Tottenham not ready to challenge for the title

After the last game, Manchester United – Tottenham, I can say this: Tottenham is not ready to challenge for the title. Why? Because what we saw against United wasn’t good enough.

Tottenham was the team who tried I have to say, but it was United who was most comfortable with the game. Tottenham wasn’t really close to score and if it hadn’t been for Rafael’s red card, United probably would have won. They would have scored one goal and that would be enough. And that it was good teams do. They don’t win with 4-0 (often) against the other top teams, but they control the game. Tottenham isn’t good enough to do that, yet. They wasn’t close to win even when United went down to 10 men, so sorry Tottenham, you have to wait for a few more years until you can challenge for the title.

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2010

Happy New Year!! I know it’s 12 days late and I know I haven’t written as much as I should the last weeks, but here is a summary of the season this far. This was 2010!

Red machine back on track

I am very glad to say this: The Red Machine is back on track! Why? Because United haven’t had a good season. They have had a perfect season – at least this far. United didn’t play well in the first months, it’s only now in the end of the year that United have played well. And that is a good sign! Why? Cause United have won anyway! And that means a lot. Any team can win when they play well, but this far only United win when they don’t. Look at Arsenal. Yes, their football is beautiful and yes, they are very funny to watch. But when they don’t play well, what happens? They drop points which are necessary in the end of the season, so sorry Arsenal, you don’t have what it takes. But it is not just Arsenal who don’t have that…

Chelsea failure

Chelsea have always looked good. They are just like United, a machine. But it seems they’re suddenly out of gas. Chelsea have had a terrible ending of the year, dropping points in almost every game. They couldn’t even win against Villa when they went up 3-2 in the 89:th minute. Aston Villa scored in the 90:th. Chelsea even lost against Wolves! I envy the man who bet his money on that…

Liverpool disaster

It isn’t just Chelsea who have lost against Wolves. Also Liverpool has done that, at Anfield! Liverpool’s season has been a disaster. They are on the lower half of the table, out of the FA Cup and now Steven Gerrard is suspended. I almost feel sorry for them… But I am not surprised. Of course I didn’t think it would go this bad for them, but with only two decent players in the squad, you don’t go far.

Nani new Ronaldo?

Nani’s season has been great this far and it seems his talent and potential is turning into something really good. Soon he can be as important to the club as Ronaldo was a few years ago. Let’s hope Nani realizes that it’s in United you win throphies and success. How many titles have Ronaldo won since his move to Madrid?

Anderson new Scholes?

Oliviera Anderson, or usually just Anderson has played very well in the second half of the first half of the season. You follow? His passing game is brilliant and he’s also got the pace, which is becoming more important in todays football. He always wants to play and he isn’t afraid when he gets the chance to do so. He has to work a little bit on the defence perhaps, but let’s be positive now.

Rafael new… eh Gary Neville?

I am afraid I am to young to remember the great days of Gary Neville. Unfortunately Neville’s performances nowadays aren’t very good. So instead we have a new great rightback. Rafael has just like Nani and Anderson been great this season and he has developed a lot the last few years. Last year he was barely on the bench. This year he is barely off the pitch. He has played often and well and he can be a key player in the future.

Dimitar Berbatov

I don’t think there is so much to say about the Bulgarian. He has been tremendous.

So that was all for now. I will be back before or after sunday’s game against Spurs. Please comment and keep reading the blog.

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Important win against the scousers

Before the game at Old Trafford the day before yesterday a Liverpool fan held up a banner which said: “Scousers rule and don’t you forget it!” It was put down a minute into the game.

Liverpool’s had a bad season this far, but with a new manager hope was installed in the club before the United game. You could see it in the faces of players, staff and fans that this was their chance. Their chance to turn around this horrible season. There were certainly hope before the game, but it didn’t last for long. 30 seconds into the game Rafael put a great ball onto Berbatov who went into the penalty area. Agger came out to stop him, but brought him down and United was given a penalty. I don’t think it should have been a penalty. I don’t even know if Agger touched him, but if someone is to be blamed it isn’t Berbatov who is accused for diving, it is Agger for his poor desiscion. He could have just closed Berbatov down, but instead he tried to get the ball. And he wasn’t quick enough Berbatov had to just lay down and it was a penalty. And I think Berbatov did the right thing to fall, because when you get that chance you got to take advantage of it. Obviously I hade been mad at him if I was a Liverpool fan, but luckily I am not. So as I’ve said, i don’t think it should have been a penalty, but it was given and it was taken. 1-0 United after only a couple of minutes. The bad form seemed to continue for Liverpool.

Liverpool faught their way back into the game however, and if it wasn’t for one man, one descision, they may have succeded in their hunt for goals. Ironicly that man was Steven Gerrard. It was a really bad and stupid tackle and if Howard Webb was wrong about the penalty he was definitely right here. It was a clear read card. Those tackles shoulden’t exist on a footballfield and it was the right thing to do sending him of. Gerrard seemed to realise that as well. So without their captain and best player the game was lost for Liverpool.

