Writer: OyVeh Maria
Date:Thursday September 27 2012
On Friday evening I make my annual pilgrimage to Manchester to spend Saturday evening sitting in Old Trafford courtesy of my United season ticket holding brother in law.
Spurs have achieved just three wins in 40 meetings since the top division was revamped in 1992-93. Chuck in eight draws and Spurs have won just 17 points from United, while United have won 95 points or 2.38 points per game against us. United have won 84.8 per cent of the points of all those split between the pair. It is the 14th most uneven contest in the Premier League.
On Saturday evening AVB takes Spurs to Old Trafford and I wanted to look at what AVB has achieved against Manure whilst at Chelsea. At Old Trafford last season it was 3-1 to Manure, AVB's first defeat with Chelski since joining the PL. In the return fixture at the Bridge it was 3-0 to Chelsea and then the wheels came off, or rather, Daniel Sturridge, who was, by all accounts, Chelski's best player. He was replaced by the rather raw looking talent of Oriol Romeu. The result; 2 Rooney Goals and one from Hernandez and a 3 -3 result. Had the game lasted 5 minutes longer it was generally acknowledged that Rooney would have got his 3rd and Manure all 6 points for the season!
I am hoping that AVB learnt something from that poor choice of substitute and that the same mistake isn't repeated in Saturday's match. However, in the West Brom match at WHL this season, we were 1-0 up and AVB brought on Jenas in the 76th minute for Defoe, 14 minutes later West Brom scored. AVB's record in the PL for Chelski was: Points per Game in PL; 1.7 and success in games; 61%, not bad if you are a mid-table team, but not exactly what a Billionaire like Abramovich wants to see as a return on his investment.
On Saturday we will find out just how far AVB has come since his last appearance in the PL at Old Trafford. Last season, on the 18th September 2011, United were three up at half-time. Chelsea contributed to their own downfall courtesy of poor defending and a dismal failure to take the chances that came their way. Sound familiar? To be fair Rooney missed a penalty ending up on his backside after slipping and Torres completely missed an open goal. So what does AVB need to do on Saturday to improve our 17 points from a possible 95 that we currently have against Manure?
Who we play depends on how we approach the game? Do we go for attack and put two up front? or do we go five across the middle and four at the back and hope we can catch them on the counter? How will Fergie see the game? He hasn't got Vidic (again) and Rooney may still be out so Manure have got problems. Everton sunk them by hunting in packs and forcing them off the ball, but they had Fellaini who was unplayable that night up against Carrick playing at CB.
Last Weeked the Bin Dippers hunted them down and for 60 minutes were the better side. So is the secret to hurry Manure when they are on the ball and go for them at the breakdown or are we going to see square balls being played at the back and passes into space for the wings to run on to. How does AVB play this one?
Written by OyVeh Maria
Date:Thursday September 27 2012