Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

West Brom 1 Man Utd 2

West Brom 1 Man Utd 2

WEST BROM: Kuszczak, Albrechtsen, Watson, Curtis Davies,Robinson, Greening, Kozak (Carter 69), Inamoto,Kamara (Ellington 59), Wallwork, Campbell (Kanu 45).

Subs Not Used: Kirkland, Clement.



MAN UTD: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Silvestre,Ronaldo, O'Shea, Richardson (Fletcher 89), Giggs, Rooney, Saha.

Subs Not Used: Howard, Evra, van Nistelrooy, Rossi.

Louis Saha is certainly providing the evidence to push our strong words down our throat as he continues his battle to keep Ruud van Nistelrooy sitting on the bench.

Personally I thought Ruud was the man to tear the heart out of the Barcodes last week, as Fergie sat and watched Saha miss chance after chance. But ... who am I to doubt the great man? Saha took his tally for the campaign to 13 with two goals that took the points at the Hawthorns and piles the pressure on ex-United skipper Bryan Robson.

As you would expect from a Robson side, West Brom were spirited at the very least, and forced their way back into the game through Nathan Ellington late on. And Sir Alex Ferguson again decide to keep Van Nistelrooy shivering on the bench.

Van Nistelrooy made the trip home to attend the funeral of his wife's grandfather this week, so perhaps we are reading too much into the situation. But it has been a strange week, Park Ji-sung headed back to Korea following a family bereavement - and Sir Alex went to Jimmy Johnstone's funeral.

Fergie insists Saha adds extra pace and strength that the Dutchman lacks, but does Ruud lack anything? The man would get into any side in the country ... if not the world.

Saha scored with a 16th-minute header as West Brom's defence was at full stretch almost constantly.

Robson's chances of finding an equaliser after the interval were hindered by the reshuffles caused by the departures of Kevin Campbell and Diomansy Kamara, and as West Brom searched for some fluidity, Saha appeared to knock the stuffing out of them.

There was still plenty of work for Saha to do when Ronaldo flicked a pass into the area, but the Frenchman took the ball down with one brilliant first-touch before steering it into the bottom corner with an equally effective second.

However, substitute Ellington gave the home fans fresh hope 12 minutes from time when he rose to nod home Jonathan Greening's corner in the same clinical manner Saha had done earlier.

West Brom threw everything forward looking for a priceless equaliser but in the end it was United who came closest to scoring again as Ronnie Wallwork denied Saha a hat-trick with a fine close-range block.




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

Writer:Cantona
Date:Monday March 20 2006
Time: 12:33PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Lewis Tips Joshua to Win

Vital F1 - Blog: Sochi Preview

Recent Manchester United Articles

The Last Time United Played City on a Thursday Was……

Scheduled to play Manchester City on a Thursday night, in a Premier League game, feels kind of strange.

Manchester City v Manchester United - Managerial Talk

Tomorrow night Manchester United make the short trip to the Etihad Stadium for a derby fixture they are hoping will see them take the three points on offer.

Manchester City v Manchester United - Early Team News

It`s a Manchester derby with a difference this Thursday evening.

United Unlikely to Land Top Italian Keeper

Despite what the speculation might be implying!

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

City v United?
Suggested By: Red Boy
City to Win!0%
United to Win!0%
A Draw!100%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 33 25 3 5 78 40
2 Spurs 33 22 8 3 74 47
3 Liverpool 34 19 9 6 66 28
4 Man City 32 19 7 6 64 28
5 Man Utd 32 17 12 3 63 26
6 Arsenal 32 18 6 8 60 24
7 Everton 34 16 10 8 58 23
8 WBA 33 12 8 13 44 -3
9 Southampton 32 11 7 14 40 -5
10 Watford 33 11 7 15 40 -17
11 Stoke 34 10 9 15 39 -13
12 Crystal Palace 34 11 5 18 38 -8
13 AFC Bournemouth 34 10 8 16 38 -14
14 West Ham 34 10 8 16 38 -15
15 Leicester City 33 10 7 16 37 -13
16 Burnley 34 10 6 18 36 -16
17 Hull City 34 9 6 19 33 -31
18 Swansea 34 9 4 21 31 -29
19 Middlesbrough 34 5 12 17 27 -19
20 Sunderland 33 5 6 22 21 -33
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 27 2017 8:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 30 2017 12:00PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2017 4:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 13 2017 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 21 2017 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Aug 7 2017 12:00AM : Leicester City (a)
Community Shield
Write for Vital Football