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xx Ooh beat the Arse again, Reds Win, Blue's Title
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Arsenal 2 v 4 Manchester United, Highbury, 9pm Tuesday 1st February 2005. Goals: United - Giggs, Ronaldo x2, O'Shea. Arsenal - Vieira, Bergkamp

Firstly, congratulations to Graham Poll the Referee for managing a potentially unmangable fixture. Especially given the fireworks in the tunnel before the game, which made the job a little bit harder.

Undoubtedly the best moment of the night happened after the game; Roy Keane's interview was sensational. He handled it masterfully, and said what only Roy Keane could have said; immortalising himself as a United living legend with the quote "Patrick Vieira is 6ft 4in and having a go at Gary Neville. So I said, 'have a go at me'. If they think Gary Neville's an easy target, I'm not having it." Keano, that's showed the world what United are about. On the pitch, Rant's match preview said it all: "It's nice to see men with balls like grapefruits" and boy did we have them all over the pitch. Rooney taking the piss out of Robert "Jacques Cousteau" Pires and his lack of his already crap beard; Keano being Keano before, during and after the game; Ryan Giggs setting up two goals and scoring one.

United went behind to an early Vieira header - the Frenchman holding off Heinze's challenge to nod past Roy Carroll. United were down 0-1 within the first 15 minutes. Ten minutes later Ashley "smug diving twat" Cole deflected a Ryan Giggs shot past his own keeper after a superb assist by Wayne Rooney. It was all square at 1-1.

Oh yeah, and prior to the opening goals Ashley "smug diving twat" Cole dived like the cheating tosser he is in United's penalty area. His appeal was waved away but he must have been two yards from the nearest player.

Arsenal then scored with a devastating sweeping move; Dennis "Beavis" Bergkamp nutmegging Carroll to give Arsenal the lead again. 1-2. United weren't finished despite going in at the break a goal down. Indeed, shortly after half-time Ronaldo was assisted by the simply superb Ryan Giggs to put United back on level terms again - the Portuguese winger ran on to a square ball and hit a sweet left foot shot into the net to bring it level at 2-2.

United clearly had the bit between there teeth and could smell Gooner blood. Literally 4 minutes later and the traveling United fans were estatic when Giggs sailed into the box, went round the lunatic keeper antics of Aluminia and crossed with his right foot for Ronaldo to make it 3-2 with the easiest of tap ins.

Rooney, who was perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch, then hit the bar from a free kick. (He's got to realise his petulant behaviour needs to stop). Then came the darkest moment of the night when Old Easter Island Head lost it big time; Silvestre tussled with Beavis Berkamp, threw him to the floor and then butted Freddie Ljungberg. He walked and took his early bath. The usually quiet Silvestre completely lost it and let his temper get the better of him. (True, but why did Ljungberg run 10 yards to get in his face if it wasn't to provoke a reaction? - The Ed)

With 10 men United reorganised, bringing Brown on to cope with the unnecessary pressure OEIH had put on the team. The team responded to play even better! Then came the money shot - John O'Shea scored probably the best goal of the night with a sublime chip in the 89th minute to take 10-man United to 4-2 up. Second place was captured and the "Immortal" Arsenal were well an truly beaten.

This was a night to remember, a Manchester United night.

It's a fekin' shame that Chelsea beat Blackburn though! Chelsea need to lose four times now if United are to win back the title. It seems unlikely.

United Line-Up
(4-3-3 / 4-5-1) Carroll (7); G.Neville (7), Ferdinand (6), Silvestre (5), Heinze (7); Fletcher (6), Keane (8), Scholes (8); Ronaldo (7), Rooney (6), Giggs (9)

Subs from: Howard, P.Neville, Brown (6) for Ronaldo, Saha (6) for Giggs, O'Shea (7) for Fletcher

United's Man of the Match
Giggs gets it for setting up two goals, scoring another and keeping up his defensive duties superbly. Oh yeah, and tackling Ashley "smug twat" Cole like he did.

Was He One to Watch?
Watching Cygan in the tunnel before the match, staring at Keano, shitting himself said it all. He did have a decent game though and looked composed for the big clash.
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