Saturday, May 9, 2009
Manchester City. We have lost to them at home last season. And that is the only lost we had against them in Premiership era. Now with lots of new players coming in the Blue squad, we had a tougher challenge.
We just qualify for final of UCL and we need to keep that momentum up. They are 4 games left in BPL, and Liverpool really gives us a serious threat. Credits to them as they are really up to it through out this season. They had been closer and closer each season.
Back into this game, this is a derby match, which always giving us such an intense. Players have to be up to it. Remember Evra making his debut in this derby and he was substituted even before half time. That shows how's the feeling.
I'm not seeing back four will be changed, but our midfielders are. We need some experience the heart of the field and Scholes is the best person for that. Upfront we need somebody who can heat up the game and Tevez is the man.
Hopefully we can get 4 wins out of 4 in this final lap of BPL. Go United! Go for glory, again!
Line-Up: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Rio, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Rooney, Scholes, Nani, Tevez, Welbeck
Prediction: 3-1 United
Friday, May 8, 2009
3-1. Totally dominated the game. We are so lucky to get two quick goals in 11 minutes, which make tough for the opponents trying to get 4 goals.
Credits to our midfielders. They work so hard to contain that area. Anderson, Fletcher, Carrick.. Very solid at the back as well.
Sadly, we are frustrated by Fletcher will not play in the final. He was on the ball, but referee just didn't see it. Hope that will act as one of the motivation to win the cup.
EPL matches are just around the corner, with Man City is the first. Hope we can win that game. 7 points to be won in order to lift the cup for 3 years consecutively.
Let's hope for the best!!!
Line-up: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Rio, Vidic, Evra (Rafael), Fletcher, Park (Giggs), Carrick, Anderson (Berbatov), Rooney, Ronaldo
Final score: 3-1
Monday, May 4, 2009
2-0. Very promising display by United prior heading to London for the second leg match against Gunners. But all of our competitors are winning as well, therefore we couldn't be too relaxed. Arsenal & Liverpool won by 3-0 each.
Back to the game, our midfield looks very solid and organize, even though we have changed the line-up. Hail to our FPA Player of the Year. He silenced all the critics by proving he is still worth it!
Other players such as Evans, Park, really impressed as well. Now Fergie has a lot of thinking to do for the next selection.
Nothing much I can comment of the match itself. But one thing for sure, 6 games left for this season (4 EPL + 2 UCL), let us hope it will be 6 wins out of 6!
Line-Up: Foster, O’Shea, Evans, Vidic, Evra (Rafael), Park (Nani), Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Macheda (Tevez), Berbatov (6 out of 11 correct!)
Final Score: 2-0 United
Friday, May 1, 2009
Middlesbrough. In Premiership era, we only lost twice to them at Riverside. We won 8 and draw 3 matches. But just to be aware, the last two matches at Riverside (1 in EPL, 1 in FA Cup) we just drew with them 2-2 in both games. Therefore, we couldn't have complacency with this game.
If we can produce the same intensity during first leg of semi in UCL, we can win this game. We are fast, organized, and discipline.
Fergie said that he will re-shuffle his players for this Boro match, just to rest players who will play at Emirates 3 days later. We came to this exact situation in 2007, which we produce sublime comeback against Everton and embarrassingly defeated 0-3 at Milan 3 days later.
With Liverpool playing against Newcastle, we need to be at the top of our game as well. If we lose, we will be second-placed with lower goal difference.
Target for this game is to get 3 points, high scoring margin, no injuries.
There are only 7 matches to go to complete this quadruple season. To get 7 out of 7 wins will make sure we are living in Theater of Dreams! Glory Glory!
Line-Up: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Park, Anderson, Nani, Macheda, Welbeck
Prediction: 1-0 United
1-0. As predicted in last column. In overall, we played well. We looked solid at the back and threatening up front. The line-up picked by Fergie is the best looking at our current ‘games-in-every-3 days’ agenda. But that is what all about when you are looking to lift two trophies in end of the season.
Our backline is the back-four, but the thing we never expect is of all the players, our right-back is the one who scored the crucial goal! Happy birthday O’Shea! This will be your best birthday gift ever, I assumed.
Using 4 midfielders including Rooney, Fletcher, Carrick and Anderson was a good move as we need a compact team at the centre. They all are very quick and always the first to get the ball. It’s effective as we can control the deadly-passing from Mr Cesc.
Unfortunately, that night was not a very good for Tevez. Even though he tried his best, but he can’t put the ball at the back of the net. He really wanted to score just to prove why United still hunger for his talent.
Next week, it will be a very different game in Emirates. Arsenal will push all out to get goals at home. Fergie must re-shuffle his players to accommodate that situation, and hoping he won’t be picking the same team from the first leg. Hopefully, Rio will be fit for that game.
Line-up: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Rio (Evans), Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Anderson (Giggs), Carrick, Rooney, Tevez (Berbatov), Ronaldo
Final score: 1-0