Matches played in December
Manchester United 2 –1 Arsenal
Swansea 1 – 2 Manchester United
Manchester United 3 – 0 Everton
Manchester United 2 – 0 Atlas
Manchester United 2 –1 Santos
Norwich 0 – 2 Manchester United
Manchester United 4 – 0 Manchester City
Manchester United 3 – 2 Burnley
On the 2nd of December our rivals from London (Arsenal) were the ones we had to beat for the Premier League, it would turn out to be a very close game and the game could have ended in a win for both sides. The 1st half of the game wasn’t a very good one, we made a lot of fouls and a lot of our chances were wasted. But while we didn’t score we did keep the ball in possession so Arsenal couldn’t do much either.
The 2nd half was just 7 minutes old when Greg Donaldson scored the 0-1 for Arsenal it was there 4th shot of the game versus the 10 we already had so far. In the 69th minute Velez scored the 1-1 with a fantastic volley after ormaetxea crossed the ball from the right side into the penalty area. 9 minutes later A. Ceballos scored the 2-1 which gave us the lead over Arsenal, in the final 12 minutes neither we nor Arsenal were able to get close to the goal.
On the 6th of December it was time to play against Swansea for the quarter final of the Capital one Cup. We got an early lead when Cristian Hernandez scored a great goal from 30M away. After this goal both sides had equal chances of scoring a goal, we went into half time with 6-6 in chances and with a 0-1 lead for us.
In the 2nd half Swansea went for a more aggressive style which gave them a slight advantage over us, they were more threatening infront of goal and intercepted quite a few of our passes. In the 84th minute of the game it was Daniel Palmer who brought Swansea alongside us with a great header after they were allowed to take a corner. Due to this goal we had to go into extra time. In the extra time it was Nick van Hoeven who scored the 1-2 for us after we finally managed to get through their defense.
Next up was Everton who we had to beat to stay 1st in the PL title race. Right from the start we were the more dominating team, creating chance after chance but it took us until the 30th minute before Morumbi scored a nice close goal after out playing 3 defenders. And while we kept on attacking and controlling the match, we weren’t able to score another goal before half time.
After half time we continued were we left off, and were creating a lot of chances which resulted in a penalty only 5 minutes into the 2nd half, the penalty was taken by Velez who put it in the right upper corner without hesitation, 3 minutes later Velez scored his 2nd goal of the match and brought us a 3-0 lead. After this we just kept control of the match and didn’t really create any big chances anymore so the game ended in a 3-0 win.
Next up was atlas from Mexico, we had to play against them in the Semi Final of the Fifa Club World Cup. We were given a penalty only 4 minutes into the game and Morumbi scored it without any trouble. In the 22nd minute it was yet again Morumbi who scored a goal for us, this time after a great team effort which he rounded up very nicely. After the 2nd goal we weren’t really able to score or create anything decent.
The 2nd half wasn’t much different from the 1st half we did try to create chances or go forward but it ended up in failures or shots that went wide. So the score stayed 2-0 till the end of the match.
The game against Santos will get a special review.
Next up was Norwich (again) for the Premier League match. We had a great start with Russo scoring the 0-1 in the 6th minute, but after this goal the team already started to take it all too easy, playing the ball around keeping possession and not creating anything, this resulted in the score still being 0-1 when we went into half time.
After I made clear I expected them to actually do something useful in the 2nd half, we immediately scored the 0-2 in the 47th minute, and while the team did try to create a lot more than before the score stayed only 0-2 cause most shots went wide or were saved by the keeper. Norwich never came close to creating a chance and only had a shot from 25M that went over.
On the 27th of December one of the biggest fixtures of the year was going to take place, we had to play against Manchester City the last time we played against them it was a 1-2 win for us so another win would be nice. The start was a bit slow, we had possession but couldn’t really create anything with it, same for city when they had the ball they tried to get forward but stranded halfway. Until the 29th minute when Rothwell was able to score a great goal from the edge of the penalty area when he got the ball back from Leon 1-0! Right after the kick off Allman was able to intercept the ball and pass it to Leon, who created a bit of space and passed it back to Alman who then scored the 2-0! 5 minutes later it was Leon who scored the goal instead of giving the assist, so in a total of 7 minutes we extended our lead from 0-0 to 3-0 which was also the score at half time.
During the 2nd half City was close to scoring a goal but both their chances were saved by our keeper. After that we took control again and it was Allman who scored the 4-0 in the 60th minute of the match. After this goal we took it easy again and defended our lead till the end.
Last game was against Burnley for the Fa Cup. I thought this match would be a great moment to give some of the youth players a chance, but this almost ended up to be a disaster. While the youngster did play quite well and kept possession while creating quite a chunk of chances, it was oldy Polverino who scored the 1-0 for us in the 37th minute. We couldn’t enjoy our lead for long though since Wilkinson scored the 1-1 5 minutes later which was Burnleys 1st real chance of the game.
In the 2nd half it was Ngcobo who scored the 2-1 for us in the 62nd minute of the match so once again we had the lead. After yet a few chances it was Fomin in the 80th minute who scored the 3-1 for us, so the win would be safe (you would think). In the 90th minute Marshall scored the 3-2 for Burnley and in the remaining 3 minutes Burnley were able to create 3 more chances but luckily enough they didn’t manage to score another goal.