The RoM reviews continue, looking at October 2008.
1st: Scholes out for 10 weeks
4th: Blackburn away
In this fixture last season, we had to wait until injury time to secure a point. This season, Paul Ince was in charge, making our task considerably easier.
Wes and Rooney scored a goal in each half, in what was our easiest trip to Ewood Park in some time.
8th: Ruud – Ronaldo will join us
“One day Ronaldo will join us,” said Ruud. “This could happen next summer, or the one after.”
18th: West Brom home
Finally, our first proper result of the season before. It was only West Brom but we were due dealing out a thrashing. Rooney, Ronaldo, Berbatov and Nani all got on the score sheet.
19th: Drogba has death wish
“I have seen the match on video and I believe I should not have been sent off with three minutes to go,” said Drogba of the European Cup final. “If I had punched him, I would have understood. Now I wish I had.”
21st: Celtic home
Unlike the contest we were given the season before, Celtic more or less rolled over for us. We beat them 3-0 with Berbatov scoring twice, with another goal from Rooney.
22nd: Evans sets target
“It would be nice to get 30 games, in fact it sounds tremendous,” said Evans. “Even if I get up to 20 games it would be good. I benefit from extra confidence and experience just by being on the bus so I am really enjoying it at present.”
25th: Everton away
Fletcher scored early, again proving his worth as a starting player at United, before Fellaini equalised. 1-1 was probably a fair result.
The biggest talking point was Wayne Rooney though. He kissed his United badge, shock horror, which lead to a media frenzy in this country. O.M.G
“I think the referee was to blame for that (the substitution) because he’s booked him for nothing,” said Ferguson. “I think with the crowd egging him on, there was every chance he was going to get sent off. It wasn’t his doing, I thought he did nothing wrong in the game. I thought he behaved well. We were getting to the point where I was wondering what the referee was going to do next.”
27th: Rio wants to make history
“The gauntlet is laid down for us because we want to make history,” said Ferdinand. “The Champions League is something we would really like to retain as it has never been done. We want to win the Premier League three times on the bounce because it would give us a shot at number four, which no-one has ever done either. People who think we have won enough don’t know this group of players. We want to win and we have a squad good enough to give us a realistic chance.”
29th: West Ham home
Ronaldo scored twice within the first half an hour, leading the home crowd to believe we were about to hand out another thrashing.
United seemed to lose interest after the goals went in though.
31st: Rooney targets Giggs success
“I want to stay at this club as long as I am wanted,” said Rooney. “I want to keep playing and scoring goals. But if I am anywhere near what Ryan has achieved when I am his age, I would be really pleased. The games he has played and what he has won is fantastic.”