Sunday, November 19, 2006

Edge of the seat United leave fans panting for more...

There's one thing that never changes with watching Manchester United, that is the teams ability to leave you on the edge of your seat for more or less the whole 90 minutes. At Bramall Lane on Saturday that is precisely what happened as United spurned enough chances to won have three games, never mind one. Sheffield United are fighting for their Premiership survival and as such they did as much as they could to stop top of the table United of Manchester. The Blades keeper Paddy Kenny was arguably the home sides man of the match pulling off several good saves to deny Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville.

Irishman Keith Gillespie and former United starlet gave Neil Warnock's side a surprise early lead with a superb header, Paddy Kenny then denied United pulling off a fine save, but United hit back through wonder boy Rooney with a well taken goal as United took control of the game, United had two strong penalty appeals turned down by referee Mark Clattenburg.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with United dominating possession without being able to kill-off Sheffield. Ronaldo missed a sitter before Evra's pin-point cross from the left evaded a central defender and found Rooney lurking on the edge of the 6 yard box, the England striker wasted no time and volleyed home into the keepers bottom right hand corner of the net. While Rooney's technique was first class, Kenny might have felt he could have saved it if the ball hadn't first hit the turf before sailing into the rigging - there was the slightest touch of good fortune about the goal, but in truth the goal was only what United deserved. United had further chances to have made the score-line reflect the true pattern of the game, but Ronaldo in particular wont enjoy watching replays of the open goal he missed late on.

In the end it was the same old United, nerve racking at times and rarely dull these days but great to watch - if only they could finish off teams earlier.

Final score: Sheffield United 1-2 Manchester United

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