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


Van Persie (46, 71)
Song (89)

(HT 0-0)



Steinsson (58)

Sent off:

Wheater (55)


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

(HT 2-0)

Williams (86)


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


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

Sent off:

Torres (39)


Johnson (og 11)
Suarez (38)

(HT 2-0)

Fletcher (49)


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


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

Man City

Balotelli (68)
Milner (89)

(HT 0-0)



Y Toure (31)


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


Ba (27, 30, 54)

(HT 2-1)

Hoilett (37)


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

Sent off:

Olsson (69)

West Brom


(HT 0-0)



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


Diame (50)

(HT 0-2)

Van der Vaart (3)
Bale (23)


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


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

Manchester Delight: United cruise to record breaking 8-2 win over Arsenal as City put 5 past hapless Tottenham — Results Roundup

The third weekend of Barclays Premier League action has come to an end and boy it ended handsomely. While Chelsea and Liverpool both recorded wins yesterday, the clubs from Manchester really stole the show today with some amazing display of football.

Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City  stung Tottenham Hotspur right from the word go, creating chances after chances and eventually taking the lead through Edin Dzeko. The striker then went on to add 3 more to his tally, ending with 4 on the day and giving City their first win at White Hart Lane in 5 years. The Blues won 5-1. Kaboul scored the consolation goal for the home team.

As if Manchester City’s 5 star performance wasn’t enough, Manchester United really turned it on in the last match of the weekend, thumping 8 past a beleaguered Arsenal side as the Reds ran rampant at Old Trafford, showing City that they are still the team to beat. Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick while Ashley Young starred too with 2 fantastic goals. Park, Welbeck, and Nani were the other scorers for United. For Arsenal, captain Van Persie, after missing a penalty early on, struck a ferocious volley from close range after Theo Walcott had given the Gunners some hope.

As with the previous 2 games this season, Arsenal yet again saw one of their players sent off, making it 3 out of 3. They now have more players sent off (3) than they have scored goals this season (2)  or have points on the board (1). Manchester United ended up 8-2 winners, breaking quite a few records in the process as Arsenal’s misery continues.

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

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Man Utd

Welbeck (22)
Young (28, 90+1)
Rooney (41, 64, pen 82)
Nani (67)
Park Ji-Sung (70)

(HT 3-1)

Walcott (45+3)
Van Persie (74)

Bookings:Young (27)
Evans (27)
Bookings:Arshavin (15)
Jenkinson (40)
Djourou (63)
Sent off:Jenkinson (77)


Best (48, 66)

(HT 0-0)

Dempsey (88)

Bookings:Simpson (87)
Smith (90+5)
Bookings:Sidwell (64)


Kaboul (68)

(HT 0-2)
Man City

Dzeko (34, 41, 55, 90+3)
Aguero (60)

Bookings:Assou-Ekotto (10)
Van der Vaart (31)
Bookings:Barry (20)
Zabaleta (23)
Y Toure (25)
Savic (76)

West Brom


(HT 0-0)

Shotton (89)

Here’s the updated league table after 3 rounds of matches

Premier League table
Sunday, 28 August 2011 17:54 UK
1 Man Utd 3 10 9
2 Man City 3 9 9
3 Liverpool 3 4 7
4 Chelsea 3 3 7

5 Wolves 3 3 7

6 Newcastle 3 2 7
7 Aston Villa 3 2 5
8 Wigan 3 2 5
9 Stoke 3 1 5
10 Bolton 3 1 3
11 Everton 2 0 3
12 QPR 3 -5 3
13 Sunderland 3 -1 2
14 Norwich 3 -2 2
15 Swansea 3 -4 2
16 Fulham 3 -3 1
17 Arsenal 3 -8 1

18 West Brom 3 -3 0
19 Blackburn 3 -4 0
20 Tottenham 2 -7 0

*Tottenham’s fixture against Everton was postponed on the opening day due to ongoing riots in the area

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:


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.


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.


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.


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?

