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Sunday, August 07, 2016

The Annual Curtain Raiser

Morning, chaps - I've had a refreshing shower to wash away the disappointment of this morning's shocking Leeds loss and I'm ready for the curtain raiser of the 2016/2017 Premier League season. It should be a fascinating encounter. Everyone is wondering how Leicester will get on this season as they attempt to defend their improbable title win. The pre-season form hasn't been encouraging and Kante will be a big loss. And what about United. New manager, new striker and new look? United fans were sick to death of Louis Van Gaal's cautious approach - how will they take to The Special One. A lot will be revealed today - join me for a cuppa and a natter, won't you?

134 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wahay - The coverage has started on FS1.

10:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams now gathering in the tunnel at Wemberly:

Leicester City
Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, King, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Zieler, Hernandez, Musa, Schlupp, Gray, Ulloa, Mendy.

Manchester United
De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Fellaini; Lingard, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic. Subs: Romero, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Mata, Rashford, Mkhitaryan.

Referee: Mr C.Pawson (South Yorkshire)

10:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, Bob. I'm sorry about the loss, but excited to join you.

10:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm watching the tail end of Bremen vs Chelsea on CBS Sports with Chelski leading 2-3 late on in Saxony.

10:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United making Leicester wait - the Mourinho psychological games start already. It's a bloody friendly!

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

Morning, MUR - great to have you on board for today's match.

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

Here comes a song about some old bat.

10:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I expect a close match. The Foxes had a really difficult schedule in the ICC tournament and find this match easy in comparison.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Wemberley.

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

I'm hoping for loads of goals.

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jose lost this fixture last year then was sacked . How abput this year?

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

Breaking news - Paul Pogba to have United medical after Juventus agreed to a £110 price. Cor! Are you pleased?

11:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second match at wemberley in 23 hours. Can you guess the one played yesterday and the result?

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. I am delighted. We should have never let him go, but he's the type of player that UWS and I have been waiting for United to sign

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great solo run by Vardy then Blind with a great tackle for a corner taken short.and United easily clear it away

11:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm watching on gooner's link because there's a match BEIN shown on the telly in about twenty minutes.

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

But 110 mill?

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mik the , the first Armenian that will play in the Prem, is on the United bench. I wonder how he will fit in?

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the side netting by Kung Fu Panda as United attempted to sucker punch the Foxes.

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

UWS is already grumbling on the text.

11:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's a hefty fee, but he's the type of player we need top be signing.

11:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Really? We've shown more attacking intent then the entire last season combined.

11:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roon heads straight to the son of a famous United keeper off a cross from Luke Shaw. Great to see him back as we never truly replaced him last season

11:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you see either match yesterday? Both were crackers.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It appears that Andy King is filling the spot vacated by Kante. New signing , Mendy , was disappointing in pre season

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

That was my thought, too. He'll fit the bill, but isn't the player that Kante is.

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kasper fumbled a shot from Hair Bear then gathered the rebound while former United trainee, Danny Simpson is down, but back up.

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

King or Mendy? Mendy was supposed to, but King may surprise us given the opportunity

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great defending by Fuchs on Lingard/

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

Phew - close for Okazaki!

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!!!! A typical Foxes counter as Vardy sets up Okozaki, whose long range effort is deflected for a corner.

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - off the bar!

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A curling corner from Albrighton and a header from Huth is headed off the line by Zlatan, of all people/

11:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Okazaki is causing loads of problems for the Uinted backfour.

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Off the bar. The Foxes have started the better team. So much for them struggling this season. I expect them to finish between sixth and eighth

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think this is the first match that Vardy and Okozaki have played together. That may explain their pre season results.

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Stupid hand ball by Lingard to end a promising United attack. He should know better. It's a hand ball, Jose.

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

Great tackle by Bailly on Vardy there.

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Bailly on Vardy on a Foxes counter that results in a corner.

11:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I think so, too. Vardy and Okazaki are an excellent combo.

11:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Albrighton is headed away and Fuchs volleys well wide.

11:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ross makes his Villa debut today for RDM's Villa as does a 21 year old Italian keeper.Otherwise, very similar to the side that went down.

