Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pictures of important moments in recent games

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Away thrashing secures CL group stage qualification

Friday, August 14, 2015

WIN's a WIN

But performance doesn't please 


A rare Friday night game for Manchester United, our first away win of the season, now making it 20 years of Premier League football since we've lost away at Villa Park. And we continue to win with kids, this time it was Adnan Januzaj who produced the piece of magic to score a fine goal after a tremendous pass from Juan Mata, who had a great game in terms of creative output.

Talking points:

1- Sergio Romero looks more comfortable in goal after an additional weeks training with the lads, has a better understanding with his defense and looks like a satisfactory replacement for David De Gea if and when he leaves for Real Madrid.

2- Defence  Although it still seems rather risky to me, the combination of Smalling and Blind seems to be working really well. Villa didn't create many real opportunities and didn't test Blind's lack of pace or height. Between Shaw, Darmian and Smalling we have the resources to compensate for any positioning errors made by Daley as he gets used to playing as a centre-back, but as he said during the week- he's certainly smart enough to adapt. Smalling is getting better and becoming more reliable with every game, for a season or so, he seemed to be making very similar mistakes and didn't seem to be learning from them, but now with the additional responsibility of being the senior defender alongside a newcomers to the squad and the defensive line, he's stepped up his game and is performing to a high level with greater consistency.Made a crucial interception in the 22min.

3- Morgan Schneiderlin's performance in week 1 against Spurs was a topic of discussion among a lot of United fans, some said he did what he's been signed to do; make tackles and interceptions and short simple passes. While others, myself included, thought he'd provide some drive from defensive midfield that United have lacked since the retirement of Keane, the Hargreaves/Carrick/Anderson side & the few games we dominated with Scholes and Giggs in central midfield. Still haven't seen much of his ability to carry the ball forward and set up attacks like I remember him doing while at Southampton, but I'm sure that'll come soon with a little more confidence.

4- Memphis- it's been a while since we've had mid-cost signing who has been hyped by the fans to hit the heights. Fans were split into skeptical and hopeful camps about the arrivals of Young and Valencia, Ronaldo seemed a sure thing after his performance against us for Sporting and his debut against Bolton . The last one was Nani, and he was under so much pressure from fans to replicate Ronaldo's success that even when he did well, we never really appreciated him without comparison.
Hopefully, after seeing how poorly Valencia and diMaria did in the 7 shirt for us, we give Memphis some time to settle in. Today, his notable attacking contributions were as follows:
16th min- decent free kick, not sure if it was meant to get all the way to Morgan at the back, but a quality freekick none-the-less, Smalling's run could have been timed better.
23rd min dribble and interplay leading to shot- very nice work but a poor shot
74th min chance; wasted wide- really should have done better, had a little more time than he expected to make sure he buried it.
78th min chance; tame at the keeper- should take a leaf out of his compatriot Ruud's book and look to hit the underside of the roof of the net more often.

5- Adnan Januzaj- good finish for the goal, some nice interplay to keep possession and build attacks, like his movement, hopefully LvG turns him into our version of Thomas Muller.

6- Wayne Rooney -- really weird performance, didn't feature in the highlights often, made a few nice touches and held up the ball nicely for Memphis' return pass in the 23rd minute, seemed to get lost in the attacking midfield zone with Mata, Adnan and Memphis all playing in similar area of the pitch. Reminded me of one of those really bad England performances at the world cup, when he was hiding his affair. More on Wayne's woes here.

7- Could have done with a winger on the right side to stretch the play.
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Manchester United v Spurs

Not a great performance from the team, but stand out performances from debutants Romero and man-of-the-match Matteo Darmian and emerging powerhouse Chris Smalling.
Got lucky to win the game 1-0 with some crucial interceptions from Blind, Smalling, Darmian, Shaw and Carrick while Romero made a couple of very impressive last ditch saves and dives at the feet of onrushing Spurs players.
Wazza, Depay and Mata need to play together more, with the midfielders needing to interchange positions to keep opposition defenders on their toes.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Home v Hull City




Manchester United vs Hull City 3-0 by myflexmood1

good build up play and fluidity.

scrappy first goal from smalling,
but good strikes from Rooney and RvP (finally) .

annoyed & worried that Di Maria went off after only 14 minutes and to see Rooney limp off at the end.

but 3 points gained.



Saturday, November 22, 2014

Away @ Arsenal


A good away win, didn't play very well and arguably didn't deserve all 3 given Arsenal's early domination, but United made the most of their limited opportunities and take home all 3 points, and are now back into the top 4. 



Arsenal vs Manchester United 1-2 by myflexmood1

Monday, August 19, 2013

Swansea City v Manchester United

A great start for David Moyes, great to see Welbeck and RVP scoring goals and Rooney having an impact. Was a bit worried about the midfield, as we seemed to get overrun for large periods, with Carrick seemingly fighting for possession by himself, with Giggs (who rarely spends any meaningful time actually on the wing) and Cleverley not producing enough to dominate the excellent Swansea midfield. As for the defense, Jones, Ferdinand and Vidic were decent, though I do worry about Rio's penchant for lobbing the ball forward rather aimlessly, giving away possession when under inconsiderable pressure.  Evra's defensive work worries me, Moyes has given him licence to overlap Giggs on the left, and he had a great impact going forward, but is either not fit enough to sprint back into defense when necessary or doesn't seem too interested in helping out when possession is lost.
Overall, a great start to the title defense, but with sterner opposition to be faced very soon, the cause of the aforementioned problems need to be addressed. I'd also like to see Kagawa get game time ahead of Giggs and it would be wise for Moyes to make some signings and give the squad(and the fans) a boost and strengthen midfield before we play Chelsea.