Monday, September 19, 2005

[manchesterunited_rulez] Digest Number 298

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1. Bore Draw At Anfield
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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 00:01:18 +0800 (CST)
From: Larry Cai <>
Subject: Bore Draw At Anfield

Anfield Encounter Lacks Excitement

FA Barclays Premiership, Anfield
Liverpool 0 Manchester United 0

Liverpool and United fought out their first ever Premiership goalless draw in front of a packed Anfield this afternoon (Sunday).

It was a typically passionate clash between these two great rivals – the two most successful clubs in English football history – but there were few genuine chances at either end.

Neither side could be faulted for their commitment to the contest – it was end-to-end for most of the ninety minutes – but ultimately it was the defences who could claim to have won the day.

Nobody fought harder that skipper Roy Keane who is now likely to be sidelined for up to two months after suffering a foot injury during the second half of the game. It was a major surprise when Keane’s name appeared on the teamsheet in the build-up to the match. Suggestions that he may be out for at least a fortnight with a hamstring problem proved to someway wide of the mark. Darren Fletcher was the player to make way for the return of the club skipper.

United were, of course, without full-back Gabriel Heinze, who picked up a serious knee injury in Wednesday’s away UEFA Champions League fixture against Villareal. Kieran Richardson was drafted in to take over the left full back berth.

The result, United’s third in eight days, left United trailing champions Chelsea by seven points with the season barely a month old.

United were hoping to extend their current purple patch at Anfield, having won on their previous three visits. United had also won five of the previous six Premiership clashes against the Anfield Reds.

Unsurprisingly, the Kop was in good voice in the minutes before the kick-off ‘quietly’ reminding United’s travelling 3,000 about their exploits in Istanbul earlier this year. ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was chorused with the usual gusto accompanied by countless banners proclaiming Liverpool’s status as the ‘Champions of Europe’.

United, in change strip of all blue, attacked the Kop end and within no time at all were awarded their first corner. Paul Scholes received a warm welcome from the Kopites as he took the kick, but the Liverpool defence made short work of snuffing out the early threat.

It was the opening gambit in a lively start to a contest that invariably reaches boiling point in double quick time. There was certainly no lack of keen challenges as the match go under way and it was really a shock when referee Rob Styles collected his first name in the 17th minute. Paul Scholes the player to be cautioned for after clashing with Xabi Alonso in the middle of the field.

There were few real opening to decorate the opening half hour. Both teams were energetic in their approach to the game but neither were having much look in front of goal.

John O’Shea joined the United attack down the right to send over a curling cross. Both Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney were in the vicinity but the ball by-passed them both on its passage across the face of Jose Reina’s goal.

A minute before the break and the best chance of the half presented itself. Van Nistelrooy raced on to a ball from Rio Ferdinand. Keeper Reina advanced to block the impending shot, but he was almost beaten as van Nistelrooy’s measured lob flew over his head. The Kop held its collective breath as the ball zoomed goalward, but to their relief and United’s dismay, the shot landed on the roof of the net. It was by some way the best chance of the first half.

The sun was shining brightly to illuminate Anfield as the second half began with both sides enjoying a spell on the attack. Rooney raced through for United but was halted by two Liverpool defenders and then Steven Gerrard saw his powerful header go inches over Edwin van der Sar’s goal.

Jamie Carragher was booked in the 51st minute after taking out Alan Smith. United were awarded a free-kick on the edge which gave Cristiano Ronaldo the chance to whip in a curling drive that wasn’t that far away.

Van der Sar had to be at his best in the 67th minute to push away a booming long range drive from Gerrard. It was trade-mark effort from the Liverpool skipper which brought out the very from the United keeper.

Luis Garcia also went close with an angled shot which missed the far post, but not by very much.

Keane was booked and Rooney given a finger-wagging by the referee as Liverpool enjoyed their best spell of pressure so far.

All six substitutes were utilised in the closing stages of the contest, but the constant changes did little to increase the chances of a goal. Liverpool probably edged it terms of possession, but it was United who were marginally happier with outcome.

LIVERPOOL: Reina; Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Warnock (Traore; 84), Sinama-Pongolle (Sissoko, 71) Alonso, Garrard, Riise; Garcia; Crouch (Cisse. 79).
Substitutes: Josemi, Carson.

MANCHESTER UNITED: van der Sar, O’Shea, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Richardson; Ronaldo (Park), Scholes, Keane (Giggs, 89), Smith, Rooney (Fletcher, 89); van Nistelrooy.
Substitutes: Howard, Bardsley.

Attendance: 44,917

Report by Cliff Butler.

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