Sunday, September 25, 2005

[manchesterunited_rulez] Digest Number 299

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1. Untied slump to shock defeat at home to Blackburn
From: Larry Cai <larry66b@yahoo.com.sg>
2. United slump to shock defeat at home to Blackburn
From: Larry Cai <larry66b@yahoo.com.sg>

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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005 01:05:15 +0800 (CST)
From: Larry Cai <larry66b@yahoo.com.sg>
Subject: Untied slump to shock defeat at home to Blackburn

Reds Attack, But Missed Chances Prove Costly

United v Blackburn, Old TraffordRuud van Nistelrooy, United's scorer, shows his desperation as the Reds cannot find the finishing touch.>> In Pictures: Old Trafford Match GalleryFA Barclaycard Premier League
Manchester United 1
Blackburn Rovers 2
24 September, 2005

United returned to their kamikaze roots of attacking football and could have easily beaten Blackburn on Saturday, but missed chances and two goals from Morten Gamst Pedersen inflicted a first defeat of the season.

Fans chanted "attack, attack, attack" despite the Reds conjuring numerous goalscoring opportunities. It was, however, United’s inability to take those chances not the lack of creating them that cost them at Old Trafford.

On the evidence of the opening 20 minutes it would have been difficult to argue the Premiership is a league lacking in entertainment.

United had seven clear chances in that time, while Blackburn themselves could have been 3-0 up by half time.

Ruud van Nistelrooy twice went close, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Smith both narrowly missed with headers from corners, while Scholes side-footed wide from close range.

The match started as if the Premiership had a guilty conscience about it's so far joy-less charm. Sir Alex had even broached the subject in his programme notes.

He wrote: "The prophets of doom are having a field day as they predict the end of football... everywhere you turn media pundits are suggesting that gates are falling, ticket prices are too high, football is too defensive and boring and that the game is losing its glamour."

Blackburn, 18th in the Premiership at the start of play, were not at Old Trafford as bystanders. The pace of Craig Bellamy upfront continually caused the Reds problems. The Welshman created the visitors’ first chance when he played in Pedersen, whose cross narrowly evaded Paul Dickov.

Edwin van der Sar then denied the Scottish forward with a brilliant point-blank save from a close-range diving header.


But United were creating with almost every attack. Van Nistelrooy had a golden opportunity to put the Reds in front, but side-footed the ball over from Fletcher's cross.

However, the danger from Mark Hughes' side was constantly simmering. David Bentley should have done better when a goal-mouth scramble presented him with the ball eight yards out and with just van der Sar to beat. He struck his shot straight at the Dutchman.

United appeared in control. But Blackburn took the lead from a seemingly unthreatening free-kick on the right flank. Pedersen's curling cross from a set-piece evaded defenders or attackers and beat van der Sar at the far post.

Chants of "4-4-2, 4-4-2, 4-4-2" and booing could be heard around the ground before and immediately after the half-time whistle, pleading for Ferguson to alter his formation.

A change in formation would not, however, have converted chances, which had been United's main problem.

After the break United were the game’s sole creators. A Ronaldo free-kick much like the one Pedersen scored from in the first half sailed just wide minutes after the restart.

Wayne Rooney's introduction to the game ten minutes into the second half increased United's grip. The 19-year-old had the ball in the back of the net within a couple of minutes, but he was clearly offside and it did not count.

United often turn to the teenager when in need of inspiration. And it was his turn and shot from the edge of the area on 67 minutes that brought about a United equaliser. Brad Friedel parried Rooney’s shot, but van Nistelrooy pounced first and rounded the American stopper to score his sixth goal of the season, a strike that puts the Dutchman tenth in United's list of all-time top scorers.

Blackburn created very little themselves in the second half, but as it turned out they didn't need to. United needlessly got themselves into trouble on the edge of the area with ten minutes remaining. Paul Scholes, normally so reliable for the Reds, lost the ball to Michael Gray. The former Sunderland left-back slipped the ball to Pedersen, who fired his and Blackburn's second past van der Sar into the top left corner.

Rooney went close in the 89th minute with a glancing header but, as had been the case all day, the ball went the wrong side of the post.

Team Line-Ups

United: Van der Sar; O'Shea (Bardsley, 57), Ferdinand, Silvestre, Richardson; Fletcher (Rooney, 55), Scholes, Smith; Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy, Park (Giggs, 67).
Subs not used: Howard, Miller.

Blackburn: Friedel; Neill, Khizanishvili, Nelsen (c), Gray; Tugay (Mokoena, 45), Savage, Pedersen, Bentley (Emerton, 75); Bellamy, Dickov (Reid, 63).
Subs not used: Enckelman, Kuqi.

