Daily Archives: March 12, 2011

We choked again! Man Utd – Arsenal Player Ratings

Wonderful Jack

Almunia: Great game from the Spaniard. Not at fault for any of the goals and even kept the scoreline respectable. We don’t have any major worries if he can keep this sort of form. A big IF! 8

Sagna: Defended quite well and could have got at least 3 assists with some dangerous crosses he put into the box. Not a bad outing by any standard. 7

Djourou + Koscielny: The pair could have done a bit better as both goals we conceded were just cheap goals. They need to do some work on their positioning…oh pardon me, Djourou is apparently out for the rest of the season, that means we got Squillaci and Koscielny for the run in***great news*** 6

Gibbs: Could have defended better at times. He was more efficient going forward, and should have put in more balls into the box for Chammy and RVP to feed on. 6

Diaby: It’s Diaby…nuff said! 4

Denilson:Someone said he’s trying his best to be like Man United super-flop, Kleberson. I think he’s going to be worse. He did not make one threatening forward pass all game, did not close down Valencia early for the second goal. So much for special talent! 3

Wilshere: EVERY Arsenal player needs to take a look at this lad to see what it really means to wear the red shirt (or the yellow one, as the case may be). He was full of running, tackling and dribbling. He played like the oldest head in the midfield. A future captain for sure. 8
Arshavin: He’s had better days. He put in effort but his end product left a lot to desire. He got into some promising positions but could not utilize the opportunities. 6

Nasri: Just like Wilshere, he had a good game and looked our best bet for a goal. We looked to him to lead the team and he did not really disappoint. 7

Robin Van Persie: Could not do much, he tried his best when he got the ball but he was usually crowded out upfront. 6.5

SUBSTITUTES:

Chamakh: Give Nikky B the same chances he had, and you bet we would have celebrated at least one goal. He seems lost at the moment and he has this annoying habit of passing the ball back every time, even in our half! 5

Rosicky: Not a bad outing, tested Van der Saar with a ferocious albeit straight shot. 5.5
Ramsey:So good to see him back. Came on for Diaby and ultimately had to play the final 10mins at center back. 5

So, we lose 3 trophies in the space of 3 weeks…familiar scenes, eh?

Keep the faith lads, at least we still have a say in where the League title goes come May. If I were you though, I won’t raise my hopes too high.

From wherever you are watching, keep believing. It’s the least you can do.
9jabred says so!

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Man Utd Vs Arsenal : FA Cup Quarter Final Preview

You don’t know how glad I am that there’s finally a game to play, and its one between the two most successful sides in the FA Cup history. The fallout and noise and accusations and charges that flew around after the Barca game was getting too much. Its this simple, Barca taught us a footballing lesson. Why? We sold out our footballing values. And it was compounded by RVP’s sending off at a vital point. We all know how the rest of the story goes. Its saturday and we have our season to fight for. So too does United.

Unlike previous encounters in the cup, this one is probably the most important to us both since the 2005 final(I’d give anything for the same outcome today with us progressing) seeing as failure for us to progress leaves us with just the league to focus on while United would want to avoid what everyone is calling a ‘mini meltdown’. None of these teams likes to play weakened teams against each other but United would be keeping an eye on the UCL game on tuesday and I say they have the advantage on us seeing as they haven’t kicked ball in seven days, but neither have we kicked ball since Saturday(seeing as all we did at the Camp Nou was chase the ball for 90 mins)

To team news, like we’re used to, important players always pick up knocks around this time and they haven’t failed to deliver, Fabregas(hamstring), Song(Knee), Walcott(ankle), Chezzer(finger), Vermaelen(some mysterious ancient injury that has no cure) are all missing for us meaning we should still have a solid first 11 but a mediocre bench. Good times. We can take comfort in the fact that manure have their share of absentees, Nani, Park(our tormentor), Ferdinand, Valencia won’t feature.

I’m hoping SAF does us favour by starting say, Obertan, Brown, Gibson, then we can re-enact the murder at Anfield last week. Simply put, we have to win this game, by any means, yes its at OT, so what? Its not Nou Camp and they’re not Barca but neither were Sunderland when we drew blanks. We can afford that, drawing blanks that is, but I’d rather play this tie once and avoid a replay. We need to win something this season and even though most people want the league I want the league and cup double and a win today keeps that dream alive

Possible Formation

      Almunia

Sagna Kozzer Djourou Gibbs

    Wilshere Diaby

Bendtner Nasri Arshavin

      RVP

Well let’s hope for a great spectacle today shorn of moronic refereeing decisions and horrific injuries. Hopefully get an early goal and see Rambo come on for the last fifteen minutes to grab the winner.

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