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Anton Ferdinand saves toothless United

October 3, 2009

berbatov's acrobatic equaliser

Anton Ferdinand, Rio’s younger brother, will be cursing himself as his own goal on the 92nd minute gifted Manchester United an undeserving equalizer and a share of the points in the process, as the Black Cats of Sunderland played more superior football than their counterparts in red, and in truth deserved to take all 3 points back home, which would have been their first on Old Trafford for now 41 years.

The Red Devils started the match poorly, and immediately Sunderland pounced on them pressing for the opener, which eventually came on the 7th minute as Darren Bent gathered a pass from Cattermole and shot past Foster from the edge of the box. Both the keeper and the defence must take some blame here as the defenders allowed Bent to take aim too easily, while Foster was a little late to place himself in the correct position on his line.

United however could not find any sort of come-back in this first half, and wasted possession too easily, with Nani yet again ineffective, while the central midfielders were struggling to keep the passes flowing. Scholes was committing unnecessary fouls, while in the attack both Rooney and Berbatov were almost shadows of themselves.

The ‘hair-dryer’ must have been switched on by Sir Alex at half time, as United looked more constructive in the second half, and the reward came on 51st minute as O’Shea crossed in the box, and Berbatov acrobatically took a first time volley, and it landed in the left-hand corner of Gordon’s net, 1-1.

But the joy was short-lived, as only minutes afterwards, on the 58th min, Jones rose higher than Foster to head Sunderland in front once again, after a super cross from Reid. Yet again Foster’s decision-making failed him, as may be punching the ball clear would have been more effective rather than his attempt to catch with both hands while under pressure from opponents.

United tried to get back through Welbeck but his shot was just too high, and with the introduction of Anderson at half time for Scholes had given United some pace in the midfield area, but still opportunities to trouble Gordon and his defence were very rare. Valencia and Carrick were then introduced for Fletcher and Welbeck with around 15 minutes left to play but still United did not look like scoring, until on the 92nd minute, with the ball buzzing around Sunderland’s box, Evra took a shot, and it was Ferdinand (Anton), who somehow stretched a leg and diverted it past his keeper, when in fact it was not going in on Evra’s attempt. 2-2 the final score, a rather relieved United team as they settled for 1point, and leaving poor Anton cursing his luck. It has to be noted though that Sunderland were down to 10-men after the 85th minute as Richardson, ex-United winger, was sent off following a kick at the ball after the ref’s whistle for a freekick to United, and in the process picking his second yellow of the night.

Unconvincing display, underserved point, yet United were lucky to get that precious point, and stay top for tonight, at least until the encounter between Chelsea and Liverpool tomorrow, where a win for Chelsea will see them regain the lead in the league.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2009 8:29 pm

    amazing. I don’t have espn and so sat with BBC live score & summary. Every post was UTD UTD UTD, it looked like they had to score, with so much pressure it was inevitable. So on MOTD we shall see. One things for sure, you cant always believe what you read…

  2. October 3, 2009 8:44 pm

    absolute pile of sh!te. Worst we have played as a team for many years. How we got a point is beyond me. Sunderland were not that great as we made them look good, but they deserved the victory. We had all the possession but couldn’t string two passes together..

    Its over for Ben Foster. He has had 10 games and has f6cked his chance. Capello must think he is a dick. I was a massive Foster fan but hes burned his bridges. Wellbeck looked like a boy amongst men, and don’t even get me started about Nani..his crossing got progressively better but he needs 8 crosses for 1 to be brilliant. He has skill but no brain or football savvy. He has to go in my mind.

    So a new goalkeeper and left winger for Jan please Sir Alex..we’ve got the cash..spend some!

    Alexi Sanchez…£20m is the left wing solution

    • Rite$h permalink
      October 3, 2009 9:03 pm

      Let’s get Silva as well + we need an attacker, I won’t back Owen to stay fit all season, and boys like MAcheda or Welbeck need some more experience to play at this level

      • October 5, 2009 8:45 am

        totally agree…. nani was complete shit. and I am losing my faith in foster. Silva definitely for me but fergie barely signs anyone without a track record in epl.

  3. October 3, 2009 10:39 pm

    Set pieces were terrible. Just dreadful.

  4. Pete permalink
    October 4, 2009 8:57 am

    United were laughable yesterday to say the least. They were extremely lucky to even get a point out of the match which could prove crucial in the final standings at the end of the season. Foster is not a United quality keeper, I mean he makes at least 2 mistakes a game although they don’t always lead to a goal so they don’t get noticed all the time but in recent games they have been. And Nani what can I say, he just hasn’t delivered at all, I think it’s time they pulled out that wonderkid they have rotting away in the reserves Zoran Tosic.

  5. George permalink
    October 4, 2009 2:27 pm

    I didn’t see the game I’m afraid, but was certainly a surprise finding out the result. At Old Trafford as well?!

    Apparantly Ferguson had a massive rant about the referee after the match. No surprise there. Would put my education on that not happening should United have won. Perhaps he wanted another 15 minutes injury time to try and get a winner? Not this time Fergie, not this time.

    • October 4, 2009 4:29 pm

      I was just going to make a comment as saf did complain abt insufficient injury time, but as I said b4, these things have a funny way of balancing out over the season

  6. October 4, 2009 2:42 pm

    Very disappointing performance from United. I agree with Rob that it should be over for Nani and Foster. I find it hard to see any of them as a long-term member of the United first-XI.
    But even more worrying then individual poor performances was the fact that our fluent passing game was all but non-existent. Neither was there any cutting edge to our attacks. Craig Gordon had a mostly quiet afternoon.
    For a left-wing solution my choice would be David Silva, but I’m also looking forward to the debut of Obertan.

  7. maserati4200 permalink
    October 4, 2009 2:54 pm

    I think the PL will be closer than ever this year and even tighter next season.

    Certain teams on the wane and certain managers on the wane, whilst the new blood establishes a foothold for the future.

    Factor in the financial issues facing all clubs. Could be an interesting year or two.

  8. bobbygee permalink
    October 4, 2009 3:49 pm

    Man U should have lost. They played horrible futebol. They stunk to high heaven yet managed to pull out a draw. Kieran should be shot. That was a dumb play. That was the match changer.

  9. Desmond permalink
    October 4, 2009 5:12 pm

    Loled at some comments. Agreed that Man U played generally horribly. Worst Ive seen so far for a long time. Barely capable of stringing 2 passes together such that the earlier bolton – tottenham match was so much more entertaining. But if I have to take a positive point it would be berba’s awesome goal lol, plus yup its also a wake up call with a softer consequence then chelsea’s one not to take the ‘ weaker ‘ sides lightly. Cheers =)

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