Video: Wayne Rooney interview after signing new deal

So now that Wayne Rooney has signed a new 5 year deal with the Red Devils, our focus can shift back on what this game is all about: playing football. As Manchester United travel to casino online Stoke City for this weekend”s Premier League game on Sunday, we hear the end of this saga from the horse”s mouth: Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney signs new 5 year deal at Manchester United, silences haters and rivals alike

Football is funny game. And more funny are instances that make you laugh it out in the end. In a sensational u-turn after a dramatic weekend, which suggested Rooney has all but walked out on Manchester United, the England forward has surprised the world (not Jose Mourinho, of course), and signed a new 5 year deal that will keep him at Old Trafford till 2015.

Official from Manchester United:


Rooney is staying

Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-year contract to stay at Manchester United until at least June 2015.

The agreement follows intensive discussions between the Club and the player’s representatives and means that by the end of his contract Wayne will have been a Manchester United player for 11 years.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “It’s been a difficult week, but the intensity of the coverage is what we expect at Manchester United.  I said to the boy that the door is always open and I’m delighted Wayne has agreed to stay.

“Sometimes, when you’re in a club, it can be hard to realise just how big it is and it takes something like the events of the last few days to make you understand.  I think Wayne now understands what a great club Manchester United is.

“I’m pleased he has accepted the challenge to guide the younger players and establish himself as one of United’s great players. It shows character and belief in what we stand for.

“I’m sure everyone involved with the Club will now get behind Wayne and show him the support he needs to produce the performances we know he is capable of.”

Wayne Rooney said: “I’m delighted to sign another deal at United.  In the last couple of days, I’ve talked to the Manager and the owners and they’ve convinced me this is where I belong.  I said on Wednesday the Manager’s a genius and it’s his belief and support that have convinced me to stay.

“I’m signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history – which is the reason I joined the Club in the first place.

“I’m sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they’ve read and seen.  But my position was from concern over the future.  The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it’s up to me through my performances to win them over again.”

Englishmen urge Wayne Rooney to learn from India’s Sachin Tendulkar

With rumors surfacing that Manchester United Ace Wayne Rooney is all set to back-stab the Red Devils and join bitter rivals Manchester City, people in the UK have urged the talismanic striker to learn a thing or two from India’s best bat, Sachin Tendulkar.

Former England cricketer Ed Smith feels Man United star Wayne Rooney should learn how to turn expectations into inspiration from iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

In an article headlined “Sanctuary of crease lets Tendulkar reveal genius” Smith had written, “Twice last week, sportsmen have proved me spectacularly wrong. First, Sachin Tendulkar reached 14,000 Test-match runs. And that’s not the amazing part.

“It took him fewer innings to get from 13,000 to 14,000 than any other 1,000-run chunk of his career. A case could be made that he is at his best now, at 37,” the newspaper noted.

The article said Tendulkar and Rooney were destined for rare greatness, even from teenage. Tendulkar has gone on and done it.

A year ago, Rooney looked placed to do the same. But now, as never before, there are real doubts that he will become the player we once assumed he would be.

“Make no mistake, Tendulkar’s career has not been as serene as it might look, there have been arguments with coaches and match referees, an unsatisfactory spell as captain and long phases when the muse has deserted him.

“Tendulkar has had countless moments when frustration could have overwhelmed him. He has never blown his top, never lost his dignity. Instead, frustration has inspired him.”

“Above all, his career has been played out under the shadow of phenomenal expectation. Footballers in England have to deal with being heroes. In India it is even worse: they are meant to be Gods.”

“According to the report, Tendulkar has come to the conclusion that there is one place where he is free from the hassles of fame. There is one realm where he cannot be pestered. It is called the crease.

“With the bat in his hands, Tendulkar is the conductor of his own life, not just a participant in a soap opera. There, out in the middle, no one can stop him being himself – not a restless media, not overly demanding fans, not intering coaches or greedy agents.”

“It is the ultimate irony: the greatest actors are never freer than when they’re on the stage. That is the way for Rooney to find the way out of his present difficulties – he must have the bravery to express himself on the pitch, to make it his sanctuary.”

“If he allows himself to become embittered and resentful, he will not only become estranged from his fans, but also from his talent. No wonder the ball is bouncing off him at the moment; he probably would like to repel the whole game.

“Instead, he must learn to love it again. Shamed by alleged events off the pitch and embarrassed by events on it, Rooney could be forgiven for feeling sorry for himself,” the report said.

“It would be a normal thing to feel. But he doesn’t aspire to normality, but to greatness. And greatness, as Tendulkar has showed demands a superhuman degree of resilience and emotional dexterity. Rooney must locate his inner Tendulkar, a genius who got even with his critics by scoring hundreds.”

