Old Futbol Buffet–The Reds Go Marching On
A busy week at work and at home, kept me from getting my usual reading and podcast listening done. And due to my son’s floor hockey this tournament, my EPL viewing was KO’ed. So not much on offer this week, but I was able to follow games on twitter and read as United overturned Sunderland; Liverpool dominate yet fall to Aston Vila; and QPR finally win a league match.
Daniele of Red Rants saw United win comfortably, and, with a little more composure in front of goal, the margin could have been more. Cleverley’s goal was sick. Amazing technique. Daniele was struck by how the control of the game was conceded with the introductions of Scholes and Giggs. Can’t be surprised. With the game in hand, I imagine Sir Alex gave some of the lads a rest. On another note, Young set up two of the goals today. Maybe he’s not worthless after all.
James Martin looked at the slow disappearance of Nani from Manchester United for the ESPN FC blog. The Portuguese winger, according to reports, had one foot on a plane to Zenit in the summer before a U-turn in, and seems to be on his way out of Old Trafford either during the winter transfer window or next summer. His relatively poor end product, especially recently, has seen Sir Alex turn to Valenica and Young, even though both of those players have issues (injuries and form). Watching some of the goals embedded in the post, you are reminded of his stunning strikes from range, but those days seem long gone, with memories of unlucky fans in the upper decks getting struck with his wayward strikes, constant turnovers, and lack of crosses in the forefront. Hopefully United get something for him and bring in a viable replacement.
Finally, looking through old posts at the Stretford End, I found Darren Richman’s account of his trip to the Manchester Derby. Worried, confident, and anxious in the build up, his reaction in the second half was just like mine:
When City scored a minute later despite De Gea’s best efforts, I could only see it ending one way. ‘We’ll lose this now’ I cheerily informed my neighbours. When it went to 2-2, I wasn’t even upset, simply resigned to the worst. I started repeating ‘A draw’s still a good result’ in my head like a mantra. And out loud I think because I’m sure the bloke next to me said, ‘you’d have taken it beforehand.’
Make sure you read all the way end to get a surreal finish to his day. Great stuff.
In my elation last week after the dramatic Manchester Derby, I totally forgot to post this little tidbit:
Twitter was abuzz about the photos of AC Milan’s new physio. Chelsea have upped the ante with Eva Carneiro. Injuries to Chelsea players have been doubled in value with her introduction. Back to AC Milan, at this point it seems as if it was a PR stunt with no more details disclosed, including her name. But trust me, the SoccerNomad I Team is all over this.