Rooney returns as Reds rally for Geordie trip

Wayne Rooney returns to Manchester United’s team as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men look to bounce back from the weekend’s FA Cup semi-final defeat. Barely 72 hours after Ferguson’s side lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Wembley in the cup, the focus switches to Tuesday night’s Premier League league tie with Newcastle United. Victory will take United nine points clear at the head of the league table, with Arsenal not in action until Wednesday and that a derby fixture with Tottenham Hotspur.

With Paul Scholes suspended after the midfielder’s horror-tackle on Pablo Zabaletta at the weekend, Ferguson will shake up both his midfield and attack for the trip north. Indeed, misfiring Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, who remains United’s top goalscorer this season, could stand down with a refreshed Rooney now available. Javier Hernández is also pushing for a recall.

But manager Ferguson says United must contend with the fiery St James’ Park atmosphere, a ground on which the Scot’s side has both been hugely successful and suffered humiliating defeats in recent seasons. In the context of the title race, Ferguson says that the trip north is the most important fixture of the season to date.

“Going to Newcastle is the most ­important game we have coming up because the league is still our first priority,” said Ferguson.

“The Premier League and the Champions League are the two priorities at this club. The players had a big adrenaline surge for the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City but we need to win on Tuesday.

“And that’s why Newcastle and the home game with Everton next Saturday are vital – after that there are only four games left and then we go to Arsenal the following week. So Tuesday is absolutely crucial for us and I think everybody knows when you go to Newcastle you have to deal with the atmosphere up there.

“They have fantastic supporters and you know they will be on your backs because they probably need three extra points, although I don’t see them threatened with relegation. We have had some brilliant games up there and some high-scoring games.”

United’s cause is also bolstered by Jonny Evans’ return, although the Irishman is unlikely to start. Meanwhile Anderson is fully fit and the rested Ryan Giggs also available for the fixture. Evans has missed three matches following his dismissal against Bolton Wanderers in March, while Anderson is fit again following a knee injury.

However, Darren Fletcher will miss at least the next fortnight, with the Scot still suffering from a mystery virus. Indeed, United’s lethargic performance at Wembley would surely have been more intense had the 26-year-old midfielder played.

Newcastle United v Manchester United, St James' Park, 19 April 2011Whatever Ferguson’s selection on Tuesday night, veteran Edwin van der Sar says that United cannot afford to slip up against the Geordies. With just 13 more points required from six games to seal a 19th domestic league title, United will take a huge step towards silverware with victory on Tyneside.

“It won’t be difficult to pick ourselves up,” said the 40-year-old, who retires at the end of the season.

“We know how important the league is. We are in first position, so we just have to make the best of it. We were a little bit tired [on Saturday], the pace of our game was not quick enough. We have played a big number of games in the last three or four weeks and against Newcastle we must do better.”

Meanwhile, Alan Pardew’s side is seeking a first win against United at St James’ since 2001, when the Geordie outfit won 4-3. However, United emerged 3-0 victors at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season – a 13th victory in the last 16 encounters with Newcastle. And while United’s loss to City at the weekend marked the first following seven wins in a row, Newcastle’s form has deteriorated in recent weeks. Pardew’s side has won just two in the last 12.

Despite the poor form, Newcastle should be safe from relegation with one more win this season and Pardew thinks that the St James’ atmosphere could bring those three points against United on Tuesday night.

“It is a fixture I genuinely believe Sir Alex will be very wary of,” said Pardew.

“Maybe not so much because he fears us as a team, but because he fears the ground and the reaction it can inspire the team to. For example, the Arsenal game – Newcastle were 4-0 down and our first goal goes in and suddenly you felt the crowd erupt and impact on the game.

“That is what [Ferguson] will fear, perhaps more than the [Newcastle] team, but I honestly believe he will genuinely fear this game. They have only lost a handful of games all season, but we have looked at how they lost those games and we have come up with what we believe is a kind of theme.”

While that ‘pattern’ may well be United’s timidity on the road at times this season – Ferguson’s outfit has won just five of 16 games Premier League games away from Old Trafford – it will take a significant effort for the Geordies to halt the Reds charge to title 19.

Opposition
Newcastle – 4411 – Harper; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique; Lovenkrands, Barton, Guthrie, Gutierrez; Nolan; Ranger. Subs from: Taylor, Taylor, Kuqi, Perch, Krul, Tavernier, Ferguson, Donaldson, Richardson, Campbell.

