Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Derby Day on Tyneside and in Manc Land

It's a huge day in the Premiership with derby matches at both the bottom and the top of the Premiership. We start at the bottom - on Tyneside - with the relegation dogfight between old rivals Newcastle and Sunderland. The Toon have a new boss on board - Rafa Benitez - who knows his way around a derby match. Later, we've got the Manc Derby, which will be crucial in terms of the Champions League places. Join me this morning for all the banter on the LOB.

277 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, chaps - hopefully you’re not going anywhere for a good few hours. It’s Derby Day, and we kick off at 9:30am EST with what has been billed as the biggest Tyne-Wear bunfight in 30 years. Newcastle and Sunderland have both given fans of slapstick plenty to work with this season but it gets rather more serious today: Rafa Benitez’s team sit four points shy of 17th-placed Norwich, and Sam Allardyce’s men three adrift. This is one of two games in hand for both, but the Canaries’ win at West Brom yesterday hastened the need for some proper form to be hit in the north-east.

8:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of SJP this morning:

Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Colback; Sissoko, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Perez, Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Anita, Taylor, Saivet, De Jong, Riviere, Cisse.

Sunderland: Mannone; Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, van Aanholt; Kirchhoff, M’Vila, Rodwell, Khazri, Borini; Defoe. Subs: Pickford, Jones, O’Shea, Cattermole, Lens, Toivonen, N’Doye.

9:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams coming out at SJP now - this is Kate's favorite part as she loves the kiddies.

9:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning , mate. I'm here to join you for Derby Day as we head into the international break

9:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As Sunderland get us underway wearing their hideous green and yellow away number.

9:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from SJP.

9:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - Happy Derby Day!

9:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fred is meowing. He claims that the lime green is too brioght

9:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. Happy Derby Day to you.

9:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Have you ever seen a green and yellow cat? I'm sure that Fred hasn't.

9:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robbie and co. were predicting a Sunderland away win today, mainly on the basis that Defoe is more of a goal threat than is Mitrovic. Your thoughts?

9:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Defoe got onto that half chance but blasted over. He's got seven goals from the last ten, so they'll be looking to him.

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

First corner of the match to Sunderland - they've had the better start.

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Toon attack and Mannone catches a Toon corner . Now the Black Cats win a corner as Van Dijjck heads wide from a Saints corner.

9:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - half chance for Mitrovic - but he got the volley all wrong - ballooned over the bar.

9:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I've never seen one unless it's been spray painted

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great chance for Mitrovic off a through ball from Shelvey and pass from Townsend.

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I disagree. I think a draw is likely or even a Toon win since I believe that Toon performances will perform with Raffa in charge

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Rob Elliott does well to tip over a header from a corner then Kone heads wide from the next corner from Khazri

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Perhaps Robbie has a point as Khazri can be dangerous from set pieces for the lime greens

9:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This could easily be settled by one goal.

9:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shane Long shot wide from a long ball. Shelvey is wide from long range. Mitrovic went down , looking for a pen. He was grasping at straws and drew the short one

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another chance goes begging for the Toon. I just don't think Mitrovic is good enough for a Premiership outfit.

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure. This match has been more open than I expected.

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

True - lots of chances at both ends.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mitrovic is only 21 and has plenty of potential. If the Toon hit form then I'm sure he will too. He hasn't really had the best service in recent matches.

9:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jack Colback picks up his requisite yellow card.

9:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm also watching the Saints vs Pool on a link where POll won 1-6 in the League Cup.

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good for you. You're taking the place of Nocito Sportscaster.

9:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!COUTINHO GIVES POOL THE LEAD WITH A LONG RANGE EFFORT IN THE BOTTOM CORNER. FORMER SAINT, LALLANA , PASSED TO HIM AND HE CUT IN TO SCORE WITH THAT LONG RANGE EFFORT.

9:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coutinho is on a tear these days.

