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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Premiership Sunday Morning

Good Sunday morning, chaps. Welcome to another Sunday morning in the Premiership. The appetizer this morning is Southampton v. Norwich. Our main course afterward is Swansea v. ManYoo. Join me for all of the action, won't you?

181 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams are in the tunnel at St. Mary's:

Southampton: Stekelenburg; Soares, Yoshida, Fonte, Targett; Steven Davis, Romeu; Tadic, Ward-Prowse, Mané; Pellè. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Long, Rodriguez, Martina, Reed, Juanmi, Caulker.

Norwich: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Brady; Redmond, Dorrans, Tettey, Howson; Hoolahan; Jerome. Subs: Rudd, Wisdom, Johnson, Hooper, Ryan Bennett, O’Neil, Van Wolfswinkel.

Referee: Jon Moss

8:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

These are curious times for Southampton. They were the only Premier League team, it appeared, battling hard to qualify for the Europa League last season but on Thursday were dumped out before even reaching the group stages. They have started this campaign in worryingly rusty fashion and only Sunderland languish below them.

8:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Norwich arrive on the south coast having made a solid if unspectacular start to life back in the Premier League, playing some attractive football but managing only four points – perhaps not the return their performances have deserved.

8:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Saints get us underway at a very green looking St. Mary's. And we have an early free kick chance for them.

8:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - James Ward-Prowse curls one around the wall and pulls a fingertip save out of Ruddy. Great start!

8:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cam Jerome is a casualty after the resulting corner.

8:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good start by the home side, pushing quickly up the left side. Another corner.

8:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ball falls to Jose Fonte on the volley - not really the player you would have wanted behind that chance.

8:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now - Jerome, healthy again - wins a corner for the Canaries.

8:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Saints continue their early pressure.

8:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Pelle nearly got on the end of that corner but Bassong put him off.

8:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The key to a Norwich success here must be to get Hoolahan in to the game as much as possible. A couple of straightforward, sideways passes aside he hasn’t really featured yet.

8:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mane with a nice snapshot at goal but Ruddy smothered it well. Good start from the Norwich keeper.

8:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The home supporters are quiet as church mice now. The home side's calmed down into a tight, attractive but unexciting match now.

8:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pelle tries the acrobatic - and it comes to nothing.

8:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Cam Jerome misses an absolute sitter there - eight yards out and Dorrans had teed him up beautifully.

8:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Whittaker is sent off for two yellow cards in three minutes. The first was a nonsense. He knocked the ball out of Tadic's hand as he went to throw it in. And now he's held Tadic back.

Norwich down to ten men!

9:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's the sixth red card in the Premiership this weekend. Wow!

9:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Southampton bang up for this now.

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The match has fizzled a bit since Whittaker's sending off. I thought Saints might push on...but no.

9:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Pelle fires the Saints into the lead.

9:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Super combination between Mane and Pelle and the Italian slid the ball by Ruddy on the near post.

1-0!

9:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at St. Mary's for the second half.

9:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great save Ruddy from that drive by Mane.

9:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another great save by Ruddy - this time for Jay Rodriguez.

9:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Le Tiss up in the stands enjoying this Saints display.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, Bob. Thanks for starting the thread. I was getting a wee bit of extra kip.

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It appears that the Saints have dominated, but I see that the Canaries have been a man down since the half hour mark.

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pelle heads over the corner from James Ward -Prowse

9:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well done, mate - I'm sure that it was well deserved. How's Elizabeth?

9:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! TADIC BLASTS A DEFLECTED PASS FROM MANE IN THE UPPER 90. THE SAINTS ARE NOW TWO UP

9:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! And you've arrived just in time to watch Tadic fire home a cross from Mane.

2-0 Saints - home and hosed.

9:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! And another. Mane is really causing havoc down that left hand side. Cedric dinks over to Pelle who produces a save but Tadic mops it up.

3-0 Saints!

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! TADIC PUTS THE SAINTS THREE UP WITH A TAP IN AFTER RUDDY SAVED A HEADER FROM PELLE.

9:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Norwich have been overrun here today. This might just kick-start Southampton's season.

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The goal came down the Saints right where Cedric played a one two with Mane , then Cedric put in a delightful cross that was headed by Mane saved by Ruddy then tapped in by Tadic. This one is done and dusted.

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Former Leeds favorite , Bradley Johnson, is on for Dorrans.

9:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not much that Brad can do about this shower.

10:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I apologize for not responding. I didn't expect two quick goals. Elizabeth is doing well. The birthday party went really well. Her mother seemed to be okay, but was getting a little tired when we left. Thank you for asking. I was really tired when we got home and slept soundly last night.

10:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What's your thinking about the United match this morning?

10:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Would this have been a different match if both sides had the full 11 on the pitch

10:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll bet you did - many happy returns to Elizabeth. I've just posted a simple birthday message to her on FB.

10:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I don't know - Norwich just never really got into this one. Saints were already in charge, even when Whittaker was on the pitch.

10:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I hope we don't lose our first match of the season. The Swans have been a thorn in our side in recent meetings. They are off to a good start and will be a tough test for us at the Liberty.

10:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks mate. I will do so as well.

10:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

With only Citeh looking in really good form, it gives United a chance to play themselves into a good position. What's going on at Chelski!!?

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Saints were eliminated from the EL a few days ago , so this should help them focus more on the league. This should be a learning experience for Alex Neill and his Canaries.

10:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I saw that - not good news for them.

10:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure, but I don't see them retaining the title. Jose will be running out of excuses. Alan Pardew became the first manager to defeat him in three Prem matches. Will Jose win the sack race. I think he did in his first spell at the Bridge.

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Doesn't look like it. Losing away to Citeh is one thing. But allowing Palace to beat them at home is another thing entirely. They're in 13th!

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The next match for the Canaries will be against fellow promoted side, the Cherries. That should be an interesting contest against a fellow promoted side.

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I know Chelsea can go on a run, but this isn't good enough

10:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very interesting. The international break should give sides a chance to breathe and reflect.

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mane gets a standing ovation as he's replaced by Juanmi. Mane would be a great signing for United, but we really need another striker , a good keeper, and a central defender.

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Koeman boys can celebrate with some Heinnes or Amstel. They look like they have done plenty of that since retiring.

10:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The United side for the late one:

Man Utd: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Ander Herrera, Depay; Rooney. Subs: Hernandez, Carrick, Young, Valencia, Fellaini, McNair, Johnstone.

What do you make of that one?

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That seems to be the side that United have played, so that is expected. I noticed that LVG has been rotating Carrick and the Pig Stick. I have been disappointed with the Pig Stick's start at United. They will need to be at their best to get anything from their trip to South Wales.

10:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm sorry but it doesn't look like a United side; rather, it's just an assemblage of players. But no spine to the side. Do I sound like UWS?

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The closest that the Canaries have come to scoring as a miss hit cross from Bardy goes inches over after his corner as headed away, but Stecklenburg seemed to have it covered.

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one is about over, so I'm going to head to the shower ahead of the late one.

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You do. was UWS typing in your place? Seriously , I do agree.It seems more like a bun ch of talented individuals instead of a team , so I expect them to be a little short of winning the title due to that

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Three minutes of stoppage time

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bob is in the shower as this shower is over . The Saints win 3-0

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm back and all squeaky clean for the late one. Here are the teams coming out at the Liberty now:

Swansea: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Cork, Shelvey; Routledge, Sigurdsson, Ayew; Gomis. Subs: Ki, Dyer, Nordfeldt, Tabanou, Eder, Rangel, Bartley.

Man Utd: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Ander Herrera, Depay; Rooney. Subs: Hernandez, Carrick, Young, Valencia, Fellaini, McNair, Johnstone.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

10:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What to make of those teams? Matteo Darmian is spared the challenge of trying to stop Jefferson Montero, who is nowhere to be seen today for Swansea. As tough as the Manchester United right-back is, he’ll be relieved about that. Montero has been in frightening form this season. Wayne Routledge replaces him and it seems that Andre Ayew will move to the left. It’s still a strong Swansea team, though, and they should be confident of getting something from this match. Not that United look weak. Michael Carrick and the injured Adnan Januzaj drop out. Champions League winner and world champion Mr Stamper comes in and Morgan Schneiderlin returns, while Ander Herrera keeps his place after his impressive second half against Club Brugge.

10:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The home faithful are chiming in with a resounding chorus of "Flags of My Father." And we're away!

11:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United are up and at 'em right away with some early pressure. And Smalling wins an early free kick.

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the Liberty!
COME ON UNITED!

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

fLAPPY PUHSES AWAY THE FREE KICK THEN THE sWANS CLEAR

11:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mata and Memphis are behind this one.

Oh - it is Memphis who strikes it low through the wall and Flappy did well to scoop it away.

11:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Memphis is flying again and a nice lay-off from Herrera leaves Mata with a shooting chance. Well over.

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am pleased that Montero is not playing. He has been really impressive and would have caused all sorts of problems. We are off to a good start

11:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is more like it - now Shaw is galloping up the flank to latch on to a pass from Danny Blind. Have United been reading UWS' comments?

11:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United are really enjoying themselves; they’ve picked up where they left off against Club Brugge.

11:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Shelvey has had a good start to the season too. Routledge is a decent player, but doesn't pose the same threat as Montero. Andy Ayew is off to a good start too.

11:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think LVG must have read UWS's comments because they looked more like the UNited of old in midweek albeit that it was a ragged performance from Brugge.

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Swansea settle things down. It’s been a tough start for them. United came racing out of the blocks, but there are signs that it’s beginning to level out now.

11:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Swansea are a decent side, I agree. They should have no trouble staying up this season and might even push on a bit.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. The Swans finished eighth last season and that's about where I expect them to finish at the end of this season.

11:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So, which two sides in the Premiership have yet to concede a goal, mate?

11:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pigsticker wins a cheap free kick and United carry on with their dominance of possession.

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The answer to your question is the two Manc clubs.

11:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is a scrappy spell, Swansea straining to get a foothold, United snapping into the challenges in midfield.

11:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yes, indeed - of course the difference is that you lot have scored two and Citeh have scored ten!

11:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There was that Carrick OG at OT against Brugge, so technically just Citeh.Pool lost their perfect record with that shock result against the Hammers yesterday

11:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arlo just mentioned something that we had all expected. Citeh have signed De Bruyne from The VWs. The former Chelsea player should be the final piece in the puzzle for Citeh.

11:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

True. And I think only Memphis has scored in the Prem for United, right? Because the first goal was technically a Spurs o.g. by Kyle Walker.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United have a cross headed out for a corner.

11:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh have a frightening squad now; however, Kevin didn't respond well to the squad rotation at Chelski and he's likely to see more of the same at Citeh. Sterling has gotten off to a really good start and won't be easily shoved aside.

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. That is correct . Just goals from Memphis and the Walker OG that was actually walked in

11:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What was that? Rooney was put through and he seemed to either hesitate or lose speed. Extraordinary. Williams was able to recover when Flappy should have been pulling the ball out of the net.

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Bruyne rarely even played for Chelsea. I don't think he was really in the rotation. I'm sure that despite his comments that Jose could really use the young Belgian's services. De Bruyne's move from the VW City means that he should be a driving force in the Citeh midfield.

11:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Mata should have scored there - misses near post. United are definitely knocking at the door.

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Better from United, but Mata shot wide from a difficult angle. Good link up play as Herrera did well to pick out Mata

11:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We'll see - I wouldn't want to be joining a side that's flying like Citeh - why change things if you're Pellegrini?

11:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

UWS has just checked in via text from the West Coast. Guess what - he's not happy with United. No surprise there.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United have out shot the Swans 4-0. Now it's time to start tucking those away

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The first shot by the Swans and the dangerous Gomis shoots well wide.

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would be surprised if he was happy. He would have wanted United at least five up by now with a few acrobatics as well.

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United need to make sure the Swans controlling midfield because I have noticed that Gomis is only as good as the service he receives.

11:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Siggy had a great chance against the run of play. Dragged wide.

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Inches wide by Siggy.The closest the Swans have come to scoring

11:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Shelvey tries a long range volley after a poor clearance from Romero.

11:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - now Gomis has hit the outside of the upright. United have switched off suddenly.

11:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gomis received a p[ass from Shelvey and clipped the outside of the past

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both chances have come from Shelvey and Gomis combining. United need to somehow stop Shelvey from controlling the midfield.

11:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roon volleys over, but it was always going to be difficult as he had to stretch just to make contact.,

11:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Smalling dives in a bit rashly there.

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I take back what I said . Now I agree with UWS because Swansea is now dominating. United need to pull their fingers out

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Poor by Roon despite the difficult angle. A soft chip was easily caught by Flappy off a nice through ball.

11:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney is played through again but tries a tame chip. What's up with him? He was explosive in mid-week but now he's back to the old Rooney mode.

11:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A long range effort from Herrera goes well wide.

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The rain starts to teem down in South Wales.

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnno must be delighted that his team surprisingly Hammered Liverpool at Anfield yesterday. I'm sure UWS and Someone must be pleased too as is Yours Truly.

11:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schneiderlin is the first player booked as he fouls Cork.

11:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm sure he is.

11:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Romero fumbles the free kick from Shelvey then catches it at the second attempt.

11:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I would still like to see another striker up alongside Rooney - perhaps a more orthodox one like Lewandowski. Are you lot still in for him?

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I didn't see that result coming. The announcer said it was the Hammers first win at Anfield since the early 60s. Slaven will be delighted since he is a former Toffee.

11:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Idon't think so. I know we are linked to Mane, but Lewandowski is needed more than him. We also need a top keeper.

11:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Memphis is booked for pulling down Andy Ayew.

11:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Routledge is the first Swansea player booked as he pulls down Darmian

11:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coming down to the last few moments at the Liberty. I'm not sure that 0-0 is a fair score at the moment - United should be ahead.

11:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Is Twilight definitely off then?

11:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Useless from Blind . A minute of stoppage time.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A deal hasn't been made, but I would be surprised if he's a Real player by tomorrow afternoon.

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the half. I guess that's a fair score based on the run of play

11:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's half-time, then. What do you reckon, mate?

11:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Swans get us started again at the Liberty.

12:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway and it's been a tough test for United as I predicted.

12:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The answer to your question is that as the match progressed, the Swans looked more likely to score. United will have to improve if they want to get anyhting out of this match.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Damian gives us a silly free kick that now gives Swansea an advantage.

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Darmian fouls Routledeg just outside the box and is fortunate not to be booked United are fortunate that Routledge tamely curls the e free kick to Romero

12:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Juan Mata is Johnny on the Spot at the backpost to roof home United's first.

0-1!

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! THEN MATA PUTS UNITED INTO THE LEAD AS THEY GO STRAIGHT UP THE PITCH AND SCORE.

12:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great ball over from Shaw that caused all sorts of problems for the Swansea backline. It ran right through to the lucky Spaniard.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United literally did go straight up the pitch and score seconds after Romero caught the free kick from Shelvey. He threw it out to Schneiderlin, who found Shaw . He went speedily down the left , put in a great cross that Roon flicked on and Mata did well to finish at the far post.

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

One of the best saves of the season as Flappy prevents United from going two up. A miss hit cross from Memphis was nearly put in as an OG by Ashley Williams and Flappy made an acrobatic save to keep the Swans in the match

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Routledge is off for Ki, who will be hoping to unlocking the United defense, BOOM BOOOM!

12:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United should have gone two up as Mata shot straight at Flappy with just the keeper to beat. Great combo work between the two Spaniards, Mata and Herrera.

12:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bugger - Swansea are back in it - sorry mate.

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BUGGER!!!! THE SWANS TIE IT UP WITH A HEDAER FROM ANDY AYEW.

