United snoozefest against PSV

So the first day of the Champions league clash this week, I was really tired and I struggled to keep my eyes open, Bayern were scoring everytime I took a mini nap. It was 4-0 before HT and I decided that’s it, am gonna sleep. Next day since United was playing I made sure I had a good noon nap to remain fresh all throughout the night. Was disappointed HD was not playing the game. But at the end of the 90 minutes, I was glad it wasn’t on HD. The torture in slow motion would havemade me desist even the idea of watching Manchester United play this season.

Knowing that a win at home against PSV would leave us in a good position to move into the last 16 plus the added history of Shaw’s injury, I thought this might be the game where we avenged, at least for Shaw. But quite the contrary. The forward four of Rooney, Martial, Memphis and Lingaard that van Gaal employed were coming from a different patch. Rooney, absolutely awful this season and in the team for reason that only van Gaal understands, back from illness; Martial returning after a foot/ankle injury; Memphis in the side having returned from a goal scoring performance in the previous game. Memphis’ season has been one of those where his one sided game attacking from the left wing, combined by his lack of desire to put in a shift, meant he was dropped and was only called back cause of all the injuries opening him up a slot. With Ashley Young fit and available, I believe he was a much better alternative to Memphis with Darmian also going through a patch.

But the performance was so tepid, with lack of desire that waiting for the torture of 90 min to end was so infuriating that I wished PSV won this game. Had they scored, maybe we would have at least had a change in momentum. The players off the bench, especially Fellaini who is so sparingly used this season, I believe should leave the club to one where he starts everyday.

I hope United get a thrashing at Wolfsburg and to start with get beat by the league leaders this weekend. To see united performing so bad and finishing in top 4 is something I would rather not want. Please play football van Gaal. Enough of this f****osophy!


Swansea 2-1 Manchester United August 2015

Attacking start to the game with dangerous Memphis free kick in the first minute. United dominating play from the beginning. Minute later Mata blasts over from outside the box. Manchester playing like a home game, dominating possession and looking comfortable. Looks like Smalling is taking over handling Gomis. Clearly Blind would be no match.


The through ball from Shaw to find Rooney might have been put in the back of the net from the Rooney of yester.. wonder what would have happened had it been RvP at the end of that!!


Mata’s striking has been poor this season, he gets at least 2-3 goal scoring opportunities every game, yet to convert as one more chance goes begging. Despite being closed down, his class means, he should be at least working the keeper.


Shaw and Darmian continue to impress, solid in defending.


Smallings conceded free kick gave Shelvey an opportunity to find Gomis who with a lovely turn put the ball into Sigurdssons path only for him to curl it just wide. Seconds later a nervy clearancy by Romero, but fortunately Shelvey found the keeper. The movement of Gomis with ball at feet is brilliant as Swansea enjoy the best spell of the game after 25 min but the Swans keep inching closer this time Gomis finding the upright.


Another overhead falls for wazza but he pokes it high. The need for a solid CB and CF screeching loud!


One on one once again and Wazza.. totally out of color.


Its amazing how this game remains 0-0 at HT but there will be goals for sure at FT!


A brilliant drive by Shaw early in the half finds Mata in the far post to smash it to the roof of the net with his weaker foot!


Missed both the fucking goals conceded in the second half thanks to a tiff at the hotel with some people wanting to watch Roma Juve.


But our efforts to come from behind were left wanting as the need to have a solid CB and a CF couldn’t be emphasized any more.

Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United 14 August Review

To see Januzaj getting a start after so long was indeed a pleasant surprise. Considering Memphis didn’t get off to a great debut, giving him the wing seemed the right way as Young made way for him. 
The first 15 min of the game was an indication of what both Sherwood and van Gaal had in mind, solid defensive start, nobody making off the ball forward runs. As a result it was such a drab viewing with the match looking like a training outfit. 

Mata’s vision found Januzaj driving into open space and with a wonderful dummy turning up the villa captain completely before slotting in the far corner with his weaker foot. The celebrations were muted from the young lad, whose future at one point was under question towards the end of last season. 

The full backs were not interested in bombing forward however Amavi the Aston villa full back spurted forward with great pace and had good joy quite a few times one on one with both Darmian and Smalling. 

The goalkeepers were fairly untroubled throughout the game as United struggled to put forth shots on target. 

Wayne Rooney who has such a prolific record against villa didn’t get a sniff as he ran rugged and spent most of the time coming back in a defensive role. Am sure if we see his hotmap he will not be seen even for 25% of the game in the box. 

Memphis still has not impressed me. Blind was not troubled this time either as United keep two clean sheets in a row. 