United
United – 442 – van der Sar; O’Shea, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs; Rooney, Hernandez. Subs from: Kuszczak, Owen, Bébé, Fabio, Park, Obertan, Gibson, Berbatov, Rafael, Smalling, Valencia, Park.

Officials
Referee: Lee Probert
Assistant referees: Andy Halliday & Trevor Massey
Fourth official: Jon Moss

Form
Newcastle – WDLLWL
United – WWWWWL

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  1. han says

    sidney said:
    We’ll lose or draw

    fuck off with your pessimism cunt routine
    hate some of the doom and gloom fuckwits on here
    go fuck off and support city

  2. han says

    fletchers mystery virus ffs
    has cap’n been pumping his arse or what?
    needs to man up quickly and get back to the run in
    much as i hate to state this, but berbs shouldn’t start as sole front man tomorrow as he will be pretty low after saturday – shrek and sweet pea to go up with berba if required as sub

  3. Sidsidney says

    han said:
    fuck off with your pessimism cunt routine
    hate some of the doom and gloom fuckwits on here
    go fuck off and support city

    It’s not pessimism you silly nomark cunt, it’s realism. We’re shit away from home, remember? We’re shit under pressure in big games when we’re being pressed by a strong midfield who don’t let us play and eventually take over. The win at Stamford Bridge doesn’t change that. This has all the makings of a loss or a draw.

    The best we can hope for is Newcastle don’t turn up and we dig really fucking deep and grind out a title winning performance like pros.

  4. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    They’re not the same team without Carroll and Nolan, Sid.
    If we score… we win.
    And Rooney will play, well rested.
    0-2

    “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.”

  5. han says

    sidney said:

    It’s not pessimism you silly nomark cunt, it’s realism. We’re shit away from home, remember? We’re shit under pressure in big games when we’re being pressed by a strong midfield who don’t let us play and eventually take over. The win at Stamford Bridge doesn’t change that. This has all the makings of a loss or a draw.

    The best we can hope for is Newcastle don’t turn up and we dig really fucking deep and grind out a title winning performance like pros.

    this is the business end of the season twat
    pull ur head outta ur arse and back the team

  6. says

    If we do not win tonight then we might as well pack up and go. Newcastle are rubbish and they do not have Nolan and Carroll. Who will they press in our midfield? Once there is no Scholes and no Berbatov we are a quicker team so no team can press us well.

    We will have Rooney well rested and we should win.

    Pardew is talking out of his arse and he will pay dearly for it. I actually foresee a rout. Almost like the ’08 season beating we gave them. Rio and Vida in tandem at the back. Newcastel have the slowest midfield after us(when Scholes and Gibson play) so we should be alright there.

  7. kramer says

    i’d like to see a good hammering to boost the confidence after the city result. not holding my breath though.
    rooney, nani, anderson and valencia must start.

  8. triggs says

    Ideally I’d like to see Berba given a start to restore his confidence – we’re still going to need good performances from him this season. But this is the business-end of the season and we can’t take any chances. With Rooney and Chico well rested we should be very lively up front.

    Ando should get a start too, to provide some energy and impetus in the centre. If Nani and/or Tony play well, we should win at a canter.

  9. SpudiatorSpudiator says

    After Saturday’s performance I think I’d rather see Giggs in the middle with Anderson rather than Carrick, stick Nani out left and Valencia on the right. I’d be surprised if United dished out another performance as abject as that tonight though, what I want to see is a bounce-back performance to send a message out to the rest of the league that we may be down, but definitely not out! The FA Cup defeat was gutting, but the league title has always been the number one target.

  10. dingleberry says

    i know carrick cost us the other day but he has been playing much better last few games, put him in the middle with anderson. giggs and nani play too with chico and rooney up top – also lends itself to playing 4-3-3 / 4-5-1 which often happens away from home anyway.

    big big game tonight. win this and home vs everton and the league is tied up i reckon.

    prediction 3-1 rooney, chico and nani.

