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Reds Outplay Bayern But Lose On Penalties

We have lost the Audi Cup final to Bayern Munich - but the display was encouraging. It was actually better than yesterday's showing against Boca Juniors.

For a start, it's painful to see Giggs and Scholes in these games. On the occasions they still manage to keep up with the pace of the game they keep reminding us that they know more of the beautiful game than most players in the squad... None of our midfielders has the sublime intelligence and incisive passing of Scholes, and neither of his colleagues boast the skill and technique of Ryan Giggs. They are tremendous players who are in serious decline and we haven't really replaced them yet...

But today both were impressive and it's really not Scholes' fault that Owen failed to convert his delightful little pass in the second half. Giggs was less creative but always assured in possession and ensured we gave the ball away much less frequently than we did yesterday. The presence and confidence of Dimitar Berbatov helped on that front. The Bulgarian was unlucky not to score in the first half: his fine scissor kick hit the post.

Defensively we were solid even though Darren Fletcher had to play right-back but the back four hold firm even when Bayern were in the ascendancy in the first half. However, United held them at bay and soon took control and the second half was totally ours, especially after Bayern made some changes and introduced unknown youngsters. We couldn't score though; Owen and substitute Rooney missed sitters and unsurprisingly, we were not great on the flanks: Nani was frustrating again while Gibson is still not a wide man.

But all in all it was encouraging. I don't know whose idea it was to have Evra take a penalty but it wasn't a good one and I was certain Jonny Evans would miss. It doesn't really matter: Bayern can have their trophy while we can draw optimism from what we've seen on the pitch from our team. There's one danger though: that we'll become a solid, good team, capable of controlling games against most sides yet don't score enough because of the sluggishness in attack. The movement, the thinking must become quicker and the passing more accurate if we are to succeed this season.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 30 2009

Time: 10:16PM

Your Comments

Hahaha, I like the headline.Manu outplayed Bayern in the SECOND half, Bayern did the same in the first half. Also, Manu dominated when Bayern introduced all the bench and youth players, basically Manu played with their B-team in the first half and C-team in the secod half (just look at the team sheet). Your midfield was really bad because they could not win the ball to start any attack.The only positives for ya were Berbatov, Nani and Owen.
German Blues Brother
*correction, Bayern played with their B-eleven in the first half and C-eleven in the second half.
German Blues Brother
Personally I thought Giggs and Scholes were embarassing at points tonight. Granted they still have class on the ball, but without it both are a liability. The first time I saw a bayern player get closed down in the middle of the pitch was when Anderson came on. Giggs and Scholes spent the whole time trying to catch up with attacks, failing and then trying to get back and cover (and often failing to do that). Playing them together anywhere on the pitch is just asking to lose in my view. It puts far too much pressure on the forwards to defend and leaves the back 4 exposed. So many times when one of them had the ball in the middle, the other would drop deeper because they simply weren't quick enough to make incisive runs for each other through the middle.
tuscan3000
GBB is right, You outplayed Bayern in the second half, when they had their reserves on. They outplayed you in the first half when both teams had most of their first 11 on.
JohnDoe
Technically, without Rafael/Brown, Vidic, Valencia, Carrick, Hargreaves/Anderson or Rooney it would be incorrect to say we had MOST of our first 11 on - but maybe thats just me being pedantic. Personally, a goalless draw away at Bayern with ourr 4th and 5th choice central midfielders playing at right back and right win
tuscan3000
seems like a good result to me - especially considering that the diabolical duo were playing central mid.
tuscan3000
Bayern were missing Ribery and Toni also tuscan.
JohnDoe
To be honest, I don't know nearly enough about Bayerns best 11 to say how strong or weak they were compared to us in each half. All I know is that if at any point during the season we are forced to play fletcher at right back, gibson on the wing, with giggs and scholes in the middle - we will be royally screwed!
tuscan3000
 

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