Manchester Utd – Crystal Palace Recap

Manchester Utd returned to the friendly confines of Old Trafford to host Crystal Palace after a successful trip to Russia resulted in a 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in Champions League action. Jose Mourinho will have been looking to head into the international break on a high, plus putting some added pressure on Manchester City ahead of their clash with Chelsea later in the day. Despite a rash of minor injuries and players needing some rest, the changes were minimal as the only surprises were the in form Martial on the bench, along with defensive regular Bailly. Here is your starting eleven for the home matchup with Crystal Palace: read more

Flashback Friday: “Butter Some Bread”

Anyone who knows me knows that I have played all types of soccer over my career in the sport including outdoor, indoor, futsal, coed, over 30, over 40, and in England, Canada and more recently here in the US. I have many stories over the years varying from stunning goals, to epic comebacks, to crazy altercations. This little story is about the last kind because everyone needs a little crazy in their life, right? During my time at the University of Western Ontario, or UWO as I will refer to it going forward, I played on many intramural teams, meeting many different players which eventually led to putting together a pretty dominant Men’s team that would meet on Sunday mornings and lay the smack down on our competition. On one of these such mornings I narrowly missed being stabbed…that caught your interest, huh? You better keep reading then… read more

Crown (Fall I 2017) Game 3 Recap

Crown were back on the turf on Wednesday night, and what a turf it was…the new ground has been described by others so far as quicksand, squishy, squashy, trampolinish (no, that is not an actual word), etc so we shall see how it affected Crown’s style of play shortly. Their opponents on this night were the newly promoted JFHF FC, winners of D2 last season, who I think I will just call JFC going forward as it is a pain to type all those capitals, yeah, bloggers can be divas sometimes too. Crown had a bit of an issue in goal as both Rodney and Travis were unable to play, so David was brought in to fill the void, making his Crown debut. Just before we get to the recap there was an odd email sent out to Crown early this week by John regarding bringing snacks…here is a transcript with my inner thoughts at the time in bold: read more

Champions League: CSKA Moscow – Manchester Utd Recap

Manchester Utd made the long trip to Russia to take on CSKA Moscow in their second game of Champions League Group A play. The Red Devils began with a comfortable 3-0 win over Basel in their opening game, while CSKA snuck past Benfica 2-1 setting up a matchup between two teams tied atop the group on points. José Mourinho will have been wanting a full three points from this one as that would take Group A by the scruff of the neck early and ease any pressure as the games progress. And that point was shown by the strong starting eleven that he named, here is a look: read more

Southampton – Manchester Utd Recap

Manchester United’s Premier League campaign continued with a visit to Southampton in what was expected to be a tough away match for the Red Devils. Utd have been in fine goal scoring form of late with Lukaku, Rashford and Martial all firing so José Mourinho was hoping for more of the same against the Saints stubborn defense. A fair amount of the regular starters were rested for their midweek Cup win over Burton Albion so when the lineup was announced there were not really any surprises, maybe only the inclusion of Young at left back. Here is a look at the starting eleven for this matchup with Southampton: read more

Carabao Cup: Manchester Utd – Burton Albion Recap

Manchester Utd began their League Cup defense on Wednesday with a home matchup against Championship strugglers Burton Albion. Now known as the Carabao Cup (just can’t get used to that), this was seemingly a chance for José Mourinho to give some fringe players some much needed minutes, and that did occur to a degree but it was a stronger starting eleven than many expected, but such is the depth of this current squad that players of this quality need playing time. Here is a look at the starting lineup with Rashford and Martial leading the attack in the absence of Lukaku, backed up by an experienced midfield and defense: read more

Manchester Utd – Everton Recap

Old Trafford was the site of the return of club legend Wayne Rooney as Manchester Utd hosted his new club Everton on Sunday. Rooney did not leave the team on a sour note so an appreciative applause was expected for a player who gave so much to the club over the years. And if that wasn’t enough, it was not the only reunion in town as Utd’s red hot striker Romelu Lukaku also happened to be taking on his previous team so it added some intrigue to what was already usually a competitive matchup. Utd were coming off an UCL win over Basel during the week but had some bad news from that victory as Pogba has been ruled out for an undetermined length after picking up a hamstring injury. Here is how José Mourinho lined up his squad with Fellaini getting a much deserved start: read more

Crown (Fall I 2017) Game 2 Recap

Well it turns out Crown did have a game this week due to a schedule change so you are in luck. Well you were almost unlucky actually as with the bread winner Christina out of town on business, Simon scrambled to find a sitter but a close friend came through, thanks again Billie! After a slim 2-1 defeat in their opener Crown were looking to even their record with a win over The Little Kickers who were playing their first game of the season. A pretty full squad was in attendance (I’ll spare you any emojis this time) with just the main man Captain Keller and no-show Travis missing. Better get to the recap, there were goals aplenty (I so want to put an emoji there): read more

Champions League: Manchester Utd – Basel Recap

Manchester United made their return to the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday as they hosted Swiss champion Basel at Old Trafford. Utd have been drawn in a what is deemed to be a very favorable group but getting off to a quick start was José Mourinho’s number one priority on this day, and he would have to do so without his preferred center back pairing of Bailly and Jones due to suspension. Here is the lineup that Mourinho opted for with an entirely fresh backline from their weekend PL game, and Pogba named as the captain, a big appointment for the young star of present and future: read more

Stoke – Manchester Utd Recap

With the international break over it was time for Manchester Utd to continue their Premier League campaign with a visit to Stoke in the feature late Saturday start. The Red Devils were riding high with a perfect 3-0-0 start to the young season and were looking to keep that going but Stoke is not a easy place to play by any means. José Mourinho had to be happy that his squad returned unscathed from the break and also his star striker Romelu Lukaku kept his fine goal scoring going with four in his two appearances for Belgium. Mourinho did decide to make three changes from his last starting lineup with Darmian, Herrera and Rashford coming in for Blind, Mata and Martial. Here is that starting eleven: read more