  11. Sidsidney says

    han said:
    this is the business end of the season twat
    pull ur head outta ur arse and back the team

    The fact that its business end of the season doesn’t make shit players good
    It’s gonna be tough
    Chelsea, Arsenal & Tottenham all failed to beat them at St James Park in the league

  12. ltel says

    Calvino said:
    If we do not win tonight then we might as well pack up and go. Newcastle are rubbish and they do not have Nolan and Carroll. Who will they press in our midfield? Once there is no Scholes and no Berbatov we are a quicker team so no team can press us well.
    We will have Rooney well rested and we should win.
    Pardew is talking out of his arse and he will pay dearly for it. I actually foresee a rout. Almost like the ’08 season beating we gave them. Rio and Vida in tandem at the back. Newcastel have the slowest midfield after us(when Scholes and Gibson play) so we should be alright there.

    barton Tiote and/or ireland in midfield will be tough enough, the have a bit of pace up top
    it wont be that easy mate, although i hope our right

  13. han says

    sidney said:
    The fact that its business end of the season doesn’t make shit players good

    It’s gonna be tough

    Chelsea, Arsenal & Tottenham all failed to beat them at St James Park in the league

    100% agree with you Sid
    it will be tough as will the remaining matches
    but who in the united 1st team set tonight up would you hand on heart describe as shit? these guys will take us across the line – aye maybe a few butt clenching moments but thats the beauty of this club – never one to make it easy

  14. sheesh says

    It will be tight affair and I fancy Tiote to score for Newcastle – but I reckon we will just about pull through.

    These next 2 games are massive for us.

  15. ltel says

    sheesh said:
    It will be tight affair and I fancy Tiote to score for Newcastle – but I reckon we will just about pull through.

    These next 2 games are massive for us.

    i like that tiote cunt.. good player, id have im over cattermole and the likes
    i backed 3-1 united, nani first goal. 60/1

  16. eddieTheRed says

    Valencia will make the difference for us; of all our attacking players he’s the hardest to mark out of the game; Newcastle are missing too many players to open us up!

  17. madredmonkeymadredmonkey says

    Man Utd: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Rooney.
    Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Park, Fabio Da Silva, Evans, Valencia, Gibson.

  18. ltel says

    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, Ameobi.
    Subs: Soderberg, Perch, Ryan Taylor, Ireland, Steven Taylor, Ranger, Kuqi.
    Man Utd: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Rooney.
    Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Park, Fabio Da Silva, Evans, Valencia, Gibson.
    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  19. sheesh says

    ltel said:
    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, Ameobi.
    Subs: Soderberg, Perch, Ryan Taylor, Ireland, Steven Taylor, Ranger, Kuqi.
    Man Utd: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Rooney.
    Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Park, Fabio Da Silva, Evans, Valencia, Gibson.
    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

    Well done. Would you like a biscuit, tubby arse?

  20. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    han said:
    just heard on radio 5 that berbs isn’t feeling well

    yeah, apparently he’s lacking a backbone and missing some bollocks

  21. han says

    captainhormone said:
    yeah, apparently he’s lacking a backbone and missing some bollocks

    and in that case cap’n stop sucking on them and give them back to berbs

  22. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    han said:
    this is the business end of the season twat
    pull ur head outta ur arse and back the team

    I like the new Han….

  23. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    I have never seen a shitter player at United than O’Shea….. seriously.. how the fuck is he at United…

  24. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    Blog Commenter said:
    no it’s ok, carrick is today’s nominated scapegoat

    Yeah must just be us on here who thinks he’s shite… are you watching the game?? he’s a fucking sap.. shoots like a pussy…tackles like a pussy and generally is a pussy.

  25. Ted says

    I’m stuck with 5 live! They’ve just said the last time United lost at ST Jmames’ they got knocked out of the c/league a few weeks later to another german team, Leverkusen.

  26. Sidsidney says

    Fucking piece of shit internet service provider cunts can’t keep me connected to the fucking internet for more than fucking 2 fucking minutes for fuck sake absolute cunts

  27. bman says

    Blog Commenter said:
    what the fuck has happened to evra the last 12 months?

    is it as simple as just too much football?

    Yes. All game every game, and it’s a position that he has to do a lot of running in.

  28. Ted says

    sidney said:
    Fucking piece of shit internet service provider cunts can’t keep me connected to the fucking internet for more than fucking 2 fucking minutes for fuck sake absolute cunts

    Chillax Siddles!

  29. Sidsidney says

    han said:
    http://www.chabka.es/

    try that sid

    Thanks mate, but it’s not my stream, it’s my internet provider

    They keep giving me a new IP every 30 seconds, so I can’t stay connected to the internet

    It’s always like this at peak times

  30. bman says

    Mind you, we might as well sell Berba. Because he’s useless as an impact sub, so if he’s not the first choice starter, why keep him on?

