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One Shot, One Shot … One Shot is All Ya Got

December 29, 2008 · 1 Comment

United celebrated yet another 1-0 victory today vs. Boro

United celebrated yet another 1-0 victory today vs. Boro

Ed here.

… And one shot was all Manchester United needed today, a lone goal from Dimitar Berbatov was enough to beat back Middlesbrough and give the Red Devils a 1-0 win. The victory left the defending champions 7 points behind leaders Liverpool, despite having the ever popular 2 games in hand. United controlled most of the play, and their patchwork back line of O’Shea-Evans-Vidic-Rafael wasn’t put to the test too much by a Boro side that got a bit of good early work from Afonso Alves, and decent play (as usual vs. United) from Stewie Downing, but not much else.

It was a game that a team with championship aspirations has to win, but it’s not a performance that would be acceptable to a championship side. And in watching the Premier League this season, that seems to be the story with all four teams at times this season and I think to some extent, it’s made the campaign less interesting. Liverpool seems to have broken out of that malaise a little bit with their 5-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday - and while I’d always take a shot at Liverpool where possible - United only drew with Newcastle this season, so I’ll keep my mouth shut. (more…)

Categories: Arsenal · English Premier League · Soccer · Sports · Transfer Rumors

Ince Out at Blackburn - Does it Matter?

December 16, 2008 · 1 Comment

Ed here.

… So, I’ve been wondering to myself for most of the day about the Paul Ince dismissal at Blackburn. I don’t think it can be characterized as a surprise. Blackburn are in the relegation zone currently and perhaps worse, are not really relevant in the Premier League this year. As a United fan, Blackburn used to be a game I would circle on the fixture list - only because on its day, Rovers could play with anyone and they seemed to come up with stirring performances against teams like Manchester United in the past.

Then I started thinking about it in a larger perspective. This past weekend was another in which the supposed top four teams in the Premier League all sputtered through their games, each earning a point - but with Arsenal getting jumped by Aston Villa for fourth place. It was a whole lot of blah, basically, and it seems to me at times that in a sense, this has been what the whole season has been. Maybe it’s a jaded perspective because United isn’t top of the league - but they haven’t necessarily been top of the league at this stage in recent years when they’ve won the title, so I don’t think that’s it. (more…)

Categories: Arsenal · English Premier League · Personal · Soccer · Sports

Thoughts on the first week of Premiership action

August 18, 2008 · 1 Comment

Let’s be honest here. He had no idea where that cross was going.


Categories: Arsenal · English Premier League · Soccer