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February 17th:

Napoli (a) Champs Cup First Knockout Rd 1st Leg

A real drab of a game for the fans in general with little action. The first half only saw the one real chance as Napoli piled forward but T.Franco managed to clear the ball with a brilliant challenge in the area.

The second half wasn't much better as neither my side or the Napoli side gave the fans anything to cheer about. It was more like a training game. Hopefully the second leg is a lot better

Napoli 0-0 Man Utd

K.Swaby, L.King (P.Lane), T.Franco, J.Smith, B.Oppong, D.Leonardi, K.Jardine, L.Guglielmi, A.Grossi (M.Khumalo), S.Pino, O.Scherbakov (J.Ashmeade)

February 23rd

Injury news sees A.Grossi out for around 2 months after tearing his hamstring during training

The end of the month sees us top of the table on 58pts some 8pts clear of second placed Tottenham.

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March 2037:

March 1st:

Man City (Wembley, London) EFL Cup Final

It took till the 23rd minute for the first real effort of the game as A.Garrido beat the offside trap and fired towards goal but K.Swaby saved well to deny him. Six minutes later we had our first chance as D.Leonardi crossed into the area but O.Scherbakov headed wide of the post. On the 33rd minute City were forced into a change as G.King came on for the injured L.Edwards who was hacked down by J.Smith. How he didn't get a red card I don't know. From the resulting free-kick L.Edwards scored. Six minutes later City had another chance to score as K.Gerland crossed into the area but T.Franco managed to block the effort. The half time whistle went and the City manager was far from impressed by the referee and was duly booked for his remonstrations.

The second half was ten minutes old when City came close again as a great team move saw my side ripped apart but K.Swaby saved the day. On the 63rd minute it was my sides turn to have a chance as D.Leonardi again crossed into the area but S.Pino volleyed high and wide of the post. Seven minutes later D.Leonardi stung the fingers of the keeper with a powerful strike. We starting to get a grip of the game and on the 84th minute we had another chance as O.Scherbakov tried his luck from distance but the keeper again denied him. With a minute remaining in the game we grabbed the equaliser as D.Leonardi hit a powerful free-kick into the top corner after O.Scherbakov was brought down on the way to goal.

The game went into extra time but in truth it was a waste of half an hour and the game went to the lottery of penalties.

G.King was first for City and hit it hard into the top corner (0-1)

O.Scherbakov was up for my side and he hit it low to the left of the keeper (1-1)

E.Aldonate was up for City and he beat K.Swaby to the bottom right (1-2)

K.Jardine stepped up confidently and hit the ball towards goal but R.Mesquita saved brilliantly (1-2)

B.Platt was up for City and hit towards goal with power but K.Swaby managed to save it well with his feet (1-2)

D.Leonardi walked up and hit with power to the right but he hit it too far right and out (1-2)

I.Etxabe was up for City and slotted in straight down the middle, meaning my next taker had to score (1-3)

L.King stepped up and hit the ball towards the top corner but R.Mesquita managed to get a finger tip on it and send it over to give City the win (1-3)

Man Utd 1-1 Man City D.Leonardi 89 / L.Edwards 33

Man Utd: K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco, J.Smith, B.Oppong (P.Lane), D.Leonardi, K.Jardine (capt), L.Guglielmi (M.Vandamme), M.Khumalo (A.Xhepa), S.Pino, O.Scherbakov

Man City: R.Mesquita, E.Aldonate, G.D'Angelo, A.Melnyk (I.Etxabe), K.Gerland, M.Cortes (capt), E.Goncalves, R.Graca (T.Sesar), A.Santos, L.Edwards (inj 33-G.King), A.Garrido (B.Platt)

 

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March 4th:

Tottenham (h) (28/38)

The loss three days ago seemed to affect my players and on the 9th minute K.Szczudlowski volleyed in from close range to beat K.Swaby. Soon after they had another chance with a curling effort from the edge of the area but this time K.Swaby saved well. On the 28th minute they grabbed a second goal with a well struck effort from F.Mora which went into the top corner. Just before the break Spurs had another chance with a well worked team move which split the defence apart but the final effort was dire and went wide.