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

Lots of Leicester pressure now.

11:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roon coughs up the ball yet again. Jose will not be impressed.

11:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The match between the former FA Cup semi hosts is underway from Hillsborough

11:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm interested in this fixture. Many pundits expect Villa to go straight back up. Not a Big Club have better odds, IMHO. Sorry mate.

11:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Wonderful run and goal from Lindy.

Wow!

1-0 United!

11:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A curling free kick from Roon is straight to Kasper then GOAL!!!!

UNITED IMMEDIATELY GET THE BALL BACK AND LINGARD GOES ON A SOLO RUN PAST FOUR FOXES PLAYERS THEN SCORES WITH A GREAT FINISH PAST THE ON RUSHING KASPER.

11:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

OF course you saw that coming, right?

11:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Late by Ashley Westwood on Kieran Lee. Just a lecture from the ref.

11:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely. What else would I expect, LOL?

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mahrez wins a corner off of Blind

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andy King heads wide at the near post from the corner.

11:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ross Wallace wins a corner for Not a Big Club

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

Danny Simpson picks up the first yellow of the match.

11:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Villa struggle to clear the corner from Ross Wallace then are bailed out by the ref's whistle.

11:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Danny Simpson is booked for a late challenge against his former club.

11:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Villa , under the cosh, clear for another corner.

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

I wonder if Villa will struggle in the Championship.

11:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Villa head away, but the Not Big Club keep possession and Forstieri heads just wide./

11:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The pundits are picking Villa for a playoff spot , but I'm thinking mid table. I would pick them to struggle, but the talent of RDM should see them finish mid table.

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

The first half winding down now - are you pleased with things so far?

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You will not be pleased to hear this, but I expect Not a Big Club to be in or around the promotion spots.

11:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

To be honest, other then the goal, they haven't been much different from United of last season.

11:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Steven Fletcher volleys wide for Not a Big Club.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United are one up at the half against the defending champions in what has been a fairly even half on a warm Wmeberley day

11:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nasty clash of heads between Tommy Elphick of Villa and the bleeding Steven Fletcher of Not a Big Club. The stretcher was out but both players up. Fletcher us off to the sideline for further treatment. This is the Championship

11:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not a Happy debut for Steven Fletcher as he's replaced by Gary Hooper.

11:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You know, I kind of felt that, too. Zlatan hasn't made much of an impression.

12:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sam Hutchinson, the former Chelsea trainee, is called for an off the ball barge on Bacuna. The free from Villa comes to naught. Villa attack again and a cross from Bacuna is headed by Ayew straight to Westwood.

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Abrahamson needs to do better.

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The new Villa era starts with RDM as manager and Kevin Bond as his assistant. Considering the turmoil at the club, I thought the new owners did well to hire that duo.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ahmed Musa is on for Okozaki. The new signing from Lokomotiv Moscow scored twice against Barca in mid week. Damari Gray is on for Albrighton as the second half is underway

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carrick called for a foul on Vardy. That looked a fair tackle.

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ross Walllace is down after an awkward fall in a challenge with Gestede.

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BLOODY HELL!!!! SAME OLD UNITED! HAIR BEAR COUGHED UP THE BALL. HIS BACK PASS WENT TO VARDY AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO ASK HIM TWICE AS HE ROUNDED DE GEA AND SLOTTED INTO THE BACK OF THE NET. IT'S 1-1

12:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Forestieri had a free kick come off the Villa wall for a corner. There was head tennis off the corner that was well gathered by Villa's young Italian keeper.

12:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andy King booked for a rash foul on Lingard.

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

Suicidal stuff from Hair Bear - I don't know why he's in the side.

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

Great start from Moussa - he's been a handful.

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

England manager , Fat Sam , and his assistant , Sammy Lee are in attendance. They should bve pleased with both scorers.