Att: 67,765

Report by Ben Hibbs, at Old Trafford.

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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005 01:13:23 +0800 (CST)
From: Larry Cai <larry66b@yahoo.com.sg>
Subject: United slump to shock defeat at home to Blackburn

Reds Attack, But Missed Chances Prove Costly

United v Blackburn, Old TraffordRuud van Nistelrooy, United's scorer, shows his desperation as the Reds cannot find the finishing touch.>> In Pictures: Old Trafford Match GalleryFA Barclaycard Premier League
Manchester United 1
Blackburn Rovers 2
24 September, 2005

United returned to their kamikaze roots of attacking football and could have easily beaten Blackburn on Saturday, but missed chances and two goals from Morten Gamst Pedersen inflicted a first defeat of the season.

Fans chanted "attack, attack, attack" despite the Reds conjuring numerous goalscoring opportunities. It was, however, United’s inability to take those chances not the lack of creating them that cost them at Old Trafford.

On the evidence of the opening 20 minutes it would have been difficult to argue the Premiership is a league lacking in entertainment.

United had seven clear chances in that time, while Blackburn themselves could have been 3-0 up by half time.

Ruud van Nistelrooy twice went close, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Smith both narrowly missed with headers from corners, while Scholes side-footed wide from close range.

The match started as if the Premiership had a guilty conscience about it's so far joy-less charm. Sir Alex had even broached the subject in his programme notes.

He wrote: "The prophets of doom are having a field day as they predict the end of football... everywhere you turn media pundits are suggesting that gates are falling, ticket prices are too high, football is too defensive and boring and that the game is losing its glamour."

Blackburn, 18th in the Premiership at the start of play, were not at Old Trafford as bystanders. The pace of Craig Bellamy upfront continually caused the Reds problems. The Welshman created the visitors’ first chance when he played in Pedersen, whose cross narrowly evaded Paul Dickov.

Edwin van der Sar then denied the Scottish forward with a brilliant point-blank save from a close-range diving header.


But United were creating with almost every attack. Van Nistelrooy had a golden opportunity to put the Reds in front, but side-footed the ball over from Fletcher's cross.

However, the danger from Mark Hughes' side was constantly simmering. David Bentley should have done better when a goal-mouth scramble presented him with the ball eight yards out and with just van der Sar to beat. He struck his shot straight at the Dutchman.

United appeared in control. But Blackburn took the lead from a seemingly unthreatening free-kick on the right flank. Pedersen's curling cross from a set-piece evaded defenders or attackers and beat van der Sar at the far post.

Chants of "4-4-2, 4-4-2, 4-4-2" and booing could be heard around the ground before and immediately after the half-time whistle, pleading for Ferguson to alter his formation.

A change in formation would not, however, have converted chances, which had been United's main problem.

After the break United were the game’s sole creators. A Ronaldo free-kick much like the one Pedersen scored from in the first half sailed just wide minutes after the restart.

Wayne Rooney's introduction to the game ten minutes into the second half increased United's grip. The 19-year-old had the ball in the back of the net within a couple of minutes, but he was clearly offside and it did not count.

United often turn to the teenager when in need of inspiration. And it was his turn and shot from the edge of the area on 67 minutes that brought about a United equaliser. Brad Friedel parried Rooney’s shot, but van Nistelrooy pounced first and rounded the American stopper to score his sixth goal of the season, a strike that puts the Dutchman tenth in United's list of all-time top scorers.

Blackburn created very little themselves in the second half, but as it turned out they didn't need to. United needlessly got themselves into trouble on the edge of the area with ten minutes remaining. Paul Scholes, normally so reliable for the Reds, lost the ball to Michael Gray. The former Sunderland left-back slipped the ball to Pedersen, who fired his and Blackburn's second past van der Sar into the top left corner.

Rooney went close in the 89th minute with a glancing header but, as had been the case all day, the ball went the wrong side of the post.

Team Line-Ups

United: Van der Sar; O'Shea (Bardsley, 57), Ferdinand, Silvestre, Richardson; Fletcher (Rooney, 55), Scholes, Smith; Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy, Park (Giggs, 67).
Subs not used: Howard, Miller.

Blackburn: Friedel; Neill, Khizanishvili, Nelsen (c), Gray; Tugay (Mokoena, 45), Savage, Pedersen, Bentley (Emerton, 75); Bellamy, Dickov (Reid, 63).
Subs not used: Enckelman, Kuqi.

Att: 67,765

Report by Ben Hibbs, at Old Trafford.

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