Sunday, March 30, 2008

Reds Go Marching On

The gap at the top was down to three as Manchester Untied kicked off, Arsenal having clawed their way from behind to a 3-2 win. However, there was no such fuss at Old Trafford as the Red Devils set about destroying Villa.

Ronaldo gave them an early lead as he controlled a ball with his back towards a goal, and back-heeled it in through his marker's legs and past a surprised Scott Carson.

He then set up Carlos Tevez with a spectacular cross, the Argentine heading in to make it 2-0. The third was also a piece of magic from the winger as he back-heeled a cross into Wayne Rooney's path, the striker calmly rounding Carson and slorring in.

Eventually, United’s play made a fourth inevitable. This side simply look threatening with every attack. Rooney beat Carson from 12 yards at the goalkeeper’s near post after fine link-up play from Giggs, Tevez and Ronaldo, inevitably.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ferdinand New England Captain

The new England manager has made a change in captains for tonight`s match against France. Nice to see Rio Ferdinand with the armband.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

United Seal Win Over 10-Man Liverpool

Mascherano was an idiot for getting a red card. He`d already got a yellow one but persisted in mouthing off to the referee. He ran 20 yards to protest another Liverpool player`s yellow card and continued his rant to the ref.

He deserved the red card, and although United were in the lead 1-0 at that stage we`ll never know whether the final result would have been 3-0.

Brown, Ronaldo, (inevitably), and Nani scored the three goals which gave United all 3 points in a match which became one-sided after the sending off.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ronaldo Seals Another United Victory

CRISTIANO Ronaldo turned captain marvel at Old Trafford last night.

Handed the captain's armband in an unusual looking United line-up, he rattled in both goals as the Reds despatched Bolton 2-0 to go three points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

It took his tally for the season to 33 goals in all competitions beating the legendary George Best's highest total of 32. It was Ronaldo`s 10th brace in United colours, as the defending champions secured a three-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the table, and a further two points clear of Chelsea.

United showed their intent right from the whistle with the returning Louis Saha and Carlos Tevez combining on the edge of the area, forcing Ricardo Gardner into action to turn the ball away for a corner.

Just one minute later though United had the lead they had been threatening to snatch. Nani's corner, whipped into the area, was poorly dealt with by the Bolton back four and the ball fell kindly for Ronaldo. The Portugal midfielder did not need a second invitation and fired his volley home from eight yards out.

To make the night even better for the Red Devils Chelsea were held by Tottenham in an incredible 4-4 draw at White Hart Lane.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Derby 0-1 Man Utd

Derby 0-1 Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo struck after 75 minutes to deny Derby a sensational draw - and send Manchester United top ahead of Arsenal's late game.

Wayne Rooney crossed for Ronaldo to volley home and spare United's blushes. Ronaldo hit the post in the first half but United had debutant keeper Ben Foster to thank for twice keeping out Kenny Miller just before the break.

After scoring the goal, Ronaldo skipped clean through, only to be denied by former United team-mate Roy Carroll.

Another goal would have been harsh on Derby, who reacted to a 6-1 drubbing by Chelsea with a performance of dogged resilience against the league's top scorers.

The Reds are at this moment on top of the Premiership, though Arsenal are playing right now and a win will see them go back on top.

Friday, March 14, 2008

United Face Roma in Champions League

Arsenal and Liverpool have been drawn together in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the only all-English tie of the round.

Chelsea and Manchester United will both play foreign opposition.

United have been drawn away to Roma, while Chelsea have potentially the easiest tie in the last eight, with Fenerbahce, of Turkey, their opponents.

Four English clubs, unprecedented in the history of the Champions League, qualified for the last eight, and as there were no seedings at this stage of the competition, the Premier League teams knew they could be drawn against each other.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Motson`s FA Cup Odyssey Book

Motson's FA Cup Odyssey: The World's Greatest Knock-Out Competition

The FA Cup competition is the greatest and most coveted soccer trophy in the world. Whether you're playing in Chile or Chesterfield, Beijing or Birmingham, come the final in May each year it has a worldwide television audience of billions and is rightly seen as the holy grail of soccer. Added to the excitement, round by round, live on the BBC, is the one man who is never without his renowned statistics and encyclopaedic knowledge: John Motson. For the first time, he provides lovers and laymen with a wealth of illuminating and essential trivia on the history of the FA Cup. It is the perfect guide to everything you wanted to know about the competition: the players, great matches, goals, and the personalities that have passed through the ages.

Draw For FA Cup Semis

The semi-finals of the FA Cup have paired West Brom with Portsmouth and Barnsley with Cardiff.

Referee Got It Wrong

Andy Gray was the commentator at that match. He said that 100 times out of 100 if it had happened outside of the box it would have been given as a foul = free kick. If it`s a foul out of the box then it`s a penalty inside the box. Simple as that. Even Jamie Rednapp, son of the Portsmouth manager, Harry, said he thought it was a clear cut penalty. Jamie Rednapp was in the studio alongside Brian Robson, who thought the same thing.

Now, if United had converted the penalty, they would have led by 1-0. Portsmouth would have had to have come out on the attack, opening up ther defence, and United would probably have scored more goals, or at least kept their lead, thus resulting in a victory.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Portsmouth Beat Manchester United in Quarters

Through a penalty in the 2nd half United lost by 1 goal to nil against Portsmouth.

United had more possession, more shots on target, but unfortunately Portsmouth had a referee on their side. A charge by Distin against Ronaldo outside of the box would have been a foul 100 times out of 100. Not so inside the box though for some reason.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

United Beat Lyon

Not the most entertaining of matches perhaps, but Manchester United fans can rejoice after an efficient second-leg performance at Old Trafford saw the Red Devils win with a 2-1 aggregate score. The scorer? Ronaldo!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

United Record Possible Tonight In Champs League

No team since Juventus have won more consistently at home than United in the Champions League and, should they overcome Lyon tonight, it will represent their 10th successive home victory, equalling the record Juventus racked up in the Stadio delle Alpi a decade ago.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Fulham Go Down to Reds

United made the most of Arsenal's slip with a comfortable success at Craven Cottage. Owen Hargreaves opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark, catching Antti Niemi off guard with a curling free-kick for his first goal for the club.

Sir Alex Ferguson decided to rest both Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo and, in their absence, Ji-Sung Park took his chance to score his first league goal of the campaign, heading Paul Scholes' lofted pass in off the underside of the bar on the stroke of half-time. Midway through the second half Rooney and Ronaldo came on and within seconds the champions were three up, courtesy of an own goal by Simon Davies.

Arsenal`s draw with Aston Villa saw them drop another 2 points.