September 10th, 2012 May 2013 & June 1st(Champion’s League Final)
Against Tottenham(Champion’s League Semi-Final, Leg 1),
Tottenham truly did deserve to win. Out of all our 9 shots, we had none on target….NONE. They played better as a team then us even though I sent probably our top starting XI. Dawson, who went on to deservingly win the Man of the Match award, scored the first in the 49th off a header. My team just couldn’t do what I wished them to do and so I between the 60th and the 70th, I used all 3 of my subs by taking off Nani(for Anderson), Fletcher(Welbeck), and Ferdinand(Smalling). The sub’s didn’t help much and it was a player who was out on the field who helped us. It was Gallas!!!! In the 72nd minute, William Gallas took a pass from Rooney and decided to put it in his own net. This gave us the tie and the vital away goal.
This is unfortunate….
Against Blackburn(Premier League),
Since Rooney was gonna be out of the next Champion’s League Match, I decided to play him in the league match against Blackburn. I started him on the bench with a bunch of U-18 players starting in the game. Blackburn, although not playing as well as we were, did manage to exploit our inexperience due to the youth and scored in the 11th minute. Our finishing was letting us down as we just couldn’t find a goal at the other side of the pitch, no matter how hard we tried. As a result, in the 45th, I took out Nowlan and Harding and sent on Rooney and Valencia. I did take a while, but in the 60th, Rooney scored his first goal of the match. 8 minutes later, I took out Walker for Vrsaljko. Then, we finished the scoring. Miles Naylor scored in the 76th minute and Rooney finished his Hat Trick in the 83rd and then the 90+1. Assists by Eriksen(2) and Valencia.
Against Tottenham (Champion’s League Semi-Final, Leg 2),
The complete opposite of the previous match, we absolutely dominated this match. We had 23 shots to their 5 shots . We only had to wait 9 minutes for the first goal, with Saviola scoring a PK confidently. The second came from Anderson in the 28th minute to give us a 2-0 lead. In the 45th, I took out Saviola as he didn’t do much other then the Penalty and sent on Welbeck. Towards the end of the match, I also took out Smalling and Anderson for Walker and Eriksen. Then, in the 83rd Welbeck scored to finish the match. Assists by Fletcher(2).
Against Chelsea(Premier League),
I went half and half as far as ratio of First team players to youth players. Chelsea were a stronger squad from the beginning but we had a bit of luck on our side. Rooney was the first to score in the 13th minute with a header from a cross. 2 minutes later, the match changed. Lars Bender got a straight red card… In the 15th… Against Chelsea… I knew it was gonna be a long day. Torres equalized in the 17th minute as he was having an amazing game. He then went on to make it 2-1 with a goal against us in the 31st minute. I kinda got worried about them blowing us out so I took of Giggs for Smalling and pushed Jones from CB to DM. After half time, I decided to maybe go a bit offensive as we had been defending all match. I subbed Rafael on for Vrsaljko and ordered him to attack from the RB spot. It did help a bit but we were still the lesser team on the field. That was until, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young put in one of the best 10 minutes of football I have seen at the club. In the 77th minute, Ashley Young scored an equalizing goal after dribbling past Ivanovic. It was a great goal which I was proud of because Rooney had made a perfect pass after dribbling around some players himself. I then took off the Injured Digne for young spanish DM Augusto from the U-18 to make his league Debut. This didn’t matter however because Rooney and Ashley Young combined again in the 86th minute to score the winning goal against a stronger side. We had a substantially stronger second half. Assists from Rooney and Young(2).
Against Newcastle (Premier League),
The team again controlled the match. I sent out a strong starting XI because it was our final home match of the season so I wanted to give the fans a good show from their team . Rooney started early with a quick goal in the 5th minute. He made it 2 in the 35th minute with a blast from outside. I subbed Rooney and Eriksen off in the 42nd to send on Welbeck and Pogba in order to give them a chance on the pitch. Our final goal came from Rafael in a complete fluke fashion. He tried to cross a from right next to the sideline and instead managed a goal that hit opposite post and went in. Great final home win of the season. Assists by Giggs, Eriksen and Ferdinand.
Against Stoke City(Premier League),
I went with a very young squad. The youngsters(not normally in the first team) who started were Ramirez(15), Augusto(17), and Zamani(18). We stuggled a good amount in the beginning as the team couldn’t make plays together. Welbeck did manage to score a goal in the 41st but it was partially due to luck that he did. In the 45th, I took out a tired Serge Ramirez and put on Kyle Walker. I then made the team more offensive by maneuvering sliders. It still wasn’t much of a help so in the 58th I took out Welbeck and sent on Miles Naylor(17). Pennant managed a goal in the 68th which gave my team some life. We started playing better and in the 72nd, Zamani scored a shot from a tight angle to give us the lead again with his first ever league goal. I think took out Nani in the 76th to give the fans a last shot to see Rooney in the league. I don’t know if he was the catalyst because he wasn’t that amazing, but we ended up scoring 2 more goals. In the 85th, Pogba scored his first ever league goal for Manchester United as well. Then, in the 90th, Naylor went to go score the final goal for us in the league. Great end to the league season. Assists by Rooney, Vrsaljko, and Eriksen.
Now a bit of bad news before the Man Utd Barcelona final.
End Of Month
Match Against Barcelona(Champion’s League Final)
Man Utd- Ferdinand, Douglas Costa
WE WON THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AGAIN!!!! And just like last year, it was a 2-1 win after Overtime that allowed us to win. The match was very impressive in the back and forth game, giving both teams a chance to get in front. Neither could do that during the first half and so I took out Fletcher to put on Eriksen(who was performing well offensively in previous matches). Nothing happened yet and so I took out Anderson to go with Welbeck to see if I could challenge their CB’s a bit more by adding speed to Rooney’s skill. This didn’t come out as I planned as Barcelona was the team to score with a Pique header from a corner. I subbed off Nani for Valencia and just went all out attack. I ended up playing with a 2-2-1-1-2-2 having 2 CB’s, 2 WB’s, 1 DM, 1 CM, 2 Wingers, and 2 Forwards. Barcelona still survived our onslaught and I finally accepted that we would lose. BUT I WAS WRONG! In the 1st minute of extra time, Valencia(who was not doing anything in the match) won a penalty in the penalty box. And Wayne Rooney made no mistake as he tied the match 1-1 in the final minutes before Extra time. After the equalizer, I pushed the 2 WB’s back into FB positions to have a 4 man defense. We got our last goal in the 102nd minute. Eric Abidal, the one who gave us the PK, managed to give us a bit more when he gave us an Own Goal. For me, he was the man of the match :p.
Next post will be a review of our team in the League.