It was on a titanic February night in Madrid’s magnificent Santiago Bernabeau Stadium that, amongst the lights and flashbulbs, the red and white jerseys, and 85,000 passionate fans, one man in green made his presence felt.
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Manchester United won the derby in true United style! To be frank I was very upset when the scores were 2-2 but thanks to Robin van Persie’s free kick (nicely assisted by Samir Nasri!) United won it 3-2 to go six points clear at the top.
Here are four points on United’s performance today:
It’s the Manchester Derby tomorrow! Excitement is building up all across the world as both teams are set to lock horns at the Etihad at 1-30pm BST tomorrow.
I’d like nothing better than a United win however and here are five ways in which that can happen:
Without a shadow of a doubt Joe Hart is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and one of the best in the world today. However just because he’s one of the best doesn’t mean that he should escape criticism every now and again?
After all when strikers play badly they’re criticised aren’t they?
In a game that suggested that the pitch was sloping, which ironically might have allowed it to drain and so allow play on a day when there were England fans present, the latest showcasing of English talent was truly a game of two halves.
With Roy Hodgson, determined to put his stamp on the team, there was more than a little Manchester United déjà vu, about a side that looked exposed on its left flank and stronger on the right side, with 2 attacking midfielders in a rather loose 4-4-2 structure.
So who was it who said Sir Alex Ferguson and Mike Phelan were at the Etihad last night just to watch Robert Lewandowski? Would the duo not have been at last night’s Champions League match to watch some of Borussia Dortmund’s other stars?
The Champions of the two best leagues in the world met in the opening game of their Champions League group, giving us all a chance to see what could be termed the best game on Earth.
No other game actually pits the winners of the best leagues against each other and with each team costing a kings ransom, involving the systematic selection and then overpayment of talent, even the subs bench would have most Clubs purring.
So Roberto Mancini and Joe Hart are at loggerheads in the aftermath of Manchester City’s defeat at Real Madrid last night.
Should Hart who had an excellent game last night come under some slack from his manager for giving his opinion after the game. Was he the sole reason megabucks City failed to come away from the Bernabeu with a famous win that looked on the cards?
Nope. Of course he wasn’t. City due to individual mistakes.
Hindsight in football can be wonderful. Think back to the first half of last season when Manchester United lost 3-2 to Steve Kean’s Blackburn Rovers. It would be a defeat that would come back to haunt the Reds at the end of the season as the title-race was lost so painfully to Manchester City.
England suffered another penalty-shootout failure as they exited Euro 2012 to Italy after a goalless quarter-final in Kiev. Roy Hodgson’s side were very much second-best as only lady-luck stopped them from losing in normal and extra time.
England in defeating Ukraine last night sealed their passage through to the quarter finals where they will face Italy. Whilst it was a great night for Roy Hodgson, just how did the players rate?
England in defeating Sweden last night for once came from behind to win a tournament game. Whilst it was a great night for Roy Hodgson, for some players it was a poor night. How did they rate though?