Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Lacklustre United Held As Campbell Impresses Again

Lacklustre United Held As Campbell Impresses Again

Chris Eagles equalised Quartey's penalty to earn United a 1-1 draw at Kaiser Chiefs.

The European champions missed a host of first-team stars of course and never really got going. Carlos Tevez was lively throughout but Rooney could not repeat the performance he gave at Aberdeen a few days ago.

The midfield missed Michael Carrick as the Scholes-Giggs pair wasn't effective enough and neither flank was particularly dangerous with Eagles and Fletcher both having moderate games.

Still, United dominated but had only a couple of half-chances to show for all their superiority. Tevez got closest with a header that went a yard wide. And then came the shock.

Near the end of the first half, Gary Neville clumsily tripped Quartey inside the area. The referee had no hesitation: he pointed to the spot immediately and Quartey beat Kuszczak with ease to give the Chiefs the lead.

United had much more urgency in their football in the second half and were soon level after some minor opportunities. Once again, Tevez was in the thick of it: his brilliant cross found Eagles whose header deflected off a defender and into the net.

Fergie brought on Danny Simpson instead of O'Shea and Gibson instead of Rooney as United pressed for a winner. It never came despite some promising free-kicks and half-chances. It was after the introduction of Campbell that we really looked like scoring again but even his fantastic pace was not enough to break the dreadlock.

It wasn't such an effective performance as that at Aberdeen and the result is not particularly encouraging, either but there's no reason to worry, of course. After all, it's only a pre-season tour. Gary Neville obviously needs more games under his belt; I think Tevez will have a great season if injuries do not hinder him; Rooney was way too agitated, he was simmering throughout; Campbell definitely has potential.

That's it, for now. We shall of course report from every game played on the tour.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Zae
Date:Saturday July 19 2008
Time: 4:52PM

Comments

0
I watched this game, we were pretty slow but thats understandable seeing as we are very early into our pre season...Plus the midfield was very unbalanced.
Reddevils4ever89
21/07/2008 00:38:00
0
I agree about Campbell, I like the fella, hope he gets his chance to shine this season. Not at the expense of Dong though. :)
Tosswink
21/07/2008 16:59:00
0
It's a PR exercise, the goings on the pitch are secondary!
storagematt
22/07/2008 11:54:00
0
Hahaha, Dong again Tosswink!
united4life
23/07/2008 14:45:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

Is Mourinho Edging Nearer to Old Trafford Hot-Seat?

According to several news sources that is exactly the case.

UWS Podcast #143

The latest United We Stand podcast is an absolute cracker.

Shaw Named in United's Europa League Squad

This week, those clubs left in European competition, had to name their squads for when their respective European competitions.

Neville`s Job on the Line!

It could all end this weekend!

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Chelsea v United?
Suggested By: Red Boy
Home Win!0%
Away Win!80%
Draw!20%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 24 14 8 2 50 18
2 Man City 24 14 5 5 47 23
3 Spurs 24 12 9 3 45 25
4 Arsenal 24 13 6 5 45 15
5 Man Utd 24 11 7 6 40 10
6 West Ham 24 10 9 5 39 10
7 Southampton 24 9 7 8 34 8
8 Liverpool 24 9 7 8 34 -4
9 Watford 24 9 6 9 33 1
10 Stoke 24 9 6 9 33 -4
11 Everton 24 7 11 6 32 9
12 Crystal Palace 24 9 4 11 31 -4
13 Chelsea 24 7 8 9 29 -2
14 WBA 24 7 8 9 29 -8
15 AFC Bournemouth 24 7 7 10 28 -10
16 Swansea 24 6 8 10 26 -9
17 Norwich 24 6 5 13 23 -18
18 Newcastle 24 5 6 13 21 -19
19 Sunderland 24 5 4 15 19 -19
20 Aston Villa 24 2 7 15 13 -22
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Feb 7 2016 4:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 13 2016 12:45PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Shrewsbury Town (a)
FA Cup
Feb 28 2016 2:05PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 2 2016 8:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 6 2016 4:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)