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United edge out plucky Birmingham

August 17, 2009

roo birm

Manchester United 1 Birmingham City 0
scorer: Rooney

There was a subdued air about Old Trafford on Sunday. Although the loses of United’s two latin megastars has been apparent for sometime now, this first opportunity for the new look United (well, not so new look if you look at the squad!) to shine in front of The Faithful was a red letter day…and what the crowd found out was not much had changed..

Despite the game only ending 1-0, there was enough creativity, movement and flair (albeit without much finishing product) to suggest that The Red Devils will beat most teams again this season. Rooney and Berbatov clicked beautifully at times in the front position, again both playing at the top of a 4-4-2 formation. In fact, Mike Phelan (United’s assistant manager) confirmed after the game that they had instructed Roo to “stop going wide to pick up the ball”….something which i have bemoaned about when ‘The White Pele’ has previously played as the central striker, and had not held his position. Berbatov’s contribution is becoming evident. He did more running in one game that i have seen him do for most of last season! He seems comfortable in his environment now, and that must mean only good things for the fans.

Throughout the rest of the team, Ben Foster deserves a special mention. After some of the vitriol that has been spreading like wildfire after his awful distribution et al in the Community Shield, he had a fine game. A couple of very important stops saved the team from leaking points, and halted the tabloid papers from printing their pre-prepared “United are finished after drawing with new boys” headlines. Once again. Fabio looked very comfortable at full back, considering he is only 12 years old, and Valencia seemed to be at home on the right of the midfield, without producing any match defining moments.

Birmingham deserve a few words. For a promoted team, they played rather well, especially in the second half. If they had had an extra slice of the Luck Pie for lunch, then they would have got a share of the points. Alex McLeish will be pleased with the performance and the impact that new signing Christian Benitez made from the bench. They may just be able to survive this year….just!

So another season is underway…Bravo!! And with the Scousers dropping points to a Tottenham team with a truly disgusting home kit concoction of white with odd yellow bits, United, Chelsea & Arsenal have all stolen a march.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Manutd4lyf permalink
    August 17, 2009 10:34 am

    hope he scores 20+
    u guys mentioned him “white pele”(Thanks) iam happy ;)

  2. August 17, 2009 10:47 am

    “I saw my mate the other day,
    He said to me, he’d seen the white Pele,
    So I asked, “Who is he?”
    He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney.
    Wayne Rooney, Wayne Rooney, goes by the name of Wayne Rooney”

  3. Rite$h permalink
    August 17, 2009 1:41 pm

    Better service to Rooney from the midfield and I see him reach that target of 20 goals already, but our play makers seem a bit rusty in that midfield and on the wings

  4. August 17, 2009 3:29 pm

    thought Scholes and Fletcher didnt really work yesterday. Anderson was announced in the line up 2o mins before the game but got a knock in the warm up. Id say the one thing we do seem to lack is that creative midfielder that will unlock doors..i like it that we are playing 4-4-2 again, if we stay this way im sure the strikers will get goals. We defo looked short on a bit of fitness yesterday but that happens first week of the season

  5. August 17, 2009 3:39 pm

    Fletch looked good for about 10 minutes then fell apart.
    Thought Evra stood out with a really good performance and Giggs stood out for looking really tan and fit and handsome.
    Heard today from Mike Wedderburn (legend) that Jonny Evans is injured now too.
    5 defense men out for Wednesday?
    Ruh-Roh. Sure, it’s Burnley but Birmingham definitely launched a few solid attacks. Benitez was hard to handle and my own future husbee decided not to track back and let McFadden have a real crack. We talked about it after dinner- he won’t be losing his mark again.

    • August 17, 2009 4:31 pm

      Spoke to Giggsy after the match..he says youre not his type! what a bastard that hairy chest monster is…

      • August 17, 2009 5:07 pm

        That’s not even funny, Rob. I bet two minutes into conversation with me he’d see the error of his ways making hasty decisions regarding the one known as “Stacey.”

        Live with your regret, Giggsy. I didn’t do this to you. You did this to you.

      • August 17, 2009 5:59 pm

        haaaaaaaaa! Actually he told me that he fancied the pants off ya (a well known Welsh catchphrase) and that with Stacey he “feels trapped” I told him to call you x

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