Monthly Archives: August 2007

Worst Premiership Start

  The EPL season has kicked off, and there seems to be nothing but loads of bad news for Manchester United supporters. 2 points from 3 games is’nt exactly how the champions would have wanted to start the season. This also incidentally is the worst start by a defending champion in a season.But, as they say, there still is a long way to go, and every possibility that a grand fightback is in the offing. In any case, they are 17th now, and there is only one way to go: up.

  What seems to irk fans the most is the manner in which the games have panned out. Against reading, in the frist match of the season, United kept attacking all the way. What was missing however was that elusive goal. It’s a very rare phenomenon: goalless draws featuring Man U. Sure, Evra missed an oppprtunity begging to be taken, and Reading hardly came close to scoring, but still the match ended goalless.

  Portsmouth was always going to be a tricky affair, and that was proved. 1-1 at the end, but again, it was United all the way. Save that Benjani strike, Pompei had nothing to show in front of goal. And yet, all the champs got was a draw. Now the presence of a predator-like striker was being sorely missed, somebody like Van Nistelrooy.

  The manchester derby always promises to be close, but this time, United lost 1-0.Again, it was a match they dominated from the word go. Some missed chances, (Scholes, Tevez, Evra) a crossbar hit (Vidic) and a deflected goal (from Vidic) later, Man U were staring at a long season of playing catch-up to the big 3.

  Now the focus turns to Spurs.Theres no Rooney, and Ronaldo will thankfully make a return. But united need a goal machine- somebody who will rarely venture out of the 6 yard box, and convert all chances that are  created. Somebody who can tap in goals, the kind of ones Tevez missed last time round. Roumour has it that United are looking for short term replacements for Rooney, and rumour also has it that its goin to be Nicolas Anelka. In any case, they had better get this season off and running with 3 points againts the Spurs, or else they may just need to kiss a consecutive premiership title goodbye.

Gunners Fightback!!!!!

It was a dissapointing season for Arsenal last year,but this year the story is differnt.Without thier talismanic striker Thierry Henry they are said to be out of the top 4 finishers in the ongoing Preimiership.Thier new signing Euduardo Da Silva was missing on 12th June due to some injury.Emmanuel Adebayor was out due to calf injury and the worst thing was that thier experienced player Gilberto Silva was having a Shoulder Problem.So the entire team depended on Fabregas and Rosicky to Handle the situation with William Gallas and Kolo Toure doing the rest.
Arsenal a very ugly nightmare when they faced Fulham on the 12th of August.Fulham were leading 1-0 due to a misjudgement by goalkeeper Lehman which made the debutant striker of Fulham,David Healy to score his 1st Preimiership goal.Arsenal were denied a penalty when Alexander Hleb was brought down in the box.But Arsenal were lookin strong with their sharp passes though they couldn’t find the net till the Half-time.It was then that in the 83rd minute when kolo Toure was fouled and the refree awarded Arsenal a penalt.Robin Van Persie scored the penalty.In the tense moments Arsenal have always achieved success and they didn’t dissapoint their fans in front of the Emirates.The second goal came in the dying moments of the match when Hleb had scored it beautifully with a Theo Walcott pass.
So it’s a tough competition for the defending champions Man Utd and also Chelsea.Later that day Chelsea sealed the victory over Birmingham with a 3-2 finish,thanks to last goal by Micheal Essien.However ManU had a draw with the last years Surprise package Reading F.C.So there’s a lot more football to come over the next few months.Let us see if ManU can defend thier Title.

Man-U Wins Community Shield on Penalties

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was the star yesterday, as he  saved three penalty kicks as Man-U beat Chelsea in a shootout in the Community Shield. The Community Shield happens to be the traditional curtain-raiser to English soccer’s Premier League season.

The teams had tied 1-1 at Wembley after 90 minutes before going straight to the shootout.

Van Der Sar saved penalties from Claudio Pizarro, Frank Lampard and Shaun Wright-Phillips. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech failed to get near any of the United shots from Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.  “I was 5-2 down in penalty shootouts in my career so this makes it 5-3,” Van Der Sar said. “We deserved it. We played the better football, we had more chances than them.”

This is the record 16th time United has either won or shared the English season opener between the league champions and FA Cup holders, which does not count in the Premier League standings. Before the introduction of shootouts in 1993, teams held the title for six months each after draws.

Ryan Giggs had put United in the lead in the 35th minute before Florent Malouda made it 1-1 in the 45th.

The regular season starts next week. The same two teams played in the FA Cup final three months ago, with Chelsea winning 1-0 at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium.

“It’s a little revenge for the cup final and it’s a good start for the league for us,” Van Der Sar said.

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