  31. han says

    sidney said:
    Thanks mate, but it’s not my stream, it’s my internet provider

    They keep giving me a new IP every 30 seconds, so I can’t stay connected to the internet

    It’s always like this at peak times

    stop downloading donkey porn sid…

  32. says

    Decisions again. Giggs really should have given that to Nani who was steaming in on goal!!!! Anyway, he is not having a good game wide left and he is not happy out there at all. I thought we should have started with a front three of Rooney flanked by Nani and Valencia so that Giggs would have been alongside Anderson and Carrick.

    Please Berbatov should get right lost.

    • Triggs says

      look this is where i get annoyed. i fully accept he aint the most effective £30M player, but quite why there is so much contempt for a guy who has scored 22 goals for the club this year is beyond me.

      seems like people have quickly forgotten how shit rooney was earlier this season and how important a lot of berba’s goals and performances have been this season.

      • Triggs says

        i dont why i even bothered writing that as i know i’ll never see eye-toeye with someone who hates berbatov but loves downing

  33. han says

    Calvino said:
    Decisions again. Giggs really should have given that to Nani who was steaming in on goal!!!! Anyway, he is not having a good game wide left and he is not happy out there at all. I thought we should have started with a front three of Rooney flanked by Nani and Valencia so that Giggs would have been alongside Anderson and Carrick.

    Please Berbatov should get right lost.

    oh ffs
    the guy isnt even in the squad and he is still being cunted by all and sundry
    nani played like a twat most of the half and certain ranters are still queing up to go down on him
    ffs

  34. han says

    Blog Commenter said:
    look this is where i get annoyed. i fully accept he aint the most effective £30M player, but quite why there is so much contempt for a guy who has scored 22 goals for the club this year is beyond me.

    seems like people have quickly forgotten how shit rooney was earlier this season and how important a lot of berba’s goals and performances have been this season.

    too fucking right triggs
    some of the cunts on here need to pull their heads outta each others arses

  35. bman says

    My point is that he’s no use as a substitute, not that he’s no use in general. I feel like if Berba isn’t starting regularly, he plays worse when he actually does play. The situation feels a bit like the situation with Ruud before we sold him: clearly a useful player in general, but no longer of great use to this particular club.

    • Triggs says

      i agree with you to a ceratin extent, but it’s a squad game now. just imagine a long-term injury to either chico or rooney, what then?

  36. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    han said:
    too fucking right triggs
    some of the cunts on here need to pull their heads outta each others arses

    fuck right off…he’s spineless and not utd class when it really really matters

    i can count on one hand the amount of times he has performed when it really really matters…ffs thats in 3 bastard years

    some perspective please, you fucking monkey rapists

  37. says

    Blog Commenter said:
    i dont why i even bothered writing that as i know i’ll never see eye-toeye with someone who hates berbatov but loves downing

    You can go to hell you prick!! Who is interested in “seeing eye-eye” with you on an internet forum. You love Berbatov? Your look out. You have all those stats? Great. I think he is the biggest waste of money for us under SAF. You do not. Good. I have no interest whatsoever in you liking my post. I have no problems with you liking Berbatov. I think Downing can do a great job for Utd down the left flank. He is 26, an England international and has a fantastic left foot. He can also work up and down the left flank just as Valencia does on the right. AND, he will be glad to be on the bench and not cause a fuss. You do not think so? Not a problem.

    You are an idiot and believe me feel free to shoot down whatever I post and see if I care. Moron.

  38. han says

    captainhormone said:
    fuck right off…he’s spineless and not utd class when it really really matters

    i can count on one hand the amount of times he has performed when it really really matters…ffs thats in 3 bastard years

    some perspective please, you fucking monkey rapists

    its all by consent
    so fuck off u uncle shagging cock fiddler

  39. han says

    ltel said:
    doest it really take us to go 1 down to start playing

    i hope not tonight
    getting into them more now
    valencia needs to come on

  40. bman says

    Nani really can be an annoying player sometimes. You’re not Ronaldo, pass the ball.

    I’ve a nasty feeling we’re going to be all over this lot for the rest of the half but not score. Or even worse, Newscastle will get a jammy goal against the run of play.

