skill-ful team in the absence of Cleverly….

  36. Don

    10 September 2011 at 19:42

    Man that Cleverly injury is really disappointing….I don’t see Fletcher, Carrick or Pogba being able to fill adequaltey what he does…i guess we will go back to the borning holding midfield role …. Carrick had a decent game..but you could tell the play was not as dynamic and fluid…I hope he can kick on because we will really need him to step up his game…if Anderson can keep up his form we should be OK…poor Berba…that’s what happens when you have 3 hungry red hot strikers in front…i hope he stops trying to principally entertain and gets a ire lit in his bum….looks like he might end up being our SHerringham type player…occasional cameo…it all looks too easy….a bit nervous since its so early in the season..i remember chelsea last year hitting teams 8-0 and such early in the season and later the wheels fallng off..i hope we can sustain this pace….brilliant stuff so far!

    • Grognard

      10 September 2011 at 19:46

      Anderson is a revelation right now and yet I still think he is being hampered by playing so far back. Move him up to the Cleverley position and bring in Pogba to play the role Anderson has been playing. I honestly think it would work.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      10 September 2011 at 19:46

      Fletcher and Carrick have to adapt to our new fluid style or they will be sold… simple as that.

      They are good enough to be able to adapt. Maybe not match Cleverly’s pace, but their ability to pass is sure there.

      We scored 4-5 goals today without cleverly and with a Nani and Young who could step it up another level. Have faith in our CMs

      • Nikos

        10 September 2011 at 20:21

        We need them for the serious games. Europe is not an easy task and we will have to cope with the difficulties.

  37. RedDevilEddy

    10 September 2011 at 19:54

    You know pigs like Rooney are flying when Grognard is praising Anderson πŸ˜†

    • Grognard

      10 September 2011 at 19:56

      Tell me about it. I need to pinch myself and check my meds to see if the dosage instructions are right. Eventually I will wake up and come on to this blog and tell everyone about this dream where Anderson starts the season like a gladiator and where he is making me fall in love. πŸ˜€

      • RedDevilEddy

        10 September 2011 at 20:03

        Fall in love? πŸ˜† Mate you’re just horny, no way I’ll ever allow anyone to grow emotionally attached to Anderson. Just physical… Can’t blame you really.

        DAT ASS! 8)

      • gator

        10 September 2011 at 20:50

        its about time… he has been this good on the ball most of the time with united but has been wasteful at times and still is but those times are becoming fewer and farther between. His pace and one touch understanding are insane right now. sexy football

  38. Nikos

    10 September 2011 at 20:09

    If anyone does find a video with those mesmerising passes outside Bolton’s area please send it here

  39. RedDevilEddy

    10 September 2011 at 20:12

    Anderson Anderson Anderson
    Anderson Anderson Andersoo-ooon
    Anderson Anderson Anderson

  40. RedDevilEddy

    10 September 2011 at 20:25

    Tom Cleverley

    Got the scan tomorrow, thanks for the comments! so angry right now, want everyone to know I got no apology from kevin davies! season could be over and received no apology.

    Fuck Davies! πŸ‘Ώ

    • Nikos

      10 September 2011 at 20:31

      I’m telling you all day long

      FUCK OFF

    • gator

      10 September 2011 at 21:14

      where are the hoods of manchester? they need to visit his ass like they did roony but not so nice πŸ‘Ώ

      where is the fucking ref we had 3 fucking players taken out today. should we just sit pat at 1-0 when were up so that teams dont get pissed???? or should the ref do his job? πŸ‘Ώ

  41. Craig Mc

    10 September 2011 at 21:05

    OK – it’s saturday night and the lights are bright – so I am off with a few of the lads to the pub – and celebrate our win with a few jars of the best ale – oh yeah! The missus is watching the shit xfactor – so I can ESCAPE! Talk laterz!

  42. RedDevilEddy

    10 September 2011 at 21:07

    A centre back partnership of Jones and Vidic looks so sexy I am seriously considering changing from straight to sircled(or heterosexual to footballexual)

  43. AndyCR7

    10 September 2011 at 21:34

    Off topic: I saw Messi diving… :mrgreen:

    • Grognard

      10 September 2011 at 21:39

      He dives all the time mate and on his way down he always manages to blow a kiss to the ref.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      10 September 2011 at 22:13

      Not to mention, Busquets (I think. My feed was pixellated) used his hand to deflect Real Sociedad’s 2nd goal attempt onto the bar… or was I mis-seeing somethings?

