Barclays Premier League: 24th September — Results Roundup

There were 8 matches played today in the Barclays Premier League (BPL/EPL), with the last match of the day, played between Stoke City and Manchester United, just concluding. It was an exciting, end-to-end match with both sides have their moments. In the end they both cancelled each other out as the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Nani scored for the Reds and Crouch scored for the Potters. This was Stoke’s first ever point against MU as the champions dropped their first point of the season.

Here are the other results from the day’s action:

Saturday, 24 September 2011


Arsenal

Van Persie (46, 71)
Song (89)

3-0
(HT 0-0)
Bolton

 

Bookings:

Steinsson (58)

Sent off:

Wheater (55)


Chelsea

Torres (29)
Ramires (36, 76)
Drogba (90+4)

4-1
(HT 2-0)
Swansea

Williams (86)

Bookings:

Mata (33)
Cole (86)
Mikel (90+4)

Bookings:

Dyer (54)
Monk (76)
Taylor (89)

Sent off:

Torres (39)


Liverpool

Johnson (og 11)
Suarez (38)

2-1
(HT 2-0)
Wolverhampton

Fletcher (49)

Bookings:

Lucas (34)
Carroll (57)
Kelly (67)

Bookings:

O’Hara (4)
Henry (32)
Ward (39)
Hunt (42)


Man City

Balotelli (68)
Milner (89)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Everton

 

Bookings:

Y Toure (31)

Bookings:

Rodwell (20)
Neville (25)
Osman (30)
Cahill (63)
Jagielka (87)


Newcastle

Ba (27, 30, 54)

3-1
(HT 2-1)
Blackburn

Hoilett (37)

Bookings:

Lowe (57)
Nzonzi (59)
Olsson (55)
Salgado (90+5)

Sent off:

Olsson (69)


West Brom

 

0-0
(HT 0-0)
Fulham

 

Bookings:

Hangeland (50)
Grygera (60)
Baird (66)


Wigan

Diame (50)

1-2
(HT 0-2)
Tottenham

Van der Vaart (3)
Bale (23)

Bookings:

Gohouri (26)
McCarthy (71)
Sammon (76)

Bookings:

Adebayor (90+3)

Sent off:

Gohouri (63)

There are 2 more fixtures to be played this game-week. They are:

Sunday, 25 September 2011

QPR v Aston Villa, 16:00

Monday, 26 September 2011
Norwich v Sunderland, 20:00

EPL Season Preview Manchester United 2011-12: What next after number 19?

Manchester United have been a huge club over the years. They have won trophies almost every season, beating their fierce rivals year after year. So, will they be crowned champions again? How far will they make it in the Champions League? Here’s a preview for an exciting season awaiting us.

Last Season:

What a season that was. Manchester United were close to a treble last term but could just win a single trophy in the end. But that trophy was too sweet for United as they knocked Liverpool off their perch by wining their 19th league title to be crowned the most successful club in England domestically. It was Manchester United’s 12th Premier league title. Manchester United were also close to their 4th Champions League title but they lost to arguably the best club on the planet right now, Barcelona in the finals. They reached the semi-finals in the FA Cup losing to their old rivals Manchester City, and were knocked out of the Carling Cup losing to West ham United by 4 goals to nil at Upton Park. But still it was a season to remember for Sir Alex ferguson and his side.

Transfer Talk:

TRANSFERS IN:

Manchester United have signed 3 players in this transfer window already, with Dutch Maestro Wesley Sneijder too reported to join soon. The signings include Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers for a reported fee of around 16mn – a good centre back who can play as a defensive midfielder as well, Ashley Young from Aston Villa for 15mn – a quick wide player who can play on both the wings, and Spanish U-21 goalkeeper David De Gea from Atletico Madrid for an huge price of 20mn – bought in as a replacement for the retired Dutch number one Edwin Van Der Sar.

TRANSFERS OUT:

Manchester United have lost 8 players in the last 6 months or so out of which 3 of them were to retirements. Gary Neville announced his retirement midway through last season. The Right-back just couldn’t carry on owing to poor fitness. 40 year old Goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar and influential midfielder Paul Scholes both announced their retirement at the end of last season after the Champions League defeat to Barcelona. Defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea were both sold to Sunderland. Tiago Bebe is sent on loan to Besiktas for a season long loan, whereas Owen Haregreaves ran out of contract at United and is now a free agent. And last but not the least, Gabriel Obertan has joined Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee. The 22 year old French winger was signed from Bordeaux in 2009 and had a torrid time making into the first eleven owing to the competition for places.

Pre-season:

Manchester United visited the United States of America for their pre-season tour. Apart from local teams, the Reds also faced Barcelona in a rematch of their Champions League Final, this time avenging their defeat by beating the Catalans 2-1. The tour was a success as the Reds amassed an astonishing 20 goals, conceding just 3 in the 5 games they played. Their top-scorer was Wayne Rooney with 4 goals.

Most Important Player:

It is very difficult to know who is the most important player for United as they have a massive squad with no dearth of talent. Nani, Young, Vidic, Ferdinand, Berbatov and the list just goes on. Every player brings his own utility to the team. But there is one player who always stands out — Wayne Rooney. Rooney was their highest goal scorer in Pre-season tour, and though he was not at his best last season, he is a true match winner. He can win you games at any given time on any given day. He certainly is the man to watch out for.

Formation:

Manchester United are known to employ the traditional and widely popular 4-4-2 formation, but can play with a 4-4-1-1 formation as well with Dimitar Berbatov/ Javier Hernandez their main striker and Rooney popping in behind them. The defense won’t see much change either with Evra and Rafael the two full-backs and Rio and Nemanja at the heart of the defense. New boy De Gea will guard the goal. Coming to the most troubling part, which sure is giving Sir Alex a big headache, is their midfield. After the retirement of Scholes, additional responsibility has been put on the shoulders of Michael Carrick. He along with Anderson, Fletcher, Giggs and Cleverly are expected to fight it out for a place in the center of the park. Young, Nani, Park and Valencia will compete for a place on the flanks.

What should be their Target?

Okay then, Manchester United were close to winning the FA cup and the Champions League last season. They would be expecting themselves to do better this time around given their recent signings. Their 1st target will be, of course, to get the 20th league title. Next would be to win the Champions League and also have good outings in the FA and Carlings Cups.

So, here we are. Manchester United look set for another season. I expect them to win atleast 2 trophies next season. What do you expect from United?

Blues go bonkers, claim they beat United to win Community Shield

“What game were you watching?” seems to be trending online after Manchester City’s website claimed that Mancini’s men had beaten arch rivals Manchester United 3-2 to win the Community Shield. The truth was exactly the opposite.

The Blues are clearly finding it difficult to come to terms with their defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United in the Community Shield as a last-gasp strike from Portuguese winger Nani completed a stunning comeback for the Old Trafford side as they sealed a 3-2 win in an entertaining encounter at the new Wembley. 

But the official City website claimed it was the blue half of Manchester who triumphed.

Dubious claim: Manchester City's official website said they had beaten United(Click image for larger view)

Mancini’s men looked to be cruising at half time after goals from Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko put the Blues 2-0 ahead at half time. But United, who made 3 substitutions at the interval, came flying out of the traps after the break and goals from Chris Smalling and Nani brought them level. The game became more intense after that with both teams pressing for the win. With 4 minutes added on after normal time and 3 minutes already up, the game looked certain to head to penalties. But an error from City captain Vincent Company in the dying seconds gifted Nani the chance to win it and the Portuguese winger duly accepted.

The City website later corrected the result as Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated his side’s victory over United’s ‘noisy neighbors’.