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Match Report – Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Barclays Premier League
Kick-Off & Date: 8pm, Monday, 22nd August 2011
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester (Home)
Attendance: 75,498

Manchester United got their 2011/2012 Old Trafford campaign off the mark with a deserved 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League on Monday night. David De Gea got the press of his back, keeping a clean sheet, and making a host of important saves in his home debut. The goals flowed in the second half, with Danny Welbeck, Oliveira Anderson and Wayne Rooney making the best out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s boys’ superb play…

Patrice Evra captained the side because of injury to Nemanja Vidic, and David De Gea started between the posts. Chris Smalling was placed at right-back, as Phil Jones paired with Jonny Evans in the heart of defence. Luis Nani, Tom Cleverley, Oliveira Anderson and Ashley Young filled the midfield ranks, as Danny Welbeck started slightly ahead of Wayne Rooney up-front. This was the second youngest side United ever played in the Premier League. 

United started the better of the two, with new Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel keeping Cleverley’s early strike out of the goals with a fingertip save. Spurs gradually woke up, but Ash Young had the crowd on their feet as his marvellous looping header flew inches wide of the Tottenham goal. De Gea then made some smashing saves, with Gareth Bale, Nico Kranjcar and Rafael Van Der Vaart all testing the Spaniard from outside the area. 
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With the first half drawing to a close, both sides tried their luck, with Harry Redknapp’s men coming back into the game. But the break saw the teams scoreless – little to choose between the two – and The Theatre Of Dreams was craving a goal. At the beginning of the second half, Spurs were looking the bigger threat, but Young, Anderson and Rooney all tested Friedel from long range. The American usually has good days at the office against United…

But that wasn’t to be the case in Manchester on Monday, with The Red Devils pushing Tottenham to breaking point past the hour mark. Cleverley crossed into the box for his friend and International teammate, Danny Welbeck, with the England striker launching a powerful header past Friedel and into the back of the net. It was the turning point the match had waited for, and Old Trafford burst into a sea of celebration. 1-0 up on 61 minutes. 

The 20-year-old hadn’t had the best of games to that point, losing the ball regularly, although battling to get it back at every opportunity. But he took his chance with open arms, and put the home side ahead with his wonderful header. Young then tipped a smart ball to Rooney from a free-kick, which was narrowly saved in the near top corner. The Reds were determined to get a second goal to end the fixture as a contest. And they didn’t have to wait long.
Danny Welbeck shows his passion for the crest, after scoring on the hour mark

Welbeck attempted a bicycle kick such was his confidence, before the Englishman back-heeled to Oliveira Anderson in the box to round-off a great footballing move for United’s second goal of the game a quarter of an hour from time. Almost every midfielder and attacker in Red were involved in Anderson’s goal, which was finished-off by a lovely side-foot. Flashbacks to Luis Nani’s equalising goal in the Community Shield win spring to mind.

United switched-off at the back slightly – with De Gea making his only mistake of the game – as Jermaine Defoe hit the post after the goalkeeper failed to deal with a Tottenham cross. Not to worry, though, as the home side kept their clean sheet. It was this event that sparked Sir Alex to field Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Ji-Sung Park and Ryan Giggs, replacing goalscorer Danny Welbeck, and midfielders Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley. 

The triple substitution only increased the Premier League Champion’s attacking flair, with experience nicely balanced with youth. Chicharito, Park and Giggs all had chances, but none of which proved worthy of a goal. Rooney then missed a sitter inside the 6 yard box, firing over the crossbar. Spurs showed little signs of life, and they will have to play better this season if they are to be considered for Champions League inclusion, as they were last term. 
Oliveira Anderson entertains the 75,000-plus supporters at Old Trafford on 76 minutes

United continued in the same vein, looking sharp and rehearsed, even in the 87th minute when Giggsy chipped the ball for Wayne Rooney to head across the line for his second domestic league goal in as many games. The celebrations told you everything you need to know about this club: They are in it to win it for their 20th League title. We won’t get carried away with the youth at United, but you feel it’s the best to come since the famous crop of 1992. 