  44. Grognard

    10 September 2011 at 21:37

    My Future Wish List:

    1. I want to see Paul Pogba play
    2. I want somebody to absolutely cripple Kevin Davies
    3. I want to see Phil Jones play DMF
    4. I want to see both Rooney and Chicharito score 20 goals in the EPL
    5. I want Fergie to show some sympathy towards Berba and sell him
    6. I want Kevin Davies to take a long walk off a short pier
    7. I want United to score 100 goals in the EPL this season
    8. I want us to go 8-0 against our four main rivals
    9. I want Young and Nani to combine for 20 goals and 30 assists
    10. I want a speedy recovery for Tom Cleverley
    11. I want Kevin Davies to be in a wheelchair for life
    12. I want to marry Anderson and bare his children
    13. I want to sic Roy Keane on Kevin Davies
    14. I want Barcelona FC to cease and desist. Better yet, just die
    15. I want a Man Utd vs Bayern Champions League final with us winning
    16. I want Ronaldo to be world player of the year
    17. I want Germany to win EURO 2012
    18. I want Rooney to win PFA player of the year
    19. I want Phil Jones to win PFA young player of the year
    20. I want United to win another Treble but in style

    Just call me greedy and demanding.

    • RedDevilEddy

      10 September 2011 at 22:08

      12. I want to marry Anderson and bare his children

      Okey this is becoming scary, you are turning into me…

      • Grognard

        11 September 2011 at 01:59

        Perhaps we can share him. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        • RedDevilEddy

          11 September 2011 at 07:05

          I’ll never share him!! He’s my boo-boo! 😈

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      10 September 2011 at 22:15

      Ronaldo as WPOTY???

      I want Rooney or Nani to pull that.

      United > Ronaldo! 😈

  45. Grognard

    10 September 2011 at 21:41

    Any player that would cripple a player and then not even have the class to apologize should get at least a ten game ban not to mention three bullet s to the back of the head.

  46. tonymontanna4united

    10 September 2011 at 22:12

    The media it seems are getting a bit carried away with citys start to the season, saying watching them is like watching barcelona.
    Yeah, well what the fuck does that make us then? Its like watching the brazil 1970 team, the dutch total football/ajax cryuff side, and the glorious busby babes all rolled into 1 at the minute. Beautiful stuff and long may it continue.

    As for who impressed me today, well MOTM without doubt had to be jonesy, who was just simply fantastic. Ive heard him being compared to the great duncan edwards a few times, and whilst i never had the priviledge to see duncan play, im sure he’d have been watching jonesys performance with a bloody great smile on his face, proud enough to call it his own, it was that good.

    What with clevs unfortunate injury thanks to davies (you cunt) id really like to see him moved up into midfield tbh, as i think today showed hes got it in his locker. Great movement, lovely passer, comfortable on the ball, quick and full of enthusiasm and attacking intent. Basically the exact opposite of old led feet himself, mr carrick.

    Elsewhere wazza was once again in the mood, looking like a man possessed. Mentioned before the season started i got the feeling he would outdo his 34 goals from 2 years ago, and im standing by that.
    Great to see him, and hernandez both looking in the mood. Was there really any doubt though when youve got a genius like wazza playing behind such a great goalscorer as chicha, whose movement is always going to mean goals, goals, goals. 2nd season syndrome my ass.

    De Gea, keep doing what your doing son, as you’ve been fine and lil man, hope you recover soon. Jonesy nearly took your bloody head off πŸ˜†

    Anyway great performance, great start to the season, everything is good. Just pissed that clevs is out and now we’re likely to see the return of led foot. Even he though would struggle to disrupt our great football me thinks, it really seems like the whole team, and indeed fergie, has really woken up, and been let off the leash to play true united style football. Great stuff.

    • Grognard

      11 September 2011 at 02:02

      This happens in every sports league in the world when one team has dominated for so long. Media starts to lo and build up what they see as the next best thing. Arsenal and Chelsea and Liverpool have all been crowned by the media and yet it us who reign supreme. I say Let them gush in praise for City and let the trophies remain at OT.