The second half saw my players reacting to my half time talk and we started to play the beautiful game and on the 59th minute we had the chance to reduce the difference with a low shot from S.Pino. Ten minutes later we finally grabbed a goal back as K.Jardine ran through the defence with ease and fired under the onrushing keeper. On the 76th minute we levelled the scores as B.Oppong headed in a L.Guglielmi corner after J.Ashmeade's initial effort was well saved. With three minutes remaining in the game we had the chance to grab the winner with M.Vandamme rattling the upright from ten yards. On the stroke of full time my side was reduced to ten men after L.King received a second yellow card. A real game of two halves

Man Utd 2-2 Tottenham K.Jardine 69, B.Oppong 76 / K.Szczudlowski 9, F.Mora 28

K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco, J.Smith, B.Oppong, D.Leonardi, K.Jardine, L.Guglielmi, M.Khumalo (M.Vandamme), S.Pino (A.Xhepa), O.Scherbakov (J.Ashmeade)

Obviously with the sending off L.King will miss the next domestic match, I have also given him an official warning

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March 7th:

Man City (a) (29/38)

City came out and started the stronger and on the 8th minute they came close with a well work team move which was thwarted by T.Franco's brilliant challenge. Soon after they had another chance to score with a thunderous effort which was tipped round the post by K.Swaby. On the 33rd minute we finally had our first chance of the game with a curling effort from L.Guglielmi which curled the wrong side of the post. Just before the break City had another chance as they broke through the defence but T.Franco managed to clear off the line.

The second half was ten minutes old when A.Xhepa tried his luck from outside the area but his effort went just over the crossbar. On the hour mark City came close again as they beat the offside trap but K.Swaby was on hand to block the effort. City were all over us and on the 78th minute another superbly timed challenge by T.Franco denied City. With two minutes remaining in the game we had the chancer to grab the winner but J.Ashmeade's effort was dire and went high, wide and generally far far away from the goal.

Man City 0-0 Man Utd

K.Swaby, T.Jarvis, T.Franco, J.Smith, B.Oppong, D.Leonardi, K.Jardine, L.Guglielmi, M.Khumalo (M.Vandamme), S.Pino (J.Ashmeade), O.Scherbakov (A.Xhepa)

 

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March 11th:

Napoli (h) Champs Cup First Knockout Rd 2nd Leg (agg 0-0)

We began well and on the 8th minute we came close to taking the lead with a long range effort from O.Scherbakov which stung the keepers fingers. Six minutes later we had another chance as D.Leonardi curled the ball into the area but K.Jardine headed wide of the post. On the 20th minute though we conceded a silly goal as L.King tried to play the ball out of the area and E.Moya intercepted to fire in past K.Swaby. We responded well though as we piled on forward and just after the half hour A.Xhepa hit home from twenty yards to give the keeper no chance of saving. Just before the break though we came close to going behind but K.Swaby saved brilliantly to deny them.

The second half saw my side piling on the pressure but on the hour mark I was forced into a change as O.Scherbakov picked up a head injury and was replaced by J.Ashmeade. On the 68th minute we grabbed a deserved lead as A.De Russis launched the ball up field and M.Vandamme volleyed into the top corner much to the delight of the home fans. My side carried on pressing forward but with five minutes remaining in the game Napoli equalised with A.Ammari slotting in from the edge of the area to send Napoli through on the away goal rule.

Man Utd 2-2 Napoli A.Xhepa 31, M.Vandamme 68 / E.Moya 20, A.Ammari 85

K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco, J.Smith (A.De Russis), P.Lane, A.Xhepa, L.Guglielmi, D.Leonardi, M.Vandamme, K.Jardine (M.Khumalo), O.Scherbakov (inj 60-J.Ashmeade)

The injury news on O.Scherbakov sees him out of action for around 3 weeks due to dislocating his jaw.

 

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Sorry for the lack of delays, moved house and only just got home internet set up

March 14th:

Stoke (h) (30/38)

The perfect start saw us taking the lead in the 3rd minute we J.Ashmeade ran onto a P.Lane through-ball and fired with pace under the Stoke keeper. Soon after we had another chance to score with a thunderous effort from L.Guglielmi which about took the hands off the keeper. On the 24th minute minute Stoke gave us alittle warning with a well worked team move which saw them piling into the defence but K.Swaby was alert enough to block the effort. However five minutes later we made it two nil as K.Jardine hit home a free-kick from twenty five yards after A.Xhepa was brought down. It was just one way traffic and we carried on the pressure till half time but without adding to our tally.

