Thursday, December 31, 2009

Manchester United Share The Goals Around

Well, one thing about Manchseetr United - they certainly like to spread their goals about.

They put 5 goals past Wigan last night in their 5-0 victory, and all the goals were scored by different players.

Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov, Rafael & Antonio Valencia all got one apiece, though it has to be said that ex-Wigan player Valencia hand a hand in at least three of those goals scored by others. The Ecuadorean cost United £18 million and his task was to try to fill the gap after Ronaldo left for Spanish shores. Not an easy task, but Valencia is looking a bit more comfortable in the side now, and his confidence is clearly growing. He`ll never be a Ronaldo who was more of a showman (and a little more selfish on the ball of course), but he could end up being a super buy for Sir Alex Ferguson given time.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hull 1 - 3 Man Utd

Hull 1 - 3 Man Utd

The Wayne Rooney show got underway in injury time in the first half. Rooney scored United`s first goal with seconds on the clock. Up until that stage both sides had been playing quite attractive, attacking football.

In the second half the Red Devils took their foot off the gas, and played more defensively, and the spectacle suffered for it.

For some inexplicable reason Rooney then gifted Hull a way back with a pass which was intercepted by Hull, and that led to Craig Fagan's penalty equaliser.

Rooney`s blushes were short-lived though as he forced an own goal from Andy Dawson. And to cap it off he set up a third goal which Dimitar Berbatov easily slotted home.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Manchester United Frozen Out

On a freezing cold afternoon Fulham supporters were well and truly warmed up with a first class perforamce from their teams Manchester United slumped to their fifth Premier League defeat already this season.

Murphy , Zamora  and Duff were the players who put a damp mood on the Red Devils. United looked bereft of ideas, and the strikers Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen looked a bit clueless.

Of course it doesn`t help when Manchester United had to patch up their back four using two midfielders due to the injury situation at Old Trafford.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Manchester United Looking Strong

Halfway through the season and Manchester United are looking in a good position. I just wonder though whether the depth of Chelsea`s squad will take them over the finishing line at the end of the season in top spot.

I see too that Manchester is one of the cities put forward for use if England get the World Cup go ahead for 2018. Old Trafford has been one of the top footballing venues for years now.

At Last I Upgraded my Blogger Template

I finally got around to changing to the `layouts` version of Blogger. Can`t wait to test some of the new features out as I add to my blog here at `Man United is 1`.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wolves Go Down 3-0 to Manchester United

No one really expected even a full strength Wolves team to beat Mancheter United last night, including their manager Mick McCarthy. And that`s no doubt why the decision was made to rest 10 players who beat Spurs at the weekend so that as expected when United beat Wolves at least the main players were rested. That would stand them in good stead against the up and coming `lessor` teams who Wolves would stand a better chance against.

Unfortunately Nemanja Vidic was injured last night with a calf strain. He scored the second goal. The first came from  a Rooney penalty.

The third goal was a great hit from Antonio Valencia who is beginning to repay the trust put in him by Alex Ferguson.

The 3-0 result puts Manchester United level on points with Chelsea.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bad For United - Good For Giggsy

A pity that Manchester United slipped up badly at Old Trafford against Aston Villa on Saturday. Losing 0-1 meant they lost the chance to go equal on points with Chelsea. Chelsea don`t draw or lose too many games and it`s a shame United didn`t take advantage of the Chelsea draw.

Maybe Fergie should have used more of his young players who he deserted in this game in favour of the older and more experienced in the squad.

On a much brighter note, Ryan Giggs won BBC Sports Personality of the Year last night.

Giggs looked shocked when it was announced. He hadn`t even prepared an acceptance speech.

Formula 1 champion Jenson Button was voted  into second place, though he seemed the bookies` favourite to win the award.

Giggs holds a fair amount of records for Man United. He  is the most decorated player in English club football history, winning a record 11th Premier League winner's medal last season.

Great result for a true ambassador of the game, and well deserved.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Owen Scores Hat Trick in United`s Win Against Wolfsburg

At age 29 no way is Michael Owen over the hill, judging by his performance in Germany.

Owen`s hat-trick against Wolfsburg resulted in a 3-1 victory to put Manchester United top of  Champions League Group B.

Owen has now scored seven goals for United since his free transfer from Newcastle back in July. The amazing thing is that United needed just a point from this game, but typically they wouldn`t settle for anything less than a win. That`s despite the fact the team was without most of their first choice defenders, with  just one recognised defender, Patrice Evra, able to take part.

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Hammers Hammered by Manchester United

Scholes, Gibson, Valencia and Rooney all appeared on the scoresheet on Saturday as Manchester United hammered the Hammers.

It was all too easy after Paul Scholes put the visitors in front with a trademark shot that very few goalkeepers would have saved. Scholes was immaculate in this match, and he set a good example to Darron Gibson who has scored 3 goals for the Red Devils during the week.

Gibson smashed home a fantastic strike from 25 yards to make it 2-0 on the hour, running on to Giggs’s perfectly-weighted pass to curl the ball home.

Scholes has been talking about retiring at the end of the season as he`s now not getting as many first team games as he`d like. That really would be a great shame. Scholes has been a great ambassador for United over the years, as has Ryan Giggs. It`ll be a sad day at Old Trafford when they retire.

Sadly, not all was plain sailing, as the defensive side of things took more knocks, and even midfielders had to take their place at the back. With four central defenders absent, Gary Neville started, but departed injured in the 33rd minute to be replaced by Carrick, the England midfielder. That`s the first time Carrick had played in that position, but fortunately for him and his team he wasn`t called on to do too much defending.

With Manchester City doing United a favour by beating Chelsea 2-1 the difference at the top of the Premiership is now just two points.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Spurs Go Down To Two From Gibson For Manchester United

Manchester United and Aston Villa are both through to the semis of the Carling Cup after wins tonight.

United put out an understrength team, yet still managed to beat a `strong` Spurs 2-0 at Old Trafford. Darron Gibson scored both of the Red Devils` goals, both in the first half.

Gibson`s first goal  opened the scoring in the sixteenth minute when he fired into the bottom corner from 20 yards to complete a fine move. His second was seven minutes before half time after a good move between him and Danny Welbeck.

On Wednesday Manchester City play Arsenal in the same competition. City are fast becoming the draw specialists. It`s no wonder that one of City`s ex-greats,  Bert Trautmann, has apparently gone off the game.