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October 1, 2011 Tags: , Matches 127 comments

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United squad heads into the international break with a far healthier injury situation than just four days ago. While the Scot was missing seven players for United’s Champions League draw with FC Basel on Tuesday night, Ferguson will welcome back key strikers Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernández for the clash with Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday. Rooney has recovered from a minor hamstring strain, while the dead-leg suffered by Ferguson’s Mexican striker is less severe than first thought.

It is Rooney and Hernández that will fire United to Premier and Champions League glory this season according to Ferguson, with the Scot insisting the pair can match Dwight York and Andy Cole for goals and understanding. Yorke and Cole scored more than half-a-century of goals during United’s 1999 treble winning season.

“Wayne and Javier Hernandez will be fit for tomorrow. They trained yesterday very well and I was pleased with that,” said Ferguson on Friday.

“They haven’t played a full season together yet. Yorke and Cole scored 52 goals in that season between them, which was exceptional because Yorkie [had] just joined us. It was his first season. Unbelievable. I think Yorkie that season was probably one of the best strikers in Europe. For a first season player he was amazing. He and Andy just hit it off immediately.”

“The goal threat was immense on a regular basis when Hernández came into the side just after Christmas. The boy has come back and scored two goals so far. I really do expect him to score 25 and over because he has got something in that box. Wayne has had a fantastic start to the season and has got nine goals at the moment. The capability is there and I’ve got Welbeck, and I’ve got Owen, and I’ve got Berbatov, and I’ve got Macheda and I’ve got Diouf. It’s a terrific unit, that.”

But although Ferguson is purring at the thought of his first choice strikers returning for the clash with Paul Lambert’s newly promoted East Anglians there is also a warning from the Scot about the lax defending and complacency that crept into United’s performance against Basel.

`Manchester United v Norwich City, Premier League, Old Trafford, 3pm, 1 October 2011.Tom Cleverley, Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling will each return to the first team picture in a fortnight’s time, although not in time to shore up a United back-four that shipped three against Basel. However, Jonny Evans could return to Ferguson’s starting side for the clash with Norwich. Lambert’s side is brimming with confidence after securing a first win of the season over Sunderland on Monday night.

“Jonny Evans also comes back, hopefully that will help us in the defensive part as we’re certainly changing the back four at the moment Vidic, Cleverley and Smalling should be ready after the internationals and available for Liverpool,” added Ferguson.

“People say our performance was careless and we underestimated our opponents and maybe there’s an element of truth in that. I certainly wasn’t happy, even in the first half I could sense we were too relaxed and could have lost three goals in the first half. We could have scored goals as well but were too cavalier. We’re attacking in the way we’re playing at the moment and people can enjoy it but we have to do better defensively.”

United begins the match hot favourites to record a sixth victory in seven Premier League matches this season, but supporters will recall Norwich’s 2-0 victory over the Reds on the last occasion these sides met in April 2005. And in Cleverley’s continued absence Ferguson will again ask Brazilian Anderson to take the creative burden in central midfield, alongside either Darren Fletcher or Michael Carrick.

Anderson’s average performances against Chelsea, Stoke City and then FC Basel have brought fresh question marks over the midfielders ability to perform the role but the Brazilian is looking forward to Norwich’s visit this weekend in a game United must win.

“It doesn’t matter who you play in the league, you always have to play well,” Anderson told United Review.

“I haven’t seen much of Norwich, but I know they are a strong team who will come here and battle. Whenever you play at home you have to perform and we are always confident at Old Trafford in front of our fans. It’s important to be strong at home and our record has been amazing for a long time now. You feel more relaxed, more comfortable when you’re at home and you have that extra spring in your step. It’s important we show that on Saturday and keep our good run going.”

Meanwhile, visitors’ manager Lambert is hopeful of achieving the shock result of the Premier League season to date, although the Scot is missing on loan defender Ritchie de Laet, who is ineligible to play against his parent club. Striker James Vaughan is out for four months after knee surgery, while Zak Whitbread, Elliott Ward and Dani Ayala are all out.

“I hear people say go and enjoy it but you can only enjoy it if you go and can hold your own,” Lambert said.

“In my view, Manchester United are probably the best team in Britain at the minute and along with Barcelona one of the best teams in Europe. That is the magnitude of our achievement in getting into this league. No-one is going to expect us to win anything there. The lads will love the atmosphere and the stadium and we’ll go up there and give it everything we’ve got.”

