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Man Utd 4 - Wolves 1

Premier League

Old Trafford

10th December

Attendance: 75,627

Referee: Michael Oliver

Man Utd
4 - 1
Wolves
Luis Nani 17 , 56, Wayne Rooney 27 , 62
 
Steven Fletcher 47
 
Venue: Old Trafford
 
Attendance: 75,627
The Teams
David De Gea
 
 
 
Wayne Hennessey
 
 
Chris Smalling
 
 
 
Ronald Zubar
 
 
Rio Ferdinand
 
 
 
Roger Johnson
 
 
Jonathan Evans
 
 
 
Christophe Berra
 
 
Patrice Evra
 
 
67
 
Stephen Ward
 
 
Antonio Valencia
 
 
 
David Edwards
 
 
31
Michael Carrick
 
 
 
Karl Henry
 
 
Phil Jones
 
 
 
Jamie O'Hara
 
 
70
Luis Nani
 
 
77
 
Matthew Jarvis
 
 
Danny Welbeck
 
 
74
 
Kevin Doyle
 
 
Wayne Rooney
 
 
 
Steven Fletcher
 
 
76
Substitutes
Anders Lindegaard
 
 
 
Dorus De Vries
 
 
Ryan Giggs
 
 
 
George Elokobi
 
 
Ji-Sung Park
 
 
 
Richard Stearman
 
 
Ashley Young
 
 
77
 
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
 
 
76
Federico Macheda
 
 
74
 
Stephen Hunt
 
 
70
Darron Gibson
 
 
 
Adam Hammill
 
 
Ezekiel Fryers
 
 
67
 
Nenad Milijas
 
 
31
Game Statistics
22
Goal Attempts
11
18
On Target
8
8
Corners
2
7
Fouls
8
1
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
59
%
41




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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 10 2011

