2011: The Reds’ Year
What a year has it been!
It’s been an eventful 2011 in Manchester United’s world.
In an exciting climax to last season, the Reds have made histroy.
Let’s look back at some of the greatest memories the past year has harbored:
- Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City
- A record-breaking 19th title success
- Going to the Champions League final again
- Scholes, Neville and Van der Sar say farewell
- The arrivals of De Gea, Jones and Young
- Carling Cup debuts for United’s new breed
- An 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal
- Sir Alex’s 25th anniversary in charge
An amazing year, an amazing team!
Wishing all Reds a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year 2012, which can, hopefully be even greater than 2011!
Champ19ns, Bel19ve ★
UNITED WE STAND ★
One Love, One Life, One United ★
Too Much, Too Good, Too YOUNG!
Tom Cleverley will be fit for next Barclays match. "He’s felt his ankle again," the manager told MUTV. “It’s nothing serious, just tightness and tiredness. It’s his first real game back, although he played on Tuesday [at Aldershot] of course. He should be okay next week and it was an excellent performance from him in the first half.”
However, Smalling and Young could both miss the upcoming matches. "Smalling has a small fracture on his foot," added Sir Alex. "I think he’ll be out for a month and it’s unfortunate that one. "Ashley Young has a toe injury that is not going away so he could be out for a couple of weeks."
Get well soon guys,
Manchester United squad training
United 3-3 FC Basel: Who’s your man of the match?
United 3-3 FC Basel
(Welbeck, Welbeck, Young)
Quite a disappointing home game for the UEFA champions league. We were expecting a huge win…let’s not forget the many injuries we have so keep smiling for the draw and awesome goals we scored.
We currently have 2points in the UEFA table.
24.09.2011: United Players’ Ratings
David De Gea 8.5
Outstanding work from the Spaniard. Produced two top class saves in the first period to preserve United’s lead and, although he couldn’t stop Crouch’s leveller, shone late on to secure a point.
Antonio Valencia 7.0
Enjoyed a steady afternoon after his last-minute deployment at right-back, and only at the end of the game was his positional naivity exploited by Crouch. Nevertheless, fine moonlighting.
Phil Jones 7.0
Another lively showing from the versatile youngster, who did well defensively and marauded forward at every single opportunity.
Rio Ferdinand 7.0
His cool head and experience were vital in a reshuffled defence, and he looked unflappable for long periods - bar the second-half misjudgement which De Gea rescued.
Patrice Evra 6.5
Came in for a physical battering but held his own, and added real menace to United’s left flank with several lung-busting raids into Stoke territory.
Enjoyed his running battle with Marc Wilson and Matthew Etherington, whose doubling up couldn’t prevent the Portuguese from shining once more. A fine goal and a great cross which deserved conversion by Giggs.
Darren Fletcher 7.5
The Scot is getting better by the game and looks more like his terrier-like self. Another breathless display of harrying without the ball and neat retention with it.
Busy and lively as ever, but a quieter afternoon for the Brazilian amid a game in which midfield finesse was often redundant.
Ashley Young 6.0
The winger was fairly quiet in the first period, but looked far more energetic after the break, troubling Andy Wilkinson and forcing a strong save from Begovic.
Javier Hernandez 6.0
Given no opportunity to shine, after suffering a dead leg in his controversial early collision with Woodgate and Begovic.
Dimitar Berbatov 6.0
An oasis of calm amid the hubbub. Never given an opening to chance his arm, but linked play in attack before his second-half withdrawal.
Michael Owen (on for Hernandez) 6.0
Unable to reprise his midweek heroics against a well-drilled home defence, but showed some neat touches and showcased his ever-impressive movement.
Ryan Giggs (on for Young) 6.5
Made a difference after entering the fray. Sent in a fine cross which almost reached Owen, but will have nightmares about the late volleyed chance which he skewed wide.
Danny Welbeck (on for Berbatov) 6.0Good to see him back in Premier League action after his hamstring strain. Showed crisp passing and neat touches but was unable to forge a telling opening.
Man of the match (depending on your votes/TBA)
FT: Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United
Disappointing result. Not our best performance; first non-win game this season. Great goal from Nani though! So let’s just celebrate that!
Owen for Hernandez (7’)
Giggs for Young (70’)
Welbeck for Berbatov (70’)
Player Ratings to be announced shortly.