06 November 2010

Match 11: A goal in time, saves '11' (VIDEO)

Yup, i guess the title for this article is appropriate because had it not been for '3 lung' Park's amazing last minute strike, the entire team was in for Fergie's "hair dryer" treatment.
And to be honest, they deserved that treatment.

If Hargreaves inclusion in the team was shocking, even more shocking were Bebe's crosses, again and again, and that too after back to back good performances in his previous appearances.

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It all began with Sir Alex Ferguson giving us a surprise on his 24th anniversary as a manager of Manchester United by including Owen Hargreaves in his starting 11. Hargo made a start in a competitive match after full 26 months. What was even more surprising was him starting in at the Right Winger position instead of his area of comfort, the central mid field. Though the gamble didn't pay off well and Hargreaves had to be substituted after just 6 minutes of the play. Sir Alex didn't look happy at all with the ex-Bayern Munich player who was transferred to United in 2007 for a massive 17 million pound.

Off goes Hargo and On comes Bebe, the surprise signing in summer this year. He started off well, running at a blazing speed and troubling Wolves defense time and time again with his raw pace. Though, the same could not be said about his crosses which were wayward to say the least. Going back into the defense, Wes Brown was being continuously troubled by Jarvis, who as Capello's presence indicated, could be picked up for England for their next friendly. Vidic and Rio were superb in the heart of the defense, even though Vidic came close to scoring an own goal early in the game. But, still loved the way Vidic went after every Wolves player, ready to tackle and snatch the ball from them. On the left back was the ever present Patrice Evra whose consistency and pace has caught Real Madrid's attention and the rumors of him leaving United for Real are gaining pace.

United had to wait till the end of the first half when "3 Lung" Park scored his first of the day with a close range finish from under the keeper's gloves. It was a pass to an unmarked Park which he finished in his ever supercool manner.

The second half begins with no change in the players for both teams, though United made a change in their formation and Park, who was playing on the wings, came further inside to the central midfield area and thus led to a period of play when United enjoyed plenty of possession. No major chances in the second half, except for a break, when Bebe, on the run passed the ball to Obertan who decided to go for glory rather than passing the ball on to an unmarked Chicarito. Then came on the double substitution for Wolves with former United player, Ebans Blake and the record signing for Wolves, S.Taylor coming on.Blake made an immediate impact and equalized for Wolves within 2 minutes of coming on the field. Mick McCarthy's joy had no limits and he expressed his emotions rather freely for the crowd's liking. Once again, United gave away the lead and that too in their own fortress. Bebe,the substitute,was substituted and on came Macheda, along with midfield maestro Paul Scholes, on for John O'Shea who didn't had much to do. Scholes made an immediate impact and his through ball to Chicarito almost led to a chance of goal, but Wolves keeper made a save and Hernandez got a yellow for faking a dive.

The game was heading to another draw until Park produced a stunning finish with a powerful left leg strike by making space for himself inside the box. Park, who has been scoring consistently for United this season and has been a loyal United player had plenty of chances to shoot before in the match. But it seems, he was saving those shots for the grand finale.

All in all, the game followed the trend set by United themselves this season, of taking a lead, squandering it and in some instances like this, getting a winner in the closing stage of the match. Though, they would desperately want to change that trend. A close finish, but still, UNBEATEN this season in all competitions.

Finally, i guess its time for United to sign a match-winner, much like Ronaldo, who could finish off the game in style. Alexis Sanchez maybe.

Next, its Manchester City's turn on Wednesday night (Thursday early morning in India).

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