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A Biased Ref And Comical Pens End United's Run

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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Date:Sunday August 9 2009
Time: 5:59PM


lol - can't you lot lose graciously! Rooney played the advantage - full stop! You can't have yer feckin cake and eat it!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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)
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)
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.
09/08/2009 18:58:00
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