Monday, October 25, 2004
Man Utd 2 - 0 Arsenal
Wahooooooooooooooooo waaaaaaaaaaaaargkhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That's all I can say. Good job. Nistelrooy didn't particularly play well but I just might have to commend him on what should be really nervy penalty kick but he took it and scored. Arsenal showed why they were champions, they certainly were more comfortable with the ball, however the Man Utd defence led by Rio Ferdinand did really good, Rio does his trademark invisible striker performance where the leading opposition striker, in this case Thierry Henry didn't have as much action as he would've wanted. Props to Alan Smith for his pass to Rooney which totally secured the game, but fuck that, props to Alan Smith for his performance during the end of the match, it's not just his assist, it's his tackles, that's exactly why he was there, he's a fucking hero I fucking tell you, what more does he need to do to fucking get a start.
Arsenal fans might argue a few refereeing decisions, well, like my friend said "I don't care if it's a penalty or whatever, let the Arsenal fans complain about it all I want is a win, Man Utd needs to win", exactly, anyway, it's funny that Ronaldo should have gotten a penalty but didn't, maybe someone should magnify this, but oh well, argh, I don't know, I don't wanna think about it, we won, won, won, won. I hope Fergie sees the potential of a saha-smith-rooney combination going by the second goal, oh yes, I'm not a big fan of Nistelrooy. Again again again I must commend Rio Ferdinand, minus the lucky early getaway after fouling ljungberg, he did good.
Players I was totally proud of :-
Rio Ferdinand - Solid rock defending, and coolness at an impossible level, how could you be so cool with Thierry Henry (Who is arguably the best striker in the world) breathing down your fucking neck.
Heinze - Along with Smith, among the best buys in premiership this year, he totally fucking took the left back position and made it permanently his. In this match, typical strong play, winning headers, chasing everything, yet is always there waiting at the flanks when we're attacking.
Phil Neville - I've always been a big fan of this underrated guy since last season. He never did anything wrong in the defensive midfield area which left me wondering why he was never played come this season, instead we had to settle with a lot of mediocracy. He looks real skinny, but trust me, he's a fucking enforcer, he fucking chases everything, gives an extra protection for the defence, doesn't do anything too fancy thus not fucking up a pass, he's a very good defensive midfielder albeit being highly underrated. He should be second only to Keane. This match he did well to match up Patrick Vieira. He's part of a few outstanding defensive performances, man trust me, it's so not fucking easy to fucking not concede a goal at all against Arsenal, they're a fucking class attacking, the defence did very well.
Alan Smith - The total supersub, but fuck it, I don't want him as a sub, so what if he's not skillfully gifted, he has something 90% strikers don't have - the ability to defend like a fucking defender. Yes yes, if Alex didn't put him in in the ending minutes I would gotten really mad, this guy other than being a potent threat on the attack provides extra defensive security especially with his trademark lighting fast all-out perfectly-timed tackle. And yeah, what a calm and superb pass to Rooney, a birthday present, it was absolutely wonderful. Shows you what we've been missing the whole fucking time before him and Saha came on - A fucking chemistry between forwards.
Roy Carrol - Haven't been a fan of this guy but he's improved. His communication with the defenders is really good, he looks more assuring and commanding nowadays. Made a few good saves. I hope Alex doesn't buy a new goalie, especially since another big talent is also in the ranks (Howard).
Overall - One of those very very rare matches in which I was not pleased with Ronaldo, still he didn't do bad at all, he's just overshadowed by an excellent defensive display. Alex have been fielding rubbish central midfield at the start of the season and admitted it, so fuck it, good job for picking Phil Neville, and a much better job if he sticks by the poor guy since he's such a hardworker. The Nistelrooy-Rooney partnership is not doing it for me, maybe it's just Nistelrooy, I hope Alex doesn't get too bias about Ruud, sure he has a near-perfect history, but I would think that Smith and Saha delivers with much more energy on the field, should give him a few selection headaches. Oh whatever.