Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

United Players Rescue England

United Players Rescue England

United players have come to the rescue for England as a thoroughly insipid display against Kazakhstan could have ended in the same dire stalemate than the game against Macedonia at the start of the ill-fated Euro qualifying campaign.

Credit to Frank Lampard for getting the delivery right on two occasions but it was the England captain who produced the killer blow: Rio headed the ball home emphatically with the keeper's caught in no man's land.

I could claim that the second goal also owed much to one of our players - Kuchma was more interested in pushing Rooney away than in the ball, that's how he proceeded to head it into his own net - but it was after 2-1 that Roo really came to life.

In the first half he was as poor as England. It was mystifying why Capello changed the system that worked in Zagreb; I thought Heskey had been called up to bring the best out of Rooney. How in the hell is he supposed to do that if our Wayne is shunted out onto the wing.

Don't get me wrong: he can play there. But only within a fluid attacking unit that's about constant movement and which involves Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. No offence to Emile Heskey but he's never been that category and while Walcott has the potential he's not quite at this level yet.

The second half was a different story: Rooney came to life with the introduction of SWP and so England came to life. Two emphatic finishes - the first after the excellent Wes Brown's pinpoint cross - showed that Wayne's goalscoring form is not about to disappear against Kazakhstan... and that was it, Defoe's excellent goal was merely the icing on the cake.

So it looks like our English players are still in fine form. Vidic was also part of a winning team, as Serbia thrashed Lithuania at home. Evra was part of the French team that might have saved Raymond Domenech's job by coming back from two goals down to earn a point at Romania. Nani and Ronaldo are still lacking sharpness and it was evident as they were ineffectual at Sweden. Fletcher played well for Scotland but the enduring image of the game will be Iwelumo missing from two yards out - it was worse than Forlan v Juventus or that famous Ronnie Rosenthal howler.

Carlos Tevez played an influential role but did not find the net for Argentina: business as usual for the little master then. A return to goalscoring form would be a major boost but we can't expect him to do that from the bench...



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

Writer:Zae
Date:Sunday October 12 2008
Time: 9:01AM

Comments

0
Not sure that Rio's header was quite as you described it.. My granny could've put that in ..he didn't even need to jump... But it was the goal we needed so let's not take it away from him. Rooney did come to life when SWP came on but I think it was more to do with that SWP occupied the space that Barry didn't. Rooney took his second well.. Imagine how many we could've had if Fabio had employed a 442 from the start..
Chix
12/10/2008 09:23:00
0
What a lot of rubbish.First of all, all the team have to perform to win anything. Second,all the England squad played bad until Lampard broke the lock down with his freekicks.The game was again killed and your Rooney began to shine...It is always the same way " Rooney played exceptionally, Beckham assisted, ohh!!"The most important thing against bus parkers is the 1-0 and that was provided by Lampard and Rio Ferdinand until then Heskey, Rooney and the others could do very little against Kasachstan.
German Blues Brother
12/10/2008 14:32:00
0
Hard for some on here to admit I see but United players DID see England to victory! Don't get bitter. England's ACTUAL captain calmed everyone's nerves with the first goal and then Rooney just finished everything off.
ForeverUnited
12/10/2008 15:23:00
0
haha I wasn't going to disagree that Rooney and Lampard were the two last night who made the difference and I still won't... but I can't just pass by without mentioning the comment of "Don't get bitter.", followed by "England's ACTUAL captain" --- irony anyone?
The_Legend_Of_Zola
12/10/2008 20:39:00
0
Hardley rescued them, should have won whatever.
Tiny T
13/10/2008 14:41:00
0
oh boohoo, Lampard's still terrible for Ingerlund ;D Having said that Gerrard and Barry were both shockingly bad as well!
ForeverUnited
14/10/2008 00:22:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

It's All About the Money, Money

The results for the second financial quarter have been released.

Managerial Tit-bits!

Do you know what's happening with regards to the managerial hot-seat at Old Trafford

The Manchester Utd Injury Table Updated

Our weekly update looking at the injury table and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Carrick Waits for Contract Offer from United

Something we`ve covered before is the possibility of Michael Carrick leaving Old Trafford at the end of this season.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sunderland v Manchester United?
Suggested By: Red Boy
Home Win!0%
Away Win!100%
Score Draw!0%
0-0 Bore Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

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
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)