Thursday, January 29, 2009


23 games played and just 10 goals conceded. That's just ... Wow! Of the 19 other teams in the Barclays Premier League, only 6 teams have been able to find the back of United's net. Most of it courtesy of their ongoing record run of 12 consecutive clean sheets. This watertight defence has made up for an attack that's still trying to find some kind of form. Injuries to Ronaldo, at the start of the season, and now Rooney haven't helped. But United now have a two point lead at the top with a game in hand over 2nd placed Liverpool.

Everton last weekend was a tough one even if it was at Old Trafford and another 1-0 was always on the cards after the exertions mid-week at West Brom, which by the way gave a glimpse of the type of football we are capable of. All in all it wasn't a bad week but for the misfortunes of Chelsea at Anfield. A draw [or as Sir Alex Ferguson wished - a defeat for both teams] would have suited United just fine. However, FA Cup misery and Gerrard's injury mid-week would have remedied the exultations of any Scouser over their defeat of the Blues.

Up next is a trip to Upton Park where we haven't had much joy for a couple of seasons now. With Zola's men in good form themselves, it will be a test for the defence to continue their unbeaten run against Carlton Cole and co. But i think our 'winning and not conceding' run will continue and United could be 4 points clear at least with a game in hand after the latest round of fixtures. Because i think Liverpool will struggle at Fratton Park without Steven Gerrard and could come away with just a point even though Portsmouth are in free fall.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

West Brom vs Man Utd

Man utd take the field against west brom just a few minutes from now in an attempt to cement their lead at the top. A defence that has gone more than 900 minutes without conceding a goal will be put to test with just Vidic only, fit of all the first choice defenders. A lot will rest on the performance of Edwin van der Sar in goal with a record of most consecutive league clean sheets on the offer. Another 1-0 will do just fine for me.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Man Utd vs Tottenham FA Cup 4th round

The Red Devils take on Spurs in the 4th round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday. United are facing an injury crisis with just one first choice defender, Nemanja Vidic, fit for the game. There are also injury worries in midfield but i think we will be able to cope. But it will a patched up defence that will be up against Spurs and that's where my worries lie.

The good news, though, is that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has come out saying that Premier League survival and not the Cup is his priority and so he will be fielding a weakened side following that amazing game at Burnley where they limped through to the final of the Carling Cup where they will be defending their title against United on March 1 at Wembley.

I think the match will be a tight one with United missing a number of key players with United edging it by a goal the way they've been doing it in the league. If Spurs do put out a weak team, it'll be advantage United.

My wishlist for the night would be to see a glimpse of Fabio da Silva and Zoran Tosic in action. And of course, a United win.

Setting things straight

I'm just getting started and i just want to put a few things out there. This blog will be about football, centered around the only club i've supported ever since i heard about them, Manchester United. I think i can hear the "oh no, not another United fan" groans.Sorry folks but class always gets appreciated.

So here's my deal. I am indeed a Manchester United fan and i've been one for a decade now. Some would say that i'm just a fan because of the success they've had and to a certain extent i also believe it's true. But i also believe that the name, not to mention the footall they play, would have always drawn me to the club even if they weren't the force that they have been and still are and will be. I just think the name is magnetic for a football fan. And the way they play just adds to one's delight.

My best player ever is the Ginger Prince, Paul Scholes. He, for me is the epitome of an attacking midfielder. A brilliant passer of the ball with unmatched vision and to that a right foot with a deathly power, the knack of finding space in the final third and an eye for goal. Age has caught up with him and affected his way of playing but he remains a master in my eyes.

I, too played football in school and college. I was a John O'Shea-like footballer. I started of as a goalkeeper so that i could break into the school team. Once established, i got promoted to defence where i played centre-back/half. Then i shifted to a midfield-cum-striker role in college depending on the way the coach would play me. I scored just 1 goal while playing for my school. It was a free kick that i curled into the top corner in a match we lost 4-1. I scored 3 goals for my college team in 9 matches.

Now i don't play no more but i try to watch every Man Utd match on the telly. Live or rerun, i just love watching them play. And i hope i can keep posting about their exploits from now on. GGMU.