Effort alone will surely not be enough. But, then, most supporters felt the same of Basel’s visit on Tuesday.

Match Facts
Manchester United v Norwich City, Premier League, Old Trafford, 3pm, 1 October 2011.

Likely Line-ups
United (4-4-2): de Gea; Jones, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Young; Rooney; Hernandez. Subs from: Lindegaard, Amos, Fabio, Fletcher, Fryers, Pogba, Valencia, Carrick, Diouf, Giggs, Park, Welbeck, Berbatov.Owen.

Norwich (4-5-1): Ruddy; R Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Naughton; Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Fox, Bennett; Morison. Subs from: Rudd, Crofts, Surman, Vaughan, Holt, C Martin, Francomb, Naughton, Jackson, Lappin, Smith, Wilbraham.

Form
United: DWWDD
Norwich: LLLWW

Officials
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: S Long, A Watts
Fourth Official: C Foy

127 comments

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

No fuck ups like against Basel

Score lots

uncleknobheadforfucksake - October 1, 2011 Reply

no evans turning into a fanny again against that lump holt

RobDiablo - October 1, 2011 Reply

I am struggling to recognize the names of any of Norwich’s proposed starting XI. Surely, their only option is to get ten men behind the ball, try not to get overrun, and convert all of the few chances to score they will have. Oh wait, Anderson is playing for United.

When you mentioned his “average performances”, did you mean average for him or average for midfielders in general. If the latter, I think you’re being unfairly critical of the effort put forth by most midfielders in the league. Then, to make matters worse, you quote him. The only quotes from Anderson that I want to read will be in regard to how much he enjoyed his time at United and how excited he is about the prospect of playing in La Liga or Seria A.

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

A good performance/win… and for Rooney to come through 90 min with no problems.

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

a good win, and a strong defencive performance, needed.

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

jones first goal 4-0 @125/1

unted city crawley pboro is the bet.

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez start up front for Manchester United against Norwich, while Jonny Evans is in for Rio Ferdinand and Anders Lindegaard replaces David de Gea in goal.

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

Lindegaard, Valencia, Jones, Evans, Evra, Park, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: De Gea, Ferdinand, Owen, Berbatov, Giggs, Carrick, Welbeck.

valencia at right back again

RobDiablo - October 1, 2011 Reply

This is the kind of lineup that gives visiting sides hope. Park starts on the left, Young not even on the bench – FFS!

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

haven’t we got a fit right back at the club.

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

fabio rafael smaling all injured i think. rio mus not be fit or trusted anymore

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

funny how that fat cunt puts more effort in his interviews than he does in the 90 mins when on the pitch
box to box midfielder my cock
more like box of chicken & fries

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

whom?

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
whom?

u pulling my knob?
whom…ffs?

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

not im serious. who ya talking about? pull your own knob

Spike - October 1, 2011 Reply

Stream…. anyone?

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

still looking spike

Spike - October 1, 2011 Reply

cheers

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

youl find one there

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

Sopcast – 106723… working well.

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

nowt wrong with giving them hope…
only to lead to heart break

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
not im serious. who ya talking about? pull your own knob

anderson

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

anderson is playing well. had 1 bad game.

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

he had an “average” game at stoke and was poor against chelsea and virtually watching the game on tuesday nite
that makes 3 games not 1
he can be so much better

Poll - October 1, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
anderson is playing well. had 1 bad game.

Exactly. A game in which more players played poorly.

vlad - October 1, 2011 Reply

Fergie taking huge gambles as usual

vlad - October 1, 2011 Reply

Forget Anderson – who needs him – we’ve got our best midfielder back =)

vlad - October 1, 2011 Reply

Where on earth is Young? did not stand his first hairdryer maybe..

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

come on united, score.

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

Commenter said:
Where on earth is Young? did not stand his first hairdryer maybe..

doubt he got the hairdryer
plenty of others in the queue for that on tuesday nite

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

No rhythm

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

terible start, whats going on

we should be battering these cunts a home

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

come on sweet pea
get going united

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

pressure bilding

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

I wish we had a midfielder who can score belters from outside of the box

So long as its not Gibson

brianofnazareth - October 1, 2011 Reply

Anyone got a good link non sticking?

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

http://www.firstrowsports.tv/watch/83631/1/watch-manchester-united-vs-norwich-city.html

works fine for me.. you might be fucked considering your phone line consists of 2 beer cans attached to piece of string

brianofnazareth - October 1, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
http://www.firstrowsports.tv/watch/83631/1/watch-manchester-united-vs-norwich-city.html

works fine for me.. you might be fucked considering your phone line consists of 2 beer cans attached to piece of string

Cunt.