“For Rooney, in every sense, it’s time to turn the pressure into goals.”

Com’ on Wayne!

Via EspnStar

BREAKING: Wayne Rooney to quit Old Trafford

In a shocking turn of events, Wayne Rooney has indicated he has no intention to sign a new contract at Manchester United.

There has been much speculation about the reasons for the England star’s delay in signing an extension to his current contract at Old Trafford, especially given that it runs out at the end of the next season, and the latest reports according to the Guardian indicate that he intends to leave Manchester United.

The reports also reveal that his decision is based on frustration with Sir Alex Ferguson, and this new turn of events will leave fans in the Theatre of Dreams shell-shocked.

The two have previously had a good relationship, but with Rooney’s recent travails in the public eye because of allegations about his personal life, coupled with his decidedly poor performances of late, the United manager has been taking a hard-line stance with Rooney, leaving him out of games as well as making excuses for his performance.

Although United’s response to speculation that the 24-year-old striker was going to be sold in January was to label it “nonsense”, it appears there is rather more substance to the stories than the Old Trafford faithful would want.

Rooney appeared to make a direct challenge to Ferguson’s authority on Tuesday after England’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro, when he went out of his way to contradict the Scot’s claim that he has been suffering from an ankle injury.

It leaves Ferguson with a dilemma.

He does have the option of playing hardball with Rooney and keeping the former Everton star at Old Trafford, in the hope he changes his mind.

On the other hand, if Rooney does succeed in forcing a move from Old Trafford, Ferguson will have to identify a successor – Fernando Torres’ name has been mentioned even if that move from Liverpool would seem very dubious – but decide what to do with Rooney in the interim.

Ferguson has so far avoided any meaningful public discussion about Rooney’s situation but appeared to deliver his own verdict when he left the forward out of his starting line-up for Saturday’s Premier League encounter with West Brom, then brought him on as a substitute with 19 minutes remaining and told him to play on the left wing.

Next up are Turkish champions Bursaspor in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday, when Rooney would ordinarily be looking at scoring his first goal in open play for United this season.

This can no longer be guaranteed given his relationship with Ferguson is now badly fractured as a result of the revelations about his private life, to which the United boss has not taken too kindly.

Ferguson does have Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez and Michael Owen – who missed Saturday’s game with a calf injury – to call upon, but having kept his counsel on Rooney since the player’s declaration at Wembley last week, his next move is awaited with interest.

With vultures like Real Madrid and Barcelona from Spain circling, United’s hierarchy could find themselves arm-twisted to sell during the January transfer window, rather than have Rooney’s markey value plunge with his contract a mere 20 months from expiring.

What could make things worse for United fans though, is the fact that he could very well join Carlos Tevez in crossing over to the Blue end of Manchester and joining the Citizens, as he has said that playing overseas holds no interest for him.

Amongst the top clubs, Manchester City are the only ones who can afford the kind of transfer fee as well as salary he would expect, and it would not be unexpected for the oil sheiks to thump up another 100 million euros to ensure that they get another marquee player.

The only reservation to that end would be the fact that their wage structure is already terribly inflated, and with UEFA financial fair-play rules coming into effect soon, adding Rooney to the mix could leave them banned from European competition.

Will Rooney bite the dust and leave the Red Devils or sign a new contract at Old Trafford?

Via EspnStar

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Football Roundup: Manchester United humiliate Milan; Real Madrid OUT, Lyon IN; Burnley get first point in five games

Wayne Rooney
Rooney's opener in the 13th minute was his 7th consecutive headed goal

David Beckham’s return to Old Trafford was brief and ended in the disappointment of a comprehensive defeat as Manchester United swept past AC Milan into the Champions League quarter-finals 7-2 on aggregate. Another brace from Rooney, taking his tally to 30 for the season, made another splendid European night for the Old Trafford faithfuls to cherish.

Meanwhile Real Madrid will not be playing at the Santiago Bernabeau, the place of the Champions League final, as they were thrown out by Lyon. Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid the perfect start with a goal inside 6 minutes but Miralem Pjanic’s equaliser with 15 minutes to go was the destructive blow that sent the Spanish giants crashing out.
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