January 2013 Results Part 1
So we've levelled with Manchester City on points, and this is our chance to get ahead, get in pole position. Both legs of the cup are spread across January against City, which will be a great game, but a league game against Chelsea in Part 1 won't be easy.
Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United
Wednesday 2nd January 2013 - Barclays Premier League - Old Trafford - Att. 74,715
United Starting XI - De Gea, Baines, Evans, Vidic, Smalling, Daehli, Jones, Kagawa, Mastour, van Persie, Lewandowski SUBS - Lindegaard, Hernandez, Brandt, Fellaini, Welbeck, Carrick, Scholes
SUBS - Hernandez, Brandt
GOALS - Baines (64) Hernandez (74)
MOTM - Robin van Persie
An amazing game for us. We got another three points, but Leighton Baines scored on his debut! He's really shown why he's been bought early on, I'm so pleased for him. New youngsters Mastour, and Brandt got a run out, as well as youth product Mats Daehli, although mainly due to fitness and injuries affecting a lot of the current players, mostly on the bench today.
Swansea City 0-1 Manchester United
Saturday 5th January 2013 - FA Cup 3rd Round - The Liberty Stadium - Att. 17,710
United Starting XI - De Gea, Baines, Evans, Vidic, Jones, Carrick, Mastour, Fellaini, Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie SUBS - Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Smalling, Daehli, Kagawa, Scholes, Welbeck
SUBS - None
GOALS - Hernandez (31)
MOTM - Nemanja Vidic
An easy win the cup. We didn't score many, although it's great to see Hernandez scoring in both games this month after a tough start to the season. Baines had another solid game, but Vidic was the man to dominate at the back, winning and stopping everything. Mastour had another little run about, lasted the whole game, and had a good performance. I've high hopes for him.
Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
Tuesday 8th January 2013 - Capital One Cup SF Leg 1 - Etihad Stadium - Att. 47,405
United Starting XI - De Gea, Evans, Smalling, Ferdinand, Jones, Carrick, Pereria, Januzaj, Kagawa, Hernandez, Fierro SUBS - Lindegaard, Vidic, Fellaini, Rooney, van Persie, Scholes
SUBS - None
GOALS - Smalling (34)
MOTM - Chris Smalling
An unbelievable game. I thought this could be the end, as we had to rest a lot of players due to fixture congestion, and bought in young stars Periera and Januzaj. Fierro also had to play, with the defense full of the young stars battling to replace Ferdinand and Vidic in a few years, and all played brilliantly. Smalling led from the back like a leader, and even managed a goal. We can definitely go into the second leg at home with high hopes now!
Sunderland 0-0 Manchester United
Saturday 12th January 2013 - Barclays Premier League - Stadium of Light - Att. 47,146
United Starting XI - De Gea, Baines, Vidic, Ferdinand, Smalling, Fellaini, Pereira, Kagawa, Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie SUBS - Lindegaard, Jones, Carrick, Januzaj, Fierro, Evans, Scholes
SUBS - Januzaj, Fierro
GOALS - None
MOTM - Rio Ferdinand
We would have liked a win, but a point away from home still isn't bad. We were able to rest star for the next game, which is a big one for us, and Pereria had a great game, hitting the crossbar early in the first half. Fierro was unlucky to have a goal ruled offside when coming on too, which would be his first for Manchester United. Hopefully we can still turn over City in the league.
Manchester United 3-0 Chelsea FC
Wednesday 16th January 2013 - Barclays Premier League - Old Trafford - Att. 75,765
United Starting XI - De Gea, Baines, Vidic, Evans, Smalling, Fellaini, Carrick, Kagawa, Rooney, Lewandowski, van Persie SUBS - Lindegaard, Jones, Pereira, Januzaj, Scholes, Ferdinand, Hernandez
SUBS - Hernandez
GOALS - Rooney (2) Lewandowski (41, 63)
MOTM - Michael Carrick
An outstanding win for the boys, I can't believe. We went into the game tired, unsure and wanting to get it over with, but the boys persevered and certainly got what they wanted. Rooney got us off to a brilliant start, and Lewy secured the win with two great goals, showing City we mean business. These three points will be key in getting to the top!
WE ARE TOP! And by a lot more than I expected. We are one point ahead, but also with a game in hand. Even Newcastle are pushing for second against City now, so the next few games will be very important for us. I've only just realised, we've only lost one game, which is great!
Player of the Month
David De Gea. David De Gea played all five games for this half of the month, and conceded just one goal, against West Ham. He made some fabulous saves and displays, and was able to keep clean sheets against both Manchester City and Chelsea, which is unreal! David received high ratings throughout the games, but I feel isn't seen enough, becoming an unsung hero.