Yeah tbf I think SKY internet is gash!! The whole BT line thing is piss poor. I miss Virgin.

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

come on u fucking pussies
wake the fuck up
its norwich not real cunting madrid

RobDiablo - October 1, 2011 Reply

The ground looks like Old Trafford, but surely this is last year’s away form. The passing of Park and Anderson is killing United’s attack.

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

Rooney should bury that

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

SAF needs to bring out 2 dryers at h/t
no spark at all ffs
last week, we missed rooney
this week, its young
fucking grow a pair

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

Bri… Channel – 106723

Working very well…

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

The problem is we have a midfield devoid of clever ideas… Scholes would have opened these cunts up like a tin of beans.

brianofnazareth - October 1, 2011 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
Bri… Channel – 106723

Working very well…

Thanks mate!

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

wasnt anderson supposed to be the new scholes this season?
ffs he couldn’t open a whores legs in a brothel

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

Norwich tenacious

But surely they can’t keep it up in the heat

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

stick berbs on in place of fat cunt in the middle – at least he can pass the ball

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

anderson should be pushed far further forward..

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
anderson should be pushed far further forward..

aye
in the stands

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

Really need a fucking midfielder to have a crack from distance

Norwich know none of them will hit it and they’re mopping up in the box comfortably

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

That’s it Nani

Norwich had 9 players in their box then

It’s crying out for a belter from 20 or so yards

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

i thought we were supposed to have our post european hangovers away from home…

brianofnazareth - October 1, 2011 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
Bri… Channel – 106723

Working very well…

It now says offline? any ideas?

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

I’m so glad we didn’t buy Sneijder, or we wouldn’t get to enjoy this unstoppable midfield combo we’ve got.

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

every game someone post this.. well done

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

bman said:
I’m so glad we didn’t buy Sneijder, or we wouldn’t get to enjoy this unstoppable midfield combo we’ve got.

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
every game someone post this.. well done

Well I’m entitled to have my turn.

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

It certainly looks like it was Cleverly and not Anderson who deserves credit for our exciting early season form. We’ve resumed regular service now though, the same dreary midfield shite as the past two seasons.

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

yeah blame anderson. overlook fletch

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
It now says offline? any ideas?

Go here…

http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

and keep trying… one of them must work.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - October 1, 2011 Reply

fair play tel, they’re both shite useless shitehouses

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

bman said:
It certainly looks like it was Cleverly and not Anderson who deserves credit for our exciting early season form. We’ve resumed regular service now though, the same dreary midfield shite as the past two seasons.

No, right… You can’t deny the top footbal Anderson has played

The vision, movement, quick one touches etc. He did that, he pulled it off. It wasn’t because Cleverley was also on the pitch FFS. I don’t deny that he plays better with a quick talented football like Clev though.

It’s really not the midfield that is the problem today either. There is no midfield. All the football is being played on the edge of their area.

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

Yeah they both look shite, but I think Ando is supposed to be the more attacking one. I think.

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

come on united
score united

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

Fucking monster

Perfect tackle

Evans got done

dozer - October 1, 2011 Reply

Evra’s been our biggest attacking threat today.

Awesome tackle by Jones

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

An early goal by Roo or Hernandez should open the floodgates. Speaking of which, I need a shorter nickname for Hernandez, other than chicarito. Chicarito just seems a bit shit as a nickname.

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

ffs wake up united.

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

This is more like it

End to end

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

mexico

brianofnazareth - October 1, 2011 Reply

sidney said:

Evans got done

That’s a regular thing, he’s fucking shite ala Fletcher and Park.

brianofnazareth - October 1, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
This is more like it

End to end

What link you watching?

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

a goal by anyone in red would be great

brianofnazareth - October 1, 2011 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
Go here…

http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

and keep trying… one of them must work.

I’ll try one of those, it’s the same every match day! someone needs to sort this out for us folk!

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

tenants 1-0 up ffs

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
What link you watching?

Bloodzeed

http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

It does seem like we are pinning them back right against their goal now though. This is exactly the sort of situation Sneijder would have been invaluable for — unpicking tight, organised defences, or shooting well from distance.

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

The bitters 1 up.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

han said:
tenants 1-0 up ffs

2-0.

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

I’m fucking sick and tired of watching Ando’s wayward passes wasting our good positions.

