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A Biased Ref And Comical Pens End United's Run

Well Chelsea did not make themselves more lovable in today's Community Shield game that's for sure. But they won the trophy so congratulations.

However, United's display was good, encouraging. We were clearly the better team in the first half, creating plenty of chances and scoring a brilliant goal - Nani impressed which is very, very surprising. Carrick and Fletcher bossed the midfield while Berba and Rooney worked well. Park was the weak link, his defensive and attacking work were both quite poor.

Second half was a different story though: Chelsea came out more determined and they started to impose themselves on our somewhat tiring team. Nevertheless we were still a threat on the break and all looked rosy until a horrible defensive cock-up cost us a goal - Ben Foster, such a liability all afternoon, wasn't blameless... - so Chelsea clawed one back, even though we held their Drogba-Anelka front two easily at bay.

Then came Foy's intervention. Considering that he twice stopped the game when Chelsea players went down with what looked like injuries everyone expected him to spot a clear foul by Ballack - only minutes earlier play was stopped for his sake - on Evra, especially as our Frenchman went down clutching his face as he was elbowed by the German.

To everyone's surprise, Foy totally ignored him, Chelsea did not bother to check whether Evra was all right or anything but made the most of their numerical superiority and scored a goal, Lampard applying the finishing touch. It was a despicable moment of horrible refereeing bias but we can expect this: the FA and the Premier League are all to keen to dispel the persistent myth that we receive favourable treatment from referees when it's quite clear it's closer to the opposite. Never mind that though.

The team, after a masss substitution, displayed admirable character in face of adversity and exerted real pressure on Chelsea. Just when it looked like our labours would come to nothing Giggs released Rooney - he was very nearly offside but Ashley Cole played him on - who produced a cool finish in the 92nd minute to take the game to penalties.

The less said about them the better though. Carrick scored a flawless one but both Giggs and Evra - who was excellent during the game - messed up horribly, handing the trophy to Chelsea on a plate. Our run is over - we've won the last two Community Shields and failed to make it a hat-trick. However, our attack was very, very encouraging even though Antonio Valencia got only half an hour after Nani went off clutching his arm after a reckless and unpunished challenge by Terry. Defence wasn't solid enough, with O'Shea all to frequently caught out due to lack of pace but Rio and Evans did well. Foster's performance is an obvious concern but I'd give him the chance to pull himself together.

Bring on the league games now!

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 9 2009

Time: 5:59PM

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lol - can't you lot lose graciously! Rooney played the advantage - full stop! You can't have yer feckin cake and eat it!
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09/08/2009 18:05:00

I really want Foster to do well because I think it would be fantastic if United had an English number 1, but everytime he plays some freak incident seems to occur. I think he has all the technical ability to be a top GK, but I'm not sure if he has the mental strength to be a United player. The slightest bit of pressure seems to get to him really badly.
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09/08/2009 18:21:00

I felt Nani had a fantastic game and it felt as if he was really looking forward to this season but has now dislocated his shoulder which is a shame.I hope Tosic gets a chance because Park although being a good player does not have much creativity in him.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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09/08/2009 18:24:00

O'Shea once a gain proved to me why he should be our sixth choice right back. Whilst I admire his loyalty and patience as a backup player, you have to say that someone of his talents could not expect much more. He has no imagination or intelligence in his attacking play and no real mobility or awareness in his defensive play. For me Brown, Rafael, Hargreaves, De Laet, Fabio and even a fit G. Neville are better options than him at RB.
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09/08/2009 18:25:00

I think Park showed that he has no business being a starter. He is nothing but frustrating. He is hard working, intelligent and creative with his passing and movement but in the box the guy is dead weight. I would prefer it if he was never in the right place at the right time than to see him make such perfect runs and passes on the edge of the box only to completely balls it up when he gets a chance to shoot.
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09/08/2009 18:27:00

Biased ref? The one who played advantage and you are crying because you could not make the most of it? Stop crying- it's just a pre-season trophy. And we won it!
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09/08/2009 18:28:00

Once we get Van Der Sar, Brown/Rafael, Vidic, Valencia and god willing Hargreaves into the team, we will be FAR stronger than we were today - which considering we just sold the worlds best player - wasn't too bad at all!
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09/08/2009 18:30:00

Overall we did play a great game.In the first half they were just chasing our shadows and we were just too good for them but in the second half they played well and once they got the equaliser,the momentum was with them and we just couldn't hit another gear.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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09/08/2009 18:33:00

Yes Crazyfriend,I guess we all know its a pre-season trophy and congratulations on your victory but no one can argue that the ref was plain awful.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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09/08/2009 18:40:00

For the record, Ballack didn't elbow Evra. He just let him know who the boss was. Advantage was played and we went up the other end and scored. End of.
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09/08/2009 18:58:00

