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United 3 Basel 3

A remarkable game saw United toss away a two goal lead but still come back to grab a point.

Team News - With Rooney and Hernandez both out injured, Sir Alex still left both Owen and Berbatov on the bech, preferring to use Welbeck and Giggs up front. Elsewhere there were returns to the starting eleven for Fabio, Ferdinand, and Carrick.

United - De Gea, Fabio, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Welbeck, Young

Subs - Lindegaard, Owen, Berbatov, Parlk, Nani, Fletcher, Diouf

First Half - Basel started well pushing forward but the momentum, in the first attack of the game, was lost when the passing became too complicated instead of unleashing a shot. Basel continued their bright start when Streller found Frei with a pass but the experienced striker shot over the bar.

Although under early pressure, United should have taken the lead when a Young cross found Valencia but he could only direct his header across goal, as opposed to in it. Giggs engineered another chance but Welbeck saw his effort roll wide as the keeper advanced to close the space down.

Sixteen minutes into the game and United were ahead. The goal coming after a decent build up saw Fabio crossing for Giggs who laid the ball off for Welbeck to scuff his shot home.

United 1 Basel 0 (Welbeck - 16 minutes)

A minute later the lead was doubled when Welbeck grabbed a second. Once again the assist came from Giggs who teed up Welbeck who turned in the low cross at the far post.

United 2 Basel 0 (Welbeck - 17 minutes)

Fair play to the Swiss side though, despite conceding two goals in two minutes they were still showing some attacking instincts. The visitors created two chances with the first seeing a crafty back-heel from Streller find Frei who shot wide from ten yards out and the second saw Frei set up Zoua who found the side netting.

Welbeck, seeking a first half hat-trick, saw a first time shot saved by Sommer. Valencia, looking to put the match totally out of Basel`s reach saw his effort hit the keepers` outstretched leg.

Half Time - United 2 Basel 0

Second Half - United thought they`d extended their lead when Young converted a cross from Valencia but he was offside. Basel could have reduced the arrears but De Gea pulled of a good stop to deny Streller.

Basel, having survived a United onslaught, reduced the arrears when Fabien Frei scored. The goal came after De Gea had made a decent save to deny Streller but from the resulting corner Fabian Frei buried a half volley.

United 2 Basel 1 (F. Frei - 58 minutes)

Seconds later it was all square when Alexander Frei equalised. The goal coming after Fabian Frei had set up Alexander to net with a powerful header past De Gea.

United 2 Basel 2 (A. Frei - 60 minutes)

Sir Alex responded by replacing Giggs with Park. Not long after another change was made when Nani came on for Fabio.

Matters took a turn for the worse when Basel were awarded a penalty which was duly converted by Alexander Frei, the penalty being given after a clumsy challenge by Valencia on Streller.

United 2 Basel 3 (A. Frei - 76 minutes)

With eight minutes of normal time left, Sir Alex made his third change of the night, introducing Berbatov in place of Anderson as United chased the game. As time began to run out the realization hit home that United had contrived to throw away a two goal lead but all was not lost.

Sommer denied Berbatov with a save but just as the final whistle beckoned Young scored his first goal in the Champions League finishing off a cross from Nani.

United 3 Basel 3 (Young - 90 minutes)

United could have snatched a late winner when Nani delivered another great cross but Welbeck couldn`t convert the opportunity.



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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 27 2011

Time: 9:37PM

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HAHAHAHA!!!!!! 3-3?)))) LOOSER'S!!!!! (CHELSEA FOREVER)
Prettyguy
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27/09/2011 21:48:00

HAHAHAHA!!!!!! 3-3?)))) LOOSER'S!!!!! (CHELSEA FOREVER)
Prettyguy
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27/09/2011 21:48:00

HAHAHAHA!!!!!! 3-3?)))) LOOSER'S!!!!! (CHELSEA FOREVER)
Prettyguy
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27/09/2011 21:48:00

HAHAHAHA!!!!!! 3-3?)))) LOOSER'S!!!!! (CHELSEA FOREVER)
Prettyguy
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27/09/2011 21:48:00

Pettyguy, how is this result in anyway related to Chelski. By the way, how did Chelski fare in their latest encounter with United? The game tonight looked like easy 3 points, but the players never took Bassel serious, only at 2-3 did the team realize the danger of getting 0 points. We should have won easily, but I Think Ferdinand looked put of sync. We always do it the hard way. S
nordkap
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27/09/2011 22:43:00