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

change things around SAF please ffs

uncleknobheadforfucksake - October 1, 2011 Reply

this was supposed to be a good weekend for us sidney

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

This is woeful now

Need a change

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

It must be time for Giggsy.

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

SAF will put berba on with 5 mins left no doubt and then let him get slated if he don’t score

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

ffs what are we doing.

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

FFS

Valencia isn’t a defender

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

holy fuck what a miss

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

Don’t know why he took Nani off. He hasn’t looked great, but he always has the ability to pull something out of the bag.

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

Good grief.

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

Cracking player Anderson, I’ve always said so.

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

1-0

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

Ando you cunt

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

fucking fat cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunt scores

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

Bout fuckin time.

ltel - October 1, 2011 Reply

get in..

dozer - October 1, 2011 Reply

bman said:
Cracking player Anderson, I’ve always said so.

CRACKING lol… we all know that…

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

get another and put this to bed pls

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

The way things are going, I’m afraid we’ll concede a dopey goal, so we’ll need another.

Just1n - October 1, 2011 Reply

danni danni danni danni

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

“Here goes Welbeck who is big and strong and powerful…” kicks the ball out of play

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

fucking hell my heart was in my throat there again

Just1n - October 1, 2011 Reply

wtf is going on?

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

ffs cant defend giving away to many chances.

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

Fuck sake… how lucky…

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

Today right the ABUs are right, we’ve been lucky

Just1n - October 1, 2011 Reply

Mancini type sub

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

These guys have nothing to lose, they’re just going to go at us for the last ten minutes, and they might well get something. We ought to be shutting them out of the game altogether, the whole team’s looked very listless today.

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

The ref has been a cunt today n all

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

wtf rooney? what was that?

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

Fucking hell. With a bit of quality up front Norwich would be beating us. They’re a tidy side.

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

Very unselfish by Park.

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

2-0 welbeck

Poll - October 1, 2011 Reply

Unselfish by Park, but also well set up by Welbeck himself.

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

Excellent Park/Welbeck one-two.

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

fucking about bloody time………….

Alfonso Bedoya - October 1, 2011 Reply

bman said:
Fucking hell. With a bit of quality up front Norwich would be beating us. They’re a tidy side.

They’re shite!

And that tells you just how rubbish we’ve been.

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

He hasn’t scored a chipped shot for fucking years

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

Yeah, very laboured performance, we made hard work of that. Terrific play by Welbeck for the second goal though — he made it and finished it nicely. I’m telling you I think I’d start him over Hernandez based on current form.

sidney - October 1, 2011 Reply

Shocking, but did the job

The defence is lacking confidence thanks to injuries and tinkering, and they’re not helped by a midfield that doesn’t press

We’ve definitely hit a rut post-being ace, so long as we keep winning we’ll be reet

han - October 1, 2011 Reply

woeful display when you see the quality of those in red shirts compared to the working men of norwich
fucking grow a pair of balls collectively before the scouse game otherwise it is going to be a long hard autumn

Just1n - October 1, 2011 Reply

no balance in this side. At this rate the scouse will fuck us up.

bman - October 1, 2011 Reply

The return of Vida and Cleverly will give us an injection of energy and bollocks. Would be nice to have the twins back too. I don’t know about Evra though, he’s showing no sign of returning to his best.

madredmonkey - October 1, 2011 Reply

2-0 thank feck for that, lucky?, play bad and win, good.

captainhormone - October 1, 2011 Reply

no value in improving our midfield apparently.

RobDiablo - October 2, 2011 Reply

I used four different streams yesterday, but they were all crap – kept going into stop-start mode, so, later, I downloaded the match and watched it again. I need to add Nani and Rooney to the list of players whose passing was killing United’s attack, but there is really no need to single people out in this match; very few of United’s players played well. Once again, they were sluggish and sloppy, and, this time, also very naive in their tactics.

For only the second time this season, United were facing a side that did not attack in numbers, but United “counterattacked” in exactly the same way as they have been doing, and, until they finally scored from a corner, all of their offensive efforts died as players ran into cul-de-sacs or had their passes and crosses intercepted or cut out by a well organized defense which always seemed to have at least nine men behind the ball. Rather than be in too much of a hurry to score, United should have emulated Barcelona and retained possession, moving the ball quickly back and forth from one flank to the other until an exploitable gap appeared.

On the plus side, while only Arsenal could compete with United for the number of games missed by their first team through injury, United remain unbeaten and on top of the table.

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