The second half saw my players drop a gear and it showed as Stoke piled forward more and on the 57th minute they had the chance to pull a goal back but A.De Russis managed to clear off the line after K.Swaby had flapped at the ball. On the 73rd minute though Stoke pulled a goal back as J.Serrano jinked through my defence with far too much ease and fired under K.Swaby who was having a poor game. Luckily for us we regained our two goal advantage with seven minutes remaining as L.Guglielmi capped what was an excellent game for him with a curling effort into the top corner to secure us the three points. However I wasn't best pleased with the final forty five minutes and let my players know

Man Utd 3-0 Stoke J.Ashmeade 3, K.Jardine 29, L.Guglielmi 83 / J.Serrano 73

K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco (A.De Russis), J.Smith, P.Lane, A.Xhepa, L.Guglielmi S.Pino, D.Leonardi, M.Vandamme, K.Jardine (M.Potts), J.Ashmeade

 

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March 21st:

Arsenal (a) (31/38)

Two minutes into the game we conceded a dumb ass goal as L.Ndiaye slotted in a low ball after K.Swaby screwed up a simple back-pass. Soon after Arsenal came close to another goal with a thunderous effort which was saved by K.Swaby. On the 29th minute Arsenal had yet another chance to score with a low shot which went just wide of the post. With nine minutes remaining in the half Arsenal were reduced to ten men after M.Nieuwenburg after receiving a second yellow card in a short time.

The second half was a different story as we started to take advantage of the numeral difference and on the 53rd minute we had our chance to score with J.Ashmeade jinking through the defence and firing towards goal but the keeper saved well. On the 67th minute we came close with a low shot from K.Jardine curling the ball into the area but M.Vandamme headed wide of the post.. Twelve minutes later P.Lane ran down the wing and and crossed into the area but J.Ashmeade volleyed straight into the keepers arms. With two minutes remaining in the game we finally got the equaliser as K.Jardine ran onto a D.Leonardi through-ball and slotted in under the onrushing keeper to silence the home crowd.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd L.Ndiaye 2 / K.Jardine 88

K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco, J,.Smith (A.De Russis), P.Lane, A.Xhepa, L.Guglielmi (S.Pino), D.Leonardi, M.Vandamme, K.Jardine, J.Ashmeade

The end of the month sees us still top of the table some 7pts clear of Sunderland with seven games remaining in the season.

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April 2037:

April 11th:

Liverpool (h) (32/38)

Liverpool started the stronger and it wasn't long till they came close to scoring with a powerful low effort which T.Franco blocked on the line. On the 11th minute they had another chance with a well worked team move which again T.Franco stopped with a thunderous challenge. Eight minutes later K.Swaby was the hero as he managed to get a fingertip on a long range effort to tip it over the crossbar. On the 21st minute though we managed to grab the lead with our first effort as J.Ashmeade smashed home a L.King punt up field to send the Old Trafford crowd mental. Twelve minutes later though Liverpool had a goal ruled out for offside when in truth it looked like the player was on. (Thank god VAR wasn't around).

The second half was ten minutes old when we had the first chance with D.Leonardi crossing into the area but J.Ashmeade headed wide of the post when it was easier to score. On the 66th minute Liverpool had their first effort as they broke through the defence but T.Franco was on hand to end the move. With eleven minutes remaining in the game Liverpool had yet another chance to score as they beat the offside trap but their finishing was as bad as my sides offside trap. On the 85th minute we had the chance to kill the game as M.Potts was brought down in the area, D.Leonardi stepped up and blasted the penalty high and wide of the goal, however luckily for us Liverpool never came close to in the final five minutes and we got an undeserved three points

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool J.Ashmeade 21

K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco, J.Smith, P.Lane, A.Xhepa, L.Guglielmi, D.Leonardi, M.Vandamme, K.Jardine, J.Ashmeade (M.Potts)

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April 18th:

Watford (a) (33/38)

We performed a lot better in this game than in the previous game and on the 11th minute we took the lead as K.Jardine ran through the Watford defence with ease and fired under the keeper. Ten minutes later it was D.Leonardi's turn as he beat the offside trap but the end result saw the upright being hit. On the half hour we had our next chance with M.Potts firing straight at the keeper when it was easier to score. On the stroke of half time we grabbed the goal we deserved as L.Guglielmi jinked into the area unmarked and headed home a D.Leonardi cross.

