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Reaction To Our Victory Over Boca

I get to say I was there. I was there when Anderson scored his first goal for Manchester United. Ok, so it was a pre-season friendly that doesnt even count… but I was there!

The game was fine, nothing too special, but it was definitely a tougher contest than the games we´ve been getting in the Far East. Boca were up for it, just like their fans behind the goal, which made for a much tastier game. United were the ones who seemed to make the tougher challenges though, clearly eager to play in the final tomorrow, not the match for third place.

Valencia made his debut and what a very good one at that. Whilst the keeper should have done better with Valencia´s goal, he made a good few runs down the right side of the field, wearing the number 25 shirt, and certainly looks like a good prospect.

Tonight really came to life when the Bayern Munich players came on to the pitch though, as you can imagine. However, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes were all greeted particularly warmly by the home crowd. Rooney was given the Man of the Match award, oddly. Although he was probably the hardest working player on the pitch today, not a lot seemed to go his way!

Michael Carrick was a more deserving candidate, who really looked like a gritty midfielder in the centre of the park. He has a football brain too, which I love. For example, when Wes Brown went off injured and several minutes went by when they weren´t sure whether he needed to come off, followed by further delay to Rio Ferdinand coming on thanks to a short of sight referee, Carrick, who had been playing a more advanced role, dropped back in to defence. He didn`t need to be told, he just got on with it, and I like that.

Fabio was also impressive tonight and it makes sense why he came as the more highly rated of the da Silva twins. Whilst still lacking experience like Rafael, Fabio seems stronger and tougher on the ball. He came away with the ball in situations you would never fancy him to.

Anderson`s goal was impressive for anyzone, let alone him! Although the celebration he`s been saving up all this time left little to be desired. I wanted him to lap the pitch twice twirling his shirt around his head, Giggsy style! I have not seen a replay since watching it on the big screen in the ground (the stadium is fantastic, more on that later!) and am looking forward to seeing again just how much of a perfect angle he found. Well done, son! Hopefully this will put an end to a bad year (form wise) and to be honest, pretty dreadful past few weeks! Tonight we started to see a bit of the old Anderson, the one that shat on Cesc, so more of the same please tomorrow!

In the stadium, all the fans were mixed together, with Bayern fans obviously dominating the seating. It was all very friendly today although no doubt tomorrow will be a different story! No real atmosphere can get going because we`re all so split up, which is frustrating, although there are plenty of songs on the way out. “Who put the ball in the German`s net?” went down fairly well at the station after the game! But I am so impressed with the Allianz. Really nice looking ground and it keeps the sound it really well, which was obvious when the Bayern fans got going for the second game.

Anyway, the lads have some overpriced German beer on ice for me so I don`t have long. If you want to keep up to date with everything that´s going on at my end, follow me on Twitter and check out my Facebook for photos, more of which will be added shortly.

Its absolutely roasting here still, despite it being after 11 and you will have to forgive my punctuation at times because Im typing on a German keyboard and it is difficult for me to find my way around it.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Dave_Pistol says:

    good to see valencia with a 100% record already! on a more serious note tho, have u found anything half decent to eat??

  2. Jack says:

    Couldnt agree more. Carrick even got some skills out now and again. Valenica was fooking quality, beat the defenders, put good cross’s in and got back and won loads of tackles. Andersons free kick? David Beckham style. Keeper didnt even move because he would not of got it. Last free he took if i remember rightly went out near the corner flag.
    Fabio was quality & gutted about Brown. What a player, great pro and loyal and his carear just seems to get recked by injurys.

  3. SULLY says:

    Here’s hoping many more to come from Ando and Valencia. Valencia will fit in perfectly. Fergie has pulled another trick out of the hat yet again for the 3787th time. I’ve come to a point where Fergies opinions have been made mines even though forcefully. In Fergie We Trust.

  4. Dave_Pistol says:

    carrick will be awesome with someone like fletcher or hargreaves around him doing the dirty work, how serious is browns injury?

  5. Red Rooney says:

    valencia looks like a stronger version of nani but a man with a purpose on the field.

  6. Costas says:

    I am also wondering about that Dave. Apparently Vida also got a calf strain. Where was Evans anyway?

  7. denton davey says:

    Anderson’s free kick was unstoppable – El Pato Abbondanzieri hardly moved. Anderson had a good game and was tough on the ball and tigerish in getting stuck in – I think that he – like Nani – will benefit from Ronaldo’s departure.

    What struck me as odd about UTD’s performance, though, was the inability to get KikoTheKid into the game. He ran about a lot but the ball wasn’t played to him fast enough – Park, in particular, made a mess of an excellent chance to sent him away in the first half. When Macheda was replaced by Berbatov, there was still not much evidence that the team is used to playing with a lead-the-line striker.

    The other guy who caught my eye – with the exception of a dodgy moment when he nearly scored an own-goal – was Craig Cathcart. For a teenager, I thought he did very well in central defence. He was calm and composed next to Wesley.

    Valencia looked fast and powerful and he isn’t afraid to have a go. So, his performance was also promising. BUT he was waaay out of position for the Boca goal which was scored on a volley after an excellent cross and back-post run. It was a lovely goal – even for the opposition !

  8. redmojo says:

    I’m dying for video of the Anderson goal! Can’t believe I missed that.