  41. madmaxmadmax says

    bman said:
    I’m telling you it’s one of those fucking nights, can’t get any luck at all.

    we are lucky to be still level

  42. bman says

    We could really do with Fletcher this match. It’s incredibly how well we’re doing this season with so few central midfield options.

  43. bman says

    madmax said:
    our freekicks and corners are appalling, not even to the level of a mid table team

    Our corners have been shite for ages, and our freekicks have been shite since Ronaldo left. It’s depressing.

  44. bman says

    Smalling is class.

    This match is infuriating. This must be what it feels like to be an Arsenal supporter. I don’t like it.

  45. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    Nani has been annoying again lately….

    O’shea is just….well just… shit always will be, are the twins injured?

  46. han says

    fucking prick referee
    cunt’s eyes full of shit
    should have scored from open play though
    see how many openings were wasted
    and berba not even on the pitch

  47. Sidsidney says

    Told you cunts we were never gonna win that
    My internet cut out for Hernandez’s penalty shout. Was it a pen?
    Theirs was. Ando connects with the player. We were lucky

  48. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    han said:
    its all by consent
    so fuck off u uncle shagging cock fiddler

    wtf you talking about you spunking cunt?

    consent…you are as clear as the cum you shit from madreds cock

  49. han says

    giggsy played like a tired old man
    fucking waste resting him for the semi
    1st half was poor but passing much improved in the 2nd half
    nani was fucking cunting along with that fat waste of a shirt brazilian cunt in the middle
    fucking fuming
    should be 9 points clear and home and dry
    now arse will think its not over and the rent boy cunts will also be sniffing

  50. sheesh says

    Unbelievably piss poor in the final third. 3 clearcut chances to win the game and we couldn’t do it. How Giggs could laugh after missing that sitter is beyond me.

    United never do things the easy way. They could have put Arsenal under pressure going into tomorrow’s game but, no, of course not. That would have been too much to ask.

    If Arsenal win tomorrow, the gap’s down to 4 points and we’ve got 2 crunch games against them and Rent Boys to come.

    Cunts.

  51. han says

    captainhormone said:
    wtf you talking about you spunking cunt?

    consent…you are as clear as the cum you shit from madreds cock

    stop fiddling uncles arsehole and get a life u tree shagging cock munching granny fanny licking mongoose fucking cunt

  52. says

    Are you guys actually saying we were poor tonight? Is that what am getting from the majority of posts here? We battered them for the whole of the second-half but were unlucky to score and we are blaming the players? We took the game to them. Pinging balls all over the back and they were diving in and blocking everything and yet we are blaming the players? Come on!!!

    Giggs should have buried two great chances and we would have been out of sight. Hernandez was in too much of a hurry in the last few seconds that was why he could not gather the pass into his stride.

    I despair at the pathetic follow the flow type of people on here. What did the midfield do wrong today? What? Carrick was excellent and Anderson did well while he was on. Not sure why Owen came on to be honest. Nani was always a threat even if annoying.

    • Jaffyjofer says

      Did I watch a different game because they way I saw it, it was hardly backs to the wall defending by Newcastle. There were a few shite long range shots and the Giggs chance and that’s about it for the second half. Fuck all wing play and far to much hoofing it long from the back.

      And Anderson was once again dogshit. He can’t pass the fucking ball, doesn’t look for the ball, meanders around the pitch and the dozy cunt nearly gave away a pen tackling a player being shown away from goal by two players. The only thing Anderson has over Gibson is he can actually tackle.

  53. ltel says

    sidney said:
    Told you cunts we were never gonna win that

    My internet cut out for Hernandez’s penalty shout. Was it a pen?

    Theirs was. Ando connects with the player. We were lucky

    never a pen..dived

    • Triggs says

      i don’t think any of them were clear pens today. the most obvious was the tiote handball – even that would be jammy

  54. han says

    spurs can fuck the arse though
    won’t be short on passion from them but it will be a cunt of a game to watch/listen to tomorrow

  55. Sidsidney says

    han said:
    giggsy played like a tired old man
    fucking waste resting him for the semi
    1st half was poor but passing much improved in the 2nd half
    nani was fucking cunting along with that fat waste of a shirt brazilian cunt in the middle
    fucking fuming
    should be 9 points clear and home and dry
    now arse will think its not over and the rent boy cunts will also be sniffing

    Should have listened to me
    A point isn’t a disaster
    We’re shit away from home and none of the top 5 teams have managed 3 points at St James’ Park
    Tottenham should beat Arsenal… and we’ll be reet

  56. says

    Arsenal can’t win tomorrow. They are playing Spurs at White Hart Lane. The best they will get is a draw. We did not lose. We have a point.