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

cHEERS, MATE. aS i WAS UPDATING, dAFOE SHOT INCHES WIDE FROM A PASS FROM rODWELL AND cOLBACK WAS BOOKED AGAINST his former club. His tenth , so he will be suspended for the next match

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mannone was forced to push away a swerving effort from Townsend

9:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Defoe a whisker away from connecting with that cross-shot.

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dafoe just failed to connect from a pass from Khazri

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pool won here 1-6 in the League Cup with Origi netting a hat-trick. The winner in this match puts pressure on the teams chasing 4th place.

9:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BLOODY HELL !!! I MISSED THE CURSE OF NOCITO. I MISSED A GOAL WHILE GETTING A REFILL OF COFFEE. STURRIDGE PUT POOL TWO UP.

9:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Head tennis in the Toon box off a free kick from Khazri. The Toon break through Sissokmo, but he lacked the support and it broke down.

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Loveren booked on his return to St. Mary's for a foul on Long.

9:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Pool nearly went three up as they broke and Lallana put Wee Joe through with just Forster to beat , but the big keeper stayed big and blocked from the little Welshman

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sturridge shoots straight at Forster from a narrow angle as the Saints were split open yet again

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kaboul fouls Ayoze in the D

9:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shelvy blasts wide from the free kick - close call.

10:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shelvey hooks the free kick a few feet wide.

10:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think the Manc Derby is on the local NBC affiliate.

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

Maybe the Curse of the Goldstein is to miss a goal while getting coffee?

10:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Janmaat on Khazri. He is merely lectured by Martin Atkinson

10:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

MArtinia heads out a cross from Flnagan for a Pool corner.

10:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! JOE ALLEN PUTS THREE UP FROM THE CORNER . No it's disallowed for offside as Sakho jumped over the ball as Wee Joe shot, but he was obviously interfering with play. The correct decision from the linesman.

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yellow card for Janmaat for a chippy tug back.

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Crikey - Pool are running riot!

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mebemba is booked for a foul on Borini. I'm not sure why as Borini appeared to run into the player, who just stayed his ground

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Khazri curls the free kick not too far wide. Just too much bend.

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's Derby Day in Scotland too where the Dundee Derby is being played today. The Tangerines are all but doomed.

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mbemba with a long range effort that's not even close.

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rodwell is high and wide from long range. This match has gone flat

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joe Allen fouls Tadic about thirty yards from goal. Borini wins a corner off of Colback

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! DAFOE GIVES THE BLACK CATS THE LEAD.

10:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Defoe with a sweet volley from corner. The Black Cats are 0-1 up on the edge of half-time.

10:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Khazri took a short corner to Borini and Rob Elliott pushed a way his long range effort. Janmaat failed to head clear and Dafoe punished that mistake with a well placed volley.

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time at SJP

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time at St. Mary's

10:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time at the SJP and Sunderland go in one up. The Toon are depressed.

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Colback wins a corner off of Yedlin, but there's not time to take it as the Black Cats are one up at the half thanks to a goal on the stroke of halftime from Dafoe.

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sturridge is pushed down by Classie.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Saints counter off the free kick from Sturridge, but Tadic is flagged offside.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boos from the home fans as Pool are two up at the half.

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half has kicked off from SJP

10:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from St. Mary's as Fat Ronnie as made a double substitution

10:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at the SJP and Newcastle nearly get that equalizer straight from the kick-off. Cor!

10:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wanayama is on for for Clasie and Mane for Tadic. Both are like for like, so Fat Ronnie is basically stating that he's none too pleased with the first half performance.

10:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct. Mitrovic had a volley cleared off the line.

10:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Can is booked for a lunge on Ryan Bertrand.

10:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PENALTY TO THE SAINTS AS SKRTEL IS CALLED FOR A SHIRT PULL ON PELLE IN THE BOX. AN EASY DECISION FOR LEE MASON.. SKRTEL BOOKED FOR THAT

10:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shelvy into the book for an industrial challenge.

10:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

RUDDY NORAH. MINNIE SAVES THE PENALTY FORM THE MINNIE MANE. OH mane OH MANE!

10:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As if Shelvey reads a book.

10:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent header there from Perez but straight at Mannone.

10:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Miotrovic should have tied it up as he headed straight to Mannone with a free header and Forster does well to push away a shot from Origi after he turned inside Martina.

10:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sissoko with a weak volley straight to Mannone

10:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dafoe has a shot deflect off of Mbemba straight to Rob Elliott.

10:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rob Eliott tips over a shot from Van Arnholt.

10:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Khazri is cleared

10:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - 1973 Sunderland FA Cup triumph moment with Jim Montgomery in the crowd.

10:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Colback on Borini as seems to be begging for a second yellow.

10:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

a sight for sore eyes , mate. Monte watching the Black Cats hang on to a 1-0 lead. Isn't that a familiar punch line?

10:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Flanagan heads out for a Saints corner after Minnie miss judged a cross.

10:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Siem De Jong is on for Colback. A wise move from Raffa

10:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Don’t you have to hand it to Jermain Defoe? I think you do. Nobody expected too much from him after he came back from MLS, and last season was a bit of a chore – but if Sunderland stay up this season then much of it will have been down to him. That’s 12 league goals now.

10:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Jong is welcomed to the Tyne Wear Derby with a crunching tackle.

10:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Minnie does well to turn around a header from Van Dijjck

10:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely. I didn't expect Dafoe to have this type of impact at this stage in his career.

10:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chris waddle is twice as wide as he was in his playing days.

10:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bit of argy bargy now. Of course Mitrovic is involved.

10:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're all a bit thicker round the middle these days, eh?

10:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Nocito curse continues as the Saints pulled one back while my link was buggering

10:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

anita is on for Janmaat

10:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess you could say that , but he's been into the pies and some pints.

10:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

JWP is on for Romeu and Benteke is on for Sturridge

10:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

John O'Shea is on for Johnny Kaboul

10:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Books on the shelf with a tame long range effort straight to Mannone

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

I had some laptop troubles, too. Sorry mate.

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

N'Doye is on for Khazri. I haven't seen him play in ages.

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ayoze has a shot blocked by Kone for a corner.

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cisse is on for Townsend in his first appearance since December as Raffa gambles on his final roll of the dice.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Benetke on a Pool break off a nice pass from Lallana on his return to St. Mary's

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. I'm watching that match on a different link now.

11:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Down to just over ten minutes - Newcastle need to start throwing the kitchen sink at this one.

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

What a change for Newcastle since they had Cisse and Ba as their front pairing.

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

Manning wasn't happy about that challenge from Cisse but he had to go for it.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

brave keeping from Mannone in a crowd of players as Cisse was flagged offside

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Mitrovic has saved Newcastle! What drama!!!!

11:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! MITROVIC TIES IT UP FOR THE TOON AND CELEBRATES BY TAKING OFF HIS SHIRT.

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

Wynaldum posted a nice cross to the back stick and Mitrovic met it with power back across the goal.

1-1! Game on!

11:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Toon still have five minutes and change to win this one. The momentum has certainly swung over to them and the Toon faithful are roaring them on at SJP now.

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That was the Toon's first goal since Raffa took over. A trademark Mitrovic goal Wijnaldum, who has been the Toon's best player this season, was played down the right and his superb cross was met by a rising Mitrovic at the far post with a great header.

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! THE SAINTS HAVE COME FROM TWO DOWN TO MAKE IT DESMOND

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A sweet left footed shot from Pelle in the D that nestled in the far corner. It's tied up in both matches.

11:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm sure yellows would take a draw in this fixture.

11:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Supermac in the stands watching his former side.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH MY GIDDY AUNT. MANE OH MANE! THE COMEBACK IS COMPLETE AS MANE HAS PUT THE SAINTS 3-2 UP. A POOR CHALLENGE FROM SKRTEL ALLOWED THE BALL TO RUN ON TO MANE , WHO GOT BEHIND SAKHO AND FINISHED PAST THE ON RUSHING MINNIE.

11:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I thought that Liverpool were three up at a certain point, no?

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mannone booked for time wasting as there are four minutes of stoppage time.

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joe Allen had a goal disallowed for offside that would have put Pool three up.

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

Wow!

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into four minutes of stoppage time at SJP.

11:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Klopp is speechless while Ronnie rolled back the years as he jumped for joy.

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mitrovic off for treatment for a bloody lip and Raffa is none too pleased as he has words for the fourth official. I think we've typed those lines before.

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Five minutes of stoppage time at St. Mary's

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finishes 1-1 at SJP. A result that doesn't really help either team . Canaries fans will be pleased.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Meanwhile the Saints win 3-2 vs Pool , coming from two goals down

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mane had two goals off the bench and a missed penalty as Fat Ronnie won it with his halftime substitutions. Well done.

11:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's that, then. A good result for Norwich more than anyone else. Sunderland are now two points back on Norwich and Newcastle are three points back. Both have a match in hand on Norwich.

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Next is the Manc Derby on the local NBC and the Spuds vs the Cherries on PLET.

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Toon have their match in hand vs Citeh, so I'm expecting that they will need to get results elsewhere.

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

Next up - the Manc Derby. The context:

How the mighty have fallen. Sort of. You know what I mean. Of course, lots of clubs would love to trade positions with City or United. Yet by their standards, they are both experiencing hugely disappointing seasons, with fourth-placed City a whopping 15 points behind the leaders, Leicester City, and United cannot afford to lose any more ground in the battle to finish in the qualify for the Champions League.

11:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's the team news out of the Etihad.

11:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Man City: Hart; Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy; Toure, Fernandinho; Jesus Navas, Silva, Sterling; Aguero. Subs: Zabaleta, Fernando, Kolarov, Caballero, Bony, Iheanacho, Manu Garcia.

Man Utd: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rashford. Subs: Depay, Januzaj, Romero, Valencia, Fellaini,Schweinsteiger, Fosu-Mensah.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

11:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct, mate. A United loss means that they are not even assured of an EL spot next season. A must win for both teams, but for the wrong reasons.

11:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the Etihad.

12:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An early Citeh corner. The corner from Silva is cleared

12:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The first time since 1991 that neither team has been ion the top three.

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wahey - this one's on NBC so no more satellite scramble.

Come on, United!

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

I hope that UWS, wherever he is, is taking a peek at this one. He needs to watch it.

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YIKES!!!! Harry Kane has given the Spuds the lead seconds into the match

12:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Navas had a chance there on the volley. Hit it wide. But danger signs there for United.

12:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's his 20th of the season - and he takes the lead in the PPP Golden Boot stakes. I'm not sure anyone picked him, but I'll check.

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Navas volleyed wide off a cross from Sterling that was not properly headed away

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. It's not like him to miss a big United match, but he's not been a happy camper recently.

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I sure hope the Manc Derby is a better match than the one at OT where neither team had a shot in target until the 82nd minute. I sure don't want to see a repeat as you don't either.

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Smalling is booked for foul on Aguero

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ajax have the lead at PSV on Derby/ rivalry day

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

I'm correct - no one has predicted Harry Kane as top goalscorer. Several, including me, predicted him as the first goalscorer (which he wasn't). The only player close to the top that anyone guessed was Sergio Aguero who is four goals back now on 16.

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rashford wins a corner off of Clichy

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner by Blind was cleared by the first man, but Michael Oliver orders a retake due to shirt pulling by both sides. . Take two is cleared.

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Gea makes a near post from Navas for a corner . Only fourteen minutes for a shot on target . Better than 82 as Fernandinho heads over the corner.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - close call again. Good movement leads to Navas blasting one into Twilight. Out for a corner, which Fernandinho puts over.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

RASHFORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a hero!

12:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!
RASHFORD SCORES IN HIS FIRST MANC DERBY

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What a simple goal. Good ball through by Mata but Rashford had a lot to do. He blew by DiMichaelis as if he was standing still and then slotted by Hart coolly. Marvelous goal.

0-1!

12:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - now it's Martial with a great strike beaten away by Hart.

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The goal came seconds after the Citeh corner. Blind passed to Mata , who passed to Mata , who found Rashford . The teenager skipped past the veteran , Di Micelis with ease and finished past Hart

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hart beats away a powerful Kung Fu effort.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Spuds are two up. Guess who, mate

12:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finished Desmond in the Dundee Derby. Was it worth the two block trek for the navy blues?

12:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There has been more action in just over a quarter of an hour than the entire Manc Derby played in late October.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

a rare shocker in La Liga as Villarral have come from two down vs Barca to make it Desmond midway through the second half.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Di Michelis, who apparently had a sour relationship with LVG at Bayern, heads just wide from a free kick from Silva.

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carrick clears for a Citeh corner.

12:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Blind heads away the corner from Navas, then it's cleared by Carrick

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW!!! it looks like an early conclusion for Sterling as Fernando looks set to come on in his place. Manny P is clear that he's none too pleased.

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sterling has a problem after being knobbled by Mata. He's being replaced by Fernando.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fernando is on for Sterling. Was he injured when fouled by Mata?

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you see that the Spuds are two up. Guess who scored their second goal

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half an hour in. City look remarkably short of ideas at the moment. They've been really flat.

12:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I missed that - is it Kane again?

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Juve won 1-4 at Torino in the Turin Derby on Derby Day.

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

well done, mate. Is that 21 for the season?

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Aguero is flagged offside on an attempted Citeh counter. He looked on to me.

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yaya has a low, long range curler that was not too far off.

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

That is 21 on the season for Kane - he's two goals up on Vardy now. Aguero is now five goals back. He'll need to score a hat-trick to catch up (just kidding!)

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Smalling clears a low cross from Navas for a Citeh corner.

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I didn't pick Harry Kane because I was expecting a sophomore slump. He's coming on strong late on as he did last season.As a result, I'm feeling a tad sophomoric.

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

Navas spurns another chance.

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nvas wins a corner off of Rojo.

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rashford heads away the corner from Silva then Mangala fouls Rashford on the break. He should have been booked.

12:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good one, mate. We've all been Kaned.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kane is definitely able .I heard it was all cherries when he was playing the slot machines.

12:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Some more passion from LVG as he has word for Andre MArriner, the fourth official. I actually agree Blind is down for a high boot from Aguero.

12:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess a foul wasn't called on Blind because Michael Oliver is blind as to what is transpiring.

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Blind retaliates by fouling Aguero. It's getting spicy in the Manc Derby as it should,

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Blind retaliates by fouling Aguero. It's getting spicy in the Manc Derby as it should,. Citeh take the free kick near the corner flag. it's headed on and Yaya slices wide at the far post as there are two minutes of stoppage time.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Di Michelis appears to foul Rashford in the box then Di Michelis tries to rile up the teenager, accusing him of diving. Poor by Michael Oliver and Di Michelis

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hand bags as Michael Oliver lectures Rashford and Di Michelis.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's halftime and United are one up at the Etihad thanks to a goal by Rashford in his first Manc Derby.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Spuds are two up at the half thanks to a double from Harry Kane.

12:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from the Etihad.

1:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Di Michelis, who is having a mare, nearly gifted United a second with a shocking back pass , but Hart was alert with a great slide tackle on Kung Fu Panda.

1:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hart is down for treatment off that challenge/ Caballero is warming up just in case.

1:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm back after lunch - I totally agree with you mate that that was a stone cold penalty. He brought him down. Full stop.

1:05 PM  

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