  9. denton davey says:

    I don’t think that Wesley was seriously hurt – he seemed to leave the pitch without any hint of a limp.

  10. stretford972 says:

    wes just got a slight thigh twinge, he’ll be fine. Carrick’s been class for a long time. No fluke we started winnin trophies again. There’s gona be a few players lookin to step out of ronaldo’s shadow, includin ando, rooney and berba. Happy with valencia, looked quick, inventive and liked a tackle

  11. Kash says:

    Very nice goal by Anderson shame i was at work and couldnt watch it live :(

  12. Jack says:

    whys there no fucking news about if brown or vidic will be fit 2moz
    if they both are then i’ll go with
    brown ferdiand vidic evra
    valenica carrick anderson nani/tosic
    rooney berbatov/owen

    if there not then same line up but with fabio at rb and evans in for vidic

  13. Hughsie88 says:

    ‘looked quick, inventive and liked a tackle…’

    everything Torres needs on a night at the Albert Dock

  14. Howfener says:

    Except for when he hit our crossbar I didn’t even notice that Craig Cathcart was on the pitch — probably the biggest compliment you could give a centre back.

  15. Costas says:

    Exactly Howfener. I hope he makes it! Carrick has been a big reason for ou success in the last 3 years. Don’t forget that our dip in form last March, came when his form dropped.

  16. Howfener says:

    And apologies in advance for a slight de-railing of the topic: but can anyone else conjure up a system in which Berbatov, Owen and Rooney all start? I think Owen and Berbatov looked very good together against Hangzhou but obviously no United fan wants Rooney on the bench. I can think of two right now:

    First a 4-4-2 with Berbatov playing off Owen like he played off Keane at Tottenham. Unfortunately this means Rooney is forced out wide:


    or the more Liverpool-esque:


    I think a 4-2-3-1 like that requires a sturdy holding midfielder like Mascherano and I doubt that anyone in the squad except Hargreaves is up to that.

    What does anyone else think? Am I trying to crowbar three players into systems that won’t work or is it possible? Were Berbatov and Owen that spectacular in the 8-2 win or was it because we had weak opposition? Any other ideas for formations?

  17. Jack says:

    i’ve been saying that for ages, i want to see all 3 start in one game.
    something like this

    flecther anderson carrick
    owen rooney berbatov

  18. Costas says:

    Howfener, i think it could work as you put it.

  19. Cavalry says:

    Ando scores- national holiday for the republik?

  20. Marq says:

    What a goal by Anderson! Great commentary too, haha. “End the end of the day, he is Brazilian after all, and that is what they are suppose to do”

  21. venu says:

    Haha, blame the German keyboard or the overpriced German beer Scott?


    I am not convinced Owen and Rooney will spend a lot of time playing together.

  22. ash says:

    scott it seams u are njoying very much and y not gone to one of the best stadiums and more importantly united winning with ando and valencia scoring any united will njoy it.
    But man its nice u explained abt fabio in this article. he should be there in united squad this season. he is a real talent and i want to see him play more than o shea and neville.
    hope u write another article like this after tommorows match. take care bro.

  23. ash says:

    liked ur line up man. This line up is more balanced and match winning line up.
    i would like to see nani playing more and also tosic, macheda and welbeck.

  24. Abhay_RedDeviltillDeath says:

    @cavalry…. good one :)

    @howfener…….with due respect, i dont think Rooney will be too happy about that line up….it means pushing him out wide again where his obvious talent is marginalized…..
    Nope I dont think it will be used that often, maybe if we are a couple down in a big game but thats it..

  25. afromanc says:

    Our midfield looked good!Our front line below par… It was a few issues at the back that put us under pressure.

    Tonight is a big test. Beyern Munchers look really good. They are fitter and more prepared as their season begins on in a few days.

    Valencia looked great, when he turns on the pace he is lightening! What a prospect!



    Bring on ze germans!

  27. AB7 says:

    Actually it was Moscow, it really counted, and i was there

  28. Trevor says:

    If honest i think all 3 of Berbatov – Rooney & owen will be used in rotation.

    This season i think we will go for a more ridgid 4-4-2 formation, Or at times 4 – 1 – 2 – 1 2 Formation when things are tight…

    With Rooney Playing Behind Berbatov & Owen

    Rooney playing in his ideal position But i guess not solid in midfield!

  29. Trevor says:

    I dont mean when the game is tight, When we are 1-0 or we need the win..!!!

  30. twilight says:

    here’s my take, with a rooney taking a trequartista role much like totti if all 3 play





    but its highly unlikely that all three will start, owen will only be used sparingly until hes over hte injury problems.

  31. denton davey says:

    Twilight – that makes some sense but why has SAF loaded up on wingers ? Your suggestion doesn’t accommodate Nani/Valencia/Tosic/Park – are these guys meant to be bench-warmers ?

  32. catotraa says:

    @ Denton:
    I think that in the formation Twilight has put up Valencia, Park and Tosic all can be used in the wider midfield position, cus i think they all can contribute defensively aswell. Not so sure bout Nani though.. He’s not that good at taking the runs home

  33. calvo says:

    I know we can all make a team out of the 1st teamers available now,but what abt a team for say the Carling Cup next season and for the future!

    My team would:

    De Laet
    Possebon-i know he is on loan but for the future/and should never be sold!.

    any thoughts?


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