    This reminds of ’99 were we drew at at Blackburn and Arsenal felt they could go to Leeds and win but lost. Arsenal have a tougher match than we have had tonight.

  57. Triggs says

    Thankfully we only have to put up with the “we’re back in this and fired up” bullshit from Arsenal for one day before they rollover and cry for mummy again

  58. madredmonkeymadredmonkey says

    what about Chelsea if they beat blues they are only 6 behind, and we still have to play then, if the arse do win, then only four points lead, and have them away. big night tomorrow.

    • Triggs says

      “only 6 points”

      you do realise there’s only 5 games left for chelsea after that Brum game?

      And those five games include… United away, Spurs at home, Newcastle away and Everton away.

  59. han says

    yes we have 2 cunting games but also the arse and the rent boys have to play us and still do have some hard games to come
    7 points ahead is still a good cushion to have and if we had taken just 1 of the 3 clear cut chances we would be 9 ahead and out of sight

  60. sheesh says

    Calvino said:
    Are you guys actually saying we were poor tonight? Is that what am getting from the majority of posts here? We battered them for the whole of the second-half but were unlucky to score and we are blaming the players? We took the game to them. Pinging balls all over the back and they were diving in and blocking everything and yet we are blaming the players? Come on!!!

    Giggs should have buried two great chances and we would have been out of sight. Hernandez was in too much of a hurry in the last few seconds that was why he could not gather the pass into his stride.

    I despair at the pathetic follow the flow type of people on here. What did the midfield do wrong today? What? Carrick was excellent and Anderson did well while he was on. Not sure why Owen came on to be honest. Nani was always a threat even if annoying.

    Cal, there’s no getting away from the fact that we should have won that game tonight and we would have done had we taken one of our clearcut chances.

    People are entitled to get frustrated when we need to pick up points and put pressure on our rivals. Now we’ve given them hope when, before, maybe there was none.

    Attacking wise, people are entitled to complain. What’s the use in having all the possession if you don’t do more in front of goal? Only in the last 5 minutes did we put up a sustained threat at their goal.

  61. han says

    Blog Commenter said:
    Did I watch a different game because they way I saw it, it was hardly backs to the wall defending by Newcastle. There were a few shite long range shots and the Giggs chance and that’s about it for the second half. Fuck all wing play and far to much hoofing it long from the back.

    And Anderson was once again dogshit. He can’t pass the fucking ball, doesn’t look for the ball, meanders around the pitch and the dozy cunt nearly gave away a pen tackling a player being shown away from goal by two players. The only thing Anderson has over Gibson is he can actually tackle.

    valencia should have been on from the start
    and i guess u summarised the match up well
    as for that fat arsed muppet – fucking piss poor
    does well in 1 out of 5 matches ie similarly to carrick but he doesnt get a hard time from other ranters on here, precious brazilian goal shy fucker he is

  62. madredmonkeymadredmonkey says

    Blog Commenter said:
    “only 6 points”

    you do realise there’s only 5 games left for chelsea after that Brum game?

    And those five games include… United away, Spurs at home, Newcastle away and Everton away.

    newcastle home

  63. eddieTheRed says

    Lee Probert had two decisions to make tonight; he got the Lovenkrands dive right but he got the trip on Hernandez wrong; I’m pissed (literally) but we look tired; you don’t have to be far off your game to drop points in this league!

  64. sheesh says

    If we drop points against Everton, I can’t see us winning the title. Blackburn away also worries me (who can forget last season when we bottled it)…

  65. Sidsidney says

    sheesh said:
    If we drop points against Everton, I can’t see us winning the title. Blackburn away also worries me (who can forget last season when we bottled it)…

    We won’t win at Blackburn. A draw or a loss – deffo.
    I think we stand more chance of raising our game at the Emirates and raping them on the counter. Also, crucially, they don’t press when they’re not in possession like normal Prem teams, so the midfielders will have more chance to assert themselves.