  47. RedDevilEddy

    10 September 2011 at 22:19

    Our 12 one-touch passes in a row, Anderson being at the heart of it all.


    • Nikos

      10 September 2011 at 22:27


    • tonymontanna4united

      10 September 2011 at 22:41

      Cocks out boys

    • gator

      11 September 2011 at 01:19

      thats the one… i cant believe how good these guys are getting. United are out of control. what fucking what!!! :mrgreen:

    • Grognard

      11 September 2011 at 02:03

      Have I ever told you that one touch football makes me randy? It does I absolutely live for it.

  48. colver

    11 September 2011 at 01:49

    I think a lot of this is psychological. After our wonder season of 2007/8 our tactics and mentality slowly got more and more negative. Players like Park and Carrick epitomised this trend, and hate to say it but Scholes as well who is all about possession. It was perhaps no surprise. You play to your strengths. And ours was defence.

    Last season we won the league but in truth we played some terrible football and lacked killer instinct as the away draws showed. Then we rolled over predictably against Barcelona in a performance that gave no room for doubt at the gulf between our sides.

    But this season we splashed some cash and freshened up the side and it seems to be making a huge difference. Anderson probably realizes it is his last chance and is playing out of his skin. Young has taken to Old Trafford like a duck to water. Jones looks hugely impressive. De Gea’s distribution is out of this world. Rooney is on form and as the heartbeat of the team that automatically raises us to another level. Hernandez and Welbeck give us some real pace and movement upfront. And in Nani and Young we have a threat from both wings which doubles the service to our front men. But also huge is the Cleverley Anderson partnership with both given licence to play box to box. A huge change from the usual tactic of having Carrick sit and channelling all our attacks through the flanks. We are now playing through the middle as well. We are far less predictable and teams cannot handle us at the moment.

    • Don

      11 September 2011 at 02:57

      I really do think our play being negative in recent seasons is really a side effect of having older players in the central midfield roles. (like CHelsea with Lampard) ..the likes of GIggs (who was immense today and for me should just be doing these 30 min cameos because he is incredible in that role), Carrick, Park, Scholes. Anderson was the exception and he was consistently the only one who had a “forward thinking” midfield mentality other than Giggsy…Scholes played like that because that’s all his legs could do…gone was the scholes who would scamper forward and play pinpoint through balls…i think the only hope we have of maintaining our current form is either to draft one of the younger players (Pogba, Morrison, Petrucci) into the Cleverly role or pull Ashley young into the middle…I think playing Carrick in the holding role will set us back…

      • [OPTI]Madschester United

        11 September 2011 at 03:32

        Young in central role sounds sexy, if Vally goes out right and Nani back left (sorry Craigster!).


        Is stuff of dreams on current form… geez!!!

        • tonymontanna4united

          11 September 2011 at 04:19

          I just think your wasting the wing play going like that. Nani has never been comfortable out on the left, and valencia is only just returning from a few weeks lay off. I say leave the young/nani wing play as it is, as its been fabulous so far and feels like it just fits super well.
          Id say if were looking for someone to play in the middle, we should go for jones. Hes shown in defence he looks comfortable on the ball, his passing looks solid, and he has an amazing change on balance and pace (eg the assist, well sort of, for rooneys 2nd i think it was which was just an amazing piece of play from jones).
          Its not like hes not played there before either, i think for the 1st half of last season he was a regular in midfield and apparently the blackburn fans said he looked fine.
          Saying that, this might be a great opportunity to start blooding pogba possibly. I hear fergies thinking about throwing him in against leeds, which would set him nicely me thinks, as if he gets through that sort of game, he’d definitely be up for a PL game against decent opposition imo.

  49. Man Utd Jaluo

    11 September 2011 at 06:34

    No need to worry, in our bench we have a team that can carry us through the final lap of the season. We have players with the experience of grinding out results when the game is not going our way. What we are experiencing now is the other side of our game that has been shackled since the departures of CR n CT our 08 season. So am sure if we need to grind out a result, we have our never say day attitude and personnel to do it. So lets enjoy this United play thats been missing for a while

  50. Owen

    11 September 2011 at 10:20

    Rooney is the first ever box-to-box striker in the world of football…

    Btw,where is Donibrasco these days…? 😯

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