Time: 7:30PM

Your Comments

11 goal attempts with 8 on target against a rampant Man U Team ain't bad going really. Against lesser opposition that would be atleast a point.
Rustmonkey
Well, it was a better performance than the one against Chelsea. Even so, MU were able to score because of the gaping holes in the defence. The Jarvis-Fletcher axis is looking good though: it has to function effectively next week.
southbank60
...gaping holes in the defence, and a porous midfield as well;the reluctance to challenge for the ball outside the penalty area and no attempt to block incoming shots at goal....MU saw this and their forwards started having a go whenever the opportunity arose, taking WH by surprise. The most, or the one effective department, was the attack. The positive point is that MM has seen that only an attacking approach can pay and is worth all the toil and preparation - go for all three points whatever the opposition. So I cannot complain either as to the approach or to the commitment. But I also see that he can hardly do otherwise - with Fletch in the form he is in, and Doyle undropable, not to mention Jarvis. Against lesser opposition, results are possible, barring an encounter with a bad day at the office of the QPR kind.
lovesW
Defensive sweeper/enforcer a must,shrek and co had way to much space and failure to close down a major worry,words like turkey shoot come to mind!.Awaiting Wolfies report with relish.UTW.
Crete Wolf
Although I cannot write a report at the moment, my comment on another thread- gaping holes in the defence, a non-existent midfield but the makings of a partnership upfront between Jarvis and Fletcher- accurately sums up our performance. Crete's comment encapsulates it all as well.
southbank60
Why no report southbank? Technical problems or lack of time?
Wolf Man
Maybe it's time Mick is sacked. He has the look of resignation all over his face. Pretty pathetic given the amount of money these so called 'stars' are on.
Tony Rocky Horror
Wolf Man: I had two discs removed from my neck a month ago and if I hunch over a keyboard to type it aggravates the site and hinders recovery. So, I can only type in short bursts standing up with two box files under the keyboard on my desk. I can't drive or travel to a match either so all in all it's rather frustrating at the moment. For a moment yesterday there was a glimmer of hope when we pulled one back after the break. Then, MU resumed normal transmission, storming through our midfield and taking pot-shots at our goal.
southbank60
So, another one for Fletch. How much is he worth? That will be for the bidders to decide. The next 'window' is almost upon us and for the first time in our PL experience, we are going to be tested as a club in a way that's new to us. He isn't the biggest earner at the club, if reports concerning the RJ and KD contracts are anything like accurate.He wouldn't appear to be in the inner circle of MM favourites, either.If his treattment last season and his continuing playing of second fiddle to Doyle this season come back to bite MM should he have to persuade Fletch to stay,then what?
all4divisions
I think MM is becoming a believer, judging from the pre-match report that he pencilled in Fletcher and nine others (Henry was a given). But, how forgiving is Fletcher? Perhaps MM should ask Craig Levein, the Scottish manager.
southbank60
I just thought i'd throw it out there,SB.In the absence of anything new to say about the match yesterday, as much as anything.I watched it online, the obvious positive being Jarvis enjoying the wide open space, that he is denied at the Mol, and doing the old slow em down and then out-sprint em from a standing start trick on the fullback.We know what he's gonna do, so does the fb but there isn't much a player can do (within the rules) if a player has that sought of short distance speed from standing.The bigger pitch suited Jarvis's game, whilst at the same time exposed our central midfield as a soft underbelly, offering little or no protection to our rickety defence.Edward's inability to control the ball cost us around their box as it had at Everton.When we are applying pressure and the ball comes back out of the oposition's box, moves are breaking down due to a lack of elimentary control, or the ability to pick a short pass.Milijas gives his critics ammunition with his half-hearted attitude to tracking back, although those around him that did offered little resistance.It was MU afterall, we weren't expecting anything much in terms of a result and we've those two home games to concentrate on. Still no need to panic, I don't think.Holding the position we have is within our own hands , for now. We really could do with the maximum 6pts to give us some kind of buffer against the Jan fixtures.
all4divisions
The irony of it all! We've just dropped a place because that cheating f***er Larsson has scored, What a c***!!
all4divisions
Yes, he did, dammit! I was rooting for a Sunderland equalizer for most of the game but O'Neill mistook my support for licence to get a winner. How ungrateful can a person be?
southbank60
Can not see MM selling Fletch hes are only goal scorer and i now think MM has come to realise that what we should be doing is building a team round Fletcher. I know im being foolish but maybe MM now knows he needs to buy in Jan 2 midfielders 1forward and a CH.Iam sorry but Edwards MILIJAS AND GUEDIURA are not good enough and time after time are midfield gets over run weather its 4 or 5 in there.With that and the defence is any one confident we can win and keep clean sheets because we have only managed 2 in 15 games.
kiawolves
If it was as simply down to MM whether we lose players or not, I wouldn't have mentioned it.The players decide where they play, subject to offers. Any tapping up can be done secretly and if a player wants to go, that's eventually what ends up happening.How loved does he feel by his current employers? Who knows...
all4divisions
For all those that were not with us this time last year,what were we talking about and wishing for was?please read above.What will be wishing for next year?,please read above.UTW.
Crete Wolf
Take it easy with the comments then, Southbank. I notice you are restricting yourself to telegraphic ones. Only now have I come to know the nature of the operation you underwent ( must have missed some of your posts). I found out for myself that the recovery period is more of a trial than the op itself, first when I had an artificial cruciate (anterior) ligament inserted, left knee, after which I had to go for several weeks first on two then one one crutch. I still carry the two metal clips that held it in place. Another two 'implants' in my body were added in the form of stents inside arteries in the still functioning part of the heart when surgeons found out that my heart was too weak to undergo a bypass after a blockage had rendered the other third dead. I joke that I am totally good-hearted now, any ill feelings I had towards anyone were in the part that is now no more. Speedy recovery then....and keep on resisting the temptation to write a full-blown article.
lovesW
Thanks for the advice, lovesW, but don't you think you should follow it yourself? I would have thought that with a wonky ticker supporting WW is the last thing you should be doing!
southbank60
Blimey Southbank that's a full on commitment that you are here and posting at all, get well soon bud.
akela
Can either of you play fullback?
all4divisions
Well, I've got a pain in the neck ... but I hope it will go away if the results don't improve.
southbank60
Im impressed how positively we approached the game, and to be honest we really gave them a game going forward, Jarvis and Fletch in particular, just goes to show what we could do if we had a reliable back line... but it was our well-documented deficiencies in defence that were exploited and will be exploited over and over... I am still totally in favour of getting rid of mick.
AdMant
I playeD fullback, all4divisions, and on the left......but no thank you, we have Wardy and the possibility of another lfb in January and I wouldn't want to cause his Irish heart to beat faster than it should by the prospect on still more competition... heart, well, Southbank, believe it or not, mine ticks least when I am watching WW; I employ this expedient, it did take me some time, of taking a defeat as a foregone conclusion, then anything better than that (about 14 times in a season, just below 37% of the time) it is rewarded with a thrill, just a thrill, no more than that, also because a defeat is sure to follow most of the time. Poor Man U, C, and Chelsea fans, they are obliged to expect 3 points every time! Really,cardiologists should be promoting this and advising people with a condition: protect your heart, support Wolverhampton.
lovesW
As a nippy winger in the Adam Johnson mode (old joke revisited), I dished out neck-ache rather than received it on account of all the pinpoint crosses of the heavy, mud-encrusted leather, laced-up balls I delivered into the box.
southbank60
 

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