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Manchester United 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
The Red Devils squander a two-goal cushion to draw 2-2 with West Brom…

Match Report – Manchester United 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

 Premier League
Kick-Off & Date: 3pm, Saturday 16th October
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester (Home)
Attendance: 75,272

It’s a game that you’d expect United to win any day, it was a game that you’d have thought United would win at half-time, but after a disastrous defensive display in the second half – it was a game that United threw away. Chicharito and Luis Nani slotted in two goals the the first half, but both were cancelled-out by an own goal from Patrice Evra and a goal from Somen Tchoyi after a rare clanger from goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar.

Wayne Rooney was left on the bench for the beginning of the game, after comments he made had defied what Sir Alex Ferguson had earlier stated. Ryan Giggs returned after a hamstring strain, with Anderson managing to earn a start.

It didn’t look as though Rooney was going to be missed, as Chicharito opened the scoring in the 5th minute. The 22-year-old Mexican sensation was fouled, and Luis Nani stepped up to take the free-kick. His shot was driven low but Scott Carson palmed the ball into the path of the onrushing Chicharito – who tapped-in for his first Premier League goal. 
Chicharito scores his first League goal for United

United looked the proper team in the early stages, and were very unlucky not to have found themselves 2-0 up when the in-form Dimitar Berbatov shot inches wide of the top right hand corner with a beautiful curling effort. 

Minutes later, Berbatov missed a complete sitter inside the six-yard box. Michael Carrick broke away from midfield and raced down the right hand side, he sent a low cross into the Bulgarian striker, who scuffed his shot and sent a certain goal out the window.

However, Berba’s miss was made-up-for when he played a slick one-two with Nani – who passed into the net – after Berbatov had brought the defence with him. The goal was Nani’s second in the Premier League this season, and his third in all competitions.
Luis Nani makes it 2-0 on 25 minutes

The Red Devils were truly flying, and fans were just waiting for the next goal. A corner from Nani was knocked back out to the winger, who floated a fantastic cross into the box – captain Nemanja Vidic got his head to the ball and came tantalisingly close to scoring United’s third, but instead he hit the left hand post with Carson well beaten.

Ryan Giggs suffered an injury to his hamstring moments before the interval, with Irishman Darron Gibson replacing the 36-year-old veteran midfielder. 

United went into the break with their heads held high, but knowing that they missed quite a lot of quality opportunities. After the break, West Bromwich Albion started to put up a fight. Within five minutes after the break, the visitors had a free-kick on the edge of the box despite referee Mike Jones appearing to have played the advantage.

Chris Brunt’s free-kick was drilled low and hard into the United box, and Patrice Evra deflected it over the line. It was more of an accident rather than an error from Evra, but nevertheless – it was a goal, and a lifeline for The Baggies.
Patrice Evra concedes on own goal with 50 minutes on the clock

The goal went against the run of play, and Sir Alex knew that his side had to secure the points. However, just four minutes later – West Brom equalised. A seemingly easy catch was spilled by Van Der Sar, allowing Somen Tchoyi to score what will most likely be the easiest goal of his career.

It was a rare error from United’s flying Dutchman, but it was probably his worst. Albion – a team that were thrashed 6-0 by Premier League leaders Chelsea – were now on the verge of a serious upset at Old Trafford. Fans of both sides were stunned.
Open yours eyes in future, Ed !

‘Rooney, Rooney, Rooney’ ringed around the ground, and Sir Alex duly responded – sending on Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes in place of Anderson and Michael Carrick. The only shout than fans had entering the final stages was a back-pass.

A free kick was awarded by referee Mike Jones inside the box, and after much deliberation – the ball was knocked to Rooney by Nani. His strike was saved on the line by a chest, and United had blown the best chance of a winning goal.

Saturday afternoon was the first time in 10 years that United squandered a two-goal lead and ultimately drew the game at Old Trafford. Chelsea are now five points ahead of The Reds – and not seven thanks to Aston Villa holding them to a 0-0 draw, but Arsenal climb above United on goal difference and Manchester City have the chance to put three points between themselves and United – when they take-on Blackpool on Sunday.

Poor. Very poor.
Wayne Rooney can’t change the outcome

United Team: Edwin Van Der Sar, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Rafael Da Silva, Anderson (Wayne Rooney ’72), Ryan Giggs (Darron Gibson ’43), Michael Carrick (Paul Scholes ’72), Luis Nani, Dimitar Berbatov, Chicharito.

Goals: Chicharito ‘5, Nani ’25
Bookings: Gibson ’58

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Sat, 16 Oct 2010 9:18:12 pm

As I am an United fan for more than 20 years, it’s very sad to say “GET USE TO IT!!! WE ARE NO LONGER BETTER THAN THE OTHERS”….

As I keep saying in my comments that WE ARE SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!! (some may not believe this), but as the time goes by, it will prove that’s IT’S TRUE…. While the other teams keep on improving and strengthening their squads, United unwisingly keep on signing and adding number of average quality and unknown players to sit on the bench. United keep on wasting an limited amount of money (due to an enormous debts from the Glazers) and none of them is good enough to help the team when we need a goal.

Everybody knows that the Glazers is bad for Man.United, but surprisingly SAF and David Gill, however, keep on saying that they are good for the club. WHY??? What are the benefits (behind the scene) that SAF and Gill get from the Glazer???

In terms of quality, we are going backwards. Three years ago, we still have players like C.Ronaldo and C.Tevez who can be rated as TOP PLAYERS and can score goals and win game for us even when the team didn’t play well. Nowadays, who can do special things like that???

LET”S BE HONEST TO YOURSELF, IT’S NO POINT TO KEEP ON PRAISING YOUR PLAYERS IF THEY ARE NOT REALLY THAT GOOD!!!. Comparatively, our midfield players are behind Chelsea, Arsenal, City, or even Liverpool. Chelsea have top players like Lampard, Essien, and Mikel, while Fabregas, Rosicky, Walcott and Nasri are top class and playing good and entertaining football for the Gunners. City have A.Johnson, J.Milner, and super Y.Toure in their midfield while Gerrard is better than our Carrick, Fletcher, or Anderson.

Players like Obertan, Bebe, Gibson, Carrick, Park, etc. are just good to sit on the bench (shouldn’t be signed by Man.United). We need top class midfielders to replace Scholes and Giggs. We need to change the scout in the transfer market (We always over-paid for players and I don’t think that Martin Ferguson is good enough for Man.United). In the last 6-7 years, maybe only C.Ronaldo is the only signing that make the fan really happy (we signed him just because he played well against us in the friendly match and our players told SAF to sign him, not the scout). We keep on linking with top class players like Ribery, Schneijder, VDV, Villa, Benzema, Ozil, Y.Toure, etc. but end up signing with the players like Anderson, Tosic, Owen, Chicharito, Bebe, etc. WHY????…. Is that the latter group of players are cheaper and can have more rooms for corruption???



Sat, 16 Oct 2010 10:59:48 pm

Dude, are you serious?



Sat, 16 Oct 2010 11:55:57 pm

Chicharito scored the 1st goal fyi, what about the goal vs Valencia? Did u see who made the errors today? Blame who should be blamed.



Sun, 17 Oct 2010 6:58:51 am

The reasons that we keep on wasting our money (Over-Paid) by signing players like Anderson, Obertan, Tosic, Chicharito, Bebe, etc. is simply….

Because there’s no real competition for the signature of these players. So they can up the price and make more rooms for their CORRUPTIONS.

That’s what Martin Ferguson and the scouts are getting Benefits, and make SAF praising the Glazers.


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