Date:Sunday February 18 2007
Reading earned a replay in the FA Cup 5th round against United. The Royals will now fancy their chances of knocking the Reds out at Madejski where the two sides played a 1-1 draw back in September.
Of course this game was in our hands. Reading started lively, applying some early pressure but United soon took control and in the later stages of the second half the Reds created a host of opportunities but missed them all due to the unconvincing display from Park, Saha (his overall performance was good but failed to deliver in front of the goal) and Solskjaer.
Of course, the Norwegian scored a prefectly good goal that was disallowed for offside but that's something we're starting to get used to, having had two goals ruled out for unknown reasons against Portsmouth. At the end of the first half Ronaldo laid back the ball to Carrick who fired home from 25 yards.
It was the best possible moment to score a goal and take the lead but United did not make the most of it. Ronaldo missed two good chances and bad final passes and slow thinking cost us more opportunities but it appeared we would win the game as Reading failed to threaten United. Set-pieces are dangerous, however, and from a corner the unmarked Gunnarsson headed into the top corner.
I applauded Sir Alex's instant reactions as the boss brought on Evra, Scholes and Larsson but it did not make an instant difference. Scholes' performance was absolutely disappointing whilst Evra just could not pick up the tempo quickly enough. Larsson's shrewd runs gave us a bit of edge in attack and he missed a great chance to put us back in front but otherwise United seemed to lack imagination. Still, we should have won this: Saha was clean through in the very last minute but fired his shot pathetically wide.
All in all, Reading deserved a replay for a battling performance but we should have killed the game off but instead let them back into it as we had done against Aston Villa and Arsenal. I would say it's worrying but I try to be an optimist: it's better to be stumbling in the Cup as we can do it in the replay. In the league, a home draw would be nothing less than a disaster. I'm not sure we can beat Reading; in fact, I believe it will another frustrating 1-1 draw, with an exit in a penalty shootout. Hopefully I'll be mistaken. But at least Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Ferdinand and Evra had some rest before the Lille game even though Evra and Scholes played 15 minutes.
Date:Sunday February 18 2007
Januzaj Plumps for Belgium (Thursday April 24 2014)
Should Sir Alex Ferguson Remain Involved? (Wednesday April 23 2014)
Moyes Fury! (Wednesday April 23 2014)
Duo Wanted? (Wednesday April 23 2014)
Van Gaal or Ancelotti? (Wednesday April 23 2014)
Why Moyes Had to Go! (Tuesday April 22 2014)
Four on a Short-List? (Tuesday April 22 2014)
Has Moyes Been Sacked? (Monday April 21 2014)
Trust in Moyes Wavering? (Monday April 21 2014)
Lallana Has Sell-On Clause! (Monday April 21 2014)
|Man Utd||4||-||1||Aston Villa|
|Man Utd||0||-||3||Man City|
|West Ham||0||-||2||Man Utd|
|7. Man Utd||34||17||6||11||16||57|
|Options to replace Lloris?
» Spurs : 24/04/2014 10:39:00
|Stoke aim to be record breakers
» Stoke : 24/04/2014 10:31:00
|Kightly set for exit door
» Stoke : 24/04/2014 10:12:00
|Ref Watch: Marriner to officiate Stoke v Tottenham
» Stoke : 24/04/2014 09:57:00
|Everton to make summer swoop for Welbeck
» Everton : 24/04/2014 09:45:00
|Liverpool: New-Look Anfield Unveiled
» Liverpool : 24/04/2014 09:19:00
|Where are we?
» Spurs : 24/04/2014 08:40:00