Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Michael Owen Wins The Game For Lacklustre United

Michael Owen Wins The Game For Lacklustre United

It wasn't an exactly spectacular start to the new season, was it? United, their nerves perhaps somewhat frayed by the news of the Jakarta bomb attack, looked lacklustre and uninspiring against a lively Malaysian XI but scraped a 3-2 win.

It was a typical pre-season game, to be honest. United lacked focus, concentration, commitment, the players looked a bit disorientated and sluggish. We haven't learnt much from this game, that's for sure - I merely saw a few things which we knew anyway.

What am I talking about? Well, like the fact that Darron Gibson is not a winger. He was as ineffective as always when asked to play on the right side of the midfield and his influence grew astoundingly when moved to the centre of the park after taking off Scholes. The ginger maestro himself had a pretty poor game: he made too many rash tackles and surrendered possession too often too easily.

His midfield colleague Anderson was full of energy and enthusiasm but his passing was wayward and his positioning left a lot to be desired on occasions. Nani had one of his better games, clinically tucking away his only real chance but he didn't light up the pitch.

By and large we were okay at the back throughout - Wes Brown and Fabio both slotted in seamlessly when called upon while Evra, Rio, Evans and O'Shea did their job with the usual reliability. However, Edwin van der Sar was at fault for the first goal and substitute Ben Foster committed an absolutely horrible mistake, letting a backpass slip under his feet, thus gifting the Malaysians the equaliser.

However, United's best performers were to be found up front: Berbatov was average even though he showed a few nice touches but Wayne Rooney was the best player on the pitch by a country mile, relishing the freedom allowed to him in the hole behind the Bulgarian. He scored our scrappy first then his absolutely brilliant pass found Nani in front of goal and the winger made no mistake.

Yet someone else stole the show from him in the end: Michael Owen came and conquered today. I was pleasantly surprised with his performance: I expected commitment - after all, he's got a lot to prove - but didn't expect such a good display. He was always available, looking for the ball, moving a lot between the defenders, confusing and stretching them. His winner was a cool and clinical finish after a bad defensive cock-up - hopefully the first of many goals in the United shirt. I just wish it weren't the number seven shirt...

So, that's it. It's a shame we didn't get to see Valencia and that we won't see Obertan till October but you can't have everything. It was a good solid win to open pre-season and it was good enough to whet the appetite. I have realised how much I'm missing football and can't wait to the real competitions to start now.



For the very latest Premier League odds

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

Writer:Zae
Date:Saturday July 18 2009
Time: 5:57PM

Comments

0
this is exactly why we bought owen, not to add quality to our build up but to just score. he is a great goal poacher and if he can stay fit htere no doubt he will be the bargain of the century, cant believe the people who doubt his quality.... the only doubt is his fitness. i know you are a doubter and the 76% of the voters but i am 100% sure he will prove you all wrong
Reddevils4ever89
18/07/2009 18:01:00
0
Amazing !!!....Owen scored...wow.....the rest of the premiership will be shakin in their boots .......guess that means that he`s suddenly a threat to Gerrard and Torres now....if Owen is the best you Mancs can boast then Liverpool are going to brutalise you again just like they did at the Theatre of Illusions...
I Bling Red
18/07/2009 19:03:00
0
Owen..your main goal threat for the season...what a joke...i actually feel embarassed for you comical Mancs...
I Bling Red
18/07/2009 19:03:00
0
worried are ya? or else you wouldnt be posting that ;) he never got the service at newcastle.. he will shine here. he wont be out best attacker cause that will be rooney but owen will be tapping in goals all season... maybe a few against the scum
Reddevils4ever89
18/07/2009 21:36:00
0
Brutalise? Can't believe that scousers are still bringing that game up! Bringing up a 4-1 loss of that calibre, in a season where we just lifted our 11th premier league trophy (our third in succession) and got to a champions league final is a bit like telling your mate you slept with his girlfriend only to find out he has been consistently shagging your mum! Keep your 4-1 mate, from where we're sitting - the score reads 11-0.
tuscan3000
18/07/2009 22:28:00
0
Ronaldo! Ronaldo! Ronaldo!.... I mean OWEN! OWEN! OWEN!
Paulinho
19/07/2009 07:53:00
0
ha ha ha thats a great shout tuscan!!! let the scouse f*#ks have there 4-1 win take being the premiership champions (again!!!) over 3 points anyday!!! cus thats all they got from it!!! gerrad may of kissed the camera after his pen, but who was kissing the trophy at the end of the season!!!
Lurkin-on-the-post
19/07/2009 13:44:00
0
lol too funny tuscan
Paulinho
19/07/2009 22:56:00
0
well done owen,2 goals in two games,not bad at all.Keep it going michael!!!
Antriksh (abmtd)
20/07/2009 19:17:00
0
Also tosic looked pretty good,I was glad that he got a chance.
Antriksh (abmtd)
20/07/2009 19:19:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Manchester United Articles

Most Expensive Player Values - Jan 2017

The Cies Football Observatory have been crunching their numbers again to produce the January 2017 edition of their highest player transfer values for the top leagues across Europe.

Is This Player Going to be added this Transfer Window?

Maybe, maybe not!

United Linked with Portuguese Defender

Three top European clubs are, according to one source, competing for the signature of a highly rated right-back.

No Champions League = Salary Reduction

Last season the unthinkable happened.

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)

MOTM v Stoke City (a)?
Suggested By: Red Boy
De Gea2%
Valencia8%
Jones0%
Smalling0%
Blind0%
Fellaini0%
Herrera50%
Pogba0%
Mata0%
Ibrahimovic4%
Mkhitaryan8%
Rashford12%
Rooney12%
Lingard4%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 22 18 1 3 55 32
2 Arsenal 22 14 5 3 47 27
3 Spurs 22 13 7 2 46 29
4 Liverpool 22 13 6 3 45 24
5 Man City 22 13 4 5 43 15
6 Man Utd 22 11 8 3 41 12
7 Everton 22 10 6 6 36 10
8 WBA 22 9 5 8 32 2
9 Stoke 22 7 7 8 28 -6
10 West Ham 22 8 4 10 28 -7
11 Southampton 22 7 6 9 27 -4
12 AFC Bournemouth 22 7 5 10 26 -7
13 Burnley 22 8 2 12 26 -9
14 Watford 22 6 6 10 24 -13
15 Leicester City 22 5 6 11 21 -13
16 Middlesbrough 22 4 8 10 20 -7
17 Swansea 22 5 3 14 18 -25
18 Crystal Palace 22 4 4 14 16 -11
19 Hull City 22 4 4 14 16 -27
20 Sunderland 22 4 3 15 15 -22
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)

Jan 26 2017 7:45PM : Hull City (a)
Capital One Cup
Jan 29 2017 4:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
FA Cup
Feb 1 2017 8:00PM : Hull City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 5 2017 4:00PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 26 2017 2:15PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Yanmispices1
2.softkingvictor1
3.DrAlimo1
Write for Vital Football