Sunday, 31 October 2010

WE WON!


So United turn up and produce and absolutely flawless display against one of those teams it would be 'understandable' to drop a couple of points. It was an absolutely fantastic performance and we will win the league if we play like that for the rest of the season but shall we?

Sir Alex has already come out to dismiss any January signing so that means the fans and Wayne Rooney will have to wait a little bit longer before they can see fresh faces at the club. The manager has asked the fans to put their faith in him so let's all watch it unfold.

We need to go on a run of wins now---I mean beating Spurs hasn't changed the fact that we're still five points off the pace so hopefully we can keep this form going. Hernandez's form has made us disregard the fact that Wayne is out for another five months.

Oh and cheers to Nani for proving us with another moment of the season we shall look back on in May.

Onwards and upwards!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

TROUBLE! SPURS ARE IN TOWN!


By the end of Saturday, we shall know just how far United have come from recovering from their early season slump. We shall also know how far they have gone in making a statement to a certain colleague basking in the sunshine of Dubai.

Tottenham Hotspur provide the opposition this weekend in the incredible series that is the Barclays Premier League. Chelsea's near faultless start to the season coupled with our generosity away from home means that fixtures such as the game tomorrow could potentially hand us a fatal blow in this season's title race.

Spurs is one of those teams that we have somehow managed to beat regardless of the circumstances but this must be the first time in ages when they could actually boast of a more threatening line-up than we've got. It is in their midfield that their strength lies because the likes of Van der Vaart, Modric and Lennon are a handful for any opponent. Why Sir Alex didn't sign up the Dutchman is still a mystery though.

Man of the moment Javier Hernandez should start and so should a host of big names that sat out the rather agonising 3-2 victory over Wolves in the Cup. Ultimately though, we must iron out the mistakes that we've been making since the season started if we are to get the win on Saturday. We've relied on our home form to stay in the title race so we cannot fail to win two consecutive home games.

Here's to back to back wins in the league!

Monday, 25 October 2010

DESTINED FOR GREAT THINGS!


I hope I haven't jinxed him but Javier Hernandez is almost certainly destined for great things at United. Without a doubt, the boy has got talent but the manner in which he stands up and makes himself counted even at his tender age makes you wonder if Sir Alex has unearthed another gem of a talent for a bargain.

It was unfortunate for the boy that his goal last week went largely unnoticed because of the manner in which we once again threw away a two goal lead but his double yesterday has made the back page of just about every daily in the country.

Ultimately for us though, it was a much needed away win---the first of the campaign and hopefully that has set the tone for many more solid displays on the road for the remainder of the season.
Chelsea are not showing any signs of letting down their guard so until then, we cannot afford to drop points---even if the next game is Spurs!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

CALM AFTER THE STORM BUT WE'RE ON THE ROAD TEST AGAIN!


So Busaspor wasn't the first of many games without Wayne Rooney because the lad has made a rather astonishing U-turn and signed a five year deal at the club. One week it's Lverpool going into administration and another Wayne Rooney is leaving Manchester United---the press has really had a field day these past few weeks but it's not to suggest that they'll now be short of news because United's form in the league so far this term is headlines itself.

Stoke City will be considerably disappointed not to get a point tomorrow from United---largely because this is a good time to play United----I mean how often will you play against the Old Trafford side and still believe you can get a point even at 2-0 down? The reality is that United will have to score three or even four before teams actually surrender the points. We have to earn back the right of invincibility and ruthlessness.

It's a five point gap form the top and our City neighbours are starting to build a gap on us before the derby so we need to address our slump in form and start picking up vital points. That two of our rivals play against each other at the weekend means that victory on Sunday for us will almost certainly improve our place in the standings.

We've got a nearly full strength side and have no serious Cup duty for our senior team in midweek so I think we ought to be fully focused on getting three points from the Brittannia Stadium. Stoke is notoriously a hard place to go but we have a good record against them. We've actually not let in goal against them but don't bet on that if the current form is anything to go by!

Our luck has to change-----fast!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

BUSASPOR-----THE FIRST OF MANY GAMES WITHOUT WAYNE ROONEY!


Sigh.

Sir Alex has confirmed in his press conference that Wayne wants out of United. You've all been following the story so no need to start from that March date in Munich but it's been known by the manager since the start of the season that Wayne had turned down a contract extension at United.
Where he ends up, it remains to be seen but that is that for now.

We take on Busaspor in the Champions League on Wednesday at home---a winnable game, and one that should see us finally win a game of football, At the moment, we're short in terms of luck but I believe we can create our own luck and start forcing fate to grant us wins in games. Victory in this double header should see us through to the next stage so hopefully our defence and attack are up to the task.