Oh yeah, while we're at it, tell Nani that next time he dives he should try not to land on his shoulder or he might hurt himself. Cheers.
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09/08/2009 19:00:00

Plain awful ref - you should try that Norwegian ***** we had v Barcelona!
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09/08/2009 19:17:00

Ballack body-checked Evra, who went down clutching his face. You can be irritate that the ref didn't stop the play, but then again you should also admit that Evra, by clutching his face, was trying to make it a lot worse than it was. There's a word for that: simulation.
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09/08/2009 19:30:00

Ah yes, the usual rag moaning about the biased ref, having to play against 12 men, etc. etc. You lot should try changing the record some time.
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10/08/2009 01:20:00

Rooney was marginally offside, so that should take care of any so-called bias.
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10/08/2009 04:04:00

Im not saying the ref was biased but that was a complete joke of a call from the ref. Reckless challenge from Terry didnt get a card yet Evras challenge which actually one the ball did! Well done Chelsea enjoy your CHEAP WIN
One United 92
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10/08/2009 09:00:00

'Rather than stopping play, the referee may allow play to continue if doing so will benefit the team against which an offence has been committed. This is known as "playing an advantage". The referee may "call back" play and penalise the original offence if the anticipated advantage does not ensue within a short period, typically taken to be four to five seconds. Even if an offence is not penalised due to advantage being played, the offender may still be sanctioned for misconduct at the next stoppage of play.' Above is perhaps a clear indication as to what should have happened, IMO i just feel sad that players and managers are being forced in some circumstances to be part of respect the ref campaign, this is just another clear indication that 1. It will never work 2. referees are biased 3.Chelscum are cheats and always will be!!! lol. COYS! good luck for the season United
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10/08/2009 09:42:00

(just one example) when you was being spanked by sp*urs at home and the defender clearly won the ball in the box, everyone but the ref knew the tackle was legit, but a penalty was awarded in the mancs favour, i bet you wasnt complaining then...dirty cheating team, favoured by the refs? kettle calling the pot black me thinks
fran merida
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10/08/2009 10:57:00

We need to give Foster a chance - once he had a settled back four in front of him including Vidic, we must judge him then. On yesterday's match - slightly harsh since we had only 9 players on the pitch, but hey, everyone's going a bit over the top. What goes around comes around, over the season most things equal themselves out. Fran Merida, United aren't especially a 'dirty cheating team' - we certainly aren't perfect, but no worse than anyone else. Now Ronaldo's gone arguably even less so. Tottenham game - whatever the decision, it was given. We scored five goals and there is no way that that penalty won us the game - Spurs still had the lead and it was Rooney's performance and Tevez's introduction that won it for us, not that decision. Besides, that was last season, we won the league. End of. New season, so let's concentrate on that. Zeenut, you say it yourself. Marginally. A decision that could easily have gone either way. The Evra one I fail to actually see the reasons behind it being given. Euroblue, simulation? Ah yes, Drogba's the master of that (and in case you return that Ronaldo was equally, he's no longer our player. Madrid's problem). Merlin, yes Barcelona ref was awful but there was always a risk that any goal conceded would turn you out, as it so proved... equally as yesterday, these decisions happen all the time, at least it was in a game that, relatively speaking, didn't matter. Good performance generally by United... bring on the season. I can't wait.
Man utd champions
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10/08/2009 11:53:00

I don't understand why people are throwing around words like "cheat". No one cheated. Chelsea were fully entitled to continue playing and I hope United would have done the same. The only issue here is whether the referee made a mistake. I believe he did. It was clearly a professional foul which warranted a yellow card. If the ref thought it was a foul 1) he would have signalled for a foul or signalled that he was playing the advantage - he did neither 2) as Rooney lost the ball immediately, the ref would have been within his rights to stop play as there was no advantage - he didn't 3) if he thought he was hurt he could have stopped the game like he had done twice previously - he didn't. The reason he didn't do any of these things was that the ref did not believe that Evra was fouled - THAT WAS HIS MISTAKE. I believe it was an honest mistake - even if it does show gross incompetence on his part. So to all the united fans that feel aggrieved - please get over it! I'd rather be unlucky in the Community Shield and get a vital decisions in a game that matters! We drew with a very strong chelsea side with half of our best 11 missing, we really have nothing to worry about!
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10/08/2009 12:00:00

Oh dear! I had to check, to see if something has changed since last year, but NO: You are still a bunch of blind supporters. Tell me: If even the ManUtd players didn't bother to play the ball over the line, why should Chelski? And your second goal was a gift, 18/20 clubs in the PL would have gotten offside on that one. You are sooo pathetic. Get real, and supporters from the other 19 clubs may one day respect you!
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10/08/2009 15:40:00

Tuscan, you're about the onle United fan here with a brain. Other than FU, ofcourse. But this article is a desperate and a f(cking rant.
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12/08/2009 13:42:00


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