Player verdict

Romero 7.5

Shaw 8.0

Blind 7.5

Smalling 7.5

Darmian 7.5

Memphis 7.0

Carrick 7.5 

Schneiderlein 7.5

Mata 7.5

Wayne 7.0

Adnan 8.0


Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs 2015-16


The first game of the season, the early kick off, the money has been thrown in, I was eager just for the ball to start kicking yet again.


Solid start to the game with the first quarter totally in Tottenham’s hands. They had the tempo, looked more slick in possession and united looked a bit dead for pace. Fortuitously Eriksen’s half volley off a wonderfully crafted over the top pass from Kane found its way just over the crossbar. However, an erroneous pass from Bentaleb in the midfield triggered a wonderful three pass break. Unfortunate for Walker who made an effort to clip the ball off the feet of  Wazza before he could pull the trigger, the ball painfully trickled past an outstretched arm of Vorm into the bottom corner.


Using the momentum, United made few more searching forward surges, then the first half slowly petered out.  The stand out player in the first half was Darmian as he looked comfortable on both feet, confident one on one and with good pace to keep the players interested. Romero’s distrubution has been nervy but his shot stopping was unnerving. Schneiderlin’s tackles and strength has been impressive. Not a lot gets through him.


The second half resumed in the same tempo, with both teams playing compact football with short passes. Darmian yet again was live in the box as Spurs threaten off a break from their third of the pitch. Michael carrick made way for Bastian to pair up in midfield with Schneidelin.  Memphis and Wayne are yet to form a formidable link up, Romero has improved his movement and is early to the ball and decisive especially from crosses.


Memphis made way for Herrera. For his debut, playing behind Wayne, he didn’t really get his game going. Herrera added speed to the midfield while Bastian’s fiest earned him a yellow card. Rooney had the opportunity for an overhead spectacular as Darmian stormed down the right wing to cross, but he didn’t connect. The dead ball opportunity fell for Wayne again when Young got clipped outside the box but he flew it too high. Think he needs to be more prepared if he is to be aiming for a 25+ season.


Darmian got to leave ten minutes before the end of the game to a well deserved applause, the best player in the red shirt today. Valencia got caught out twice as he replaced Darmian and clearly it offered Romero to show his ball stopping ability. Smalling has impressed in his new role in the team and apart from a misunderstanding with Romero, which he himself recovered.


Romero does really well in the end to scramble one out of the danger area and to stop a really powerful low strung shot. Manchester united looked nervy in the last few minutes of official time.


Overall, despite the quality of performance, more importantly its the three points.


My overall verdict on the players performance today:

Romero 8.0

Shaw 7.0

Blind 7.0

Smalling 7.5

Damian 8.5

Young 7.5

Schneiderlin 7.5

Carrick 7.0

Mata 7.0

Memphis 6.5

Rooney 7.0


Manchester is RED!!


Going 0-1 down in the first few minutes of the game was not the ideal mood setter. And it brought back memories of what could happen in a very short interval of time. But the form that we were in, there was always hope that this was going to be different.


The one touch passing in the centre of the park between Mata, Herrera, Fellaini, Carrick and Young clubbed with Blind and Valencia are doing something special. The centre backs continue to look uncertain but there was purpose, there was impetus today. The desire was infectious. There was a lot riding on this fixture. And after a drab game by the league leaders earlier today, this game was fantastic.


We probably could have had more goals.. but 4-2 against the noisy neighbours is one to cherish until the next derby.



From 0-3 to 2-3

the infamous Poznan

This was a big game for Manchester United. 2 back to back losses in the premier league, last encounter with the blue half of the city – embarrassing. Scores had to be settled and United players made it clear. They wanted only one thing – REVENGE.


Manchester United:  Lindegaard; Smalling, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani; Welbeck, Rooney (Subs:  De Gea, Evans, Rafael, Scholes, Anderson, Hernandez, Park)

Manchester CityPantilimon, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, A. Johnson, de Jong, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Aguero (Subs: Hart, Clichy, Zabaleta, Savic, Hargreaves, Razak, Suarez)

Manchester United line up read good for a premier league fixture. City charted the best available for the day. But neither was the buzz of the eve.. Paul Scholes returning from retirement! Who ‘d have imagined but yet again, it puts things in perspective – United look desperate recalling a player from retirement to fill the void that he himself created. No funds to get a worthy playmaker? Hmmm.. bothersome indeed.

Quietly on the other side of the bench list was someone else returning – Hargreaves; no comments on that.

First 45′

United seemed to shape into a 4-4-1-1 / 4-5-1 formation with Welbeck leading the line and Rooney opting to help the midfield pairing of Giggs and Carrick. City went in with the usual formation, though with Barry suspended, Toure away, Milner shared centre midfield with De Jong while Silva and Johnson moved the flanks. Nasri accompanied Aguero up front.

