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Manchester United 2 Wolfsburg 1 – Spirit rather than craft carries Reds to victory

October 1, 2009

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The most spectacular thing of the whole night was the rain. Sheets of it.

On a wet night in South Manchester, United managed to find a bit of old skool fight to battle their way past a resilient, yet unconvincing Wolfburg side. A deflected goal by Ryan Giggs and a sweet Michael Carrick finish made sure it was two wins from two, as United carried on their 100% winning record in Europe.

Goalscorer Carrick said:

“When we went a goal down against Wolfsburg, we stepped up and still believed we could win the game. There’s a lot of belief, confidence and trust in each other in our squad and I think that’s shown this season through the amount of goals we’ve scored in the latter stages of matches. Fitness helps too, but the character and the mental strength we have certainly helps. It’s never ideal going a goal down but when it does happen we always believe we can bounce back.”

In my opinion United were sluggish in the first half. Vidic and Rio looked like they had a bit of a hangover from the derby match, with the big Serb making a couple of uncharacteristic errors, and Ferdinand looking like he was scared the ghost of Craig Bellamy Past was somewhere on the pitch. Carrick and Anderson also took a bit of a bashing from the crowd at times. The England midfielder seemed to be way off the pace, and the Brazilian’s passing was amazingly accurate…to the Wolfsburg centre backs.

It initially took the introduction to the king of languidity Dimitar Berbatov, and a second half goal by the giant Dzeko (Peter Crouch with a decent physique) to fire United onwards and upwards. Carricks game changed beyond belief, as the swaggering player of a year ago took charge in the middle. Evra bombed forward at every opportunity. Valencia hugged the wing with decent authority. And once again it was up to the nearly pensioned Ryan Giggs to perform his wonders and give the side that extra 10%. His play on the left was both intelligent and economical. It is no wonder why he is getting the nod above the younger, quicker Nani at the moment.

michael-owen_1492806cIt was a disappointing night for Michael Owen, who limped off with a groin strain and will now be out for 3 weeks. However, it allowed us to see a snapshot of what Berbatov can be at his best…knitting midfield and attack together with world class ease. A first touch to die for. You could almost hear his brain, ticking away at thoughts of football magic, from the stands…all great positive signs for the Bulgarian. Another great sight was seeing Owen Hargreaves in the stand, who skipped his way too and from his seat with no sign of tendonitis knees. United fans sang his “Curly Hair” song outside the ground…he may yet be the key to success this season.

So it was a satisfactory night for United in the end. Hard, hard work as it often is against the discipline of any German team, let alone their domestic champions. Wolfsburg showed that they will compete hard with CSKA for a knock out stage place. The Reds though need just one more win and a draw to see yet another successful group stage campaign end in success

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2009 4:14 pm

    SAF needs to dedicate an entire training session on keeping Berba onside.
    Ruining the flow of the game.
    Agreed on Vidic- resorting to some pretty nasty tactics to make up for speed.
    Could have been a bit sharper all around but a win is a win.

  2. October 1, 2009 6:24 pm

    One of WDKF’s original creators AB was there last night at the east end! I heard he also got tickets for the weekend game at the north end! He should really be posting about his OT experience! lazy bugger!

    • October 1, 2009 7:18 pm

      He should be looking Rob up and grabbing a pint errr…or a cup of tea.

      • October 2, 2009 9:42 am

        pints of tea more like!

        Im in the North stand, but am not going to the Sunderland game as i be off to Viva la Franceland

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