Lakenheath Old Boys

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Villa vs United on a Friday Night



It's a Friday night Premier League fixture and it's neither Boxing Day nor New Years Day. It's a rarity , but the match kicks off from Villa Park at 2:45 EDT. Join me if you can.

78 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, MUR - it's a pleasure to join you for this oddly scheduled Premiership fixture. I'm going to look for an NBC Sports link.

2:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news for this afternoon's clash:

Aston Villa: Guzan; Bacuna, Richards (c), Clark, Amavi; Veretout, Westwood, Gueye; Sinclair, Ayew, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Bunn, Baker, Hutton, Sánchez, Kozak, Gestede, Richardson.

Manchester United: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Mata, Memphis, Januzaj; Rooney (c).

Subs: Johnstone, Valencia, McNair, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Young, Hernández.

2:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It looks like all change for LVG today, with Blind, Mata and Jan all coming into the side today. Is he the new Tinkerman?

2:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. It is oddly scheduled and talking about odd: The headline of the week is Jose bizarrely demoting his medical staff for doing their job. He is becoming the Evil One.

2:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think those are the only three changes. I would say that there are worse than him.

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Villa Park has filled up nicely as the teams file out, with United playing in white shirts and black shorts. Villa are in the usual claret and blue, currently concealed beneath some natty white warm-up tops. Kick off is but seconds away.

2:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Villa PArk

2:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

According to Arlo, there will be up to seven Friday night footie Prem Matches next season. Surely, the TV stations are behind this.

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Must be a tv thing. Do the punters really want another evening of the footer? Will any couples ever have sex again? What will happen to the population of Britain?!

2:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

LOL, mate. They will , but they will have to be quickies. I do agree that it's too many evenings and it's starting to get out of hand.

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Most definitely - I'm newly married, for goodness sake!

2:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United are unbeaten in their last twenty visits to Villa Park. The longest streak in English top flight history.

2:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We will be at work for most of the Friday matches and will have yet another match to DVR.

2:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both teams had 1-0 wins last weekend and both were unconvincing.

2:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Micah Richards with a hefty foul on Schneiderlin diagonally outside the box.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Memphis takes and it eludes everyone. It bounces off the ground then back up and Schneiderlin heads over despite being wide open at the far post. The best chance of the match up to this pint.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

They both seem unconvincing tonight as well.

3:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United are starting to take control. Time for a United goal.

3:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brad Guzan does well to come out and block from Memphis off a poor Villa clearance.

3:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Memphis has a shot blocked for a corner.

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A cross from Jan was just too high for Memphis to make contact.

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL! Jan giives United the lead with a deflected that went in off the inside of the post.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wahay! Just what you and this match needed. You were definitely starting to turn the screw. Depay has been the best player on the pitch.

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great build up then a slide rule pass from Mata to Jan, who turned Micah Richards and scored with the deflected finish.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

On the replay that was a bit jammy. A big deflection off Clark carried it past Guzan and inside the right post. But they all count.

0-1 United!

3:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We are worth the lead because we have controlled the match the last few minutes.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jan has celebrated that strike by engaging in a kicking contest with Veretout. Lucky to get away with that one.

3:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

One touch too many for Jan as he should have shot

3:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will the medical staff be blamed for that or is that Jose's domain?

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Amadou wins a corner off Smalling after Mata had been tackled Richards heads over from the corner and could have won a penalty after being held by Darmian.

3:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United are one up at the half.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm still not sure what the fuss is between Jose and the medical staff. Surely Hazard just picked up a knock, right?

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm back for the second half . United still one up.

3:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into the second half now and United are looking fairly comfortable with this lead. UWS won't be impressed by the flair of the performance but if they hold out United will have two wins on the trot, one against top ten rivals and another away from home.

3:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That is correct. They will need to call us one nil to the United.

3:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Scott Sinclair is replaced by the praying Rudy Gestedde, who scored the winner off the bench at Dean Court on Staurday

4:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The answer to your question is that Jose didn't want the medical staff on because Chelsea were down a man and were down two hen Hazard went off for treatment. The medical staff had no choice as Michael Oliver waived them on . I'm not sure what Jose's beef is.

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pig Stick is on for Carrick and Luke Shaw is fortunate not to be booked for obstruction on Agbon.

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Herrera wins a corner off of Amavi.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What do you make of those changes? Herrera on as well for goalscorer Jan.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Guzan easily catches the corner.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're mind numbing defensive moves and a sign that LVG wants to hang on to a 0-1 lead rather than wanting to win in style.

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bacuna heads away a deflected cross from Mata for a corner after Mata initially won the ball , then he won it back. The short corner eventually leads to another.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks like it to me, as well. It's the Jose way for LVG today.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Guzan punches away the next corner then Bacuna clears.

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Has Romero had a save to make today? He could have gone off for a walk with the dog and a pint in the pub this evening.

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jordan Ayew fouls Luke Shaw just outside the box after Bacuna conceded possession.

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Memphis with a free kick that nearly clears Villa Park. Really awful.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What about Wayne gorgeous new thatch? It looks like he's spent the summer getting fresh plugs in.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

He'll want that one back for sure.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Not a save a save for Cesar Romero. He should have brought a deck chair and he definitely could have had a shandy or two.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jordan Ayew is the first player of the night booked as he's booked for diving. Dad will not feel proud about that.

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I haven't really noticed Wayne, but you could easily be describing Micah Richards.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Memphis should have had his first United goal and put the match to bed as he shot just wide with just Guzan to beat. It all started when Mata dispossessed Jordan Ayew/

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Appalling dive there from Ayew.

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Herrera is booked for a pull back.

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks as if you're the likelier of the two to score on the break as Villa press their claim.

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mata has looked particularly good tonight.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fortunately , Villa have as much of a cutting edge as a broken pair of scissors and Gestede has shown he 's not used to playing in the Prem.

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed . Mata has been the MOTM although the remaining players haven't set the bar very high.

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Decent save by Guzan from Memphis with a shot from about 25 yards out/

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carlos Sanchez is on for Veretout.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It hasn't been a five star performance, but we have been the better team.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bacuna wins a corner off of Shaw.

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not five star, no, and UWS won't be pleased because he'll have expected a five goal rout with a hat-trick of overhead kicks from Memphis. But two wins in two at a time when the biggies seem to be faltering ain't half bad.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A chorus for Yashley on his return to Villa Park as he's on for Memphis.

4:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. It is a decent start for one nil to the United.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off home, mate. Cheerio!

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wouldn't he want some acrobatic flips while the goals were being scored or at least some circus in conjuction with the goals.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Have great day. I look forward to chatting with you early in the morning./

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Darmian was booked for a foul on Amavi.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.Gana is booked for a nasty foul on Pig Stick.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and it's one nil to the United at Villa Park as they start with two wins in their first two matches, both by one nil margins.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United are undefeated in twenty at Villa Park. That's the longest streak in the top flight in the history of English footie.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me. I'll be around early in the morning . Cheers!

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well done, mate!

5:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

BLOODY USELESS!!!

11:03 PM  

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