City started brighter playing good possession but were taken aback when United broke at 10′ with Rooney releasing Valencia on the wing. Valencia crossed early to find a dashing in Rooney who found the far corner with the cross bar’s assist. Moments later, Kompany found himself in a pickle when United were trying to break. A two footed scissor move on a 50-50 ball saw Nani take evasive action, however Chris Foy deemed it dangerous and sent him off.

Clearly the Turning point  of the game, city down to ten men found it harder and harder to find Aguero or Nasri and every flowing red move seemed to inevitably lead to a goal. One such move involving some Nani’s guile lead to a spectactular swiveling volley goal by Danny who’s been working his socks off. He further went on to draw another foul in the box which ended up in a penalty. Rooney stepped up to convert but had to do it in the second attempt when the keepers save found him again to head it home for his second.

At 3-0 at HT, it seemed it was only a matter of HOW MANY now..

Last 45′

Double substitution at half time saw Mancini bringing in defensive reinforcements. City did not panic. They decided to play the waiting game and play counter attacking football. Richards won a free kick off Evra at the edge of the box in the 2nd min. Kolarov stepped up, sent a curler, the wall remained rooted and for a fraction of a second, so did Lindergaard, and that was good enough for him to find the corner of the united goal and all of a sudden it was game on.

The ginger Pele arrived at 60′; started sorting his radar around, but got caught out from a short pass and Aguero made the most of a Lindergaard fumble and Etihad woke up at 2-3. United rang in a few changes – defensive midfielders ran in to cover.. to protect the lead.

Remainder of the game was all ball possession and two controversial penalty decisions at either end of the ground, neither given.


  • Ferdinand – I havent seem him play at his best in a long long time. Short of pace, seems to struggle one on one and some of his passing was criminal
  • Jones – wonder if he is carrying an injury, his passes seem speculative, apart from one decent run and a couple of good crosses, he is far from how he started the season
  • Lindergaard – Fumble, save, fumble, save. Not exactly a fancy pattern

My Pick of The Game

Danny Welbeck  – works his socks off, creates chances, forms a lovely partnership with Rooney and today the best player for his work for the 65 odd min he was on. 


Manchester United 3 – 1 Chelsea


I I’d opted for a quiet weekend this time around. No getting out to chill out in the weekend after a long week at work.. jus sit back in the room, laze, order in some good food, listen to music, watch some football and get plenty of sleep. Well, I couldn’t have imagined that the weekend would turn out this good!

It was as if the London mauling of Kenny’s troops wasn’t enough, the standard of football played by Spurs took it right back to last season whilst Spurs played some blazing eye candy football.. yes.. more sumptuous than Arsenal. The buildup to this fixture was anxious.. especially since even the reputation tarnished Torres had a good going when it comes to United.

Rio did not get cleared for the game, and had to satisfy himself to watching some breathtaking end to end football from the stands with his son.

United started pretty and were off the blocks early when a marginally offside Chris Smalling nicked a goal off a trademark Young cross.  Moments later Chelsea was at the other end with Torres dragging the ball wide of the far post.

David De Gea was no doubt the busiest of both the keepers the first 45, but the irony was how chelsea kept squandering umpteen piece of cake opportunities.

A darting run from Nani to the edge of the box with 3 defenders standing him off, the outcome was a ferocious right footed swerving bullet into the far top corner of Cech’s goal. The ball was past Cech before even he could move his feet towards the direction of the ball. This goal was of such high quality that it surpassed Modric’s earlier curling scorcher from a similar distance.

Phil Jones has made a reputation for his darting runs into the box.. and he led to all the Blues confusion with a fortuitous deflection off Nani falling kind for Rooney’s 9th goal – a tap in.

At HT, Chelsea was in tatters, and it was time for Boas to show what he is made of. Anelka swapped in for Lamps, and it took him only 30s to unleash Torres to form, who with a cheeky flick over De Gea brought life immediately into the game 3-1.

The number of misses that followed in the next 45 min does no justice to the scoreline. End to end football with some ridiculuous misses – Nani rapping the cross bar, Rooney missing a penalty after losing his footing, Rooney hitting the upright, Torres MISSING AFTER BEATING DE GEA. The ugly side of the ugly faced Ashley Cole digging his foot late into Hernandez was the only downside of an evenly matched game.. even in the column of missed chances.

The scoreline does no justice to the treat delivered, the exhilaration after a monsterous strike from Nani, or the jaw dropping miss of an open goal by Torres.. but that is why we love this game.. Cheers!