Liverpool had a couple of chances in the second half, but most of the time United just passed the ball around, making the Liverpoolplayers tired. It was a good game for United, both the performance and the result and it showed us that United are very good this season. Could we dream of a treble? We don’t know that yet, but one thing is for sure and that is: Sorry Scousers, you don’t rule any more and don’t you forget it!

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Bottom 4-0 Top

Yesterday Manchester United lost 4-0 to West Ham United. The last time United lost against a West Ham side with those numbers was in 1930. That tells us a little bit about what happened yesterday.

United came to Upton Park with a team full of youth and inexperience. The only players over 25 was Giggs, Fletcher and O’Shea and it was up to players like Hernandez, Obertan and Anderson to lead United forward. The match also started well for the Reds, with Obertan hitting the post early on and United controled the came. But after the first goal the match changed. United looked shaken, like they didn’t know what to do. And when no one took the responsibility to lead the red troops the defeat was certain.

As I watched the game I became upset with Ferguson’s team selection. He gambled by resting players like Berbatov, Rooney and Nani, so when United needed goals, the only player to put out on the pitch was Macheda – and he didn’t do anything. But when I think about it afterwards I think that Ferguson made the right choise. The Carling Cup isn’t an important cup if you compare it to other tournaments and it was the right time to test the young players’ ability. If Rooney, Berbatov and Nani would have been on the bench the players on the pitch would know that even if they screwed up, someone else could come on and put things right. But when it was up to them thay had to play good. The pressure was bigger when it was just young lads on the bench. So even if the result was very bad, the young players got a lot of experience out of this game. And hopefully they learned that it was up to themselves, not to others, to win.

The game was bad and I’m sad that the Carling Cup is over for United, but the experience the players got was good for them. And now Ferguson knows where his youngsters stand. and that is good for the future.

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Rooney comeback raises Berbatov’s form

Finally Rooney is back on the pitch. And now we can see what he meens to United.

When he scored that penalty in Glasgow against Rangers this Wednesday you could see what it meant to him. He hasn’t said much and when he came on against Wigan it didn’t seem to be something special to him. But when you saw that roar of his when he scored that penalty you couldn’t doubt that it was extremely important to him.

Yesterday I thought it would be an easy win. It became a ridiculous win. 7-1! When was the last time that happened? And United played very well. Rooney and Berbatov found each other even if there was 11 players around, the midfield was dominant and the backline was brilliant until Vidic went off. And what should you say about Berbatov? 5 goals in a Premier League game! If he just had scored on that late header he would have broken the record.

Rooney was very good as well. His passing game was really good, and when he starts shooting more I think he can score as often as he did last season. I also want to praise Anderson’s performance. It was fun to see him in good form as well.

The only thing better than United’s win may have been that Stoke equalized in the 92:nd minute against City, but they are not good enough so what should you expect?

Now let’s hope Chelsea drops points against Newcastle so that United can stay in the lead. My tips for that game is 2-1 to Newcastle, but it feels that it could go either way. The main thing though is that United showed everyone that they’re as good as ever yesterday and that we have a serious chance of rasing the throphy in the end.

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Dream Weekend

I should sleep more. Not that I need more sleep, but when you sleep, you dream. I remember two times when I have dreamed about football and they have a spooky connection.

The last time I dreamed about football was the night before my team’s matchday. I dreamed that I would score 3 goals. And how many times did I score? 3! It was my first hat-trick aswell so it wasn’t anything common. So why am I writing this? Because the night between Friday and Saturday I dreamed about football once again. This time it was about United. I dreamed that both Chelsea and Arsenal would lose their games and United would win against Wigan. And what happened?

United’s performance against Wigan didn’t come with any exclamation marks, but still it was a comfortable win. Though I do think that United should have won with larger margins, I’m still happy with three points. And the funny thing is, that United haven’t played well this season. Not a game have they performed better than what is expected. But still, they’re in the lead together with Chelsea. The same Chelsea who in the beginning of the season looked unbeatible, crushing all the opposition with 5 or 6 goals. And that’s why I still think that United can go all the way this season. Because they get the points they need, even if they play badly. Teams like Arsenal and City need to play well to win and now with Chelsea losing games it seems that also Chelsea need a good day to win. And there won’t be good days all the time and it is they who win in those bad days that will end up lifting the trophy.

I don’t know if it was me dreaming about it or if it was something else that decided the outcome of this weekend (probably the latter), but what I do know is that this weekend couldn’t have ended up better. And now with Rooney back aswell, this can be a good season for every United fan, player or staff. Let’s all look forward to the mid-week game against Rangers and I will go to bed, hopefully dreaming of titles.

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About me

Yesterday I got the question “Why don’t you write about yourself more often”.

First of all, I don’t want my friends to read the blog just because it’s me writing it! I want to have readers who read my blog because it has a decent content. Therefore I’m not revealing my name. Secondly I simply didn’t think someone was interested to hear about me. And thirdly, I don’t think it is that fun writing about myself.

So sorry “love united” but I won’t write so much about me. But of course I can try to write a little bit about me every now and then.

Just one little thing I would like to say: Come on! Comment! If you read my blog why don’t comment? I have far more readers than comments so please start commenting! You can use a nickname and it’s only me who can see your e-mail (I think). That’s it for now.

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