Sunday, December 2, 2012

From Under the Couch: Manchester United 4 - Reading FC 3

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o O'fer 141 years against The Red Devils shouldn't give Reading a whole lot of confidence coming into the match. 

o Nevertheless, it's more of the same to begin the match: less than ten minutes gone and Reading ahead 1-nil. A failure to clear the ball gave Lindegaard no chance whatsoever.

o The equalizer took only six minutes, and the go ahead goal only two minutes more. Sixteen minutes in and it's 2-1 to the visitors. Anderson buries a perfectly weighted Ashley Young pass to pull the Reds level, and Wayne Rooney slots home a penalty after Jonny Evans is bundled over in the box.

o Less than 20 minutes gone and we're back to level again. Lifelong United fan Adam Le Fondre is left all alone to nod in a corner and pull Reading back into the match. It looks as if its going to be one of those days....

o Yup, it definitely going to be one of those days. By minute 23 Reading is back on top: another corner, another goal, and the Reds are behind. Again. 

o What the hell happened to the defense today? And where and what the hell was Lindegaard drinking last night...?!

o It's Rooney to pull things level again at the half hour mark. Thirty minutes played and six goals scored. 

o Five minutes later and Robin Van persie is on the scoreboard to put United back on top.  This IS English football. It's also a defensive embarrassment.

o Would be goal number five, off the foot of Robin Van Persie, is cleared by Reading. From a yard behind the goal line. Who said United gets all the calls...?!

o Haltime means drinktime.  This game is driving me (and several others I'm sure) to drink....

o Where have all the goals gone?! Twenty minutes into the second half and nothing happening....  Lindegaard almost looks like a real goalkeeper now. Almost, but not quite.  

o NOW I've seen it all. Van Persie steals the ball from Reading 'keeper Adam Federici directly in front of goal -- and then misses the open net. Surely this can't be happening....

o Two Reading comers in stoppage time are almost too much to bear.  I'm hiding under the couch, praying for the referee to cut "Fergie Time" short.  Mercifully, the whistle blows and United skulk out of the Madjeski with three points.  Although it's a victory, somehow I don't think Sir Alex will be in a celebratory mood.  The wins are coming, but are they inspiring any confidence heading into the derby...?  Not for this viewer....

This is farlieonfootie for December 2.

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