SportsNet - August 2012
Manchester United win their first match of this season and what a way to win it. United held on for a 3-2 win over Fulham at home on Saturday. United played their first home game of the new campaign with their top two summer transfer acquisitions Shinji Kagawa and Robin Van Persie in the starting lineup.
United had a setback in the first few minutes of the match as Damien Duff gave the early lead for the visitors. It didn't take a long time for United to equalize with Van Persie scoring his first goal for his new club. Kagawa also scored on his debut which gave a lead to United before Brazilian International Rafael Da Silva made the score 3-1 for United before the half time.
United did dominate the game in the first half but had a shaky moment in the second half when Nemanja Vidic scored an own goal in the 64th minute which gave a lifeline for Fulham.
Russell Wilson played well enough against the Chiefs on Friday to get strong consideration for a starting shot with the Seahawks. Going 13 for 19 with 185 yards and two touchdowns, the rookie out of Wisconsin helped guide Seattle to a 44-14 win in Kansas City. Building off impressive performances against the Broncos and Titans the first two weeks of the preseason, Wilson is definitely making a claim to be tabbed the starter going into their Week 1 game in Arizona.
The reaction to Wilson's first two outings were tempered by the fact that he was facing second or third-string competition. Doing what he did in Kansas City was impressive, however, and it may be the push he needed to convince the coaching staff to give him the reigns. Looking at the first few games on the Seahawks schedule, however, might be enough for Pete Carroll to go with the safe pick in Matt Flynn, who sat out Friday's game with elbow soreness.
Manchester United News: Van Persie Set To Replace Rooney As Sir Alex Loses Patience With Unfit Striker
Anyone watching the match against Everton on Monday night would have been forgiven if they had thought that an imposter was playing up front for United! Wayne Rooney looked bloated, unfit and uninterested throughout the match. His first touch was the worst ever witnessed and his demeanour was dreadful. In the light of this, and the reaction to the defeat at Everton, Sir Alex has finally run out of patience with his flagging striker.
To be fair to Ferguson, his cause isnt helped by the two useless nodding dogs at his side masquerading as coaches. Phelan and Meulenstein are about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. Carlos Queiroz had more knowledge in his little finger than those two idiots. Instead of sitting either side of Ferguson grinning or looking permanently puzzled, why didnt they sort out the marking? Why was Carrick marking Fellaini, whilst Vidic marked nobody until the 70th minute when the penny dropped, too late as it happened.
Liverpool Football Club are apparently again going through a crisis moment.
The manager, Brendan Rodgers, is under immense pressure after a humiliating loss to West Brom on Saturday and many feel that the prime reason for this apparent crisis was the failure of the top players to perform up to their potential against their lowly opponents on the first gameday of the new Premier League season.
One of the players who was criticized for not giving his best for the team after the game was Luis Suarez.
In all fairness, this is not quite the first time that the player has been criticized for underperforming for the club.
Over the past ten months or so, fans and critics have often lambasted the 25-year-old for his 'poor' performances and lack of goals for the Reds. However, what one often forgets is that the Uruguayan magician has been overburdened with responsibilities since arriving at Anfiled, mainly due to his mediocre teammates.
The workload of creating the goals is on Suarez; the workload of scoring the goals is on Suarez; and the workload of adding pace and spark to the team is also on the shoulders of the former Ajax star.
Mack Brown is now seeing how the other half lives.
The University of Texas head football coach has been blessed with many talented quarterbacks over his 15-year reign in Austin. Having the likes of Major Applewhite, Chris Simms, Chance Mock, Vince Young and Colt McCoy has spoiled him.
But since McCoy moved onto greener pastures in the NFL two years ago, Brown hasn't had much luck, and the results on the field are solid proof.
After leading the Longhorns to eight consecutive 10-win seasons, Brown's club collapsed to a 5-7 record in 2010. Garrett Gilbert, the five-star quarterback recruit from nearby Lake Travis High School, was supposed to be next in a great line of quarterbacks. In his first season, things went horrible to say the least.
Before last season Brown fired most of his coaching staff and brought in Bryan Harsin, the offensive coordinator at Boise State, to build up Gilbert's confidence and unleash his potential. Two games into the 2011 season, it was obvious Gilbert's time at Texas was over. His play just wasn't cutting it.