Pettyguy, how is this result in anyway related to Chelski. By the way, how did Chelski fare in their latest encounter with United? The game tonight looked like easy 3 points, but the players never took Bassel serious, only at 2-3 did the team realize the danger of getting 0 points. We should have won easily, but I Think Ferdinand looked put of sync. We always do it the hard way. S
nordkap
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27/09/2011 22:43:00

Fackin hell prettyguy, you make nerdkrap look like a reasonable and well ballanced human being. Suspect your time as a member of the Vital network could be very brief.
fifthcolumnblue
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27/09/2011 23:55:00

Fackin hell prettyguy, you make nerdkrap look like a reasonable and well ballanced human being. Suspect your time as a member of the Vital network could be very brief.
fifthcolumnblue
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27/09/2011 23:55:00

Of all the decent VitalChelsea members we get a plum like prettyguy. The game had nothing to do with Chelsea yet you're treating like a personal victory for them, how sad. I suppose you're still bitter about the 3-1 humbling.
TheFamousNo7
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28/09/2011 09:35:00

Of all the decent VitalChelsea members we get a plum like prettyguy. The game had nothing to do with Chelsea yet you're treating like a personal victory for them, how sad. I suppose you're still bitter about the 3-1 humbling.
TheFamousNo7
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28/09/2011 09:35:00

As for the game it was easily one of the worse defensive displays I've ever seen from the side. Ferdinand was ball watching for most of the time as the opposition casually strolled past him. I wont be too harsh on Jones because he was the best defender out of all of them, though his inexperience showed when he tried playing the ball out rather than just hitting it clear. Neither Evra or Fabio got back to close down the threat coming from the wing. Carrick playing as the more defence minded midfielder done very little defending and seemed to just walk back to our half and stand still. The positives from this though is De Gea was great in goal and was never at fault for any of the goals we conceded but was the main reason for us not conceding more. Young looked fantastic and it's a shame no-one ever converted his deadly crosses into goals. Welbeck looked great up top, he was a constant threat and it showed in his goals. Giggs also played some very nice football and his passing and vision got him 2 assists. Nani is a game changer and he done exactly that with his cross to Young, we're lucky to have him. Anderson was good attacking but disappeared when it came to the defending part. Park I personally thought had one of his worst games in a United shirt. Valencia was Valencia great attitude and performance as always and he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet or even an assists.
TheFamousNo7
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28/09/2011 10:01:00

As for the game it was easily one of the worse defensive displays I've ever seen from the side. Ferdinand was ball watching for most of the time as the opposition casually strolled past him. I wont be too harsh on Jones because he was the best defender out of all of them, though his inexperience showed when he tried playing the ball out rather than just hitting it clear. Neither Evra or Fabio got back to close down the threat coming from the wing. Carrick playing as the more defence minded midfielder done very little defending and seemed to just walk back to our half and stand still. The positives from this though is De Gea was great in goal and was never at fault for any of the goals we conceded but was the main reason for us not conceding more. Young looked fantastic and it's a shame no-one ever converted his deadly crosses into goals. Welbeck looked great up top, he was a constant threat and it showed in his goals. Giggs also played some very nice football and his passing and vision got him 2 assists. Nani is a game changer and he done exactly that with his cross to Young, we're lucky to have him. Anderson was good attacking but disappeared when it came to the defending part. Park I personally thought had one of his worst games in a United shirt. Valencia was Valencia great attitude and performance as always and he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet or even an assists.
TheFamousNo7
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28/09/2011 10:01:00

Think both Manchester teams proved the old maxim "If it ain't broke don't fix it" when it comes to tinkering with their defences.
fifthcolumnblue
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28/09/2011 12:25:00

Think both Manchester teams proved the old maxim "If it ain't broke don't fix it" when it comes to tinkering with their defences.
fifthcolumnblue
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28/09/2011 12:25:00

It was just a woeful defending by the Machester teams. Ferdinand and Toure being the worst culprits. They looked rusty
lacuzzi
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28/09/2011 18:12:00

It was just a woeful defending by the Machester teams. Ferdinand and Toure being the worst culprits. They looked rusty
lacuzzi
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28/09/2011 18:12:00

 

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