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STATS: United vs Fulham

Manchester United fans hoping for a bright start to the season were disappointed as they were defeated by North West neighbours Everton in their first game
• There were some bright points from the game, with David de Gea putting in a great performance with seven saves in total, second only to Petr Cech who made ten saves on the opening weekend
• Paul Scholes and new signing Shiji Kagawa also shone in midfield and were each in the EA SPORTS Player Performance index’s top five for passes completed in the opponent’s half from the first games with 56 and 50 passes respectively
• Kagawa also covered more ground than any other player for United with 6.11 miles, ahead of the evergreen Paul Scholes with 5.68 miles
• Overall United completed 324 passes in Everton’s half during the game, a number bettered only by neighbours Man City in the opening fixtures
• United may also rue their chances having had 18 shots at goal, the second highest from the teams in their first matches
• Fulham fans will be delighted with their 5-0 win against Norwich in the first match of the season, with new signing Mladen Petric contributing a brace and Alex Kacaniklic also getting on the score sheet
• Fulham boss Martin Jol seems to have done some inspired business in the transfer market, as Kacaniklic also covered the most ground for the Cottagers with 6.2 miles and put in the third highest registered top speed in the Premier League with 23.05 miles per hour
• Fulham also covered the fourth highest amount of ground in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index as team en route to the win with 61.73 miles

The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index is the official playing rating index of the Premier League.

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  1. Zibbie says:

    Dr. Dread just brilliant …….

  2. Busby babes says:


    sounds a plan:-)

  3. DreadedRed says:

    Inzibinho – great approach from our gaffer.

    It mirrors what most true supporters want: players that live for United.

  4. Zibbie says:

    It is all about the squad at MUFC, that is why they are chasing 20!!!

    How cool to get 27 games for a great club and get medals and have a chance to get 35+ games a year and be a major player and get off field $ as well. And in the long term $ is greater. That is a true short sighted weakness of say a Hazzard. In 8 years with the world wide following of MUFC he would have a Q rating so high his commercial opportunities would out weigh his bigger salary .. then that lasts for life. So far affter playing days outside the UK and Belgium he has no appeal. As a ex Man Utd great…. wow he can cash in on that even after death.

  5. Lee Martins Winner says:

    just made kagawa my dream team captain, he will rule the theatre today…… the new home of the rising sun!

  6. Reds Galore says:

    Nice to have threads that are wum free.Had taken a rest till they cool down and seems we can now talk United.
    A win today is important and i want RvP to score a first of many goals to come from him.

  7. Zibbie says:

    LMW so in that case, a Zero is our Hero.

  8. Zibbie says:

    Rafa back is big. Now Tony V at rw with the two running and gunning. The team will look threatening today.

  9. Rd5454 says:

    Fxxking sick
    Ando nani ando nani
    Nani ando nani ando
    Sell Rooney and all the team
    Fxxking blind guy

  10. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    Love MatchDay – its like the build up to an orgasm but then when the match starts you prematurely ejaculate and celebrate everything.

    “Waheeey, what a pass”
    ” Oi Oi See That , thats our Tom, next big thing he is”
    ” Come on, Rooneh, Rooneh, Rooneh”
    ” Waheey What a goal kick, he placed that he did”.


    Side note* Angel Rangel :lol: who names their kid after a fairy :lol:

  11. Lee Martins Winner says:

    @ clint…

    one of my fav story was at ot when we lost to bourgh 1 – 0. The game was shit, we were shit but le blanc controlled 2 long goal kicks one with the outside of the boot the other on his knee, Both were plucked from the air and cushioned like a stfeather at his feet.

    I remember being in the stand and shouting to a mate. “see that, thats a UTD centreback that is, you dont get that at the dippers”

    Love match day

  12. Robbo says:

    I got a feeling Evans will start today.

  13. Robbo says:

    Rooney on the bench??

  14. Zibbie says:


  15. Damu says:

    Rooney is on the bench today

  16. Robbo says:


    Rafa Carrick Vida Evrs
    Clev ANDO
    AV Kags Young

  17. Costas says:

    Rooney and Scholes on the bench, Ando and Young start in their place.

    Nani not even in the squad.

  18. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    lee martins winner – great story mate, I always do that, the minor details overweight the result.

    I remember in 2003- when we lost to Real Madrid, I was in the pub and I was like “Yo guys, we just beat Madrid !, we beat a team with Zidane,Ronaldo, Raul,Figo….we’ll definitely win the CL next year !”


  19. parryheid says:

    This is not good.

  20. wayne says:

    Kagawa looks like a number 10 to me,monday had Danny playing left which i don’t agree with with when Utd have perfectly good wingers,no doubt in my mind Kagawa and Rooney play the same position,if RVP is playing up top going to be a conflict and i really don’t want to see strikers in wide positions that just weakens the team imo

  21. nicky says:

    Starting XI: De Gea; Rafael, Carrick, Vidic, Evra; Cleverley, Anderson; Valencia, Kagawa, Young; Van Persie.
    Substitutes: Lindegaard Evans Rooney Giggs Chicha Welbeck Scholes.

  22. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    Delighted to hear Rooney and Nani have been dropped…finally a kick up the arse !

  23. Zibbie says:


  24. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    WOW Fergie actually did it. He DROPPED ROONEY. This might be a day to note down. Watch Rooney’s form skyrocket over the next few weeks. Good looking line-up too. COME ON BOYS!!! TIME TO WIN THIS!!!

  25. Zibbie says:

    So good to see Evans on the bench.

  26. Marq says:

    Guess Rooney & Nani are paying their dues for the very poor display against Everton

  27. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    And My boy Jonny Evans is back. FANTASTIC!!!

  28. ahjs says:

    Today’s team news is as damn good, as good as dropping Valencia for the City game last year was bad.

  29. Lee Martins Winner says:

    I love that, blind passion. Its got to be your own personal momments in a game. Some fans love a nutmeg, some a back heal, some a gut busting run to make a block. Me, I love a clean hard fullback tackle (looking forward to butner in that
    Its what we as fans love, but sometimes lose sight of like berba as loved or slagged off because of this fact. Some love his skills, others who like workrate call him lazy… its what makes the game great.

    fuck me i love football..

  30. wayne says:

    Thank God Tony V is back on the right wing,i also think it’s good Rooney is going to have to work for a place this year

  31. nicky says:

    what bout giggs? never thought he’d be part of this squad this season… but there he is

  32. Zibbie says:

    I agree Wayne, let him sit. Watch, seethe. See were he fits in. Then battle.

  33. Robbo says:

    Could also just mean rotation with only 5 days since Everton.

  34. Zibbie says:

    Dempsey in the MLS, when his Houston team did not let him go to England. Knocked out the captain in practice. He was transferred a week later.

  35. Red Robin says:

    I hope this DC crisis can be sorted out soon, and Carrick can play in the midfield where he belong.

    Great assist cross by Evra btw.


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