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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Man Utd 3-0 Debreceni

A pretty good and unsurprising result really. United looked pretty comfortable, although it would have been interesting to see how they would have reacted if Debreceni had that goal allowed just after half time. Rooney was, as ever, excellent. Ronaldo wasn't far behind him either. Both are looking like top, top players and if they can stay fit all season United could still surprise a few people. Good to see Ruud finishing and playing well again. I wish Park had been given longer as he showed a few good touches as did the teenager Rossi. Also good to see Van Der Sar. Not much to do but kept the ball short and kept possession frequently.

Hopefully no problems for the second leg and I can still see United challenging this season for both Europe and the League bar any freak non-turning up for drugs tests, international commitments and injuries.

The whole Glazer bros thing looked suspiciously spin doctored.


Blogger J. B. Hood said...

Mmm...who needs Owen?

Good to hear the young guns off the bench looked good. Obviously I hope Timmy gets some time between the posts, but when they win one shouldn't complain. This is the kind of team Liverpool would probably barely beat, and Newcastle as well, 2-1 type result. ManU showed some resolve in taking it to them.

If either Roon or Ron go down (Ruud either, for that matter), it will be a long, long season, I'm afraid, as I don't have faith in the midfield to make up for the firepower and creativity; and if Heinze or Rio get hurt, I'm afraid silverware in Europe is out of the question. Living on the edge, a bit.

(I learned a long time ago to start off pessimistic...)

August 10, 2005

Blogger James Crossley said...

I'm afraid you might be right on the injuries. Ronaldo and Rooney have so far tended to remain relatively injury free. But Ruud hasn't. I still like the midfield but Keane is gettingold and can't go on for much longer. Fergie seems to think Alan Smith can cover and he certainly looked comfortable off the bench. But it was against a weak team and United were winning so he needs a bigger test.

I don't actually think Van Der Sar is all that bad news for Tim Howard. Fergie clearly thought Howard was a better long term option than Roy Carroll. He's stil young for a keeper and Van Der Sar can help bring him through. It will take a lot of pressure of Howard now.

After Liverpool won in Europe last season, I'm wrting off no one now. It's a cup competition and so it's much more likely to shock than the league.

August 10, 2005


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