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks Bob. United have only themselves to blame for giving Ayew a free header in the six yard box.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The goal started with Ashley Williams winning a tackle just outside the box. He went on a long solo run , found the wide open Siggy down the right and he put in a cross for the unmarked Andy Ayew to head in . He did take a goal away from Gomis.

12:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still - that's the first goal conceded in four Premiership matches - not bad for the new look United backfour.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Also, why was Luke Shaw caught upfield and how did Blind , the makeshift central defender not keep an eye on Ayew, leaving him so wide open

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. I just was a really bad goal to concede for multiple reasons.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

DAMN IT!!! GOMIS SCORES AS ROMERO HORRIBLY FUMBLES IN A SHOT AT HIS NEAR POST.THE SWANS LEAD 2-1.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - it's a second for Swansea and a bit of a howler from Romero. The ball from Shelvey was good alright, but Gomis should not have been able to beat the Argentine keeper at his near post.

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That shows why United need a top class keeper. I could have saved that tame effort from Gomis who shot under the dive of Romero. Shelvey found Ayew. This time he was provider, which makes up for the goal he took away from Gomis

12:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It does indeed.

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He looked more like Cesar Romero in goal because he was playing like the Joker!

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That prompts a double switcheroo from LVG as Yashley is on for Mata and Carrick is on for Scheniderlin. Just what we need . Two holding middies when we need an equalizer.

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think this is the first time that Pig Stick and Carrick have been on the pitch at the same time.

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yashey's first involvement was to cross right against Shelvey and his second weas to cross straight to Flappy, who unlike the Joker, has not.

12:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

COME ON DESMOND. He was visiting Fred yesterday afternoon.

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice for LVG as Hair Bear is about to come on.

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WTF!! An obvious foul throw by Darmian

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There it is as Hair Bear is on for Herrera. One CL scorer is on for another as Hair Bear scored off the bench that time too. More of the same please!

12:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boom boom, mate - nice Batman reference.

12:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United are going all Route One now with Hair Bear on the scene.

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think United got away with one their as he was flagged offside , but looked on with just Romero to beat. Eder is on for Gomis

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I know it's not their style, but they really have to since they are chasing the game.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A United loss would put them in fourth behind Citeh . Palace,and the Foxes. Also , that would leave Citeh , the Foxes , and the Swans as the only undefeated teams. I think Bob would agree that there are some early season surprises.

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Actually,the Swans are in fourth and United fifth. That puts the Swans in a CL spot along with Palace and the Foxes. I'm sure nobody predicted that

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Roon was through and seemed to have it under control but was then bundled over by Williams. No pen. I'd have to see that again.

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd have to say that that was a fair challenge. It's another instance where Roon wasn't sharp enough to take his chances. He's had three of those today.

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I know United could have used a spot kick, but the tackle by Ashley Williams on Roon was never a pen. Roon did well to control a long diagonal and beat a defender, but it was a superb tackle by Williams.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A deserved ovation for Shelvey as he's replaced by Kyle Bartley, the former Arsenal academy player. Four minutes of stoppage time.

12:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into stoppage time - come on, United!

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I see that Leeds are a point outside a playoff spot. Not bad, mate.

12:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I always knew this would be a stiff test for United. They haven't passed it topday

12:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks, mate. Even after this one, you're the same way - a point out of the CL spots.

12:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's that - sorry mate, not to be today. UWS will be furious out there on the West Coast. Everything started well but Roon didn't take his chances.

12:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and the Swans defeat United 2-1 , handing them their first loss of the season. I felt that the Swans deserved to win .

12:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

UWS is right to be furious about the performance today

12:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That puts us behind Palace, the Foxes,and the Swans in the standings. Whop would have thought?

12:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now it's off to the international break. England are away to San Marino next Saturday with the match kicking off at noon Eastern.. Surely, Roon should get a couple against the minnows

12:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll have a cracking International Break Footie Trivia question for you on Tuesday. Look out for it.

1:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me. it was great chatting with you. Have a great week. I guess we'll chat next on Saturday unless there is something before then . Cheers!

1:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I will be looking forward to that. Cheers!

1:14 PM  

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