Wayne, Evans, Michael Owen, Giggs, Bebe are all missing through injury so Macheda, Gibson and Smalling could get a look in.
We've got Stoke away on Sunday and so we'll need to save a lot of that energy for that particular away trip.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

MAYDAY! MAYDAY!


I'm not kidding here....Manchester United have to write to the FA on Monday morning and ask to be excused from the rest of the domestic season!

What in the world was that all about?
Who I'm I kidding---we've seen it all three times already this season. In fact the message from the players seems to be that the sooner we get used to throwing away two goal leads, the better for our hearts.

The manager thinks its inexplicable, the media can't believe their luck, I think we've been done by some evil spirit from Anfield!

$It was nice to see Hernandez net his first league goal for us at the Stretford End!

Friday, 15 October 2010

PHEW! IT'S A HOME GAME!----MAN UNITED VS WEST BROMSWICH ALBION PREVIEW!




Sadly, it's come to that! The first piece of clarification I seek whenever the red devils are going to play in the league is the venue for the fixture. Our away record means that we only have to bite our nails on the road whilst we can sit back and relax at OT.

West Brom are the visitors this weekend, and so you can't see anything but a United win in this one. Not that the Baggies are a non-issue but because our home form is the reason as to why we are still in with a shout of winning the title.

Chelsea thrashed WBA 6-0 on the opening day of the season and we all brushed that aside as 'having an easy start' well I can safely say that United won't win 6-0 tomorrow (5-0 yes but not 6-0). Anyhow, the point is that Roberto Martinez's side has bagged 11 points so far this season and so are as near to us in the league as one game away. I mean to think they could beat us and then take our place in the league is (slightly) daunting.
So quite simply, we have to win this. Any other result and the press will have a field day about our ability to win that 19th title.

We've got a fairly good squad in terms of health---I think its Hargreaves and Park with niggles that will keep them out of our next few games. Hargreaves picked up a calf injury in training and so has not trained for the last few days according to the manager.
It remains to be seen if Sir Alex will start Rooney tomorrow given what's been going on in the media.

It's now five months of club football before the next long International break--good recipe for a long run of wins. I mean, a lot of trophies could be won and lost in the coming period so here's to a decent run.
Cheers!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

QUIKIE!


The preview for the game at home to West Brom will come up here shortly but here's a little bit of what's been going on during this 'eternal' International break.

The headline has to be what is in the news today. Wayne Rooney talking to the media about his ankle injury and denying having been injured when Sir Alex told the press that he was.
Wayne Rooney vs Sir Alex---anyone? Don't be suprised if he doesn't start on Saturday due to an 'aggravated injury.'

Javier Hernandez scored again for Mexico in midweek---there must be something about this kid and the back of the net. We United fans seem in for a treat during his time withus.

Hargreaves has been passed fit to play on Saturday by his Doctor (Richard Steadman) but we all have that feeling that its going to be that Carling Cup game against Wolves.

Rio Ferdinand isn't the United captain but he is the England captain---another reason as to why United>England.

Cheers!

Monday, 4 October 2010

NOT GOOD ENOUGH----SUNDERLAND VS MAN UNITED REVIEW!


You wonder if its a case of United starting poorly and traditionally taking their time to gain momentum. The reality is, and I thin Sir Alex knows it, that Chelsea have raised the bar once again and so we cannot afford to let them so far ahead of us even before we see the better part of October. Granted, they do have an ageing squad and fatigue could play a factor but maybe they'll have built enough of a cushion to see them over the finish line if we allow them to keep pulling away.

Last week, we had the opportunity to punish their defeat at City but could only draw at Bolton. This week, we had the chance to put them under pressure ahead of their game against Arsenal, but we could only draw again away. Unlike us, they punished the error of their rivals and now sit five points ahead of us going into the second International break of the season. We've not dropped points at home, but when you drop as many as we've done over the past two months, then you'll have situations like City being above you in the league. It's disgusting.

The midweek trip to Valencia did come into play when Sir Alex was naming his team for the game at the Stadium of light---and I have to say that the difference between our first choice and second choice team was physically visible especially in that first half. I mean that was one first half that we never turned up. I f I were a Sunderland fan, I'd be gutted that they didn't make their dominance count going into the break.
The media will no doubt question Sir Alex's transfer business of the summer especially when the likes of Van der Vart are earning their sides priceless wins. All that talk can however be avoided if United snap out of the slumber they're in and start pushing for top spot in the league.

On the plus side, we remain an unbeaten team in the league and have now kept two clean sheets in a row, which is no mean feat given how many we've given away this season so far.
We take on West Brom at home after the International break---in the meantime, the manager and players need to sort out one or two things that have not gone quite well on away days in the league.

Finally congratulations to Dimitar Berbatov for winning the PFA fans' Player of the Month of October award. I thought he deserved it! More of the same Berba!