  66. kramer says

    sid was spot on. this isn’t a disaster though, especially if spurs get a point against arsenal. i do think the players need a rest though, playing twice a week for so many weeks may be catching up with them.
    i have no fucking clue why ferguson took nani off – taking off one of our best creative players and putting on a cunt who hangs around the goal doing nothing.

  67. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    han said:
    stop fiddling uncles arsehole and get a life u tree shagging cock munching granny fanny licking mongoose fucking cunt

    LKHF endorse this statement

  68. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
    so hernandez is another fucking embarrassing diving cunt i see

    Aye… proper modern footballer…

    Honour in football is dead.

  69. says

    Knobby where were you when Owen shamelessly dived in St Etienne all those years ago? I was shocked at how the English press described it at the time. That he repeated it four years later was quite amazing. But, ITV – bless them, all in the panel did condemn and agree that he did dive.

    I still can’t believe that we did not win. Rooney, Hernandez and Giggs twice, had great opportunities for us to win that game but the keeper saved from the first two while Giggs could not even hit the target INSIDE the box! Amazing..

  70. says

    Don’t get all this worry over Blackburn away. Key points:

    1. Blackburn are playing like a League One side at the moment
    2. They are managed by a rookie, not Sam Alladyce who’s track record of getting poor sides to mid table is second to none.
    3. Last year Rooney was injured so didn’t play
    4. Last year we didn’t have Hernandez so Berbatov had to play in a pressure game
    5. Add the two above points together and we are unlikely to draw a blank infront of goal again.

    All this adds up to United having a very very good chance of picking up 3 points.

    Everton is the big game, if we take 3 points on Saturday it will be a massive step towards no 19.

  71. says

    We will win this title.

    @tel, well, he is here calling Hernandez names so I would like to know what he made of Owen’s shameless dives in two successive world cup matches against Argentina.

  72. herbie simms says

    I’m not sure if this team can beat Everton. SAF is talking as if the team is mentally strained from playing so many games and that loss to Manchester City has taken its toll, mentally. Chelsea are in great form right now and the draw with Newcastle may come back to haunt us. The pundits are saying how Everton have a poor record at Old Trafford, but Everton have improved 100% and this is will be another difficult game for United on present form.

  73. kramer says

    meh, most players fucking dive, including rooney, ronaldo and nani. fuck that honour bullshit, get over yourselves

  74. says

    My point exactly Kramer. Barcelona is filled with the most outrageous divers the game has ever seen. Busquets, Dani Alves and Iniesta make me want to get up and stab them when I see their behaviour. The worst is that ordinary nothing footballer Mascherano.

    So to call Hernandez names is typical Knobby rubbish.

  75. squigels says

    Hernandez has 5 yellow cards this season. I would nearly wager that at least 4 of them are for diving. You refer to an Owen dive 9 years ago so you really are not making a great case.

    Btw

    Hernandez = little diamond
    Owen = Scouse prick.

  76. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    kramer said:
    meh, most players fucking dive, including rooney, ronaldo and nani. fuck that honour bullshit, get over yourselves

    Fuck you… just cause everyone does it, don’t make it right… and just cause you think it’s acceptable doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t find it ugly.

    I fuckin hate diving… it makes a joke of the game, and I hate it more when our players do it, because it denies me the moral high ground with opposing fans.

    You’ve come to accept it as part of the game… good for you… but anyway you want to look at it, it’s cheating… what does that say about you?

  77. uncleknobheadffsuncleknobheadforfucksake says

    owens dives made up for the hand of god, theyre the only occasions an english player has ever dived but they were extenuating circumstances, what with the hand of god and the falklands and us sending bollockless carricky shitehouse spike over there

    plus at least owens dives worked, hernandezs were fucking embarrassing, and nani

  78. says

    You knobby, are a top grade idiot. You are well off the radar in terms of your hubris. First time an english man dived. I guess Heskey does not count? Nor David Beckham and Gar Neville – two worthy exponents from Utd.

  79. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    “extenuating circumstances, what with the hand of god and the falklands and us sending bollockless carricky shitehouse spike over there”…

    Blew snot all over my shirt, you cunt…

    “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.”

  80. han says

    Alfonso Bedoya said:
    “extenuating circumstances, what with the hand of god and the falklands and us sending bollockless carricky shitehouse spike over there”…

    Blew snot all over my shirt, you cunt…

    better your own snot than unclecheeseknobcocksuckerffs’s jizum

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