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United’s defensive woes continue

November 4, 2009

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Manchester United nearly suffered humiliation last night as they faced CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford for the second leg of the group games in the Champions League. United were being led 1-3 after only 47 minutes, until some late drama from Scholes(84th) and a deflected goal from a Valencia shot brought them levelled in added time, and preserved United’s unbeaten home run in the CL since 2005, but it was a close shave for the Red Devils, who are qualified for the next stage with the draw.

Brown and Evans were deputizing for the injured duo Ferdinand and Vidic at center back, and they were not at their best for the night as the Russian forwards were allowed too much space and capitalized with 3 goals with only 47 minutes on the clock. Owen did equalize at 1-1, but the ease with which CSKA scored was rather disconcerting for both the fans as well as Sir Alex himself, with Van Der Sar helpless on all 3 goals.

Some more concern on Brown and Evans’ pairing as Sir Alex has ear-marked them for starting against Chelsea in yet another perilous away game for the Red Devils, as Chelsea are the main title threat for the time being, but given the performances of Brown and Evans, may be Sir Alex will reshuffle his center backs else the worst may happen for United in that clash as Chelsea are playing superb attacking football these days and scoring many goals in the process.

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  1. November 4, 2009 7:05 pm

    This will sound crazy, but im happy with both Evans and Brown. It was poor defending for the three goals, but no ones mentioned that van der sar should have saved 2 of them (the first and third..reactions were not great)…not Jonny and Wes fault that. They are both strong lads. I have faith in them. They are of international quality..not many teams can call on such reserves when the first choice centre backs are both injured

    Gary Nev was also immense last night. He is suddenly finding a bit of form.

    heres my take on the game:

    http://viewfromtier3.blogspot.com/2009/11/akinfeev-passes-united-audition-with.html

    • November 4, 2009 7:06 pm

      OH! but we will get battered by Chelsea on Sunday…theyve got the form, we havent. If we get a point i will run down the street naked doing a merry jig

    • Conor permalink
      November 5, 2009 11:49 am

      Agreed – VDS should have done more than feebly waving one hand as the ball flew past him for the first. I thought Evans in particular did well and finished very strong. Neville started poorly, imho, kicking the ball away, what seemed like, 5 or 6 times in the opening minutes – but once he remembered to keep his passing in the less than 15 yards bracket he settled down nicely. Nev also seems to have a good effect on Valencia, who finds more space and scores goals with Nev behind him rather than JohnO. Obertan looked lively and hopefully will get the nod to ahead of Nani (who exhibited an uncanny ability to find black jerseys to run straight into all night) on Sunday, great close control and crisp passing from the new kid … is he ever going to actually cross the ball from that wing though?

      Finally too little being mentioned, in any reports I have read, about Evra’s impact (perhaps overshadowed by Rooney) but Evra was fantastic and just as critical to the salvage effort as Rooney.

  2. Desmond permalink
    November 4, 2009 8:38 pm

    Haha, the chelsea match will be fun coz united always loses or barely wins the matches that they should steam-roll over the opponents while for some matches they should lose, they make it somehow.

  3. November 5, 2009 5:13 pm

    I think 20% of Utd’s goals conceded this season could have been saved or defended with a world class keeper. VDS is past it, Foster gets cold feet (hands) and Kuszcak always seems to have the potential but I’ve yet to see it.

  4. Shortbus permalink
    November 5, 2009 7:50 pm

    I hope every Chelsea Goal celebration will consist of kissing the Poppy on their Kit this weekend

  5. November 6, 2009 2:27 pm

    BBC Sport report today Rio faces a lengthy lay-off with a troublesome calf injury.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/8346388.stm

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