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He was a handful against Barca as well. He will somehow need to be fitted into the Foxes lineup.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into five minutes of stoppage time at Hillsborough where Ross Wallace has been booked for diving for Not a Big Club. That is to be expected from this side.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bailly fouls Moussa near the corner flag.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zlatan easily heads away the free kick from Damari Gray

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Herrera on for Carrick now.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The changes are coming up since this is a friendly . Herrera on for Carrick

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

Mendy coming on to replace King - they're still trying to find a good replacement for Kante.

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

Hernandez also on for Danny Simpson, who had been booked.

And Mata on for goalscorer Lingard. Whew!

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Craig Gardener booked for a rugby tackle for Villa and the free kick is easily saved. It's 0-0 at the half in which Not a Big Club were the better side.

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

All like for like swaps.

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

agreed about Hair Bear. I'm sure Jose has impressed upon the United players that poor form could result in transfers before the window closes. Hair Bear may be among the first to go.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Applause in the 66th minute for the heroes of'66.

12:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gray with a super run but he ran into trouble.

12:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's a long 50 years with no success for England.

12:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Martial makes way for Rashford - Kung Fu Panda is not happy about that change.

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rashford on for Kung Fu Panda and Rojo for Luke Shaw. Both like for like.

12:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bailly bowls Vardy over and gets a yellow for his trouble.

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bailly booked for a rash foul on Vardy

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure why. Kung Fu Panda did very little and he will quickly find out that Jose does not tolerate his nonsense and will not hesitate to deal him to another club.

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vardy booked for a reckless foul on Mata . Tackling is not his forte.

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

Rooney has looked lost again today - he's the biggest question mark for Mou to solve.

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

Agreed about Martial.

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United take it short LVG style and just pass it around harmlessly.

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rashford goes on a run and wins a corner off of Drinkwater

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A complete waste as Bailly is called for a foul off the corner from Roon.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, mate. Jose will need to figure out to use Roon because that brings up one of my pet peeeves. Why does a player have it in his contract that he has to be in the first team. Where is the incentive to fight for your place.

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from Hillsborugh and Not a Big Club nearly score from the off as a close range volley is well saved by the young Italian keeper.

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Schlupp on for Fuchs now.

12:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schlupp on for Fuchs, which is an attacking switch. IS Claudio going for it?

12:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Do we go on to extra time and the pens here?

12:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! A long throw from Luis Hernandez is headed on and Moussa heads over with free header from close range

12:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Well, he's done nowt up until now but big Zlatan rises to nod home what might be a winning goal.

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!ZLATAN HEADS UNITED INTO A 2-1 LEAD.

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

Never mind about that extra time and pens, then.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A collector's item as Valencia went on a great run and put in a great cross. when did we last say that? Also, Wes Morgan rarely ever out jumped, but was by Zlatan and a well placed header gives United a late lead.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Foxes win a corner that is headed away by Zlatan

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct, mate. If it is tied then there is not extra time . It goes straight to penalties.

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Schneiderlin, who I would always prefer to Hair Bear, on for Rooney, who has been pants.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schneiderlin is on for Roon as Jose aims to protect a late lead.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Roon has been atrocious

12:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Leonardo Ulloa is on for a late cameo - why not?

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Villa nearly take the lead. Not a Big Club failed to deal with a corner and a shot from Ashley Westwood was inc hes wide that would not have been saved by Kieran Westwood.

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time.

12:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Leicester have a last minute chance at a corner now. Kasper is coming up for it.

12:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's one of those time waster subs that UWS hates so much. Mata off now - wasn't he a sub?

12:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vardy wins a Foxes corner. Kasper up for the corner. Drinkwater has a shot blocked.

12:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes he was. The sub is on for the sub as Mik is on for a really late cameo. Mata not pleased.

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

Leicester want a handball - nothing doing.

12:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Foxes win a late corner as we are past the four minutes of stoppage time awarded./

12:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Zlatan streaks away with it but that's it.....

United have won the first silverware of the season. You must be delighted!

12:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it for me, mate. I'm off to get ready for a party.

12:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zlatan counters off the Foxes corner , but the final whistle blows. United start the Jose era with silverware as United defeat the Foxes 2-1. Both managers embrace.

12:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Enjoy the party. it was great chatting with you.

12:58 PM  

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