De Gea will be delighted to keep a clean sheet on his home debut, giving the press a good hiding up the backside for their knee-jerk judgement of such a talented individual. The back four don’t seem to be missing Rafael Da Silva, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, but their return will only aid Fergie’s selection headache. The midfield is looking much better, although slightly bare, and there aren’t much teams in European football with the attacking force United boast. 

Next up it’s Arsenal at Old Trafford… I’ve got a good feeling. 
Wayne Rooney rises 3 mins from time to seal a 3-0 victory over Tottenham

United Team: David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley (Ryan Giggs ’82), Oliveira Anderson, Ashley Young (Ji-Sung Park ’82), Luis Nani, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck (Chicharito ’82).

Goals: Welbeck ’61, Anderson ’76, Rooney ’87
Bookings: Evans ’37

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Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:06:34 pm

What a 2nd half took them apart go on utd



Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:07:36 pm

Get in UTD!!! Arsenal on sunday. Were playing great football at the moment. Liverpool and city i hope u keep up with us coz i will enjoy every second of it when we beat you and put u back in your place, and thats below us.



Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:09:10 pm

19 rolling on 20 league titles fantastic game boys


True Red

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:19:25 pm

Cleverley is someone big in the making….he sud now keep he’s starting place and start in every match for United , must be ahead of Carrick Now !!!



Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:35:55 pm

agreed cleverly is looking good need a sneijder or nasri alongside him to nurture him along


Red Devil

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:59:33 pm

Wow what a performance. To think we still have so many key players missing and yet put on displays such as that. SAF said his biggest problem was deciding who to play upfront as there’s so much calibre…… what a terrific problem to have.

Hats off to all the youngsters they played like an experienced team playing together for years rather than a newly built one.

Love united


Bill McNeal

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:02:25 pm

Cracking 2nd half performance, our young players easily weathered the storm and then just punished them when they tired.

I had my doubts about whether Tom could make the step up from a Wigan player to a Manchester United, but I’m not looking so clever (tee hee) now. He’s got all the makings of a regular for the next 10 years.

As for Welbeck, people will need to be patient with him. I think he’ll slowly improve into a top class player, and we’ll all be wondering “when did that happen?!”

A start to the season reminiscent of the 2006-07 season, football taught by Matt Busby proving to outclass what’s put before us. Only this time, we’ll beat Arsenal at home.



Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:07:08 pm

fukin told ya we dun need snider



Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:33:03 pm

Still need Wes and maybe a defensive centre mid. But great from cleverley tonight and ando, young, smaling, jones. It all look pretty rosy.



Tue, 23 Aug 2011 12:21:43 am

Gr8 performance 2nd half,my man of th match defo welbeck,Gud performances 4rm all our youngsters 2day,long may it continue


The one and only Clarky

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 2:01:50 am

Just got back from OT – what a night! Latest chant doing the rounds on the terraces:

We’ve got Cleverleyyy
We’ve got Cleverleyyy
Who needs Wesley? Who needs Wesley?
We’ve got Cleverley!!



Tue, 23 Aug 2011 9:15:20 am

Super super performance ! Youngsters made their grade yesterday! Jones was immense at the back! Future is in safe hands!



Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:57:49 am

Great win and superb performance in the last 30 mins.

However, better teams will punish us through the middle as again I thought at times in that middle 30 mins of the match Spurs found it too easy to pass through our midfield.

One top class CM still therefore needed IMO. Fletcher will help of course and i’m all for blooding Clevs and Ando but I just feel that at the very highest level of the game we might get caught out.

Please buy someone Fergie.


True Red

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 12:13:50 pm

but we need a marquee signing to conquer europe because our bench is not that strong and young…..our starting eleven is brilliant but with a marquee signing , it will be complete !!!


Bill McNeal

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 5:30:05 pm

Bet you wanted a marquee signing in 1995 as well, especially after we lost to Aston Villa…

And in 1997 when the King retired…

And those marquee signings were amazing in 2001…

We really needed one in 2006 following the departures of Keano and Ruud, right?…

And who can forget those marquee signings of 2010?…



Tue, 23 Aug 2011 8:46:55 pm

I agree with pd we still need a world class midfielder despite what was a gr8 performance last nite really impressed with welbeck


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