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Scholes Header Helps United Edge Past Besiktas

September 16, 2009

BESIKTAS 0 – 1 Manchester United

Manchester United faced Besiktas for their 1st Champions league Tie. Many predicted a easy United walk through, But it was harder than that! The Turkish Defence was amazing, Hard to handle, and with the fans helping them out, it by no mean was a easy match.

As usual United started the game slowly, to find the tempo of the game Like they always do and Take control. But yesterday, That didn’t happen the team didn’t the urgency enough, did not play too a poor Besiktas. Probably because Fergie maybe told them to take it easy- no one wants to get injured before a huge huge Manchester Derby.The besiktas fans were AMAZING, many say the best fans in the world, helped their team all night but they were not good enough for United. You still do have to give credits to the turkish defence who held out United for over 70 mins.  The fans booed every touch!  In the 1st half Valencia was probably the man of the match. Though United shouldv’e atleast scored 2 going in to the break.

There were no changes going into the 2nd half of the game- Every game except ours and Athletico’s had a goal so far. The game was still scrappy, United giving up the ball easily, Not trying hard enough. So you can say changes were on the corner. Rooney was having a quite game, so he came off- He was not happy with that could easily have shown through his reaction where he threw his boots after taking em off.

Berbatov coming on for him (rooney) and Owen coming on for Carrick. I was hoping Owen started the game instead of Rooney, playing as an alone striker. After the pair came on, they were not playing that good. Owen probably playing better at the night. Helped with the 1st goal which he used a bit of his trick to give to Nani he took a shot- came flying to Scholes’ old head- and he put it in- deflecting from the bar. United held out for the rest of the game. You have to feel for the fans who kept on singing and putting on an amazing atmosphere.

“a test of concentration, a test of nerve” in a “fantastic atmosphere” at Istanbuk’s Inonu Stadium. The boss praised one of his longest-serving players Scholes for his impeccable positional sense and his recent recruit Valencia for terrorising the Turkish side with his speed on the right flank.

“I thought Antonio had the winning of the game for us,” said Sir Alex.

“He got to the byline a few times and although his final ball could have been a bit better, Besiktas were under threat from him.”

After a largely uneventful first half, Valencia and co were quick out of the traps after the break and were unlucky not to score straight away when Nani’s cross from the other flank was cleared off the line and Michael Carrick just failed to follow up.

“I think we had a bit more urgency in the second half. We started it very well, almost scoring from the first attack and I think that gave us a bit of an impetus,” said the boss.

That said, United had to wait patiently for the breakthrough – it came 13 minutes from the end of what would have otherwise been an acceptable draw. True to his form as a loyal trooper, Scholes heeded his boss’ call at the break to push up and lie in wait for the kill.

“At half-time we said that if we get into a scoring position, then we should have people up in support. Paul has been fantastic at that over the years. It was a very important goal,” praised Sir Alex.

“We had good possession and were the better team, and we played with good concentration because the atmosphere’s something you have to deal with.

“I thought it was a fantastic atmosphere and it’s a test of the players’ concentration, test of their nerve and I think they’ve done okay.”

However, there were still a couple of concerns for Sir Alex as he prepared to fly home with his squad after five nights away.

On Wayne Rooney’s interaction with some home fans after being substituted, the boss said: “I didn’t see it and Wayne didn’t mention anything to me. But it’s a volatile crowd here in Turkey, it’s always been that way.

“If you go back to 1993 when we played Galatasaray it was a bit of a war then. The fans were incredible then, they are very emotional and they can react.”

As for the worrying absence of Rio Ferdinand from United’s eighteen in Istanbul, the boss explained: “We’ll have to wait and see (for the Manchester City match). He felt his groin in training (after playing at Spurs), and we felt it wasn’t worth the risk. He couldn’t make the bench. We just have to give him every chance for Sunday.”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. aig alex is god permalink
    September 17, 2009 5:51 am

    Good result and considering the players we rested it was a good performance too.Besiktas did not create any chances of note and we had a few decent chances. Scholesy’s goal reminnded me of the past when he ghosted into the box unseen.Absolute legend.The atmosphere was good too but our experienced players helped us cope with it.

  2. September 17, 2009 4:52 pm

    A win is a win, but still not entirely satisfied with the performance of the team on the attack side.
    Scholes is a legend, provided he doesnt tackle anyone, 😛 and that goal just helped forget a little he was sent off in the weekend, which could have been a disaster if it was another team, say one of the Big 4 playing instead of Spurs (not underestimating them as well this season)

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