Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Blades show their steel..

On paper United v Sheffield Utd was always going to potentially be a tricky game with the Blades looking to fight off the threat of relegation, and that is what happened last night with the visitors putting in a solid workman like performance.

United had a makeshift back four on duty, with Fletcher filling in at right back again and once Evra had been taken out by Richards with what Fergie described 'as a bad tackle', Richardson came in at left back.

Lotus Shelton gave Wes Brown a few scares but apart from a late effort which crashed against the bar from Michael Tonge, Thomas Kuszczak, who was standing in for the battered and bruised Van der Sar, had a relatively quiet night.

United went on to win 2-0 with some quality finishing by Carrick early in the first half and by Wayne Rooney early in the second period. Paddy Kenny (the flying pig) pulled off some vital saves which kept Sheffield in the game, it could have easily finished up 4-1, that scoreline wouldn't have been an unfair reflection of the game in terms of chances created, but it would have been a tad harsh on the visitors.

Sheffield United players have been accused of 'putting themselves around a bit' this season and last night was no different. If they play like that in their remaining games then just maybe they will stay up. Reds fans wouldn't mind that too much as the away day to Sheffield is one which has quite a few happy memories.

The pressure is now heaped back onto Chelsea who take on West Ham Utd at Upton Park tonight.

Final score United 2 -0 Sheffield Utd.

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