The second half saw us continuing to dominate without really challenging the Watford defence and it took till the 70th minute for us to grab the third and final goal as D.Leonardi ran onto a M.Khumalo through-ball to round the keeper and fire into the empty net to cap off a fine performance by himself and the side. A hundred times better than the previous game

Watford 0-3 Man Utd K.Jardine 11, L.Guglielmi 45+1, D.Leonardi 70

K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco, J.Smith (A.De Russis), P.Lane, A.Xhepa, L.Guglielmi, D.Leonardi, M.Vandamme, K.Jardine (M.Khumalo), M.Potts (O.Scherbakov)

 

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April 26th:

Leicester (h) (34/38)

Leicester were the better side from the get go and dominated the play. It took them till the 18th minute for the first effort as they made light work of my defence but luckily for us K.Swaby saved brilliantly to deny them. Twelve minutes later my keeper was on hand again to save the defence after some woeful defending. It was one way traffic and on the stroke of half time K.Swaby blocked a long range effort to earn the applause of the Old Trafford faithful.

The second half was again all Leicester despite my half time chat and on the 57th minute K.Swaby somehow managed to save a curling effort despite being unsighted. Ten minutes later A.De Russis was the hero as Leicester broke into the area with a great team move but he threw his body into the save. On the 87th minute Leicester were awarded a penalty after P.Lane fouled just inside the area but K.Swaby guessed right and tipped the penalty round the post. A poor performance with only one player actually earning his wages for the match,

Man Utd 0-0 Leicester

K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco, J.Smith (A.De Russis), P.Lane, A.Xhepa, L.Guglielmi, D.Leonardi, M.Vandamme, K.Jardine (M.Khumalo), M.Potts (J.Ashmeade)

The end of the month saw my side on the brink of the title with an eight point lead over Crystal Palace with twelve points left to play for. We are now guaranteed a Champions Cup spot for next year.

 

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May 2037:

May 1st:

The start of the month sees L.Guglielmi picking up the Premier Division Young Player of the Month Award after scoring one goal in three games and earning a rating of 7.40

May 2nd:

Crystal Palace (a) (35/38)

It was first versus second and a good result our way could virtually hand us the title. However I was alittle worried as we have been very consistent at being inconsistent. My worries were squashed though on the 6th minute as a K.Jardine corner was headed in by J.Smith after J.Ashmeade's initial effort was well saved. It then took till the 34th minute for the next effort as M.Vandamme threaded the ball to the feet of D.Leonardi who lashed it wide of the post.

The second half was all my side as we pressed the Palace side and on the 64th minute A.Grossi came close with a powerful strike which stung the fingers of the keeper. Ten minutes later A.Xhepa headed straight into the keepers arms when he really should have scored. On the 78th we grabbed the killer goal as it was J.Smith who showed the rest of the team how to score with another thunderous header this time from L.Guglielmi free-kick. With two minutes remaining in the game we did have a score as Palace split my defence with far too much ease but K.Swaby was alert enough to deny them any chance of a comeback. The result leaves the title all in my sides hand and a positive result in the game could see the title heading to Old Trafford.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Man Utd J.Smith 6, 78

K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco, J.Smith, P.Lane, A.Xhepa, L.Guglielmi, D.Leonardi,M.Vandamme, K.Jardine, J.Ashmeade (A.Grossi)

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May 9th:

Southampton (h) (36/38)

We started strongly with my side piling on the forward pressure and on the 12th minute we came close to taking the lead as J.Ashmeade rattled the underside of the crossbar. Seven minutes later we had another chance to score with K.Jardine crossing into the area but .J.Ashmeade headed wide of the post. We were controlling the game but on the 35th minute one lapse of concentration nearly cost us as J.Smith was adjudged to have fouled in the area after some woeful play. F.Salvertierra stepped up for the penalty but K.Swaby managed to block the penalty.

The second half was much the same as we carried on the forward pressure and on the 59th minute A.Grossi sliced a simple volley from L.Guglielmi wide of the post. Nine minutes later we finally broke the deadlock as A.Xhepa showed the strikers how to do it with a thunderous effort from just inside the area. On the 76th minute we had our next chance to score as A.Grossi ran onto a through-ball and yet again fluffed the effort wide of the post. With two minutes remaining in the game Southampton came very close to equalising with a brilliant team move which was thwarted by K.Swaby.

Man Utd 1-0 Southampton A.Xhepa 68

K.Swaby, L.King, T.Franco, J.Smith, P.Lane, A.Xhepa, L.Guglielmi, D.Leonardi,M.Vandamme, K.Jardine, J.Ashmeade (A.Grossi)

With the victory and other results going our way we have won the English Premier Division, however I wanted to win the remaining two game so I told the players to enjoy the moment but not too much and let finish the season with two more wins

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