Football 2017-18


Felt so good to be back in front of the tv past midnight watching the game I love so much. And what added to the thrill was that it was an absolute entertainer with 7 goals. A good mix of awful defending, classy finishes and set plays.

Looking forward to grind out the first premier league weekend on the couch. Lacazette was fantastic to watch in the first game. He is a class apart with clarity and purpose in distribution, defensive work apart from being deadly in the box. It’s only a matter of time should the Arsenal team grow up to his quality, then they are an unstoppable force going forward. Of course the backline was in absolute tatters. Xhaka was a total disappointment last night. He was personally responsible for atleast two goals – one for each team. But Leicester played with the freedom we saw from them in the title winning run. Vardy is bang on the money. Gray and ‘nacho on the bench is very formidable to come on. Cech had a howler of a game. He was very fortunate to survive the scares last night.

Overall this builds up to a fantastic footballing atmosphere. Arsenal fans riding through all the emotions that they go through in a season in a miniscule 97 minutes last night! Football – c’est la vie!

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.

PREMATCH HOO HAA

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.

QUESTIONS

  • 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. 

Fluid Football – Loving it!


Woke up to catch a stream of Manchester United taking on Spurs at home towards the end of the first half. The stats and the highlights suggested Spurs were doing a fairly good job in keeping us on our toes. But the second half was a total delight to the eye. The chances created by our forward line with fluid and intricate passing is orgasmic. The defensive line – full of youth and lack of the stalwarts Vida and Rio were fantastic. Jones making a dash into the opposite penalty box starting from his defensive position is something I least expected, such is his soaring confidence. He epitomized confidence for a debut game at OT and is a definite threat to Rio’s position.

Always loved the way Danny played, especially after a remarkable stint on loan last season with Sunderland. His deserved promotion to first team action this season and the confidence SAF has in him was fully justified with another thrilling performance in the second half. His selfless attitude in front of goal and excellent off the ball movement makes him a threat anyday. To add to that he is making it a habit to score off his head! Rooney was getting a bit frustrated towards the end but glad he got a deserved goal.

De Gea has shown some good confidence today but once again his fumble almost lead to a goal. His distribution is very impressive, in fact it started the brilliant second goal of the night.. where ando and danny did a 1-2 to seal off a beauty of a goal.

Plenty of promise for #mufc as youth run riot at OT.  #GGMU