Monday, September 26, 2005

[manchesterunited_rulez] Digest Number 300

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1. Re: United slump to shock defeat at home to Blackburn
From: "Abi Gail" <>


Message: 1
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 05:04:34 -0000
From: "Abi Gail" <>
Subject: Re: United slump to shock defeat at home to Blackburn

Uh, how could we lose? Anyway, I'll hope we'll get a better result
next time....

--- In, Larry Cai
<larry66b@y...> wrote:
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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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