Welcome to the twenty- ninth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After a sunny week, this pod sees Tom, James, Jonas and I look back at our surprisingly difficult victory against the Cottagers, interview Blackburn Rover blogger, Mikey Delap, before previewing the match in full and finishing off with a few of your questions. This pod is the last one in a fortnight as Tom and I go on our respective travels before returning to review the Villa match in a fortnight’s time.
This year’s title race has proven to be one for the ages. With United and City trading blows like two heavyweight boxers, fans have a mouthwatering two months left of the season to look forward to.
With five games left before the two juggernauts of English football face off at the Etihad Stadium, United will have to be ruthless, relentless and merciless if they want to win yet another Barclays Premier League title. “Squeaky bum time,” it most certainly is!
Much has been made out of United’s final eight games. Strangely, an away trip to Ewood Park has recently become a “definite three points” in the minds of many even though Blackburn won the game at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve, to add to the fact that United have not won at Ewood Park since 2008.
This complacency is what many believe cost United a spot amongst Europe’s elite in the knockout stages of the Champions League and judging by the way some people perceive the remaining fixtures, it seems that for some United fans may have failed to learn their lesson.
It has to be emphasized that there are no easy games during the run-in, something United nearly realised all the quickly after having to battle hard to gain all three points against Fulham. As the season draws to a close, almost every team improves in some way, due to their increased work rate and determination, driven by their increased realization of impending gloom or doom and, regardless of which end of the spectrum they are at, every team wants to end on a high note.
Some may say Manchester City have a tough schedule from now on, seeing as they have to go the Emirates and get something against Arsenal but I would also say that United have a tough schedule too, playing against teams who are fighting for survival.
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To add to that, it’s never easy being the favorites, even though we are obviously accustomed to it, because when the underdog puts hid back against the wall, he can surprise you and come out swinging; fighting and battling for every bit of possession, every ball and every blade of grass.
Personally, I still have nightmares about Antonio Valencia missing ‘that’ one-on-one with Paul Robinson at Ewood Park in 2010. That game ended in a goalless draw and was the reason why Chelsea climbed past us in the title race and were eventually crowned champions.
Those are the types of moments that we need to be wary of. Manchester United have always carried the moniker of being a club who are relentless in their quest for success and that needs to be maintained, especially at places such as Ewood Park and the DW Stadium.
To paraphrase Al Pacino’s infamous motivational speech in the movie, Any Given Sunday;
“in any fight, it’s the guy who’s willing to die who’s going to win”.
At this time of the season, it’s time to stop talking about next year, last year, injuries, bad refs and all the other excuses. It’s about going out, and getting the job done and if there’s one team in the world who knows how to do just that, it’s Manchester United.
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Written by Jonas, who also appears on our weekly Man United Podcast regularly.
As the summer transfer window draws near, there is one man people have forgotten. We all know about the likes of Nicolas Gaitáns and Eden Hazards already, due to the stardom that follows them but I also expect Sir Alex to make his presence felt in an attempt to bring one of football’s true superstars to Old Trafford this summer. He may not be “Il Pinturicchio” any more but there is no denying the sheer class and elegance of Alessandro Del Piero.
In this piece, I’ve decided to take a look at some of the key factors that could see the Italian legend land a cameo spot at the Theatre of Dreams this summer.
If there’s one thing Del Piero will present, it’s value. All right, he may be 38 come November, but he’ll be on a free. His wage demands won’t be as high as, forexample, Leandro Damião, and would be within the range of reason for a fourth choice striker. I believe that a player such as Del Piero could help balance out the wage structure if United was to go for a big money signing in the summer, which seems to be the case.
If we look into the financial department, I believe a “DEL PIERO 7” shirt would sell like hot cakes internationally. The idea of giving a player like Del Piero the coveted number seven is perhaps not the brightest of ideas given the history of the shirt but the financial upswing would be too great to turn down. And if there’s one thing Sir Alex, United and, especially, The Glazers are looking for, it’s value in the market. Read more…
After Manchester City dropped points against Stoke City during the weekend, United’s opportunity to open up a three point gap at the top of the Premier League table emerged with the visit of the Cottagers to the Theatre of Dreams. With the joint worst away record in the whole league (11 points from 15 games), the football betting tips were always in United’s favour. However, the match was no where near as easy as many predicted. Read more…
Welcome to the twenty- eigth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After a turbulent week, this pod sees Doron, Nik, Tom and I look back at our unsurprising elimination from the Europa League, emphatic victory at Molineux and preview our domestic PL match, next Monday, against Fulham with a little help from Fulham’s Finest, as well as reviewing United’s 1st Leg Semi-Final loss to Chelsea.
For many Manchester United fans, there is a question they have been asking themselves for the last five years, a question that often brings sadness, frustration and a sense of inevitability. Who could possibly replace Sir Alex Ferguson when he retires as the manager of Manchester United?
Replacing a Legend
Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester Utd will have an uncertain future, at least in the short term, when Sir Alex retires. Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t only the manager of the club, he is the very fabric of the club, and he has helped develop a culture of champions at United and is unarguably one of the greatest managers of all time. When he took over at United they were struggling and the success they have had since under the leadership of Ferguson is unprecedented.
The list of silverware achieved at United under Ferguson’s reign is incredible: 11 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 2 Champion’s League Titles, 4 League Cups, 9 Community Shields, 1 Cup Winners Cup, 1 Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. Read more…
In preparation for today’s Premier League fixture against Wolves, I talked to Wolves blogger, Nathan, to discuss their season so far, the significance of Karl Henry’s injury and Wayne Rooney’s irresistible form, plus much more!
Welcome to the twenty- seventh Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After an indifferent seven days, this pod sees Tom, Jonas, Samuel and I look back at our disappointing Europa League defeat, Rooney- driven victory against WBA, and preview the three United matches in the next week; Athletic away, Chelsea in the FAYC (with @ManUnitedYouth) and Wolves away (with @WolvesBlogger)!